Mountaineer Notes, November 30, 2016

vtss-gymImplementation of the VTSS tiered support system is going strong at Madison Primary School. Our most recent step was the installation of wall graphics showing our school-wide expectations. They have been placed in our cafeteria, gymnasium, and at the entrance to each pod area. They are bright and colorful, and will serve as a reminder for our students on a regular basis. Thanks to Student Services Coordinator Heidi Lohr for helping us make this happen.

MCHS Principal Gary Wintersgill,  Math Department Chair Mary Davis, Instructional Coach Jayne Penn-Hollar, and Director of Teaching and Learning Tina Weaver met with VDOE representatives to complete an academic review. District and school documents were reviewed.

dory-reading-2The 3rd and 4th graders at Waverly had the opportunity to show off their dance moves the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.  Each grade level had more than 70% of the students turn in their October reading logs.  Students enjoyed some popcorn and then danced it off.  This incentive program will continue monthly throughout the year.  Just keep reading!!! wyes-dance

Waverly Yowell students answered 921,589 Reflex Math facts this year. Madison Primary students average a student fluency gain of 120 math facts. Great work students and teachers!

At Wetsel, Kim Adams’ classes could be found collaborating in the media center. The students were assigned a severe storm (Thunderstorm, Tornado, Hurricane, Blizzard, etc.) to research and create a Google presentation.  They were given a template through Google classroom of the required information.  Here they are “jig-sawing” into groups where each person has a different storm.  Their job is to teach the rest of the group about the assigned storm.

autism-theatreThe Four County Players will perform a special presentation of A Charlie Brown ChristmasThis event is being hosted with The Autism Theatre Project and will be performed on Saturday, December 3 at 2pm at 5256 Governor Barbour Street, Barboursville, VA.  This performance will provide a “safe, judgement-free  and comfortable theatre experience for children with sensory-related disabilities and their families.” Please visit to reserve your free tickets and review resources.

Good Luck to all of our Winter Athletic Teams as they begin their seasons this week. Hope to see you all at our games this winter! #madisonpride

empty-bowls-drive26Thank you to MCHS Art Teacher Ashleigh Pugh and Wetsel Art Teacher Tiffany Kitner for sponsoring the Empty Bowls drive! A total of $2,434 will be donated to MESA for the holiday season! Thank you to all who participated!

no-sale-fundraiserThe No Sale Fundraiser was put on by the WMS PTO and help raise money for the end of the year field day.  Students that donated money had their names placed in a drawing and won some pretty awesome prizes.

Book Commercial.  Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer, suggests having students do commercials instead of book reports, as well as, reading books of interest.  The book, Mr. Pants:  It’s Time to Go by Scott McCormick, has intrigued two students, Nate Mabry and Alijah Settle, in Marty Ward’s third grade class.  Preparing a commercial about it thrilled and motivated them.  They jumped on the opportunity to recommend this book to their peers!  Students motivating and encouraging others to read.  It doesn’t get much better than that!

turkey-trot-2Primary Teachers are walking off those Thanksgiving meals for the Turkey Trot. Organized by the Primary Strong Committee, this fun and healthy challenge has sparked some friendly competition among faculty and staff. Pedometers rotate around teammates and steps are recorded at the end of each day. We’re really looking forward to seeing which team comes out on top this Friday!






wyes-service-club-2The WYES Service Club is made up of 5th graders who are volunteering their time after school to complete service projects with the help of Art Teacher Katie Gigliotti and Guidance Counselor Nicole Keys.  The first project they developed was a coin drive for MESA.  The drive ran for 2 weeks before Thanksgiving and the students raised over $300.

united_way_logo-svgMadison County Public Schools raised $2,010 for the United Way.  All proceeds will go to local organizations.

This year’s advanced Spanish students in Jenette Reyes class not only tackled Spanish vocabulary and grammar, history, and culture, they also experienced music and dance techniques for themselves as they taught each other relevant rhythms, pasos (steps), etc. Students used imagination and technical problem-solving as they learned how to incorporate the green screen, sharing large files, camera positioning, space and time constraints, etc. At any given time there were 4 or 5 cameras going for three projects (that means more unique angles!). This class video summary of their PBL is inspired by the hit song “De pies a cabeza”–Mana and Nicky Jam. Thanks to a MCEF grant, the culmination of this project is a trip to see a professional music and dance show titled Flamenco and Latin Rhythms in Richmond. QUE CHEVERE (How awesome!) 

Did you Know?

WMS Lunch Support.  Did you know that WMS teachers voluntarily donate their lunch period to provide extra support to struggling students.

Head Start. Did you know that the Madison Head Start program is housed at Madison Primary School? Approximately 40 students are taking advantage of this important program.

PD Requests.  Did you know Becky Dodson, SBO Administrative Assistant, processes every professional development request and payment for the division?

Chair-Vice Chair Meetings.  Did you know that the Chair and Vice Chairs of both the School Board and the Board of Supervisors meet regularly?  The next meeting is in a few weeks.  Barry Penn Hollar is School Board Chairman and Doreen Jenkins is Vice Chairwoman.  On the Board of Supervisors side, Jonathon Weakley is Vice Chairman with Clay Jackson as Chairman.

MCHS Math Help.  Did you know that High School math teachers work with students after school throughout the year to help anyone who needs math tutoring?


  • December 5                  International Volunteer Day
  • December 10                Human Rights Day

Happy Holidays,


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