Mountaineer Notes, April 20, 2016

Madison Strong.

SpeedometryHot Wheels Speedometry.  Nikki Lam, WYES fourth grade math teacher, ordered materials and curriculum to implement Hot Wheels Speedometry. Hot Wheels offers to 4th grade teachers  free kits including cars, loops, connectors, and tracks to teach kinetic energy, force, measurement, charts, and research skills.

Upcoming Celebration Events

  • April 22    Earth Day
  • April 23    Alpha Delta Kappa Yard Sale 7am-12pm @MCHS Cafeteria
  • April 26    Decision Day (Wear College Apparel & Jeans)
  • April 27    Administrative Professionals Day
  • April 30        Madison Festival of the Arts

PD 4.15.16Teachers Go To Class.  MCPS staff enjoyed a plethora of trainings, demonstrations, and curriculum work sessions on April 15. Sessions included: Virginia Tiered Systems of Support led by Heidi Lohr, Supervisor of Student Services, OnTrac Interactive Achievement led by Shelby Gohn, Director of Assessment, Accountability and Instructional Coaches Jayne Penn Hollar, Jackie Ovalle, and Jessica Sarver, Google Sites and Classrooms led by Jayne Penn Hollar, and Art Therapy. The Foreign Language, led by Chair Jenette Reyes, and PE/Health, led by Mike Sacra.  Departments met to review curriculum, align maps, and assess gaps. The MCHS Math Department, chaired by Mary Davis, hosted a demonstration of Gizmos,an online mathematics simulation program. MCHS math teachers are using a free Gizmos trial for the next fifty days to assess effectiveness and student comprehension.

GameboardStudents in Marissa Basile’s and Jacob Houser’s sixth grade math classes have been working on their PBL project which had them take on the role of board game manufacturer.  Students worked in teams to develop a board game that can be used by fourth grade students to help review for their Math SOL.   The finished products will be sent over to Waverly for fourth graders to use.

Spanish 2Students in Noel Guarino’s Spanish 7 class have been working on their PBL that has them putting together a Spanish presentation.  Students have organized the entire program –  from the invitations to the refreshments.  Each student will have the opportunity to talk about his/her interests (presented in Spanish.)  As a bit of a twist from last semester’s program, seventh grade band students have written original soundtracks using Garageband and to accompany each Spanish presentation and to reflect the student’s interests.

This past Wednesday, Madison Primary School welcomed its newest batch of Mountaineers as we held our annual Preschool Registration. So much work and organization goes into this event, as well as the Kindergarten event held last week, and it’s always impressive to see everyone step up to lend a hand. They are too numerous to name, but many thanks go out to the MPS Teachers, Instructional Assistants, Secretaries, Nurse, Guidance Counselor, and Custodians. It was truly a team effort!

MPS PerformanceGood Night Moon:  Kindergarten students enjoyed a trip to the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville.  They enjoyed plays of all-time favorite stories, Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny.  There was a puppet that was about 6 feet tall!  Afterwards, they had a picnic lunch at Pen Park and played on the playground before returning to school.  Everyone enjoyed the literary experience, returned with smiles on their faces, and represented MPS positively.  It is always nice to see literature come alive!

WMS JRChrissy Black and Emma Taylor’s 7th grade math classes took advantage of the beautiful weather and “Jumped into Histograms” on Tuesday. Students collected data on how many times they could jump rope. They will use this data to create stem and leaf plots, line plots, frequency tables, histograms and circle graphs.

We are nearing the midway point in our spring athletic seasons Congratulations to the Softball team for currently residing in 1st place in the Bull Run District and Conference 35 standings. The Baseball team is also currently tied for the lead in Conference 35 and Girls Soccer is currently in 3rd in the Conference.

DreCongratulations to the following track athletes for qualifying for the VHSL State Track meet with their performance at the Wrangler Invitational meet held at Luray on Monday April 11th. Dre Twyman   (300 Hurdles), 4×800 Relay Team (Zach Gibson, Dalton Dudley, Ben Dillon and Rashawn Turner)


Congratulations to the following athletes for being named Mountaineer of the Week the past two weeks. Week of April 4th – Sam Breeden (Softball) and Shane Aylor (Baseball). Week of April 11-15 – Jeana Grace Kelliher (Softball) and Chris Smith (Baseball)

Shane Aylor Chris Smith Jeana Kelliher Sam Breeden

MCHS junior, Nathaniel Young was selected to participate in the Virginia Earth System Science Scholars summer program after completing an online dual enrollment program.  During the week long program, he will work collaboratively with a team to design a feasible satellite mission to study the Earth Systems.  At the end of the week at NASA Langley Research Center they present details of their mission to NASA scientists, engineers, and technologists during a Mission Design Review Panel and then to NASA administrators, state legislators, parents, and other VIPs at the Closing Ceremony.  Scholars will tour different facilities and labs that are typically not accessible to the public to view projects and technologies that currently support space exploration programs. Scholars have the opportunity to observe a vast array of careers in the areas of math, science, engineering, and technology. They will also undertake a number of hands-on experiential activities and receive seminar presentations by state legislators, NASA scientists, engineers, technologists, and astronauts and Earth Systems Science industry representatives.

we beleiveWaverly Yowell has adopted the slogan “We Believe” to help motivate students. Banners have been placed around the school and have been signed by faculty, students, and school board office staff. All faculty and students will also be receiving a “We Believe” t-shirt that will be worn during their SOL tests.

Eberhardt and Sam Early CollegeGermanna-Madison Signing.  Last week, Germanna Community College and Madison County Public Schools entered into an agreement to offer an Associate Degree program for MCHS students.  Dr. Eberhardt signed for Madison and President  David Sam signed for Germanna.  Board members were present from the following:  Madison School Board, Madison Board of Supervisors, Germanna Education Foundation, Germanna Board of Trustees.  This is a two-year program for juniors and seniors that does require some summer coursework.  Motivated students will be able to earn an Associate Degree prior to high school graduation.  Below are some photos taken by senior Rachel Boone.  Here’s the link to the Channel 29 coverage:
Germanna 5 Germanna 3 Germanna 2 Germanna 1 Germanna 9 Germanna 7 Germanna 8 Germanna 6 Germanna 4

Celebration Events

  • 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 27    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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