Mountaineer Notes, March 9, 2016

Madison Strong.

VSBA Art ContestJoseph Johnson places third in Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Art Contest.  Joseph placed third last evening during the regional School Boards Association meeting in Culpeper.  The VSBA Regional Art Contest was started in 1989 to promote the artistic talents of Virginia’s public school students. For each of the nine VSBA regions, a winner is chosen for the elementary, middle, and high school levels. The winning art is framed and displayed in the offices of the VSBA in Charlottesville and the Richmond offices of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

On Saturday February 28th, the MCHS Forensics team competed at the regional tournament for VHSL  in Prince William County.  12 students qualified for state competition, including:

  • Dramatic Interpretation: Jacob Corbin – 3rd; Jordan Taylor- 1st
  • Humorous Interpretation: Molly Thomas – 3rd; Michael Broyles – 1st
  • Original Oratory: Maggie Young – 3rd; Cameron Powers – 1st
  • Extemporaneous Speaking: Dustin Cone – 1st
  • Prose Interpretations: Scotti Mullen – 2nd
  • Poetry Interpretation: Rebecca Young – 3rd; Bryanna Smith – 2nd
  • Duo Interpretation: David Miller and Taylor Davis – 1st
  • Storytelling: Steven Franklin – 4th place (Could serve as an alternate at states, if 1st-3rd places can’t compete)

Overall Winner of this tournament was MCHS!!  Total of 60 points.

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

Tina Weaver, Director of Teaching and Learning, attended the Region 4 Instructional Leadership Meeting, where Dr. Billy Haun,  VDOE Assistant Superintendent, discussed the new high school initiatives, assessments, and graduation requirements.

Winter AthletesThe Athletic Department held their Winter Sports Banquet on Sunday. In addition to recognizing all winter teams and athletes, each coach also recognized their PCA Sportsmanship winner. The following athletes were honored by their coaches for displaying the most sportsmanship throughout this season:

  • Cheer – Alissa Burgo, Aynsley Lohr, Summer Rice,Tiara Turner
  • Girls Basketball – Angel Rupard
  • Wrestling – Joseph Manuel
  • Girls Swim – Jeana Grace Kelliher
  • Boys Swim – Trevor Geer
  • Boys Basketball – Isaiah Breckenridge

Blue BoxPE teachers at the middle school would like to extend a huge thank you to Joe Novack’s WoodWorking II Team for repairing the uniform loan box.  They sent it in with one bad wheel and it came back with four new legs and supports. 

Food Lion is hosting Waverly Yowell’s Math Night on Monday, March 14th from 6:00 to 8:00. All 3rd through fifth students and families are invited to engage in some real-life math activities. Prizes will also be awarded to participants.

Jump RopeJump Rope for Heart.  A big THANK YOU goes to P.E. Teacher, Ben Breeden, for organizing the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser and celebration.  Students enjoyed jumping rope to music in the gym!  There was lots of jumping – forwards, backwards, and even over the rope on the floor.  The students colored posters that decorated the gym!

WYES Reflex Math Moving Toward 2 Million Facts.  Congratulations to Waverly Yowell Elementary School students for correctly answering 1.85 million math facts using Reflex Math. Students are 30% more fluent with math facts than at the beginning of school. Way to go WYES teachers and students!

Lit Council 1Literacy Council.  Pre-K classes were given the book, Snow Happy.  Pre-K and Head Start classes joined together to hear the story.  Afterwards they made a snowman out of a water bottle.   The literacy council bought four different book titles, so everyone is looking forward to more book activities in the future!

This week is National School Social Worker Week.  Please join me in recognizing our Family Support Worker, Amanda Storvick.  Amanda supports teachers, guidance,  and administration by finding services to help students and their family if needed.   She is often “behind the scenes” working with our most difficult cases in all schools.   Many thanks to Amanda for her diligent work in our schools.


Representatives from Wells Fargo came in to speak with students in 10th grade PE. This is part of a semester long project that the students use steps gained on their pedometers, purchased with a MCEF grant, to gain “virtual” income. They have to do a webquest and get an idea of the cost of living as an adult. They rent apartments, pay utilities, buy vehicles, pay insurance, and buy groceries. Each month the students get raises that are equal to average increase in salary based upon educational level. Most students were in debt after February and Colleen and Michelle spoke to the students about how to deal with debt and how credit cards affect our financial futures.

Windows 2Earth Science students in Lori Mack’s class completed a Topographic Map performance task – students had to create an authentic topo map of their own creation with required elements, and replicate it on the windows in the classroom. 

Windows 1

SOL Writing testing takes place next week at the middle school and high school.  Students will take the multiple choice part on the first day and write a short paper on the second day.  Prompts for the short paper are randomly chosen from an approved list available on the DOE website here.

StricklerCongratulations to both MCHS bands. The Concert Band directed by Alicia Strickler received an “Excellent” rating and the Symphonic Band directed by Mike Allen received a “Superior” rating. Bravo! Allen


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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