Mountaineer Notes, December 16, 2015

Madison Strong.


Retired Teachers Return to Provide Tutoring to Scholar Athletes.  We are very fortunate to have great tutors in Ann Dean (Math), Janet Drumheller (English), and Jack Melone (Science) who have graciously agreed to give their time to assist our Varsity and JV Basketball teams in after school study halls.  Thank you to MCHS teacher Gail Temple for arranging.

Mountaineer DoorMCHS teacher Cheryl Paramore’s computer classes have gotten in the holiday spirit by designing a CD snowman for their door decoration! 

Congrats to Wetsel Middle School’s Elijah Priest (1st chair on Timpani) and Jonah Clatterbuck (3rd Chair Trumpet) for making the All District Band! District 13 stretches from Culpeper down the 29 corridor to Amherst, and out East to Orange, Louisa, Fluvanna and Buckingham. Elijah and Jonah will be traveling to Monticello High School on February 5 and 6 to rehearse with the band and a guest conductor. They will perform a concert on February 6 after just a day and a half of rehearsal.

Congrats to Sophie Adams and Nicholas Coates on their awards for their Veteran’s Day projects at Wetsel. They were given their award at the Wetsel Gives Thanks Assembly and applauded by all on their great work.

??????????????Cathy Mills, WYES Attendance Secretary, is helping spread Christmas cheer by providing T-shirts to teachers for answering riddles, trivia questions, and participating in other fun holiday games.  Teachers have enjoyed the 12 T-Shirts of Christmas and we are truly lucky to have Mrs. Mills as part of our Waverly family.

Congratulations to Rashawn Turner who was selected as the Charlottesville Newsplex Athlete of the Week. Be sure to watch CBS 19 on Thursday night to see Rashawn’s interview with Coach Devin Milbourne.

Congratulations to Coach Ben Breeden and the Boys Varsity Basketball team for starting the season 5-0. They open up district play this week at Clarke County on December 15 and at Rappahannock on December 17. The next home game is Tuesday December 22 vs Central Woodstock.

Congratulations to Eric Cashman for going 5-0 at the Wilson Memorial Wrestling Invitational on Saturday December 12.

Congratulations to Alaina Hall (50 Free), Dale McNamara (100 Free) and the Boys 400 Free Relay team of Christian Chada, Ben Dillon, Grayson Wood and Dale McNamara. All these swimmers placed 1st in their opening meet of the year at Manassas Park on Saturday against William Monroe and Strasburg.

WYES Code 2All Waverly Yowell Elementary students participated in the Hour of Code last week to celebrate Computer Science Education Week.  WYES students have been working on Hour of Code lessons with media specialist Samantha Tucker since the beginning of the year, but they were very excited to see a new Minecraft lesson that was released just in time for Computer Science Education Week. WYES Code 1

Destination Imagination returns to MPS. Beth Dickey, MPS Gifted Coordinator, is recruiting a team to participate in Destination Imagination. Challenges are designed to foster creativity, curiosity, courage, and cooperation. The competition is scheduled for late February 2016.

Response to Intervention Required Course.  JMU instructors, Drs. Ray Rodriguez and Laura Desportes, are working with JMU course schedulers to input the 2016 spring offering. As soon as the course is approved, MCPS teachers will receive an email with scheduling and registration details. A late summer course will be scheduled for MCPS first year teachers. The MultiTiered Systems of Support course is timely with the initiation of the Virginia Tiered Systems of Support grant implementation.

Primary CodingMPS Hour of Code.  MPS students have enjoyed their first experience with the Hour of Code!  They began by manipulating the mouse and making pieces “snap”.  Then they played a version of Angry Birds.  Kindergarten and Second grade students worked in pairs using cardinal directions to have the bird capture the pig.  First grade students played the same games but had the choice to work independently or in pairs.  Pictured are first grade students, Jenna Kate Tanner and Evelyn Newcomb, playing Angry Birds Maze.  This was a great introduction into the world of computer science!

Pattie Rees, Marissa Basile, Kim Adams and Jen Rehm presented Wetsel’s RTI program at Monday’s School Board Meeting. Jen presented the program overview. Pattie, Marissa, and Kim used their classroom data to showcase how the program works in their classes. Their presentation using google spreadsheets showed how each student either receives enrichment, small group or individual attention three times per week for 45 minutes.  Each class has used SOL data to break down skills for their students throughout the year. Thank you ladies for a wonderful presentation.

Casey ClausSpecial Visitor at MPS. With the holidays quickly approaching, the MPS Kindergarten Team organized and facilitated a special night for students. All students were invited in to hear several renditions of the classic “Gingerbread Man”. Following the read alouds, a certain Jolly Old Elf made an appearance as well, and took many special orders from the excited youngsters. All children ended the evening with a candy cane treat and a copy of the book Gingerbread Pirate.  A big thank you goes out to our Kindergarten Team for all of their hard work, our MPS PTO for providing the books for all of the children, and Casey “Kris Kringle” Stanton for his support of the program. K PAWS






Author, David Shockley II, paid a visit to MCHS and Madison Primary.  He spoke to several students from the high school about becoming a writer and answered many of their questions.  At the Primary school, he read to one of the Kindergarten classes. Thanks to Gigi Kay and Krista Tanner for organizing this visit for our students.

On Tuesday, December 15th the WYES Theater Arts Club performed an adaptation of Eric Carle’s “The Grouchy Ladybug” in the Waverly cafeteria for staff and family members. The play was performed by fifteen 3rd graders and was directed by 3rd grade teachers Ali Allamon and Kristin Bishop.


Congratulations to the following MCHS students who will represent Madison County at All-District Band in February.  Students were selected by audition this past weekend from all of the schools public and private in Culpeper, Orange, Madison, Greene, Albemarle, Charlottesville, Nelson, Amherst, Buckingham, Louisa, and Fluvanna.

  • Meghan Ward – Clarinet
  • Tori Walker – Trumpet
  • Dale McNamara – Trumpet
  • Damon Stone – Bass Trombone
  • Mckenzie Love – Euphonium
  • Kathy Dyer – Euphonium
  • Hutch Fisher – Tuba
  • Joseph Phillips – Tuba

Mickenzie Love finished 1st chair euphonium for the entire district!  This is the 3rd year in a row that she will represent our district and audition for All-Virginia Band in February.

Davis CodeStudents in Mary Davis’ first block spent some time engaged in some coding–Minecraft, Star Wars, Code with Anna and Elsa.



Peace on Earth

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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