Mountaineer Notes, August 24, 2016

CarringtonMCHS Senior, Carrington Frazier, attended the Oliver Hill/Samuel Tucker Pre-Law Institute at the University of Richmond this summer. During her week stay in June, she had the opportunity to explore the legal profession. She participated in mock classes and career seminars. She was provided insight into the college admissions process. Carrington met law professors, practicing attorneys, judges, guest lecturers, and state and local bar association members. She acted as a defense attorney on Friday of that week and won her case which was presented before an actual judge!  Her mother wishes to say thank you Madison High School Counselors for being aware of student interests and investigating opportunities for exploration and confidence building.

Place Value at WYES.  Melissa Ingram and Aimee Morehead’s math classes learn place value. Students correctly read numbers to the 100 thousands’ place value. Teachers instruct students to chunk when reading large numbers.

This September will mark the fourth annual Attendance Awareness Month campaign, an opportunity to rally your community, advocates, policymakers, volunteers, funders and supporters around the importance of attendance and its role in academic achievement!  The campaign is spearheaded by Attendance Works, a national and state initiative that promotes better policy and practice around school attendance. School attendance is essential to academic success, but too often parents, students and sometimes teachers do not realize how quickly absences, excused as well as unexcused, can add up to academic trouble. Research shows that missing as little as two-three days every month is considered chronic absence, and can translate into third-graders unable to master reading, sixth-graders failing courses and ultimately, teens dropping out of high school. The Virginia Department of Education, in collaboration with Attendance Works, has also created a 12 module series entitled Attendance and Truancy Among Virginia Students.

Number Talks!The Math Department at Wetsel is implementing NUMBER TALKS!  This encourages students to talk through how they have arrived at their solutions to problems, and displays that there are numerous ways to come to the same answer.  Pictured here is the various ways students have arrived at the number 8 dots! 

Mountaineer Fest.  Mountaineer Fest kicks off the 2016 Football season on Thursday, September 1 from 6:30 to 8:00pm at MCHS.  Entertainment includes: Moonbounce, Obstacle Course, Games, DJ, MCHS Band, Concessions, MCHS CHeerleaders, Face Painting, Snow Cones, T-Shirts, Door Prizes, and the Madison Sheriff’s Office Barrel Train.  Come out for the fun!

VTSSStudents at Madison Primary School have begun learning about school-wide expectations as a part of implementing the new Virginia Tiered Systems of Support (VTSS). Every teacher will teach the school’s expectations to students, and teach them in the applicable venue. For example, cafeteria expectations are taught in the cafeteria. Second Grade teacher Holly Mack recently completed the playground lesson, and had this to share, “We used the book The Recess Queen to extend the PBIS lesson plan for the playground.  The kids made a Katie Sue or a Mean Jean and discussed how to be a recess friend and not a recess bully.  They loved making the craft.”

Special thanks to the VTSS (Virginia Tiered Systems of Support) teams at each school as they all started their school year off with a new Matrix and implementation plans.  Every team is ready to support each student with behavioral and academic needs in the classroom.  These proactive strategies will help students experience success and will prevent out of class time.

Art DoorNew Wetsel Art Teacher Tiffany Kitner wasted no time in making her mark on her new environment. Here you see her creative skills at work in this beautiful painting welcoming students to her classroom.

We welcome Terri Brown to the Finance Department.  Terri comes to us with a wealth of knowledge about schools and is settling in with her new School Family and is eager to supply answers to any questions you may have regarding purchase orders and bills.  She is married with two grown children and two grandchildren.  Welcome Terri!

Waverly Yowell will be hosting their first Family Library Night on September 1 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Waverly Yowell.  Students and families will learn about the library and the collection through finding the hidden Pokémon in the books.  The families will be given a sheet to record where they found the different Pokémon.  Not only will there be the scavenger hunt for the Pokémon hidden in the library, but families will be able to make origami Pokémon bookmarks.  Kudos to media specialist Rebecca Jasman for organizing these monthly events for our students and families.

Marshmellow ChallengeStudents in Megan Yezzo’s math class hit the ground running with the “Marshmallow Challenge.”  It works on 21st century skills and teamwork.  Groups need to build a freestanding structure with spaghetti, tape, string, and a marshmallow at the top.

NardaDirections. Fourth Grade Teacher, Narda Harrison, had her students construct a compass rose using a unique material, themselves!  Each student was given a specific direction or told where to be on the compass rose.  Then students had to identify the intermediate direction or determine where to position themselves.  What a fun way to experience intermediate directions!

Teachers at Wetsel showed their Madison Pride participating in the Primary Color Days.


STEAM MickelberryAt MPS, students in Sarah Mickelberry’s class worked on a cooperative engineering project during STEAM called “Help Harry!” in which groups of kiddos were asked to build a perch for Harry so that he could better see around the classroom. Given specified times to brainstorm ideas, construct their design, test it out, and evaluate their work, students practiced time management, teamwork, and problem-solving skills while having a blast doing it!

MCHS supports our Primary School by wearing the colors of the day.  The MCHS staff has shown their red and yellow so far this week to support the efforts of our littlest Mountaineers!

The specials teachers at Waverly will be working on two collaborative projects throughout this school year which focus on teaching good habits and increasing student comprehension.  One involves teachers assigning jobs to student in class each day.  One job as the recorder and one as the summarizer.  The recorder will write the details of the lesson for the day and the summarizer will verbally summarize what had been accomplished that day.  Each teacher has used the name of a specialty career for each job to incorporate career awareness.  Their second project answers the driving question “How do the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People help me to be the best me?”  Each specials class focuses on one of the following habits:

  • Be Proactive
  • Begin with end in mind
  • Put first things first
  • Think Win-Win
  • Seek first to understand, then to be understood
  • Synergize
  • Sharpen the Saw

Welcome new speech pathologists, Marisa Shickel and Taylor Miller.  They come to us from surrounding counties and will be working with students at all four schools. Thanks ladies!

MCHS ArtMCHS new teacher highlight of the week is Ashleigh Pugh.  Ashleigh has quickly settled in at the high school.  Her energy is contagious and she has already connected well with our students.  Ashleigh has several interests in addition to her passion for art.  She will work with the high school this year on the track team and also with the swim team.  MCHS is excited to welcome Ashleigh!

Thank you to our new TDT workers from Chrysalis Counseling Centers.  We are excited to have working with us Bonnie Alford at MPS, Jahara Bacon at WYES, Courtney Harwood at WMS, and Amanda Mosser and Lindsey Fors at MCHS.  We are looking forward to having them support our students with counseling services at each of the schools.

Good Luck to our Fall Athletic Teams this season. Go Mountaineers #madisonpride

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