Mountaineer Notes, May 8, 2015

School Board meeting to recognize Teaching-Learning-Caring Awards and the unveiling of the Katherine Johnson Gymnasium: Monday, May 11. Reception begins at 6pm; Gymnasium Unveiling at 6:30pm; and, School Board meeting at 7pm.

The Pell Prize for Public Speaking – sponsored by Dr. Gene Pell and the Madison County Education Foundation – will be held at MCHS on May 9 in the Media Center.

The “Night of Forensics” Showcase will be held on May 13 at 7 PM in the MCHS Auditorium.  Admission is $10 for Adults and $5 for Students.

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

Teachers Make a Difference. Thank you for everything you do!


Wetsel has entered a competition with Collaboration Nation. The $15,000 competition, which is sponsored by CDW-G, selects a winner based on the number of Facebook shares each submitted video receives this month.  So, please share the video and help Wetsel win!  In addition to this contest, Wetsel is also competing for a $50,000 grand prize that will be decided later this summer.

Here is the link to Collaboration Nation on Facebook.  Please find Wetsel Middle School’s video and share it with your friends!

We appreciate all the help you can give us – please ask all of your friends to share it. Let’s show the nation what “Madison Pride” and “Madison Strong” looks like. Thank you all for your help.

Spotlight on PBL.  This week, in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, the spotlight is on all teachers in the division who’ve worked hard to implement PBL in their classrooms this year. It has been a great start for the K-12 initiative and it’s all because of the creativity, collaboration, enthusiasm, and talent of our teachers.  You are awesome!

Our Speech Language Pathologists will be conducting hearing screenings for ALL Madison County Schools employees and Board members from 4:00- 5:30pm on Thursday, May 21st at the School Board office in room 10.  This event will be a first come first served arrangement.  The hearing screening should take no longer than 3-5 minutes each and will provide the employee with pass/fail results.  Those that fail the hearing screening will leave with a referral and copy of the results to take to their PCP for follow-up.  This event is to bring awareness to Better Speech and Hearing Month. Bookmarks and information to help identify the early signs of hearing loss will be available. HUGE thanks to Deborah Atkins, Kacie Burke, and Andi Yeager.

Last year we had a great turn out for this service.  We hope to see many more including support staff, custodians, maintenance workers, and bus drivers.

If you have a concern about your hearing and cannot attend the event you may contact Kacie (WYES), Andi (MPS) or Deborah (MPS) at their respective schools to schedule a hearing screening.

PAWS 1st 2The Madison Primary School First Grade Team hosted an exciting night of reading and visiting with farm animals last week at our year ending PAWS for Reading Night. Students enjoyed listening to read aloud stories about farm animals, and watching a brief farm animal skit from our First Grade teachers. The students were also treated to a small petting zoo, and given the opportunity to milk a cow: a simulation provided by the Madison County 4H Club. A big thank you goes out to our First Grade teachers for planning the event, and to the Madison County 4H Club and Young Farmers for their support.PAWS 1st 1

Family Life Education. Michelle Young, MCHS nurse, chaired the MCPS Family Life Education Advisory Committee meeting on Tuesday, April 28. The committee recommended updated videos for WYES curriculum, reviewed SAFE resources, and planned to review and update the family life education curriculum during the 2015-2016 school year.

The Waverly Running Club will hold a culminating event on May 27 at Hoover Ridge.  Please come out and join us as we celebrate the hard work and perseverance these students have exhibited over the last few months.

WMS Guidance Counselors, Erin O’Leary and Corey Rudd, went to WYES last week to talk with the 5th graders about what to expect next year at the middle school. They gave the students class registration forms so that they could choose which electives to go in to. Band teacher, Alicia Strickler joined as well to discuss the option for band in 6th grade. The high school band came and played for the students to help them better determine whether they would like to join band or not. Wetsel Principal Tim Taylor and Assistant Principal Joe Kubricki also spoke with the students briefly about middle school expectations.

Special Games 2015 (2)Special Games. Special Games were held last Friday, May 1.  A huge thank you to Casey Stanton for making it a wonderful experience for our children.

Mentors.  Approximately 50 First and Second grade students are enjoying having mentors from the high school.  Students from the BETA Club and Governor’s School work with the students.  They play, eat, and help the children with their homework.  If there is time, students get to read and play games.  It is wonderful to see the enjoyment it instills in the children.  Having role models and positive relationships is so important for children.  Thanks to senior Matthew Beeler, the coordinator, his volunteers, and kindergarten teacher Jeannette Michels for her assistance with this wonderful opportunity!

A note from Waverly’s Instructional Coach, Jessica Sarver: A huge shout out to Waverly Yowell’s wonderful PTO!  They have provided Panera, Slurpees, Chick-Fil-A, and other goodies to the WYES staff for Teacher Appreciation Week.  Thank you, PTO!

We had 40 spring athletes participate in a PCA Athletic Workshop Tuesday. The theme of the workshop was to teach our athletes how to be Triple Impact Competitors which means to improve everyday, make teammates better, and play the game the right way.

Good Luck to all our Spring teams as they wind down the regular season and start gearing up for post season. Softball is in 1st place in the Bull Run District, Boys Soccer is in 3rd, Girls Soccer is in 5th and Baseball is in 6th. Our track team will also be competing in a state qualifier tomorrow at Culpeper.

Successful Forensics Fundraisers. We want to commend the Forensics students for an awesome display of togetherness, ingenuity, planning and execution of the spaghetti dinner this past Friday. The students came up with the idea, developed the flyer, secured the band, met with Principal Wintersgill to ask permission for the event and worked diligently with Food Services Coordinator Patty Seale to get the food, tables, decorations and set up. The team stayed and finished the clean by themselves as well. The young ladies pulled their team together and provided roles for everyone. The evening was well-planned and the servers were well-mannered, as well as very well-spoken. The captains and mentors deserve a big congratulations to pull this off in two weeks. They have worked hard to raise over $3000 in the past few weeks.

  • The Dimes for Dallas has raised over $800 and not everyone has turned in their money.
  • The Spaghetti Dinner raised over $1100 once all bills are paid.
  • The Car Wash/Bake Sale raised $1244 without all the pledges being collected.

We want to thank Patty Seale, Cathy Seale, and Teresa Carpenter for their help in making the Forensics team “Spaghetti Dinner” Friday night a wonderful success. They helped prepare the dinner and provided guidance on the setup. These ladies went above and beyond to make this event a success. Also, big thanks to Custodian Gary Story for helping the kids cleanup.

Funds raised will offset costs to attend two national competitions this month and next – one in Florida and one in Texas.

Wetsel would like to thank the PTO for providing Massages for all teachers and staff for Teacher Appreciation week. It was a huge success and perfect timing for a little relaxation. The PTO also provided doughnuts on Monday and a chocolate fountain for Friday.

UVAFriday, May 1st was Decision Day.  Many seniors dressed in their school colors to show their pride for the school that they are deciding to attend.  Here are just some of our high school seniors with their new school attire.

The Waverly Yowell after school enrichment program has been a smashing success this year with countless students participating in a wide-range of activities including:  Running Club, Lego Robotics Club, STEAM Club and Chorus.  A special thank you to our volunteer teachers who made all these programs possible: Katie Gigliotti, Patrick Jennings, Brenda Lydanne, Jessica Sarver, Andrew Schmaltz, Molly Smith, Becky Weigle, and Brittany Wright.

Note from the Wetsel Administration Team: The Wetsel Administrative team would like to thank all teachers and staff for what they do every day to help our students. You are an incredible group of people who we feel fortunate to work with every day.

Note from the MCHS Administration Team: As we celebrate teacher appreciation week and child nutrition appreciation week, we want to thank all teachers and cafeteria workers for their daily dedication to nurture the minds and bodies of Madison’s future, our students!

Group Decision Tech Radford Bridgewater

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