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Thursday, August 26, 2010

hundreds help move madison high school

Submitted by KIDK Web Staff on Tuesday, July 20th, 5:13 pm

REXBURG - Hundreds of students and volunteers are in the process of moving materials from the old high school into the new one. The new Madison High School is expected to be open in August and be ready for the upcoming school year.

Students will have a bit of ownership in the new high school, and that's exactly what administrators want.
It's no secret that there's rapid growth in Madison County and the new high school will help with over crowding.

"A lot of money that they put into this building, and it all came from this community, and it all means a lot. My last classroom was a makeshift classroom up in the old weightroom," said Dave Reeser, a history teacher at the high school.

The new school is state of the art in every respect, right down to electronically locking doors controllable from the office.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for our youth and for the community. This will serve as an educational hub for decades to come," said superintendent Geoffrey Thomas.

It's a group effort as hundreds of kids are are here to help move stuff in.

"This is our school, this is our turf, we've got to work for it, I think it gives us a sense of value," said Cortland Rammell with the Student Body.

"Cause we're all apart of the school and we need to help out and contribute," said Lindsey Hadry, who is going into 11th grade.

"If we're all serving together to help with the new high school because we're all so excited about it. It will bring us together and make us all unified," said Emily Stephenson who is going into the 11th grade.

And it isn't just excitement for the incoming high school students. The old high school will be the new junior high, so it's an upgrade for many in Madison County.

The new Madison High School can support upto 1400 students, and is double the size of the old high school. The cost of the new high school? $45-million.

As for the old junior high no decision yet what to do with what will be an empty building. We'll keep you posted.

what mhs students think about their new campus

Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 8:18 pm
Madison High School students told the Standard Journal on Wednesday what they thought of the new campus. It was the students' first day there.

"I love it - it's sweet, it's huge and we deserve it."
- Marie Burch, 18

"The gym is awesome, the hallways are bigger and there are windows in the classrooms!"
- Alyssa Edelmayer, 17

"There is more variety in the lunches, and I like that it's an open campus."
- Seth Anderson, 15

"The coolest thing about the school is the gym, - it's a lot nicer than the old gym and the seats aren't hard benches. The bathrooms are also way nicer - they aren't dirty like the old ones."
- Kirsten Williams, 16

"The score-board thingy is sweet."
- D.J. Jordan, 16

"I love that it's so big and way nice. I didn't expect it to be this nice."
- Ambre Rudd, 16

"Everything is new and I like that."
- Taylor Larsen, 16

"The gym is the coolest because I think it's just awesome."
- Braden Wallace, 15

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

madison high school is ready

Posted: Monday, August 23, 2010 11:19 pm | Updated: 11:35 pm, Mon Aug 23, 2010.

REXBURG - Measuring at 225,000 square feet and with a cost calculated at about $37 million as of June 30, the new Madison High School is a state-of-the-art, well-planned and meticulously laid out campus built to serve the growing needs of Rexburg and its surrounding communities for years to come.

Classes begin Wednesday, and although there are still some organizational and housekeeping issues, construction on the campus is nearly complete.

"We are ready and good to go," said Principal Rodger Hampton. "All of the instructional areas are ready to go."

The only major construction that remains is the new 1,200-seat, acoustically designed auditorium, which sports a more than 60-foot stage and a large orchestra pit. The school is waiting on a large shipment of seats before the project can be complete, hopefully by mid-October.

Hampton said that overall he's very pleased with the school.

"It's been done right," he said. "It was designed for the needs of the community - the arts, vocational, academics and P.E. have all been planned for."

The high school site is made up of three main buildings.

The main high school contains two gymnasiums, classrooms for the arts and academics, science labs, computer labs, a media center/library, the auditorium, locker rooms, counseling center, school office, band/orchestra/choir rooms and a cafeteria or commons area.

All of the school's 1,450 lockers are also in this building.

The 25,000-square-foot vocational building holds shops for welding, auto body, small engine repair, a lab for aquaculture, agriculture and shops for woodworking and computer drafting. The building also includes a lab for horticulture. Greenhouses and orchards are to be planted behind the vocational building.

The third building on the site is a release-time seminary building, which was constructed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

A significant area has been designated for further growth, including the eventual addition of a football stadium and other athletic courts. The school is also designed for future academic additions.

The parking lot now has 450 spaces allotted for students, up from 375 spaces in the old high school. There are also 70 spaces for faculty and staff.

Much of the design of the campus came from faculty feedback.

"We worked with the staff closely," said Brent McFarland, the project architect with JRW Associates. "Once we had that component, the design and planning went very well. I am very pleased with the overall project - the quality of the work is very high."

The entire project was budgeted at $48.1 million - most of which was to be obtained through a $40.5 million and a $19.5 million school bond, the latter of which was passed by voters in November 2008.

The bonds also went toward the construction of the South Fork and Burton Elementary Schools.

District Business Manager Varr Snedaker said the project looks to be well under budget with only about $37 million spent since the end of June, although expenses will continue to be accrued until the project is completely finished.

During a tour of the building, Superintendent Geoffrey Thomas said that the greatest emotion he feels about the construction is gratitude.

"It's a challenging thing to get a two-thirds of the community to tax themselves voluntarily to pay for a high school and elementary schools," said Thomas. "I'm very grateful for that. It's a wonderful thing."

An open house for the building will be scheduled once the auditorium is complete.

About the school
  • 225,000 square feet (up from 160,000 square feet),
  • Floors are built with polished cement and stone for easy cleaning, and the walls are graffiti resistant
  • 450 student-parking spots (up from 375 spots), in addition to 70 faculty slots.
  • 1,450 lockers for students
  • 1,200-person (up from 550-person), acoustically designed auditorium with stadium seating.
  • Commons area with five serving stations and expanded food menus to encourage students to stay on campus.
  • Connected to the school district's fiber optics and WiFi networks.
  • 160 security cameras
  • ADA-compliant with three elevators.
  • A two-story main gymnasium, which includes a basketball court and an indoor track. This gym is significantly bigger than the previous Madison High School gym and boosts a capacity of 2,400-person bleacher seating. The bleachers are only accessible from the second story, to reduce scuffing the gym floor.
  • A smaller auxiliary gym. Both gyms have a high ceiling to prevent stray balls from getting stuck in the ceiling.
  • Two boy's changing rooms and two girl's changing rooms so that visiting teams do not have to use the changing rooms of another gender.
  • An expanded co-ed weight room, a dance studio and a expanded wrestling room have also been included in the new school.
  • A band room and an orchestra room both of which are nearly double the size of their counterparts in the old Madison High School. Both are also equipped with extra storage and practice rooms.
  • A new choir room built without windows to keep the vocal acoustics pure.
  • 5 computer labs, many with new monitors.
  • 5 science labs, with state-of-the-art equipment
  • A large media center/library
  • Expanded home economics rooms.
  • Expanded special needs and life skills classrooms
  • Shops, labs and classrooms for welding, auto body, small engine repair, computer and drafting, horticulture, aquaculture (raising fish), agriculture and woodworking (furniture and house-building).
  • Both shops are significantly bigger than the ones in the old high school.
  • Will include several greenhouses and a fruit orchard, which will grow produce that will be sold to the cafeteria.
  • Self-enclosed ventilated spray paint room.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

extremely exciting!

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition coming to Pocatello

Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 10:46 am | Updated: 1:53 pm, Wed Aug 18, 2010.
Pocatello, ID August 18, 2010—The EMHE team is starting their latest build off on a high note in Pocatello, Idaho.  The Marshall-Spreiers are a family of breakouts with a passion for singing and a true love of the performing arts.  A single mother of nine, Jane Marshall braved a courageous battle with breast cancer 2 years ago.

During her recovery, a faulty dryer vent resulted in a fire that ravaged the family home.  The house was left uninhabitable and Jane was forced to use her insurance money to seek out alternative living arrangements.

Now the money has run out and they are doing everything they can to stay positive despite half the family living in a one-bedroom cottage and the other half living in friend’s motor home.  

When Jane discovered she had cancer, the eight children living at the broken down home became warriors in their own right.  Her 18-year-old son stepped up to the plate and challenged himself to hold his family together.  At the time, Noah realized he would need to put his education on hold until his mother finished out her treatments.   Sophie (18), Ruth Anne (17), Daniel (15), Elizabeth (14), Elijah (12), Isabelle (9), and Kate (9) have all had to grow up at fast, but they still remain positive and strive to achieve their dreams. Even during these difficult times, Jane tries to lead by example.  She encourages the children to laugh, play and not give up on life.  As a family they also celebrate the human spirit by finding ways to give back to the community (anonymously).  

The Marshall-Spreiers family’s luck is about to change, and they are finally getting something they deserve. 

On August 18th, the Extreme Makeover Home Edition Team arrived to fine tune their living arrangements. The shell of their burned out 2,000 square foot home is about to be demolished so they can enjoy their love of music that binds them together.  In just seven days, the family will be able to begin a whole new composition. 

The Marshall-Spreiers will go on vacation to Key West, while “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” team leader Ty Pennington, designers Jillian Harris, Paul DiMeo and Ed Sanders, local builder Rockwell Development, and community volunteers rebuild the structure. 

The location address is: 243 South 8th Ave. Pocatello, ID 83201

ABC’s Emmy-winning hit show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will be selecting one of five families in Southeast Idaho to be featured on it’s award winning show that helps change the lives of families and inspires remarkable community support. Each week, the show renovates the entire home of a deserving family, traveling across the country.

For more information and if you would like to volunteer, add to get for up the minute information visit Rockwell’s website at  HYPERLINK "" and click on the Rockwell Extreme Logo. Information and sign up forms on volunteering and donating can be found there.

About ABC-TVs Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 
The Emmy award winning reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” now entering its 8th season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s executive-produced by Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC.
To donate toward the Build Fund, volunteer or help with the items listed above, please visit

Volunteer & Donation Information
Rockwell Homes is seeking volunteers for the build.  All individuals interested in participating or donating can visit the build’s website at  HYPERLINK "" for more information.

Monday, August 9, 2010

too great not to share!

Madison High's Class of 2000 is one talented bunch, and evidence is everywhere!

Take this, for example. Miss Molly Spaulding Badger is beyond gifted in the culinary department. Look at this amazing cake! I wish I were turning 3 again!