This week, Madison administrators joined members of The 100 Black Men of Virginia as they greeted students in the morning. They were present to encourage our students this week as we begin our SOL testing.
Wetsel Middle School’s Band had two important days last week. Last Thursday they had their 6th and 7th grade spring band concert. All of the students did amazing and the turnout was huge! On Saturday they went to Busch Gardens and received a rating of Excellent and ranked 2nd place!
We would like to congratulate technology specialist Shawn McDonough on his graduation over the weekend from Liberty University. Wetsel and the School Board Office had surprise graduation parties for him; we could not be prouder of his accomplishment! Way to go Shawn!
Family Life Meeting. Last week, the Family Life Education Advisory Committee met. Chairperson, MCHS Nurse Michelle Young opened the meeting. MCHS PE Department Chair, Mike Sacra and WMS PE Department Chair, Tom Butterworth shared the MCPS FLE curriculum revisions for grades 6-10; these are incorporated in the DOE standards. The newest edition for the health and physical education textbooks was shared. Other attendees included Doreen Jenkins, School Board Vice Chair, and Tina Weaver, Director of Teaching and Learning.
Montpelier. First Grade students visited Montpelier last week. Despite the drizzle, they had a fabulous time! They toured James Madison’s house and learned about Madison’s closest friends and Dolley’s love of entertaining. They “met” the family by dressing up as family members and learning fun facts about each. They also saw the family cemetery and took a stroll around the garden. Sarah Jenkin’s first grade class is shown posing by a statue on the grounds.
Cookin’ up Language. Pre-K students enjoyed their final project this year. Recently, they enjoyed the story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle. Under the guidance of Speech teacher, Deborah Atkins, they made a caterpillar using food. By using a skewer, grapes, cherries, pasta, icing, and chocolate chips, a caterpillar was formed. The Pre-K and Head Start classes have certainly been immersed in literature in fun, creative ways.
Last Thursday, Madison Primary School invited students and their families into the school for a nice, end-of-the-year ice cream social. The response was grand as over 260 ice cream sundaes were served! Despite the rain, students had a wonderful time with their friends. Miranda Hogan was the life of the party, as she danced with students throughout the entire event. Thanks to our Home-School Connections committee for organizing this awesome event, and to our many volunteer faculty and staff who were kind enough to help serve ice cream. Pictured is the calm before the storm, as well as many folks enjoying some ice cream.
MCHS seniors celebrated awards night this week. Many students were recognized for scholarships that were awarded by their chosen colleges with a total amount of $320,000. Also, the Madison community awarded several seniors with local scholarships totaling $68,850. We are incredibly proud of the accomplishments of the Class of 2016 and wish them all the best!
Beth Wilson, Phil Warren, Renee Morris, Gary Wintersgill and Matt Eberhardt all attended the All-State Foundation/ VHSL luncheon honoring Jordan Taylor as the 2A Activities Scholarship Award winner for 2019. Their support and presence was much appreciated by Jordan and her family.
MCHS teachers Lori Mack, Lisa Taylor, and Kane Kashouty chaperoned 44 students from their Biology, AP Biology, Human Biology, and Creative Writing classes to the National Museum of Health and Medicine at Walter Reed Army Hospital and to the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. At NMHM, students had the opportunity to view a number of interesting and unique exhibits including the impact The Civil War had on surgical techniques, the evolution of prosthetics, the advancements in trauma care, facial reconstruction procedures, and the global devastation of the Influenza virus in 1918– just to name a few. Following,they toured spectacular exhibits at the United States Botanic Garden. Rooms were categorized by climate, species, and uses. For example, the desert room with cacti and succulents, a tropics room which included a cat walk through the canopy, and the stunning and fragrant orchid room filled with orchids and bromeliads. There was also a room that focused on plants that have adapted and formed relationships with other species in the environment and even a room that housed plants that we use commercially for food and medicine. It was an amazing experience for our students– some of whom took their first trip ever to Washington D.C. or even more remarkable: their first trip outside the state of Virginia!
The Boys/Girls Track teams competed at the Bull Run District Track Championships yesterday at Strasburg High School. The Boys Team finished 6th with 46 points and the Girls finished 7th with 38 points. The following athletes earned All District honors:
- Dre Twyman – 1st Place in the 300m Hurdles (41.69); 2nd Place in the Triple Jump (40-6)
- Rashawn Turner – 1st Place in 800m (2:02.95)
- Angel Fortune – 2nd Place in 200m (28.42)
- Girls 4 x 400 Relay Team – 2nd Place (4:31.47) (Kim Dillon, Ceiara Monroe, Rosemaria Mullen, Makhayla Monroe)
- Makhayla Monroe – 3rd place in the 400m (1:06.60)
- Girls 4 x 100 Relay Team – 3rd Place (55.12) (Angel Fortune, Makhayla Monroe, Jerica Cropp, Ceiara Monroe)
- Boys 4 x 400 Relay Team – 3rd Place (3:42.58) (Dalton Dudley, Zach Gibson, Rashawn Turner, Dre Twyman)
- Boys 4 x 800 Relay Team – 3rd Place (8:51.26) (Rashawn Turner, Ben Dillon, Zach Gibson, Dalton Dudley)