News Archive - Student-life

March 1, 2022

Madeira Students Recognized in Regional Scholastic Art Awards

Madeira art students were honored with several 2022 Regional Scholastic Art Awards. Yoyo S. ‘24 was selected for the Gold Key award in photography for... Read More

February 25, 2022

Madeira earns 2021 College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award

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

May 19, 2021

College Commitment: Senior Commits to Colorado College

The Madeira School is proud to recognize Emma Faraon on her commitment to further her academic and athletic career as a member of the volleyball team at... Read More

April 14, 2021

College Commitments: Senior athletes sign to Claremont McKenna College, NYU, and UNC Wilmington

The Madeira School is proud to recognize three senior student-athletes from the Class of 2021 on their commitments to further both their academic and athletic... Read More

February 25, 2021

Madeira students bring awareness to water scarcity in Nepal and Haiti

Several Madeira clubs (Hands United, JAM, FOCUS, BSU, and WEARTH) banded together with MITRE Corporation and Wine To Water to host a compelling event this... Read More

April 17, 2020

Snails Sign National Letter of Intent

This Spring, The Madeira School recognized four outstanding student-athletes on their commitment to further both their academic and athletic careers this... Read More

January 24, 2020

2020 Miss Greenway crowned

A new year brings a new Miss Greenway! Miss Greenway is an annual contest organized by the Boarding Committee. Each dorm chooses a candidate to represent... Read More

December 6, 2019

**SNEAK PEEK** Madeira Unexpected

 An original Madeira film produced by The Film Guys

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

December 6, 2018

Madeira senior awarded Outstanding Delegate at Model UN competition in Budapest

Casey Ocasal ‘19 was awarded Outstanding Delegate at the Yale Model Government Europe (YMGE) competition in Budapest, Hungary, placing 2nd out of 40 delegates... Read More

November 8, 2018

Sophomores improve Madeira's campus for Co-Curriculum

Five students made a positive difference to Madeira’s campus for their sophomore Co-Curriculum placements. During Mod 2, they worked with Calleva, a leading... Read More

September 13, 2018

Nandi Ndoro ’19 uses PINK Award to highlight local artists

Nandi Ndoro ’19, Madeira’s 2018 PINK Award recipient, started her project, Inbold Magazine, over the summer, and has big plans for it this coming year... Read More

January 19, 2018

2018 Miss Greenway crowned

There is no better start to 2018 then crowning a new Miss Greenway. Miss Greenway is an annual contest organized by the Boarding Committee. Each dorm chooses... Read More

September 28, 2017

PINK Award Winner spends summer in Ukraine

Kalyna White ‘18, Madeira’s 2017 Pink Award recipient, spent her summer helping orphans in Ukraine.

Kalyna founded LABUkraine, a nonprofit that takes... Read More

September 8, 2017

Family Weekend Registration Open!

Don't miss Family Weekend 2017!

Full a full schedule visit www.madeira.org/familyweekend

Highlights include:

Thursday - October 5:
Seniors and their parents... Read More

August 28, 2017

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).

Carla Belsher joins the Madeira team this year in the Health... Read More

June 5, 2017

Closing Convocation 2017

The Madeira community joined together on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 to celebrate the successful completion of another school year. 

At Closing Convocation... Read More

May 16, 2017

Sophomore advisory create puppets for local Head Start program

At the beginning of the school year, Ms. Heinan’s sophomore advisory group decided to develop a community service project that they could work on together... Read More

April 27, 2017

The Spectator - Spring Issue

The spring issue of The Spectator, is now available. The paper features wide-ranging articles and opinion pieces from a number of Madeira writers including... Read More

March 17, 2017

The Spectator - Winter Issue

The winter issue of The Spectator, is now available. The paper features wide-ranging articles and opinion pieces from a number of Madeira writers.  

... Read More
January 27, 2017

2017 Miss Greenway crowned

On a chilly night in January, students gathered in the student center for the Miss Greenway pageant.

Miss Greenway is the annual contest organized by... Read More

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 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

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 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

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

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 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

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 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

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

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 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 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 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

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 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 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 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 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

December 16, 2015

Madeira students participate in community service

Over the December 11th weekend, Madeira students dedicated their time to service activities coordinated by the Heads of Community Service. Students volunteered... Read More

December 4, 2015

Madeira at The NAIS People of Color Conference

This week, Head of School Pilar Cabeza de Vaca along with teachers Ms. Chandra Smith, Ms. Nina Candia, and Ms. Reyna Pratt attended the NAIS People of... Read More

December 2, 2015

STOP Hunger Games returns for another epic battle

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

November 23, 2015

Senior yearbook page instructions

The yearbook class and yearbook club are excited to work with seniors on their senior pages! Seniors must complete the information below and email it with... Read More

November 23, 2015

2015-2016 driver's education classes

Madeira is pleased to offer Driver's Ed again in 2015-2016.

I Drive Smart, a Virginia licensed driver education company, will be holding classes for Madeira... Read More

November 6, 2015

Ensign Lauren Rarick '07 speaks at Veteran's Day ASM

Lauren Rarick ‘07 spoke to the Madeira community at the Veteran's Day All School Meeting on November 6. Lauren Rarick graduated from The Madeira School... Read More

October 30, 2015

Julia Reed '78 recounts her time at Madeira and career path

At the All School Meeting, Friday, October 23, the ever-entertaining and unguarded Julia Reed spoke to students about her time at Madeira and her professional... Read More

October 28, 2015

Students volunteer at Capital Area Food Bank

On October 17th, Heads of Community Service at Madeira, Faith Slaughter and Carson P., coordinated a weekend activity with the Anime Club and Master Chef... Read More

October 26, 2015

It's RAW Spirit Week!

October 26-30 is Red & White Spirit Week!

October 8, 2015

All-Stars from politics and CNN come to Madeira

On October 16th, Madeira mom, Hilary Rosen, a public relations and political consultant and a TV pundit on CNN, will moderate a panel on the 2016 Elections... Read More

September 17, 2015

Madeira slam poet performed at national convention

Senior and Head of Day Mona Hagmagid had an eventful summer, which has now led to an exciting fall opportunity. In the spring, Mona helped to organize... Read More

September 15, 2015

Menu planning made easier

The Madeira dining menu has a new look and functionality. Now, when you click on “Dining Menu” in Quicklinks at the top of the Madeira website, you’ll... Read More

September 11, 2015

All School Meeting with Dr. Courtney Cowart '78

“There is a better future that wants to emerge through you, individually and collectively." - Dr. Courtney Cowart

September 9, 2015

BSSAC Opener Details

Email sent to students and parents, Thursday, September 10, 2015.

Good morning Snails!

If you are attending the BSSAC Opener on Saturday (as 128 of you... Read More

September 4, 2015

2015-2016 Student Activities and Clubs

In coordination with the Dean of Students Office, Student Government approves all school clubs. Madeira has a history of actively involved clubs that give... Read More

September 3, 2015

Opening Convocation 2015

Spirits were high during Opening Convocation, Thursday September 3, 2015. Head of School Pilar Cabeza de Vaca welcomed students back to Madeira, sharing... Read More

September 3, 2015

Private Music Lessons at Madeira

Did you know that an amazing group of professional musicians come to Madeira's campus every week to teach students in piano, voice, strings, flute, guitar... Read More

August 28, 2015

Welcome to our newest faculty and staff

Madeira is pleased to welcome an impressive group of new faculty and staff members joining us this school year. We look forward to seeing their contributions... Read More

August 24, 2015

Lucy & Co. hours for the start of school

The school store, Lucy & Co., will have special hours during Orientation and the first week of school:

Friday August, 28: 11:30 a.m.-1:00p.m.
Saturday... Read More

August 21, 2015

Madeira students travel to Italy for classical summer exchange

In June, two Madeira teachers and twelve students visited Italy for the biannual classics exchange trip.The first week included a home-stay with Italian... Read More

August 13, 2015

Summer Environmental Advocacy Adventure

Madeira teacher, Dr. Ashley Johnson, shares highlights from this summer's environmental advocacy adventure

June 15, 2015

2015 PINK Award

The fourth annual PINK Award was given to Anne Forrest Butler ’18. Anne, who is from Charlotte, NC, will use the award money to pursue an internship with... Read More

June 5, 2015

Celebrating the graduation of the Class of 2015

The 2015 Commencement Ceremony was held on a sunny morning, Friday, May 29. Ms. Marcia Marsh, chief operating officer of the World Wildlife Fund, was the... Read More

May 28, 2015

2015 Senior Gallop

Madeira seniors participated in the annual Senior Gallop today. Eight riders from the Equestrian program rode horses from the stables down to the Oval... Read More

May 27, 2015

Seniors recognized for outstanding achievements

All members of the Class of 2015 have unique talents and strengths. In the past several weeks, we have learned of several who have been recognized by outside... Read More

May 21, 2015

2015 Madeira School Film Festival

Madeira Advanced Film class students organized an impressive, fourth annual Madeira School Film Festival on Saturday May 15, 2015.

A student committee... Read More

May 20, 2015

Marcia Marsh to give Madeira commencement address

The Madeira School is pleased to have Marcia Marsh as the 2015 commencement speaker. As chief operating officer of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world... Read More

May 19, 2015

Madeira actress nominated for 2015 Cappie award

A big congratulations to Jeeho Ha ’17, who is nominated for a Cappies award in the category of Comic Actress in a Play for her role as Trinculo in our... Read More

May 15, 2015

Slam poetry team takes first at regional competition

On April 29, 2015 the Madeira slam poetry team made up of Zharia O’Neal ’15, Barack ’15, Mona Hagmagid ’16, Elfrieda Nwabunnia ’18, and Gaelyn Smith ’16... Read More

May 15, 2015

Students attend 23rd annual Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards

On April 24, 2015, as representatives of the CLIPUS Foundation Katharine Jiang '15, Virginia Zhang '15, and Grace Huang '16 attended the 23rd Annual Fairfax... Read More

May 15, 2015

Sophomore cherry tree dedication

The class of 2017 gathered at the pathway between East and Schoolhouse I on April 13, 2015 for a short ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony. Through... Read More

May 13, 2015

2015-2016 student leadership announced

The elections results are in! The Madeira student government and class officers have been named for the 2015-2016 school year. Dean of Students Kim Newsome... Read More

April 28, 2015

Science and Engineering Club attends Maryland Day

On Saturday April 25, the Science and Engineering Club sponsored a trip to Maryland Day. Maryland Day is an annual event at the University of Maryland... Read More

April 28, 2015

Road closure

Beginning May 4, 2015 and lasting through June 20, 2015, the roadway behind the Hurd will be closed to thru traffic. This closure is necessary to facilitate... Read More

April 17, 2015

Computer Science club heads to the UMD Programming Contest

This weekend Computer Science club members Kim Lytle ’15, Sophie Kim ’15, Michaela Laurencin ’15, and Cori Williams ’17, along with team manager Katherine... Read More

April 17, 2015

Senior earns National Federation of Music Teachers Gold Cup

Madeline Ahern '15 was awarded her third consecutive "Superior" rating at the National Federation of Music Teachers Festival on March 29, 2015. She will... Read More

April 16, 2015

Founder's Day

Monday, April 13, 2015 was the much anticipated Founder's Day! The day was perfect. The sun came out and girls flocked to the Oval for music, food, dancing... Read More

April 15, 2015

Summer academics at Madeira

Madeira will offer several courses taught by Madeira faculty members this summer. Programs are for students in, or entering into high school. Classes are... Read More

April 3, 2015

Examining the gender wage gap

Women make 79 cents for every dollar earned by a man. It’s a statistic we have seen a lot the past year, and it’s a statistic that bothers Sarah Jane Glynn... Read More

April 2, 2015

Clubs volunteer at Cherry Blossom Festival

On Saturday March 28, the Korean Student Association (KSA) partnered with the Science and Engineering Club to volunteer at the Cherry Blossom Festival... Read More

April 2, 2015

Madeira karate finishes in style

As part of the Winter Athletics assembly, the Module 5 karate class presented a demonstration including empty-handed kata, weapons kata, partner drills... Read More

April 1, 2015

All School Meeting with artist Rebecca Kamen

On March 26, 2015, Madeira welcomed artist Rebecca Kamen to speak about her work and the convergence of art and science. During her presentation to students... Read More

March 4, 2015

Movie night with the Spanish Club

The Spanish Club movie fundraiser, on Friday February 27, was a great success. Club members and other Madeira students joined to watch El Viaje de Carol... Read More

February 24, 2015

Spanish club aids the Latino Student Fund

On Saturday, February 21, members of the Madeira Spanish Club visited the Latino Student Fund in Washington, D.C. Club members helped organize items and... Read More

February 12, 2015

Madeira offers D.C. summer adventure

All students are invited to join Hawaii Prep Academy students as we spend the first two weeks of summer (May 30-June 13, 2015) enjoying the bodies of water... Read More

February 12, 2015

Join Madeira for "Anything Goes"

Escape the everyday on a trans-Atlantic cruise. With top-notch lounge singers, wealthy heiresses, and second-rate mobsters on the loose, you’re never sure... Read More

February 4, 2015

"Fluxx" game creator visits for Casual Sundays

At Casual Sundays – the brainchild of Ms. Roy and Ms. Heishman – students gather to play table top game, such as Slash, The Resistance, and Fluxx. On Sunday... Read More

February 2, 2015

A slam poetry team win at Hyper Bole

On Saturday, January 31, 2015 Madeira’s slam team including Zharia O’Neal ’15, Mona Hagmagid ’16, Gaelyn Smith, Elfrieda Nwabunnia ’17, Katie Barack ’15... Read More

January 28, 2015

Allison Kalloo '83 gives a powerful speech during the MLK All School Meeting

January 16, 2015, Allison Kalloo ’83 took to the stage to share her story for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day All School Meeting.

As founder and CEO of... Read More

January 13, 2015

Student-produced PSA reaches Sierra Leone TV station

In light of the recent epidemic, the Contemporary Issues in Science class decided to focus the five-week, intensive course work on the Ebola outbreak in... Read More

January 12, 2015

Get ready for International Week

January 26-30, the Madeira Student Ambassadors will host a variety of activities celebrating International Week. Made up of current students from around... Read More

January 8, 2015

New Co-Curriculum Blog: Interning on The Hill

Sophia Beneski '16 shares her experience interning for the Office of Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. Read More

December 5, 2014

Renovated East Dorm is revealed!

Construction crews have been working steadily on East Dorm this fall and on Tuesday, 27 students got a sneak peek at their new home. In January, following... Read More

November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving All School Meeting

It is a time honored Madeira tradition that the senior class shares what they are thankful for during the last All School Meeting prior to Thanksgiving... Read More

November 21, 2014

STOP Hunger Games returns for another attack

For the second year in a row, Madeira students, faculty, and staff participated in the STOP Hungers Games. The games are a fundraising battle – a sophisticated... Read More

November 20, 2014

Co-Curriculum EDUcase Day for sophomores

During the first Madeira EDUcase Day, sophomores shared their Co-Curriculum service experience at the conclusion of Module 2. Small groups presented to... Read More

November 20, 2014

Introducing Madeira?s ASSIST Scholars

Each year, Madeira hosts students from the the American Secondary Schools for International Students and Teachers (ASSIST) organization. ASSIST is an international... Read More

November 14, 2014

Driver's Ed program at Madeira

Madeira is pleased to announce that we will offer driver's ed through I Drive Smart, a Virginia licensed driver education company. I Drive Smart will... Read More

November 2, 2014

Spanish Club celebrates Gabriel Garcia Marquez on the Day of the Dead

Over the weekend of October 25, the Madeira Spanish Club created a Day of the Dead, or Día de Muertos, altar in the lobby of Schoolhouse 2. The Day of... Read More

October 28, 2014

Science behind Pop Rocks and vampires

At the last Science and Engineering Club meeting, girls watched a video about the science behind pop rocks to honor Halloween. The video, developed by... Read More

October 20, 2014

Get excited for the Senior Fun Run!

The senior class is hosting the fourth annual Fun Run on Sunday, November 16, beginning at 2:00 p.m. This year’s 5K will include a fair for the entire... Read More

October 17, 2014

Student-prepared dinner provides a taste of home

Twenty-three girls enjoyed a fantastic Chinese feast at the Pratt house the Sunday of Parents’ Weekend, October 12. Craving a familiar home cooked meal... Read More

October 6, 2014

Madeira karate receives aikido

On Thursday, October 2, Sensei Dave Kohls from Aikido of Arlington visited the Madeira Dojo to teach the girls the philosophy and techniques of aikido... Read More

September 12, 2014

Mindfulness without meditation

Madeira welcomed clinical social worker Jennifer Weaver as our All School Meeting speaker this morning. Ms. Weaver spoke with the students about the concept... Read More

September 9, 2014

Photos from the weekend

Weekend activities are off to a great start view photos from opening day and throughout the first weekend at Madeira on our photo gallery!

What a great... Read More

August 29, 2014

All School Meeting fall speaker series

Part of a Madeira education is being exposed to thought-provoking conversations and ideas. One manner in which this takes place is through All School Meetings... Read More

August 28, 2014

Meet new Director of Residential Life Hunter Southworth

Madeira is pleased to announce that Hunter Southworth has been named director of residential life in the Dean of Students Office. Mr. Southworth has been... Read More

August 27, 2014

Lucy & Co. hours for the start of school

The Madeira School store, Lucy & Co. will have special hours the opening week of school. 

  • Monday, September 1 through Thursday, September 10:00 a.m... Read More
August 26, 2014

Wi-Fi expansion on campus

The current sentiment of the world, and Madeira community is the more Wi-Fi, the better! With the number of mobile devices outnumbering the global population... Read More

August 6, 2014

Student Orientation

The start of the school year is quickly approaching. Orientation will be filled with informative sessions and engaging activities aimed at helping you... Read More

July 24, 2014

New transportation program effective fall 2014

Madeira is pleased to announce the roll-out of our expanded transportation plan for the 2014-15 school year.

June 25, 2014

Slideshow: Summer construction update

Construction crews have been working steadily on the Main dorm modernization project since graduation. 

Check in regularly to see a photos of our progress... Read More

June 3, 2014

Finishing in style

Julia Collins' '01 historic Jeopardy! winning streak comes to an end. 

June 3, 2014

Graduation day 2014

It was a picture perfect day for the 2014 commencement ceremony held May 23, 2014 at Madeira. Enjoy this video recap of the day. Our graduation speaker... Read More

June 1, 2014

Slam poetry team qualifies for finals

UPDATE June, 6, 2014: The Madeira slam poetry team placed second at the final Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia Louder Than A Bomb Teen Poetry Slam Competition... Read More

May 16, 2014

2014-2015 student government announced

The elections results are in! The Madeira student government and class officers have been named for the 2014-2015 school year. Dean of Students Kim Newsome... Read More

April 15, 2014

Madeira receives honors at the National High School Model Arab League Conference

Regional high school students in the Model Arab League attended a two day conference at Georgetown University over April 11-12 where they participated... Read More

April 4, 2014

John Lewis to speak at commencement

Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), the only living of the “Big Six” leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, will deliver The Madeira School’s commencement address... Read More

April 1, 2014

Meet Director of Campus Safety and Security Jim Pollack

Madeira is pleased to welcome Jim Pollack to campus to serve as director of campus safety and security. Mr. Pollack joins us after having been a professional... Read More

March 21, 2014

The 'Super Bowl' of Science: Don?t Miss the third USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo

Imagine chatting with Marie Curie and Ben Franklin, flying a simulated jet fighter, creating your own inventions using the latest in DIY and 3D printing... Read More

March 20, 2014

School competition combines science and photography

The second annual Madeira Photo Contest will be held this spring. Students and adults who wish to enter must submit a photograph demonstrates a scientific... Read More

March 20, 2014

2014 Madeira School Film Festival

Get ready for the third annual Madeira School Film Festival on May 3, 2014 beginning at 7:00 p.m.

This year, the festival will feature Madeira work exclusively... Read More

March 6, 2014

Culture clubs educate and entertain at All School Meeting

At the 2014 Madeira Culture Club All School Meeting the Madeira community learned about tourist attractions in Korea, watched Bollywood films evolve, enjoyed... Read More

March 4, 2014

Eight students attend WIE Conference

Grace Huang '16 recaps her experience at the Women In Engineering Conference.

February 25, 2014

Sophomores make cards for cancer patients

During class meetings on Friday, February 21, 2014, the sophomore class made a total of 200 cards for breast cancer patients for Girls Love Mail organization... Read More

February 20, 2014

Girls attend Expedition K2M: The STEM Summit

Bright and early the morning of Saturday, February 8, thirteen intrepid Madeira students traveled with Ms. Pratt to Foxcroft School to compete against... Read More

February 17, 2014

Madeira mitten drive connects to wider community

Nora Canellakis, co-head of the sophomore class community service committee reports on the mitten drive.

November 22, 2013

Senior class gives thanks

During the annual Thanksgiving All School Meeting, each member of the senior class tells what they are thankful for: from chocolate to teachers to poetry... Read More

November 15, 2013

Sophomores organize Treats for Troops

For the past few weeks, the sophomore class community service committee has coordinated and collected Halloween candy for Treats for Troops, a local service... Read More

November 14, 2013

Madeira student earns champion title at Poetry Slam

On November 13, 2013 Mona Hagmagid '16 and Zharia O'Neal '15 represented Madeira at the Hayfield Invitational Poetry Slam where they competed against nine... Read More

November 13, 2013

Weekend activity with Model Secondary School for the Deaf

Sidney Lee '15 writes about American Sign Language club weekend activity with Model Secondary School for the Deaf

November 4, 2013

Senior Fun Run!

Get excited for the upcoming Senior 5K Fun Run! This is the third year in a row that the senior class will be hosting a 5K Fun Run as our fall fundraiser... Read More

November 1, 2013

Tis the season for ghoulish fun

Everyone seems to relish in the Halloween festivities at Madeira (even if they are just in it for the candy). Teachers dance the Thriller, dorms are decorated... Read More

October 31, 2013

Yearbook information for 2013-2014

Some parents have inquired about how to order yearbooks. You don’t have to do a thing! Madeira will order a yearbook for every student. The cost for the... Read More

October 31, 2013

Girl Up All School Meeting: Power of a girl

At the All School Meeting on October 25, Girl Up club representatives presented to the school community, explaining the Girl Up mission and goals. They... Read More

October 18, 2013

We stand against bullying

Community members were clad in purple in support of #SpiritDay, a movement that speaks out against bullying.

October 14, 2013

Aikido comes to Madeira

On Thursday, October 10, the Madeira Karate Dojo was honored to host Sensei Yvonne Thelwell, fifth degree black belt and chief instructor at Aikido of... Read More

October 2, 2013

Girl Up club begins the year with ?11 Days of Action?

Madeira’s Girl Up club is participating in the 11 Days of Action leading up to the International Day of the Girl on October 11. The club had its first... Read More

October 2, 2013

Announcement from Campus Safety and Security

On October 17, 2013 at 10:17 a.m., Madeira will conduct earthquake training in conjunction with the “2013 Great South East ShakeOut!” 

“The Great South... Read More

October 1, 2013

"Do something that might break your heart..."

The Rev. Maryetta M. Anschutz ’93 told the Madeira community a powerful story of how a singular experience she had during her sophomore Co-Curriculum placement... Read More

September 25, 2013

Adios to Spanish exchange students

On Friday, September 20, Madeira students and faculty bid farewell to the Spanish exchange students and their chaperone, Mr. Antonio Retuerto who had called... Read More

September 20, 2013

Shake it out: Releasing stress through movement

At the All School Meeting, Friday, September 13, dance-movement therapist and counseling professional, Ms. Judith Fischer walked students through various... Read More

September 6, 2013

Opening Convocation speeches

Read transcribed speeches by Head of School Pilar Cabeza de Vaca and student leaders.

September 6, 2013

Six words to remember

Madeira faculty and staff share six words with students.

August 12, 2013

PINK Award winner spends summer at Alvin Ailey School of Dance

With the support of the PINK Award, established by Katherine Kies ’07, Courtney Jefferies ’13 spent her summer at the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive in New... Read More

August 7, 2013

New Director of Campus Safety and Security

Christopher Cochrane will joins the Madeira community as director of campus safety and security

July 8, 2013

Maddy Martin ?14 behind the scenes at WAMU 88.5

Rising senior Maddy Martin learned of the summer internship at WAMU 88.5 public radio after information was mailed to Madeira’s Co-Curriculum Office this... Read More

May 30, 2013

Madeira Karate ? Strong in Our Girls

On May 9, fifteen girls were promoted to their next belt level or received special honors in USA Goju Karate at the Madeira Dojo. Throughout the term,... Read More

May 20, 2013

Student photography selected for international photography competition

A photo by Likando Kumoyo ’13 was chosen for Exposure 2013, an international photography competition. Likando’s photo was selected for a digital projection... Read More

May 20, 2013

The Madeira School Film Festival draws a crowd

In just its second year, The Madeira School Film Festival is seeing tremendous growth. This year, close to 200 people came to the festival’s screenings... Read More

May 20, 2013

Three Madeira students accepted into the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

Bridget Duru ’15, Briaun Isreal ’13, and Sarah Wood ’14 have been selected to participate in the prestigious NSLI-Y program. The program, which provides... Read More

April 22, 2013

Exciting Residential Life news for 2013-2014

From Director of Residential Life, Margo Moses

April 21, 2013

Aerryn Rees ?14 featured in Connection Newspaper for sustainable garden project

April 15, Connection Newspaper featured a story about Aerryn Rees working toward her Girls Scout Gold Award by creating a sustainable garden at Churchhill... Read More

April 21, 2013

Madeira students attended the Model Arab League conference

April 19-20, over 30 Madeira students, all who participate in Model UN, attended the Model Arab League conference at Georgetown University. The girls learned... Read More

April 10, 2013

Rhea Somaiya ?14 wins first prize in entrepreneur competition

The Madeira junior was featured in Washingtonexec.com for taking first prize at Young Entrepreneurs Program for her team’s business idea, “Mirror Me.”... Read More

April 8, 2013

Richard W. Murphy speaks to students about his life in the Foreign Service

On Monday, April 8, Richard W. Murphy spoke to Madeira students in Huffington Library. The former U.S. Ambassador charmed the audience from the start by... Read More

March 19, 2013

Keeping it fun: Spring activities

Madeira students study hard and play hard. As they prepared for spring break finishing up projects and studying for tests, they also had a good time at... Read More

March 11, 2013

Madeira places second in the Green Cup Challenge

The Madeira community is making an impact on the environment in a positive way. Together, the campus placed second overall in a contest between 11 mid-Atlantic... Read More

March 5, 2013

My Backpack will be offline Sunday, March 10

Please be aware that on Sunday, March 10, 2013 between 8 AM and 4 PM Eastern time, there will be no access to My Backpack or other online services while... Read More

March 1, 2013

Impromptu dodge ball game: seniors vs. freshman

Students were delighted today when the All School Meeting was cut short by an invitation by the Dean of Students for freshman and senior girls to play... Read More

February 28, 2013

The Hunt for Frosty

Using the following clues, where do you think Frosty is hiding?

What a beautiful December day
Poor frosty almost melted away
His belly was starting to sag... Read More

February 27, 2013

Celebrating karate promotions and outreach

At the end of February 2013, the Madeira Dojo held testing and promotions for students of various ranks. During the winter trimester, students learned... Read More

February 26, 2013

Alvin Ailey School accepts two Madeira dancers

Senior Courtney Jefferies and Junior Gabby Bullard have been accepted to the Summer Intensive Program at The Ailey School in New York City. The six-week... Read More

February 24, 2013

Students play roles of UN Ambassadors at NAIMUN

A total of 31 Madeira students participated in the 50th annual North American Invitational Model United Nations (NAIMUN) over Winter Weekend, February... Read More

February 23, 2013

Time Machine: Chinese Culture Club welcomes New Year with second annual fair

Madeira's Chinese Culture Club ushered in The Year of the Snake with their second annual culture fair on Friday, February 8.

With the theme of “Time Machine... Read More

February 20, 2013

Countdown to graduation begins for seniors

Seniors celebrated 100 Days, a Madeira tradition, on February 19. With just 100 days until graduation, each class presented seniors with a gift and a few... Read More

February 16, 2013

ASSIST conference brings together international students, teachers, and global issues

On February 12, two Madeira students attended a conference sponsored by the American Secondary Schools for International Students and Teachers (ASSIST)... Read More

February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day from The Madeira Fund

For a recent Co-Curriculum project, a group of freshmen wrote song lyrics describing Madeira. The Madeira Fund hopes you agree with them:  What a Wonderful... Read More

February 12, 2013

Rally for the Snails!

As the winter sports season winds down and play-offs begin, students gathered in the Hurd for a pep rally on Monday, February 11. With Mr. Withers as MC... Read More

February 4, 2013

Madeira girls package 25,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now

On Saturday, February 2, a group of  11 Madeira students joined other high school kids at Landon School in Bethesda to package meals for the relief organization... Read More

January 28, 2013

Physics with Trigonometry annual egg drop competition

On Thursday, January, 24, one of the coldest days in recent memory, the Physics with Trigonometry students competed in the annual Egg Drop competition... Read More

January 28, 2013

In third place in the Green Cup Challenge

Madeira is in third place for all mid-Atlantic boarding schools in the Green Cup Challenge energy contest. We are using eight percent less electricity... Read More

January 28, 2013

Madeira Arts Department presents "The Wizard of Oz"

The Madeira School is proud to introduce its winter musical, The Wizard of Oz. This musical follows Dorothy Gale in her journey home after waking up in... Read More

January 25, 2013

Inauguration memories

Fifteen Madeira girls had an experience of a lifetime at the inauguration. See just how close they were >>

January 24, 2013

Martin Luther King, Jr. All School Meeting with Dr. Kumea Shorter-Gooden '70

The All School Meeting, on January 18, 2013, was in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The special guest speaker, Dr. Kumea Shorter-Gooden ’70 is the... Read More

January 23, 2013

Summer camps are now open for registration

Whatever a child’s age or interests, Madeira has a program they will love. Hurry to sign up! Registration is now open for all Madeira Summer Camps.

January 15, 2013

Madeira riders gallop to victory!

On Saturday, January 12, the Madeira equestrian program hosted 11 visiting teams with more than 80 riders. Madeira riders had success in every division... 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 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 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 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

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

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 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 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 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

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 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 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 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