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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A reminder to not park in emergency lanes at schools

Posted by John Peck in General

  Lately, our fire marshal has notified us of vehicles found parked in emergency and fire connection lanes at our schools. These lanes are for emergency access to schools in the event of a fire or medical emergency. We ask that you avoid the temptation to park in these emergency and fire connection lanes even if entering the school for only a moment. The fire marshal has indicated they intend to enforce the parking ban and we don’t want you to get a ticket and risk getting your...

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Thursday, November 07, 2013

Madison City Schools end budget year on solid footing

Posted by John Peck in General

  Madison City Schools closed its fiscal year with a comfortable fund balance despite a sputtering economy that challenges the accuracy of revenue forecasting. Chief Finance Officer Mike Weaver briefed the Madison City Board of Education on the year-end budget figures Thursday night. Mr. Weaver reports that the fiscal 2012-13 books ended with $1.06 million in revenues over expenditures. That’s the fourth year in a row the MCS budget ended in the black. Schools Superintendent Dr....

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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Ex-POW Leo Thorsness wows Liberty students with stories of captivity, hope, selflessness

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Liberty Middle School welcomed a real American hero who assured students that “helping others” and committing to “do what’s right” will give them a moral compass to guide them through life. Medal of Honor recipient Col. Leo K. Thorsness addressed Liberty seventh grade boys as part of leadership day at the school. He spoke of showing courage, valuing freedom and respecting others as virtues to strive for. Thorsness, a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, spent...

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Improvements in Teaching Math Are Good for Our Students

Posted by John Peck in General

I taught mathematics at the high school level for 12 years and I taught remedial math classes at a junior college for six years. When I worked with struggling math students, one important goal for me was to help them "know what they didn't know" about mathematics. If that sounds odd, think of it this way: if we can learn the big concepts about how math works, then our success with math is not so dependent on our ability to memorize formulas and procedures and then figure out when to apply them....

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Student input valuable in Madison City Schools decision-making

Posted by John Peck in General

Madison City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler meets regularly with a lot of accomplished people. But a highlight of his interactions is with school kids. Wednesday, Dr. Fowler got that opportunity in a meeting with the Superintendent’s Student Avisory Council. That’s a forum where students can voice concerns on school matters and the superintendent can get their input on district planning and decision-making. “We’ve got the best kids ever here in Madison City Schools,”...

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Alabama School Bus Safety week drives attention to rider safety in Madison City Schools

Posted by John Peck in General

Each day throughout the school year in Alabama, hundreds of thousands of students are transported daily on school buses.That includes approximately 5,000 in Madison City Schools where busses roll nearly 370,000 miles a year carrying Madison students to and from school. See more about Madison City Schools bus service on this brief video on the district's website. It's under the transportation link.   Oct. 21-25 is Alabama School Bus Safety Week. The state Board of Education made the...

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Innovative programs draw statewide attention for Madison CIty Schools

Posted by John Peck in General

  Madison City Schools continues to garner statewide attention for innovative programs and initiatives. The latest edition of Alabama Education News http://www.alsde.edu/FileViewer/AEN/Octobera2013.pdf includes a writeup about Madison City’s plans to provide foreign language instruction to Kindergarten and first grade students. Introductory Spanish will begin in January, using teachers hired with local funds. Spanish was the language of choice from parent surveys that were conducted...

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Madison City to roll out introductory Spanish for Kindergarten and first grade

Posted by John Peck in General

Madison City Schools plans to offer introductory Spanish for Kindergarten and first grade classrooms, with a goal to grow the program to other grades. Spanish is the language of choice based on parent/teacher surveys that were conducted in spring. The Madison City Board of Education approved the foreign language expansion as part of Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler’s goals to strengthen curriculum to better prepare students.   The Madison school district recently sent an instructional...

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Rainbow Elementary lesson on government shows the true colors of lawmaking

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Rainbow Elementary sixth graders got a sense of Washington gridlock in a mock Congress that pitted the “Boys” party against the “Girls” party sparring over a controversial issue. Our President and Congress could learn from them: The kids at least conducted business. The school’s enrichment team used Congress as a model to teach students how bills move through the political process. The girls and boys groups separated to discuss the merits of the so-called “Tim...

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Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Madison City leads the way in preparing students for college

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Madison City Schools continues to be a leader in Alabama in preparing students for college.Only 14 percent of 2012 graduates from Madison’s Bob Jones High School who enrolled in Alabama public colleges or universities last year enrolled in remedial math and/or English classes, according to a new report by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education. (see full al.com report. http://blog.al.com/wire/2013/10/are_alabamas_high_school_gradu.html#incart_2boxThat compares to an average 33 percent...

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Thursday, October 03, 2013

Madison 5th graders kick off "Super Citizen" study in visit from Lady Liberty

Posted by John Peck in General

Wednesday, Oct. 2 marked an exciting day for fifth graders in Madison City Schools. The students assembled at Bob Jones High School for a special program teaching them about citizenship, appreciation, the heritage of America and its freedoms, and the importance of service to community. It’s all part of the “Super Citizen Program” led by the Liberty Learning Foundation, a Huntsville-based non-profit organization that provides civic-based teaching tools to educators. The organization...

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Bob Jones work includes gym makeover, new welcome center, library-lunchroom connector, better technology

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Exciting things are on the horizon for Bob Jones High School. The Madison City Board of Education approved a capital plan Sept. 24 that calls for a $20.47 million renovation that will repair and modernize the 17-year-old school and bring it closer on par with Madison’s new James Clemens High School. Bids will be opened in spring with construction starting in June. “We’re looking at a 15-month construction duration,” Christine Jones of SKT Architects, told the board Tuesday...

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Challenge Day challenges students to look beneath the surface of others and not judge

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Just like an iceberg remains mostly unseen, so, too is the core of who we are to those who don’t know us. That truth was driven home this week to hundreds of Madison City School students in a day-long program designed to discourage judging and to promote acceptance and respect for fellow students. It’s all part of the annual Challenge Day program for secondary students in Madison City Schools. The national Challenge Day organization (www.Challengeday.org) provides team leaders...

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Buy the school lunch? There's more to it today than meets the eye

Posted by John Peck in General

In the daily scramble to get the kids off to school, having to pack their lunch can add to the stress.How would you like to add 10 or 15 more minutes to those mornings? Parents and guardians can do just that by considering school breakfast and lunch programs. Packing lunches can be time consuming, not to mention the constant challenge of keeping the pantry stocked.Meals in Madison City Schools remain a bargain ($1.75 for breakfasts, $2.25 for K-8 lunches and $2.50 for grades 9-12 lunches.)...

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Job form key to extra funding for Madison schools; Parents urged to sign and return to schools

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More than one in four students in the Madison City School system qualify the district for extra federal money because a parent or guardian works on federal property. To get the money (Madison schools received $2 million from this fund in the last 10 years), parents must simply fill out a form listing their job and where they work, sign in and return it to your child’s school. One form per child is required. Madison school leaders joined school officials from Huntsville, Madison County,...

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Madison City Schools tops in state in number of National Merit scholars

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  The Madison City School System produced more merit scholars than any other school district in Alabama, just released figures show. Madison’s two high schools had a combined 24 students earning National Merit Semifinalist status this year. That’s more than any other school district in Alabama regardless of enrollment, according to Robby Parker, principal at Bob Jones High School. Bob Jones produced 18 National Merit Semifinalists while Madison’s new James Clemens High...

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Madison City school board retreat focuses on curriculum, boosting learning

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Board members of the Madison City School System became the students  Sept. 12 in a retreat focusing on curriculum.A statement on the opening slide of a powerpoint set the vision: “Madison City Schools Setting the Standards for Alabama.”Specifically, board members wanted to learn the strengths and weaknesses in instruction as well as learn ways to boost student achievement at all learning levels including accelerated students.For four hours, the board along with Madison...

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Monday, September 09, 2013

Madison City PTAs launch popular "Reflections" arts contest for students

Posted by John Peck in General

Madison City Schools is proud to have such talented students who shine in so many ways. One of those disciplines is the arts.The Madison City PTA is kicking off the 2013-14 PTA Reflections Program, a popular arts program that gives students an opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition.For those who don’t know, the National PTA Reflections program is PTA's cornerstone arts program.  It offers students the opportunity to earn local, state and even national recognition...

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Friday, September 06, 2013

Cheerleaders for Bob Jones and James Clemens unite for Sept. 8 blood drive

Posted by John Peck in General

While they’ll be fierce opponents in their rivalry game Friday night, cheerleaders for Bob Jones and James Clemens high schools will be on the same team Sunday.The two cheerleading squads are hosting a blood drive Sunday, Sept. 8, at the LifeSouth Community Blood Center at 8190 Madison Boulevard.T-shirts, “Bleed for your Team” with either a Bob Jones or James Clemens theme will be given while supplies last.The cheeerleaders broke from practice on Thursday to pose with LifeSouth’s...

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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Pigskin, patriotism and school pride mark Sept. 6 Bob Jones-James Clemens matchup

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The Madison City Schools Stadium will come alive Friday night when the James Clemens and Bob Jones high school football teams meet in a classic cross-town rivalry.It’s military appreciation night offering half-price admission to anyone wi...th a military ID. There will be military displays outside the stadium sponsored by the various services, and a brilliant fireworks show at halftime.A joint performance by both marching bands will add to the excitement. The BJ and JC ROTC programs...

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