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New interim superintendent joins FCPS

Bailey Moskowitz, In-Depth Editor

December 5, 2016

On Nov. 9, Dr. Steve Lockard traded his title of Fairfax County’s Deputy Superintendent for that of its Interim Superintendent. Having had experience as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and director in the past, Lockard is fully prepared to take on the duties expected of him in this new rol...

Canned food drive improves community

Canned food drive improves community

Ellie Renshaw, Online Editor-in-Chief

November 17, 2016

The Student Government Association sponsors a four-week-long canned food drive each fall. This year, it began on Halloween and will end on Nov. 23, the half day before Thanksgiving break. While the collection started on Oct. 31, SGA has been planning for the event since last year’s drive ended, l...

New workout studio on Church Street

New workout studio on Church Street

Jackie Stein, Staff Reporter

November 9, 2016

With the cold weather approaching staying active can become challenging. A fresh, fun way to burn calories is at SourceCore, a new fitness studio on Church Street, located on the right side behind where Nielsen's Custard use to be. The studio offers a wide variety of different and expanding classes for all a...

Band closes season with long-time rivals

Matthew Nguyen, Staff Reporter

November 1, 2016

On Sept. 17, the Madison marching band attended the regional Bands of America (BOA) competition in Monroeville, Pa. where 25 high school marching bands from all over the East Coast came to perform and show off their musical excellence. With all their hard work and practice, Madison’s marching band...

History Honor Society contributes to U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Bailey Moskowitz, In-Depth Editor

November 1, 2016

Starting Oct. 12, James Madison’s Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society is joining forces with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in order to transcribe the lives of Holocaust survivors and heroes. Participants in this new joint program will add subtitles to video interviews of...

Madison media department introduces Madison News Network

Madison Walker, Staff Reporter

November 1, 2016

This year, the Broadcast Journalism class has been updated under the banner of the Madison News Network and has recommitted to informing the Madison staff and students about the latest SGA and club announcements. The show is accompanied by segments that highlight major events that occur around Madison....

Math course provides real-world skills through experience

Phoebe Cooper, Staff Reporter

November 1, 2016

Fairfax County has created Applied Calculus as a way to incorporate math into everyday life such as improving communication skills by presenting projects and using critical thinking to analyze data. Instead of memorizing equations, students learn to transfer calculus concepts into real life skills through...

Madison takes innovative approach to teaching

Natalie Francois, In-Depth Editor

November 1, 2016

As part of a plan to refocus learning at Madison, Gregory Hood, Madison’s principal, has enacted many changes for the 2016-2017 school year in order to emphasize the development of skills that students will use after graduating from high school, rather than pushing for higher grades. There is a...

Franz framework for grading focuses on performance

Franz framework for grading focuses on performance

Brooke Barber, Staff Reporter

October 6, 2016

Brooke Barber With the end of the quarter rapidly approaching, students are beginning to take advantage of the newly introduced StudentVUE, scouring the “Score” column to review their grades. Although Madison students are known for outstanding academic performance, the nature of averaging often allows a single, me...

New Retake Policy benefits students and teachers

New Retake Policy benefits students and teachers

Hannah Kase, Online Editor-in-Chief

October 5, 2016

With the new school year well underway, there have been some changes in the testing policy at Madison such as the elimination of midterms and more final exam exemptions. These modifications are part of an effort to reduce the number of traditional assessments that students take during the school year. Fo...

Warhawk time ambassadors improve community unity

Warhawk time ambassadors improve community unity

Sofia Ponos and Campbell Ferrick

October 4, 2016

Madison is fortunate to have a lively and diverse community of students. Teachers and students are always looking for ways to further integrate the student body. This year the administration has a new motto “One school one community.” To promote this the Spanish Program is working together with the...

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