Mountaineer Notes, September 30, 2015

Madison Strong.

A reminder from the Madison County Education Foundation:  Teacher grant applications are due by October 15.  Your ideas deserve support.  Contact if you have questions.

Homecoming Week, September 28 – October 2

  • Thursday: Decade Day (each class assigned a decade)
  • Friday: Blue & White Day

Coming Up:

  • October     National School Principals’ Month
  • October    Disability History and Awareness Month
  • October 4-10    National Yearbook Week
  • October 5    World Teacher Day
  • October 6    National News Engagement Day

The Virginia School University Partnership.  Lila Azhari-Harris and Jessica Sarver, WYES staff, will participate in the VSUP Test and Task Bank Group Meetings. The group establishes a bank of technology enhanced, constructed response, and multiple-choice items, as well as performance tasks and rubrics, which can be used by Madison schools  to provide instructional support for teachers in assessing and remediating students.

2015SEP23 MS XC 2Middle School Cross Country raced Strasburg and Goochland this past Wednesday at Hoover Ridge.  The challenging two mile course was attacked by both teams with many runners running their personal bests.  The boys team finished second and the girls team finished third.  Both teams will be home this Wednesday, September 29th, where they will host William Monroe and Luray. 2015SEP23 MS XC 3

CanDo. The MCHS Career and Technical Education department, Shelby Gohn, Director of Accountability and Assessment, and Tina Weaver, Director of Teaching and Learning, participated in a live webinar on a new database program. CanDo is a program CTE teachers use to document student attainment of competencies. CTE students are assessed on competencies instead of standards of learning.

Farm 1Last week, some of WMS students in 7th and 8th grade science had the opportunity to go to a local farm and pick vegetables for community members in need. Emily Sikora, an 8th grade student, reflected on the trip and said, “My experience taught me today to be more thankful for being able to go to the grocery store and buy myself a potato or a zucchini. Now I know that it’s a lot easier than harvesting my own, and I am glad I could make some people’s life easier and to harvest food for people who can’t afford it.”

On Monday, September 28th, Waverly art teacher, Katie Gigliotti, took 15 students from Waverly Yowell to participate in the tour portion of UVA’s The Fralin Art Museum writer’s eye program.  Arriving at the museum at 9:30am, their student docent took them through a comprehensive tour and was highly impressed by their previous knowledge.  Students will now be reflecting on their trip and writing a piece about a select artwork to be judged by local authors.



Community Outreach:  Madison Primary School Guidance Counselor, Karen Organ-Lohr and First Grade Teacher, Martha Clements are meeting with the Madison Learning Center.  They are going to discuss the Bucket Filling Program, so the Learning Center can implement it as well.  It is nice to have the community and schools working together to encourage positive behavior.

K Farm 1Market at Grelen:  MPS Kindergarten students took a field trip to the Market at Grelen.  They enjoyed picking apples, making cider, and having a picnic.  The life cycle of the apple tree was discussed, as well as, the importance of bees in the process.  This trip built background knowledge and was an introduction to their apple unit at school.  What a great experience to be able to connect to concepts taught in the classroom!  Angela Carpenter’s Kindergarten Class is shown taking a class picture and having fun on the field trip. 

AARPE. Mike Coiner, MPS Principal, Joe Kubricki, WYES Principal, Jessica Sarver, WYES Instructional Coach, and Tina Weaver, Director of Teaching and Learning attended Aligning Academic Review and Performance Evaluation training. Topics included formative and summative assessments, use of data, and alignment of instruction.

504 ConferenceVDOE 504 Conference Charlottesville, VA  MPS Counselor Karen Organ Lohr, MPS Principal Mike Coiner, WYES Counselor Nicole Keys, WMS Counselors Corey Rudd, Erin O’Leary, Intern Kiera Guralnik , MCHS Counselors Celinda Bailey and Hilary Stanton, Student Services Office Becky Dodson and Heidi Lohr attended an all day inservice on 504 implementation.  Thank you to these representatives who work diligently on making sure our students who are served by 504 plans have equal access.  Section 504 prohibits discrimination against any students, students’ families, and employees who may be eligible for protections and services under the act.

WMS SPED Department has been diligently working to have all IEP meetings by the beginning of October. This ensures that all student needs are being met and yearly goals are determined by his/her teachers early in the year. Hats off to special education teachers Taylor Aylor, David Londrey and BB Slaven and the WMS staff for their hard work. You make a difference every day.

Teachers and students at WMS have been going all out for Spirit Week. We all look forward to coming out Friday night to support our High School Football Players! Middle Tourist

WMS would like to thank MCPS Technology’s Sam Utz and Shawn McDonough for their efforts in helping finish the technology upgrades in the library. We now have four distinctives areas in the media/library center for teachers and students to use for collaboration.

New water fountains save 488 plastic bottles in three days.  WMS would like to thank MCPS Maintenance Earl Keys, Ricky Brockman, Don Elswick, and Pete Benson for installing new water fountains throughout the school. 3 new bottle filled water fountains have been installed at Wetsel. Students are enjoying the new fountains as evidenced by the number of bottles filled in 3 days (488). Thank you gentlemen.

I SmithCongratulations to Isiah Smith for being named the Daily Progress Athlete of the Week for the week of Sep 20-25. Isiah had 141 yards rushing on 15 carries and a touchdown on Friday night and also threw for a 22 yard touchdown in Madison’s 26-13 win over Warren County. You can see the article in yesterdays Daily Progress (September 29).

Congratulations to both the Varsity and Freshmen Football teams for picking up their 1st wins of the year last week. The Varsity beat Warren County 26-13 on Friday night and the Freshmen beat Warren County 38-22 last Wednesday.

Swink GolfCongratulations to Gaines Swink for finishing 6th overall at the Conference 35 golf tournament at Blue Ridge Shadows. Gaines shot an 87 in the rain and also qualified for next week’s Region 2A East tournament to be held at Kiskiack Golf Course in Williamsburg. With his performance, Gaines also earned 1st Team All Conference Honors! Congratulations Gaines.

Congratulations to Kim Dillon and Rashawn Turner for placing in the Stonewall Invitational Cross Country meet that was held on Saturday at the New Market Battlefield. Rashawn finished 9th overall out of 111 runners and Kim finished 14th overall out of 95 runners.

Queen AnneMCHS Faculty Homecoming Queen and King.  For the first time, MCHS students voted on faculty and staff to be named 2015 Faculty/Staff Homecoming Royalty.  Pictured are English teacher Josh Thompson and History teacher Anne WeakleyKing Josh

Reading TrophyMPS students were surprised to learn at a recent assembly that our school had won the the Madison Library’s Summer Reading Challenge this year. We had a total of 51 students participate in the program, tallying 40,613 minutes of reading!! We are so proud of our Little Mountaineers! Pictured with the trophy are the top readers from each grade level. Left to right First Grader Alejandro Cerino (2,415 minutes), Madison Librarian Bonnie Utz, Second Grader Mikayla Sacco (5,010 minutes), and Kindergartener Susanna Brockman (1,440 minutes).

Waverly BookWaverly Yowell teachers spent their afternoon preparing for the upcoming One Book One School Program that kicks off in October.  Students will be given their books wrapped like a candy bar during our opening assembly.

BG StateThere was a dinner for the MCHS students who attended Boys State, Girls State, and the Law Cadet program at the Legion Post last Saturday evening and afterwards they gave their reports.  Each student wore the t-shirt that was issued to them to wear during the program.

  • Boys State: Christian Chada, Dustin Cone, and Dalyn Montgomery (not pictured)
  • Girls State:  Summer Rice and Ashley Sharp
  • Junior Law Cadet:  Kim Carpenter and Sabrina Byram

Homecoming week is in full force at MCHS.  It is hard to determine if the students or staff are more excited.  Monday was denim day and Tuesday was tacky tourist day.  Here are some pictures of students and staff who are joining in on the fun.

MAP Testing is almost complete with only a few classes wrapping up testing at the Primary School this week.  Be sure to check the RIT to Kahn Academy Resources here.  These were updated in August 2015.

Blincoe 1Student’s in Harold Blincoe’s Government class participated in a presentation from Brad Mecham, a representative from UTI (Universal Technical Institute). Using their STEM knowledge and skills, students focused on career choices and built electronic circuits.

ELL Teacher Beth Boyd and Shelby Gohn, Director of Accountability and Assessment, participated in training on Tuesday for Testing Accommodations for ESL students. Training included discussion of LEP Team meeting procedures and determining appropriate accommodations for English language learners in the classroom and during assessments.

Arrington at WYES 1MCHS’s Advanced PE students designed rhythmic activities that were fitness based and traveled to Waverly Yowell to teach the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders how dancing and moving to music can be fun and great exercise as well. The students were given freedom to choose any music they wanted and put dance or fitness moves to these songs. They had to teach, using scaffolding  and demonstration, and other teaching techniques to convey what they wanted the younger students to learn. It also put the students in an role of advocating for a healthy lifestyle.  Afterwards, MCHS students participated in activities with the WYES students.  Thanks to Mark Arrington and Andrew Schmaltz for coordinating this great project!

Ford KickballKickball.  Last week’s faculty/staff kickball game was great fun … brought in 500 cans of food and nearly $50 for MESA.

Celebration Events

  • October     National School Principals’ Month
  • October    Disability History and Awareness Month
  • October 4-10    National Yearbook Week
  • October 5    World Teacher Day
  • October 6    National News Engagement Day
  • 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 15    American Enterprise Day, as recognized by FBLA-PBL (Future Business Leaders of America)
  • 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)
  • April 30    Madison Festival of the Arts
  • 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 Patterson.  We want to celebrate everything!)

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