Mountaineer Notes, February 3, 2016

Madison Strong.

Upcoming Events

  • February    Black History Month
  • February    Career and Technical Education Month
  • February 1-5     National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week.  MCPS has the BEST counselors of any school system in Virginia.  Our school counselors are caring and thoughtful and are the heartbeat of each school: Karen Organ-Lohr, Nicole Keys, Erin O’Leary, Corey Rudd, Celinda Bailey, and Hilary Stanton. We have also been fortunate to have two interns working with with us the first semester,  Aaron Blount, UVa at WYES and Kiera Guralnik, UVa at WMS.  Thanks also to all of our TDT counselors, Brian Duncan, MPS, Mandy Walker, WYES, Keith Hope, WMS, Lisa Calleje, Alt Ed., Reed Middlemas, MCHS.  Please take a moment to say “THANKS!”  to your school counselors this week!  

SledSnow Day at MPS.  Parents and students love MPS so much that they even visit on a day off.  Children enjoy sledding down the steep hills in front of the school, tobogganing like a penguin if there isn’t a sled, throwing snowballs, and climbing the “mountains” of snow. (1 pic)

Calculator Needs.  Wetsel Middle School and Madison County High School will receive 50 new  Casio FX9750I graphing calculators to replenish and update supplies for math students. Mary Davis, MCHS Math Department Chair, organized the inventory management.    


CTE ProclamationCTE Month.  Governor Terry McAuliffe has designated February as Career and Technical Education Month. Madison High School offers many opportunities for students to explore various careers through extensive coursework. Courses will be highlighted February 18 at the Career Fair.

Snow DayMadison Primary School would like to recognize the Maintenance Crew for all of their hard work after the recent snow storm. The parking lots and sidewalks at MPS look great, as I’m sure is the case at the other schools as well. That was an incredible amount of work for a small number of men, and you gentlemen are truly appreciated!

Erin O’Leary and Tori Gelbert spent their snow days creating PSAT/SAT brochures as well as a National Merit Scholar pamphlet that will be distributed to 8th grade students at Wetsel. This year marks the revamped and “New SAT” for students taking the test next year. They created the brochure to show the differences between the two tests as well as to show how to become a National Merit finalist. It also provides resources for parents and students to use to become more familiar with both tests. Thank you, Erin and Tori.

littlebitsStudents in Samantha Tucker’s STEM Class at Waverly Yowell enjoy a lesson on Littlebits.  Students are exposed to simple electrical components and work together to build timers, fans, and other basic electronic devices.

WYES GuidanceA huge thank you to the guidance department at Wetsel Middle School.  Corey Rudd, Erin O’Leary and Kiera Guralnik do an amazing job every day with our students and we are so lucky to have them.

MS ReadingAs part of the Reading BINGO program at Wetsel, a “Look What We are Reading” board has been created outside of the library.  Students can fulfill a BINGO square by recommending books.  The board is also a useful tool for students to use during their library visit when looking for their next read.

WYES SleddingThis past Friday after school several Waverly Yowell teachers and family members took advantage of all the snow left behind from Jonas and went sledding on the hill behind Waverly.

MCHS Faculty and Staff would like to thank the Maintenance and Custodial staff for their hard work and dedication to maintaining the grounds and facilities during the most recent snow storm.  Maintenance and custodial staff worked diligently to ensure that students and staff were able to come back to a safe school environment.

GoldilocksGoldilocks and the Three Bears.   Jennifer Taylor, Cindy Pattie, Lori Kaiser, Amanda Campbell, and Deborah Atkins performed the play, Goldilocks and the Three Bears for all Pre-K and Head Start classes.  The MPS stage was transformed into the house and the actors wore costumes that accurately portrayed their characters.  The children thoroughly enjoyed watching the teachers act out a well-loved story.  During the days following the play, the teachers are going to read other versions of this story, such as Somebody and the Three Blairs. (1 pic)

SnowwomenStudents and teachers at Madison Primary School enjoyed the return of our positive behavior assembly after missing last week due to weather. Teachers modeled teamwork for students as they worked together to create snowmen, actually snowwomen. Pictured is Natalie Barb assisting Sarah Jenkins and Andrea Wilson with their transformation.

Just before the big snow storm, the MCHS counseling department hosted a workshop for parents and students on completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  It is the key to all federal financial aid including grants, work-study and student loans.  A representative from Germanna Community College joined Celinda Bailey and Hillary Stanton to help parents learn about this application process.

MCHS would like to thank the Madison Education Foundation for their generosity and dedication to our students.  Two stationary bikes were purchased for the library so students can move while working on their laptops or while reading.  It is an opportunity to combine some exercise with academics.  Students and staff can take advantage of this when time allows.

This week and every week the guidance department at MCHS works to help our students succeed in school and prepare for what comes next.  Their time and effort does not go unnoticed and a huge “Thank You” goes out to Celinda Bailey, Hilary Stanton, Vickie Lewis, and Jaylyn Stahl.

Celebration Events

  • January 24-30    Virginia School Principals Week
  • 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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