Principal's Message September 2013A Message from the Principal

Welcome James Madison Families,

The first day of school is upon us.  This time brings mixed emotions, sad to see the summer come to an end, but excitement for the beginning of school to start.  It was great to meet all of the new parents and students during registration, and also see all of those familiar faces returning. 

School Safety

Last school year we put in place a number of safety initiatives to ensure our students and staff are safe within the school day.  The Sheboygan Area School District has funded the initiatives through out the school year. 

There are a few things in place that I would like to let you know and request your support.  Prior to the start of the school day if you drop your children off in the front of school we would like the children to walk on the walkway to the back of the building.  We will have staff available to supervise the students starting at 8:20 a.m. The reason for asking that the students go to the back of the building is to ensure that our students are not unsupervised within the building.  Many of our teachers are preparing for the day or attending meetings before school and may not be in their classroom.  The exception to this is when it in the event of inclement weather.  If students choose to have breakfast in the morning they can enter the front of the building starting at 8:20 a.m.

It is our goal to ensure that all of the students and staff at James Madison are in a safe environment.  In order to meet that goal the doors to the front of the building will be locked daily starting at 9:00 a.m.   After that time, visitors to the building will need to use the main entrance of the building on David Avenue and buzz the A-Phone system on the west wall.   The office staff will be able to see who is at the front entrance and be able to communicate to that visitor before allowing them in to the building.  After entering the building all visitors are required to report to the school office, sign in, and wear a visitor badge while in the building.    You may notice that our entire staff will be wearing picture ID’s which allow other staff and students to identify the adults in the building. 

At the end of the school day the front parking lot is closed to all vehicles except for those needing handicapped parking. We are requiring parents that are picking up their students to remain outside of the building. The teachers will bring the students outside to you.  If you need to speak with your student’s teacher or have business in the office you may enter the building after the bell at 3:45 p.m.

Site-Based Management

We are looking for three parent representatives to be part of Site-Based Management.  The purpose of Site-Based is to have a representation of Madison: teachers, support staff, parents, and administration to work together to make decisions that will impact the direction of the building.  Examples of the decisions that Site-Based will make include the school calendar and the structure of the school day.

At this point we have no parent representation.  The parent voice is one that needs to be heard and needs to be part of this organization.  The Site-Based meetings are scheduled for the 1st Friday of the month from 7:45 – 8:30.  If you are interested in being part of Site-Based team please contact the main office. 

Community Support Center 

James Madison is seeking interested family and community volunteers to support our students and staff in the 2014-2015 school year!

Please consider volunteering your time this year in our Community Support Center.  Research indicates that when families, communities, and schools work together students will be successful!

You will have the opportunity to support students in their learning by reading with them, practicing math facts, supporting and encouraging students to finish assignments one-on-one, or helping in the classroom as needed.   There will also be opportunities to support staff with cutting, shelving library books, making bulletin boards, hanging student work, or other clerical help as needed. 

If you are interested, please contact me at 459-3587.   I will meet with any interested volunteers for an orientation and input session on how our support center can be successful.  In order to maintain a safe and respectful learning environment, all volunteers will have to undergo a background check and be willing to sign a confidentiality agreement.

The James Madison staff is excited about this new opportunity to work with its families and community to enhance student learning.

Jason Ledermann