Superintendent Update February 2020

Our Work Continues

Blue Bear Cafe

Blue Bear Cafe...Serving Kindness One Cup at a Time

Be sure to stay tuned to the official hours of the Blue Bear Cafe by following their Facebook Page!

MACS Visual Art Show

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 4!

City schools offer best of small, big school districts

Mount Airy City Schools is small enough to help students dream big yet large enough to create a comprehensive menu of face-to-face offerings for students. Read more about the offerings in Dr. Morrison's article printed in The Mt. Airy News.

SRO for BHT and Jones

Officer Garrett Boles began his new role of SRO this month!

2020-2021 Registration

Kindergarten registration time is gearing up at Tharrington Primary School! Call or swing by the school to schedule your registration time and to pick up your packets.

Daytona 500 2020

The partnership MACS share with Richard Childress Racing has led to some fantastic learning experiences and race experiences! Recently, students traveled to Florida where they witnessed Ryan Newman's unreal wreck.
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Do you wonder: Who to contact about a question? What classes are available for my child? Can my child compete in an academic club? What is the cost of lunch? We have answers to these and many more questions on our FAQ page.

In the News

Our Very Own Trailblazer Retires

Mr. Larry Davis receives The Order of the Long Leaf Pine!

If you missed the retirement reception for Mr. Larry Davis, please take time to watch the video below. It was a great night for a great man! During the ceremony, Mr. Davis was presented with the North Carolina Association of School Administrators 2020 Trailblazer Award and The Order of the Long Leaf Pine. He was also surprised by past administrators, peers, students and the news that part of Mount Airy High School would be called the Larry Davis Innovation Lab. 

Mr. Davis wanted to share his thoughts with everyone who could attend.

MAMS Earns NCASCD Lighthouse School Award

Chief Officer Dr. Phillip, MAMS Principal Mrs. Olivia Sikes, MAMS Assistant Principal Levi Goins, educator/SIT Chair Beth Lowry, and educator/Former SIT Chair Tarona Hollingsworth

Mount Airy Middle School has received the 2020 Lighthouse School Award from the North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. The Lighthouse School Award is presented annually to one or more North Carolina schools that have innovatively and creatively increased achievement for students.

Math Counts Team Takes Second

Congratulations, students!

The Mount Airy Middle School Mathcounts team, made up of Kinlee Reece, Jamie Hearl, Ali Arnder, and Caden Ratcliff, recently finished second in the Mathcounts chapter competition, qualifying to move on to state competition on March 20. In the recent event, the Mount Airy team competed against 12 other schools from Surry, Stokes, Forsyth, Davie, and Davidson counties. Now the team will compete for the state title at the School of Math and Science in Durham.

Students Compete in District Bee

Kieran Slate and Lucas Goins

Thirteen students from third to eighth grade competed in the 2019-2020 District Spelling Bee at Mount Airy Middle School on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. After eleven rounds of competition, 7th grader Kieran Slate was announced the winner. Seventh-grader Lucas Goins was the runner-up. Kieran will go on to compete in the Winston-Salem Regional Spelling Bee at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts on Sunday, March 15, 2020.

Committees, Organizations, and Teams...Oh My!

Dr. Kim Morrison, Superintendent of Mount Airy City Schools

Have you ever wondered what all the Superintendent does? She visits classrooms, meets with administrators, cheers at ball games, presents at Board of Education meetings, makes weather decisions...and then there are the things most don't see. Check out this article printed in The Mt. Airy News highlighting some of Dr. Morrison's most recent work.

Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy for the Win

Excellent work, students!

Chick-Fil-A Academies across the United States were challenged to make a difference during the holiday season through Chick-fil-A Leader Academy’s “Do Good December Service Project.” Mount Airy High School is one of five Chick-Fil-A Leader Academies in Surry County sponsored by owner/operators Chad and Reagan Tidd. For the Do Good December project challenge, the Mount Airy Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy participants decided to do two projects. They raised money by selling school spirit vinyl decals that they made in the school’s Media Center Maker’s Space; and they sponsored half time shoot out contests during three home basketball games. With the money raised, they purchased gifts and snacks for a Christmas party for some students and they shopped for food for the campus food Blessing Box, which is available to both students and the community at large. Chad Tidd, owner/operator of the Mount Airy Chick-Fil-A, recently served breakfast to students and shared with them that they came in second place in the nation for their projects with their video submittal.

Upcoming Events

Testing Calendar

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  • Monday, March 2:Tuesday, March 31: MACS Visual Art Show at the Mount Airy Public Library
  • Tuesday, March 3-5:Jones Student Led Conferences
  • Tuesday, March 3: Board Meeting 6:30 at Community Central Office
  • Friday, March 6: Jones and MAHS Innovation Day
  • Sunday, March 8: Daylight Savings Times Begins
  • Monday, March 9-Friday, March 13: Spring Break, No School for Students
  • Tuesday, March 17: Board Meeting 6:30 at Community Central Office
  • Wednesday, March 18: SEL Taskforce in the Blue Bear Cafe 3:30-4:30
  • Thursday, March 19: Kindergarten Registration (Call to reserve your spot 336-789-9046)
  • Friday, March 20: BHT and MAMS Innovation Day
  • Thursday, March 26: DLI Lottery Noon in BHT's Media Center
  • Friday, March 27: No School for Students
  • Monday, March 30: MAMS Spring Book fair begins
  • Monday, March 30: BHT 1st grade music program at Jones 6:00
  • Friday, April 3: BHT Walking School Bus Returns!

Great Work!

Going the Extra Mile

Notes from our administrators...

Mrs. Brittany Jeffries is an asset to our BHT Family. As our Guidance Counselor, she works hard to support students and families in many ways. From delivering instruction on social/emotional learning, to helping track discipline and attendance trends, to counseling small groups of students, communicating with and supporting families, and managing our partnership with Daymark, we couldn't do our work without her. Thank you for all that you do, Mrs. Jeffries!

Jones would like to recognize Sandy George for Going the Extra Mile. Dr. George has stepped in to help with the administrative responsibilities at Jones during this time of transition. She works hard each and every day, and she has quickly become part of the #JOfamily. She is always willing to help, has great ideas, and gives 110%! Thank you, Dr. George, for Going the Extra Mile!

MAMS's Going the Extra Mile goes out to Beth Lowry for her hard work and diligent efforts in our yearly canned-food drive. This drive helps to support Yokefellow Ministries and provided 1,450 pounds of food and $1,110.00 in contributions. Ms. Lowry had various incentives to bring in food for our students and staff and more than tripled our donations from the 2018 school year.

MAHS recognized the MAHS MTSS Team (Maggie Mitchell, Kelly Holder, Sara Mayes, Mack Hodges, Shelli Owens, and Brittany Branch) - This team has worked hard and worked together to develop an implementation plan for MTSS and utilizing Branching Minds at MAHS. By working closely with their departments and leading professional development, our school is now ready to use this program.

Finance Officer Audra Chilton would like to recognize her finance staff and the school finance officers. Pam Simmons and Amy Sawyers always jump in to help with no complaints as well as the four school finance officers. They all work really hard and work well together.

Polly Long would like to nominate a person for the Extra Mile Award who spends most of his day helping others. Jon Doss works behind the scenes so that most people don't realize what he has done. He is constantly looking for new programs that help address the needs of this underserved population, whether it's food, clothing, or shelter. When a new idea is introduced and most people say there is no money, he always says that he has an idea where the funding can come from. When people say that a program won't work and they list all the reasons why it won't, he sees these barriers as challenges and makes sure that the project gets completed. For his passion, for his empathy, and for his big heart, I nominate Jon Doss for the Extra Mile Award.

Dr. Morrison recognized Penny Willard, Sandy George and Mandy Brown for their help at Jones during the interim period.

Dr. Morrison also recognizes Dr. George, Bryan, Penny, Nora, Celena, Jon and Kevin for jumping in and helping out when we needed to dismiss early due to flooding.

Innovators of the Month

Notes from our administrators...

BHT would like to recognize Mrs. Megan Gentry, who has joined our staff to instruct students in our "nurturing program". From the start, Mrs. Gentry has taken initiative in sharing her excitement and vision for the program. She has had an innovator's mindset in scheduling and planning for her enrichment groups. Her instruction is making a big impact on her students. Thank you, Mrs. Gentry!

Jones would like to recognize Señor Juan Diaz as our Innovator of the Month. Señor Diaz teaches Spanish to the 3rd and 4th grade students in the DLI Cohort. He writes songs to innovatively teach the curriculum. He uses musical instruments (like his guitar) to bring the concepts to life for his students.

MAMS's Innovator of the Month is Kim Lyons. As a new member of the staff, Mrs. Lyons has jumped right into our career culture at MAMS and is creating opportunities for students to learn about our local industry partner Renfro Corporation. She has arranged for all of her students to take tours at Renfro Corporation and learn about job opportunities in our county.

Central Office recognizes Chief Dale Watson as our Innovator of the Month for helping us create the SRO elementary position.

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