Mountaineer Notes, May 13, 2015

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.

Plan your 5-minute hearing screening on May 21. 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.  Contact Kacie Burke (WYES), Andi Yeager (MPS) or Deborah Atkins (MPS) at their respective schools to schedule a hearing screening if you can’t make it.

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

Wetsel Middle School finished up the Google Educator Program this past Monday with Christy Black and Jacob Houser earning their Google Educator certification.  Wetsel alone had 22 staff members earn their certification with another seven who finished the prerequisite courses (Docs/Drive and Sites) required for attending the end of summer Google Summit which will focus on how these tools can be applied in the classroom.  In addition to those going through at Wetsel, there are another eight from the technology planning committee that have already finished or will finish by the end of this week with all or some of their certification.  The most recent from this group to finish was MPS Instructional Coach Jackie Ovalle. When all is said and done, there will be a total of 37 staff members that will have finished this portion of the program.

Germanna VisitSpecialist Larry Kilby and Alternative Education Coordinator Betty Sue Camper visited the Daniel Technology Center with Sophomore Vicky Harris and Junior Michael Canavan last Wednesday.  After a tour of the facility, the students spend time with the curriculum director to learn more about the center’s course offerings.

The Waverly Singers, led by Music teacher Brenda Lyddane, presented Rock Around the Clock to the community Thursday May 7th. The Waverly gym was packed and the students put on a fabulous show performing renditions of classic songs from the 1950s.  These 4th and 5th graders showed perseverance and dedication practicing after school for months in preparation for the Spring concert.  A special thank you to all the parent volunteers and fellow faculty members that pitched in to provide props and clothing.

Exciting Times in Finance. Lots of training and data conversions going on this week with the new accounting software, Tyler Munis. Phase 1 is scheduled to be implemented July 1.

MontpelierMontpelierMPS First Grade students toured Montpelier last week.  They enjoyed hiking through the woods on the property and seeing trees that were planted during the life of James Madison.  Games from long ago were played outside.  Kids threw cornhusks on a bulls-eye, rolled a hoop using a stick, and had a sack race.  Another aspect of this trip was to tour James Madison’s home.  One student said, “It was a mansion!”

SEAC Ends the Year. The Madison County Public Schools Special Education Advisory Committee met Tuesday, May 5. Nita Collier, chairperson, lead discussions including the Annual Plan, special games, transition grant, parent involvement survey, and professional development for staff. Proposed meeting dates for the 2015-2016 school year are: October 13, 2015, November 10, 2015, February 10, 2016, Annual Meeting, and May 10, 2016.

News from Forensics. The Madison County Education Foundation and Dr. Gene Pell are pleased to announce the results of the Pell Oratorical Declamation  Prize held this past Saturday. Placing first and winning $700 was Summer Davis; placing second and winning $400 was Jackie Dews; and placing third and winning $200 was Shannon Blow.

Kudos to Wetsel’s Devin Milbourne for all of his hard work organizing the 3rd Annual Andrew Windland Fun Run that took place this past Saturday at Hoover Ridge. It was a huge success in honor and memorial of a remarkable young man.

Clare Lillard from the Orange County Extension office has been working with WYES 3rd grade to provide an Economic Day for students on Wednesday, May 13th. For the Economic Day, students are given a job and salary, and have to try to fulfill their needs and wants using this salary. For each need and want, students are given economic choices. For example, should they choose to live in a house, or get an apartment with a roommate?  Thank you to the Extension Office for providing a valuable experience for our 3rd graders!

Teacher appreciation. MCHS administration would like to thank our teachers for their hard work and dedication with our students.  We celebrated teacher appreciation last week with a treat every day and some games that teachers could play.  A special thanks goes out to Brenda Aylor and our parents for providing breakfast for us on Monday morning.  Also thanks to Jennifer Brockman for organizing the games.  It was a great week for us to celebrate and work on our team spirit.

GentryMadison Primary School Second Grade teacher Jessica Gentry recently found a creative way to teach human, capital, and natural resources. She provided a recipe, utensils, and ingredients for students to prepare their own individual “dirt dessert”. Students were required to identify the resource associated with each item, and to justify their answers before preparing and enjoying their treat. Needless to say, students were quite engaged!

Spotlight on PBL. DE Government students participated in Youth Leadership Initiative’s E-Congress– a multi-phase simulation that guides students through the legislative process..  Students researched and wrote original legislation on issues facing America today.  The bills were submitted to YLI and reassigned to participating classes around the country for evaluation during the Committee Phase.  MCHS students engaged in lively debate as they worked in committees to evaluate the bills that were assigned to them.  Upon completion of the Committee Phase, bills that survived were sent to the “House Floor” for the official vote.  Over 5,000 students from 36 states participated this year.  According to YLI, 2556 bills were submitted and 469 of them were approved on the House Floor.  Bills submitted by the following DE Government students made it through final approval:  Maddie Burbridge, Brianna Heath, Ben Landolt, Kara McHaney, Emily Butterworth, Summer Davis, Austin Kelliher, Cassity Lacy, and Zach Zarambo.

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