Thank you to our fantastic MHS student-athletes for celebrating Read Across America Week with our young readers! Yesterday, student-athletes from Martinsville High School travelled to Clearview, Albert Harris, and Patrick Henry to read with some of our classes. It was inspiring to watch these student-athletes sharing stories with our young learners. Thanks for helping us inspire a love of reading and learning in the next generation!
2 months ago, Martinsville City Public Schools
High school student poses with class of preschoolers
High school student smiles as she holds up a book so the preschool class can see the illustration
High school student reads to preschoolers
High school student reads to elementary school students
High school student reads to elementary school students
High school student reads to elementary school students
Congratulations to PHES students Zefrina, Jesmari, Bradley, Amreen, Paris, Adelaide, Katie, and Asma! Bradley and Adelaide won the PHES Three Sentence Scary Story Contest and the others won the Great Pumpkin Storybook Character Contest! πŸŽƒ Both contests were sponsored by PHES librarian Ms. Smith. Winners received a gift certificate to the Book Fair πŸ“š and Halloween candy. 🍬 You can see their winning entries on display in the PHES library!
7 months ago, Martinsville City Public Schools
Students on Halloween costumes stand holding artwork with their school librarian
Today, our PHES kindergarten students got a special visit from the Virginia Museum of Natural History! Students created some beautiful artwork while learning about the life cycle of a butterfly! πŸ›πŸ¦‹
7 months ago, Martinsville City Public Schools
A student smiles at the camera while coloring her caterpillar
A student colors his construction paper caterpillar
A student glues paper onto her paper caterpillar
A student holds up his completed construction paper caterpillar
A student uses crayon to draw a face on his paper caterpillar
a student holds up his green construction paper caterpillar
A student smiles while holding a glue stick
Students coloring a paper caterpillar
Today was a perfect day for a field trip! πŸ‚ Our PHES and AHES fourth graders traveled to Fairy Stone State Park today to plant the native black willow trees they have been sprouting in their classrooms thanks to the Dan River Basin Association's Streamside Trees in the Classroom. Students spent the whole day outside at the park, immersed in all things nature. Besides planting their trees, they also learned about the important role riparian buffers play in protecting our waterways, the geology of fairy stones, played a trivia game, and more! Our MHS AP biology students also got in on the fun, preparing and facilitating some creative activities for the younger students! Thank you to all of our amazing high school students, teachers, and community partners who came together to make this day possible for our young learners!
7 months ago, Martinsville City Public Schools
High school students interact with elementary students
Elementary students smile at camera
An elementary student smiles and watches as colored water soaks into paper towels
High school students watch as an elementary student tries to throw a plastic bottle into a trash can during a game about recycling
Two elementary students dig a hole by a stream to plant a tree
a high school student speaks to elementary students
MHS AP biology students pose for a group photo
Two students hug and smile
a student smiles at the camera
Students watch a demonstration on local plants and trees
Today was a perfect day for a field trip! πŸ‚ Our PHES and AHES fourth graders traveled to Fairy Stone State Park today to plant the native black willow trees they have been sprouting in their classrooms thanks to the Dan River Basin Association's Streamside Trees in the Classroom. Students spent the whole day outside at the park, immersed in all things nature. Besides planting their trees, they also learned about the important role riparian buffers play in protecting our waterways, the geology of fairy stones, played a trivia game, and more! Our MHS AP biology students also got in on the fun, preparing and facilitating some creative activities for the younger students! Thank you to all of our amazing high school students, teachers, and community partners who came together to make this day possible for our young learners!
7 months ago, Martinsville City Public Schools
High school students interact with elementary students
Elementary students smile
An elementary student smiles as he watches food coloring-laced water soak into paper towels
High school students watch as an elementary student attempts to throw a plastic bottle into a trash can
Elementary students dig a hole by the river to plant a tree
A high school student speaks to elementary students
MHS AP biology class poses for a group photo
Two elementary students hug and smile
An elementary student smiles at the camera
Elementary students watch a demonstration on trees and plants
🌦️🌟 Exciting Weather Day at PHES! 🌦️🌟 Today, our fourth-grade students at Patrick Henry Elementary had an unforgettable experience as they welcomed two guest speakers from from WDBJ7 Weather: Chief Meteorologist Brent Watts and Meteorologist Payton Major! Brent and Payton visited the school as part of our fourth grade unit on weather. Students were particularly excited about the visit because they have been recording their own weather reports in class. Payton and Brent showcased the tools they use to measure rainfall, wind, temperature, and humidity and even created a cloud in a bottle to demonstrate the effects of high and low pressure on the weather. ☁️ Students thoroughly enjoyed the whole visit and learned so much more about weather, but they REALLY perked up when the two meteorologists talked about the possibility of snow this winter! β˜ƒοΈ This was a great way for our students to connect real-world experiences to what they have been learning in the classroom! Tune in to WDBJ-7's 6 p.m. newscast tonight and you just might see a quick shoutout to PHES!
8 months ago, Martinsville City Public Schools
PHES students and staff pose for a group photo with Brent and Payton
Brent uses temperature gauge to measure a student's temperature
Brent holds a glass bottle with a cloud inside
Brent and Payton smile as they showcase weather equipment
Brent uses a weather tool to measure a student's temperature
A student gestures as they ask a question
Brent showcases a rain stick
Peyton smiles as a student asks a question
Payton showcases a tool used to measure windspeed
students raise their hands to ask Payton a question
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
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? 🍎 🏫 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! βœ‰οΈ Each school will send out information to families regarding their specific open house procedures. πŸ‘‰ 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
During Career Camp at PHES, students had the opportunity to hear from a number of professionals in our community about their jobs. One guest speaker was a VERY familiar face- PHES’ own school resource officer, Sgt. Anitra Huff of the Martinsville Sheriff's Office! Not only did campers get to hear about what Sgt. Huff does, they got to get some first-hand experience, exploring her police car and testing out some of its tools! πŸš”
11 months ago, Martinsville City Public Schools
Students test out the radio in a police car
students sit in the back of a police car
PHES students pose with Sgt. Anitra Huff
Students pose in a police car
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! 🌎 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
That's a wrap on the 2022-2023 school year! As we bid farewell to another year of growth, learning, and memory-making, we want to take a moment to thank everyone- parents, students, teachers, and staff- for making this yet another amazing year at MCPS. Just 82 days until the 2023-2024 year begins!
12 months ago, Martinsville City Public Schools
Students waving from school bus windows to teachers standing on the sidewalk who are waving back
MCPS families: Tomorrow is the last day of the 2022-2023 school year! Please remember that MCPS will dismiss students 3 hours early tomorrow (Wednesday, May 24).
12 months ago, Martinsville City Public Schools
3 hour early dismissal graphic
Meet the newest members of the PHES family! πŸ£πŸ¦† Students at PHES have been busy raising chicks and ducks in their classrooms and it's been an incredible learning experience for them. From watching the eggs hatch to comparing the feet and beaks, our students are learning about the unique adaptations that help these birds thrive in their natural environments. It's amazing to see how engaged and excited they are about their new feathery friends! Once they leave the school, these chicks and ducks will go live on a farm where they can continue to grow and thrive. We're so proud of our students for taking part in this hands-on learning experience!
about 1 year ago, Martinsville City Public Schools
A teacher holds a baby chick
A student holds a duckling
Close up of a duckling
A chick runs on classroom rug
Students hold baby chicks
Students hold baby chicks
Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day! Thank you to all of our teachers who invest so much in our students each and every day! We are immensely grateful for all you do!
about 1 year ago, Martinsville City Public Schools
Teacher appreciation graphic
It felt like the whole city came out for last week's PHES chorus concert! With moving solos, soaring choruses, and a thrilling performance from the PHES Step Team, it was incredible to see all of our PHES students raise their voices together in song.
about 1 year ago, Martinsville City Public Schools
PHES students sing at their spring chorus concert
A member of the PHES step team performs at the spring concert
PHES students sing at their spring chorus concert
PHES students sing at their spring chorus concert
PHES students sing at their spring chorus concert
PHES students sing at their spring chorus concert
An elementary student sings a solo while PHES students sing at their spring chorus concert
PHES students sing at their spring chorus concert
PHES students sing at their spring chorus concert
Members of the PHES Step Team dance at their spring concert