Last Mountaineer Notes of 2014-2015, June 3, 2015

Karen AllenThe faculty and staff of Waverly Yowell would like to acknowledge Mrs. Karen Allen for her 40 years of dedicated service to the young men and women of Madison County.  We are honored to have taken part in this epic journey that has seen you positively influence generations of young people.  It is with great admiration and sadness that we say goodbye but understand that you have been and will continue to be, an inspiration to us all.  – Donald Dodson

Hat’s off to the Math Department at WMS for a pass rate of 93% in 6th grade math!  100% in Algebra and Geometry!  And an overall pass rate in math of 87%. (That’s before adding in recovery credit!)

MonticelloMonticello.  MPS second grade students traveled to Charlottesville to visit Thomas Jefferson’s home.  They toured the house and grounds of Monticello.  The inventions amazed them!  A Discovery Room was available to children offered this year.  They had the opportunities to touch and manipulate inventions.  Children wrote notes on a polygraph machine and gave them to each other.  They played chess and did rubbing on the gravestone.

Chlebnikow in Pilot Project. Reading Specialist Cora Chlebnikow has been selected as a participant in the Multisensory Language Instruction Pilot Project. This pilot project is designed to address the needs of struggling readers who have difficulty with reading, spelling, and writing including those with a specific learning disability. We look forward to the sharing of this information to improve student achievement.

Student PicnicMCHS students in Joe Novack’s class built 25 picnics for Madison Parks and Rec.  Mr. Novack’s “Lead Students” in the photograph are: Josh Johnson, Colton Ketterman, Dylan Pelkey, and Bernard ‘Sugar-Sug’ Wise. A big thank you goes out to Mr. Novack and his students for the outstanding community service!

Thank you to Devin Milbourne and the 8th grade team for their hard work on the 8th grade formal, Graves field trip and graduation.  And a BIG thanks to Joe Novack and his students for setting up the chairs for the Wetsel and MCHS graduations.

Additional MPS Duties. MPS special education teachers, Teresa Aylor, Andrea Wilson, and Renee Almond cheerfully held eligibility and IEP meetings for our preschool students, in addition to their regular caseload. We appreciate your willingness to ensure the appropriate services for our youngest Mountaineers.

Half-mile RaceMadison Primary School students enjoyed their last assembly for the year on Tuesday, June 2nd, and it was packed with exciting activities. Danelle Nutter, MPS Art and STEAM teacher, began by presenting certificates to the winners of the Woman’s Club of Madison Art Contest. Next, Cecil Beeler, representative from the local American Legion, presented awards to the winners of the Memorial Day Poster Contest. Finally Ben Breeden, MPS P.E. teacher, distributed awards from Friday’s Field Day. Directly following the assembly, students participated in the annual half-mile race. Pictured are students cheering on their classmates.

Interventions Lead to Graduation. A huge thank you to Casey Stanton, Intervention Specialist, for his work with seniors. Mr. Stanton worked one-on-one to ensure seniors achieved to their potential for graduation. Mrs. Heidi Lohr, family support worker, communicated with parents, administration, and principals to ensure a maximized team effort.

OT Recommendations Sent Home. Jennifer Faulconer, OT, is sending home summer recommendations for all students receiving occupational therapy services. Resources to improve gross motor, fine and visual motor skills are included. Investing 10-20 minutes per day will continue the exposure to benefit your child.

FD RaceMPS Field Day.   MPS students enjoyed a fun-filled field day, which was organized by P.E. teacher, Ben Breeden.  Children participated in field events, face painting, bubbles, and scooters!  While inside cooling off, students danced to music provided by cafeteria manager, Eddie Jenkins!  His music had so much rhythm that Principal Mike Coiner joined in as well!  The inflatables and slip and slide cooled off everyone and put a smile on their faces.  It was a wonderful day thanks to Mr. Breeden’s planning and all of the coordination between faculty and staff, volunteers, and SODA students!FD Face Painting (1)

BRVGS Juniors present their group final projects today with BRVGS students from Orange County in the MCHS media center from 9:00 – 1:00.  Students have projects focused on security and safety.

MCPS will be offering two enrichment sessions this summer for elementary and middle school students.  The STEM enrichment camps will be held for middle schoolers from July 13-16 and for elementary students from July 20 – 23 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.  There are 20 slots for each session and the cost is $75.


Pictured are the winners of the MCHS Memorial Day/Medal of Honor Essay Contest: Raegan Clatterbaugh,  Kaley Martin  Sierra Weaver and Cecil Beeler, who represented the American Legion Post 157. (Samantha Nicholson is not pictured)

The Administration at Wetsel would like to thank our entire staff for an outstanding year of instruction, fellowship, and creating a wonderful work environment. You were the foundation of incredible success this year and our scores reflected your dedication. We feel fortunate to work with all of you.

Many kudos to Earl Keys and his staff in helping prepare Wetsel for the impending move this week. To all the Principals, thank you for sharing custodians to help with the move.

Ryan Campbell, Shelby Gohn, Shawn McDonough, and Sam Utz have been instrumental in with technology requests and support throughout our testing season.

Waverly Yowell will be offering several opportunities for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders this summer. First, all students are encouraged to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge Bingo. For this, students can complete reading challenge tasks to earn prizes. WYES will also host an STEM camp for current 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders on July 20-23. The cost for this is $75 and will include lunch.

The woodworking class will be presenting MESA with a check for $1,000.  This was a division wide fundraiser where students crafted rolling pins and then sold them to school staff and community members.  All proceeds are going to support this local charity.  A big thank you to Joe Novack, his students, and our community.Rolling Pin

The Athletic Department held its end of the year banquet last night and 7 seniors were awarded scholarships. Pictured from left to right are:

  • Chelsey Herrell – $1,000 David Province Memorial Scholarship
  • Dylan Berry – $1,000 Athletic Boosters Outstanding Male Athlete
  • Bailey Colvin – $1,000 Athletic Boosters Outstanding Female Athlete
  • Kaley Aylor – $500 Kaitlin Aylor Memorial Scholarship
  • James Graves – $1,000 Athletic Boosters Outstanding Male Athlete
  • Kara Morgan McHaney – $1,000 Athletic Boosters Outstanding Female Athlete
  • Sam Atwell – $500 Kaitlin Aylor Memorial Scholarship


Athletic Highlights for the 2014-2015 School Year

  • James Graves – New School Record in Football for Most Passing Yards in a Career with 4,863
  • Isiah Smith – Named All State Football as a Wide Receiver
  • Bailey Colvin – Volleyball Bull Run District Player of the Year, All State Selection
  • Sheridan Santinga – All State Selection, Volleyball
  • Volleyball Team – Bull Run District Regular Season (20-0) and Tournament Champions
  • Caitlin Shilan – Qualified for State Cross Country Meet for the 3rd consecutive year
  • Austin Kelliher – Conference 35 Golf Champion, Region Runner-Up and finished 7th at the State Golf Tournament
  • James Graves – New School Record for Most 3 pointers made in a basketball season with 74.
  • Dylan Berry – Wrestling State Runner-Up in the 220 pound weight class
  • Kara Morgan McHaney – 2 VHSL State Titles (200IM and 100 Fy) and 2 New State Records in those events. For her career, she had 3 Individual State Titles, 1 State Runner-Up and 4 3rd Place finishes in relay events
  • Claudia Gohn – VHSL State Runner-Up in 100m Backstroke
  • Girls 400 Free Relay Team (Claudia Gohn, Jeana Grace Kelliher, Rosemarie Mullen, Kara Morgan McHaney) finished 3rd at State Swim
  • Girls 200 Medley Relay (Christine Mullen, Kara Morgan McHaney, Claudia Gohn, Rosemarie Mullen) finished 3rd at State Swim
  • Rosemarie Mullen – VHSL State Runner-Up in Dive
  • Ben Dillon – VHSL State Runner-Up in Dive
  • Softball Team won their 3rd consecutive Bull Run District Title. The 6 seniors on this year’s team finished their career with 85 wins in 4 years including 3 district titles, 1 Region Championship, 2 trips to the State Final Four including a State Runner-Up.
  • Boys Soccer finished as Conference 35 Runner-Up and qualified for the Region Tournament for the 1st time since 2001.

The Finance Department says farewell for the summer, and we’ll see all of you Mountaineers next year! – Director of Finance Tina Cropp

Kudos to the entire Wetsel family for a great school year! The dedication to your profession and teamwork you all display on a daily basis is amazing.   – WMS Assistant Principal Joe Kubricki

I hope that everyone has a safe and relaxing summer break! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to the Madison community! Have a great summer! – MCHS Assistant Principal Jason Allison

If I had the time to reflect on the school year, I would most likely say…………..

Thank you to the staff at the high school.  You started this school year with an entirely new administration and a building that was simply the shell of a school.  You made it a place that was safe for our students and a place where young people can learn.  You impressed me in so many ways that I can not find words to express my gratitude.

Parents, you have sent us your best and I can only hope that we did our best to guide them, inspire them, challenge them and help them find their way.  I am honored to serve and will continue to strive to provide opportunities for them to succeed.

Students, you are the reason that I decided on education as my career.  Your energy is contagious, your ideas keep me thinking, and your perspective on our world helps to keep me young.  On the worst of days, it is my conversations with you that make a difference for me.  I can only hope that I have made a difference for you.

Enjoy the summer break!  Re energize yourself.  Do something that you have never done before.  Challenge yourself.  Do something to help your community.  Be there for another person in need.  Be the best human being that you can be. – MCHS Principal Gary Wintersgill

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