Mountaineer Notes, September 28, 2016

MCHS students in Gail Temple’s Teachers for Tomorrow class wrote, illustrated, and read their original children’s books to students in kindergarten at Madison Primary.  The books are currently on display in the MCHS Library. 


madconnectsThe new Wetsel Middle School global education initiative known as “MadConnects” is now up-and-running. The first “connection” of the school year is with The Packer Collegiate Institute of Brooklyn, New York. This connection uses good old, trusty “snail mail” in a “rural-to-urban” exchange that works on students’ writing practices, as well as, exposes them to the different perspectives, ideas, and cultures of their new friends in NYC.

Scientists at Virginia Tech are working with a mutated gene that helps a model plant called Arabidopsis resist pathogens. Currently, farmers deal with these pathogens by applying chemicals that are expensive, environmentally hazardous, and not always effective. MCHS 10th Grade Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School students are tasked with designing and performing experiments to gather data about the aap-2 gene. Data collection and further experimentation may lead to possible genetic modifications that enable plants to resist pathogens. This research holds much promise for improving global food security. Pictures are from the Arabidopsis Kickoff meeting at the Best Western in Zion Crossroads, where 158 BRVGS 10th grade attended a presentation by Virginia Tech’s Dr. John McDowell, a plant physiologist and lead researcher.


motwThe new athlete of the week t-shirts are here. IMPOSE YOUR WILL is the theme of this year’s shirt. Pictured wearing their shirts are MOTW winners Chris Smith, Katerina Sheads and Eric Cashman.

Madison Strong coordinated its second annual Kickball for a Cause on Tuesday, September 20.  The event was open to the public with canned good donations for MESA.

blue-teamBlue Team and Champions: Director of Technology Sam Utz, Primary Nurse Natalie Barb, MCHS Math Teacher Erika Moritz, Wetsel Science Teacher Devin Milbourne, Wetsel Math Teacher Patrick Jennings, Waverly 3rd Grade Teacher Ali Allamon, MCHS Art Teacher Ashleigh Pugh, Waverly 5th Grade Teacher Brittany Baker, and Primary Counselor Karen Organ-Lohr.

gray-teamGray Team: Reading Specialist Cora Chlebnikow, Primary 2nd Grade Teacher Maci Dyer, Technology Support Specialist Shawn McDonough, School Resource Officer Drew Eanes, Primary Instructional Coach Jessi Almas, Waverly Special Education Teacher Abbie Jewett, Wetsel English Teacher Kellie Mason, and Wetsel Science Teacher Kim Adams.


white-teamWhite Team:  (front row) Primary First Grade Teacher Martha Clements, MCHS English Teacher Lydia Burk, Waverly 4th Grade Teacher Kayla Davis, Wetsel Instructional Coach Jared Morris; (standing) MCHS English Teacher Geoff Morrell, Primary PE Teacher Ben Breeden, Waverly Assistant Principal Jackie Ovalle, MCHS Math Teacher Mary Davis.


MCHS Varsity Football 2016Congratulations to the Varsity Football team for their 26-20 overtime win on Friday night. The Mountaineers are now 3-1 on the season and will travel to Riverside HS on Friday night for a 7:00pm game. The first VHSL Football Power Rankings were released yesterday and the Mountaineers are currently ranked #5 in Region 2A East. Congratulations to Coach Stuart Dean and the football team and keep up the good work!

Congratulations to MCHS teachers, Sharon Taylor, Cheryl Paramore, and Shannon Johnston for leading MCHS Economics and Personal Finance students to achieve the W!SE Blue Star Award. MCHS received this correspondence: “On behalf of Phyllis Frankfort Perillo, President and CEO, and all of us at w!se, it gives me great pleasure to announce the Blue Star Schools for the 2015-2016 academic year. Congratulations! A school, testing more than ten students, must have achieved a 80% passing rate on our Financial Literacy Certification Test and have EITHER a majority of students on a given grade level take the Test OR have the students who took it achieve an average score of 85% or higher. This is no small feat.”

The Regional College fair was held recently with MCHS as the host school this year.  Students from Madison, Culpeper and Orange were invited.  We had well over 100 students from Madison along with their parents here to visit the 50 colleges, universities and other post-secondary schools that joined us.   Special thanks to Celinda Bailey and Hilary Stanton for planning, organizing and setting up this event.  Kudos to Phil Warren for the use of the gym and for his part in rescheduling an event to make this night a success!


sipps-2Teachers and paraprofessionals were trained in providing SIPPS, a reading program of  Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words by Marni Kay, professional SIPPS trainer. WYES staff Jen Rehm, Kim Knighting, Temple Murray, Jamie McMahon, and Rebecca Bader and WMS staff Jared Morris, Pattie Rees, David Londrey, and Taylor Aylor participated. From MPS, Jessi Almas, Cora Chlebnikow, Bonnie Lange,Tammy Hicks, Liz Ford, and Carrie Wintersgill were trained in the afternoon. SIPPS is used for students needing additional phonetic skills.  sipps-1

A “Sweet” way to learn about the Dichotomous key.  5th grade students in Rebecca Weigle’s science classes used Jelly Belly’s to familiarize themselves with using a dichotomous key.  Students were given a bag of random flavored jelly beans.  They began by predicting the flavor of each candy.  They then used the dichotomous key to classify them by a variety of characteristics including color and spots or no spots.  The best part was eating them in the end to see if they were correct.


gaines-golfCongratulations to Gaines Swink for finishing 1st overall in our golf match against Clarke County last week. Gaines shot a 2 under par 33 at Greene Hills Golf Club. His -2 under round is the lowest 9 hole round in school history.   Gaines finished 5th in Monday’s Conference 35 Golf Championships. He shot an 18 hole round of 82 at Bowling Greene South Golf Course. His score also qualified him the Region 2A East Championships to be held Monday October 3rd at Heritage Oaks Golf Course in Harrisonburg.

mpotw-9-27Congratulations to Gaines Swink and Ceiara Monroe for being named Mountaineer Athletes of the Week for the week of September 19-24.

This is a shout out to all the WMS faculty members who are already staying after school multiple days a week, giving up lunch time, and doing whatever it takes to ensure our students are provided with every opportunity to succeed.  All of you should be commended for your dedication and unwavering devotion to our students.  SHOW YOUR BLUE!!!!

isiah-smithCongratulations to Isiah Smith for being named the Schewel’s Athlete of the Week for his performance against Warren County on Friday night. Isiah returned an interception for a touchdown and also had a rushing touchdown in the game.

College Application Night will be held at MCHS at 6:30pm on Wednesday, September 28, 2016. Topics covered are the Application, ACT/SAT Scores, Naviance and eDocs and Financial Aid and more.  Please contact the MCHS Counseling Office for more information.  We hope to see you there!

wyes-peSkyscrapers.  In P.E. with Andrew Schmaltz, students worked in small collaborative groups to create the highest standing tower using various materials.  They constructed buildings 3 different times, but on each occasion were given different parameters.  Students were able to analyze and observe their structures and the other groups in order to improve each time.  Seeing how their minds work is always insightful.

book-fairPTO Book Fair.  This week students are enjoying shopping at the BOOK FAIR!  Hundreds of great books line the shelves.  Putting books in the hands of children is always a great thing.  We are very grateful to WYES PTO president, Denice Herrman, and the other volunteers for helping with this project.

On Saturday, September 24th, Madison Primary School’s PTO put on a spectacular first Family Fun Fest Day! The parking lot was full and families were in abundance. Some activities included a bounce house, face-painting, cake walk, corn kernel play, frisbee decorating, vendors, and great food! Thanks to all teacher and parent volunteers who helped make this new annual event such a success! Many thanks as well to our dedicated PTO!

Madison Primary School hosted its annual Back to School Night this past Thursday, and the turnout was terrific! Teachers shared information with parents regarding the curriculum, classroom routines, and our new school-wide expectations that are a part of the Virginia Tiered System of Supports. Students also had the opportunity to share some of their work with their parents. Pictured are Kindergarten teacher Patty Butterworth, Kindergarten teacher Beth Dickey, and First Grade teacher Jarratt Caldwell sharing PowerPoint presentations with the parents of their students.

mps-homecomingCongrats to our Mountaineers for their incredible win over the Warren County Mustangs at last Friday’s homecoming game. The MVP of Primary’s spirit week goes to Second Grade Teacher Maci Dyer who took it to the house as Wonder Woman on Hero Day (unfortunately, not pictured) and was unrecognizable as Frozen’s Olaf on Disney Day. The beautiful Holland Lohr joined forces as a picture perfect Elsa to nearly complete the famous cast. Thanks to everyone who brought the spirit and made Homecoming week a huge success!

mapWaverly Yowell students were able to to participate in hands-on exploration and application of map concepts taught in their classrooms with the use of a giant 20’ x 28’ map of Virginia. In the morning, fourth graders were reviewing Virginia’s bordering states, geographic regions, and 4 major rivers.   Afternoon library lessons focused on fourth and fifth graders locating map features and third graders exploring the map and making connections with map skills previously learned.  Next week, the Primary school will have a chance to explore and participate in lessons on the map. Waverly Yowell is one of the few schools in the state that is getting access to this map this year. It is in a pilot year as curriculum is being written by members of the Virginia Geographic Alliance.  The curriculum committee is being headed up by Waverly Yowell’s Media Specialist Rebecca Jasman and Kathy Jefferson from Fuqua School in Farmville.   Rebecca was one of two people in Virginia selected to go to National Geographic Society in DC summer 2017 to be trained on this map.

The 2016 MCHS Homecoming celebrations were lots of fun and included spirit week, a fundraiser to buy Thanksgiving meals for Madison families, hallway decorations, a pep rally on Friday, the crowning of the 2016 Homecoming King and Queen, and of course the Homecoming Dance, featuring the theme Adventures through Disney.”  Each grade was assigned a Disney adventure for their hallway decoration competition.  The competition was fierce and each grade was recognized by the judges, but the overall winner was the Class of 2017 with “Alice in Wonderland.”  The pep rally was run by the SCA officers and featured  performances by the MCHS band and the varsity cheerleaders, Varsity team introductions, and fun games that involved students from all four classes as well as faculty.  Friday night was marked by a victory for the MCHS football team and the crowning of the 2016 Homecoming Queen, Grace Fox. On Saturday night students danced the night away at the Homecoming dance, where Nico Barton was crowned the 2016 Homecoming King.  Students danced until the last song ended and seemed to have a great time!  Kudos to Advisor Shannon Johnston and the SCA for planning a great Homecoming. 

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