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Friday, January 03, 2014

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

Posted by John Peck in General

  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

Posted by John Peck in General

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

Posted by John Peck in General

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

Posted by John Peck in General

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

Posted by John Peck in General

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

Posted by John Peck in General

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

Posted by John Peck in General

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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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

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  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

Posted by John Peck in General

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

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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

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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

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  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

Posted by John Peck in General

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

Posted by John Peck in General

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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Friday, October 04, 2013

School Board, Dr. Fowler, lead curriculum changes that will better prepare Madison students

Posted by John Peck in General

  “Empowering Students for Global Success.” That’s the vision statement of Madison City Schools. It’s also a basis for curriculum decisions that are intended to do just that.The Madison City Board of Education and Schools Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler are developing a new curriculum goal to build on the district’s academic success.Launching introductory foreign language instruction in early elementary grades and strengthening gifted/enrichment programs are...

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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

Posted by John Peck in General

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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