Mountaineer Notes, December 21, 2016


WMS Doors

The students and staff at WMS continued their holiday tradition with their annual door-decorating contest. Winners for this year were Jared Tanner’s “Christmas Vacation” – Emily Everard’s “Buddy the Elf” – and Kellie Mason’s “Snowman Ugly Sweater” – Honorable mention went to Nurse Deb Sukely’s “Show Your Blue Door” – Thank you all for the fun and school/holiday spirit! – Winners, as well as a few others, are shown here.



Morning Announcements at Wetsel

The Morning Announcements Club at WMS channeled their favorite holiday movie characters to send their classmates and teachers off on break with a short “seasons greetings” video.  The video can be seen by clicking on the picture.

Google for Education

Google for Education

Congratulations to MCHS teacher Shannon Johnston and WMS teacher Laura Daniel who were selected to BETA test Google’s new student certification training course. Google plans to release the student online course by spring 2017. Google anticipates the student certification to include the use of Google applications to solve a real world problem.


Turnitin logo

WMS English teachers Janine Rowson and Kellie Mason will pilot the use of Revision Assistant, on line writing revision program for the next few months. A half day training will be provided. The pilot is available through the Region 4 Instructional Leaders.

3rd grade students in Ali Allamon’s math class took on a holiday bridge building challenge.  Students were placed in teams and received 30 gumdrops and about 45 toothpicks.  Their goal was to use the items to build a bridge that could free stand between two desks and withstand the weight of a textbook.  It was amazing to see all of the different approaches by students and the excitement they showed for all students as the bridges were tested.

Congratulations to the 8th grade band and Alicia Strickler for putting on a wonderful Winter Concert.  The highlight was one student streaking down the high school hallway in his basketball uniform after literally just finishing a game to join his classmates.  The performance was awesome, and we are very proud of the talented and dedicated students we have here at Wetsel.

Toy Drive

Toy Drive

This past week Waverly Yowell sent off close to 300 toys to those who are less fortunate during the holiday season. Seeing the generous spirit of the school being reflected by the students was amazing!

Congratulations to our Girls Basketball team for their dramatic 41-38 win at Clarke County on Friday night. Makayla Taylor led the way with 18 points and Morgan McClelland made 3-4 free throws in the final seconds to secure the Mountaineer win.

MOTW 12/12 - 12/16

MOTW 12/12 – 12/16

Congratulations to Claudia Gohn and Grayson Wood for being named the Mountaineer Athletes of the Week. Claudia won both the 200 Free and the 100 Fly at the Woodberry Invitational last week, and Grayson had a state qualifying time in the 100 Free and our tri meet with Monroe and East Rock.

Congrats to our Boys Basketball team for starting the season 6-0. Madison beat East Rockingham and Clarke County last week.

Santa Beards

Santa Beards

Students, teachers, and faculty had a blast at last Friday’s assembly to celebrate and reward Safe, Responsible, and Respectful behavior here at MPS. A special thanks to Karen Organ-Lohr for orchestrating another wildly entertaining event and all who participated in the hilarious Build-a-Beard contest! You all definitely made this the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny Kaye.

Endangered Animal Project.  Third grade teachers recently completed an Endangered Animal project.  Each student selected an endangered animal to research on the computer.  After taking notes about that creature, they wrote a report on Google Classroom.  An illustration was completed when it was printed and the reports were compiled into a notebook.  Brighton Johnston and James West presented their reports to the class and guests. 

A full house of family, friends, and classmates packed the Madison County High School auditorium this past Wednesday for both performances of the annual MPS Kindergarten holiday production. This year’s show, A Kindergarten Rock and Roll Christmas, was a huge hit! We’re very proud of the students’ hard work, and congratulate them on a wonderful performance. Also thanks go out to Kindergarten teachers, Music teacher Brenda Lyddane, School Custodian Mr. Rob, and the maintenance department for all their efforts in bringing the show together.

The Kindergarten Team is:

  • Patty Butterworth
  • Beth Dickey
  • Kendall Fears
  • Wynee Jenkins
  • Angie Lamb
  • Jeannette Michels
  • Candia Morris

Give Picture

Waverly Staff/Faculty Giving.  In less than one week, the faculty staff collected $884 without even knowing where the money was going. Each staff member was then handed an envelope with $17 inside to give to someone in need. Thank you to secretary Cathy Mills for organizing the collection and reminding everyone about the true meaning giving.


Soda and Mentos

Soda and Mentos

MCHS students in Brandy Nesbitt’s science class went to the parking lot to perform the classic soda and mentos experiment.

Throughout the semester in Mark Arrington’s drivers education class, MCHS students designed and created board games using course content as the subject matter.  Students played their own games to help review for the course final exam. 

Field Trip

Students on Field Trip

We had collaboration with MCHS and WYES teachers Karen Rice and Rachel Sheinfeld.  Students from both classes shopped for their families at the Dollar Tree.  They also visited Fashion Square mall and had lunch together at Chik-fil-a. 


The MCHS library set a goal to bike 660 miles on the exercise bikes in the library this school year which would be the mileage needed to reach Portland, Maine. The students flew past that goal and reached 660 miles in the first semester! Kevin Canavan, Gavin Williams, and Dwayne Brown helped bike the last 20 miles while working on their math during Mountain Time.  

Exercise Bikes

Exercise Bikes

MCHS Marketing

MCHS Marketing

Marketing and Advanced Marketing students presented marketing plans, the culmination of a quarter-long project, to the Literacy Council of Madison County as their final exam. Executive Director Michael Schwartz, Program Coordinator Victoria Walbroehl, and Board Members Fay Utz and Jaynie Jackson were very impressed with the presentations and are excited to implement some of the students’ ideas.  Superintendent Matt Eberhardt also made a guest appearance in the audience and offered the students constructive feedback.

Did you know?

Playground Equipment. Did you know that Madison Primary School has new playground equipment? Thanks to Andrea Wilson for securing and overseeing the grant associated with its procurement.

Schools in Madison.  Did you know that there have been nearly 75 schools in Madison that date back to the 1920s?

Online Courses.  Did you know that Madison offers online courses for high school students?  Students can take grade-level courses and Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

End of Semester.  Did you know that this year is the first year that the Fall semester ends before the holiday break?  With this change, students have completed SOL testing and final exams before the break.  This way they will not have to test after a long holiday break.

PTO.  Did you know that Waverly Yowell has a WONDERFUL PTO? Just this week, they provided a yogurt bar for teachers, donuts for every child and teacher in the school, and gave every person on the faculty and staff a gift card to Sheetz.  We are truly fortunate!

Happy Holidays, Madison.


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