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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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Friday, November 07, 2014

Illustrator introduces the art of drawing to Madison Elementary students

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Madison Elementary students got a wonderful orientation to the art of drawing Nov. 5. Michael White, an illustrator from Atlanta, entertained kids with jokes and insights into forming drawing ideas.The school’s PTA funded his appearance. White sketched and airbrushed characters on an easel while giving them tricks of the trade. He has illustrated numerous popular childrens’ books, including The Library Dragon, Harriet’s Horrible Hair Day, The Secret of Old Zeb and others.Photo...

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Discovery Middle brings in NASA, FBI, for career talks in STEM

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Discovery Middle School was buzzing Wednesday with exciting career talks in the world of science and technology.Students in the school’s STEM program heard some fascinating space facts from a top NASA administrator in Washington. They also witnessed a robot demonstration from a local FBI bomb expert.The speakers were part of a concerted effort by Madison City Schools to promote more STEM awareness in its schools. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.Wednesday,...

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Top NASA chief to visit Discovery Middle to talk future STEM-careers

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BULLETIN: Due to unforseen circumstances, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden had to cancel his visit to Discovery. The event is still planned with other NASA representatives.  : Discovery Middle School is busily preparing for a visit from NASA’s top administrator, who wants to talk to students about science and engineering-related careers.Charlie Bolden is scheduled to visit Discovery Wednesday, Oct. 29. Discovery’s namesake, coincidentally, is the space shuttle orbiter that Bolden...

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Monday, October 27, 2014

STEM expo exposes Mill Creek students to science, tech, engineering fields

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  Mill Creek Elementary in Madison held a STEM expo last Friday to promote student interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers.From all indications, it was a hit. Students viewed exhibits and viewed cool demonstrations that provided a visual for what they learned. “We had a STEMfastic Day at Mill Creek. You could hear the students’ excitement as the science educator, Michael Johnson, demonstrated activities from beach balls floating to ivory soap expanding,”...

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Buying tickets to Bob Jones sporting events now faster, easier

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Bob Jones High School now offers an online way to buy tickets to high school sports and events. Principal Robby Parker announced that the school has partnered with Preptix, which allows fans to purchase tickets in advance and present them at the gate via print or redeem on a mobile device.The service will be a convenience to fans and help limit ticket lines at the stadium. Only a handful of high schools across the region are selling tickets electronically.“We want to continue to...

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Technology brings China and Madison City together for chess match

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Madison City Schools likes to think globally.Saturday, Oct. 18,, Rainbow Elementary went global in a live, online chess match with students 8,000 miles away in China. The match ended in a draw. Both sides had six wins each among the 12 pairs of players.This international match is a first for Madison’s growing schools chess program which now sports chess clubs at every school. Saturday’s competition against the Ocean Chess School in Xiamen, China, featured student players from Rainbow...

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Madison lawmakers help fund security upgrades at Madison City Schools

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More security upgrades are coming to Madison City Schools, thanks to a generous contribution this week from State Sen. Arthur Orr.The contribution, along with contributions from state Reps. Mac McCutcheon and Mike Ball, will be used to purchase new equipment for video camera systems in elementary schools.“These cameras add a much needed additional layer of security at all of our elementary schools,” said Dennis James, director of Student Services for Madison City Schools. “We...

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