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Friday, April 04, 2014

University Kia gift to improve technology at West Madison Elementary

Posted by John Peck in General

West Madison Elementary school received a generous donation on April 4 from a local car dealership to upgrade its technology. University Kia presented a $4,500 check to the school as part of its "Drive for Education" program. The goal of the program is to invest in the school systems in the surrounding area to help students have the necessary equipment for the "best possible educational experience." Madison Principal Dr. Daphne Jah (center left in the photo) and Sally Bruer from the Madison...

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Madison City Stadium to host junior solar car competition for students

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Madison City students will have the chance to shine from their math, engineering and science know-how in a competition to build and race a model solar-powered vehicle. The Junior Solar Sprint competition (http://www.jrsolarsprint.org) will be Saturday, May 17, in the Madison City Schools Stadium parking lot. Online registration began today and ends April 11. ( http://thehdc.com/2014-junior-solar-sprint-competition ) The competition is open to students in grades 5-8 in schools throughout Madison...

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Two Madison City schools host summer camps; register now and avoid late fee

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The school year is zooming by and summer will be here before you know it. For Madison parents and guardians looking for summer activities for their children, two Madison City Schools will be host sites for day camps. Registration is under way now for summer camps at Columbia and Heritage elementary schools. Students from all Madison City Schools are eligible but they do not have to be zoned for one of those schools to register. A $125 non-refundable summer registration/activity fee per child...

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Madison students join drug-free partnership to fight prescription drug abuse

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One of the biggest drug threats to you and your kids could be in your medicine cabinet at home.Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug epidemic in the nation. Every day across America, 2,000 teenagers use prescription drugs without permission for the first time, according to a study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Many adults suffer dire consequences by unknowingly misusing their prescribed medicines.Two students from Madison City Schools are taking a leadership role in an...

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Madison City Board of Education recognizes students, staff, achievements

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The Madison City Board of Education formally recognized several students at the March 6 board meeting for their achievement. Photo 1: Mary Butgereit (left in photo next to Dr. Fowler) was awarded a certificate for being the top state winner in Original Poetry Recitation. Khadijah Thompson, also a Bob Jones student, won the Poetry Out Loud competition. They were competing in a national arts education program in Montgomery presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation....

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Thursday, March 06, 2014

Brain Health Expo slated for James Clemens on March 11 at 5 p.m.

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It’s a no-brainer that we should all take good care of our brain.Tips on how to do that, along with an array of exhibits on how this complex organ works, are the focus of the 2nd annual Brain Health Expo on March 11 at James Clemens High School in Madison. The public is invited. Doors open at 5 p.m. Dr. Adam Hott with HudsonAlpha Institute of Biotechnology is the keynote speaker at 6. The Brain Expo represents the combined effort of many programs at James Clemens to achieve the overall...

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Friday, February 28, 2014

2014 Madison City PTA Reflections winners honored

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Madison City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler joined Madison City PTA leaders in the awards ceremony for the PTA's annual Reflections contest. Winners (and honorable mentions) were recognized Feb. 26 in a large recognition ceremony at James Clemens High School.Congratulations to all the winners. And many thanks to the Madison City PTA Council and many others for all the hard work that went into putting this on. The National PTA Reflections program is PTA’s cornerstone arts...

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Madison school board denounces legislative attacks on education standards

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The Madison City Board of Education today took a hard stand against legislative attempts to repeal or unravel the Common Core educational standards that the vast majority of states are implementing to raise educational standards.The board passed a resolution condemning repeal and opposing any new “compromise” bill that would essentially freeze the subject-by-subject phase in from moving forward. The board opposes any compromise moratorium legislation that would also allow local...

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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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IPad expansion breaking through learning barriers in special ed

Posted by John Peck in General

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

Posted by John Peck in General

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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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Lead nurse for MCS offers ways to avoid spread of flu, stomach virus

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Dear Parents and Guardians, Jan. 16, 2014 It is the time of year again when we are seeing a lot of illness in the schools. Our school nurses are currently seeing cases of the flu and a nasty stomach virus. Please remember that when your child comes to school sick, he/she is spreading the germs and continuing the cycle of the illness throughout the school. Listed below are guidelines of when to keep your child at home: 1.  Keep your child (even teenagers) home if he/she...

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Madison City, Vestavia Hills, Mtn. Brook tops in graduation rate in Alabama

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Madison City Schools achieved the second highest graduation rate among Alabama’s 134 school districts, according to data released today (Jan. 15) by the Alabama Department of Education.Only Vestavia Hills, with a 99 percent graduation rate for the 2012-13 school year, ranked higher than the 97 percent recorded by Madison City, Mountain Brook and two other Alabama school districts.Other high performing districts Madison City is often compared to fared as follows: Homewood City, 94 percent...

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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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