Mountaineer Notes, May 27, 2015

A HUGE thank you goes out to Barbara Beach and the Madison County Education Foundation for all their hard work and support of our teachers and students.  A reception was held at Prince Michel Winery on Friday night that recognized the wonderful and amazing things that our teachers and students are doing in the classrooms!  I encourage all of you to inquire about educational grants through the Madison County Education Foundation.

The first session of Multi-tiered Systems of Support is under way. Teachers have turned in two assignments and are learning a to set up multi-tiered systems of support within their classrooms and schools.  The next session begins June 15, and teachers signed up for that session will be sent more information later this week.

Breakfast BuddiesThroughout the school year, Madison Primary School has sponsored a Breakfast Buddy Program. Volunteers from the community have given freely of their time each week to ensure that our students have someone to talk to, someone to read to, or just someone to spend some time with in the morning to get their day off to a good start. We are so appreciative of the support that these volunteers have provided, and formally thanked them on the morning of Wednesday, May 27th with an appreciation breakfast. Many thanks go out to volunteers Tammy Dyer, Jim Nelson, Heidi Lohr, Khalil Hassan, Juanita Shifflette, Kari Stadler, Kristina Eanes, and Deputy Debbie Wine. Also a thank you to Karen Organ-Lohr for organizing the program.

Congratulations to the following spring athletes for being named to the All Bull Run District teams:

  • Megan Shifflett (Softball) – 1st Team Pitcher
  • Mariann Smith (Softball) – 1st Team 2nd Baseman
  • Sam Atwell (Softball) 1st Team Outfielder
  • Raegan Clatterbaugh (Softball) – 1st Team Outfielder
  • Sam Breeden (Softball) – 2nd Team Catcher
  • Kaley Aylor (Softball) – 2nd Team 1st Baseman
  • Bailey Colvin (Softball) – 2nd Team Shortstop
  • Carrington Frazier (Softball) – 2nd Team Outfielder
  • Cagney Shifflett (Softball) – 2nd Team Utility
  • Nic Smith (Baseball) – 2nd Team 2nd Baseman
  • Hayden Sealander (Soccer) – 1st Team Forward
  • Ben Landolt (Soccer) – 2nd Team Goalkeeper
  • Leigh Lumsden (Soccer) – 2nd Team Forward
  • Caitlin Shilan (Soccer) – 2nd Team Defender

Congratulations to the following Track athletes:

  • Zoe Graves – Conference 35 Champion in Shot Put
  • Logan Coates – Conference 35 Champion in Triple Jump
  • Katie Berry – Conference 35 Champion in 400M
  • Zach Gibson, Tommy Pierson, Rashawn Turner, Rodney Fox – Conference 35 Champions (set new Conference 35 Record) in 4 x 800 Relay.
  • Dre Twyman – Conference 35 Runner-Up in Triple Jump and 400m
  • Johnny Price – Conference 35 Runner-Up in Shot Put
  • Rashawn Turner – Conference 35 Runner-Up in 800m

The track team will send 13 athletes to the Region 2A East meet on Wednesday at East Rockingham HS and has already qualified 7 athletes to the VHSL State meet on June 5-6 in Radford.

A special shout out to Missy Dillon for the absolutely spectacular job she did this year securing transportation for over 175 away trips for our athletic teams that included over 100 cancellations due to weather. We did not have a single trip cancelled due to lack of a bus or driver!

5th OrientationWith eager anticipation the 5th grade from WYES visited Wetsel Middle School on Tuesday  May 25th. Their orientation included information about class scheduling and daily life from guidance counselors, Erin O’ Leary and Corey Rudd, as well as sage advice for success from principal Tim Taylor. The students were very excited to see the building and meet the wonderful staff at Wetsel.

Kudos to bus driver Joyce Woodward and bus assistant Paul Coates for assisting students off the bus every day. Their compassion towards kids is amazing.

PledgeStudents at MCHS participated in the Prom Promise Pledge.  Members of SADD (students against destructive decisions) put this together.  Students that signed the pledge, were given a red ribbon to wear at school as a sign that they will make good decisions for prom and ending activities at school.  Thanks go to Sponsor Harold Blincoe, and the members of SADD.  Pictured with the sign are Caleigh Brown and Skylar Colvin.

Senior awards night was held this past Wednesday.  So many seniors were recognized for their grades, attendance and academic achievement.  As a group, the graduating class or 2015 garnered $68,000 in local and state scholarships.  In addition, our seniors have earned at least $279,000 in scholarships from their colleges.  This number will most likely grow as we get more information from schools.

Senior Trip (1)On Friday May 22nd, the senior class went on their senior trip to King’s Dominion.  It is unknown when the last senior class did something like this and this class hopes to have revitalized a tradition.  Thanks go out to Jennifer Brockman who organized the trip along with the senior class officers.  Also thanks go to Jessica Gooch, Hillary Stanton, Dawn Tucker, Beth Wilson, Julie Heffron and Mark Arrington for being there to chaperone this trip.  The seniors had a blast and we couldn’t have asked for better weather.

Also, at Kings Dominion, Jessica Gooch’s STEM class participated in the “Coaster Mania competition”.  The “Gut Buster” was the winner of the most unique coaster.  Tara Scott, Shae Tebbett, Jackie Dews and Adrian Pettis were the team who designed and built the “Gut Buster”. Roller Coaster

On Memorial Day the MCHS band performed for the crowd that gathered to honor our veterans.  They played patriotic tunes and even performed “Taps” to show respect for the men and women who served our country.  Also two high school students, Sierra Weaver and Samantha Nicholson, were present to read their winning essays on Memorial Day and the  congressional medal of honor.  MCHS teacher Harold Blincoe coordinated with the American Legion along with his students in this project.

The following Waverly Yowell students placed in the Madison County American Legion Memorial Day Contest:

3rd Grade
Posters:
1st – Abigail Reynolds
2nd – Anica Destiny Settle
3rd – Liz Brockman
Honorable Mention – Evie Foster
Miscellaneous:
1st – Bre Neal

4th Grade
Essays:
1st – Jacob Lee Aylor
2nd – Delaney Cruey
3rd – Anna Pfaff
Honorable Mention – Syleena Beeler
Posters:
1st – Ciara Reeves
2nd – Natalie Lawrence
3rd – Hallie Jenkins
Honorable Mention – Brady Miller

5th Grade
Essays:
1st – Luke Beeler
2nd – Destini Ruffner
Posters:
1st – Elzie Frazier
2nd – Lyndsie Shifflett
3rd – Natalie Coates
Honorable Mention – Cate Young

A special thank you to the local 7-11 who selected Waverly Yowell to receive a corporate grant of $711.  The grant will be used to increase the E-book collection in the Waverly library.  We are very lucky to have such a wonderful local business contribute to the future of our community.  Please stop by and show your appreciation at the Madison 7-11.

Preparing for Fall 2015.  Special education is busy with end of year IEP’s, reviewing student needs, and developing plans to assist with student returns next fall. Intervention specialists, Larry Kilby and Casey Stanton, are meeting with principals and teachers to assist with student transitions, ensuring a smooth school start.

ESY Speech Services. Joan Hamilton, SLP, will provide speech services for students requiring extended school year. Plans began in April to ensure high quality services. Thank you to Mary Eppard, Director of Transportation, for organizing our routes.

Corey Rudd and Erin O’Leary have done an incredible job of running Wetsel SOL testing. It has been quite a challenge with the rapid re-takes this year. They have worked diligently to ensure the testing has run smoothly along with Shelby Gohn and Technology Department.

Wetsel custodians Brenda Tyree, Pat Stuart, Lucinda Carter and Tyrone Banks have been working diligently to clean the Wetsel Gym after construction. They are preparing to have it ready for this year’s graduation.

WMS teacher Devin Milbourne and the 8th grade team deserve kudos for all the hard work they are putting in to ensure the 8th grade graduation and end-of-year activities are well planned for the students. It is much appreciated.

WMS Assistant Winnie Weaver deserves kudos for her efforts in providing a resource for our students throughout the year. She documents and logs students into resource as well as provides instruction to facilitate student achievement.

Waverly Yowell 5th grade students visited Wetsel Tuesday. Thank you to Karen Allen, Donald Dodson, Nicole Keys and the 5th grade team for helping Corey and Erin in organizing it.

EconomicsEconomics in ActionMPS First Grade students are completing their PBL project this week.  This was funded by the Madison County Education Foundation.  They hired each other to produce goods for a store.  After making the items, the groups determined prices that were competitive with other producers.  Posters, which advertised the goods, decorated the walls of the first grade pod.  Now that the store is ready, the roles reversed.  The boys and girls were consumers today and purchased items with their earnings!  Choices were made and everyone had fun!  What a great way to learn such abstract concepts!

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