Mountaineer Notes, Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Educators Working During Professional Development Day (l-r: Jessi Almas (MPS), Jackie Ovalle (WYES), Mike Coiner (MPS), Charlotte Edwards (MCHS))

Over 100 teachers participated in professional training Friday, March 24. Seatwork to Feetwork, facilitated by Ron Nash, noted author and consultant, emphasized strategies to get students moving and learning.  Using these strategies, students in Rebecca Bader’s 3rd grade classroom used spelling/word study words with prefixes ‘ly’, ‘er’, or ‘ful’. Each student received a card with a word on it. Standing with their partners, students read the word, spelled the word, used the word in a sentence,  determined how words were alike/different, and swapped cards and found another student! Mrs. Bader perfectly implemented the modeled strategy.

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David Matchen’s Earth Science students were playing in the sand!  Groups of students built sandbox ocean shorelines.  They were studying the effect of wave erosion on the shoreline!

Students Working on Surface Area of a Cake

WMS Students from Patrick Jenning’s class debated whether or not you have to find the surface area of a cake to figure out how much icing it needs. Students brought in cake to test their hypothesis.

Whether the Weather Music Program. Madison Primary School’s 2nd grade classes will be performing at Madison County High School this Thursday, March 30. The performance aligns with SOL 2.7: The student will investigate and understand that weather and seasonal changes affect plants, animals, and their surroundings. A day time performance is planned for students and family at 9:30am who are unable to attend the 6:30pm performance. All are welcome!

Spanish Students Giving Oral Presentations

Noel Guarino’s 7th grade Spanish students gave oral presentations about themselves in Spanish. Staff and students were invited to the presentations, which were followed by snacks and a party afterwards to thank visitors for coming to their presentation.






Wetsel Middle School 8th graders held Career Day last Thursday. Many community members came to present to our students. We’d like to thank everyone that came and made it a great event!

Richard Young (center) with middle schools students displaying art

A big THANK YOU to retired MCPS teacher Richard Young for volunteering his time and expertise with our middle school alternative education students. Mr. Young’s willingness to begin this new partnership with alternative education has been a blessing for our young artists. We look forward to Mr. Young joining us next year to share his love of art!



Congratulations to Isiah Smith and Gaines Swink for being selected to the VHSL 1st Team All State Basketball team for the 2016-2017 season.

Congratulations to Dre Twyman and Isiah Smith for being selected to play in the VHSCA All State Basketball game. The game was held this past Saturday at UVA-Wise College.

Dre Twyman and Isiah Smith Holding Basketball

Our Spring Athletic teams are off to a fine start this season. Our Varsity Softball team is currently 4-0 on the year, Varsity Girls Soccer is undefeated as well going 2-0 so far. Our Varsity Baseball team is 2-2 with their only 2 losses to Group 5A Orange County.




Fourth grade Waverly Yowell students in Kaitlyn Nasatka’s class worked with art teacher Katie Gigliotti for the introduction to their electricity unit in science. The students worked with electronic snap circuits where they followed the directions and diagrams from a book to create different circuits that turned on light bulbs, fans, and played music and sounds. It was a great way to get students excited about their upcoming unit!

CTE Professionals Joyce Lindsey, Jackie Kemp, Cheryl Paramore, and Sharon Taylor

The CTE department had a two-day work session with National Consultant Scott Nash.  On Thursday morning, Scott presented to over 30 students an overview of what the Simulated Workplace classroom is and what it is not.  That afternoon he spent time individually with each CTE teacher to go over their planning for implementation this fall.  All day Friday was spent digging deeper into the process, including some play time with Legos.

WMS Teacher Matt Resnick Working With WYES Teacher Jeff Tilbe

Empathy.  Ron Nash discussed the importance of empathy and how to develop this in students at last week’s professional  development day.  Following his lead, Wetsel teacher Jeff Tilbe incorporated a lesson about empathy with his fifth grade students.  His students were shown a picture of a girl sitting alone at lunch.  They discussed how the girl probably felt, how they would of felt it they were her, and what could be done for her.  Next they watched video clips about students who made a difference in the lives of people.  In the first video, a college football player ate lunch with a boy who was sitting alone.  The second video was about a group of high school students who found students eating alone and ate and talked with them.  Team discussions followed these videos and then this concept was applied to their world. They talked about how to conduct themselves in the cafeteria with other classmates.

Student Post It Notes Celebrating Art

Youth Art Month is coming to a close, but it’s abundantly clear that Art Teacher Danelle Nutter has done a phenomenal job of instilling a love and appreciation for art that will last a lifetime. MPS students are very lucky to have such a talented and dedicated art teacher to inspire their creative minds.

Cathy Mills and Herbert Buyondo With Students

Waverly held its End of 9 Weeks assembly last Thursday and was full of exciting moments and activities. It started with Cathy Mills sharing a video from her mission trip to Uganda and all of the students received pencils that read “Weebale” which means thank you in Uganda.  There was a special guest, as well.  Pastor Herbert Buyondo from Kampala, Uganda spoke to the students and then took questions.

The assembly continued with the following recognitions:

  •  Perfect attendance
  • STAR awards for being responsible, safe, respectful, and determined
  • Fifth grader Victoria Clatterbuck and Fourth grader Konner Palm received trophies for showing determination
  • The Madison Garden Club awarded students certificates for their poetry and Smokey the Bear drawing contests.

Lastly, students who raised the most amount of money for Jump Rope for Heart pied PE Teacher Andrew  Schmaltz, Principal Joe Kubricki, and Assistant Principal Jackie Ovalle in the face.


VHSL State Forensics Champions

TRIPLE DIAMOND.  The MCHS Forensics team won its Third State Championship of the year this past weekend, taking first place for region 2A at the Virginia High School League (VHSL) Championship tournament at Clover Hill High School in Midlothian.  They have now earned the “Triple Diamond” which represents championship in all three state competitions.  Previously, the team won  the Virginia Catholic Forensics League (VCFL) and National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) competitions.

Individual winners were:

  • In Original Oratory: Scotti Mullen, 1st
  • In Poetry: Rebecca Young, 1st
  • In Prose: Jacob Corbin, 2nd
  • In Dramatic Interpretation: Steven Franklin, 2nd
  • In Humorous Interpretation: Molly Thomas, 1st
  • In Serious Duo: Caleb Mayer/Samuel Decowski, 2nd

Congrats to the team for a VERY successful season!


  • All Month                       Music in Our Schools Month
  • All Month                       Youth Art Month

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