MCPS End of the Year. As we celebrated the retirement of two wonderful teachers, Cindy Pattie and Kathryn Robinson, we were left with fond memories, bittersweet tears, and a beautiful gift. The sign reads:
Dear MPS Students,
We believe in you.
We are here for you.
We expect great things.
We listen to you.
We love how unique you are.
We know you are capable.
We care for you.
We will NEVER give up on you.
You will succeed.
We’re in this together.
~Your Madison Primary School Teachers
After interacting with students and teachers this year, I view this as our motto because it represents our beliefs about children. During the school year, the entire faculty and staff cared for students, believed in children even during difficult times, worked together to help them succeed socially, emotionally, and academically, and NEVER gave up. 2015-2016 has been a challenging but wonderful year. Mrs. Pattie left us with this beautiful sign and we can use it to inspire us daily and focus on the students of MPS. JoAnn Amburn, teacher and owner of Crafty Winds, painted the inspirational sign which is pictured above.
What a great year it has been at Madison Primary School! Many things were celebrated as we closed the year. We recognized two students who have had perfect attendance for their entire three-year MPS career. Congratulations to Jeselay Morales and Aaron Fincham. That is quite an accomplishment!
Speaking of great accomplishes, two of our teachers have joined the ranks of the retired. Cindy Pattie and Kathryn Robinson have dedicated a combined 77 years of service to children. WOW! Cindy and Kathryn, thank you both so much for being the difference in the lives of so many children. You are absolutely awesome.
Last but not least, the year wouldn’t be complete without the obligatory dousing of students as they leave MPS on the last day of school. The kids love it, but suspect that the most enjoyment comes from faculty and staff. MPS wishes a happy and restful summer to all of our MCPS family. Enjoy your break as you have certainly earned it!!
REFLEX Math Final Totals. Congratulations to WYES students for completing 2,365,191 math facts during the 2015-16 school year. Students are 72% more fluent. Students used REFLEX at least once per week to improve math facts. Cai Clark, student in Lacy Ann Henshaw’s math class, solved over 40,000 math facts this year; this was the most solved by any one student. Great job, Mrs. Henshaw and Cai.
Recently, Kane Kashouty’s Newspaper Staff, along with Gigi Kay visited Washington D.C. in order to tour the Newseum. Kids were able to draw inspiration and learn from centuries of news stories, reporters and photographers– both the famous and the infamous. Students toured exhibits of several major news events in our country such as 9-11. Students toured exhibits with Pulitzer Prize Winning photography– which was inspiring, thought-provoking and moving. Students were also able to learn about the evolution of news reporting as well as how technology has changed the entire industry. For some students, it was their first visit to Washington D.C.!
MPS/WYES Summer Reading Boost. The reading team at MPS and 3rd grade WYES has developed “The Home Run Reading” mail program for select rising 3rd and 4th graders. Students will have an opportunity to read and respond to 10 different passages matched to their reading level. They are encouraged to read and respond on the attached form and then mail it back to WYES for a HOME RUN on their score card and another passage to be sent to them. WYES teachers, Marty Ward and Rebecca Bader, and Instructional Coach Jessica Sarver will be responsible for the mailings. 6 or more HOME RUNS gives students a chance to attend an ice cream party in the fall.
AP Biology students at MCHS participated in a portion of a mock trial last week. Students gave opening arguments after reading the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Doctors at John Hopkins removed her cells for cancer research. The debate rests on whether or not it was legal to do this without consent. The book had obvious legal implications but also discussed many biological and medical advances due to the use of these cells.
MCHS would like to wish the best to our 2016 Graduates! Saturdays event was one to remember as we celebrated the success of our seniors. We would also like to recognize the MCHS staff for going above and beyond every day to help our students succeed. This year we implemented “Mountain Time” as way to help students on a daily basis in ways specific to their needs. We look forward to continuing and making it even better next year. MCHS recognizes Alma Frye and Joe Novak as they retire this year to pursue all that life has to offer. We thank you for your dedication to our students; you have made a difference. Finally we hope that everyone in the MCPS family has a relaxing and revitalizing summer. We hope that you return in the fall ready for another exciting school year!
MCHS rising junior Claudia Gohn has been accepted to the Sorensen Institute’s High School Leaders Program (HSLP). She was selected as one of twenty seven students from across Virginia to participate in the program, which is designed to develop knowledge and skills to prepare participants to become leaders in government and politics. The institute will be held July 9 – 23 on grounds at the University of Virginia.
Kane Kashouty’s Creative Writing class has sent this year’s issue of SCREAM— the MCHS literary magazine to print! The proofs are in and this wonderful student-run publication, chocked full of original creative writing, art and photography, will be delivered Friday and is on sale for $10. Thanks to MCHS art teacher Heather Edwards for her collaboration in this effort. Make sure to pick up a copy to read and view the talents of our amazing students!