Mountaineer Notes, March 4, 2015

School Board Visit.  Chairman Jim Nelson and School Board member Barry Penn Hollar visited Madison Primary School on Friday, February 27.  Five students toured the Board members through all classrooms.  The students are:  Aaron Richards, Eden Pettis, Haley Howell, Rashad Fortune, and Brian Johnson.

From Chairman Jim Nelson on behalf of the Board: “Special thanks to all of our “snow people” for the work done to clear snow recently. Also to the folks who are out in the middle of the night checking the roads and making the phone calls to keep everyone informed.”

VAAP.  Students who are participating in the Virginia Alternative Assessment Program are required to submit evidence in the same subject area as required of their non-disabled peers in the same grade level.  Karen Rice, WYES, Todd Whitaker, WMS, Moe Weaver and Anne Breneman, MCHS, are collecting  evidence to demonstrate progress and knowledge. Ms. Rice’s students are perfecting an oral poem presentation about Eleanor Roosevelt and her accomplishments.

Thank you goes out to Jeff Tilbe and Patrick Jennings, 5th grade teachers at Waverly Yowell, for supporting their students. Both gentlemen took time on Sunday’s to come and watch current and former students participate in VABA basketball games this winter. The kids were so excited to see them when they were at the games. Kudos, gentleman, for going above and beyond.

Happy Read Across America Day from WYES!

Google Educators.  The following professionals have completed coursework and are now Google Educators:

  • Kim Adams, Wetsel Science
  • Ryan Campbell, Director of Technology 
  • Tori Gelbert, Wetsel STEM
  • Matt Resnick, Wetsel History
  • Tim Taylor, Wetsel Principal

Approximately 30 others are in Google coursework now to be completed by June 2015.

Hopefully this will cheer you up today!  Family Support Worker Heidi Lohr continues discussion about making “connections” with our students and believes it’s one, if not the most important thing we need to do to prevent drop-outs from occurring.

On Monday March 2, Denice Hermann, PTO president treated the students at Waverly Yowell to donuts to celebrate their efforts in collecting over 22,000 box tops. The Box Tops for Education program money will be used to purchase supplies for students and teachers.

Madison teachers who have performance-based assessments in lieu of the SOL test will have the opportunity to collaborate with teachers from all Region IV divisions on Monday, April 20, 2015 to create the assessments and the scoring rubrics. This is through a Region IV Instructional Grant.  More information will be forthcoming in the near future.

=Second grade teacher, Sarah Jenkins, embraced Madison Primary Career Day by =inviting guest speakers to visit her class.  Jamey Tanner spoke about farming.  Veterinarian, Chris Robertson, told the class about his job.  Pre-K teachers, Cindy Pattie and Jennifer Taylor, scheduled a guest as well.  Jared Kleine, a local dentist, came to visit and explained how to care for teeth.  He left goodie bags for all Pre-K students.  The children enjoyed what they shared and posed questions to the guests.

With the Spring Writing SOL just around the corner, be sure to check out the Understand Scoring application, which includes details about the overall scoring process, the SOL scoring rubrics, and anchor papers with annotations about assigned score points.  In order to practice scoring, teachers must create a new user account using the keyword “Virginia.”  Access the Understand Scoring application at:

The high school is proud of Daniel Peters, EMT student, for sharing his knowledge with first graders on Career Day at MPS, Friday, February 27.

Did you know that March 14 (3.14-the first 3 digits of π) is National Pi Day? This year’s Pi Day is “epic” since 3/14/15 at 9:26:53 a.m. and p.m. will represent the first 10 digits of pi. In Europe, this will not happen until 3:14 on the 15th of the 9th month of 2653.  To celebrate National Pi Day, many choose to eat pie, throw pies, learn about the importance of pi, ascertain pi trivia, hold contests to find the student who can memorize the most digits of pi, celebrate Albert Einstein’s birthday, and much more.  Many activities have already been planned for this significant day in history.  How will you celebrate Pi Day?

Spotlight on Project Based Learning.  Nationally-renowned PBL expert Thom Markham will be returning on March 17 and 18 to Madison.  Teachers will be receiving more information from principals this week.

=This week, the WYES PTO sponsored a book fair to provide students with an opportunity to browse and purchase books not normally found in the library.  A special thank you to our PTO President Denise Herrman and parent volunteers Valerie Miller, Cathy Aylor, and Helen Dixon for all the hard work associated with the event.

Congratulations to all the students that made any of our spring athletic teams. Hopefully the weather will cooperate soon!

During this past week, MPS students enjoyed a wonderful puppet performance entitled “Appalachian Folk Tales”.   A variety of puppets were used to tell popular “Jack Tales” and to connect our local history to each tale. Our students absolutely loved the performance! A big thank you to our First Grade Team for organizing the event for our school.

The MCHS Guidance Department had their FAFSA follow up meeting with parents to help them with financial aid applications.  The high school counselors teamed with representatives from UVA to work one on one with parents and seniors to complete this important part of the financial aid process.

Last week, the middle and high school concert band and symphonic band performed to help prepare for their assessment this Friday at Fluvanna High School.  Other band directors were present to critique the bands and advised them on ways to improve.  We wish them good luck this Friday.  It is free to attend should you wish to hear them play.  Concert band will perform at 6:00 PM and symphonic band will perform at 7:25 PM.

Wetsel Twin Day.  Wetsel celebrates spirit week with Tuesday being Twin Day.



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