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Our students are making headlines, and we want to share all the great news with you. We will keep this page updated with important announcements, news stories, and student shout-outs. Please check back often, and help us celebrate our students’ many achievements.

M-G Gets Digital Learning Grant

The News-Sun

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Fairmount, IN- The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) recently announced Madison-Grant United School Corporation was the recipient of a $50,000 Digital Learning Community Advisory Grant. For 2020, grants were awarded to districts focused on building digital initiatives around the purposeful and strategic integration of technology into instruction. 

"Immersing children in a curriculum centered around technology and community establishes an academic environment whereby current and future success is certain to follow," said state superintendent Dr. Jennifer McCormick. "I congratulate our awarded districts for their commitment to creating lasting partnerships within local communities, and for their continual efforts to making a positive impact in the lives of students." 

With a continued spotlight on enhanced technology integration, IDOE expanded the digital learning grant to include a focus on building community partnerships. Eligible partnership opportunities also provided matching grants by way of monetary funding or in-kind services. 

Along with the expanded focus, 2020 Digital Learning Community Advisory Grants centers around connecting academic concepts to real-life applications, both in the classroom and abroad. By doing so, schools can maximize relevancy and engagement, thus transforming K-12 education for students. This year's grants requested schools further develop technology integration capacity through implementing transformational initiatives in one of three areas - Instruction and Learning, Leadership and Development, or College and Career Ready. 

In total, 52 districts were awarded nearly $2.5 million in funding, with grants ranging from $19,000 to $56,000.

Good Morning: Madison-Grant Gains Membership in National FFA

For the first time since the 1990s, Madison-Grant Jr./Sr. High School received a membership with the National FFA Organization. FFA is an intra-curricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership.

With new construction this past summer, the school added over 1,400 square feet dedicated to agricultural education. With both Madison and Grant counties nearing 75% of land use for farming, according to the Indiana Business Research Center, the program is relevant to students in the area.

According to agriculture teacher Courtney Tate, membership in the FFA will provide new opportunities and access for competition and connection for Madison-Grant students in the new agricultural education program.

The group planned for four major events in the future. Their planning requires illustrating how parts of the projects involve the community, chapter, and members and how all can benefit.

Madison-Grant’s agricultural education program begins in the seventh and eighth grade, as all students participate with required course work. The classes introduce agriculture, as well as leadership skills, opening up the ability to a more advanced course load when they reach high school level.

Agricultural Education Receives Boost With New Membership at Madison-Grant
Madison-Grant students attend the National FFA Organization National Convention in Indianapolis, IN

Fairmount, IN (January 2, 2020) - For the first time since the 90's, Madison-Grant Jr/Sr High School received a membership with The National FFA Organization. FFA is an intra-curricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership. With new construction this past summer, the school added on over 1,400 square feet dedicated to Agricultural Education. With both Madison and Grant counties nearing 75% of land use for farming according to Indiana Business Research Center, the program is relevant to students in the area. According to Tate, membership in the FFA will provide new opportunities and access for competition and connection for Madison-Grant students in the new Agricultural Education program.

The students at Madison-Grant led the charge for their membership according to Tate, "It's a pretty intense process. The officer team helped build the constitution and bylaws for their chapter with the class, so it was a great experience. They put quite a bit of work into it. Students built a program of activities of what students want to participate in and how they would execute it. The group planned for four major events for the future. Their planning requires how parts of the projects involves the community, chapter, and members and how all can benefit. We'll do this every year to set the direction of the chapter." Tate says the national membership will give the students access to national level competitions as well as an educational focus at conventions and workshops. While this past year at the National Convention in Indianapolis, students were invited by the FFA and able to walk around to see the possibilities through business, colleges, and tech. As members, students will be able to participate in all of the education offered at conventions and throughout the region. The exposure to these different agricultural outlets shows students how farming now has so many facets, and the professionalism involved in being a member of this organization. Tate explained how the idea gained traction. "Originally when we brought the FFA, they thought it was a bunch of small-town schools just doing this for fun like it was not really a big deal. We took them to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, and it opened their eyes to the possibilities in agriculture and what the FFA can do for them. These kids, some of who had been out late in the fields the night before, arrived at 6:00 a.m. dressed professionally and ready to go on their fall break - so you know they are excited for this. They have put in so much work, understanding the power of connecting within an industry." 

Animal Science students at Madison-Grant creating animal housing facilities. #WeAreM

The Agriculture Education program at Madison-Grant begins in the 7th and 8th-grade, as all students participate with the required coursework. The classes introduce agriculture, as well as leadership skills, opening up the possibility of a more advanced course load when they reach high school level. Similar to the FFA, the focus is not just on farming, but on leadership skills. Tate says, "it's really amazing to see these students at the 7th and 8th-grade level be comfortable getting up in front of a group of their peers to speak. Agricultural Ed is about so much more than farming - we go over leadership, public speaking, and how interconnected we are in this community. At the next level, the focus of the FFA projects reinforce this by thinking about how our projects affect our community along with our chapter and members. It really helps deliver the message that agriculture can be for everyone, you don't have to live on a farm." Madison-Grant Jr/Sr High School carries a charter for membership in The National FFA Organization for the 2019–2020 school year.

Madison-Grant Students Rally for #JOSHSTRONG

The spirit of the holiday season and a legacy of service runs through the Madison-Grant United School Corporation as the high school student council organizes a basket raffle fundraiser for one of their own, eighth grader Josh Roy. The raffle, sponsored by the Madison-Grant student council, will take place at Madison-Grant Jr./Sr. High School as the Argylls take on WesDel in boys basketball on December 6, 2019. After an unexpected illness, eighth grader Joshua Roy remains hospitalized. Madison-Grant Jr./Sr. High School student council plans to help with fundraising proceeds going directly to the Roy family. 

The Madison-Grant student council members request attendees at the Madison-Grant vs. WesDel game to wear red to cheer on their friend Josh Roy in his fight to recover. Student council faculty sponsor Amber Cheney says, “The students have asked to step in to try and do their part to support a fellow student and his family. It’s not just community here, it’s family. They show up for each other, and this is just another great example.” Student council asks attendees of the game, regardless of who you are cheering for, to wear red to cheer for Josh and his recovery. Red is Josh’s favorite color, and they want to see your Madison-Grant spirit in red at this game! Tickets for raffle will be available at the game along with #JOSHSTRONG bracelets for purchase.

We hope to see you in red on December 6, 2019, to support #JOSHSTRONG and cheer him on in his recovery!