It is extremely hard to believe that we have reached the halfway mark of the school year! This year has flown by and before we know it the Class of 2023 will be walking across the graduation stage!
I would like to begin by giving thanks Spherion and School Specialty for their extremely generous donation to Madison Local Schools. An event was held in late fall where leaders from Spherion and School Specialty joined the HS students in a celebration of our partnership. The items donated were put to immediate use and have assisted our teachers in providing the best possible instruction to our students.
Continuing with the theme of generosity, our high school students and staff have recently led several campaigns to provide for those less fortunate during the holiday season. Merry Madison Christmas is an annual tradition where high school student groups, clubs, and staff members adopt community families and provide them with the best Christmas possible. This includes purchasing Christmas Gifts and items that are needed to make the holidays special. Our Key Club has spearheaded the “Class Penny War” to raise additional funds for MMC families. OCC Leadership collected personal hygiene items such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and soap for families. National Honor Society led a canned food drive. Mr. Boliantz’s classes sorted items and readied them for delivery. Mrs. Thomas, Ms. Baker, and Mrs. Ohl have organized outside community donations. Lastly, Mrs. Kasberg’s Family and Consumer Science classes made trays of cookies for those adopted families.
Additionally, our Key Club led a very successful promotion where they donated socks, coats, scarves, and hats to Harmony House. Over 500 items were donated. These items helped many families stay warm during the Holidays.
There were many other exciting events that occurred in the months leading up to holidays.
Recently, Spanish Classes studied facts about all of the countries for Hispanic Heritage Month. At the end of the month, all classes met in the library to play Jeopardy against each other to demonstrate their knowledge. They did an impressive job!
The MCHS Drama Club presented Stealing Shakespeare November 18th and 19th at 7pm. The play was set in a modern day school and involves a group of students that want to put on a more modern version of a Shakespearean Drama. The play centered on the themes of young love, jealousy and betrayal. The students confronted the modern day problems of cyberbullying and the consequences of the improper use of social media.
On November 16th the Madison Student Initiative Team went to the Regional Leadership Conference at the Mid-Ohio Education Service Center. Students learned about setting goals, resilience, and building positive relationships. This event was co-sponsored by OHSAA and BW3s.
And we cannot forget “Winterfest.” On December 10th community members were treated to performances featuring all bands and choirs from grades 5-12, as well as an art show from all grades. All students did an impressive job. I would like to send a special thank you to all art and music education teachers that helped organize the event.
All things said, we are very lucky to have the opportunity to spend time with our amazing students. Their intelligence, personality, and caring nature makes MCHS the positive environment that it is.
Madison Comprehensive HS