Mountaineer Notes, September 23, 2015

Madison Strong.

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

Wetsel Gym Floor Repair.  An 8’ x 16’ section of the Wetsel gym floor will be removed, studied, then replaced in November.  The boards in the section are “bowing” creating an uneven floor from the wave effect.  The wood floor will be cut out on November 9 and ready to be used on November 26.  This will cause some adjustment in middle school physical education classes and minimal interruption with Volleyball and Basketball sports.

CosmotologyFirst Shampoo.  Cosmetology I students perform their first non mannequin shampoo. Students practice on each other and teacher, Joyce Lindsey. Students said that they were nervous and excited. Cosmetology services open for clients in the next several weeks.

Counseling Department and Family Support.  MCPS Counseling Departments and new Family Support Worker Amanda Storvick met together to discuss students and protocols.  Many ideas were exchanged regarding 504’s, TDT services, mandatory reporting, trauma training, and career awareness in schools and volunteer needs. This group will be traveling together to Charlottesville for a comprehensive 504 training next week.  Counseling

Transportation.  A huge thank you to our transportation drivers who are going above-and-beyond.  Currently, we have a bare bones employee roster and few substitute drivers.  It is impressive how folks are stepping up to keep us running smoothly.

Madison Softball Pitcher Megan Shifflett has verbally committed to play softball at Newberry College next year. Newberry College is a Division II school in Newberry, South Carolina. Megan will be able to officially sign her scholarship offer in mid-November.

The Cross Country teams worked the Parks & Rec 5 mile race on Saturday. This is just one of many community service efforts that our athletic teams perform throughout the school year. CC 5 Miler

MCHS Faculty and Staff would like to thank Attendance Officer Candi Breckinridge for her outstanding help and support at MCHS. She will be returning to the school board office.  She has gone above and beyond to assist students and staff throughout the instructional day.  Mrs. Breckinridge has left some big shoes to fill, but we are excited to announce her replacement, Mandy Jenkins.Breckenridge Face

MCHS Faculty and Staff would like to welcome Mandy Jenkins to the Mountaineer family.  In collaboration with Mrs. Breckinridge, Mrs. Jenkins has been working hard to learn the ropes at MCHS. We are excited to welcome her to the MCHS family!  Jenkins Face

6th graders in Kim Adam’s class sent electricity into water to separate water molecules. They saw the evidence in the bubbles that were released. They saw that there is more hydrogen in water than oxygen.


Middle School Cross Country traveled to Rappahannock the past two Wednesdays for their first two meets of the season.  The girls team finished third in both races.  The boys teams finished 1st in their first meet and 2nd last week.  All 31 runners improved their 2-mile race times with some knocking off more than 4 minutes.  Congratulations to all runners.  Both teams will have their first home meet this Wednesday at Hoover Ridge.

Rashawn and KimCongratulations to Kim Dillon and Rashawn Turner for winning their cross country races at the 5 school race at Rappahannock last week. Kim was the overall girls winner in a time of 22:38 and Rashawn was the overall boys winner in a time of 18:00.

Over 200 Waverly Yowell students stayed after school this past Thursday to play some kickball with the entire staff. Broken into grade level teams, students threw, kicked, and played their hearts out! Kickball 1

The eBook library at Waverly Yowell Elementary school continues to grow thanks to  grants from the Madison Education Foundation and 7-11.  Currently, we have 94 ebooks and 18 audiobooks.  Since the beginning of this summer, students have checked out materials electronically 176 times!  Thanks to Samantha Gray for her work to build this library! Waverlyebooks

MCHS English students in Gail Temple’s class enjoyed some of the recent beautiful weather to write outside.  Mrs. Temple took her class outside for a change of scenery while they did some “writing under the trees”.  Outside English 1

Technology students in Thomas Benns’ class stretch their technology skills using sketch up to design marble machines.  Their next step will be with the 3D printers to print. Benns

Homecoming week is just around the corner and the students are gearing up for spirit week.  Last year, Assistant Principal Jason Allison was “slimed” by student vote.  This year, the senior class officers will go head-to-head with the administration.  The team who loses gets to pie the other team at the pep rally.  Since all schools will celebrate spirit week next week, perhaps administration at all levels will join in the pie contest?Slimed

Continuing Arts in Education Week.  MPS would love to recognize Brenda Lyddane for her extraordinary work and dedication!  Mrs. Lyddane is able to teach many concepts at once even with our youngest crew.  In this photo, she is reviewing letters while working on rhythm and following directions.  They even sang Bingo backwards!  All of these goals are met while teaching songs for the grade level programs!  Thank you Mrs. Lyddane!

School Board Visit.  Madison Primary School welcomed a visit by the School Board on Friday!  Second grade student ambassadors, Ashton Lamb, Homer Perez-Romero, Rhiannon Manuel, and CiNiyaa Walker thoroughly enjoyed giving them a tour and talking about their school experience.  They discussed what field trips were taken, what was learned, and even what animal they would be.

A big shout out to Dr. Oscar Vega from Madison Family Dentistry for donating mouthpieces to all the football players. Dr. Vega came out to practice and personally took molds of each player’s mouth and then made the mouthpieces from the molds. These are top of line mouthpieces that will not only provide better protection to our players teeth but they also help reduce concussions as well. Dr Vega

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    Disability History and Awareness 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 22    International Stuttering Awareness Day
  • 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 22    Earth Day
  • 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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