News Archive - 2019

September 11, 2019

2019 Opening Convocation Message

Opening Convocation Speech from Head of School, Pilar Cabeza de Vaca -

Good Morning, Madeira!  What a glorious morning to have our official first day... Read More

September 11, 2019

Madeira English teacher travels to Oxford University on fellowship

English Teacher Ms. McGrory spent part of her summer vacation at Oxford University with the Oxford Teacher Seminar, taking the Shakespeare History course... Read More

September 10, 2019

Mr. Sudnik receives honor and travels to South Korea on study tour

History Department Chair Mr. Sudnik was selected as a World History Digital Education (WHDE) Fellow last year. Mr. Sudnik was one of 30 educators to receive... Read More

August 27, 2019

Family Weekend 2019

Don't miss Family Weekend 2019!

Highlights include:
Thursday - September 26:
Seniors and their parents are encouraged to attend the Senior Dinner held on... Read More

August 15, 2019

Key Arrival Dates 2019

AUGUST 19-23 | 4:00 - 6:00 P.M.

Optional Strength & Conditioning for new and returning student athletes. (Dorms are not open.)



July 17, 2019

Read the 200th issue of Madeira Today!

The 200th issue of Madeira Today is now available!

Read online

July 1, 2019

Fall Sports Adidas Team Store Open

Fall Sports Team stores will be open starting Monday, July 1 and closes on Wednesday July 10, 2019 at midnight! The store is open to all!


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June 24, 2019

Madeira students participate in French immersion program

Shortly after the school year ended, fourteen Madeira students departed for a ten-day adventure in Nice, France. 

Students were hosted by local families... Read More

June 12, 2019

Commencement 2019

On Friday June 8, Madeira awarded 73 diplomas to the class of 2019. After the traditional processional to their seats with handheld bouquets of 13 red... Read More

June 5, 2019

Closing Convocation 2019

The Madeira community joined together on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 to celebrate the successful completion of another school year. 

At Closing Convocation... Read More

May 30, 2019

Award-winning Madeira senior presents final piano recital

Senior Angela He presented her final piano performance in a solo recital of works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Ravel this week.

Her riveting performance... Read More

May 29, 2019

Madeira Junior wins 2019 NCTE Achievement Award in Writing

Gabby McClellan '20 has been selected for a 2019 Achievement Award in Writing, given by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Gabby's writing... Read More

May 28, 2019

Madeira offers live streaming of Affirmation & Graduation

Madeira is pleased to announce the live streaming of the 2019 Affirmation performances on June 6 at 7:30 p.m. and the Commencement ceremony on June 7 at... Read More

May 27, 2019

Snails receive All-ISL honors

Grace Frerichs ’20, Lily Rathbun ’20 and Julia Skrowronek ’21 were selected for the Spring All Independent School League (ISL) A Division team for their... Read More

May 16, 2019

Author Julia Reed '78 to be 2019 commencement speaker

The Madeira School will welcome Julia Reed ’78 as the 2019 commencement speaker. 

Julia Reed is a contributing editor at Garden & Gun magazine, where... Read More

May 16, 2019

Madeira junior speaks at Madeleine Albright Luncheon

“My name is Tarina Ahuja. I’m 16 and I want to be President of the United States,” began Tarina’s speech, where she was the only student speaker at the... Read More

May 13, 2019

2019-2020 student government announced

The election results are in! The Madeira student government and class officers have been named for the 2019-2020 school year. 

The student government... Read More

May 1, 2019

2019 PINK Award winner to create advocacy app

Tarina Ahuja ’20 was awarded the 2019 PINK Award during this year’s Reunion Weekend All School Meeting. She plans to use her award to create an app to... Read More

April 30, 2019

The Spectator - April 2019 issue

The April 2019 issue of Madeira' student newspaper, The Spectator, is now available

Read the online edition HERE

April 18, 2019

Madeira students accepted to Governor's Schools of Virginia

Congratulations to Stella Davis ‘21, Annabel Richter ‘20 and Aashna Sharma '20 who have been selected to attend the Governor’s Schools of Virginia this... Read More

April 17, 2019

Senior athletes make college commitments

Madeira seniors Meaghan Doyle and Trudy Painter have announced their commitments to play athletics at the collegiate level next year.

April 17, 2019

Madeira freshman wins silver at National Fencing Championships

Michaela Joyce ’22, earned a silver medal at the Division 1 National Fencing Championships held in Salt Lake City, Utah. The annual elite competition includes... Read More

April 16, 2019

Madeira places 4th in state in VA Math League, two students finish in top 5

The Madeira Math Team had an excellent season and finished 4th in the state out of nearly 70 teams. Madeira joined the Mathematics League four years ago... Read More

April 15, 2019

Madeira riders place high at ANRC National Championships

The Madeira show team had a successful run at the Affiliated National Riding Commission (ANRC) National Championships!

Kelly Nance '19 wins overall individual... Read More

April 4, 2019

Madeira earns College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award

Madeira has earned the first College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science... Read More

April 2, 2019

Madeira teacher awarded Exceptional Merit Fellowship at Oxford

Madeira English teacher, Sheila McGrory, has been awarded an Exceptional Merit Fellowship to attend the Oxford Teacher Seminar. Nominated by Head of School... Read More

April 1, 2019

Madeira students tour Silicon Valley over spring break

Madeira students and teachers traveled to San Francisco over spring break to participate in highly customized and personal tours of prominent tech companies... Read More

March 6, 2019

Winter Athletes Receive All-ISL Honors

Meaghan Doyle ’19, Sofie Davis ’20 and Cayla Williams ’21 were recognized as All-Independent School League (ISL) players for their respective sports.

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March 5, 2019

College Commitments for the Snails

Madeira seniors Sophia Bernstein and Julie Kenyon have announced their commitments to play athletics at the collegiate level next year.

March 4, 2019

Madeira IEA Team qualifies for Zone Finals

Madeira’s Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) team earned second place at Regionals and qualified for IEA Zone Finals.  Bridget Vaughey ‘19, Sydney... Read More

March 4, 2019

Madeira juniors raise $175k for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, named Students of the Year

This winter, Lilly Evans ’20 and Gabrielle Russo ’20 set an ambitious goal of raising $50,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). They blew past... Read More

February 28, 2019

IEA Riding Team wraps up regular season and heads to Regional Finals

Madeira’s IEA team has had a successful fall season, working hard and competing at IEA shows to earn individual and team points. The team earned a spot... Read More

February 26, 2019

All-ACC Honors for Kylie Jordan '16

Madeira Swim and Dive record holder, Kylie Jordan competed in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro... Read More

February 25, 2019

Reunion Weekend 2019

Registration is open for Reunion Weekend 2019!

Head back to campus  for weekend-long celebration honoring the classes ending in 4 and 9! Gather as a class... Read More

February 20, 2019

Madeira wins 5 awards at Model UN conference

Madeira’s Model UN team had a very successful weekend at the North American Invitational Model United Nations (NAIMUN) conference, taking home five awards... Read More

February 20, 2019

Shakespeare Competition winners announced

Each year, Madeira participates in the English-Speaking Union (ESU) National Shakespeare Competition. Students first compete at a school-level competition... Read More

February 19, 2019

Madeira Swim and Dive take fifth at States, wins sportsmanship award

The Madeira Varsity Swim and Dive team concluded the 2018-2019 season placing fifth at the 2019 Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA... Read More

February 12, 2019

Madeira Alumna Named ACC Women’s Swimmer of the Week

Former Madeira Swim and Dive standout, Kylie Jordan ’16 put on a record breaking performance at the 2019 Janis Hape Dowd Nike Invitational hosted by The... Read More

February 5, 2019

Winners announced for 2019 Madeira Science Fair

The annual Madeira Science Fair showcased impressive projects from ninth graders to seniors. Judges from various scientific fields inside and outside the... Read More

January 24, 2019

Athletic & Equestrian Recap: 1/1-1/18

1/12/19 – The Other Left Farm
Varsity IEA had a great show on Saturday, finishing champion overall!

January 24, 2019

Madeira teacher advocates for women in STEAM on Capitol Hill

Dr. Amanda Curtis from Madeira’s math department met with members of Congress to advocate for more support of women in STEAM fields. This event was organized... Read More

January 17, 2019

The Spectator - January 2019 issue

The January 2019 issue of Madeira' student newspaper, The Spectator, is now available

Read the online edition HERE

January 10, 2019

Consecutive US Squash scholar-athlete honors for Neshmeeya Abbas ‘20

Congratulations to Neshmeeya Abbas ’20, who received consecutive honors as a United States Squash Association’s Scholar-Athlete for the 2017-2018 school... Read More

January 9, 2019

Madeira history teacher travels to Taiwan for study tour

Over winter break, Mr. Sudnik, a member of the Madeira History Department, traveled to Taiwan on a study tour organized by the Taipei Economic and Cultural... Read More