Mountaineer Notes, April 27, 2016

Madison Strong.

Madison Festival of the Arts – Saturday, April 30 from 11am to 3pm. 

Job Fair 2Eighteen 10th, 11th and 12th graders attended the First Teen Job Fair at the Daniel Center of GCC.  All students were prepared with 15 copies of their resumes in hand. Thanks to Shannon Johnston, Cheryl Paramore and Sharon Taylor for proofing and printing the resumes.  The students circulated around the room introducing themselves to representatives of Panera, Chipotle, Shenandoah Crossing, Stream- Sweepers, MPS, UVA Culpeper Hospital, Cintas, and Germanna Community College to name a few there taking resumes.  Students are hopeful they will get a call back for a follow up interview in the near future.  The students represented MCHS well.

Administrative Professionals Day is April 27.  Please join me in celebrating:

  • Candi Breckenridge, School Board Receptionist
  • Jane Clatterbuck, Assistant to Director of Finance
  • Debra Dean, WMS Secretary
  • Missy Dillon, Transportation Secretary
  • Becky Dodson, Assistant to Director of Teaching & Learning
  • Tammy Dyer, Assistant to Assistant Superintendent
  • Michelle Farmer, MCHS Secretary
  • Becky Hettinger, WYES Secretary & Bookkeeper
  • Cathy Humphrey, WMS & MCHS Bookkeeper
  • Mandy Jenkins, MCHS Attendance Secretary
  • Vickie Lewis, MCHS Guidance Secretary
  • Gloria Lohr, MPS Secretary
  • Cathy Mills, WYES Secretary
  • Liz Patterson, Executive Secretary to the Superintendent and Clerk of the School Board
  • Amanda Reynolds, WMS Secretary
  • Tinsley Roebuck, MPS Secretary & Bookkeeper


Liz Patterson.  I could not do this without you.  You are always professional, efficient, caring, and supportive.  You keep children and families foremost in your thoughts and actions.  Personally, I’m proud to call you friend.  You are the best as are all our administrative professionals!” – Matt Eberhardt

“MCHS would like to recognize and thank Michelle Farmer, Mandy Jenkins, Vickie Lewis, and Cathy Humphrey for their dedication to MCHS during Administrative professionals week!” – Gary Wintersgill

“Our Wetsel Family appreciate all the efforts of Amanda Reynolds and Debra Dean in keeping our school running smoothly every day and through every little crisis. We love the way you make us laugh at ourselves as well as with you. You deserve an “M” everyday.  – Tim Taylor

Becky Dodson you keep the Office of Student Services running smoothly to say the least!  You are professional and friendly, kind and compassionate, and never miss a deadline.  THANK YOU for everything you do for our office and to keep me straight on a daily basis. I appreciate you!” -Heidi Lohr

“Thank you Amanda Reynolds and Debra Dean for everything you do to keep Wetsel running on a daily basis.  It is so much appreciated by all.” -Jen Rehm

“Wishing Candi Breckinridge a wonderful Administrative Professionals Day. Thank you for working on fliers, mailings, student lists, textbook orders, and publications. You are a joy.” – Tina Weaver

“Happy Administrative Professionals Day to Mrs. Cathy Mills and Ms. Becky Hettinger.  Your dedication to our students is unparalleled and we are truly lucky to have such a wonderful office staff.”  -Joe and Donald

“All of us at Madison Primary School want to thank Gloria Lohr and Tinsley Roebuck for everything they do every day to make our school run smoothly, and to keep our children safe. They are absolutely crucial to the success of our school, and make all of our jobs much easier.” -Mike Coiner and Jackie Ovalle

“Finance rocks because of Jane Clatterbuck!” -Tina Cropp

“Administrative assistant, Becky Dodson, is indispensable regarding SPED, IEP  Online, 504’s, OMEGA (VDOE’s reimbursement system), Title I, Title II, Title III, and ESL. In addition, this year Becky works with requisitions of textbooks, professional development, Project Graduation, scheduling three school psychologists, and VTSS. Becky, you always have the best of interest of students in everything you do and every word you utter. We are blessed to work with you.” -Tina Weaver

“Wetsel is lucky to have Debra Dean and Amanda Reynolds in the front office. Not only are they the first faces people see when entering our school, but they make a fun loving environment that draws everyone in there just to say hello.” -Tori Gelbert

Arbor Day Coiner 2Arbor Day.  All of Primary School enjoyed the annual tree planting for Arbor day with the Extension Office this week.  THe students planted a willow oak this year.  Pictured are Principal Mike Coiner addressing students and librarian Liz Ford and teacher Stephanie Utz pointing to the tree.Arbor Day Utz Ford Point




24 Competition.  Rebecca Weigle, Patrick Jennings, Kristin Bishop, and Brittney Nadratowski coached the following students to compete in the regional 24 tournament in Orange yesterday. Congratulations to these WYES teams!

  • 3rd grade:  Sadie Barb, Julie Messa, Michelle Thompson, Chris Timberlake
  • 4th grade: Sam Bartczak, Cadance Bartel, Hannah Dixon, Nick Goering, Annie Herrman, Aiden Menefee
  • 5th grade:  Mackenzie Aylor, Gabe Breckinridge, Colton Haney, Joey Johnson,  Ben Knighting, Lydia Saunders

24 Competition

Thank you to Shannon Johnston and the MCHS SCA for organizing spirit week and the pep rally last week! Students and staff enjoyed and participated in spirit week activities.

Pell 2The Madison County Education Foundation sponsored the third annual Gene Pell Public Speaking contest on Saturday, April 23.  Scholarships were earned by Bryanna Smith, third prize; Michael Broyles, second prize and Camryn Powers, first prize.  Thanks to MCHS teacher and Forensics Coach Josh Thompson for welcoming the contest to the high school.

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The MESA Penny Drive, called “Pennies for the Pantry”  began on Monday, April 25th and will last until May13th.  Students and staff are encouraged to participate in the fundraiser.

2016 SKillsUSA District-State 125MCHS senior Zoe Graves participated in the SkillsUSA Virginia State Conference and Skills Competition for Cosmetology on April 15-16-17 in Fredericksburg.  Zoe represented Madison well with her professionalism, knowledge and skills throughout the weekend. Congratulations to Zoe for ranking 8th best in the State of Virginia for Cosmetology. 

Thank you to Emily Kline and Beth Wilson for organizing and coordinating Prom! The 2015-2016 Prom will be held on April 30th at the Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper.

Safety PostersStudents at Madison Primary School participated in a Safety Poster Contest recently, and winners were announced at an assembly this past Friday. Students were to create posters that promoted safe behavior in the hallways. Congratulations go out to our winners Jacie Howell, Caroline Wright, Trevon Turner, Mason Ward, Taylor Umstadter, and Allie Jenkins. Also a big THANK YOU to Fran Roebuck and our Positive Behavior Supports Committee for organizing and judging this event. This event folded in nicely with our VTSS School-wide Expectations.

3rd PassportPack your bags and grab your passport, then join third grade on a Journey of Review! Starting this week third grade teachers are taking their students on an adventure through Literacy and Math skills. Each student was presented with their own passport to carry between classes. Students can earn stamps in their passports by showing Mastery of each skill. Literacy students are cruising through the 5 oceans and Math students are flying to each of the 7 continents! Our third graders are super excited to Show Off their Learning! We’re Bound for 4th Grade!

America 1First Grade Program.   MPS First Grade Students performed Hooray for the U.S.A for friends, families, and the school.  They did a wonderful job singing patriotic songs, playing instruments, reciting lines, and moving props to the rhythm of the music.   A special thank you goes to Brenda Lyddane for her hard work preparing for the musical performance.  We also want to thank the First Grade Team and all of the people who assisted with the show.  The children did an amazing job!  Pictured are first grade students performing and Sierra Wise and Alejandro Cerino holding the American Flag.  America 2





WMS Counselors Erin O’Leary, Kiera Guralnik and Corey Rudd are to be commended for their efforts in coordinating and planning Career Day for the 8th grade class at Wetsel this past Friday. It was a great day for our students and we appreciate all of their efforts in bringing professionals to our school. You do an incredible job everyday.

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The 8th Grade class at Wetsel will be sponsoring the 3rd Annual Andrew Windland Fun Run on May 14 at Hoover Ridge. This fundraiser is in honor of Andrew Windland and the funds help sponsor his passion of racing soapboxes and his love of his fellow classmates. Please come out and join the fun on May 14.

80s DanceWMS’s Junior Beta Club held an 80’s themed dance last Friday. Students that attended had a blast and even had a dance battle showing off their 80’s dance moves. (1 pic)

“How wonderful I think the teaching staff at Wetsel is, and how I could not pay a private school and get the attention these teachers have really given my son this year and the patience and fortitude and everything else that goes with getting my son through a class here, so thanks so much!” These were the comments from a parent about a student who is in the 8th grade. Kudos to the Wetsel Staff and 8th grade team who have made a difference for this family.

SOL Testing begins Monday, May 2 at Waverly and on Tuesday, May 10 at the middle and high schools.  SOL testing continues throughout May.  AP testing will be held May 2 through May 13.


WYES Grad Gowns


MCHS celebrated Decision Day 2016 on Tuesday.  Students and staff were encouraged to wear college attire.  This day recognizes the time when students need to declare their college of choice.


Celebration Events

  • 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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