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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Nominations open for Bob Jones High School Hall of Fame until Sept. 20

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The Bob Jones High School Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding alumni of BJHS who have maintained a high standard of excellence and made a significant contribution in their fields of endeavor, or persons who are not alumni, but have made a significant contribution to BJHS in the form of leadership, service, etc. These individuals serve as role models for current and future Bob Jones High School students.  To qualify, alumni candidates must: ·       have...

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Madison school teaches good habits that make a better person

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Motivation, it is said, is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.In addition to their classroom instruction, students at Horizon Elementary are learning a school version of the career-focused “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” to motivate them into making good habits.The program is part of the “Leader In Me” initiative that the teachers underwent special training for. Posters throughout the school list character virtues that should apply in school and...

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Madison Elementary deemed safe after gas leak from nearby repair

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  Madison Elementary school was temporarily evacuated today after a gas odor was detected. Students were allowed to return after police and fire inspected the building and determined the leak came from an outside source. The investigation found that a utilities work crew responding to a water leak on Sullivan Street accidentally ruptured the gas line during the repairs. Authorities believe odor from that breach wafted into the school, causing the evacuation. School busses were sent to...

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Madison schools using more local produce to boost nutrition, aid economy

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As part of an effort to serve more locally grown foods and to help the state economy, the Madison City School system is beefing up its use of foods from local farms.Tuesday, Aug. 27, Madison schools will feature roasted sweet potato wedges from Haynes Farm in Cullman.In the next couple of weeks, the school district will receive more sweet potatoes from Cullman, plus cherry tomatoes and watermelon from Gadsden, said Marty Tatara, Child Nutrition Program Supervisor for Madison City Schools.The...

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Madison schools using more local produce to boost nutrition, aid economy

Posted by John Peck in General

As part of an effort to serve more locally grown foods and to help the state economy, the Madison City School system is beefing up its use of foods from local farms.Tuesday, Aug. 27, Madison schools will feature roasted sweet potato wedges from Haynes Farm in Cullman.In the next couple of weeks, the school district will receive more sweet potatoes from Cullman, plus cherry tomatoes and watermelon from Gadsden, said Marty Tatara, Child Nutrition Program Supervisor for Madison City Schools.The...

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Flu Mist vaccine nothing to sniff at; Madison schools again offer spray over flu shot

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With signs of summer still abundant, the flu is probably not something folks are thinking about right now.Here in Madison City Schools, we are again taking steps ahead of time to make sure our students are protected from the flu.Consent forms for the upcoming Flu Mist Clinic were sent home with students on the first day of school. Take a moment to review those forms, sign them, and turn them back in at your school before the Sept. 13 deadline. Waiting runs the risk of missing the deadline or...

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Madison City PTAs push programs, parental involvement, in new school year

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The Madison City Council of PTAs wasted no time in kicking off the new school year. The Council – representing officers of PTAs from every Madison city school – met in the MCS central office Aug. 19, to review goals, get briefings on various programs and discuss other PTA business. PTA membership citywide approaches 6,000, according to Sonja Griffith, president of the Madison City Council of PTAs. Information about each PTA can be found on individual school websites which can be...

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Madison City Schools gear up for Patriot, Jets night Aug. 15

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Parents of students attending Bob Jones High School will be able to obtain schedules at the school’s Patriot Night which is taking place at BJHS on Thursday, Aug. 15 starting at 5 pm in the Zompa Auditorium. Following Patriot Night, online access to students’ iNow accounts and schedules will be opened on Friday, Aug. 16.Students at James Clemens High School will also pick up schedules Thursday, Aug. 15 at Jets Night, which begins at 6 with new student and freshman orientation and continues...

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Teacher, staffer of year named by Madison City Schools at Institute Day

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Madison City Schools gathered Monday for “Institute Day,” the annual “back-to-school” kickoff for all MCS school and district employees.Hundreds of MCS employees convened in the Bob Jones High School auditorium Aug.12 to recognize the teacher and staff member of the year (elected from peers), celebrate employment milestones and hear motivational speeches from Schools Superintendent. Dr. Dee Fowler, School Board President Ray White, and last year’s elementary and...

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Thursday, August 08, 2013

Discovery Middle gets new principal, BJHS gets new assistant principal

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The Madison City Board of Education approved the hiring of several school administrators Thursday night, including a new principal for Discovery Middle School.  Melanie J. Barkley, principal at Mill Creek Elementary, takes over at Discovery. She replaces Robbie Smith, who accepted a principalship in her home town of Hartselle.  The board approved retired Liberty Middle School Principal Sally Bruer to serve as interim principal at Mill Creek Elementary until a permanent replacement...

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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Instruction, professionalism, focus of new teacher orientation in Madison

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 Newly-hired teachers for the Madison City Schools system are the “students” this week in a new-teacher orientation. The two-day session at the central office is to educate them on district expectations for curriculum, instruction, policies, and procedures. Orientation sessions include Plan 2020, the state strategic plan; Focus 2020, Madison City School’s strategic plan; Alabama Quality Teaching Standards; planning for effective use of instructional time; and formative...

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Tuesday, August 06, 2013

A new tool to manage your child's meal account at school

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Keeping up with your child’s meal account in Madison City Schools just got a little easier.The school district announces a free mobile App for Android and iPhone that will help parents and guardians manage the meal account at their school.Users can make payments, and view meal account balance, cafeteria purchases, and payment history - all from the convenience of a smart phone. You can personalize the App by adding student pictures. Users with more than one child can make deposits through...

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Madison City Board of Education member Connie Spears a strong advocate for MCS

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From school PTAs to serving as a member of the Madison City Board of Education, Connie Spears has been a tireless advocate for Madison schools.Read more about her in this story by the Madison County Record.http://www.themadisonrecord.com/2013/08/05/board-work-takes-spears-to-campuses-capitol-steps-in-montgomery/

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Dr. Terri Johnson helps Madison City Board of Education define "vision"

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Dr. Terri Johnson has been a member of the Madison City Board of Education since April 2007.Read more about her service, her vision for schools, and other community involvement in this profile by the Madison County Record.http://www.themadisonrecord.com/2013/07/31/as-board-member-johnson-helps-in-defining-district-vision/  

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Profile of a leader for Madison City Schools: BOE President Ray White

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Ray White, president of the Madison City Board of Education, is passionate about making all Madison city schools top notch.White, a lifelong Madison resident and a accountant by profession, talks more about his role and Madison schools in this article by the Madison County Record.http://www.themadisonrecord.com/2013/07/23/white-believes-school-board-must-continue-unceasing-commitment/

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Madison City Schools expands ways to keep you informed

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We are just three weeks out from the official start of school in Madison. We hope you are enjoying the summer break but we also look forward to welcoming our students back. Here in Madison City Schools, we try to use a variety of methods to keep parents informed. One way is through NotifyMe that enables users to subscribe to e-mail and text notifications from their school and also from the district. Principals have already begun sending NotifyMe communications about scheduling, upcoming meetings...

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Madison's Bob Jones High School among nation's finest, study shows

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Madison’s Bob Jones High School again made “America’s best high schools” list by U.S. News and World Report.Bob Jones ranked fifth of 90 high schools reviewed in Alabama. It ranked in the top four percent of the 21,035 high schools review...ed nationwide. (see the report here: http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/alabama/rankingsDr. Camille Wright, director of instruction for Madison City Schools, said the top billing is a testament to the Madison school...

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Bob Jones High School, Discovery Middle, losing beloved administrators for other jobs

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Madison City Schools is saying goodbye to two beloved school administrators.Julie Finley, assistant principal at Bob Jones High School for the past eight years; and Robbie Smith, principal at Discovery Middle for the last two years, are resigning for other career opportunities.Their resignations were approved by the Madison City Board of Education July 25.   Smith is taking a middle school principal job in Hartselle where she resides. Schools Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler called Smith...

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Madison schools conference aims to strengthen instruction, curriculum

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It’s summer break for Madison City Schools students, but MCS education leaders are staying busy preparing for the 2013-14 school year which officially begins for students Aug. 19. This week, school principals and their assistants along with instructional coaches and central office administrators are convening in an administrators retreat to review policies, receive updates on programs and collaborate on ways to improve educational quality in curriculum and instructional practices.The retreat...

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Madison City School Board member Ranae Bartlett drawn to public service, volunteerism

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The Madison County Record published the first of what will be a series of profiles of Madison City School Board members. The following link is to an article on board member Ranae Bartlett. The other board members are Ray White, Connie Spears, Terri Johnson and David Hergenroeder. http://www.themadisonrecord.com/2013/07/16/volunteering-service-innate-for-board-member-bartlett/

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