Mountaineer Notes, May 10, 2017

Students Performing as Ladybugs

First Grade students at Madison Primary School treated fellow classmates, parents, grandparents, and community members to a rousing performance of Bugz last Thursday and brought down the house. Students have been studying about insects this year and certainly enjoyed putting their learning to music and song. Pictured are first graders readying for their big entrance and some very cute ladybugs and army ants.

Student Preparing a Meal

MCHS Students create cookbook.  This year MCHS students have been collecting recipes, shopping for some items from those recipes, and making some of them.  This has accumulated in class cookbook.  The student project is selling the books for $10.  All proceeds go to the class and allow them to continue going into the community to practice life skills.  This is a great accomplishment for our students!



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Teacher Appreciation Week Picture

Governor Announces Teacher Appreciation Week. On behalf of the Virginia Board of Education and the Department of Education, Dr. Steve Staples announced that Governor Terence R. McAuliffe has issued a Proclamation recognizing  May 8-12, 2017, as Teacher Appreciation Week in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Madison joins Dr. Staples in acknowledging the commitment, enthusiasm, caring, professionalism and compassion our teachers extend to their students every day.

Teachers are vital to the growth and development of our children and to the future of our Commonwealth.  Virginia takes great pride in recognizing and celebrating the impact teachers make in communities across the state. The Department of Education will be sharing #ThankATeacherVA messages all week long, in support of the national celebration, and of the Virginia Lottery’s Thank A Teacher campaign.

Our goal is to show appreciation by joining with our partners, parents, and students to send messages of appreciation to public school teachers across the Commonwealth during this special week.  Please join with us by sharing your appreciation at, and by following @VDOE_News.on Twitter and @VDOENews on Facebook for more ways to say thanks.  Additional information about Virginia’s observance of Teacher Appreciation Week can be found at:

Middle School Students and Teacher Patrick Jennings

Over the weekend, the Project:Global Team from Wetsel took part in their culminating activity as they ventured to D.C. for the day. Throughout the semester students in the club have been interrogating global educational themes such as perspective consciousness and the power of human choice. Their one objective for their field research this past Saturday was to move through the different spaces in D.C. to find memorials, exhibits, text, and other evidence, from which they could identify perspectives  and narratives that might be under-represented, misrepresented, or completely missing. It was a great experience and these students did a fine job representing Madison in our nation’s capital. (Team members include: Hannah Gessler, Jacob Fields, Emily Gohn, and Emily Fields – Club facilitator is Instructional Coach Jared Morris and volunteering for the day was teacher Patrick Jennings.)

National School Nurse Day.  The Wednesday between May 6 and May 12 of each year is National School Nurse Day – a day to celebrate and thank all school nurses that take care of children when they are at school.

The unofficial holiday was created in 1972 by the National Association of School Nurses, based in the United States. The day aims to recognize school nurses and acknowledge their role in the educational setting.  School nurses are one of the first lines of medical professionals to ensure the health and mental well-being of school going children and young adults. They are also responsible for monitoring that children in schools are achieving their developmental milestones as well as ensuring that their lives outside the school are safe and healthy.

May 6 is celebrated as National Nurses Day, while May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale is celebrated worldwide as International Nurses Day.

We would like to thank our four professional nurses for all of their hard work and dedication to field and to our students and staff!

  • MPS Natalie Barb
  • WYES Margie Curtis
  • WMS Deb Sukley
  • MCHS Michelle Young

Isiah Smith, Ashleigh Pugh, and Dre Twyman

The Athletic Department would like to give a big shout out to MCHS Art Teacher, Ashleigh Pugh for painting basketballs for Isiah Smith and Dre Twyman who joined the 1,000 point club. As you can see in the picture, Ms. Pugh did an exceptional job and made these boys a keepsake they will never forget.

The regular season is winding down for spring sports and post season play will start soon.

  • #1 Seed: Baseball
  • #1 Seed: Softball
  • #2 Seed: Girls Soccer
  • #3 Seed: Boys Soccer

All of these teams will host games on either May 22 or 23. Our track team will compete in the Bull Run Championships on May 10 and Conference Championships on May 17. Good Luck to all our athletes and coaches!

Waverly Staff Preparing to Run the Derby

On Friday, May 5, WYES secretary, Cathy Mills, organized a Kentucky Derby Day to wrap up a fun-filled teacher appreciation week. A Derby photo booth was set up in the office. The staff was then treated to a Derby lunch that included Kentucky Hot Browns, meatballs, pimento cheese and crackers, non-alcoholic Mint Juleps, Derby pie, and Derby brownies. The day culminated with staff “horse” races around the library.


Madison County Librarian Bonnie Utz, School Media Specialist Liz Ford, and Principal Mike Coiner at School Assembly

Bonnie Utz from the Madison County Library  visited MPS students during Friday’s assembly to announce all of the wonderful incentives they’re having to read this summer.  From a FREE BOOK every time a kid goes to the library, to a Lego City on the tables inside, a pony making sporadic appearances, and prizes galore, this is really the summer to READ!!

Second grade students at Madison Primary School have been studying life cycles. Students observed live caterpillars go through the process of metamorphosis to become butterflies. Tadpoles were also observed changing from tadpoles to froglets before being released. Students will next observe seeds becoming plants as they study the plant life cycle.

The Waverly Yowell PTO spoiled the teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week.  They provided Chic-fil-A, goodies, and a Sheetz gift card throughout the week.  The teachers are grateful for all they do that supports the educational experience for students and boosts morale!

The MCHS Moving Mountains Club organized a drive to collect books for the Madison Boys’ and Girls’ Club. Staff and students donated 473 books.  Club members sorted books by age level and prepared them for delivery.

MCHS Band Students With Trophies

The Madison County High School Band traveled to Central Pennsylvania to compete in the Music in the Parks Festival at Hershey Park.  Competing against bands from Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Maine, the band won 1st Place in Class A, 1st Place Overall Band, and the “Esprit De Corp” Award for showing tremendous teamwork and camaraderie.  Only 1 group receives this award of all the orchestras, bands, and choirs in attendance! To add to the excitement, the judges sought out the band in the parking lot to remark, “This band was the breath of fresh air we had been waiting for throughout the competition.  In particular your interpretation of Into the Storm was one of the best we have heard at a competition like this one. Bravo!” The final score was a 191 out of 200 which was 6 points higher than the next closest band.

Ben Jordan Talking With Students

MCHS students completed their viticulture, horticulture endeavor with Revalation and Early Mountain wineries.  Students saw where the grapes come in the building, where they are stored before pressing, the machine that de-stems the grapes, and then the entire winemaking process was explained.  They have their own bottling and labeling machine which was also shown to students.  The winery has state of art equipment and ample space to even do fermenting for a local cidery.  Ben Jordan, who oversees all aspects of the wine making at Early Mountain was the tour guide.

MCHS students in Mark Arrington’s lifetime fitness class concluded their fly fishing unit with a trip to Rose River Farms and used the skills they have learned in class to put them in action. Pictured are Connor and Andy Hughes with fish they caught, as well as students from both of Mark’s classes.

The SCA sponsored its last pep rally of the year in the stadium to celebrate MCHS spring activities and the MCHS community as a whole.  Students processed to the stadium by grade, led by the Band in their traditional spirit walk.  The Seniors were ushered in last and welcomed by the other three grades for their last high school pep rally.  The SCA officers and members came up with engaging outdoor games to involve a variety of students. A good old fashioned potato sack race even pulled 12 faculty and staff members out onto the field for the challenge.  The pep rally culminated with the traditional “Spirit Stick” competition, which was awarded to the Senior class. Despite the warm temperatures, fun was had by all!​

MCHS Seniors Celebrating College Decisions With Superintendent Matt Eberhardt

Last week, MCHS celebrated National Decision Day.  This day represents the day when students reach the deadline for choosing the college that they will attend.  Seniors dressed in apparel of their school of choice, and staff wore apparel from the Alma Mater to help get into the spirit. 


  • All Month                    Better Hearing and Speech Month
  • May 10                         National School Nurses Day
  • May 21-27                    National Educational Bosses’ Week
  • May 29                         Memorial Day

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