Mountaineer Notes, October 19, 2016

johnston-taylorMCHS teachers Johnston and Taylor named top US teachers in Financial Literacy education.  Shannon Johnston and Sharon Taylor were named Gold Star Teachers by W!SE. They join 608 other teachers nation-wide for this honor.  To be considered for the Gold Star Award, a teacher must achieve a 93% pass rate in at least one of their classes on either the Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Test.  Previously, we announced that MCHS students achieved the national W!SE Blue Star Award. According to W!SE, “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.”

Congratulations to Zach McLearen for finishing 13th overall at the Bull Run District Cross Country Championship held last week at Central Woodstock. Zach ran the course in 17:18 and his time was good enough to earn him 2nd Team All District Honors.

Our Volleyball teams hosted Strasburg last Tuesday in our annual Breast Cancer Awareness Game. A special thanks to parents Stacey Fox, Wendy Boone and Angela Adams for arranging for all the donations and door prizes for this event. The Volleyball team escorted Madison County residents who are Breast Cancer Survivors onto the floor prior to the Varsity game. The team raised $1,068 for Breast Cancer Research. Great Job Lady Mountaineers! breast-cancer On Friday, we celebrated the 40th Anniversary of our 1976 State Champion Football team at halftime of the Wm Monroe game. We had over 70 people (players, managers, cheerleaders and coaches) that made it the game that were part of that 1976 State Championship team. Once A Mountaineer, Always A Mountaineer!

Tina Weaver, Director of Teaching and Learning, Instructional Coach Jessi Almas, and WMS civics teacher Matthew Resnick attended a Virginia Department of Education Social Studies SOL revision institute on Tuesday in Fredericksburg. The institute included information on the social studies review process, revisions, resources, and teacher training. four-4sFifth grade math students were challenged to use their number sense in an activity called Four 4’s.  The numbers 1 through 20 were written on the board and students were instructed to find every number 1 through 20 using only four 4’s (all four of them had to be used each time) and any operation.  It took only a few minutes for the competitiveness to come out.  As students found the numbers they went to the board to write their solutions.  It was so amazing to watch the board fill up and for the students to point out how many different ones they could find.  Once students work with order of operations, the problem will be revisited next week to see if  the missing numbers can be found.

The Science Department at Wetsel became proud parents this past week…Over fifty trout eggs arrived and were placed in a 55 gallon tank all provided by the Friends of the Rappahannock. The Friends of the Rappahannock is a conservation organization with a mission “To be the voice and active force for a healthy and scenic Rappahannock River.” Students will take a major role in tending to these fish by administering daily tests to ensure water quality, temperature, etc. In the Spring, the fish will be released into the Rose River on a field trip for winners in our “Show Your Blue” initiative.

Alternative Education.  Alt Ed currently has 20 students which is the highest it has been in five years.  Two students are graduating in December.  Five students are placed in work-based learning sites to include:  MWP, Giovanna’s, Pie in the Sky, Olive’s Grille, Hardee’s, and Wolf Creek Farm. constitution-day-poster

Students in Harold Blincoe’s Government class participated in the American Legion Constitution Day Poster Contest.  The three winners were Hazel Faye Ronquillo Klamer, Nina Bench, and Tabitha Perry. 

The fifth grade running club two-mile run was held at Hoover Ridge on Tuesday. Fifty-one students trained each Tuesday after school for the past eight weeks for their big race. Special thank you to coaches Andrew Schmaltz, Patrick Jennings, Scott Aylor, Brittany Baker, and Kelsey Reott for their dedication to our students. running-club

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative uses a specially-prepared truck to train First Responders and private citizens about electrical safety and careers as linemen. REC Safety Manager Eric White and Lineman Rodney Taylor brought the truck to MCHS to give a demonstration to Marketing and Engineering students. Students learned about the history of electric co-operatives and the apprenticeship program at REC. They also learned how to stay safe around live and downed power lines.

rees-small-groupStudents in Pattie Rees’s English class participated in small group instruction to review previously learned material.  This is an initial part of the WMS RTI program emphasizing more individualized instruction to target specific skills and improve student achievement.

Madison Primary School Kindergarten Students enjoyed their annual trip to the pumpkin patch and were proud to show off their personal pumpkins upon returning to school. Thanks to the Kindergarten Teachers for making this such a special trip for the children, and to the students for being responsible, safe, and respectful during their venture.

Thomas Benns and his Technical Drawing and Design class at MCHS completed a class-wide Rube Goldberg machine in which small teams each completed a single stage in erupting a science fair style vinegar and baking soda volcano.  Rube Goldberg was a famous cartoonist whose specialty was drawing machines that made simple tasks extremely complicated, for example, 75 steps to sharpening a pencil. In this machine, multiple steps were executed to complete each of the 5 stages included: adding vinegar, adding food coloring, adding liquid soap, mixing the ingredients, then adding a water and baking soda solution.  There were a total of 50 steps to accomplish this eruption.

dictionaryDictionary Day.  Mr. and Mrs. Mickelberry visited Waverly Yowell on Friday with dictionaries in hand!  Third grade students listened to them explain how dictionaries help with spelling, the clarification of words, and parts of speech.  Every third grade student was given a dictionary of their very own to take home.  The students were thoroughly excited and look forward to using them!  The Mickelberry’s have done this since 2003 and we are very grateful for this opportunity.

The 2018 BRVGS students attended the CBIC Tech Tour. Madison students won the engineering challenge by building the tallest tower with two pieces of paper, scissors, and a small piece of tape. Over 400 students participated in the Tech Tour. Our students visited Scitent and UVA Scholar’s Lab/IATH.

Joyce Lindsey, Cosmetology and Jackie Kemp, Nursing joined their students together to complete a PBL for Work Based Learning.  Topics included Professionalism, Pros and Cons for Each (Uniform/Dress Code, Hair, Nails, Hygiene, Piercing, Tattoos), Work Schedule/Expectations, Pros and Cons for Each (Attendance, Dates/Times you want to work or are asked to work, Equipment needed for work), Preparation for an Employment Interview (Questions that you would ask Employer, Questions Employer may ask you).  Power Point presentations were created and presented by each group for their career.  Individually, students were also required to create and submit their own personal resume.

Best wishes for a well-deserved retirement! MPS wishes Speech and Language Pathologist, Deborah Atkins, a long and joyous retirement. Deborah’s expertise, dedication to her students and families, and passion for learning will be greatly missed. She has been called by many, “A miracle worker”. Many thanks to Deborah for her 28 years of service in Madison County Public Schools.

MCHS Marketing students in Sharon Taylor’s class met with their client, Michael Schwartz, Executive Director of Madison Literacy Council. Students are developing marketing plans for the Literacy Council. Students will present their final plans to Mr. Schwartz and the Literacy Council Board in early November.

Our top-notch teachers at MPS are improving instruction through professional development. Kendall Fears, Jarratt Caldwell, and Sarah Mickelberry participated in Seatwork to Feetwork with Ron Nash last week where he showed them ways to use movement and music in the classroom to encourage enthusiasm and increase blood flow to the brain. Be on the lookout for a couple of Mr. Nash’s ideas popping up along the hallways soon!

Did you know?

  • Technology.  Did you know that Madison is one of a select number of school divisions in Virginia and the nation to be completely wireless?
  • Germanna Community College Service Area.  Did you know that Germanna services students from Culpeper, Caroline, Fredericksburg, King George, Madison, Orange, Spotsylvania, and  Stafford?
  • Middle School Earth Science.  Did you know that we offer Earth Science (a high school credit) in middle school?
  • Primary Music Aligned to History SOL. Did you know that all musical performances in grades K-2 are aligned to the Virginia social studies/science Standards of Learning?
  • Alternative Education.  Did you know that student learning is virtually-based?
  • Math in Middle School.  Did you know that 60% of 8th Grade students will leave WMS with at least one math credit for high school graduation?
  • STEAM. Did you know that Madison Primary School provides STEAM classes for all students K-2?
  • Athletics.  Did you know that students need to have a current VHSL physical on file before they can try-out or participate in High School athletics?


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