Lots of things to recognize today! It is:
- National Jelly Bean Day
- National Girl Scout Leaders day
- Earth Day
- National Unemployment Day
And importantly, National Secretaries (Administrative Professional) Day. Please thank all our administrative assistants for all they do.
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-8, 2015.
Nurse’s Day is May 6.
Please join us for the 5th annual Madison County Festival of the Arts this Saturday, April 25 from 11 to 3 at the Madison Primary School. This year’s theme is “Mountaineers are Superheroes.”
The Forensics team will be having “An Evening of Jazz” spaghetti dinner fundraiser in the MCHS gymnasium on May 1 from 6-9pm. Students are raising monies to help send over 45 team members, coaches and chaperones to Dallas and Ft. Lauderdale for CFL and NSDA Grand National Tournaments. The team has had an incredible year on the National Circuit and hopes to continue the success at these events.
Andrew Windland 5K Fun Run will be held Saturday, May 9 at Hoover Ridge. Registration begins at 7:15am with the race beginning at 8am.
Wetsel Middle teachers Jared Morris and Misty Kolb and Waverly Yowell Elementary teachers Brittany Wright, Pam Snead, Jeff Tilbe, and Patrick Jennings attended the Region IV Performance Assessment Symposium on April 20. They heard remarks on the future of State Assessments from Billy Hahn, Virginia Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, and Dr. Christopher R. Garels, Associate Professor of Education at the College of William and Mary. They also attended breakout sessions on a wide-range of topics including Constructing Performance Tasks, Ten Technology Tools for Performance Assessment, and Performance Assessments in Elementary Social Studies, among others. These teachers will be resources for future development of our locally developed alternative assessments to meet the VDOE requirements and to enhance our current work with Project Based Learning.
Hurrah for Volunteers. Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 20-27. Madison County Public Schools is honored to have an exceptional volunteer group working to support student achievement and development. Volunteers make a difference in the lives of our Madison children with every loving moment. Thank you.
Two more folks (Julie Smith and Tina Weaver) have completed the Google Educator program over the past week with another 8 who only have one exam to go. This brings the total to 19 who have earned the Google Educator Certification.
Phone system installation is going well with the cut over to the new system expected to be within the next week.
Centralized iPad management for both MPS and WYES is coming. Over the past week, the IT department has been working to set up all iPads in the district so that they are centrally managed. So far both 1st and 2nd grade carts have been completed with all other carts scheduled for the near future. When done, the changing of settings, the deployment of Apps, and overall management of these devices can happen in a fraction of the time that it currently takes.
To help the Madison Primary students celebrate their book-a-thon and encourage them to read, the Alternative Education students made 460 bookmarks and presented them to media specialist Liz Ford, for distribution.
Congratulations to the following track athletes who qualified for the VHSL State Track meet with their performance at the Strasburg Invitational on Saturday:
- Logan Coates – Jumped 33-06 in the Triple Jump
- Katie Berry – ran 50.69 in the 300m Hurdles
- Boys 4×800 Relay (Rodney Fox, Zach Gibson, Thomas Peirson, & Rashawn Turner) ran 9:04.49
Read-a-thon. All MPS students participated in a Read-a-thon that was organized by media specialist, Liz Ford and the MPS PTO. Children got family members and people from the community to sponsor their reading. For 2 weeks, students recorded the books or chapters they read. Book lists and money collected are rolling in! The picture shows first grade students, Kayden Corbin and Jaelynn Lindsay turning in their items. Currently 792 books or chapters have been read! What a great way to encourage reading and support our school library!
Cassity Lacy and Ian Coppage, BRVGS Seniors, are hosting a Health Fair this Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to noon. Click here for Flyer: Health Fair Flyer
BRVGS senior Margaux Tucker will be holding a yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 25 to benefit Camp Unakite. Each camp participant will be receiving a magazine subscription for the year. Monetary and item donations are welcomed. They can be dropped off at the MCHS cafeteria from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 24. Click here for Flyer: BRVGS Yard Sale FLYER
Madison Primary School First Graders proudly presented “Hooray for the U.S.A.” this past Thursday for parents, students, and the community. The group did a spectacular job as they sang patriotic songs, performed an instrumental number, and even a dance with streamers. MPS would like to thank all of the First Grade Teachers and Instructional Assistants for all of their hard work, Brenda Lydanne for preparing students for the show, Rob Brock for preparing the practice area each day, Madison County High School for allowing the use of their facility, and of course the First Grade Students who were just fabulous.
All Middle School network re-wiring is officially complete in advance of this summer’s renovations. This includes the re-wiring of over 200 drops and fiber out to all network closets within the school. In addition to this, fiber networks that run through the school were improved and re-routed over the past few months to ensure that MPS, WMS, and MCHS networks run in the most efficient manner and remain operational during this summer’s projects. The result of these projects is a network that is not only able to meet current instructional requirements but any that may arise in the future.
Congratulations to MCHS student Leigh Lumsden for scoring 7 goals in 2 girls soccer games last week. The Charlottesville Newsplex was planning on doing a feature story on Leigh yesterday but was postponed due to the weather. Look for the story coming soon!
Results from last weekend’s debate and forensics competition. Three students placed in the top 8 of student congress competing against students from all over Northern Virginia. Placing for Madison were:
- Malachi Garr, 5th place in the Senate
- Summer Davis, 7th place in the House of Representatives
- Devon Bewley, 8th place in the House of Representatives.
Having entries in all categories of Speech, Student Congress, and Debate, Madison was eligible for the Grand Sweepstakes Award.
Sweepstakes winner in Speech: Madison County
Grand Sweepstakes Winner: Madison County High School
Madison’s student congress students will be competing in the VHSL State Debate Tournament this Friday and Saturday at Liberty University.
The District Student of the Year is given to the student who not only is a formidable competitor but one who has a record of community service helping others. The 2015 District Student of the Year is Shannon Blow of Madison County. She received a plaque and a scholarship award of $250.
The latest edition of the MCHS school newspaper was published last week. Congratulations to Phil Nobblitt and his newspaper staff for putting out another excellent publication that represents MCHS and our students. Click here for Newspaper: MCHS Newspaper
This past Saturday marked the final chapter of the trout that have been raised in MCHS teacher Alecia Hamm’s classroom since the beginning of the year. The eggs that she received and nurtured were released into the Rose River. Some students were on hand to help with the release including Malachi Garr who even gave a short speech to mark the occasion.
The American Scholastic Press Association has recognized Wetsel Middle School as an Honorable Mention in their Spring 2015 Scholastic Newspaper Awards. The ASPA facilitates a School Newspaper Review/Contest where they provide advice on page design, story layout, graphics, headlining, photography and a variety of other useful items. This service provides help in the year-to-year improvement in the style, format, contents, and presentability of the school yearbook or magazine. Kudos to Laura Daniel and her students for all their hard work!
The Finance Department is busy learning about the new filing requirements that are mandated as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Employees will receive Form 1095-C next January as part of the required year end documentation along with their W-2.
Wetsel Career Day. Last Friday, Wetsel held a career day. It was a wonderful experience for students who met community members and learned about professions.