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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Madison City Schools Honored at Education Appreciation Lunch at Redstone

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“There is no profession more essential to the future of our nation than education.” Those were the words of Gen. Dennis Via, commander of the Army Materiel Command, in the Army’s annual Education Appreciation Luncheon held April 17 at Redstone Arsenal. Attending were representatives of schools throughout the Tennessee Valley including Madison City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler and staff, as well as MCS Board of Education members.“At Redstone Arsenal, excellence...

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Madison City Students Win State PTA Reflections Contest; Several advance to Nationals

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Congratulations to Madison City students who won state awards in the Alabama PTA’s Reflections contest. The students placed tops in Madison City Schools and went on to win state awards.State winners will be recognized April 26 at the Alabama PTA convention.At least three MCS state winners (listed at bottom) will advance to the national PTA Reflections contest.The state winners and their schools are: Photography-Intermediate Division: Honorable Mention, Cassidy Little, Rainbow Elementary.Photography-Primary...

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Madison City Invites Purple Attire Wednesday for Military Child Campaign

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If you see a lot of purple in Madison City Schools tomorrow, it’s not just by coincidence.Employees and students are invited to wear purple in honor of National Military Child Month.“Purple Up” Day is April 15. The color purple was chosen for this campaign because it symbolizes all branches of the military. It is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue.All MCS secondary schools obtained a banner to display and purple wristbands...

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Revolutionary War Historians Wow Columbia Elementary Students

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    Columbia Elementary in Madison got a hands-on-lesson on the Revolutionary War period complete with soldiers in uniform, muskets, flags from that era, and historical snippets about life and the battlefield. Representatives of the Alabama Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Tennessee Valley Chapter, visited the school. They were there to honor poster winners of an SAR-sponsored poster contest and to educate the 5th grade class. Of 140 posters submitted from schools throughout...

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Friday, April 03, 2015

Autism Awareness Campaign Features Peer-to-Peer Education in Madison City

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Madison City Schools recognized April as Autism Awareness month through a student-lead awareness program at James Clemens High School, including the sale of bracelets and a brief video. Mayor Troy Trulock presented a proclamation, and an egg hunt was held for students with Developmental Disabilities.Madison Mayor Troy Trulock, special ed teachers Michelle Hyams and Tabitha Malone,  JCHS Principal Dr. Brian Clayton Mayor Trulock commended students for the peer-to-peer...

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Kids, 5; Adults 12, in April Fool's Chess Challenge for Madison City Chess Program

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April Fools Day became a battle of the minds at the Madison City Schools Central Office.That's when several brave adults squared off against kids ages 6-10 in a game of chess. The final results: Kids, 12; Adults 5.The wager was adults who lost had to donate to the Madison City Chess League.It was all in fun and to support MCCL, which has been a wonderful resource for the growing chess program in Madison City Schools.All of the kid players are students in the Madison City Schools system.Adult...

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Thursday, April 02, 2015

Mill Creek, Horizon, End Super Citizens Program With Heroes Tribute

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Mill Creek and Horizon elementary schools in Madison honored their Super Citizens this week in a ceremony that also recognized local “heroes” selected by students. Both schools held graduation ceremonies from the Liberty Learning Foundation’s Super Citizens program.  The citizen and character-building program is offered to schools throughout the Huntsville-Madison County area: (www.libertylearning.org) Horizon’s 5th grade chose Leanne McGee (shown in first photo...

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Planetarium Program Dazzles Students at West Madison Elementary

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West Madison Elementary students are getting an out-of-this-world lesson on the stars, planets and eclipses without even stepping outside.A portable planetarium is in the gym for students to crawl inside for the program.Woodsman of the World loaned their Star Lab/Planetarium, as it has done for several other Madison elementary schools over the past year.Every day this week, students are rotating in for a presentation by James Brelsford, an astronomy educator from the Von Braun Astronomical Society...

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Rainbow, Discovery, soar at State Chess Championship in Mobile

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Rainbow Elementary and Discovery Middle racked up an impressive performance last weekend at the Alabama Chess Championship in Mobile.Discovery won first place in the junior high division. Rainbow placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd.Madison City Board of Education member Ranae Bartlett, coach of the Rainbow Chess Team, explains Rainbow’s phenomenal performance from here. More on Discovery’s win follows the summary of Rainbow’s performance.“Congratulations to the Rainbow Elementary Chess...

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Technology, instruction, a focus of recent hirings in Madison City Schools

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The Madison City Board of Education is adding a couple of instructional specialists to strengthen curriculum and incorporate more technology in teaching. The Board has also approved a District College and Career Advisor to coach counselors at the two high schools in securing scholarships, applying for colleges and lining up career-tech options for students.A technology instruction specialist for elementary and one for secondary schools replaces a single District technology instruction coordinator...

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Horizon Elementary gets education pep talk from NFL player

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The Horizon Elementary "Eagles" in Madison got a visit from a real "Eagle."Jordan Matthews, a wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles professional football team, visited Horizon on Friday, Feb. 13. His talk centered on the importance of education, being a leader, and not giving up in the pursuit of personal goals.The NFL starter was a hit with students, mingling into their midst to answer questions, giving high-fives and posing for pictures.Matthews was born in Madison and attended Madison...

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Monday, February 09, 2015

EdCamp "unconference" provides unmatched PD for teachers

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Educators in Madison City and other local school districts packed James Clemens High School on Saturday Feb. 7 for the annual EdCamp - a professional development conference like no other. Billed as an “unconference,” the education event is purely participant-driven. There is no pre-set agenda and participants are free to walk out of a session if they aren’t getting anything from it.This is the third annual EdCamp at JCHS. Florence City Schools this year partnered with Madison...

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Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Counselors play vital role in Madison City Schools

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Being new to a school can be intimidating, especially if new to the community. School counselors help to ease those jitters by orienting new students to their new school environment while connecting them with peers.Welcoming new students is just one of the many roles school counselors play. Counselors at James Clemens High School last week worked with the S2S (Student-to-Student) and Peer Helper groups to host a pizza luncheon for the 24students new to JCHS  this semester.JCHS counselors...

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Free Chess instruction for beginners on Feb. 2 at Rainbow Elementary

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The Madison City Chess League is leading a free “Learn to Play Chess” session for kids ages 4 and up. The event is Monday, Feb. 2, at Rainbow Elementary, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Rainbow Elementary is at 50 Nance Road in the city of Madison.While the Learn to Play event is geared for kids who don’t know how to play chess, parents can watch and learn as well. Volunteer student chess players will coach the basics, from how to set up a chess board, what the pieces are called, and how...

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Giving back to the community a hallmark of Madison City Schools

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On the last day before Christmas break when most students rushed out of school to start their holiday, some students from Madison City were delivering presents to an impoverished school in Huntsville. The students were from math teacher Anthony Graham's RUFF male mentoring group at Discovery Middle School.That determination underscores the commitment by Madison city students to give back to the community not only during the holidays but wherever there is a need. Click...

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Friday, January 09, 2015

Lady Liberty visits Madison schools for kickoff on history, heritage and being a good citizen

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More than 700 elementary students from Madison City Schools packed the James Clemens High School auditorium today to watch American history come to life.They were there for the Lady Liberty Super Citizen Program, hosted by a Lady Liberty re-enactor.The program kicks off a multi-week lesson plan on ways to be a Super Citizen. Students are also learning valuable lessons in civics, character building, career readiness, financial literacy and other good citizen traits. The students came from Rainbow,...

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

STEM, Chess events, draw state and national attention for Madison City schools

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An impressive STEM day at Mill Creek Elementary and an international online chess match at Rainbow Elementary put Madison City Schools in the media spotlight.Both were featured in widely distributed media reports.The international chess match against China was featured in a national chess publication. Read it here on the Madison City Chess League website. http://madisoncitychessleague.weebly.com/news.htmlThe STEM program was showcased in the recent addition of Alabama Education News. Read...

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Madison City athletes make the grade when it comes to GPAs

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Student athletes in Madison City Schools continue to perform well in the classroom as well as their sports.The Madison City Board of Education recognized athletes with the highest GPAs at Discovery Middle, Liberty Middle and James Clemens High School at its Nov. 20 meeting.Last month, top GPA performers from Bob Jones High School were recognized. The 7th grade Lady Panther Volleyball Team had the best team GPA average at Discovery Middle for the fall season. Team members (not in...

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Calendar for 2015-16 school year being reviewed by Madison City BOE

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The Madison City Board of Education is mulling a proposed calendar for the 2015-16 school year.View the proposed calendar here.The calendar is very similar to the current one with students starting again on Aug. 5 but getting out a few days later on May 25. Two Friday weather days are built into the calendar (April 29 and May 13) which would be days off unless there are lost days to weather earlier in the year. Teachers would start the year on July 30, one day later than they did this year,...

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Madison firetrucks tote student winners of fire safety campaign to dinner

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It’s probably every kid’s dream to climb aboard a fire truck.How about getting delivered by one to supper at a fire hall?Madison Fire & Rescue provided the ultimate fire station experience for winners of its “Truck and Treat” art contest for Madison City 3rd graders.Seven lucky winners - one from each Madison City elementary school – and their families were transported by fire truck from their house to a spaghetti dinner at Station No. 2. City officials...

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