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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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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Veterans to be honored at Discovery Middle "Heroes" Day Nov. 4

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Discovery Middle School would like to invite all military veterans to its Day of Honor Assembly at the school.Tuesday, November 4th is Discovery’s third annual Tribute To Heroes. Discovery teacher and organizer Anthony Graham said the day will start with a Heroes Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and then a ceremony from 9 to 10 a.m. in the gym.Any active duty, reservist, or veteran of any branch is invited to participate. Wear red, white and blue or camouflage that day. We look forward to...

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Thursday, October 09, 2014

Bob Jones, James Clemens, place in top 10 in national math tourney

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Several Madison City schools racked up big performances in a recent national math tournament. Discovery Middle placed second among middle schools and Bob Jones and James Clemens high schools finished in the top 10 from among several dozen high schools that competed. Bob Jones placed 7th overall and James Clemens 9th overall in the Fall Startup competition held by Seattle-based National Assessment and Testing. Other Alabama high school teams that placed include Grissom, 17th; and Hoover, 20th. The...

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Madison City scores big in Advanced Placement participation and testing

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One in three students in Madison City high schools are enrolled in the more rigorous Advanced Placement courses, school district data shows. Those 1,198 students took 2,054 AP exams last year. An impressive 60 percent of the test scores qualified for college credit during the high school coursework, saving substantial money in future tuition costs. The numbers are phenomenal for a system with only 3,200 high school students. The latest numbers come as the state Department of Education reported...

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Monday, October 06, 2014

James Clemens planning "give-back" homecoming parade to help the needy

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Students at James Clemens High School are putting a new twist on the homecoming floats tradition this year. They’re using recyclable materials and banners that tie game-hype with charitable donations.In the Thursday homecoming parade preceding the Friday Oct. 17 Jets –vs- Sparkman Senators game, floats will carry donated goods solicited by the float sponsors.Examples: The Juniors class is creating a “CAN the Senators” float with canned food for Manna House. The Seniors’...

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Friday, October 03, 2014

DoD grant underscores Madison City/Redstone education partnership

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Madison City Schools has been awarded a $1.7 million grant from the Department of Defense to help educational and student assistance programs. Madison City is one of just 25 military-connected school districts in the country to share in this year’s DoDEA Educational Partnership program totalling $32 million in grants.The partnership grants are for school systems throughout the country that serve a good portion of military students. This year’s grant competition focused on programs...

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Twitter Chats help Madison educators stay abreast of best teaching practices

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Madison City schoolteachers are increasing their use of Twitter to share resources and ideas. It’s yet another way educators can collaborate beyond the school day. The first of what will be regular, after-hours Twitter chats was entitled, “Shoutouts, Shares and Showoffs.” The next chat Oct. 23 is entitled “Desert Island Tech Tools” which explores “What can you not live without?”The chat was organized by MCS Instructional Technology Coordinator Carmen Buchanan,...

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Traveling planetarium provides star-studded lesson for Madison school

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Madison Elementary students are getting an out-of-this-world lesson on the cosmos without even leaving their school. A portable planetarium is in the media center for students to view a star show.Woodsman of the World loaned their Star Lab/Planetarium for the school’s official observance of Space Week.Every day this week, students are rotating in for a presentation by James Brelsford,  an astronomy educator from the Von Braun Astronomical Society (VBAS). Entry is through an air-lock...

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

New Food Bank 'Hub' helps area schools, farmers, serve local food

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Madison City students got a pretty sweet deal with their lunches Sept. 18.The sweet potatoes were grown locally. Peaches from Chilton County will be next. Apples from Scott’s Apple Orchard in North Madison County could join the school menu in October.The local focus is part of an initiative to bring fresher, locally grown foods to area schools. The Farm Food Collaborative is a project of the North Alabama Food Bank of North Alabama. The recent formation of a local food hub makes it easier...

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Grandparents Day at Mill Creek provides golden learning experience for kids

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Students at Mill Creek Elementary School got some lessons worth gold this week from some folks in their golden years. Monday through Wednesday (Sept. 8-10) was Grandparents Day. Two grades per day welcomed their grandparents for a special orientation that included a brief school overview from students and a visit to classes.“There is just something magical about having Grandparents in your school building.  They always seem happy and appreciative of what life has given them,”...

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bob Jones, James Clemens, make Newsweek's latest Best High Schools in America list

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If you attend Bob Jones or James Clemens high school, you are in one of the top 1 percent of high schools nationwide.A new study affirms that by again placing Madison City Schools as the only school district in Alabama with more than one high school on a reputable “Best High Schools in America” list.The latest report, released today in Newsweek’s “Daily Beast,” lists Bob Jones and James Clemens among 735 high schools that were ranked. A Washington Post study released...

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