Mountaineer Notes, January 6, 2016

Madison Strong.

Learner’s Permit Testing Offered at MCHS. Mike Sacra, PE Department Chair, partnered with the Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles to offer MCPS qualifying students the opportunity to test at school. Testing is scheduled on campus during Mountain Time. Nine students tested in December. A huge thank you to Mr. Sacra for this convenient option.

One Million Correct Answers. Waverly Yowell Elementary students have correctly answered over one million math problems using Reflex Math. Reflex is an online program reinforcing basic mathematical computation. Reflex math is also used as an intensive intervention for students who lack fluency. Congratulations WYES students. Keep up the impressive work.

Congratulations to the following fall athletes for being named to the All ScrimmagePlay magazine All Fall teams:

  • Jeana Grace Kelliher (Volleyball Honorable Mention)
  • Isiah Smith (Football – 1st Team Wide Receiver)
  • Rashawn Turner (1st Team Cross Country)
  • Alexa Waga (Volleyball Honorable Mention)

Congratulations to the Boys Varsity Basketball team for their 11-0 start to the season. The next home game is Thursday January 7 vs Bull Run District foe Strasburg. Come on out and support the Mountaineers!

Congratulations to Zach Waters and Dalton Dudley who both went 5-0 on Saturday at Eastern Views David Brown Memorial Wrestling Invitational. Great Job guys!!!

Primary HolidayMPS Festive Visitors.  Christmas stories that intrigued MPS Kindergarten students were read by MCHS Sophomores.  Our little ones were excited to have guest readers before the holiday.  Both groups of students were very polite and enjoyed spending time together.  Our guests are pictured below.  They are:  Skyler Dougher, Claudia Gohn, Nina Lyong, Victoria Hertenstein, Hanah Woodward, and Morgan Paramore.

Students in Wetsel’s 6th, 7th, and 8th grade bands performed for the entire school the day before winter break.  It was amazing the see the progression throughout each grade level.  They were all extremely impressive and even band teacher, Alicia Strickler, had a solo.

A WilsonHigher Order Thinking Skills.  Andrea Wilson, MPS Special Education teacher, shared her holiday homework with staff. Creating a video, Andrea demonstrated the use of Higher Order Thinking Strips. Contact Andrea for the pdf of higher order thinking strips.

Waverly Yowell guidance counselor, Nicole Keys, was contacted last month by a community member, Duane Tooley.  Mr. Tooley runs a nonprofit group, the Jaida Tooley Memorial Fund, in honor of his 9-year-old daughter who died from heart disease.  The group purchased 30 pairs of shoes for students in need at WYES.  Mrs. Keys handed out the wrapped shoes to students Friday prior to leaving for break.  Please read about Jaida’s story here:

WYES Can Food Drive.  WYES students brought in 1,151 canned food items to donate to MESA in December.  As promised, WYES Principal Joe Kubricki and Assistant Principal Donald Dodson wore glitter in their beards on Friday, December 18th to celebrate the students bringing in over 1,000 cans.  Waverly Beards

Waverly Yowell 4th grader, Nick Goering, organized a coins for cancer drive in December. As a school, over $900 was raised for UVA. We are so proud of Nick and his desire to help others.

MCHS students in Shannon Johnston’s BRVGS class, along with 3 Greene students, participated in a contest called “History’s Got Talent” and won the website competition for BRVGS. Congratulations to Noah McGhee, Dalton Taylor, and Andrew Dwyer whose website on Medieval Europe was selected as the winner of the Greene-Madison cohort!

MCEF Recipients 2016MPS Teachers honored with MCEF grants. A number of teachers at Madison Primary School were awarded MCEF grants this year. Jackie Ovalle, along with some funding help from Dr. Eberhardt, will create a Science Closet that houses instructional materials for teacher check-out. Deborah Atkins and the Preschool Team will use cooking projects to teach and reinforce math skills and following multistep directions. Melanie Ellyson and Liz Ford received a grant to bolster bilingual literature choices in the library, and the Preschool Team was awarded funding to take on a project to create pinch pots with their students. Congratulations to all, and a big thank you to the Madison County Education Foundation for funding these  grants each year.

NCLB has been replaced by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  To learn more, visit the US Dept of Ed webpage for ESSA.

Non-writing SOL testing begins this week at MCHS and will continue next week at Wetsel Middle School.

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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