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MAR
27

Madtown JAG making news!

MCHS JAG teacher and mentor Whitney Mathews and her students share what is so special about the JAG program.  Recently the IN Department of Workforce Development visited MCHS to shoot a video about this incredible student opportunity!  Follow the link below to see for yourself to see why this is so impactful for students!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxiM3I2CM48
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Science Bowl Teams have the chemistry for success!

Five Madison Schools competed last week in the annual Science Bowl competition with four of the five teams bringing home a spot in the Top 10 in the State in their respective classes!  CONGRATULATIONS to all students who participated in the Science Bowl and we are very proud of your accomplishments!

Results links for top 10 teams:
MJHS 6th Grade- 9th Place (Score of 75)
http://www.iasp.org/results/ResultsScienceBlue.html

MJHS 5th Grade- 7th Place (Score of 68.5)
http://www.iasp.org/results/ResultsScienceOrange.html

Deputy 4th Grade- 7th Place (Score of 63.5)
http://www.iasp.org/results/ResultsScienceYellow.html

Lydia Middleton 4th Grade- 10th Place (Score of 59)
http://www.iasp.org/results/ResultsScienceYellow.html
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Experience - 4 Teachers in China

Over Spring Break, four of our teachers traveled to China to experience the incredible cultural, share in professional development, and teach students in a local school. While visiting, Mr. Mahoney, Ms. Smith, Ms. Mahoney, and Mrs. Mahoney were able to take in the sights and sounds of many different areas within China as they share in their blog, 4 Teachers in China.

In addition to teaching lessons to local children, our teachers were also able to share teaching experiences and methods with hosting teachers and fellow educators. The team toured two schools in Hangzhou, and the incredible photos convey excitement and learning - in any language, for all ages! They also visited our sister school, Tian Chang Elementary School, and delivered gifts from area host families to the students who visited Madison last fall.

This opportunity was extended to teachers at E.O. Muncie, Lydia Middleton, and MJHS where partnerships with our sister school in China have been established. This international teaching experience was made possible, in part, through a very generous contribution from SuperATV and each teacher covering a portion of their traveling expenses.

We are very excited to continue our relationship with our sister school and hope to create expanded opportunities within our schools, for our students, and additional teachers as part of our continued strategic framework around global learning. This is the third recent trip by Madison faculty to foreign countries as a way to share and experience education in other areas of the world. Please Be sure to visit their blog, 4 Teachers in China, to enjoy their China experience through the eyes of our teachers!
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MAR
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JAG State Competition

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MCHS JAG Chapter State Recognition!

On Friday, March 17th, three members of the MCHS JAG Chapter traveled to Indianapolis to compete at the State Annual Career Development Conference. Each student, decorated with regional awards, had hopes of hopes of a state title in their choice of professional development categories.

Lauren Medina (pictured on left) placed 2nd in Career Presentation, Riley Motenko (pictured on right) earned an Honorable mention for Outstanding Senior, and Josh Pearson (pictured front center) competed in Public Speaking. "Each student faced stiff competition and all performed well and networked making professional connections which will last a lifetime", shared Mrs. Whitney Mathews, MCHS JAG teacher (pictured back center).

The MCHS JAG program brought home 1st place in State for their Service Learning Blog.  "This is a huge accomplishment for us as a program! Our Chapter has placed at the state level, but never first. This is a first for our region to take a 1st place spot in a chapter event," shared Mathews.

Congratulations to all competitors and all members of the MCHS JAG Chapter and Mrs. Mathews on a job well done!
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MAR
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Deputy Deadeyes STATE Champs - Madison Archery in the spotlight!

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On Saturday, March 11, 2017, the Deputy Deadeyes Archery team competed at the NASP State Tournament and brought home a STATE TITLE! As a team, the Deadeyes shot 103 bullseyes for a combined team score of 3,110 points to finish first among 32 elementary teams.

Deputy Elementary fifth graders Cole Bechman and Brooklynn Hazelwood each placed fifth overall in elementary boys and girls classes respectively. Cole shot a 273 with 11 bullseyes and finished with a state ranking of 3rd out of 167 fifth grade boys in the state. Brooklynn shot a 273 with 10 bullseyes and finished with a state ranking of 4th out of 160 fifth grade girls in the state.

Madison also sent teams from Rykers’ Ridge Elementary, Madison Junior High School, and Madison Consolidated High School. Rykers’ Ridge as a team scored a total of 2,859 points with 61 bullseyes and finished the tournament at 13th of 32 teams.

The Madison Junior High School team scored a total of 3,179 points with 104 bullseyes and finished with a rank of 11th out of 31 middle school teams. Sixth grader (and former Deadeye) Quinton Huff scored a 279 with 15 bullseyes to earn a rank of 2nd out of 134 sixth grade boys in the state.

The team from MCHS combined for a score of 3,300 points with 154 bullseyes and finished 11th of 31 high school teams. Sophomore James Weir contributed with a score of 294, only six short of a perfect score of 300. He racked up 24 bullseyes which earned him a ranking of 1st out of 111 sophomore boys in the state, 2nd out of 324 high school boys, and 3rd out of 1,074 boys competing state-wide.
 
Deputy Deadeye team members pictured above (left to right): front row Ruby Willoughby, Bridgett Boles, Michelle Hatton, Sean Neff, and Laura Boles.  Second row: Tracent Chatham, Addie Stitsworth, Allison Palmer, Sydney Huff, Autumn Ross, Brooklyn Hazelwood, Maysha Wells, Nicolas Smith, Layne Laufer, Emma Laufer, and Creedence Helton.  Third row: Coach Chris Calhoun, Emma Richey, Sydney Amburgey, Ryanne Rose, Ryan Stoner, Cole Bechman, Jacob Smith, Kye Johnson, Coach Jennifer Amburgey, and Chloe Graham.

Congratulations to all of the teams and individuals who participated!  

Full results from the Indiana NASP State Tournament can be found through this link.
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MAR
06

Math + Hard Work + Passion = Success!

Math Bowl teams from MJHS, E.O. Muncie, Lydia Middleton, Deputy, and Rykers' Ridge traveled to Aurora Indiana for the annual competition on February 23, 2017.  

Here is a highlight recap of the big winners for the night:

Madison Jr. High 6th grade team
Blue Class (score 22) 30th/ 110 in the state
First place in Class at the Regional Competition in Aurora and won overall!

E. O. Muncie Elementary
Orange Class (score 17) 48th / 111 in the state
First place in Class at the Regional Competition in Aurora!

Lydia Middleton Elementary 
Red Class (score 14) 63rd/126 in the state
First in Class at the Regional Competition in Aurora!

Rykers' Ridge Elementary
Red Class (score 10) finished 109th in the  state 

Deputy Elementary
Red Class (score 7) finished 125th in the state

All results can be found here:
http://www.iasp.org/dsp/academic/math/
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JAN
03

Digital Holiday Card - ENJOY!

We wanted to once again CONGRATULATE the many  students who were selected as the winners of our Annual Holiday Card Contest!  Here is a link to our annual digital card for your viewing pleasure!  So proud of the talent we have within our student body and so thankful they share with our community!
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NOV
16

ThoughtExchange Result Site Link

Visit here to see the results of our recent ThoughtExchange online engagement!  

Please watch for our next engagement which will launch shortly and focus on the elementary facilities options.
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NOV
09

Transportation & Student ID Announcement

Student ID’s required to use bus transportation beginning November 28, 2016.

As we shared with our families in August 2016, Madison Consolidated Schools has made a significant investment in security features within our bus fleet. These upgrades include GPS tracking systems, a compatible app (launching soon), video cameras inside all buses, Wi-Fi access on buses (launching soon), and a check-in/check-out process for student transportation beginning November 28, 2016.

Click here for the letter shared with our families which outlines details on our new process and transportation enhancements.
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George Couros visits Madison Schools...huge impact for students throughout the state!

Through grants and corporate contributions from the AT&T Foundation, Community Foundation of Madison & Jefferson County, and the eLearning Department of the Indiana Department of Education totaling $25,000; Madison Consolidated Schools welcomed George Couros for a two day event.

Thank you to the Madison Courier for capturing the essence of the message shared with our students, teachers and community leaders.  Check out the front page articlearticle!


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Always a highlight....

Always so wonderful to recognize student achievement!  Congratulations to MCHS FFA State Winners: Shea Elswick, Fisher DeWitt, and Catherine Fisher and 
MCHS State Pole Vaulter: Maddie Holland.

The evening had a special dedication to Miss Mary Louise Eisenhardt, retired teacher and coach at Madison.  Miss Eisenhardt was honored for her tireless work and dedication to girls athletics at Madison with the re-naming of the MCHS Track in her honor!


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Going 'Old School' in food service...

Be sure to check out what's happening in food service!  

We are headed back to our roots...check it out!

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City of Madison Redevelopment Commission partners with Madison Consolidated School with significant funding

City of Madison Redevelopment Commission partners with Madison Consolidated Schools with approval of significant funding of advanced manufacturing training Innovation Center.


Madison, IN:  On Wednesday, April 7, 2015 the City of Madison Redevelopment Commission voted unanimously to fund $130,000.00 for the Innovative Industrial Technology Training Center project planned for Madison Consolidated High School.  “The Commission felt this was a good initial investment which will create opportunities for more students, help address local workforce development concerns of area manufacturers, and support local economic development,” states Joe Craig, Chairman City of Madison Redevelopment Commission.


Partnering with local manufacturers, community leaders, city officials, local and regional economic development entities, regional workforce agencies, and postsecondary education leaders within the community Madison Consolidated Schools is leading the way and changing the equation for students.  


While the city of Madison is nationally recognized for its historical elements, the lifeblood of the local economy has generations of established roots and a global presence in manufacturing.  Data shows 26.3% of Jefferson County employment is identified within the advanced manufacturing sector. Local industry leaders have shared they will face a large number of retirements in the coming decade in the skilled labor and trades professional areas.  “This workforce bubble creates a concern as the current landscape of advanced manufacturing is changing very quickly and the availability of skilled workforce within our community is a challenge,” shares Roger Williams, President/CEO/Owner of Royer Corporation, a Madison based manufacturer specializing in custom plastic injection molding and decorations.  “The skillset and knowledge necessary to operate and maintain the advanced manufacturing equipment in facilities today is very different from what was needed even five years ago.  Through this partnership, industry leaders and educators are in a unique position to partner in a solution by providing an academically enriched, hands-on experience for the students through the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Pathway curriculum offered at Madison Consolidated High School.”  


Leaders within local industries and Madison Consolidated Schools have been working together for the last year to identify ways in which students can graduate with advanced skills and industry certificates necessary to be hired at one of the many high-tech, global manufacturing facilities headquartered in Madison; having immediate, positive impact on the workforce needs on the horizon.


The answer comes in the form of an advanced manufacturing training Innovation Center.  “We know our current space does not contain and cannot accommodate the types of high-tech equipment necessary to teach today’s students the skills needed to get a well-paid job at any number of our local manufacturing facilities.  The bigger challenge is the pending workforce development bubble and fulfilling the skills gap for local employers.  The manufacturing skills necessary today are much more technical than ever before, and certainly more advanced than can be taught with the outdated equipment found in the existing industrial arts classroom space,” states Kathy Huffman, College and Career Readiness Coordinator with Madison Consolidated Schools.  “With this sizeable financial commitment, our community has made an investment in our schools and in our youth through the funding of this advanced training facility on our campus.”  


This project will completely renovate, modernize, and equip a new Innovation Center where students will be given hands-on opportunity to learn on the latest, most sophisticated machines, and computer aided systems. They will learn to use programmable logic controllers that manipulate and control robotic systems on many of the high-tech machines used in our local manufacturing facilities. Students will have the opportunity to learn on highly specialized training equipment that teaches them the basic skills necessary to run the actual equipment they will encounter in the real world.  


The longer-term goal for the students who are in the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering pathway curriculum will be to use their training and skills to operate a student run business.  Through the creation of Cub Manufacturing, students will have the opportunity for work-based learning to help them understand all functional aspects of business including finance, logistics, inventory, purchasing, problem solving, teamwork, supervision, and time management.


Through the use of Indiana Career Explorer, Madison Consolidated Schools is able to confidently estimate that 40% of  junior high and senior high school aged students career assessment results show interest in advanced manufacturing, STEM, or distribution logistics careers.  Beginning in junior high, students are given the opportunity to participate in grade level appropriate surveys in order to assess their career interests.  This trackable data allows schools and counselors access to student specific information, which in turn, assists in course selection at an earlier juncture to help students select an academic path to support their fields of interest.  “Our goal is to have students, in grades 6 through 12, engaged each year with an assessment to gauge where their career interests lie.  We will use this information to guide them along that path, assess performance and heightened/waned interest, or determine if interests have changed and redirect coursework,” states Huffman.


With 23% of MCS students currently enrolled in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Pathway curriculum, there is an enormous opportunity to expand interests, enhance experiences, and develop skill-sets to fill the serious, upcoming applicant shortages for many local employers. MCS has worked to establish the curriculum that meets the classroom needs, but lacks the funds to provide the type of hands on experience that is crucial to getting ahead in the hiring process.  The financial, human and capital investment made by the City of Madison within our community into Madison Consolidated Schools will have a huge return on investment for everyone within our community.  Providing students with the required skills and hands-on business experience, they have an opportunity to graduate ahead of the curve with attributes which will make them an attractive, prospective employee for the many employers within our community.  It is a win-win for everyone; students have potential to earn more, employers have an increasing number of job ready, skilled workers, and the community enhances its prosperity.


The Phase 1 project timeline will begin immediately, with the Innovation Center available to students in time for classes to begin in August 2015.  Funding finalization and student scheduling is slated for March and April, equipment orders and preliminary and final renovation plans are set for the April/May timeframe, with construction beginning once classes dismiss in June.  Phase 2 planning will begin immediately upon Phase 1 implementation with the goal of the Cub Manufacturing Pilot to begin in August 2016.


We would like to thank our industry and community partners who helped make this project a reality.   Their commitment to this process through financial support, employee volunteer hours, guidance and feedback on certifications, and support of the academic environment through internships and mentoring have made this project possible.  They are: Arvin Sango, Inc., Indiana Kentucky Electric Power Plant, Grote Industries, Koehler Welding Supply, Madison Precision Products, Royer Corporation, Vehicle Service Group, City of Madison, Ivy Tech Community College - Madison Campus, EcO15 and Dream It Do It!, Jefferson County Industrial Development Corporation, and SE Indiana Workforce Investment Board.





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Local business and community leaders invest personal time and talent in local 7th grade students

Local business and community leaders invest personal time and talent in local 7th grade students.


Madison, IN:  On Friday, April 17, 2015 the Madison Consolidated Junior High School will host over 30 local business and community leaders as they provide career insight to over 300 7th grade students from Madison Consolidated Junior High School and Southwestern Middle School.


For the first time, students will attend career presentations based on results from their individual Indiana Career Explorer assessment.  Indiana Career Explorer helps students of all ages explore potential career fields based upon interests determined through a series of age/grade level appropriate survey questions.  “Beginning as early as 6th grade, counselors and teachers utilize these tools with our students to help them realize fields of interest in order to better plan their academic paths,” shares Principal, Jill Mires.  “Our students now have access to a number of tools which help them identify areas of interest so their course work becomes more personalized and purposeful as they pursue their high school diploma.  The other advantage to using these tools early is the opportunity it gives the student to experience classes in order to determine if the academic path and career field is appealing; and if not, time and resources to help redirect curriculum.”  


Counselors from both schools have worked together to secure presenters for the event.  Career clusters being highlighted are: Education and Training, Human Services, Arts, Audio Video Technology and Communication, Manufacturing, STEM, Transportation and Logistics, Business Management, Finance and Marketing, and Health Science.  


The event will be hosted by Madison Consolidated Junior High School on Friday, April 17, 2015 from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.   

 
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Parent eLearning Survey Results

Results are in!  

Thank you for responding to the eLearning parent survey!  Our goal was to seek feedback in order to better understand student access and parent experience with eLearning tools.  We will share our learning with the Technology Committee so as they review the original guidelines, review teacher feedback on content and student participation,  and consider potential guideline revisions moving forward; the committee also now has a baseline of data points representing parent feedback.

As always, we appreciate your time and feedback!

The MCS Press - Parent eLearning Survey Results


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Community Letter

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February 28, 2015

One of the goals of Madison Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, and staff is to provide clear, concise, accurate information to our public at all times.  

Madison Consolidated Schools is very grateful to have a very large number of students, parents, industry, small business, and community leaders who believe in and support the vision and strategic framework Madison Consolidated Schools is implementing within our district for the students of Jefferson County.

We continue to invite questions and encourage dialog between our community and our board, administrators, faculty, and staff.  Again, we want to ensure our communication is as effective as possible, in full context, in order to answer questions and clarify all information.  We encourage all members of our community to attend school board meetings in order to stay informed and shape an opinion based on first hand information.  In the event you cannot attend meetings, they can be viewed, in entirety, online at www.wkmnews.com,, on Channel 15, and they are accessible via a link from the MCS_Indiana Facebook page.

While we cannot control what is recorded and published by the general public, we feel a responsibility to provide video documentation to our community which we know to be factual and unedited.  As a point of clarification, a portion of  language from a section of the Madison Consolidated Schools Board Policy addressing recorded media applies only to the Board of Trustees, school employees, and any entity who is under contract for goods and/or services with Madison Consolidated Schools.  The policy does not apply to the general public.  The intent of the policy and the manner in which the Board applied the policy is in accordance with Title 5, Article 14, Chapter 1.5 of Indiana Code and meets the requirement of the Indiana Open Door Law.  In order to further clarify the Board’s intent, revision of the language within Board Policy 0167.3 will be necessary and we appreciate the opportunity to revisit this item.

We encourage our community to attend meetings, ask questions, and engage in productive, constructive dialog.  We will continue to actively seek feedback and implement our vision and strategic framework which will best address the needs of Jefferson County students in order to provide a foundation for success.

Sincerely,

Ashley Schutte, Communications Coordinator
Madison Consolidated Schools

 
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MCS & Community Partners Participate in Regional Discussion

Madison Consolidated Schools and community partners JCIDC, Madison Precision Products and Ivy Tech have been invited to participate in the 2015 Postsecondary Pathways: Connecting Education to Careers for Student Success regional conference.

Sponsored by The Indiana Youth Institute, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Center for Excellence in Leadership of Learning, and the Indiana Works Council Region 9, this regional panel brings together K-12 educators, corporations, employers, youth-serving professionals, and state and regional government agencies in order to discuss how to connect Hoosier students with education and career counseling and training that fit their skills and interests.

Local community leaders Dr. Ginger Studebaker-Bolinger, Superintendent, Madison Consolidated Schools, Nathan Hadley, Executive Director, JCIDC, Kevin Turner, Vice President, Madison Precision Products, and Katie Mote, President, Madison Campus-Ivy Tech Community College will discuss ways they are partnering to align resources, create meaningful internship and apprenticeship programs, and advance educational initiatives which are demand-driven by business partners.

Keynote speakers include Chris Lowry, Chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College and Theresa Lubbers, Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education. Other notable speakers are Kim Ryan, President, Batesville, Linda Kaiser, JP Morgan Chase, John Harmeyer, Jr., Director of Plant Operations and Jeremy Owens, Manager of Plant Human Resources, Batesville, Andy Allen, Principal, Batesville High School, Hank Ahaus, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and High School Relations, Ivy Tech community College, and Carla Enzinger, Human Resource Manager, Batesville Tool & Die.

Through panel discussions, keynote presentations, and group networking, attendees will be connected to resources that will enhance their ability to educate and train students to successfully pursue the postsecondary careers that exist within the region and the state. Madison Consolidated Schools, Batesville Community Schools, and these business partners were hand selected to participate in this panel in order to share their learning and successes with their established, ongoing academic pathways, college & career readiness programs, and community partnership initiatives.

Included is an optional plant tour of a local manufacturing facility including Batesville, Batesville Tool & Die or Heartwood Manufacturing. This will give attendees the opportunity to see a sophisticated, technologically advanced manufacturing facility and learn more about the types of jobs that are available and how students can prepare for those jobs. The event will be held at the Batesville High School on February 11, 2015. Registration is $10 per person. You can view details and register online at 2015 Postsecondary Pathways registration
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