Mountaineer Notes, November 4, 2015

Madison Strong.

Coming Up:

  • November 9-13     School Psychology Awareness Week

Call For Help. Waverly will host an age-old Madison tradition, the Harvest Dinner.  The Harvest Dinner is an old Madison tradition and celebration among Madisonians and alumni. Principal Joe Kubricki and the Waverly team are reviving it back this year with a plan to sustain it once again as an annual celebration.   (To keep the size in perspective – they will be cooking 50 turkeys for Thanksgiving Dinner!)

We are reaching out to all MCPS because Waverly needs help – everything from setting up to serving meals – an hour of your time would be greatly appreciated.  Please consider a gift of time.

CC-2Congratulations to Rashawn Turner for finishing 4th overall in the Conference 35 Cross Country meet. Rashawn ran a time of 16:54. With his finish, Rashawn has qualified for the Region 2A East meet to be held at Panorama Farms on Wednesday Nov 4th. Congratulations Rashawn!

Wetsel PinkWetsel Middle School’s 2nd Annual Pink Day was a success! SCA raised over $1,000 for UVA’s Breast Cancer Research. Students and staff had so much fun at the assembly and there was a sea of pink everywhere!

School Improvement. MPS Principal, Mike Coiner, WYES Principal Joe Kubricki, WYES Instructional Coach Jessica Sarver and Director of Teaching and Learning Tina Weaver attended the monthly Aligning Academic review and Performance Evaluation training. Standard 4: Assessment of and for Learning was the topic.

Claudia DodsonAt the Strasburg football game last week, Athletic Director Phil Warren presented the VHSL Stay in the Game Award and the Claudia Dodson Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award to MCHS Principal Gary Wintersgill and School Superintendent Dr. Matt Eberhardt.

PK HalloweenHalloween is always an exciting time at Madison Primary School. The students and teachers were decked out in some spectacular costumes, but that didn’t take away from engaging students in meaningful instruction. Pictured are a group of “Batty Teachers” from the First Grade Pod, adorable preschool students on their annual trick or treat run, students classifying sentences and fragments, and students following multistep directions to create a Frankenstein treat in the Second Grade Pod. Halloween Sentences

Batty TeachersMulti-step Directions

Wetsel HalloweenHalloween at Wetsel.  Nearly every faculty member at Wetsel dressed up for Halloween. 

Madison County Education Foundation (MCEF) Grants.  Dr. Matt Eberhardt, Superintendent, and Tina Weaver, Director of Teaching and Learning met with Barbara Beach, President of MCEF, and committee members to review teacher proposals. Proposals ranged from author visits to field trips.

IIHS-4574IIHS Visit.  Last week, School Board Chairman Jim Nelson, Superintendent Matt Eberhardt, Director of Technology Sam Utz, Technology Specialist Shawn McDonough, and Clerk of the Board Liz Patterson had the opportunity to represent MCPS and tour the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in Ruckersville.

On Thursday, October. 29th, the Educator’s Rising club, sponsored by Gigi Kay, held a sock-hop in the MCHS gym with the intent to gather as many socks as possible to donate to MESA. Staff and students joined together to donate 116 pairs of socks. Everyone “sock-hopped” and had a great time coming together to help those in need in Madison County. Sock Hop

Canoe TripLast week, Madison’s 10th grade Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School (BRVGS) cohort spent a cold, rainy Tuesday doing watershed field studies at the Rivanna Reservoir.  Lori Mack teaches AP biology to this group.  They weathered the elements in a canoe to extend their learning outside of the classroom. 

MCHS collaboration between Biology teacher Lisa Taylor, and Spanish teacher Jenette Reyes.  Biology students created anatomically correct skeletons which were then used to decorate a Spanish classroom to celebrate and learn about the Day of the Dead.

Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.   Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation presenters brought the Powhatan tribe to second grade students on Tuesday!  They taught the students about the natural resources, occupations, clothing, and tools used in this region.  Students participated by using replicas of artifacts.  Students from Christine. Waldron’s second grade class, Parker Settle and Hunter Watson, prepare for a hunt, while Jeshaly Morales wearing a deerskin skirt looks on.  Deer won’t see Justin Sloan, second grade student from Maci Dyer’s class, coming.  He is so well camouflaged! Jamestown 2Jamestown 1

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    Career and Technical Education Month
  • February 1-5     National School Counseling Week
  • February 7-13    National FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) 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    Decision Day
  • 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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