Mountaineer Notes, October 21, 2015

 Madison Strong.


  • October     National School Principals’ Month
  • October    Disability History and Awareness Month
  • October 19-23     National School Bus Safety Week
  • October 19-23     Bus Driver Appreciation Week
  • October 22    International Stuttering Awareness Day

Coming Up:

  • October 23-31     Red Ribbon Week

breastcancerawarenesslogo1Paint Madison Pink, October 23, 2015!  This Friday MCHS will have its Breast Cancer Awareness football game.  Special Pink Tie-Dye shirts were sold at all schools to help fight the good fight against breast cancer.  Proceeds from the shirt sale will be donated to the UVA Cancer Center.  Events will include a tailgate for school employees and their families in the school parking lot.  Free pink cotton candy for kids and a special recognition as MCHS has been awarded the Claudia Dodson Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award by the Virginia High School League.

JasonSoil Everywhere.  Devin Milbourne’s WMS Earth Science class are scientists. Students used soil samples to identify soil profiles and horizons, components, and classifications. JASON Learning walks students through the curriculum and labs to create a real scientific experience.

Alumni Published.   Sam Young, MCHS Class of 2013, co-authored Coronin-1 and Calcium Signaling Governs Sympathetic Final Target Innervation. Sam’s interest in science and health throughout his years at Madison have continued as he is a third-year man at UVA. Congratulations, Sam.

CTE Conference.  Jason Allison, MCHS Assistant Principal, and Tina Weaver, Director of Teaching and Learning, attended the Virginia Association for Career and Technical Administrators. Funding, apprenticeships, industry certifications, and staff credentials were some of the topics discussed.

Karen RiceKaren Rice’s class had a busy end to their week.  After a field trip to Food Lion to shop for specific grocery items, they proceeded to Sheetz and then to Yoder’s Market for a picnic lunch.  After returning to school each student demonstrated how to put all planets in order and name them.  EVERY STUDENT in Mrs. Rice’s room successfully completed this task!  What an amazing week they had!  (If you stop by, they may show you the “magic” of a snapdragon!)  

The Volleyball team hosted its annual Breast Cancer Awareness game last Tuesday night against Strasburg. The ladies escorted several breast cancer survivors onto the court before the game to honor their strength and courage. They also raised over $600 to be donated to the UVA Breast Cancer Center in Charlottesville. Breast Cancer

Congratulations to the Freshmen Football team for their 41-21 win over William Monroe last Thursday. This was the last home game of the year for the Freshmen. They still have road games at Strasburg and Clarke County left to play.

MPS Bus CrewMCHS AP Jason Allison would like to thank MPS staff members (or as Assistant Superintendent Griff Carmichael would say, “the dream team”) for their outstanding help and support every day to assist all our students with bus transfers and dismissal procedures.  MPS Bus Crew 2

Athletic Director Phil Warren attended the VHSL Membership meeting in Charlottesville on Thursday where he accepted both the Claudia Dodson Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award along with the Stay in the Game Award on behalf of MCHS.  Madison is one of only 29 high schools in Virginia (out of over 300) to receive this award.  This is our second year in a row of recognition.

QR Codes PicWaverly Yowell 4th grade teachers, Lacy Ann Henshaw, Becky Weigle, and Amy Morehead, collaborated to create a scavenger hunt that incorporated 21st century skills and technology.  The students were provided with riddles to find QR codes placed strategically around the school building.  Students had to solve a math problem and check their answers by scanning the QR code.  The lesson was a huge success and the students truly enjoyed this hands on activity.

Ballet 1Madison Primary School students were treated this past week to a performance by the Charlottesville Ballet. They enjoyed a performance entitled “A Fairy Tale Gathering”, a collection of storybook characters including Cinderella, Snow White, Prince Charming, Tweedle Dee, and Tweedle Dum. Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum were, by far, the crowd favorites. The cast included performers from around the world, some from Virginia, and others from as far away as Russia and Japan. Thanks to the Charlottesville Ballet for providing this free performance for our children.

Resnick GovtThis week Matt Resnick’s 8th grade Civics and Economics had a chance to talk with Senator Kaine, Madison County School Board member Barry Penn Hollar, and Madison County Supervisor Kevin McGhee to discuss issues,government, and ask them questions. They spoke with Senator Kaine via Skype and students had a chance to ask him questions about issues that were meaningful to their lives. Their level of professionalism and respect was admirable and we are sure Senator Kaine will speak highly of our group. He even praised one student on a bill idea he had and said he would look into the policy, possibly take further action, and thanked him for the idea. Penn Hollar McGhee

WYES is gearing up for this year’s Red Ribbon Week.  The theme this year is “Stay in the Game, Play Drug Free!”  Students and staff will sign a drug free pledge and receive a red ribbon to wear for the week.  Local businesses are offering incentives to WYES students who WEAR their red ribbon out in community during the week.  WYES School Counselor, Nicole Keys, is working with AD Phil Warren and MPS teacher Kendall Fears to arrange for MCHS athletes to help run sports stations at the culminating event on Friday, October 30 … Game Day 2015!  Arrangements have also been made with Band Director Mike Allen and the MCHS Marching Band to perform for each class as they finish the stations.  Red Ribbon Week is a national event to help students celebrate the choice of living a drug free life.  Join us in celebration for our theme days, October 26-30:

  • Monday, October 26:  Red Ribbon Day. (Go ALL out with RED today.  Students will sign the drug free pledge and receive a red ribbon)
  • Tuesday, October 27: Team Up Against Drugs Day. (Wear your favorite team jersey OR dress up like a friend or group of friends)
  • Wednesday, October 28: Reach Your Goal “Perseverance” Day.  (Dress up like what you want to be when you grow up)
  • Thursday, October 29: Crazy Fan Day. (Wear crazy shoes, socks, hats and/or hair)
  • Friday, October 30: All Star Day.  (Dress up like your favorite famous athlete, in your favorite sports gear, or dress up like your favorite star from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or any book by Roald Dahl.)

Willy WonkaJoin Waverly Yowell Elementary School for a family movie night on Friday, October 30th to celebrate finishing our One School, One Book program.  We will be watching the 1971 movie, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory outside on the WYES softball field; so, make sure you bring chairs and blankets. Movie snacks will be sold, but this event is free to the public.  Special thanks to the WYES PTO for sponsoring this event!

MCHS.  Trout eggs have arrived for MCHS teacher Alecia Hamm’s Earth Science and Biology classes! Mrs. Hamm received 293 eggs from the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The students will hatch the eggs and observe and document growth, population counts, and water chemistry. The trout will be released into the Rose River in the spring. Last year, the students released 106 trout that averaged 5.4 cm in length. Students will also enter their data into a statewide database utilizing Google forms and spreadsheets and will be able to compare our tank to the other tanks throughout Virginia and Maryland.

StellaMPS Math Night.  MPS First Grade Team hosted the very first Math Night!  As children and their families entered, seasonal estimation jars were on the stage.  Students who guessed the correct amount took home the candy!  The cafeteria was filled with Investigations games for everyone to play.  Tens Go Fish was a favorite!  Various board games, such as Double Shutter and Connect Four were played in the library.  In the gym, first grade student, Stella Dodson, used a scooter to match a dot card to a number.  Also pictured is Kindergarten student, Anna Ford, having her leg measured by her sister, Millie, and mother, Liz.  The First Grade Team did a remarkable job with this event!

Students in Krista Tanner’s Service Learning course (or sometimes referred to as SODA) work with MPS, WYES, and Madison Learning Center on a daily basis. Krista Tanner has replaced Jayne Penn Hollar (who is now the MCHS Instructional Coach) with the Service Learning and Family and Consumer Science programs at MCHS. SL 2

Technology.  The Tech department is excited to announce the plans for school security advancement to begin in the upcoming weeks. After being awarded the School Security Equipment Grants issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia in partnership with Governor Terry McAuliffe, Wetsel Middle School, Waverly Yowell Elementary, Madison Primary School, and Madison School Board Office buildings will be receiving Entry Master Access Control door systems. In addition, Wetsel Middle School will be receiving a brand new Axis Communications security camera system, which includes 32 security cameras which range from indoor/outdoor models with 6mm to 12mm lense resolutions. Also, the tech department would like to recognize middle school teacher Matthew Resnick for his innovative use of newly issued classroom technology to conduct an engaging and educational Skype session with his class and Senator Tim Kaine.

Celebration Events

  • 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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