Mountaineer Notes, April 29, 2015

Decision Day: May 1 – All MCPS is encouraged to wear college apparel.

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-8, 2015.

Nurse’s Day is May 6.

Jeans for Troops Day to Honor Memorial Day: May 28.

We had another five folks who have finished all of the classes and taken all exams and are now officially Google Educators!

  • Tom Butterworth
  • Emily Everard
  • Misty Kolb
  • Jennifer Rehm
  • Corey Rudd

This brings the total to 24 Google Educators, 21 alone at Wetsel Middle School.  There is still two more weeks left in the program with 18 folks still working to finish at least two of the courses in preparation for a 2 day Google Conference (to be hosted at Wetsel at the end of the summer) that will focus on applying these new skills to the classroom.

The MCHS band placed 2nd in Class 1 with a Silver Rating at the Performing Arts Consultants Festival in Norfolk this past weekend.

Cville Trip (1)Stories brought to Life.  MPS Kindergarten students took a field trip to the Paramount Theater!  They enjoyed watching a puppet show of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Little Cloud, and The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle.  They also visited a nearby playground to have a picnic lunch and some time to play.  All of the excitement caused many to “crash” on the way home.  This picture is precious and priceless!!Cville Trip (2)

Senior Blue Ridge Virtual Governor Student, Matthew Beeler, worked with Madison Primary School to support first and second graders with an afterschool mentoring experience.  Beeler, along with approximately 15 other high school students, worked with the 55 younger students after school.  They played outside and then helped the children with their homework.  The program will occur a total of four times between now and the end of the year.

The Wetsel Middle School’s (WMS) 2014-2015 eighth grade class will be having a 5k Fun Run on Saturday, May 9, on the Hoover Ridge Fields in Madison County in memory of Andrew Windland who passed away in 2012. To pre-register for the run visit the following: http://tinyurl.com/andrewfunrun2015. Day of race registration and check in will begin at 7:15am and end at 7:45am. The race will begin at 8:00am. Student registration is $5.00 and adult registration is $10.00, with t-shirts selling for an additional $20.00. Madison County eighth and tenth graders (Andrew’s classmates) may run for free. Sorry, they can only accept cash and checks. We will have the Fun Run come rain or shine.

Patient People. Wednesday, May 6, 2015 is National School Nurse Day. Michelle Young, MCHS, Melanie Shifflett, WMS, Marjorie Curtis, WYES, and Natalie Barb, MPS, patiently dispense comfort, compassion, and caring without the need for a prescription. Thank you so very much for your medical support for our students.

The eggs that have been incubating in Kim Dodson’s 3rd grade classroom are starting to hatch!  The included video is of the first chick coming out of its egg. 

Arbor Day 1Arbor Day. All Wetsel students received a tree last Friday to take home and plant. These trees were donated from the Vaughn Bassett Furniture Company in Galax (http://www.vaughan-bassett.com/). For every tree they use in the production of their furniture they donate 2 trees to the Virginia Department of Forestry (www.dof.virginia.gov). DOF uses these trees for various planting projects. The trees are called 1-0 or 2-0 seedlings meaning they are 1 or 2 years old. They are white pines and several species of oak (the oaks are up to 20” in length).

Arbor Day 2MPS students were very excited to participate in the Arbor Day activities last Friday. Representatives from the 4-H extension office, REC electric cooperative, and Madison Gardening club came to the school to spend some time with our students discussing the benefits of plants and trees, and students assisted in planting a young oak tree on the Parks and Rec grounds. A thank you goes out to guidance counselor Karen Organ-Lohr for organizing the event.

Upcoming events for the Forensics team:

  • May 2nd, Forensics car wash- MCHS parking lot, 8:30 – 2:00
  • May 9th, Pell Prize Oratorical Contest, MCHS Media Center, 10 AM
  • May 13th, Forensics Showcase, MCHS Auditorium, 7 PM

MCHS Physical Education teacher Mark Arrington is the recipient of the Farmers Insurance grant.  He will be using the award to enhance the PE program and add new activities for students in PE.

As SOL season approaches, please be sure your students are familiar with TestNav and with the types of test items that will be on the test by having them practice with the DOE Practice Item Sets.  You can find the links on the MCPS home page at Departments -> Assessment -> SOL Practice Items and on the DOE website.

Spanish 2 collage2 (2)Spanish 2 students incorporated the arts in our curriculum–collage and assemblage.  They gave oral presentations (memorized!) in Spanish about their favorite celebration, using a wide variety of vocabulary and grammar for the level 2.  The results are awesome!

Transition Grant. The Special Education program received a $4,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Education to provide transition education and materials to students, parents, and teachers. Special education chairs will meet this week to plan for implementation of the grant.

This week student representatives from the WYES Student Council acted as tour guides for the second grade orientation. The orientation was organized by Nicole Keys, WYES counselor and Karen Organ-Lohr, MPS counselor.2nd Orientation

Wetsel students have an opportunity to purchase new books for summer reading this week.  The Scholastic Book Fair is set up in the school library from April 27 – May 1. Proceeds from the fair will be used to purchase books and support library programs at Wetsel.

7th graders will be going to Shenandoah National Park on April 30 or May 1 (depending on their English classes). This trip is a culmination of the novel they have been reading in English classes (Ghost Girl), and to their PBL projects; “How do the voiceless regain their voices?” On the trip students will be visiting Hoover’s Mountain School (now a ranger station at Big Meadows), touring the remains of Camp Fechner (Big Meadows CCC camp) and viewing an abandoned homesite.

Technology Update. We finished moving all technology out of the ramp area of Wetsel Middle School to accommodate for CIP.   This week the new phone system went live, officially bringing all buildings within the district onto one network.

All-State AnglersMCHS students, James Graves III, Dylan Berry, Chase Berry, Chris Shifflett and Connor Hughes competed in the 2015 Virginia B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Jr. State Championship tournament this past weekend.  All contestants represented our school well–MADISON PRIDE.  James and his partner, Kadin Thens (Madison team via Fauquier County), won the fishing tournament with a total of 28 pounds, 2 ounces. Dylan and Chase Berry came in second with a total of 21 pounds, 1.2 ounces. Both duos qualified for the B.A.S.S. National tournament in July on Kentucky Lake in Tennessee.

In addition, James and Dylan were named to the Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team.  They are 2 of 57 chosen anglers from 200 nominations representing 33 states.  From these 57 fishermen, 12 will be chosen to create the first Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team.  Good luck, James and Dylan!MCHS Anglers

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