Weekly Communication, March 14, 2018
Westel Teacher, Kim Adams, Commended by Virginia School Consortium for Learning (VaSCL) which represents 65+ school districts in Virginia. The following communique comes from Executive Director Dr. Roger Collins:
As we close out the 2017 - 18 School Year, I write to communicate heartfelt appreciation for the efforts of one of your staff members. As you are aware, this year VaSCL (formerly VSUP) continued the arduous work of upgrading numerous Test Bank questions while also focusing on constructing and improving our Performance Task Bank. Without hesitation Kim Adams volunteered to assist with this complicated and tedious activity by assuming a significant leadership role. I am pleased to commend Kim for her supportive efforts and outstanding leadership. Kim worked closely with our staff and other team representatives from various localities. This effort ultimately provides long term benefits to all of our member schools. I was impressed with Kim’s diligence, commitment and positive results. Additionally, I appreciate you allowing her to be a part of this endeavor.
Members of Madison County High School Boys Soccer team are holding a 4v4 soccer tournament Saturday March 24 to benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It was recently learned that a former teammate has been diagnosed with leukemia and the Tournament is being held in his honor. See attached flyer for details.
The JV girls basketball team went 20 and 1. We are so proud of the girls and their hard work!
QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia, Inc. (QCV) is pleased to report QCV has received a grant from the Meade M. Palmer Memorial Fund in the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation to start a BrightSTARS–Tennis for Me! program at Madison Primary School. BrightSTARS is a tennis and nutrition immersion format QCV developed specifically for kids enrolled in Virginia Preschool Initiative classrooms in public schools. More than 17,000 disadvantaged and at-risk kids participate statewide. In Madison County, there are 54 preschoolers. QCV reaches 700 preschoolers in our service area.
The students in Renee Almond's class needed adaptive equipment to facilitate transitions in the classroom and to support alternative adaptive seating positions. Commercially manufactured adaptive equipment tends to be expensive and difficult to obtain exactly needs. That dilemma was successfully solved when the school's OT, PT and SPED teacher reached out to Travis Knight and his Building Trades III class. Project Manager, Kaleigh Tyler lead her peers in building adaptive steps and a platform for an adaptive chair that they also reconditioned. The project came in on-time and under budget, successfully completing it in a week. One team, one dream! Another great example of working together as a school community to get things done'! Pictured: Building Trades III class, aka 'Mountaineer Construction" Kaleigh Tyler (Project Manager), Blake Watson, Kevin Canavan, Steven Bevins, Anthony Hayes, Rodney Lewis, and Jeremiah Rector. Also pictured are April Valencia-Santiago, Madison Nicholson, Cecil Dandeneaux, Chance Wynkoop, Renee Almond, Joshua Estes, and Charlie Ball.
Wetsel Awarded $5,000 in Pre-K-12 Environmental Education mini grant program by the Chesapeake Bay Trust. The grant will fund a three-day, two-night summer 2018 opportunity for middle school students currently in grades 7 through 8. This opportunity has been grant-funded by The Chesapeake Bay Trust with the assistance of the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District. The Chesapeake Bay Trust Pre-K- 12 Environmental Education Grant Program will provide the majority of the costs. Students will learn:
- Bay Basics: location, water quality/depth, temperature, dissolved oxygen, salinity, etc.
- Ecology Topics: food webs, migrations, keystone species, invasive species, eutrophication, etc.
- History/Geology Topics: marsh zones-wetlands, non-native species, revetment rock/littoral barriers, etc.
The program was initiated by Wetsel science teachers Katie Walker and Kim Adams with the support and guidance of Principal Donald Dodson.
Madison is one of nine schools divisions in Virginia to receive U.S. Environmental Protection Agency funding to replace up to five school buses. The announcement was released on March 8. Only 141 divisions across the United States received the funding in 32 states. The designated $8.7 million national effort targets new and retrofitted buses in order to reduce pollutants that are linked to health problems such as asthma and damage. See the national list here: https://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-rebates-issued-2012-2017#recipients
On Thursday, March 8, WYES 4th grade students enjoyed learning about the life of a Civil War soldier. Students learned about the different Confederate flags as well as forms of entertainment used by the soldiers. A big "thank you" to the WYES PTO for supporting this program!
On Thursday, March 8th, the Wetsel Middle School 7th grade Band hosted the 7th grade band from Sutherland Middle School (Albemarle) for a Collaborative Concert. They began with a rehearsal after school, shared dinner together, and then performed as one large ensemble. The concert featured several improvised solos by Wetsel and Sutherland students. Band director, Alicia Strickler, learned some new ideas for including improvisation into concert band performances, and the students loved the experience. Many enjoyed making new friends, and playing in a larger group. They have already started to ask if they can do it again!
Wetsel and Sutherland Band students rehearse under the direction of SMS Band director, Bobby Gregg: Many thanks goes out to Alicia for providing such a rich learning experience for our students!!
Kindergarten students at Madison Primary School have been learning about fire safety and community helpers this week. On Tuesday, the group had the opportunity to see a real fire truck up close. Firefighters explained and displayed the tools of their trade, and talked with students about how to be safe during a fire. Big thanks to the Madison County Volunteer Fire Department, and in particular firefighters Jenkins and Dillon, for taking time out of their day to work with our youngest Mountaineers. Thanks also to Kindergarten teacher Beth Dickey for organizing the event.
Huge shout out to MPS's very own Primary Strong Committee for hosting our annual Pi Day! Celebrated on 3.14 of every year, our Primary Strong members make it extra special by inviting faculty and staff to bring in lots of pie shaped treats for everyone to enjoy.
Bluemont Assembly. Madison Primary School was fortunate to have Anansegromma of Ghana join us last week. Special guests, Kofi and Kwame, taught the students about West African culture through call and response songs, dance, and storytelling. The students had a wonderful time dancing, playing instruments, and portraying the king. Pictured is Kofi showing student, Chance Wynkoop, how to play the drums.
As part of Mike Sacra and Mark Arrington's PE class, MCHS students chose roles to fill within their sports team as part of their project based learning. Student roles are manager, coach, human resource, marketing, and wellness director. Students lead sport specific drills, team workouts, solve disputes by understanding the rules, analyzing data for health topics and creating posters and tweets to market their team. Below is the winning team based on points for their work and games won.
MCHS School Counseling Secretary and Registrar, Karen Teal has been hard at work uploading student records into our new online system, Yellow Folder. Karen recently took first place in the “Race to the Cloud” competition for the most uploads, winning a $100 Amazon gift card from the Yellow Folder company. Congratulations, Karen!! Keep up the great work!!
On Friday, March 9 Wetsel teachers and students turned out for the first annual March Madness Teachers vs. Students basketball game. The event was a huge success raising over $1200 for our 6th grade playground while also providing a contribution to MESA. Thank you to all of our sponsors and volunteers that made the event possible. A special thank you to teacher Marisa Spurlock for organizing this event that brought together our wonderful community.
Gun control and the Second Amendment were two of the topics discussed during the civil discourse video-conference between Mr. Resnick’s first block Civics class and their counterparts at New York City’s Bank Street College. Under Wetsel’s MadConnects global education initiative the two schools have been collaborating and debating on various issues throughout the school year. Congrats to both groups on being models of civility.
March is National Athletic Training Month. We are so blessed in Madison to have Hannah Lawrence as our Athletic Trainer. She is so dedicated to our student athletes and always there to help anyway she can. Parents know their scholar athletes are always in good hands with Hannah who is always present and ready.
Weekly Communication March 7, 2018
Waverly Yowell Elementary School is proud to announce we came in 10th Nationally in a week long math contest Matific! Isabelle Morehead, third grader, finished 5th in the Nation in the competition. Students loved the program and their competitive spirit came out as we all encouraged them to do the best they could!
Waverly Yowell's Fourth Grade took part in an Oral Presentation project, in conjunction with Madison County's 4-H Program, on March 6 and 7. Students were tasked with creating and presenting a "How to Do" oral presentation of their choice. Topics ranged from how to bake cupcakes, to making balloon animals, and to how to survive in a wilderness environment. Blue, red and white ribbons were awarded to all students. A special thanks to our community judges for helping with this project!
Wetsel Middle School teacher, BB Slaven created a "Who Am I?" game to help students remember the characteristics of quadrilaterals. She and her co-teacher, Marissa Spurlock watched as students competed against each other to see who knew the most facts. What a great way to review and have fun at the same time!
Jump Rope for Heart. MPS students have been busy raising money for Jump Rope for Heart. Thanks goes out to P.E. teacher, Ben Breeden, for organizing and running this fundraiser and event. To celebrate the cause, classes jumped rope in the gym on Monday. Adults even joined the fun! There were people jumping forward, backwards, and crossing the rope. Second grade student, Gage Hooser, even did some break dancing while it was on the floor! Also pictured are first grade students, Cody Rehm and Kayden Cottom, enjoying their time jumping rope.
This past Saturday night the Student Council Association hosted the First Annual Macho Man Volleyball Game and Neon Dance. With help from the Volleyball Teams and FCCLA (Family, Community, and Career Leaders of America), the event included a JV game, a Varsity game, concession stand and a 50/50 Raffle. The JV game had the Freshman Class sporting highlighter yellow shirts verses the Sophomores wearing a Neon Orange. The Varsity game included the Lime Green Juniors verses the Hot Pink Seniors. The boys learned quite a few lessons from their District Champions Volleyball team and looked quite impressive on the court after only a few practices. After the games the students headed to the black light neon dance at the high school gym. The combination of the neon colored uniforms and the tie dye Macho Man T-shirts that were sold before the event came to life with a glow in the black light. MCHS Alumnus Jon James was the emcee and the DJ for the game and dance. The event was a FUNdraiser to support the Volleyball team and to raise money to purchase new furniture for the Library at MCHS. The event raised over $2,000. Thank you so much to our Madison County School family for all the support!
Despite the wind and power outages, the MCHS Forensics team headed out early Saturday morning to compete at Eastern View High School. After that event, we have six individuals that qualified for Nationals in Washington DC:
- Steven Franklin (1st Dramatic Performance - State Champion)
- Michael Broyles (2nd Dramatic Performance)
- Molly Thomas (3rd Dramatic Performance)
- Ben Butterworth & David Miller (4th Duo)
- Scotti Mullen (4th Oral Interp)
Michael also qualified in Original Oratory but can only go to Nationals in one category. Hannah and Jared Gessler also earned a trophy for 6th place in Duo.
Middle School Science! ArcGIS students are reaching out to community experts to help with research. Mike Santucci from the VDOF (Virginia Department of Forestry) visited last Thursday to help 3 students who have chosen forestry projects in Kim Adams' classes. One student is in contact with a representative from the Department of Conservation and Recreation for a project on Bog Turtles. Another student is writing (emailing) to a representative from Clean Air Partners to gather more data on air pollution.
During National School Breakfast Week, Madison Primary School would like to recognize all of the hard work that our cafeteria staff puts in each day for our children. It’s always “service with a smile” at MPS. Heartfelt thank yous go out to Eddie Jenkins, Chris Cubbage, Margie Henderson, Amanda Hidalgo, and Katelyn Stuart.
Cuteness was out in full force at Madison Primary School last week for Dr. Seuss' week-long birthday extravaganza. Students dressed up in crazy stripes, fun greens, silly socks, wild animal print, & pretty flowers to pay homage to one of the greatest authors of all time. Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!
Weekly Communication February 28, 2018
Waverly Yowell Elementary Students are participating in a national math competition, Matific. The week long competition ends on Wednesday, February 28th at midnight, but currently Waverly Yowell is in 16th place nationally! Some of our students individually are in the top 10 nationally! Third grader, Isabelle Morehead, is currently in 5th place nationally! We are very excited and proud of our students!
The MCHS Medford Basketball Team would like to thank everyone for their support during our home games. The team appreciated the fans, cheers, signs, and high-fives that have made life-long memories for them. It took many individuals to make it happen:
- Wetsel Administration and PE Department for the use of the gym during the school day
- MCHS PE Department for providing space for the WMS PE classes
- MCHS Administration for scheduling and logistics
- MCHS Staff
- MCHS Band
- MCHS Cheerleaders
- Supervisor of Student Servives Heidi Lohr
- Professionals Beth Wilson, Phil Warren, Charlotte Perlis, Rachael Sheinfeld, Beth Haynes and Carrie Sacra
- Senior Ashley Haines and student coaches
- Bus shop for meeting travel needs
The season continues with away games. The team won a nail-biting game against Culpeper High School at the buzzer yesterday. They will play at Eastern View on March 6 and a final tournament on March 13 at Orange County High School.
It's that time of year again. Spanish 2 students at MCHS are taking to the city (nope...not the real city, but the one they created to practice). Students are learning to give and take directions in and around the city, how to give commands & tell others what to do, different locations & stores, what to do & buy in the city. They are also studying the history and culture of the Dominican Republic and its capital city of Santo Domingo as well as how to travel & stay safe in the city setting, cost of living comparison of Madison County/Santo Domingo, money exchange (US Dollar/Dominican Peso), and numbers/years in Spanish. That's A LOT of Spanish!!! The "real" city lends itself nicely for student speaking and cooperative learning. It also allowed them the opportunity to make Spanish connections outside the classroom by including their families and/or home experiences with the building of the shops.
WYES music teacher, Brenda Lyddane, recently wrote her 1,000th student STAR form. STAR forms are used to recognize positive student behavior. On Monday, students decorated her door to celebrate this extraordinary effort. Way to go Mrs. Lyddane!
Waverly Yowell Elementary staff competed in a STEP challenge last week. Twenty staff members all wore pedometers for four days during the short week. On Friday, at 3:30 we all checked-in with our final steps. In four days, we walked 1,093,503 steps, about 546 miles!!! We are impressed by our friendly, competitive staff who can do amazing things when we put our mind to it! 1st place - Lucie Stroble, 2nd place - Brittany Cash, and 3rd place - Ali Allamon. A special shout out to Smoothie King who donated a free smoothie and protein bar to all participants!
Eppard Orthodontics came to Madison Primary's Kindergarten class to talk about dental care last week. Students learned all the important things they need to do to keep their mouths clean and healthy. Adding a bit of magic to the occasion, the TOOTH FAIRY took time out of her busy schedule to pay a visit to our special friends!
Congratulations to the following basketball players that were selected to the All Region 2B Basketball Teams:
- Kobi Alexander - Boys Basketball - 1st Team
- Gaines Swink - Boys Basketball - 2nd Team
- Elijah Lewis - Boys Basketball - 2nd Team
- Makayla Taylor - Girls Basketball - 2nd Team
Adopt-A-Pilot comes to Waverly Yowell - Chris Burnside, father of fifth grader Cade Burnside, is a pilot with Southwest Airlines. He made his first visit to Mrs. Lankford's 5th grade class last Friday. He talked to the students about what they wanted to be when they grew up and about how the basic skills for any job they may do in the future are being learned now, in grade school. He then began to talk about his job and the science that makes flying possible. Velocity, force, lift... and notebook paper. The Adopt-A-Pilot program was introduced in 1997 and is a supplementary way to educate students through aviation-themed activities related to Science, Geography, Math, Writing, and other core subjects Mr. Burnside will be back for three more lessons. What an amazing opportunity for our students.
Ashleigh Pugh’s Art students traveled to Woodberry Forest School to tour Sharon Zarambo’s art show. Mrs. Zarambo was there to answer all the questions the students had after viewing her art. Kelly Lonergan, art teacher at WFS gave the group a tour of the art studios that are available to the students at WFS.
The Wetsel Faculty lounge has seen a re-birth, of sorts. Numerous teachers are now meeting there during the second lunch period for some food, fellowship, and laughs. Pictured here are the faculty room faithful: Lindsey Dame, Brynn Welch, Kim Adams, Abby Sprague, Jeanne Kerstiens, Mary Anne Hankla, Mary Beth Artale (missing from photo: Elizabeth Ford). Keep up the team-building, Y'all!
School Board Visit. School Board Members, Nita Collier, Arthur Greene, Karen Allen, and Robert Chappell, visited MPS last week. Second Grade student ambassadors, Miranda McDaniel, Dylan Stone, Nathaniel Bartel, and Stella Dodson, gave wonderful tours! It is always nice to have them visit, so the children can show off the wonderful things that are happening at the Primary. They love to share their experiences!
At a recent assembly, Media Specialist Patty Butterworth shared the results of the MPS Read-a-thon. Pictured is First Grade student, Lilie-Anne Richards, who got the most sponsors and raised the most money! After being recognized, she drew grade level winners from a box of participants. Each student, including Lilie got gift certificates to Barnes & Noble. The winners were Reeva McCloud, Kenlee Aylor, and Ava Owens.
WMS is proud to announce the upgrades to the 6th grade playground began this week. This will be a multiple step process that will take several months to complete but the finished product will be something our entire community can appreciate. Our students, staff, and parents have all chipped in to raise money and obtain grants from local businesses. We saw a problem and are working together to fix it. This is a great example of the Mountaineer Pride.
While discussing the ruthless business practices of the "Captains of Industry" in the late 1800s/ early 1900s, Jacob Houser's 7th grade, 3/4 block played Monopoly. The goal of the lesson was to illustrate the challenge of running a big business and how tough decisions had to be made in order to stay profitable.
The MCHS Forensics team travelled to R. E. Lee High School in Staunton this past weekend for the VHSL Super Regional tournament. The team were Super Regional runners-up overall, at the following students took home individual awards:
- Steven Franklin - Dramatic Interpretation - Super Regional Champion (1st place)
- Michael Broyles - Humorous Interpretation - Super Regional Champion (1st place)
- Molly Thomas - Humorous Interpretation - Super Regional Runner Up (2nd Place)
- Hannah Gessler & Jared Gessler - Serious Duo - Regional Champions (1st place)
- David Miller & Ben Butterworth - Serious Duo - 3rd place
All of these students will be moving on to the VHSL State Championship on March 24.
The following students also took 4th place, and qualified as alternates for the State tournament:
- Drake Truman - Extemporaneous Speaking
- Caleb Mayer - Poetry
- Emily Hunt - Prose
MCHS VTSS February Students of the Month
PE Sam Decowski comes to class everyday with a great attitude and a willingness to get the job done. His work ethic is second to none.
CTE Kaley Metz has taken the role of supervisor for SWP- Blueline Design and has done well over the past week in interviewing all other students. She also has gone above and beyond on her projects and jobs given in the workplace over the past three weeks.
Social Studies Austin Hamilton is an eager participant in all class activities and goes above and beyond expectations every day! He is always prepared and always ready to learn!
Math Sierra Williams was chosen for the math student of the month for her resilience in Geometry! She's made great progress in Geometry from part 1 to part 2 and continues to ask for help and guidance when she needs it! She's continues to be successful and resilient in Geometry and we in the math department can't wait for her to succeed!
World Language/Fine Arts Skye Brooks MCHS Choir Member: Besides being a great vocalist, Skye is always looking for ways to encourage the other students in the class. She reminds everyone of rehearsal points, and helps the newer students stay organized.
English Dustin Moore works hard daily despite his outside challenges, asks questions to make sure he is always doing his work right, contributes to class discussions daily, and helps his peers with their work, including sharing a research article he found that would help his classmates. He is resilient and rolls with the punches.
Science Kailey Deane Kailey exemplifies resilience and is a role model in her science and engineering classes. Kailey is actively writing scholarships (including, but not limited to, creating a 3 minute video about bioengineering, devising a portfolio, and writing myriad biographies to elaborate on her skills), but also participates in Drone Club. Additionally, Kailey often finds the time after school to assist Julie Heffron with laboratory maintenance. Kailey is a responsible, diligent, and tenacious student with a great sense of humor and a drive to succeed!
Weekly Communication, February 21, 2018
MCHS Art Classes wished the folks at the high school a Happy Valentine’s Month!
Under the guidance of Media Specialist Liz Ford and Nurse Deb Sukley, students at WMS have been introduced to a program called Start with Hello. This program was established by the parents and faculty members that were involved in the Sandy Hook school shooting. Students are provided with information and activities to understand the emotional stress caused by feeling isolated and unwanted by fellow peers at school. This program is a portion of the Sandy Hook Promise that was been established to help reduce school violence by identifying the warning signs and providing schools with resources to combat mental health issues.
“Social isolation is the overwhelming feeling of being left out, lonely, or treated like you are invisible. As a result, many further pull away from society, struggle with learning and social development and/or choose to hurt themselves or others. Start With Hello teaches students, grades 2-12, the skills they need to reach out to and include those who may be dealing with chronic social isolation and create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within their school or youth organization.”
Last Wednesday, Freshmen and Sophomores did BOOK speed dating as a fun activity for Valentine's Day in the MCHS Media Center. (Of course, we do not promote “speed dating” in any way BUT fully endorse discovering new books!) Students had two minutes to quickly "date" the book then rate it as:
- Love it
- Maybe someday
- Sorry not my type.
In the end, students could check out any books they had found and loved.
As a component of continued safety improvements, the MCHS/WMS parking areas have new LED lights. Billy Armstrong assists Don Elswick in the removal of old lights and the installation of new lights. The majority of the parking lot is now illuminated.
Congratulations to Claudia Gohn for winning the State Championship in the 100 Fly on Thursday at the VHSL State Swim Championships. Claudia also earned all state recognition for her 3rd place finish in the 200 Free event.
Congratulations to the Swim Team for their excellent showing at the VHSL State Championships in Richmond on Thursday. The Girls Team finished 7th overall and the Boys finished 8th. The following swimmers placed in their events:
- Claudia Gohn - State Champion 100 Fly (All State) and 3rd Place 200 Free (All State)
- Emily Gohn - 5th Place 200 Free
- Grayson Wood - 7th Place 100 Breast
- Girls 200 Free Relay - 5th Place (Claudia Gohn, Emily Gohn, Alaina Hall, Rachel Utz)
- Girls 400 Free Relay - 6th Place (Claudia Gohn, Emily Gohn, Rachel Utz, Morgan Paramore)
- Boys 200 Medley Relay - 6th Place (Ben Dillon, Grayson Wood, Luke Wintersgill, Dalton Dodson)
- Boys 200 Free Relay - 7th Place (Ben Dillon, Grayson Wood, Luke Wintersgill, Dalton Dodson)
Congratulations to Kobi Alexander, Gaines Swink and Elijah Lewis for being selected to the All Bull Run District Boys Basketball 1st Team and to Kobi for being named the Bull Run District Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
Congratulations to Makayla Taylor for being selected to the All Bull Run District Girls Basketball 1st Team and to Abi Tanner for being named to the 2nd Team.
Madison Primary School hosted the annual Princess Ball this past Friday, and again, it was a huge success. Fathers and daughters turned out in force to celebrate the evening, which always falls close to Valentine’s Day. Big THANKS to the MPS PTO for putting this together, and to the faculty and staff who turned out to lend a helping hand.
Madison Primary School's Home-School Connections committee hosted Destination Imagination Family Night on Tuesday, February 20. It was an awesome success! Families who came got to see the incredible live performances of our very own 2nd grade Destination Imagination students. After the shows, they brought their very own stories to life with giant-size poster paper to design backdrops and settings and created character masks to take home.
What an amazing evening!
Sky Dome Planetarium, a mobile planetarium visited WYES on Friday, February 16. The entire student body transformed into astronomers as they were taken on a tour of the solar system. Students learned how to identify every planet in our solar system. They were also introduced to Greek mythological characters to see how these heroes of the past can be found in the stars.
Cathy Weaver and Alicia Strickler held their Pre-Assessment Concert this week. This is the opportunity to prepare the students for the actual Assessment on March 2. They get the stage performance as close to the real thing as possible so they are pros by the time they travel to Charlottesville High School. Then, they invited folks with trusted ears to make comments and spend a few minutes talking to the Band after the performance. This year, the clinicians were Dennis Weaver and Vince Tornello, both with years of experience performing and judging bands. Both Bands will perform for a rating at the VBODA District 13 Concert Band Assessment March 2 at Charlottesville High School.
The William Wetsel & Madison County High School Combined Concert Band performed:
- Freedom’s March by James Swearingen
- Carpathia by William Owens
- Gates of Orion by Michael Sweeney
The MCHS Symphonic Band performed:
- The Gladiator by John Philip Sousa
- Cajun Folk Songs by Frank Ticheli
- The Cave You Fear by Michael Markowski
On Thursday, March 8, the Seventh Grade Band from Sutherland Middle School in Albemarle County will join the Seventh Grade Band from Wetsel Middle School in a Collaboration Concert. The students at each school have been working on the same music for the past several weeks, and will rehearse together after school on the 8th. They will have dinner together, and then perform. Alicia Strickler and her counterpart, Bobby Gregg, are looking forward to giving their students an opportunity to perform in a much larger group, get to know students from a different school, and share music with each other. The concert will take place at the MCHS Auditorium at 7pm. All are welcome!
Weekly Communication, February 14, 2018
The MCHS student body and staff has come together to watch and celebrate our students who are participating in the Medford Basketball League. Our team has joined a group of local high school teams in the league. BRVGS student Ashley Haines has taken this program on as her senior project. She along with help from Heidi Lohr, Charlotte Edwards, Rachel Sheinfeld, Carrie Sacra, Beth Wilson and Gary Wintersgill have worked to prepare our team and put on these events. We are so proud of our students who are playing and our students who have come out to support them.
Post Office Field Trip. Pre-K teachers, Jennifer Taylor and Susan Estes, took their classes on a field trip to the Post Office. Each student made a valentine and got the opportunity to mail it at the post office. This included stamping the back of their card with the date. While they were there, they were given a tour. They saw postal workers, the inside of a mail truck, packages being scanned and put in BIG containers and post office boxes. When they left the post office, the students were given a lollipop for their great behavior!
A nurse from the Martha Jefferson Sleep Center came to MCHS to speak with students in Mark Arrington and Mike Sacra's classes, with help from Torie Knighton, about the importance of sleep on physical and mental health as well as how it affects driving. These students will then lead discussions with their peers and analyze sleep logs to give relevant data.
Sixth grade Science teachers, Kim Adams and Brynn Welch, teamed together to celebrate the 2018 Winter Olympics. Students were provided with a variety of challenging experiments to test their knowledge and problem solving skills. In the picture, students are attempting to place as many drops of water on a penny as possible without it spilling. In the second picture, students are attempting to make safety pins float. The competitive nature of the students made this spectacle very entertaining and the students truly enjoyed the hands on activity.
Sarah Jenkins' first graders participated in Math Talk groups to discuss and sort numbers based on place value. They used discussion stems such as I agree because... and I respectfully disagree because... to help guide their meaningful, powerful, and respectful conversations. They all had a great time learning and working collaboratively. Awesome job, Mrs. Jenkins!
Waverly Yowell’s Service Club recently met to discuss anti-bullying, created signs to hang around the school, and then visited each 5th grade classroom to discuss bullying and how to stop it. The students did the presentations in each 5th grade classroom. It is great to see such a determined groups of kids want to help improve their school for the better!
Three Madison students attended the Make it Shine Prom held in Charlottesville last weekend. The event is held for special needs students in the area.
Congratulations to Marques Blakey (113) and Christian Corbin (220) for finishing 3rd in their weight class at the Region 2B Championships. Both wrestlers qualify for the VHSL State Championships this week in Salem.
Congratulations to Ben Dillon and Emily Gohn for placing at the State Dive Meet held on Monday in Christiansburg. Ben finished 1st and Emily 6th.
Good Luck to our Swim Team at the VHSL State meet on Thursday in Richmond and to our Wrestlers competing in the VHSL State Championships in Salem on Friday and Saturday.
Students in Holly Mack’s Second Grade class at Madison Primary School recently had a tasty introduction to fractions. Students represented various fractions in sets using Skittles, and fractions as a part of a whole using student made pizzas. Students donned their chef hats to complete the project, which increased the engagement level of the young learners. What a great way to enhance the understanding of a difficult Second Grade concept.
Congratulations to the Boys Varsity Basketball team for their 50-46 win over George Mason on Tuesday. The win advances the Mountaineers into the Bull Run District Tournament finals on Thursday at Central Woodstock.
Emily Kline and her MCHS French classes celebrated Mardi Gras on Tuesday! Students learned about Mardi Gras and Carnaval history and traditions and enjoyed some king cake! Whoever found the plastic baby in their slice was crowned King/Queen of the class. The Kings/Queen were Jacob Fields (French II), Sarah Smith (French I), and Andrew Dwyer (French III).
The Wetsel Middle School DRONE CLUB took to the skies once again this week. The club, facilitated by Transportation Supervisor Donald Farnham, practiced some tricky maneuvers on Wednesday. Pictured here is Tylar Sweitzer who is attempting to pilot his drone through a tire in the middle of the track. Who Knows? In the future, one of these students might be behind the drone that delivers to your front door.
Weekly Communication, February 7, 2018
Summer School. Summer School Will be held Monday through Thursday from June 11 to 28 at Waverly Yowell Elementary School. Additionally, the summer feeding program will take place on those dates.
Books are like a box of CHOCOLATES, you never know what you are going to get!! The February Bulletin Board in the MCHS Learning Commons reminds us how delicious books can be. Thanks, Becca LaVoie!
School Counselors Celebrate During National School Counseling Week. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from February 5–9, 2018, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success.
Special thanks to our wonderful counselors and all they do for our students each day!
- MPS: Karen Organ Lohr
- WYES: Nicole Keys
- WMS: Sue Wood, Maureen Stonesifer
- MCHS: Celinda Bailey, Torie Knighton
- Counseling Intern/Practicum Students: Sarah Leisersohn (WMS) and Jordan Wilson, Hanyun Li (WYES)
Madison Primary School would like to thank Guidance Counselor Karen Organ-Lohr for everything she does for the students, faculty, and staff of the school. Karen teaches character/guidance lessons to all of our students, works hard to provide for the individual needs of children, chairs the 504 meetings and eligibilities, and serves as the school’s VTSS co-ordinator. This is, of course, is just a sampling of her duties, as she does so, so much for all of us. Thank you so much Karen for all that you do. Your importance to the success of our school can never be overstated! You’re awesome!!
MCHS would like to like to thank our entire counseling office this week. Our counselors Celinda Bailey and Torie Knighton are an invaluable resource for the high school. Their knowledge and expertise are needed every day to meet the needs of our students and staff. In addition, our secretary/ registrar Karen Teal has proven to be an outstanding addition to MCHS. She is organized and professional and filled with great ideas to help our students. Finally, our Career Coach, Jaylyn Stahl works with our students to help guide them with their options for military, technical schools, and universities.
February marks the time that we reflect on the major accomplishments of CTE programs across the Commonwealth and the remarkable outcomes they produce for the thousands of students who participate each year! Governor Ralph S. Northam recognizes CTE Month with a Proclamation. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow.” We appreciate the workforce skills and values Madison’s CTE teachers instill in our students. We honor Laura Daniel, Cheryl Paramore, Jackie Kemp, Joyce Lindsey, Krista Tanner, RJ Nobblitt, Travis Knight, Sharon Taylor, and Shannon Johnston.
Waverly kicked off their new one school one book with Lemonade War! Last Thursday, Rebecca Jasman planned an assembly to kick off the new book and had a reading night where students could cuddle up and read the book with their parents. Principal, Joe Kubricki, read part of the first chapter to the students at the assembly. After reading the first chapter, students were invited to play lemon themed games. The assembly was a hit and everyone had a fun time.
The Three Little Pigs, an Opera? Third grade students in Brenda Lyddane’s music classes acted out “The Three Little Pigs” in opera form. As a class, students chose the story and wrote the script. They were then divided into groups and a team leader was named. The team leader led his/her team in acting out the scene and choosing a variety of instruments to use to represent sounds such as knocking, straw, bricks, and sticks. The biggest challenge each group faced was the singing their lines. The students worked so well together and their creativity showed through.
Congratulations to Claudia Gohn and Chase Ryder for being named Mountaineer Athletes of the Week. Claudia was named the Most Outstanding Female Swimmer at the Region 2B Championships on Saturday. Claudia was the Region Champion in the 200 Free, breaking her own Region Record in the process and also Region Champion in the 100 Fly. Chase was the Bull Run District Champion in the 132 lb weight class going 5-0 at the Bull Run District Wrestling Championship on Saturday at Strasburg.
Congratulations to Chase Ryder (132) for winning the Bull Run District Championship on Saturday and also to Marques Blakey (113), Rodney Lewis (195) and Christian Corbin (220) for being district runner ups in their weight classes. All 4 wrestlers earned All Bull Run District honors for their performances.
Congratulations to the following swimmers for qualifying for the 2018 VHSL State Swim/Dive competition. State Dive will be in Christiansburg on Monday February 12th and State Swim will be in Richmond on Thursday February 15th:
- Ben Dillon and Emily Gohn - Dive
- Grayson Wood, Ben Dillon, Dalton Dodson, Luke Wintersgill - 200 Free Relay and 200 Medley Relay
- Grayson Wood - 100 Breast, 50 Free
- Claudia Gohn - 200 Free, 100 Fly
- Emily Gohn - 200 Free, 100 Free, 200 IM
- Alaina Hall, Claudia Gohn, Emily Gohn, Rachel Utz - 200 Free Relay
Vocabulary on the Move. Students were on the move with vocabulary words in Sarah Mickelberry’s second grade class. Each student had a vocabulary word taped to their back. The goal was to figure out their word by getting clues from other classmates. They walked around and asked other children for hints about their word including naming synonyms, antonyms, providing a definition, and even sometimes acting out the word. What a fun way to move while enhancing vocabulary!
The MCHS Forensics team competed in their final VCFL qualifier this weekend at Woodberry Forest. The team took 3rd place overall, and the following individual students received awards in their specific events:
- Original Oratory - Michael Broyles - 5th place
- Dramatic Performance - Michael Broyles - 5th place, Steven Franklin - 1st place
- Duo - David Miller & Ben Butterworth - 4th place, Jared Gessler & Hannah Gessler - 3rd place
Additionally, the following students received scores that qualified them for States:
- Declamation - Maya Powell and Kaitlyn Adams
- Extemporaneous - Drake Truman and Jared Gessler
- Dramatic Performance - Eli Priest
- Duo - Kaitlyn Adams & Emma Woodward
- Oral Interp - Emily Hunt, Caleb Mayer, and Hannah Gessler
As of this past weekend, the entire team has qualified for the VCFL State tournament in at least one event!
Wetsel Middle School students have been learning about drug prevention thanks to nurse, Deb Sukley, and guidance counselor, Sue Wood. Posters fill the hallways and bathrooms with facts about drug prevention. Liz Ford and Jared Morris presented facts on daily, morning announcements. Flyers are available to students that help shatter the myths that drugs and alcohol present. They also reveal how drugs affect the body. The National Institute of Drug Abuse provides the funding to support this program.
Kim Adams’ club will be competing once again this year in the Virginia Geographic Alliance GIS competition. This year’s theme is “How has my environment (physical or social) changed over time?” Students will be working with GIS technology supported by ESRI and will develop “Story Map Journals” or “Web Apps” to display their interpretations of the theme. They did very well in last year’s competition and we look forward to see what they create this go ‘round!
Weekly Communication, February 2, 2018
In Elizabeth Lane’s self-contained class, students start their day off with a Brain Gym activity. The objective of the activity is to stimulate the brain and gets the students motivated for a day of learning. It sure looks like they enjoy it!
Congratulations to 7th Grader Frances Wood for being accepted into the District 13 All District Middle School Band. Frances is one of only 6 middle school baritone players accepted from the 9 school divisions that make up District 13. She will rehearse and perform a concert with the group at Albemarle High School on February 2 and 3. Way to go, Frances!
There was a taste of summer last Friday at Waverly. Principal Joe Kubricki and Assistant Principal Tori Gelbert donned their Hawaiian shirts and sunglasses and braved the cooler temps to grill up some hamburgers and hotdogs for the faculty. They treated their staff to not only hamburgers and hotdogs but other summer time favorites including corn hole and badminton. It was such a nice surprise and very much appreciated by all. Thank you so much Joe and Tori!
Pre-K and Head Start students got a special treat from The Literacy Council of Madison who donated The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll to each child. Our littlest Mountaineers enjoyed listening to the story and then creating their own snowmen out of coffee filters. The Literacy Council of Madison bought a total of six titles and Pre-K and Head Start will be continuing with these activities throughout the remainder of the school year.
Math Night. First grade teachers hosted a Math Night at MPS last week. 117 people enjoyed the math games that were placed around the building! In the gym, children enjoyed scooter addition and subtraction. Tall Towers, a comparing game that uses Legos to build towers, was in the library to enjoy. A night isn’t complete without food math! Children played Goldfish and M&M games in the cafeteria. Last but not least was the 100’s board hunt. Numbers were hung around the building. As children located the numbers, they colored them on a 100’s board. It was a hit! They were so determined to find all 100 numbers! Thanks to everyone for their help with this wonderful Family Night!
Students in Mary-Beth Artale’s sixth grade math class participated in the use of math manipulatives as they learn solve one-step equations. Students use the manipulatives to represent visually the steps they take to obtain the solution. They develop an understanding of the connections between the solution involving manipulatives and the symbolic solution. Students were highly engaged and demonstrated a clear understanding of the math objective.
Madison Primary School welcomed Andrea Blount from the University of Virginia this past Thursday to provide some insight on our progress with Word Study instruction. Andrea visited classrooms, and sat down with administrators to discuss all of the wonderful things happening in the school. Word Study is in full swing in all classrooms, and we are thrilled with the progress of the program. Pictured are Second Grade teacher Sarah Mickelberry and several of her students working on a word study activity.
WYES 4th grade language arts classes are completing a PBL on folktales. Students will be learning all about the five types of folktales and their characteristics. Not only will students hear many different tales read aloud but they will also go through the process of writing and designing their very original Folktale!
Congratulations to Claudia Gohn for being named Mountaineer Athlete of the Week. Claudia was the Bull Run District Champion in the 200 Free and 100 Fly swim events at Saturdays Bull Run District Championships. Claudia was also named the Bull Run District Most Outstanding Female Swimmer for the 2nd year in a row.
Congratulations to the following swimmers for earning All Bull Run District Honors at Saturday’s Bull Run District Swim Championships at Manassas Park Recreation Center:
- Claudia Gohn - Bull Run Champion in the 200 Free and 100 Fly
- Emily Gohn - 3rd Place in the 200 Free
- Grayson Wood, Ben Dillon, Luke Wintersgill and Dalton Dodson - 3rd Place in the 200 Medley Relay
Good Luck to the Swim Teams on Saturday as they participate in the Region 2B Championships at the Wakefield Aquatic Center in Arlington.
Good Luck to the Wrestling Team on Saturday in the Bull Run District Championships at Strasburg High School.
As part of Mark Arrington’s sports education model, MCHS students took the role of wellness directors and led students in small groups to talk about stress, causes and how to deal with it. Students met with Guidance Counselor Torie Knighton a few days prior leading up to our "Wellness Wednesday" group discussion to get tips on how to run the discussion.
Paying for college is a challenge for our students. Recently the MCHS counseling department held a senior meeting to encourage and instruct our students on scholarships and how to apply. Celinda Bailey, Torie Knighton, and Karen Teal were on hand to present and answer questions from our seniors about college scholarships. They shared important tips on how to make the most of the many opportunities for scholarships.
The MCHS VTSS committee is creating a new approach to recognizing students who exemplify our school’s 3 R’s - Respect, Responsible and Resilient. Each month each department will nominate one student for their student of the month. Here are our January MCHS Students of the Month.
Math: DiMarco Minor is nominated for his resilience and responsibility for his own learning.
World Languages/Arts Taylor Davis is respectful to his teachers and peers. He demonstrates resilience and responsibility by producing quality work and responding positively to feedback.
History: Kaleigh Tyler is respectful, goes above and beyond on every assignment and always lends a helping hand to any student who needs help.
PE: McKayla Arrington is respectful of adults and peers, is hard working in class, willing to try new activities.
CTE: Blake Watson is nominated for his respect and resiliency. Blake is in the process of completing in two CTE concentrations -- Building Trades and Engineering. Blake is a leader and spokesperson for both curricula.
Science: Jonah Clatterbuck has focused determination to excel at learning, coupled with his genuine kind nature - both to peers and staff - makes him a stellar student to have in the classroom.
English: Riley Woodward is nominated because of his hard work and contributions to the creative writing class as well as his kindness and thoughtfulness towards others.
Weekly Communication, January 24, 2018
Travis Knight’s Third Year Building Trades students traveled to Woodberry Forest School today to see the progress made since their trip there in the fall. This time in addition to meeting with Andrew Hawkins, Project Manager at Kjellstrom & Lee, the lead construction firm on the project, students meet with Nathan, Talent & Manpower Manager and Chris, the Project Manager at the WFS job, from Moore's Electrical and Mechanical Construction, Inc. in Altavista and Charlottesville. Students learned about internships and apprentice programs they could begin their senior year in high school and careers post high school. Students were reminded that the number one reason employees lose their jobs is being late to work or overall poor attendance, a good reminder for all students. The students are: Stephen Bevins, Kevin Canavan, Anthony Hayes, Rodney Lewis, Jeremiah Rector, Kaleigh Tyler and Blake Watson.
Congratulations to all six of our Madison Band students who auditioned for the District Band. All six made the Band! Reyann Wintersgill, Jonathan Perry, and Kathy Dyer made the District 13 Concert Band. Laura Gallihugh, Jonah Clatterbuck, and Hutch Fisher all made the Symphonic Band. They will rehearse and perform with the guest conductors the first weekend of February. Good luck to Jonah and Hutch, as they qualified to move on the All State Auditions in February.
Fourth grade students in Nikki Lam’s class discovered that learning main idea and details can be yummy! Students followed a name-less recipe to create "Dirt Pudding." Afterwards, students were asked to give the recipe a name. The name of the recipe reflects the main idea, and the ingredients and instructions reflect the details. As some students learned, not following the details carefully can change the outcome!
At Waverly Yowell Elementary School, we had an amazing assembly honoring student’s Heros. This assembly was created because one of our third grade student’s, Jayden Barrett, has had his mom been deployed since May in Afghanistan and she was returning home. Mrs. Barrett wanted to surprise him in a big way of her return home. After reading his “Who is my Hero” speech, his mom made her huge surprise by walking up behind him. He was so excited to see his mom! Waverly was so honored to be apart of this wonderful event and helping Mrs. Barrett be reunited with her son.
Students in Elizabeth Lane’s class enjoy a lesson on counting money. The use of technology has been a emphasis this year at WMS. The students were engaged while also demonstrating a knowledge of the subject matter.
Congratulations to Kobi Alexander for being named the Mountaineer Athlete of the Week for the 2nd consecutive week. Kobi had 42 points and 14 rebounds in our boys basketball teams win over Luray on Friday night. The 42 points is a new school record for a single game.
Congratulations to the following swimmers that have already qualified for the VHSL Group 2A State meet to be held in February in Richmond:
- Girls 200 and 400 Free Relay - Emily Gohn, Rachel Utz, Alaina Hall and Claudia Gohn
- Emily Gohn - 500 Free and 1 meter Dive
- Claudia Gohn - 200 Free, 200 IM, 50 Free, 100 Fly, 100 Free, 100 Backstroke
- Grayson Wood - 100 Free
- Ben Dillon - 1 meter Dive
MCHS teachers Travis Knight and Ashleigh Pugh worked together to complete a commission with Ms. Pugh's Art 2, 3, and 4 class. Previously, Mr. Knight expressed to Ms. Pugh what he was looking for in the design, and she had her students come up with drafts. The winning design resulted in a 6x6 mural on the Building Trades wall!
Kids are crushing word problems in Martha Clements' 1st grade classroom at MPS! Students worked together to solve story problems by recreating them as comic strips. What an awesome way to make math meaningful and fun!
Virginia Principals Appreciation Month. Thanks to this week being Virginia Principals Appreciation Week, MPS would like to not only recognize but also celebrate Principal Mike Coiner. He truly cares about every staff member and student in the school. Over the past few years, a RTI program has blossomed and flourished under his leadership as he strives to support every student and make them successful. This year he has implemented Word Study and the Primary is seeing the fruit of these efforts. Of course, people love coming to work every day in order to banter with him about UVA sports. He also creates a sense of community in the building by bringing laughter as he shares entertaining stories using his jovial sense of humor (not sarcastic at all). Once again, we appreciate all of his support, leadership, and the efforts that he takes to make working at the Primary wonderful! Pictured are Mr. Coiner and Kindergartener, Owen Galegor. And certainly, thank you to all our wonderful principals!
Students in Holly Mack’s Second Grade classroom have been doing an awesome job collaborating on projects. They have enjoyed working together as teams, and talking with one another about how they solve problems and go about completing tasks. They also had the opportunity to assess their own work, and discuss their results. What a great experience for our young learners!
The third SEAC (Special Education Advisory Committee) meeting will be held at the Madison School Board office on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 6-7pm. The SEAC committee meets four times a year. This committee advises the local school division of needs in the education of children with disabilities. The committee also participates in the development of priorities and strategies for meeting the identified needs of children with disabilities. Parents are needed and all are welcome! If school is closed due to inclement weather, the meeting will be rescheduled.
Please join us in celebrating Madison County’s newest sports team! The Z. T. Medford League originated in Chesterfield County and was created and developed to give individuals with significant mental disabilities, the opportunity to train, and compete in the sport of basketball. Our own high school students with special needs will be participating in basketball games against Orange, Culpeper and Eastern View High Schools beginning in January. Special thanks for our Blue Ridge Virginia Governor's School student, Ashley Haines, and MCHS staff Charlotte Edwards , Rachael Sheinfeld and Administration for their support in starting this exciting new program! Home games will be held at Wetsel Middle School Gym at 10:30am on February 6, 13, and 20.
Because of her outstanding work ethic, MCHS band director Cathy Weaver was proud to nominate Reyann Wintersgill for the annual Virginia Tech Honor Band. Congratulations to her for acceptance into the event! Along with students from four different states, she will audition for band placement. She will spend the weekend rehearsing with a renowned guest conductor and perform a concert for friends and family members.
The MCHS Forensics team travelled to Albemarle High School last weekend to compete in a VCFL qualifying tournament. The team took 3rd overall in sweepstakes, and the following students won individual awards:
- Molly Thomas - 3rd - Dramatic Performance
- Michael Broyles - 2nd - Dramatic Performance
- Steven Franklin - 1st - Dramatic Performance
- Ben Butterworth & David Miller - 3rd - Duo
Additionally, the following students earned scores that qualified them for the State tournament in March:
- Scotti Mullen - Extemporaneous
- Kevin Nguyen - Extemporaneous
- Hailey Helm - Extemporaneous
- Ben Butterworth - Dramatic Performance
- Emma Woodward & Kaitlyn Adams - Duo
- Michael Broyles - Original Oratory
- Scotti Mullen - Oral Interpretation
The team is also helping to host the Pell Speaking Competition this Thursday, 1/25 in the MCHS auditorium, starting at 6 pm, for those interested in checking the team out!
Weekly Communication, January 17, 2018
Under William Wetsel Middle School’s global education program “MadConnects,” two of Matt Resnick’s Civics classes were able to connect face-to-face with a collaborating group of Eighth graders at Bank Street College in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Facilitating teachers established a Skype link and the two groups practiced civil discourse through guided cultural discussion and reflections on editorial pieces penned by Bank Street students. This was the culminating activity of a connection that has been ongoing over the entirety of the fall semester. We look forward to see what the spring brings!
MCPS underwent an administrative review regarding the management of the USDA food program in December 2017. Food Services Supervisor Patty Seale and the nutrition staff were commended for “doing an excellent job managing and maximizing the usage of fruits and vegetables.” No deficiencies were noted. Congratulations to Mrs. Seale and all nutrition employees for the outstanding review!
Before winter break Waverly Yowell Students enjoyed an assembly to recognize students and their successes over the past semester. Fourth grade student, Luke Goering, and his mother made a presentation about the Money for Milk fundraiser students participated in at the school where they raised enough money to purchase 1 cow, 2 llamas, and a flock of chickens on behalf of WYES for a third world country. Students also enjoyed watching our Winter Break Video letting them know how much we will miss them over break! Feel free to enjoy our video!
Madison Primary School would like to welcome Kim Dodson! She has joined the first grade team by taking over retiree Fran Roebuck’s class. Kim was able to work with the long-term substitute and meet the class the week before Christmas. During the work days, she worked hard in her room preparing for this new adventure. We welcome her expertise, are fortunate to have her, and know that her students are going to love her!
On Monday, the WYES After School 4-H Adventure Club, led by third grade teachers Kayla Blincoe and Marty Ward, met and traveled to the Massanutten Family Adventure Park for their first adventure! A combination of 39 students and their families spent the day snow tubing! Afterwards several families gathered together and enjoyed a sweet treat from Dairy Queen. It was so exciting to see so our students stepping outside of their comfort zone and enjoying a new activity with their parents. The Adventure Club is an after school club designed to encourage outdoor adventure, teach safety and independence, and provide positive, hands-on learning opportunities which focus on developing valuable life skills. Members meet monthly after school to plan and prepare for a variety of outdoor pursuits, including hiking, camping, indoor rock climbing, snow tubing, and kayaking.
Congratulations to Marques Blakey and Abi Tanner for being named Mountaineer Athletes of the Week. Marques went 4-0 at the Albemarle Invitational Wrestling Tournament and was named to the All Tournament Team. Abi scored 45 points in the Mountaineers 3 wins last week over Orange County, Rappahannock and Central Woodstock.
“Cryptic clues + Unusual locks + Time limits = Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking” says Liz Ford, Wetsel Media Specialist. Students were welcomed back from break to the task of “Breaking Out.” Breakout boxes are the inverse of an escape room. Clues and combinations are hidden within the space and the students work together to solve the codes to get inside the heavily secured box. This week’s session revolved around library skills. Students were engaged in hunting down clues and deciphering riddles and codes all in an effort to be the fastest team to "Breakout."
MCPS's special education teachers and counselors are using a new statewide IEP development system called Virginia IEP. This is the State's effort to give counties a statewide IEP/504 system, which has been requested for many years. Madison has joined the first cohort along with 22 others.
Special educators, speech pathologists and counselors have been trained in two sessions and are now using the new system entirely, beginning in January. Special Thanks to Becky Dodson, Andi Yeager, Jackie Ovalle, Victoria Gelbert, Andrea Wilson, and Jeanette Alexander for their coordinated efforts in training staff during this mid year switch! What amazing teamwork!
During the Christmas holiday, Patty Butterworth, MPS Librarian, conducted a Read-a-thon. Forms have been collected and so far and our students have read about 1,308 books and have raised approximately $616. In an effort to show this amount to the children, a lego tower is being constructed. Children are putting legos in groups of 10 and then the legos are stacked. Pictured are Emma Harrison and Aubry Jenkins examining the tower.
Over the winter holidays, while most of us were nestled snug in beds visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads, MCPS maintenance worked on burst water pipes, spread salt over iced sidewalks, and repaired heating systems unable to withstand the bitterly cold winds. We are indebted to supervisor Earl Keys and his team members, Pete Benson, Don Elswick, and Billy Armstrong for their many hours of working in the cold temperatures.
Sam Utz, Director of Technology, and Donald Farnum, Supervisor of Transportation, led the installation of new bus and car radios over the break. The radios were purchased from Security Equipment Grant funds. Bus Driver Bruce Parker commented that the radio coverage and clarity are improved with the new system. This improves transportation communication and safety.
Weightroom Update. Huge thanks to Coach Chandler Rhodes, Sam Utz, and Shawn McDonough for upgrading the Weightroom. The students are really excited about the upgrades!
Putting a mathematical twist on a lovable classic, Maci Dyer's 2nd grade class gets down to get up on their geometry knowledge. One student spins while another places hands/feet accordingly by matching up the geometric figures. What an awesome way to make practicing math a fun and educational experience!
Congratulations to Kobi Alexander and Claudia Gohn for being named the Mountaineer Athletes of the Week. Kobi scored 45 points and had 24 rebounds in the Mountaineers 2 wins last week over Clarke County and Strasburg. Claudia took 1st Place in the 200 IM, 100 Backstroke and 400 Free Relay at the Swim meet at Strasburg.
Wetsel Middle School Yearbook staff students have been hard at work creating the 2017-2018 yearbook under the direction of Mary Beth Artale and Patty Smith. Students were given the opportunity to participate in creating a cover. The top five pieces were voted on by students and staff. The cover will be revealed when yearbooks are distributed this spring. Early sales have begun with a price of $10.00 and are $15.00 after January 31st. Order yours now!
The MCHS Forensics team travelled to Fluvanna last weekend to compete in the Fluco Invitational. The team took second place overall in the large schools division, and the following students took home individual prizes:
- Emma Woodward & Kaitlyn Adams - Humorous Duo - 6th place
- Scotti Mullen - Poetry - 2nd place
- Molly Thomas - Humorous Interpretation - 1st place
- Steven Franklin - Dramatic Interpretation - 1st place
The MCHS social committee helped to keep spirits up at the high school with a hot chocolate bar. The teachers were treated to hot chocolate with many options to add for a warm and delicious treat. It was a huge success thanks to the social/climate committee. On a special note, the cookies pictured here were not purchased from a high end bakery. They are home made and decorated by French teacher Emily Kline. Huge thanks to Emily for putting so much time and effort into making a wonderful treat for your colleagues.
MCPS Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) will have its next meeting on February 7, 2018 from 6-7pm. SEAC provides a forum for discussion of district, state and local programs which affect special education services. This meeting has also provided discussion and support between home and school and is a great way to meet other families.
Weekly Communication, December 21, 2017
MCHS students placed 3rd out of 173 teams in the Region in the Stock Markets Game (SMG) and 21st in the state out of 763 teams. Scotti Mullen and Hailey Helm were the MCHS Team. The program is sponsored by the Center of Economic Education at James Madison University (JMU) where students learn saving and investing, sharpen math and research skills, and experience market forces at work. The game offers students the opportunity to invest $100,000 of imaginary money in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. Students conduct trades and pay broker fees just like real investors do. Scotti and Hailey realized a total equity of $114,014.48 -- a 60% annualized ROI! Teacher Sharon Taylor, students, parents, Principal Wintersgill, and Superintendent Eberhardt will be invited to a Winners’ Reception in May 2018 at JMU. Also winning from MCHS were:
- Krista Neal and Carolyn Sites finished 6/173 (region) and 21/763 (state)
- Tyrone Banks and Daishaun Smith finished 9/173 and 30/763
- Dalton Dodson and Millie Rice finished 12/173 and 36/763
- Ben Butterworth and Travis Freeze finished 26/173 and 65/763
Wetsel Middle School's annual door decorating contest has been in full swing this past week. From Whoville to the Polar Express, school spirit was evident this holiday season.
The Holiday Spirit is alive and well at Madison Primary School! Students are making gifts for their parents, elves keep a watchful eye for good behavior, and of course a couple of special events. Preschool students created their own gingerbread houses with the help of many parent volunteers. Everyone loves this annual event, and it sure brings some excitement to the preschool pod. Kindergarten is also readying themselves for the big holiday spectacular. This is always the cutest holiday show of the season. Thanks to all of the faculty and staff for keeping things moving along during this very exciting time of year.
Congratulations to The Daily Progress All Central Virginia Athletic Award winners from Madison:
Allie Burbridge - 2nd Team in Volleyball
Jake Price - 2nd team as a Defensive Lineman in Football
Makenna Santinga - 1st Team in Volleyball
Gaines Swink - 2nd team in Golf
Abi Tanner - Honorable Mention Team in Volleyball
Congratulations to Luke Wintersgill for being named this week’s Mountaineer Athlete of the Week. Luke finished 1st in the 200 IM in a time of 2:35.47, 1st in the 100 Breaststroke in a time of 1:14.50, 1st as part of the 200 Medley Relay in a time of 1:56.80) and 2nd as part of the 400 Free Relay in a time of 4:08.43.
Congratulations to the Swim Team who competed against Clarke County and Strasburg on Saturday at the Manassas Park Rec Center. The following swimmers placed FIRST:
- Ben Dillon - 100 Fly (1:02.94)
- Ben Dillon - 100 Backstroke (1:09.28)
- Ben Dillon, Dalton Dodson, Luke Wintersgill, & Grayson Wood - Boys 200 Medley Relay
- Claudia Gohn - 200 Free in a STATE QUALIFYING TIME of 2:10.04
- Claudia Gohn - 100 Fly in a STATE QUALIFYING TIME of 1:03.7
- Emily Gohn - 500 Free in a STATE QUALIFYING TIME of 5:58.91.
- Luke Wintersgill - 200 IM (2:35.47)
- Luke Wintersgill - 100 Breaststroke (1:14.50)
The Wrestling team hosted its 13th annual Mountaineer Classic. The Mountaineers finished 3-2 overall for the day. Madison lost the first 2 matches of the day to Stonewall Jackson (37-36) and James River (42-36) and won their final 3 matches of the day against East Rockingham (42-18), Charlottesville (54-12) and Amelia (54-18). The following went 5-0 on the day:
- Marques Blakey (113)
- Christian Corbin (220)
- Chase Ryder (132)
The following went 4-1 on the day:
- David Barringer (170)
- Rodney Lewis (195)
- Nick Pumphrey (HWT)
Every child in alternative education received Christmas gifts from our community members at Beth Carr Baptist Church.
WYES SCA members recently wrapped up their annual canned food drive to support our local MESA. Over 300 items were donated by WYES students. The SCA also went on their annual trip to visit Autumn Care for caroling. On the way there they stopped by the Courthouse, Madison DSS and the Sheriff’s office. The students ended their trip with lunch at Pie in the Sky. The SCA is co-led by Katie Gigliotti and Nicole Keys.
Waverly Yowell 3rd graders had a their China Day on December 19. Students learned how to count in Chinese, eat rice with chopsticks, played with tanagrams, made Chinese lanterns, made a paper dragon, have a simple conversation in Chinese, and write some characters with a paintbrush! Students had a great China Day after learning about China and the Chinese culture in class.
Madison Primary not only met, but CRUSHED their lofty goal of earning 4,000 bucket slips by Winter Break with 5,371 in all. Way to go, Mountaineers, for being RESPONSIBLE, SAFE, and RESPECTFUL!
On Thursday, December 14, Karen Rice’s students from Waverly Yowell and the students from Rachael Sheinfeld’s class from MCHS went to Charlottesville for a day of holiday excitement!!! The shopping experience was hugely successful and compliments were made by the checker about what wonderful manners all of the students had. Once shopping was completed, next stop was to see Santa Claus. Each child had a special moment to talk to him and then the photographer graciously took and gave us a group picture. The final stop was at Chick-fila where they very generously provided kids meals and cookies for dessert.
WYES students in Ali Allamon’s third grade class recently did "Math in your feet.” This is an activity where students use their understanding of geometry and patterns to create their own 8 count dance sequences. Students could dance reflectively (mirroring each other) or congruently (moving the same way). They talked about the different variables of movement they could change: feet placement, type of movement, and direction of movement. They built 90* 180* and even 360* turns into their dances and choreographed movements using the sides and vertices of their squares. It also fostered great class discussion about math. When a pair presented, the other students commented and critiqued their movements by using their math terms and justifying their thoughts. It was a great review and lots of fun too!
MCHS students from Brandy Nesbitt's Human Anatomy and Physiology class completed their comparative anatomy dissection lab. Comparative anatomy is a very important aspect in Anatomy because it allows students to observe the internal anatomy and compare it to their own. Students enjoyed the hands on experience that this lab provided for them.
The MCHS Marching Band performed last week along with the High School Choir and the 8th grade band in their winter holiday performance. There was a packed house for Band Directors Catherine Weaver, Alicia Strickler and students. As always, the bands sounded amazing and the music helped everyone get into the Christmas spirit.
MCHS students who participate in Project Discovery recently took a trip to the American Legion Hall in Standardsville to help with their annual toy drive. The students volunteered their time for this very worthwhile project. Amy Hollis from Project Discovery organized this opportunity for our students.
Students in Kellie Mason’s seventh grade classes have been working on Project Based Learning Projects. They have researched a charity and written a persuasive letter to be sent out asking for donations for that charity. Students then got into teams and created a poster and pitch using persuasive techniques that they learned about with the school media specialist, Liz Ford! They're presenting their pitches during school on Thursday. Great work, WMS seventh grade students, English teachers and Mrs. Ford!
Weekly Communication, December 13, 2017
MCHS teacher Travis Knight and four of his Building Trades students presented information on their Simulated Workplace Classroom - Mountaineer Construction to the School Board Monday night. All four students are seniors in Mr. Knight’s Level 2 classes, Cameron Covington is the Superintendent in first block, with Blake Watson as his crew’s Safety Coordinator, a job he earned because he is already OSHA certified. In the third block class Kailey Deane and Stanley Johnson are both Project Managers, each with their own crew. Students have completed a shed this semester for Phil Warren and the Athletic Department and have contracted out to do small jobs for construction sites in the county. Congratulations for a great job!
Hour of Code. A HUGE THANKS to MCHS students Jerica Cropp, Olivia Young, and Grace Eberhardt for coming in on Friday and introducing computer programming to WYES third graders. Students had a blast learning some basic sequencing codes. Check out many fun age appropriate coding games on: https://code.org/learn
Congratulations to Rodney Lewis for being named the Mountaineer Athlete of the Week. Rodney went 2-1 at our wrestling quad match at Orange last week in the 195 lb weight class. Both of his wins came by pinfall.
We had the privilege of having Paul Anderson perform the National Anthem on Friday night at our Boys Basketball game vs William Monroe. Mr. Anderson is widely regarded as the finest fiddler in Scotland. He has performed before the Queen and other members of the Royal Family.
Wetsel students in Noel Guarino’s class created pictures to identify the different facial features in Spanish. The student projects are currently displayed on the bulletin board outside of the Spanish room. Please stop in and check out the artwork.
'Tis the season for elves to be out and about at Madison Primary School. Not only do these adorable creatures spread enthusiasm (Maci Dyer's elf just LOVES measurement) and holiday cheer, they also act as incredibly effective behavioral interventions for your entire class! Kristin Schlegel's and Molly Walter's elves are perched atop their projectors for a perfect place to keep an eye on their students. Wonder what they'll be reporting back to Santa this Winter Break??
Waverly PE teacher, Andrew Schmaltz, was the recipient of a grant from the Madison County Education Foundation which will he will put toward the purchase of new pedometers. Students will use them during their PE class to monitor their steps during timed tests and also during various activities such as soccer and capture the flag. This data will then be incorporated into math lessons with students using their own personal data to calculate mean, median, mode, etc. Students will also have the opportunity to use the pedometers outside of the PE classroom to track their own activity. Congratulations, Coach Schmaltz and you are commended for advocating for healthy kids.
Waverly Yowell Elementary School has another successful library night last Thursday. There were many games and activities students could participate in and they enjoyed the hot chocolate bar where they could top their hot chocolate with all sorts of yummy treats. Santa also visited us and told all the kids a story. We had an amazing turnout!
Wetsel Middle School’s SCA is selling candy cane grams during student lunches for $1. Money raised will pay for prizes given to the winners of the holiday door decorating contest that begins this week. Students and homeroom teachers will decorate their doors this week, and winners will be determined next week! Good luck, Wetsel! SCA is sponsored by eighth grade teachers, Megan Yezzo and Claire Keith.
Students at Madison Primary School were treated this past Thursday night to a fun holiday treat. The Kindergarten Team put together an exciting evening that included a read aloud of How to Catch an Elf, designing their own elf traps, and even a visit from the Jolly Old Elf himself! The children had a wonderful time, and each one left with their own copy of the book. Thanks to the Kindergarten Team for putting together such an awesome night for the kids.
The Madison community was treated to a musical performance Tuesday evening from Alicia Strickler. Mrs. Strickler had her 6th grade band, 7th grade band and the MCHS Jazz band perform for the crowd. The evening showed how beginning musicians grow and their skills improve through their secondary years. The best comment of the night was from the preschooler whose mother was desperately trying to keep her in her seat while the jazz band played. She told her mother “but I just can’t help wanting to dance!”
Weekly Communication, December 6, 2017
Abby Johnson recently read House Arrest by K.A. Holt. The book ended with loose ends and Abby needed to know if and when the next book was coming out; so, she emailed the author several weeks ago. Holt responded and told her she wrote a sequel and that the book would be released in March 2018. Abby then asked if she could preview the book but did not get a response until ......a package showed up in the mail at school addressed to Abby and inside was the unreleased book Knock-Out and a handwritten note from the author!!
WYES has started its annual canned food drive this week. Each morning classes bring down their donations for the day and place them under the Christmas tree located in the library. The canned food drive runs until December 18th and all items are delivered to MESA.
Waverly Yowell librarian, Rebecca Jasman, kicked off Hour of Code week on Monday by having her 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students learning to code through the game of Minecraft. Students learn the basics of computer science by programming a character to move through a simulated Minecraft world. They do this by using Blockly which is a drag and drop system of movements. This was a great experience for all students and the library was filled with excitement. 3rd grade students will also have an hour of code this Friday.
Service Club members at WYES stayed after school to make chew toys for animals at the Madison animal shelter. Students brought in old shirts for the project. Ms. Owens of Madison animal shelter came with canine Willow to meet the students and pick up the chew toys.
WMS students participated in a fundraiser this semester to raise money towards improving the playground area next to the track. Student sold tumblers, cookie dough, and other premium items to show their school spirit. Our young people raised $3,500 over a two week period in September. We are so proud of our students for contributing to this school improvement goal. The money will be combined with two grants received from local businesses to redesign and upgrade our recreational area over the next two years.
Alternative Education counts blessings from and with Madison County Department of Social Services' (DSS) Celine Pumphrey, Mount Carmel Church, Dr. Matthew Eberhardt, Superintendent, and Mrs. Cathy Jones, Assistant Superintendent. Madison DSS coordinated the Thanksgiving luncheon with community volunteers who stepped up for our kids.
MPS Update on Fundraiser for Morgan We are very pleased to announce that the spaghetti dinner fundraising event, when all was said and done, raised $7,000.00! This total included the dinner itself, an auction, a 50/50 raffle, sale of a My Little Pony portrait, and unsolicited donations. The winner of the 50/50 raffle, and the buyer of the portrait, both donated their winnings back to the family. We are so thankful for, and proud of, our Madison community for their support of this cause.
Congratulations to the Girls Basketball team for starting the season 2-0. Madison beat Luray (49-29) and Orange County (51-46) last week.
The Boys Swim Team finished 1st on Saturday and the Girls finished 2nd at their swim meet against Strasburg and Stonewall Jackson. The following swimmers won their events:
- Luke Wintersgill - 1st in 200 Free (2:26.57) and 1st in 100 Breast (1:19.19)
- Alaina Hall - 1st in 200 Free (2:54.0)
- Grayson Wood - 1st in 50 Free (24.71) and 1st in 100 Fly (1:04.74)
- Morgan Paramore - 1st in 100 Fly (1:28.09)
- Dalton Dodson - 1st in 100 Free (1:06)
- 400 Free Relay of Luke Wintersgill, Dalton Dodson, Simeon Chada and Grayson Wood - 1st (4:20.73)
- 400 Free Relay of Elizabeth Haines, Rachel Utz, Morgan Paramore and Alaina Hall - 1st (5:05.9)
Congratulations to Makayla Taylor for being named the Mountaineer of the Week. Makayla scored 37 points in the Mountaineers 2 wins last week over Luray and Orange County.
This past weekend, several MCHS Forensics team members attended the Patriot Games tournament at George Mason University. Among the categories presented, our students competed in Poetry, Prose, Dramatic Interpretation (DI), Humorous Interpretation, and Dramatic Duo. Of the eight students, two competed past the first level - Steven Franklin (DI) broke to the quarter-final round and Molly Thomas (HI) broke to the semi-final. This placed Molly in the top twelve at the tournament."
The Madison Jazz Band and MCHS Choir performed at a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser hosted by the MCHS Band Boosters on Thursday, November 16. A large crowd enjoyed a delicious meal along with music provided by Madison students. Highlights of the night include several soloists: Ben Butterworth, Jonathan Perry, Molly Thomas, Hobie Muir, Reyann Wintersgill, Stephanie Walrond, Skye Brooks, Gavin Williams, Dakota Kitzmiller, and an original song by Claire Sukley. Additionally, students Jonah Clatterbuck (piano) and Will Peters (drums) performed a fantastic set that they put together independently. Band Directors Cathy Weaver and Alicia Strickler are very proud of them all. Thank you to all of those who helped in some way, especially the cafeteria staff and the custodial staff, and of course those who came out to eat!
Brandy Nesbitt and Krista Tanner, the co-sponsors for the Student Council Association (SCA) took several MCHS officers and representative to the annual Student Leadership Conference. The day was full of sharing ideas in a “Share Fair” and small group brainstorming on how to bring Global Citizenship to our school. Claudia Gohn participated by contributing as a Senior Facilitator. The kids had a great opportunity to network among their peers and also came away with some new ideas for programs to incorporate with SCA and our student body.
On the half day, prior to Thanksgiving break, Tiffany Kitner's art students completed a scavenger hunt to recreate the 1994 theft of the painting The Scream. Assembling clues and compiling evidence, Christian del Cid and Gabe Lewis successfully presented their case to our Madison County Sheriff's deputies, who made the "arrests" of Emily Everard and Jarrod Tanner, our two play-acting thieves.
Weekly Communication, November 22, 2017
Yeti Math: The Investigations math series has activities that address classifying. Some of the lessons involve yetis, which are a group of fictional creatures related by common sets of attributes. Stephanie Goering’s class used them to review sorting and classifying while learning about shapes. The lesson began with a story and identifying various attributes of the characters. Then students saw the pictures already sorted and had to determine how they were classified. At the end of the activity, the students used mini yeti cards and worked in small groups to decide how to sort them. They had to classify them in more than one way. This was a great activity that reviewed classification while reviewing and extending shapes for all learners.
The founders of GovSmart.com spoke to Cheryl Paramore and Sharon Taylor’s classes Monday morning. Co-Founder, Brent Lillard is a 2001 graduate of Madison County High School, and Co-Founder Hamza Durrani is a 2003 graduate of William Monroe High School. Vice President of Sales is Glenn Willard a 2002 graduate of MCHS. Adam Deane is VP of Business Development. These four know as, “The Jedi Council” of the government contractor company spoke to the students a how the company started 8 years ago to where it is today with $121,000,000 in orders this year. The men emphasized how important it is to give back to the community where you work. Their focus points for students were to have initiative, perseverance and to foster all relationships. The students were told to remember this: “Trust is built in drops and lost in buckets” (Kevin Plank) and “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life” (Steve Jobs).
Waverly Student Signs with UVA’s Lacrosse Program. Brian Rehm is now a member of the UVA Men’s Lacrosse team after signing on November 20 in a ceremony in Charlottesville. The event was covered by Newsplex 19.
Good Luck to all of our Winter Athletic Teams this season. All 11 teams will start their seasons in the next 2 weeks.
Middle School Girls Basketball
JV Girls Basketball
Varsity Girls Basketball
Middle School Boys Basketball
JV Boys Basketball
Varsity Boys Basketball
New Website Photos. Please check out the division and school mainpage websites for our new pictures. Thanks to local photographer John Berry we were able to update the sites with some pretty amazing pictures!
I'm sure Karen Organ-Lohr is at the top of Santa's "Nice List" for organizing such a kind and selfless Thanksgiving outreach to help support a fellow Mountaineer Family during the holidays. Huge thanks to everyone at Madison Primary School who donated food to help provide a delicious meal. Happy Thanksgiving to all!
MCHS Biology teacher Brandi Nesbitt's Anatomy and Physiology class traveled to Northern Virginia Community College in Springfield VA on November 2nd. While there, they had the opportunity to participate in a real cadaver lab and interact with the different lab settings on NVCC's medical campus. In each photo you can see the students getting hands on experience in all of the simulation labs the campus has to offer. No photos could be taken in the cadaver lab out of respect for the body.
Students at Waverly Yowell Elementary School had their Thanksgiving lunch on November 16. The students enjoyed their delicious lunch prepared by the cafeteria staff and we had many visitors come enjoy lunch with their families.
Waverly SCA members had a chance to tour downtown Madison. Nicole Keys and Katie Gigliotti took 18 SCA representatives to downtown Madison to tour the Courthouse, Sheriff's Office, and County Office Building. They had a chance to meet Madison’s Commonwealth’s Attorney, Clerk of Court, Sheriff, Treasurer, Commissioner of Revenue, and Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. Clarissa Berry, Madison’s Commonwealth Attorney, conducted the tour and assisted the students around town.
On Thursday, November 9, Wetsel Middle School art teacher, Tiffany Kinter organized and hosted the 2nd Annual Empty Bowls Drive. This community event raised $2,500 to benefit MESA. Many thanks to Tiffany and all those who contributed food, art, time, and support.
Fourth grade students at Waverly Yowell participated in Colonial Day at the school. Students had to opportunity to learn about how soap, baskets, paper, and butter were made during the Colonial period. Students also got to try the butter they made, along with some yummy soup that was made over a fire. Students had the opportunity to learn about how people during the Colonial period traveled and see first hand materials that were used back then.
On November 8, the 4th grade class from Waverly Yowell traveled to the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton. Students "visited" an African Village, a German farm, and a Native American village where they took part in traditional games played by children their age during that time period.
Waverly Yowell third grade teachers Kayla Blincoe and Marty Ward are teaming up with Madison 4-H to offer an after school Adventure Club! The club is designed to encourage outdoor adventure, teach safety and independence, and provide positive, hands-on learning opportunities which focus on developing valuable life skills. Their first meeting consisted of many fun team-building activities! Members will meet monthly after school to plan and prepare for a variety of outdoor pursuits, including hiking, camping, indoor rock climbing, snow tubing, and kayaking.
The Madison Primary School Native American Night, which highlights Project Based Learning, was once again a huge success. Over 310 parents, family, and friends were in attendance to hear over 100 students present their projects and answer questions. The projects were just amazing, and the students were so proud of their work.
Twenty one Wetsel Middle School students were inducted into the 4th annual Junior Beta Club during last night’s ceremony. This organization was founded in 1934 by John W. Harris. There are now more than 500,000 active members and more than 8,750 chapters. A special thank you to Claire Keith, sponsor for this prestigious student recognition!
Weekly Communication, November 15, 2017
RJ Nobblitt’s Introduction to Plant Sciences class perform their skills test lighting an acetylene torch, student’s had to pass a written test before being allowed to test on the actual tanks. Students learn this skill to enable them to make repairs to their own farm equipment.
WYES third grade students in Ali Allamon and Abbie Jewett’s class are using a giant hand-made multiplication chart to practice multiplication and division. Students have enjoyed being able to” kick off their shoes” and get active during math.
Congratulations to Makenna Santinga for being named to the All Region 2B Volleyball 1st Team and to Allie Burbridge, Kaylan Boone and Abi Tanner for being named to the 2nd Team.
Madison Athletic Director Phil Warren recently applied for a grant from American Woodmark to help with equipment needs for the proposed new softball field at Hoover Ridge. American Woodmark was kind enough to support this project with a $500 donation. Pictured are American Woodmark employees presenting Coach Warren with the check.
A special thank you to our WMS PTO President Denice Herrman for her hard work to secure a $2000 grant from American Woodmark. The grant money will be used to upgrade the 6th grade playground area and provide outdoor exercise equipment for our physical education classes. We are so blessed to have such a wonderful parent volunteer to help support our students and faculty.
Madison Primary School was surprised Tuesday morning with a generous donation to our Parent Teacher Organization. American Woodmark Foundation-Orange Plant presented the PTO with a check in the amount of $500 to be used to support classroom instruction. Big thanks to American Woodmark Foundation for their generosity, and also to our PTO for all of their hard work each and every day for the benefit of our children.
Thanksgiving Feast. Families enjoyed a Thanksgiving Feast at Madison Primary on Tuesday. They dined on some delicious food and enjoyed time with each other. Everything ran smoothly thanks to a team effort by office staff, custodians, paraprofessionals, guidance counselors, teachers, and administration. A special thanks goes to Food Service Manager Eddie Jenkins and his crew who worked so hard preparing the much-appreciated meal! Pictured is Angie Lamb and her family dining with her Kindergartener, Eli.
At WYES many students were awarded certificates and medals for their Veteran’s Day posters and essays. The American Legion had two representatives who came and presented these awards to the students. Students are still proudly wearing their medals around school.
These MCHS Cosmetology students in Joyce Lindsey’s class enjoyed their field trip on November 8th to Charlottesville. Students gained knowledge from various business industries about salon products, tools, equipment and career opportunities. Students were very proud as they received many compliments throughout the day regarding their professional attire and professionalism.
Weekly Communication, November 10, 2017
“Empty Bowls” is an international project to fight hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level. The event was held last evening and raised approximately $2,800 for MESA. A huge thanks to WMS Art Teacher Tiffany Kitner for leadership, the Wetsel school family for soups, setup and cleanup, and Art Teacher Ashleigh Pugh’s assistance and support.
Team work! Students in Patrick Jennings and Emma Taylor’s Seventh grade math classes, worked in pairs to complete arithmetic and geometric sequences. Students enjoyed the opportunity to move throughout the classroom while working collaboratively to answer a variety of questions about sequences. Once sequences were complete, the students hung them up in the classroom as decorations!
Wetsel’s Whys? Teachers at Wetsel Middle School participated in a professional development during the morning of Friday, October 28 about sharing purposes and why they continue to chose teaching as their profession. Following the reflection time, teachers worked in small groups to decorate pumpkins describing their whys. Below are the final products that are on display for students and parents to enjoy!
The Primary Strong Committee put together an exciting fall competition for everyone at MPS. Faculty and staff worked in teams to create the most spectacular pumpkins imaginable and students got to vote for their favorite one. Pre-K's scrumptious Cookie Monster design took home first prize.
25 MCPS Professionals Trained in CPR/First Aid and AED. MCHS Nursing Teacher and Instructor Jackie Kemp held her third and final Saturday Heartsaver Training Course on Saturday, November 4.
- Melanie Ellyson
- Kendall Fears
- Cassandra Gore
- Wynee Jenkins
- Jennifer Taylor
- Melanie Ellyson
- Narda Harrison
- Abbie Jewett
- Tom Butterworth
- Lindsey Dame
- Noel Guarino
- Jenny Kwon
- Kellie Mason
- Elizabeth Lane
- David Londrey
- BB Slaven
- Julie Smith
- Alicia Strickler
- Jason Allison
- Kane Kashouty
- Rebecca LaVoie
- David Matchen
- Ryan Rakow
- Steve Shilan
- Chelsea Taylor
Participants learned and practiced CPR and First Aid skills. We would like to thank Jackie Kemp for facilitating this course! Pictured are MCHS Assistant Principal Jason Allison and MCHS English Teacher Lydia Burk.
WYES students participated in National French Week by painting using pointillism in art class. Pointillism was made famous by Georges Seurat, a French artist in the 1880’s.
The WMS Robotics Team competed in the First Lego League Regional Tournament at JMU this past Saturday. The team used their engineering and computer programming skills to focus on Hydro Dynamics in our environment. The team consisted of: John Smith, Nate Herrman, James Rockwell, Hannah Davis, Tristen Foreman, Abby Reynolds, Evie Foster, Lariana Cassity, and Ty Burch.
Last Wednesday, WYES teachers Jeff Tilbe and Jennifer Rehm conducted professional development for our staff. Jeff presented how to use Google Classroom and Jen taught ActiveInspire. These two areas of professional development were chosen based on teacher requests. Teachers enjoyed learning from their peers and have already incorporated what they learned into their daily lessons.
Congratulations to MaKenna Santinga for being named Bull Run District Volleyball Player of the Year. Joining MaKenna on the All Bull Run 1st Team were Allie Burbridge and Kaylan Boone. Abi Tanner was selected to the 2nd Team.
A Big Mountaineer Shout Out to our Varsity Football Cheerleaders and Coach Kendall Fears. These girls do an outstanding job supporting our football team and also work the concession stand for our Freshmen Football games. Thank you Ally Alther, Alivia Brown, Maddison Broyles, Kaylan Campbell, Jade Dennis, Sam Estes, Angel Fortune Megan Gabel, Skyler Gilmore, Siara Harvey, Marianna Herrera Abby Powers, Millie Rice, Kara Richards, Kati Sukley, Aliese Trezvant, and Hanah Woodward for all that you do.
Congratulations to the Varsity Volleyball team for winning both the Regular Season Bull Run Title but also the Bull Run Tournament, as well. The girls finished their season with a 19-4 record.
Congratulations to Jake Price for being named 2nd Team All Bull Run District as a Defensive Lineman for football.
Last week, Waverly Yowell celebrated Red Ribbon Week, a time to celebrate making positive choices including making the choice to be Drug Free. Students signed the drug free pledge banners and received their red ribbons from Guidance Counselor Nicole Keys, School Nurse Margie Curtis and Officer Drew Eanes. Students visited businesses all week wearing their red ribbons and received special incentives like cake pops from Cake Krums and free ice cream from Yoders. On Halloween the students were able to visit stations where they learned to "Scare Away Drugs." Art Teacher Katie Gigliotti, Media Specialist Rebecca Jasman, PE Teacher Andrew Schmaltz and Nicole Keys enjoyed running the stations and teaching students strategies to stay drug free. The week ended with students doing writing prompts explaining the strategies they learned.
First Grade teachers and paraprofessionals enjoyed Halloween as much as the students. They dressed as characters from Laura Numeroff’s popular circle stories. Teacher Janice Sekely and Teaching Assistant Jennifer Brockman were dressed as moose from If you Give a Moose a Muffin. Teacher Sarah Jenkins was the mouse in Numeroff’s best-known book. Pictured are all teachers and first grade paraprofessionals in their costumes along with the story.
As part of its focus on problem solving, the MCHS math department is sponsoring six Virginia Math League contests for interested Madison students, grades 9-12. The monthly contests consist of 6 questions from different areas of secondary mathematics. The top 5 individual scores from each contest will be totaled and reported as the MCHS team score. The highest scoring school in each region is recognized in the spring, along with individual students in the VML with highest total scores for the 6 competitions. In the October contest, the MCHS team earned 17 points out of 30, a solid first score!
November 14, 2017 is World Diabetes Day. Did you know that one in two people living with diabetes are undiagnosed, and it’s the leading cause of death among women? Bring awareness to your loved ones! World Diabetes Day is an occasion for people with diabetes, health professionals, parents, and advocates to raise awareness to help support and improve those living with diabetes. Go to www.worlddiabetesday.org for more information and support. We support our students and staff living with diabetes!
The 2018-2019 Calendar Committee will meet in a day-long session to come up with a proposed calendar. Afterwards, the Committee will seek input from all constituents and also meet with parents to reach consensus before a final draft is presented to the School Board in December 2017 or January 2018. The Committee members are:
- Jessi Deboer - SBO
- Maci Dyer - Primary
- Denice Herrman - Transportation
- Jacob Houser - Wetsel
- Mike Sacra - MCHS
- Marty Ward - Waverly
Weekly Communication, November 1, 2017
Annual Halloween Pumpkin Smashing Experiment with Chemistry and Physics classes. Students observed the science behind smashing pumpkins during a series of science experiments. Great learning opportunity with Julie Heffron and Thomas Benns.
On Saturday October 21, two Wetsel students, Violet and Trinity Karges, took part in an all-day “Coders Experience” sponsored by Capital One. There were multiple sessions held in multiple locations throughout the Commonwealth and these two attended the conference in South Boston. Open to any middle school girl, the day was spent writing code and teamwork building their own “apps.” Both Trinity and Violet made the finals for the apps they produced. Violet’s app was a game called “Sandy’s Seahorses.” Trinity created an app that chose music to help you fall asleep at night and wake you up in the morning, as well as, help choose healthy breakfast foods. Both girls said they really enjoyed the day. Violet commented, “It was an amazing experience – It made me want to continue coding.”
The MCHS new Artist of the Month is Adam Rockwell. His work is on display in the library.
“Adam Rockwell has a natural talent in the art world of working at a fast pace, but he is also very productive and precise. He started off this year in art as an Art 2 student, but that quickly changed to an Art 3 student to create success and a more challenging atmosphere for him. Adam always has wonderfully creative ideas that he executes brilliantly with any tool. Please stop by and check out Adam's theme work of bees and his other assignments he has been working on this semester.” - Art Teacher Ashleigh Pugh
Art teacher Katie Gigliotti and Guidance Counselor Nicole Keys started the WYES Service Club for 5th grade students who want to volunteer their time after school to do a community service project. The project this first month was to pick up litter on school grounds. The students had a blast seeing who could find the most litter.
MCHS students in Shannon Johnston’s Governor’s School class (BRVGS) class travelled to Washington DC. Students experienced gothic architecture and wonder while touring the National Cathedral. They then visited the National Gallery of Art and had the opportunity to analyze European artwork from the medieval and renaissance periods!
Congratulations to Emily Dodson for being named the Mountaineer of the Week. Emily had 11 kills in Volleyball’s big win over George Mason on Thursday night last week.
Congratulations to Jonathan Perry for being named the Mountaineer Athlete of the Week. J.P. was the Boy’s Cross Country teams 1st alternate at last Wednesday’s Bull Run District Championships. When a top 7 runner was unable to compete due to illness, Jonathan stepped up and finished as the 4th Mountaineer to cross the finish line helping the Boys Team qualify for the Regional Championship for the first time in 5 years. Congratulations J.P for having Madison Pride and being prepared to step up when called upon to help the team.
Congratulations to the Varsity Volleyball Team for winning the Bull Run District regular season title last week. The Volleyball team ended the season with a 17-3 overall record and 9-1 district record.
Good Luck to the Varsity Volleyball Team tonight when they host George Mason tonight in the Bull Run District Tournament Championship. Game time is 7:00pm so come out and support these ladies in their quest for another trophy.
Congratulations to the Boys Cross Country Team for qualifying for the Region 2B Championships. Zach McLearen was named an All District performer for his 9th place overall finish. This is the 1st time the Boys Team has qualified for the Region in 5 years.
Congratulations to EmmaKate Jenkins for qualifying for the Region 2B Championships. She finished in 14th place overall and was named an All Bull Run District performer.
Kindergarten students and teachers at Madison Primary School, along with community volunteers, once again participated in Read for the Record this year. Children and volunteers across the United States read Quackers, by Liz Wong. Volunteers readers this year included Wetsel Middle School Media Specialist Liz Ford, Deputy Drew Eanes, Assistant Superintendent Cathy Jones, Retired Media Specialist Pam Nelson, Madison County Librarian Bonnie Utz, and Deputy Deb Wine.
Maddison Burgo received a hand painted pair of shoes with her own design for winning the shoe design contest. Art students in Ashleigh Pugh’s class were assigned to create a shoe design and be as creative as they please. When all students shoe designs were collected, they were put on display on the bulletin board for general population to vote for.
- First place: Maddison Burgo
- Second place: Katerina Sheads
- Third place: Ava Jenkins
Students in Wetsel’s MadMinds group were tasked to create a “Spin-off” story from their favorite movie. Participants had to include and identify story elements, as well as, multiple examples of figurative language, but were not given a specific format. Instead, participants were able to choose how they developed and presented their story – screenplays, scene summaries, storyboards, and written narrative. After presenting, “spotlight spin-offs” were selected by fellow participants to be filmed. The first to be in the spotlight is Eighth grader Lydia Decowski. She wrote a backstory to a character from the movie Tangled. You can view her creation on the MadMinds website: https://jmorr92.wixsite.com/madminds/blog
Students in Waverly teacher Lila Azhari-Harris’ class are learning about making inferences. Students become detectives and had to solve cases based on information given to them and make inferences to solve the cases. Students were having a blast and “solved” many cases.
In its eighth year, last Tuesday, the Waverly Yowell Fifth Grade Running Club ran their culminating race at Hoover Ridge. Forty-one students trained for eight weeks for the two mile race. Thank you to Andrew Schmaltz, Cari Lankford, Jeff Tilbe, and Brittany Cash for volunteering and staying after school each week. We are very proud of our students who showed determination and were Waverly STARS.
Last Monday, attorney John Koehler of the Virginia Bar Association's Center for the Rule of Law presented an interactive lecture to all Civics classes at Wetsel Middle School. Mr. Koehler, who works as a clerk on the Virginia State Supreme Court, taught students a little about why the rule of law exists and why it’s so important to the United States. His topics ranged from Justin Bieber to the death penalty which, of course, piqued plenty of student interest. Pictured is Mr. Koehler with WMS Civics Teacher and department head, Matt Resnick.
Supervisor of Food Service Patty Seale requested a new refrigerator and a new freezer for the MCHS cafeteria through the 2018 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grant: Virginia Department of Education – Office of School Nutrition Programs. We thank Patty for her efforts in writing this grant proposal and wish her the best as we await a decision on November 15.
Multiplication Chart of Arrays. Third grade math teachers Brooke Cassady, Melissa Ingram, Ali Allamon, and Abbie Jewett had their students show what they have been learning about multiplication by creating a life-sized multiplication chart made out of arrays. Each student was given a multiplication fact and had to create the array showing the product. Many students got creative with their designs. What a creative way to get students to learn not only their multiplication facts but also what multiplication represents. P.S. They still have a few more to fill in.
The Scholastic Book Fair has been open for business this past week for Wetsel Middle School students. Items on display were sold to students during their English blocks. The fair concluded last Thursday after parent-teacher conferences. Parents and students were encouraged to stop in and purchase a book or two!
Madison Primary's Karen Organ-Lohr has done a phenomenal job of leading the pack in our school-wide commitment to encouraging and recognizing good choices and upstanding character in our students. October 16-22 was National Character Counts! Week and students, faculty, and staff alike showed just how spirited and dedicated we are to making Bucket Fillers out of our littlest Mountaineers.
Congratulations to the Varsity Volleyball team for raising $1500 for Cancer Research at their home game vs Rappahannock on October 10th. The Volleyball team is seen here presenting Ms. Danica Rose, from the UVA Cancer Research Center, with a check at last week’s game vs Strasburg. Great job!
Parent Night. The Home-School Committee at MPS hosted a Word Study Night for parents and a Fall Fun Night for students. Reading Specialist, Jennifer Waldera and Assistant Principal, Jackie Ovalle explained word study to parents while their children enjoyed Halloween Bingo, ate popcorn while watching a Magic School Bus video, and played outside. We appreciate all of the time that was put into planning this family event.
The MCHS PE Department would like to give a shout out to our guys in the maintenance department. Earl Keys, Pete Benson and Don Elswick keep things running for us every day. In particular, Pete and Don worked on lights, washed windows, repaired backboards, retrieved badminton birdies from the ceiling, fixed a broken bleacher, and repaired a leaking pipe in the gym. Things can not stay up and running without our guys.
Mark Arrington's advanced PE class at MCHS finished up their fly fishing unit with a trip to Rose River Farms. The class started the unit working with librarian Rebecca Lavoie and reading A River Runs Through It and then moved to the parking lot where they learned the skills of the fly cast. From there they fished for fake fish on the football field, then to the primary school to practice on the pond there, and eventually to Rose River.
A specials thanks goes to Plow and Hearth for holding a clothing drive. They donated coats, hats, gloves, and pants to Madison Primary and Waverly Yowell Elementary. We appreciate their support in providing clothes to those in need!
The students and staff at Waverly Yowell were in the Halloween spirit. It was amazing to see all of the creativity. The specials team dressed to the theme “Scare away Drugs,” and Cari Lankford’s Fifth grade class got together for their very own Where’s Waldo picture. Teacher Melanie Ellyson and Student Holland Lohr teamed up as Charlotte and her web. Jasper and Cruella Deville were found searching the school for all of the escaped Dalmatians and found them while Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs made an appearance in the Fourth grade classrooms.
The MCHS Drama Department under the direction of Lydia Burk participated in the 2017 VHSL Theatre Competition on Monday, October 23 at Clarke County High School. The performance piece, "The Test", included a series of vignettes about standardized testing. In preparation for this competition, students auditioned for parts, participated in the rehearsal process, designed costumes and sets, and learned how lighting and sound effects aid in creating a production.
Weekly Communication, October 18, 2017
MCHS CTE Teacher RJ Nobblitt’s Introduction to Animal Systems class visited Clay Jackson’s Senterfitt Farm preparing for the Beef Quality Assurance Certification. The students are taking part in the chuteside training portion of the program. The certification covers feeding and nutrition of beef cattle, disease prevention, health care, and cattle management practices. This certification in provided in conjunction with Brad Jarvis, Madison County Extension Agent.
4th Grade had some amazing visitors come by the school on Tuesday. Students got to participate in a Jamestown Presentation where volunteers came and taught the students about Jamestown and they got to participate in hands on activities. Students enjoyed the presentation and asked many awesome questions about Jamestown and other settlements!
MCHS Teacher Ashleigh Pugh’s Art classes had a shoe decorating contest that concluded on Thursday. Here are the winners:
- 1st place: Madison Burgo (Tree with pink, purple, green, and blue background)
- 2nd place: Katerina Sheads (Sun and water with yellow background)
- 3rd place: Ava Jenkins (Blue and white zig zag pattern)
The Marching Mountaineers had outstanding results at this weekend’s Lynchburg Classic achieving second overall.
- Molly Thomas, second place Drum Major
- Percussion, second place
- Color Guard, second place
- Music, second place
- Visual and visual effect, second place
- Visual performance, first place
Pictured are the Band Officers during the Awards ceremony. Front, left to right: Color Guard Captain Emily Hunt, Drum Major Molly Thomas, and Drumline Captain Laura Gallihugh Back, left to right: Brass Captains Hutch Fisher and Kaley Metz, Woodwind Captains Kayla Cunningham and Clare McGhee, Executive Officer Reyann Wintersgill
The Mountaineer’s are repeat champions in the Germanna HS Multi-Copter Race. The Drone Team competed under the direction of Thomas Benns for the second year at the Culpeper Air Fest. Our event is sponsored by Germanna Community College, area schools are given drones to assemble and then complete a 10 lap race. Our drone operator this year is Colin McLain. Team members, Autumn Chasse, Kailey Deane, Hunter Pyle and Sierra Pyle were at the event to cheer Colin on to the victory. Pictured below are the winners with Germanna President Dr. Janet Gullickson.
On Friday, October 13, the WYES community came together to celebrate the end of our Fall 1 School, 1 Book Charlotte's Web. Around 100 people came out to watch the movie, PTO provided concessions, and Wilbur even made an appearance. Even though we had to move the movie to the gym because of all the wet weather, we had a great time!
Congratulations to Makenna Santinga for being named this week’s Mountaineer Athlete of the Week. Makenna had 56 assists and 10 service aces in the Volleyball teams 2 wins last week.
Congratulations to the Varsity Volleyball team for their 2 wins last week over Rappahannock and Clarke County. Madison is now 13-3 overall and 5-1 in the Bull Run District. The Mountaineers are currently tied for 1st place with George Mason.
Volleyball District Standings
George Mason, 6 - 1
Madison County, 5 - 1
Rappahannock, 4 - 2
Clarke County, 3 - 4
Strasburg, 1 - 5
Central, 0 - 6
Governor McAuliffe recognizes October 16-20, 2017, as National School Bus Safety Week and October 18, 2017, as School Bus Transportation Employees Appreciation Day in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Madison’s transportation staff is phenomenal. On average, nine-hundred thirteen (913) students are transported daily by our passionate Madison drivers. A huge THANK YOU for ensuring that our most beloved Mountaineers remain safe!
WMS celebrated the end of the first 9 weeks with our Activity Day. Unfortunately, the weather did impact some of the festivities planned but overall it was a wonderful time had by all. Our students have been working hard and it was a great way to show our appreciation. Students enjoyed dancing in the cafeteria, basketball in the gym, face painting, movie time, and various other indoor activities at the end of the school day. Thank you to all of the staff for pulling together and making sure our students had a great afternoon.
An end of nine-week assembly was held at Waverly Yowell last Friday. Students and staff gathered in the gym and the assembly began with 5th grade student, Anna Decowski, singing the National Anthem. Students were then recognized for showing S.T.A.R. behaviors with over 400 students receiving STAR forms throughout the nine weeks. 5th grader Elias Kilby and 3rd grader Caleb Dodson were chosen to compete in Minute to Win It games against 3rd grade teacher Brooke Cassady and 5th grade teacher Cari Lankford.
Recognition was also given for the following:
- perfect attendance
- 5th grade running club
- Going the Extra Mile Handwriting Award
- Camp Unakite
- Top STAR classes for Specials
- Library award for top class circulating class
Students at Madison Primary School were treated to a wonderful performance by members of the Virginia Repertory Theater this past Friday. The play focused on “bucket filling” behavior, and folded in nicely with our VTSS Tier 1 behavioral expectations. Thanks to our VTSS committee for pulling the show together. The students loved it!!
Safety Patrol. The safety patrol is out and about at Madison Primary! They are posted in various places each morning with Bucket Slips in hand. During their watch, they look for students who are following school rules and reward them with a slip. We certainly appreciate their support praising the school-wide expectations. Second grade students are selected to have this job and are recognized at assemblies. Pictured are the students being announced and receiving their vests at the Friday assembly and Safety Patrol monitor, Thea Lewis, at her post.
Parents of MCHS seniors were able to meet with Dr. Karen Bucher from Shenandoah University to talk about college financial aid, scholarships, and the FAFSA process. Dr. Bucher is the Director in the financial aid office at Shenandoah and she shared valuable information to parents to help them navigate this necessary process. MCHS counselors Celinda Bailey and Tori Knighton organized this event to help our students and parents.
This year Homecoming 2017 was set up to encourage competition between classes. This was done by having competitions throughout the week of homecoming to enhance student participation and win the Spirit Week Championship. In addition to daily "best dressed" competitions there were Penny Wars, Hallway decorations, and the pep rally spirit stick winner. Each event would give the classes points towards an overall score to be calculated at the end of the week. Thanks to our amazing students we raised over $500 with Penny Wars to donate for meals for our community. The dance as a great way for the students to unwind and have fun with their classmates. This year, with help from Laura Burbridge (for the idea) and Principal Gary Wintersgill (for the set up) a balloon drop was arranged for the announcement of the homecoming King. It was a big success with the students. Many thanks to teachers Krista Tanner and Brandy Nesbitt and the class sponsors with organizing these events.
- Freshman: Hannah Coffey and Austin Bascom
- Sophomores: Kaylan Campbell and Maleek Butler
- Juniors: Lane Fox and Elijah Lewis
- Senior nominees for Homecoming King: Kobi Alexander, Luke Herrman, and Alex Park
- Senior nominees for homecoming Queen: Samantha Estes, Summer Fant, and Ashley Haines
- HOMECOMING KING: Hunter Smith
- HOMECOMING QUEEN: Amaya Alther
Media Specialist Patty Butterworth and Instructional assistants Carrie Wintersgill, Bonnie Lange, and Tammy Hicks have been working hard to screen students, create welcoming learning spaces (aka "Clubhouses"), and effectively kick off interventions using SIPPS and Foundations while our little learners at MPS are enthusiastic about reading and writing in their new small groups. One excited student exclaimed, "Thanks so much for letting me do this! I love it!" Way to go, ladies!
Wetsel Middle School students in all English classes presented quarter projects this past week. Students were expected to read a book of their choice and create either a book jacket, book trailer, character’s social media, character interview, graphic novel, 3D plot diagram/story elements display, yearbook, book advertisement campaign, travel brochure, or research a major historical event. Below are a few examples of some students presenting their projects.
Weekly Communication, October 11, 2017
Madison County Governor’s School Students Attend Tech Tour. Hundreds of students in central Virginia got to step into their futures Tuesday as part of an event from Charlottesville Business Innovation Council. Great coverage of our amazing students Thea Robertson, Jerica Cropp and Olivia Young on NBC 29!
Erika Moritz’s Geometry class is taking the seat work to feet work seriously! Here they are on the blacktop drawing two lines intersected by the transversal and then following directions and placing their feet in the correct position to match the vertical angles, corresponding angles, alternate interior angles, alternate exterior angles, and consecutive interior angles!
MCHS Business Law students completed a field trip to Madison Circuit Court on September 27. Students observed various types of hearings in criminal and civil cases. They also got to tour the courthouse and holding area. Judge Daniel R. Bouton spoke at length to the students about his experience on the bench and the importance of avoiding alcohol and drugs, since these play a role in almost every case that comes before him. Commonwealth's Attorney Clarissa Berry then visited the classroom to discuss the cases with students and help them create news reports about the day.
Kickball for a Cause. In its third year, Madison Strong held its annual kickball game to raise canned goods for the MESA food pantry. Staff members broke into teams to play one another in kickball with others watching as fans. It was a great time of camaraderie for all. Organizers included: Marty Ward, Gail Temple, and Martha Clements.
Reptile World. On Tuesday, October 3, the fourth grade students at WYES had an opportunity to meet an interesting selection of live, large, colorful, and gentle reptiles from all over the world. Students enjoyed discovering what reptiles are, what makes them different from birds and mammals, and how important they are in our environment. Some of the reptiles included in the program were:
- An Alligator Snapping Turtle
- A tropical lizard from South America or Africa
- An American or Chinese Alligator
- An African or Asian Crocodile
- The Mexican Milksnake
- A young adult Boa Constrictor or Anaconda
- A beautiful Indian rock python; and several other fascinating snakes (4 pics)
Senior Haley Lamb has for the second month been named "Student of the Month" in alternative education and won a gift card. She is providing community service at Waverly by helping exceptional needs students. Great job!
A big shout out to Head Football Coach Chandler Rhoads for reigniting a tradition of a Homecoming Bonfire. The Bonfire was well received by the many students, teachers and community members that came out to watch.
Congratulations to Christian Rosado for being named Mountaineer Athlete of the Week. Christian had 2 interceptions on the night including one that he returned 28 yards for a touchdown in our 55-7 win over Nelson County.
Congratulations to the Varsity Volleyball team for their wins last week over George Mason and Strasburg. The girls are now 11-3 overall and 3-1 in the Bull Run District. They are currently in a 3 way tie for 1st place in the district.
Madison’s CTE simulated workplace initiative was highlighted at the Virginia Association of Career and Technical Education Administrators Annual Conference. Director of Administration Tina Weaver and MCHS Assistant Principal Jason Allison facilitated an hour presentation discussing the journey. Attendees received resources and an invitation to visit the simulated classrooms.
Hurricane Relief. For the past few weeks, Madison Primary students have been collecting coins for hurricane relief. At Friday’s afternoon assembly, Principal Mike Coiner told the students that they collected $657!! Bill Brent, a representative from the Red Cross, was presented with a check for hurricane relief. He explained how the American Red Cross using donations. For example, this was enough money to fill a tractor trailer with food. The students were so proud of themselves for helping with this initiative.
Kindergarten students at Madison Primary School have been learning about community helpers for the past week, and very much enjoyed dressing up for “Community Helper Day”. As you might surmise from the photographs, Deputies and Police Officers were quite popular!
Huge thanks to the Lions Club for coming to MPS last week to hold vision screenings for our little ones. Friends from Jennifer Taylor's pre-k class and some of Beth Dickey's kindergarten friends show off their Lions Club bookmarks for completing their screenings.
Dictionary Day. Last Friday, the Mickelberry family visited the third graders for the annual Dictionary Day. Each student received his/her own copy of The Best Dictionary for Students. The Mickelberrys have visiting Waverly for the past twelve years distributing dictionaries and giving some wonderful advice to students regarding the importance of using a dictionary even in this age of technology. Students will be using their books this week to complete a variety of activities in class and then the books will go home.
October is ADHD Awareness Month! This year, the Attention Deficit Association is rallying around the theme: “Knowing is better.” They're right; knowing IS better! And teachers who understand how to make classrooms and curricula accessible to students with ADHD are key to ensuring positive learning experiences for all students. Parents also need support and resources for their child. For your ADHD free starter kit, go to https://add.org/adhd-awareness/
The Ladies in Pink: The MCHS Volleyball Team defeated Rappahannock 3-1 in this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Game.
The MCHS Newspaper Staff headed northbound to visit the nation's capitol and explore the history of journalism and photography at the Newseum, before exploring the national mall and the capitol's monuments. Students had the opportunity to view exhibits explaining the journalistic techniques surrounding the coverage of some of our country's most traumatic events: September 11, the Boston Marathon bombing, and even got to see the Unabomber's shack that was found in the wilderness of Montana. Other exhibits include the history of journalism surrounding Germany's Berlin Wall-- part of which is housed in the museum, a seasonal exhibit on Jackie Kennedy, stations where students could broadcast their own news, and walls worth of moving and captivating Pulitzer Prize winning photography. While a fun and educational time was had by all, students were back in the classroom the next day and hard at work to put out the second issue of The Mountaineer!
A new club was established this year at Wetsel Middle School under the guidance of Donald Farnam, Transportation Director. The Drone Club is being offered to 8th graders with an emphasis on safety and basic flying procedures. Students have researched laws associated with drone use as well as employment opportunities in the future. Last week students were able to take the drones out for their first test drive. In the months to come students will learn advanced flying techniques and experiment with obstacle courses.
Weekly Communication, October 4, 2017
Madison’s 2017 graduating class remained competitive with public school Virginia averages and outperformed the nation on the SAT.
- Madison’s mean score of 556 on the reading and writing section was 2 points lower than Virginia and 29 points higher than the national average.
- Madison’s mean score in mathematics of 531 was 7 points lower than Virginia’s average and 14 points higher than the national average.
- Madison’s total mean score of 1087 was near Virginia’s 1095 average and significantly higher than 1044 national average (42 points)
Gena Keller of the Department of Education visited MCHS this week to observe students in both Building Trades and CNA classes. She was impressed with our students and teachers Travis Knight and Jackie Kemp. Last week, the state Board of Education noted Madison’s effort in both CTE and innovation.
Please mark the dates as we come together to fight breast cancer by wearing PINK as one family.
- Tuesday, October 10 is the Volleyball Breast Cancer Awareness game.
- Friday, October 20 is the Football Breast Cancer Awareness game.
Madison goes PINK for our mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, nieces, and friends. Please consider wearing PINK these days. And certainly, do what you can to promote students, families, and community to do the same!
Congratulations to Elijah Lewis for being named Mountaineer Athlete of the Week. Elijah ran for two touchdowns and threw for 2 more in Friday’s win over Rappahannock.
Congratulations to Coach Chandler Rhoads and the Varsity Football team for getting their 1st win of the season Friday night against Rappahannock. The team will go for their second straight win on Friday night against Nelson County in our Homecoming game.
Congratulations to Gaines Swink for earning All Region 2B Honors in Golf. Gaines shot a 78 in the Region Championship match finishing in 6th place. He missed qualifying for the VHSL State Tournament by 1 stroke.
A shout-out to the dynamic duo in Wetsel’s front office – the team of Amanda Reynolds and Vickie Lewis are a positive, smiling force that keeps the school running. Thank you for all your hard work!
Name Change. Wetsel congratulates the previous “Miss Basile” /new “Mrs. Spurlock”!!! Students and staff are thrilled to have her back and have welcomed her with some new classroom door decorations!
Word Study. On Friday, Madison Primary School teachers had professional development about Word Study, which addresses phonics, vocabulary, and spelling instruction. They learned how to group students, what sorts to use in the classroom, how small group instruction would look, and how to assess spelling. There was time to make activities to use in the classroom as well. A special thank you goes to Reading Specialist Jennifer Waldera for organizing this event and to Principal Mike Coiner for incorporating this program into the literacy instruction. Pictured are students, Bentley Atkins and Timothy Champ, from Martha Clement’s class playing one of the games she created.
MPS students in Martha Clements' and Janice Sekely's first grade classrooms are making big moves in math with human-sized part-part whole mats. Not only are they working together to manipulate and visualize number problems, they're able to explain their process & thinking using mathematical terminology. Awesome job, ladies!
Cafeteria Workers Lauren Eanes and Cathy Seale coordinated their outfits to kick off Spirit Week with Matching Monday.
With scissors, markers, and glue in hand, MCHS teachers spent Friday afternoon participating in the “imagine phase” of the PBL Professional Development led by Jason Allison. Their time, energy, and positivity were much appreciated!
MCHS Art 2, 3, and 4 went went on a field trip to Woodberry Forest School. Art teacher Ashleigh Pugh arranged with Trish Crowe, head of Firnew Farm, which is a group of artists in the local area to meet with some artists who were available to have a gallery tour of their work that was being displayed at the Walker Fine Arts Center on Woodberry's campus. There were many artists who were there to interact with the eager students to talk about their artwork for their themed show, A Room with a View.
Weekly Communication, September 27, 2017
The CTE Advisory committee met, Wednesday night, September 20 in the nursing classroom. Class enrollments, Work Based Learning updates and Professional Development in the CTE department were shared with the group. MCHS Assistant Principal Jason Allison updated the committee on the second year - implementation phase of the High School Innovation Grant. The meeting ended with a tour of the new hydroponic greenhouse by MCHS teacher RJ Nobblitt. The first plants, arugula, are in the second phase of the grow cycle. Fresh herbs are in the first phase. Plants are ready to harvest once they finish the third cycle.
Thanks to the brilliant minds of the third grade team, WYES staff and students will be painting their own unique "star" rock to go along with the theme "WYES ROCK STARS". To kick off the idea, interested staff will be attending a rock painting party held after school on Tuesday, September 26. These rocks will serve as examples for our students. At the completion of the project, all rocks will be spray coated and put on display outside of Waverly.
On Friday, September 15th, WMS held a Back to School Dance sponsored by the Yearbook Club. The students danced the night away, not really, it was a typical middle school dance with most of the boys on one side of the cafeteria and girls on the other. The students did have a good time listening to music and socializing. Thank you very much to Instructional Assistant Pattie Smith and Teacher Mary Beth Artale for organizing the event.
Last week, Waverly students and teachers participated in an after school kickball game. Students had fun playing with their friends and against their teachers.
The MCHS football area received a “sprucing up” for homecoming preparations. Earl Keys, Don Elswick, and Pete Benson pressure washed the bleachers, repaired an air conditioning compressor, and rehabilitated the public restrooms with new fixtures, doors, and paint.
Please mark the dates as we come together to fight breast cancer by wearing PINK as one family.
- Tuesday, October 10 is the Volleyball Breast Cancer Awareness game.
- Friday, October 20 is the Football Breast Cancer Awareness game.
Madison goes PINK for our mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, nieces, and friends. Please consider wearing PINK these days. And certainly, do what you can to promote students, families, and community to do the same!
Congratulations to Emily Gohn and Zach McLearen for being named Mountaineer Athletes of the Week. Emily finished 9th overall in last weeks Cross Country meet with Orange and Clarke County in a personal best time of 25:31. Zach finished 3rd overall in the boys race in a time of 18:36.
Waverly Yowell librarian, Rebecca Jasman, is challenging her students to think outside the box. In correlation with our One Book One School book, Charlotte’s Web, Mrs. Jasman has groups of students creating Wilbur’s pigpen using the following items: 10 popsicle sticks, 5 rubber bands, and one piece of paper. The activity started with students listing all of the places where Wilbur lived throughout the book and lead in to this challenging activity. Students had eight minutes to use the materials to create a pigpen. Students were very engaged and worked down to the last second. Creations were presented to the class with students explaining their thought process. What a unique way to incorporate STEM into literacy.
Kindergarten students at Madison Primary School enjoyed a visit to Carter’s Mountain to pick apples this past Thursday. Students thoroughly enjoyed their trip. Jeannette Michels’s class enjoyed the expansive view of Charlottesville and apparently demonstrated incredible vision. One claimed to have seen our school from the mountaintop, while another was sure that she saw Florida! The second picture is a good visual representation of the trip’s success.
Team Planning Days. Team planning days have begun again this year. Monday was the first one at the Primary. Grade level teams had the opportunity to work on math units, align assessments because of the new crossover year, prepare for Mountaineer Time (math remediation), discuss word study, and prepare other grade level activities. First grade teacher, Stephanie Goering, even had goodies for her team. Going along with the chocolate theme from the beginning of the year, she got candy, cookies, and hot chocolate that was made by the Nestle, Hershey, Mrs. Fields, and Mars. There was something for everyone and it made working more fun.
Congratulations to Gaines Swink who shot an 18 hole round of 80 yesterday at the Bull Run District Golf Championship at Bryce Resort Golf Club. Gaines tied for the overall lead and finished 3rd after a playoff. The round of 80 was good enough to earn Gaines All Bull Run District Honors and qualifies him for the Region 2B Championship on Monday at Heritage Oaks Golf Course in Harrisonburg.
Spanish II students at MCHS explored city life by completing a mini-town in the center of their classroom under the guidance of Sra. Jenette Reyes. Each student contributed one building in the classroom replication of Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. The students researched the layout of Santo Domingo, common city street names, the history and background of the country, and points of interest. The buildings are replicas of real-life stores in Santo Domingo and are decorated and labeled in Spanish with relevant and recognizable items.
It was all hands on deck as Pre-K teachers, Jennifer Taylor and Susan Estes, were PALS testing at Madison Primary School this week. Reading Specialist, Jennifer Waldera, taught a fun and engaging rhyming lesson while retired MPS teacher, Cindy Pattie, helped students make cows that jumped over the moon. Way to make even testing a fun and educational time for kids!
Five MCHS students received the following rewards for their participation in the Constitution Day Poster Contest: a medal, certificate, a pocket size Constitution and a copy of the VA Constitution. Award recipients are (from left to right) Sara Weaver, Brooke O’Brien, Marianna Herrera, Summer Fant, and Brandon Boyd (not pictured).
Wetsel teachers, Kim Adams and Brynn Welch, collaborated on a transfer of energy lab. Students designed "ovens" using light bulbs and aluminum foil. The ovens that trapped the most thermal energy had melted cheese on tortilla chips. At the end, students mapped out the energy transformation from plugging in the light (electrical) to the nachos in their bellies (chemical).
Congratulations to MCHS teachers Sharon Taylor and Shannon Johnston who were recognized by w!se with the Gold Star Teacher Award in Financial Literacy. Teachers can only be considered for this award by achieving a 93% pass rate in at least one of their classes on either the Fall or Spring 2017 w!se Financial Literacy Certification Test.
Recently, MCHS band students Molly Thomas, Reyann Wintersgill, Austin Angles, and Jonathan Keys traveled to JMU to attend their annual Band Day. They spent the day with the JMU Marching Royal Dukes, attended the game day rehearsal, rehearsed with section leaders and staff, had lunch and campus tours, and to top it off - performed at halftime with the the Marching Royal Dukes!
Weekly Communication, September 20, 2017
Madison County High School named one of 232 national Blue Star Schools for 2016-2017 based on results of the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification test. 112 MCHS students are now certified with a 91.8% pass rate. 10 students were recognized as w!se scholars for scoring a 96 or above. 232 High Schools across the United States were recognized. This is no small feat. We are truly proud of our students’ accomplishment and are equally proud of our teachers teachers who helped them become Certified Financially Literate™: Shannon Johnston, Cheryl Paramore, and Sharon Taylor.
Students at Madison Primary School are starting the year by remembering how to be responsible, safe, and respectful. As a part of our VTSS plan, students earn a bucket slip when they do good deeds for others. Those slips go into a big bucket with their name, and they have a chance to win some fantastic prizes. Our first t-shirt winners of the year were selected on Friday. Pictured are “bucket fillers” Ivy Slaby, Layla Roach, and Cymphony Toliver.
Julie Heffron’s Chemistry students completed a flame test lab. Prior to the lab the safety procedures were gone over, the wire loop must be cleaned in the flame to remove any unwanted chemicals. 15 chemical compounds were tested for flame color. Pictured first is potassium chloride and the flame is purple, the second picture is strontium chloride hexahydrate is red.
Wetsel Middle School has launched a new enrichment initiative called MadMinds. The two groups meet twice a week and take part in a variety of extension activities. Over the past two weeks the focus has been developing “civil discourse” through analysis and debate on post-9/11 airport security measures vs. civil liberties. We look forward to seeing what these “MadMinds” will come up with throughout the school year. To keep up-to-date with these students, click on the site: https://jmorr92.wixsite.com/madminds
Safety procedures are vital to learn in classrooms and on buses. Bus riders must be familiar with emergency evacuation. Josh Clatterbuck, mechanic and emergency driver, led bus drivers and students through the rear emergency exit during September. Drills are conducted twice during the school year.
Congratulations to Jamar Turner for being named this week’s Mountaineer Athlete of the Week. Jamar scored 2 touchdowns in Friday’s game at Fluvanna. He scored a defensive touchdown when he picked up a fumble and returned it 64 yards for a score and also scored an offensive touchdown with a 42 yard run. For the game Jamar had 161 yards rushing.
A big thanks to Dick’s Sporting Goods in Charlottesville for donating a dozen pair of cleats to our football team.
Waverly Yowell Elementary School students participated in a fundraiser to collect items to send to a school is Texas that was affected by Hurricane Harvey. We are proud to announce that we will be sending their school 17 boxes of supplies, books, and games our students brought in for them!
Everybody Wins! is a school-community partnership between students in third grade at Waverly Yowell and community members. The program was started last year by Marty Ward and Jackie Ovalle in partnership with the Madison County Education Foundation. This year, the program has grown to include over 20 students and community members. The community members come in to eat lunch with their third grade reader and they read to the students. The students build relationships with these adults and learn that learning and reading is a lifelong adventure.
33 students met with the Virginia Tech representative to learn how to become a Hokie!
This week Waverly Yowell's third grade students enjoyed a field trip to Shenandoah National Park! Our young scientists not only explored and collected data on living things found in the park, but also played interactive games, hiked trails and visited the Big Meadow area, all while learning about plant and animal adaptations. We saw millipedes, milkweed, salamanders, and much more, but our favorite was the Jack-O-Lantern mushroom that actually glows at night! We ended our adventure with lunch in the picnic area! A fantastic day was had by all!
Students are staying active in 2nd grade at Madison Primary. They went bowling for math equations in Maci Dyer's class, used a human-size number line to act out subtraction problems in Molly Walter's, and are even becoming politically active in Stephanie Utz's classroom. Way to make learning meaningful and engaging!
Thanks to the MCHS counseling team with Celinda Bailey, Torie Knighton and Karen Teal. They are raising awareness with social media and how it should be used appropriately. The message is to “THINK” before you send. A great message for everyone using social media.
Index Card Challenge. Second grade students were challenged during STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) this week. Art teacher, Danelle Nutter, gave groups of children 30 index cards and one piece of tape. The students had to work together to build the tallest tower with just those materials. They began by brainstorming and deciding which idea to use. The students did a great job during the activity because everyone found a way to participate and help their team. Pictured are students from Maci Dyer’s second grade class. You can see how creative they were with their limited resources.
Students at WMS have began a fundraiser to help students affected by Hurricane Harvey. The initiative has been incorporated into our MadConnects Program under the direction of Instructional Coach Jared Morris. School supplies and monetary donations will be provided to a school in south Houston. We plan to continue communication and build a lasting relationship with the school. Kudos to our students for bringing this worthy cause to our guidance department. Madison Pride is alive and well in our young Mountaineers.
Please mark the dates as we come together to fight breast cancer by wearing PINK as one family.
- Tuesday, October 10 is the Volleyball Breast Cancer Awareness game.
- Friday, October 20 is the Football Breast Cancer Awareness game.
Madison goes PINK for our mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, nieces, and friends. Please consider wearing PINK these days. And certainly, do what you can to promote students, families, and community to do the same!
Weekly Communication, September 13, 2017
Madison County Public Schools received its third $25,000 Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports grant for work with Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support. Heidi Lohr, Supervisor of Student Services, and Casey Stanton, Behavioral Intervention Specialist, lead the division process. Awarded funds will be used for professional development, student incentives, and materials. Madison’s tiered supports include behavior, academics, mental health, and attendance.
For their its first Family Library Night, WYES kicked off reading Charlotte's Web. Madison 4-H families came with their project animals to provide a petting zoo and a farm atmosphere. We had a goat, a calf, chickens, rabbits, a lamb, and even Wilbur and Charlotte made an appearance. After the families enjoyed spending time with the animals, they settled on the grass to enjoy reading their books that they got that afternoon. We had a great time on the farm!
Congratulations to Eli Estes and Connor Hughes for participating in the 1st Bass Nation High School State Qualifying fishing tournament. With their catches, they are now qualified to the Bass Nation State Fishing Tournament.
Maintenance Supervisor Earl Keys and Don Elswick complete the installation of the evaporative cooling system at the MCHS hydroponic greenhouse. The greenhouse is near completion and will be ready to begin full scale business soon. A test plot of greens shows the environment to be perfect for growing!
The Wetsel Middle School LIbrary Media Center not only has a new face at the helm (Liz Ford), but also has a whole new look. Mrs. Ford has created wonderful community learning space where students feel comfortable and ready to collaborate. Pictured here are larger-than-life Madison-esque wall art produced by local photographer John Berry.
Students of all ages at Madison Primary were captivated during Danelle Nutter's STEAM projects. Kindergarteners built houses to save their pigs from the Big Bad Wolf (played by Kim Coates) while 1st and 2nd grades built giant marble mazes. Fantastic job creating projects that are both educational and highly engaging, Mrs. Nutter!
Waverly Yowell Elementary started its new STAR time on Monday. This time is used for remediation and enrichment on specific skills to help reach the needs of all students. During this time, teachers offer a class specifically for gifted and talented students to offer specially designed curriculum in order to meet their needs. Below are a couple of pictures of students during our first STAR time.
- Upgraded bandwidth from shared 500 mbps to 1gbps between SBO, MCHS, WMS, and MPS
- Upgraded bandwidth from 100mbps tunnel to 500mbps tunnel at WYES
- Deployed 270 Chromebooks to WYES
- Deployed new staff laptops to WYES
- Provided new take home chromebooks for WMS science class
- Installed new projectors at MPS and WMS (Science and Math)
- Upgraded wireless network controller
- Deployed new ADA compliant website
- Upgraded PowerSchool server to newest release
- Since start of school, completed over 500 tech requests
- Launched new tech website to contain new content and updated to new Google Sites platform
- Bidded out recycled inventory and received offers for dated technology. Depending on machine status, reward will be anywhere from $20,000 - $50,000
- Special thanks to Jessica Deboer and Shawn McDonough for helping get the school started smoothly
- Special thanks to Kellie Mason for piloting PowerTeacher Pro
Waverly kicked off its fall One School One Book last week for the book Charlotte’s Web. Students and staff decorated their doors with a farm theme and included one word to describe their rooms. The doors were judged on Friday. The guest judges included Delegate Nick Freitas, Assistant Superintendent Cathy Jones, Superintendent Matt Eberhardt, Director of Administration Tina Weaver, and Karen Allen. After the judging they enjoyed a fabulous country lunch. The winners of the door decorating were first Place - Main Office and Jeff Tilbe, second place Rebecca Bader, and third place Ali Allamon.
Congratulations to the Middle School, JV and Varsity Volleyball teams on their excellent start to the season. The Middle School team is currently 3-1, the JV team is 6-0 and the Varsity team is 5-1. Keep up the good work ladies.
Congratulations to EmmaKate Jenkins on being named this week’s Mountaineer Athlete of the Week. EmmaKate finished 7th out of 84 runners at the Eastern Mennonite Invitational on Saturday.
Congratulations to the Middle School Cross Country teams for beating Luray and Page last week. Abell Hodkinson finished 3rd overall in the boys race and Leah Henshaw finished 2nd overall in the girls race.
Coin Drive. Students at Madison Primary School are doing their part to assist with hurricane relief. School Counselor, Karen Organ-Lohr, initiated a coin collection. Students are filling a jug with coins to assist the American Red Cross. The money will help purchase items such as food, diapers, and toothpaste. Tayler Engelhardt’s second grade class wanted to help in another way, as well. In an effort to encourage children to donate to this cause, they created posters and hung them around the school. Pictured is first grader, David Proffitt holding up his bag of coins. After finding Texas on the map, he said "I'm going to fill people’s buckets all the way in Texas today.”
Misty Kolb and Lindsey Dame, 6th grade History teachers, teamed up for an Archaeology Day allowing students to build Dream Catchers and hunt for Pre-Columbian artifacts. It was a cool way for students to learn about Native American cultures, collaborate, and be creative. The event was designed to take place outside but the rain made it necessary to use Plan B. Kudos to both teachers for designing the lesson and not panicking when the weather did not cooperate.
Our Madison County librarian, Bonnie Utz, visited Madison Primary School on Friday, and presented three lucky students with their very own tablets! At the end of last year, Mrs. Utz challenged our students to read over the summer, and promised that those who read the most at each grade would be awarded this awesome prize. Our winners were; Kindergarten student Alexander Weimer-King, 1st Grade student Austin Lukachik, and 2nd Grade student Miranda McDaniel.
Wetsel Middle School students have been hard at work selling items for the school fundraiser. It has become quite the competition for students to earn baby chick key chains for incentives! This student may just have everyone!
Seniors at MCHS and their parents attended a college application program at MCHS last week. Counselors, Celinda Bailey and Torie Knighton presented an overview of how to apply for colleges and shared the important timelines for their children. Topics included how to choose the right school, how to apply, when to apply and how to look for scholarships. This is the first meeting for parents; the next will be coming soon on the financial aid application.
Weekly Communication, September 6, 2017
MCPS Teacher Named 2017 Conservation Educator of the Year for the Culpeper Soil & Water Conservation District. Kim Adams was named on August 30, 2017 as the 2017 Conservation Educator of the Year by the Culpeper Soil & Water Conservation District. Adams teaches sixth grade science at William Wetsel Middle School.
“Kim's participation last year and leadership this year had a tremendous impact upon her teaching and learning,” according to Director of Administration Tina Weaver.
According to the Virginia Soil & Water Conservation Districts “(t)he purpose of the Teacher of the Year contest is to recognize the outstanding conservation education efforts of Virginia’s teachers.” Adams will go on to state consideration as the Culpeper nominee.
Stephanie DeNicola-Turner, the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation Education/Information Coordinator is excited about Adams’ recognition and the importance of this award. “Kim contacted me the summer before she started at Wetsel, eager to connect her students to the outdoors. Since that first meeting, Kim constantly sought to improve her own environmental education so that she can share her enthusiasm for the Chesapeake Bay with her students. Each year we build on ideas with new student activities, professional development opportunities and grant writing.”
Adams said, "The Chesapeake Bay trip was one of the best educational experiences I have had. We learned a lot and got a lot of hands on experience." Prior, Adams was named the Madison County Public Schools Teacher of the Year in May 2017.
As part of Mark Arrington's physical education class, students use pedometers and gain play money with their steps. They use this money to pay bills in a semester long Cost of Living project to give them an idea of financial planning as an adult. MCHS would like to thank Megan Jackson of Wells Fargo Bank for donating checkbook registers to students to use for this project.
This week, WYES is kicking off our Fall One-School-One Book. Faculty, Staff, and students will be enjoying farm-themed activities leading up to our Family Library Night where students will start reading Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. Waverly will be decorating classroom doors, dressing like our favorite farm animal or a farmer, and reading. Doors will be judged on Friday, September 8 with the winning classroom enjoying donuts. During our Family Library Night, families will be on the hill overlooking our softball field enjoying farm animals from the Madison 4-H families and reading together as a community. We are all excited about this book!
Madison Primary School would like to welcome our new School Nurse Cassandra Gore. She has been a fabulous addition to our MPS family and has quickly become familiar with the highlights of being a nurse for primary aged children. One thing you quickly learn is that young children are naturally curious. When asked how her first day was Cassandra replied, “Well, I saw half of the students today and I expect to see the other half tomorrow.” Welcome, Cassandra!
Student Support for Texas. MCHS student Brandon Boyd (who hails from Texas) arrived to school last week flying the Texas flag on his truck to show support for Texas and those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Many MCPS efforts are underway to help with hurricane relief.
Students in Brynn Welch’s 7th Grade Science class are working hard on a PBL project. Students are researching and designing Biomes. These students are doing their preliminary research.
MCHS Career & Technical Education Teachers participated in professional development activities with national expert and advisor Scott Nash of Nash Consulting. CTE teachers received Simulated Workplace training that align with the six pillar components of the program.
Congratulations to Allie Burbridge for being named Mountaineer Athlete of the Week. Allie had 22 kills in the volleyball teams with two wins last week over Page County and Orange County.
Congratulations to Zach McLearen for finishing 29th overall out of 140 runners at the Ragged Mountain Cup relays last Wednesday at Panorama Farms.
Eighth grade students in Kellie Mason’s class are working with nonfiction text. Students read articles about current events and use graphic organizers, such as the one below, to identify the main idea and supporting details. Students are connecting well with the reading material as it relates to their lives now and in the future.
Beth Dickey's Kindergarten class has superhero behavior! Using superhero capes as positive reinforcement for being Responsible, Safe, and Respectful, Mrs. Dickey has put a fun and engaging spin on PBIS in her classroom.
Waverly Yowell Elementary School is currently doing a fundraiser to support those impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. The school teamed up with three classrooms at a school in Houston to donate supplies to help them restock their classroom. Each grade level is adopting one classroom and students are bringing supplies in to help these students. We are excited to help and encouraging students to be aware of current events and realizing they can make a difference.
Kaleigh Tyler is all smiles by her teacher Travis Knight. She is one of many Madison County High School students selected after interviews by School Board Member Bob Chappell, Community Member Danny Crigler, and Instructional Coach Jayne Penn-Hollar to act as a project manager. The process and position are part of the CTE Simulated Workplace Innovation Grant. Kaleigh stated, “To me, this means being a leader for the class representing Building Trades II proudly.” Congratulations to all!
PALS and MAP Testing are underway at the Primary. This data will be used to differentiate instruction in the classroom and determine which students are in need of Tier 2 and Tier 3 services. Thanks to everyone for helping and being flexible during this time.
Krista Tanner’s 3rd Block Life Skills class has spent the first three weeks of school learning about our roles and responsibilities as students of MCHS. and learn how to be examples to others when it comes to taking care of our MCHS community. The class researched a problem area and collaborated with Supervisor of Maintenance Earl Keys, Principal Gary Wintersgill, and Teacher Chandler Rhoads. The area in front on the restrooms at the football/baseball fields was selected to address. Students pulled weeds, trimmed bushes, raked, picked up trash, and spread mulch. Student comments on what they learned included: “Teamwork” “ Problem Solving” “Even the small things make big differences” “Pride” “A sense of Responsibility”
Julie Heffron’s Chemistry students are completing labs on physical and chemical changes. Student’s followed detailed instructions on each part of the lab and recorded all of their results. Chemicals involved included: sodium chloride, silver nitrate solution, magnesium ribbon, hydrochloric acid solution, and copper sulfate pentahydrate.
Weekly Communication, August 30, 2017
Preschool students at Madison Primary School performed a rousing rendition of Brown Bear on Tuesday. This is a cute little story that highlights animals and colors. Both morning and afternoon classes participated, and their cuteness was undeniable!
MAP Testing. Over the past two weeks, Waverly students have been taking their reading and math MAP assessments. Teachers will be using these scores along with various other data tools to begin planning for STAR Time which will begin September 11.
Over the summer, Wetsel Middle School students and staff came in to update Show Your Blue posters for all areas of the school. Show your blue is the behavior side of the Virginia Tiered System of Supports used at Wetsel. Parents and students have enjoyed the new wall decor!
Photographer, John Berry, taught the MCHS Newspaper and Yearbook classes this week how to use the class cameras to get the best photographs in the hallways, in the gym and on the athletic fields. He then went over all the tricks of the latest Photoshop program on their new Mac computers, including how to remove an unwanted item from a picture and automatically replaces it with the surrounding background! Look for great pictures in the newspaper and the 2018 MAHI.
Devin Milbourne’s Science class is playing the role of mama chicken. Thanks to Savannah Brown and her family for providing eggs and incubator, the students are watching and analyzing the process from egg incubation to hatchlings. Over the next twenty-one days, students will discuss the development until the little fuzzy feathered chicks arrive.
STAR Time. This year Waverly Yowell has implemented STAR time. During STAR time, students will receive remediation or enrichment instruction based on analysis of data. STAR time allows all students to receive tier 1 instruction without interruption in their academic blocks. During this daily allotted time, all staff is utilized to provide appropriate instruction. This time also allows gifted students to participate in a gifted class in order to receive higher level enrichment activities.
WMS Staff show their support for the Primary Color Week. Mountaineer Pride!
Computer Lab. Carrie Wintersgill has been busy preparing for math instruction in the computer lab. Every year, her goal is to support what is happening in the classroom. Because of a math crossover year, she has looked at the new pacing guides, collaborated with Instructional Coach, Jessi Almas, and spoken to teachers. After gathering this information, she has created a scope and sequence of math instruction for our computer resource time. We appreciate all of the work she has done to support the teachers and students.
Martha Clements and Jarratt Caldwell are just a couple of the extraordinary teachers at Madison Primary School using interactive anchor charts to promote VTSS. These are excellent tools for teaching both behavioral and academic skills and provide a constant visual for students to reference. Way to keep classroom management on point, ladies!
This week, MCHS Principal, Gary Wintersgill and Assistant Principal, Jeanette Alexander worked with the students in Thomas Benns’ 3D Modeling class. The class is working on a PBL activity to repurpose the drivers ed tower in the back parking lot. The project began with an information seeking session with administration to get the history, use, and future plans for the structure. From this students will collaborate to plan possible uses for the building including costs for any work that would be needed.
MCHS Milestone! This summer, the MCHS Forensics team participated in Nationals for the 20th consecutive year. They were recognized by the organizers of the competition.
Waverly Yowell Elementary School student, Sean Hertzler, taught himself to play the piano over the summer. With his amazing memory, he memorized Beethoven’s Fur Elise! Attached is a short clip of the three minute long song he played by memory!
Weekly Communication, August 23, 2017
MCHS students and staff joined together to observe the solar eclipse on Monday. Earth Science teachers David Matchen and Michael Gabany provided students the week prior with science facts and information on the sun and details of the event each day through daily announcements. Mr. Matchen spoke to the crowd during the event, and Mr. Gabany observed the event with a telescope. A big thank you goes out to them for getting ready for the event and another to Superintendent Matt Eberhardt and Assistant Superintendent Cathy Jones for providing glasses for all of our students to provide them with this unique opportunity. Pictured are shadows that were cast by the crescent sun.
Deputy Drew Eanes proves one can prepare for the eclipse and look cool doing it.
Madison County Education Foundation provided funding for a pugmill to be used in Ashleigh Pugh’s Art Classroom. Ms. Pugh discusses the process: “I first have to take the clay from the buckets and lay them out onto plaster (poke/knead the clay to wedge it a little) to become a little drier but still workable. Then, I flip it and repeat. After it is ready, I can break it off into chunks and put it into the pugmill; then, the pugmill does its magic and the clay comes out in a tube form." Ms. Pugh has already recycled almost 60 lbs. Of clay.
The Madison County Public Schools Transportation Department is busy ensuring safe delivery to and from schools. Josh Clatterbuck inspects a car used for student transport. We are grateful for our mechanics and drivers.
The crew at Wetsel Middle School celebrated the eclipse with stations set up by Science Department. The activities varied from creating a time capsule to developing solar beads. The entire school then gathered in the center of the track to observe the closest point of totality. It was a great shared experience.
There is a new morning show hitting the middle school morning airwaves this year! “Wake-Up, Wetsel” is off to a stellar start. The morning news program is watched by the entire school following the daily morning and pledge. The crew is initially using staff as anchors until the club gets up and running. Students will take over the reporting from there with weekly appearances by Westel staff. The link to the morning broadcast is: https://vimeo.com/user58362901
Students at Waverly Yowell Elementary had a solar eclipse viewing party to all watch the eclipse together. Students spent about 30 minutes on the blacktop enjoying the view and cooling down with ice pops. Students learned about the solar eclipse and did different activities each day for the first 5 days of school. Students and teachers had a great once-and-a-lifetime experience we will all treasure!
Madison County Public Schools was awarded the "VTSS Distinction in Implementation of Behavioral Interventions" award this year. We received this award along with four other counties: Virginia Beach, Essex, Westmoreland, Williamsburg-James City. “The establishment of a positive system of supports for behavior integrates the best practices of teaching and learning with improved school climate and students’ perceptions about school. A well-established framework for behavior with tiers of support addresses both individual student needs as well as school-wide performance.” Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the recipients at the start of the conference. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Steve Staples and Senator Bagby from Henrico, presented the awards. Waverly Assistant Principal Tori Gelbert, Alternative Education Coordinator Kathleen Gentry, Supervisor of Student Services Heidi Lohr and Wetsel Teacher Matt Resnick were in attendance.
Good Luck to all of our Fall Athletic Teams as they begin their seasons.
Thank you to the following businesses that purchased ads on our new football scoreboard: Madison Family Dentistry, Reynolds GMC, Duct-Rite Mechanical LLC, Jones Auto Parts, Madison Tire & Auto, Maloney & Ward Insurance, and Germanna Community College.
Congratulations to Eli Estes for being selected to perform at the 2018 Under Armour All America Pre-Season Baseball Tournament in Mesa Arizona on January 12-14.
Check out Jake Price representing the Madison Mountaineers in the Friday Night Endzone promo for this season.
Reading Role Models. Principal, Joe Kubricki, and assistant principal, Tori Gelbert, are serving as reading role models for all students and staff at Waverly Yowell. They are taking a few minutes out of their busy day to find a bench in the hallway to sit and read. It was amazing to see the number of students and staff that stopped to take time to inquire about the books they were reading. This is just another wonderful way to instill a love of reading in the students at Waverly.
Wetsel Faculty members participated in a team building trip to the bowling alley in Culpeper on Friday, August 11. The competitive spirit was in the air with Marissa Basile claiming victory for high score. The event was meant to create laughter and build positivity as begin the school year. Patrick Jennings was especially entertaining with his two handed style due to an injury suffered earlier in the Summer. It was a great way to kickoff the new school year.
Where did the water go? Last week, Waverly Yowell fourth grade science teachers performed a demonstration to get students excited about science. There were three cups in front of the teacher. A student poured 50 mL of water into one of the cups. The students were asked to keep their eyes on the cup with the water while the teacher mixed them up. Students guessed which cup they thought the water was in, but when the cup was turned over on their heads, nothing came out! They continued to pour the other two cups over the students' heads. Nothing came out! At the end of the lesson, the teachers shared that one of the cups contained sodium polyacrylate. This is a powder found in disposable diapers to absorb liquid.
Wetsel Middle School staff were welcomed back to school by participating in the first annual “Wetsel’s Amazing Race.” Faculty participated in a race around the school to complete challenges. Each challenge required teams to complete a task related to important areas, events, forms, etc. around the school. This event allowed new teachers, central office staff, and alternative education staff to meet, locate important information and familiarize themselves with areas of the school building. The excitement was electrifying as they rode tricycles, shot hoops, took selfies, read poems, opened lockers, and competed in a STEM activity. Wetsel is ready to take on the 2017-2018 academic race!
SWAT. Fifth grade math teacher, Jesse Blackstock, had his students up and out of their seats to review a variety of skills with whole numbers. Students went head to head with fly swatters (clean of course). Mr. Blackstock asked them a question pertaining to whole numbers and the student had to SWAT the number that correctly answered the question. Students were engaged and energetic. They also were very encouraging to their teammates.
Chester the Raccoon. On the first day of school, Chester the Raccoon was on the move at Madison Primary and the Kindergarten students were determined to find him. He scampered to different areas and left the kids riddles as to where he was off to next. He even ran over Guidance Counselor Karen Organ-Lohr’s foot. When she told a student about that, he responded, “Oh my!” Unfortunately, they never found the sneaky critter; however, he left them treats in their classrooms. What a cute activity to help students become familiar with the building.
The first day of school at Madison Primary was a HUGE success! Thank you to our entire staff for making sure our precious children felt welcome, safe, and excited to start a new school year. First day jitters quickly turned to smiling faces as our top-notch teachers worked their magic. It’s truly a blessing to be among such a phenomenal group of people.
All of the faculty, staff, and students at Madison Primary School would like to send our heartfelt thanks to our nurse Natalie Barb for everything that she has done for all of us over the past three years. Natalie has accepted a position with the University of Virginia, the top academic institution in the Commonwealth,, and will now work in a more clinical setting. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors, and again thank her for everything she has done to ensure the health and safety of everyone here at the school. We will miss you, Natalie!!
MCHS student Emma Woodward completed her safety poster for Brandy Nesbitt’s Biology class. Students were tasked to design a safety poster that represented proper lab safety. Posters are graded on creativity, originality, neatness, and the proper demonstration on lab safety. Her poster was hand-drawn and painted, inspired by Rosie the Riveter.
New MCHS Band Director Cathy Weaver was surprised and encouraged by her neighboring teacher this week while the band practiced the “Star Spangled Banner” and the MCHS “Fight Song”. Mrs. Weaver’s classroom-next-door neighbor, art teacher Ashleigh Pugh sent her this note: “Hey there! I didn't want to disturb your class, but I wanted to give you and your band a huge shout out! I thought you guys were watching tv so I went in to check it out and I realized it was you guys!”
Strange Coincidence Matching Letters and Numbers? So, if you pair letters to their corresponding numbers then attach those numbers to certain words, you get a numerical response. The word KNOWLEDGE equals 96. The words HARD WORK equal 98. Want an A+? The word ATTITUDE equals 100! Shout out to Wetsel Teacher Tiffany Kitner for discovering!