Mountaineer Notes, March 23, 2016

Madison Strong.

Temples and TombsSecond Grade students at Madison Primary School presented the play “Temples and Tombs” this past Thursday. They completed two performances, one for their classmates and grandparents in the morning, and one for their parents in the evening. What a wonderful job they did! We are so proud of the hard work they put in, and it really showed. Special thanks go out to Madison County High School for kindly allowing the use of their auditorium for both performances, to Second Grade teachers for their support in organizing the event, and of course to Brenda Lydanne who always does such a wonderful job directing the show. Awesome job everyone!

Upcoming Celebration Events

  • March      Music in Our Schools Month
  • March      Youth Art Month
  • April 2    World Autism Awareness Day

The MCHS Math Department teachers, led by Math Department Chair Mary Davis, are exploring the use of Gizmos, an online manipulative support. Gizmos are great for small group work, flipped classrooms, individual exploration on iPads or computers, and whole class instruction using a projector or interactive whiteboard. Gizmos will be demonstrated for 9-12 math teachers on April 15, a professional development teacher work day.

24Third, fourth, and fifth graders are practicing for a 24 Tournament on April 26th.  24 requires students to be critical thinkers and problem solvers. We wish them luck!

Technology Updates.  During Spring Break, the tech department will be undergoing multiple projects at various locations throughout the district.

The following will take place at WYES:

  • Installation of (4) 48P X440 switches
  • Installation of (8) 24P X440 switches
  • Installation of (1) 48P X670 switch
  • Installation of (6) battery backup systems

The following will take place at MCHS:

  • Installation of (8) 48P X440 switches
  • Installation of (1) 48P X670 switch
  • Installation of (6) battery backup systems
  • Installation of (22) new i7 HP Desktop Machines for CTE

The following will take place at SBO:

  • Installation of (2) 48P X440 switches
  • Installation of (1) battery backup systems

Additionally, the following has been completed this month:

  • Installation of updated Meru wireless controller for entire district
  • Completion of 50 reported tech requests, among many others
  • Updated 700+ computers throughout each building
  • Expanded Driver’s Ed testing to Alt. Ed.
  • Installed Watchguard XTM 850 Firewall
  • Completed Access Control door project and consolidated each building into one online WEB GUI

WMS Project 1BAlgebra 1 students in Jarrod Tanner and Claire Keith’s classes completed a PBL which challenged students to work in small groups to create a tutorial video reviewing a skill learned in the 3rd nine weeks.  The project was broken down into two parts.  Focusing on the skill assigned to them, the groups had to first research a variety of tutorial videos on their topic and reflect on three of the videos.  From there they worked to prepare their own tutorial video which was then used in class as review for the Quarter 3 Assessment.  A great example of students teaching students. 

The Junior class of MCHS put on a successful Lip Sync Battle Monday night. Fourteen staff members from Wetsel and MCHS performed for the audience. The battle was a great success and fun was had by all. Special thanks to Beth Wilson,  My Davis, Emily Kline, Mark Arrington, Julie Heffron, Kane Kashouty, Gigi Kay, Dale Sager, The Sassy Seven, and Josh Thompson for their help and participation. We look forward to making this an annual tradition.

WMS StaffWetsel Middle School had 7 of their incredible staff participate in the High School Lip Sync Battle on Monday night. The “Sassy 7” made Wetsel Proud. All of the performances were amazing and congrats to the winner, Josh Thompson!

Second Grade Running Club.   Thanks to the initiative of some students and P.E. Teacher, Ben Breeden, a running club has started for second grade students. During recess, students run ½ mile around the football and soccer fields.  When they are finished, they still have an opportunity to play on the playground.  Right now, the students will build their endurance, but later they may be timed.  The children are very excited about this privilege and many have signed up for Running Club!  It is a great way to expend energy, be healthy, and spend time with friends!

Forensics 2016 NSDA QualifierThe Forensics team competed in the National Speech and Debate Association National Qualifier Tournament. Students from all across the commonwealth competed for qualification to the NSDA National Tournament in Salt Lake City, UT this June. The hard work that these students have been putting in this year paid off.

  • In Duo Interpretation, the teams of Taylor Davis/David Miller and Ben Butterworth/Noah Powers made it to the semifinal round.
  • In Dramatic Interpretation, Scotti Mullen made it to the semifinal round.
  • Rose Young broke into the semifinal rounds in both Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking and Original Oratory.
  • Dustin Cone placed 4th in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking and 5th in Original Oratory.
  • In Humorous Interpretation, Michael Broyles placed 6th and Molly Thomas was the state champion, qualifying for the national tournament.
  • In Dramatic Interpretation, Steven Franklin took 3rd place, Jacob Corbin was the state runner-up, and Jordan Taylor was the state champion, all three qualifying for the national tournament.
  • In Duo Interpretation, the team of Autumn Chasse and Rebecca Young was the state runner-up and also qualified for the national tournament.
  • Camryn Powers was the state champion in Original Oratory qualified for the national tournament.
  • Bryanna Smith was the state runner-up in Program Oral Interpretation, a new event to the high school NSDA categories. This year is a trial period for POI. It will hopefully become a permanent event next year.
  • In addition to these fantastic individual performances, the team also took the 2016 Virginia NSDA state championship. 

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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