• 57°
The Madison Record
Each campus of Madison City Schools has earned the distinction of Purple Star School for the consideration of military families. CONTRIBUTED

Madison proclaimed Purple Star School District

MADISON – The legacy of connections to the U.S. Military has led Madison City Schools to reach the ranks of a new, state-sponsored program.

MCS recently achieved the distinction as a “Purple Star School District” that underscores the commitment to support military students and families. In addition, all individual schools in Madison qualified for this honor.

A legislative act created the Alabama Purple Star Schools Program to help ease the social and sometimes academic burden of frequent moves.

A district and its campuses can qualify as a Purple Star District only after satisfying a set of criteria:

* Flow of communication – Identifying a person at each school as point of contact for military students and families.

* Online identity — Maintaining a dedicated page for Purple Star on the school’s website and feature resources for military families.

* Help from peers – Establishing a student-led program for peer support of newly enrolled and transitioning students. Peer support will entail other actions for inclusion.

* Signage – Posting a Purple Star emblem on site for each qualifying school.

“I am proud to report that every single school in our district attained Purple Star status,” MCS Superintendent Dr. Ed Nichols said. “This classification affirms on paper what we have tried to do all along for our military families: Make their transition and school experience as smooth as possible, so service to our country is less of a burden on the home front.”

A hallmark for each Purple Star school, a student peer group for each school will welcome and orient new students to schools. A faculty-advisor will guide the peer group.

MCS’ version of these student groups is the Student-to-Student or S2S Peer Group. These chapters raise awareness of the needs of all transitioning students, both military-connected and civilian. To accomplish this goal, S2S groups host socials, exercise special efforts to join newcomers at lunch and at school functions, orient newcomers to the community and offer other forms of outreach.

S2S groups undergo training with faculty sponsors and representatives of MCEC or Military Child Education Coalition for guidance in welcoming and supporting newcomers.

MCEC has designated purple as the official color of its focus on the military child. Purple results when combining blue for Air Force; green for Army; blue, Navy; red, Marines; and blue, Coast Guard.

For more information, visit alabamaachieves.org/alabamas-purple-star-school-program.

Madison

Madison City Schools named best Alabama school district

Madison

Mercy Wolverton impressively masters hi-tech study, business

Madison

At Madison Street Festival, veterans to show fighter helicopter from Vietnam War

Madison

Local marching bands to be featured at “March on Madison” tonight

Madison

MSF’s Community Showcase promises array of talent

Madison

Brooms, mops in Lions Club sale to raise funds for vision projects

Harvest

Local musicians to jam at Madison Street Festival

Madison

Trash Pandas fall 4-2, Tennessee evens series

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Athletic Hall Of Fame Accepting Nominations

Harvest

Railyard BBQ Brawl and Music Festival returns Oct. 29

Bob Jones High School

Tommy Overcash appointed to Madison Board of Education

Madison

Children vulnerable for troubled mental health, Cook says

Madison

Fast start leads Trash Pandas to 9-5 in playoff game 1 win

Harvest

Updating state’s 1901 Constitution on November ballot

James Clemens High School

Boynton champions languages with ‘A Seal of Biliteracy’

Madison

Jessica Penot to discuss ‘Haunted North Alabama’

Madison

MSF shows artistic influences at Artist Alley, Crafters Cove and Student Art Tent

Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones, James Clemens command National Merit totals for Alabama

Bob Jones High School

Coaches White and McGehee speak in ‘Sittin’ With the Supe’

Huntsville

Dr. Charles L. Karr named President of UAH

Madison

Trash Pandas clinch second half title with 5-2 win, playoffs start next week

Harvest

Master Gardeners set for Fall Plant Sale on Sept. 24

Madison

Senior center conducts food drive, ceramics sale

Madison

MSF doubles Children’s Area, changes shuttle stops

x