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Friday, May 12, 2017

James Clemens Celebrates Outdoor Classroom Certification

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James Clemens High School celebrated its certification May 12 as an official Outdoor Classroom School. Friday’s ceremony capped months of work involving dozens of teachers, volunteers, parents, students and sponsors with lots of donated material and labor. “It’s not over yet,” said Principal Dr. Brian Clayton of the pledge to continuously modify, add to and maintain the outdoor classroom for future years.The celebration sanctions the Outdoor Classroom School...

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Liberty Middle Basketball Team Gets Lesson in Playing Game From Wheelchairs

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Liberty Middle School held a scrimmage game between the boys basketball team and a wheelchair team.The catch?The regular team had to play in wheelchairs also.The scrimmage was at the suggestion of Evan Lott, a 7th grade Liberty Middle student who plays on a youth wheelchair basketball team that made it into the national championships this year. The wheelchair team is under the direction of UAH's Ability Sports Network which is an adapted youth sports league focused on middle and...

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Friday, May 05, 2017

Madison Schools Technology Admin Wins State Award For Education Innovation

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Big congratulations to Mr. Daniel Whitt, Coordinator of Instructional Technology for Madison City Schools.Mr. Whitt earned a coveted Chiquita Marbury Technology Innovation Award from the Alabama Department of Education. The Marbury recognizes educators who are exemplary models of technology teachers and leaders.Nominees were judged based on the following five criteria: Innovation and Creativity, Impact on Teaching and Learning, Leadership, Teamwork and Scholarship.The awards will be presented...

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JCHS Shines at INDY Greenpower Race; BJHS Not Far Behind

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 Raise a checkered flag to Greenpower Racing in Madison City Schools.James Clemens and Bob Jones Greenpower Racing teams racked up an impressive performance at a national Greenpower Student Electric Car Challenge last week at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Dozens of teams from across the U.S. and U.K. competed.The Jets Racing team placed 2nd in class and 3rd overall.The Patriots placed 5th in class and 7th overall.Congratulations to the students, teacher/coaches Greg Ennis...

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Testing Day Becomes A Day of Service for Many Madison City Students

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While Madison City juniors and sophomores were taking the ACT and ASPIRE tests respectively, seniors and freshmen fanned out in non-traditional school activities. Wednesday, April 19, was "Enrichment Day" in Madison City Schools. Due to the logistics of testing, Bob Jones and James Clemens high schools again offered an opportunity for non-testing students to spend an enrichment day with a variety of learning options. Many students chose school-supervised community service. This could be a...

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Greenpower Racing/Car Show/ Kite Festival, Lead April 15 Activities

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If you are looking for some family activities to do this weekend, here are several worth considering: A Greenpower Car Race and Car Show at James Clemens High School; and a Kite Festival and egg hunt at Dublin Park. James Clemens High School is hosting the second annual Mad City Classic Greenpower USA Electric Car race this Saturday, April 15. There will also be a Car Show. Greenpower racing starts at 9 a.m. for elementary teams (Goblin Division), middle and high school...

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Friday, April 07, 2017

Madison City Schools Kick off April As Autism Awareness Month

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If you see a lot of blue in Madison schools  this month, it's not by coincidence.Blue is the theme color for Autism Awareness. April is Autism Awareness month. Madison Mayor Paul Finley joined Schools Superintendent Robby Parker and MCS Special Ed Director Dr. Maria Kilgore today at Columbia Elementary in issuing a proclamation joining Madison in the national Autism Awareness observance throughout April. Autism Spectrum disorders knows no "racial, social, or ethnic' barriers and...

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Outdoor Classroom Project Nearing Completion at James Clemens

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Students, faculty and volunteers waged a marathon day of work at James Clemens High School preparing the school's outdoor classroom. Thursday's work was done under the watchful eye of the Alabama Wildlife Federation, which sanctions and certifies Outdoor Classrooms statewide. Madison City has several already, including Liberty Middle and Horizon Elementary, with more on the way.James Clemens is enrolled in the Alabama Outdoor Classroom (AOC) Program—a partnership between...

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Madison City Students Emerge Like Kings in State Chess Tournament

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Madison City chess students were honored by the Board of Education for their stellar performance in the 2017 Scholastic Chess Championship, hosted by Bob Jones High School earlier this month. Madison City BOE member Ranae Bartlett, executive director of the Madison City Chess League and coach for Rainbow Elementary's teams. led the recognitions of players and coaches. For the roster of winners, click here   Congratulations to teams and individuals for the fine performance....

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

ADTRAN Donates to Madison City Greenpower Program

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Greenpower racing teams in Madison City Schools continue to seek donations in their quest to compete in a greenpower competition at the Indy 500.On Tuesday, March 7,  ADTRAN dropped a $2,000 check off at Bob Jones for the Patriot Racing Team. The company previously gave $2,000 to the JCHS team.Thank you, ADTRAN, for the generous support and to all others who have donated.Both teams are raising money for the prestigious opportunity to compete in a Greenpower Race the weekend of the...

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

PTA Reflections WInners Reflect Lots of Student Talent in Madison City Schools

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The Madison City Council of PTAs held its annual Reflections Contest for all students in elementary, middle and high schools.  This year's theme was "What's Your Story" and our students delivered some amazing and creative stories.The contest is part of the national PTA Reflections campaign.Students submitted entries in Visual Arts, Literature,  Film Production, Dance Choreography, Music Composition and Photography. Winners were selected by the Madison City Council of PTA's...

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Countdown Nearing End for Math-A-Palooza Signup; Deadline is Feb. 24

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Don't miss this year's Math-A-Palooza on the prime date of March 25.The calendar date numbers 3,2,5, and 2017 are all prime numbers.This increasingly popular and fun math challenge spectactular is held each year for students in Madison City Schools grades 3-6.This year's Math-A-Palooza will be at Bob Jones High School (check-in 8:15 in the cafeteria).Registration is only $5, with free snacks to competitors and additional snacks for sale for parents and others.The registration deadline is...

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Bob Jones Swim Coach Gunner Named National Coach of Year

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Bob Jones High School swim coach Michael Gunner has been named national boys swim coach of the year by the National Federation of High Schools (NFHA) Coaches Association.Mr. Gunner, an assistant principal at Rainbow Elementary, has coached the BJHS swim team since 2000, leading the Patriots to 9 state boys swim team championships. More on Mr. Gunner's swim coach successes in this BJHS athletics site link http://bobjonesathletics.com/2017/01/19/gunner-named-2016-national-swimming-coach-of-the-year/ The...

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

James Clemens Celebrates 100th School Day Honoring 100 Students

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James Clemens High School celebrated the 100th day of school on Tuesday, Jan. 24, by celebrating students deserving of special recognition. The school’s administrative team contacted parents or guardians of 100 JCHS students to personally recognize their child for a positive deed or accomplishment. “We wanted to honor the 100th day of school mark by contacting 100 students’ parents to let them know what a great job our kids do every day,” said Principal Dr. Brian Clayton....

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Bob Jones Greenpower Car Team Revving Up For Indy Appearance

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The Bob Jones Patriots Greenpower Team was recognized at the Jan. 12 Madison City Board of Education meeting for exceptional advances in greenpower competition. In just a relatively short time, the team continues to win and place well in Greenpower Races both locally and regionally. The Board viewed a brief video about the program  https://youtu.be/lL4YNGWSijk  and awarded certificates to the following: Jessye Gaines, engineering teacher and coach; Kris Kasprzak,...

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Burn Calories While Helping Teachers In The Paper Chase 5K

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Free 2 Teach is hosting its annual Paper Chase 5k Race on February 18 and would love to have the support and participation of Madison City teachers and other community members. The race start is 8 a.m. at Constitution Village in downtown Huntsville. (see details below)  Did you know that Free 2 Teach distributed nearly $170,000 in free supplies to Madison City teachers last school year?  Your participation as a runner or volunteer will help Free 2 Teach to...

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

National NICHE Education Study Gives Madison City Schools Top Grades

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The national website NICHE released its 2017 Best Schools in America list and Madison City Schools ranked third out of 135 school districts in Alabama, scoring an overall A+. All seven elementary schools in Madison placed in the top 25 in individual school rankings. All four Madison City secondary schools placed in the top 10 in Alabama – Bob Jones High School, fifth;  James Clemens High School, eighth; Liberty Middle, ninth; Discovery Middle, 10th.What a fantastic accomplishment...

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Heritage Gifts to Needy School Continue Madison City's Culture of Giving

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When most students rushed  home last Friday to start their winter break, students from a Madison City elementary school made a trek to deliver presents to an impoverished school in Huntsville. The givers were fifth graders at Heritage Elementary lead by teacher Anthony Graham. They raised money and toy donations  through Mr. Graham’s Ready Urself  For The Future (R.U.F.F.) student mentoring and leadership group. WHNT-19 covered the Morris Elementary toy delivery and filed...

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Family Gives Special Ed Gifts To Madison In Memory of Special Son

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Madison City Schools received a generous gift for its special education program this week in memory of one of its former students. Jeff and Teri Kirby played the role of Santa Claus, delivering a truck-full of sensory-activity items to the Developmentally Delayed program at Liberty Middle School.Their son, Adam Kerby, passed away a couple of years ago from complications related to his disability. “Today would have been Adam’s 18th birthday,” Jeff Kirby said to a round of applause...

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Madison Board Adopts 2017-18 Calendar; Bids Farewell to Dr. Fowler

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The Madison City Board of Education has adopted the calendar for the 2017-18 school year. The calendar was revised after feedback from parents, teachers and board members from a previous proposal. The calendar is posted in the calendar tab of the district website, or you can access it in this link:  The meeting was Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler's last before he moves to Montgomery to become Assistant Superintendent and Chief of Staff for State Schools Superintendent Michael Sentance. Former...

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