• Welcome!  Thank you for visiting our website.  I am so happy and honored to be the Principal of the Madison Huskies for the third year.  This year is going to be the best yet!

    At Madison, EACH child is important, loved, and known.  I personally know every student’s name and greet them every morning.  I avoid meetings between 8:00-8:30 a.m. whenever possible.  There is nothing more important to a Principal than starting the day off with students, high-fiving, smiling and encouraging students to have a great day?!

    Our dedicated teachers take the time to figure out what each student needs academically.  Students learn at different rates, and in different ways, but ALL students can grow.   Students should be met at their level and challenged to improve.    Our staff is firm yet loving, and we are here to ensure your child’s academic success.  Many parents ask about homework.  There is a large body of evidence that homework at the elementary age has little to zero effect on student achievement.  The only homework we want you to do with your child is to read every night (you can read together or independently) and talk about math!  Get kids excited about math.  Ask where they see examples of numbers, fractions, or decimals in your homes, stores, or other places you visit.  Ask them to compare 2 numbers and explain their thinking.  The most important thing at this age is not to memorize how to do a certain type of problem but instead to develop conceptual awareness of math and number sense that will last a lifetime. 

    In addition to academics, Madison is also a school that is concerned for the social-emotional well-being of our students.  Many students face challenges at home that would be stressful even for adults.  We teach students coping skills, problem solving skills, as well as mindfulness techniques that help them learn self-regulation.  Each day we begin by doing deep breathing led by our teachers, to calm our minds and get ready for learning.  We use Rock-Paper-Scissors to end arguments or ties—try it with siblings—it works! 

    Madison is also a Growth Mindset school.  This means we believe in teaching students the Power of YET!  We teach our students that when something is hard, we do not give up and say “I can’t do this”.  Instead we say this is hard, and I think I can do it if I keep trying.  Each morning we recite a Growth Mindset mantra together to set the tone for the day.  We believe in Growth Mindset so much that we encourage our parents to check it out as well.  There are tons of resources on the internet, but this page is a good place to start. 

    Our priority is your child and their development.  We want our Huskies to grow academically, socially and emotionally.  EACH student should grow every day, in some way.  If this is not the experience you have, please let me know!  My mission is to make sure you and your child have a 5-star experience at Madison. 

    Yours in education,

    Amanda M. Overly