Mountaineer Notes, September 9, 2015

Madison Strong.

This week: September 7-11 Custodial & Maintenance Employees Appreciation Week 

Saturday, September 12 Pancake Breakfast and Carwash to Benefit the Marching Mountaineers.    MCHS Marching Mountaineers will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast and Carwash on Saturday, September 12 7 to 11 a.m. at the high school cafeteria and parking lot. Cost for Pancake Breakfast is $7.00 (Adults) or $4.00 (Children under 10). Carwash by Donation.

Next Week:  September 13-19  National Arts in Education Week

kickballSeptember 24: Remember that Thursday, at 6pm is the division kickball game!  Sign up now for GREAT FUN! 

On behalf of all the schools, I would like to take a moment to thank our custodians and maintenance staff during this Appreciation Week.  They are such an important part of our school families.  To each of you, please know what a difference you make for our schools and children.  Gratitude.

Big Thank You to our maintenance crew, Ricky Brockman, Earl Keys, Don Elswick and Pete Benson  for continuing to help Wetsel improve facilities since renovation began in early 2015. It is an ongoing process of purging the old and making things look brand new. Recently, they have gone above-and-beyond to help finish up all the little items that are still left.Maintenance

MCHS CustodiansThe MCHS Custodial Team has worked diligently over the summer to ensure that students and staff came back to a clean school.  Pictured from left to right (Delois Barret, Jamie Krevinsky, Gary Stoy, Alice Hoffman, and John Barnes.)  MCHS faculty and staff thank the custodial team for a job well done and going above-and-beyond!

A special thank you to the Waverly Yowell Custodial Team (Tammy Stuart, Diana Rutherford, and Sharon Mickie) for everything you do to take care of our school, staff, and students.  We appreciate all your hard work!  Thank you!

Lucinda CarterThe Wetsel staff wants to thank the most incredible custodial staff for their continued work at Wetsel. They are painting, cleaning, moving and rearranging the school on a daily basis while still completing their duties. Plus, they do it with a smile and with a great attitude. Thank you, Tyrone Banks, Lucinda Carter, Pat Stuart, and Brenda Tyree. You are the best!

Custodial & Maintenance Employees Appreciation Week at MPS:  We want to thank our custodial staff at MPS for all they do!  Mr. Rob, Lee, Danny, and Brenda are ready and willing at a moment’s notice to assist in any way.  We want to especially thank them for all of their efforts preparing the building for our new school year.  Their dedication and hard work is certainly appreciated by the faculty and students. MPS Sign

Madison Finance Director to Represent Virginia at the Southeastern Association of School Business Officials (SASBO) Board of Directors annual meeting. SASBO represents 12 southeastern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The association represents professionals in finance, accounting, operations, facilities, transportation, food service, technology, human resources and purchasing from the 12 southeastern states.

Madison’s Tina Cropp, who serves on the Virginia Board of Directors of the Virginia Association of School Business (VASBO) will represent Virginia at the Southeastern Association of School Business Officials (SASBO) in Shreveport, LA later this month.  The Association pays all expenses.  Mrs. Cropp recently was nominated for the top Virgina finance director’s award by her peers in 2015.

MAP TestingPALS Testing:  PALS testing (Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening) is in full swing at Primary!  This is our universal screening tool for reading.  All first and second grade students are spelling words and reading word lists and passages to their teachers.  Second grade student, Ayden Ryder, is shown with Stephanie Utz.  This is an important assessment as testing results will help teachers plan lessons to meet every student’s needs and our common focus on achievement.

Waverly Math Meeting.  Yesterday, I had the great opportunity to meet with Fifth Grade Teachers Chris Donner, Michael Jennings and Patrick Jennings to listen to math remediation and enrichment planning with Wetsel Instructional Coach Jen Rehm.  Because of this coordination that has gone on for years, Waverly students are accelerated in Math where they will begin an advanced studies program in middle school.

Prepare for College. Madison County High School is offering a College Application/Scholarship Meeting for seniors and parents on Wednesday, September 9 at 6:30p.m.

MS VBFirst-Ever Middle School Volleyball game in Madison’s History.  On Tuesday, Wetsel Middle School inaugurated the first-ever middle-school volleyball game in Madison’s history with a Lady Mountaineer win.  While ultimately losing to Goochland 2-1, the packed stands celebrated our first-ever middle school team. 

  • 1   Emma Miller MH   8th
  • 2   Ava Jenkins MH   7th
  • 3  Maddison Broyles DS   7th
  • 4  Sarah Bevins OH   7th
  • 5   Macey Gallihugh RS   8th
  • 6   Katelyn Chung RS   8th
  • 7   Maggie Butters OH   8th
  • 10   Hannah Freeman OH   8th
  • 11   Frances Sukley S   7th
  • 14   Madeline Aylor OH   8th
  • 15   Emily Dodson MH   7th
  • 16   McKayla Arrington RS   7th

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MAP Testing.  MAP testing began at Waverly this week and will begin at Primary next week.  Wetsel is wrapping up their MAP testing this week.

New MAP Norms.  As you review MAP testing results this fall, be sure to use the new reference document from NWEA.

Waverly Yowell faculty and staff are playing kickball with  students on Thursday, September 17, from 3:30 to 4:30p.m. Feel free to come out and join us to “kick” off the new school year!

Middle School Cross Country Runners competed in their first meet on Tuesday at Rappahannock High School.  With challenging running conditions, every runner gave it their all and crossed the finish line.  Some of them even had smiles on their faces and some were overcome with emotion at their accomplishment.

DominoBINGO Anyone? Wetsel Middle School is launching a new reading incentive program, Reading Bingo. The purpose is to motivate students to read more. Students who read 5 books or 4 with a free space each 9-week period, earn recognition and prizes.  Also, Wetsel Middle School 8th grade students learned about speed and calculating speed by playing Domino Derby.

Madison Primary School welcomed the return of Head Start students to the building this week. Students, faculty, and staff spent the first day acclimating to the environment, practicing routines, and learning the expectations of the school environment. Outside observers would never have guessed that it was their first day. Awesome job Head Start!!

Waverly/Primary Music Teacher Goes Above-and-Beyond to Recognize Each Student.  Waverly Music teacher Brenda Lyddane created cut-out musical notes and personally wrote each student’s name on one, then laminated the names/notes only to cut each one by hand so the “musical tree” would last for a long time.  According to Instructional Coach Jessica Sarver, “the students love looking for their names!” There are nearly 400 “songs” on this tree.

This must have taken hours of personal time to recognize and celebrate our Madison children.  We are all impressed.Music Tree

Family Support Worker Joins Staff.  Amanda Storvick began work as the MCPS Family Support Worker this week. Mrs. Storvick will complete her masters in Marriage and Family Counseling this year after retiring with 20 years in the Air Force.

Wetsel Wore Purple to show support for our Kindergartners who celebrate color days at the beginning of school.

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Celebration Events

  • 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!)

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