Mountaineer Notes, November 16, 2016

win-over-nanduaCongratulations to the Varsity Football team for their 63-26 win over Nandua in the 1st Round of the Region 2A East Football Playoffs. Madison will travel to take on the #1 seed Stuarts Draft on Friday November 18th at 7:00pm.

teaching-assistantTHANK YOU Teaching Assistants.  Today is National Education Support Professionals Day!  Please take a moment to thank our teaching assistants!

art-bowls-for-mesa-2The Empty Bowl Drive will be held on Tuesday, November 22 from 5 to 7 pm in Wetsel Middle School Cafeteria.  People can purchase a ceramic bowl made by a student and be served soup and bread.  This is a joint project of the Wetsel and MCHS Art Departments.  All proceeds go to MESA.


charlieIt’ s School Psychology Awareness Week.  Please take a moment to thank our amazing School Psychologist, Kaitlyn Schmidt!





jmuJMU Cohort in Educational Leadership to begin January 2017.  The Informational Meeting for the cohort will be held Thursday, November 17 from 4 to 5pm at the School Board Office.  Madison, Culpeper, Greene, and Orange school employees have been invited.  See poster for more information.


Congratulations to the MCHS Forensics Team!  They placed FIRST overall in the speech competition.  This was the first competition of the VCFL (Virginia Catholic Forensics League) season.  All students who placed have qualified to the state competition in March.  Individual winners were:


  • Extemporaneous Speaking:  Hailey Helm, 4th place
  • Declamation: Maya Powell, 5th; Caleb Mayer, 2nd, and Samuel Decowski, 1st.
  • Duo Performance:  Tre Haggens/Jared Gessler, 4th place; and Rose Young/David Miller, 1st place
  • Oral Interpretation (Prose/Poetry):  Scotti Mullen, 5th place; Aliya Turcios-Sanchez, 4th place
  • Dramatic Performance:  Jacob Corbin, 5th place; Rebecca Young, 3rd place; Michael Broyles, 2nd place; and Steven Franklin, 1st place

Elijah Lewis

Congratulations to Elijah Lewis for being named the Mountaineer Athlete of the Week. Elijah had 2 catches both for touchdowns totaling 116 yards to help the Mountaineers in their 63-26 playoff win over Nandua.

thomas-shifflettBig Shout Out to Thomas Shifflett for doing an excellent job as our Mountaineer this year at our Football games.

Congratulations to the following Football players for being named to the All Bull Run District and Conference 35 teams:

Isiah Smith1st Team All District and Conference 35 Running Back and Defensive Back.

Chris Smith1st Team All District and Conference 35 Quarterback

Dre Twyman1st Team All District and Conference 35 Wide Receiver and 2nd Team All District Kick Returner

Isaiah Breckenridge 2nd Team All District and 1st Team All Conference 35 Wide Receiver

Congratulations to MCHS Health and PE teacher Mark Arrington!  He was recently elected as the Virginia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (VAHPERD) VICE PRESIDENT of the physical education division at the annual conference this past weekend in Richmond.

You may remember the ice bucket challenge or the harem shake challenge as a viral internet sensation.  The most recent viral challenge is the Mannequin Challenge.  MCHS teachers Jennifer Brockman, Emily Kline, Beth Wilson and Geoff Morrell had their second block classes show a typical hall change at the high school. 


WYES and MCHS are partnering to enhance the elementary schools One School, One Book program.  10th, 11th, and 12th grade students are participating in a penpal project with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. On November 7, letters were distributed to MCHS Advisory classes where students were handed the first letters from the elementary school. The high school students then answered the letters.   A special delivery will be made on November 18, the letters will be delivered by “Pony Express” by MCHS’s Charlotte Edwards and Michelle Farmer. The plan is to continue writing letters the month of November so WYES can talk about their favorite parts of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.

show-your-blueThese students exemplified what it truly means to SHOW YOUR BLUE by exhibiting one of our four characteristics..  Be Respectful, Learn Everyday, Understand Responsibilities, and Encourage Everyone.  Congratulations to Brantley Kennedy and Rosie Pyle.

On Friday, October 11th 7th grade students from WMS traveled to Shenandoah National Park to experience first hand one of mother nature’s most beautiful areas.  Students explored the Civilian Conservation Corps at Big Meadow and viewed a homesite of a family relocated from the park during the resettlement.  The fieldtrip is used to introduce students to the real life experiences that they will read about later in Ghost Girl by Delia Ray.

rayneisha-and-clareMCHS students Clare Sukley and Rayneisha Yates were both selected to represent Madison in All-District Choir in the alto section.  There were 160 altos that tried out from 11 different school districts.  Rayneisha finished 30th and Clare finished 8th.

germanna-scholars-at-mchs-1Over sixty parents and students attended an informational session on the Madison Early College Program.  Dr. Tim Konhaus, coordinator of Dual Enrollment at Germanna Community College, presented this unique program for MCHS students.  Qualified students can earn an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in general studies while completing the requirements for an advanced studies diploma.

lightWYES fifth grade students created posters that demonstrated how light behaves when it hits transparent, translucent, and opaque objects. Students included 3 objects/pictures for each object and included the definition of each.

WYES has had 225 STAR forms for positive behavior written so far this year!  Special kudos to  Karen Rice, Jane Gibson and students.  Each week they count the forms, write students’ names on the stars and hang them in the hallway.  It is a big amount of work but one that we all enjoy and appreciate.

The Madison County Public Schools Gifted Advisory Committee met to review gifted services and the MCPS Gifted Plan revision. Members in attendance were:

  • Katie Gigliotti, WYES Coordinator
  • Sarah Mabe
  • Carol Johnson, Recorder
  • Claire Keith, WMS Coordinator
  • Angela Thiemann, Chair
  • Tina Weaver, Director of Teaching and Learning

specials-reading-incentiveSpecials Comprehension Connection. In an effort to increase the love of reading among Waverly Yowell students, the specials team has launched a program to encourage our students to read even MORE and to read materials that are about the different specialty classes at Waverly (Spanish, Art, Library, School Counseling, Music, and PE).  After students complete their reading they write a paragraph telling about the book and turn it into the library.  Each time students turn in a paragraph they receive TOE Tokens that represent the specialty read about.  ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, READ!!!!

Congratulations to the Madison Primary School winners of the Veterans Day poster contest sponsored by our local American Legion Post. The First Grade winners were Mia Greene, Juliet Lamb, Miranda McDaniel, Allison Field, Bridget Wolf, Addison Deane and Sophia Owens. The Second Grade winners were Madelyn Woodward and Danny Lohr. Thanks to Army veteran Meredith LoBello for presenting awards at our Veterans Day assembly.

good-listeningSarah Mickelberry’s 2nd Grade friends are becoming excellent conversationalists by practicing good listening and oral communication skills to help deepen and solidify understanding. According to Ron Nash, these skills are vital for career readiness and seriously lacking in today’s tech-saturated world. Way to go & keep conversing, kids!

Congratulations to Chris Smith for being named the Schewels Athlete of the Week for his performance in the Mountaineers 63-26 playoff win over Nandua. Here is a link to the Daily Progress article.

mingo-3Last week, the MCHS CTE department traveled to Mingo County, W. VA to visit a comprehensive high school (much like MCHS) to observe their Simulated Workplace classrooms.  Among the participants were Tina Weaver, Jayne PennHollar, Sharon Taylor, Thomas Benns, Cheryl Paramore, Krista Tanner, and Jason Allison all of which toured the comprehensive high school.  Participants had the opportunity to discuss and observe Simulated Workplace classrooms and acquire ideas as to how to incorporate into MCHS’s CTE classroom.  Examples of a Simulated Workplace classroom can be seen below. 

art-muralArt classes made a huge MCHS collage – each letter is a different theme.   M is all mountain pictures; C is blue and white, with MADISON embedded; H is plaid for our country living; and, S is more blue and white — the light blue is old torn passes!  Great job – Ashleigh Pugh and classes!!

3rd-grade-trip3rd Grade Field Trip.  3rd grade students at Waverly Yowell Elementary went on a field trip to the River’s Edge Nature Preserve in Fredricksburg, VA.  It provided the students with a hands-on, outdoor science experience.  They saw firsthand a marshy area of the Rappahannock and its watershed.  They hiked to the wetlands and played a food chain/food web game.  It was AWESOME! The kids really seemed to enjoy it and they represented Madison very well!

The Wetsel Sign Language Club went to MPS to present a story in sign language to first graders during library time. The students signed “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” and taught students how to sign the Alphabet, Colors, Numbers, Names and Animals. Karin Ovarec is the Sponsor.

Did You Know?

Innovative High School Planning Grant.  Did you know that Madison County Public Schools received one of five statewide Innovative High School Planning Grant to redesign high schools by the Governor?

Dropout Rate.  Did you know Madison is ranked seventh best in the state for low dropout rate out of approximately 130 school divisions?  This means we a top 10.

Advanced Diplomas.  Did you know that Madison is ranked 17th in the state for most demanding diploma type out of approximately 130 school divisions?  This means we are so close to being a top 10.

Athletics. Did you know that with Madison’s 63-26 win over Nandua that the Mountaineers are 1 of only 16 schools in Group 2A still in the hunt for a Football State Championship. This means we are in the Sweet 16.

Three Mentor Programs. Did you know that Madison Primary School has three mentor programs? Breakfast buddies supported by community members, a school-based program supported by our teachers, and a homework club supported by Madison County High School students.

Pen Pals.  Did you know that Waverly Yowell students are looking forward to having pen pals with high school students?


All Month                       National Native American Heritage Month

  • 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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