Our schools are working hard to meet our service hour goals. Each student has the opportunity this year to turn in 50 service hours. We are creating opportunities at each school for children to give back to their community. Many clubs, grade levels, and coaches are helping students develop a servant heart through this initiative. We are proud of our schools for all of the time and effort they are devoting to service learning.
Encourage One Another
This time of year has a lot of assessments going on in each school. There is a lot of pressure on schools and students because of the state’s accountability model. Remember that if teaching has gone well all year long the assessments take care of themselves. It is a reflection of the great teaching and learning that has occurred. Take a moment and encourage a teacher and let them know how valued they are in our community.
Each school administrator has submitted their budget to the Superintendent. This is a time of the year to look to 2018-2019 for the upcoming fiscal needs. The Superintendent gathers this information to approach our County Commissioners. Our County Commissioners have been very supportive giving us an allotment of money per student. This amount has gone up because we have 45 more students this year than last year. Thanks for everyone’s work to help attract students.
Innovation Day is Coming!
Opportunity to Serve
BHT – Elizabeth Dawson took on a dual role for the last several months of school. Not only is she working diligently to serve our EC students each day, she is also teaching the core subjects of ELA and math to a class of 2nd graders. Mrs. Dawson works tirelessly to plan and deliver differentiated instruction to each and every student she serves each day. We appreciate Mrs. Dawson taking this initiative!
JONES – Katie LeVan not only supports us in media and classrooms, but she also supports our entire school. She helps to cover classrooms or the front office when there is a need. She has done at least 75% of our yearbook for the past two years. She is also in charge of securing the businesses on our Bear Card fundraiser and getting the cards printed. In addition, Katie assists in planning and scheduling fundraiser incentives and helps with carrying those out. We appreciate all that Katie does to support Jones!
MAMS - Elizabeth Marion and Tatyana Long have been interns with us from MAHS. They have not only worked as tutors in 6th grade math but also have been wonderful supplemental instructors to our ESL population during Innovation Block. Elizabeth and Tatyana plan lessons outside of school hours and use hands on, differentiated activities with the ESL students to increase their vocabulary and comprehension capacity. They have been the true examples of what an internship and partnership can be and have demonstrated what a profound impact these experiences can have on our students! Thank you MAHS for sharing your talented students with us.
MAHS – Jon Cawley – for driving the bus for the students that went to China. He left the high school at 3:00 a.m. to ensure the students were on time at the airport and for picking the students up around midnight on their return.
Central Office – Phillip Brown - for stepping out of his comfort zone and traveling to China with the student group. We appreciate him helping out with 24 students and making sure everyone had a great trip and learned a lot.
Innovators of the Month
BHT – Candice Martin has served students at BHT’s nurturing program for many years, challenging them with rigorous projects and enrichment activities. This year Candice has stepped up and embraced additional opportunities to serve even more students at our school. She is currently supporting struggling readers in intervention groups as well as most recently serving students in the classrooms in guided reading groups. Candice spends a lot of time planning and creating learning opportunities for our students, supporting our vision to serve every child, every day.
JONES – April Worrell joined our 3rd Grade Team in February. She has already become an integral part of our 3rd Grade team and school staff. She has taken the lead in helping us plan our rising 3rd Grade Parent night coming up on April 19. This night will look very different than anything done in the past. The theme is the Power of Yet which focuses on growth mindset and The Leader In Me. There will be parent sessions focusing on reading and mClass, Read to Achieve, and math standards. Students will have STEAM activities they will rotate through. All students/families will also receive a copy of the book “Not Yet” by Lisa Cox and Lori Hockema. This is just one of the many reasons, we would like to recognize Mrs. Worrell for her innovative contributions to Jones.
MAMS -Jennifer Epperson has been a tremendous addition to the CTE department and MAMS family. She has worked tirelessly to implement a new biotechnology program of study at MAMS as well as establish a new HOSA chapter for our students. The HOSA students who competed in the recent state competition were quite successful with some placing for national competition. The MAMS HOSA Chapter recently received the Gold Star Chapter Award and was the only middle school chapter in the state to receive this designation. Mrs. Epperson’s work involves many hours of hard work and tremendous planning skills. We appreciate her dedication to the program success.
MAHS – Bryan Hayes and Conni Tucker taught classes in Beijing Royal School and were willing to chaperone the student group to China. Each showed innovative approaches in teaching in a different culture and new environment. They both represented everything that is right about Mount Airy City Schools.
Central Office – Jesse Hiatt and the Beijing Royal School Leaders. They made our students feel comfortable, safe and well informed when traveling to China during our recent visit. We presented pins to them in China and want to thank them for their partnership and hospitality.