Two teams from Martinsville Middle School- the Skibidi Toilets and the A-Team- competed against 16 other teams from around the region in the Go Tec VEX Robotics competition yesterday at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research! ๐Ÿค– In this coding and engineering competition, teams compete in a teamwork challenge and robot skills challenges that test their driving and coding abilities. Participation is a great way for these STEM-loving students to grow their engineering, coding, and collaborative skills. The A-Team walked away from the competition with the Most Enthusiastic Award ๐ŸŒŸ and both teams gained some memories and skills that will last a lifetime!
about 2 months ago, Martinsville City Public Schools
A group of middle school students in costumes stand with their two coaches at the VEX robotics tournament
Last night we celebrated our 8th grade winter athletes and their families! Balancing the demands of academics with those of athletics can be a difficult task, but these talented student-athletes make it look easy! Thank you, students and families, for showing us what #BulldogPride is all about. We can't wait to keep cheering you on at the high school level next year! Not pictured: Paris Waller and Addison Williamson, who have already moved up to the JV level and had an away game last night.
4 months ago, Martinsville City Public Schools
8th grade athlete poses with family
8th grade athlete poses with family
8th grade athlete poses with family
8th grade athlete poses with family
8th grade athlete poses with family
8th grade athlete poses with family
8th grade athlete poses with family
8th grade athlete poses with family
Recently we celebrated our 8th grade winter athletes and their families! Balancing the demands of academics with those of athletics can be a difficult task, but these talented student-athletes make it look easy! Thank you, students and families, for showing us what #BulldogPride is all about. We can't wait to keep cheering you on at the high school level next year! Not pictured: Paris Waller and Addison Williamson, who have already moved up to the JV level and had an away game.
4 months ago, Martinsville City Public Schools
8th grade student athlete poses with family
8th grade student athlete poses with family
8th grade student athlete poses with family
8th grade student athlete poses with family
8th grade student athlete poses with family
8th grade student athlete poses with family
8th grade student athlete poses with family
8th grade student athlete poses with family
Last week, our MMS band hosted their First Performance National Day of Celebration concert event to open up our AVID Family Night! ๐ŸŽบ๐ŸŽท๐ŸŽต๐Ÿฅ This day of celebration was created by the Music Achievement Council to celebrate, honor, and encourage the early achievements of music students across the U.S., providing a platform for these young musicians to showcase their newly acquired musical skills in a public setting! The students showcased the steps they have taken in their musical journey, and they have already come such a long way! We can't wait to hear them play again during their winter concert!
6 months ago, Martinsville City Public Schools
band students performing
band students performing
band students performing
band students performing
band students performing
Yesterday, some of our middle school students travelled to Chatham for the Career Choice Youth Expo! Students had the opportunity to speak to employers in a variety of fields from all around the region to learn about various career paths. They even got hands-on experience with some of the tools and technology that they would encounter on the job! Our high school students are at the Expo today. We can't wait to see how engaging with these employers inspires some of our students!
8 months ago, Martinsville City Public Schools
Student repairs a power line
Student and line worker working on a powerline
Student and EMT do chest compressions on dummy
Students at Career Expo
Superintendent wearing a 3D printed helmet
Student writes on a tablet as a vendor watches and smiles
MMS student wears VR goggles and uses hand controls
Student smiles at camera
MMS student tries on work gloves
There was a full house yesterday for our MMS Speech and Debate Team's first annual "Most Influential Americans" debate at the Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center & Museum! Thank you to the friends, family, community members, and history lovers who came out to hear our students thoughtfully argue and discuss which Americans have had the most influence and impact on our nation's history and culture. We're so proud of these young debaters and the research and preparation they did for the event. It isn't easy to stand up and speak in front of a crowd, but under the leadership of Mrs. Woody, these students did a remarkable job! We can't wait for next year's debate!
8 months ago, Martinsville City Public Schools
MMS student debating
MMS student debating
MMS student debating
MMS student debating
MMS student debating
MMS student debating
MMS student debating
MMS student debating
MMS student debating
MCPS was representing at last night's Martinsville City Council meeting! ๐Ÿ“ Council recognized the top 3 winners of this year's "If I Were Mayor" essay contest with plaques and gift certificates to Uptown Pinball. Congratulations to MMS students Aubrey, Hudson, and Abbigail for their amazing work! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ The newly-elected representatives of the MMS Student Council shared the history of the Constitution with the audience and accepted a proclamation from Council acknowledging the week of Sept. 17-23 as U.S. Constitution Week. Sixth grade representative Kyla pointed out some of the spelling errors found in the document and told Council that the Constitution is the oldest Constitution of any major government in the world. Seventh grader Bridgette, Student Council secretary and treasurer, spoke about how the Daughters of the American Revolution initially petitioned Congress to honor Constitution Week. Student Council President Abbigail spoke about the preamble to the Constitution and shared that seven delegates from Virginia refused to sign the document because it did not include a Bill of Rights. In 1791, the Bill of Rights was ratified. ๐Ÿ“š City Council also read a proclamation acknowledging the week of September 18-22 as Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. Lealice Hagwood, coordinator and lead teacher for Martinsville Adult and Career Education Services, accepted the proclamation and spoke to Council about the importance of literacy and the work that is going on within the city to promote literacy.
8 months ago, Martinsville City Public Schools
MMS "If I were mayor" essay winners pose with Martinsville City Council
MMS SCA representatives, MMS teacher Beverly Woody, and mayor LC Jones
Lealice Hagwood with Martinsville city council
MMS student reads at podium
MMS student reads at podium
MMS student reads at podium
City council looks on and smiles as an MMS student reads at podium
Today is the 20th day of school! Students who have missed two or more days by this point in the school year are considered chronically absent. It's never too early to start building the habit of good attendance! Children who are chronically absent in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade are much less likely to read at grade level by third grade. Students who cannot read at grade level by the end of third grade are 4 times more likely to drop out of high school. #AttendanceMattersVA #schooleveryday
8 months ago, Martinsville City Public Schools
Attendance Matters graphic
Please remember that MCPS will be closed on Monday, September 4 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Classes will resume Tuesday, September 5.
9 months ago, Martinsville City Public Schools
MCPS Closed for Labor Day graphic
On his last day of work, MCPS would like to thank Officer Shane McPeek for serving has our SRO for over a decade. Officer McPeek has worked at both Martinsville Middle School and Martinsville High School and has played played an integral role in school safety improvements during his time with us. Thank you, Officer McPeek, for keeping our students and staff safe! We wish you the best in your retirement!
9 months ago, Martinsville City Public Schools
School resource officer Shane McPeek shakes hands with MCPS School Safety Director TJ Slaughter
MMS families are invited to join us for Taco Tech Tuesday! ๐ŸŒฎ This AVID Family Night will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 29 in the MMS Cafeteria. Come out and get support with some essential online tools such as Canvas, Clever, PowerSchool, Remind, and more! All participants will be offered a to-go taco meal and a ticket for a chance to win a door prize! Staff members from the Boys and Girls Club will be on site to register MMS students for free. Please help us plan a successful event by registering with the link below or the QR code included on the flyer by Sunday, August 27.
9 months ago, Martinsville City Public Schools
MMS Taco Tech Tuesday flyer
Stay up-to-date with Bulldog athletics! ๐Ÿพ ๐Ÿ“ฑ Notify Me gives you instant alerts when a game is postponed, cancelled, or rescheduled. As soon as a schedule change is made at the middle or high school level, Notify Me will send you a text and/or email alert, so you'll never miss a game! ๐Ÿ‘‰ To sign up for Notify Me, simply visit Martinsville's Piedmont District website and click on Notify Me under the calendar on the right side of the page. https://www.piedmontdistrictva.org/public/genie/296/school/3/
9 months ago, Martinsville City Public Schools
Notify Me graphic
It was amazing to see so many smiling faces this morning on the first day of a new school year! Thank you to the Martinsville Sheriff's Office, Police Department, Martinsville Fire & EMS, and city council members who joined our staff and school board members in welcoming our students back to school! It was a great way to kick off the Year of Endless Possibilities here at MCPS! Students, your MCPS family missed you! We can't wait to see what you will achieve this year!
9 months ago, Martinsville City Public Schools
Two elementary students hug outside of school
PHES principal smiles as she opens her arms for a hug from a student
MHS principal, school board chair, school board member, and Martinsville police chief pose with a student outside of Martinsville High School
MHS principal welcomes students with bullhorn
Preschool teacher opens her arms for a hug from a student
A preschool student hugs the school nurse as other students walk into the school
Martinsville mayor, school board chair, schools superintendent, and police chief all stand outside of a school to greet students
Martinsville sheriff and police chief welcome students
Curious about the upcoming school year? ๐ŸŽ ๐Ÿซ MCPS is hosting a district-wide open house for all schools on Wednesday, August 9 from 12-7 p.m. This is a great opportunity for students and their families to meet teachers and staff, visit classrooms, learn about the upcoming school year, and get to know their school! โœ‰๏ธ Each school will send out information to families regarding their specific open house procedures. ๐Ÿ‘‰ To learn more about open house, visit our Back to School page on the MCPS website: https://www.martinsville.k12.va.us/page/back-to-school-2023-2024
10 months ago, Martinsville City Public Schools
open house graphic
Planning to participate in sports during the upcoming school year? ๐Ÿˆ All student athletes must complete a physical. ๐ŸŽพ MCPS will offer sports physicals on Wednesday, July 19 from 8:30 until 11:00 a.m. at the Martinsville High School gym. โšฝ The cost is $10 per person. ๐Ÿ€ All paperwork must be completed prior to arriving at the gym for your physical. Paper copies of the VHSL Physical Form can be picked up in the MHS office. An online form can be downloaded here: https://www.vhsl.org/vhsl-physical-form/
10 months ago, Martinsville City Public Schools
Sports physical infographic
Our MMS summer camp students were busy last week! Activities last week included making flubber in AVID Science Camp ๐Ÿงช and building and programming robots in VEX Robotics Camp. ๐Ÿค–
11 months ago, Martinsville City Public Schools
Students build a robot from a kit
student making flubber in a science lab
Students work on building a robot
a student builds a robot
students operate their robot
a student pours a substance into a test tube
Just because the academic year is over doesn't mean our teachers aren't hard at work! Last week, teachers from across the division came together for a full week of curriculum work to prepare for the upcoming year of learning. So what exactly is curriculum work? Teachers and instructional staff are working together, collaborating across disciplines, grade levels, and even schools, to examine data from this school year to adjust their pacing and build assessments to help improve the learning experience and monitor student progress throughout the next year. (As you can see from some of the expressions in the photos, some teachers handle the pressures of curriculum work better than others. Hang in there, Mr. Hackenberg!)
12 months ago, Martinsville City Public Schools
MCPS teachers working
MCPS teachers working
MCPS teachers working
MCPS teachers working
MCPS teacher pretending to cry at his computer
MCPS teachers working
Wow! Congratulations to our MMS Odyssey of the Mind team! They placed 7th overall in the World Finals and 2nd in Spontaneous! ๐ŸŒŽ These students have worked so hard and we were proud to have them represent MCPS on a global stage.
12 months ago, Martinsville City Public Schools
MMS Odyssey of the Mind team members with MMS assistant principal and coach
In honor of Rooster Walk weekend, we wanted to share a little story. This is Sara Kasey, a human resources specialist here at MCPS. A 2010 graduate of Martinsville High School, Sarah holds a special place in Rooster Walk's history as the very first recipient of the festival's Penn-Shank Memorial Scholarship! Each year Rooster Walk awards the scholarship to an outstanding Martinsville High School senior to honor the memories of the two MHS alumni for whom the festival and the scholarship are named. Sara used her scholarship to attend Randolph College, where she majored in psychology with a minor in business administration with the goal of entering the human resources field. Fast forward to 2019, when we were fortunate enough to welcome Sara back into our MCPS family as an employee. It's truly a full-circle moment for her as the office she now occupies was once her kindergarten classroom when she was a student at Druid Hills! Join us in celebrating Sara's achievements and the incredible opportunities that Rooster Walk provides for the next generation of Martinsville students.
12 months ago, Martinsville City Public Schools
Sara Kasey
Sara Kasey receives a scholarship from Rooster Walk officials
The academic year may be over, but we're still reliving the memories of the last few days of school! On Tuesday night, Martinsville Middle School hosted its 8th grade transition and awards ceremony to honor those students who will be entering high school next year. Superintendent Dr. Zeb Talley joined MMS Principal Ama Waller and MMS faculty in celebrating the students who have completed their middle school careers and Martinsville High School Principal Dr. Aji Dixon welcomed them to the MHS family.
12 months ago, Martinsville City Public Schools
MMS student and teacher pose for a photo
two MMS teachers pose with student
MMS teacher presents an award to a student
MMS band director with two students
Performing Arts Academy director with two MMS students
MMS principal presents a certificate to a student
MCPS superintendent shakes hands with an MMS student
MMS teacher in military uniform presents an award to a student
MMS SCA class president leads the audience in the pledge of allegiance
MMS teacher presents an award to a student