Mountaineer Notes, August 17, 2016

Opening day was a complete success!  

The students and teachers at Wetsel are receiving their morning information in a new student-led way – through video announcements. Facilitated by new media center specialist Kiera Guralnik, students are delivering the “news” school wide from the library every morning. We look forward to seeing how this progresses!

WMS Video Announcements 1 WMS Video Announcements 2


Congratulations to Primary Teacher Andrea Wilson for applying and receiving the 2016 Healthy Living grant from the Culpeper Wellness Foundation for $5,000.  This grant will be used for playground equipment for students with Autism and other sensory processing disorders.  Thank you Andrea and MPS committee!

Congratulations to Nicole Keys for submitting and being selected to present at the Virginia School Counseling Association’s Annual Conference.  Nicole is presenting Incorporating 21st Century Skills into Your School Counseling Program. What an honor!  Thank you, Nicole!

A Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree was awarded to our very own MCPS nurse, Michelle Young.  She received her degree from Grand Canyon University.  We are proud of you Michelle and all of your hard work!

Kudos to Cathy Mills and Becky Hettinger for organizing Waverly Yowell’s back-to-school “Survivor” morning for our staff. Teachers began the morning with a hearty breakfast followed by the Pie Face game and team building activities with some interesting props. Teachers were also given a “Survivor” towel and a gift bag with some items to help them survive the school year.

Welcome to the MCPS Nursing team, Deb Sukely!  Deb has substituted in all 4 schools last year and we permanently stationed her at Wetsel Middle School.  She  worked at Visiting Angels in Culpeper over the last year as well. Other experiences include working at UVA on the Thoracic Cardiovascular Unit, Orthopedic Trauma Unit and as a Home Health Nurse in PA.  She and her husband have three children in the Madison Schools and live in Aroda on a small farm where they have sheep, chickens and a llama.

The MCHS Science Department has hit the ground running, and we’re excited to work alongside our science teachers new to the school – Michael Gabany, Dave Matchen, Brittany Nesbitt, and Jim Estes! They’ve done a great job of creating a welcoming and academic atmosphere for our students.  We would also like to welcome our other new teachers at MCHS and we are so excited for the energy that they bring to the high school.  Brittany Lyons and Lydia Burk join us in the English department.  Erika Moritz is the new addition to the Math department and Travis Knight is joining us in CTE.  Welcome to our new Mountaineers!

Check out Isiah Smith on the Charlottesville Newsplex promo for their Friday Night Endzone Show:

AL Graphing Calendar2Shout out to Angie Carpenter for doing an awesome job of incorporating graphing, place value, and counting skills into calendar. The kids were engaged and learning a lot in her classroom already!

Huge thank you to Jessica Deboer and Shawn McDonough for all their efforts in assisting with tech requests to begin the school year. Already they have completed over 140 submitted tech requests and another 100+ unsubmitted tech requests in just 7 days.

Seniors at MCHS are enjoying the recreated “senior courtyard” space.  The senior courtyard has a new look with what looks like an episode of “Yard Crashers”.  With increased seating, shade, and new landscaping, this space has become more functional and appealing.  This effort was initiated by the School Board Office and collaboration with the high school, student volunteers and the Madison County Education Foundation


The VTSS Team at WMS has been working hard over the summer to design and implement our SHOW YOUR BLUE initiative.  In an attempt to celebrate outstanding student achievement, behavior, etc., the team created SHOW YOUR BLUE cards.  Teachers and staff now have the opportunity to recognize individual accomplishments and provide positive reinforcement for students that may need motivation.

kline_haasMCHS French teacher Emily Kline returned from Richmond recently where she joined family and friends in a welcome home celebration for her brother and olympic gold medalist Townley Haas.  Townley was one of the 4 swimmers who won the men’s 4X200 freestyle relay.  Townley had the opportunity to swim with legends Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte.  However, it was Townley that reporters speak of as the future of US olympic swimming.






Madison Primary School wishes everyone all the best for the coming year, and sends out a special welcome to all of our new Mountaineers. You will absolutely LOVE Madison! We are thrilled to welcome several new folks to the MPS family. Jessi Almas will join us this year as our new  Instructional Coach, Bonnie Lange and Tammy Hicks are on board to assist with Tier 2 Reading Intervention, Virginia Sisk and Renee Demmer will support our special education department, and Jarratt Caldwell will step in as a new member of our First Grade Team. We are super excited to have such a talented group join us, and are all looking forward to another super year!

preschoolPreschool Openings.   Madison Primary School has preschool openings for 4 year olds. Preschool curriculum includes reading, math, phonetics, and social skills. Preschool teachers, Susan Estes and Jennifer Taylor prepare students for school readiness. Contact Gloria Lohr at 540-948-3781 to enroll and prepare your child for kindergarten next school year.   

VTSS at Waverly. This week, teachers and students have been busy with our new school wide expectations.  Four rules have been established for the students of WYES.  They include:  Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Safe, and Be Determined.  This week the teachers are focusing on how to show these behaviors in the classroom and at recess.  Students are modeling, discussing, and practicing them in order to truly learn how to behave in those locations.  More good things come next week when they apply the same expectations in the hallway and other locations.

Waverly Yowell would like to extend a warm welcome to our new staff members.  Rebecca Jasman is our new media specialist.  Kelsey Reott, Melissa Ingram, and Paula Litwin will be teaching third grade.  Kayla Davis, Kaitlyn Nasatka, and Carmen Aylor join the fourth grade team.  Scott Aylor and Brittany Baker will be teaching fifth grade.  Their enthusiasm and positive attitudes are a great addition to an already FABULOUS staff.

Last week, Wetsel faculty and staff did a team bonding event at Jump CVille.  A great time was had by all.

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