Mountaineer Notes, February 15, 2017

Primary Students with MPS Tee Shirts

Primary Students with MPS Tee Shirts

Madison Primary School students pose with their new “I am…Responsible, Safe, Respectful” t-shirts. Five students each month receive this incentive by earning bucket slips in conjunction with VTSS school-wide expectations.  The Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS) is a data-driven decision making framework for establishing the academic, behavioral and social-emotional supports needed for a school to be an effective learning environment for all students.

The VTSS systemic approach allows divisions, schools and communities to provide multiple levels of supports to students in a more effective and efficient, clearly defined process. Implementing the VTSS requires the use of evidence-based, system-wide practices with fidelity to provide a quick response to academic, behavioral, social and emotional needs. The practices are progress-monitored frequently to enable educators to make sound, data-based instructional decisions for students.

First Place VHSL Conference Champions

First Place VHSL Conference Champions

The MCHS Forensics Team took first place for the VHSL Conference Tournament last Wednesday.   Everyone in 3rd place or above advances on to VHSL Regionals which will take place February 25 at R. E. Lee High School in Staunton.

During the tournament at Clarke County High School, the following Madison students excelled in Conference Competition:

Serious Duo:

  • Samuel Decowski/Caleb Mayer, First
  • Rose Young/ David Miller, Second


  • Jared Gessler, Third
  • Maya Powell, Fourth

Serious Dramatic Interpretation:

  • Steven Franklin, First

Humorous Dramatic Interpretation:

  • Michael Broyles, First
  • Molly Thomas, Third


  • Ben Butterworth, First
  • Hannah Gessler, Third


  • Emily Hunt, First
  • Jacob Corbin, Second


  • Rebecca Young, First


  • Hailey Helm, First
  • Kevin Nguyen, Third


  • Scotti Mullen, First
Teacher Mary Davis's Students in Dual Enrollment Pre-Calculus Using Desmos

Teacher Mary Davis’s Students in Dual Enrollment Pre-Calculus Using Desmos

MCHS Dual Enrollment (DE) Pre-calculus students solve equations using Desmos in Mary Davis’s classroom. Desmos allows students to graph functions, plot data, evaluate equations, explore transformations for free! Math becomes a visual learning experience. Mrs. Davis is exploring Desmos for Algebra I students.

Special thanks to the Technology Department’s  Jessica Deboer and Shawn McDonough. As of this month over 1600 technology requests have been completed this school year.

Teacher Brandy Nesbitt's Students Reviewing Scientific Names

Teacher Brandy Nesbitt’s Students Reviewing Scientific Names

MCHS Biology teacher, Brandy Nesbitt designed a lesson to review the scientific names of 43 body parts. In pairs, students “tagged” their partner with the correct vocabulary. Students were 100% engaged and learning. Great job!

WMS Yearbook hosted a Valentine’s Day Dance last Friday. Students had lots of fun! Prince and princesses were named and there was even a dance competition. Thank you Laura Daniel for coordinating the dance!

Middle school students at Valentine's Dance

Middle school students at Valentine’s Dance









Waverly Yowell is creating an outdoor classroom for students and staff to enjoy in the courtyard outside of the library. Currently, there are 6 tables for classes to use on nice days. In the upcoming months, umbrellas, whiteboards, reading nooks, and plants will be added to complete the area.  Pictured below are art teacher Katie Gigliotti’s students.

High Bandwidth Image

High Bandwidth Image

Bandwidth Speed to Double for MCPS.  MCPS will be meeting with network provider LUMOS this week in order to establish an action plan to double district bandwidth speed.   The speed is expected to double within three weeks.

WYES Book Fair.  The book fair at WYES opened Friday night!  Kids made valentines, ate popcorn and cotton candy, and shopped for books.  When families arrived, many walked right past the food and went straight for the books!  That was nice sight to see!  WYES PTO made about $1000 Friday night!  Students will have the opportunity to visit the book fair this week, as well.  Many thanks to the AWESOME PTO for its hard work!

Congratulations to Dre Twyman on his signing a football scholarship to West Virginia State University.

(Seated l-r) Dre Twyman and mother Teneshia West. (Standing l-r) Coach Stuart Dean, MCHS Principal gary Wintersgill, Athletic Director Phil Warren

(Seated l-r) Dre Twyman and mother Teneshia West. (Standing l-r) Coach Stuart Dean, MCHS Principal Gary Wintersgill, Athletic Director Phil Warren

Congratulations to the following wrestlers for qualifying for the VHSL State Wrestling Championships this weekend in Salem. Zach Gibson (152 lb Region Champion), Eric Cashman (220 lb Region Runner Up) and Dalton Dudley (160 lb 3rd at Region)

Congratulations to the following Boys Basketball players for being named to the All Bull Run District Basketball Teams:

Isiah Smith – 1st Team All District, District Player of the Year
Dre Twyman – 1st Team All District
Gaines Swink – 1st Team All District
Elijah Lewis – 2nd Team All District

HP 11 G4 Chromebook

HP 11 G4 Chromebook

300 Chromebooks on the Way!   Recently, MCPS sent out an RFP for computer purchases.  CDW-G was awarded the contract to provide 300 new Chromebooks that will go to the middle and high schools.  Other student computers will be distributed to Primary and Waverly.  This is all part of this year’s technology cycle and budget.

Lunch Time Trivia has gotten off to a great start at WMS.  Students earn points towards the school store by answering trivia questions during lunch.  Students are exposed to frequently missed questions on past SOLs and review questions associated with a specific subject.  Each day of the week is dedicated to a particular subject, Math Mondays, English Tuesdays, Science Wednesdays, and History Thursdays.  A big thank you to Director of Technology Sam Utz and Technology Specialist Shawn McDonough for all the assistance to make this an exciting opportunity for our middle schoolers!.

Students in Wetsel Cafeteria for Lunchtime Trivia

Students in Wetsel Cafeteria for Lunchtime Trivia

Love was in the air Tuesday as MPS students celebrated Valentine’s Day.  From decked out mailboxes (tractors and robots!) to dolled up duds (heart headbands and red all around) to super sweet messages (“God loves you”), Madison Primary students, staff, and families really know how to make a day special!

Rayneishia Yates and Clare Sukley

Rayneishia Yates and Clare Sukley

Congratulations to Clare Sukley and Rayneishia Yates for representing Madison County High School at All-District Choir. They were chosen by audition from 13 different highs schools in our area.

Did you know?

Art Teachers.  Did you know that all four art teachers collect student artwork throughout the year to be put on display at the Art Festival the last Saturday in April?  It is an example of how our art teachers collaborate with one another and celebrate our students artistic ability.

Superintendent’s Proposed Salary Increase.  Did you know that the Superintendent has recommended a step plus 1% salary increase (average 2% increase for staff) with a higher increase for custodians, nurses, and transportation staff whose salaries need adjustment?

Uganda.   Did you know that Cathy Mills, WYES secretary, went on a mission trip to Uganda?  She took lots of school supplies and monetary donations for Victory 127 School in Kampala, Uganda.  They also visited the students’ homes and took clothes, rice, beans, and maize flour.

Spring Sports. Did you know that Spring Sports start on Monday February 20?


  • All Month    Black History Month
  • All Month     Career and Technical Education Month
  • All Month     Love The Bus Month & Bus Driver Appreciation
  • 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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