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SGA announces spirit days for homecoming week

SGA announces spirit days for homecoming week

Hannah Kase, Online Editor-in-Chief

September 4, 2018

The Madison Student Government Association (SGA) has released the schedule for the 2018 Homecoming Spirit Week. The schedule is as follows: Monday: Destinations Day Seniors- Staycation (USA) Juniors- Beach Trip (Hawaii) Sophomores- Space Trip (Aliens) Freshmen- Sleep Away Camp (Pajamas) Teach...

Madison to introduce new school year with annual Fall Kick Off and County Fair

Madison to introduce new school year with annual Fall Kick Off and County Fair

Devan Fink, Online Editor-in-Chief

August 20, 2018

With the new school year just one week away, it's time to begin to prepare for the upcoming year. Keeping with tradition, Madison will be hosting their annual Fall Kickoff this Friday, Aug. 24. Rising freshmen are encouraged to show up early at 3:30 p.m. to get their schedules and find their lockers...

Students walkout for gun reform on nineteenth anniversary of Columbine shooting

Students walkout for gun reform on nineteenth anniversary of Columbine shooting

Ellie Renshaw and Elsa Scott

April 20, 2018

April 20 marks the nineteenth anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, and students are again walking out with the message, "Never again," pressing for stricter gun laws and country-wide gun reform. As the third major demonstration which Madison students have participated in...

School Board approves significant change to pupil placement policy

Stephen Desmarais, Editor-in-Chief

March 19, 2018

There will be a drastic change in pupil placements options for students in the Madison pyramid and across Fairfax County beginning next year. The change will be implemented in 2018-19, but students who already participate in pupil placement programs will not be affected. Previously, students could ...

Fourth level languages redesignated as Honors classes

Anna Brinkhuis, Opinion Editor

March 19, 2018

At the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, the FCPS World Languages Office made the decision to make every Level 4 Language an Honors class. Because of the increased difficulty of such classes, students, including those who have already completed a Level 4 language, will be awarded a 0.5 boost to ...

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...

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