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Friday, September 26, 2014

Twitter Chats help Madison educators stay abreast of best teaching practices

Posted by John Peck in General

Madison City schoolteachers are increasing their use of Twitter to share resources and ideas. It’s yet another way educators can collaborate beyond the school day. The first of what will be regular, after-hours Twitter chats was entitled, “Shoutouts, Shares and Showoffs.” The next chat Oct. 23 is entitled “Desert Island Tech Tools” which explores “What can you not live without?”The chat was organized by MCS Instructional Technology Coordinator Carmen Buchanan,...

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Traveling planetarium provides star-studded lesson for Madison school

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Madison Elementary students are getting an out-of-this-world lesson on the cosmos without even leaving their school. A portable planetarium is in the media center for students to view a star show.Woodsman of the World loaned their Star Lab/Planetarium for the school’s official observance of Space Week.Every day this week, students are rotating in for a presentation by James Brelsford,  an astronomy educator from the Von Braun Astronomical Society (VBAS). Entry is through an air-lock...

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

New Food Bank 'Hub' helps area schools, farmers, serve local food

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Madison City students got a pretty sweet deal with their lunches Sept. 18.The sweet potatoes were grown locally. Peaches from Chilton County will be next. Apples from Scott’s Apple Orchard in North Madison County could join the school menu in October.The local focus is part of an initiative to bring fresher, locally grown foods to area schools. The Farm Food Collaborative is a project of the North Alabama Food Bank of North Alabama. The recent formation of a local food hub makes it easier...

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Grandparents Day at Mill Creek provides golden learning experience for kids

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Students at Mill Creek Elementary School got some lessons worth gold this week from some folks in their golden years. Monday through Wednesday (Sept. 8-10) was Grandparents Day. Two grades per day welcomed their grandparents for a special orientation that included a brief school overview from students and a visit to classes.“There is just something magical about having Grandparents in your school building.  They always seem happy and appreciative of what life has given them,”...

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bob Jones, James Clemens, make Newsweek's latest Best High Schools in America list

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If you attend Bob Jones or James Clemens high school, you are in one of the top 1 percent of high schools nationwide.A new study affirms that by again placing Madison City Schools as the only school district in Alabama with more than one high school on a reputable “Best High Schools in America” list.The latest report, released today in Newsweek’s “Daily Beast,” lists Bob Jones and James Clemens among 735 high schools that were ranked. A Washington Post study released...

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cybersecurity Club woos students at Discovery and Liberty middle schools

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Here’s a cool opportunity for kids interested in the intriguing world of computers and cybersecurity.Madison City Schools just launched the Mad City Cyber Club for Discovery and Liberty middle schools. This club will meet weekly with loc...al computer and cybersecurity experts to learn about IT security, operating systems, password protection, hacking and other phenomena.During the 10-week period, students will have the opportunity to compete in national cybersecurity competitions. They...

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Content planning, engagement, are key to teaching, education expert tells Madison educators

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MADISON - Dr. Jim Knight, nationally-acclaimed education researcher and author, spoke to North Alabama educators today at James Clemens High School.Madison City is honored to host Dr. Knight who provides great insight into effective teaching. His talk centered on concepts such as content planning, connecting with students, assessment, instruction, engagement, community building and using learning maps. Teachers and instructional specialists from across the region attended as part of the area-wide...

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Chess expands in Madison City middle schools; elementary program strong and growing

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Chess, already a strong presence in Madison City elementary schools, is growing in Madison City middle schools.The Madison City Chess League presented new chess sets to Liberty Middle School.The Madison City Chess League used proceeds from chess camps it held this summer to donate the chess sets for both middle school programs.L-R: Liberty teachers and school chess leaders Joseph Blankenship and Lory Schieler, BOE member and MCCL Chess League Director Ranae Bartlett, and student Vishay Ram Madison...

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Bob Jones football players huddle for story time with Mill Creek youngsters

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Members of the Bob Jones High School football team made a special visit to a Madison City elementary school today to read to kids.The visit, this one to Mill Creek Elementary, was part of an outreach that groups from Bob Jones and James Clemens high schools make regularly to Madison middle and elementary schools.The trips instill a sense of servanthood in the older kids and give younger students positive role models to look up to.The football players seemed to be enjoying storytime as much as...

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Madison City Schools retreat aims for greater excellence in schools

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Madison City Schools has developed into a high performing school district in the 16 years since it was created. Unwilling to rest on its laurels, the Madison City Board of Education held an instructional retreat this week to refine district goals and discuss strategies to take the system to even greater heights.The retreat was Aug. 11 in the BOE’s Central Office at 211 Celtic Drive. The retreat was part of an ongoing self-evaluation and brainstorming process that school officials constantly...

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Assistant principals named for Liberty, James Clemens in Madison

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James Clemens High School and Liberty Middle School each have a new assistant principal.The Madison City Board of Education approved the hiring recommendations at its board meeting Wednesday, July 30. Allison Miller, an instructional partner at Discovery Middle and a former longtime math teacher at Liberty Middle, is now assistant principal at James Clemens High School. She replaces Carmen Buchanan, who recently became technology instruction coordinator for the Madison City Schools district.Kary...

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Madison honors top teachers, hears motivational speaker, for Institute Day

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Madison City Schools recognized its top teachers and staff members for the school system at Institute Day. That’s the ceremonial kickoff each school year for all district teachers, staff members administrators, and board of education members. The event was July 29 in the Bob Jones High School auditorium. Winners are introduced by the previous year winners. A committee chooses the final nominee from principal recommendations and other criteria. Only persons who won the top-employee award...

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Thursday, July 03, 2014

Array of Programs Keep Madison City Schools Busy Over Summer

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Summer break is in full swing but that doesn’t mean our schools in Madison City have had a break in activity. From a summer Math camp at Mill Creek Elementary, to extended day programs at Columbia and Heritage, Extended School Year (special ed or ESY) and English Language Learners (EL) programs at James Clemens High and other MCS campuses, our schools have been all but empty.   Madison City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler said summer remains a busy time for many teachers...

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Madison City Schools holds instructional retreat to improve teaching

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While students are getting a break from the classroom, “school” was in session this week for Madison City principals and other instructional leaders.The school district held an administrators retreat June 5-6 to discuss ways to improve instruction. Guest presenters included Rita Wright of Renaissance Learning and Dr. Jeff Wooten, Alabama director for AdvanceED. The theme of the retreat was “Becoming an Impact District through a Common Vision.” Madison City Schools Superintendent...

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Destination Imagination team from Bob Jones HS in Madison wins world championship

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A team of Bob Jones High School students outperformed 83 teams from across the U.S. and 16 countries to claim the top spot in a 2014 Destination Imagination Global Finals competition, held Memorial Day weekend at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.The win marked the first time an Alabama team won the DI world championship in the high school (or secondary) division.“We are proud of them for the hard work this represents. For them to reach this level is very exciting news,”...

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Friday, May 23, 2014

New girls basketball coach for James Clemens ready to take Jets to new heights

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James Clemens High School has a new girls basketball coach. Amber Deline has been head coach of the girls team at Oneonta High School since 2008 and lead that team to consecutive state championships in 2013 and 2014. She was assistant coach at the University of Montevallo from 2003-2006 and assistant coach at Samford University for two years before accepting the head coaching job at Oneonta in Blount County. Madison City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler joined James Clemens Principal Dr....

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

James Clemens launches effort to acquire real military jet for display

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James Clemens High School may soon acquire a real military jet to salute its “Jets” nickname.The Madison City Board of Education approved an agreement to receive the TF-9J aircraft from the U.S. Naval Aviation Museum of Pensacola. The plane is currently in a surplus lot outside the Veterans Museum in Huntsville.Plans are to refurbish it for static display in front of the school. The TF-9J (Cougar) jet flew in numerous military missions and also became part...

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Madison City middle schools undergo major scheduling change in 2014-15

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MADISON - Exciting instructional changes are coming to Madison City middle schools next year.The Madison City Board of Education approved a plan Thursday, April 3, that alters the instructional day from a four to a five-block schedule.The change will increase the opportunities for electives and also include a course catalog. (link is under "Instruction" on our website http://data.madisoncity.k12.al.us/documents/Instruction/middle%20school%20course%20catalog/4-3-14%20Final%20MS%20Catalog%20for%20LMS%20and%20DMS%20(B).pdf ) This...

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Madison City math teams multiply victories in major math tourneys

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We in Madison City Schools already know how great our students and teachers are. Read what a national academic organization just said about one of our middle schools: “Discovery Middle School has some of the best middle-school mathematicians in the country, as demonstrated by their strong finish" in the national 2014 "Four-by-Four" math competition. Congratulations to Discovery Middle for fielding teams that won both 1st AND 2nd place. The Four-by-Four is a national mathematics...

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Elementary schools math promotion puts principals on posters

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Math is a part of our everyday life. From managing our spending to converting measurements for a recipe, we draw from our math know-how whether we realize it or not. Kids need to understand the importance of math and why schools are teaching it. Teachers are moving away from straight-up calculations and rote memorization to applying mathematical concepts to real life applications. Still, our kids need motivation to embrace math - not shun it. Madison City Schools wants to enhance their willingness...

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