Mountaineer Notes, September 21, 2016

cte-wv-visitMCHS Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department travelled to West Virginia to site visit a nationally-premiere and recognized program.   Teachers Thomas Benns, Jackie Kemp, Travis Knight, Joyce Lindsey, RJ Nobblitt,  Cheryl Paramore, Krista Tanner, and Sharon Taylor; Instructional Coach Jayne Penn-Hollar; Assistant Principal Jason Allison; and, Director of Teaching & Learning Tina Weaver spent the day at James Rumsey Technical Institute (JRTI) in Martinsburg, WVA.  This trip was funded by the reinvented high school grant. JRTI is a premier simulated-workforce site in  West Virginia; we hope to begin our Madison model  on their program – enhancing it and making it appropriate for Madison. 

Wetsel had their last home middle school Cross Country meet on Wednesday. Students are continuing to improve their scores and they’re all working very hard to get better.

ms-danceWMS PTO held their first dance of the year, over 100 students signed up to attend the dance. The students had an amazing time and many teachers showed up to enjoy the afternoon with their students.

CTE Advisory Committee met September 14 at MCHS.  MCHS CTE Department Chair/Instructional Coach Jayne Penn-Hollar began the discussion of individual CTE class enrollments, credentialing pass rates, and course offerings. A brief discussion occurred about the transformation of the Woodworking Program into a Building Trades program.  Additionally, the STEM program will be utilizing the AutoCad program this year.  MCPS Director of Teaching and Learning Tina Weaver, MCHS Assistant Principal Jason Allison, and Jayne Penn-Hollar discussed the High School Innovation Planning Grant.  Germanna Community College representative Ben Sherman discussed the Core Craft Skills certification. A lengthy discussion occurred about the planning grant and the correlation with the Core Craft Skills program.  The next meeting is in December.

Summary Without Words. WYES 5th grade students in Scott Aylor’s science class had to tap into their creativity to summarize the steps of the scientific method without using words.   Students could use drawings, numbers, and symbols.  The challenge was to convey as much information as possible through their drawings.  The finished products were very impressive.

Students from Wetsel Middle School participated in the Summer Reading Program sponsored by the Madison County Library.  The students pictured were identified for their exemplary performance this summer and qualified for a drawing to win a brand new tablet.  The lucky winner was Joey Johnston.  The following students also participated and were recognized for their achievements: Erwin Carter, Natalie Coates, Leah Gould, Cameron Myers, Anna. Pfaff, and Abby. Johnson.

wyes-fan-dayFan Day.  Students and teachers are showing their school spirit and Mountaineer Homecoming.  Many students are wearing clothing showing their favorite teams.  Pictured are some serious fans beginning their day at WYES.

Waverly Media Specialist Rebecca Jasman is developing pathfinder resources for all grade levels to support reading and PBL’s.  Pathfinders are a collection of vetted sources that teachers and students can use when researching.  The reading pathfinders have resources such as book trailers, author talks, author websites, and teaching guides for novel studies.  The PBL pathfinders have resources to facilitate student research.  This way the teachers have a place to go to that has websites that they know will have the resources that the students need in order to be successful in their research projects.

Faculty Homecoming King and Queen.  PE teacher Charlotte Edwards and English teacher Kane Kashouty were selected by the students as the 2016 Homecoming King and Queen.

MCHS Life Planning class studied a unit entitled Community Connections.  Students in Krista Tanner’s class worked with the Madison Garden Club and also worked with RJ Nobblitt’s Agriculture class to weed the garden beds and spread mulch.   Teachers report that they are extremely proud of our students and the volunteers.   The spread of school pride occurs when a small act of pulling weeds turns into a movement that affects the entire community at Madison County High School.  So to answer the question of who benefits from volunteers…  We do.  This week we should see the results of a fresh, cleaned up and mulched flower garden.  Way to Go, Mountaineers!  Making us Proud! 

Our Pre-K students at MPS are having a blast learning about the life cycle of a butterfly! Jennifer Taylor and Susan Estes are working wonders with our littlest friends who are thrilled to be growing their very own monarch butterflies in the classroom. Watching the transformation from hungry caterpillar to golden-flecked chrysalis and, finally, to beautiful butterfly, this was one classroom experience these kiddos are not likely to forget!

fan-day-1The feud continues! The longstanding rivalry between Virginia and Virginia Tech was alive and well for FAN DAY at Madison Primary School. First Grade teacher Martha Clements and Principal Mike Coiner showed their school colors at MPS in support of the MCHS Homecoming Week. One thing they could agree on was “Go Mountaineers!!”

Students at Madison County High School have been busy riding the exercise bikes in the media center this year. The school has a goal of pedaling 660 miles to reach Maine; and so far, students have pedaled 245 miles already reaching Philadelphia!  Khalid West and Josh Arbogast pictured below both frequently ride while completing English and Math assignments.

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