Mountaineer Notes, April 6, 2016

Madison Strong.

JRFH 3MPS Jump Rope For Heart.  This year, MPS students and families raised $9,125 for the American Heart Association for our annual Jump Rope for Heart event!! Since 2001 MPS has raised $89,125 for AHA!

June Professional Development Opportunities.  MCPS teachers received a signup form to participate in three exciting professional development workshops in June 2016. Topics include literacy, poverty, and instructional strategies. Teachers must sign up by April 14. Up to two days may be used for flex days on October 21, 2016, and March 24, 2017.

Upcoming Celebration Events

  • April 2    World Autism Awareness Day
  • April 7    Senior Leadership Day
  • April 10-16     National Library Week
  • April 17-23     National Student Leadership Week
  • April 18-22     Public School Volunteer Week
  • April 22    Earth Day
  • April 24-30     Administrative Professionals Week & Day (April 27)
  • April 26    Decision Day (Wear College Apparel & Jeans)
  • April 30    Madison Festival of the Arts

WYES SB Visit 3.25.16On Friday, March 25, the School Board toured WYES after an exciting end-of-third nine weeks assembly. 

April 2 was World Autism Awareness Day and the month of April is National Autism Awareness Month. Autism affects approximately 1 out of every 68 children around the world, making it the fastest growing developmental disability. It is a neural development disorder that affects a child’s ability to socialize normally by impacting their abilities to utilize verbal and non-verbal communication. Since 2012, there has been a 30% increase in the amount of children being affected with autism, and World Autism Awareness Day helps to bring awareness to this growing health concern. On a nationwide level, the Puzzle Piece symbol reflects the mystery and complexity of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Also, since every puzzle piece is different in some way, a puzzle piece accurately represents the diversity of the individuals affected.          

April is National Humor Month! National Humor Month was founded in 1976 by comedian and best-selling author Larry Wilde, Director of The Carmel Institute of Humor (author of 53 books on humor). It is designed to heighten public awareness on how the joy and therapeutic value of laughter can improve health, boost morale, increase communication skills and enrich the quality of one’s life. The idea of laughing and the use of humor as a tool to lift ailing spirits is growing. Scientific research now indicates that the curative power of laughter and its ability to relieve debilitating stress and burnout may indeed be one of the great medical discoveries of our times.  Knock, Knock! Who’s there?

Becky WeigleBecky Weigle stood outside the Today Show Set on March 30 with a greeting sign to her Waverly School family. 

Annual Plan for Special Education.  Heidi Lohr, Supervisor of Student Services, and Tina Weaver, Director of Teaching and Learning, are writing the VIB Special Education Plan for 2016-2017. This funding is used for special education supplies, curriculum, personnel, and professional development.

Gifted Window Opens. Gifted Coordinators, MPS Beth Dickey, WYES Katie Gigliotti, WMS Christy Black, and MCHS Shannon Johnston are assisting with gifted referrals. The referral window is open until April 13. For more information or to refer for screening, please contact the building Gifted Coordinator.   

Game Night 1Just before Spring Break, MPS students were treated to a “Games Around the World” night. Students enjoyed games such as Hopscotch (Rome), Mancala (Africa), and Chinese Checkers (Germany, actually!). A comfortable evening allowed some indoor and outdoor activities for our kids. A big Thank You goes out to our Home-School Relations Committee for organizing and manning this awesome event. Game Night 2

Perkins Grant Finalized. MCHS Assistant Principal, Jason Allison, MCHS CTE Department Chair, Jayne Penn Hollar, and Director of Teaching and Learning, Tina Weaver are finalizing the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Plan for 2016-2017. This funding is used for CTE equipment and professional development.

Congratulations to Makayla Taylor and Eli Estes for being named Mountaineer of the Week by Mountaineer Nation. Makayla scored 5 goals against Rappahannock last Friday and Eli struck out 11 batters in 6 innings against Page County.











WYES Students Surpass Two Million Math Facts! WYES students completed over two million math facts using Reflex Math during this school year. Student fluency has doubled from 34% to 67%.  Madison Primary students have increased from 6% fluency in the fall to 53% currently. Congratulations to our WYES and MPS students and teachers.

Child Abuse Prevention Month begins in April.  In 2014, State agencies found an estimated 702,000 victims of child neglect and abuse.  Approximately 1,580 children die as a result of abuse or neglect every year. The majority of child abuse cases stemmed from situations and conditions that can be preventable when community programs and systems are engaged and supportive.  Be engaged and supportive and put a stop to child abuse.

DrewMusic in our Schools Month.  MPS students celebrated Music in our Schools Month by enjoying an assembly that Music Teacher, Brenda Lyddane organized.  Some local musicians brought uncommon traditional instruments to play.  Children listened to the music and singing, while clapping along.  The performance began with an instrument called a Hurdy Gurdy, which is a replacement for a violin.  Anders Drew is pictured strumming it after the performance.  We appreciate all that Brenda does to make music come alive for our students!

CHILD FIND: Kindergarten Registration will be held at Madison Primary School on Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 4:30-7:00pm.  Preschool Registration will be held at Madison Primary School on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from 4:30pm-7:00pm or Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 9:00am-11:00am.  Please call 948-3781 for more information.

Family Movie Night at WYES. Waverly Yowell students have been reading the book The Borrowers this past month. As a culminating activity, students and their families are invited to watch the movie in the Waverly gym at 6:30pm this Friday, April 8. Students will be treated to free popcorn and bottle of water to enjoy. Also, there will be a short SOL information session for parents not familiar with the SOL prior to the movie.

Congratulations to the Girls Soccer team for their 9-1 win on Friday against Rappahannock. Makayla Taylor had 5 goals, Morgan McClelland 2 goals and Leigh Lumsden 2 goals. The girls are now 2-0-1 on the season.

UVA-Sports-Logo-640x360-jpgDecision Day.  National Decision Day has been set for Tuesday, April 26.  All employees are encouraged to wear college apparel that day.  (And jeans if you like!)

Celebration Events

  • 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 26    Decision Day (Wear College Apparel & Jeans)
  • April 30    Madison Festival of the Arts
  • May     Better Speech and Hearing Month
  • 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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