Mountaineer Notes, April 26, 2017

Student Releasing Trout in River

Some of Wetsel’s 7th and 8th grade students were chosen to attend a field trip up to Grave Mountain Lodge with Devin Milbourne and Katie Walker to release the trout they have been growing all year.

This was our opportunity to increase the species in number and release into the Rose River at Graves this Spring.  After all was said and done, we totaled 41 juvenile trout into the ecosystem! – Katie Walker

Wetsel was referred to this program by Stephanie DeNicola from Culpeper Soil and Water because Mrs. Walker was looking for additional ways to incorporate additional and possible hands on learning about our ecosystem (in Madison County) from the effects of humans, global warming and local trends.

Subsequently, the Wetsel Science team connected with Friends of Rappahannock (FOR) who was offering the “Trout in the Classroom” Program and paid for by a grant! They supplied the equipment, training, and all materials, including fish eggs.  Our 7th and 8th graders were eager and excited to learn about the process of hatching/raising our Eastern Brook Trout (native to these parts but due to a host of factors are dwindling in numbers) and testing the water chemistry. 

Middle School Students Reading in Library

Students are enjoying the new bean bags in the Westel Media Center.  Pictured is Pattie Rees and David Londrey’s 8th grade English class enjoying reading.

Students in Kim Adams’ 6th Grade Science class used Google Slides to present information on natural disasters to their classmates in the the Library Media Center.  Each group was responsible for educating the other students on a specific natural disaster. (Tornado, Hurricane, Flood, etc.)  Students enjoyed the project and came up with some very original ideas to help reinforce the information.

Madison Strong and Sheetz teamed up to recognize and celebrate our dedicated Madison County Public Schools teachers and staff.  People stopped 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.  Six MCPS employees’ names were drawn and won a $25 Sheetz Gift Card!  The following employees won gift certificates:

  • Madison Primary School:  Jennifer Taylor
  • Waverly Yowell:  Rebecca Bader
  • WMS:  Jacob Houser
  • MCHS:  Racheal Sheinfeld
  • Bus Shop:  Bonnie Hurt
  • SBO: Matt Eberhardt

Previously, Madison Strong teamed up with Yoder’s to recognize our dedicated MCPS staff for the month of February. The community response was amazing and our Madison Strong box was filled to the brim with nominations!  The Madison Strong box will next move to its newest partner: Food Lion. Please stop by Food Lion and complete a nomination form.

Bulletin Board of the Butterfly Project

The Butterfly Project is a way of remembering and honoring the children who were victims of the Holocaust. The project is named after the poem, “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” which was written by a child from the Terezin Concentration Camp. After reading the book Night by Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, MCHS Teacher Gail Temple’s 10th graders completed a Holocaust research project and participated in the butterfly project. Each student was given an identification card for a victim with their life story and eventual fate. Then students created unique butterflies for their specific person and are on display in the library. 

On Friday, April 21 WYES offered a free Tdap vaccine to all fifth graders. It is required by law that all 6th grade students receive the Tdap booster shot prior to entering 6th grade. Thank you to school nurse Marjorie Curtis for organizing the clinic.

Last Friday was Purple Up Day where our military-connected Primary Students were recognized with certificates and celebrated with resounding applause. It was an uplifting sight to see so many people dressed in purple to honor these amazing children and their incredibly brave and selfless families.

Movement and Dance in Kindergarten Music Class

Kindergarten students in Brenda Lyddane’s music class learned about counting rhythm in 4/4 time through the use of bean bags and movement. First, students tapped out the rhythm using the bean bag in conjunction with their knees and toes. Next, they flattened them like pancakes and alternated the bag between their hands. Lastly, they marched to music with the bean bag balanced on their elbows!



Wells Fargo’s Monika Bell and Brittany Foster Reading to Kindergarten Class

Representatives from Wells Fargo Bank stopped by Madison Primary School this week to share some time with Kindergarten as a part of the bank’s: Teach Children to Save Month.   Monika Bell and Brittany Foster read a book to each Kindergarten class and facilitated a discussion comparing wants and needs.

On Tuesday, April 25, the MCPS Annual Title I Advisory Committee meeting was held with representatives from MPS and WYES. The 2016-17 plan was reviewed and a discussion led to suggestions for the 2017-18 plan. Principals Mike Coiner and Joe Kubricki requested additional professional development for project based learning, teachers as facilitators, and reading instruction. Teachers Jennifer Taylor and Kim Knighting requested additional SIPPS and Fundations classroom sets. WYES Assistant Principal Jackie Ovalle and MPS Dean of Students Andrea Wilson requested a bookmobile to travel once a month this summer delivering books to students. Jen Rehm, WYES instructional coach, suggested a committee be formed next year to develop the traveling bookmobile. Other members attending are Tina Weaver, Cora Chlebnikow, Jessi Almas, and Kaitlyn Schmidt.

Our Spring Athletic teams continue to do well. Below are the current Conference 35 standings:


  • Madison County      3 – 0           
  • Clarke County           3 – 1
  • Central Woodstock  2 – 2
  • Strasburg                   1 – 3
  • George Mason          0 – 3


  • Madison County    4 – 0
  • Strasburg        3 – 1
  • Clarke County        1 – 3
  • George Mason        1 – 3
  • Central Woodstock    1 – 3

Girls Soccer  

  • George Mason        5 – 0
  • Madison County    3 – 2           
  • Clarke County        3 – 2
  • Central Woodstock    3 – 2
  • Strasburg        0 – 5

Boys Soccer

  • George Mason        4 – 0
  • Central Woodstock    3 – 1
  • Madison County    2 – 2
  • Clarke County        1 – 3
  • Strasburg        0 – 4

Revalation Vineyard’s Françoise Seillier-Moiseiwitsch Lecturing for MCHS Students

On the third and final day of Viticulture Training in RJ Nobblitt’s Horticulture class,  Françoise Seillier-Moiseiwitsch of Revalation Vineyard and Winery provided classroom lectures on the science and production of grapes in the Virginia growing region.  Students sampled tastings of Virginia non-alcoholic grape-based products.

Following the first lecture students went on a field trip to Early Mountain Vineyard, lead by Maya Hood White, Vineyard Manager & Enologist.  There the saw various types of grapes growing and were told about the planting, cultivating, and harvesting of grapes.  Students toured the shop to see the special farm equipment used in the vineyard.  Next week, students will return to vineyard to see the production of the wine, lead by Ben Jordan, winemaker.  The hope is that MCHS agricultural work-based learning students will someday be working in the local vineyards and even making a career in this field.

Movie Night at Waverly

Waverly’s One School, One Book came to a close this weekend.  To celebrate the end of reading Roald Dahl’s book, The Big Friendly Giant, the PTO and librarian, Rebecca Jasman, organized a Family Movie Night.  People set up camp in the gym, munched on snacks, and enjoyed the movie.  Thanks goes to the PTO for supporting and organizing this event and to the teachers who assisted.


Students Playing Golf at the Highlands

Advanced PE classes at MCHS recently visited The Highlands Golf park to finish up their golf unit.  Mark Arrington’s students got to play a 9-hole course using BirdieBall golf which was purchased with a grant through Madison County Education Foundation.







PE Students Doing Yoga


Also last week, certified yoga and pilates instructor Jennifer Spratley provided a yoga session with Mark Arrington and Charlotte Edwards’s PE classes. This was an extension of what the students have been learning throughout the semester. ​






  • April                          Financial Literacy Month
  • 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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