Superintendent Update December 2018

Our Work Continues

Highly Effective Instructional Strategies
  • In October, Dr. Kim Morrison and Mrs. Sara Key shared a video regarding what effective learning targets look like. Since that time, administrators and teachers have spent time reviewing, discussing, and fine tuning their use of learning targets. We appreciate our staff in their work to constantly learn and improve their craft to ensure growth for all students.
  • This month, Dr. Morrison and Mount Airy High School mathematics teacher Bryan Hayes showcased the summarizing strategy.
  • We want to thank Mr. Hayes and his first period class for allowing us to be a fly on the wall during their teaching and learning this month.
Did you know that Mount Airy City Schools has a partnership with families who homeschool?
Homeschoolers Welcome

Mount Airy City Schools welcomes homeschoolers to participate in the variety of classes and opportunities offered on our campuses. Mount Airy City Schools consists of four schools that provide individualized, rigorous instruction for all students. We believe that a strong homeschool to public school partnership positively impacts all stakeholders. The district continues to work on these partnerships for students and their families. We invite you to join us on this journey. Learn more by visiting our web site dedicated to homeschoolers. You will find contact information and frequently asked questions regarding this partnership.

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Are You Ready for the 2019-2020 School Year?

We are beginning our registration process for students entering school in Fall 2019. 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! Tharrington Primary School will have kindergarten registration packets ready on Thursday, January 10, 2019. At this time, families with rising kindergarteners can visit the school to pick up a packet.

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.

Our Community Central Office will be open and ready for business by January 2, 2019. Surry Community College classes will also begin in January. We will have the ribbon cutting on April 2, 2019, followed by an Open House and Board of Education meeting. More information on this new building will be coming out in December, January, and the spring of 2019.

In the News

Our 6th Annual Community Night well attended and a great showcase of the hard work happening in our schools.
Tharrington Primary had a successful Literacy Night where families had a great opportunity to learn together.
Fourth grade students traveled to Pilot Mountain State Park recently.
Mount Airy Middle School's HOSA students traveled to the regional competition in Greensboro recently.

Our HOSA teams did an outstanding job in regional competitions recently. They continue to shine in categories proving that they are workforce ready. They also have shown leadership by winning offices and representing our district at the state level. Congratulations to all of our HOSA members.

MAHS EC Teacher Sara Mayes has been named EC Teacher of Excellence

Legislative Issues

Dr. Morrison was able to attend the State Superintendents' meeting this past week. She discussed upcoming budget recommendations for the 2019-2020 school year. The superintendent organization as well as the school board organization are continuing to ask for additional teacher and administrator pay. They are also lobbying for additional resources for the classroom and flexibility at the local level.

Articles Regarding Education

Welcome to Mount Airy City Schools

Amber Tankersley - Career Facilitator with Polly Long
Logan Hargrave - Special Education teacher at Mount Airy High School

Upcoming Events

Our students are busy performing and showcasing their talents. Make plans to come out to support them and see the great things happening because of the "A" in STEAM!

We are thankful that so many of our students participate in the arts. These departments work extra hard at Christmas giving our students a lot of chances to perform their art. We are thankful that we are still able to offer art/music in elementary and have requirements for students to take arts courses at middle school and high school.

  • Tuesday, December 4 DLI Tour 9am
  • Thursday, December 6 Jones Family Fun Night 5:30pm
  • Tuesday, December 18 Board of Education Meeting at Mount Airy High School
  • Thursday, December 20 Making the Grade: Graduate Feedback from 6:00-8:00pm in Mount Airy High School's Media Center
  • Friday, December 21 Jones DARE Graduation 9:00
  • Friday, December 21 Early Release Day Jones/MAMS @ 11:15 and BHT/MAMS @ 11:30
  • Friday, December 21 FIRST DAY OF WINTER
  • Monday, December 24 -Tuesday, January 1: WINTER BREAK
  • Wednesday, January 2 - Students and Staff Return to School

Great Work!

Extra Mile

  • Tharrington Primary would like to thank Cookie Boggs, our BHT cafeteria staff, Dr. Brown, Jesse Hiatt, and Bryan Cox for jumping into action when we had a prolonged power outage at our school. This group of people helped in delivering food to all our classrooms and made sure all students and staff were taken care of. We appreciate your servant leadership!
  • Jones would like to recognize Penny Willard. Penny has taken a lot of initiative, time, and sweat equity to help Jones begin to renovate and upgrade our Media Center, MakerSpace, and PLC/Book Room. We still have more work to do, but without Penny's inspiration and time, we could not have made the progress that we've made thus far. We are very excited about our new spaces that will benefit learning for all students and teachers.
  • Mount Airy High School appreciates Carolyn Kelley and Sarah Knott for all their help with Community Night preparations. They spent many hours setting up, assisting during the event and preparing our campus for the return of students the next day.
  • Dr. Morrison would like to recognize Central Office Staff for going the extra mile. They have had to go through mountains of material to see what needs to follow us to our new home. Thanks to each of them for all the work in organizing, labelling, and moving that has occurred and will occur in the next month.
  • Central Office would like to recognize Samantha Jenkins who stepped-up to give our Aspiring Teachers group an impromptu tutorial about accessing student financial aid and the FAFSA.

Innovators of the Month

  • BHT would like to recognize our Pre-K staff: Beth Welch, Betty Snow, Denise Ward, Caitlin Edwards, and Kandice Norman. Moving our Pre-K students from YVEDDI transportation to our MACS buses has caused many changes to our Pre-K program. Our Pre-K staff has been instrumental in planning and executing these new procedures. We appreciate their collaborative work in making our students a priority!
  • At Jones Intermediate, Claire Draughn has jumped into the STEAM position and is making a big impact on student learning. She is constantly reflecting and looking at ways to create more valuable learning experiences for our students. She spends time every afternoon pushing into classrooms and supporting teachers especially in the areas of Science. She has had her STEAM classes help to problem-solve and create a new way to help with cafeteria noise expectations. And most recently, Claire planned a 4th Grade Field Trip to Pilot Mountain State Park. With the help of Claire, park rangers, teachers and some parents, our students had the opportunity to have a picnic lunch, participate in programs, go on hikes, experience the reading of NC ghost stories and legends and go on a nature scavenger hunt.
  • At MAMS, Deborah Welborn has created a reading corner in her room that has sparked a new excitement for reading with her students. Deborah has also embraced the new 90-minute block and is innovatively planning reading groups, not only based on skill and level, but also based on common themes to increase engagement and interest for students. Recently she completed a unit around Veteran's Day with her students.
  • MAHS: Innovator of the Month honor goes to Angela Mayfield for organizing industry tours for MAHS. These tours have helped transition our focus from career and college ready to career and/or college ready. By working closely with Shenandoah Furniture and CK Technologies, the entire MAHS staff was able to visit both locations and walk away with a great understanding of career opportunities in Mount Airy.
  • CO: Our Central Office Innovator of the Month is Juliana Caldwell. We appreciate that she has stepped into this position at a busy time. She has been innovative in archiving BOE materials for the move to our new Community Central Office. She has also helped us improve processes with our agenda, our meetings, and our workflow.

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