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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Diabetes PSA by JCHS Health Students Seeks to Raise Awareness

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Students in a HOSA future healthcare professionals group at James Clemens High School produced a Public Service Announcement (PSA) on Diabetes Awareness that has caught the attention of the state of Alabama.The group qualified for State with their creative "Pre-Diabetes:  Stopping the Runaway Train" PSA.They will be attending state competition in Montgomery."This group of students have put in a significant amount of time and effort outside of school to create this PSA in order to best...

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Discovery Math Team Does A Number on Competitors in National Math Contest

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Discovery Middle School did a number on their competitors in a national math competition. Discovery placed 1st and 3rd in the 2018 Four-By-Four National Assessment competition among middle schools.Congratulations to math students Maanasi Limaye, Justin Pan, Ashwin Prabhakar, and Mike Zhang for their first place finish. Discovery’s team of Neha Chopade, Puja Chopade, Julia Nguyen, and Constance Wang placed third.   Bob Jones and James Clemens math teams placed in the top...

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Madison City BOE, JCHS Principal, Honored During Board Meeting

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Members of the Madison City Board of Education were honored during their Jan. 25 Board meeting. The recognition comes during School Board Recognition Month.Madison principals presented BOE members with small gifts in appreciation for their leadership and selfless service.Superintendent Robby Parker led the discussion noting the dedication and countless hours they put in, all for no compensation. That was echoed by principals.James Clemens Principal Dr. Brian Clayton was...

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Burn Calories While Helping Teachers in the Paper Chase 5K Feb. 24

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  Free 2 Teach is hosting its annual Paper Chase 5k Race on Feb. 24 in Huntsville. We would love to have the support and participation of Madison City teachers and other community members.Race start is 8 a.m. at Constitution Village, 109 Gates Avenue downtown. Your participation as a runner or volunteer will help Free 2 Teach continue to serve Madison City teachers and students. Not familiar with Free 2 Teach? Free 2 Teach operates a free resource store stocked...

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Friday, December 08, 2017

Madison Students Learn Computers Through National Hour of Code Observance

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It's called an Hour of Code but the learning from it reaps benefits for a lifetime.  Students in Madison City  took part this week in the annual Hour of Code, a national observance in association with Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 4-10)."Hour of Code" began as a one hour intro into computer science designed to "de-mystify" computer coding. The idea is to show that anybody can learn the basics of computers and to broaden participation. Thus the heavy...

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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

BJ Band Gets Inspirational Talk by Pearl Harbor Survivor Before Band's Pearl Harbor Trip

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  The Bob Jones High School Band is taking its musical talents to Hawaii to perform in Pearl Harbor Day activities this week.Band members went through final preparations Monday with a special sendoff from a Pearl Habor survivor. Sherwin Callander, 97, spoke briefly with the band about the carnage he saw at Pearl Harbor while serving in the Navy. Callander makes his home in Madison and has a great grandson who played in the BJHS Patriot Band.WWII Vet/Pearl Harbor Survivor Sherwin Callander with...

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Principals of Heritage, West Madison and Mill Creek Honored at Madison City Board Meet

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Several Madison City Principals were honored for outstanding achievements.Judy Warmath, Elementary Instruction Coordinator, introduced the principals in recognitions before the Nov. 30 Madison City Board of Education meeting. Dr. Georgina Nelson, principal at Heritage Elementary, was recognized for her selection as the 2018 Outstanding Administrator for 2018 by the Alabama World Language Association. Dr. Daphne Jah, principal at West Madison Elementary School, was recognized for being named Distinguished...

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Friday, November 17, 2017

James Clemens PSA On Teen Sex Crime Dangers Wins National Competition

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Representatives from KinderVision, a teen peer-to-peer crime prevention program, visited James Clemens High School to honor the winners of a national teen PSA contest.Students Riley Neal and Robert White from the JCHS JetsPress produced, “How Well Do You Know Your Friends” and entered it in the “Greatest Save Teen PSA Program” sponsored by KinderVision.The 30-second spot featured a social setting in which a young man slips a drugin a drink he was retrieving for a female...

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Thursday, November 02, 2017

Veterans Programs Slated in Madison City Schools

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Madison City Schools will salute Veterans Day with special events at its schools. Patriotic themes will be evident throughout the week such as flag displays, lessons on the flag and branches of the military; and "Walls of Honor" filled with photos and a brief writeup of veteran family members. Veterans programs are scheduled throughout the week at many schools, including:* West Madison Elementary, Monday, Nov. 6, Veterans Honors Day Assembly in the gym starting at...

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Monday, October 30, 2017

A Big Thanks To Madison City Principals During Nat'l Principals Month

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  We can’t let October end without recognizing our principals during National Principals Month.They do an outstanding job running their schools with all that entails: interacting with students, communicating with parents, attending school events, managing teachers and staffs, speaking to PTAs, taking part in professional development, dealing with local and state education administrators.It is a tough job and often a thankless one.We thank our principals for all that they do.They play...

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Madison Teacher Wins STEM Award By National Space Club

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A Madison educator won a prestigious teaching award at the 29th annual Dr. Wernher Von Braun Memorial Dinner this week at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.Tammy Thorpe, who recently retired from Madison City Schools, was named Educator of the Year by the National Space Club in Huntsville. The award is presented to an educator who has made an outstanding contribution in grades K-12 in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).Thorpe taught math and science at Heritage Elementary...

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Madison Schools Transportation Workers Honored With Appreciation Meal

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  Madison City Schools honored bus drivers and other transportation employees with an appreciation breakfast in recognition of national and state School Bus Safety Week Oct. 16-20.Madison City Schools Superintendent Robby Parker thanked the workers and told them they are a vital part of Madison City Schools. “If I don’t show up, people might ask for a few days, ‘where is Mr. Parker?’ but everything will go on as usual. If you don’t show up, we don’t start...

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Thursday, October 05, 2017

DoDEA Grant Brings LMS Teacher in as District Science Specialist/Grant Administrator

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Madison City Schools has named Thomasena Garner as Science Specialist/Grant Administrator to help strengthen and expand science teaching in Madison schools. The position was created thanks to a $1 million Department of Defense Education Administration (DoDEA) grant. Ms. Garner’s area of focus will be grades 4-10 working closely in all MCS schools with teachers, instructional partners and others. She'll also assist with school district DoDEA grants “This is like my dream job....

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Madison City Finds Its Niche Among State & Nation's Top School Districts

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Madison City Schools has once again landed near the top of a national school research group’s list of Best School Districts in Alabama and in the U.S. Niche, a national website for education research, ranked Madison City 3rd among 135 school districts in Alabama, giving it an overall Niche Grade of A+.The study awarded an A or A+ letter grade to every category assessed in the district: academics, teachers, clubs & activities, college prep, resources and facilities, sports, health and...

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Monday, September 25, 2017

It Only Takes One Time, Paralyzed Athlete Says On Drunk Driving Danger

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Blake McMeans was at the top of his game in life and in tennis when he got behind the wheel drunk and had a tragic accident that changed the course of his life. McMeans, severely paralyzed from that 1994 accident, brought his compelling story to Bob Jones High School today (Monday Sept. 25) , telling students not to drink or text while driving.  McMeans was a scholarship athlete at the University of Tennessee when he crashed his car after a night of drinking...

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Monday, September 18, 2017

MCS Go App Expanded For Android Devices

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  Madison City Schools now has an app for Android devices. A free download for MCS GO app is available in the Google Play Store at: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.mcsgo.mcs The app was designed by a Bob Jones student intern, Xander Voigt, under the direction of MCS Instructional Technology Coordinator Daniel Whitt. The iOS version has been out for a year and was also created by Xander.The app is very user friendly with easy-to-understand icons that direct users...

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Madison Students Launch Citywide Recycling Initiative For Plastic Caps

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A group of Madison City students launched a new recycling initiative that could have huge environmental benefits and spread to other communities as well.Discovery Middle students Puja Chopade, Neha Chopade and Timothy Zhu (L-R in the photo), won a STEM grant for their “Columbia Green” team to expand and raise awareness on the proper recycling of plastic caps.Puja Chopade, Neha Chopade and Timothy Zhu, with Madison Fire Battalion Chief Steve PerryThe students discovered in their research...

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Friday, August 04, 2017

Two JCHS Students Win National Teen PSA Award

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A belated shoutout to James Clemens High School and teacher Clay Combs for winning a national competition. Students from the school’s Jets Press claimed first place in a contest for the best Teen PSA announcement. They were in competition with hundreds of entries from high schools in 21 states across the country. The PSA “How Well Do You Know Your Friends” can be found here: http://teenpsa.org/2017/06/23/2017-national-semi-finalist-7-careful-who-you-trust/ Student producers...

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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

MCS Launches Ceremonial School-Start Kickoff With Institute Day

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Madison City Schools employees heralded the start of a new school year in an all-hands meeting at Bob Jones High School.“Institute Day” is when all teachers, principals, and other personnel gather to recognize teacher and staff members of the year and hear inspiring speeches from the superintendent (Robby Parker in this case) and the Board of Education president, Ranae Bartlett.The James Clemens ROTC Color Guard presented the colors, and West Madison Elementary Principal Dr. Daphne...

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Madison City Schools Preps New Hires In Teacher Orientation Day

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  Monday was a day of orientation for teachers new to the Madison City Schools System Superintendent Robby Parker and Assistant Superintendent Eric Terrell welcomed the group and shared with them some of the district's expectations. Mr. Parker introduced principals of the schools and Central Office staff.Several of the district directors and coordinators briefed newcomers on topics such as special education, accounting guidelines, personnel, transportation, student services,...

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