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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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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Madison City Schools continue registration for 2013-14 year

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Melina Lilavois, an incoming kindergarten student at Mill Creek Elementary in Madison, signs a Class of 2026 poster at the MCS Central Office after getting registered for school. Registration is ongoing until the Aug. 19 start date but parents are urged not to wait until the final days. For details on the registration process including what documents to bring, visit the Madison school district website at www.madisoncity.k12.al.us and click on the registration link.

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Monday, July 08, 2013

Local chamber executive extols importance of Common Core education standards

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Chip Cherry, president and CEO of the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce, wrote a column for the Huntsville Times/al.com about Common Core education standards and the importance of keeping Common Core in Alabama. He is not alone in seeing the value in Common Core.   Top business professionals, military leaders, and education leaders including State Schools Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice, Madison City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler, Huntsville...

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Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Survey of Madison City Schools a roadmap for education excellence

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A new survey of elementary and secondary schools in the Madison City School district shows a very high favorable rating on its overall education quality. Nearly 9 in 10 parents and other stakeholders said they were very satisfied or satisfied with the teaching and the quality of their child’s education. Respondents gave similar high marks for facilities, school safety and discipline, technology, central office administration and opportunities for parent/community involvement. The survey...

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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Madison principals to lead statewide webinar on heralded programs at their schools

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Two principals from Madison City Schools are taking a lead role in a statewide education webinar on innovative programs in schools. Robby Parker, principal of Bob Jones High School; and Rodney Richardson, principal of Horizon Elementary, will lead sessions on programs at their schools that were recently recognized for excellence by a statewide school administrators  organization. Horizon and BJHS were among only a dozen statewide this year selected as a CLAS Banner School for outstanding...

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Registration for Madison City Schools begins July 1; details here

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Summer is in full swing, but schools will be starting back before you know it. Don't get caught behind if you must register your kids for Madison City Schools.Madison City Schools will open registration for the 2013-14 school year on July 1.Now is a good time to start gathering the necessary paperwork. Schools resume for students Aug. 19 with teachers returning the week before.Students who will be new to the Madison school district or are transferring schools within the system must register.Students...

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Madison City Schools secure grant to expand Pre-K

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Madison City Schools is among the school systems in Alabama awarded a state grant to expand Pre-K offerings like this class at Rainbow Elementary.   Gov. Robert Bentley's office announced the recipients Wednesday, the result of a $9 million increase in Pre-K funding by the Legislature for school districts statewide. Madison's $80,100 share will be used to fund a teacher and aid, books and supplies to add a fourth Pre-K class at Rainbow. Mill Creek Elementary offers three PreK classes that...

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Madison eighth grader earns 30 on ACT test

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Check out this story on al.com about a Madison student scoring an impressive 30 on the ACT test as an eighth grader. Jessie Hall, 14, attended Rainbow Elementary and Discovery Middle and will be entering Bob Jones High School as a freshman this fall.   Her parents noticed her intellect early on and also credit the Madison City School System for preparing their daughter academically.http://blog.al.com/breaking/2013/06/madison_eighth_grader_scores_3.html#incart_river_defaultSee More ...

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