Madison Elementary School
66030 Dogwood Road, Wakarusa, IN 46573
Phone: (574) 633-4531 or (574)-254-2816
Fax: (574) 633-4987
Ryan Towner, principal
Elaine Truex, secretary/treasurer
Patricia Boner, office aide
Madison School began at the turn of the century at its current site as a two-room facility. A new building was constructed in 1924 for students in elementary through high school for an enrollment of 350 students. In 1964, the school became part of the Penn-Harris-Madison district and high school students went to Penn High School. Madison continued as a middle and elementary school until 1968 when Grissom Middle School opened. In 1986, a new elementary school was built which retained the original high school gym.
Grades: Kindergarten through fifth grade
Enrollment 2014-2015: 136
Teacher Aides: 1.7
School day: 7:55 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.
Special services area
Instructional Material Center
Project Activity Room/Art room
Twenty-three acre school site
Nationally recognized nature trail
Parent resource library
Extended learning areas
Soccer and football fields, softball diamonds
Tennis and basketball courts
Two portable classrooms
Madison Elementary School is an A-rated school! The foundation for each student begins with a focus and instruction of the Indiana State standards and benchmarks. Teachers utilize the adopted textbooks and incorporate other instructional tools to reach all students. An emphasis in reading instruction and literacy programs is an essential component of the Madison students’ educational path. Primary students adhere to the balanced literacy framework model and participate in Guided Reading instruction throughout the week.
Students in the intermediate grades utilize novel studies and meet students’ learning needs through the use of specialized grouping strategies through the assistance of aides and parent volunteers. Differentiated instruction is emphasized and meeting the specific learning needs of our students is stressed in order to meet our continuous improvement goals. Students with remedial academic needs have after school study table and Classwork tutorial opportunities twice a year.
The Panther P.M. Program provides after school enrichment opportunities to our students throughout the year. The Focused Instruction Program allows students the opportunity for enrichment or remediation as needed as well as a focused time to address specific grade level skills. Teachers utilize the data with NWEA and ISTEP information in order to make decisions that guide student learning. Our vision of Building a Foundation on Which to Grow is achieved through the teamwork of our students, staff and families.
ISTEP+ Spring 2016 Results–Percent of students passing ISTEP+
English/Language Arts Math
Grade 3 82.1 85.7
Grade 4 86.7 86.7
Grade 5 78.3 78.3
The school serves as the center for the community. Patrons use the school as the meeting place for activities sponsored by the Madison Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), the Madison Township 4-H, Campfire, Boy and Girl Scout programs, Madison Township Lion’s Club dinners and picnics at the nature trail shelter.
The Madison School PTO includes the family in school-sponsored activities as much as possible.
Honors and Achievements
Madison earned a Four Star ranking in the Indiana School Incentive Program for being in the top 23 percent of the state’s elementary schools in 1989-90, 1991-92, 1993-94 and 2003-2004, 2004–2005, 2005–2006, and 2008- 09.
Madison’s Outdoor Education Lab was recognized as a national finalist in the “Take Pride in America” award program in 1987.
Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl
Other Academic Enrichment
Accelerated Reader Program
Downhill Ski Trip grades 4/5
Intramural 5th Grade Boys and Girls Basketball
PTO Summer Softball with Family Hot Dog roast
PTO Family Owl Prowl
PTO Family Read-In
PTO Family Skate
PTO Family Swim
PTO Jonah Fish Fry
Riley Children’s Hospital Bike-a-thon
Holiday Food Collection
Spring and winter Music Programs
Kid’s Crushing Cancer
Madison Elementary School Community is dedicated to promoting and maximizing the education of all students. We accept the challenge to develop the academic skills and lifelong guidelines needed for each student to become a problem solver, an effective communicator, and life-long learner. We consistently work toward creating a positive learning environment that encourages students to be successful, gain confidence, respect others, and possess the qualities to be productive contributors in our society.
Madison students will attend Grissom Middle School and Penn High School
Colors: Royal blue and white Mascot: Panthers Motto: “Building a Foundation on Which to Grow”