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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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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

James Clemens Student Wins Adventure of a Lifetime to Iceland

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A trip to Iceland sounds pretty cool leaving Alabama in the heat of summer. Joining an expedition with National Geographic makes it that much cooler. That’s exactly what a Madison teen will experience next week in an all-expenses paid trip she won in a competition sponsored by DirectTV and Nat Geo Mundo. Madhuri Molleti, a 2017 graduate of James Clemens High School, is one of only two U.S. students chosen to embark on a National Geographic Student Expedition with photographers, scientists...

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Friday, May 12, 2017

James Clemens Celebrates Outdoor Classroom Certification

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James Clemens High School celebrated its certification May 12 as an official Outdoor Classroom School. Friday’s ceremony capped months of work involving dozens of teachers, volunteers, parents, students and sponsors with lots of donated material and labor. “It’s not over yet,” said Principal Dr. Brian Clayton of the pledge to continuously modify, add to and maintain the outdoor classroom for future years.The celebration sanctions the Outdoor Classroom School...

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Liberty Middle Basketball Team Gets Lesson in Playing Game From Wheelchairs

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Liberty Middle School held a scrimmage game between the boys basketball team and a wheelchair team.The catch?The regular team had to play in wheelchairs also.The scrimmage was at the suggestion of Evan Lott, a 7th grade Liberty Middle student who plays on a youth wheelchair basketball team that made it into the national championships this year. The wheelchair team is under the direction of UAH's Ability Sports Network which is an adapted youth sports league focused on middle and...

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Friday, May 05, 2017

Madison Schools Technology Admin Wins State Award For Education Innovation

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Big congratulations to Mr. Daniel Whitt, Coordinator of Instructional Technology for Madison City Schools.Mr. Whitt earned a coveted Chiquita Marbury Technology Innovation Award from the Alabama Department of Education. The Marbury recognizes educators who are exemplary models of technology teachers and leaders.Nominees were judged based on the following five criteria: Innovation and Creativity, Impact on Teaching and Learning, Leadership, Teamwork and Scholarship.The awards will be presented...

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JCHS Shines at INDY Greenpower Race; BJHS Not Far Behind

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 Raise a checkered flag to Greenpower Racing in Madison City Schools.James Clemens and Bob Jones Greenpower Racing teams racked up an impressive performance at a national Greenpower Student Electric Car Challenge last week at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Dozens of teams from across the U.S. and U.K. competed.The Jets Racing team placed 2nd in class and 3rd overall.The Patriots placed 5th in class and 7th overall.Congratulations to the students, teacher/coaches Greg Ennis...

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Testing Day Becomes A Day of Service for Many Madison City Students

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While Madison City juniors and sophomores were taking the ACT and ASPIRE tests respectively, seniors and freshmen fanned out in non-traditional school activities. Wednesday, April 19, was "Enrichment Day" in Madison City Schools. Due to the logistics of testing, Bob Jones and James Clemens high schools again offered an opportunity for non-testing students to spend an enrichment day with a variety of learning options. Many students chose school-supervised community service. This could be a...

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Greenpower Racing/Car Show/ Kite Festival, Lead April 15 Activities

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If you are looking for some family activities to do this weekend, here are several worth considering: A Greenpower Car Race and Car Show at James Clemens High School; and a Kite Festival and egg hunt at Dublin Park. James Clemens High School is hosting the second annual Mad City Classic Greenpower USA Electric Car race this Saturday, April 15. There will also be a Car Show. Greenpower racing starts at 9 a.m. for elementary teams (Goblin Division), middle and high school...

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Friday, April 07, 2017

Madison City Schools Kick off April As Autism Awareness Month

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If you see a lot of blue in Madison schools  this month, it's not by coincidence.Blue is the theme color for Autism Awareness. April is Autism Awareness month. Madison Mayor Paul Finley joined Schools Superintendent Robby Parker and MCS Special Ed Director Dr. Maria Kilgore today at Columbia Elementary in issuing a proclamation joining Madison in the national Autism Awareness observance throughout April. Autism Spectrum disorders knows no "racial, social, or ethnic' barriers and...

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Outdoor Classroom Project Nearing Completion at James Clemens

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Students, faculty and volunteers waged a marathon day of work at James Clemens High School preparing the school's outdoor classroom. Thursday's work was done under the watchful eye of the Alabama Wildlife Federation, which sanctions and certifies Outdoor Classrooms statewide. Madison City has several already, including Liberty Middle and Horizon Elementary, with more on the way.James Clemens is enrolled in the Alabama Outdoor Classroom (AOC) Program—a partnership between...

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Madison City Students Emerge Like Kings in State Chess Tournament

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Madison City chess students were honored by the Board of Education for their stellar performance in the 2017 Scholastic Chess Championship, hosted by Bob Jones High School earlier this month. Madison City BOE member Ranae Bartlett, executive director of the Madison City Chess League and coach for Rainbow Elementary's teams. led the recognitions of players and coaches. For the roster of winners, click here   Congratulations to teams and individuals for the fine performance....

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

ADTRAN Donates to Madison City Greenpower Program

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Greenpower racing teams in Madison City Schools continue to seek donations in their quest to compete in a greenpower competition at the Indy 500.On Tuesday, March 7,  ADTRAN dropped a $2,000 check off at Bob Jones for the Patriot Racing Team. The company previously gave $2,000 to the JCHS team.Thank you, ADTRAN, for the generous support and to all others who have donated.Both teams are raising money for the prestigious opportunity to compete in a Greenpower Race the weekend of the...

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

PTA Reflections WInners Reflect Lots of Student Talent in Madison City Schools

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The Madison City Council of PTAs held its annual Reflections Contest for all students in elementary, middle and high schools.  This year's theme was "What's Your Story" and our students delivered some amazing and creative stories.The contest is part of the national PTA Reflections campaign.Students submitted entries in Visual Arts, Literature,  Film Production, Dance Choreography, Music Composition and Photography. Winners were selected by the Madison City Council of PTA's...

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Countdown Nearing End for Math-A-Palooza Signup; Deadline is Feb. 24

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Don't miss this year's Math-A-Palooza on the prime date of March 25.The calendar date numbers 3,2,5, and 2017 are all prime numbers.This increasingly popular and fun math challenge spectactular is held each year for students in Madison City Schools grades 3-6.This year's Math-A-Palooza will be at Bob Jones High School (check-in 8:15 in the cafeteria).Registration is only $5, with free snacks to competitors and additional snacks for sale for parents and others.The registration deadline is...

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Bob Jones Swim Coach Gunner Named National Coach of Year

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Bob Jones High School swim coach Michael Gunner has been named national boys swim coach of the year by the National Federation of High Schools (NFHA) Coaches Association.Mr. Gunner, an assistant principal at Rainbow Elementary, has coached the BJHS swim team since 2000, leading the Patriots to 9 state boys swim team championships. More on Mr. Gunner's swim coach successes in this BJHS athletics site link http://bobjonesathletics.com/2017/01/19/gunner-named-2016-national-swimming-coach-of-the-year/ The...

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

James Clemens Celebrates 100th School Day Honoring 100 Students

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James Clemens High School celebrated the 100th day of school on Tuesday, Jan. 24, by celebrating students deserving of special recognition. The school’s administrative team contacted parents or guardians of 100 JCHS students to personally recognize their child for a positive deed or accomplishment. “We wanted to honor the 100th day of school mark by contacting 100 students’ parents to let them know what a great job our kids do every day,” said Principal Dr. Brian Clayton....

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