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Varsity Dance goes to finals for first time at national competition

Madeleine LeTendre, Sports Editor

March 19, 2018

On Feb. 4, Madison’s varsity dance team placed 18th in the nation at the Universal Dance Association National Dance Team Championship (NDTC) held in Orlando, Fla. This was the first time Madison’s dancers qualified for the final round of the competition in school history. “Not only was the team co...

Amazon creates list of potential locations for new headquarters

Devan Fink, Online Editor-in-Chief

March 19, 2018

After months of anticipation, electronic commerce giant Amazon announced in mid-January that Northern Virginia; Montgomery County, Md.; and Washington, D.C. are among the twenty cities the company is considering for their second headquarters. With three cities in the greater metropolitan area, some conside...

Students walk out to speak out against gun violence

Students walk out to speak out against gun violence

Lulu, In-Depth Editor

March 14, 2018

Exactly one month after the Parkland Shooting, 350 Madison students walked out of their Warhawk Time and gathered onto the football field in protest of gun violence. Organized by Women’s March Youth Empower, this nationwide walk out encouraged students to leave their classes for 17 minutes, in hono...

Students celebrate National Counseling Week

Mark Young, News Editor

March 9, 2018

This February 5th to 9th has was National Counseling week. Counselors at Madison, as well as other schools, have always been an enormous help to students whether it be course selection, colleges, or just wanting to talk. “The help that we can provide to students is what keeps me coming back.  E...

FCPS introduces new One Fairfax Policies

Grace-Lauren Richmond, Business Manager

February 14, 2018

The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) School Board adopted a new One Fairfax Policy at its meeting on Nov. 20, and the Board of Supervisors adopted the policy the following day at its meeting on Nov. 21. FCPS wants to embrace and support its growing diversity and address the social inequalities that...

New tolls on I-66 increase travel costs

Thomas Blackburn, Features Editor

February 14, 2018

Interstate 66 (I-66), a major east-west U.S roadway, now has an aggregate density toll during rush hours on weekdays. The new development on this popular artery leading to Washington, D.C. has caused commuters to reassess their travel plans. An E-ZPass is required to pay for the toll.   The ...

Cuota nueva aumenta los costes de viaje

Thomas Blackburn and Alyza Keo, translator

February 2, 2018

La interestatal sesenta y seis (I-66), una gran autopista entre el este y oeste, ahora tiene un cuota mas grande durante las horas  laborales. Este desarrollo nuevo es una arteria principal para ir a Washington D.C., pero los precios alazados estan causando que las personas que lo usan normalmente, recons...

Try to predict FCPS’s first snow day of 2018 with Hawk Talk contest

Try to predict FCPS’s first snow day of 2018 with Hawk Talk contest

Ellie Renshaw and Stephen Desmarais

January 2, 2018

The Hawk Talk is holding a student contest; correctly guess when the first snow day will be this year, and you'll win the ultimate snow day starter pack! This will include hot chocolate, popcorn and more! The Hawk Talk defines a "snow day" by any weekday that schools are closed and students do not ...

School Board votes Dec. 13 on 2018-19 school calendar

Mark Young, News Editor

December 12, 2017

On November 13th, the Fairfax County Public School Board met to decide between potential calendars for the 2018-19 school year. All possibilities include distinct options for the first day of school. Plan A begins Aug. 23, plan B on Aug. 22, and plan C on Aug. 28 (for the students), while the teache...

FCPS compiles dyslexia handbook for students and parents

Matthew Nguyen, Staff Reporter

December 4, 2017

VA State Governor Terry McAuliffe recognized October as Dyslexia Awareness Month, and in observance, FCPS has made several resolutions to support community members affected by dyslexia. One of these resolutions involved the creation of the FCPS Online Dyslexia Handbook, which provides schools, familie...

Spanish Honor Society collaborates with ESOL program

Emily Wilson-Quayle, Staff Reporter

December 4, 2017

Starting during the 2016-2017 school year, Madison created a new partnership between ESOL students and Spanish Honor Society students which focuses on helping ESOL students with their English skills in the classroom. They typically meet once or twice a week during Warhawk Time, which is a class comprise...

New Superintendent Scott Brabrand meets with FCPS community members

New Superintendent Scott Brabrand meets with FCPS community members

Ellie Renshaw, Online Editor-in-Chief

December 1, 2017

New Superintendent Dr. Scott Braband is inviting the community to meet him face-to-face. Brabrand is holding five “Community Conversations” to answer questions from students, parents, school employees and residents in a town hall style session. His goal of late has been “connecting and reconnec...

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