Mountaineer Notes, March 2, 2017

Madison Strong at Yoder's Country Market With Gift Cards (l-r) Laura Daniel, Martha Clements, Gail Temple, Marty Ward, Michael Yoder

Madison Strong at Yoder’s Country Market With Gift Cards (l-r) Laura Daniel, Martha Clements, Gail Temple, Marty Ward, Michael Yoder

As you know, Madison Strong teamed up with Yoder’s to recognize our dedicated MCPS staff for the month of February. The community response was amazing and our Madison Strong box was filled to the brim with nominations!

Picture of Michael Yoder Selecting Name for Staff Appreciation

Picture of Michael Yoder Selecting Name for Staff Appreciation

Michael Yoder was on hand to draw one lucky winner from each school building.

  • Bus Shop:  Fred Rankin
  • Madison Primary School:  Lori Kaiser
  • MCHS:  Mike Allen
  • Waverly Yowell:  Brenda Lyddane
  • WMS:  Corey Rudd
  • SBO: Earl Keys

Staff who received a nomination, were given the  nomination slips that included positive comments! And … a HUGE thank you to Yoder’s Country Market!

Picture of Monitor Showing Homework Assignments

Picture of Monitor Showing Homework Assignments






In order to help students be more organized and provide another avenue for information, each grade level hallway at WMS has been fitted with a television that allows us to provide important updates and information.  Weekly homework, upcoming events, and pictures of student activities are streamed during the instructional day.

The tooth fairy visits Kindergarten!!! Friday, February 24, Eppard Orthodontics along with the tooth fairy came to talk with Madison Primary School’s Kindergarten class about caring for their teeth. Each student was given a goody bag that included a toothbrush, toothpaste, pencil and lost tooth holder! Pictured below are some of Kindergartern teacher Jeannette Michel’s enthusiastically engaged students.

Students Dancing at 2017 MPS Father-Daughter Dance

Students Dancing at 2017 MPS Father-Daughter Dance

The Madison Primary School PTO recently hosted the annual Princess Ball, and it was once again a booming success. Record numbers of Dads and Daughters turned out for a wonderful night of dancing and socializing. Corsages were available for the daughters, and all were dressed to the nines. Many also took advantage of the on-site photographer and left with a lasting memory of the evening. Many thanks to the PTO and teacher volunteers for making this such a wonderful event.

Spring MAP testing will begin this week at Waverly and continue through Mid-March.

The Madison Visitors Center will soon receive a wonderful gift of Art by our very own (Olivia Turcios-Sanchez). Olivia will be creating a mural inside the Visitors Center to illustrate Madison’s unique heritage. Come check it out! Project is set to be completed May 2017.

(front l-r) Thomas Knight, Jayden Barrett, Evelyn Newcomb, Olivia Frazier (back l-r) Barry Penn Hollar, Andrea Wilson, Bob Chappell, Tina Weaver, Matt Eberhardt, Karen Allen, Mike Coiner

(front l-r) Thomas Knight, Jayden Barrett, Evelyn Newcomb, Olivia Frazier (back l-r) Barry Penn Hollar, Andrea Wilson, Bob Chappell, Tina Weaver, Matt Eberhardt, Mike Coiner

Division Administration and School Board members completed a walk-though at Madison Primary School last Friday.  Tours were arranged by Guidance Counselor Karen Organ Lohr by second grade students.  Pictured are:  (front l-r) Second Grade Students Thomas Knight, Jayden Barrett, Evelyn Newcomb, Olivia Frazier; and (back l-r) School Board Member Barry Penn Hollar, MPS Dean of Students Andrea Wilson, School Board Member Bob Chappell, Director of Instruction Tina Weaver, Superintendent Matt Eberhardt, and MPS Principal Mike Coiner.

L-R Zach Gibson, Chase Berry, Amelia Graves, Nico Barton, Claudia Gohn and Jade Dennis

L-R Zach Gibson, Chase Berry, Amelia Graves, Nico Barton, Claudia Gohn and Jade Dennis

Congratulations to the following Winter Athletes for being selected as the Sportsmanship Winners for their respective teams:

  • Cheer – Jade Dennis
  • Boys Basketball – Isaiah Breckenridge
  • Girls Basketball – Amelia Graves
  • Boys Swim – Nico Barton
  • Girls Swim – Claudia Gohn
  • Wrestling Chase Berry, Zach Gibson

School board member Joe Parker, Director of Teaching and Learning Tina Weaver, MCHS teacher Lori Mack, and MCHS facilitator Beth Wilson joined the Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School state review team Sunday evening for dinner. Marc Carraway, BRVGS Director, led the dinner meeting as state review team members questioned parents, faculty, teachers, and committee/board members about the BRVGS program. The state review concluded with an interview with Superintendent Matt Eberhardt who represented the Superintendents of the participating school divisions.

Congratulations to the Boys Basketball team for winning the 2A East Region Championship on Friday night at Hanover High School in Richmond. Madison beat RE Lee 59-57 in front of over 1,000 Mountaineer fans that made the trip to support our team.

FEBRUARY WAS A GREAT MONTH TO BE A MOUNTAINEER. Here is a recap of all that happened in February with VHSL Athletics and Activities:

State Champions

  • Claudia Gohn – Swim State Champion in the 200 Free
  • Ben DillonDive State Champion in 1M Dive

State Runner-Up

  • Claudia Gohn – Swim State Runner-Up in 100 Fly

All State Performers

  • Eric Cashman Wrestling (220 lbs) 6th in State
  • Grayson WoodSwim 8th in 200 IM

Region Championships

  • Forensics – Region Champions
  • Boys Basketball – Region Champions
  • Claudia Gohn – Region Champion Swim 200 Free (New Region Record) and 100 Fly
  • Ben Dillon – Region Champion Dive 1M Dive
  • Zach Gibson – Region Champion Wrestling (152 lbs)

All Region Performers

  • Eric Cashman – Region Runner-Up Wrestling (220 lbs)
  • Dalton Dudley – 3rd Place Wrestling (160 lbs)
  • Isiah Smith – Boys Basketball Region Player of the Year – 1st Team All Region
  • Gaines Swink – Boys Basketball – 1st Team All Region
  • Dre Twyman – Boys Basketball – 2nd Team All Region

District/Conference Champions

  • Forensics – Conference Champions
  • Boys Basketball – Bull Run District and Conference 35 Champions
  • Isiah Smith – Boys Basketball – District Player of Year – 1st team All District/Conference
  • Dre Twyman – Boys Basketball – 1st Team All District/Conference
  • Gaines Swink – Boys Basketball – 1st Team All District/Conference
  • Elijah Lewis – Boys Basketball – 2nd Team All District, 1st Team All Conference
  • Zach Gibson – Wrestling – District and Conference Champion (152 lbs)
  • Chase Ryder – Wrestling – Conference Champion (126 lbs)
  • Dalton Dudley – Wrestling – District Champion (160 lbs)
  • Claudia GohnSwim – Outstanding Female SwimmerDistrict Champion in 200 Free and 100 Fly
Forensics Team at Regional Competition

Forensics Team at Regional Competition

This past Saturday, the MCHS Forensics team traveled to R. E. Lee HS to compete in the 2A East Regional tournament. The team took FIRST PLACE overall, with the following individuals qualifying for the state tournament in March:


  • Rebecca Young – 1st Place  (Rebecca was also awarded the Performer of the Year Award for taking straight first places in every round.)

Serious Interpretation

  • Steven Franklin – 1st Place               

Humorous Interpretation:

  • Molly Thomas – 3rd Place
  • Michael Broyles – Alternate

Original Oratory

  • Scotti Mullen – 1st Place               


  • Ben Butterworth – Alternate

Serious Duo

  • Caleb Mayer/Samuel Decowski – 1st Place
  • Rose Young/David Miller – 3rd Place

Extemporaneous Speaking

  • Kevin Nguyen – 3rd Place


  • Jacob Corbin – 2nd Place
  • Emily Hunt – Alternate
Crockpots at Waverly Yowell Celebration

Crockpots at Waverly Yowell Celebration

On Monday, the faculty and staff at Waverly Yowell came together in a friendly competition to see who made the best crockpot dish.  Faculty and staff could choose to make an appetizer/side dish, main dish, soup, or dessert.  They enjoyed the 13 dishes that were entered into the competition and then voted on their favorites. The winning dishes were the following:  Side dish/appetizer – kielbasa bites (Kayla Davis); soup – zuppa toscana (Kaitlyn Nasatka); main dish – honey lime chicken taco (Ali Allamon); and dessert – pazookie (Becky Weigle).  There was even an honorable mention for best non-crock pot dish of macaroni salad (Kelsey Reott). Winners will be rewarded by receiving lunch from Piedmont Deli.  Faculty and Staff were encouraged to share their recipes though Google Docs.

Destination Imagination Students Preparing in Hallway

Destination Imagination Students Preparing in Hallway

Congratulations to teachers Maci Dyer, Sarah Mickelberry, Kristen Schlegel, and the staff/family/community members who worked hard to make Destination Imagination a huge success last Saturday. Our MPS students did a fantastic job representing Madison County at Western Albemarle High School.  From their excellent acting chops to working very well together, our second graders received nothing but the highest praise from the judges for their outstanding performances. Way to go, D.I. teams!

Destination Imagination Students Presenting for Judges

Destination Imagination Students Presenting for Judges

Teachers at WMS have been enjoying the warm weather and special treats. On Friday, a Luau party was thrown to celebrate the unseasonably warm weather. On Tuesday, to celebrate Mardi Gras, teachers were treated with a King Cake and the staff members who found the toy baby baked inside received a special prize.

Cover of book by Roald Dahl, The BFG

Cover of book by Roald Dahl, The BFG

Waverly Yowell will be kicking off the Spring edition of its One School, One Book initiative with Roald Dahl’s The BFG.  The BFG (short for “Big Friendly Giant”) is a 1982 children’s book written by British novelist Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake. It is an expansion of a short story from Dahl’s 1975 book Danny, the Champion of the World. On March 1, students will be treated to the administrative team along with PE teacher Andrew Schmaltz, Art teacher Katie Gigliotti, Librarian Rebecca Jasman, and Instructional Coach Jen Rehm acting out a skit based on The BFG.  Students, staff, and faculty will then receive a copy of the book along with a reading schedule and comprehension questions.  We will be celebrating the end of the book by watching the movie outdoors.

Fundraiser.  Waverly Yowell students raised money for Lymphoma/Leukemia.  The total amount collected was $605.72.  What a great accomplishment and a great way to give back!

Picture of Dr. Seuss and Illustrations

Picture of Dr. Seuss and Illustrations

On March 2, Waverly Yowell will be celebrating Theodor Geisel’s (Dr. Seuss) birthday.  We have guest readers to share Dr. Seuss books with our students.  Our guest readers are:  Virginia Delegate Nick Freitas, Philip Forgit and Bekah Saxon from the Virginia Education Association, and School Board Members Karen Allen and Bob Chappell,   Superintendent Matt Eberhardt will be reading his favorite Seuss: Oh! The Places You’ll Go!

Did you know?

Trout Release.  Did you know WMS science students  will be releasing trout into the Rose River on April 14 after spending the last few months raising the fish in our school aquarium?

Alternative Education Student Placement in Work Environs.  Did you know Alternative Education have students placed in internships/apprenticeships including MWP, Giovanni’s, Madison Veterinary Hospital, Madison Visitors Center, and Albemarle Rehabilitation Center?

Health Care Costs.  Did you know that health care costs decreased in 2016-2017 by 2.8%?  The School Board maintained its share this year (2016-2017) which ultimately meant that the employee realized a decrease in employee costs each month compared to 2015-2016.  That said, health care costs will increase by 4.3% for 2017-2018; the Superintendent proposed leveling employee cost to what it was in 2015-2016 before the decrease in 2016-2017.  This would mean mean a 2.8% increase to employees while other school divisions are realizing much higher increases.  (As a comparison, Madison has a 4.3% increase while Greene County is dealing with a 20+% increase.)

MCPS Employees Who Go By Middle Names.  Did you know that we have employees who are commonly known by their middle names, not their first names?  I can name 4 off the top of my head.  One of these is correct:  which one?

  • MPS: Genevieve Kendall Fears?
  • WYES: Scott Jeffery Tilbe?
  • WMS: Houston Jacob Houser?
  • MCHS: Margaritte Gail Temple?
  • SBO: Hubert Griff Carmichael?

Spring Sports.  Did you know that last week was the first week for Spring sports?  Surprisingly, this year it actually feels like spring even at the beginning of the season.

VDOE has Teacher Direct.  Did you know that the VDOE has Teacher Direct which is used as a way to communicate with classroom teachers and educators?  It is a great resource to see new instructional resources as well as see PD and grant opportunities that are available!

Seven Counties in Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School.  Did you know that the Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School is a Virginia Academic Year Governor’s School available to public high school students enrolled in the counties of Fluvanna, Goochland, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson and Orange?


  • All Month   Music in Our Schools Month
  • All Month    Youth Art Month
  • March 1-5     School Social Workers Appreciation Week
  • March 7-11   National School Breakfast Week
  • March 21       World Autism Awareness Day

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