Mountaineer Notes, March 15, 2017

100 Black Men of Central Virginia Luncheon. (l-r Zach Gibson, Matt Eberhardt, Zach Waters)

100 Black Men of Central Virginia.  On Saturday, March 11, the 100 Black Men of Central Virginia organization hosted Central Virginia African American Male High School seniors who have a 3.0 GPA or better to the annual High School Seniors Luncheon at Bonefish Grill in Charlottesville.  Also, parents and school officials were invited to attend.  Superintendent Matt Eberhardt attended as did several Madison seniors and parents.  There were about 100 people present who enjoyed a great learning experience.  The Central Virginia chapter is the 2016 National Chapter of the Year for Mentoring by the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and the 2015 National Mentee of the Year Award Winner.  The organization represents the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, and Orange as well as the City of Charlottesville.

Manager Geneva Lynch and Assistant Manager Stacy Taylor with Madison Strong box

Sheetz and Madison Strong Team Up to Recognize MCPS Employees

Madison Strong and Sheetz are teaming up to recognize and celebrate our dedicated Madison County Public Schools Teachers and Staff.  People can stop by Sheetz in the month of March to celebrate an employee who is making a difference by placing a nomination slip in the Madison Strong box located near the front registers.  Six MCPS employees’ names will be drawn at the end of March to win a $25 Sheetz Gift Card!  The more times an MCPS employee is nominated, the better his/her chance of winning the gift card.  Celebrate the Madison County Public Schools employees who have made a difference by stopping at Sheetz to fill out a form!  In February, the Madison Strong Box was located at Yoder’s Country Market.  Pictured with the Madison Strong box are Manager Geneva Lynch and Assistant Manager Stacy Taylor.

Telescopes Used for Amateur Star Gazers

MCHS Earth Science teacher Michael Gabany hosted the first of several planned Star Parties.  He has connected with some amateur astronomers who have helped him get started with this project.  Interested students were able to see some of the sights in the night sky with the aid of two telescopes. 



DNA, a nucleotide, and DNA replication Drawing


Double Helix-Nucleotide-DNA Replication Eukaryotic DrawingsMadison High School Blue Ridge Governor’s Virtual Governor’s School (BRVGS) sophomores were tasked with sketching the overall structure of DNA, a nucleotide, and DNA replication with the key “players” labeled.  BRVGS represents the counties of:  Fluvanna, Goochland, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, and Orange.


Center for the Constitution at Montpelier Logo

Wetsel Teacher Matt Resnick was selected for a national, year-long professional learning opportunity at Center for the Constitution at Montpelier, the home of President James Madison in Orange, Virginia. The Center sought motivated Virginia civics and government teachers looking for student-centered, research driven ways to teach the foundations of our government, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and contemporary applications.

Front of Montpelier

This program covers a full academic year and includes several professional development sessions. The first event will be a Summer Institute on June 25-30, 2017 at James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange, VA. There will be two other in-person PD events during the academic year. This program is a national, one-year professional development initiative designed to help teachers learn in-depth content and time-tested pedagogy. Teachers will come away better prepared to engage students as they learn about our founding documents and their historic and contemporary importance. The James Madison Legacy Project is grant-funded through the U.S. Department of Education.

3.14 Backwards Looks Like “Pie”

Every year on March 14,  the MCHS math department celebrates “Pi Day”.  Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.  No matter the size of the circle when you divide the circumference by the diameter you will always get the same number, 3.14159…….. This year – with the impending weather – teachers enjoyed homemade pie provided by the math department a day early. 



Waverly PTO Presentation on Enlisted Men in the Civil War

Fourth grade students at Waverly Yowell participated in a Civil War presentation by Richmond Discoveries, Inc., a non-profit organization, founded in 1985 to provide educational and historical tours.  This event was made possible by the Waverly PTO. Students learned about the life of the common soldier with a full display of Civil War artifacts. They participated in a demonstration of the use of flags and drum signals on the battlefield to life in the camps which included food, music, games and personal entertainment.  This program presented a complete picture of the average enlisted man in the Civil War.

The following are Virginia Standards of Learning for Virginia Studies in 4th Grade:

Civil War and Postwar Eras

VS.7    The student will demonstrate an understanding of the issues that divided our nation and led to the Civil War by

  1. a)   explaining the major events and the differences between northern and southern states that divided Virginians and led to secession, war, and the creation of West Virginia;
  2. b)   describing Virginia’s role in the war, including identifying major battles that took place in Virginia; and
  3. c)   describing the roles of American Indians, whites, enslaved African Americans, and free African Americans.

VS.8    The student will demonstrate an understanding of the reconstruction of Virginia following the Civil War by

  1. a)   identifying the effects of Reconstruction on life in Virginia;
  2. b)   identifying the effects of segregation and “Jim Crow” on life in Virginia for American Indians, whites, and African Americans; and
  3. c)   describing the importance of railroads, new industries, and the growth of cities to Virginia’s economic development.

Student Displaying Planet Project

Students in Wetsel Teacher Taylor Aylor’s class did projects on different planets. Students were given the opportunity to choose a planet, providing a reason why they chose that planet, and conducted research. After students did research, they became “experts” in their planet and presented findings to the class.

Everybody Wins!:  Madison County Education Foundation and Waverly Yowell Elementary School have partnered to pilot a mentor reading program at lunch.  Some third grade student volunteers are paired with mentors from the community.  They meet at lunch on Wednesdays and enjoy reading together, eating, and conversing.  Third grade teacher, Marty Ward, expressed a need to the Education Foundation which got this wonderful program started.  She also assists the volunteers and students at lunch.  Providing students with positive role models while developing a love of literacy will certainly benefit students in so many ways!

Monticello Picture

Wetsel Teacher Tyler Woodward and Instructional Coach Jared Morris will be heading up to the “Little Mountain” (Monticello) on March 27 for “Burritos and Brainstorming.”  While at Monticello, they will be assisting in evaluatingteacher professional development programs offered by historic sites and museums. Sponsored by a grant from the Institute for Museum & Library Services, the evaluation tool will be piloted this summer at the Monticello Teacher Institute and at Mystic Seaport, The Museum of America and the Sea. “ The “stipend” for their service will be a tasty burrito.


Recently, the MCHS symphonic band traveled to Charlottesville High School for their band assessment.  This is a measurement of their performance ability and can be compared as their SOL of sorts.  This year the band received a rating of excellent

Director Mike Allen and MCHS Symphonic Band

8th grade students at WMS are preparing for their Writing SOL on March 21 and 22.  Instructional coach Jared Morris has assisted in this process, pulling small groups of students to review grammar and important organizational techniques to help increase student achievement.  Our teachers and students have worked diligently in preparation for the test, and we look forward to completing the first of many SOL to come this semester.  A special thank you to teachers David Londrey, Kellie Mason, Karin Oravek, Pattie Rees, Janine Rowson, and Emma Taylor for instilling a sense of confidence and readiness in our students.

First and Second Grade students at Madison Primary School are learning all about graphs, and about each other at the same time. Second Grade students celebrated Read across America while incorporating graphing and time telling skills, while First Grade students experimented with a variety of graphs. It is wonderful to see that our First Grade students are healthy eaters!

Kahn Academy Image

WMS will host PBL Night on March 30.  All are welcome to celebrate student projects and participate in some old fashion trivia in our cafeteria.  We will also provide a short informational presentation on Kahn Academy designed to help prepare our 8th graders for the upcoming PSAT in April.  We look forward to seeing everyone there.  “You can learn anything.  For free. For Everyone.  Forever.” is the moniker of Kahn Academy.  Please see more at:


Black History Month Poster Contest.  Retired Col. Lisa Davis visited Waverly Yowell to pass out awards to the Black History Month poster contest winners and participants.  The topic of the contest was Buffalo Soldiers.  Fifth grade students created posters, drew pictures, and wrote essays.  Third grade students created artwork for the contest.  Col. Davis was pleased to see the quality of the submissions.  Shown are students proudly displaying their medals and ribbons.

WYES Poster Contest Winners with Retired Col. Lisa Davis

Students Placing Post-it Notes Celebrating Youth Art Month

In honor of Arts in our School’s Month, MPS art teacher, Danelle Nutter, developed a way for students to share reasons they love art. The abundance of sticky notes upon the hallway walls are proof of the popularity of the activity. Many thanks for providing the opportunity for our students to explore and develop a passion for the arts!






Kindergarten students participated in a tour of Main Street to learn about our local community, past and present.  They went to visit the Sheriff’s Department  (with a tour from our own Deputy Wine), the Madison County Courthouse, the Madison County Library (with a great presentation from retired librarian Pam Nelson) and the Madison Rescue Squad.  The kindergarten staff is grateful to all of these community members for their help with this wonderful experience.

Congratulations to the Boys Varsity Basketball team for winning the Marshall Johnson Sportsmanship Award at the State Tournament this year. The Marshall Johnson Sportsmanship Award is given a participating team in the State Tournament whose players, athletes, administrators, cheerleaders and fans that display the best sportsmanship throughout the state tournament. This Award belongs to everyone who were a part of Mountaineer Nation at JMU on Friday or Saturday.

Last week students in the MCHS Core Craft program, the drone team and physics students were able to see real life work as they traveled to Cedar Mountain Quarry in Mitchels, Virginia.  They toured the entire facility from the pit to the asphalt plant and learned about job opportunities as well as some Earth Science.   Students witnessed a blast in the quarry and observed a drone filming the blast for analytical purposes.  Afterwards, students went to the Germanna Daniels Center to learn about Dual Enrollment, Apprenticeship and Associate Degree programs offered by Germanna Community College.  Students practiced on virtual welding machines, observed 3D printers at work, and watched the drone videos from the blast earlier in the day. 

Did you know?

Senior leadership.  Did you know that every year high school seniors choose a school staff member to shadow for a day?  Teachers and administrators from every building who agree to participate can be chosen by high school seniors to learn about what a day is really like for educators.  Both students and staff learn much about education in Madison with this program.  This year March 30 is senior leadership day.


  • 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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