Board Approves Language Leaders
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 the Mount Airy City Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to implement Language Leaders, a Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program, at Tharrington Primary School. The purpose of the program will be to deepen the district’s K-12 STEAM initiative by providing an opportunity for students to think critically and innovatively solve problems in two languages. The vote continues a state-wide trend of districts adopting DLI. With over 70 programs in the state, North Carolina is considered one of the nation’s leaders in implementing DLI.
Spelling Bee Competitions
It was another exciting year of spelling bee competition for students in Mount Airy City Schools! Jones Intermediate and Mount Airy Middle School held their school-wide bees in early December and students came prepared to battle. Third grade students kicked their bee off with an intense 16 round battle. Jones students totaled 42 rounds for their third, fourth, and fifth grade bees. Mount Airy Middle School did not disappoint and totaled 59 rounds for all three grade levels. Seventh graders enjoyed watching their peers go for 25 rounds before finally discovering who would be their winner and runner-up for the district bee in February. Congratulations to all participants for making it to the school bee! The winners listed below will be participating in the district bee on Thursday, February 5 at Mount Airy Middle School.
3rd Grade Winner and Runner-up: Kinlee Reece and Mitchel Fulcher
4th Grade Winner and Runner-up: Ian Gilley and Sunshine Lor
5th Grade Winner and Runner-up: Olivia Phillips and Paxton Reece
6th Grade Winner and Runner-up: Hailey Martin and Auston Barr
7th Grade Winner and Runner-up: McKenzie Lamb and Kaleb Morrison
8th Grade Co-Winners: Gilleyn Bunting and Owen Perkins
Credit by Demonstrated Mastery
On Monday, December 8, Mount Airy High School held an informational meeting regarding Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM). The PowerPoint from this meeting is linked here, in case you missed the meeting. CDM is an option that allows students to demonstrate mastery of a course's content, getting credit and a pass/fail grade for the course by taking an assessment and completing an artifact. This is being introduced by The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
The application window for CDM will open on December 9 and close January 20.
Advanced Manufacturing in Surry County
Did you know there are great career opportunities in Surry County in the field of Advanced Manufacturing? View this video to learn more.
District of Distinction
District Administrator has named Mount Airy City Schools as one of its inaugural Districts of Distinction for its innovative work in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). District Administrator magazine is a national publication distributed to educational leaders around the country. The annual award was created to honor school districts that are leading the way with innovative ideas that improve student achievement and whose programs can be duplicated in other schools.
Dr. Greg Little stated, “We want our students to think critically, innovatively solve problems, be confident leaders and responsible citizens with a passion for learning. In short we want to create innovators. Our work with STEAM is designed to cultivate innovative thinking and social responsibility as students seek to make Mount Airy a better place to live.”
Mount Airy City Schools will be featured in the November issue of District Administrator magazine.
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