Dear Parents and Guardians:
Welcome to Madison Avenue Elementary School! It is my distinct pleasure to be able to work with parents, guardians, and other members of the Madison Avenue School educational community. I look forward to participating in an environment where positive professional and collaborative relationships have been established. Our rich, culturally diverse learning community enhances understanding, acceptance and tolerance of all people within the Irvington community, as well as the global community.
Some of the many accomplishments made during the 2016-2017 school year, include our National Elementary Honor Society celebrating its fifth successful year. During our previous school year, twenty-five (25) students were inducted. This national organization recognizes students for their outstanding academic achievements and helps foster their personal responsibilities for success. Students meet throughout the school year to discuss and plan activities in order to provide meaningful service to our school and community as they develop their own leadership skills.
Madison Avenue School has a very active Student Council. This program fosters our students’ sense of community, positive self-image, and enables them to learn, value and participate in the democratic process.
The school’s Anti-Bullying Policy continues to foster ongoing respect for each and every member of the Madison Avenue School community. Our guidance department has taken a proactive stance by consistently meeting with students in their classes to teach and encourage them about the importance of knowing and respecting each other’s individuality; which promotes and nurtures the positive social and educational atmosphere that exists at Madison Avenue School. Each year students and teachers hold Anti-Bullying Assemblies. During these assemblies, students encourage their schoolmates to love themselves and to feel secure with who they are. The focus is that everyone is special in their own way and that a positive character is essential for someone’s success in life.
This school year, we will participate in a district-wide initiative and focus on 10-character trait themes. Each month we will focus on a different trait including: Respect, Responsibility, Empathy, Compassion, Attitude, Motivation, Accountability, Persistence, Trustworthiness and Integrity.
Throughout the year, our parent coordinator, in partnership with the principal, sponsors workshops for parents that concentrate on specific aspects of their role in their child’s education and how they can help improve their child’s academic achievement. These workshops are provided monthly to the parents, guardians, and family members of Madison Avenue School students. As research suggests, parental involvement is an essential element in the educational success for each student.
Students at Madison Avenue School won many district sponsored writing essay contests with 1st and 2nd place awards for the Martin Luther King Essay Contest, the Multi-Cultural Essay Contest, and the NJEA Pride Contest.
Students in our Intellectually Gifted program participate in the district’s annual Law Day. Students create and participate in a mock trial under the guidance of our teacher of the Intellectually Gifted. Guest judges and attorneys attend and participate in this special event.
In addition, Madison Avenue School is a participant in the “Healthy U” program that promotes and fosters health awareness among students, their families, and the school faculty. Madison Avenue School holds the distinction of being a model school for this program, and as a result, has been awarded grants for our outstanding work.
Madison Avenue School has many events planned to improve student achievement during the 2017 – 2018 school year. Madison Avenue School enjoys showcasing student work and will therefore continue its Science, Math, and Language Arts Literacy Fairs. These fairs are held individually throughout the year and are used to showcase students’ increasing mastery of the core content standards for each subject. These fairs are held in our school auditorium and I encourage all members of our educational community to visit. Please check Madison Avenue School’s monthly calendars in order to be informed of the dates for content fairs.
We are very proud of the low suspension and HFP (Home for Parent) rate that exists at Madison Avenue School. To help with sound school management, Madison Avenue School will continue to host the positive behavior modification program, “H.E.A.R.T. (Helpful Hands, Excellent Effort, Awesome Attitude, Really Respectful, and Totally Trustworthy). With teacher and community collaboration, Madison Avenue School recognizes, reinforces, and rewards positive student behavior on a consistent basis. It is satisfying to know that the Madison Avenue School community continues to support the tenets of this successful program.
Our teachers remain on the cutting edge by participating in professional development that offers best practices and research-based strategies that are in alignment with the New Jersey Students Learning Standards (formerly the NJ Common Core).
We welcome and encourage all Madison Avenue School parents to find time in their busy schedules to visit our school and observe quality teaching and learning. It is through this vital component of parental support and positive interaction that significant educational gains be recognized.