Mountaineer Notes, Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Student at Family Library Night Working with Plastic Eggs for Synonym and Antonym Activity

Family Library Night at Waverly.  On Thursday night families came out to learn how to review Math and Reading skills with our amazing teachers.  Teachers gave family members a variety of fun activities that could be used at home to reinforce skills taught at school.  Math teachers Ali Allamon, Aimee Morehead, and Abbie Jewett had students creating their own math games, fact families with Hershey Kisses, reviewing measurement with Fruit Roll Ups, and making math spiders that had skill review on each leg.   Literacy teachers Marty Ward, Kim Knighting, Brittany Baker, Rebecca Bader, Narda Harrison, Kayla Davis, and Lila Azhari-Harris had a variety of reading activities that ranged from cause and effect paper chains to matching synonyms and antonyms using Easter Eggs.  A big shout out to media specialist Rebecca Jasman for organizing the night and all those who helped make this night so successful.


Art Teachers Tiffany Kitner and Ashleigh Pugh attended the National Art Educators Association (NAEA) National Conference in New York City last week.  This is largest gathering of visual art educators in the world with 1,000s of workshops, sessions, and events.

The NAEA Conference re-sparked my excitement for experimentation in teaching. I’ve always been concerned with having to master something before I share it or teach it to others. But when I heard some of the educators speak, especially on STEAM, it amazed me how a huge common denominator in their success was learning WITH their students. Through trial and error, failures and successes, the students and the teachers built incredible relationships that blossomed into amazing and meaningful work. These workshops got me excited to apply for my technology grant and to begin planning some cross-curricular units with STEM, as well as other classes. The NAEA Conference opened educational and creative doors and introduced me to several art teachers with specialties in naturalism, STEAM, and Raku firing. Through these workshops I was exposed to indispensable resources, materials and lessons that no art teacher should ever be without. – Tiffany Kitner

We learned many new things that we are excited to bring back to the classroom and share with the other art teachers so that they could use it in their classrooms. We learned how to incorporate more technology into art, some new innovative lessons, how to use natural things as art materials to create work, STEAM projects, and much more! We also met other art teachers from across the country who have great ideas and were very interesting! – Ashleigh Pugh

Wetsel Teacher Tyler Woodward with Students

Wetsel Middle School is happy to announce February’s Staff of the Month: Tyler Woodward and Lindsay Dame. Teachers were announced during our Show Your BLUE assembly on Monday along with awarding students for going above and beyond.

Food Math.  Third grade has been learning about various types of graphs.  Children used skittles to create their own bar and pictographs.  They began by sorting the skittles and tallying the results.  Next they created a bar graph that represented the candy they received.  Next came the tricky part – the pictograph that had a special key.  Each circle represented 2 skittles.  Many students had 3 skittles of one color.  They weren’t tricked though.  They drew 1 ½ circles!  At the end, they compared and contrasted their data.  You can’t beat food math!!!

Participants of Read Across America With Original “Seuss Thank You” Paintings By Art Teacher Katie Gigliotti. (l-r) Media Specialist Rebecca Jasman, Bob Chappell, Karen Allen Philip Forgit, Bekah Saxon, Nick Freitas, and Matt Eberhardt

On March 2, Waverly Yowell celebrated Theodor Geisel’s (Dr. Seuss) birthday.  Guest readers shared Dr. Seuss books with students.  Our guest readers are:  Virginia Delegate Nicholas Freitas, Philip Forgit and Bekah Saxon from the Virginia Education Association, and School Board Members Karen Allen and Bob Chappell,   Superintendent Matt Eberhardt read his favorite Seuss: Oh! The Places You’ll Go!


Middle School Band Director Alicia Strickler

Congratulations to the 8th Grade band for receiving an Excellent rating from each judge at the recent Concert Band Assessment in Charlottesville.  The WMS staff is very proud of our students and Band Director Alicia Strickler for a job well done.


Madison Primary Teachers Dressed in Character for Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

Madison Primary School had a blast celebrating Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss’s Birthday. Many of the good doctor’s classics were enjoyed throughout the week, and students and teachers enjoyed the themed dress-up days. Pictured are Liz Ford and Beth Dickey on “Wacky Wednesday” and MPS faculty and staff on “Dress As Your Favorite Character Day”.

Dressed as Characters from The BFG, Assistant Principal Jackie Ovalle and Principal Joe Kubricki

Waverly Yowell kicked off the Spring edition of the 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. students were assembled on Wednesday, March 1 to watch a short play, acted out by Principal Joe Kubricki, Assistant Principal Jackie Ovalle, Instructional Coach Jen Rehm, Media Specialist Rebecca Jasman, Art Teacher Katie Gigliotti, and PE Teacher Andrew Schmaltz.  Mrs. Jasman read the first two chapters of The BFG.  Books and reading schedules were distributed and in a culminating event, students will be invited to watch the movie version of the book.


State Quarter Finals Boys Basketball Coach Breeden and Team


Congratulations to Boys Basketball Team who made it to state Quarter Finals with a 25-2 record. Many MCHS students were able to attend the basketball game at JMU with a student pep bus.  Thanks go out to Instructional Coach Jayne Penn-Hollar, SRO Drew Eanes, and Teachers Brittany Lyons, Heather Thompson and Steve Shilan for making this a possibility for our students.  The Madison fan support was amazing with about 1,000 folks on Friday at JMU and about 1,400 on Saturday.  Madison Pride was strong!

WMS Teacher Tiffany Kitner’s Art Classes are busy working on a mural to brighten up the front of Wetsel’s new school store in the cafeteria.

Picture of Mural Being Painted in Wetsel School Store

MPS 2nd Grader Raegan Brown’s Artwork

March is Youth Art Month!! As part of the celebration, MPS will be recognizing 3 artists each week from each grade level. Their artwork will be on display on our school website,  This week we honored: Henry Dame from Kendall Fear’s Kindergarten class, Susanna Brockman from Jarratt Caldwell’s First Grade class, and Raegan Brown from Stephanie Utz’s Second Grade class!


To celebrate Black History Month, Maci Dyer’s Second Grade class participated in a contest encompassing military contributions made by African Americans. They researched the Buffalo Soldiers of the American West making posters and presentations to show what they learned.  Lt Col, Lisa Davis presented awards to two students with honorable mentions and six with medals. They all received American flag pins for their outstanding effort. Way to go!

Picture of Edible Soil in Cups

Third Grade Teacher Paula Litwin did a creative science experiment with students involving soil and measurement.  The process took six steps.  The following pictures show each step.


Did you know?

Energy Efficiency.  Did you know that MCPS has been working AMERSCO to provide better energy efficiency and savings to the schools?  Our goal is to reduce energy costs through energy management that includes lighting, windows, HVAC, temperature controls, etc.

Breakfast at MCHS.  Did you know that high school students have two options for breakfast every day?  They can choose to get breakfast in the cafeteria or choose a grab and go breakfast from our breakfast cart located close to where they enter the building from the buses.


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

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