Mountaineer Notes, September 2, 2015

Madison Strong.

Next Week:  September 7-11 Custodial & Maintenance Employees Appreciation Week

Red DayWe went back to Kindergarten!  Remember how much fun you had picking out clothes to wear for color day? In honor of 2015 Kindergarten Color Days, we are revisiting that experience.   Join us across the division by wearing:

  • RED Monday, August 31
  • YELLOW Tuesday, September 1
  • ORANGE Wednesday, September 2
  • GREEN Thursday, September 3
  • BLUE Friday, September 4
  • PURPLE Tuesday, September 8
  • BROWN Wednesday, September 9
  • PINK Thursday, September 10
  • GRAY, BLACK, WHITE Friday, September 11

Red Day.  Red day was a success at MPS!  Kindergarten students munched strawberries, watermelon, and jello.  Stories that had red characters were enjoyed by students as well.  They listened to Clifford and The Little Red Hen.  Celebrating the colors always makes school more fun as everyone learns the rules and routines. Join the fun!

Wetsel joined the fun for Red and Yellow Days!Wetsel Yellow 1Wetsel Red Day

New teachers are firing on all pistons at MCHS!  Great things are happening from art class and still life drawings, to nutrition and wellness and banana everything, to new editors in yearbook class, to why we study biology.  Exciting new relationships are being formed in classes, in the hallways and at athletic events.  Did you see all the blue last Friday?  And yes, MCHS had on lots on red Monday but never stopped to take any pictures.   MCHS promises to improve selfies for the class of 2028 (current grade K)!

Day One Patterns. Kindergarteners reviewed calendar skills the first day of school with MPS Kindergarten teacher, Candia Morris. Students learned the concept of patterns while reciting the days of August. Everyone was attentive and excited to be in kindergarten.

Duct Tape Backpacks.  New MCHS teacher, Thomas Benns led his Technical Drawing and Design students into the world of creation. Small student groups designed duct tape backpacks of military, designer, and utilitarian functions.

MCHS GuidanceMCHS Counseling and Cafeteria staff welcome students and staff back to school!MCHS Cafeteria

IA Professional Development.  Kudos to Waverly Yowell 4th grade teacher, Becky Weigle, for organizing a professional development focused on creating assessments on Interactive Achievement (IA).  The PD was a huge success and will help teachers create high level assessments for their students.

IA onTRAC Training.  An introductory training for onTRAC will be offered after school on Thursday, September 10 from 3:30-4:30 in Room 18 at the SBO. Please email Shelby Gohn if you would like to attend.  New teachers can use the time on the Plan for Success and returning teachers can use the time for PD.

2015082995094018MCHS was a “corporate challenge winner” for the 2015 Madison Mad Run.  Proceeds from this event will be donated to UVA for breast cancer research.  The following were the MCHS folks who joined:

  • Assistant Principal Jason Allison
  • Health & PE Teacher Mark Arrington
  • Dean of Students Jeanette Alexander
  • Attendance Officer Candi Breckenridge
  • English Teacher Jennifer Brockman
  • Math Teacher Mary Davis
  • Office Manager Michelle Farmer 
  • Science Teacher Julie Heffron
  • History Teacher Shannon Johnston
  • Media Specialist Gigi Kay
  • English Teacher Becca LaVoie
  • Science Teacher Lori Mack
  • Career & Tech Ed Teacher Joe Novack
  • Math Teacher Dale Sager
  • Career and Tech Ed Teacher Sharon Taylor
  • English Teacher Josh Thompson
  • Principal Gary Wintersgill

Principal Gary Wintersgill noted: “Thanks to you for being a part of this great cause.  I enjoyed your fellowship on such a beautiful morning in the Hebron Valley.”

Alt Ed EntranceAlt Ed. More face-to-face instruction than ever! Students are asking questions, teachers are continuing our path into a structured yet differentiated environment, all the while having fun in the process. ALt Ed Door (1)

The Waverly faculty and staff would like to thank PTO President Denice Herrman for the team building excursion to Mountain Run Bowling.  The event was a great success! Waverly is blessed to have such wonderful parent volunteers.

New 2nd Grade TeachersMadison Primary School welcomes the new members of its Second Grade Team! Kristen Schlegel, Maci Dyer, and Sarah Mickelberry have jumped right in, and are proving to be a wonderful addition to our outstanding faculty. We are thrilled to have them on board, and look forward to an amazing year.

Marshmallow Challenge. 8th grade math teacher, Megan Yezzo, challenged her students to work in groups to create a structure with an entire marshmallow at the top.  Each group received 20 sticks of spaghetti, 1 yard of masking tape, 1 yard of string, and 1 marshmallow.  The tallest tower was 21 inches tall.

Middle School Cross Country is growing. This year there are over 30 runners on the team!  Coach Jen Rehm is working hard to help them reach their running goals!

Schmaltz FitbitFitbit.  Ever wonder how many steps a PE teacher makes in a day?  Waverly’s Andrew Schmultz logged 35,582!

Congratulations to Rashawn Turner for finishing in 3rd place overall at the Fluvanna County Cross Country meet.

Congratulations to the Varsity and JV Volleyball teams for picking up their 1st wins of the season at Orange County last week.

Congratulations to Freshman Gaines Swink for leading the Golf team to a 176-186 win over George Mason last week. Gaines shot a 9 hole round of 42.

Kudos to MCHS teacher/coach Stuart Dean and MPS teacher/coach Kendall Fears for organizing another wonderful Mountaineer Fest. This was another great kick off to the fall athletic season.

The Finance Department (Jane Clatterbuck and Tina Cropp) would like to say welcome one more time to all of the new employees!  It is a pleasure to work with you!  Remember we are a phone call or an email away if you have questions or need anything throughout the year!

WYES NewNew 3rd grade teachers Kristin Bishop and Anders Drew are off a great start at Waverly Yowell.  Welcome, Kristin and Anders! We are looking forward to a great year with you!

Technology.  The technology department is excited to welcome back all the staff and students. We hope that everyone is enjoying the new technology placed at each school this summer as we look forward to seeing it expand our student’s educational horizon, as well as, making instruction more enjoyable for our staff. Technology would also like to give a shout out to Shawn McDonough, who has helped answer 230+ tech requests in the last two weeks.

MCHS hosted a tailgate prior to the first home football game for all school employees and their families.  We had over 80 folks from all MCPS school families.  It was a great time with food, friends, and family.  The high school will do this prior to our home varsity football games.  The next one will be Homecoming on October 2nd.  We hope that more will join us then.Tailgate

The Wetsel Library is undergoing a reconstruction to enable students to use collaboration in many different ways. The final project should be completed in about a week. Please stop by and see the renovation!  Exciting!

MT BrockmanMCHS’s Mountain Time is off to a great start! Students were actively engaged in learning activities.  Teachers plan lessons according to student need and readiness.  Activities range from remediation and enrichment to review.  Monday, August 31st will be the first advisory session. Teachers are assigned an advisory group and will work with these students during the school year.

MT ThompsonMT Shilan

Celebration Events

  • September 7-11     Custodial & Maintenance Employees Appreciation Week
  • September 13-19     National Arts in Education Week
  • Sept 28-Oct 2    Homecoming Week
  • Monday: Denim Day
  • Tuesday: Tourist Day
  • Wednesday: Disney Day
  • Thursday: Decade Day (each class assigned a decade)
  • Friday: Blue & White Day
  • October     National School Principals’ Month
  • October 12-16     National School Lunch Week
  • October 14     Boss’s Day
  • October 19-23     National School Bus Safety Week
  • October 19-23     Bus Driver Appreciation Week
  • October 23-31     Red Ribbon Week
  • November 9-13     School Psychology Awareness Week
  • November 16-20     American Education Week
  • November 16-20     Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week
  • November 18     National Educational Support Professionals Day
  • February 1-5     National School Counseling Week
  • February 14-20     National FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Week
  • February 20-27     National FFA (Future Farmers of America) Week
  • March      Music in Our Schools Month
  • March      Youth Art Month
  • March 7-11     National School Breakfast Week
  • April 10-16     National Library Week
  • April 17-23     National Student Leadership Week
  • April 18-22     Public School Volunteer Week
  • April 24-30     Administrative Professionals Week & Day (April 27)
  • May 1-7     National Physical Education & Sport Week
  • May 1-7     Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 3     National Teacher Day
  • May 2-6     School Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week
  • May 9-15     National Children’s Book Week
  • May 11     National School Nurse Day
  • May 15-21     National Educational Boss’s Week
  • (If we missed any, please contact Liz Paterson.  We want to celebrate everything!)Wetsel Yellow 2

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