West Madsion Elementary School
4976 Wall Triana Hwy
Madison, AL 35758
Dr. Daphne P. Jah, Principal
Mrs. Kathy Miller, Assistant Principal
West Madison Motto: Helping Today's Stars Reach Tomorrow's Skies
The Mission of West Madison Elementary School is to provide a student-centered curriculum to develop life long learners who demonstrate confidence in themselves and respect for others.
West Madison teachers have a technology rich classroom. Each classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard or an interactive projector, a Lightspeed sound system, IPads and a document camera. Teachers have access to a classroom response system, as well as 4 laptop labs, video cameras and digital cameras. All technologies have been purchased by the school system and by you the outstanding parents of West Madison PTA.
West Madison has a vast array of extra-curricular activities in which your child may participate. They include the following:
· Math Team (Grades 4-6)
· Choir (Grades 4-6)
· Lego Robotics Team (Grades 5-6)
· Destination Imagination Team (Grades 4-6)
· Student Leadership Team (Grades 5-6)
· Chess Team (Grades 3-6)
At West Madison we believe that a field trip is an extension of instruction students gain in the classroom. All students have the opportunity to go on a number of field trips here at our school. On the more expensive trips, we offer scholarships and fundraiser opportunities.
In K-2 students go to Tate Farms, Sci-Quest, etc as well as a variety of dramatic performances put on by schools in the Huntsville/Madison area. Starting in grade 3 students attend trips such as the Nutcracker and Helen Keller’s birthplace, Ivy Green.
Fourth Grade students study Alabama History and are able to tour our capitol, Montgomery Alabama as well as study the life of Native Americans at Burritt Museum.
Fifth Grade students have the opportunity to visit Camp McDowell Environmental Center. The activities at this center give students a hands-on look at the 5th grade science standards for Alabama. Please view the Camp McDowell website to see what the camp offers for our students http://www.cmec.dioala.org/.
In Sixth grade, students have the opportunity to attend Space Camp. At Space Camp, students learn all about space. They take command of a space flight simulation and go through similar training activities astronauts go through. Visit the Space Camp website for additional information. http://www.spacecamp.com/. Parents will find out about these trips at the Curriculum Night meetings as well as from their child's teacher.
We would like to thank West Madison PTA for all you have done for us over the years. PTA has helped purchase the following items:
· Teacher Start Up Money, yearly
· Class set of textbooks (Science and Social Students) in 5-6 grade
· Marquee Sign
· Smartboards, Lightfield Sound System and Document Camera in 3 classrooms
· Curtains in the gym
· Interactive Projectors for Kindergarten Classrooms
· Accelerated Reader Online Program, yearly
Goal for upcoming years: Sound system in the gym and additional upgraded technology.
Family Programs and Community Based Opportunities
West Madison offers a family reading night for Kindergarten students. Families come together and read with their children in the West Madison Media Center. We host curriculum nights for parents to find out procedures and pertinent information about their child's current grade level.
We offer a yearly School Carnival and invite our West Madison families as well as families from the community. Families are also given the opportunity to give back to the community by participating in collecting money for the children of St. Jude Research Hospital, yearly Food Drives, and children at the local hospitals.
PTA programs are 6-7 times per year. Parents are encouraged to attend. PTA parents also host our Boo Hoo Breakfast for the new Kindergarten parents in August. There is a Breakfast with the Principal 2 times during the year.
West Madison Elementary School is one of the seven schools operated by the Madison City Board of Education. It was originally located on Pension Row in Madison, Alabama, from 1920 until 1949, when the original building was destroyed by fire. Due to state regulations, the building could not be rebuilt in the same location. In 1953, suitable property was obtained at its present site on Wall Triana Highway. A modern concrete building was erected to accommodate grades one through nine. The school had twelve classrooms, a cafetorium, and a principal's office. In 1957 the tenth grade was added, thus increasing enrollment and causing the need for additional classrooms. Nine new classrooms were built on the south wing of the building and a gymnasium was added.
In 1970, West Madison became completely integrated and served grades kindergarten through ninth grade. The school first became accredited during the 1970-71 school year while J.R. Ewing was principal. From 1970 to 1975, West Madison's student population took on a variety of changes from kindergarten through ninth grade and finally to kindergarten through fourth grade.
In 1977, Mrs. Julia Cobb succeeded Mr. Ewing as principal and served as principal until December, 1980. The school population grew as children who had attended private schools enrolled at West Madison. To alleviate this problem, at the beginning of the 1980-81 school year, fourth grade students were transferred to Madison Middle School.
Mrs. Alicia Glover became principal in January, 1981, and served as principal until March, 1988. West Madison underwent extensive renovation and expansion during the spring and summer of 1987. Renovations were necessary to adequately meet the need of a rapidly growing and changing community as well as an increasing student population.
Mr. Dee Fowler became principal in March of 1988. In 1990, to once again alleviate overcrowding, second and third grade students were transferred to Madison Middle School. At that time, West Madison became a kindergarten and first grade school.
Mrs. Mary Long succeeded Mr. Fowler in 1993. A new elementary school was built in Madison in 1995. Upon its completion, West Madison Elementary and Madison Elementary became kindergarten through fourth grade schools. As additional schools were built, each elementary school in Madison became kindergarten through sixth grade schools. During the summer of 2002, major renovations were completed at the school. These renovations included the expansion of the library media center, the gutting and total renovations of all the restrooms using automatic sensors for water and flushing, and the re-flooring of the gym. Due to a flood, during renovations to the gym bathrooms, the gym floor had to be replaced. A new roof was added to the school building at the same time.
Dr. Daphne Jah became principal during the 2003-04 school year. She is the current principal.