Mountaineer Notes, October 10, 2016

drone-1Madison Takes First!  The Great Germanna Drone Race, was held on Saturday, October 8 at the Culpeper Air Show. MCHS, Orange CHS, Culpeper CHS and Eastern View HS all took part in the first annual drone race.  Ben Sherman, from the Germanna Center for Workforce, provided each school with two drones for the event.  The weather was not a friend to the drones or the student pilots, all the teams took a few spins around the flagged course.  Freshman, Colin McLain and Sophomore, Chantz Scott represented MCHS.  They were coached by Thomas Benns.

Michael Gabany’s Earth Science students created live weather forecasts.  Each pair of reporters set up in the classroom and  Skyped the weather report into the Learning Commons for their classmates to watch.  Teacher Julie Heffron and Media Specialist Becca LaVoie watched the forecast with the class.

resnickWMS would like to give a shout out to Matt Resnick, Civics teacher, who came to school on Friday with a broken foot, before going to doctor and knowing it was broken.   He  didn’t want his students to miss out on his amazing lessons!

Beth Boyd, ESL teacher, is assisting six students, in the district, who are learning English in addition to their native language. Research states that teaching in English, while using the native language for support, is vital. Beth works with students and teachers every Wednesday.

Movement in the classroom! Waverly Yowell teachers joined Primary School teachers for our monthly joint faculty meeting on Wednesday, October 5th. Primary PE teacher Ben Breeden and Waverly PE teacher Andrew Schmaltz presented “Movement in the Classroom”. Check out the entertaining pictures below modeling different ways to incorporate movement within your classroom.

motw-10-3Congratulations to Dre Twyman and Grace Eberhardt for being named Mountaineer Athletes of the Week. Dre had 6 catches for 44 yards and a touchdown on Friday for our football team and Grace ran a personal best time of 26:43 in our Cross Country meet last Wednesday.


middle-school-cross-countryCongratulations to the Middle School Cross Country teams for winning the Grymes Memorial Annie Inskeep Invitational last Friday.  EmmaKate Jenkins was also recognized as the individual champion in the girls division..  The Wetsel Family is very proud of the hard work and dedication exhibited by these student athletes.  Go Mountaineers! 


sb-tourOn Friday, October 7 school board members, Karen Allen, Bob Chappell, and Barry Penn Hollar visited Waverly Yowell classrooms. Board members were led by fifth grade students Bryce Breeden, Beau Crouthamel, Annie Herrman, and Ava Hettinger.


Welcome.  WYES school has two new instructional assistants.  We are excited to welcome, SaraAnn Reid and Lucie Stroble to our team!  They will assist with our Tier 2 remediation. We are grateful for their help with our new Tier 2 program, Reading Plus.

luray-visit-group-shotThe MCHS Earth science classes went to Luray Caverns for a field trip.  Students got first hand examples on things they just studies such as groundwater, caves, and dripstones.  Michael Gabany and David Matchen put together a fun and educational trip for our students.

October Family Library Night.  Fall was in the air at Waverly this past Thursday evening.  Students were treated to a variety of fall themed activities.  They had fun listening to seasonal stories, making monster puppets, and playing Pin the Spider on the Web.  Students had an opportunity to win a jar of candy corn by guessing the number of candy corn in the jar

While students were enjoying the fun in the library, families were invited to learn about how we approach reading instruction here at WYES.  They learned about the Fab Four of reciprocal teaching (predict, question, clarify, and summarize) and how this is being implemented in literacy classroom.  They were also provided with resources to use at home.  Thank you to Waverly’s Media Specialist Rebecca Jasman for organizing this great night.


wetsel-activity-day-2Wetsel’s Activity Day on Friday was a success. The final block of the day saw students moving from place to place inside and outside of the school. You could find them playing football, kickball, and cornhole, as well as, dancing like nobody’s watching with fellow students and staff – among other activities. Pictured here is Jimmy Riner showing his new moves and tripping the light fantastic with Wetsel’s own Assistant Principal Tori Gelbert.

Kindergarten students at Madison Primary School dressed as their favorite community helper last Friday, and the students had a blast. From police officers arresting teachers left and right (one of whom, when asked where the jail was, responded, “The classroom, of course!”) to doctors writing up scripts on Post-It notes. The children were adorable, and all had a lot of fun learning about their community.

virginia-mapStudents at Madison Primary School have been getting up and moving around Virginia! They are learning about cardinal and intermediate directions with media specialist Liz Ford through the use of a large Virginia floor map. A navigator guided an explorer around the State to locate areas determined by cards they had selected from a deck. A great example of learning through movement.


Did you know?

    • Technology.  Did you know that Madison has one of the fastest internet connections – downloads and uploads in Central Virginia – and probably Virginia and the nation?
    • Pre-School.  Did you know that Madison offers Pre-K to all students?  Any four-year old can participate.  We have not had a waiting list for several years – serving about 70 children annually.  This year our numbers are down – so we have placed ads in newspapers and coordinated with the Department of Social Services to get the word out.  We want to reach all children!  You can help by telling people about our amazing program.
    • Website.  Did you know that SBO Team member Candi Breckenridge updates news on the front page of the website?
    • Athletics. Did you know that the Athletic Department utilizes all 4 schools in Madison County to host their athletic events including Hoover Ridge?
      • MCHS – Football, Baseball
      • Wetsel – Volleyball, Basketball, Wrestling, Track
      • MPS – Soccer, Cheer
      • WYES – Softball
      • Hoover Ridge – Cross Country
    • Faculty meetings. Did you know that the Primary School and Waverly Yowell are doing  joint faculty meetings with a focus on professional development this year?
    • STEAM.  Did you know that art teacher, Katie Gigliotti, does STEAM lessons with all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades?
    • Scheduling.  Did you know that MCHS is on a 4X4 block schedule?  Students take 4 classes the first semester and then take 4 different classes the second semester for a total of 8 for the year.


  • All Month    National Principals Month
  • All Month    National Bully Prevention Month
  • All Month    Disability History and Awareness Month
  • 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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