Mustangs Moments of Excellence

We hope everyone had a wonderful summer and are ready to grow and learn at Madison.

Good morning Madison Mustangs and welcome to your first full week of school.  Mrs. Duther's class would like to remind you that we will be talking about growth mindset all year long.  That's when you work really hard at something, try different ways to figure a problem out, and never give up.  Let's make this our best school year ever!

Good morning Madison Mustangs.  Mrs. Duthler's class is wondering if you enjoy watching sports?  Many of the athletes had dreams of becoming a professional athlete ever since they were young  They developed a growth mindset when they were your age.  They persevered (which means they kept going even when it got tough) and used a lot of grit.  When others told them they couldn't, they said, "Oh yes I can.  Just watch me!"  Their dreams came true. At school, set a goal, persevere and continue to nurture a growth mindset.  Before the game begins, athletes and fans place their right hand over their hearts, and proudly sing along to The Star Spangled Banner.  Now, imagine yourself achieving your goal and feeling that sense of pride.  Dream big and aim high!!

Mrs. Ramirez' fourth grade class would like to start the week by sharing with our fellow mustangs that even though the last two weeks of school have flashed before our eyes, they have learned multiple sums of new material.  Be generous to those around you, greet them, with a friendly smile, and always show respect.

"The fourth grade journey is not one to take lightly", says Mrs. Ramirez!  She is please to say that her 7 times 4 equals 28 fourth graders in her classroom are adapting to their new surroundings quite well!  Thank you fourth graders for always welcoming new faces and for always having each other's back and keep doing your PARRT!

It's a great day to be a Mustang, Madison friends!  The fourth graders in Ms. Gerst's class are ready for a week of learning!  Are you?  Remember to do your PARRT today and every day.  Look for ways to be kind ~ it will make your heart happy!  Let's make it a fantastic week!

Ms. Gerst's fourth graders are discovering that Iowa is an amazing place!  We have learned about the different landforms found in all parts of the state and we know anyone who thinks Iowa is just flat and boring hasn't studied the eight different landform regions.  From the Mississippi River to the Missouri River you can find beautiful prairies, valleys, and plains!  The next time you see a fourth grader, ask them to tell you what they have learned about Iowa so far!

It is great to see all the red, white and blue filling the halls of Madison.  Mrs. Locke's class would like to thank the first grade team for planning our flag etiquette assembly.  They look forward to it this afternoon.

The muffins ere great this morning.  Thank you PTA.  Mrs. Locke's class is ready for a great day.  We will do our personal best.

Mr. Casey's 3rd graders are putting in a lot of work with math these days.  They are learning all of the multiplication strategies that are going to help them all year long.  They aren't easy but with some hard work, they will have them mastered in no time!

Happy Friday Mustangs!  Mr. Casey's class would like you to know it is the first Feedback Friday of the year!  Today all of the teachers will be calling or emailing your parents telling them about all the great things you're doing at Madison.  We are going to have a lot of proud parents today Mustangs!

Good morning Madison Mustangs.  Miss Kamhawy's 2nd grade class hopes everyone had a good weekend!  We hope everyone has a good day and a good week.  We want to remind everyone to have a growth mindset in everything that you do and especially when you come across a hard or difficult concept that you are trying to learn.  Remember  to believe in yourself and to tell yourself that "Yes, I can do it!"

During our PARRT lesson time, the 2nd graders in Miss Kamhawy's class have been working hard on understanding other points of view.  They know that they need to listen to another person's point of view and to respect that person's point of view.  Keep up the good work 2nd graders!

Students in Mrs. Mueller's class have been learning how to write in cursive.  They have learned a handful of lowercase letters.  Before you know it, they will know all of their letters!  Always remember to use nice handwriting and do your personal best on all of your work so others can read it!

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department is back again today to visit the kindergarten and third grade classes.  Third graders have been learning about fire safety and how to escape from a fire.  Did you know that your fire alarms in your house have birthday's just like you?  Mrs. Mueller's class would like you to remind your parents to check the batteries in them at least once a year!  It may not be as exciting as blowing out a candle on your birthday cake, but at least you will know they can offer some protection to your family in case there was ever a fire.

Good morning, Madison Mustangs, and welcome to a marvelous Monday!  The first graders in Ms. Wright's class are looking forward to many things this week.  First, we're setting up our terrariums in science and get to put pill bus in them!  next, the first Family Conference Night is this Thursday night, which means we get to welcome our families into our school to share with them all of our learning and hard work.  Also, this Friday we will have an author visit along with America Reads Day.  Wow ~ so much to look forward to!  Have a wonderful day!

Happy Friday, Madison Mustangs!  Today is America Reads Day, and Ms. Wright's class knows it is going to be a great time!  There are volunteers reading in your classrooms today, which is a very special treat!  Also, the first graders would like to extend a warm welcome to our guest, author Dori Hillestad Butler!

Students in Mrs. McCusker's class really enjoyed getting to meet a real author!  They thought it was so neat that she had wanted to write her own books since she was in first grade!  They know that writing is important and are going to work really hard on their writing this week.  They also know that handwriting is important because you want someone to be able to read what you have written so you always have to do your personal best.

First graders had a great day yesterday going on their first field trop.  They were able to go to the History Center and have a tour of the main Cedar Rapids Public Library!  They did a great job representing Madison.  They were respectful, and had a lot of fun!  Mrs. McCusker's class wants to remind you that tonight is Hall-O-Ween and they hope they see a lot of people trick or treating through the halls of Madison from 6:30 - 8:00!  you get to wear your Halloween costume, trick-or-treat, and even have a snack in the cafeteria when you are done!  What could be more exciting on a Friday night than getting candy!  We hope to see you there.

Mrs. Engelbrecht's kindergarteners are doing a wonderful job learning their sounds with the Superkids!  They are meeting their 7th Superkid this week!  They know how to use the sounds they learn to chunk and blend words from pictures.  They are beginning to read these words too!  We hope that all of the Mustangs at Madison keep reading personal best!  Remember how it all started with on letter and sound!

Happy day to all of you!  The kindergarteners in Mrs. Engelbrecht's class are so excited to share that they are experts about timelines!  This week, they learned that a timeline is used  to list important events in time order.  Next week, they will begin sharing artifacts on a timeline about themselves.

The kindergarteners in Ms. Yanda's class are so excited about the food drive.  We collected over 20 items and we are excited to bring in more.  Hopefully, we will win the popcorn party.

Have you ever really thought about what it means when we say, "Everybody learning, every day"?  Ms. Yanda's kindergarteners have been learning all sorts of new knowledge.  We are learning letters, sounds numbers, and how to count, but is that all we are learning in school?  Kindergarteners are finding there are so many more things to learn every day.  One thing we are learning about is, how to do their personal best at all times.  This can sometimes be hard to do when you just want to be finished and move on to something more fun.  We are learning that feeling good about doing your personal best work and having your personal best at all times.  We are learning that feeling good about doing our personal best work and having your personal best attitude to definitely more fun and feels better on the inside than just getting done with an assignment.  So remember, always do your personal best school work and personal best attitude and there will be something new to learn, every day.

All the students in Mr. Fred's room are working hard with decimals.  We can add, subtract, multiply and divide them.  Good work!

Mr. Fred's students are great writers and researchers.  They have just finished awesome Native American projects!

This week is National Kindness Week.  The students in Mrs. Everhart's class started showing kindness last week by collecting food for the food bank.  We can continue to show kindness by bringing in more food and also by doing random acts of kindness for others.

Mrs. Everhart's class continue to work on knowing their math facts.  Our hard work and practice is helping us reach our goals.  We are using our growth mindset to reach our goals.

The 5th graders in Mrs. Duthler's class hope your five days with family and friends were filled with many happy memories.  We encourage you to continue having a spirit of thanks and giving all year long.  Let's all have an attitude of gratitude.

This week Mrs. Duthler's students are continuing their thinking and learning about division.  They'll also be reviewing for next week's math core test.  We're looking forward to the challenge of showing what we know in math.

Happy Monday morning Madison Mustangs!  It's December 4, 2017.  Mrs. Hand's students would like to remind you that the weather will be taking a drastic change after today, so please dress warmly for the winter weather.  Today is Madison Monday so let's join together and show our school spirit by wearing our Madison shirts.  Have a great day!

The fourth grade student's in Mrs. Hand's class have been exploring the Progressive Era of history.  They are learning about the hardships and harrowing stories of many immigrants who came to America.  Can you imagine sailing across the ocean in cramped quarters for 14 days!  Let's make it a great day!

Mrs. Hand's class really enjoyed see so many Madison families at our Barnes and Noble night.  We hope you enjoyed picking out fantastic books to read.  Make it a great day!

The fourth graders in Miss Gerst's class have been working very hard to explain their thinking to others when solving a math problem.  We are also working on being respectful of others when they are sharing their thinking.  We know that we do not have to agree to be respectful of them and their work.  Show respect to everyone around you!

Miss Gerst's fourth graders are so excited to share all of their hard work with our families during our author's luncheon today!  WE know our families will enjoy reading our personal narratives we spent time writing , revising, and publishing into a book!  Have a great day everybody!

Good morning!  Mrs. Locke's students are excited to read our stories in our reading groups.  We love to use our imagination when we read.

The students in Mrs. Locke's class are excited to practice their math facts.  They are also doing their personal best all this week..  You never know who is watching!

Good morning Mustangs and Happy New Year from Mr. Casey's class!  We hope everyone had a great winter break and it's so nice to see everyone's smiling face again.  Let's have a great first day back!

The new year is a great time to set some goals.  Mr. Casey's class has been deciding what types of things they want to improve on in 2018.  What do you think you can get better at this year? 

What a short week last week was!  Mrs. Mueller's class hope you had a nice long, relaxing weekend and are ready to be back for a full week of school!  If you set a New Year's Resolution, we hope you're succeeding.  Even if you didn't set a New Year's Resolution, it's never too late to work harder at something.  Maybe it is remembering to student for your spelling test, maybe it's helping a classmate out or doing a random act of kindness for someone.  Whatever it may be, always remember to have a Growth Mindset and do your personal best!

Third graders in Mrs. Mueller's class have been learning fact families for multiplication and division.  They have also been learning how to divide quickly and use specific strategies.  Keep up the good work on learning those facts quickly third graders!