Mountaineer Notes, May 4, 2016

Madison Strong.

PK PAWS NightMadison Primary School students were treated to a very special PAWS for Reading Night on Thursday. Students and families were invited in to enjoy a few farm stories, and then spend some time viewing the many animals that local farmers were kind enough to provide. A big thank you goes out to our Preschool team for organizing the event, and the 4H Livestock Club for reading to the children and sharing their experiences. A special thank you to the parents who spent a lot of time and effort bringing in the animals, and setting up cages.

WMS Class PresentStudents from Emily Everard’s and Pattie Rees’s seventh grade classes have spent the past several weeks working on answering the question, “How does literature connect with real life?” Students were asked to answer this question as a PBL project after reading Ghost Girl, by Delia Ray. Sample topics presented were Chestnut Trees, Schools in Madison County during the early 1900’s, The Great Depression, and the creation of Shenandoah National Park.

I Have, Who Has. Casandra Baber’s WMS 6th grade language arts students participated in a literary vocabulary review using the strategy “I Have, Who Has.” The student who has the card that states “I have the first card” reads that statement and then the “Who has…”. The student who has the answer to the “Who has…” reads “I have…” and then “Who has…”. This continues till the last student reads “I have…” and then “The end.” All students were engaged and participating. Great job, Cassie.

Reflex Math Exceeds 3.2 Million Facts.  Students at MPS, WYES, and WMS have correctly answered over 3,200,000 math facts this school year. WYES students lead with over 2.2 million addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division math facts for an average student fluency gain of 99 facts.

WMS PEWetsel would like to thank their PE Department, Tom Butterworth, Brian Rehm, and Julie Smith, for the wonderful job they do every day encouraging and motivating their students to live an active and healthy lifestyle.  They are an amazing team and Wetsel is lucky to have them.


WMS Aud PresentNoel Guarino’s and Alicia Strickler’s Spanish and band classes came together to complete a PBL project together this year. Each Spanish student had to present a small blurb about themselves in Spanish while the band students made introduction soundtracks personalized to each students interests. It was a great turnout and teachers and parents attended their presentations.

Time Motion Participation. Each school-based Medicaid participating division is required to achieve an 85% response rate in the Random Moment Time Study. Congratulations to Madison faculty for a 100% participation rate. Thank you for taking the time to complete the study when selected.

We Believe GymLast Friday, the Waverly Students gathered in the gym to celebrate the beginning of SOL season.  Students and faculty adorned the “We Believe” t-shirt in anticipation of the upcoming state assessments.  The Academic Pep Rally was a big hit and we are excited to finally get testing underway.  A special thank you to the Wetsel Middle School Band for showing their support and agreeing to lead our spirit walk to the gymnasium. 

With just 3 weeks to go in the regular season, here are the Current Conference 35 Standings for our spring sports teams:

Softball ………………
………….. Baseball………………
Madison County
4 – 0 Madison County
3 – 1
Clarke County 4 – 1 Strasburg 3 – 2
Central 2 – 2 George Mason 2 – 2
Strasburg 1 – 4 Clarke County 2 – 3
George Mason 0 – 4 Central 1 – 3
Girls Soccer…………
………….. Boys Soccer………….
George Mason 6 – 0 George Mason 5 – 0
Clarke County 6 – 1 Central 3 – 1
Stonewall (1A) Clarke County 4 – 2
Madison County 4 – 3 Strasburg 1 – 5
Central 3 – 2 Madison County 0 – 5
Luray (1A)
Rappahanock (1A)
Strasburg 0 – 7


April 15, 2016. MCHS Varsity Softball vs Strasburg.

Congratulations to Jeana Grace Kelliher for being named a finalist (Top 3) for the Burger King/Charlottesville Newsplex Female Athlete of the Year. The winner will be announced on May 26th. Jeana participated in Volleyball, Swimming, and Softball.

February 22, 2016. VHSL 2A State Swim Championships at Christiansburg Aquatic Center

September 08, 2015. MCHS Varsity Volleyball vs Orange. Madison wins 3-0.









WYES SidewalkWaverly staff members have been writing inspirational messages with chalk on the sidewalk leading to the cafeteria to help motivate students as the get off they bus on SOL days.

6th graders in Kim Adams science classes concluded their unit on watersheds with a field trip to Graves Mountain Lodge.  Students spent the day rotating through the following six areas of study: physical/septics, enviroscope, forestry, soils, biological, and chemical.



6th Field Trip 1







VAAP Collections were scored on Tuesday, April 26, by Tina Weaver, Andrea Wilson, Abbie Jewett,  and Jeanette Alexander.   Many thanks to this group for taking time to complete the required training and spend a full day scoring collections.

SOL Testing is underway at WYES and begins next week the middle and high schools.  Many thanks to Sam Utz and Shawn McDonough for working countless hours to ensure the latest software installs are complete and computers are ready for testing.

MPS HokiesDecision Day.   Decision Day was celebrated at MPS.  Many teachers sported their college colors with pride.  Thanks to some encouragement from principal, Mike Coiner, our Hokies went all out by wearing bibs and straw hats!  Pictured are:  Martha Clements, Holland Lohr, and Karen Organ-Lohr.


MCHS Play TripKane Kashouty’s sophomore English class travelled over the mountain to Staunton last Wednesday to see Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar at American Shakespeare Center. Students were able to experience the world’s only re-creation of London’s indoor Blackfriars Playhouse. Not only were the students able to roam the playhouse and gaze at the gorgeous woodwork and Renaissance architecture, but they had the opportunity to witness an amazing and interactive rendition of Julius Caesar,alongside a few other local schools. However, as expected, MCHS students were easily the best behaved and the most engaged– representing our school district and county wonderfully. It was a fun, educational and exciting experience we hope will continue.


JordanCongratulations to Jordan Taylor for being selected as one of the recipients of the 2016 Allstate Foundation/VHSL Achievement Award scholarships by a committee of athletic directors, media representatives and VHSL staff. She is the representative for 2A Academic Activity. The selection committee reviewed over 200 nominations.  Each candidate for these awards were deserving in unique and special ways, but the committee narrowed the field to 19 outstanding participants in VHSL athletic and activity programs, students who represent the very best of Virginia’s graduating seniors.  Jordan and her family along with school representatives will be attending a luncheon on May 16 in Charlottesville to receive her award and scholarship.


Taylor BBall 2 Taylor BBall 1Alternative Education students enjoyed club day showing off their basketball skills joined by Wetsel Principal Tim Taylor. A huge thank you to Tim and MCHS Principal Gary Wintersgill for checking in with their students weekly to ensure success!


Driving Safety 4MCHS teacher Mike Sacra and School Resource Officer Drew Eanes collaborated with State Farm to provide students the opportunity to participate in the Drive Smart program.  Students were able to gain awareness and change driving behaviors in order to improve safety of our roadways. Each driver education class, as well as some juniors and seniors attended this presentation.




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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