Mountaineer Notes, October 14, 2015

 Madison Strong.


  • October     National School Principals’ Month
  • October    Disability History and Awareness Month
  • October 12-16     National School Lunch Week
  • October 14     Boss’s Day

Coming Up:

  • October 19-23     National School Bus Safety Week
  • October 19-23     Bus Driver Appreciation Week
  • October 22    International Stuttering Awareness 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.

GlastonNew Author C.C. Lynch paid a visit to MCHS to talk with several of our English classes during Mountain Time.  C.C. Lynch is the author of “Glaston”.  It is a fictional story of students with special powers and abilities that attend a special school.  C.C. Lynch has connections to Madison by way of her parents who live here.  A special thanks also goes out to Laura Burbridge from the Madison Chamber of Commerce who helped to bring C.C. to MCHS.

The Madison Athletic Boosters and the Dragon Football Club are joining together for the Battle of the Blue Ridge on October 16th and hosting a food drive to benefit the food pantries of both counties. We are asking all fans to please bring a food donation and drop it in the collection bin representing your team located at each ticket gate. This is a great way for the fans of our football teams to give back to their community. Thank you in advance for your donation!

PreK PlaydoughPlaydough Friday:  Pre-K students, Paetyn Lester, Lariana Kilby, and Ava Jasper, enjoy Playdough Friday in Jennifer Taylor’s preschool class.  Every Friday, preschool teachers Jennifer Taylor and Cindy Pattie pull out the playdough!  As students enter the classroom, they have the opportunity to dig in with their hands and tools to create objects.  This is a great way to develop fine motor skills while having fun!  What a fantastic way to start the day!

Brockman Pep RallyDecade Day Pep Rally.  Special thanks to Jennifer Brockman for our MCHS Pep Rally last week. She is seen here celebrating with the Senior Class who won the Spirit Stick!  All fall team players were announced, the MCHS Band and MCHS Varsity Cheerleaders performed.  A special MCHS Faculty performance of the “Whip and Ne Ne” was enjoyed immensely by students.  Principal Gary Wintersgill and AP Jason Allison were good sports along with Dean of Students Jeanette Alexander and Instructional Coach Jayne Penn Hollar to each receive a pie in the face!  Great job everyone!Wintersgill Pep Rally

Project Based Learning.  All Madison teachers met with Thom Markham, project based learning consultant, last week. Meeting facilitators were Instructional Coaches, Jayne Penn-Hollar, Jen Rehm, Jessica Sarver, and Jackie Ovalle.  MCHS teachers Joyce Lindsay and Lisa Taylor are planning a joint project based on the molecular composition of hair. This year, all students will experience project learning solving real world problems.

MS CC GroupMiddle School Cross Country  closed out their season on Friday at the Annie Innskeep Invitational at Grymes.  Both teams ran exceptionally well.  Congratulations to 7th grader Emmakate Jenkins who finished the girls race in first place and earned a medal and title of invitational girl champion.  6th grader, Jewel Jenkins finished third overall and also medaled.  A medal was also earned by 8th grader Joseph Chung who finished 5th in the boys race.

Will MS CCMiddle School 8th Grader, Will Johnston, ran the 2 mile race at the Albemarle Invitational this past Saturday at Panorama Farms in Earlysville.  He medaled with an 11th place finish and a personal best of 12:58.  Congratulations to Will.

6th Grade Science teacher, Kim Adams, had her students study the transfer of energy by building ovens with light bulbs and aluminum foil.  Well designed ovens were able to melt the cheese on top of tortilla chips. MS Science

Taylor Utz will be participating in the Girls Golf Open Zone Qualifier on Monday October 19th at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club. This is the 2nd year in a row that she has participated in this event.

Belt 28th Grade Students in Kellie Mason’s class participated in a Thesis Smackdown Challenge where students had to work in groups to come up with the best thesis statement for the class. Students competed against other groups by coming up to the board, group against group, and write their theses on the board to boxing music. The energy was high and students were excited! Each class had a winning group that got to wear the Thesis Smackdown belt while celebrating their victory ! Fun times at WMS!

We had 25 athletes participate in a PCA Athlete Workshop on Tuesday October 13th. The workshop focused on being a Triple Impact Competitor which includes making yourself better every day, making your teammates better, and playing the game the right way.

MS ArtWMS Art Students, are always actively engaged in Steve Markwood’s class. He shares real world stories and connects what students are learning in his class with their own life experiences. He peaks their curiosity and talks about his own college stories and about the possibility of them going to college. He instills in the students that their work matters.

Butterfly ProjectWYES 3rd Grade Science Classes sent a symbolic butterfly to Mexico through the Journey North Program ( Each class created the butterfly out of a file folder and sent it to the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuaries in Mexico where it will spend the winter. In the spring, each third grade class will receive a butterfly from another class across the United States and Canada. Throughout the process, each class will record on a map where their butterfly migrated from, students in Mexico will record where it migrated to, and then class that receives it in the spring will record where it landed. The students will have the opportunity to look at the map during the year to see the route of their butterfly.

SamOne Book, One School.  On Friday, October 9th students and staff at Waverly Yowell Elementary were treated to a rousing assembly filled with chocolate, confetti, and Oompa-Loompas to kick off the new one school, one book program featuring the novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl.  Special appearances from Dr. Eberhardt as Willy Wonka, and school board office members, Mr. Carmichael and Mr. Utz as Oompa-Loompas were enjoyed by all.  After the unwrapping of the students’ Waverly Bars, which turned out to be a copy of the book, twenty students were surprised with golden tickets!  The golden ticket winners were seating in the VIP section, enjoying a front row seat to all the crazy antics and games. After Willy Wonka read the first two chapters of the book and he and his Oompa-loompas doled out chocolate bars, four games were played with five students each.  The games were:

  • Lickable wallpaper
  • Chocolate kiss
  • The blueberry squeeze
  • Good egg/bad egg

Overall, the students had a blast!

MCHS Principal Gary Wintersgill and WMS Principal Tim Taylor attended mock interviews at the University of Virginia. They provided interview questions to 12 future teachers who in turn gave responses in front of the group. Gary and Tim gave feedback on each response to help the group understand what principals are looking for during the interview process.

EddieMadison Primary School would like to recognize all of the hard work and dedication of our cafeteria staff during National School Lunch Week. Eddie Jenkins, Nancy Collier, Margie Henderson, and Patrick Corbin always provide service with a smile, and take great care in seeing that our little ones have everything they need each day. They are so respectful and genuine in their interactions with students and have done everything in their power to assist the school in achieving its goals. Thank you for everything you do!!

PE teacher Mark Arrington took his lifetime fitness students to the Rose River to test their new fly fishing skills.  Students have been working on their casting skills and were able to put their practice to good use.

Homecoming (Take 2).  Special thanks to both Jennifer Brockman and Shannon Johnston for the homecoming festivities this year.  Although there was a little rain, it was no comparison to the rain we received with the original date.  Here are some pictures from the game and the pep rally.

Celebration Events

  • 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 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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