The schools are beginning to bring this year to a close as we enter into testing season. This is a great time for all of our students to show us what they know and what they have learned all year. Thanks to everyone for their efforts to make testing a success. We know that it takes a lot of planning, proctors and patience this time of year and we thank you.
Dual Language Immersion Grows to Jones
Programs for the upcoming year will be in place with Dual Language Immersion (DLI) moving to Jones. This program becomes a 50-50 model with 50% of the third grade day continuing in Spanish and 50% of the day in English. Nora Santillán will be moving to 3rd grade to lead this transition as well as being free part of her day to coach current DLI teachers.
This coming year we will see new K-8 Mathematics and English Language Arts standards for our schools. Dr. Brown and the Teaching and Learning team will be helping schools transition to these new standards and we will work to support this transition through PLCs.
Social and Emotional Support
We have entered into a contract with Daymark to provide additional social/emotional support for students for the upcoming year. You may have read about this in the Mount Airy News Article.
Additional support will be put in place through a position that will work with Exceptional Children and Social Emotional support. These new people and support programs have resulted from work done by the social-emotional task force. We appreciate all the task force has done this year to support children.
Visit our Family Calendar website for end of year events dates and times. School websites will also have a list of end of the year events that are happening from now through the summer.
BHT- Jennifer Wright and Casey Surratt are two of our parents who are dedicated to getting our parents plugged in at Tharrington. They have coordinated fundraisers and led the way in getting donations for our school, including Teacher Appreciation Week. These ladies have a vision for expanding our parental involvement for the benefit of our students. We appreciate their dedication to our school.
JONES - Reagan Tidd is a parent who goes the extra mile in many ways for Jones. She volunteers to read and works with 3rd Grade students weekly. She helps organize parent support for our teacher appreciation activities. She is organizing and working along with other parents to plan a 5th Grade Celebration in June. Reagan is always willing to lend a helping hand in any way to support our students and staff at Jones and we greatly appreciate her
MAMS - Cynthia Ballard -helped coordinate the art show at the public library for MAMS. She also helped students prepare for their submissions for the Art Showcase NCASA competition. Mrs. Ballard plans engaging lessons and sparks interest in art for her students.
MAHS - Greg Taylor- is continuously repairing items of need throughout the Mount Airy High School campus. He never hesitates to help us in our time of need. We know that when Greg works on a project that it is going to be done right. Thank you Mr. Taylor for going above and beyond on a regular basis.
Grants Department- Kristina Swift and Carrie Venable -for their work towards our latest Digital Learning Grant- Innovation Academy proposal to NCDPI. Their collaborative input, perspective and willingness to share helped to deliver a strong proposal to our partners in Raleigh. Fingers crossed that we are funded for this great opportunity!
Teaching and Learning Department - Scott Dollyhite for embracing his new role and learning as much as he possibly can during his short time in this new role.
Central Office - All of the NCASA scholastic coaches that support academic competing teams at MAMS and MAHS. These coaches led students to once again win the state wide NCASA cup with 135 points. These points are accrued by competing in regional and state academic competitions.
Innovators of the Month
BHT- Tracey Johnson - is an outstanding teacher assistant at Tharrington who has also recently been voted by her colleagues as our Employee of the Year. She is our Innovator of the Month for her leadership with our Student Lighthouse Team. Mrs. Johnson has guided this team in finding their leadership voice, facilitating their meetings, and gathering great feedback from them on ways we can improve our school. Mrs. Johnson is a leading force with our Leader In Me program and believes in the importance of instilling these core leadership and life skills.
JONES- Jon Doss- Jon always seems to make magic happen when needed. Not only does he create and maintain all of the yellow bus routes, but he has recently created and maintained a bus specifically for our special needs students. When we need buses for field trips and the activity buses are already reserved, he is able to work it out so our students still have the opportunity to go on their field trips. Jon always makes himself available whether it's at 7:00a.m. and we're getting phone calls about late buses or if it's at 4:00p.m. and we need a school car to help transport a student home. We do not know how he is able to do everything that he does and know he must think innovatively to often make things happen.
MAMS- Jennifer Riska- Mrs. Riska has stepped in and helped build the choral programs at MAMS. She has prepared our students for two very successful programs, taken them to competition in which they received a Superior Rating, and has planned many interesting field trips for the students in her program. Mrs. Riska also sponsored the Show Choir in the NCASA and this Choir finished 4th in the state and received the award of the Best New Choir. We are thankful for the timeless work and many hours Mrs. Riska has dedicated to making the choral program at MAMS a huge success!
MAHS - Katlin Jones - Katlin is a history teacher at the high school. Katlin has done an excellent job of bringing history to life for our students. Katlin invited Zev Harel who was an Auschwitz survivor to tell his story and Louise Folger who impersonated Queen Elizabeth to talk about the role of a monarch. Katlin invited all teachers that had time in their schedule to bring their students for the sessions.
CENTRAL OFFICE -Chase Weathers always rises to the challenge to be innovative. This month he prepared a desk for a handicap child when she was unable to access her learning materials. He created something just perfect for her and showed her how we support every child every day.