Principal’s Corner – December Update

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We’re Exemplary! Madison School Report Card –
You may have seen the district communication recently that identified Madison as receiving an “Exemplary” designation on the most recent Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) state report card. This means Madison performed in the top 10% of schools across the state based on 2017-2018 data. Since this is a brand new designation, we are all still learning how to interpret these results, but I’d like you to know our Madison staff is very pleased that our work with our students has earned such a positive accolade.
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We believe this designation is a reflection of our teachers’ investment in a continual cycle of school improvement. Each grade level team sets yearly goals in the areas of English Language Arts (ELA) and Math, including specific Action Plan steps for monitoring our own progress. Most importantly, our staff has demonstrated a willingness to make course corrections when needed to ensure our students are achieving proficiency and growth targets based on reliable projection data. We intend to keep up these great professional practices, and are confident we will continue to grow and be recognized for our success!

Madison Receives Physical Education Blue Ribbon Award! –
Congratulations to Ms. Czerniuk and Mrs. Rickert for their recent recognition at the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (IAHPERD) Conference. All seven D181 elementary schools received the P.E. Blue Ribbon Award from (IAHPERD) and were honored at a special ceremony on November 15th.

Winter Update 
Winter came a little early for us this year! Please read below for our outdoor recess policy and Madison Sledding Schedule.
We go outside for recess everyday if the temperature with the windchill is zero or above. All K-5 students wanting to play in the snow must wear snow pants, boots, hats, and gloves. Any child without proper winter attire will be limited to a designated snow-plowed area. Students may sled at recess time on assigned days.

Only plastic roll-up sleds that can fit in a student’s locker are allowed at school.

Students should play safely in the snow – only one person allowed per sled, no throwing snow, and students should walk back up the sledding hill.

The Sledding Schedule is as follows:
Monday – Grades 5 and 2
Tuesday – Grades 3 and 4
Wednesday – Grades 5 and 1
Thursday – Grades 3 and 4
Friday – Grades 5 and 2