Mountaineer Notes, January 20, 2016

Madison Strong.

WilsonCOLLABORATIVE TEACHING! Andrea Wilson did a great job presenting to the faculties of MPS and WYES on the  Collaborative Teaching Model.  Andrea will be invited to an upcoming Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Committee meeting to present this model to parents. 

Weather.  We have been watching weather since Monday.  Please know that Assistant Superintendent Griff Carmichael will be driving the roads at 4am as well as Director of Transportation Mary Eppard and Superintendent Matt Eberhardt.  Also, we have spotters around the country who we rely on for information, and we communicate with state police, VDOT, and local law enforcement.  Additionally, we confer with area school divisions.  We always want to make a decision by 5am.  Hopefully, we will be able to make a call sooner than later.

Budget.  The School Board meets Monday, January 25 at 6pm at the School Board Office to make changes to the recommended budget.  On January 11, the Superintendent presented a budget that included:

  • a 4% raise for all employees
  • no increase in health insurance cost
  • an increase in academic and athletic supplements
  • and, an increase in professional development funding

The meeting is open to the public.

PDInstructional Coaches, Jackie Ovalle and Jessica Sarver, created a stimulating array of professional development choices for teachers on January 19. Sessions included: Google Classroom taught by Rebecca Bader, Peer Assisted Learning Strategy by Jennifer Rehm, SPED Collaboration by Andrea Wilson, Plickers/Cahoot by Jeff Tilbe, Math Response to Intervention by Martha Clements and Jackie Ovalle,  Movement in the Classroom by Jessica Sarver and Jackie Ovalle, Multi Sensory Approach by Cora Chlebnikow, and working with Students Living in Poverty by Tina Weaver. Teachers were welcomed with a light breakfast and phenomenal door prizes.

School Nurses are at the heart of our schools and meet student’s needs all day long.  They are professional, confidential and caring, and we appreciate them! A BIG THANK you to Natalie Barb, Margie Curtis, Melanie Shifflett, and Michelle Young!

K9 2Last Friday, WYES had a very special K9 Team assembly. Students met three talented search and rescue dogs along with their handlers.  Students came away with 2 important things they can do to make K9 Rescue jobs easier if someone is ever lost:

  • Establish a code word with parents so that if a stranger ever approaches, students know they are part of a rescue team and are there to help.
  • Stay in one place! (Moving around may mean the dogs/people have already searched the area that we move to.)

LOTS OF TRANSITIONING!  The MCHS Special Education Team met and discussed Transition Planning for students leaving high school and how to improve this process as well as students who are transitioning into high school.  These teachers spend many hours this time of the school year transitioning students from one semester to the next, collaboratively working with others in the building,  making sure all students have a smooth transition.  Thank you to Stuart Dean, Chandler Rhoads, Carrie Sacra, Rachael Scheinfeld, Mo Weaver and Dean of Students, Jeanette Alexander.

GB 65-66On Friday January 15, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the girls basketball team of 1965-66 that went 18-0 that year. (As a point of reference, there were no regional or state competitions at that time.)  There was a reception in the Wetsel Cafeteria before the girls game against William Monroe that was open to any girls basketball player from that era. About 40 people attended and a plaque was also presented to Mr. Billy Mitchell for over 50 years of service to the Madison Athletic Department.

Jeff Tilbe, WYES 5th grade teacher, will represent Madison’s elementary schools for the Region 4 Alternative Assessment Grant. As a lead teacher, Mr. Tilbe works with Region IV school districts to provide regional planning and professional development on the implementation of performance assessments as local alternative assessment option for SOL’s  that were eliminated. We appreciate his dedication and service.

CrowdOn Tuesday, January 12th, the boys basketball team hosted George Mason in a game that featured the #3 ranked Mustangs and the #4 ranked Mountaineers. These were the last 2 unbeaten teams in Class 2A in the state and the Madison faithful showed up in force for this game. John Berry captured the opening tip that showed the home side of the bleachers in the background. It is a great pic and one that shows off Madison Pride to the extreme. We hope we can fill the stands at our remaining games just like this night.

The Wrestling team competed in the Daily News Leader Invitational on Saturday and placed 7 wrestlers including Dalton Dudley who won the 152 pound division. The following wrestlers placed for the Mountaineers:

  • 120 – Zach Waters – 4th
  • 132 – Jalyn Simms – 3rd
  • 145 – Zach Gibson – 3rd
  • 152 – Dalton Dudley – 1st
  • 195 – Chase Berry – 3rd
  • 220 – Joseph Manuel – 3rd
  • 285 – Eric Cashman – 3rd

DivingBen Dillon competed in the Fork Union Dive Invitational on Friday and qualified for the VHSL State Championship with his performance. Congratulations Ben!

Update on “Coins for Cancer”  WYES’s own Nick Goering helped collect $958 for the kids at UVA’s Children’s Hospital!  What a great and thoughtful way to give back and what a great group of students we have in Madison!  MADISON STRONG!

PALS Testing at MPS.  PALS Testing is almost complete!  Cora Chlebnikow and all classroom teachers have been instrumental in this process.  They have prepared materials, tested children, compiled data, and analyzed results.  This information will be used to determine which students receive Tier 2 reading intervention, how much growth we are seeing, and how we can adjust instruction to meet the needs of our students.  A huge thank you goes out to everyone!

PBL7th grade students in Katie Walker’s Life Science classes presented their PBL projects which answered the driving question, “How can humans be a voice for animals?”  Students used Google slides and eBooks to present on topics such as the Charlottesville SPCA, the Virginia German Shepherd Rescue Program, the Shenandoah National Parks, and alternatives to dissection.  This project tied in with other 7th grade PBL projects which all focused on the theme of “The Voiceless.” 

Outdoor PBL 28th grade students in Devin Milbourne’s Physical Science classes ended the semester with “the egg in the bottle” experiment.  Students worked in collaborative teams to follow a given procedure to get a hard boiled egg into a glass bottle.  The challenge came when they were instructed to get the egg back out of the bottle.  The students were very engaged and it was exciting to see them try all sorts of approaches.  Yes, they eventually determined how to get the egg out. 

Technology Updates

Since winter break, Technology has begun/completed multiple projects throughout the district:

  • Updated all testing machines at MPS, WYES, WMS, and MCHS
  • Updated iPad OS at MPS and WYES
  • Installed projector screen at MCHS gym for Phys. Ed. instruction programs
  • Completed Access Control door system at MPS and Alt-Ed, currently working on SBO
  • Began the scheduling process of E-Rate additions (Firewalls, switches, backup batteries, etc.)
  • Installed WIDA testing server and software on student machines for future testing
  • Completed 125+ tech requests
  • Set up video display of winter sports in WMS concession stand
  • Installed W!SE Testing browser on CTE machines at MCHS
  • Added M.O.T.W. category to and created Madison Athetics Facebook page in partner with Phil Warren
  • Installed Weatherbug system at WMS (with help from Maintenance department and Pam Nelson)

The tech department would also like to thank the following:

  • MCHS and WMS guidance departments for assistance in SOL testing
  • Tina Cropp and Dr.Eberhardt with assisting in Security and E-Rate projects
  • Madison Strong for coordinating Dodgeball Game and lunch
  • Ana Barros and her persistent work with members of the Varsity Basketball team

JugglerMadison Primary School hosted its annual Mother-Son Event this past Friday, and it was a resounding success. Jason the Juggler performed some amazing feats to the delight of the wide-eyed students and their guests. After the show, students had the opportunity to for some hands-on practice with Jason and his apprentice, and every child left with the balloon creature of their choosing. A big THANK YOU to the MPS PTO for organizing and overseeing the event. We are looking forward to our Father-Daughter Princess Ball next month.

The following MCHS staff members were awarded grants from the Madison County Education Foundation:

  • Mark Arrington, “Making Cents of Pedometers”
  • Anna Barros, “Rural American Students Experiencing Diversity Through Music and Dance” Julie Heffron and Alecia Hamm “ It’s a No Brainer”
  • Gigi Kay and Jennifer Brockman, “Visit from Henry Cole”
  • Lisa Taylor and Lori Mack, “A New Bird Species”
  • Gary Wintersgill, “Brains on Bikes”.  

The high School would like to thank the MCEF for their continued support for our school.

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Elf John Barnes delivered the annual donation of block sets from Joe Novack’s Woodworking I class to help fill space under Madison County Social Services tree. Over the years MCHS students have donated over 500 block sets to MC Social Services!

HefronMCHS Chemistry teacher Julie Heffron made a bet with her Chemistry class.  With a 100% pass rate on their SOL test, Julie agreed to dress as a clown for the day.

SOL testing continues at the high school next week with Expedited Retakes for students who have passed the class but scored 375-399 on the first attempt.

WIDA testing begins with our ESL students next week and is ONLINE for the first time. Many thanks to Sam Utz and Shawn McDonough for completing all the server setup and installations on testing computers to make this possible.

Blue HairThe SCA at MCHS put on a canned food drive for the holidays.  The goal was to collect 1000 cans.  At the 500 can mark Beth Wilson agreed to dye her hair blue and Steve Shilan agreed to do the same at 1000 cans.  The students hit the goal and donated over 1000 cans of food to MESA.

Seniors from Jennifer Brockman’s English class read their children’s books to Rachael Sheinfeld’s class.  The seniors both wrote and illustrated an original story as part of this project.

SeniorsIA OnTRAC has created a new iTest Preview feature. It allows you to quickly preview your assessments as a student would see them, with the click of a button. The icon you’ll use to preview your assessment is a blue star with a looking glass just to the right of the assessment title.

Teachers from WYES celebrated Lula Marks’ retirement at the Madison Inn on Saturday, January 16th. She was presented a Clore rocking chair as a retirement gift. Lula served Madison County Public Schools for 42 years!

Dodgeball Tournament.  Approximately 30 people competed in the Faculty and Staff Dodgeball Game last Friday (with another 40 cheerleaders/observers).  The 30 participants played on three teams – each team winning two games.  The judges ruled the Blue Team as TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSThe Blue Team consisted of:

  • Marissa Basile – Wetsel
  • Matt Eberhardt – SBO
  • Patrick Jennings – Waverly
  • Jacob Houser – Wetsel
  • Joe Kubriki – Waverly
  • Matt Resnick – Wetsel
  • Fran Roebuck – Primary
  • Alicia Strickler – Wetsel/MCHS
  • Angela Theimann – Alt Ed
  • Sam Utz – SBO

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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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