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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Best Wishes and a Hearty Farewell to Our 2015 Retirees

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Madison City Schools recently bid farewell to a lot of teachers and staff who retired at the end of the school year. Schools Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler led a delegation to deliver gift bags and thank them for their service. A school district the size of Madison's has many facets that require a variety of skills. We appreciate these employees and wish them well in their retirement. Below are their photos. Not pictured are Claudia Styles, Mill Creek Elementary; Michael Chapman,...

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Ray White Celebrated As Visionary, Progressive Leader of MCS

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The last Madison City Board of Education meeting of the school year was also the last for BOE President Ray White. Mr. White departed from the board after 10 years of service. The City Council appointed Tim Holtcamp to fill Mr. White’s position. Dr. Terri Johnson, vice president of the five-member Board, was elected president. The Board elected Ranae Bartlett vice president.Outgoing Madison City BOE President Ray White hands over the gavel to new BOE President Dr. Terri Johnson. Ranae Bartlett,...

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Friday, May 08, 2015

Congressman Brooks Visits James Clemens to Honor Military Academy Appointments

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James Clemens High School gave a formal salute today to three of its seniors heading off to service academies. U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks came to lead the recognition ceremony. The students are: Allen King, U.S. Air Force Academy; Miles Whitlow, U.S. Naval Academy; and James Pruneski, West Point. The recognition ceremony was in the main rotunda of the school packed with students, teachers, and family members of the honorees. Pictured are (L-R) James Clemens Principal Dr. Brian Clayton, Miles...

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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Leadership Training Grooms Potential Future Admins for Madison City Schools

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Be brave and not afraid to deal with tough situations head on. Be willing to get out of your comfort zone. Empower employees and trust in their abilities. Communicate effectively. Be a servant leader.These and other advice tips were doled out at a leadership training session for Madison City School personnel who aspire to be administrators.It’s the ASAP (Aspiring School Administrators Program). The school district launched the program to groom educators who aspire for a principalship and...

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Friday, May 01, 2015

James Clemens Rolling Out the Red Carpet for its 2nd Annual Johnnys Awards

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Mark your calendars to be at James Clemens High School on Friday. May 8. That's when “The Johnnys" will be rolling out the red carpet again for this annual Jets Press Awards program celebrating student work. The event will be at 6:30 p.m. in the JCHS auditorium. After another very successful horror film exhibition last fall with The October Project 2, Jets Press of James Clemens High School is back again with its annual Johnnys award ceremony. The Johnnys, (a.k.a. The Jetspress...

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Kindergarten signup deadline is May 8 for Madison City Schools

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This is just a reminder that Kindergarten registration for Madison City Schools ends next Friday, May 8, at 1 p.m. Children must be age 5 on or before Sept. 1 to be eligible for Kindergarten. School starts Aug. 5. Details on registration, including paperwork you will need, are under the "registration" tab of the MCS website. (click here) The Central Office is located at 211 Celtic Drive. Hours for registration are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday...

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Sixth Grade Field Day Winners From Madison City Schools

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Madison City Schools held its 6th grade Field Day on Friday, April 24. The weather cooperated, students behaved nicely, volunteers did a wonderful job, and Bob Jones High School provided an excellent place to have it. A great time was had by all. Horizon Elementary was the official host. While there were individual winners from every school, Rainbow Elementary won the overall trophy among schools for the second year in a row. Columbia Elementary took home the sportsmanship award. All...

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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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