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Thursday, July 03, 2014

Array of Programs Keep Madison City Schools Busy Over Summer

Posted by John Peck in General

Summer break is in full swing but that doesn’t mean our schools in Madison City have had a break in activity. From a summer Math camp at Mill Creek Elementary, to extended day programs at Columbia and Heritage, Extended School Year (special ed or ESY) and English Language Learners (EL) programs at James Clemens High and other MCS campuses, our schools have been all but empty.   Madison City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler said summer remains a busy time for many teachers...

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Madison City Schools holds instructional retreat to improve teaching

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While students are getting a break from the classroom, “school” was in session this week for Madison City principals and other instructional leaders.The school district held an administrators retreat June 5-6 to discuss ways to improve instruction. Guest presenters included Rita Wright of Renaissance Learning and Dr. Jeff Wooten, Alabama director for AdvanceED. The theme of the retreat was “Becoming an Impact District through a Common Vision.” Madison City Schools Superintendent...

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Destination Imagination team from Bob Jones HS in Madison wins world championship

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A team of Bob Jones High School students outperformed 83 teams from across the U.S. and 16 countries to claim the top spot in a 2014 Destination Imagination Global Finals competition, held Memorial Day weekend at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.The win marked the first time an Alabama team won the DI world championship in the high school (or secondary) division.“We are proud of them for the hard work this represents. For them to reach this level is very exciting news,”...

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Friday, May 23, 2014

New girls basketball coach for James Clemens ready to take Jets to new heights

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James Clemens High School has a new girls basketball coach. Amber Deline has been head coach of the girls team at Oneonta High School since 2008 and lead that team to consecutive state championships in 2013 and 2014. She was assistant coach at the University of Montevallo from 2003-2006 and assistant coach at Samford University for two years before accepting the head coaching job at Oneonta in Blount County. Madison City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler joined James Clemens Principal Dr....

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

James Clemens launches effort to acquire real military jet for display

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James Clemens High School may soon acquire a real military jet to salute its “Jets” nickname.The Madison City Board of Education approved an agreement to receive the TF-9J aircraft from the U.S. Naval Aviation Museum of Pensacola. The plane is currently in a surplus lot outside the Veterans Museum in Huntsville.Plans are to refurbish it for static display in front of the school. The TF-9J (Cougar) jet flew in numerous military missions and also became part...

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Rainbow Elementary Chess Team soars in National Tournament

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Our Madison City students continue to make us all proud with stellar performances in various competitions.Read the latest crowning achievement by the Rainbow Elementary chess team in a national chess tournament.We'll let this letter from their sponsor (and Madison City Board of Education member) Ranae Bartlett put the performance in perspective: Here's what Ms. Bartlett wrote to Rainbow Chess Club members and their parents:Rainbow Elementary put Madison on the National chess map this weekend at...

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Relocation of offices signal beginning of Bob Jones makeover

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Thursday, April 24, was moving day for many staff at Bob Jones High School. Throughout the day, dollies of boxesand office fixtures relocated several key offices, signaling the start of a multimillion-dollar renovation of the school. What an exciting time for Madison and the Patriots. The building is nearly 20 years old and this investment will ensure that BJHS students have the latest technology and a learning environment that is second to none. Visitors on Friday, April 25, will find that...

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Bob Jones, James Clemens team up for major Robotics competition

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Bob Jones and James Clemens high schools are fiercely competitive against each other.But not in advanced robotics where a combined BJ and JC team called the Mad Rockers competed recently in several FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) regional tournaments. The Mad Rockers tout themselves as the only sanctioned Madison City Schools team composed of students from both schools.The Madison City Board of Education honored the team along with their sponsors at the April 22 board meeting. Their robot demonstrated...

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Team Redstone plugs the importance of great school systems to this area

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Redstone Arsenal officials hosted an Education Appreciation luncheon Thursday, April 17, to salute local school systems for being such an integral part of the region that Redstone serves.Madison City Schools salutes back Redstone for all ...its does for our country and this community. More than one in four students in the Madison City School system qualify our district for extra federal money because a parent or guardian works on federal property.Many work on Redstone for the U.S. Army or for...

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Team Redstone plugs the importance of great school systems to this area

Posted by John Peck in General

Redstone Arsenal officials hosted an Education Appreciation luncheon Thursday, April 17, to salute local school systems for being such an integral part of the region that Redstone serves.Madison City Schools salutes back Redstone for all ...its does for our country and this community. More than one in four students in the Madison City School system qualify our district for extra federal money because a parent or guardian works on federal property.Many work on Redstone for the U.S. Army or for...

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Destination Imagination teams from Madison City shine in state tourney

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Madison City Schools again had stellar results in a recent Destination Imagination tournament held at UAH.Four Madison DI teams qualified to represent Alabama at the 2014 DI Global Finals next month at the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville.Congratulations to the following Madison schools for wins in their respective categories:• Bob Jones High School - Secondary Level - Improvisational Challenge winner: "DIstracted"•Heritage Elementary School - Middle Level - Improvisational...

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Madison City middle schools undergo major scheduling change in 2014-15

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MADISON - Exciting instructional changes are coming to Madison City middle schools next year.The Madison City Board of Education approved a plan Thursday, April 3, that alters the instructional day from a four to a five-block schedule.The change will increase the opportunities for electives and also include a course catalog. (link is under "Instruction" on our website http://data.madisoncity.k12.al.us/documents/Instruction/middle%20school%20course%20catalog/4-3-14%20Final%20MS%20Catalog%20for%20LMS%20and%20DMS%20(B).pdf ) This...

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Friday, April 04, 2014

University Kia gift to improve technology at West Madison Elementary

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West Madison Elementary school received a generous donation on April 4 from a local car dealership to upgrade its technology. University Kia presented a $4,500 check to the school as part of its "Drive for Education" program. The goal of the program is to invest in the school systems in the surrounding area to help students have the necessary equipment for the "best possible educational experience." Madison Principal Dr. Daphne Jah (center left in the photo) and Sally Bruer from the Madison...

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Madison City Stadium to host junior solar car competition for students

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Madison City students will have the chance to shine from their math, engineering and science know-how in a competition to build and race a model solar-powered vehicle. The Junior Solar Sprint competition (http://www.jrsolarsprint.org) will be Saturday, May 17, in the Madison City Schools Stadium parking lot. Online registration began today and ends April 11. ( http://thehdc.com/2014-junior-solar-sprint-competition ) The competition is open to students in grades 5-8 in schools throughout Madison...

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Two Madison City schools host summer camps; register now and avoid late fee

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The school year is zooming by and summer will be here before you know it. For Madison parents and guardians looking for summer activities for their children, two Madison City Schools will be host sites for day camps. Registration is under way now for summer camps at Columbia and Heritage elementary schools. Students from all Madison City Schools are eligible but they do not have to be zoned for one of those schools to register. A $125 non-refundable summer registration/activity fee per child...

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Madison students join drug-free partnership to fight prescription drug abuse

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One of the biggest drug threats to you and your kids could be in your medicine cabinet at home.Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug epidemic in the nation. Every day across America, 2,000 teenagers use prescription drugs without permission for the first time, according to a study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Many adults suffer dire consequences by unknowingly misusing their prescribed medicines.Two students from Madison City Schools are taking a leadership role in an...

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Madison City Board of Education recognizes students, staff, achievements

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The Madison City Board of Education formally recognized several students at the March 6 board meeting for their achievement. Photo 1: Mary Butgereit (left in photo next to Dr. Fowler) was awarded a certificate for being the top state winner in Original Poetry Recitation. Khadijah Thompson, also a Bob Jones student, won the Poetry Out Loud competition. They were competing in a national arts education program in Montgomery presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation....

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Thursday, March 06, 2014

Brain Health Expo slated for James Clemens on March 11 at 5 p.m.

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It’s a no-brainer that we should all take good care of our brain.Tips on how to do that, along with an array of exhibits on how this complex organ works, are the focus of the 2nd annual Brain Health Expo on March 11 at James Clemens High School in Madison. The public is invited. Doors open at 5 p.m. Dr. Adam Hott with HudsonAlpha Institute of Biotechnology is the keynote speaker at 6. The Brain Expo represents the combined effort of many programs at James Clemens to achieve the overall...

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Friday, February 28, 2014

2014 Madison City PTA Reflections winners honored

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Madison City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler joined Madison City PTA leaders in the awards ceremony for the PTA's annual Reflections contest. Winners (and honorable mentions) were recognized Feb. 26 in a large recognition ceremony at James Clemens High School.Congratulations to all the winners. And many thanks to the Madison City PTA Council and many others for all the hard work that went into putting this on. The National PTA Reflections program is PTA’s cornerstone arts...

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Madison school board denounces legislative attacks on education standards

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The Madison City Board of Education today took a hard stand against legislative attempts to repeal or unravel the Common Core educational standards that the vast majority of states are implementing to raise educational standards.The board passed a resolution condemning repeal and opposing any new “compromise” bill that would essentially freeze the subject-by-subject phase in from moving forward. The board opposes any compromise moratorium legislation that would also allow local...

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