MACS Micro-School

January 3 - 7, 2022

Micro-School Updates

Happy New Year to all of our Micro-School families! The year 2022 will soon be here and Week 19 of our year together has quickly approached. I am so proud of the growth of each student this year and look forward to helping them continue achieving their goals for the remainder of this school year.

As we move forward together, there are a few things to remind ourselves of each day.....

(1) We've got this! We are a family and we will support each other's growth!

(2) We are all capable of greatness!

(3) I believe in each of YOU!

(4) We will hold each of you to HIGH EXPECTATIONS because you CAN do anything and you deserve the best for your future!

As you all remember, Ms. Catherine Dollyhite will be joining the Mount Airy City Schools Micro-School team as a micro-school facilitator this week! I will retain my role as director and will continue working with all of our families. Our micro-school has become very popular, growing from 12 students in Kindergarten through 5th grade to now 21! The middle school has also continued to increase, putting our district's new micro-school at over 40 students. This addition to our team will allow us to better serve all students and families. I am excited for Ms. Dollyhite to join our little micro-school family. You can read more about her and the transition by clicking here to visit our press release. Ms. Dollyhite will begin working with us on January 3, 2022.

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Weekly Theme- Winter- Arctic Animals- Weather

Over the next two weeks, we will investigate the changing of the seasons, Arctic Animals, habitats, and weather. Watch out micro-school students, we are going to expand our minds, use our imaginations and seek out new learning together.
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Students- Check Out These Fun Resources to Use During Your Free Time

For 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Students ONLY- Arctic Vocabulary Words- Week 1






Harp seal

Polar bear



Week 19 - Schedule

UPDATE- Monday- January 3, 2022- NO SCHOOL for STUDENTS

On Monday, January 3, Mount Airy City Schools changed to a Teacher Workday and no school for students, due to the wintry weather mix.

All SeeSaw assignments coming out on Monday may be started when students return to school on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

Tuesday- January 4, 2022

1) Independent Seesaw Assignments for all

2) 4th Grade Google Meet at 11:00 am with Ms. Willard and Ms. Dollyhite

3) 3rd Grade Google Meet at 12:00 pm with Ms. Willard and Ms. Dollyhite

4) 5th Grade (and Nazaiden) Google Meet at 12:30 pm with Ms. Willard and Ms. Dollyhite

5) Kindergarten Google Meet at 1:30 pm with Ms. Willard and Ms. Dollyhite

6) 1st and 2nd Grade Google Meet at 2:00 pm with Ms. Willard and Ms. Dollyhite

Wednesday- January 5, 2022

1) Independent Seesaw Assignments for all

Thursday- January 6, 2022

1) Independent Seesaw Assignments for all

Friday- January 7, 2021

1) Independent Seesaw Assignments for all

Looking Ahead....

January 14, 2022- Early dismissal for students- no assignments will sent out after 11:00 am

January 17, 2022- Holiday- No school for students or staff

January 18, 2022- Teacher workday- no school for students

January 19, 20, 21, 2022- Over this 3 day period, we will be completing the NC Check-Ins for all students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.

Place-Based Learning This Week

We are starting back our learning for the new semester and second half of the school year. Therefore, there will not be any place-based learning this week.

Seesaw Student Assignments & Family Support

Please support your child's virtual learning by making sure they are working on Seesaw everyday. Even on the days I Google Meet with them, they will still have Seesaw assignments to complete.
  • School attendance for each day is based on 3 factors- they must be engaging in one of these forms of Micro-School: (1) independent Seesaw assignments, (2) working on Google Meet with Ms. Willard, or (3) attending a place- based lesson somewhere in the community with Ms. Willard

What If My Child Gets Logged Out of Seesaw on Their iPad??

Using the log-in with gmail access and use their student email. I will send these to you privately. There are two options for password for all student emails, if one does not work, then try the other one.

Password :


or try


Penny Willard

Director of Innovative Programming- Mount Airy City Schools

I support a variety of areas for our district including: Micro-Schools, Federal Programs, After-School and Summer Programming (21st Century), Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG), Beginning Teachers and Mentors, Grant writing and management, Digital Teaching and Learning, School Media, and overall Teaching and Learning K-12.