Born to Lead - Touching base with 2013 Alumni

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Last week Hayden McMahon (left) and Tate Turner (right) stopped by for a visit.  Both 2013 Madison Alumni and recent graduates - McMahon from West Point and Turner the Naval Academy.

Check out the article in The Madison Courier where both men discuss their experiences at their respective service academies, lessons in leadership, and their future plans as they continue to prepare to lead others as officers in the United States Army and the United States Navy.

Each with an incredible story and experience, we are so proud of these young men and Thank You both for your service.
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Measure twice, cut once...Intro to Construction Class

File 003 7Members of Mr. Herrick's Intro to Construction class are busy with several projects - but the focus is always on safety first.  In this high-stakes, hands-on classroom, safety is a priority for many obvious reasons.  Students shared the safety protocols from safety goggles to machinery use and show a great level of respect for the power tools they have access to in order to make their work more efficient.  

File 003 6This year,  students are using the new SawStop table saw delivered to the lab at the beginning of the school year.  While it is a visually impressive piece of equipment, the safety features of this saw make it equally as powerful as students learn the ropes.  This Business Insider article, explains the technology used by inventor Steve Gass and includes a video demonstration of this incredible safety feature.   The blade can sense electrical conductivity and stops immediately if it senses a finger near or in the blade.  The technology aspect of this table saw is incredible and night and day from what you may remember from the 'old days' of industrial technology classes - you have to see this to believe it!  

On one project, students are working with our local Literacy Foundation to build Little Free Libraries which will be located at various spots around our community.  Students were given blueprints and  detailed instructions and have worked each day on learning the overall process.  Working in three separate groups, students have learned how to assess material needs, read blueprints, measure, cut, sand, and finally assemble the necessary pieces.  They are working diligently to fulfill the  order of twenty of the libraries which will be worked on each day during 4th, 5th, and 6th period class time.    Learn more about Little Free Libraries by visiting the website here.

File 001 6There are a few other special projects in the works as well.   James Weir, class member and Secretary of the MCHS FFA Chapter, shared with us he is working on a very special project for the FFA Convention coming up later this month.  "It is really cool that I can come to this class and create something that we will use as part of our chapter display", he shared.  We have asked James to follow up with pictures, so be sure to check back as we will update once the project is complete and the convention wraps up!

Introduction to Construction class is available to students in grades 10 through 12 and offers hands-on activities and real world experiences related to the skills essential in residential, commercial, and civil building construction.  Students are introduced to the history and traditions of construction trades.  Be sure to check out the full course description for this class and all others offered at MCHS found in our Course Curriculum Guide on our website.

Members of the 5th period class include Dalton Couch, Joseph Adam, James Weir, Kolin Hazelwood, Eli Brewer, Bergen Cornelius, Logan Ervin, and Logan Harden.
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Award Winning Art Student - Britta Hess

IMG 20170124 201212MCHS freshman and Fine Arts Academy student, Britta Hess has been recognized as a Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Award Honorable Mention Winner for Central and Southern Indiana.

The piece, "He Sees Me", (pictured with Britta) was created using a technique called Stippling. As defined in the Art History Glossary, the act of stippling involves covering an area with dots. What comes right to mind is a wildly time-consuming technique, done with a technical pen and ink (usually black), in which an image is drawn dot...by dot...by dot.   The resulting image contains no lines. It is a collection of dots, strategically placed to suggest forms, shapes, contrast and depth. It is left to the viewer's eye to complete the picture, a proposition which seldom fails. 

Entered in the work category of Drawing and Illustration, Britta's piece was selected by a panel of regional artists and art professionals as having potential from the 61 county region.  Her work was part of a class assignment from her Advanced Art Class. 

Britta has been invited to the Awards Ceremony at Clowes Memorial Hall on Sunday, February 26, 2017.  Congratulations on your achievement and thank you for sharing your talent with us!

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MCHS FFA Forestry Team Places 10th in State

The State Forestry compeition was held at Purdue University over the weekend and our MCHS FFA team placed 10th in the state!

IMG 6904rTeam members included: Brady McDole, James Weir, Tyson Torrance, and Maranda Elswick.  

Mrs. Briggs, FFA Chapter Advisor, shared the competition guidelines.  As with all FFA competitions, the depth and scope of knowledge required of these students is crazy, ridiculous!  

The objectives of the  4-H/FFA Ag. Forestry event for youth are:
1. To develop leadership skills, to work as a team, and to practice good study habits.
2. To acquire information about forest ecosystems and forestry skills used in forest management and the utilization of forest products.
3. To appreciate and manage wisely Indiana's forest resources.

With the recent devasting wildfires, regionally and nationally, the work these students are doing today will help to restore and preserve the natural resources in areas effected. 
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MCHS Students Selected for 2016 Richard G. Lugar Symposium

Three Madison juniors have been selected to reprsent MCHS at the 40th Anniversary of the Lugar Symposium.  Congratulations to Clate Winters, Nora Eigel, and Regin Dean who were selected by a committee to represent MCHS at the 2016 Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow's Leaders on Saturday, December 3, 2106.

The Lugar Symposium is designed to expose some of the best and brightest young minds in Indiana - our future leaders - to current global issues.  Hosted by the Richard G. Lugar Academy at the University of Indianapolis, each high school in the state has been asked to select three outstainding student leaders to attend this year's Symposium.

Their day will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a keynote address from Senator Lugar and conclude at 4:30 p.m.  Students will have an opportunity to network with one another throughout the day and attend two afternoon sessions focusing on current events.  

Congratulations to Clate, Nora, and Regin for their outstanding leadership!
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MCHS Important Dates 2016-2017

Please make note of these MCHS important dates for 2016 - 2017:

August 26, 2016 - Deadline for Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship application for Seniors in top 20% of class, NOON deadline

September 22, 2016 - Josten's Senior Class Meeting, MCHS Auditorium at 10:25 a.m.

October 4, 2016 - Order Cap & Gown, during all lunch periods

October 19, 2016 - PSAT / ASVAB, contact Student Services for more information

December 7, 2016 - FAFSA information meeting, MCHS Cafeteria at 6:00 p.m.

May 26, 2017 - Senior Honors Day, MCHS Auditorium beginning at 8:00 a.m.

May 31, 2017 - Graduation Rehearsal, time TBD

June 4, 2017 - MCHS Graduation at 2:00 p.m.

**Custer Contest - at this time date has not been finalized.
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Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

Many, many, many thanks to the Community Foundation and the many generous donors who make the competitive grant cycle available within our community.

Last evening Madison Consolidated Schools received $11,500.00 in grants to support programs at Madison Consolidated High School.

  • MCHS Team LEAD (Mrs. Hensler) received $5,000 towards the upcoming Digital Citizenship programming with international speaker George Couros, coming October 29 & 30. 
  • MCHS Encore Show Choir (Mrs. Grayson) received $5,000 to purchase new performance risers for use at concerts and performances.
  • MCHS (Mrs. Hartwell) received $1,500 to purchase two infant simulators for the RealCare Parenting Program which teaches students proper parenting skills.
CONGRATULATIONS to all grant recipients, and THANK YOU again to the Community Foundation of Madison Jefferson County and the many donors who make a difference in our community each day!
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