Mountaineer Notes, Thursday April 13, 2017

Cover of District Administration Magazine

Madison County Public Schools is recognized in the national District Administration April 2017 magazine edition for our personalized online professional development (PD) tool developed by Sam Utz, Director of Technology, and Tina Weaver, Director of Teaching and Learning. Madison Primary Principal Mike Coiner is quoted in the article assessing the format as “a user friendly format, easily navigated …. at times that are most convenient to (staff).” 





Billy Hale at State Farm Desk

Thanks to MCHS PE and Driver Education teacher Mike Sacra and School Resource Officer Drew Eanes for organizing our 2nd Annual Drive Smart event.  This program is meant to educate students on the common ways that driving accidents occur and how to avoid them.  Students learn about raising awareness and changing behaviors on the roadways of Virginia.  Students learned about driver distractions and they participated in a driving simulation with distractions in an actual vehicle.  They learned about impaired driving with goggles to see how it can affect perception and reactions.  The event was sponsored by Billy Hale and State Farm Insurance.

Logo for Child Abuse Prevention Month

Please wear BLUE on Friday, April 14 to recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.   Did you know that Child Abuse and neglect take the lives of more than 1,500 children in the US each year? (VA Dept of Social Services) More than 70% of these children were ages 2 and under. Child abuse is not just one physical attack or just one instance of failure to meet a child’s most basic needs. Usually, child abuse is a pattern of behavior that takes place over a period of time. The longer child abuse continues, the more serious it becomes, the more serious is the injury to the child and the more difficult it is to stop.

Prevention is the only sure cure for child abuse and neglect. Through family education and support programs, the vicious and tragic cycle of abuse can be stopped. Here are some suggestions to prevent abuse:

  • Helping parents learn to raise and nurture their children without physical or emotional violence. This can be done through support groups and parenting programs and through public awareness campaigns.
  • Organizing and supporting early intervention programs like Healthy Families Virginia, that provide continuous support to families from the birth of a child through age five.
  • Training teachers, daycare workers, doctors and other professionals about how to prevent abuse and how to recognize and treat abuse when it does occur.
  • Supporting laws and programs that protect children from the pain of abuse.

Department of Education Flyer for Month of the Military Child

Please wear PURPLE on Friday, April 21 to recognize April as the Month of the Military Child.  The Virginia Department of Education is encouraging schools to take the time to celebrate and honor our military associated students.

Why purple?

Purple represents the blending of the colors of the five branches of our armed forces – Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy.

Who are military-connected students?

The Code of Virginia defines military-connected students as a student enrolled in a public school whose parent is serving in either (i) the active component of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or National Guard, the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Services or (ii) the reserve component of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or National Guard.

Why are military-connected students unique?

Most military children attend schools in six to nine different school divisions from kindergarten to 12th grade, and on average, a military student transfers more than twice during high school. With each move come different graduation requirements, eligibility for services and programs, school calendars, deadlines for specialty programs/school/extracurricular activities, and more. In addition to frequent moves, family separations through deployments and reintegration following deployments can make school-, home-, and community-life challenging for military children.

Westel Middle School would like to recognize their Staff of the Month for March. Sixth grade history teacher, Lindsey Dame, eighth grade history teacher, Matt Resnick, and school custodian, Tyrone Banks. Staff members are nominated by students through a Google Form. Those names then go to a panel of students, our Show Your BLUE club, who choose that month’s winners.

Music Students On PBL Night

WMS also had their first PBL night for the community. Teachers set up their PBL projects for parents to see. We also had our trivia playing in the cafeteria for students and parents to win prizes and a PSAT workshop for parents to learn more about the PSAT and how to help their children study for the test. Some students came and presented their PBL projects during the night.

WMS will be receiving Pocahontas Middle School from Powhatan County on April 26th to provide guidance on implementing their new VTSS program.  WMS was chosen by the state VTSS directors as a model for first-year implementation.  We are honored and proud to represent Madison County and demonstrate the hard work our teachers and staff have done this year.

Congratulations to the Varsity Softball team. The girls remain unbeaten on the year with an 8-0 record and sit atop the Bull Run District standings with a 2-0 record.

Team Photo of MCHS Varsity Softball 2017

The Baseball team has now won 3 straight games to improve to 5-4 overall. They are currently in 1st place in the Bull Run District with a 3-0 record.

Team Photo of MCHS Varsity Baseball 2017

The Girls Varsity Soccer team had an exciting week over Spring Break. They beat rival Clarke County 3-0 on Tuesday and lost to 9 time State Champion George Mason on Thursday 4-2. The Mountaineers are now 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the Bull Run District.

Team Photo of MCHS Varsity Girls Soccer 2017

The Boys Varsity Soccer team picked up their 1st win of the year last week against rival Clarke County 2-0.

Team Photo of MCHS Varsity Boys Soccer 2017

Football Coach Stuart Dean

After 12 seasons, Stuart Dean has decided to step down as the Head Football Coach at MCHS. Stuart has been coaching football at MCHS for 24 years. Thank you Coach Dean for all your hard work to the Athletic Program at MCHS and your dedication to your athletes, school and community.



Primary Students Holding Up Hands

Students from Liz Ford and Carrie Wintersgill’s specials classes are up and moving their feet as they apply a strategy from the recent Ron Nash workshop. Each student was given a card with clues from a story.  They were asked to share their card with a partner, and then use the clues to try and determine what the story was about. After each partner shared, they switched cards, held it up, and found another partner to discover new clues.

Movement isn’t a break from learning; movement is learning, and the opportunities for thoughtful exploration in the classroom are endless. – Aleta Margolis

Primary Students Working Together

Preschool students at Madison Primary School recently engaged in an awesome painting project supported by a grant from the Madison County Education Foundation (MCEF). The KIDZ and Canvas activity allowed each of our preschool students to create their own canvas painting under the direction of a local artist. Thanks so much to MCEF for providing the $530 grant to complete the project. The children absolutely loved it!

On Tuesday, March 28th, the Fourth Grade from Waverly Yowell traveled to the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Virginia. There the students were able to play a Native American game, create music in a West African village, and do some woodworking in a German farmhouse. This trip was designed to review the VA Studies SOL for the upcoming test in May. The trip, including admission and a pizza lunch, was entirely free of charge and made possible from a grant request by Fourth Grade Teacher Narda Harrison.

Performers at Paramount Theater

MPS Kindergarteners took a field trip to the Paramount to watch a production of Brown Bear, Brown Bear & Other Treasured Stories by the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Performed entirely in black light, the props and puppets were vividly captivating and kept the kids thoroughly entertained. Way to go, Kindergarten Team, for creating an exciting, educational, and enriching experience! They are: Patty Butterworth, Beth Dickey, Kendall Fears, Wynee Jenkins, Angie Lamb, Jeannette Michels, and Candia Morris.

Students With School Board Members and Central Office Staff

Visit.   The School Board visited Waverly Yowell on March 31.  Fifth grade students, listed below, gave the members a tour around the building.  They had the pleasure of seeing Ron Nash activities in action.  Edit Doctor was being performed in Ali Allamon’s third grade classroom.  In another room, differences were being celebrated as Kelsey Reott’s and Karen Rice’s classes collaborated.  One new aspect of the building they visited was the outdoor classroom, which is becoming a very popular area.  Pictured are fifth grade students along with School Board Members:  Troy Miller, Max Lohr, Joshua James Lamb, Evan Rosado, Peyton Stuart, and Demetriana Minor.

Mark Arrington Presenting at Conference

Recently, MCHS PE teacher Mark Arrington led a Virginia workshop at his alma mater, Emory and Henry for the secondary level.  Teachers were present from Southwest Virginia and elsewhere; also, soon-to-be-teachers attended the event.


MCHS seniors participated in senior leadership day just before spring break.  This is an annual event where seniors are able to shadow a school staff member for the day to see what it is like to be a teacher or administrator.  Students may choose any school or School Board Office. Many thanks go out to all of the folks who volunteered to have a senior work with them for the day.  Also, thanks to the senior sponsor Jennifer Brockman for organizing this event.

Spanish Students In Front of Statue at National Gallery After Tour In Spanish

MCHS Spanish students recently went on a trip with their teacher Jenette Reyes to the National Gallery of Art.  They participated interactively with a docent for an hour-and-a-half tour of Spanish art history.  Then, they experienced authentic Spanish cuisine to compliment the culture of Spain at a restaurant called Jaleo.


Teaching Learning Caring Nominees Announced!


Madison Primary School

  • Martha Clements
  • Maci Dyer
  • Liz Ford
  • Holly Mack
  • Stephanie Utz

Waverly Yowell Elementary School

  • Lila Azhari-Harris
  • Kayla Davis
  • Chris Donner
  • Marty Ward

Wetsel Middle School

  • Kim Adams
  • Marissa Basile
  • Pattie Rees

Madison County High School

  • Mark Arrington
  • Mary Davis
  • Julie Heffron
  • Shannon Johnston
  • Lori Mack
  • Anne Weakley


Madison Primary School

  • Jessi Almas
  • Martha Clements
  • Maci Dyer

Waverly Yowell Elementary School

  • Lila Azhari-Harris
  • Rebecca Bader
  • Kayla Davis
  • Jen Rehm
  • Jeff Tilbe
  • Becky Weigle

Wetsel Middle School

  • Marissa Basile
  • Laura Daniel
  • Jacob Houser
  • Devin Milbourne
  • Pattie Rees

Madison County High School

  • Thomas Benns
  • Lori Mack
  • Mark Arrington


Madison Primary School

  • Rob Brock
  • Patty Butterworth
  • Liz Ford
  • Karen Organ-Lohr

Waverly Yowell Elementary School

  • Cathy Mills
  • Temple Murray
  • Marty Ward

Wetsel Middle School

  • Laura Daniel
  • Janine Rowson
  • BB Slaven
  • Emma Taylor

Madison County High School

  • Jeanette Alexander
  • Celinda Bailey
  • Michelle Farmer
  • Lori Mack
  • Krista Tanner
  • Gail Temple
  • Beth Wilson

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