Superintendent Update December 2019

Our Work Continues

Tis the Season for Performing!

This time of year our student groups are performing for many audiences, showcasing their hard work and developed talents.

Recently, Dr. Kim Morrison conducted the Mount Airy High School band for their Winter Band Concert held at Mount Airy High School.
Mrs. Gena Ray's students spend a large amount of time performing for various groups in our community. They opened the Board of Education Christmas gathering earlier this month for leaders in our district.
Jones Intermediate students, led by Meredith Dowdy, sang at Mount Airy's Christmas tree lighting.

Tis the Season for Competing!

School Spelling Bees

Jones Intermediate School and Mount Airy Middle School students have held their grade level bees. Winners will compete on Tuesday, February 4th at Mount Airy Middle School in the district-wide bee.

3rd grade spellers competed with Reilly Dollyhite and Jack Moore moving on to the district bee.
4th grade spellers competed with Kaidence Wood and Nathan Haynes moving on to the district bee.
5th grade spellers competed with Skylar Shoff and Gabe Mauck moving on to the district bee.
6th grade spellers competed with Garrett Willard and Zion Jones moving on to the district bee.
7th grade spellers competed with Lucas Goins and Kieran Slate moving on the district bee.
8th grade spellers competed with Leeland Pardue and Jamie Hearl moving on the district bee.
Mrs. Stephanie Hutchinson, Garrett Willard, Josh Gilley, Addison Mathies, Luca Livengood, Zion Jones, Audrey Brown, DeVonte Frazier, Abraham Rivera

Academic Competitions

Mount Airy Middle School and Mount Airy High School compete in a variety of academic competitions. Some are part of the NCASA competition list while others are associated to various clubs and organizations. Some of the NCASA competitions include: The Quill, Twelve, Forensics, Art Showcase, Quiz Bowl, Dance Ensemble, and Show Choir.

Saturday, December 7 marked the 2019 State Finals of The Quill, the state writing competition for middle and high school students in North Carolina. The event was hosted by Hope School and saw students responding to prompts in Argumentation, Problem/Solution, Narrative (middle school), Creative Writing (high school), Informative/Explanatory (middle school), and Literary Analysis (high school). In addition to the 90-minute on-demand writing session, students heard local editor Bobby Burns speak about his experiences as a writer.

MAMS Quill team finished 6th in the state in NCASA Quill Competition. Pictured left to right: Abby Epperson, Kinlee Reece, Lillian Morrison, and Carrie Marion

2020-2021 Registration

The gift of learning is one gift that opens doors for a lifetime. Opportunities to learn, grow, and accomplish big dreams!

Tharrington Primary School is gearing up for kindergarten and dual language immersion registration. Mark your calendars for these deadlines and requirements.

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2021-2022 Draft Calendar
Draft Calendar for 2021-2022

Senator Ballard Visits

Senator Ballard visits Mount Airy High School and Mount Airy Middle School. High school students met with Senator Ballard over lunch and discussed what brought them to MACS, what they like about learning here, and her path to where she is today.

A key piece to the work we do is making efforts to inform our legislators about the needs of our district and public schools. We appreciate Senator Ballard joining us for a day to see what learning looks like in MACS and what we are working toward.

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In the News

MAMS Top 5% for Growth in NC!

MAMS Earns Schools to Watch Redesignation!

Mrs. Jennifer Epperson with her health science students.

MAMS has had multiple years of quality instruction and innovative programming which led to this award being earned in 2014 and redesignated in 2017. Most recently, student achievement has been celebrated as the 2018-2019 accountability data ranked MAMS in the top 5% for growth and top 11% for proficiency in North Carolina. Additionally, 7th-grade mathematics ranked #1 in the state and 6th-grade reading ranked #9 in the state. The school’s staff should be commended for the high level of instruction and care they have continued to exhibit toward students and families.

Holiday Art Contest Winners

This year's Holiday Art Contest winners are: (l to r) Cassidy Moore-Jones, Chatham Seaver-BHT, Sarah Martin-MAHS, and Destiny Shockley-MAMS

Zach Smith Grant Recipients

Mount Airy City Schools is pleased to announce that The Zach Smith Fund of The Winston-Salem Foundation has awarded 12 educators in the district with grants.

These grants will assist teachers as they continue to lead, innovate, and serve in the classroom and community. A total of $16,473.72 was granted based on the advice of the fund’s Advisory Committee.

Dawson Named Educator of Excellence

Mrs. Elizabeth Dawson has been named EC Educator of Excellence!

Mount Airy City Schools has one board member not running for re-election. If you live in District B and are interested, you will need to file by Friday, December 20, 2019. Click the button below for more detailed information.

Legislative Update

The General Assembly will return in January and we hope they will approve a budget and address teacher pay.

Upcoming Events

Testing Calendar

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  • Monday, December 16-Friday, December 20: MAHS Exams
  • Tuesday, December 17: MAMS Holiday Chorus Performance 7:00
  • Thursday, December 19: Making the Grade Event at the Community Central Office 6:00pm
  • Saturday, December 21: First Day of Winter
  • Monday, December 23: First Day of Winter Break
  • Monday, January 6, 2020: Students Return from Winter Break
  • Thursday, January 9, 2020: Granite Bear signs for sale at MAMS basketball games against Pilot Mountain Middle
  • Friday, January 10, 2020: Granite Bear signs for sale at MAHS basketball games against North Stokes
  • Tuesday, January 14, 2020: DLI Tour at 9:00am at BHT
  • Thursday, 16, 2020: DLI Parent Meeting at BHT 5:30 Spanish and 6:00 English
  • Monday, January 20, 2020: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday-No School
  • Tuesday, January 21, 2020: School Board Meeting 6:30 at Central Office
  • Thursday, January 23, 2020: DLI Tour at BHT at 9:00am
  • Thursday, January 30, 2020: Jones Family Reading Event at 1:30pm
  • Friday, January 31, 2020: Early Release day for all students Jones/MAMS at 11:15 and BHT/MAHS at 11:30

Great Work!

Going the Extra Mile

BHT would like to recognize Beth Welch for her dedication to our PreK program at BHT. She actively seeks community donations in order to provide costly assets for our school. She recently secured a large donation for sand for our PreK playground and also recruited a volunteer to deliver it at no cost to us. We appreciate Mrs. Welch for going the extra mile at our school!

Jones would like to recognize Amy Cook for going the extra mile. Amy is organizing the Blood Drive this year at Jones. Her efforts with the American Red Cross demonstrate a strong community partnership and how working together can benefit all.

MAMS recognized Sabrina Moore who stepped into 6th grade math and science last year and worked tirelessly to ensure that students were prepared for the end of grade assessment. She put in extra time that she did not have to in order to meet the needs of each individual student.

MAMS recognized Courtney Jones who is part of the office staff and is a big part of the good feeling and optimism people have about the school. She is always very professional and represents the school well. Each time people call her with a need, Courtney quickly responds and the staff appreciates her very much!

MAHS recognizes Michone Coleman and senior Olivia Malone. By working closely together with our custodians and student groups, there is renewed interest in recycling at MAHS. After only three months, 55 containers have been collected by the City of Mount Airy. Their leadership and effort are making a big difference in our community.

Central Office wants to recognize our principals who work every day to support our students in extra ways. We have feedback all the time about our principals greeting our students every day, working hard to secure their buildings, and leading educational practices in every building.

Innovators of the Month

BHT would like to recognize Mrs. Kelly Johnson as our Innovator of the Month. Once again, she has wow-ed our students with another fantastic Innovation Day. Time after time, Mrs. Johnson provides new and different innovative opportunities for our students. Through these sessions, students learn new things and gain experiences they may not have had otherwise. Mrs. Johnson's theme for this Innovation Day was Reading with STEAM, this approach illustrated to students how important reading is. No matter the situation, all innovators are readers! Great job, Mrs. Johnson!

Jones would like to recognize David Puckett and Landon Branson. These two men volunteered to tackle a painting project in the media center at Jones. Their efforts on this project saved the school money and made the media center look absolutely amazing!

Tarona Hollingsworth worked diligently to help facilitate the Schools to Watch re-designation process for MAMS. She was required to dig deep into our data and collect surveys from staff and stakeholders in order to gain a comprehensive snapshot of our school. This took a lot of time, effort, patience, and innovation.

Tanya Davis's leadership has brought a renewed focus to our Occupational Course of Study program. By working together with community partners, she is helping provide meaningful career exploration and job opportunities for her students. Her attention to detail and personal attention given to each student will better prepare them for life after high school.

Central Office recognizes Carrie Venable for organizing all the teams to make a successful MACS Community Night.

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