Mountaineer Notes, May 17, 2017

Isaiah Breckenridge and Zach Gibson

Two Madison seniors were recognized among 11 outstanding graduates from nine school divisions.  Seniors Isaiah Breckenridge and Zach Gibson were honored at the Annual Scholarship Celebration of the 100 Black Men of Central Virginia (100BMCVA) on Saturday, May 13 in Charlottesville receiving a $1,000 scholarship.  Recognized for exemplary achievement, the Madison seniors were among the top 11 graduates from the counties of  Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, and Orange as well as the City of Charlottesville.  Celebrating Isaiah and Zack were Principal Gary Wintersgill and Assistant Principal Jeanette Alexander with the Madison County 100BMCVA representative Charles Lewis.

Superintendent Matt Eberhardt was recognized as the only superintendent who has attended seven years in a row.  Additionally, Madison, Albemarle, and Louisa counties were recognized for annual attendance since 2009.

MCHS Student and Casey Stanton

As always, the 11th Annual Special Games proved to be an inspiring event.  Special Games include students from Madison, Culpeper, Orange, Greene, and Rappahanock.   Thank you to all who contributed their energy and time and especially to Casey Stanton, who coordinated the Madison efforts.

Madison employees who attended were:

  • Jeanette Alexander, MCHS Assistant Principal
  • Renee Almond Primary Teacher
  • Ben Breeden, Primary Teacher
  • Sarah Dillon, Behavior Specialist
  • Becky Dodson, Assistant to the Supervisor of Services/Director of Teaching & Learning
  • Matt Eberhardt, Superintendent
  • Charlotte Edwards, MCHS Teacher
  • Jennifer Faulkner, Occupational Therapist Assistant
  • Jane Gibson, Paraprofessional
  • Beth Haynes, Paraprofessional
  • Vickie Lewis, MCPS Guidance Assistant
  • Heidi Lohr, Supervisor of Student Services
  • Karen Rice, Waverly Teacher
  • Kaitlyn Schmidt, School Psychologist
  • Rachael SheinfeldMCHS Teacher
  • Virginia Sisk, Paraprofessional
  • Casey Stanton, Behavior Specialist
  • Amanda Storvick, Family Support Worker
  • Sam Utz, Director of Technology
  • Tina Weaver, Director of Teaching & Learning

Isiah Smith Channel 19 Student Athlete of the Week

Congratulations to Isiah Smith for being named the Charlottesville Newsplex Athlete of the Week. Here is a link to the interview in case you didn’t see it on TV

Congratulations to Makhayla Monroe for being named to the All Bull Run District Girls Track Team. Makhayla placed 2nd in the 200m dash and 3rd in the 100m Dash at the District Championships at Strasburg last Wednesday.

Fifteen teachers and staff participated in this year’s first personalized learning opportunities using the district PD website. Congratulations to the following teachers and staff earning points:

  • Alexandra Allamon
  • Michael Allen
  • Ana Barros
  • Charlotte Edwards
  • Shanna Kline
  • Rebecca Lavoie
  • Kaitlyn Nasatka
  • Brandy Nesbitt
  • Karen Oravec
  • Fran Roebuck
  • Rachel Sheinfeld
  • Sharon Taylor
  • Heather Thompson
  • Beth Wilson
  • Carrie Wintersgill

Special recognition to Rebecca Lavoie who earned 30 points!

Students being Greeted by 100 Black Men of Central Virginia

MCHS students were greeted by the members of the 100 Black Men of Central Virginia on the first day of SOL testing.  They were joined by local school board member Bob Chappell and others from the Madison community.  The gentlemen greeted students as they entered school and gave encouragement for their upcoming tests.



Students being Greeted by 100 Black Men of Central Virginia

Students being Greeted by 100 Black Men of Central Virginia

The specials teachers at WYES have worked hard this year to support the reading goals at WYES.  Starting at the beginning of the year all specials classes used classroom “jobs” to strengthen listening and comprehension.

  • Nicole Keys, School Counselor, used the jobs “Active Listener” and “Reflective Listener” to strengthen students’ active listening and summarizing skills.  Classroom lessons focused on the growth mindset all year teaching students that hard work helps strengthen skills and weaknesses, which we refer to as “not yets.”
  • In Library, Rebecca Jasman developed and maintained websites for novel studies, worked with teachers on research based projects, collaborated with Reading teachers to co-teach lessons, and align library lessons to reinforce skills taught in the Language Arts classrooms. In music class students read the lyrics of the songs, as well as information about various composers throughout the school year.
  • Brenda Lyddane used her driving question, “How do you write the lyrics of a song?” to incorporate vocabulary from the 3rd grade habitat unit.
  • Andrew Schmaltz started a reading club during lunch and 4th grade students read Blood on the river: Jamestown 1607, The 39 Clues, Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief, and Touching Spirit Bear.
  • Melanie Ellyson, Spanish teacher, created a Spelling and Boggle Club.  Boggle is a game where students shake up a container with lettered blocks. Once the blocks settle a timer is set for 3 minutes.  Students then try to find as many words as they can using the lettered blocks.
  • Kati Gigliotti taught STEAM lessons that incorporated problem solving, perseverance and teamwork during students’ Science classes. In addition the specials team implemented “Specials Comprehension Connection.”  A reading program where students earned toe tokens for reading material and writing a paragraph about the special areas.  Emphasis was placed on reading over breaks such as the holidays, snow days and spring break.  245 total reading logs were completed this school year!

Bouncing Activity at Fun Day

This past Friday, MPS preschool students celebrated the fast approaching end of the school year with a fun day. Students enjoyed face painting, playing with a parachute, jumping in a bounce house, riding bikes, playing in sand, blowing bubbles, reading, and more.

Teacher Kendall Fears, Jennifer Taylor, and Fran Roebuck Serving Ice Cream

Ice Cream Party! Madison Primary School students, along with their siblings and parents, were treated to a sweet, end-of-year treat this past Thursday evening. All were invited to attend an ice cream social at the school, and the turnout was impressive. Approximately 350 people enjoyed ice cream with all the toppings, some great music and dancing, and the chance to socialize with friends. Big thanks go out to the Primary Strong committee for planning and facilitating the event, and to all the teacher volunteers who pitched in to help. Thanks also to Food Lion for donating 31 gallons of ice cream!

Primary School Nurse Natalie Barb

The Madison Primary School faculty, staff, and student body would like to give a huge shout-out to Nurse Natalie Barb for taking such incredible care of our student’s health and wellness. National Nurses Week may only have last seven days, but we appreciate your unparalleled patience and expertise every day. You are a perfect example of why nursing is the most trusted profession. Thanks so much, from the bottom of our Primary healthy hearts!

The technology department would like to thank all staff for making this year’s SOL testing sessions a very smooth and efficient process. Also, a big shoutout to Jessica Deboer and Shawn McDonough for stepping up and playing major roles in testing set up.


On Saturday, May 13, the 6th and 7th Grade performed at King’s Dominion Music in the Parks Festival, earning a 2nd place trophy! Congratulations to the band members for the wonderful performance.

7th Grade Clarinetist Natalee Coates With Trophy

Students at Open Gym Before School

WYES students are enjoying playing in the gym before school begins each day.  This change occurred after the Ron Nash professional development, so students would get some movement in the morning before instruction began.  Thanks goes to P.E. teacher, Andrew Schmaltz and instructional assistants Temple Murray and Lucie Stroble for creating the idea, sharing the gym, and monitoring the children.  The students are doing a phenomenal job following directions, building new friendships, and including others.

Shannon Johnston and Ashleigh Pugh for Teacher Appreciation

The first week of May was teacher appreciation week.  MCHS teachers looked forward to something special every day that week.  Although the gifts and treats are a small way to say thank you, it does not fully express the true thanks that the high school administration has for the staff. YOU ROCK



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