Mountaineer Notes, June 1, 2016

Madison Strong.

Nick-Freitas-500x383Delegate Freitas Meeting.  Delegate Nick Freitas and Legislative Aide Christian Heiens met with Superintendent Matt Eberhardt, Director of Teaching and Learning Tina Weaver, MCHS Principal Gary Wintersgill, MCHS Assistant Principal Jason Allison and MCHS Dean of Students Jeanette Alexander last week.  During an excellent exchange of ideas, student art and essay contests, field trips to the General Assembly and Virginia War Memorial, and student-driven legislation were discussed. Delegate Freitas sought opinions and listened to suggestions. We look forward to a continued rapport with Delegate Freitas and his staff.

Madison Primary School’s Half-Mile Annual Race  The races were super fast …  so many runners set new personal records.  Both second grade races were on School Record pace.  Brighton Johnston breaks the Girls Half Mile Record with a time of 2:57!!  She now joins older brother Christopher as MPS Record holders in the Half Mile Race.  Stephan Turner made it look easy!! Our 1st grade girls race came down to a photo finish, wow!! Such great effort and determination! 

Wetsel is buzzing with PBL projects!!!!

Jarrod Tanner and Claire Keith’s Algebra students took on the role of travel agents and planned a trip for four.  Depending on the destination budgets ranged from around $5,000 to $16,000 and included travel expenses, lodging, food, and activities.  Jarrod’s students presented their trips to their class while Claire’s students set up in the library for students and staff to rotate through.  Some of the destinations were Giant’s Causeaway Beach in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland, Bora Bora, Miami, and Jamaica.

FableMary Anne Hankla’s and Casey Baber’s Sixth grade English students researched a fables and then wrote and illustrated their own.  The read them to their classmates and emphasized the overall moral.

Students in Devin Milbourne’s Eighth grade science classes worked in teams to develop “green” tools and toys.  Students got their creative juices flowing.  Some of the projects were the “Write Light” which is a device surrounded by a series of light bulbs and allows students to attach a notebook to write on in the dark.  One team developed a basketball hoop that lights up when a shot is made, and one group created a floor cleaner that contains brushes and a Swiffer pad.

Water Crisis 1Seventh grade students in Christy Black’s and Emma Taylor’s math classes researched the water crisis in the Sudan and worked in teams to create videos to persuade people to support the water challenge and donate to The Thirst Project.

Janine Rowson’s and Kellie Mason’s Eighth grade English students worked on one of two projects inspired by The Giver.  The first one was “Create Your Unique Utopia” project.  In this project, students were tasked with imagining their perfect world and what they would need to do to keep it perfect. Students had to think about what type of government they would choose, what rules would be important, what jobs would be necessary, and what type of education would be necessary. After that they could explore other topics like foods available, recreation, and money. Students also had to create a flag that symbolized their nation and a map of their community.

The second project was “The Importance of Memory.” In The Giver, the lack of memories leads to a world of “Sameness” – a world without emotion or color. For their memory project, students were asked to come up with memories that should be preserved forever because they represented an aspect of humanity that is important for human existence. To complete the project, students chose memories of themselves, family, friends, community, county, region, nation, and world and then justified the preservation of the memory.

Alt Ed Problem SolvingStudents at Alternative Education are introduced to team building/cooperative activities prior to their field Trip on June 2nd to Popular Ridge, hosted by the University of Virginia Park and Recreation. Students will start with team building skills and adds one of the stand-alone high elements.  The high elements introduce technical belay systems involving ropes and harnesses and involve climbing at some height above the ground.

Gifted Eligibility. Gifted Coordinators, Beth Dickey (MPS), Katie Gigliotti (WYES), Christy Black (WMS), and Shannon Johnston (MCHS) met with Tina Weaver, Director of Teaching and Learning to review gifted referrals on Tuesday, May 31.  Claire Keith with replace Christy Black as Wetsel Middle School’s Gifted Coordinator next year; Christy is moving to Pennsylvania. We thank Christy for her many years of service as the WMS Gifted Coordinator.  She will be missed!

Choral ConcertChoral Concert.   The MCHS Chorus performed on Monday, May 20 under the direction of Mike Allen.

5th Grade students enjoyed an Awards Assembly and Luncheon.  After receiving their awards, students released blue and white balloons to symbolize their departure from Waverly Yowell. Thank you to the 5th Grade Staff and Guidance Counselor Nicole Keys for organizing.  A special thank you goes out to our secretarial staff, Cathy Mills and Becky Hettinger, for organizing the luncheon.  Students were provided with hotdogs and home-cut fries courtesy of Stacey Roach and Porky’s Tristenfest.  The money generated for the luncheon will be donated to St. Jude’s Medical Research. We are proud of our students and their accomplishments during their three years at Waverly.  We look forward to seeing these young Mountaineers mature and become the pride of WMS.

Congratulations to the following spring athletes for being named to the All Conference Teams:

Girls Soccer

  • Ashley Haines – Defender


  • Nick Littlehales – 1st Base
  • Chris Smith – Utility
  • Eli Estes – Pitcher


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

Congratulations to the Varsity Baseball team for their 1-0 win over Page County on Monday night in the Region 2A East ¼ finals. Eli Estes threw all 8 innings allowing only 2 hits on the night to pick up the win.  Shane Aylor had a 2 out RBI single in the bottom of the 8th inning to drive home Chris Smith for the game’s only run. Madison will host Maggie Walker tonight at 7:00pm in the Region Semi-Finals. The Mountaineers are now one of only 8 teams remaining in 2A (ELITE 8) and a win on Wednesday would send them to next week’s VHSL State Tournament.

Congratulations to Mariann Smith for being selected to participate in the VHSCA Softball All Star Game on July 12 at Liberty University at 2:30pm.

College Signing 1Congratulations to the following senior athletes who have chosen to play at the collegiate level next year. The Athletic Department had a Celebratory Signing Day for them on Tuesday.

  • Skylar ColvinSoccer at Eastern Mennonite University
  • Mariann Smith – Softball at Eastern Mennonite University
  • Sam Breeden – Softball at Randolph College
  • Dalyn Montgomery – Football at Bridgewater College

Senior Reading.  High school teacher, Jennifer Brockman, brought seniors to visit Holly Mack’s second grade class.  The children enjoyed listening to stories that were written and illustrated by the seniors.  The seniors selected a favorite children’s book and then retold the story from another character’s point of view.  For example, some of the books they retold were Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Walter the Farting Dog!  The second graders loved the stories!

Market DayFirst Grade Students at Madison Primary School enjoyed their annual Market Day in association with their Economics in Action project on Tuesday. Students have been learning about basic economic principles (goods, consumers, producers), and have been hard at work producing their goods in preparation for the big event. Students were able to ply their wares, and were also able to shop around a little for themselves. A big THANK YOU goes out to our First Grade Teachers for making this such a fun and rewarding learning experience.

2016 State Board Graduates 021Last week MCHS students in Joyce Lindsey’s cosmetology class took their Virginia State Board Exams.  Pictured here are Colby Gaines, Jenna Miller, Erica Williams and Zoe Graves.  Congratulations to these ladies for passing their Virginia State Board Exams.  They are officially a Licensed Cosmetologists! 

The following MCHS students were recognized as National Financial Literacy Scholars.  This recognition comes by achieving better than 95% on the W!se 2015-16 Financial Literacy Certification test.  Recognized were Emily Aylor, Alexis Gillies, Jared Ross, Alex Tenorio and Christian Chada.

Forensics May 28, 10 02 17 PMThis past weekend, nine members of the MCHS Forensics team (Camryn Powers, Bryanna Smith, Jordan Taylor, Dustin Cone, Rebecca Young, Autumn Chasse, Molly Thomas, Scotti Mullen, and Steven Franklin) competed in the National Catholic Forensics League tournament in Sacramento, California, going up against students from across the country. Camryn Powers broke into the octofinal round in Original Oratory, Bryanna Smith made it to the octofinal round of Oral Interpretation, and the duo team of Autumn Chasse and Rebecca Young broke into the octofinal round of Duo Interpretation. The Forensics team will compete in the National Speech and Debate Association national tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah from June 12th to the 17th.

Field Day At Primary.  Primary School celebrated Field Day Friday, May 20.  Just wanted to share some pictures of the fun times!

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