Tuesday, August 01, 2017

MCS Launches Ceremonial School-Start Kickoff With Institute Day

Posted by John Peck in General

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.

Color Guard at Attention with Flags on the Stage
The James Clemens ROTC Color Guard presented the colors, and West Madison Elementary Principal Dr. Daphne Jah sang the National Anthem.
Employees with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of services were recognized, as well as the District Elementary and Secondary Teacher of the Year (TOTY) and the District Staff Member of the Year (SMOTY).
Superinendent Mr. Parker and Board members seated in a row on stage
It was an uplifting program all around. Board President Ranae Bartlett told a heartwarming story about the impact her 3rd grade teacher in Arkansas had on her and of tracking her down decades later to say thanks at the teachers home in Arizona. Superintendent Mr. Parker also reminded teachers of the difference they can make in their students’ life.

He challenged them to keep the students engaged, love them and find the best way to teach them.
He also repeated his goal of continuing what Madison does best while working to take the school district to the next level.
Teachers and school staffs are readying the schools for the first day of school on Aug. 7.

Teacher Celynn Ballard holding oversized $5,000 check
The District Elementary Teacher of the Year Award went to Mill Creek Elementary
Teacher Celynn Ballard.

Teacher Kimberly Cox holding oversized $5,000 check
District Secondary Teacher of the Year Award went to Kimberly Cox of Bob Jones High School. Staff Member of the Year Award went to Benita Tunstill at Liberty Middle (not available for photo).

wide angle shot of teachers packing auditorium

The BJHS auditorium was packed with employees of Madison City Schools

  Assistant Principals Jennifer Flannagan and Amy Thaxton all smiles lobby

 Assistant Principals Jennifer Flanagan and Allison Miller from James Clemens High School

Superintendent Robby Parker gives kenote speech at podium

Madison City Schools Superintendent Mr. Robby Parker  

Assistant Superintendent Eric Terrell at podium

Assistant Schools Superintendent Mr. Eric Terrell

teachers squeezed in lobby around vendors

Teachers file past vendors on the way to the auditorium

Superintendent Parker does TV interview with cameraman

Superintendent Robby Parker in an interview with WAAY-31's Jeff Martin.

two 30-year employees with Mr. Parker and BOE on stage

30 year employees recognized (not in order) include Dahlia Cowan and Emma S. Wilbanks

group of 25-year-employees on stage with Mr. Parker

25-year-employees recognized include (not in order) Lisa Carter, Dr. Maria Kilgore, Susan Maynard, Leah MCRae, Teresa Tarter, Sherri White.

20year employees on stage with Mr. parker

20-year-employees recognized include (not in order) Traci B. Berry, Pam C. Berry, Cindy Davis, Bridget Drummond, John Elmore, David Gray, Nichola Griffin, Debra Harlow, Benjamin Johnston, Bob Lipinski, Timothy Mayer, Rodney Richardson, Jennifer Rountree, Rosalyn Smith, Kimberly Stewart, Morgan Stone.

Board President Ranae Bartlett at podium
Madison City Board of Education President Ranae Bartlett

Board of Education member Tim Holtcamp at podium
Madison City Board of Education Vice President Tim Holtcamp

Board of Education member Luis Ferrer at podium
Madison City Board of Education member Luis Ferrer

Madison City Board of Education member Connie Spears
Madison City Board of Education member Connie Spears

NOTE: Board of Education member David Hergenroeder could not attend because of a work conflict






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