Sunday, October 14th, 2007

News Archive




10/2/07 Camelview teacher receives 1,400 in school supplies

Congratulations to Madison Camelview teacher Dawn Mincher who was selected as the recipient of $1,400 in Office Max supplies. Mincher was surprised with the gift on October 2 by representatives from Office Max and non-profit organization Adopt-a-Classroom. The donation was part of the "A Day Made Better" initiative which recognizes the fact that many teachers spend their own money for classroom supplies. Principal Barbara Pierce nominated Mincher for the award.



9/27/07   Park and Camelview kickoff their MAC-Ro Math Initiative

Park and Camelview schools held their Math Achievement Club by Rodel (MAC-Ro) kickoff on September 27 and 28. Through the Rodel Charitable Foundation of Arizona, MAC-Ro provides a fun and motivating way for students to learn mathematics. Components of MAC-Ro include teacher training and family involvement.

9/21/07   World Peace Day Celebrated at Madison Park  

On September 21, 2007 Madison Park School held a World Peace Day Celebration where students displayed their interpretation of peace through art, music, and dance. For several weeks, Park hosted a variety of artists to work with the students. African Drummer, Keith Johnson taught the history of the African culture's artistic expressions as a way of surviving years of suppression. Mask Artist, Carmen DeNovais is a native of Brazil, where African slaves were brought to work on the sugar plantations in the 17th century. Her students created masks representing endangered animals of the Brazilian rain forest. Opendance director, Michele Ceballos Michot transformed the animals' energy into dance. Mrs. Robb, Park's art teacher, taught her middle school students how to create origami cranes adorned with beads. In the Japanese story of Sadako, cranes are a sign of peace.

9/20/07   Madison Teachers Named Semi-finalists for Exemplary Teacher Awards

Congratulations to Camelview teacher Virginia Hernandez and Park teacher Sally Harrison for being selected as semi-finalists in the Rodel Charitable Foundation's Search for Exemplary Teachers!  Ms. Hernandez teaches kindergarten and Ms. Harrison is a 7/8 grade resource teacher. These two teachers were selected for this distinguished award for their exceptional record of student achievement over multiple years in a high-poverty school.   

9/20/07   Madison Simis Reads for the Record

Officer Glenn Larson of the Phoenix Police Department read The Story of Ferdinand to kindergarteners at Madison Simis on September 20 as part of the Read for the Record campaign. The yearly campaign, created by national non-profit Jumpstart, aims to hold the largest shared reading experience ever with children all across the nation reading the same book on the same day. Read for the Record sponsor, The Pearson Foundation, gave copies of the classic book to all students that participated in the program.

9/14/07   Latino Cultural Night at Madison Park

Madison Park School hosted Latino Cultural Night on September 14, 2007. Students have been studying the Latin countries including Chile, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. They recently chose a country to study and their posters were displayed in the school's cafeteria. The evening began with Mariachis Trio Estrella followed by Ballet Folklorico Tenochtitlan. Hundreds of people enjoyed the enchilada dinner while mingling with other Madison families.

9/10/07   Phoenix Mercury Remodel Camelview's Library 

Madison Camelview's library experienced a remodel this week, complements of the Phoenix Mercury. The team chose Camelview as the recipient of a $10,000 library remodel if they made it to the WNBA finals.  The school was selected through the WNBA Cares Initiative which creates programs to improve education, health, and family development. Camelview's Lion Cub's Den reading center was given a fresh coat of paint, plenty of Mercury memorabilia, and numerous books. Guests on hand for the unveiling included teammates Olympia Scott and Jennifer Lacy as well as representatives from the WNBA. 

9/05/07   Welcome Back to School

Madison's Superintendent has written a letter to parents and students welcoming them to a new school year.
8/20/07   Councilman Greg Stanton to Visit Madison Schools

Councilman Greg Stanton and his staff will be visiting several Madison Schools on August 20, 2007. The councilman will pass out bookmarks to students to celebrate the first day of school. Look for more upcoming visits from the councilman over the next few weeks.

8/17/07   Madison Schools Receive 7,000 Donated School Supplies

Allstate Insurance's regional office donated 7,000 school supplies to three Madison schools as part of their annual back-to-school supply drive. Representatives from Allstate delivered the items August 17. The load included 725 pocket folders, 560 boxes of crayons, and almost 3,000 pencils-enough supplies to fill three vehicles. Allstate's employees donate the supplies or participate in raffle drawings to raise money to purchase these much needed items. Thank you Allstate, for your generosity!

8/16/07   Park Teachers Visit Neighborhood

Teachers at Madison Park School hit the pavement Thursday, August 16 to spread the message that school starts August 20. Led by Principal Richard Ramos, the staff went door-to-door through the surrounding neighborhood to remind parents and students of the importance of being at school on the first day. Door hangers were also left at each home. This is the third year that Park has visited the neighborhood and believes it sets a very positive tone for the school year. 3TV covered this exciting event; to view the clip, click here.

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