Mountaineer Notes, February 25, 2015

SRO Valentine 1Valentines for Heroes.  Students at MPS made valentines for their heroes.  Second grade student, Jayden McDaniel, is shown reading the valentine he made for his hero, Deputy Eanes.  Jayden considers him to be a hero because he keeps the community safe and helps the buses cross the road.  JaydenIMG_1435’s act of kindness was appreciated by Deputy Eanes and certainly made the faculty proud.

Kindergarten teachers are getting ready for kindergarten registration which will take place on March 19.  Each incoming kindergarten student will receive a readiness bag containing materials to support emergent literacy and numeracy.

School Health Advisory Board (SHAB).  SHAB met with Ryan Banks, Director of RRCSB, Mike Sacra, MCHS, Natalie Barb, MPS, Melanie Gooding, WMS, Marjorie Curtis, WYES, Dr. Charles Stein, Kilby Pediatrics, and Tina Weaver, MCPS Director of Student Services attending. Agenda discussions included electronic cigarette policy, sharps disposal, wellness checks prior to attending school for transfer students, review of the Signs of Suicide training, obesity, and nutrition programs. We appreciate the guidance of our professional advisors as we improve student physical and mental health.

Boys BasketballCongratulations to Isiah Smith for being named to the 1st Team All Bull Run District boys basketball team and to Dre Twyman and James Graves for being named to the 2nd Team.

Coiner WebsiteMPS Principal.  MPS faculty and staff are thrilled to have Mike Coiner return next year as principal for MPS!  Everyone has enjoyed working with him this year and look forward to the years to come!

Wetsel administration provided staff with Knakal’s donuts as appreciation for their hard work.

MCHS students in Lisa Taylor’s Science class completed a power point on their biome project – integrating 21st technology skills. Students had to create an edBiome 2 Websiteible biome that included the correct terrain with two animals and two plants and explain any adaptations they have to live in that particular biome. Students also had to create a travel brochure for their biomes as if they were a travel agent.

WrestlersCongratulations to Dylan Berry (220 lbs.) for finishing 2nd at the State Wrestling tournament, Jalyn Simms (126 lbs.) finished 3rd, Gabe Farmer (182 lbs.) finished 4th and Zach Gibson (138 lbs.) finished tied for 5th.

The Madison Primary School PTO recently sponsored its 3rd Annual Princess Ball. Approximately 200 fathers and daughters enjoyed the Valentine’s themed dance, dancing to the music provided by our very own cafeteria manager Eddie Jenkins. A big “thank you” goes out to everyone who worked so hard to provide such a memorable evening for our fathers and their little princesses.

DiveCongratulations to Rosemarie Mullen and Ben Dillon. They both finished 2nd at the State Dive meet.

WYES physical education teacher, Andrew Schmaltz, is integrating technology into his classroom.  Students compete in Dance Dance Revolution.

Edward TulaneRead With Us!  For the month of March, Waverly Yowell will be participating in’s One School, One Book program.  We will be asking students and all staff to read the book The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, and participate in activities about the book (including a scavenger hunt at the Madison County Public Library).  We would love to include any adults that our students might come in contact with.  If you would like to read with us, please contact Jessica Sarver for the reading schedule.

March 2 – 6 will be Spirit Week at Wetsel! The spirit days are as follows:

  • Maui Monday: Dress in your best Hawaiian t-shirt or grass skirt!
  • Twinning Tuesday: Choose a friend and dress the same!
  • Wacky Tacky Wednesday: Dress in your craziest mismatched outfit!
  • Think Comfy Thursday: Dress in your comfiest pajamas or sweatpants!
  • Fearless Friday: Dress as your favorite super hero, or create one of your own!

UnakiteElementary Camp Unakite:

July 27 – 30

  • Ben Breeden, MPS
  • Martha Clements, MPS
  • Liz Ford, MPS
  • Patrick Jennings, WYES
  • Jen Rehm, WMS

August 3 – 6

  • Ben Breeden, MPS
  • Tori Gelbert, WMS
  • Liz Ford, MPS
  • Patrick Jennings, WYES
  • Molly Smith, WYES

Middle School Camp Unakite:   

July 27 – 30

  • Marissa Basile, WMS
  • Ben Breeden, MPS
  • Jessica Gooch, MCHS
  • Jacob Houser, WMS
  • Phil Nobblitt, MCHS
  • Erin O’Leary, WMS
  • Casey Stanton, MCPS

I have a Winter MAP score, now what?  RIT to Resource is a website that helps you find open educational resources based on a student’s RIT. It also shows you educational content aligned to standards, and provides a projection of college readiness for students in grade 8 and above.

Google LogoWetsel staff has started taking Google classes and Tori Gelbert, Matt Resnick and Kim Adams have completed all 5 classes.  After taking all 5 courses, we anticipate that about 45 people will become Google Educators following a 2-day training in August 2015.


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