Superintendent Update November 2019

Our Work Continues

7th Annual Community Night Success

Mrs. Reales' second grade class performed a rap for Community Night attendees.

Our students and staff shined bright at our latest Community Night event. We are grateful for a community who is proud of its school district and chooses to support the great work happening!

Strategic Planning

We held our fall strategic planning meeting where community members were asked to come together with staff to discuss next steps. If you missed this opportunity, stay tuned as our next meeting is scheduled for March 2020.

Angst Viewing Success

Community members packed the Community Central Office Board of Education meeting room for a lunch and learn this month.

Mount Airy City Schools partnered with Care Net Counseling and Northern Regional Hospital to increase mental health awareness recently. Angst is an Indie Flix film about anxiety with youth discussing how their anxiety impacts them on a daily basis. Following the one hour film, a panel discussion took place where attendees could ask questions and hear about local resources.

Mount Airy Middle and Mount Airy High School students viewed the film also this month. We firmly believe that educating our community can help us all as we deal with anxiety and mental health issues.

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In the News

23rd Band Competition Held

Bright Ideas Grant Recipients

Ms. Kennedy Dockery Named Finalist for NCCAT BTOY

Congratulations, Ms. Kennedy Dockery!
SafetyBots had a great showing at this weekend's regional robotics competition. They worked well as a team and won 1st place for their effort.
BetheChangeMakers Front row: Alexis Atkins. Jessi Delacruz. Gabe Maurer. Madison Atkins. Back row: Greer Tidd. Abby Moser. Anderson DeVore. Payton Phillips

Mount Airy Middle School's Robotics Teams had a great showing this past weekend. BetheChangeMakers will now head on to the state competition!

Legislative Update

There has been recent movement in state government that affects principal and teacher pay:

  1. Vetoed SB 354- the Governor did not believe the teacher salary increases were enough and so the veto sets up a negotiation between the legislature and the governor about increases.
  2. HB 377 Teacher Step Act- it paves the way for teachers to see their step increases this year. It also calls for small increase in principal steps to align it more with the assistant principal pay scale.

Upcoming Events

Testing Calendar

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  • Wednesday, November 27: Thanksgiving Break Begins
  • Monday, December 2: Students Return from Break
  • Tuesday, December 3: 6:30 Board of Education Meeting at the Community Central Office
  • Thursday, December 5: 5:30 PreK/Gingerbread House/Parent Night
  • Thursday, December 5: 7:00 MS/HS Winter Band Concert at MAHS
  • Friday, December 6: Jones Grade Level Spelling Bees beginning at 8:15
  • Wednesday, December 11: MAMS Grade Level Spelling Bees beginning at 8:30
  • Wednesday, December 11: SEL Taskforce Meeting 3:30-4:30 at the Community Central Office
  • Thursday, December 12: 5:30 Jones Holiday Family Fun Night
  • Thursday, December 12: 7:00 HS Chorus and Music App Concert at MAHS
  • Monday, December 16: 6:00 BHT 2nd Grade Music Program in the Jones Intermediate School gym
  • Tuesday, December 17: 7:00 MAMS Holiday Chorus Performance at MAMS
  • Tuesday, December 17-19: 8:30-3:00 Bus Driver Training (Contact Jon Doss to register 336-789-6673)
  • Thursday, December 19: 6:00 Making the Grade event for recent graduates at the Community Central Office
  • Saturday, December 21: First Day of Winter
  • Monday, December 23: First Day of Winter Break
  • Monday, January 6, 2020: Students Return from Winter Break

Great Work!

Going the Extra Mile

BHT recognizes Jenn Fussell. She is a parent of both a BHT and a Jones student, and is a talented interior designer who took our vision of updating our front office and transformed this area to showcase our focus on students and customer service. She volunteered many hours of her time and stretched a limited budget to create a beautiful space for our school. We appreciate her giving her talents for our school!

Jones recognizes all of the Jones faculty and staff for their patience and flexibility during the installation of floors. Everyone helped out and maintained a positive, helpful attitude throughout the process.

MAMS recognizes Penny Willard. Penny has worked diligently on getting our MakerSpace started in the media center at MAMS. She has brought in all of the materials that are high interest for middle school students. She also planned and implemented a training for teachers. The MakerSpace has generated great excitement in our school.

MAHS recognizes Jamie Scott. Jamie is a member of our school nutrition team and the leader of our concessions stand for all home football games. He has done a wonderful job of preparing food, providing excellent customer service, and making sure that our concession stand meets or exceeds health standards.

CO recognizes Darren Lewis, with the Mount Airy Parks and Recreation Department, as one of our best community business partners. Darren has partnered with MACS on two recent projects. Both the mentoring program and ELISS grant have the potential to have a great impact on our students. We are grateful for the partnership.

CO also recognizes Penny Willard, who has worked with FLA students and leaders to landscape the front beds at the Central Office. Additionally, Penny is working with a CO team to create a landscape design for the banks on the side and in the back of our building.

Innovators of the Month

BHT would like to recognize Nicole Hooker and Brittany Jeffries for taking a leading role in creating and implementing our BHT Calming Corners in each classroom this year. As we continue to focus on our need to foster the social and emotional development of our young students, we recognize that many of students struggle to regulate their emotions and lack the skills to communicate these feelings. Ms. Hooker led a group of our staff to plan these safe areas and Mrs. Jeffries helped create them in each classroom and introduced the areas to each class. Mrs. Jeffries will continue to support our students by explicitly instructing them on social/emotional skills. We appreciate the diligent work of these ladies as well as all those on this committee who contributed to this project!

Jessica Hall is this month’s Innovator for Jones Intermediate. She worked with Jones STEAM teacher Claire Draughn to go above and beyond in helping students learn about hurricanes. With Hurricane Dorian gaining strength and on a path to hit the Bahamas and east coast, the teachers began facilitating learning and research with students. After researching, groups worked together to create posters to display at the Surry County Agricultural Fair in the Educational Exhibit. Students won first place at the fair after showcasing their knowledge with our community.

MAMS Innovators of the Month are Kasey Martin and Nora Santillan. These ladies were asked to present at a Middle School conference late in the game. They were positive and willing and pulled together a wonderful presentation on creating a career culture through STEAM at MAMS. The feedback from the presentation was positive and many schools have asked to come visit our school.

MAHS Innovator of the Month is Catrina Alexander. By working together with our counseling team, Catrina has gone above and beyond to provide career opportunities and exploration for our students. She is innovative, hard-working and provides a personal touch to help ensure that when students graduate from MAHS, career opportunities will be available for them.

The Innovator of the Month for Central Office is Pam Simmons. She found a billing error which has resulted in a settlement of over $120,000 for our benefit. We appreciate her meticulous financial work and problem-solving skills.

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