Bruce Murray, Executive Director, 828-649-9276 EX: 248

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Jump Start 2014

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Jump Start 2014: Information Sheet

WHAT: A one-day summer program designed to introduce incoming 6th grade students to Madison Middle School BEFORE the start of school. Students will take part in a variety of fun activities, learn about lockers (and how to open them), and the school’s rules and procedures. The emphasis of the day will be on fun, learning, and best of all, IT’S FREE!

WHEN: We will be offering the same program on two different days. Students can register for only one of these sessions. To make this program available to the widest group of incoming sixth graders we have scheduled both sessions for the week just prior to the first day of school. The sessions are limited to 40 students, and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. The session dates are:

Session 1 ~ Aug. 13, 2014  Wednesday / Session 2 ~ Aug. 14,  2014  Thursday

TIME: 8am – 4:00pm 

Students who need to come early or stay late will be allowed to play games or relax in the gym starting at 7am and ending at  5pm. The extended hours are to allow for working parents to be able to have their child participate. This program is designed for a full day (8am – 4pm) and we ask participants to be present for the full day.

WHERE: Madison Middle School. We will start and end each day in the gym. Please look for signs.

SNACKS AND FOOD: We will be providing lunch, snacks and drinks throughout the day, all at no cost. Your student may choose to bring their own lunch which is fine.

CLOTHES: We will be walking and in the gym all day so please wear tennis shoes and play clothes.

***Helping parents get ready***


This year Jump Start will coincide with the Middle School’s 6th Grade Orientation which will be held on the same days from 4pm to 6pm. This will allow for a “one stop shopping” experience where students can come to Jump Start and Parent/Guardians can get the information they need and pay fees (etc.), when they come to pick up Jump Start participants.

****All Participants must be preregistered ***


How do I sign-up to attend? You may reserve a space for your child by e-mailing or calling Communities In Schools of Madison County, C/O Tom Field at 649- 9276 ext 248  or E-mail: 

Please include contact information (e-mail or phone), your name, your student’s name and the day you wish to participate (Wednesday 8/13 or Thursday 8/14). You will be contacted to let you know that we have registered your child.

Your child MUST have a signed release form on the day of the program. You may sign this when dropping off your student or print it from the web site and send it with your student on the day of the program. Printable registration forms are available at :

Hard copies of this information sheet and the release form are also available at Hot Springs, Mars Hill or Marshall Public Libraries and at Madison Middle School.                

If you have any question regarding registration PLEASE call or e-mail Tom Field.   Tom Field, 649- 9276 ext 248  or E-mail:


NC CIS Executive Director Visits Madison

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From left, Eric Hall, Susan Pennock, Beth Detwiler, and Tom Field

CIS North Carolina Executive Director, Eric Hall, and Susan Pennock, CISNC Western Regional Consultant, visited Madison County to attend CIS Madison County’s Board Meeting.”


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Connie Buckner, Director of the Madison Campus of A-B Technical Community College, retired this fall after 42 years with AB Tech. 


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CIS Accreditation

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Communities In Schools of Madison County

Achieves National Accreditation      

Executive Director Tom Field meets with National Accreditation Team.

Executive Director Tom Field meets with National Accreditation Team.


         Communities in Schools of Madison County has achieved National Accreditation by demonstrating compliance with all Communities in Schools Total Quality System (TQS) standards. 

         The national office of Communities in Schools (CIS) established TQS as a common set of operational and business standards. These standards, based on non-profit best practices, define what it means to be a successful CIS affiliate that serves students well.

         Communities in Schools of Madison County (CISMC) began to implement the TQS standards in January 2012. Executive Director, Tom Field, recalls that starting on TQS was, “kind of scary, but kind of exciting also.” It took a lot of work by Field, the Board of Directors, and the CISMC staff, Annette Riddle and Beth Herdman. Riddle and Herdman run the Madison Team Success programs in Madison Middle School and Madison High School. This year these programs provided over 120 students with tutoring and mentoring services. CISMC surrounds students with a community of support empowering them to stay in school and succeed in life.

         “We’re really proud of achieving the high standards required by TQS,” said Tom Field. “It was a lot of effort to ensure that all our records, operations, and practices met the standards. Most importantly, the process provided additional resources to serve students better.”


         Communities In Schools of Madison County is among the first to receive its national accreditation among the nearly 200 local affiliates that comprise the Communities In Schools network in 25 states and the District of Columbia. Working in nearly 3,300 schools in the most challenged communities, CIS serves more than 1.3 million young people and their families.  It has become the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, and the only one proven to increase graduation rates and decrease dropout rates.

            For more information about CISMC and its programs, contact Tom Field at 649-9276 extension 248 or online at: Visit the CISMC website:



Communities In Schools is the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization. – and the only one proven to both decrease dropout rates and increase on-time graduation.

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Press release: Madison Team Success: Communities In Schools working at Madison Middle school. March 2013
Contact: Jim Thorsen, tthorsen@madison 649-2269 or
               Tom Field 649-9276 ex 248
At Madison Middle School we have 613 students who come in all shapes and sizes.  Intellectual capabilities, talents, and the background of students also differ widely with some performing on grade level, some below and some well into the high school level. How students interact with each other and their teachers varies greatly also from those who spend days in ISS (In School Suspension) to those who are just a shade below perfect angels.  For students who are doing poorly academically, having trouble adjusting to the rigors of middle school life, or are experiencing behavioral problems,  The Madison Team Success program run by Communities In Schools
Annette Riddle always has a smiling face to help a student.

Annette Riddle always has a smiling face to help a student.

of Madison County  has been a big help in reaching students through their use of volunteers
committed to tutoring, mentoring or just listening and  helping students stay focused on being successful in school.
Annette Riddle is the Site Coordinator for Madison Middle School. Along with  tutoring students herself,  Annette recruits and oversees volunteers who come in and help these students mature in a positive manner.  All students are monitored or case managed throughout the year to insure that they are meeting the goals of the program: Improve academic skills, behavior, and school attendance. From help in getting through that math concept, to writing a sentence and then a paragraph grammatically correct, to helping students learn to avert situations that make them “go off” , this program tries to make a difference.
Annette currently has five dedicated volunteers working individually with 25 students one day per week to encourage, teach, counsel, and befriend these “at-risk” members of the MMS family. An adjective with negative connotations, a student may be labeled “at-risk” due to no fault of their own.  Poverty, substance abuse by family members, truancy, all contribute to performing poorly in school, behaviorally or academically.
Meagan McNeeley, Bonner Scholar at Mars Hill College, helps a student.

Meagan McNeeley, Bonner Scholar at Mars Hill College, helps a student.

There are currently five volunteers working  with Annette at Madison Middle school. Three of the volunteers are Bonner Scholars at Mars Hill College and two are community members seeking to share their experiences and knowledge.
Without these volunteers, many of these students could become a dropout statistic upon reaching age 16 at Madison High School.
Arial Ellis, Bonner Scholar at Mars Hill College tutors two students in math.

Arial Ellis, Bonner Scholar at Mars Hill College tutors two students in math.

Communities In Schools’ mission is to surround students with a community of support and empower them to stay in school and achieve in life.  Along with volunteers David Brigg, Mike Stevenson, Arial Ellis, Meagan McNeely and Marcus Hairston,
Annette Riddle is making a difference in many students’ lives.  On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Annette has students awaiting the arrival of their tutor – eager to learn. That is the reward for the tutors – to see improvement academically, or positive behaviors form in these young students.
Do you have time and talents to offer? Would you, or could you help make a difference in a struggling student’s life?  Guaranteed – the students will awe, inspire, shock, entertain, and educate YOU of the stories of their lives. And at times they will also bring about feelings of frustration, confoundedness and downright anger when they just don’t seem to pay attention to your tutoring.
Middle school not your interest? Beth Herdman is the Site Coordinator at Madison High School who oversees 15 volunteers. Also, Bonner Scholars from Mars Hill College provide help for the young adults who are close to dropping out, or associated with negative peer relationships. The number of students seeking help at MHS is now up to 85 and continues to flood Beth with the need for more volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with Communities In Schools, then check out the website. Just Google Communities In Schools Madison County and consider phoning Tom Field, Executive Director. It may be one of the most important and rewarding calls you ever make.