Mountaineer Notes, May 12, 2016

Madison Strong.

On Monday, May 9, 2016 the School Board celebrated MCPS employees who were peer-nominated for the annual Teaching-Learning-Caring Awards in the high school auditorium.  They are:


Director of Technology, Sam Utz recognized the five year award recipients.  The following have been nominated five years in any one of the Teaching-Learning-Caring categories since the recognition began in 2011:

  • Jeanette Alexander, MCHS
  • Rebecca Bader, Waverly Yowell
  • Mary Davis, MCHS
  • Beth Dickey, Madison Primary School
  • Karen Organ-Lohr, Madison Primary School
  • Jen Rehm, Wetsel
  • Jessica Sarver, Waverly Yowell
  • Gail Temple, MCHS
  • Marty Ward, Waverly Yowell

5 year

Director of Finance, Tina Cropp recognized the following for the Caring Award:

  • Carrie Wintersgill, Madison Primary School
  • Cathy Mills, Waverly Yowell Elementary School
  • Taylor Aylor, Wetsel Middle School
  • Beth Wilson, Madison County High School

Caring 2016

Assistant Superintendent, Griff Carmichael recognized the following for the Learning Award:

  • Liz Ford, Madison Primary School
  • Jeff Tilbe, Waverly Yowell Elementary School
  • Kim Adams, Wetsel Middle School
  • Mark Arrington, Madison County High School

Learning 2016 (2)

Director of Teaching & Learning, Tina Weaver recognized the following for the Teaching Award:

  • Cora Chlebnikow, Madison Primary School
  • Brittney Nadratowski, Waverly Yowell Elementary School
  • Steve Markwood, Wetsel Middle School
  • Julie Hefron, Madison County High School

Teaching 2016

Third grade teacher, Brittney Nadratowski was named the 2016 Madison County Public Schools Teacher-of-the-Year and presented with a trophy from School Board Chairman Barry Penn Hollar with School Board Vice Chairwoman Doreen Jenkins looking on.

Teacher of the Year

Fire RecognitionHurray for Volunteer Firefighters!  On the evening of April 16 while waiting for her son to return from an away baseball game, parent Missy Kreh noticed a fire start at the MCHS Greenhouse.  She immediately contacted her husband, Mike Kreh.  Mike and his son Alex along with parent Tee Davis and his son Todd turned off the gas lines and extinguished the fire.  Had this gone unnoticed or not handled as quickly as it was, the damage would have been extensive.  It is expected that damage would also have extended to the Cosmetology building, the Health building, and the Ag Shop.  The School Board recognized the Davis and Kreh families.

We recognize Tee Davis and Mike Kreh as volunteer firefighters, and this is an excellent time to recognize all first responders everywhere for everything they do for our communities.  We can’t thank them enough. – Dr. Eberhardt

Garden Club

Joey Johnson, Gracie Cooke, and Abby Johnson.

The Madison Garden Club as part of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. encourages youth to express their creative thoughts through different types of poetry. The challenge is to write a poem on a different theme each year. In 2015, it was “Croaking Leaping Frogs.” The poems do not have to rhyme. They may be traditional verse, acrostics, blank verse, cinquains, diamond poems, limerick or Haiku. Waverly Yowell students submitted 12 poems to The Madison Garden Club for judging. Of these, The Madison Garden Club was allowed to sponsor four who received recognition by the Shenandoah District of Garden Clubs. The two students who won first place at that level went on to win first place for the entire state of Virginia. We are delighted to continue the tradition of talented Waverly Yowell Students receiving recognition at such high levels.  The four students receiving advanced awards are:

  • Abby Johnson, fifth grade – first place in the Shenandoah District and State
  • Joey Johnson, fifth grade – second place in the Shenandoah District
  • Gracie Cooke, fourth grade – first place in the Shenandoah District and State
  • Thomas Ritenour, fourth grade  – second place in the Shenandoah District



Patty Seale and Mary Eppard

The School Board recognized Director of Food Services Patty Seale and Director of Transportation, Mary Eppard for exemplary leadership, efficiency, and student-centered care and management.


Melanie Shifflett, Natalie Barb, Michelle Young, Margie Curtis

It’s National School Nurse Week!  Please make sure you send an email to our nurses this week and thank them for all that they do to help support students with their medical needs so less instructional time is missed.  Even though they are behind the scenes, they work hard to keep our students healthy.  Special thanks to Natalee Barb (MPS), Margie Curtis (WYES), Melanie Shifflett (WMS), and Michelle Young (MCHS)!

Madison Primary School would like to send out a big THANK YOU to their school nurse Natalie Barb. She is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff. She can always be counted on to assess needs throughout the building, be it illness or safety, and is sure to be an active member of any problem-solving team associated with the health and safety of our school community. Thanks Natalie!

Homebound.  Special thanks to MPS Teachers Maci Dyer Susan Estes, and Kendall Fears and MCHS teacher Lisa Taylor for servicing our home bound students this school year.  They have spent extra hours outside of their school days educating our students.  They have served 7 students this year!

Jeans for TroopsMCPS supports the GI Go Fund by participating in the “Jeans for Troops” day on Thursday, May 26, 2016.  MCPS employees are encouraged to wear jeans on May 26 by donating $5 to the charity.  This event is to support our Troops and honor Memorial Day.  The funds will go “to assist military veterans in finding jobs and get homeless veterans off the streets, as well as provide tens of thousands of dollars in financial assistance to veteran families in need.”


SIPPS 2K-12 Collaborates to Determine Student Literacy Needs.  On May 4, twenty-one MCPS K-12 teachers and administrators gathered for an introduction to SIPPS, a phonics decoding/encoding fluency program. Representative Isabel Sawyer presented the program and shared materials with Principals, Mike Coiner and Joe Kubricki, Assistant Principals Donald Dodson and Tori Gelbert, Director of Teaching and Learning Tina Weaver, Supervisor of Student Services Heidi Lohr, Instructional Coaches, Jessica Sarver and Jen Rehm, and teachers, Carrie Sacra, Taylor Aylor, Molly Smith,Chandler Rhoads, Rebecca Bader, Jamie McMahon, Marty Ward, Cora Chlebnikow, Katie Honaker, Narda Harrison, Lila Harris, Nikki Lam, Andrea Wilson, and Jeff Tilbe.  Teachers will have access to a SIPPS free account for one year. Attending Principals, Joe Kubricki and Mike Coiner, are supportive of providing additional tools for tiered interventions. 


The month of May is Better Speech and Hearing Month. Special recognition goes out to our three awesome Speech and Language Pathologists: Deborah Atkins, Kaci Burke and Andi Yeager. This dynamic group keeps our students with speech, language, and hearing impairments improving their communication abilities in the classroom.   Many thanks for your hard work and dedication!

ChoirOn May 5th, Waverly 4th and 5th graders presented Westward Ho under the direction of Music teacher Brenda Lyddane.  The students showed off all their hard work providing a fun and entertaining learning experience for the audience.  Students perform time period music representing the expansion westward during the second half of the 19th century.  The students adorned period clothing and even demonstrated a rousing rendition of the Virginia Reel.  We are so very proud of Waverly Singers and Mrs. Lydanne for putting on a fabulous show.

Waverly Yowell fifth grade students will be taking a tour of Wetsel Middle School Friday, May 13th to help them transition from elementary to middle school. Thank you to Principal Tim Taylor and Wetsel staff!

FlashlightsABC Countdown.  The ABC Countdown at Madison Primary has begun!  In order to make our last 26 days of school special, students celebrate each letter of the alphabet by doing something enjoyable.  Today students celebrated the letter F by bringing flashlights to school.  Once the lights were turned off and flashlights turned on, the fun started!  Pictured are students from Stephanie Goering’s first grade class reading the story, The Boat Disappears.

MCHS senior Hannah Brock was recognized at the first Our Community Salutes event for the Charlottesville area for her commitment to join the Army after Graduation.  She was one of more than 80 area students that were recognized at that event.  Also, you may have seen Hannah on the cover of the April 29 edition of The Daily Progress.

Hannah Brock

Scimmage Play WinterCongratulations to the following Winter Athletes for being named to the All Scrimmage Play Teams in their Winter Edition:

  • Isiah Smith 2nd Team Boys Basketball
  • Dylan Breeden – Honorable Mention Boys Basketball
  • Dre Twyman – All Defensive Team Boys Basketball
  • Dalton Taylor – Newcomer of the Year Boys Basketball
  • Jalyn Simms – Wrestling
  • Joseph Manuel – Wrestling
  • Zach Gibson – Wrestling



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