Mountaineer Notes, January 25, 2017


MCHS Debate Team

The MCHS Forensics Team traveled to Woodberry Forest on January 18 to participate in Woodberry’s first Debate Night.  MCHS Students Jacob Corbin, Rebecca Young, Rose Young, Jared Gessler, and Ben Butterworth competed – and WON! – in an extemporaneous debate on the topic of climate change.

When Kayla Davis’s third grade class began the reading program Reading Plus, she challenged her students to read 500,000 words.  Miss Davis kept track of student progress using the thermometer outside of her classroom.  Students reached their goal shortly after returning from winter break and enjoyed an ice cream party for their success.  Great job to the entire class keep reading! 

Melanie Ellyson, elementary Spanish teacher, developed a vocabulary review game based upon golf. The game uses Bloom’s Levels of Taxonomy, differentiation, enrichment, and remediation. Contact Melanie for templates and directions.


Wetsel English Teachers: (l-r) Kellie Mason, Pattie Rees, Cassie Baber

English teachers at WMS spent time after school to review midterm data and devise a plan to provide extra remediation to struggling students.  Teachers were able to find commonalities between classes and identify strengths and weaknesses within the curriculum.  Teachers were encouraged by the data and it provided great insight into the areas we need to improve before the upcoming standards of learning.

WYES secretary, Cathy Mills is traveling to Uganda on a mission trip from February 2 through the 10. She will be visiting homes, schools, and a college of students that are sponsored by US families in order to have an education, food, and shelter. WYES students and staff are supporting the Uganda trip in a significant way. Students had an opportunity to view a video of the classroom and living environment Uganda students. Conversations on how to help began soon afterward. School supplies, money donations, cards of hope, and an assembly to encourage the work being done were secured.


WYES Assembly

Second grade teacher, Holly Mack, has put Wobble Chairs to use in her classroom!  These chairs provide an outlet for restlessness and extra energy. Wobble Chairs are one choice for active seating. Active seating corrects a lack of focusing ability problems by promoting slight movements and adjustments for the student while they sit.

Show Your BLUE is still going strong at Wetsel. Our students continue to get Show Your BLUE cards and get awarded for going above and beyond. We also announced, Janine Rowson, as our student nominated teacher of the month.


Coach Mike Sacra: 400 Wins

Congratulations to Head Wrestling Coach Mike Sacra on achieving his 400th career win as Madison’s Wrestling Coach. Coach Sacra has been the Head Coach for 25 years and has won 3 District Championships, had 4 Individual State Champions, 6 Individual State Runner Ups, 30 Individual Top 3 Finishers and 67 Individual Top 8 Finishers in his career. Congratulations Coach Sacra on an amazing accomplishment. #madisonpride

Congratulations to Coach Ben Breeden and the Boys Varsity Basketball Team! The Mountaineers are now 14-1 on the season and ranked as the #4 team in Group A. Our next home game is Wednesday January 25th at 7:30 vs Central Woodstock.


Isiah Smith 1000 Points

Congratulations to Isiah Smith for scoring his 1000th career point at Strasburg on Monday night. Isiah has been a 4 year starter for the Boys Varsity basketball team. He will be recognized at our next home game on Wednesday January 25.

Congratulations to Abi Tanner and Chase Berry for being named Mountaineer Athletes of the Week. Chase went 7-0 last week for our wrestling team and Abi scored 13 points in our girls basketball win over Rappahannock.



Mountaineers of the Week: Abi Tanner and Chase Berry

Good Luck to our Wrestling and Swim teams as they compete in their Bull Run District Championships this Saturday.  Wrestling will be at Warren County HS at 10:00am and Swim is at the Manassas Park Recreation Center at 3:30pm.

We want to give a HUGE shout-out to our students here at Madison Primary School for their big hearts and gift for giving. They donated a whopping 485 lbs. of canned food and toiletries for MESA before Christmas. Way to go! You worked together to make the holidays a special time for our wonderful school families and community!


Bucket Goal Wall Picture

Madison Primary School students were presented with a challenge during the second quarter of the year; collect, as a school, 4,000 bucket slips (Random Acts of Kindness) by the close of the quarter. Students at each grade level voted for their preferred incentive, graphed their grade level’s results, then set about to achieve their goal by collecting 4,188 Bucket Slips! Kindergarten students and Second Grade students voted for popcorn and a Magic School Bus educational video, and First Grade voted to sit at the spot of their choosing for lunch. Big thanks go out to our VTSS Team, Casey Stanton, and Krista Tanner as everyone pitched in to pop a lot of popcorn! Great job MPS students!


Student Map Project

States Project.  Fifth grade students recently completed a project about the 50 states.  Students were able to differentiate their product, so they began by deciding how they wanted to display their work.  Some made posters, reports, or created slideshows on Google.  They had to incorporate a picture of the state, capital city, abbreviation, and two interesting facts.  Some awesome projects are displayed in the library and parents got to enjoy seeing them on Library Night!  One fifth grader stated, “It was a lot of work, but it was worth it.”



Local artists Richard Young and Lou Messa made a visit to MCHS art classes to share their passion for art and share their knowledge and skills with the high school students.  This is part of a collaboration with the Madison County Education Foundation art in the schools program.

Did you know?

Middle School PSAT.  Did you know that WMS will be giving the PSAT to 8th graders on February 24 to prepare for the exam before scores become “official” in grade 11?

Primary Perfect Attendance.  Did you know that 54 Madison Primary School school students celebrate perfect attendance for the 100th day of school?

Athletics. Did you know that Isiah Smith is only the 9th Boys Basketball player to score 1000 points in his career at MCHS?

P.E. at Waverly.  Did you know that high school students are doing a Dance unit with Waverly students?

Math Help After School.  Did you know that MCHS math teachers stay after school every Tuesday and Thursday to work with any students who needs help in math?



  • 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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