Mountaineer Notes, March 2, 2016

Madison Strong.

American HerosWetsel Middle School’s Garriett Riley won 1st place in the 2016 American Legion Post Black History Month Tuskegee Airmen Red Tails of WWII competition. Congratulations Garriett!

WMS PE had All-Star Basketball games on Friday for each of their classes. “A” day students played against “B” day classes in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Students were voted by their peers to play in the All-Star game. It was a great time and teachers came out and cheered on their students.  Wetsel 1


Celebration Events

  • March      Music in Our Schools Month
  • March      Youth Art Month
  • March 4      MPS Jump Rope for Heart
  • March 7-11     National School Breakfast Week
  • March 14    Pi Day
  • March 21        World Down Syndrome Awareness Day

Cookie MentosWYES 5th graders in Mike Jennings class experimented with caffeinated drinks to discover the effects of adding items such as mentos, salt, and baking soda.  The students explained their findings using scientific terms such as gas expansion, chemical reaction, and volume.  The mentos and diet coke experiment caused quite a stir among the students. 

Jeff Tilbe’s 5th Grade Language Arts class decided to celebrate positive behavior and friendships by leaving each other notes on a poster board created in the hallway.  Students can publicly thank another student for helping them on a difficult assignment or acknowledge another student’s perseverance in pushing through a tough situation.  Students have responded well to this positive reinforcement from their peers. Postive Bulletine Board


Seeking Grants.  Heidi Lohr, Supervisor of Student Services, submitted a grant to the VDOE Parent Resource Center requesting $3000 for transition services to assist special education students, parents, and case managers. The grant would allow for a transition specialist to consult directly with students and parents to plan for services following high school. Tina Weaver, Director of Teaching and Learning, submitted a grant requesting $500 from the Virginia Association of Gifted and Talented for summer school supplies and materials for gifted students. Both grants directly support student achievement and services.

JarrodJarrod Tanner is piloting Math Talk with his Algebra students. Math Talk provides students an opportunity for deeper understanding through communication in math. Individually or in groups, students articulate and defend their ideas and analyze the reasoning of others through conversation. Students cannot use pen or paper throughout the process. The class learns that problems can be solved in many different ways.

First Grade PBL.  First grade just completed their 2nd PBL Project!  The driving question was:  How does an animal adapt to its environment?   Students selected a habitat and researched an animal that lives in that location.  They created the habitat, used model magic to form the animal, and presented their project.  Students enjoyed explaining:  the type of home, body coverings, appendages, how the animal moves, and if it is tame or wild.   PBL Animals

MCHS Faculty and Staff would like to thank Jayne Penn Hollar for her work with Ben Sherman from Germanna Community College and the Core Craft Skills initiative at MCHS. Students who successfully complete this program will be able to use their acquired knowledge and skills for Career and Technical Education careers beyond high school.

RJ 2In order to make the podiums, the woodworking students in Joe Novack’s class needed some basic measurements and so they borrowed a podium from RJ Nobblitt.  After seeing the level of disrepair, students decided to give the podium an overhaul.  They built a “cam shaft” from plumbing pipe and wood and used an old brake rotor for the base.  They finished it off with a custom top for RJ Nobblitt

BRVGS Seniors Racing Toward the End.  MCHS BRVGS seniors are finalizing their senior year preparing for senior presentations and exhibitions.Senior Presentations are scheduled for April 11 in the MCHS Library and the Senior Expo is May 13 at the Orange School Board Office from 10:00-12:30. we wish our BRVGS seniors wonderful culminating experiences.

Jen and TaylorTaylor Aylor and Jen Rehm are piloting Reciprocal Teaching in Taylor’s classroom. Reciprocal refers to an instructional activity in which students become the teacher in small group reading sessions. Jen and Taylor model, then help students learn to guide group discussions using four strategies: summarizing, questioning, clarifying, and predicting. The class is reading a book entitled, The Stranger, as they delved into learning the process.

Coffee CartThe coffee cart is back at Wetsel.  Every other Friday, students in Taylor Aylor’s classroom push a cart through the hallways selling coffees, teas, hot chocolates, and goodies.  Students use this experience to work on real world math skills. 


Madison Primary School enjoyed a visit from our School Board this past Friday, and our student ambassadors did a wonderful job of making them feel welcome, and guiding them around to each part of the school. A big thank you to second graders Antonio Ovalle, Brighton Johnson, Riley Cook, and Donovan Griffith. Super job! Also a thank you to Karen Organ-Lohr for organizing the event. School Board 2-26Band 1

The MCHS Symphonic Band traveled to a workshop at The University of Virginia.  Band students performed for the UVA directors and then worked with them in small groups.  This workshop was one of the steps in getting prepared for the VBODA Concert Band Assessment.  Madison was one of 10 bands from around the state that were invited to come to UVA to work with Dr. Pease, Dr. Koch, and Dr. Idzier.  This year’s assessment will be held at Fluvanna County HS on March 4.  The Concert Band performs at 6:00 PM and the Symphonic Band performs at 6:40 PM.  In addition, MCHS alumnus Daniel Upton will be one of the assessment judges.       

PodiumStudents from Joe Novack’s woodworking class made reading podiums for Wetsel Middle School.  The podiums will be used by Gena Couch’s students.  Kathleen Dodson was the forewoman on the project.

Celebration Events

  • March      Music in Our Schools Month
  • March      Youth Art Month
  • March 7-11     National School Breakfast Week
  • March 14    Pi Day
  • March 21        World Down Syndrome Awareness Day
  • 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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