1.5 million high school students took the PSAT test in 2010 and out of that group only 34,000 received this distinction. They are truly to be commended!
The 5th grade running club has been practicing twice a week after school for several months. On Thursday, November 10, over 40 students ran a 5K race on the MCHS cross county trail. The students were coached by Adam Midock and Tori Gelbert. 42 athletes ran this year’s race - an increase of 10 students over 2010 - to a shouting crowd of over 100 spectators.
The top male runner was Drew Messineo with a time of 24:07. The top female runner was Abigail Powers with a time of 26:10. Drew and Abigail finished first and second, respectively, out of all runners.
Abigail’s time makes her the Madison 5th Grade Girls record holder. 2010 runner, Ben Dillon holds the 5th Grade Boys record.
Members of the MCHS cross country team coached by Jen Rehm and Charissa George ran with the 5th graders as runner extraordinaire Richard Young officiated the event.
MCHS students performed "The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet" in the Bull Run District Theatre Festival where they received first place and the District Championship. The cast saw three members named to the District All Star List of Actors: Owen Hartwig, Tristen James, and Josh Honaker. Donald Hitt was named Bull Run District Director of the Year. With this win, the show earns a place in the Region B Theatre Festival at Amelia High School on November 12. Congratulations to all!
Madison County High School’s football team paused to read Tomie de Paola books to Madison Primary School students Thursday night. The players read to 246 children and parents from the community. Fran Roebuck told the Strega Nona story in costume with her magic pasta pot. Coach Stuart Dean explained to the kids about the football equipment used by the varsity football team. Senior Travis Warren read The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush and seniors LJ Ward and Steven Dixon read The Popcorn Book. All MPS families received a free book to take home as a special memento of the evening. The Mountaineers ended the evening by signing autographs in those books for the many children who attended.
On Thursday, October 20, third grade teachers at Waverly Yowell hosted a science night for students. Students rotated through six stations, which included:
- Digging through owl pellets to see what the owl had eaten with Mrs. Ward
- Hunting for prey like a Great Blue Heron with Mrs. Sarver
- Making a substance that was both a solid and a liquid with Mr. Taylor
-Learning about the life cycle of an oak tree and doing leaf rubbings with Mrs. Azhari-Harris
-Doing a camouflage experiment using M&M’s with Mrs. Hallum
-Finding out what happens when animals do not have enough food, water, or space with Mrs. Dodson
Families were also able to attend the book fair, which continues until Monday, October 24. The third grade teachers thank WYES employees and MCHS student volunteers for helping to make Science Night “Out of this world!”
Madison County Public Schools Psychologist, Terri Sisson was named the 2011 Virginia School Psychologist of the Year for Virginia today at the annual conference in Virginia Beach. Sisson was selected by the Virginia Academy of School Psychologists.
MPS Principal Mike Allers says she “is a true professional, respectful of our purpose and vision in every way. She has shown that she is aware that every child deserves to be regarded as an individual, and every incident needs to be addressed in the same unique manner.” Director of Student Services Susan Aylor concurs: “Terri consistently puts the needs of the students and staff of Madison County at the forefront of discussions.”
Sisson has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Longwood and a Master of Arts in School Psychology & Community Counseling from JMU. With 17 years experience, Sisson is in her fourth year in Madison.
“Terri’s genuine care and friendliness make her approachable so that our community knows her as open and likeable. We regard her as a good friend, professional colleague and strong confidant. Now the state will know that, too. We couldn’t be any prouder today that Madison’s own psychologist is being hailed across the Commonwealth for exceptional professionalism and commitment to education,” Dr. Eberhardt said.
Sisson will now go on to national competition for the nation’s top honor.
“I am so lucky to live and work in a town that has so much support for all of its students and employees. I've truly found HOME here in Madison. “
Members of the Madison Future Farmers of America (FFA) competed in the State Fair Forestry Field Day contest on October 1. They participated in the following events: Pulpwood Toss, Cross-Cut Saw, Bow Saw, Water Accuracy, and Log Roll. With close to forty teams present, this contest demands working together as teammates, as well as performing individually, to achieve the best possible score. Team competitors were: Chris Dodson and Patrick Taylor, 10th in Cross-cut Saw; Paul Preisser, 9th in the Bow Saw; Richard Aylor, 5th in the Water Accuracy; Wesley Griffith, 3rd in Pulpwood Toss; and Bray Lamb and Dustin Farmer, 3rd in the Log Roll. This is the fourth time the Chapter has won the event and this one came as a complete surprise to the competitors as well as the instructor. Congratulations to all!