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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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Dr. Dee Fowler elected leader of state school superintendent's association

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Madison City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler is taking a top leadership role in the School Superintendents of Alabama association headquartered in Montgomery. Fowler, who was just named school superintendent of the year by the Alabama PTA organization, was tapped president-elect of SSA at its conference this week.As president-elect and in line to become SSA president next year, Fowler’s expanded role with SSA will bring even more recognition to the respected and highly acclaimed City...

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Quality schools a chief reason for Madison's national family-friendly ranking

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People in Madison get it. Folks in many other parts of the country are getting it too. A new ranking by a national lifestyle magazine named Madison one of America's Best Towns for Families. Read about Madison's top 10 billing by Family Circle here: http://www.familycircle.com/family-fun/travel/best-towns-for-families-2013/ Quality schools weighed heavily in the rankings. Madison City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler praised school system employees and board members,...

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Millions of dollars in BRAC bonds will benefit Madison, Huntsville, Madison County schools

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Governor Robert Bentley issued the following release today (June 25) regarding the recent sale of nearly $175 million in bonds for school capital needs. Most of the money will be distributed in Madison County, including $26 million for Madison City Schools. Below is the news release that includes the list of school systems that will benefit. Madison school administrators and board members will discuss priority projects soon. JOHN PECK, public relations manager,...

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Top teachers, staffers, for Madison City Schools announced for 2013

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The Madison City School System is pleased to formally recognize its teacher and staff member of the year at its schools. Through nominations by co-workers and an application process, local school committees met to select a teacher of the year and staff member of the year. The Transportation Department and Central Office also named a staff person of the year. Although many of the award recipients have been known since the last week in school, the last (MCS personnel secretary Shannon Mitchell)...

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Private schools not expecting many transfers from failing schools

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Just days after the State Department of Education released its list of so-called "failing schools" in accordance with the new Alabama Accountability Act, private school associations are predicting few student transfers using state tax credits under AAA. The reason? many don't want the regulations that come with tax credits designed to offset tuition. Also, since the bulk of failing schools are middle schools, parents may not want to enroll their children in a private school and then lose...

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

School System teams with Madison Parks and Rec. for new soccer fields

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A shortage of city recreational fields, a developer’s overabundance of fill dirt, and available space at a Madison elementary school have spurred plans for a joint soccer field project in Madison. The Madison City Board of Education approved an agreement to commit up to $100,000 and space beside Columbia Elementary School for two new soccer fields. The school district help will be combined with an estimated $250,000-worth of engineering, labor and supplies from the City of Madison...

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Dr. Georgina Nelson named principal at Heritage Elementary in Madison

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Heritage Elementary School in Madison has a new principal. The Madison City Board of Education approved Dr. Georgina P. Nelson as principal of the K-6 school. She replaces Lydia Davenport, who is retiring. A meet-and-greet is being planned for Dr. Nelson at Heritage sometime in July. Dr. Nelson has been assistant principal at Madison Elementary this past school year. Prior to that, she held a variety of education administration positions for the State Department of Education mostly for the...

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Registration for Madison City Schools begins July 1

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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. Students who will be new to the Madison City system or are transferring schools within the system must register. Students transferring schools due to rezoning or from rising from primary to secondary schools don't have to re-enroll. For details about the registration process and registration forms, click on the registration...

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Why Common Core standards make common sense

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By now, most everyone in Alabama is familiar with the national "Common Core" education standards, known in this state as Alabama College and Career Ready standards, or ACCR. Some 45 states have adopted Common Core to ensure that school systems nationwide have grade-specific learning benchmarks. Curriculum design is still mostly left up to individual states and local school districts. Without them, students will miss opportunities and find themselves ahead of or behind...

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Triana set to build new library to replace one that burned

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The town of Triana is a vital partner of the Madison City School system. The community was devastated when a fire destroyed the town library in 2009. It was an important  resource for students and for the community as a whole. The building also housed the Triana Boys and Girls Club. A formal groundbreaking for construction of a new library will be Friday, June 14, at 4 p.m. at the Triana Municipal building on Sixth Street.   Read more about the project and...

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Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Chamber writeup touts excellence of Madison City Schools, BRAC funds for local school systems

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The Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce devoted the June issue of its Initiatives magazine to education and Madison City Schools figured prominently in the report.The magazine includes a column from chamber President Chip Cherry (page 8) commenting on BRAC bonds for Huntsville, Madison City and Madison County school systems and the importance of keeping Common Core standards.There's an extensive writeup (page 18) about the $147 million in BRAC bonds coming to the local school systems,...

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Madison churches, businesses, partner with Madison schools to feed hungry kids

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        CrossPointe Church volunteers stuff food packs for needy Madison schoolchildren to have on weekends.         When Devonee Woods pitched to her church the “We Care” food pack program for needy Madison City schoolchildren, some members of the congregation were astounded of the need.Many at Messiah Lutheran Church were unaware that 23 percent of MCS students (nearly one in four) qualify for the poverty-based...

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Horizon Elementary first in Madison to have certified outdoor classroom

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Madison’s Horizon Elementary has a “green” reason to celebrate. The school is the first in the Madison school district and one of only a half-dozen countywide to secure Alabama Outdoor Classroom Certification. James Clemens High School sent a team to Horizon to learn the certification process, and other Madison schools may do so also. With a nature trail cutting through Horizon’s woods on campus, outdoor gardens used for teaching, and teachers trained in nature-friendly...

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Two Madison City students win top national education awards, a rarity being from same school

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Madison City Schools has not one but TWO graduating seniors who made the highly coveted White House Commission on Presidential Scholars list for 2013. What a phenomenal feat considering that only 141 were picked nationwide out of 3,300 top seniors who qualified from among 3.2 million seniors. Madison Schools Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler, Bob Jones High School Principal Robby Parker and BJHS College and Career Readiness Advisor Sheila Roberts took part in a news conference Monday to...

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Thursday, May 09, 2013

Changes to Alabama Accountability Act Fall Far Short

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Tempers flared in the Alabama Senate today over a substitute to the Alabama Accountability Act. Opponents complained the bill sponsors used procedural rules to limit debate on changes . The substitute passed 21 - 12 and must now go to the House for concurrence. Sen. Bill Holtzclaw, R-Madison, voted yes on the substitute and Sen Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, voted no. Changes  include lowering the threshold for what qualifies as a failing school from 10 to 6 percent in terms of the bottom...

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