Mountaineer Notes, February 1, 2017


101 Dalmations with Teacher Beth Dickey

Kindergarten students and teachers recently enjoyed a celebration of the number 101 on the 101st day of school. Students and teachers dressed up to represent characters in 101 Dalmations, and explored the number 101 in a variety of ways. Pictured is Cruella DeVille (Beth Dickey) and a few of her captured puppies. Thanks to the MPS Kindergarten teachers for continuing to find ways to make learning fun!

Madison Strong and Yoder’s Country Market are teaming up to recognize and celebrate our dedicated Madison County Public Schools Teachers and Staff.  Stop by Yoder’s anytime between now and February 28 to nominate an MCPS employee who is making a difference.  Look for the Madison Strong Box located near the seating area.  Six MCPS employees’ names will be drawn at the end of February to win a $25 Yoder’s Gift Card!  The more people that recognize an MCPS employee with each visit, the better his/her chance of winning the gift card.  Celebrate the Madison County Public Schools employees who have made a difference! Stop by Yoder’s today to fill out a form!  Madison Strong will work with a different Madison business each month to celebrate employees.

K-9 Presentation.  Third grade students recently read a story called, Arrow and Officer Mike.  As a culminating activity, K-9 DOGS–East Search and Rescue Team visited Waverly Yowell.  A Waverly parent, Jessica Burnside, came with her Black lab, Puck.  Two other handlers joined her with their dogs: Tess the Standard poodle and Joy a Yellow lab.  The presenters discussed how they trained and rewarded the dogs.  Students had the opportunity to participate in a search and rescue demonstration while another dog demonstrated finding clues.  More importantly students were given two important pieces of advice:  Establish a code word with parents and stay in one place if you are lost.  The children thoroughly enjoyed the demonstration and were eager to ask questions and tell stories.  

Students in Becky Weigle’s fifth grade science class at Waverly Yowell are studying the ocean. They have created a salt model of the ocean floor with labels to name its parts. Students will also be adding water to their models to measure ocean depths.

During the Monday snow day, members of the VTSS team at Wetsel Middle School traveled to Charlottesville to purchase items for the new school store.  Students will earn points by showing their school spirit and receiving SHOW YOUR BLUE cards.  Store items include I-phone cases, makeup kits, drones, and sports equipment.  We hope this will be a great addition to our growing VTSS program.

The Middle School Girls basketball team finished their season with a win over rival William Monroe last week giving the team a final record of 7-4. Coach Basile observed, “The team improved tremendously throughout the season, and we had a lot of fun along the way. “Mary Morris will be providing a pizza party for the girls on Wednesday before the boys’ varsity game. Congratulations on a great season, team!

Destination Imagination is in full swing and the 2nd grade teachers at MPS are making it all happen. Students are working in teams to create stories with a beginning, middle, and end that involve simple machines. The teams then work to build their simple machines that go with their story. The tournament will be held on February 25 where our incredible 2nd graders will be able to showcase their amazing creative-thinking and problem-solving skills.



Aliya Turcios-Sanchez Artwork

MCHS student Aliya Turcios-Sanchez is the January Artist of the Month!  Some of her artwork is on display in the high school library.  From Art Teacher Ashleigh Pugh: “Aliya is a naturally talented artist. She went above and beyond for all the assignments in the classroom. She focused on her art and was patient and diligent. In between assignments for Art 2, she would paint a few ceiling tiles on occasion that are currently in Mr. Benns’s room. Not only does she do artwork in the classroom and around school, but also at home on a tablet that she creates interesting characters. I’m sure if you asked her, she wouldn’t mind sharing. Aliya is a talented resilient art student that has always impressed others with her creative mind.”

Jennifer Taylor’s Pre-K classes completed a directed drawing activity by following step-by-step directions to complete a snowman. Thanks to these creative drawings, some magic happened, and the division received a snow day on Monday!


Claudia Gohn

MCHS Junior Claudia Gohn was named Most Outstanding Female Swimmer this past weekend at the district swim meet.  Claudia is one of several swimmers that will swim in the Regional swim meet this coming Saturday. 

Seniors at MCHS received a visit from Congressman Tom Garrett last week.  The congressman pledged to visit every high school in the 5th district during his recent campaign.  He spoke to the seniors about getting involved in local, state and the federal government.  His message had a focus on not always agreeing with every political view, but respecting the rights of all individuals.  After talking with the students, he stayed to take their questions about current issues that concern them.  MCHS seniors made Madison proud with their level of maturity and conduct.

Did you know?

Check/direct deposit stubs.  Did you know you can now view your check/direct deposit stubs on the Employee Self Serve Site?  E-mail or call Terri Brown x5119 or Tina Cropp x5118 if you need directions on how to access the Site.

Key Access.  Did you know all schools and the SBO have key access for employees?  Visitors must be “buzzed in” to gain entry.  This technology was purchased using a state grant.

Naviance.  Did you know that MCHS seniors use a computer program called Naviance to search for colleges and programs of interest.  They can also complete and submit college applications online with this program.


  • All Month    Black History Month
  • 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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