News Archive - 2012

December 29, 2012

Remembering Former Headmistress Jean Harris

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Jean Harris, Headmistress of Madeira from 1977 to 1980. She was a part of Madeira's history and made substantial... Read More

December 27, 2012

Io Saturnalia

The Madeira Classics Club celebrated Saturnalia, the Roman festival and pre-cursor to many modern holiday traditions, in the Latin classroom after the... Read More

December 19, 2012

Sue Khim '04 listed as one of Forbes "30 under 30"

Sue Khim '04 is the co-founder and CEO of Brilliant, a new tool for STEM students that presents them with challenging problems based on their performance... Read More

December 19, 2012

Betty Fink wins slam poetry competition

On Friday, December 14, the Madeira Slam Team: Betty Fink, Briaun Isreal, and Zharia O'Neal, competed in the NOVA Invitational Slam Competition at Hayfield... Read More

December 17, 2012

Madeira IEA team qualifies for regional finals

Congratulations to the Madeira IEA (Interscholastic Equestrian Association) team as they have qualified to advance to the IEA regional finals to be held... Read More

December 17, 2012

Emily Dickinson and Friends final project: part research, part creative writing, part performance

The final project for the senior English elective, Emily Dickinson and Friends, required each student to select and research a focus of Emily Dickinson... Read More

December 17, 2012

Forensic science in real life

Fourteen Madeira girls from the Forensic Science class visited the Fairfax City Police Department on Monday, December 10. The class was hosted by Detective... Read More

December 17, 2012

Madeira junior performs at the Kennedy Center

Over the weekend of December 7, Nadia Nobrega ’14 danced at the Kennedy Center with Ballet West in their production of The Nutcracker. In September, the... Read More

December 17, 2012

Madeira celebrates annual Winterfest

On Friday, December 14, Madeira's Arts Department showcased the varied talents of our students. From Orchestra to Glee Club, Madeira Dance and the acapella... Read More

December 14, 2012

Jenny Schretter '02 on Fox News

Jenny Schretter '02 was featured on Fox News with a spotlight on her jewelry line Kolton. J.

December 11, 2012

Winterfest at Madeira

Madeira students in Arts Department classes and activities will perform for the community in the annual Winterfest celebration on Friday, December 14 at... Read More

December 11, 2012

Seniors in the English elective, Contemporary Literature After 9/11 learn about life in Afghanistan

Alexandra Barnett, who works in the Communication Department at Creative Associates in Washington, D.C, visited the Contemporary Literature After 9/11... Read More

December 6, 2012

Holiday IEA Show at the stables

The Snails showed off their best on multiple levels inside and outside of the ring on Sunday, December 1, 2012. It was a wonderful show and the indoor... Read More

December 6, 2012

Mika Brzezinski '85 and Julia Reed '78 discover their common bond: Madeira

Madeira alumnae Julia Reed and Mika Brzezinski find out that they both went to Madeira on Morning Joe on December 6, 2012. 

December 3, 2012

Latin students earn awards at Virginia Junior Classical League's Latin Convention

On November 18 and 19, five students (Beatrice Werness ’13, Maddie Klaff ’13, Victoria Turnbill ’13, Lauren Johnson ’14, and Danielle  Schwartz ’16) joined... Read More

December 3, 2012

Sign-up for "I Drive Smart" driving classes

I Drive Smart is a Virginia licensed driver education company. All instructors are either active duty or retired police officers with over 150 hours of... Read More

December 3, 2012

Madeira and Excel Academy partner to provide young girls the positive benefits of athletics

In part, the mission of the Excel Academy, a Washington, D.C. public charter school for girls in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade, is to develop the... Read More

November 29, 2012

Madeira girls continued to thrive in the karate activity program

Twenty-one new and returning trainees filled the ranks for the fall trimester. Throughout the term, students learned a variety of strikes utilizing elbows... Read More

November 29, 2012

Join Mr. Cai and Dr. Schiller on a journey through ancient and modern China

This 17-day adventure will investigate Chinese art, archaeology, and history as well as current cultural trends, economic developments, and political policies... Read More

November 29, 2012

Visual art students tour Corcoran Gallery

On Saturday, November 10, 2012, eight visual arts students took advantage of the beautiful warm afternoon to explore the Corcoran Gallery. They were entertained... Read More

November 27, 2012

Madeira rider qualifies for IEA Regional Championships

On Sunday, November 18, the IEA team competed at Randolph College in Lynchburg, VA. The team finished third overall. Sophomore rider Hannah Powers led... Read More

November 26, 2012

All-ISL and All-State players selected

Winter athletic seasons have officially begun, but before we dive (no pun intended, swim and dive team) into the winter games, we would like to congratulate... Read More

November 19, 2012

ASSIST program students visit Madeira

Early in November, Madeira hosted students who come from the ASSIST program to a morning of Inner Quest activities including outdoor leadership training... Read More

November 19, 2012

Madeira Arts puts their spin on Moliere?s The Bourgeois Gentleman

Performing Arts put on a very successful production of The Bourgeois Gentlewoman for their fall play. While the performance dates had to be moved because... Read More

November 18, 2012

Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest. Students may register in this school-wide contest, taking place at Madeira on December 6, by going to... Read More

November 12, 2012

A break from the books

Girls had a little fun during advisory and free time at lunch on National Day of Play, November 12. The Health and Wellness Committee supplied fun toys... Read More

November 11, 2012

Melanie Dunea '89 speaks at All School Meeting and Washington, D.C. Alumnae Council reception

Likando Kumoyo '13 introduced Melanie Dunea '89 at the All School Meeting (ASM) on Friday, October 19. Melanie spoke about her work as a portrait photographer... Read More

November 11, 2012

Amanda Travers Nisbet '82 publishes her first book

Amanda Travers Nesbit '82 released her first book, Dazzling Design (Archivia Books) in September 2012. Drawing from her years of experience in the interior... Read More

November 11, 2012

Spanish club celebrated The Day of the Dead

Members of the Spanish Club created a beautiful altar for the Day of the Dead, the November 1 and 2 holiday known in Spanish as Día de los Muertos. The... Read More

November 11, 2012

Katharine Jiang and Sophie Shah won double #3 championship at the ISL Division A tournament

Congratulations to Katharine Jiang '15 and Sophie Shah '14 who defeated the Holy Child team 10-2 to win the ISL Division A Doubles #3 tournament. The Madeira... Read More

November 11, 2012

Two Madeira students' photos stand out in competitions

Sam McClain’13 won Honorable Mention at the FotoweekDC Youth Competition. Her photo featuring a crowd in afternoon sunlight won in the people category... Read More

November 11, 2012

Madeira riders maintain stride

On Saturday, November 2, 2012, Madison Edwards ’14 and her horse Verraux swept the Open Hunter and Children/Adult Equitation divisions at the Washington... Read More

November 11, 2012

Ms. Hogue selected to chair the Oceanic Literature and Culture panel

Ms. Rebecca Hogue is an assistant in the Academic Office and will be the substitute teacher in the English Department when Becky Zahradnik is on maternity... Read More

November 11, 2012

Varsity volleyball finishes second in the Independent School League (ISL) AA Division

Varsity volleyball once again had an impressive season. This is the third consecutive year the team has been seeded in the top two of the ISL AA division... Read More

November 11, 2012

Ambassador Deborah Jones addresses students at ASM

At the All School Meeting on October 26, Ambassador Deborah Jones (a Madeira mom to Ana Olson '10 and Izzy Olson '12) shared her experience of serving... Read More

November 10, 2012

Second annual Turkey Trot

The second annual Fun Run/Turkey Trot, held Saturday, November 10, was a big success. Organized by Ms. Merchant, Ms. Rumsey, Ms. Williams, and Devin Williams... Read More

October 15, 2012

Ninth graders have fun while learning key concepts

Girls were divided into groups of four, and each student took on a specific role in the group, identified by the giant letter attached to her forehead... Read More

October 12, 2012

The Girl Up Club celebrated first International Day of the Girl

On Thursday, October 11 Madeira celebrated the first annual International Day of the Girl. The Girl Up Club at Madeira held a bake sale and hosted an evening... Read More

October 9, 2012

Hanna Powers to be featured in Washington Post

Hanna Powers ’15, this year’s Youth Ambassador for the Washington International Horse Show, will be featured in the Washington Post in the Kids Post section... Read More

October 4, 2012

Madeira Fine Arts presents "The Bourgeois Gentlewoman"

The Bourgeois Gentlewoman, adapted from Moliere’s play, is a 17th Century French farce which pokes fun at the ridiculous business as social climber. Madame... Read More

October 4, 2012

Madeira film students on the set of "Jay Dates"

Saturday, September 22, six Madeira girls got up early to trade in sleep for a chance to be in a movie. I met up with Alison Branitsky, Julia Berley, Rose... Read More

September 26, 2012

Konerth over time goal clinches varsity field hockey win

In a close home game yesterday, Varsity Field Hockey defeated Mercersburg 2-1 in OT. After an early goal by Mercersburg, Amanda Jaeger '14 put the first... Read More

September 20, 2012

Linda Yang ’15 awarded the highest level of achievement by the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music

Linda Yang ’15 completed an extensive music performance exam in the spring of 2012 for the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music based in London... Read More

September 18, 2012

Nadia Nobrega ’14 receives honors at the USAIGC Rhythmic Gymnastics Nationals Posted September 18, 2012

In June 2012, Nadia Nobrega of Arlington, Virginia, participated at the United States Association of Independent Gymnastic Clubs (USAIGA) national competition... Read More

September 17, 2012

Su Ji Kim ’14 recognized for outstanding artwork

Saturday, September 8, Su Ji Kim received a second place award for her outstanding artwork, titled Le Vol, in the “Express Yourself!” teen art show. Mr... Read More

September 5, 2012

MAD cross country wins Flint Hill Invitational

In their first meet of the season, the varsity x-country team won the Flint Hill Invitational. Natalie ElSawy, Annalena Kill, and Sophie Luwis finished... Read More

September 3, 2012

SWING sisters welcome new families

Purple everywhere! Madeira SWING sisters, decked in purple t-shirts, were milling around campus Monday, September 3rd offering smiles, guidance, and a... Read More

July 30, 2012

Upper fields play host to president's helicopters

On Friday, July 27, President Obama landed Marine One and Marine Two, the Presidential Helicopters, at Madeira’s Upper fields in order to attend a nearby... Read More

July 26, 2012

Snail lacrosse stands out at nationals

Bri Curran ‘15, Ingrid Braun ‘15, and Ingrid Boyum ‘14 made their presence known this summer at the U.S. Lacrosse National Tournament in Orlando, Florida... Read More

July 18, 2012

Madeira drama standout talks of collegiate aspirations in the Washington Post

Recent graduate, June Schreiner ’12, has been featured in the Washington Post once again. On July 18th, the newspaper posted an online article in which... Read More

June 29, 2012

Order books!

Starting Monday, July 2 you can order your books online for the 2012-2013 school year. Click here for more information.

June 28, 2012

Meet the new director of residential life/assistant dean of students

Margot Moses joins the Madeira staff this year as Director of Residence Life and Assistant Dean of Students. Most recently from Plymouth, New Hampshire... Read More

June 27, 2012

Hanna Powers '15 named youth ambassador for Washington International Horse Show

Hanna Powers will be the Youth Ambassador for the 2012 Washington International Horse Show that is held annualy in October. Hanna was selected to serve... Read More

June 25, 2012

Girls attend Independent School Gender Project's Annual Conference for Girls and Women

Maddie Stearn '13, Allie Moriarty '13, Charlotte McIntosh '14, and Ms. Krystle Merchant just returned from a whirlwind trip to The Hotchkiss School (CT)... Read More

June 15, 2012

Students head to Kenya

Later this evening thirteen girls and three chaperones will board a plane and travel half way around the world. These girls are headed to Kenya for a "learnership"... Read More

June 8, 2012

Graduation 2012

The Class of 2012 graduated under threatening skies on Friday, June 1, 2012. Seventy-six girls donned white dresses, carried 13 red roses and received... Read More

June 8, 2012

London calling!

Eight Madeira students and two faculty headed to London Friday, June 1. Their week has been filled with theater performances at the West End, a Shakespeare... Read More

June 6, 2012

Madeira Slam Poetry Team wins second place at competition

Madeira's Slam Poetry team won 2nd place in the Louder than a Bomb competition held at George Washington University Saturday, June 2! The team, Rachel... Read More

May 30, 2012

Closing Convocation

Friday, May 25, 2012 members of the Madeira Community gathered to celebrate the close of another school year, celebrate faculty and staff members for their... Read More

May 25, 2012


Do you ever get the feeling you are being watched? Early this week many people felt that way as a gaggle of googly eyes were found all over campus as part... Read More

May 25, 2012

Susan Lee '12 and Kelsye Little '13 perform at Kennedy Center

Tuesday, May 22, Susan Lee '12 and Kelsye Little '13 performed at the Kennedy Center with the DC Youth Orchestra. It was a memorable performance, the orchestra... Read More

May 24, 2012

Gabby Bullard '14 nominated for Cappie award

Congratulations to Gabby Bullard ’14, who was nominated for a Cappie Award for her role as Seaweed in Hairspray! The nomination was in the category of... Read More

May 24, 2012

Final installation of "Youth" by Susan Lee '12

The final installation of Susan Lee's '12 independent art project was installed today. The sculpture called "The Fountain of Youth and Wild Reveler" is... Read More

May 24, 2012

Big finish for spring karate

Spring karate drew to a close with two big events. On May 7, the Madeira Dojo hosted Senpai Neil Teller, assistant instructor from the Gainesville Dojo... Read More

May 24, 2012

Dayna Bailey '13 accepted to Governor's Japanese Academy

Dayna Bailey '13 was selected to attend the 25th Annual Virginia Governor's Japanese Academy at Randolph Macon College. Dayna will be enrolled in this... Read More

May 23, 2012

Charlotte Heffelmire '15 sets school record at VISAA State Championship Track and Field Meet

Madeira freshman and pioneering pole vaulter, Charlotte Heffelmire, set the school record at the VISAA State Championship Track and Field meet May 19.... Read More

May 23, 2012

History department faculty to present at National Council for Social Studies Conference

Krystle Merchant and Jared Peet have had their proposal, "Reclaiming the F-Word: Feminism in the History Classroom," accepted by the National Council for... Read More

May 23, 2012

Madeira Glee participated in Music in the Parks Festival

Madeira Glee participated in Music in the Music in the Parks Festival on Saturday, May 19. They scored a Superior rating for their performance of Siyahamba... Read More

May 15, 2012

Breanna Atkinson '12 selected to US Womens Junior Training Team

Breanna Atkinson '12 was named to the 2012 US Womens Junior National training team (WJNTT). The top top 23 players in the USA were selected for this team... Read More

May 15, 2012

Sell Your Textbooks at The Madeira School’s Buyback

Sell your textbooks at The Madeira School’s Buyback

Open online Monday, May 14, 2012 using the same account you had to purchase the books from MBS at:... Read More

May 14, 2012

Students place in national language contests

Students in the World Languages Department have been busy putting their talents to work. This spring, many students shined in their performance in national... Read More

May 11, 2012

GATE literary magazine is now available

GATE, Madeira's literary magazine also presented a selection of poetry at All School Meeting. Copies of GATE are now available in English classes, the... Read More

May 11, 2012

Korean Student Association present at ASM

Thursday, May 10, 2012 the Korean Student Association (KSA) presented at All School Meeting. The girls presented on the influence of Korea in popular culture... Read More

May 3, 2012

Founder's Day

Today the community finally celebrated Founder's Day! After a winter with no snow days and a bit of cool and rainy weather in April Founder's Day was much... Read More

April 30, 2012

Gold Congressional Award bestowed on Madeira junior

Lydia Parker '13 earned the Gold Congressional Award in April 2012. This award will be formally presented to Lydia by Congress at a national event this... Read More

April 27, 2012

Dayna Bailey ‘13 wins 2012 PINK Award

At All School Meeting on April 27, 2013, Dayna Bailey ‘13 was awarded the inaugural PINK Award to assist with her goal of completing her first novel. The... Read More