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Madison County School Board Announces Superintendent Search, Seeks Public Input

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Grants for Teachers—Essential Requirements

Be Audacious, Confident, Creative, and YOU

Grant applications are easy—

  1. Get your application form.
  2. Complete it.
  3. Ask a teacher who has received a grant and who is now part of the Resource Team for assistance.  The names are included below.
  4. Email your application to leadership@madisonedfoundation.org, or give it to Jayne Penn Hollar, or mail it to PO Box 1277, Madison, VA 22727 by Thursday, October 26, 2017
  5. How much should you ask for? Generally, grants are between $500 and $1000—sometimes more or less.

Resource Team:  Ashleigh Pugh <apugh@madisonschools.k12.va.us>; Rebecca LaVoie <rlavoie@madisonschools.k12.va.us>; Tiffany Kitner <tkitner@madisonschools.k12.va.us>; Nicole Keys <nkeys@madisonschools.k12.va.us>; Jennifer Taylor <jtaylor@madisonschools.k12.va.us>; Martha Clements <mclements@madisonschools.k12.va.us>; Marty Ward <mward@madisonschools.k12.va.us>

We believe teachers creative solutions to critical teaching and learning challenges , along with the audacious on-the-ground ability to put both together.

The Madison County Education Foundation understands that your work is at the intersection between possibility and learning.

A grant could help better learning take place in your classroom!  Get in touch with the Resource Team or with us before October 1 if you have questions.

Madison County Education Foundation
leadership@madisonedfoundation.org

Annual Award Winners Announced

We have great teachers in Madison, and we are very pleased to share their names and schools with you. They represent the level of teaching, learning, and caring for our students that make us very proud!

Watching them walk up to the stage of the Madison High School auditorium to be recognized at the School Board Meeting on May 15, we were reminded of the impact one teacher can have on the life of a student. These women and men make a difference for our students. THANK YOU!

Camp Unakite Builds Classroom Success!

MCEF/Schools Partnership–
CAMP UNAKITE BUILDS CLASSROOM SUCCESS

by Michael Rider

Camp UnakiteCamp Unakite is a grant-funded STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) educational opportunity for rising third through eighth-grade students in Madison County and is co-sponsored by the Madison County Public Schools and the Madison County Education Foundation (MCEF).

Students explore their natural world through STEM activities during a summer camp held at Graves Mountain Lodge. These activities include animal studies, mineral understanding, soil investigations, water cleanliness and movement, volcanic eruptions, and others.

“Camp Unakite has made a significant difference in the lives of young people in Madison. MCEF has supported Unakite for over four years. In partnership with the Madison Schools and Graves Mountain Lodge, it has provided a learning and camping experience for students that has awakened new interest in learning and confidence in their own abilities,” said Barbara Kres Beach, MCEF president.

Quantitative data for the 2014-15 school year, developed by Superintendent Matt Eberhardt, were compared to the data for the 2015-2016 school year to assess the impact of Camp Unakite. The study group consisted of sixty-seven students in grades three through seven attending Camp Unakite in the summer of 2015. Nineteen students in grades seven through eight attended in the summer of 2016.

The assessment results which have translated into the classroom are impressive:

GRADES 3-6 Participants

47.6% improved in attendance
14.3% improved in behavior
13.6% improved in reading
31.8% improved in mathematics
65.2% of Unakite students earned a Reading letter grade of B or better in the third grade year
78.9% of Unakite students earned a Mathematics letter grade of B or better in the third grade year

GRADES 7-8 Participants

31.6% improved in attendance
42.1% improved in behavior
21.1% improved in reading
31.8% improved in mathematics

The Madison County Education Foundation (MCEF) has supported Camp Unakite since its inception. It has won a line item in the MCEF budget because we believe strongly that the goals and results of the program merit our commitment.

What pays the bills for this outstanding program? Approximately half of the costs are borne by the Madison County Public Schools. The other half comes from monies raised by the MCEF.

The MCEF funds supporting Unakite are raised at the annual March Madness fundraiser. Your attendance at March Madness helps tip the scales in favor of this learning-by-camping experience.

Join your friends and neighbors on March 18. Come to MARCH MADNESS at Graves Mountain Lodge’s picnic pavilion starting at 4pm. Tickets are available online at www.madisonedfoundation.org or by calling Carty Yowell, March Madness chairperson, at 757-615-0626. Your donation and participation in March Madness makes Camp Unakite possible for hundreds of school children. Because of citizen commitment, Unakite makes a difference!

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