Mountaineer Notes, May 25, 2016

Madison Strong.

CORRECTION.  The Boys/Girls Track teams competed at the Bull Run District Track Championships on May 17 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)

CORRECTION. 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.  (I had Kindergarten teacher Wynee Jenkins listed instead of Sarah Jenkins.)

IMG_9262Madison Festival of the Arts a Success!  With over 700 people in attendance on April 30, the 6th Annual Madison Festival of the Arts was a huge success.  Even the dreary day didn’t stop students, parents, and loved ones from stopping by to enjoy food, crafts, creation stations, performances, and especially art.  We cannot express enough thanks to all the volunteers and fine arts teachers who helped make this a wonderful event for all.  We look forward to coming together as a community once again next year on April 29, 2017!  We’d like to thank the following for countless hours of work and dedication:

  • Heather Edwards, MCHS Art Teacher
  • Katie Gigliotti, WYES Art Teacher
  • Steve Markwood, WMS Art Teacher
  • Richard Young, Art Teacher (Retired)
  • Danelle Nutter, MPS Art Teacher
  • Brenda Lyddane, MPS & WYES Music Teacher

Ath Scholarship WinnersThe Athletic Department held their Spring/End of Year Banquet on Sunday Night. Part of the festivities included giving away six $1,000 College Scholarships to deserving seniors. The winners of these scholarships were:

  • Aynsley Lohr – Booster Female Athlete of the Year
  • Jalyn Simms – Booster Male Athlete of the Year
  • Mariann Smith – Kaitlin Aylor Memorial Scholarship
  • Rosemarie Mullen – Booster Female Athlete of the Year
  • Jeana Grace Kelliher – David Province Memorial Scholarship
  • Rashawn Turner – Booster Male Athlete of the year

Spring PCAThe Following Spring Athletes were selected by their coaches as the PCA Sportmanship Award winners for their teams.

  • Girls Soccer – Makenna Santinga
  • Softball – Mikayla Gardiner-Alger
  • Girls Track – Jerica Cropp
  • Boys Track – Zach Gibson
  • Baseball – Nic Smith
  • Boys Soccer – Anthony Staton (not pictured)


Congratulations to the following spring athletes for being named to the All Bull Run District teams:


  • Chris Smith – 1st Team Utility
  • Eli Estes – 2nd Team Pitcher
  • Nick Littlehales – 2nd Team 1st Base
  • Shane Aylor – 2nd Team Outfield
  • Isiah Smith – 2nd Team Outfield


  • Megan Shifflett – 1st Team Pitcher
  • Logyn Estes – 1st Team Pitcher
  • Kara Price – 1st Team 1st Base
  • Mariann Smith – 1st Team 2nd Base
  • Carrington Frazier – 1st Team Shortstop
  • Emillee Russell – 1st Team Outfield
  • Jeana Grace Kelliher – 1st Team Outfield
  • Sam Breeden – 2nd Team Catcher

Girls Soccer

  • Leigh Lumsden – 2nd Team Forward
  • Makayla Taylor – 2nd Team Forward
  • Makenna Santinga – 2nd Team Midfield
  • Ashley Haines – 2nd Team Defender

Fun in the Sun at MPS! Madison Primary School enjoyed their annual Field Day on Friday, and what a fun day it was. We somehow found a sunny and relatively warm day amongst the plethora of rainy, 50-degree days. Students enjoyed track and field events, scooter races, softball throw, and of course water slides and inflatables. Big thanks go out to Ben Breeden for once again planning and organizing this awesome event. Thanks also go out to all of the MPS Faculty and Staff, the many parent volunteers, and the service learning students from Madison County High School for lending a hand.

Field Day 4 Field Day 3 Field Day 2


FOCUS Meeting. The MCPS FOCUS School team met on May 17. Paul Leonhard, Office of School Improvement Coach, Tina Weaver, Director of Teaching and Learning, Shelby Gohn, Director of Accountability and Assessment, Heidi Lohr, Supervisor of Student Services, and Principals Mike Coiner and Joe Kubricki reviewed preliminary SOL data and goal progress.


WYES Boys and Girls Running Club gathered at Hoover Ridge to culminate their last meeting with a two mile race.  The first beautiful day in weeks was a perfect setting for runner and spectators alike.  We are very proud of our young runners for showing great sportsmanship encouraging each other to persevere through the finish line. Please congratulate our club sponsors Brittney Nadratowski, Molly Smith, Patrick Jennings and Andrew Schmaltz for instilling the values of hard work and personal pride in this young group of Mountaineers.  Lastly, a special thank you to retired art teacher and coach Richard Young for mapping the course and helping our students have a true race experience.

Breakfast BuddiesBreakfast Buddies.  Breakfast Buddies is a mentoring program where students are paired up with a volunteer.  Relationships are established while they eat breakfast together and play games weekly.  Having a positive role model and someone who cares, positively impacts our students.  The end of the year was celebrated with a nice breakfast, gifts, and pictures.  We want to thank the PTO for sponsoring the delicious Tastee Freez breakfast and to Karen Organ-Lohr for her management of this program.

possumHome Sweet Habitat, Josh’s Class Foundation provided a program for all of the students of MPS.  The Wildlife Center of Virginia visited with three guests.  Our students met and learned about Phoebe the opossum, Oscar the Hog-nosed snake, and Alex the Eastern Screech Owl.  At the conclusion of the program, we thanked the Field’s family for making a difference in the lives of our students by providing multiple assemblies throughout the years.

WMS students in Devin Milbourne’s Eighth Grade Physical Science class were treated to a guest speaker, Jason Woodward, who is a lineman for Northern Virginia Electric Corporation (NORVEC).  He talked to students about electrical circuits, transformers, and safety.  He brought in a transformer and also some safety equipment which students enjoyed trying on. His discussion works in conjunction with the students’ PBL projects which focus on developing a Green Tool or Toy that uses electricity and magnetism.

Electric Safety (2) Electric Safety (1)

Note from the Finance Department  Please don’t close your bank account during the summer.  July and August direct deposit files are prepared in June and account numbers can’t be changed.  We can switch banks again in September.  Thank you.

WYES Book Fair The Waverly Yowell PTO is sponsoring their final book fair this week. Kudos to PTO president Denice Herrman and parent volunteers for organizing the event. It is a great opportunity for students to get some books for summer reading!


?On May 20, MCHS FBLA attended Marketing Day at Kings Dominion. Club members learned about the amusement park’s marketing practices from Scott Clemons, Director of Marketing, and Katelyn Sherwood, Communications Manager. After a very informative seminar, club members enjoyed a picnic lunch and a beautiful afternoon in the park.

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MCHS teachers Jenette Reyes and Alicia Hamm collaborated with a Project Based Learning event.  Students from Earth Science made video tapes of weather reports and Spanish classes translated from English into Spanish.  Sometimes things don’t always go as planned but students learned valuable lessons along the way. 


BaccalaureateMCHS seniors attended Baccalaureate this past Sunday in the high school auditorium.  This is was the first official event where our seniors officially donned their cap and gown to participate. 

On May 21st, the sophomore class officers and a few others went to Autumn Care as part of a community service project. The students visited some of the residents. In attendance were Claudia Gohn, Alex Park, Jenny Zhang, Morgan Paramore, Hanah Woodward, Morgan McClelland, Meadow Anderson, Alex Kreh, and Dalton Dodson.

Last week MCHS seniors spent a day at Kings Dominion for their senior trip.  Our seniors were able to spend the day together, riding rides, playing games and having one of their last times together to build memories of their time in school.  Luckily, the weather even cooperated, and they had a fun time together.  

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