Mountaineer Notes, February 11, 2015

Sup. and Assistant SupWaverly held a  “Dress up like what you want to be when  you grow up” spirit day last week.  Two students from Lacy Ann Henshaw’s fourth grade classroom dressed as a superintendent and an assistant superintendent.  Whitlee Swink is the superintendent; Leroy Yates is the assistant superintendent.

The cafeteria staff at Waverly Yowell takes extra pride in decorating their service line every month for students and staff.  This month is a celebration of Valentine’s Day.Waverly Cafe Website

Thanks to Behavior Coaches Larry Kilby and Casey Stanton for making student transitions from Alt. Ed. to the base school go smoothly.

Random Acts of Kindness Week February 9-13.  Teaching and modeling character education, WYES will participate in random acts of kindness. Each day, Random Acts  will be posted for the students/staff to complete.  After the students complete the challenge, they will sign their name on the banner hanging in the hall. Donating to charity, food will be collected for the Madison Animal Shelter;  students will deliver later in the month.  Nicole Keys, WYES counselor, is organizing the week’s activities.

Algebra I classes at the Wetsel are gaining a greater understanding of slopes, right triangles, building safety codes, etc. by inspecting and designing ramps.  The project culminates with each team of students using Google Sketchup to design a ramp for the primary school stage. The project is led by Scott Honaker.

SwimSwim & Dive teams compete in the Region Championships this week. Swim is Saturday February 14.  Congratulations to Rosemarie Mullen and Ben Dillon. They competed in the Region 4A North Dive meet Tuesday night in Charlottesville. Rosemarie finished in 2nd Place overall and 2nd among 2A divers. Ben finished 5th overall and 1st among 2A divers. Both have qualified for next week’s VHSL State Dive Championships in Christiansburg.  A special thank you to our new PE teacher Charlotte Edwards for attending the meet and offering words of encouragement to our divers. I know they appreciated her being there.

Clare Sukley and Abigail Powers, both 8th grade students at Wetsel, performed in the Culpeper Has Talent Show this past weekend at BW3’s.  Jackie Cullen (MCHS) and Megan Yezzo (WMS) attended the show in support of their students and stayed throughout the contest. The parents of both students were very appreciative of the efforts of these teachers. Clare and Abigail’s amazing talents are on display.

The SOL Score Reports have been revised and include new information including students’ answers by question and the level of difficulty of questions.  A recorded version of the Fall 2014 Standards of Learning Score Reports for Non-Writing Tests presentation is available on the Va DOE site at:, under the SOL Reporting Resources section.

Congratulations to Dylan Berry for winning the Conference 35 wrestling championship in the 220 pound weight class.

Congratulations to James Graves for breaking the single season record for most 3 pointers made in a season with 72.

Boys Basketball-VarsityCongratulations to the Boys Varsity basketball team for their 63-59 win over Clarke County on Monday night in the Bull Run 1/4 finals. The boys will play #1 seed George Mason this evening at 8:00pm.

Virginia Blood Services will be holding a blood drive in the MCHS auditorium on Friday, February 20th.  See Ryan Rakow for more information.

Good Luck to all our wrestlers this weekend as they compete in the Region Championships at Strasburg on Friday and Saturday.Wrestling

WYES 3rd Grade teacher Rebecca Bader is always willing to try new things with her class.  Currently, her third graders are using Google Docs for “Bader’s Book Chat”.  For this, students have a page where they record the book that they are reading.  During free time, other students write comments about the book and suggestions of the next book the student should read.  This has been a hit with her students!

Anatomy 2MCHS tudents in Lisa Taylor’s Anatomy class have been learning about the structure and function of how our skin works and creating 3D models.

The WMS yearbook will be hosting a sweetheart dance on Friday, February 13th. Students have been able to nominate their peers to become sweetheart prince and princess or king and queen. Rockstars Megan Yezzo and Claire Keith have volunteered to D.J. the event and many teachers are willing to chaperone. We hope to provide students with a fun and exciting social activity to celebrate the great things going at Wetsel.

Samantha WebsiteChinese Feast for Second Grade.  To celebrate the end of a China unit, the PTO funded a Chinese feast for the second grade students of MPS.  They enjoyed tasting a variety of food, used chopsticks, and ate fortune cookies.  Their feast was protected by the Great Wall of China posted to the walls of the pod.  Christine Waldron, 2nd grade teacher, even wore a silk shirt for students to see.  Students show are:  Danielle Beavers and Samantha Ates.  It is obvious that fun was had by all!

Madison Primary School second graders are writing and learning about equal rights. The classroom and pod walls are adorned with portraits of Martin Luther King, Susan B. Anthony, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington along with descriptions of how each of these leaders helped promote equal rights for all.

Prince William County Schools are sharing SOL resources (grades 3-8, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II) with school divisions in the Region IV Math Consortium.  Resources will be forthcoming.

SNP WebsiteShenandoah National Park Rangers, Regina Cardwell and Mora Meisel presented to the 4th and 5th graders this week at Waverly Yowell. The 4th grade program detailed the challenges of an endangered species of salamander found only in Shenandoah National Park.  The 5th grade program addressed career opportunities in the National Park services.

Madison Primary School  had a wonderful time this week celebrating the 100th day of school. Students who have achieved perfect attendance thus far in the year received a special certificate, and were recognized on the morning announcements for their achievement. Various activities throughout the sc100th Dayhool centered around the number 100, and teachers and students were invited to dress like a 100 year-old person. Pictured is the MPS Kindergarten Team.

This past weekend the MCHS Forensics Team competed at the VCFL Tournament 4 at Cosby High School in Chesterfield.  Placing for Madison were:

  • Kaitlyn Brockman, first place in Declamation
  • Jacob Corbin, second place in Declamation
  • Rose Young, fifth place in Declamation
  • Sierra Weaver, first place in Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Dustin Cone, second place in Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Shannon Blow, first place Dramatic Performance
  • Jacob Corbin, second place in Dramatic Performance
  • Bryanna Smith, fifth place in Dramatic Performance
  • Camryn Powers, first place in Oratory
  • Summer Davis, second place in Oratory
  • Sierra Weaver, fifth place in Oratory
  • Camryn Powers and Bryanna Smith, first place in Duo
  • Summer Davis and Jackie Dews, second place in Duo
  • Autumn Chasse and Rebecca Young, fifth place in Duo
  • Taylor Kimball and Kaitlyn Brockman, State Qualifier in Duo
  • Autumn Chasse, first place in Prose and Poetry
  • Shannon Blow, second place in Prose and Poetry
  • Devon Bewley, third place in Prose and Poetry
  • Rebecca Young, fourth place in Prose and Poetry

Madison won the tournament with 64 points over second place Louisa County with 11 points followed by Bishop Sullivan Catholic School in third with 5 points.  Debate team results were first place Clover Hill High School, second place Charlottesville High School, and Hargrave Military School in third place.  The next tournament is the VCFL State Tournament and National Qualifier here at MCHS on Feb. 21.

FAFSA WebsiteRecently, the MCHS counseling department sponsored a FAFSA information session for parents of seniors.  The meeting was to help parents understand how to file for financial aid for their children.  This is a valuable service that our counseling department worked jointly with our partners at Germanna.​


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