Mountaineer Notes, March 11, 2015

Mountaineer Notes, March 4, 2015.  I tried sending notes several times last week.  However, Google keeps putting the emails in the spam folder.  So, to see notes, please check your spam folder.  Sorry! (There are some great photos of Wetsel twin day.)

Spotlight on PBL.  Thom Markham will be returning on March 17 and 18.  Please look for an e-mail with the schedule for the two days and let Renee Honaker know if you have questions.

Riding on the Orphan Train.   In teaching, A Family Apart, WMS language arts teacher Casey Baber, intervention specialist Casey Stanton, and paraprofessional Jeanne Kerstiens work with individual students and small groups.  Students study the experiences of orphans sent to Missouri in 1860 and analyzed the pros and cons of being sent to work on farms.

Gearing Up for Special Games.   In preparation for the local special games, Adapted PE teacher Casey Stanton is busy coaching our 6-12 team.   Last week’s student recognition goes to

  • Tyler Scott – Frizbee Dart – Best Attitude,
  • Sarah Johnson – Accuracy in Frizzbee Darts, and
  • Chase Smith – Distance Champion Frizzbee.

Wetsel Middle School BETA Club received a thank you letter from the Ronald McDonald House Board of Directors (Charlottesville Area) for providing a meal of BBQ, buns, slaw, drinks, chips and cookies.  The club also received thanks for the donation of pop tabs as these contributions help make a difference in the lives of sick children and their families.  Kudos to the students and their sponsor, Christy Black.

WYES Teacher Patrick Jennings’ 6th grade math class has been working on designing board games to teach others the math concepts that they have learned this year.  This has also been a great way for the students to review what they learned this year.

Big thank you to Assistant Superintendent Griff Carmichael for his help in making the Job Fair at Harrisonburg High School last Saturday a success.  There were 17 teams that interviewed over 340 candidates.   It was a long but rewarding day, and Griff’s efforts made it a successful one.

PreK Paws Day.   PreK students enjoyed a fun filled day with the Frozen characters.  The characters are: Elsa (Cindy Pattie), Anna (Jennifer Taylor), Olaf (Susan Estes), and Kristoff (Amanda Campbell).  The students enjoyed listening to 2 stories, going on the Elsa Journey with Anna and Kristoff, and building a snowman snack with tasty treats.  They were even gracious enough to invite our friends from Head Start!

Clare Sukley, an 8th grader at Wetsel Middle School, has made it to the finals of the Culpeper Has Talent show on March 28. The show begins at 8 PM at the Culpeper State Theatre.

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?

The following website has links to great activities:

Madison Primary School students and teachers have enjoyed celebrating Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Students read many Dr. Seuss classics both in the classroom and on the morning announcements. Wacky Wednesday was a big hit with students and teachers alike. In the attached photo, media specialist Liz Ford sports a carefully matched outfit as she introduces her lesson in the library.

The long awaited opportunity for WYES third graders to participate in the Lego Robotics Club has finally arrived.  The very popular after school enrichment activity provides students with an understanding of programming and basic engineering concepts.

Congrats to MCHS Forensics Team who won the 2A East Regional Championship on Saturday, March 7, at Windsor High School.

Placing for Madison were:

  • Jackie Dews, 1st place, Poetry
  • Alia Turcos-Sanchez, 2nd place, Poetry
  • Molly Thomas/Rebecca Young, 1st place, Serious Duo
  • Camryn Powers/Bryanna Smith, 3rd place, Serious Duo
  • Shannon Blow, 2nd place, Prose
  • Devon Bewley, 3rd place, Prose
  • Jacob Corbin, 2nd place, Drama
  • Jordan Taylor, 3rd place, Drama
  • Ian Coppage, 2nd place, Humor
  • Summer Davis, 2nd place, Oratory
  • Dustin Cone, 2nd place, Extemp
  • Sierra Weaver, 4th place alternate, Extemp
  • Malachi Garr, 2nd place, Impromptu Speaking

All of these students will compete at the VHSL State Championships on March 28 at Clover Hill HS, Chesterfield.  The group will compete for the VCFL State Championship and National Qualifying bids on Saturday, March 14 at MCHS.

A big thank you to Joe Novack and his woodworking class.  Mary Davis’ math classroom has been transformed with new tables built and delivered by Joe’s students.  The students love the extra working space and Joe’s were quite proud of the end product.  Beautiful!

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.

Summer Opportunities for Students.  Please share this link with parents who ask for information on summer camps and enrichment opportunities.  It’s a great compilation of offerings across Virginia.

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