Mountaineer Notes, August 31, 2016

Primary Color DaysStudents, faculty, and staff at Madison Primary School have thoroughly enjoyed our COLOR DAYS and would like to thank the rest of the division for supporting our little guys. You’re amazing! Brown Day is always fun for the students. It might seem like a less exciting color than orange or red, but when you can couple an activity on ‘brown bear’ with a brownie treat, it makes for a very enjoyable activity. Thanks to our Kindergarten Team, in particular, for organizing the many fun activities and treats while maintaining a focus on their learning standards.

Alt Ed PurpleAlternative Education Staff celebrates Purple Day!

Please encourage students to work on SAT/PSAT prep.  Here is the link which is also on the MCHS website:

Casey Stanton did PS Assessment, Behavior Intervention training today for all MCHS teachers.  Core area teachers were also reminded how to enter Academic Interventions as well.

hot seat 1Hot Seat In Use.  Sra. Melanie Ellyson, WYES Spanish teacher, reviews terms using the Hot Seat strategy learned during the June instructional strategies workshop. One student is chosen to sit in the hot seat and is asked a question. Only the student in the hot seat may answer. If the student does not know the answer, the student may have a classmate come up and whisper the answer. The process continues with the student in the hot seat selecting the next participant.

Offer from University of Phoenix: As part of the University of Phoenix’s Teacher Appreciation Scholarship program, the college will award Twenty (20) full tuition scholarships for a Master of Arts in Education this fall!  The application window is now open for Madison teachers and staff.  Applications will be accepted now through September 27, 2016. The applications and eligibility requirements can be found by visiting

Wetsel Middle School had their first “Show Your BLUE” assembly to reward students who have been nominated by their teachers and then chosen by their peers. Students who received awards were recognized for helping classmates without being asked, assisting new students, and reporting bullying. The students being recognized had family attend the assemblies and come eat lunch with them. They were all very surprised and happy to be recognized!!

4th grade math teachers, Aimee Morehead, Carmen Aylor, Abbie Jewett, and Kaitlyn Nasatka had their students up and moving to practice rounding whole numbers.  Partners worked together to round given numbers to the specified place value.  When  solved they searched the classroom and/or hallway for the card with their answer.  Once the card was found the students would use their IPAD to scan the QR code to get their next question.  Students continued until all questions were completed.  What an excellent way to engage all students in their learning!

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Student vs Faculty Kickball. Students and faculty at Waverly Yowell will be playing a friendly game of kickball at the softball field on Thursday, September 8th from 3:30 to 4:30pm. Come cheer on your favorite team!

WMS is excited to announce that on March 30th, 2017, we will have a PBL Night to celebrate student collaboration and creativity.  Student projects will be saved and presented to parents to demonstrate our commitment to ensuring students are provided with a variety of learning opportunities to increase understanding and achievement.

Students in Kendall Fears’ Kindergarten class enjoyed exploring and getting hands-on learning with sorting shapes. Her kiddos took turns being the “Ruler” who would set the sorting rule for the rest of the group. When a student made a mistake in sorting, Kendall skillfully guided him toward correcting it, making it a powerful learning moment for the entire class. They showed higher-order thinking while participating in discussion and remained focused and on task throughout the lesson (pretty amazing for a large group of 5 yr. olds). You can tell there’s some incredible instruction taking place in that room!

Reminder.  Friday is the deadline to make changes to your health insurance and to sign up for the Flexible Spending Plan for 2016-2017.  Please contact Finance Director Tina Cropp if you have any questions.

Students in the MCHS Teacher Cadet Program along with their teacher Gail Temple enjoyed a visit to the Primary School last week.  Media Specialist Liz Ford worked with the group and let them use the library there to read children’s books with messages that build self-esteem in younger students.  She pulled a collection of books for the students to peruse.

MOTW August 29Congratulations to Chris Smith and Makenna Santinga for being named Mountaineer Athletes of the week for the week of August 22-27. Chris had 426 total yards and 7 touchdowns in the football team’s win over King William on Friday and Makenna had 23 assists, 15 digs and 5 aces in Madison’s 3-1 win over Orange County on Thursday.

Congratulations to our Fall Athletic Teams for getting off to a great start to the 2016 school year. Our Varsity Volleyball team is currently 2-0 with home wins over Page County (3-0) last Tuesday and Orange County (3-1) on Thursday. Sarah Good, Grace Fox, Makenna Santinga and Emillee Russell led the Mountaineers in both wins.  The Volleyball team hosted Luray last night and then sets off for a tough 7-game road stretch before returning home.

The Varsity Football team had an impressive 62-30 win at King William on Friday night. Quarterback Chris Smith threw for 371 yards and 5 touchdowns and ran for 55 yards and 2 touchdowns giving him 426 total yards and 7 touchdowns for the game. Isiah Smith ran for 217 yards and 2 touchdowns and caught 4 passes for 39 yards giving him 256 total yards. Dre Twyman caught 4 passes for 180 yards and 3 touchdowns. Dylan Breeden had 90 receiving yards and a touchdown and Isaiah Breckenridge had 62 receiving yards and a touchdown. The defense shut out King William in the 2nd half and had just as many stand out players as the offense. Jake Price had 16 tackles, Isiah Smith 10 tackles and a forced fumble, Isaiah Breckenridge had 7 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and 3 tackles for loss. Dylan Breeden had 6 tackles and a forced fumble, William Graves had tackles and Elijah Lewis had an interception. The Mountaineers host Luray this Friday night in their home opener. Luray was a 41-0 winner over Nelson County on Friday. Everyone come out and support the Mountaineers!

Mountaineer Fest is this Thursday September 1st at the Football field for 6:30-8:00. There will be a Moonbounce, Obstacle Course, Games, a DJ, MCHS Band, Concessions, MCHS Cheerleaders, Face Painting, Snow Cones, T-Shirts and Door Prizes and of course the Madison Sheriff’s Office Barrel Train ride. Come help us kick off the 1st home football game and celebrate another season of Mountaineer Football.

BabyWelcoming a new addition!!! MPS is thankful to have Denice Herrman who is filling in for Tinsley Roebuck while she is out on maternity leave with her new sweet one. Denice hops right in, never missing a beat.  Healthy, Bentley Isaiah Roebuck was born on Tuesday, August 16, 2016.  Congratulations, Tinsley and many thanks, Denice!

College FairCollege Fair.  MCHS will host a College Fair on Thursday, September 15 from 6 to 7:30pm in the Wetsel Middle School Cafeteria and Gym.  Representatives from over 60 Colleges, Universities, and Career Schools will be present.  This event is open to all students and parents.

Text Features.  5th Grade Teacher, Brittany Baker, had students work in groups to identify and label text features.  A nonfiction passage that was glued onto bulletin board paper was the text to be examined.  It included features, such as headings, captions, diagrams, cutaways, and bold words.  After hunting for a set amount of time, the groups switched.  Their new job was to locate any missed features and to determine if the group correctly labeled them.  While working enthusiastically, the kids discussed and used the vocabulary.

Identity Property.  Third grade teachers, Ali Allamon and Paula Litwin, invited the administrators to their classrooms to assist with a math activity.  The children began by stating physical characteristics of their guests.  Next the teachers added to the administrators; thereby, changing their appearance or identity.  After seeing the changes, teachers were able to make a connection to the identity property.  The children thoroughly enjoyed the activity!

This past Saturday 15 staff members from MCHS participated in the 7th Annual MAD Run!  We spent the morning in the beautiful Hebron Valley to walk/run 4 miles and soak up the amazing scenery in Madison.   Thanks to teams like MCHS, the Madison women’s running group will be sending a donation of approximately $2200 to the Breast Care Program at the UVA Cancer Center.  MCHS was recognized as the business/organization with the greatest percentage of staff at the event.  This is the second year in a row that MCHS has been recognized in this category!

MCHS would like to welcome two new custodians, Heather Manuel and Brandon Riker.  They have become welcome additions to the staff and have quickly fit into the routines of the high school.  We are happy to have them with us as a part of the team.

MCHS continues to join in with the Primary School to recognize the colors of the day.  Here are several pictures of the MCHS staff as they wore Orange, Purple, Blue, and Green.  It is great fun to see everyone join in to support our youngest Mountaineers!

Here are pictures of Wetsel celebrating colors days:


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