News Archive - 2016

December 20, 2016

Madeira Karate Students Receive Recognition and Rank

Twenty students received recognition and rank in USA Goju Karate for their contributions to the Madeira Dojo. Throughout the term, students developed empty-handed... Read More

December 16, 2016

Athletics Recap - Weeks of December 5 - 16

Madeira Athletics Weekly Recap and Look-Ahead

December 14, 2016

The Spectator wins NSPA award

Madeira’s student newspaper, The Spectator, earned first class division in the National Scholastic Press Association competition for the year 2015-16.... Read More

December 13, 2016

Save the Date for College Counseling Day

The annual school-wide college program will be on Saturday, January 7, 2017. Families will begin their day in the auditorium with guest speaker, author... Read More

December 5, 2016

GirlsFirst 2017 Registration Open

Girls entering grades 7-10 are invited to pursue their passion and explore Madeira at GirlsFirst! Registration is now open for Summer 2017.

This two-week... Read More

December 2, 2016

Athletics Recap - Week of November 28 - December 2

Madeira Athletics Weekly Recap and Look Ahead

November 30, 2016

In the spirit of giving, STOP Hunger Games provides 2,600 meals to people in need

For the fourth year in a row, Madeira students, faculty, and staff participated in the STOP Hungers Games. The games are a fundraising event – an apocalyptic... Read More

November 28, 2016

Angela He receives honorable mention at AAMS competition

Angela He '19 received honorable mention in the Asian American Music Society International High School Piano competition this fall. She competed with 18... Read More

November 18, 2016

Madeira Athletes Named to All-State and All-ISL Teams

Three volleyball players and one tennis player were given league honors following strong athletic seasons. 

November 16, 2016

Madeira Visits The National Museum of African American History and Culture

Nearly 700 from the Madeira community attended a private event at the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the evening of November... Read More

November 16, 2016

Remarks from Head of School: A Night at the Museum

Thanks to Heather Muir Kirby ’77, Vice Chair of the Madeira Board of Directors, and Jim Johnson, long time Madeira supporter and founding member of the... Read More

November 11, 2016

Stanford University recognizes Madeira's Amy Heishman with Teacher Tribute Initiative

Inspired by the enthusiasm, energy and excellence that incoming students bring to Stanford University, the university sponsors the Teacher Tribute Initiative... Read More

November 11, 2016

Madeira Dance troupe attends Master Class

In October, several students from Select Dance, Madeira’s advanced dance group, attended master classes with the Washington Area Independent School Dance... Read More

November 10, 2016

Madeira Volleyball claims ISL regular season and tournament crown

Madeira Volleyball Named Overall ISL Division A Champions

November 9, 2016

A Message from our Head of School

Dear Madeira Parents,

As I mentioned in my note earlier this week, the Madeira community has strived to be a model for civil and productive political... Read More

November 7, 2016

IEA Team remains undefeated

The Madeira Equestrian Program had a successful weekend with an ANRC Junior Horsemanship Competition hosted at home and an IEA competition at Foxcroft... Read More

November 5, 2016

Athletics Recap - Week of October 29-November 4

  • Volleyball 

JV Volleyball at the Hopper Tournament 
JV Volleyball ended the season with a record of 11-2 entering the final tournament of the season... Read More

November 1, 2016

National Coalition of Girl?s Schools podcast features Madeira faculty

At the start of the school year the National Coalition of Girl’s Schools (NCGS) released the first episode in a series of podcasts called PEP Talks: Podcast... Read More

October 28, 2016

Athletics Recap - Week of October 24-28

Madeira Athletics Weekly Recap and Look-Ahead

October 27, 2016

Madeira students attend The Future of Diversity Symposium

Several Madeira students and faculty recently attended The Future of Diversity Symposium (FDS) at Georgetown Day School in Washington, D.C. Each school... Read More

October 25, 2016

Miss Virginia Teen, Skye Jannery-Barney '18, uses platform to fight human trafficking

Reigning Miss Virginia Teen, our very own Junior Skye Jannery-Barney ‘18, recently participated in an event hosted by Airline Ambassadors International... Read More

October 24, 2016

Madeira Equestrians qualify to compete at the WIHS Regional Hunter Finals

Ava Brugger and Emily Avent qualified to compete at this weekend's WIHS Regional Hunter Finals at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.

At the recent... Read More

October 20, 2016

Sophomore Co-Curriculum placement featured in local news

At the start of Module 2, Madeira sent its first group of sophomores to the newly added Co-Curriculum placement, BrightView Great Falls. A local newspaper... Read More

October 18, 2016

Madeira Volleyball To Host 2nd Annual Dig Pink Match

MADVB Hosts the 2nd Annual Dig Pink Match to help support the fight against breast cancer this Friday at the Hurd. 

October 14, 2016

Athletics Recap - Week of October 10-14

Madeira Athletics Weekly Recap and Look-Ahead

October 14, 2016

The Snail Unveil - A New Madeira Mascot

The Madeira School debuted a new mascot on October 7, 2016, at the All School Meeting during Family Weekend. The “Snail Unveil” was kept under wraps throughout... Read More

October 11, 2016

Equestrian team opens season with 1st place finish

The Madeira Varsity IEA team started their season today with a first place finish at the Foxcroft IEA Show in Middleburg, VA.  Congratulations to all of... Read More

October 11, 2016

Athletics Recap - Week of September October 3-7

Athletics Weekly Event Review and Look-Ahead


October 7, 2016

The Spectator debuts first issue

On Friday October 7, the newly named student newspaper, the Spectator, made its debut to a captive Family Weekend audience.

Read the online edition

October 6, 2016

Madeira Fight the Flu Clinic

The best way to protect your family against influenza is to get a flu vaccine every flu season. Please have your daughter participate in our flu clinic... Read More

September 30, 2016

Message from the Athletic Director

Katie LaRue

The Fall season is well underway and things are really exciting! The energy level is high as girls are having fun and teams are showing signs... Read More

September 29, 2016

Family Weekend mobile app

Madeira has created a mobile app for Family Weekend in order to eliminate paper waste and provide families with convenient and accessible information!... Read More

September 28, 2016

Athletics Recap - week of September 26-30

Madeira Athletics Weekly Review and Look-Ahead

  • Cross Country

Cross Country at Landon Invitational
Olivia Levin (25:42), Lexi Gage (27:20), Emily Hamilton... Read More

September 24, 2016

Riding round-up - week of Sept. 19-23

Last week saw the Madeira Equestrian team in action at multiple venues.  On Friday September 23, Ava Bruger ’19, Emily Cyrway ’19 and community rider Emma... Read More

September 23, 2016

Athletics Recap - week of September 19-23

Madeira Athletics Weekly Look-Back and Preview

September 21, 2016

Strong start for Madeira equestrian program

The Madeira Equestrian team finished their summer season with a strong showing at the USEF Premier HITS Culpeper Horse Show. Emily Cyrway ’19 and her horse... Read More

September 16, 2016

Madeira gets a makerspace and fabrication lab

by Lauren Roy, Educational Technology Specialist

A makerspace is whatever the community it resides in needs. It should have the capacity for growth and... Read More

September 16, 2016

Athletics Recap - week of September 12-19

This week we the Snails competed in two Playdays and 15 games, meets and/or matches. Read further for a complete recap of the week's results from volleyball... Read More

September 14, 2016

Students named to Student Diversity Leadership Council

In December, six Madeira students will attend the Student Diversity Leadership Council (SDLC) Conference. Maddie Clemente ’17, Callie Jacks '17, Magana... Read More

September 12, 2016

Athletics Recap - week of September 5-9

Madeira athletics weekly event look-back and preview

September 2, 2016

Opening Convocation message from the Head of School

Good morning, Madeira! It’s hard to believe that summer vacation is over, and we’re ready to start a new school year. Throughout the summer months, all... Read More

September 1, 2016

Under the Shell orientation edition

The orientation edition of the student newspaper hit the stands on September 1.

Read the online version here

August 31, 2016

Snails named to 2015-2016 USA Swimming Scholastic All-American Team

Congratulations to Kylie Jordan '16, Maddie Heilburn '18 and Izzy Gati '18 on being named to the 2015-2016 USA Swimming Scholastic All-America team. Swimmers... Read More

August 31, 2016

DaVinci Challenge lands on campus this fall

Madeira students Layla Khan ’19, Mariam Khan ’20, and Caroline Simmons ’15 are helping to educate the community about drones and the benefits they can... Read More

August 29, 2016

Welcome to our new faculty and staff

Allow us to introduce you to the new faces at Madeira (and a reintroduce a few familiar ones)

Paul Bednarowski is joining the World Languages department... Read More

August 26, 2016

Art activities and announcements

For the students who want to try something new this year, or return to a familiar community of artistic challenge and enjoyment, the Arts Department offers... Read More

August 19, 2016

Lucy & Co. hours for the start of school

The Madeira School store, Lucy & Co. will have special hours during orientation and the opening week of school. Be sure to stop by to pick up all your... Read More

August 2, 2016

AP Exam results announced

In May 2016, 164 Madeira students took 290 AP exams in 22 different subjects. This represents an increase of 16 students taking AP exams from May 2015... Read More

July 12, 2016

Former teacher donates painting to Madeira

In early July, former teacher Tom DeLaFleur and his wife of 52 years, Teri DeLaFleur, donated a beautiful soft pastel and oil painting by artist Daniel... Read More

July 1, 2016

Madeira Equestrian gallops across the summer show season

Even though school might be out for the summer, the Madeira Equestrian team is still going strong. The summer show season kicked off with two strong weeks... Read More

June 15, 2016

Student activity meeting wrap up

On Monday, June 13, the Dean of Students Office met with members of the Parents Association to review the results of the end-of-year Student Activity Survey... Read More

June 14, 2016

WIHS names three Madeira riders to junior committee

Jacey Albaugh ’18, Emma Bishop ’20, and Charlotte Burch ’17 have been chosen as members of the 2016 Washington International Horse Show Junior Committee... Read More

June 10, 2016

Field renovation underway

On June 2, 2016, Head of School Pilar Cabeza de Vaca, Assistant Head of School Andre Withers, Board President Catherine Shraga ’70 and Athletic Director... Read More

June 9, 2016

LaRue and Gerrity to lead Athletics at Madeira

One need only to drive onto campus to see it is an exciting time of change for Madeira athletics. In early May, the School broke ground on a state-of-the-art... Read More

June 8, 2016

Commencement 2016

On Friday June 3, 2016, Madeira awarded 70 diplomas to the class of 2016. After the traditional processional to their seats with hand held bouquets of... Read More

May 27, 2016

Latin awards and end of year news

At the last Classics Club meeting of the year, club consuls shared lots of great news with the club. Club officers, who were elected at the previous meeting... Read More

May 27, 2016

Closing Convocation 2016

Thursday, May 26, 2016 members of the Madeira community gathered to celebrate the close of another school year, recognize faculty and staff members for... Read More

May 24, 2016

Michelle Sarson named Director of Dance

Effective for school year 2016-2017, Madeira will be managing its Dance curriculum in-house, under the direction of Ms. Michelle Sarson. For our students... Read More

May 24, 2016

Madeira offers live streaming of graduation

Madeira is pleased to announce the live streaming of the 2016 commencement ceremony on June 3 at 10:30 a.m. Watch the ceremony online at www.gobleachers... Read More

May 24, 2016

One Campus, Two Crowns

At Madeira, Dylan Murphy ’16 is known as a skilled lacrosse player, White Team Captain and diligent student. But this past winter, Dylan added another... Read More

May 23, 2016

Under the Shell online edition

The spring issue of Under the Shell, the student newspaper at Madeira, hit mailboxes last week. The paper features wide-ranging articles and opinion pieces... Read More

May 18, 2016

Madeira actress nominated for 2016 Cappies award

A big congratulations to Faith Slaughter ‘16, who is nominated for a Cappies award in the category of Female Vocalist for her role as Lilli Vanessi in... Read More

May 18, 2016

Snails plan to continue athletics in college

On Monday, May 16, the Madeira community gathered to celebrate five Snails planning to continue their chosen sports in higher education. Sue Cabot, athletic... Read More

May 17, 2016

Track team has record setting ISL performance

On May 13 and 14, Madeira’s track and field team competed in the ISL Championships hosted by Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, MD.

“It was an unbelievable... Read More

May 17, 2016

2016-2017 student government announced

The elections results are in! The Madeira student government and class officers have been named for the 2016-2017 school year. 

The student government... Read More

May 10, 2016

Slam Poetry Team takes first in regional competition

On May 7, 2016 the Madeira Slam Poetry Team, made up of Gaelyn Smith ‘16, Mona Hagmagid ‘16, Elfrieda Nwabunnia ‘17, and Mae Hunt ’17, won first place... Read More

May 5, 2016

Varsity Softball bests Georgetown Day, 11-10

The top of the first saw Georgetown Day take the lead, 1-0. GDS started with a single and pushed across one run in both the third and the fifth innings... Read More

May 5, 2016

Students share passion projects during MadeiraEd Day

On April 29, the last day of Module 6, students, faculty and staff participated in the second annual MadeiraED Day. With the theme “Passion Projects,”... Read More

May 4, 2016

Lindsey Klaff '17 wins 2016 PINK Award

On April 29, the fifth annual PINK Award was given to Lindsey Klaff ’17 who intends to use the award money to deepen her understanding of globalization... Read More

May 3, 2016

Madeira IEA team places in top ten at National Finals

Over the weekend of April 22, five members of the equestrian team represented Madeira at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) National Finals... Read More

May 2, 2016

Student uses passion for film to raise awareness in her home country

After taking a summer film making program in New York City, Victoria Garcia ’17 was inspired to create a video that would bring awareness about the current... Read More

May 2, 2016

TV writer and producer, Alex Cooley '99 to give Madeira commencement address

The Madeira School will welcome back alumna Alex Cooley as this year’s speaker at their graduation ceremony. Alex Cooley is a television writer and producer... Read More

April 28, 2016

Senior makes Division I commitment to play field hockey

On April 27, 2016 Kita Konerth ’16 committed to play field hockey for the University of Connecticut.

Since starting as a freshman at Madeira, Kita has... Read More

April 26, 2016

Four students jury in local arts competition

Four Madeira art students juried in the 2016 Best of Independent School’s Art Competition sponsored by the Landon School in Bethesda, MD. Since 2006, Landon... Read More

April 22, 2016

Sophomores visit The Motley Fool

On Friday, April 15, as part of Madeira’s financial literacy program, 41 members of the sophomore class toured The Motley Fool in Alexandria, VA. Co-founded... Read More

April 19, 2016

Catherine Hall '18 leads Snails to win over Bullis

An impressive effort by sophomore Catherine Hall hoisted Madeira varsity softball to a 23-12 win in six innings over Bullis on Tuesday. Hall rocked Bullis... Read More

April 18, 2016

Sculpture class reveals first project of spring

This week the Studio III - Sculpture class completed a Wind Spinners project and placed them out on the lawn in front of the art studio for the community... Read More

April 18, 2016

Madeira Softball uses big third inning to beat St. Andrew's Episcopal

The Snails jumped out to an early lead on St. Andrew's Episcopal and captured a 19-5 victory on Monday. Fifteen runs in the first three innings allowed... Read More

April 15, 2016

Snails take first at Holton-Arms meet

On Tuesday, April 12, Madeira track and field journeyed to Maryland for a meet against Holton-Arms (the host), Georgetown Visitation, Holy Child, St. Andrews... Read More

April 14, 2016

Madeira sends team to University of Maryland High School Programming Contest

The University of Maryland High School Programming Contest brings talented students from high schools throughout the DC metropolitan area to campus to... Read More

April 8, 2016

Kylie Jordan '16 named All-Met Swimmer of the Year

Congratulations to senior Kylie Jordan for being selected as All-Met Swimmer of the Year by Washington Post. View the special section here >>

Kylie is... Read More

April 8, 2016

Great start for track and field

The Madeira track and field team has had a solid start to the season. Freshman Monteanna Saunders broke the 10-year-strong 300 hurdle record last Saturday... Read More

April 7, 2016

Madeira announces field renovations this summer

Madeira is excited to announce plans to upgrade and renovate our playing fields over the summer of 2016. The renovations include a full-size, cutting-edge... Read More

April 7, 2016

Madeira hosts Revisits Days

On March 10 and April 5, the Admission Office hosted over 75 families from more than five states during Red-White Revisit Days! These days are designed... Read More

April 4, 2016

Camp Greenway recognized as best summer camp

Thanks to Posh Seven for selecting Camp Greenway to their 2016 Best of Kids Awards list for "Best Day Camp."

For over 42 years, Camp Greenway has provided... Read More

April 4, 2016

Private music instruction students recognized in Washington-area competitions

Emily Hamilton ’17, Sabrina Ni and Fay Zhang ’17, private music students of Deborah Morris, were recently recognized for their music achievements in The... Read More

March 30, 2016

Spring Sports Opener

Calling all alumnae, parents, and fans: Come cheer on the Snails at Spring Sports Opening Day! Home games:

4:15 p.m.
Varsity Lacrosse v. Holton Arms
Varsity... Read More

March 30, 2016

2016 Science Fair results

On Thursday, March 10, fifty-six students participated in the annual Madeira Science Fair. A total of 21 judges from various fields, including two alumnae... Read More

March 16, 2016

Strong finish for Madeira Karate

During Module 5, a total of 17 participants filled the ranks of the karate activity program. They were frequently joined by visitors who added positively... Read More

March 14, 2016

Madeira IEA team qualifies for National Finals

The Madeira IEA team qualified for the National Finals on Sunday with a second place finish at Zones. The team will travel to the Kentucky Horse Park at... Read More

March 11, 2016

Julia Skinner-Grant '19 represents Madeira at area Shakespeare Competition

The English Department congratulates Julia Skinner-Grant ’19 on her recent performance at the 2016 Shakespeare Competition held by the Washington, D.C... Read More

March 11, 2016

The Madeira Fund announces Red-White Challenge

Red and White teams are challenging YOU! Here is your chance to make this year’s Red and White competition even more exciting while helping to proclaim... Read More

March 11, 2016

Winter athletics wrap up

The 2015-2016 winter athletics season came to a close at the athletics assembly on March 1. Director of Athletics Sue Cabot congratulated all the coaches... Read More

March 11, 2016

Riders and horses compete at "USEF Premier"

Over the weekend of March 5-6, five Madeira horses and riders competed at the Hollins Spring Welcome “USEF Premier” Horse Show in Lexington, VA. All Madeira... Read More

March 9, 2016

Master Artist visits Madeira

On Monday, February 29, local Master Artist Mrs. Ellen Cornett came to impart her wisdom and experience with charcoal drawing in the Studio 1 - Drawing... Read More

March 7, 2016

Model UN attends NAIMUN conference in D.C.

This past February, Madeira sent 23 delegates to the 53rd annual North American Invitational Model United Nations (NAIMUN). Held at the Georgetown University... Read More

March 4, 2016

Madeira represents at Hyper Bole 2016

On Saturday, February 27th, four Madeira students, Gaelyn Smith '16, Mona Hagmagid '16, Elfrieda Nwabunnia ,17, and Mae Hunt '17 represented Madeira at... Read More

March 3, 2016

Science and Engineering Club attends DREAM Conference

On February 27, 2016, the Science and Engineering Club attended the Women in Engineering Developing Revolutionary Engineers and Mentors (DREAM) Conference... Read More

March 1, 2016

Madeira Equestrian Team wins IEA Regional Championships

February 27-28, 2016 – The Madeira Equestrian Team competed in the IEA Regional Championships over the weekend with great success.

Congratulations to... Read More

February 26, 2016

Madeira attends STEM competition

On Saturday, February 20th, eight Madeira students accompanied by Ms. Pratt, traveled to Foxcroft for an all-girls STEM contest. There were five different... Read More

February 24, 2016

Kiss Me, Kate captivates audiences

The Madeira Arts production of Kiss Me, Kate was a high-spirited success! Kiss Me, Kate is a fun 1940s musical written by Samuel and Bella Spewack, with... Read More

February 24, 2016

Madeira takes 3rd place at VISAA State in record-breaking fashion

The Madeira Varsity Swim and Dive Team concluded its 2016 season with a third-place finish at the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA)... Read More

February 23, 2016

Snails rise to the challenge on senior night

On Tuesday night, the Madeira Snails faced off against The Sandy Spring Friends School Wildebeests. This contest was a wonderful tribute to Madeira’s seniors... Read More

February 18, 2016

Madeira varsity basketball beats Sandy Spring Friends

February 18, 2016 -- The Madeira varsity basketball team marched their way to victory over Sandy Spring Friends School in a close match-up Thursday night... Read More

February 17, 2016

Equestrian team takes High Point Team Champions prize

Congratulations to Madeira's IEA team for winning high point team champions at their home IEA show on Sunday! The competition marked the end of the regular... Read More

February 16, 2016

Madeira Karate Dojo promotes ten students

The Madeira Karate Dojo is proud to announce the following promotions awarded during Module 3:

Yon kyu (purple belt):  Maddie Clemente ’17

Go kyu (green... Read More

February 12, 2016

Busy and successful time for Madeira equestrians

Despite the cold and snowy weather, members of the Madeira IEA team have been busy the past several weekends earning points to qualify for post-season... Read More

February 12, 2016

Join Madeira Arts for the annual winter musical

Madeira's dedicated students and faculty are working very hard to produce a crowd-pleasing rendition of Kiss Me, Kate. Written in the 1940's, Kiss Me,... Read More

February 12, 2016

Two forensic experiences

The Module 4 Forensic Science class wrapped up the course with a field trip to a local police department and presentations from two detectives. On Tuesday... Read More

February 12, 2016

All School Meeting with Lauren Singer

At the February 12th All School Meeting, students were challenged to be more aware of trash in their lives. Green Team member Isabel Ruffin '16 introduced... Read More

February 11, 2016

Advanced Acting Classes present first showcase

On February 4th, students were invited to be an audience for the first Advanced Acting Showcase. Students from the Advanced Acting class created original... Read More

February 8, 2016

Swim & Dive place fifth at Metros

The Madeira Varsity Swim and Dive team took fifth place at the Washington Metropolitan High School Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday, February... Read More

February 5, 2016

Madeira attends D.C. Brain Bee

Accompanied by Madeira science teachers Ms. Pratt and Dr. Wallace, three Madeira students, Emily Barré  ‘17, Kristin Joostema ‘16, and Vinnae Edgerly-Collins... Read More

January 26, 2016

Students place at State Latin Convention

During Thanksgiving Break, Latin Teacher Ann Maclean took nine Latin students to the State Latin Convention in Richmond for two full days of competitions... Read More

January 25, 2016

Watch Winter Storm Jonas descend on Madeira

On January 22, Winter Storm Jonas descended upon Madeira. Check out our time lapse video of the snow from start to finish.

January 25, 2016

Strong showing for Madeira equestrian at Garrison Forest Show

The Madeira equestrian team placed third in last Sunday’s show at the Garrison Forest School. Congratulations to Emma Knisley ‘18, Lizzy Isacson ‘18, Karina... Read More

January 22, 2016

Swim & Dive Team wins 2016 ISL Championships

The Madeira varsity swim and dive team captured the 2016 Independent School League Championships on Thursday, January 21, at the Hurd sports complex. Madeira... Read More

January 19, 2016

Swim and dive team remains undefeated

The Madeira varsity swim and dive team remains undefeated after hosting two meets this past week.

Wednesday, they came up big with a 98-55 win over The... Read More

January 11, 2016

Monet Umana '16 organizes free store for homeless youth

Monet Umana '16 organized high school students in the DC-Metro area to collect and donate clothes to support youth in need this coming winter. “There is... Read More

January 8, 2016

Swim & Dive tops Holton Arms

The Madeira swimming and diving team improved to 3-0 on the season with a 105-81 win over defending ISL and Metro Prep Champion Holton Arms.

"I am really... Read More

January 6, 2016

Isabel Ruffin '16 wins Climate Action Film Contest

In December, Isabel Ruffin ’16 was named a winner in the 2015 Global Compost Film Contest. Isabel’s submission, “The Importance of Composting,” was one... Read More

January 4, 2016

Who done it? Science meets literature

At the end of Module 3, Ms.Heishman’s Gothic Literature and Dr. Boyette’s Forensic Science classes combined forces to solve two cold cases related to Edgar... Read More