Mountaineer Notes, April 19, 2017

2nd Place Winner Lydia Navitsky’s Rendition of Picasso’s Rooster

Madison Primary School’s Lydia Navitsky was the second place elementary winner in the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Regional Art Contest!  Local school board members were treated to an impressive display of creativity and faced some tough decisions in selecting the 2017 winners of the Central VSBA Regional Art Contest on April 18.  Student art from the elementary, middle, and high school levels represented each school division in the competition, which was judged at the regional forum for area school board members.  The Central Region consists of: Albemarle County, Buckingham County, Charlottesville City, Culpeper County, Fluvanna County, Greene County, Louisa County, Madison County, Nelson County, Orange County, and Rappahannock County.


Congratulations to Eric Cashman for being named the Charlottesville Newplex/Burger King Athlete of the Week.

Eric Cashman TV Interview

GIS Competition Winners Holding Certificates

Students in WMS science teacher Kim Adam’s classes competed in a national GIS competition. Mrs. Adams, Instructional Coach Jared Morris, and Assistant Principal Tori Gelbert looked at all of the final submissions and choose five to continue on to the national competition. Those five students were awarded certificates during lunch, along with a couple honorable mentions. (Students Pictured front row: Tavion Barbour, Anna Pfaff, Hallie Jenkins Back row: Emma Fisher, Kali Compton, Delaney Cruey, Amelia Corbin, Aliyah Aylor) Not pictured: Finalist Joey Johnson

Plate of Ham, Green Beans, Bread, and Potato

The office staff at Waverly Yowell supplied a delicious Easter lunch for the teachers last week!  Everyone dined on mashed potatoes, green beans, ham biscuits, a carrot-shaped cheese ball, and lots of desserts.  We appreciate how much they take care of everyone and certainly build morale especially during this final push.  Thanks Cathy Mills, Becky Hettinger, Margie Curtis, and LaVerne Shotwell!

Students in Pattie Rees and Davis Londrey’s 8th grade English classes learned some real world skills last week. Students learned how to fill out applications and some students were chosen for interviews based on their applications.

Students in Stephanie Goering’s 1st grade class are working on a science experiment about plants and pollution.  (SOL: 1.1 & 1.8) Over the next several weeks, students will take measurements and make daily predictions and observations about the effects of specific pollutants on plant growth

Stock Photo of Greenhouse

MCHS Principal Gary Wintersgill, MCHS Assistant Principal Jason Allison, Instructional Coach Jayne Penn-Hollar, and MCHS agriculture instructor R. J. Nobblitt met with Director of Teaching & Learning Tina Weaver and Supervisor of Maintenance Earl Keys to begin plans for a new MCHS greenhouse. MCHS was recently awarded a Virginia Department of Education CTE Innovation Equipment grant. Students will run a simulated workplace from the facility. The new greenhouse will be ready for the 2017-18 school year.

Wetsel Middle School counselors, band teacher, and administration visited Waverly Yowell on Wednesday, April 12.  They met with the 5th grade students to explain the classes and answer questions concerning next year. The students enjoyed hearing what a day in middle school was like and listening to the band play.  What a great way to help with a big transition!

Wetsel School Store and Mural

Tiffany Kitner’s Art classes have finished the mural at the entrance of Wetsel’s school store. The mural incorporates the school’s objective to have everyone “Show their BLUE” – Be Respectful – Learn Everyday – Understand Responsibilities – Encourage Everyone. Students also are quoted in mural explaining what the slogan means to them.



Poster Showing Continents for Passport to Success Program

Passport to Success.  Third grade students at Waverly are taking a “trip around the world” to review the math skills they have learned this year.   At the beginning of the two week review, each student receives his/her passport.  Each country visited represents a math skill to be reviewed. When students successfully show that their understanding, their passport is stamped and they move on to the next country or skill.  Students rotate each twenty minutes.  The teachers have created a variety of activities to keep the students engaged.  Similar rotations are also being utilized with fourth and fifth grade students.

Student “Doctors” at Discovery Museum

Second graders at MPS visited Purcell Park and the Discovery Museum in Harrisonburg last week. With exhibits in which students could become auto mechanics, dentists, farmers, newscasters, performers and many more, you can be sure that our second grade friends had a blast exploring potential future career paths.  The second grade team is:

  • Maci Dyer
  • Holly Mack
  • Sarah Mickelberry
  • Kristen Schlegel
  • Stephanie Utz
  • Christine Waldron


Virginia Tiered Systems of Support Model Pyramid

Virginia Tiered Systems of Support (VTSS) going strong at MPS. At the most recent parent-teacher conferences, parents were asked to complete a brief survey associated with our tiered system of supports, and the results were important. The survey realized:

  • 95% of parents were aware of program
  • 96% of parents believed in the program
  • 96% of parents said their child feels safe at school

Importantly, 71% of parents strongly agreed.

Big thanks to MPS teachers for encouraging parent participation in the survey, as we collected responses from 44.3% of our parents.

Play-Doh Model of Leg Bone

The MCHS Sports Medicine class taught by Carrie Sacra  learned about the anatomy and injuries of the lower leg, ankle, and foot. The students learned the name of the bones and several bony landmarks by modeling the bones out of play dough.  They completed rehabilitation exercises to determine the muscles they were strengthening.  Towel scrunching with your toes helps the muscles of the arches of your foot.  “Drawing” the alphabet with your foot moves your foot through all its possible motions and strengthens all the muscles.  Balancing exercises strengthens the proprioceptive muscles, which are commonly damaged in even minor ankle injuries.


The Madison Team at Habitat For Humanity House

While many spent their spring break at home or on a beach, four MCHS students traveled to Tucker, Georgia for something bigger than vacation. Sarah Coates, Jenny Zhang, Emily Aylor and Alex Park along with teacher Beth Wilson spent their spring break building a house through Habitat for Humanity. The trip was organized by Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School Senior Sarah Coates to fulfill her senior project requirement while helping a family in need. The five assisted in constructing interior walls, building the front porch, and beginning the structure for the roof. The group made the best of two days of canceled work due to weather and were able to visit The World of Coke and The Georgia Aquarium .

We were really disappointed that our work week was cut short but we made the best of our time in Georgia.  It’s so hard to describe how much we learned and what we will take away from our trip. The only word I can think of is humbling. – Emily Aylor

The group returned from Georgia on April 8, just in time to return back to school.

It was an amazing experience and I am so glad that I got to share it with other Madison students.  We met incredible people both from Habitat and other volunteers who gave up their spring break and chose to work instead of have free time. –Sarah Coates


  • April 12-18                    National Library Week
  • April 16-22                    National Student Leadership Week
  • April 17-21                    Public School Volunteer Week
  • April 22                         Earth Day
  • April 26                         Administrative Professionals Day
  • April 29                         Madison Festival of the Arts

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