All the teachers and support staff report back to school on Monday, August 3rd and will participate in professional learning communities, and are preparing their classrooms for students and the beginning of school on Tuesday, August 11th. Mrs. Diana Hardin is our new English teacher this year. Mrs. Hardin has taught at the middle school, high school and college levels. She is married to Tom and they have two children that both will be attending Madison. The Hardin family moved from Texas, however they lived in the Madison area and so are familiar with the school and Middle Tennessee.
For a change of pace this summer Mr. Harvey again worked as the scientist at Indian Creek Camp engaging campers with fun science experiences. Mr. Ramkissoon moved his classroom to where Mrs. Gatling taught last year but was able to relax and a baseball game at Turner Field between the Braves and the Cubs. The Cubs won. Mr. McKenzie worked all summer and also moved his classroom to where Mr. Ramkissoon was last year. He is excited about the 3-D printer his has installed in the computer lab. Mr. Hamberger went to a conference in Arizona to learn about a new product named Naviance that students will be using this year to help transition from elementary to college and career choices. The program help students identify students strengths and passions. Next those passions are linked to a career using Road Nation, video segements of people in careers telling their stories on how they arrived at that job. After viewing the Roadtrip Nation students will be asked to choose a college major and plan a roadtrip of there own. Students will be able to access a wealth of information including admissions policies and costs on all United States community colleges as well as universities. Parents will also have access to this information.
Everyone is excited to start another school year and are looking forward to the start of school and seeing the students.