Mountaineer Notes, October 5, 2016

safety-patrol-mps-2Students continue to show Respect, Safety, and Responsibility at Madison Primary School. Exemplary behavior is rewarded by our Safety Patrol who pass out Bucket Slips to friends walking safely and responsibly to their destinations. Way to go, Mountaineers! safety-patrol-mps-1


Congratulations to Gaines Swink for qualifying for the VHSL State Golf Championship to be held October 10th and 11th at Heritage Oaks Golf Course in Harrisonburg. Gaines shot a 78 at the Region Championship and finished tied for 9th overall. Pictured is “Team Madison” that was in Harrisonburg to support Gaines and waited the entire three-and-one-half  hours after he finished to see if his score would qualify him for States. Great Job Gaines #madisonpride gaines-pic

The VTSS teams area in full swing, planning and implementing school-wide matrices.  Team “Coaches” went to Richmond in September for two days of training and will also be attending training in October.  Thanks to Division Level Coaches  Sarah Dillon and Casey Stanton for providing professional development to teams last month and for helping teams implement plans at each school.

andrew-book-clubWaverly Yowell PE teacher, Andrew Schmaltz, is doing a book club everyday during lunch with selected fourth grade students. Students are reading Blood on the River which is a historical fiction novel about Jamestown; this story also ties into fourth grade Virginia Studies SOL.  Mr. Schmaltz is also utilizing reciprocal teaching strategies during his book club to help promote students’ reading comprehension.

Congratulations to the entire Volleyball program for sweeping William Monroe on Thursday night. The Middle School team traveled to Monroe and won 2-0. The JV team beat Monroe 2-0 as well and the Varsity team won 3-2 coming from behind in game 4 and dominating game 5 winning 15-6. The MCHS students came out in force to support the Mountaineers and were a big part in helping our team win. #madisonpride vb-crowd

Wetsel Middle School’s “Show Your BLUE” is in full force. We had another assembly Friday. This week, in addition to our 6 student awards, we had three teachers awarded with Teacher of the Month. These teachers were nominated and chosen by their students. Septembers Teacher of the Month Awards went to: Jarrod Tanner, Emily Everard, and Kellie Mason. Congrats to the teachers and students who were awarded this past week!

5th Annual Virginia Council of Mathematics.  Last week, the Virginia Council of Mathematics held a conference called Coaching for Balance and Connected Mathematics at Germanna Community College.  The first day was devoted to the new standards of learning that will be implemented next year.  Additions, deletions, and changes were analyzed and discussed.  The second day consisted of a variety of workshops to attend.  Our teachers enjoyed:

  • Guided Groups without Tears
  • Growth Mindset Coaching in the Mathematics Classroom
  • The Math Diet:  An Instructional Framework to Grow Mathematician
  • Creating Mathematical Thinkers (using Exemplars in the classroom)
  • Implementing Math Stations in the Elementary Classroom
  • Mathematical Tasks to Skills

Networking with other school divisions always proves to be a valuable experience as well.

smith-cbsCongratulations to Chris Smith for being named the Charlottesville Newsplex Athlete of the Week last week. In case you missed it, here is the link to the broadcast

October is ADHD Awareness Month.  The US Census Bureau estimates 1,795,734,009 people were aged 5-19 worldwide in 2013. Thus, 7.2% of this total population is 129 million—a rough estimate of the  number of children worldwide who have ADHD. – See more at:

motw-926_930Congratulations to Allie Burbridge and Isaiah Breckenridge for being named Mountaineer Athletes of the Week. Allie had 4 Kills and 8 Blocks in Madison’s huge win over arch rival William Monroe last Thursday and Isaiah scored 2 touchdowns including the game winner and 4 tackles on defense in the Varsity Football win over Riverside on Friday.

Work on the Innovation High School Planning Grant continues with a conference call week with VDOE State Superintendent, Dr. Steve Staples. Participating in the call were Director of Teaching and Learning Tina Weaver, MCHS Assistant Principal Jason Allison, and CTE Department Chair Jayne Penn Hollar. The team was complimented by Dr. Staples for thorough reporting and Madison’s trip to West Virginia to observe simulated workplace classrooms in action. As a reminder, MCPS if one of five grant recipients named by the Governor to redesign the Virginia High School.

k-cookingStudents from Kindergarten teacher, Candia Morris’s class, pose for a picture to show off their community contributions talents. What cute bakers, right?!  Related to social studies SOL in economics and civics, students got to choose a way to be a community helper through a job of their choosing. This Friday, students will give presentations to their classmates about how they are community helpers.

Congratulations to Waverly Yowell Elementary School students for completing over 358,000 math facts using Reflex Math. Madison Primary students answered over 170,000 math facts. Reflex is game-based and highly motivational so students enjoy the learning process.

reading-plusReading Plus is up and running at Waverly.  Students in various literacy classes have begun working with this online reading intervention program.  Reading Plus builds on the three domains of reading: physical, cognitive, and emotional.  Students engage in activities that develop their fluency and stamina, build vocabulary and comprehension, and increase interest, confidence and motivation.  We look forward to seeing the progress our students make.

Madison Primary School PE teacher Ben Breeden used parachute activities to reinforce academic standards for Jeannette Michels’ Kindergarten class. Ben reviewed terms such as left, right, up, down, front, back, and counting to five. As always, Ben also emphasized the importance of teamwork, not only during games, but in the classroom as well.

Ashleigh Pugh’s Art 2 and 3 classes had the privilege of a visit from Bridgewater College Professor, Michael Hough. He came to MCHS to discuss his artwork and the process of how his work has developed and his inspirations. Hough demonstrated how to make a vase, mug, goblet, plate, and a bowl on the pottery wheel.  Many students want to visit Ms. Pugh’s alma mater to visit the art studio and visit some art classes. 

vb-breast-cancerNext Tuesday, October 11th is our annual Pink Out Breast Cancer Awareness Volleyball Game. Please come out to the game and wear PINK in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.

tackle-breast-cancerThe Breast Cancer Awareness Football Game is scheduled for Friday, October 28 at 7:30pm.

Students at WMS are selling Pink Ribbons to help raise awareness for breast cancer.  This annual event has proven to be a great fundraiser and wonderful way to support a worthy cause.  If you see a WMS student or faculty member with a pink ribbon, be sure to ask them about how you can purchase one.  A special thank you to math teacher Claire Keith for overseeing the month long event.

For a homework assignment, MCHS chemistry students created personalized license plates using the element symbols (and names) from the Periodic Table.  They framed their plates using borders donated by local auto dealerships.  Julie Heffron always looks for fun ways to keep students learning chemistry.



  • All Month    National Principals Month
  • All Month    National Bully Prevention Month
  • All Month    Disability History and Awareness Month
  • October 2      National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day
  • October 3-7   National Yearbook Week
  • October 4       National News Engagement Day
  • October 5       World Teacher Day
  • October 10-14    National School Lunch Week
  • October 17    Boss’s Day
  • October 17-21  National School Bus Safety Week
  • October 17-21  National Character Counts Week
  • October 22    Make A Difference Day
  • October 22     International Stuttering Awareness Day
  • October 23-31   Red Ribbon Week

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