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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...

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. “...

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