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Superintendent Update November 2018

Our Work Continues

5K on the Greenway

Our 4th year partnering with the Reeves Community Foundation was awesome!

Last year the 5KOTG had 210 participants. This year it boasted 293! Thank you for participating in this great event that not only helps students in our schools but reaches those in our community! Tharrington and Jones tied for the most participants with 58 each! Mount Airy Middle School had 34 participants and Mount Airy High School had 28. Who will be next year's winning school?

Our first Innovation Day of the year was held in October. Here are a few pictures of the learning that took place that day.

Our 6th Annual Community was another successful event! Thank you all for showcasing the innovative programming offered in our district!

Thanks to all of our schools for working hard to make sure every child learns and grows every day. Having an effective learning target is a strategy that allows students to understand exactly what they are learning. If students know and understand the target they are more likely to hit it.

BHT and Jones has an alternative learning space for K-5 students this year. It is located at Jones Intermediate and Justin Moore is the teacher. This emphasis on providing an alternative to suspension is part of our social-emotional support for students. We also have partnered with Daymark to provided behavioral support for students as needed. We are thankful for this elementary approach to the whole child.

MAMS and MAHS also has an alternative learning space for 6-12 located at MAHS. This has two full time staff members devoted to creating a space as an alternative to suspension. Shane Compton is the teacher in this program. We are thankful to this secondary approach to the whole child.

STEAM Institute was a great success and Dr. Brown and his team should be commended. I believe learning from your peers is one of the best forms of learning. Innovative strategies are evident throughout the district and I appreciate your willingness to share with each other.

Legislative Issues

Dr. Morrison has been named as Superintendent for the region on the state Testing and Accountability advisory council. We believe that shorter tests may be coming in the near future. There is a push to reduce testing and shorten tests without compromising the integrity of the process. We will keep you updated as we know more about what this will look like for schools.

Representative Virginia Foxx had a great afternoon of shadowing Mount Airy Middle School Principal Olivia Sikes. Part of her visit included stopping into the district's Business Advisory Council in the media center, where their fall meeting was being held.

Representative Virginia Foxx and Senator Phil Berger were very impressed with our school system, especially the students and staff. Our students are very articulate when telling why they have chosen MACS. They mentioned all of the fabulous teachers, classes and innovative experiences they are able to have that no other district provides. We should be proud every day of our students and allow their voice to cut through the busyness of our lives. Their voice is the most clear and hopeful of all the voices providing a reason to believe in the future of our community. Read our press release on Senator Berger's visit. Check out the article in The Mount Airy News.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 1 - Kickoff Dual Language Immersion Parent Meeting at BHT in the Media Center at 6:00. If you can't make this meeting there is another scheduled for January 17th in BHT's Media Center.

Friday, November 2 - Final Walking School Bus until Spring

Friday, November 2 - Tri-M Induction Ceremony at MAHS 1:30

Saturday, November 3 - Disc Golf Tournament at Mount Airy High School at 10:00am for Hurricane Relief

Sunday, November 4 - Daylight Saving Time Ends - Fall back one hour

Tuesday, November 6 - Election Day

Tuesday, November 6 - Board of Education Meeting at the Central Office at 6:30

Monday, November 12 - Veteran’s Day Holiday Observed

Thursday, November 20 - Board of Education Meeting at Mount Airy Middle School at 6:30

Wednesday, November 21-23 - No School for Students

Great Work!

National Principals Month

We celebrated our fabulous principals in October and want to thank them again for their dedication to the students in Mount Airy City Schools!

Extra Mile

Elizabeth Dawson: BHT would like to recognize Elizabeth Dawson for Going the Extra Mile. Each day Mrs. Dawson voluntarily stations herself near the cafeteria doors to welcome students as they arrive. Mrs. Dawson greets students with a different language each month (ex: "Good Morning" "Buenos Dias"). Mrs. Dawson is teaching students to be "bucket fillers" by using kind words each day.

David Puckett and Landon Branson: Jones Intermediate Going the Extra Mile Award goes to David Puckett and Landon Branson. These gentlemen are responsible for the cleanliness of our school, but they do so much more. They readily stop what they are doing to help a teacher, help visitors or to help students. They are often called upon to assist with setting up for special programs. They ensure that our school environment is safe for everyone. We would not be able to do our jobs without the support of David and Landon.

Sandy George: At MAMS, Dr. Sandy George has helped problem solve many concerns and make improvements. She is always available to help and does so in a timely, efficient, and productive manner. We appreciate all she does to help address our needs at MAMS.

Our School Custodians: Our custodians are always going the extra mile to make sure our buildings are safe and clean for our staff and students. You can depend on them to go above and beyond the call of duty with our facilities and they always have a smile on their faces. Thanks to these folks working behind the scenes.

Melissa Ogle: MAHS recognizes Melissa Ogle for her efforts in Going the Extra Mile. On Friday, September 21, the MAHS Interact Club held a Pack-the-Truck Event at the Mount Airy vs. Surry Central football game. The purpose of the event was to raise food items for the backpack Programs at MAHS and SCHS. Under the direction of Mrs. Ogle, the MAHS Interact Club raised nearly 8000 food items and nearly $300. At the conclusion of the event, our students gave some of their donated items to SCHS to help fill their truck. This is a wonderful example of our students helping others. Thank you, Mrs. Ogle, for your leadership and care.

Innovators of the Month

Cathy Akers: BHT would like to recognize Media Specialist Cathy Akers as our Innovator of the Month. Ms. Akers is creatively delivering her Digital Citizenship lessons (live!) through a virtual platform for first and second grade students this year. She is also recording the lessons for kindergarten students. This innovative thinking and creativity with her schedule allows Ms. Akers to maximize her time at BHT!

Kennedy Dockery: Jones Intermediate Innovator of the Month is Kennedy Dockery. Ms. Dockery frequently brings fresh and innovative ideas to her classroom. Most recently, she is incorporating a green screen into her classroom by having students create presentations interviewing famous explorers about their discoveries and explorations. Students utilize costumes, write their own scripts, choose their backgrounds on the green screen, and then record their interviews independently. They also work collaboratively to assign each person a role in their group to contribute to the presentation. Students then upload their presentations in their drive and share it with Ms. Dockery in order to present to the entire class.

Catrina Alexander: At MAMS, Mrs. Alexander is working to build partnerships with local businesses through industry tours and advisory meetings. Mrs. Alexander is currently establishing her program by writing grants, attending trainings, and seeking input from colleagues and community members. She is creating a space for a career café with a "Made in Mount Airy" theme to include products from our community. She works with students during lunch to expose them to the many career options available to them as well as to coordinate many college and industry tours tailored to student interest. Catrina has also taken on other roles at MAMS including work with the PBIS committee.

Coach Jasson Adkins: At MAHS, Coach Adkins has revived the strength and conditioning program at MAHS. Under his leadership, the program is growing at a rapid pace. New enrollments are being added and a co-ed model will need to be in place in future semesters. Our students are working extremely hard, growing stronger and more confident. Due to increased demand and a desire by students to take this class on multiple occasions, Coach Adkins is exploring an honors level class that will involve the creation of a personal fitness and nutrition plan as well as other components of healthy living.

Scott Dollyhite: Scott Dollyhite is our Central Office Innovator of the Month. He has been very innovative working to serve some of our neediest children. He has worked with multiple financial budgets to bring extra resources in the way of behavioral specialists and interventions to students. He is great to reach out to our EC staff and make sure they have the resources needed to serve our students.

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