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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Buying tickets to Bob Jones sporting events now faster, easier

Posted by John Peck in General

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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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cybersecurity Club woos students at Discovery and Liberty middle schools

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Here’s a cool opportunity for kids interested in the intriguing world of computers and cybersecurity.Madison City Schools just launched the Mad City Cyber Club for Discovery and Liberty middle schools. This club will meet weekly with loc...al computer and cybersecurity experts to learn about IT security, operating systems, password protection, hacking and other phenomena.During the 10-week period, students will have the opportunity to compete in national cybersecurity competitions. They...

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Content planning, engagement, are key to teaching, education expert tells Madison educators

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MADISON - Dr. Jim Knight, nationally-acclaimed education researcher and author, spoke to North Alabama educators today at James Clemens High School.Madison City is honored to host Dr. Knight who provides great insight into effective teaching. His talk centered on concepts such as content planning, connecting with students, assessment, instruction, engagement, community building and using learning maps. Teachers and instructional specialists from across the region attended as part of the area-wide...

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Chess expands in Madison City middle schools; elementary program strong and growing

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Chess, already a strong presence in Madison City elementary schools, is growing in Madison City middle schools.The Madison City Chess League presented new chess sets to Liberty Middle School.The Madison City Chess League used proceeds from chess camps it held this summer to donate the chess sets for both middle school programs.L-R: Liberty teachers and school chess leaders Joseph Blankenship and Lory Schieler, BOE member and MCCL Chess League Director Ranae Bartlett, and student Vishay Ram Madison...

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Bob Jones football players huddle for story time with Mill Creek youngsters

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Members of the Bob Jones High School football team made a special visit to a Madison City elementary school today to read to kids.The visit, this one to Mill Creek Elementary, was part of an outreach that groups from Bob Jones and James Clemens high schools make regularly to Madison middle and elementary schools.The trips instill a sense of servanthood in the older kids and give younger students positive role models to look up to.The football players seemed to be enjoying storytime as much as...

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Madison City Schools retreat aims for greater excellence in schools

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Madison City Schools has developed into a high performing school district in the 16 years since it was created. Unwilling to rest on its laurels, the Madison City Board of Education held an instructional retreat this week to refine district goals and discuss strategies to take the system to even greater heights.The retreat was Aug. 11 in the BOE’s Central Office at 211 Celtic Drive. The retreat was part of an ongoing self-evaluation and brainstorming process that school officials constantly...

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Assistant principals named for Liberty, James Clemens in Madison

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James Clemens High School and Liberty Middle School each have a new assistant principal.The Madison City Board of Education approved the hiring recommendations at its board meeting Wednesday, July 30. Allison Miller, an instructional partner at Discovery Middle and a former longtime math teacher at Liberty Middle, is now assistant principal at James Clemens High School. She replaces Carmen Buchanan, who recently became technology instruction coordinator for the Madison City Schools district.Kary...

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Madison honors top teachers, hears motivational speaker, for Institute Day

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Madison City Schools recognized its top teachers and staff members for the school system at Institute Day. That’s the ceremonial kickoff each school year for all district teachers, staff members administrators, and board of education members. The event was July 29 in the Bob Jones High School auditorium. Winners are introduced by the previous year winners. A committee chooses the final nominee from principal recommendations and other criteria. Only persons who won the top-employee award...

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