Mountaineer Notes, November 2, 2016

pre-kLast week, Head Start and Pre-K teamed up to carve a pumpkin and learn about its life cycle. Preschool teachers Susan Estes and Jennifer Taylor did an excellent job of making this activity an awesome learning experience for our littlest ones with a read-aloud, interactive activity, and, finally, a fabulously carved pumpkin by Susan. Nice work, Ladies!

student-led-conferences-rees-londrey-2Students in Pattie Rees and David Londrey’s English class presented portfolios to parents as a change to the normal Parent Teacher Conference.  Portfolios consisted of assessments, classwork, and writing prompts as well as a self assessment survey.  At the conclusion of the presentation, families answered a few questions on paper to ensure all areas of importance were reviewed.  These students took responsibility for their own education and in some instances had to swallow their pride when explaining their lack of effort.  This process took prep work on the front end but was extremely effective in getting parents to participate in the learning process.  Many other Wetsel teachers were intrigued by the success of the Student Led Conferences and plan to implement this strategy in the Spring.

zach-and-benCongratulations to Zach McLearen and Ben Dillon for qualifying for next week’s Region 2A East Cross Country Championship. Zach finished 10th overall in a time of 18:04 and Ben finished 13th in a time of 18:13. The Region meet will be at Panorama Farms in Earlysville next Wednesday.

Congrats to Emma Taylor, Kim Adams, and Tyler Woodward for being chosen as Wetsel Middle School’s Staff of the Month. Teachers were recognized at our Show Your BLUE assembly last Friday. These teachers were chosen by their students for many reasons including: helping students when they don’t understand, being a great teacher, and teaching in a way that helps the students learn.

Congratulations to Isaiah Breckenridge for being named the Charlottesville Newsplex Athlete of the Week last week. In case you missed the broadcast here is the link.

MCHS Varsity Volleyball 2016Congratulations to the Varsity Volleyball team for beating William Monroe last Thursday. The win secured the #3 seed in this week’s Conference tournament.

Waverly Yowell fourth grade students in Brenda Lyddane’s music class experimented with an activity called “Pieces of Eight.”  Students chose a number from one to eight then played their instruments on the corresponding conducted beat. In “Groovy” “Pieces of Eight” students decided to showcase their improvisational skills!

Congratulations to Makenna Santinga and Grace Fox for being named to the 2016 All Bull Run District Volleyball teams. Makenna was selected to the 1st Team by the District Coaches and Grace was chosen as a 2nd Team Player. Congratulations Ladies #madisonpride

motw-1024_1028Congratulations to Sarah Good and Ben Dillon for being named Mountaineer Athletes of the Week. Sarah has missed the last 6 games with a torn ACL but wanted to play in her final home game despite her knee injury. Madison Pride at its finest right there!!!! Ben finished 13th in the Conference 35 Cross Country Championship last Wednesday and earned a spot in this weeks Region Championship.

Last Thursday, Wetsel Middle School’s SCA held a school-wide PINK assembly. SCA students ran the assembly and there were presentations from the JV cheerleaders, Junior Color Guard, and student spirit games. The whole month SCA members sold pink ribbons and the assembly ended with a check being presented to a UVA Hospital representative for $1,000 towards Breast Cancer research! A big thank you to Claire Keith and Megan Yezzo for spearheading the SCA and the assembly!

senior-football-and-cheerCongratulations to all our Football and Cheerleading Seniors for a great Senior Night performance. The football team won 42-24 and the Cheerleaders put on a special dance routine at halftime. Thank you for all your contributions to MCHS for the past 4 years.

wetsel-danceIt was a busy week for Wetsel’s SCA.   Last Friday, the SCA held a Halloween Dance. One of our students, Dakota Hidalgo De La Cruz, hand folded 100 origami bats to help decorate the dance! Students had a great time at the dance.   Thank you again, Claire Kieth and Megan Yezzo!

Media specialist at Waverly Yowell, Rebecca Jasman, is integrating technology in her weekly library lessons.  She used the program called Nearpod.  Nearpod is an interactive mobile presentation that teachers create and customize themselves.  Once created, students log in to the session and interact and respond from any device.  The presentation can be teacher controlled.  She used this approach with her 3rd graders to teach them about reference materials.  She also used it as a flipped classroom and had her 5th graders teach themselves about the correct usage of Google for research.  This is a very engaging program that can be utilized in any classroom.

Madison Primary School celebrated Read for the Record on Thursday, October 27th. A number of community readers volunteered their time to come in and read to our Kindergarten students. Among our guests were Deputies Drew Eanes and Deb Wise, retired educator Cindy Pattie, and County Librarian Bonnie Utz. We are fortunate to have a community that is dedicated to their children, and we very much appreciate all who volunteered to read.

red-ribbon-week-2Red Ribbon Week and Local Business Field Trip.   Karen Rice’s students took a field trip into the community of Madison.  They wore their red ribbons and explained that they would never do drugs!  They are pictured at Tastee-Freeze.  All students at Waverly Yowell were given red ribbons Friday and signed a pledge stating that they wouldn’t do drugs either.  Posters are hung throughout the school supporting this initiative!

Last week we held our annual Breast Cancer Awareness Football game.  This year, hats were sold to raise money to donate to the UVA Cancer Center.   There are still some hats that are available.  If interested, contact the high school.  Fans who wore pink received free cotton candy at the game and of course were able to watch the Mountaineers win

Color-icious.  Big shout out to Primary Principal Mike Coiner for joining the preschool team who dressed up as characters from Victoria Kann/Elizabeth Kann’s series.  Pictured are: Pinkalicious, Emeraldalicious, Silverlicious, and Purplicious.

Did you know?

Clerk of the School Board.  Did you know that Liz Patterson is Clerk of the School Board?

Industry Certifications.  Did you know that the class of 2017 graduates who graduate with a standard diploma will be required to have an industry certification?  Certifications offered at MCHS include: Cosmetology, Certified Nursing Assistant, W!SE, MOS Work, MOS Excel, MOS PowerPoint, Beef Quality Assurance, Para Pro, NCCER Core Curriculum and new this year Auto Cad.

33 Sports. Did you know that Madison County High School offers 33 sports for our students to participate in – including 15 that allow for participation by Wetsel Middle School students?

40% of Division Employee Birthdays Are From Wetsel.  Did you know that 8, or 40%, of the 20 employee birthdays in October were from Wetsel?

judy-garland-tiffany-kitnerKitner-Garland.  Did you know Wetsel Art Teacher Tiffany Kitner bears a striking resemblance to Judy Garland’s character, Dorothy, from the Wizard of Oz?

PBL. Did you know that all Second Grade Students at Madison Primary School complete two project-based learning activities each year?

Google Classroom.  Did you know that Google Classroom is being used with teachers at Waverly as a way to conduct professional development?

Traveling CTE students.  Did you know that some high school students travel to Rappahannock County to participate in their Culinary arts program?  In addition, some of their high school students travel to MCHS to participate in our Cosmetology program.

MCHS Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) sponsored a station at Trick or Trunk. Members planned, decorated, and donated candy for the event. This is the third year FBLA has contributed to Trick or Trunk.  Also, Madison Strong sponsored a station.  Over 1,100 children participated. 



  • All Month                       National Native American Heritage Month
  • November 11                 Veteran’s Day
  • November 14-18            American Education Week
  • November 14-18            School Psychology Awareness Week
  • November 16                 National Education Support Professionals Day
  • November 16                 National Parental Involvement Day
  • November 18                 Substitute Educators Day
  • November 19                 World Day for Prevention of Abuse & Violence against Children
  • November 20                 International Children’s Day
  • November 20-26            National Family Week
  • November 24                 Thanksgiving

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