Superintendent Update May 2019

Our Work Continues

Graduation Walk 2019
Seniors Ben Reales and Eli Stroup lead classmates through Jones Intermediate School halls.
Entrepreneurship Contest
Mount Airy High School held an entrepreneurship contest this spring.

Seven students spent time this semester working closely with mentors who are members of Business Networking International (BNI). These members are entrepreneurs themselves and assisted students in writing their business plan, learning how to present their business idea, and how to market it.

BNI provided mentors and judges for the contest. In total, 12 businesses were represented in this educational process. Dr. Sue Brownfield, Andrew Pearson Glass, and the Small Business Center at Surry Community College were also instrumental in this learning experience for students.

All students who participated benefited from this experience, but ultimately three students were named the top three finishers. Devin Haynes came in first, Chase Pruett second, and Macy Smith was third.

Macy, Chase, and Devin with their winnings.
Talk Saves Lives™ Success

For the first time in its history, the North Carolina Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP-NC) has been invited into a school system to bring suicide prevention education to faculty, students and staff.

"We will not see the numbers of deaths by suicide go down until the public is more educated."
Students Visit China
Chengdu Day 1: Students meet partner students for the week, enjoyed a beautiful walk, shared about MAHS, performed for entire school, and enjoyed a great meal.
Service Learning

Don't forget to record your service hours! Submit them to your school's contact.

Latin Fiesta - Huge Success!
Thank you for coming out and supporting this awesome event!
Construction Day Success
Athletic Camp Offerings
Check out these great camps being offered by our coaches!
Camp Invention Returns
Summer Checkout Available!

In the News

Superintendent's Award
Mrs. Kini Brindle was surprised by her family when Dr. Kim Morrison presented her with this year's Superintendent's Award.
The SEL Taskforce has been such a force in our schools and community! Each individual received the Superintendent's Award.

Each year, the Superintendent's Award is given to an individual or group of individuals who have made an impact on their students, school, and/or community. This year's Superintendent's Award goes to a group of individuals who have led the charge in improving how Mount Airy City Schools supports the whole child. Two years ago, a task force was created to address social emotional learning (SEL) and in a short time this group has grown tremendously in community partners as well as the trainings provided to students, staff, and the community.

This year we recognize the following individuals with the Superintendent's Award: Kini Brindle - SEL Coordinator, Dr. Phillip Brown - MACS, Emily McPeak - Daymark Center Director, Shari York - Daymark Clinician, Penny Willard - MACS Director of Grants, Roxane Cann - Vincent’s Legacy, Jane Rountree - Care Net Counseling, Cynthia Dewey - NC DPI, Amanda Dolinger - DJJ Court Counselor, Jeff Eads - Partners Behavioral Health Management, Melissa Phillips - MACS Teacher, Shelli Owens - MACS Teacher, Catrina Alexander - MACS CDC, Kate Appler - MACS Board of Education Member and Guardian Ad Litem representative, Sherri Billos - MACS School Psychologist, Polly Long - MACS NextGen Program, Caitlin Edwards - MACS PreK TA, Emily Niston - MACS Principal, Anita John - MACS School Nurse, and Kristi Horton - MACS School Nurse

Congratulations, Retirees!
Fourteen Mount Airy City Schools employees were celebrated for the over 340 years they served students, staff, parents, and the Mount Airy community.
Three Mount Airy High School (MAHS) mathematics teachers have been selected to participate in the North Carolina High School Mathematics Master Teacher Fellows Program. Mr. Bryan Hayes, Mrs. Courtney Howlett, and Mr. Cody Spicer will be starting the extensive five-year program this summer.
Hunter Eaton and Philip Daniels will continue their musical careers at the collegiate level.
The Mount Airy City Schools Board of Education is currently accepting letters of interest to fill a board vacancy.

Becoming a school board member in North Carolina is a high calling for those interested in public service. No greater service can one offer than to help set the course and direction of educating the future leaders of our society. Thus, the duties and responsibilities of being a board member cannot be taken lightly. Please visit our website for more information if you are interested.

Upcoming Events

Schools will be closed for the Memorial Day Holiday.
Testing Calendar

Visit our testing calendar website to see what test(s) your child will be taking in the next few months.

  • Thursday, May 23 - MAHS Class One-Act Plays 7:00 at MAHS
  • Friday, May 24 - BHT Walking School Bus
  • Monday, May 27 - Memorial Day Holiday - No School for Students/Staff
  • Tuesday, May 28 -MAHS CNA and Pharmacy Tech Pinning MAHS
  • Friday, May 31 - BHT Walking School Bus
  • Friday, May 31 - Summer Camp Letters Go Home
  • Monday, June 3 - BHT Step-Up Night for Kindergarten and 1st Grade 6:00
  • Friday, June 7 - Last Student Day - Early Release Day JO/MS 11:15, BHT/HS 11:30
  • Saturday, June 8 - MAHS Graduation 9:00am
  • Monday, June 17 - BHT Media Center Opens for Summer Checkout 9:00am-12:00pm (See all dates below)

Click the button below to see if any updates have occurred since you received your Family Calendar at the beginning of the year.

Great Work!

Going the Extra Mile - April GEMs

BHT appreciates Dusty Smith and Custom Cuts Lawn Care and Landscaping. This landscaping business has made every effort to meet personally with our administration in order to understand what we need completed around our campus. They take great pride in their work and are an integral part of making our school look awesome!

Going the Extra Mile for Jones goes to Megan Gentry and Ashley Moser who are working together to serve in a long-term substitute position to finish out this year in 5th grade math. They work hard, genuinely care for students, and always bring a positive attitude! We are thankful to have them as part of our school family!

MAHS recognizes Mr. Joyce who is caring, dependable, innovative and a wonderful advocate for MACS and MAHS. He jumps right in to help the students and staff of our school on a daily basis. He's a hard worker, who puts others first, and continuously seeks to improve and make sure our students are career and college ready.

  • Central Office recognizes:
  • Juliana Caldwell goes the extra mile every day taking on monumental tasks in the Superintendent’s Office. Each day brings new challenges. She goes above and beyond in helping parents navigate the school system and works to solve problems with each situation. Thanks to Juliana for jumping onto the team this year and making such a big impact.
  • Julie Seivers has stepped over to the CCO to help during a very busy time for student data. Her support work for Kimberly Heck to provide a quality testing program has benefited our schools and students.

Innovators of the Month for April

BHT would like to recognize our Leader in Me Lighthouse Team. This team includes Tracey Johnson, Beth Welch, Beth Martin, Ashley Crouse, Desi Watson, and Marie Niland. This leadership team has worked collaboratively with the staff and our Leader in Me coach to move our school toward being nationally recognized as a Lighthouse School. Ultimately their work is making monumental differences in developing leadership skills in our young students.

Jones would like to celebrate Cindy Wilson who most recently worked with Legend Tees to organize a new t-shirt fundraiser for our school. She spent several hours behind the scenes making this happen. Cindy also goes above and beyond for her students each and every day. She is always willing to do anything that is needed. She is 100% student centered and she is an asset to Jones Intermediate School

Mrs. Ingrid Hodges, MAMS PE teacher, has implemented a physical fitness goal setting component to the PE classes this year. Students record personal performances and times in several areas of fitness at the beginning, middle, and end of the year. They set goals for improvement after each physical fitness check in/test. Mrs. Hodges is already making adjustments to improve the process for next year. This implementation has created a sense of buy-in and competition for students and you can often hear discussions of progress in the hallways and at lunch.

MAHS: Mrs. Livengood has taken an active role mentoring our Chinese guest teachers. By working together, side by side, she helps with planning, parent contacts, PLCs and school events. She also helped lead a recent student trip to China. Mrs. Livengood's thoughtfulness and care for her colleagues is exceptional and is a model for others to follow.

Central Office would like to recognize Ms. Kini Brindle who has worked closely with our social-emotional task force all year. Recently, she set up a series of suicide prevention parent and staff forums that reflect the work of that task force. She works hard to make sure all of our children are supported.

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