Superintendent Update February 2019

Our Work Continues

Welcome to Jones!
Mrs. Chelsy Payne has been named Jones Intermediate School Principal.

We are proud to have a staff members who are knowledgable and willing to jump in when needed. Most recently, Director of Grants Ms. Penny Willard took on the additional role of principal while the district went through the hiring process for Jones Intermediate.

We want to thank Ms. Penny Willard for jumping in as interim principal of Jones.
You're Invited to Our Ribbon Cutting & Open House
Our ribbon cutting and open house is scheduled Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 5:00 pm. This will take place prior to our Board of Education meeting. We invite everyone to join us for this event.
Jones HVAC Bid Now Open
Are You Ready for the 2019-2020 School Year?
It's time to think about kindergarten! When you think about kindergarten, you will want to think about Tharrington Primary School!
  • If you know of a family with a rising kindergartener, we ask that you tell them about the great education found in Mount Airy City Schools! Kindergarten Registration will be on Thursday, March 21 from 3:30-6:00pm. Mark you calendars for this exciting time!
  • Registration packets are now available for pick-up at the front office of Tharrington Primary School. Parents may schedule their registration time then or call the school 336-789-9046.
Sign up for a tour of any campus in Mount Airy City Schools.

If you are interested in touring Tharrington Primary, Jones Intermediate, Mount Airy Middle School, or Mount Airy High School, simply fill out the form above and someone from the school will contact you.

MAMS CDC Catrina Alexander and MAHS CDC Angela Mayfield

February is Career and Technical Education Month! We have Career Development Coordinators (CDCs) at Mount Airy Middle School and Mount Airy High School. Catrina Alexander, MAMS, and Angela Mayfield, MAHS, work to help students learn about their interests, careers available in our area, and future career options for all.

Recently, fifth graders from Jones took a tour of Mount Airy Middle School. CTE teachers and CDC Catrina Alexander took the opportunity to share the great options students have at MAMS. Check out the quick video below!

An upcoming event that everyone is excited about is Construction Day that will be held 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.

Did you know that Mount Airy City Schools has partnered with Daymark to provide therapy to students during school hours? This addition comes from our growing efforts to support social and emotional learning for all students. Learn more about how school-based therapy works and contact your child's guidance counselor if you would like to know more.

In the News

A great group of helpers!

Surry Sunrise Rotary successfully held its third food packing event for Mount Airy City Schools. Members of the club were joined by Mount Airy Middle School Interact members, Surry Community College Rotaract members, Food Lion employees, H.H. and Nora Webb Trust and members of the Clara B. Farlow Foundation to pack over 1,000 bags.

MAMS HOSA, Student Government Association, Future Leaders Academy, Career Development Team, and with MAMS staff also helped pack during the event. Together these groups knocked out the project in record time!

We had five Mountie Award winners in our district! Congratulations to the following awesome people and schools!

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, March 5 Parent Information Night and Academic Fair for Rising 9th graders at MAHS 6-8pm
It's happening this Sunday! #MAwantsSpring
Make sure these dates are marked in your calendar.
  • Sunday, March 10 Daylight Savings Time begins - Set clocks forward one hour
  • Tuesday, March 12 ACT for 11th graders
  • Tuesday, March 12 Music in Our Schools District Concert 7pm at MAHS
  • Thursday, March 14 and Friday, March 15 are now regular school days. These are make-up snow days.
  • Friday, March 15 Capping Ceremony for Seniors at 9:30am at MAHS
  • Tuesday, March 19 Board of Education Meeting 6:30 at the Community Central Office
  • Wednesday, March 20 FIRST DAY OF SPRING!
  • Thursday, March 21 Kindergarten Registration at Tharrington Primary School (*Call for your appointment. Visit for your packet prior to March 21)

Great Work!

Check out our latest STARS!

Extra Mile

From Ms. Niston for BHT: Keith Easter is a BHT grandparent as well as being the spouse of a staff member. Keith took the lead in getting the materials and labor donated to our school for our new sheltered bench on one of our playgrounds. He is also working with our PTO in planning a fundraiser event to contribute to our school-wide technology goal. He is invested in our school and strives to make a difference in assisting us to meet the needs of our students.

From Ms. Willard for Jones: Janan Blankowski is being recognized for “Going the Extra Mile” during Jones Intermediate’s recent ‘Penny Wars’ fundraiser. As the school’s financial officer, Ms. Blankowski counted the $1,600 collected in coins by the students. Thank you!

From Mrs. Sikes for MAMS: Mrs. Lowe worked with the dance committee to plan a successful Sweetheart Dance for the students of MAMS. Under the coordination of Dianne Johnson, the PTO committee worked to collect donations and set up for the dance. It takes a lot of time and hard work to make the Sweetheart Dance special for our students and we appreciate this group!

From Mr. Dorsett for MAHS: Mrs. Tucker has organized a series of ACT Prep sessions. These sessions are held before, during, and after school and are led by members of the MAHS National Honor Society. The sessions are well attended and additional locations had to be added.

From Mrs. Venable for CO: Brittany Jeffries, Cindy Wilson, Catrina Alexander, Julie Seivers and Melissa Ogle. As members of the Kindness Committee, these ladies when the extra mile in leading their school's activities for The Great Kindness Challenge.

From Mr. Davis for CO: Mr. Taylor, a Shop Teacher at the MAHS, has a lot of patience when working with students. He works with students one-on-one and as a group, answering any question or demonstrating the correct technique. Greg also takes on projects at the school’s request and teachers’ request. Also, Mr. Taylor shared his craftsmanship in the restoration of two conference tables for our new central office. The top of one table was badly damaged and now has beautiful finish; and the second table had to be resized. His work also benefits the community as various community groups use our meeting spaces.

Innovators of the Month

Innovators of the Month recognized at the Board of Education Meeting: Back Left to right: Polly Long, Claire Draughn, Melissa Martin, Chelsy Payne, Rebekah Mosteller, Front Left to Right: Karen Beasley, Eve Trotter, and Ashley Crouse

BHT would like to recognize Rebekah Mosteller, Eve Trotter, Chelsy Payne, Melissa Martin, Ashley Crouse, and Emily Niston for their work with the school’s “True Schools Fellowship”. These women have worked countless hours and attended Saturday sessions to design an innovative plan for improving literacy at Tharrington Primary. We appreciate their leadership roles in making a difference at our school.

Innovator of the Month at Jones Intermediate goes to Claire Draughn for her implementation of the Jones STEAM Showcase. Mrs. Draughn did an amazing job working with students at school and helping them align their projects to the different areas of STEAM. She also fostered positive home to school relationships with our Jones families. The STEAM Showcase highlighted the innovative thinking of our students that are lead by fabulous teachers like Claire Draughn. We appreciate her being a part of our Jones School family!

MAMS recognizes Mrs. Beasley, who works to promote engagement for all students in her CTE classes. Students are excited to attend class and can often be seen sewing, cooking, and designing. Mrs. Beasley has worked to reinstate the FCCLA program and students are active in competitions and recently completed a cake pop fundraiser in which they made the cake pops and sold them to support their club. Mrs. Beasley has implemented Food Truck Friday where students learn about the new era of food trucks and cook a dish each Friday that can be found on a local food truck. Mrs. Beasley's commitment to our CTE program at MAMS is greatly appreciated.

MAHS recognized Mrs. Polly Long. By working closely with Surry Community College, Mrs. Long has provided an alternative pathway to graduation. An adult high school program is now available for students of MAHS at the MACS Community Central Office. Mrs. Long meets closely with prospective students to enroll in and begin classes. She checks on their progress and provides job opportunities. At the conclusion of the program, students will earn a high school diploma.

Board Chair Tim Matthews with Past Board Chair Wendy Carriker

Central Office recognizes Mrs. Wendy Carriker for the 14 years she served as Mount Airy City Schools' Board Chair. Her time and dedication have served the students, staff, and community of Mount Airy well. We are happy for her continued service on our board.

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