Mountaineer Notes, September 16, 2015

Madison Strong.

This week: September 13-19  National Arts in Education Week

Homecoming Week, September 28 – October 2

  • Monday: Denim Day
  • Tuesday: Tourist Day
  • Wednesday: Disney Day
  • Thursday: Decade Day (each class assigned a decade)
  • Friday: Blue & White Day

Nutter ArtStudents are enjoying this celebration during art with Primary Art teacher, Danelle Nutter.  Mrs. Nutter has started her year with two PBL projects.  Second grade students are working in teams to create imaginary maps.  First grade students are working together to construct parks.  Our younger Kindergarten students are finding shapes and relating them to items in their environment.  MPS is very fortunate to have such a wonderful art teacher, and we appreciate all that she does. 

Coffee FilterWaverly Art Teacher Katie Gigliotti has been working with core teachers to develop STEM projects that provide increased enrichment to Waverly students.  The program has been a tremendous success and students have truly enjoyed the project based learning activities.  Recently, students used markers and coffee filters to identify the different pigments within each color.  Students were amazed that the black marker provided the most colorful design on the coffee filter.

Art 3MCHS students in Art Teacher Kevin Gallimore’s class worked with monograms for artistic expression.  Students were excited about the projects and were actively engaged in the lesson.  Students utilized paper mache and paint for their projects. 

JMU Band 2AMCHS Band students Candice Johnson, McKenzie Love, Meghan Ward, Reyann Wintersgill, and Rayneisha Yates took their talents to the JMU Marching Royal Dukes’ halftime show last weekend.  They played along with high school band students from all over the Mid Atlantic at the 2nd Annual JMU Band Day!

MCHS Band Pancake Breakfast & Car Wash, Saturday September 12.  Thank you to everyone who came out to support the band students.  While the rain slowed the car wash, the enthusiasm grew.  Pancake breakfast MCHS Band 2015 007

The Madison Basketball Boosters and Coach Ben Breeden would like to thank all the school administrators for coming out and helping with our annual golf tournament on Monday afternoon at Greene Hills golf course. Those administrators in attendance were: Dr. Matt Eberhardt (Superintendent of MCPS),  Mike Coiner (Principal MPS), Donald Dodson  (AP of WYES), Tim Taylor (Principal of WMS) and Phil Warren (AD of MCHS).

Vender Fair 1Making Dreams Come True. Dr. Deborah Kipps-Vaughan, James Madison University transition expert, engaged special education students, parents, and MCPS faculty last week on transitioning from high school. Prior to the motivational presentation, eleven vendors educated parents and students about services following high school completion. Patty Seale, Director of Food Services, provided a wonderful dinner. A special thanks to Becky Dodson, Heidi Lohr, Carrie Sacra, Earl Keys, Gary Stoy, Jason Allison, and Gary Wintersgill for their assistance. Donations were provided from Greenscapes, Orange Madison Coop, Madison Chamber of Commerce, and MWP. The event was funded by a Parent Resource grant from the Virginia Department of Education.    Vender Fair 2

MAP Testing has encountered a few disruptions due to Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.  Thanks so much to our teachers and testing coordinators for their patience during the disruptions.  MAP Testing has wrapped up at the middle school and continues this week at Waverly and Madison Primary.

Butterworth ReadWMS teachers and staff are encouraging their students to read.  WMS teacher, Laura Daniel, made signs for all teachers and staff to display outside of their classrooms and offices showing what they are currently reading.  This is a creative way to recommend some unfamiliar reading material to students and also to get conversations going reading.

Madison Athletic Director Phil Warren attended the Region 2A East Principal/AD meeting last week in Richmond. Phil serves as the Treasurer for the Region and also is the co-author of the Region 2A East Handbook which was unanimously approved at the meeting.

21st century learnerLast year, the Waverly Specials Teachers – Brenda Lyddane (music), Katie Gigliotti (art), Andrew Schmaltz (PE) , Nicole Keys (Guidance), Samantha Grey (Media Arts), and Melanie Ellyson (World Languages) – worked together to teach the students about their strengths and how they can use those strengths to contribute to the world around them.  This year they are continuing their mission of teaching 21st century skills by focusing on a skill in each special:

  • Art – personal expression
  • Music – listening and communication
  • Library – research and problem solving
  • PE – cooperation
  • Spanish – awareness of other cultures
  • Guidance – perseverance and the growth mindset

All classes are using the driving question of, “How do we use (skill listed) to contribute to a team?”

T.E.A.M.=Together Everyone Achieves More TEAM WYES

WMS Staff and Students stayed after school last Friday to play football. It was amazing time by all. Two proud parents even came out to cheer on their daughter who made at least 2 touchdowns! Great times!! 

Arrington PlickersMCHS Health and PE teacher Mark Arrington uses the Plickers app on his phone to quickly assess his student’s performance.  Students use cards that represent choices A,B,C and D.  The teacher then uses his cell phone to scan the classroom for instant feedback.  Mr. Arrington will be presenting this to the high school staff at the next faculty meeting so that more teachers can become familiar with this technology. 

Fifth grade Waverly teachers Molly Smith, Jeff Tilbe, and Lila Azhari-Harris are using the formative assessment tool Plickers with their students. Plickers give instant feedback to teachers on their smartphones or Ipads and allow students to be engaged in learning. Check it out at!

MCHS Science and CTE teacher Thomas Benns worked with his Introduction to Engineering students with an egg drop experiment.  Students planned, built, and tested their egg holders to see who could survive the drop!  It was a great experience for the students. Egg Drop

9-11 AssemblyDuring our first character assembly of the year, Madison Primary School students celebrated Patriot Day by using teamwork skills to collect red, white, and blue stars. The assembly emphasized pride in our country, and the need to work together to accomplish our goals. Thanks go out to our Positive Behavior Committee for organizing and emceeing the event.

Good Luck to our Volleyball teams this week as they begin Bull Run District play. Our girls are the 4 time defending district champions so come out and support these girls as they try and make it 5 district titles in a row.

Jeana GraceCongratulations to Jeana Grace Kelliher for being named the CBS19/Burger King Student Athlete of the Week. You can see Jeana Grace’s interview on CBS 19 this week or next.

A group of administrators and leaders met Tuesday for a demo of eScholar’s MyTrack. This is one of two longitudinal data systems available to divisions at no cost through the VA DOE.  The other system, TRACbook, will be reviewed soon.

Celebration Events

  • 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 21        World Down Syndrome Awareness Day
  • March 7-11     National School Breakfast Week
  • April 2    World Autism Awareness Day
  • 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     Better Speech and Hearing Month
  • 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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