Mountaineer Notes, January 19, 2017

Student Sarah Coates and UVA Graduates

MCHS senior Sarah Coates has been selected as quarterfinalist in the Eastern Commonwealth region of the Jefferson Scholars competition! A Jefferson Scholarship is the highest honor UVA bestows.

Harold Blincoe, our longest-tenured MCHS teacher, said he is unaware of any other Madison student who has achieved this in the nearly four decades he has served MCPS.

The goal of nurturing future leaders is at the heart of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation’s mission: to attract to the University the most promising leaders, scholars, and citizens in the world. The intent of this scholarship is to cover the entire cost of attendance for four years at UVA.   Each year, high schools can nominate one student for this scholarship which is based solely on merit.  This is no small achievement as there are 4,200 secondary schools who are eligible to nominate students.  Sarah moves forward in the selection process with an interview next month with the scholarship committee.  We are very proud of her and this achievement and wish her the best as she continues in this process.  Sarah is pictured here with UVA grads from MCPS who came to offer her congratulations and support. 

Students in 5th Grade teacher Becky Weigle’s math class explored area, perimeter, and volume with hands-on activities. Students were given squares, folded them in 1/2 and saw there were two triangles. They referred back to how to find the area of a square and discussed how the formula would be 1/2bxh. Given a box (rectangular prism), students were asked to find the volume.  Different rectangles were drawn on each student’s desk and were asked to use their blocks to discover the area of their rectangle.  Each student was given a piece of paper to represent their seat at a Thanksgiving dinner table and were asked to arrange their place around the table so we have plenty of room on the table for all of our dishes. (area)

Natalee Coates (7th Grade- Clarinet) will represent Wetsel at the All District Band event on Feb 3rd and 4th at Albemarle High School.  This will be a great opportunity for her to play with other band students from around Central Virginia, and with a guest conductor!


VSUP Presenter

Madison County Public Schools was represented at the Virginia School University Partnership training Decision Making for Online & Blended Learning in K-12 presented by Dr. Stephanie Moore. Topics included online planning, selection, and implementation. Madison students have the opportunity for online learning through acceleration, AP, DE, credit recovery, elective opportunities, and alternative education.

One Book-One School.   On December 22, Waverly celebrated the end of the One School-One Book read for the Fall.  Students dressed in pajamas and brought board games to share.  They also solved ciphers, made rebus stories, and solved rebus puzzles.  Each class had a chance to escape from Media Specialist Rebecca Jasman’s Library by completing a Breakout.  When they solved the combinations for the breakout box, they got a special key token.

Behavior Specialist Sarah Dillon successfully defended her doctoral dissertation proposal titled, Self-Recording of Productivity: How Intermittent and Summative Procedures Affect Reactivity. She is currently completing her dissertation research in Madison County Public Schools. Sarah is expected to graduate with a doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction and Special Education from the University of Virginia in March 2017. Congratulations on this great accomplishment!


Eric Cashman Wrestling

Congratulations to Eric Cashman for being named Mountaineer Athlete of the Week. Eric also picked up his 100th career win.






Congratulations to the Boys Varsity Basketball team for beating William Monroe 69-66 in overtime last Thursday. Madison is now 11-1 on the season and ranked 5th in the state for Group 2A teams.


Just a reminder that Spring Sports tryouts can start on Monday February 20. All students wishing to participate must have a VHSL physical form on file before they can try out.


Richard Young

Alt Ed & Art. Retired MCPS Art Teacher Richard Young has volunteered his time along with his team of artists to meet every Tuesday with our middle school Art students to expand their knowledge of Art. Students are diving into new ways of illustrating their interests and learning more about the History or Art.




Core Curriculum Trainee Guide

MCHS building trades teacher, Travis Knight, completed Core Craft Skills training through Germanna Community College Workforce Development. Travis is now certified to teach Core Craft Skills for Madison. Congratulations!

Congratulations to the following Fall Athletes for being named to the All Scrimmage Play Magazine teams. Scrimmage Play covers 19 Public and Private High Schools in the Charlottesville area:

  • Isaiah Breckenridge – Honorable Mention Wide Receiver
  • Grace Fox – Honorable Mention Volleyball(1 pic from Sam)
  • Makenna Santinga – 1st Team Volleyball
  • Isiah Smith – 1st Team Running Back
  • Dre Twyman – Honorable Mention Wide Receiver

2016 All Scrimage Play isiah Breckenridge, Isiah Smith, Grace Fox, Makena Santinga, Dre Twyman


ArcGIS Online Competition Logo

Wetsel science teacher Kim Adams and some of her sixth graders have registered to participate in Environmental Systems Research Institute’s competition titled The Story Behind the Map ArcGis Online Competition What’s in my Watershed.  Students will “research and explore a variety of topics of the chosen geographic area: geological characteristics, flora and fauna, environmental issues facing Virginia and their local communities, historical events, famous personalities and leaders, demographic characteristics, economic activities, the cultural landscape and more.  The geographic focus of the student-created products must be located within the Commonwealth of Virginia”

Congratulations to Zach Gibson and Dalton Dudley for being ranked in the State 2A Rankings by Virginia Wrestling. Zach is ranked 4th in the 152 lb weight class and Dalton is 6th in the 160 lb class.


Kindergarten Playground

Madison Primary School students are thoroughly enjoying our new additions to the Kindergarten playground. We have added a ‘ten spin’ and crawl tube in an effort to provide more play options for students whose access to other equipment may be limited. Thank you to Andrea Wilson for securing a grant from Culpeper Wellness Foundation to cover the funding of these items, and thanks also to Earl Keys and the maintenance department for saving us a tremendous amount of money on the installation, and for installing the equipment within a tight time frame as determined by the grant.

Warm Up With a Good Book Logo

On January 12, Waverly hibernated with a good book for this month’s Family Library Night.  Students came in pajamas and blankets – snuggling up with a good book and favorite stuffed animals.



Primary teachers hit the ground rolling after our wonderful extended break. Sarah Jenkins’ class worked in teams to build the tallest 3-D snowmen for their STEAM activity. Way to get kiddos’ creative juices thawed out and flowing once again, Sarah!

Did you know?

Alternative Education.  Did you know:

  • 26 students attended in Semester 1?
  • 5 transitioned completely to base schools?
  • 1 student verbally committed to the United States Navy for May 2017?
  • 6 of 15 students are making partial-transitions in Semester 2 to their base school?
  • 6 students are in work-based employment (MWP, Giovanna’s, Madison County Companion Animal Hospital, MC Parks & Recreation, Pie in the Sky, Greenscapes Nursery)?

Athletics.  Did you know that MCHS offers 10 athletic teams in the spring season. Baseball (JV and Varsity), Softball (JV and Varsity), Girls Soccer (JV and Varsity), Boys Soccer (JV and Varsity) and Boys and Girls Varsity Track.

New semester.  Did you know that high school students have 4 new classes in the second semester?  Due to the 4×4 block schedule, students have 4 entirely new classes for the second part of the school year.  They take 4 classes in the fall and 4 different classes in the spring.

School Board Office.  Did you know there is a new workroom at the School Board Office that used to be a hallway?  The space was changed to create necessary office space for professionals.


  • All Month  Career and Technical Education Month
  • All Month   Love The Bus Month & Bus Driver Appreciation
  • February 5-11 National FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Week
  • February 6-10  National School Counseling Week
  • February 13-17  National FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) Week
  • February 20-27  National FFA (Future Farmers of America) Week

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