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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Nominations open for Bob Jones High School Hall of Fame until Sept. 20

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The Bob Jones High School Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding alumni of BJHS who have maintained a high standard of excellence and made a significant contribution in their fields of endeavor, or persons who are not alumni, but have made a significant contribution to BJHS in the form of leadership, service, etc. These individuals serve as role models for current and future Bob Jones High School students.  To qualify, alumni candidates must: ·       have...

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Madison school teaches good habits that make a better person

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Motivation, it is said, is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.In addition to their classroom instruction, students at Horizon Elementary are learning a school version of the career-focused “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” to motivate them into making good habits.The program is part of the “Leader In Me” initiative that the teachers underwent special training for. Posters throughout the school list character virtues that should apply in school and...

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Madison Elementary deemed safe after gas leak from nearby repair

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  Madison Elementary school was temporarily evacuated today after a gas odor was detected. Students were allowed to return after police and fire inspected the building and determined the leak came from an outside source. The investigation found that a utilities work crew responding to a water leak on Sullivan Street accidentally ruptured the gas line during the repairs. Authorities believe odor from that breach wafted into the school, causing the evacuation. School busses were sent to...

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Madison schools using more local produce to boost nutrition, aid economy

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As part of an effort to serve more locally grown foods and to help the state economy, the Madison City School system is beefing up its use of foods from local farms.Tuesday, Aug. 27, Madison schools will feature roasted sweet potato wedges from Haynes Farm in Cullman.In the next couple of weeks, the school district will receive more sweet potatoes from Cullman, plus cherry tomatoes and watermelon from Gadsden, said Marty Tatara, Child Nutrition Program Supervisor for Madison City Schools.The...

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Madison schools using more local produce to boost nutrition, aid economy

Posted by John Peck in General

As part of an effort to serve more locally grown foods and to help the state economy, the Madison City School system is beefing up its use of foods from local farms.Tuesday, Aug. 27, Madison schools will feature roasted sweet potato wedges from Haynes Farm in Cullman.In the next couple of weeks, the school district will receive more sweet potatoes from Cullman, plus cherry tomatoes and watermelon from Gadsden, said Marty Tatara, Child Nutrition Program Supervisor for Madison City Schools.The...

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Flu Mist vaccine nothing to sniff at; Madison schools again offer spray over flu shot

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With signs of summer still abundant, the flu is probably not something folks are thinking about right now.Here in Madison City Schools, we are again taking steps ahead of time to make sure our students are protected from the flu.Consent forms for the upcoming Flu Mist Clinic were sent home with students on the first day of school. Take a moment to review those forms, sign them, and turn them back in at your school before the Sept. 13 deadline. Waiting runs the risk of missing the deadline or...

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Madison City PTAs push programs, parental involvement, in new school year

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The Madison City Council of PTAs wasted no time in kicking off the new school year. The Council – representing officers of PTAs from every Madison city school – met in the MCS central office Aug. 19, to review goals, get briefings on various programs and discuss other PTA business. PTA membership citywide approaches 6,000, according to Sonja Griffith, president of the Madison City Council of PTAs. Information about each PTA can be found on individual school websites which can be...

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