Mountaineer Notes, December 2, 2015

Madison Strong.

 

Happiness comes from our own ability to appreciate the good, the beauty, the love, and the peace that we have, regardless of what does or doesn’t happen to us in life. (Optima Health Thought of the Week)

 

LibraryThanksgiving Reading.  MPS Librarian, Liz Ford, read a Thanksgiving story to Head Start students.  They enjoyed listening to Run, Turkey, Run by Diane Mayr.  They even helped the turkey by chanting, “Run, Turkey, Run!”  This was a nice way to develop a love of books and to gain exposure of what’s to come when they enroll in school next year.

Harvest Dinner.  Supervisor of Food Services Patty Seale, MPS Cafeteria Manager Eddie Jenkins and MCHS Cafeteria Worker Flossie Seale deserve a HUGE shout out.  The Harvest Dinner could have never happened without their help.  They gave up their precious weekend time and jumped right in with smiles.  We are fortunate to have such caring folks.

Tug o WarKindergarten PBL.  Kindergarten students learned about life long ago by playing games that Native Americans played in the past.  A few of the games they enjoyed were tug-o-war, pass the potato, and stick races.  As students rotated through the stations, this project provided students a hands-on opportunity to experience the past.

CTE Advisory.  The Madison County Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee met on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at Madison County High School in the nursing classroom. Jackie Kemp reviewed the nursing program and Joyce Lindsey reviewed the cosmetology program after providing refreshments. The meeting agenda included Workplace Readiness skills, career clusters, Core Craft Certification via Germanna Community College, student interest survey, and Perkins funding.

Good Luck to all our Athletic Teams this winter. All teams start playing this week. Come on out and support the Mountaineers this winter!

Erosion 3Kudos to Waverly art teacher, Katie Gigliotti, for her amazing science lessons that she has been doing with each grade level this year. She really gets the kids engaged with hands-on and kinesthetic activities.

Find out more about Social Security by coming to the School Board Office to view a presentation by Jacob Fleming, our representative from VALIC, next Tuesday, December 8 beginning at 3:45 p.m. at the School Board Office in Room 18.

MCHS CafeA Special Thank You goes out to MCHS school family members Jayne PennHollar, Vickie Lewis, Michelle Farmer, and Jeanette Alexander for setting up flower centerpieces and lunch menus for students in the cafeteria.  The high school has moved from 3 lunch shifts to 4 lunch shifts. 

Interactive Achievement has added an equation editor to its available tools for item creation.  Click here to check it out!

Students at WYES are being given multiple opportunities to show CARING during the month of December.  The annual canned food drive to benefit MESA has started and will run through December 18.  WYES SCA representatives created posters to hang in the building advertising the collection.

K FeastPreschool and Kindergarten students at Madison Primary School enjoyed a bountiful Thanksgiving Feast just before leaving for their Thanksgiving break. Pilgrims and Indians joined together to enjoy some traditional harvest snacks, and a few not so traditional. Thanks to all of the Kindergarten and Preschool Teachers, the Kindergarten and Preschool Instructional Assistants, and parent volunteers who worked so hard to put this event together.

Nov 25 orange butterflies hit the preterit 014Last week students in Jenette Reyes MCHS Spanish 2 classes made orange butterflies and placed them around the school.  This project was based on their study of the Dominican Republic where they learned of the lives of the Mirabal sisters (Patria, Minerva and Mate) who fought for justice and liberation from dictatorship.  The United Nations declared November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in honor of the lives of these sisters. 

One Student Making a HUGE Difference.  WYES 4th grade student, Nick Goering  has spearheaded efforts to raise money for the UVA Children’s Hospital, Jeffrey’s Gift Fund.  This is a group that delivers surprise gift bags for children fighting cancer.  Nick is working with Nicole Keys, WYES School Counselor and his mother, MPS teacher Stephanie Goering to organize the collection.  Please see the attached flyer that Nick created and was sent home with all WYES students.  Donations can be sent to WYES for the collection by December 17.​

Coins for Cancer Flyer

 

Celebration Events

  • 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!)

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