Brown Bear, Brown Bear: PreK students in Cindy Pattie’s and Jennifer Taylor’s class acted out the story, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You Hear. Creative dramatics was a great way to make the story come to life, build self-confidence, and improve comprehension. The students who watched the performance developed the skills it takes to be a great audience.
All-State Cross Country. Congratulations to Rashawn Turner for finishing 14th overall out of 102 runners at the VHSL Group 2A State Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Great Meadow. This was Rashawn’s first year running cross country, and he finished 4th in the Conference, 9th in the Region and 14th in the State. His Top 15 finish earned him All State Honors.
The following athletes were chosen as their teams PCA Sportsmanship winners for our fall teams.
- Cheer: Kati Sukley
- Cross Country, Girls: Rosemarie Mullen
- Cross Country, Boys: Connor McGhee (not pictured)
- Football: Zach Dove
- Golf: Rachel Honaker
- Golf: Taylor Utz
- Volleyball: Jeana Grace Kelliher
Tiered Support. Sandy Hart, Virginia Tiered System of Support Program Specialist, met with Heidi Lohr, Supervisor of Student Services and Tina Weaver, Director of Teaching and Learning to begin implementation of the Tiered Support System state grant. Schools will have additional resources and support and more fully integrate academics, behavior, and health instruction. Aligning with school improvement, the outcomes of each are critical elements of data, practices, and systematic instruction. The next step is to meet with the Division Leadership Team.
Congratulations to the following Varsity Football players for earning All Bull Run District and Conference 35 Honors:
- Jake Price – 2nd Team All Bull Run District Linebacker
- Chris Smith – 2nd Team All Bull Run District Quarterback, 1st Team All Conference 35 Quarterback
- Isiah Smith – 1st Team All Bull Run District Defensive Back, 1st Team All Conference 35 Defensive Back, 2nd Team All Bull Run District All Purpose, 1st Team All Conference 35 Wide Receiver
- Dre Twyman – 1st Team All Bull Run District Wide Receiver, 1st Team All Conference 35 Wide Receiver
- Bernard Wise – 2nd Team All Bull Run District Defensive Lineman
Congratulations to Megan Shifflett who signed her National Letter of Intent to play Softball at Newberry College on Tuesday November 17th in the MCHS Auditorium in front of her teammates, coaches, family and friends.
Students in Harold Blincoe’s Government class presented their PBL projects last Friday. PBL projects were based on student interest and presented ideas that could benefit middle and high school students. Students utilized data collection and analysis skills data that could make a positive impact at MCHS.
Veteran’s Day Poster Contest: Colonel Lisa Davis presented medals, pins, and certificates to MPS students whose posters won in the Veteran’s Day Poster Contest. She thanked all of the students for participating and certificates were given to them as well. First place winners are Mason Ward, Adi Campos, David Piszker, and Lexi Hamilton. Second and third places winners are: Landen Daniel, Abby Sisk, Enoch Chung, Anna Fincham, Reagan Weakley, Zack Backe, Homer Perez-Romero, and McKenzi Richards.
Observation Process. Paul Leonhard, Office of School Improvement, Mike Coiner, MPS Principal, Joe Kubricki, WYES Principal, and Tina Weaver, Director of Teaching and Learning observed teachers to improve the evaluation process. In particular, the team observed summative and formative assessments. This is part of state requirement as Primary and Waverly are in improvement according to the state.
Alternative Education students give thanks to all Mountaineer Schools for their continuing support by creating a special Thanksgiving Day centerpiece. Each centerpiece will be raffled off at each school for one special staff member.
Students in Claire Keith’s Geometry classes are getting a taste of what it is like to be a teacher. They started their PBL project which answers the driving questions, “How can teachers design lessons that set all students up for success?” Students will work collaboratively to research multiple learning styles and teaching strategies, plan and deliver a lesson, and write a final reflection. This has also been an excellent opportunity for students to utilize the new collaboration stations in the library.
7th grade students in Emily Everard’s and Pattie Rees’s English classes participated in “the bucket activity” this past Monday. This activity ties into one of the biggest events in the novel they are currently reading, A Long Walk to Water, which involves one of the main characters walking to a pond to fetch water for her family that is two hours from her home. She does this twice a day. Students worked in groups to walk a bucket of water around the football field and up and down a hill. Along the way they were met with various situations like those in the novel such as lions and dehydration which caused them to have to backtrack before moving on. It proved to be a challenging activity with many students commenting on how difficult it was. It was also an excellent opportunity for some students to use the new Gopros to document their journey.
A big thanks and shout out to Missy Dillon and Fred Rankin for all of their work on The Transportation Report due last week. Great work Team!
Students at Madison Primary School enjoyed some special Native American activities this past week. Billy B., a talented musician and storyteller, shared information on Native American culture through stories, props, and songs. His focus was the Eastern Woodland peoples, but he spoke briefly to the Lakota and Pueblo groups as well. The students enjoyed singing, dancing, and even some animal calls. Another awesome Native American event was the Second Grade PBL Night. Student groups shared information about their assigned Native American Tribe with parents, school personnel, and the community. We had a super turnout, and the Second Grade Students did a terrific job! Thanks to the Second Grade Team, as well as the Josh’s Class Foundation for planning and providing such exciting events.
The Math SOL for grades 6, 7 & 8 will be a Computer Adaptive Test this year. The DOE has resources available here for students and teachers. Please be sure to see the updated Test Blueprints because the number of items in each tested category has changed and the length of the test is shorter.
Colonial Day. Local community members provided a glimpse of Colonial Virginia to Waverly Yowell 4th graders. Students enjoyed presentations on basket weaving, sewing, paper making, and woodworking.
On Saturday, November 7 the MCHS Varsity Football team and coaches participated in a benefit day/game for 6th grader Ethan. Ethan has childhood cancer. Madison and Greene Youth Football (Ethan played on this team before he was diagnosed with cancer) also participated and played a game. Stanardsville Fire Company brought Ethan to the game on there fire truck. Madison Varsity Football players and coaches presented Ethan with a autographed football. Each player and coach got to shake his hand and give him words of encouragement. Ethan also received gifts from Madison and Greene Youth Football.
The SCA at MCHS was able to purchase 5 Thanksgiving family meals. This purchase was made possible by the students of the high school by donations made during Homecoming week.
Students in MCHS Carrie Sacra’s math class and Moe Weaver’s science class completed a two day project on preparing their own Thanksgiving dinner. The class determined what dishes to serve, recipes to follow, and ingredients and equipment needed. On Tuesday the class went shopping for the ingredients at Food Lion. They used their comparison shopping skills to determine the best value. On Wednesday, the classes used the School Board Office’s kitchen to prepare their meal. They enhanced their skills of measuring with fractions, following recipes, calculating cook time, food prep hygiene, proper table setting, and meal time manners and etiquette. The menu included: Two whole chickens (due to time), homemade mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, macaroni and cheese, deviled eggs, cranberry sauce, gravy, rolls, and two pumpkin desserts. The class would like to thank the following for helping to make the day possible: School Board Office personnel, Missy Dillon, Patty Seale, Krista Tanner, Theresa Jenkins, and Michelle Farmer
MCHS Anatomy students in Lisa Taylor’s class had to design a workout video that used all the muscles in the body. Then they made the video, uploaded and are teaching the rest of the class about the work out. Here is a link to the YouTube video that they created. https://youtu.be/AbQJmQvj24A
Thank you to everyone who helped make this Saturday’s Harvest Dinner such a success. We had over 200 guests and the food was delicious. It was great to see all of our schools coming together to serve our community. Special thanks to Waverly Yowell’s wonderful PTO President (and MCPS Bus Driver) Denice Herman. From family movie nights to Harvest Dinners, she can pull off the impossible. Thank you, Denice!
- February Black History Month
- 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 14 Pi Day
- 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!)