Mountaineer Notes, February 4, 2015

Ben BreedenMPS PE teacher Ben Breeden readied students for the upcoming Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser this week. Our students always work very hard to raise money for this worthy cause, and we are so appreciative of the hard work that Ben puts into organizing this event, and making it such a success.

February is CTE Month and the theme is “Recognizing Classroom Innovators.”

February 2-6 is National School Counseling Week.  We greatly appreciate the many roles and services our counselors provide to students, parents, and faculty. February 2-6 is National School Counseling Week. MCPS sends our sincerest appreciation to Karen Organ-Lohr, MPS, Nicole Keys, WYES, Erin O’Leary and Corey Rudd, WMS, Celinda Bailey and Hilary Stanton, MCHS, Nick Curtis, School Psychologist, and Billie Morris, Reed Middlemas, Ron Stanley, Dawn Lawson, Brian Duncan, and Mandy Walker, Therapeutic Day Treatment staff.  We want to join educators across the nation in celebrating the tremendous impact these folks make on a daily basis.

Spotlight on PBL.  The specials teachers at WYES are collaborating with guidance to answer the question, “How do we use our strengths to contribute to the world?” Students take a passport from special to special throughout the year and record their strengths from each special.  At the end of the year, guidance works with students to help them see how they can use all their strengths to find a future career that best suits them.

Thanks to Wetsel teacher Jacob Houser, Wetsel Guidance Counselor Erin O’Leary, and Behavior Coach Larry Kilby for the consistent attention and support they give to our students and our Alt. Ed. program.

Driver Appreciation.  Ann Coates, transportation driver, is always positive as she journeys with our students. She makes sure all educational electronic devices are charged and ready for students to use during their trips. We appreciate you.

SEAC Meeting.  The MCPS Special Education Advisory Committee met Wednesday, January 28. The agenda included a budget update, professional development update, registered behavior technician certification by Casey Stanton, special games update and introduction of our new SLP, Kacie Burke.

Sixth grade math teachers, Jen Rehm and Marissa Basile, have begun a PBL project with their students in which they are board game manufacturers. The board games created will help students learn and review math concepts from 4th grade. Upon completion, the games will be sent over to Waverly Yowell 4th graders to help assist in reviewing for their SOL test this spring.

Students in Ashley Unger’s first semester Art 1 classes participated in an Aboriginal Art Project.  The students had to research an animal that best represented who they are and create an enlarged animal design which featured an earthy base tonewith overlying dots.  The finished products were impressive! cat

Lizard– Cary Thacker (senior)
Dragonfly– Marlie Soderquist (sophomore)
Cat– Nick Jett (senior)
Bird– Harper Kerr (freshman)

The Finance Department has been finalizing work on the budget for the upcoming School Board meeting on February 9. They are also keeping tabs on the General Assembly and watching the bills that may have an effect on public schools and employee benefits. Crossover Day for the General Assembly is next Tuesday, February 10. This is the last day for each house to act on its own legislation, excluding revenue bills and Budget bills.

Congratulations to Rosemarie Mullen for winning the Fork Union Dive competition yesterday. She is now qualified for the VHSL State Dive Championships that will be held in Christiansburg on Feb 20th.

Congratulations to Jayln Simms (126), Dylan Berry (220) and Thomas Shifflett (285) for winning the Bull Run District Wrestling championships in their respective weight classes.

Congratulations to L.T. Turner for being accepted to the Newport News Apprentice School.  He will be playing football, receive a full scholarship, and earn a salary while in school.

logoGovSmart, a company co-founded by Brent Lillard, a 2001 Madison County graduate, is #20 on the Forbes America’s Most Promising Companies list.  http://www.forbes.com/companies/govsmart/

Congratulations to James Graves for being named last week’s Charlottesville Newsplex Student Athlete of the Week. If you missed the interview on TV, here is the link:  http://www.newsplex.com/sports/studentathlete

Mask WebsiteKatie Gigliotti’s 5th grade Art classes are creating plaster masks.  Students completed the preliminary work today and will be painting the masks after the drying process at the end of the week.  Students were allowed to choose from a variety of face molds including human, horse, fish, bear, cat, and bird.

Thank you to the staff at MCHS for putting things together to share with our community for the open house last evening.

???????????????????????????????The following students placed at the Pennsbury Falcon National Invitational in PA this weekend:

  • Jordan Taylor, Dramatic Performance National Invitational Champion
  • Shannon Blow, Dramatic Performance National Runner-up Champion, Second place
  • Summer Davis/Jackie Dews, 3rd Place in Duo
  • Jackie Dews, Poetry National Runner-up Champion, Second Place
  • Jackie Dews, 3rd place in Prose
  • Shannon Blow, 5th place in Prose

They demonstrated what “Madison Strong” is all about!

The Junior Beta Club of Wetsel Middle School has received its formal charter.  They have collected nearly 40 pounds of soda tabs for the Ronald McDonald House and will be preparing dinner for the guests there on Friday, February 6.  The BETA Club will be hosting a Spring Fling dance at the middle school on March 20.  A field trip is being planned to the Richmond Holocaust Museum and the Science Museum in the near future. The club is led by Christy Black.

Poster 1Poster Contest.  Students at MPS were recognized for their Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl posters that were entered in an annual contest.  While enjoying art, students learn about wildlife prevention and conservation.  The winners in second grade were:  Michelle Thompson (1st place) and Anna Decowski (2nd place).  The students who won in first grade were:  Caroline Wright (1st pPoster 2 Websitelace) and Mikayla Sacco (2nd place).  The first grade students are pictured.

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