Mountaineer Notes, December 7, 2016

fatimah-jalmaani-2MCHS exchange student Fatimah Jalmaani gave a presentation to her science class on the Philippines which is a requirement for the exchange program she is  in.   In addition to an informative powerpoint that accompanied her presentation, Fatimah dressed up in Filipino dress and served a traditional Filipino dish & rice.


Marni Kay, SIPPS literacy consultant, co-taught and coached with all Madison teachers using the reading program last week.  Cora Chlebnikow, MPS reading specialist, organized the teaching sessions with Liz Ford, librarian, Carrie Wintersgill, Bonnie Lange, and Tammy Hicks, Instructional Assistants. WMS teachers included Pattie Rees, David Londrey, Taylor Aylor, and instructional assistant Nancy Shotwell. Waverly Yowell teachers receiving training are Jamie McMahon, Kim Knighting, and Jen Rehm, Instructional Coach.  Thank you to all the teachers, instructional assistants, and support staff who are providing specialized instruction to our students through SIPPS.

MCHS students in Gail Temple’s English class wrote a collection of vignettes based on the novel The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros.  A vignette is a short well-written sketch or descriptive scene. The students’ vignettes followed the themes of home, heritage, and belonging. The class held a vignette reading session where every student selected a vignette from his or her book to share.  Gregory Richards and Jonathan Keys share a selected vignette with their classmates. 

angel-treeWetsel is celebrating the holidays with an Angel Tree that allows students to provide gifts in appreciation for their teachers.  Each teacher wrote down a few basic school supplies on a angel and placed it on the tree outside the main office.  Students can remove the angels and purchase  a small gift for their favorite teacher.  We are very proud of our young mountaineers for participating during this time of giving.

ghana-2On Wednesday, November 30 Waverly’s third grade students were invited to travel to West Africa with Anansegromma of Ghana (Ambassadors of West African Culture).  Talented storytellers and native Ghanaians, Kofi Dennis and Kwame Ansah Brew, shared traditions of their heritage through games, music, drumming, and dance. They were absolutely amazing and kept our students actively involved with audience participation!  The program was exhilarating and memorable for all of our students and teachers! Their energetic presentation ended with many of our students joining the stage as drummers, musicians, and as the King and Queen of Ghana!  A huge thanks to the Fields Family and Josh’s Class for making this unforgettable experience a reality for our kids!

Congratulations to the following football players for earning All Region 2A East Honors:

  • Chris Smith – 2nd Team Quarterback
  • Isiah Smith – 2nd Team Running Back
  • Dre Twyman – 2nd Team Wide Receiver

As a follow-up and extension to the Second Grade PBL projects, Maci Dyer’s Second Grade Class published their own book!  The book detailed all of the essential content within the project and allowed students to present their findings using a unique, real world medium. This was a second presentation of sorts as all students presented their projects face to face to what was a record crowd of family and friends. Super job!

building-the-teallest-snowman-53rd grade students in Paula Litwin’s and Ali Allamon’s math classes were put to the Snowman Challenge.  Students were placed into teams.  Each team received the following materials: 1 piece of paper, 1 strip of tape, 1 straw, cotton balls, and a pipe cleaner.  Using only these materials students needed to build the tallest snowman.   Each snowman had to have three body parts with the head being smaller than the body and it had to be able to stand by itself.  Students were very engaged and welcomed the challenge.  This was a fun, seasonal, interactive activity that allowed for creativity and critical thinking skills.

This week in Matt  Resnick’s 8th grade Civics & Economics students are finishing up rough drafts on their “Leaders in Business” research papers. Students were tasked to identify a successful entrepreneur, research that individual’s path to success, and construct a two-page essay on their findings.

dyer-geometryTeachers at MPS are doing an incredible job engaging students and maximizing learning time! In Stephanie Utz’s classroom, students eagerly work with Real Money to purchase items.  Maci Dyer posted a tangram Santa outside her room so that students can practice geometry skills while waiting in line for the buses. These are just a couple examples of how our incredible teachers are making the most of every minute.






american_shakespeare_center_logoMCHS senior English classes went to the American Shakespeare Center on December 2 to watch A Christmas Carol.  Everyone enjoyed the play and the version of the story told by the actors. Fatima Jalmaani, Raina Campbell, Josh Poisell, and Joe Stamp were picked to sit on the stage during the performance and were even used as props at times. All the students highly recommend that everyone go see this play!

Harold Blincoe’s United State/Virginia Government classes presented their “How can you make a positive change at MCHS?” PBL last week.  Students surveyed the student body and graphed responses on their topic.  After analyzing the data and researching the possible solutions, they created a google presentation to present to the high school Administration.

Some of the Presentations included:

  • Repainting the numbers in the school parking lot
  • Putting MC on the school lockers
  • Improving the MCHS event sign in front of the school

Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Basketball team for their 56-42 win over Orange County on Saturday night.  Makayla Taylor and Sophie Adams both had 15 points to lead the Mountaineers to their 1st win of the season. They got plenty of help from their teammates as Allie Burbridge tossed in 9 points and Morgan McClelland added 7 points.  Madison will travel to Luray on Friday night for a 7:00pm game.

Congratulations to the Boys Varsity Basketball team for their 67-50 win over Orange County on Saturday night.  Isiah Smith and Elijah Lewis both had 18 points to lead the Mountaineers. Madison is now 2-0 on the season.

motw-1128-123Congratulations to Makayla Taylor and Kobi Alexander for being named Mountaineers of the Week. Makayla scored 51 points in their 3 games and Kobi had 5 points, 16 rebounds, 5 steals and a block shot in their win over Orange.

Did you Know?

Athletics. Did you know that the Athletic Department allows all MCHS students into all regular season home games for free?

Payroll Deduction.  Did you know that you can pay your Madison County personal property and/or real estate taxes through payroll deduction?  Contact Terri or Tina in the Finance Department for the form.

High School Credits While in Middle School.  Did you know Wetsel Middle School students have the opportunity to leave 8th grade with as many as 5 high school credits?

Student Performances.  Did you know that all grade levels at Madison Primary School perform for parents and the community annually at Madison County High School? Kindergarten will have their Christmas Concert next Wednesday, the 14th, at 6:30. Cutest show ever!!

Cafeteria.  Did you know that students serve themselves lunch at Waverly Yowell?

MCHS Mountain Time.  Did you know that Madison County High School students have a daily class called Mountain Time?  This time is used for advisory, tutoring, remediation, and enrichment.

Happy Holidays, Madison.


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