Mustangs Moments of Excellence

2019 - 2020

Good morning Madison Mustangs.  Mrs. Duthler's class would like to welcome to your first week of school.  We're happy to see our old friends, and looking forward to making new friends.  We have been talking about growth mindset for several years now.  It's when you work really hard at something, you try different ways to figure a problem out, and you never give up.  Let's make this our best school year!

Good morning Madison Mustangs.  Do you enjoy watching sports?  Many of the athletes had dreams of becoming a professional athlete ever since they were young.  They developed a growth mindset when they were your age.  They persevered (which means they kept going when it got tough) and used a lot of grit.  When others told them they couldn't, they said "Oh yes I can.  Just watch me!"  Their dreams came true.  At school, Mrs. Duthler's class would like you to set a goal, persevere and continue to nurture a growth mindset.  Now imagine yourself achieving your goal and feeling that sense of pride.  Dream big and aim high, Mustangs! 

Did you know that today is National Teddy Bear Day?  Do you have a special teddy bear at home or other stuffed animal that you've loved for a long time?  Maybe today is the day you give it an extra hug!  Or, even better, I'm sure it would love you to read it a story or two!  Ms. Gers't class would like you to work hard during reading time today so you are ready to read it when you get home.  Have a great day!

Hey Mustangs!  The fourth graders in Ms. Gerst's class write their very own mission statement to help us have a great school year.  They say it together every morning to remind us what we need to do.  Once of the things it says is "We respect and help each other."  How can you show respect to those around you today?

All the students in Mr. Fred's class have been working hard in reading.  In fact, we already have groups going, and holly cow they are good workers!

The students in Mr. Fred's class, have been working hard at procedures.  With that work, we will have an efficient, organized and fun year!

Mrs. Mueller's class has been learning how to round to the nearest 10 and nearest 100.  They are practicing kindness with each other and the classroom materials as they learn how to play new math games.  It turns out third graders are pretty good sports when it comes to playing games!

Madison third graders have been observing and learning about crayfish this week.  The student's in Mrs. Mueller's class are showing respect for these wondrous creatures by being gentle with them.  Remember to always be respectful of others, even if the other creature likes to bite!

Mr. Casey's class is working on filling each other's buckets.  They're using note cards to write put ups to their classmates.  Buckets are getting filled and kindness is getting shared.  Good work Mr. Casey's class!

It's Muffins with Moms today.  Mr. Casey's class was so excited to see so many of our Mustangs enjoying a muffin with a special lady in your life.  We appreciate you moms!  Have a great Friday Madison!

Good morning Mustangs!  Today, first graders in Mrs. Wood's class are going to work on being active listeners and dong their personal best when Dr. Fowler is showing them a new way to do a number talk.  We are also going to watch some of our slides, "From Madison to Jamaica"'  Have you watched any of it yet?  Did you know the classrooms are not very big?  Picture the big blue carpet in your room and add a little more... that is about the size of their classrooms!  Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Welcome to a fantastic Friday!!  Mrs. Wood's class wants to remind you that ~ today is hat day!  Thank you to all who donated and are helping, "Be the Change!".  Enjoy wearing a hat, enjoy decorating pumpkins with your friendship groups to take to Meth-Wick Retirement Center!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Good morning, Madison Mustangs!  The students in Miss Wright's class hope you had a great weekend and are ready for a week full of learning.  How are you doing collecting those personal MME's?  The second graders already met and celebrated their first personal MME goal with a toy day.  We'll be setting our new goal this week and hopefully be meeting it soon. 

Hello, Madison Mustangs!  Miss Wright's second graders are studying plants and insects during science.  Do you know hw fast brassica seeds grow when placed under a light 24 hours a day?  Really fast!  We also have mealworms and caterpillars that we're watching for changes.  We're documenting these changes after many observations.  Being a scientists is challenging, but fun.  What are you studying in science this week?  Have a great day!

Good morning Madison Mustangs.  Miss Wright's class hopes everyone had a good weekend!  They also hope everyone has a good day and a good week at school.  Today is Columbus Day.  Christopher Columbus discovered America on this date.  What will you discover in your learning today and throughout the week?  Remember to have a growth mindset in everything that you do and especially when you come across a hard or difficult concept that you are trying to learn.  Remember to believe in yourself and to tell yourself that "Yes, I can do it"!

During math time, the students in Miss Wright's class have been working really hard on solving multistep story problems.  They have been participating in Rally Robin activities in order to share their thinking with a partner.  Way to go 2nd graders!

Good morning Mustangs!  We hope that you enjoyed doing something "Fall-like" over the weekend.  If you didn't have a chance to enjoy the outdoors over the weekend, take it all in at recess.  The Kindergarteners sure do!  They lave learned all about tress and our season of fall.  Because of this learning, they love to share their observations with Mrs. Engelbrecht and Ms. Yanda each day.

Tonight, is our final family night conference night.  We hope that all students have enjoyed sharing their learning in our first 40 days or so of school.  Mrs. Engelbrecht is astonished at how much her Kindergarteners have grown and learned so far.  Just think about how much more you will be able to share in February at our next round of conferences!

Halloween is just a few days away!  But, before Halloween arrives, make sure you have chosen a costume that won't cause safety hazards.  Ms. Yands's class wants to remind you to avoid masks which can obstruct your vision.  If you are out after dark, use reflective tape on some part of your costume and treat bag.  You can also have a glow stick so passing cars can see you.  If you wear makeup for your costume, be sure to test it out first to make sure it doesn't make your skin itchy.  Remember to remove all makeup before going to bed.

Ms. Yanda's class hopes you got enough sleep last night and are ready for a fabulous Friday!  Remember, eating too much candy at one time can make you feel sick!  You should eat just a piece or two at a time.  I will also last longer that way!  Be sure to leave your candy at home.

The 5th graders are heading to Wickiup Outdoor Learning Center this morning to learn about how Native Americans lived a long time ago.  They will have various guest speakers talk about nature, food sources, and games.  Mrs. Duthler's 5th graders know they are all expected to practice active listening.  Active listeners show respect for the speaker and the students sitting beside them.  When everyone practices active listening, everyone has a chance to learn.  We want you to be active listeners too!

It is so great to see the food contributions increase daily.  It's pretty cool to look up and down the hallway seeing cans of soup, fruit, and veggies, bottles of ketchup and mustards, jars of peanut butter, boxes of pasta and rice, cake, cookies and brownie mixes.  Mrs. Duthler's class knows that we are going to make many families happy with the food they'll receive from Madison this month.  Thank you whatever you can.  Kudos to the 3rd graders for organizing, informing, and advertising.

All the kids in Mr. Fred's room are working hard at math.  They can add and subtract fractions with uncommon denominators.  Great job 5th graders!

All the students in Mr. Fred's class have been working hard at reading!  Their fluency is fast and their thinking is great!  Great job class! 

Mrs. Mueller's class has been hard at work learning how to tell time to the minute and will soon be learning about elapsed time.  There are 60 seconds in a minute and 60 minutes in an hour.  Even though an hour seems like a long time, it can really be fairly quick.  Think about all the fun things you can do with your family in an hour's time.  Maybe visit the park, play a game, or read a good book together.  On this week of Thanksgiving, be grateful for the time you have to spend with your family!

As you know, Thanksgiving is in two days.  Mrs. Mueller's class would like you to make sure to think about all the things you are thankful for.  A warm bed?  Food to eat each night?  Friends to play with?  Make sure to take some time thanking those that help you each day like your parents, your friends, or even your teachers!  Everyone likes to feel appreciated.  Happy Thanksgiving Madison students and staff!

Miss Gerst's fourth graders are excited to go to the Paramount Theatre today to enjoy a symphony performance!  We will be sure to represent Madison well by showing good etiquette.  This means we will follow the rules and be polite.  Be sure to have good etiquette at school today!

How can you bestow kindness on others today?  "Bestow" is Miss Gerst's word of the day and it means "to give".  Maybe you will smile at someone, or help someone pick up something they dropped.  Maybe you will bestow kindness on your teachers by being an active listener and following directions right away.  Whatever you do, when you bestow kindness you not only give others a happy heart, but you will have a good feeling too!

Welcome back everyone!  Mr. Casey's class hopes you had a nice relaxing Thanksgiving break.  Here at Madison, we have so much to be Thankful for!  Let's have a great first day back everyone! Mr. Casey's class has worked hard this year on learning their multiplication facts and strategies.  Soon they will be moving on to division, but if they give their personal best, it'll be a piece of cake.  Good luck 3rd grade!   

Wow, what a turnout at Barnes and Noble night!  We saw so many Madison Mustangs there last night picking out some awesome new books.  Great job Mustangs, now get reading those cool new books!

Hello, Madison Mustangs!  Miss Wright's second graders talk a lot about being kind and being a good friend.  We have a poster that says: "A kind word is never wasted."  Think about that...Treating others with kindness should be a life-long goal.  It goes right along with the "Golden Rule" ~ treat others the way you'd like to be treated.  What act of kindness can you do today?  Make it a great day!

Good morning Madison Mustangs!  The second graders in Miss Wright's class are learning how to solve 2-digit math problems by decomposing numbers.  Have you used this strategy before?  It can be challenging, but we're not giving up.  We're also using number lines to solve addition and subtraction problems, which can be a lot of fun.  Attack those math problems with a growth mindset today and every day!  Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Good morning Madison Mustangs!  Miss Kamhawy's class hope everyone had a good weekend!  We also hope everyone has a good day and a good week at school.  This is our last week of school before we have our winter break.  Remember to have a growth mindset in everything that you do and especially when you come across a hard or difficult concept that you are trying to learn.  Remember to believe in yourself and to tell yourself that "Yes, I can do it"!

The second graders in Miss Kamhawy's class have been working hard on increasing their fluency.  They have been participating in partner reading, small group reading, and independent reading.  They know how important it is to read every day.  Keep up the great work  2nd graders!

Mrs. Wood's first grade students would like to welcome back all of their Madison friends and wish you all a happy New Year!  What did you do over break?  Did you read a book?  Watch TV?  Play outside?  Go on a trip?  Play a game? Stay up a little late on New Year's Eve?  Whatever you did, we hope you were able to relax and enjoy your time away.  Have a great first day back as we review and practice our procedures and expectations you have worked so hard on this school year!

Good morning!  The first graders in Mrs. Wood's class are already back to working on sight words, fluency, and math facts to prepare to show what they know when they get to sit with Mrs. Woods and WOW her while taking the FAST.  We hope all of you are working hard to show your teacher (and yourself) how far you have come these past 4-5 months.  Have a fantastic Friday!

Good morning Mustangs!  Mrs. Engelbrecht's class would like to welcome you to our first full week back at school!  January is a time for resolutions to be a better you!  If you haven't thought of a positive change for yourself, it's not too late.  One idea is to spread kindness each day.  Think of a simple thing you can do to brighten someone's day.  The tradeoff will be that you will also feel awesome!

Mrs. Engelbrecht's kindergarteners are doing a wonderful job learning their sounds with the Superkids!  They met their 11th Superkid this week!  They know how to use the sounds they learn to chunk and blend words with each sound.  Remember how it all started with one letter and sound?

Miss Yanda's class hope you made it to school safely this morning!  We seem to have turned the cold corner of Winter weather and would like to remind you to stay safe.  We've noticed that many of you are not wearing a coat to school...what happens if you can't get in your house after school?  What if you have to walk an alternative route because of road work or an accident?  That means extended time outside.  Tomorrow is supposed to be below freezing temperatures and if you aren't wearing a coat, that can lead to getting sick or even frost bite.  That is definitely NOT a good thing.  Bundle up Mustangs!!

All the kids in Mr. Fred's class have been working hard at reading.  Every kid read more words per minute than last time and more kids passed the benchmark than last time!

Mr. Fred's class are all working hard in math!  They can multiply and divide decimals!

On Tuesday, Mrs. Duthler's class talked about Martin Luther King Jr. making the worked a better place.  Dr. King was a firm believer in community service.  At Madison, we do community service projects all year long.  Tomorrow we have an opportunity to make things better for a few schools in Jamaica.  It's Crazy Hair Day.  Bring in some change, do something a bit fun and crazy with your hair, and make life better for many children.  We are following Dr. King's example by making the world a better place.

Several students in Mrs. Duther's class have already finished their FAST fluency reading test.  The rest of you will finish in the next two weeks.  Are you showing growth in your words per minute?  Can you name all your letters?  Teachers are excited to hear their students read.  You sound more confident and stronger since last fall.  We challenge you to set a goal for the final reading in May.  Listen to the adults who are helping you with reading, stay focused and in control of your learning, and maintain a growth mindset of "I am going to achieve my goal."

The fourth graders in Miss Gerst's class are working hard to learn how to solve division problems and explain their thinking.  They have learned how to use base ten blocks to help them find the answer.  Now they are learning other strategies that will be more efficient.  It is hard, but they are up for the challenge!  Have a great day and work hard!

 

Happy Friday!  Miss Gerst's class wants to remind you that, today you will be able to enjoy some time with your friendship groups!  According to Winnie-the-Phooh, "A day without a friend, is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside."  Be a friend to those around you today!

Mrs. Mueller's class is wondering if you remembered to bring in donations to support the St. Luke's Family room and the Ronald McDonald House?  Items like crackers, toothpaste, toothbrushes, pudding, fruit cups, and more help provide a comfortable stay for families during their stay.  Helping others in our community is what makes our community stronger.  It also makes us feel good to give back to others.  Please continue to bring your donations this week!

Happy Valentines Day Madison Mustangs!  Mrs. Mueller's class knows it is a great day to tell someone how much you care about them and to show kindness to others.  Remember to show appreciation by telling your friends thank you for all the valentines and yummy treats!   

Mrs. Mueller's class would like to remind you that, tonight is the first night of student led conferences here at Madison.  I bet you can't wait ot share all of the exciting things you have learned this year with your parents! 

The third graders in Mrs. Mueller's class have been participating in junior Achievement recently.  They are learning about the many ways to pay for their needs and wants.  Did you know that cash, checks, credit cards, and debit cards are similar but also very different forms of payment?  Third graders have even learned how to fill out a check!  They have been doing their APRRT while their community volunteer is teaching them all of this new information.  Way to be good listeners and show respectful behavior, third graders!  

The third graders in Mr. Casey's class are working so hard on fractions these days.  Fraction number lines, using pictures, equivalent fractions.  They're learning it all.  Way to go 3rd grade!

Mr. Casey's class has really improved their reading fluency this year.  They're averaging 28 words per minute faster than they were in the Fall.  Thanks for the great growth, way to go!

Hello, Madison Mustangs!  The second graders in Miss Wright's class have been studying air and weather in science for quite a while now.  They've been tracking the weather to look for patterns for the past few weeks _ rain, snow, sun, snow, clouds, sun, and more clouds!  For the next few days, we'll be talking about wind speed and we get to make pinwheels!  On top of that, we are going to start tracking the moon!  There's so much going on for these 7 & 8 year old scientists!!

Good morning, Mustangs!  Kindness is a word that never gets old.  The second graders in miss Wright's class learned a phrase this year that says, "A kind word is never wasted."  Think about what that means to you.  What could you do today at school, and at home, to show kindness?  Some second graders have ideas like: pushing in someone's chair, complimenting each other's work, saying help to someone at lunch, letting people join in to play at recess, and keeping the classroom tidy for the custodian.  We challenge you to do an extra act of kindness today.  Make it a great day!

Hello, Madison Mustangs!  The second graders in Miss Wright's class have been studying air and weather in science for quite a while now.  They've been tracking the weather to look for patterns for the past few weeks ~ rain, snow, clouds, sun, and more clouds!  For the next few days, we'll be talking about wind speed and get to make pinwheels!  On top of that, we are going to stat tracking the moon!  There's so much going on for these 7 & 8 year old scientists!!

Good morning, Mustangs!  Kindness is a word that never gets old!  Miss Wright's seconds graders learned a phrase this year that says, "A kind word is never wasted."  Think about what that means to you.  What could you do today at school, and at home, to show kindness?  Some second graders have ideas like: pushing in someone's chair, complimenting each other's work, saying hello to someone at lunch, letting people join to play at recess, and keeping the classroom tidy for the custodian.  We challenge you to do an extra act of kindness today.  Make it a great day!

Miss Kamhawy's class want to remind you that, today is a extra fun day!  The Schoolhouse Jazz and Blues group will be performing for our school today.  We also hope everyone has a great weekend!  Enjoy the nice warm weather!

During math time, Miss Kamhawy's students have been working hard on solving subtraction math problems.  We know that we need to choose a strategy that works for us.  Our strategy could be decomposing the numbers and/or using an open number line.  We are reminded that it is easier to add and subtract our thinking with someone else.  Way to go 2nd graders!

Mrs. Wood's first graders had a great time meeting author, Katherine Hannigan, last week!  She read one of her stories and told about how she became a writer.  All first graders finished up writing their OWN stories on Friday and are ready to turn them in to books for our Madison Press.  They did a great job using their imaginations when writing.  Have a great Madison Monday!

The first graders in Mrs. Wood's class are so excited for our music program tonight!  We get to wear our pajamas and even have one of our own stuffed animals on stage.  How fun!  We have practiced hard for this and get to show our parents, grandparents, and siblings all of our hard work by singing, dancing, and having our very own speaking parts!  Remember to do your best tonight first graders!

Hello Madison Mustangs!  Miss Wright's second graders have been studying air and weather in science for quite a while now.  They've been tracking the weather to look for patterns for the past few weeks - rain, snow, sun, snow, clouds, sun, and more clouds!  For the next few days, we'll be talking about wind speed and get to make pinwheels!  On top of that, we are going to start tracking the moon!  There's so much going on for these 7 & 8 year old scientists!!

Good morning Madison Mustangs!  Kindness is a word that never gets old.  Miss Wright's second graders learned a phrase this year that says, "A kind word is never wasted."  Think about what that means to you.  What could you do today at school, at home, or anywhere to show kindness?  Some second graders have ideas like: pushing in someone's chair, complimenting each other's work, saying hello to someone at lunch, letting people join in to play at recess, and keeping the classroom tidy for the custodian.  We challenge you to do an extra act of kindness today.  Make it a great day!

During math time, Miss Kamhawy's second grade students have been working really hard on solving subtraction math problems.  They know that they need to choose a strategy that works for them.  Their strategy could be decomposing the numbers and/or using an open number line.  They are reminded that it is easier to add and subtract from a ten.  They have been participating in partner activities in order to share their thinking with someone else.  Way to go 2nd graders!

Today is another fun day at Madison.  The Schoolhouse Jazz and blues band will be performing for our all school assembly.  Miss Kamhawy's class hopes everyone enjoys listening to them!  We also hope everyone has a great weekend!  Enjoy the nice warm weather.

First graders in Mrs. Wood's class had a great time meeting author Katherine Hannigan last week!  She read one of her stories and told about how she became a writer.  All first graders finished up writing their OWN stories on Friday and are ready to turn them in to books for Madison Press.  They did a great job using their imaginations when writing.  Have a great Madison Monday!

Mrs. Wood's first graders are so excited for their music program tonight!  They get to wear their pajamas and even have one the their own stuffed animals on stage.  How fun!  They have practiced hard for this and get to show their parents, grandparents, siblings, other family and friends all of their hard work by singing, dancing, and having their very own speaking parts!  Remember to do your best tonight first graders! 

 

 

 

 

 

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