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Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Madison City School System Shines Big In National Merit Scholar Report

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MADISON, Ala. _ Madison City Schools is one of America’s top producers of national merit semifinalists, according to new data released today by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.Madison City has an impressive 35 national merit semifinalists this year. That’s a 59 percent increase over last year and continues Madison’s rank as the District with the most merit scholars in Alabama regardless of size. The phenomenal performance by Madison City students – on top...

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Friday, September 04, 2015

Liberty Middle School Celebrates Opening of Makers Space

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Liberty Middle School was buzzing with excitement Sept. 3 with the opening of the Makers Space addition to its library-media center. Liberty Principal Nelson Brown, LMS Media Center Director Sandy Brand, Mayor Troy Trulock, and Madison City Board of Education members Connie Spears, Terri Johnson, Tim Holtcamp and Ranae Bartlett were on hand to celebrate the opening with students and media center reps from other Madison City Schools.Makers Space is an area set aside in the Liberty Media Center...

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Northrop Grumman, Siemens, Help Bring Greenpower Initiative to Discovery STEM Academy

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Discovery Middle School is adding a Greenpower Car initiative to its STEM Academy, thanks to a generous donation from Northrop Grumman. Northrop officials joined Mayor Troy Trulock, Julia West with DMS’s STEM Academy, DMS Assistant Principal Kim Stewart and other school leaders at a check presentation Thursday in the STEM Academy. Northrop Grumman’s $8,000 donation will be used to purchase a Greenpower kit for a formula 24 car that will be built by a DMS Race Car Team and used in...

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Madison City Principals Get Shout-out for District Accreditation

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The Madison City Board of Education applauded its schools and employees for leading the district into an impressive accreditation evaluation. Madison City Schools not only achieved accreditation, it did so with flying colors. Principals were awarded accreditation certificates at the Aug. 11 BOE meeting to place in their schools. After nearly a year of prep to ensure that the district was meeting the rigorous standards of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Madison City welcomed...

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

MC2 Academy Challenges Teachers To Use More Creative Learning Approaches

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In today’s rapidly changing environment, students need instruction that better prepares them how to apply that knowledge.That was one premise of a recent MC2 conference for Madison City educators.MC2 is short for the Madison Core and Career Academy for Educators, organized by the Madison Career Tech Advisory Council. Participants in the two-day event included teachers, instructional leaders, and local career tech reps from Madison City. They discussed cross curricular collaboration, application...

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Admin Retreat for Madison City Focuses on Instruction, Technology, Global Learning Targets

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School’s out for students.For principals, school administrators, and instructional specialists at Madison City Schools, it’s a busy time for professional development. The District held an administrators retreat focused on ways to better prepare students for college and careers.The “Unifying our Vision for the Future” conference began with a deep discussion on the district’s REACH approach to global learning. It concluded with a collaborative exercise to refine priorities...

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Monday, June 08, 2015

End In Sight: Bob Jones Renovations Reaching the Home Stretch:

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Extensive renovations to Bob Jones High School have entered the home stretch, with the bulk of the total job expected to be done when school resumes Aug. 5.“Everything should be finished before students return except the auditorium,” said Patrick Conner, Director of Operations for Madison City Schools. “We’re anticipating that to be done by the end of August.”Completion will mark the end of an extreme school makeover that touched every sector of the building:...

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Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Bridging a Gap: James Clemens Student Aids Band with Bridge to Practice Field

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Bravo to James Clemens High School student Matthew Parkes for leading a bridge-building project that provides better access to the school’s band practice field. Parkes, a rising junior in the JCHS band, built the pedestrian bridge as his Eagle Scout project. Volunteers from Troop 351 and the JCHS band (including parents) recently completed the project.James Clemens Principal Dr. Brian Clayton said, “We are very proud of Matthew and his work at James Clemens. It is awesome to know...

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Best Wishes and a Hearty Farewell to Our 2015 Retirees

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Madison City Schools recently bid farewell to a lot of teachers and staff who retired at the end of the school year. Schools Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler led a delegation to deliver gift bags and thank them for their service. A school district the size of Madison's has many facets that require a variety of skills. We appreciate these employees and wish them well in their retirement. Below are their photos. Not pictured are Claudia Styles, Mill Creek Elementary; Michael Chapman,...

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Ray White Celebrated As Visionary, Progressive Leader of MCS

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The last Madison City Board of Education meeting of the school year was also the last for BOE President Ray White. Mr. White departed from the board after 10 years of service. The City Council appointed Tim Holtcamp to fill Mr. White’s position. Dr. Terri Johnson, vice president of the five-member Board, was elected president. The Board elected Ranae Bartlett vice president.Outgoing Madison City BOE President Ray White hands over the gavel to new BOE President Dr. Terri Johnson. Ranae Bartlett,...

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Friday, May 08, 2015

Congressman Brooks Visits James Clemens to Honor Military Academy Appointments

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James Clemens High School gave a formal salute today to three of its seniors heading off to service academies. U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks came to lead the recognition ceremony. The students are: Allen King, U.S. Air Force Academy; Miles Whitlow, U.S. Naval Academy; and James Pruneski, West Point. The recognition ceremony was in the main rotunda of the school packed with students, teachers, and family members of the honorees. Pictured are (L-R) James Clemens Principal Dr. Brian Clayton, Miles...

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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Leadership Training Grooms Potential Future Admins for Madison City Schools

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Be brave and not afraid to deal with tough situations head on. Be willing to get out of your comfort zone. Empower employees and trust in their abilities. Communicate effectively. Be a servant leader.These and other advice tips were doled out at a leadership training session for Madison City School personnel who aspire to be administrators.It’s the ASAP (Aspiring School Administrators Program). The school district launched the program to groom educators who aspire for a principalship and...

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Friday, May 01, 2015

James Clemens Rolling Out the Red Carpet for its 2nd Annual Johnnys Awards

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Mark your calendars to be at James Clemens High School on Friday. May 8. That's when “The Johnnys" will be rolling out the red carpet again for this annual Jets Press Awards program celebrating student work. The event will be at 6:30 p.m. in the JCHS auditorium. After another very successful horror film exhibition last fall with The October Project 2, Jets Press of James Clemens High School is back again with its annual Johnnys award ceremony. The Johnnys, (a.k.a. The Jetspress...

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Kindergarten signup deadline is May 8 for Madison City Schools

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This is just a reminder that Kindergarten registration for Madison City Schools ends next Friday, May 8, at 1 p.m. Children must be age 5 on or before Sept. 1 to be eligible for Kindergarten. School starts Aug. 5. Details on registration, including paperwork you will need, are under the "registration" tab of the MCS website. (click here) The Central Office is located at 211 Celtic Drive. Hours for registration are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday...

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Sixth Grade Field Day Winners From Madison City Schools

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Madison City Schools held its 6th grade Field Day on Friday, April 24. The weather cooperated, students behaved nicely, volunteers did a wonderful job, and Bob Jones High School provided an excellent place to have it. A great time was had by all. Horizon Elementary was the official host. While there were individual winners from every school, Rainbow Elementary won the overall trophy among schools for the second year in a row. Columbia Elementary took home the sportsmanship award. All...

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Madison City Schools Honored at Education Appreciation Lunch at Redstone

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“There is no profession more essential to the future of our nation than education.” Those were the words of Gen. Dennis Via, commander of the Army Materiel Command, in the Army’s annual Education Appreciation Luncheon held April 17 at Redstone Arsenal. Attending were representatives of schools throughout the Tennessee Valley including Madison City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler and staff, as well as MCS Board of Education members.“At Redstone Arsenal, excellence...

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Madison City Students Win State PTA Reflections Contest; Several advance to Nationals

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Congratulations to Madison City students who won state awards in the Alabama PTA’s Reflections contest. The students placed tops in Madison City Schools and went on to win state awards.State winners will be recognized April 26 at the Alabama PTA convention.At least three MCS state winners (listed at bottom) will advance to the national PTA Reflections contest.The state winners and their schools are: Photography-Intermediate Division: Honorable Mention, Cassidy Little, Rainbow Elementary.Photography-Primary...

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Madison City Invites Purple Attire Wednesday for Military Child Campaign

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If you see a lot of purple in Madison City Schools tomorrow, it’s not just by coincidence.Employees and students are invited to wear purple in honor of National Military Child Month.“Purple Up” Day is April 15. The color purple was chosen for this campaign because it symbolizes all branches of the military. It is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue.All MCS secondary schools obtained a banner to display and purple wristbands...

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Revolutionary War Historians Wow Columbia Elementary Students

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    Columbia Elementary in Madison got a hands-on-lesson on the Revolutionary War period complete with soldiers in uniform, muskets, flags from that era, and historical snippets about life and the battlefield. Representatives of the Alabama Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Tennessee Valley Chapter, visited the school. They were there to honor poster winners of an SAR-sponsored poster contest and to educate the 5th grade class. Of 140 posters submitted from schools throughout...

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Friday, April 03, 2015

Autism Awareness Campaign Features Peer-to-Peer Education in Madison City

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Madison City Schools recognized April as Autism Awareness month through a student-lead awareness program at James Clemens High School, including the sale of bracelets and a brief video. Mayor Troy Trulock presented a proclamation, and an egg hunt was held for students with Developmental Disabilities.Madison Mayor Troy Trulock, special ed teachers Michelle Hyams and Tabitha Malone,  JCHS Principal Dr. Brian Clayton Mayor Trulock commended students for the peer-to-peer...

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