Mountaineer Notes, February 10, 2016

Madison Strong.


It was a rainy day last Wednesday, however students in Kim Adams 6th grade science class were measuring to make rainbows.


2016 Summer School dates are scheduled. Summer school, summer enrichment, SOL remediation, and credit recovery will be held at Waverly Yowell Elementary School from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on the following days:

  • July 11-14 and July 18-21 for all grades (K-12); and
  • July 25-28 for MCHS Students ONLY. Elementary school students will not report this week. Lunch will be served daily with our traditional Thursday cookout for students and staff!

Celebration Events

  • February    Black History Month
  • February    Career and Technical Education Month
  • 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

Waverly Yowell PTO will be hosting the Mountaineer Celebration this Friday, February 12th from 6 to 7:30. Students will be able to decorate a Valentine cookie, make a card, have some popcorn, and duct tape the principal to the wall.

ZachThe Wrestling Team finished 3rd in the Conference 35 tournament. Madison had 4 individual champions, Jalyn Simms (132), Zach Gibson (145), Gabe Farmer (170), and Eric Cashman (285) and 4 runner-ups, Zach Waters (120),  Dalton Dudley (152), Dalyn Montgomery (182) and Joseph Manuel (220). Chase Berry (195) finished 3rd and Rodney Lewis (160) finished 4th. All 10 wrestlers qualify for this weekends Region 2A East Tournament at Wilson Memorial HS beginning on Friday afternoon.

The Swim Team competed in the Bull Run District Tournament last weekend. The Girls team finished 4th and the Boys 6th. Congratulations to the following swimmers for earning All District Honors: Claudia Gohn (1st in 200 IM, 1st in 100 Fly), Rosemarie Mullen (2nd in 50 Free) and the Girls 200 Medley Relay and Girls 400 Free Relay consisting of Claudia Gohn, Rosemarie Mullen, Jeana Grace Kelliher and Alaina Hall both finished 3rd.

Jim NelsonThe Athletic Department honored Mr. Jim Nelson before the boys basketball game with William Monroe on Friday Feb 5th. Mr. Nelson has kept the clock for boys basketball, girls basketball and wrestling at MCHS for over 30 years and will be stepping down after this season. Mr. Nelson has gone above and beyond in his dedication to the athletic department and we wanted to make sure the MCHS community had a chance to show their appreciation as well. MCHS Principal Gary Wintersgill and Athletic Director Phil Warren presented Mr. Nelson with a plaque thanking him for his outstanding service and dedication.

The Wrestling room flooded last week with all the rain and melting snow. A big shout out goes to MCHS teacher and coach Mike Sacra and the Maintenance staff of Earl Keys, Ricky Brockman, Don Elswick and Pete Benson for getting it cleaned up and getting the mats dry so our wrestlers could still use the room for practice.

Chinese FeastAs a culminating activity for their unit of study on China, MPS Second Grade Students enjoyed a delicious Chinese Feast. They ushered in the Year of the Monkey in style with an impressive selection of culinary treats. All students received their own pair of chopsticks, and frankly became quite adept with their use after viewing a short “how to” video. A big THANK YOU goes out to our Second Grade Team for all of their hard work in creating instruction that authentically engages students, and going out of their way to provide this extra special treat.

2016 SkillsUSA District Cosmetology Competition 033Congratulations to Zoe Graves who won 1st place in the SkillsUSA District X Cosmetology Competition held at Triplett Tech on Friday, February 5, 2016.  Counties competing were Shenandoah, Fauquier, Loudoun and Madison. Zoe will now advance to the Virginia State Leadership Conference and Skills Competition in Fredericksburg on April 15-17, 2016.

On Tuesday, Principal Joe Kubrick, Assistant Principal Donald Dodson, and Instructional Coach Jessica Sarver, traveled to Culpeper for Ontrac training.  The presentation was very informative and the new aspects of the software will be beneficial to our school intervention program.  The new components allow easy access to longitudinal data pertaining to state tests, MAP, PALS, and various other district designated benchmark assessments.  This data can now be correlated with proven intervention strategies and monitored for effectiveness in one user friendly program.

PKGoldilocks Continued.  The week following the Goldilocks play, Deborah Atkins, made porridge with the Pre-K classes.  Thanks to her MCEF grant, Cooking up Language, this opportunity was available to these students.  They not only helped mix and measure the ingredients but also were immersed in a real world experience that involves an abundance of language and math.  Of course, they enjoyed a tasty treat as well!

Temp Probe6th and 7th grade science students at WMS experimented with temperature probes last week.  Students compared the temperature of their hands. Students used computer software to graph each students’ temperature which provided statistical data to evaluate.

WIDA Testing continues this week with our ESL students. This week they are working on the Speaking and Reading sections of the test.

Writing SOL testing for 8th and 11th graders is only a month away.  The writing test includes a short paper component requiring students to write to a randomly chosen prompt from the approved list (found here).

Senior GovtSeniors at MCHS were able to participate in a Town Hall assembly with School Board members Barry Penn-Hollar and Karen Allen.  They were joined by Madison Board of Supervisors Kevin McGhee and Charlotte Hoffman.  Seniors were given the opportunity through their government classes to create questions for the panel.  This provided students an opportunity to see what local politics are about and get some answers to questions about Madison and the future of our community.  Senior Speakers



Celebration Events


  • February    Black History Month
  • February    Career and Technical Education Month
  • 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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