Mountaineer Notes, March 25, 2015

Consider buying a student-made rolling pin for $10.  Today is the last day to place an order.  The Madison Emergency Services Association (MESA) was recently hit hard with food requests.  WMS/MCHS Joe Novack’s classes will make beautiful hand-turned Cherry Rolling Pins for a $10 donation.  These MCPS student-made rolling pins are approximately 19″ long with 3″ tapers on each end or rolling pins with no tapers.  They are also available in oak wood.    ALL educational opportunities belong to Madison students.  ALL proceeds will be donated to MESA.  ALL gratitude goes to Mr. Novack.  Contact Joe Novack at to place an order that will help our Madison.

Spotlight on PBL. The recent meetings with nationally-recognized PBL expert Thom Markham went well.  He said Madison was well ahead of most divisions starting PBL. He was excited about the caliber of projects and rubrics and plans to use some as examples when working with other divisions.

Teachers are reminded to complete the survey for the JMU course, Multi-tiered Models of Support, to help plan the number of sections needed.

Please vote before voting closes on March 31! (You can vote daily.)  Mark Arrington, MCHS P.E. teacher, has submitted a proposal for a $2500 grant through  This is an online funding mechanism sponsored through Farmers Insurance.  Please support Mark by voting daily at the link above.

Hanging out in the Gym

I would like to install TRX Suspension trainers in our gym to implement some new 21st century style training that they can take beyond their high school years. These straps allow students to get a quality workout while having self-selection of the intensity of the exercise. They are based on physics and the angle of the body in relation to the ground which could lead to cross curricular lessons with the math department, specifically geometry where many students struggle understanding the information. Given that students get to self-select the intensity one workout can be done by students of any ability level and result in positive self-esteem for a student who may have a negative self-image when it pertains to exercise. This could also turn into an after school activity so we continue to increase our students health and decrease the ongoing obesity epidemic in the U.S. – Mark Arrington

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration.    MPS hosted Pre-K and Kindergarten registration.  Many teachers, aides, college students, nurses, secretaries, and Central Office personnel helped.  Everyone enjoyed speaking to parents and screening upcoming students.  The Literacy Council gave away free books and the PTO sold Mountaineer shirts!  The children loved the bags of goodies that they received!

STEAMWYES students in STEAM Club are creating Marble Coasters as part of our after school enrichment program.  Collaboration, leadership, and problem solving are just a few of the 21st Century skills that have been incorporated into the project.

National Catholic Forensic League State Champion Forensics Team.  On Saturday, March 14, the Madison County HS Forensics Team competed in the Virginia CFL State Championship. Placing from Madison were:

Oral Interpretation of Prose and Poetry:

  • Shannon BlowSTATE CHAMPION, 1st place
  • Jackie DewsSTATE RUNNER-UP, 2nd place
  • Devon Bewley– 3rd place* -On to Nationals
  • Autumn Chasse– 6th place

Dramatic Performance (Humorous and Dramatic Interpretation):

  • Shannon BlowSTATE CHAMPION, 1st place* -On to Nationals
  • Jordan TaylorSTATE RUNNER-UP, 2nd place* -On to Nationals
  • Jacob Corbin– 3rd place* -On to Nationals
  • Bryanna Smith– 4th place
  • Kathleen Branch– 6th place

Duo Interpretation:

  • Summer Davis and Jackie DewsSTATE CHAMPIONS, 1st place* -On to Nationals
  • Camryn Powers and Bryanna SmithSTATE RUNNERS-UP, 2nd place* -On to Nationals
  • Autumn Chasse and Rebecca Young– 4th place* -On to Nationals

Oratorical Declamation:

  • Kaitlin BrockmanSTATE CHAMPION*
  • Jacob Corbin– 3rd place
  • Taylor Kimble– 5th place* -On to Nationals
  • Rose Young– 6th place

Original Oratory:

  • Camryn PowersSTATE RUNNER-UP, 2nd place
  • Jordan Taylor– 5th place

Extemporaneous Speaking:

  • Sierra WeaverSTATE RUNNER-UP, 2nd place
  • Dustin Cone– 5th place* -On to Nationals

Student Congress:

  • Malachi Garr– 6th place

Speech Team Awards:

  • Madison County HS – STATE CHAMPIONS, 1st place
  • Fluvanna County HS – STATE RUNNERS-UP, 2nd place
  • Maggie Walker Governor’s School – 3rd place

(The entries that qualified for the NCFL Grand National Championship in Fort Lauderdale, FL, are marked with an asterisk (*). Students are not allowed to enter more than one event at nationals, so those who double-qualified are going in their “first choice” event.)

Special thanks goes out to Shirley Sipe, Jackie Kemp, Tonya Taylor, and Catherine Johnson for volunteering their time to help with food, concessions, and clean up. Also, our WMS eighth grade students did a fantastic job helping out all day. Eighth graders are not allowed to compete at this tournament, but the following individuals gave up their entire Saturday to help out: Amaya Johnson, Scotti Mullen, Aliya Turcios-Sanchez, Noah Powers, Steven Franklin, Taylor Davis, Tyson Lovelace, and Ben Butterworth.

NFL ChampsNational Speech and Debate Association State Champion Speech Team. On March 21, 2015 twelve entries from Madison went to the final round and placed in awards with many earning a berth to the NSDA National Tournament in Dallas, Texas in June.

Placing for Madison were:

  • Jordan Taylor, first place, Drama -On to Nationals
  • Jacob Corbin, second place, Drama -On to Nationals
  • Devon Bewley, third place, Drama -On to Nationals
  • Bryanna Smith, fifth place, Drama
  • Molly Thomas, first place, Humor -On to Nationals
  • Shannon Blow, second place, Humor -On to Nationals
  • Summer Davis and Jackie Dews, first place, Duo -On to Nationals
  • Camryn Powers and Bryanna Smith, second place, Duo -On to Nationals
  • Autumn Chasse and Rebecca Young, third place, Duo -On to Nationals
  • Camryn Powers, second place, Oratory -On to Nationals
  • Jordan Taylor, fourth place, Oratory
  • Sierra Weaver, fourth place, International Affairs Extemporaneous Speaking

MCHS won the Virginia NSDA State Championship in Speech.  All students who placed in the top three of each event earned a berth to the National Championships in Dallas.

Open Wide. The Piedmont Regional Dental Clinic will see students at Madison  Primary School on Tuesday, March 31. This is the last Primary School visit until fall 2015. Waverly Yowell Elementary students will receive dental services on April 10.  Contact the PRDC at or call 540-661-0008 for information.

Health Insurance ID Card.  Please contact Tina Cropp in Finance if you need a new Local Choice ID card. She will be happy to request one for you.

Congratulations to the following winter athletes who were selected as the PCA Sportsmanship winners for their teams:

  • Cheer – Abigail Griffith
  • Girls Basketball – Megan Breeden
  • Boys Basketball – Zach Dove
  • Wrestling – Zach Gibson
  • Girls Swim – Jeana Grace Kelliher
  • Boys Swim – Skyler Dougher

Madison Athletic Director Phil Warren will be attending the VIAAA Conference this week in Richmond. This is a professional development conference for all Virginia High School Athletic Directors.

Impressionism 1MCHS students in Ashley Unger’s Art I classes have been working on an Impressionism Unit.  They began the unit by completing an Artist Research Packet on one artist, and then were grouped together with three other students to peer teach.  At this point, each of the students in a group is now an “expert” on four different Impressionism Artists.  Through the recreation of famous Impressionism works by artists such as Claude Money, Vincent van Gogh, and Mary Cassatt, the students learned grid drawing and gained an understanding of oil pastel through experimentation with specific oil pastel techniques.  Once the techniques are mastered, the famous pieces are recreated on large sheets of paper.  The unit ended with final artwork submitted and a content post-assessment completed.  The work speaks for itself–Beautiful!

Impressionism 2 Impressionism 5 Impressionism 4


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