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La administración crea un política nueva de los exámenes finales

La administración crea un política nueva de los exámenes finales

Alaina Ceynowa and Josh Dornfeld, translator

November 9, 2017

El verano pasado, la administración de Madison modificó la política de los exámenes finales. Ellos eliminaron las exenciones de estos exámenes. Además, con esta política nueva, la escuela espera que más y más profesores usen los proyectos acumulativos en lugar de los exámenes. En el pasado,...

Virginians head to polls for gubernatorial election Tuesday

Virginians head to polls for gubernatorial election Tuesday

Devan Fink, Online Editor-in-Chief

November 6, 2017

It’s Election Day in Virginia once again. Almost one year to the date after the 2016 United States presidential election, Virginians head to the polls once again on Tuesday to decide the who will be the 73rd Governor of the Commonwealth. Democratic candidate Ralph Northam faces off against...

Guest speaker Laura Mayer visits Active Minds Club

Madeleine LeTendre, Sports Editor

October 24, 2017

Madison’s newly-established Active Minds Club, a group dedicated to spreading awareness about the importance of openly talking about mental health, held a meeting Oct. 16 featuring guest speaker Laura Mayer, the director of the Fairfax County Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center’s (PRS) hotline. ...

FCPS changes AP exam payment policy

Grace McDonough, Features Editor

October 24, 2017

Due to their budget deficit, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has announced a new Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Policy for the 2017-18 school year. Beginning this year, a student’s first six AP exams will be paid for by the county. Starting with the seventh test, students will be required to pa...

New superintendent works to improve Fairfax County schools

Beck Inglese, Print Editor-in-Chief

October 24, 2017

On June 8, Dr. Scott Brabrand was appointed as the new Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) superintendent, after previously serving for five years as the Superintendent of Lynchburg City Schools. Brabrand will manage and organize FCPS activities through June 30, 2021. With a Bachelor’s of Scie...

Administration enacts new final exam protocol

Administration enacts new final exam protocol

Alaina Ceynowa, Community Editor

October 24, 2017

Madison administration revised the Final Exam Policy over the summer, doing away with all final exam exemptions. In addition, under this new policy, the school continues to stress the giving of cumulative projects rather than tests. In the past, if students had an A or A- all four quarters in a class...

Madison updates honor code with drastic changes in policy

Madeleine LeTendre, Sports Editor

October 24, 2017

Madison faculty revised the school’s honor code over the duration of last year implementing a new, updated version in August that went into effect for the 2017-2018 school year. The old honor code had been in place for five years. Assistant Principal Steve Plunkett oversaw this facelift. “...

Jared Wood (’17) rescues senior couple

Jared Wood (’17) rescues senior couple

Leah DeFreitas, In-Depth Editor

March 28, 2017

At approximately 5 a.m. on Wednesday, March 22, a fire engulfed the home of a senior couple in a Vienna neighborhood. Jared Wood (’17) heard the cries for help and approached the scene, making the 911 call and carrying an injured elderly woman away from the burning building. “She couldn't walk because she fell down t...

Drama department competes in VHSL One-Acts

Lauren Kassilke, Staff Reporter

March 2, 2017

She was walking through the halls of an unfamiliar place, only to find herself on stage. Staring back at her through the blinding lights were a group of judges. Their beady eyes watched her as she began her performance. “It was more nerve wracking because with a main stage here [at Madison], r...

Science Olympiad places first at Regionals

Elise Jensen, Features Editor

February 27, 2017

      Countless hours of preparation, studying, cramming and hard work have all led up to this moment. On February 25th, Science Olympiad competed in regionals at Fairfax High School against a variety of high schools in Northern Virginia. The Science Olympiad students put in hard work leading up to ...

Orchestra brings joy to book lovers

Alexa Clark, Print Editor-in-Chief

January 18, 2017

At the upper level entrance of the Barnes and Noble in Tyson’s Corner mall, a sign stood tall and proud welcoming the Madison Orchestra. Customers bustled in and out of the store carrying books in their arms and bags as holiday music filled the air. On Dec.10, the Madison Orchestra partnered w...

Biology club allows for exploration

Biology club allows for exploration

Lulu, In-Depth Editor

January 18, 2017

Excited whispers begin to fill the room, as jumpy teenagers cloaked in lab coats await to commence their activity: the dissection of a squid. Surrounded by sharp tool and diagrams, students bustle at their upcoming task which provides a real life hands-on experience, something they struggle to find in a regu...

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