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Dear Meadows Families, I am a product of public education, and I have worked in public education for 26 years. I have been the proud principal of Madison Meadows Middle School for seven wonderful years. I have worked in three states, and throughout my educational career I have seen changes in school funding, initiatives, and expectations. Arizona currently has a number of House bills and Senate bills that – if passed – would drastically change the face of public education in our state. Many parents and community members in the Madison School District have formed an organization called Madison Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). They work tirelessly to ensure that they are informed regarding pending legislation, and they contact legislators regularly to voice their opinions and concerns. Made up of parents and community members, the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) assesses legislative issues for their impact on public education, specifically as they pertain to Madison. One of their top priorities is securing realistic funding for Arizona’s public schools, currently ranked 47th in the nation in per pupil funding. Levels of involvement range from passing along legislative information to lobbying legislators. See more at: #sthash.b0z5ctsC.dpuf If you or your families have benefited from public education and you believe that the voters should be heard, please contact Madison CAC to find out how you can get involved. A link can be found on the Madison School District website’s home page.

With Ram Pride, Susan Doyle, Meadows Principal

A"en%on:  If  your    5th    ,  6th    or  7th    grade  student  will  not  be  returning  next   school  year,  please  fill  out  a  withdrawal  form  located  in  the  school  office.


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A Message from your PTM President Dear Meadows Parents, An amazing group of volunteers have been working hard to plan a great event for the parents & teachers of Meadows –The “Meadows Goes Country” Spring Social Fundraiser & Chili Cook Off set for March 29th (adults only)! If you have never gone to a PTM event before, please consider attending this one! Dress up (or not) in Country/Western Attire and enjoy casual dinner & drinks in a fun, relaxed atmosphere! Kick up your heels with corn hole, great music, great food & dancing! We will have an unprecedented number of raffle items this year! Raffle tickets start at $2 a piece & you can pre-buy online. Buy our “pre-event package special” today at – for $75 you get 2 event tickets (includes dinner & drinks) plus 20 raffle tickets and 1 50/50 raffle ticket (a $92 value). That’s a great price for a night out that ALSO benefits your school! Have a great chili recipe? Be sure to enter the cook off by March 15th (entries limited) -- $100 prize plus 2nd & 3rd place awards as well! More details of the event can be found on the PTM website. Sincerely, Chris Goodfarb 2013-14 PTM President    

School Spirit!

Junior Varsity and Varsity Cheer Squad Meadow’s Cheer team celebrated with a banquet!


Photo Credits: Leah Dines

Congratulations to our Madison Meadows Spring inductees!

Aspen Burbank ★Tyler Carr ★Kyle Cook ★Garrett Cooper ★Adela Diaz ★Luc Duran ★Daisy Flitsch ★Margaret Fyan ★Archie Garcia ★Garrett Goodfarb ★Caleb Gurule ★Hannah Hausknecht-Buss ★Jackson Hickman ★Patrick Jackson ★Delilah Jaramillo ★Sarah Kanner ★McKenna Kellner ★Thomas Lee ★

John Mitchell ★Madison Motsenbocker ★Ava Pangborn ★Christopher Paul ★Jillian Peterson ★Iain Pettit ★Matthew Ramella ★Johnathan Ray ★Ashlee Sanchez ★Samuel Sawyer ★John Schantz ★Kelly Smith ★Allison Stenger ★Justin Stouffer ★Benjamin Wallace ★





Date: Thursday May 1, 5:30PM-7PM WHY: Future Meadows students will have an opportunity to visit the campus and hear about sports and clubs available at their new school. 1.

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Students check in at 5:30pm in the school cafeteria to •learn about the extra-curricular activities •eat pizza •enjoy fun and games! Parents/siblings check in at the school library for an informational meeting from 6:00-7:00PM Parents pick up child at 7:00PM in the school cafeteria. PLEASE RETURN  BOTTOM  PORTION  TO  YOUR  TEACHER  BY  THURSDAY,  APRIL  24th. A  $10.00  dona@on  would  be  appreciated  to  cover  costs  of  a  Meadows  T-­‐shirt  &  pizza. Please  make  check  payable  to  Meadows  PTM  .     Contact  Deb  with  any  ques@ons  at  or  602-­‐505-­‐7337

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Donation Amount $___________


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NEWS FROM  THE  HEALTH  OFFICE    -­‐-­‐  Nurse  Sharon Immuniza7ons:    Please  remember  to  send  in  a  copy  of  ANY  shots  your  child  receives    so  we  can  update  the  health  record.     Meningi=s  and  Tdap  are  due  in  the  6th  grade.  No=ces  were  sent  home  sta=ng  the  due  date-­‐  In  order  to  remain  in  school-­‐   your  child  needs  these  shots.    Please  call  me  with  any  ques=ons. Illness/Sickness:  The  flu  is  going  around  and    respiratory  infec=ons  are    everywhere.    If  your  child  has  diarrhea,  vomi=ng  or   a  temperature,  they  may  not  aEend  school  for  24  hours.    Please  keep  your  child  home  if  they  are  sick.      If  you  child  has   Strep.  Throat-­‐  they  may  return  to  school  24  hours  aJer  star=ng  an  an=bio=c  as  long  as  there  is  no  fever.    Extra  rest,   increasing  fluids  and  ea=ng  right  are  3  simple  ways  to    help  ward  off  illnesses. Allergies/Asthma:    This  is  going  to  be  a  crazy  year  for  allergies    and  allergies  and  colds  can  lead  to  asthma  issues,  so  take   allergy  meds  if    symptoms  are  in  abundance.    If  Students  take  allergy  medica=on  before  school,  that  can  help  them  get  thru   the  day.    Please  remember  all  meds  ,  such  as  inhalers  MUST  be  brought  to  the  Nurse  with  a  label  and  signed  permission   from  a  parent. Item  of  the  Month:    In  order  to  help  off  set  the  budget,  the  item  of  the  month  is  Sani=zing  Gel  and  Wipes.

GO RAMS! Meadows Athletics David Vibber Athletic Director


Athletic Fees: Parents, another friendly reminder...we need all winter sports Athletic Fees to be taken care of as soon as possible. Please pay your fee (Tax Credit) on line. See our website for the link. us get your son's and daughter's uniform turned in as soon as their season is complete. Thanks to all the parents that have contributed to make this another successful season for the Rams! Continue to support them as they advance through the VAC Playoffs! Madison Meadows requires all students that participate on an athletic team to pay an athletic fee of $100 to offset the cost of operating our athletic program. The fee pays for coaches, referees, conference dues, transportation, uniforms and equipment. The fee is “given back” in the way of a Tax Credit for the same amount.

Please pay the $100 athletic fee online: • Click “Tax Credit” on the top right hand side. Scroll down and click “Donate Online”. • Forward the tax credit confirmation email to and include player’s name and sport. • Credit card payments also accepted in the office. If a student/family is in need of a financial consideration; volunteer assistance to our school and/or athletic program may be considered. If the student meets all of the academic and behavioral requirements, then we will consider providing a waiver that will enable him/her to participate. Sincerely, David Vibber Meadows Athletic Director

IB Corner of the World Dear Parent, We are very appreciative of our wonderful PTM for purchasing Managebac software for our teachers. This month, staff will participate in online training from Managebac and will learn how to navigate through the program and how to access the unit planner template. Thank you, PTM, for this generous purchase for our school. Students at Meadows are learning about the IB attribute of the month of being a “risk-taker.”

Share with your child your personal experiences at being a risk-taker and how it affected you in the long-run Make sure to provide positive feedback when your child attempts to do something new.

The description from IB for risk-taker is… “We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.”

How parents can enforce the “risk-taker” in their children: Most importantly, make sure your child understands the difference between being a risk-taker by trying new things versus doing things that are dangerous Always try to encourage your child to play a new sport, try a new food when you go out to a restaurant; try a new instrument; and learning a new language Provide a safe place where you can talk about trying new activities and reflect upon how it felt to try something new

Students in Mrs. Lawton’s class are risk-takers as they practice speaking and writing in Spanish on the Smart Board.

Thank the Teacher Appreciation Committee provided teacher’s dinner from Taco Atoyac for parent /teacher conferences. They also provided a grab and go snack. -Kari Blakley

Spread the word...only 19 parents have registered their VIP card to earn donations for our school. Charitable Acts  Committee  News Need  community  service  hours?    

Volunteer Growing  Garden  on    1st  street  and   Glendale  Avenue  from  3-­‐5PM  on  TCT  days  |    Britton  Sanchez

Meadows has adopted a planting bed at the "Growing Together Garden" located on the corner of 1st St. & Glendale Ave. Meadows students & parents have been working hard planting, harvesting, composting, weeding, & more! Help support this wonderful place so they can receive a $5,000

donation from Our Hope

Phoenix:  VOTE ONCE PER DAY! Charitable Acts Committee


Thank you  Meadows  families  for  serving  our  community.    ~  Britton Sanchez CAC Chair

Please keep clipping Box Tops. This is easy money for our school. Due date is

April 16th


The class with the most Box Tops wins snack shack coupons and the teacher gets a night out. Let's earn as many as we can! Thanks,

The Meadows Snack Shack is open after school and during RAMMS sporting events on campus (some nights & Saturdays).   Groups on campus can “sponsor” the snack shack for the month and proceeds for that month will help your group!  Parents (with student helpers) are needed to staff the

snack shack. Student helpers gain community service time. Fun and easy! Check out the online schedule and submit your time on line. Contact Snack Shack Coordinator Theresa m to learn more!


SPECIAL ALERT! FRY’s Shoppers can sign up for a FREE rewards program.’s not too late to order your YEARBOOK! Yearbooks still available! The 2013-14 Meadows’ yearbook is $40 and is still available for purchase online

You can  also  s%ll  order  a  book  through  school,  either  at  the  office  or  directly  through  Mr.   Murphy.  Make  checks  payable  to  Meadows  PTM. The  artwork  of  Ms.  Cohen’s  1st  period  social  studies  class  

will be  displayed  at  The  Madison  Bash  on  Saturday,  April   5th!    Come  see  some  amazing  works  of  art  in  Wassily   Kandinsky’s  abstract  style.   A  big  thank  you  to  Mrs.  Sue  Abbass  for  being  the   inspirational  art  masterpiece  guide  in  this  class.    Ask  your   child  how  they  like  the  program  and  who  they  have   studied  so  far!   Other  artists  our  5th  &  6th  graders  will  learn  about  this   year  include:   • Jean-­‐Baptiste   Simeon  Chardin • Vincent  Van  Gogh • Winslow  Homer • Alexander  Calder • Maurice   Prendergast • Goya • Nicholas  Hillyard • Frida  Kahlo • Diego  Rivera • El  Greco • Hendrik  Avercamp • Vigee-­‐LeBrun • Duane  Hanson • Marc  Chagall • Edward  Hicks • Paul  Klee • Roy  Lichtenstein •

A  BIG  Thank  you  to  all  the   volunteer  parent  guides  who   make  this  program  possible!  

Here’s hoping  you  have  a  wonderful   Spring  Break  and  if  you’re  looking  for   something  to  do,  check  out  the  Dale   Chihuly  exhibition  at  the  Desert   Botanical  Gardens  now  through  May  18!     You  will  not  be  disappointed!­‐exhibitions/ chihuly  

Discovery and surprise await you on the Garden trails. Artist Dale Chihuly returns to the Desert Botanical Garden this fall with a stunning exhibition of his extraordinary and vibrant works of art. Chihuly is credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from craft to fine art. He is renowned for his ambitious architectural installations around the world, in historic cities, museums and gardens. Chihuly’s work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Corning Museum of Glass. Major exhibitions includeChihuly Over Venice (1995-96), Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem (1999), Garden Cycle (2001– present),and displays at the de Young Museum in San Francisco (2008), the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (2011) and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond (2012). Chihuly Garden and Glass opened at Seattle Center in 2012. Chihuly Garden and Glass opened at Seattle Center in 2012.

Nancy Stouffer Art  Masterpiece  Chair 602-­‐770-­‐8724  cel


Dear Parents, We  will  be  using  the  convenient  services  of  SchoolKidz,  Inc.  and  their  Teacher  Tailored®  back-­‐to-­‐school  supply  kit   program.  Why  fight  long  lines  trying  to  find  every  single  requested  item  on  your  child’s  supply  list?  Let  us  do  the   shopping  for  you! SchoolKidz,  Inc.  offers  brand  name  items,  chosen  by  the  teachers  and  is  exactly  what  is  on  your  child’s  supply  list.   Names  such  as  Crayola®,  Fiskars®  and  Elmers®,  and  their  own  brand  Teacher’sBest™.    Best  of  all,  the  entire  package   comes  in  a  reusable  personalized  kit. This  program  will  save  you  time,  making  “back-­‐to-­‐school  time”  less  hectic  and  more  enjoyable  for  both  students  and   parents.  We  believe  you  will  find  the  pricing  to  be  very  reasonable.  All  kits  will  be  delivered  to  the  school  and  we  will  let   you  know  the  exact  date  for  pick  up.    Order  forms  will  be  available  soon.     If  you  have  any  questions,  please  contact  Leah  at

Madison Meadows

SCHOOL SPIRIT WATER BOTTLES only $5 Pu r cha Me se yo ur Sch ado w ool s S pir 27 t o unc (BP e A Sp o Fre r ts e Bot ) tle! Proceeds benefit Charitable Acts Committee (CAC)

Pick one up at the snack shack, or order your cup today! It’s easy to shop online:

Support Class of 2014!

8th Grade Graduation!

Designate your tax credit dollars toward Meadows 8th Grade Graduation. Allocate $400 (couples filing jointly) or $200 (individual) tax credit dollars. Tell Grandparents, friends, and relatives about the way to donate.

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Public Notice for Destruction of Records


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Following the microfilming of these records, all original permanent cumulative records of students born in 1997 who have withdrawn from the Madison School District will be destroyed. In addition, all permanent cumulative records of students who promoted out of Madison schools in 2011 will be destroyed. Before any records are destroyed, parents have the right to review and obtain copies of their child’s records. Please contact Madison School District, Student Records Department at 602-664-7958 before May 16th, 2014.

Aviso Público para la Destrucción de Expedientes Todos los expedientes originales y permanentes de los estudiantes nacidos en 1997 que se trasladaron fuera de las escuelas de Madison y todos los expedientes permanentes de los estudiantes que se graduaron de las escuelas Madison en el 2011, serán destruidos después de ser archivados en microfilm. Antes de que cualquier expediente sea destruido los padres tienen el derecho de revisar los expedientes y obtener copias. Por favor contactar al el Departamento de Expedientes del Distrito Escolar Madison al 602-664-7958 antes del 16 de Mayo del 2014.

Information Regarding Homeless Students Students are considered homeless if they are: • In a shelter, motel vehicle, or campground • On the street • In an abandoned building, trailer or other inadequate accommodations • Doubled up with friends or relatives because they cannot find or afford housing If children are homeless they have certain rights or protections under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act. These protections include the right to: • Go to school, no matter where they live or how long you have lived there • Be enrolled immediately without birth certificates, immunizations or school records • Attend school while the school arranges for the transfer of school and immunization records or any other required documents • Enroll in school without giving a permanent address. Schools cannot delay enrollment. • Continue in the school they attended before becoming homeless or the school they last attended • Receive transportation to and from the school they attended before becoming homeless or the school they last attended, if requested. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your local school office. Información con respecto a Estudiantes sin vivienda Los estudiantes son considerados sin vivienda si ellos están: · En refugios, vehiculo de motel o en campamentos · En las calles · En un edificio abandonado, remolque u otro hospedaje inadecuado · Viviendo con amistades o parientes porque no pueden encontrar o no puede pagar vivienda. Si los niños no tienen donde vivir, ellos tienen ciertos derechos o protecciones bajo el Acto de Asistencia Educativa de estudiantes sin vivienda McKinney-Vento. Estas protecciones incluyen el derecho a: · Ir a la escuela, sin importar donde viven o por cuanto tiempo han vivido allí · Matricularse inmediatamente sin certificado de nacimiento, cartilla de vacunas o documentos escolares. · Asistir a la escuela mientras la escuela hace los arreglos de traspaso de escuela y documentos de vacunas o cualquier otro documento requerido · Matricularse en la escuela sin dar una dirección permanente. Las escuelas no pueden demorar la matriculación. · Continuar en la escuela que asistieron antes de quedarse sin vivienda o a la última escuela a la que asistieron. · Recibir transporte hacia y de la escuela que asistieron antes de quedarse sin vivienda o a la última escuela a la que asistieron, si lo solicitan. Si tiene preguntas o comentarios, por favor comuníquese a la oficina de su escuela local.  


Med-O-Gram Madison Meadows March 2014


Med-O-Gram Madison Meadows March 2014