Mountaineer Notes, May 4, 2017

Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School (back row) Matthew Priest, Jacob Corbin, Wyatt Taylor, Emily Ayler, Jake Clatterbuck; (front row) Advisor Beth Wilson, Nico Burton, Jenny Zhang, Sarah Coates, Hannah Berry, Grace Johnson, Rose Young

On April 17, Madison seniors in the Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School (BRVGS) made their capstone project presentations under the guidance of Advisor Beth Wilson to an audience of students, parents, school board members, community members, and division administrators.  BRVGS serves students from seven counties: Madison, Goochland, Greene, Fluvanna, Louisa, Nelson, and Orange.  The projects were:

  • Nico Barton: Cinema’s Effect on Our Lives
  • Jacob Corbin: Building Character: The Effects of Theater on Open Mindedness
  • Sarah Coates: Optimizing International Development Efforts
  • Emily Aylor: Mindfulness in the Classroom
  • Hannah Berry: The Human Side of Law Enforcement
  • Jenny Zhang: Chinese Influences on Society
  • Matthew Priest: Laser Technology and Its “High Impact” on Modern Society
  • Rose Young: Th”Ink”: Cultures Through Tattoos
  • Grace Johnson: Criminal Justice and Its Portrayal in Media
  • Wyatt Taylor: More Than a Cross: Effects of Being In a Church Community
  • Jake Clatterbuck: Technology & Its Applications in Fitness

The mission of BRVGS is to inspire and challenge our students through unique, rigorous, technology-centered learning experiences, and to prepare them with the skills to be the leaders, collaborators and innovators of the future.  Next, all BRVGS seniors from the seven counties will meet on Friday, May 12 to showcase incredible work.

Diana Eanes Promoting Voter Registration

Diana Eanes and Debbie Nicholson visited Harold Blincoe’s Government classes to discuss voting rights and responsibilities.  This was a part of The Governor’s Challenge in High School Voter Registration, which ended April 28.  Seventeen seniors registered to vote with the Madison County Registrar.

To date, Waverly Yowell Elementary School students mastered 1,335,926 math facts using Reflex Math, an online program. The purpose is to reinforce adding, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. Congratulations for surpassing one million facts again this year!


Students Playing Hopscotch For Fraction Activity

Third graders at Waverly Yowell reviewed their knowledge of fractions during interactive centers. Students caught and compared fraction balloons, modeled fractions using different pizza toppings, and hop-scotched down a fraction number line. The students had a blast and really showed their learning through their strategies and discussions.

Tina Manglicmo Presenting at State Conference

At a recent Virginia School University Partnership steering committee meeting, Dr. Tina Manglicmo, VDOE Director of STEM, spoke highly of Madison County High School’s Innovation Planning grant progress. The grant addresses MCHS Career and Technology Education’s incorporation of Core Craft skills and simulated workplace. Tina Weaver, Director of Teaching and Learning, serves as Madison’s representative. One of Madison County School Board’s goals for 2016-17 is that MCPS be a leader in the statewide movement toward the “Redesigned High School” focused on enhanced CTE (Career and Technical Education) and the preparation of students for the jobs of the 21st century.

Madison Primary School would like to send out a big THANK YOU to our administrative assistants Gloria Lohr and Tinsley Roebuck for everything they do for all of us at the primary school, and especially the care they take in keeping all of our little mountaineers safe and happy at school. Administrative Assistant’s Day is only one day of the year, but know that we appreciate you every day. You are both AWESOME!!

Last Thursday, MPS celebrated Arbor Day and Earth Day by planting a White Oak tree on the lawn of the Farmer’s Market at Hoover Ridge Park. Don’t be surprised if you see some of our small friends carrying jugs of water this summer to give our new tree a refreshing sip! A special thanks goes out to the following for their contribution to the success of our Arbor Day celebration:

  • Adam Downing (Virginia Cooperative Extension)
  • Madison Garden ClubHave been donating trees to Madison schools for 40 years!!
  • Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) – Helped with procurement and delivery
  • Madison Parks and Rec Authority
  • Khalil Hassan representing Rural Madison
  • Ursula Foster representing Master Gardeners    

Andrew Windland Fun Run

WMS 8th grade teachers had a great turnout at the Andrew Windland 5K this past weekend. The color run was a fun way to honor Andrew Windland’s memory and raise money for the 8th grade team as well as for Andrew’s favorite pastime, Soapbox Derby. Thanks to everyone that came out to support the Windland family!

Visiting Team of Pocohontas Middle School With Erin O’Leary (center)

Wetsel Middle School’s VTSS team welcomed Pocahontas Middle School last week. Wetsel was recommended by the state VTSS team for Pocahontas Middle School to come see and learn from our experiences. We’d like to give a huge thank you to Erin O’Leary and Casey Stanton for coordinating the event.

Teachers Becky Weigle, Scott Aylor, and Chris Donner Celebrating With Students

SOL Pep Rally.  Waverly came together as a school Friday afternoon to celebrate all of the hard word students and staff have put in this year working up to SOL.  The overall message was “Eye on It.”  Thank you to band teacher Alicia Stickler and her students for coming over and leading the parade of students through the hallways to the gym.  It was a wonderful way to get the energy pumping.  Once in the gym, Principal Joe Kubricki shared a positive message and then grade level teachers competed against their students in some minute to win it games.  The rally ended with students dancing and singing to “Eye on It” by Toby Mac.

Waverly Student Body in Green T-Shirts

Last week the class of 2017 celebrated with their senior trip to Kings Dominion.  This is the third year for this annual trip which is another marker along the way to the end of the year and their high school experience.  The weather cooperated perfectly to make for a wonderful trip as the seniors got to celebrate their time together.  Many thanks to Jennifer Brockman, Jenette Reyes, Kane Kashouty and Becca Lavoie for being chaperones on this trip.

Students Planting Tree For Arbor Day

Arbor Day.  Third grade participated in an Arbor Day celebration last week.  REC and forester, Jack Kauffman, discussed plants with the students.  The conversation revolved around how plants are used and what products are made from plants.  The adults were impressed with some of the statements made by the children!  After the discussion, students placed soil around the base of the tree and were given a seedling of their own.  We appreciate this event and how it stresses the importance of a valuable resource.

Student Holding Tree for Arbor Day

Waverly Singers Performing

Waverly Singers:  Brenda Lyddane did it again this year!  The Waverly Yowell Chorus did another fabulous job performing for students, teachers, and families at Madison Primary and Waverly Yowell.  Adults and children enjoyed the music, as well as, the humor that was part of the performance.  The Tribute to Irving Berlin was enjoyed by all.  We certainly appreciate all of the time and effort that Mrs. Lyddane and the students put into this.

Cloud Experiment

Third grade Waverly science classrooms observed what happens when clouds become too heavy with condensed water droplets. Students dropped food coloring into cups filled with water and topped with a layer of shaving cream. As the number of food coloring drops increased, the shaving cream clouds could no longer hold the weight and the color “rain”ed down into the water below. Students made a hypothesis about the number of drops the shaving cream would hold and recorded what they observed during the experiment.

On Friday, April 21, Shannon Johnston’s ninth-grade BRVGS students presented their semester long project to BRVGS administration, as well as students, teachers, and parents from three  other high schools.  Needless to say, they were a bit nervous and anxious.  Tenth-grade BRVGS teacher, Lori Mack, brought her students to Shannon’s room with a huge banner and encouraging words to wish them luck and to settle their nerves. The tenth graders presented the same project last year, so they knew just how anxious the ninth graders were.  What a fantastic example of Madison Pride!!

Student Art Work

The Madison Art Festival was held on Saturday, April 29 from 11-3 pm located at the Primary School. We had a huge turnout! All the art teachers are very thankful for those who attended, supported, and volunteered to make it an exciting time. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!


  • Danelle Nutter, Madison Primary
  • Katie Gigliotti, Waverly Yowell Elementary School
  • Tiffany Kitner, Wetsel Middle School
  • Ashleigh Pugh, Madison County High School

The nationally-recognized MCHS Forensics team will be having its spring showcase next Wednesday, May 10 from 6-8 pm in the high school auditorium. Come be entertained and see the award-winning performances before the team heads to their national tournaments!!


  • All Month                    Better Hearing and Speech Month
  • May 1                            National Decision Day
  • May 1-5                        National Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 1-5                        School Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week
  • May 1-7                        National Physical Education & Sport Week
  • May 1-7                        National Children’s Book Week
  • May 5                           School Lunch Hero Day
  • May 10                         National School Nurses Day
  • May 21-27                    National Educational Bosses’ Week
  • May 29                         Memorial Day

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