Mountaineer Notes, March 18, 2015

Correction.  Last week’s MCHS Forensics Team 2A East Regional Championship announcement had a mistake and omission: Autumn Chasse and Rebecca Young took 1st place in Serious Duo and Wyatt Taylor’s name was omitted for placing 4th (alternate) in Humorous Interpretation.

Leprechaun TrapStudents at WYES designed Leprechaun Traps to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  The students showed incredible creativity and imagination in their attempt to lure those pesky Leprechauns out of hiding.

PBL consultant Thom Markham met with teachers yesterday and today to discuss PBL projects, rubrics and next steps in the process.  Teachers had an opportunity to share their projects and get information on the development of future projects.

Spring sports are in full gear!  Athletic teams begin their regular season this week.  Be sure to come out and support your Mountaineers!

Congratulations to Kenyon Smith for accepting a football scholarship to Glenville State College. We will be having the official signing this Friday March 20th at 10:00am in the MCHS Auditorium. Everyone is invited to attend.

We had 31 athletes participate in a PCA Athlete Workshop on Tuesday March 10th. Some of the topics of the workshop included ways to become a Triple Impact Competitor, Why Sportsmanship is Important and Making Your Teammates Better.

Cell 1 WebsiteStudents in Lisa Taylor’s Biology class completed projects on the Analogy of a Cell 2 WebsiteCell. Students had to choose a movie or show and compare roles of characters to the roles performed by the organelles in a cell. They could choose an animal or plant cell and must include key to describe functions of 10 organelles. Once complete. students had to give a presentation to the class including their choices with reasons how that fit that role.Cell 3 Website

MPS Second Grade teachers Jessica Gentry and Beth Dickey have been busy providing collaborative problem solving opportunities for their students. Recently, students were tasked with building a bridge between two desks that could withstand a minimum weight of  one pound. The students worked under a strict set of criteria, and were limited to the use of popsicle sticks, masking tape, and a few paper clips. Eight out of nine student groups were successful, with one group building a bridge that held 15 Journeys books!!

The Finance Department is working with employees to complete retirement paperwork.  It is a joyous and sentimental time as valued members of our School Family prepare for a new stage in life.  We wish them all well!

Spring awards us new life and also a School Board-approved budget for next year!  Budget life is good!

Calling Our Youngest Mountaineers.  MCPS is registering for Pre-K and Kindergarten on Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 4:30-7:30pm at MPS. Rising Kindergarteners must be 5 years old on or before September 30, 2015 and rising Preschoolers must be 4 years old on or before September 30, 2015. Please bring:

  • -Your child, who will complete a brief readiness screening
  • -Immunization record
  • -Social security number
  • -State certified birth certificate
  • -Photo ID (driver’s license)
  • -Proof of residency (a utility bill or lease agreement, for example)

Leprechaun Launch.   MPS PTO held the fourth Leprechaun Launch on Saturday.  Fun was had by all ages!  While running the 5K race, runners endured obstacles, such as a see saw, climbing wall, and of course the slip and slide.  Local businesses donated a variety of wonderful door prizes and awards.  MPS is thankful for all the PTO does and for the volunteers who help with the event.  Plenty of pictures can be found on the MPS PTO Facebook site.

March Madness has come to Wetsel! Faculty members at Wetsel will be enjoying snacks and refreshments while watching first round games during their planning on Thursday and Friday. NCAA tournament bracket sheets have also been filled out to help raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of Madison.

Testing and Transition Training.   On March 13, School psychologist, Nick Curtis and Director of Student Services, Tina Weaver trained special education teachers in testing procedures and transition planning. In the US, thirty-one percent of students with a disability attend a postsecondary educational program within two years of graduation. This training kicked off a year of professional development for transition planning and education.


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