Mountaineer Notes, January 13, 2016

Madison Strong.

MPS Safety PatrolInaugural Safety Patrol Established at MPS. As a part of our continuing efforts to establish and maintain a safe and nurturing learning environment, as well as to recognize students for their contributions to this goal, Madison Primary School has developed a student safety patrol. The students who are chosen for this honor are those who have demonstrated the individual qualities identified in our “Bucket Filler Program”. Our young “officers” are coached to distribute “bucket slips” to students who demonstrate positive behavior, and not to try to intervene in or change inappropriate behavior on their own. A big THANK YOU to our Safety Committee for organizing and implementing this program, and to our Super Second Graders for their contributions as well.

Junior BETA.  Christy Black, WMS Junior BETA sponsor, is leading thirty-two 8th graders who have adopted Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville as their philanthropic focus.  A soda tab drive is raising funds for the house and members will serve dinner in March.  Also in March, the Beta Club will take a field trip to Richmond where they will visit the science center and museum.

Rehm GelbertStrickler (1)WMS Teachers receive MCEF Grants. Tori Gelbert and Jennifer Rehm received funds to put towards purchasing books, magazine subscriptions, and book store gift cards as awards for their Reading BINGO program.  Band teacher, Alicia Stricker, will use hers towards a tablet and app which will allow her students to produce their own music and then have fellow classmates perform it.  Congratulations to all recipients and a huge thank you to the education foundation for making these grants possible. 

Waverly Yowell will be having their end-of-the-nine weeks celebration this Friday, January 15th. The celebration includes: recognizing clubs, chorus, canned food drive, coins for cancer, positive referrals, caring/empathy, perfect attendance, minute to win it games. The celebration will conclude with one class from each grade level receiving a trophy based on points accumulated throughout the nine week grading period.

District VTSS. The first Virginia Tiered Systems of Support district team meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 14. District members are Dr. Eberhardt, Mrs. Lohr, Mr. Stanton, Mrs. Weaver, Mr. Coiner, Ms. Alexander, Mrs. Gohn, Mrs. Thiemann, Mr. Taylor, Mr. Kubricki, Mr. Wintersgill, Mrs. Ovalle, Mrs. Rehm, Mrs. Sarver and Mrs. Penn-Hollar. State coaches will lead the meeting.

DI MascotDestination Imagination.  Second grade teacher, Beth Dickey, has formed a group of students for DI.  The second grade students include:  Hailey Ignaszewski, Caroline Wright, Jonah Adams, Eli Myers, Homer Perez-Romero, Lydia Brockman, and Zach Backe.  After signing agreements, they formed a team name.  Watch out for the Lightning Cheetahs as they problem solve and work through challenges collaboratively.  In an effort to prepare for a competition in February, they execute instant challenges daily.  They are given certain materials and a task that has to be finished in a certain amount of time.  They are also preparing for the big challenge at the tournament.  They will tell about a journey, so they need to determine what props are needed, create a chant, select characters, write a story, make a map that includes a compass rose and map key, and get costumes.  What a fun way to learn how to problem solve and work with others!  Good luck Lightning Cheetahs!!

This week in 3rd grade, students are reading about police dogs in their weekly Journey’s lesson.  To accompany the lesson, all 3rd grade students will be treated to a K-9 demonstration on Friday January 15 in the Waverly gymnasium.  The students are extremely excited to see these wonderful animals in actions. A big thank you to Mrs. Rebecca Bader and 3rd grade student Caden Burnside for organizing the event.

Writer’s Eye Winners.  This past October, MCHS English teachers Becca LaVoie, Gail Temple, and Geoff Morrell took their Grade 9 English classes to the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia to view the exhibits coordinated with the Museum’s annual Writer’s Eye contest, a “literary competition that challenges writers of all ages, from 3rd grade through adults, to use visual art as inspiration for the creation of original poetry and prose.” A number of MCHS students submitted their work and we have recently been informed that two of our students, Marcus Poisel and Olivia Young, placed second and third, respectively, in the high school poetry division out of 233 submissions.

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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