Mountaineer Notes, October 7, 2015

 Madison Strong.


  • 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

Coming Up:

  • October 12-16     National School Lunch Week
  • October 14     Boss’s Day

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.

PE 1Middle School PE has implemented a new squad warm-up which is student lead.  The warm-up has leaders for that week taking their squad through a series of fifteen activities.  Students can be found around the gym working together to perform exercises such as Russian twists, mountain climbers, dive bombers, and human hurdles.  The warm-up is complete once you see red-faced students with smiles of accomplishment finding their PE teachers and giving them high-fives.  PE 5

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the MCHS Volleyball program would like to honor all Madison County residents that are currently battling this disease as well as those that are now breast cancer free. On Tuesday, October 13 before the Varsity Volleyball game, we would like to show our support by recognizing anyone wishing to participate. If you would like to be recognized, please email Athletic Director Phil Warren at by the end of this week. All those being recognized are our guests for the evening and should arrive by 6:15 on Tuesday.

Nick School PsycVirginia Association of School Psychologists.  Nick Curtis, former MCPS school psychologist, was named the 2015 VASP School Psychologist of the Year. Mr. Curtis is currently working for MCPS part-time and pursuing a doctorate at James Madison University. Congratulations to Mr. Curtis for the prestigious award. We are extremely proud of his contributions to our students, staff, and science field.  (1 pic)

Summer Residential Governor’s Schools.  Summer Residential Governor’s Schools provide gifted high school juniors and seniors with intensive educational experiences in visual and performing arts; humanities; mathematics, science, and technology. The application process is a joint effort involving the student, his/her parent or legal guardian, the local school, the school division, and the VDOE. The four week programs offer interdisciplinary curriculum of issues, topics, and challenges pertinent to the specific field of study. Information for the 2016 Academic and Visual and Performing Arts is located at

Cross CountryMiddle School Cross Country hosted William Monroe, Luray, and Page yesterday afternoon at Hoover Ridge.  The two mile course was no match for both the boys and girls teams.  The girls team finished second with 7th grader Emmakate Jenkins leading the Madison girls and finishing first overall with a time of 14:17.  6th grader, Jewel Jenkins, finished third with a time of 14:46.  All girls finished strong with many running their personal best. The boys team had an impressive first place finish.  8th grader, Joseph Chung, finished 2nd with a time of 13:05, 7th grader Isaiah Batman finished 3rd with a time of 13:42, and 8th grader Will Johnston finished 4th with a time of 13:45.  Smart running and strong finishes by the remaining runners sealed the first place victory.  They will wrap up their season at the Annie Innskeep Memorial Invitational at Grymes on Friday, October 9th.  A huge thank you also goes out to all of the parents for all of their finish line help and setting up very impressive post race snack tables at our home meets for all runners.

Wonka SurveyIn preparation for our One Book, One School program Waverly Students have been provided with a survey to figure out which Roald Dahl character they most closely match. Data will be collected and presented on the poster boards placed around the school.

PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Strategies) is a reading program being implemented in one of Casey Baber’s sixth grade English classes.  The program has pairs of students working together to complete three activities (partner read with retell, paragraph shrinking, and prediction relay) to help improve reading comprehension.  PALS Pairing

Believe it or not, work has started on the 2016-2017 School Budget.  The process will be in high gear before we know it.

Dental ClinicPiedmont Dental Clinic:   Piedmont Dental Clinic comes to our school annually to help maintain the dental health of our students.  Parents have the option of taking advantage of this service.  We appreciate all they do for our students and how they reach out to the schools.  The clinic visited Primary this week – students get to wear “cool shades” while having their teeth cleaned.  They leave with a bright smile, a goodie bag, and the opportunity for a follow-up appointment at the clinic location in Orange.

Waverly Yowell students, teachers, Dr. Eberhardt, and school board members will be participating in an assembly Friday, October 9 to kick off the One School, One Book program. Students will receive a copy of the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, be treated with a guest appearance by Willy Wonka and Oompa Loompas (pictures next week), and participate in games if they are lucky enough to find a golden ticket. There will also be a family outdoor movie night of the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to culminate the event on October 30.

Constitution PosterConstitution Day Poster Contest: Students in MCHS teacher Harold Blincoe’s class participated in the American Legion Post 157 Constitution Day Poster Contest.  Students utilized their artistic ability to create posters that depicted any aspect of the Constitution including the Bill of Rights and Amendments.  The selected posters will be sent to compete at the Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT), a division of the American Library Association.  Pictured from left to right are Retired LT. Col. Lisa Davis, Skylar Colvin, Bryanna Smith, Caleigh-Ruth McDaniel Brown, Marlie Soderquist, Lorena Alvarado-Perez, and Raven Norris.

MPS Back to SchoolMadison Primary School Preschool held its “Back to School Night” this past Thursday evening and enjoyed a great turnout. Parents were familiarized with the academic expectations of preschool, as well as the general routines and expectations of the classroom. The preschool teachers, along with other service providers, presented information for parents, and preschool students shared their morning sing-along with the group. Preschool teacher Cindy Pattie shared a read aloud with parents that likened the teaching of these young students to tending a garden. Pictured is Jennifer Falconer sharing information about OT services.

The Introduction to Musicianship class at MCHS just performed their 3rd “Coffee House” performance of the semester.  Every two weeks the class makes hot chocolate and performs for each other in an open mic setting.  Students choose a song or skill to perform for the class.  Here are some highlights from this past Friday:

Clare Sukley (guitar) and Lily Dodson (piano) performing “Burning House” by Cam.

Molly Thomas and Rebecca Young introduced the class to the band Twenty One Pilots by performing “Screen” on ukulele and piano with Molly singing and rapping.

WYES Science 2Retired Teacher Laura Burt of Madison visited WYES third grade to introduce her baby slider turtles and discuss their adaptations. She accidentally uncovered a nest and had to bring the turtle eggs inside to hatch. The turtles are a few weeks old and about the size of a quarter. She shared many interesting turtle facts, shells, skulls, and what was left of the eggs with our students. It was a great hands-on experience for all third graders. WYES Science

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!)

Decade Day TaylorDecade Day, part of Homecoming Week, was great fun!

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