In 2013, Madison earned the prestigious AdvancEd district wide accreditation recognizing our student achievement and rigorous academic standards, as well as our educational programming and processes.
Significant recent achievements include Madison Middle School’s recognition as a National Title I Distinguished School (one of only two such schools in Michigan), Madison Elementary and Madison Middle schools being designated as Reward Schools by the Michigan Department of Education, Madison High School earning the U.S. News & World Report Bronze Award, and Bridge Magazine recognizing Madison as one of the top ten rural and small schools in Michigan, and 18th overall when compared to all Michigan schools for two years in a row.
Our website is designed to provide an overview/introduction to our school district, as well as school calendar information. You are welcome to contact me at Ryan.Rowe@madisonk12.us or 517-263-0741 with any questions, comments, or concerns.
In the January newsletter, I briefly touched on the District’s Strategic Five-Year Facility Maintenance plan called the “2020 Vision.” There are several components to the plan which will provide for a progressive and cost-effective approach to teaching and learning environment in our schools. This list of projects to consider was developed by Board members, faculty, administration, parents, students, alumni, and business leaders at the annual School Board & Stakeholder Workshop. Some of these include:
At the December Board of Education Meeting, the 2020 Vision was discussed in detail, including the plans for enhanced security at each of our main entrances; such as constructing a vestibule area for guests, access cards for faculty, and a buzzer system in place for visitors during the school day.
Due to recent events, the timeline for this project has been moved ahead. In fact, some of these increased security measures have already been adopted. Guests have limited access to the building, and a new doorbell system is in place. A more permanent secure entry system will be installed soon.
These security measures also support earlier conversations at Board meetings regarding visitor policies as they relate to:
In limiting the number of visitors in the building, we have already found reduced foot traffic in our hallways, students displaying greater independence, and an easier transition into the start of the school day. We thank you for understanding these new policies and procedures and how they support the District’s vision for an ever-improving learning environment for our students.
One unexpected outcome from these changes is the increase in the number of parents using the drop-off lane in front of the elementary entrance instead of parking in the lot. This has created heavier traffic before school; however, please know that students may enter the building as early as 8:05 a.m. and drop-off lane traffic is lightest between 8:05 and 8:15. In arriving a little earlier, most of the parking lot congestion can be avoided. As noted above, our parking lots and sidewalks are one of the suggested projects of the 2020 plan and we will continue to work toward traffic improvements on campus.
Thanks, as always, for supporting the students of Madison.
Ryan Rowe, Superintendent
Madison School District is committed to a Five-Year Strategic Facility Maintenance Plan that will:
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The definition of a volunteer is, “a person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking; a person who performs a service willingly and without pay.” April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month and we, within the Madison Family, are very grateful for the numerous volunteers who help us throughout the year.
National Volunteer Appreciation Month provides an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the many individuals who dedicate their time to Madison Schools. These individuals assist students with academics, athletics, social and behavioral interventions, parent organizations, special events, fundraising, operations within our schools, and so much more and are to be commended for their efforts. Madison School District and the students we serve would not attain the extraordinary level of excellence without the assistance of our volunteers.
On behalf of the entire Madison Family, I thank you.
For more on National Volunteer Month, please click here.