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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Madison City Schools holds instructional retreat to improve teaching

Posted by John Peck in General

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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Friday, February 21, 2014

James Clemens video now a statewide teaching tool on handicapped laws

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What began as a local video to educate Madison residents about handicapped parking zones has grown into a statewide drivers’ training tool to educate them about handicapped parking laws.The four-minute community service video, entitled “Think Before You Park,” was produced last year by students at James Clemens High School in Madison in conjunction with the Madison City Disability Advocacy Board (MCDAB). The video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N45nIhDVP0M) got more than 7,000...

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Friday, February 07, 2014

Free2Teach a fantastic resource for teachers; a great cause to support

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One of the most underutilized resources for local teachers is the Free2Teach teacher supplies organization in Huntsville.Teachers in Madison City, Huntsville and Madison County school systems ought to keep Free2Teach in mind when gathering up classroom supplies and teaching materials.In these days of tight budgets, many teachers dip into their own pockets for supplies or to supplement the required supplies for students who otherwise would do without.The non-profit Free2Teach organization, located...

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Friday, January 31, 2014

IPad expansion breaking through learning barriers in special ed

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Madison City Schools is increasing the number of iPads to its developmental special ed programs, giving teachers a new tool for students with learning challenges. The MCS district acquired additional iPad Airs with protective cases for special ed programs at four schools: Columbia, Mill Creek and Rainbow elementary schools; and Liberty Middle School. The purchases were made possible with a $4,000 grant from Sen. Bill Holtzclaw, R-Madison, and a generous donation from Knights of Columbus of Madison. Dr....

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Dr, Fowler touts successes, challenges of MCS to chamber group

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Madison City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler shared the successes and challenges of Madison City Schools in a speech Jan. 24 to Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce business leaders.It was the chamber’s 2nd annual State of the Schools breakfast, held in the Jackson Center on the HudsonAlpha Institute of Biotechnology campus. Superintendents of Madison, Huntsville and Madison County school districts gave an overview of their school systems.Watch video that Dr. Fowler showed...

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Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Central Office temporarily relocating due to heat failure

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Parents and Guardians, The Madison City Schools’ Central Office will close today at 1:30 p.m. due to a mechanical issue with the heating system. It will remain closed until Thursday, January 9th. Fortunately this DOES NOT affect any of our schools. We are relocating our central office staff for Wednesday, January 8th. Departments will be dispersed to schools throughout the system. Please contact the following schools if you need assistance: Registration/Attendance/Student Services –...

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Monday, January 06, 2014

School start delayed Tuesday, Jan. 7 for 2 hours

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Dear Parents and Guardians, Thank you for your understanding during our two hour delay this morning. We will be DELAYING tomorrow morning, TUESDAY, January 7, 2014, for TWO HOURS as we did today. As you can imagine our operational systems are not engineered for subzero temperatures. The late start gives us time to check conditions at our schools. A couple of hours of sunshine and radiant heat helps both inside and outside our buildings. The delay also keeps us consistent with our neighboring...

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Friday, January 03, 2014

Dr. Fowler weighs in on Jan. 6 weather delay decisions; none anticipated at this time

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  January 3, 2014 Dear Parents and Guardians, I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful break. It was so nice to see all the smiling faces back in our schools; even though some may have stayed up too late watching the ballgame last night, as I did. Seeing the students made for a warm day despite some cold temperatures! The early part of the second semester always brings an increased chance of wintry weather. Mother Nature is wasting little time this year, as we find ourselves facing some...

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Madison BOE purchases former day care for stand-alone Pre-K school

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The Madison City Board of Education met in a special called meeting today and approved the purchase of a former child day care center to use as a pre-K school.The building and three acres is located on Nance Road just a couple hundred yards north of Rainbow Elementary.The property was originally listed at $1.6 million. School officials negotiated a purchase price of $837,500 including all furnishing, fixtures and playground equipment.   Madison City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler...

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Friday, December 06, 2013

James Clemens student masters ACT with a tops 36 score

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Sunny Chennupati, a junior at James Clemens High School, is the latest Madison City student to score a perfect 36 on the ACT test. Congratulations to this bright student and James Clemens High School along with the other Madison schools for this achievement. The Chennupati family moved to Madison in 1998 when Sunny was one year old. “My parents’ motives for moving were for me to achieve a greater education than in India and to advance their career opportunities,” Sunny said...

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Monday, December 02, 2013

Madison Elementary teacher motivates students to read

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A Madison teacher’s ability to motivate her students to read books landed her $1,500 to spend on her classroom.Julie Skipper, a 5th grade teacher at Madison Elementary School, was presented a check today (Dec. 4) from the Alabama Education Association from AEA’s “Be a Champion: Read” contest challenging students to read at least six grade-level books.Ms. Skipper got all 75 of her students to meet the challenge with her added task of having them write  essays on...

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Academies take career learning to greater heights in Madison City

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One thing that sets Madison City Schools apart from many other school districts is its emphasis on career technical academies which offer hands-on learning experiences in fields students may pursue after high school. This is done largely through partnerships with businesses, local government, hospitals, universities and many other entities – some in the way of internships, others in the form of on-site learning opportunities. The academies are like a compass that guide...

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Chess tourney at Rainbow shows rising popularity of game among students

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It was a great day at Rainbow Elementary, host of the Fall Queen’s Quest Chess Tournament on Saturday Nov 23. Approximately 100 students in grades K-12 competed in four individual and team sections.  In the Open Section, Bob Jones High School won first place team.  In the Junior High Section, Discovery Middle School won first place and Randolph won second place. In the K-6 Elementary Section, the team trophies were awarded to:  1st place Rainbow Elementary; 2nd...

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Madison City elementary and middle schools dominate math tourney

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Madison City Schools rocked in the recent Rocket City Junior Math Mania tournament at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.The tournament, hosted by Grissom High School, attracted more than 700 students from grades 4 – 8 from Madison, Huntsville City, Madison County, Randolph and other schools. Madison students placed first or near tops in both individual and group categories in most instances.Madison City 4th graders did exceptionally well among the 117 students from 17 schools with 4th grade...

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