City Park Using STEM/STEAM to Better Prepare Students for Future Jobs

Keontae Farrar works on a birdhouse in the City Park STEM lab.

Ke’ontae Farrar works on a birdhouse donated by Home Depot in the City Park STEM lab.

As more jobs become available in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) areas, more Dalton Public Schools are hard at work to equip their students with skills to eventually be qualified for those positions when they get older.

City Park Elementary is one of those schools, and has recently opened up their new STEM lab.

Students in grades K-5 get to use the STEM lab four days every five weeks.

STEM lab teacher Lisa Cushman said they spent the first lesson teaching students what STEM actually means. Later the students built ramps to test different levels of speed.

“The focus was on the engineering design process and learning to work together, while tying in science and math standards,” said Cushman. Continue reading

Park Creek Celebrates Hispanic Heritage

Erick Muñoz and Alma Fraire show students folklore dances during Park Creek's Hispanic Heritage Celebration.

Erick Muñoz and Alma Fraire show students folklore dances during Park Creek’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration.

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), the student body at Park Creek was treated to their own celebration.

The idea came from Park Creek teacher Alma Fraire with help from her 1st grade classroom.

“We were studying about ourselves at the beginning of the school year, and we realized that we had students from different countries- one Japanese, one Vietnamese, one Cuban, one Salvadorian, two Guatemalan, and 19 from various states in Mexico,” Fraire said. Continue reading

Roan Students Brave the Rain on Walk to School Day

On the morning of Roan Elementary’s Walk to School Day,

Roan assistant principal Charlie Tripp and Dalton Board of Education member Steve Laird walk

Roan assistant principal Charlie Tripp and Dalton Board of Education member Steve Laird walk students to school on Walk to School Day.

umbrellas were raised and rain boots were sloshing.

With storms covering the area during the morning hours, fewer students took part in the event—100-200 students usually walk, but this Walk to School had groups of students coming in with three or fewer walkers.

“If it wasn’t lightening or thundering, we were going to do it,” said Roan principal Cindy Parrott. “We usually have a great morning.”

Roan has been taking part in National Walk to School (part of the National Center for Safe Routes to School organization) for years and always has a good turnout of walkers.

There were five meeting points for the students—a driver took two adults to each point, and then the adults walked with the students to the Roan campus.

When the students who walked got inside the school, they received prizes such as stickers, pencils, and bracelets. Continue reading

Dalton Public Schools to Hold Annual Title I Meeting

Dalton Public Schools will hold its annual Title I meeting on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at 4 p.m. The meeting will be in the board conference room at the Central Office, 300 W. Waugh Street.  All parents of children in all Dalton Public Schools are invited. Attendees will learn about Title I and how it helps students. The district’s Title I plan, program components, final CLIP, Title I budget and Parent Involvement Policy will also be reviewed.

The Civil War Comes to Brookwood

Instead of simply ending a unit on the Civil War, the 5th grade teachers at Brookwood decided to make the war come to life.

The grade hosted a Civil War day that featured different stations depicting different areas of the war—students got to look at relics from the war, taste food from the era, practice dancing from the period, see clothing worn from the time period, and practice marching and standing at attention.

This is the second year that Brookwood has designed this special day for their students. Continue reading

Dalton Middle’s Cordell Cancer Free for Five Years

DMS's Adam "Wingo" Cordell found out he had cancer after a routine drug test in 2009. He has now been cancer free for five years.

DMS’s Adam “Wingo” Cordell found out he had cancer after a routine drug test in 2009. He has now been cancer free for five years.

In January 2009, Adam Cordell went in for a routine drug test during his sophomore year at Brevard College.

Cordell, who goes by his middle name of Wingo, played football at the college, and players were required to take the tests to ensure they were not using performance enhancing drugs. When the results came in, Cordell was shocked to learn that he had tested positive during the test. Since he was taking no drugs, Cordell didn’t know what was going on. Continue reading

Teen Maze Shows Students the Consequences of Choices

The realistic crash scene was the opening segment for the Teen Maze.

The realistic crash scene was the opening segment for the Teen Maze.

Screams floated above two cars that had crashed head on as one passenger lay dead and one waited on a stretcher to be transported to the ambulance and on to the hospital.

The crash, even though very realistic, was in fact a scene in one of the first sections of Teen Maze—a program that takes students on a journey to show how bad choices can lead to bad consequences.

“We want to give them info to think about choices and to know that choices have consequences,” said DPS school social worker Jackie Taylor. Continue reading