Mountaineer Notes, November 11, 2015

Madison Strong.


  • November 9-13     School Psychology Awareness Week

Coming Up:

  • 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

Ralph's JourneyWMS Teacher Published Online.  Wetsel’s Jared Morris appears in the June 2015 edition of St. Mihiel Trip-Wire, a monthly magazine that features in-depth articles on the battles, weapons, personalities, literature, art, diplomacy and politics of World War I.  The site can be accessed at:

Pvt. Ralph E. Weiler, 328th Infantry, 82nd Division

In the chapter “Out of Isolation: From Home to Hell — The Journey from America’s Cities and Farms to European Battlefields” by teacher Jared Morris, the story is told of a single American soldier who served and died in the war. He was Ralph Weiler from Hanover, Pennsylvania. The narrative follows him from the age 14 in his hometown, to receiving his draft notice, to fighting in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, to his death in an action near the village of Chatel-Chéhéry, and his burial at the American cemetery at Romagne.

Guidance SuiteWetsel Middle School’s New Guidance Suite.  We were able to create a new guidance suite – offices, conference room, computer lab, work area, and teacher’s lounge – with in-house labor and funds. A testament to Madison Pride and Strong. A big thank you to Maintenance Earl Keys, Don Elswick, Ricky Brockman, and Pete Benson for their incredible work. These gentleman framed walls, installed new electrical outlets and lights, re-arranged ceiling tiles hung doors and helped move all the furniture. Technology’s Sam Utz and Shawn McDonough ensured all the offices and computer labs were properly wired for technology. Custodian Tyronne Banks finished the painting and Brenda Tyree, Pat Stuart, and Lucinda Carter waxed and cleaned all the floors. Thanks to all of their efforts, our students will have a place to explore careers and work with our counselors in Wetsel lunch groups. We will be able to address student needs in a variety of ways. Thank you all.

Fall 2015 Cosmetology 202MCHS students in Joyce Lindsey’s Cosmetology class got into the Halloween spirit this year.  Her students used Mountain time to create nail art for Halloween. 

Congratulations to Rashawn Turner for finishing 9th overall at the Region 2A East Cross Country meet last Wednesday at Panorama Farms. With his top 15 finish, Rashawn qualifies to run in this Saturday’s VHSL State Championship meet at Great Meadow.  CC-2

Proclamation. Governor Terry McAuliffe, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Steve Staples and the Virginia Department of Education recognized November 2015 as Family Involvement Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The importance of parental involvement in schools is well documented. Over 30 years of research shows that one of the most effective ways to increase student achievement is for parents to be actively involved in the education of their children.

Alt EdWorking hard for success. Teacher-directed instruction over computerized instruction has benefited Alt Ed students tremendously thus far. Thanks to everyone for the continued support of our students!

Germanna Community College Early College.  Germanna Community College and Madison County Public Schools are working to implement an Associate Degree program while students concurrently earn high school credits.

ToussaintMCHS French I and II students in Emily Kline’s class learned about La Toussaint, which is French for All Saints/Souls Day, and is on November 1st.  Many French families spend this day together, remembering loved ones who have passed away.  Students researched a famous French person and created a “tombstone” for each one.  They also made tissue paper chrysanthemums, which is the traditional flower left at cemeteries during La Toussaint, to leave by their celebrities’ tombstones.

MCHS students in Jenette Reyes’ Spanish 2 classes wrote these songs to help each other memorize the new verb tense they are learning. This is a part of a bigger project. Students write the lyrics, present the song to the class, teach the class, and then record it.

MCHS would like to congratulate the Marching Mountaineers!  The band received an Excellent Rating in the Virginia Band and Orchestra Director’s State Marching Assessment at Massaponnax High School on October 31, 2015.

Hostile Crisis EventSafety Coordination.  Madison County Public Schools participated in the Madison County Hostile Incident Tabletop Exercise Situation on November 5. The purpose of the exercise is to validate the Madison County Emergency Operations Plan, School Crisis Management Plan, Sheriff’s Office Active Shooter Policy, Thomas Jefferson EMS Council Mass Casualty Incident Plan, and hospital plans in response to and following an active shooter/hostile intruder incident at a local school. School participants included:

  • Jennifer Brockman, Instructional Assistant
  • Griff Carmichael, Assistant Superintendent
  • Mike Coiner, Madison Primary School Principal
  • Matthew Eberhardt, Superintendent
  • Heidi Lohr, Supervisor of Student Services
  • Holly Mack, Teacher
  • Liz Patterson, Clerk of the Board
  • Tinsley Roebuck, Secretary
  • Sam Utz, Director of Technology
  • Tina Weaver, Director of Teaching and Learning

The Tabletop is the first of several planned drills.

Activity 1Wetsel students enjoyed their first Activity Day of the year this past Friday.   This day is held at the end of each nine weeks to celebrate students who missed no more than one assignment and met behavioral expectations.  Activities included cornhole, kickball, football, basketball, face/nail painting, and dancing.

On November 9 and 10, the 7th grade at WMS visited Shenandoah National Park. They had a wonderful time viewing a Birds of Prey presentation, to supplement science instruction. In English classes, students have been reading Hitch, a novel about a young man who joins the Civilian Conservation Corps. Students had a ranger-led tour of Big Meadows, culminating in a visit to Camp Fechner, the CCC camp at Big Meadows.  Despite the weather, everyone had a great time.

Congratulations to Jeana Grace Kelliher and Alexa Waga for being named 1st Team All Bull Run District and 1st Team All Conference 35 in Volleyball this year, Rashawn Turner for being All Conference (4th) and All Region (9th) in Cross Country and Gaines Swink for being named 1st Team All Conference in Golf. These athletes were presented Nike T-Shirts from Athletic Director Phil Warren for their accomplishments this fall. The t-shirts read Just Do It Mountaineers! IMG_0534

MCHS Club offerings are listed below.  All high school students have an opportunity to participate in a club each week.  The Mountain Time daily schedule is set up to where students can attend various and specific clubs every other week.

  • Art Club
  • BETA
  • Book Club
  • Culture Club
  • FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)
  • FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes)
  • FFA (Future Farmers of America)
  • Food Club
  • Future Health Care Providers
  • Moving Mountains
  • SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)
  • SCA (Student Council)
  • Senior class officers
  • Skills USA
  • Varsity Club

Bucket FillerThe “Bucket Filling” program at Madison Primary School is off to a great start! Leading up to our first character assembly on September 11th, students had earned an astonishing total of 262 bucket slips for 262 random acts of kindness. We have established a goal of 1,500 slips before Thanksgiving Break. As of this past Friday, we have collected in excess of 1,200 bucket slips! Thanks to Guidance Counselor Karen Organ-Lohr and our Positive Behavior Committee for putting the program together, the Madison County Education Foundation for its grant to provide funding for the program start-up, our MPS Teachers for their wholehearted support, and a special thank you to our MPS Students for their efforts in citizenship.

Waverly Yowell Elementary School finished the One School, One Book project at the end of October. To see a summary video of the project made by 5th grade students, visit Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory .

Response to Intervention:  Practical Strategies for Intervening with Students Before they Fall Too far Behind in MATH:  Jessica Sarver, Rebecca Weigle, Martha Clements, and Jackie Ovalle attended this wonderful conference recently.  Ryan Doetch was the presenter and he discussed and modeled 15 research-based strategies that would increase achievement in math!  A few of the strategies included having a growth mindset, making connections in math, teaching conceptualization, and ways to engage the brain!  These can help at any tier!  Here’s the link to his site!

Waverly Yowell Elementary School would like to invite you to join us on Saturday, November 21 from 5  to 8pm for our Harvest Dinner, much like the Harvest Supper Criglersville Elementary School started many years ago. We will be offering a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings.  Please see attached flyer.

Harvest Dinner at WYES

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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