Mountaineer Notes, October 26, 2016

caring-about-our-community-day-2Caring About Our Community Day was an awesome success here at MPS last week. Huge thanks go out to Karen Organ-Lohr for organizing a fun-filled food drive that had students and staff wearing colorful clothes and rocking crazy hair while raising donations for MESA. We all had a blast while helping out our community.


tackle-breast-cancerJust a reminder that this Friday, October 28th is our Breast Cancer Awareness Football game. Everyone come out and wear PINK in support of Breast Cancer victims/survivors and support our Football team at the same time!

MCPS instructional coaches, Jayne Penn-Hollar, Jen Rehm, and Jessi Almas met with Tina Weaver, Director of Teaching and Learning to plan for professional development for staff. Instructional coaches reviewed the district’s new professional development website and provided feedback. Sam Utz, Director of Technology, and Tina Weaver plan to open the website to teachers for use in early November. Teachers will be able to participate in personalized learning opportunities at their convenience.

motw-1010-1014_origCongratulations to Jake Price and Grace Fox for being named Mountaineer Athletes of the Week for the week of October 10. Jake leads the Mountaineer Football team in tackles so far this year and Grace has provided quality senior leadership on a young Volleyball team.

Madison will host the Conference 35 Cross Country Championships at Hoover Ridge on Wednesday October 26 beginning at 4:00pm. This is the 1st time that Madison has hosted the Conference Championships in Cross Country. Everyone come out and support our Cross Country teams. Admission is $5.

poverty-sim-1Over hundred MCPS teachers and administrators participated in the Community Action Poverty Simulation, providing a realistic interactive immersion into the culture of poverty on Friday, October 21. Community volunteers represented various agencies. Participants received an assigned family experiencing a month of economic decisions.

”This was the best professional development that I ever received”

“I empathize with students whose families are working with limited resources.”

Clare Lillard, Extension Agent, worked tirelessly to acquire volunteers and to organize the morning simulation. Carol Lee, Department of Social Services Self Sufficiency Specialist, completed the poverty training with a discussion of culture of poverty and available local resources. A special thank you to MCHS custodial staff, John Barnes, Heather Manuel, and Brandon Riker for setting up the simulation area.

lions-club-1The Madison County Lions Club last week provided vision screenings for all of our Preschool and Kindergarten students at Madison Primary School. They used a state-of-the art spot vision camera which is far more accurate and reliable than vision charts. This is an awesome free service provided by our local Lions Club, and we all are much appreciative of this service and of the assistance that the Lions Club provides for our community! 

Waverly Yowell held its end of the nine weeks assembly last Thursday. Students were recognized for having perfect attendance, participating in clubs, and receiving STAR forms for being responsible, safe, determined, and respectful. The assembly was kicked off with live morning announcements by secretaries Cathy Mills and Becky Hettinger. PE teacher and veteran, Andrew Schmaltz presented the colors. Kudos to guidance counselor, Nicole Keys, for organizing the event.

jamestownJamestown-Yorktown Foundation.  The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation visited Waverly Yowell last week.  The students participated in an interactive presentation about the cultures of Jamestown in 1607. Numerous standards were touched on throughout the discussion.  However, the main focus was comparing and contrasting the different cultures, English, Native Americans, and African.  Children had the opportunity to assist and share their knowledge.  It is always a valuable experience for the students and brings hands-on learning to them.  Thanks also to the 4th grade teachers for organizing the event!

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On Monday, October 24th the Madison County High School Football Teams (varsity and JV), head coach Stuart Dean, and assistant coaches went to the new MESA  location. They moved hundreds of boxes of food and other products upstairs and downstairs to their proper location.

Madison Primary School second grade teacher, Kristen Schlegel, was awarded a grant from the Virginia Wildlife eStore Grant Program that connects youth to the outdoors. The grant funds will be used to purchase binoculars and nature journals for the 2nd grade to use to closely observe and appreciate animals in habitats.  The grant covers a set of 25 binoculars and journals that can be used by the classes through rotation.  Students can journal their observations and see other student’s observations.  It is closely aligned with many 2nd grade science SOL.  The grant was fully-funded.  This program is supported by the 2016 Virginia Wildlife eStore ( Grant Program through a partnership between the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Wildlife Foundation of Virginia.

6th Grade Science students in Kim Adams class traveled to Graves Mountain Lodge to participate in hands on activities to examine the health and quality of our local watershed.  Students also received instruction from the CSWS pertaining to local trees and insect life.  This was a great experience for our students and provided valuable instruction pertaining to Virginia’s watersheds.


5th grade students traveled to Washington DC last week for a class trip.  Their first stop was the zoo where students saw a variety of animals such as pandas, orangutans, seals, reptiles, and prairie dogs.  They then ventured to the National Mall where they took advantage of the beautiful weather and enjoyed lunch.  After lunch, students and chaperones had time on their own to visit the Smithsonian Museums, Art Museum, American Indian, and Botanical Gardens where they even saw a chocolate tree.  The Air and Space Museum was very popular and some students even participated in a flight simulator, and it was one student’s first ride on an escalator.  It was a very educational trip and everyone had a great time.

primary-earthquake-drillMadison Primary School participated in the Great SouthEast ShakeOut last Thursday, October 20th at 10:20 a.m. along with all Madison schools.  This is a nationwide earthquake drill that helps prepare all who participate for the unexpected. Students and staff executed the drill without flaw. Way to go! To find more information on how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On, visit for more information, resources, and supplemental materials. This is extremely useful for your home preparation as well!

2016-october-salon-ptc-121MCHS students in Joyce Lindsey’s Cosmetology class used the Parent-Teacher Conference to perform salon services on their clientele.  Clients received Haircuts, Shampoo/Styles, Manicures, Pedicures and Facials throughout the afternoon.  Students displayed professionalism, teamwork, productivity, performance, problem-solving and were successful in getting compliments of satisfaction from all clients.

Did you know?

  • Athletic Trainer.  Did you know that MCHS has a new Athletic Trainer this year?   Her name is Hannah Lawrence and she comes to us from Bridgewater College. She previously was a trainer at Stonewall Jackson High School and also for the New Market Rebels Valley League Baseball team.
  • State Board of School Finance Administrators.  Did you know that Director of Finance Tina Cropp serves on the state board of her organization taking on state leadership for school finance?
  • Smallest-Largest class.  Did you know we have 1,716 students in grades K through 12?  Our smallest class is with 109 students in grade 2 and our largest class is grade 9 with 151.  There are 61 students in Preschool with no waiting list.
  • Collaboration. Did you know that MPS and WYES have joint faculty meetings?
  • Military Academy Graduate.  Did you know that Wetsel teacher Noel Guarino is a graduate of West Point?
  • Waverly Yowell Grade Levels/Departments.  Did you know that all grade levels at Waverly Yowell are departmentalized?
  • Primary Specials. Did you know Madison Primary School has a six-day specials rotation that includes music, art, spanish, computers, physical education, and library?
  • Calendar.  Did you know by Virginia law a school division can choose between either 180 days or 990 instructional hours?  Madison uses instructional hours.  This means if there are inclement weather days, as long as Madison is above 990 instructional hours, there is no need for make up days.  Any dip below 990 hours would require make-up time.  A division would have to make up days if it uses the 180-day model and dips below the 180-day requirement.
  • Wetsel Middle School Staff and Afterschool Activities. Did you know that 30% of the faculty and staff serve as coaches in a variety of after school activities?
  • Waverly Instructional Coach.  Did you know that Instructional Coach, Jen Rehm, is also a reading specialist, taught language arts and math, and got a hole in one playing golf?!!
  • MCHS Course Demographics.  Did you know that most classes are not tied to a particular grade level?  Many classes are made up of students from different grades.
  • Attendance. Did you know that students who miss 11 days of school or more per year dramatically cut their chances of graduating with a standard or advanced diploma (VDOE)?
  • Testing. Did you know SOL Testing can now be conducted on Chromebooks? In partnership with TestNav and the VDOE, Google OS platform is now able to SOL test through the latest release of TestNav 8. What does this mean? MCPS now has OVER 1300 machines that are capable of SOL testing, and VDOE is in the process of adding iPad capability for the Spring.


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

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