2016-2017 School Year Summary
I’ve often stated that Madison 321 is the finest school district in Idaho. There are a number of reasons for this assertion as we are blessed in our community to have great students, supportive parents, amazing and dedicated teachers, talented administrators and caring support staff.
Therefore, as the school years draws rapidly to a close, I wanted to share just a few of the numerous highlights.
We are very proud of the fact that Madison High won five state academic championships! (Football, Cross Country, Cheerleading, Boy’s Basketball and Boy’s Tennis). MHS has won 15 state 5A academic championships in the last four years. This achievement is unprecedented. The hard work and dedication of these students is truly noteworthy.
Madison was awarded a National Silver medal in Family Consumer Science and was recognized by the AP Honor Roll, Niche.com and US News and World Report Awards as a school of distinction.
Our Future Farmers of America (FFA) won the state vocational championship! College and Career opportunities are exploding with record student enrollment in PTE, AP and Dual Credit classes and in earning college credits before graduation.
MHS Speech and Debate was awarded the “Societe de 300” (Company of 300) naming our program in the top 4 percent nationally. A record 13 students qualified for national speech and debate! This is the 18th consecutive year of MHS having qualified for nationals.
20 students became Certified Microsoft Technicians through our Business Professionals Program.
Our 2017 MHS graduation rate is at 99 percent, which again is testament to the resiliency of hard working students and concerned, watchful teachers, counselors and administrators. The amount of scholarship money earned by our graduating class this year school is $ 815,000.
“Madison Online” was launched last fall to assist students who cannot attend school full time. Madison Online is part of Central High School and they have had 30 students continuously enrolled throughout the year.
Athletically, Madison enjoyed one of its best years with teams and individuals throughout the year earning the privilege of competing in state tournaments. We are proud of the hard work and discipline it takes to excel in these sporting events.
Artistically, Madison 321 is witnessing the highest number of students enrolled in the fine arts grades 5-12. The choir, band, orchestra and drama are programs led by talented professionals. Great to see the continuing excellence.
Though academic achievements are typically more recognized at the high school level, all of our elementary schools, our middle and junior high schools are excellent schools which provide a solid academic foundation for later success.
At Madison Middle School we are providing instruction in robotics, video game design and circuitry. We’ve added a Young Engineering class so students can begin to learn coding.
In all of our elementary schools we support Veterans Day and Constitution Day celebrations, field trips, multiple hands-on projects, pacer programs, art, poetry and photography contests. We facilitate before and after school programs, family reading and math programs, landed tens of thousands of dollars in library grants, are heavily involved with “Fuel up to Play 60” activities and we host “Friendship” clubs to reduce bullying.
All of above in addition to an excellent foundational comprehensive academic curriculum.
Our amazing PTO parents are greatly appreciated having raised money through many fundraisers and volunteering countless hours in our classrooms and hosting popular events.
Madison enjoys a strong and vibrant partnership with BYUI which includes agreements for early field, practicum and student teaching, allowing opportunities for and access to excellent prospective teachers.
Thus, Madison 321 is an excellent school district and you can be proud of our student and staff success. We believe in being caring, community schools and the support for our neighborhood schools from parents and patrons including the very generous contributions of our local farmers and business community is sincerely appreciated.
Thank you everyone for an excellent school year!
Dr. Geoff Thomas