|Address:||400 Madison Street
Coos Bay, OR 97420
|Grades:||K – 3rd|
|School Hours:||7:50am – 2:32pm
|Office Hours:||7:00am – 3:30pm|
Notification of School Closure or Other Emergencies
Below is the order in which Coos Bay Schools will notify parents, staff and the community in case of school closure or other emergency.
Auto Caller – Parents/guardians of students and staff receive a phone call or email with the message. Please make sure your contact information is up to date. Your school’s office will be happy to assist you. A recording of the message will also be available at 541-267-6149.
Flash Alert – Emails and/or texts of the message are sent to subscribers. Go to http://www.flashalert.net/news.html?id=1374 for more information on how to subscribe.
Media Outlets – The media (TV, radio, newspaper) is notified via Flash Alert. They also receive a separate email from the district office.
Webpage – The announcement is posted on the district’s webpage at www.cbd9.net
Facebook – The announcement is posted on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Coos Bay School District
Welcome to Madison Elementary
Madison Elementary is the school community for approximately 400 Kindergarten through 3rd grade students this year. Madison’s attendance area reaches from just north of Charleston to Empire along Cape Arago highway. The school is minutes from the Pacific Ocean, offering many opportunities for visits to the tide pools, beaches, and the South Slough Estuarine Reserve.
Madison’s staff is made up of dedicated professionals who strive for excellence in student performance while also making the learning process as engaging as possible.
We encourage parent involvement through our Booster Club and volunteering through the SMART program or helping in the classrooms or library.
This week I am going to share some facts and resources for parents to better understand, what state testing is for and about. Only our third grade students participate in state tests, but the following information is important for all parents and guardians to consider as your child approaches third grade.
Last spring, students at Madison and around Oregon took new state tests in English Language Arts and Math called Smarter Balanced. These assessments moved away from previous fill-in-the bubble exams that focused on rote memorization, to a format where students explain their reasoning and write their answers. The new tests measure more complex, real world skills such as critical thinking, writing, and problem solving. These skills are needed for students to successfully transition from grade to grade and beyond high school into continued academic and trade learning.
Madison will give Smarter Balanced tests starting on May 1 and continue through May 26, 2017. The tests do not have a time limit. This allows your child to work at their own pace and demonstrate fully what he or she knows and can do. We try not to overwhelm them and keep testing sessions to a reasonable amount of time over several days.
We know an end of the year test cannot possibly tell us everything about your child’s academic progress. However, the results do act as a snapshot of your child’s strengths and areas for improvement. This information is evaluated to ensure that they are getting the support they need.
As a parent or guardian, you do have the right to opt your child out of the state testing for the 2016-2017 school year. There is an online form available at www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=4302 or you can request a paper copy from the front office or your child’s teacher. Should you wish to opt your child out, please complete the form and send it to the Madison school office. You can read more about your rights to opt out at the above website.
If you have general questions or want more information about end of the year tests, please see the attached fact sheet or visit our Website at www.madison.cbd9.net. Our schools have free Wi-Fi for guests and there is a computer available in Madison’s library for parents to access the above sites. I also encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher with any questions you may have about your student’s progress.