Superintendent Update January 2020

Our Work Continues

Blue Bear Cafe

The dream of a student-operated coffee shop is finally coming true. Students and staff have worked on ideas, plans, and logistics for a long time. Beginning in February...it all becomes reality.

High School Students & Families

Left to right: Mrs. Alicia Henson, Mrs. Catrina Alexander, Mrs. Debbie Hiatt, and Ms. Kacie England are available at MAHS to help you make decisions regarding future classes, careers, and colleges. Parents and students should reach out these individuals as you navigate all that comes with being a high school student.
More information available on the Guidance and Counseling Website
  • College and Career Counseling
  • Scholarships
  • Test Information
  • Summer Programs & Community Service Opportunities
  • Graduation Requirements
  • Class Registration
  • Career & College Promise
  • Credit by Demonstrated Mastery
  • Enrollment
  • FAQs
Take advantage of the upcoming opportunities for MAHS students and families. February 10th and 11th from 3:00-5:00pm in the Counseling Suites of MAHS.

Driver's Education Website

Now found on Mount Airy High School's website under Students & Families.

Earning a driver's license is a big step for students and families. We have collected helpful information and placed it in one spot to assist families during through this process. You will also find forms necessary for the class and getting your child's license.

Upcoming Class - Begins March 16, 2020, and lasts for 3 weeks - Students with birth dates of 10/04/2005 and earlier are eligible.

2020-2021 Registration

Kindergarten registration time is gearing up at Tharrington Primary School! Call or swing by the school to schedule your registration time and to pick up your packets.
Mark your calendar with these important dates.
It's been a strange winter! Just in case we ever get snow...
2021-2022 Draft Calendar
Draft Calendar for 2021-2022
Sign up for a Tour Today!
Wondering what Mount Airy City Schools has to offer your child? There is no better way to find out than taking a tour.
Do you wonder: Who to contact about a question? What classes are available for my child? Can my child compete in an academic club? What is the cost of lunch? We have answers to these and many more questions on our FAQ page.

In the News

Superintendent Column in The Mount Airy News

New STARS Have Been Named

Dollyhite Named Jones Intermediate Curriculum Facilitator

Mrs. Catherine Dollyhite joins staff at Jones Intermediate School.
8 Blue Ribbons Awarded to Mount Airy City Schools
Public Information Officer and Special Projects Facilitator Carrie Venable attended the recent NC School Public Relations Association Blue Ribbons Awards Ceremony. She and Superintendent Dr. Kim Morrison brought home 8 Blue Ribbons that were awarded based on the communication and public relations work of Mount Airy City Schools.

2020 China Trip Update

Mount Airy High School and Mount Airy City Schools will always make decisions with the safety of our students as our top priority. With that being said, due to the impact of the coronavirus in China, we have made the decision to cancel the trip to Chengdu, China for March 2020.

We plan to continue our partnership with China and hope to offer an opportunity for student travel to China in the 2020-2021 school year.

Legislative Update

Our General Assembly has left session and has not approved a statewide budget this year. This has left our district with many questions including if there will be any increase in teacher salary this year. We are hoping in the last term of this school year that the General Assembly will finally approve a statewide budget so our district can pass along salary increases to you.

Our General Assembly has asked Mark Johnson to implement a complete retention policy so that any child that does not pass third grade reading is retained. We believe there are a lot of obstacles to this policy and would create a hardship on our schools. We would need more third grade teachers, more classrooms for third graders and more resources to support this endeavor. There will be some surveys and groups asking for your thoughts about this so we want to make sure you are informed about this possibility.

Upcoming Events

Mr. Larry Davis - Our Very Own Trailblazer
We invite past students, athletes, peers, and friends to join us to celebrate Mr. Davis!

Mr. Larry Davis began working in Mount Airy City Schools in August of 1977. Throughout his career his has been involved in statewide Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs. He has tirelessly pushed for exceptional workforce development has had a tremendous impact in our state. He led the way for the first computer lab to be implemented in a classroom and helped computers flood the state. We are proud to celebrate Mr. Davis and his lifelong dedication to educating students.

Testing Calendar

Click the button below to see if any updates have occurred since you received your Family Calendar at the beginning of the year.

  • Monday-Friday (February 3-7) Penny Wars for Jones Intermediate Schools
  • Tuesday, February 4, 2020: MACS Spelling Bee at 9:00am at MAMS
  • Tuesday, February 4, 2020: DLI Tour 9:00am at BHT
  • Tuesday, February 4, 2020: Rising Kindergarten Event 6:00 at BHT
  • Tuesday, February 4, 2020: Board of Education Meeting at Central Office 6:30pm
  • Thursday, February 6, 2020: STEAM Showcase at Jones Intermediate 5:30pm
  • Friday, February 7, 2020: Sweetheart Dance at MAMS 6:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020: DLI Tour 9:00am at BHT
  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020: SEL Taskforce 3:30pm at Central Office
  • Thursday, February 13, 2020: BHT Class Picture Day
  • Friday, February 14, 2020: No School for Students (Teacher Workday) & Valentine's Day
  • Tuesday, February 18, 2020: NC Check in 1 9th/10th Math 1
  • Tuesday, February 18, 2020: Board of Education Meeting at Jones Intermediate School 6:30pm
  • Thursday, February 20, 2020: BHT DLI Parent Meeting (Spanish 5:30, English 6:00) in Media Center of BHT
  • Friday, February 21, 2020: Jones Club Day
  • Monday, February 24, 2020: Larry Davis Retirement Reception 6:00 in Media Center of MAHS
  • Tuesday, February 25, 2020: ACT for MAHS 11th Graders
  • Friday, February 28, 2020: No School for Students (Teacher Workday)
  • Friday, February 28, 2020: DLI Registration Closes

Great Work!

Going the Extra Mile

BHT would like to give a shoutout to the officers who serve at our Mount Airy Police Department. Each morning, one comes to our school and assists in opening car doors for students, greeting them with a warm hello and a smile. This presence is making a difference to break the negative stereotype that sometimes causes fear for our students.

Jones would like to recognize Jaime Arellano. Jaime is the father of one of our third-grade students, Shaila. Recently, Jaime helped a staff member who was in need as she had fallen in the school parking lot. Thank you to Jaime for Going the Extra Mile!

MAMS would like to recognize Sabrina Moore. Mrs. Moore stepped in mid-year last year to fill-in as a teacher for 6th grade. She worked tirelessly to teach Science and Math. We would like to thank her for helping our 6th grade math scores to be in the top 10% of the state!

MAHS has several shoutouts. 1. Mrs. Chelsy Payne and the Jones' FLA staff. By working together, they have made it possible for our JV basketball teams to use the gym. This allows practices to end earlier for our student athletes. 2. Lynn Snow and Jennifer Epperson - The Regional HOSA event was a huge success. Nearly 700 participants and guests. Thank you for your leadership and making this event possible. 3. Maggie Mitchell has gone above and beyond to help support the MAHS staff with resources, in PLCs, and by providing professional development. She is a hard worker, who deeply cares about helping our teachers support our students in the best possible ways.

Central Office wishes to recognize several individuals for going above and beyond. 1. Deborah Welborn has provided leadership and support to our LEGO League Robotics Team. The team competed on the state level on January 18th at NC A&T University and did well! 2. Mount Airy Rotary Club packed boxes for Thanksgiving meals to members of our community. Leaders were: Polly Long, Jon Doss, Mary Boyles. Over 300 boxes were packed in 45 minutes! Deliveries to 300 families in our district will be made this week. MACS appreciates our partnership with this noontime Rotary club. 3. Carrie Venable led the efforts to provide awesome cardigans for staff gifts this year. Her work is greatly appreciated. 4. Jonathan Jones reached out to Dr. Tripp and his family before they moved into Mount Airy. Jonathan put their children in contact with children here at the school before they arrived.

Innovators of the Month

BHT’s Innovators of the Month are the students in Katie LeVan’s 1st grade class. All of our students at BHT have set academic and personal goals and are learning to make a plan in order to reach those goals. While modeling for her students how to write personal goals, Katie's students asked if they could create a class goal. Katie stepped out of the way and let the students lead the learning. Her students set a class goal to complete one random act of kindness of their choosing each day. These first graders have shown kindness by making appreciation cards for the cafeteria staff, and delivering candy canes and notes of encouragement to a Kindergarten class. Katie LeVan is teaching our students that, even though they are young, they still have a voice and can use their influence to spread kindness throughout the school.

Jones would like to recognize Meredith Dowdy as our Innovator of the Month. Meredith is new to our district this year, but it seems as if she has been part of our family forever. Almost daily, the sound of musical instruments can be heard in the hallways of Jones School. Meredith recently secured a set of ukuleles for her classroom, which is very exciting for our students! In addition, Meredith is leading the Show Choir in an upcoming performance at the community Christmas Tree Lighting. Meredith is a wonderful addition to our school family!

Kathy Brintle has joined the MAMS family with a lot of fresh ideas for innovative projects. She started her own innovation class called Nuggets on Mars in which students collaborate on a project with NASA scientists and staff at NC State University. She has also received a grant for a new greenhouse for our campus from North Carolina Farm Bureau. Kathy will be presenting at the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference this summer in Salt Lake City.

Rebecca Fritchey, Michone Coleman and senior, Bryan Valadez are Innovators for the high school. By truly "co-teaching", this team provided a tremendous learning experience for the entire class in Foundations of English 1. Fluency increased. Comprehension increased. Most importantly, a love of reading was developed within the class. We especially want to highlight the growth that occurred with a group of non-English speaking students. With the team's help, these students feel confident moving into English 1.

Juliana Caldwell is an Innovator for her leadership of the recent United Fund drive and her work with the schools. MACS again had an increase in our giving and all of the schools were engaged at a high level with this great ministry.

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