Superintendent Update March/April 2019

Our Work Continues

Innovation Day is Coming!

Friday, April 5!

We are pumped that our second Innovation Day of the 2018-2019 year is upon us! This Friday will be another great day of learning for students and staff!
STEAM Institute for Staff
On Friday, March 29 teachers spent the afternoon learning from each other.

After students were dismissed, teachers and staff across the district came together at the STEAM Institute. North Carolina Teacher of the Year Freebird McKinney kicked off the event by sharing his story and a powerful message about taking care of students' needs.

Teachers then went to choose three 45 minute sessions to attend. Sessions were led by their peers across the district or partners in the community and fifteen different sessions were available.

Ribbon Cutting and Open House
On Tuesday, April 2 we held our Ribbon Cutting and Open House. It was a beautiful day with a wonderful crowd!
We have enjoyed making our new space reflect what we believe and why we come to work every day. We are dedicated to serving every child, every day and realize that we also serve each family who joins our district.
Tharrington Students Hold Global Leadership Day

Students at Tharrington Primary recently held their Global Leadership Day. Each class has been learning about a country this year. On this day they shared crafts, culture, traditions, and much more to visitors.

5th graders at Jones Intermediate recently completed their Egg Drop Challenge. Students brought in materials and designed their own method for dropping eggs complete with egg protectors. Academic conversations were rich and a lot of eggs were safe!
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Construction Day has been scheduled!

Students can look forward to May 10th at Veterans Memorial Park. Middle and high school students will be able to attend to learn more about the great jobs that have created this country and they are waiting for them when they graduate.

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In the News

Tharrington Students Hold Wax Museum
Mrs. Reales' second grade class held a wax museum recently. Students presented their historical character/famous person in English and Spanish.
Students in Mrs. Taylor's classes took part in a poem slam where students shared their personally written poems.
Middle and High School HOSA State Success
Mount Airy Middle School HOSA Club Members and their Advisor, Mrs. Jennifer Epperson, at HOSA's State Competition
High School Students Blessing Others
MAHS Interact Club Members Catherine Sawyers and Hailey Martin
Congratulations, students! L to R: Ashton Rierson, Meredith Marion, and Catherine Sawyers
Three juniors at Mount Airy High School have been accepted into the North Carolina Governor’s School for this summer.
"Of the Year" Named
Congratulations to our recently named "Of the Year" folks!

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, April 4 PreKindergarten Registration at Tharrington 3:30 - 5:30pm
  • Friday, April 5 Innovation Day
  • Saturday, April 6 MAHS Talent Show 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 10 National Honor Society Induction
  • Thursday, April 11 BHT Family Literacy night 6:00pm
  • Friday, April 12 BHT Walking School Bus
  • Saturday, April 13 MAHS Prom
  • Thursday, April 18 MAHS CTE Honor Society Induction
  • Friday, April 19-Friday, April 26 Spring Break
  • Saturday, May 4 10am-12noon Talks Saves Lives at CCO Board of Education Room (Open to all) *More information hitting our website soon

Great Work!

Extra Mile

From Ms. Niston for BHT: BHT would like to recognize our PTO volunteers for Going the Extra Mile. They have planned multiple fundraisers in order to help our school meet our technology goal. This group of volunteers has spent many hours helping organize our Hungry Bear backpack program and a clothes closet for our students. They are also responsible for planning several staff appreciation treats. We appreciate their support at our school!

From Mrs. Payne for Jones: Penny Willard & Amanda Robertson worked diligently during a time of transition to keep Jones Intermediate School running smoothly. We appreciate their hard work and dedication!

From Mrs. Sikes for MAMS: MAMS would like to recognize all of the MAMS student and staff groups who helped at the food packing event. Interact, SGA, Career Advisory Council, HOSA, and FLA student groups worked with community volunteers and staff to pack over 1000 bags of food for our MACS backpack program in record timing.

From Mr. Dorsett for MAHS: Sarah Knott is in the process of organizing, sorting, and restocking the equipment closet for the PE department. This process will help ensure that our students have new and up-to-date equipment, and will also allow for extra storage space for our basketball and volleyball teams.

  • From Central Office:
  • Penny Willard and Jesse Hiatt - for Interim Leadership in positions they didn’t expect at the start of the year!
  • CTE Staff at MAHS - Finished 5th in state, with a 92.8% score!
  • MAMS Forensics Team - won 1st title, ranked 2nd in State and could take State title.
  • Karen Taylor and Lauren Murphy - leadership for Battle of Books team.

Innovators of the Month

Jodi Wilmoth and Marie Niland

BHT: Marie Niland is a strong advocate for our ELL student population. She has an added responsibility this year in serving middle school students in addition to our K-2 children. She has been innovative with her schedule and creative with her instruction while providing personalized learning for her ELL students. Mrs. Niland is flexible and always willing to jump in and serve wherever she is needed.

Jones: Community Service Project. Collectively, the group decided to help animals at the local animal shelter. Under Mrs. Wilmoth's supervision, this committee created posters, collected pet supplies, and encouraged others to participate. This week the group will travel to the animal shelter to deliver the supplies.

MAMS: Sabrina Moore has done an excellent job of stepping into a 6th grade classroom. She is working to implement goal setting to improve student accountability of progress. Students are tracking progress and discussing strategies. She is also collaborating with colleagues and specialists to better plan differentiated assignments for AIG and EC students in her classroom.

MAHS: Shelli Owens has taken a leading role in the social/emotional support provided by MAHS. As an advocate for all students, she has created a support system for students with needs and/or concerns to be able to share with her. She is caring, understanding, uplifting, and trusted by our students and staff.

CO: Becky Parries offers great customer service at the front desk of our new Community Central Office in support of a diverse community. She has taken initiative to make the space welcoming, organized, and beautiful.

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