Mountaineer Notes, March 16, 2016

Madison Strong.

VCFL MarchForensics, State Champions.  On Saturday, March 12, Madison triumphed in the Virginia Catholic Forensic League (VCFL) State Tournament.  The Mountaineers took first overall in Speech and were awarded the 2015-2016 VCFL Championship.

At least one Madison student advanced to the final round in each event entered.

Four Mountaineers were named VCFL state champions.  There were Jordan Taylor in Dramatic Performance; Autumn Chasse and Rebecca Young in Duo Interpretations; and, Camryn Powers in Original Oratory.

In addition, the following placed at the state level:

  • In Extemporaneous Speaking, Dustin Cone placed 2nd;
  • In Dramatic Performance, Steven Franklin placed 4th, Molly Thomas placed 2nd,
  • Taylor Davis and David Miller took 5th place in Duo Interpretation,
  • In Oral Interpretation, Scotti Mullen took 5th place and qualified for the national tournament, Rebecca Young placed 4th, and Bryanna Smith took 2nd place

All students above qualified for the national tournament in Sacramento, CA this May.

The team is led by Wetsel teachers Emily Everard and Kellie Mason and MCHS teacher Josh Thompson.

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

gratitude chain5th graders just had their final mindfulness lesson with professors from JMU.  This was a three-year project funded by the Madison County Education Foundation (MCEF) and led by Nicole Keys, School Counselor.  Over the past three years students have been taught mindful breathing, mindful listening, parts of their brain and their functions (amygdala, hippocampus, and the prefrontal cortex).  Lessons have centered around emotional awareness, coping strategies and strengthening the brain through mindfulness strategies.  This year’s lesson taught the students about the benefits of practicing gratitude and how the brain releases dopamine when focus is put on practicing gratitude.   Lessons started in 3rd grade and each year the grade level teachers received their own mindfulness training from the JMU professors.  As part of the MCEF grant teachers were given a copy of the book Mind UP, by Scholastic, which has a variety of mindfulness lessons.  At this point all three grade levels of teachers have been trained and most are using mindful breathing or other focused attention strategies in their classrooms.

Math NightOn Monday, March 14, students, parents, and faculty from Waverly Yowell met at Food Lion to celebrate PI Day and practice Math skills while grocery shopping.  Each student was provided with a grade level specific Math sheet that posed questions related to previously learned material.  This real life use of Math was a huge hit for the students and many parents expressed their enjoyment.  A special thank you to Food Lion for hosting our gathering and Brittney Nadratowski for organizing the event.

Please acknowledge with us, Down Syndrome Awareness Day, on Monday, March 21st.  Down Syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome – about 6,000 each year. – See more at: http://www.ndss.org/Down-Syndrome/Down-Syndrome-Facts/#sthash.

Reading BingoStudents at Wetsel are winning big with Reading BINGO.  As of today there have been 53 students who have earned themselves gift cards to Barnes and Noble.  They win Bingo by reading a variety of books and completing reading activities.  Pictured below are some of the most recent recipients.

  • Sixth graders: Jordan Figgins, Anna Morris, Catherine Young, and Brooklyn Harris
  • Seventh graders: Madison Burch, Kylee Schoolcraft, Tyler Boyd, and Taylor Geer 

WMS Awards 1 WMS Awards 2

 

 

 

 

 

Last week, the MCPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) Advisory Committee met to review the 2014-2015 CTE Performance Standards for Madison County including the use of CanDo for state reporting and Secondary Placement Transition Rate, and Nontraditional CTE enrollment. The 2016-2017 Madison County Perkins Plan was discussed and will include funding requests for computers, software updates, digital balance scales, and professional development. MCHS CTE Department Chair Jayne Penn Hollar discussed Industry Credentialing pass rates and data.  Mrs. Penn Hollar discussed the new CTE industry credential requirement for students pursuing a standard diploma beginning with the class of 2017. MCHS currently has 7 students participating in  the Germanna Community College Core Craft Skills initiative. Members present were Helen Cauthen, Sharon Taylor, Jackie Kemp, Nathan Kline, Krista Tanner, Cathy McGhee, Allan McLearan, Robert Noblitt, Joe Novack, Jaylyn Stahl, Laura Daniel, Carol Chesney, Tim Konhaus, Celinda Bailey, Joyce Lindsey, Jayne Penn Hollar, Tina Weaver and Jason Allison.

Pi BraceletPi Day.  Stephanie Goering’s first grade class celebrated Albert Einstein’s birthday and Pi Day!  They began by listening to a biography about Einstein.  Next they dove into math by measuring the circumference of objects in the room.  They also saw and colored the symbol of pi.  In order to see the digits that make pi, they made a color-coded bracelet.  Once each digit was assigned a color, the stringing began!  Students seen displaying their bracelets are:  Gabriel Bright, Emily Danuser, Ava Hawkins, Holland Lohr, and Joshua Sarver.  What a great day – literature, famous people, math, and art!

In honor of Pi Day (March 14th) Chelsea Taylor’s Advanced Math class and Ryan Rakow’s AFDA classes have been working on a series of pi day projects. The students worked in groups of two to complete one of the following projects:

  • Pi Day Short StoryPi day T-shirt
  • Pi Day Posters
  • Pi Day Scavenger Hunt
  • Pi Day Board Game
  • Pi Day Video

 

In addition, the math department provided pie for the staff to enjoy at lunch. Below are pictures of the board games created, and the T-shirt designs that the students created.

Special thanks to Director of Assessment, Accountability and Accreditation Shelby Gohn for presenting “Accommodations for SOL Testing” last week for all of our Special Educators. Shelby presented the newest accommodations as well as reviewing State requirements for SOL testing.

Destination ImaginationSecond Grade students at Madison Primary School recently competed in the annual Destination Imagination competition at Western Albemarle High School, and did just a fantastic job. In fact, they were presented with their “Instant Challenge” and completed their assigned task faster than any other group in the competition! Participants are pictured here presenting the play that they wrote and directed to classmates at MPS. A big THANK YOU to Beth Dickey for sponsoring the group, and working so hard to make the experience rewarding for the students.

Instructional coaches, Jackie Ovalle, Jayne Penn Hollar, Jennifer Rehm, and Jessica Sarver met with Tina Weaver, Director of Teaching and Learning to plan professional development activities on April 15, August 9, and June 2016. Discussion included speakers, teacher needs, flex days, new teacher orientation, and Tier II interventions.

????????????????????????????????????Thanks to a grant from the Madison County Education Foundation, students and staff alike  enjoyed award winning author and illustrator, Henry Cole. He spoke to students about how he became an author/illustrator and how he perseveres through multiple revisions when writing a book. Mr. Cole impressed all who were present with his drawing set to music. He spent over an hour with Jennifer Brockman’s Senior English class who are rewriting/illustrating familiar stories from a different

????????????????????????????????????character’s point of view. Some were so well written, Mr. Cole offered to illustrate them as well as  get the students in touch with an editor and publisher. Mr. Cole mentioned how completely in awe he was with MCHS students: ” I cannot believe how polite they are!” Mr. Cole traveled to Madison Primary School afterwards where he held K-2 students spellbound by his tales of the characters in his stories as well as more drawings by music.

Shenandoah Valley Biotechnology Symposium.    MCHS teacher Lisa Taylor’s students attended the Shenandoah Valley Biotechnology Symposium last Friday.  450 students from 10 schools were shown how biotechnology research could save lives. The meeting happened at James Madison University.  Dr. Eric Green from the National Human Genome Research Institute served as the keynote speaker. Students also attended labs where they met with college professors and experts. Participants had the chance to run DNA fingerprints to see if that information is linked to cancer.

The VDOE has begun the process of reviewing and revising the Science Standards of Learning.  The first step in the process is soliciting comments from school personnel and the community.   Anyone interesting in providing comments should visit the Science Standards of Learning Review Web site.  Comments are accepted from March 11 to April 18, 2016.

MCHS French students in Emily Kline’s classes are reaching outside of county and country all the way to Paris to communicate with French students learning English.  Madison students and students from France have become pen pals and having a great time with the bilingual experience.

pint_blooddriveShannon Johnston and the MCHS SCA sponsored a blood drive this week at MCHS.  A total of 39 pints were collected from students and staff.   That’s a lot of lives the MCHS community is saving (117 adults or 312 babies!)

Good Luck to all our spring teams this season. Games begin this week. You can find the schedules at www.mchsathletics.org and follow us on twitter @madisonpride or like us on Facebook at Madison Athletics.

MCHS Boys Track & Field 2016

MCHS Boys Track & Field 2016

MCHS Girls Track & Field 2016

MCHS Girls Track & Field 2016

MCHS JV Softball 2016

MCHS JV Softball 2016

MCHS Varsity Softball 2016

MCHS Varsity Softball 2016

MCHS JV Baseball 2016

MCHS JV Baseball 2016

MCHS Varsity Baseball 2016

MCHS Varsity Baseball 2016

MCHS JV Boys Soccer 2016

MCHS JV Boys Soccer 2016

MCHS Varsity Boys Soccer 2016

MCHS Varsity Boys Soccer 2016

MCHS JV Girls Soccer 2016

MCHS JV Girls Soccer 2016

MCHS Varsity Girls Soccer 2016

MCHS Varsity Girls Soccer 2016

 

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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