Dalton High Ranked as Best High School for 5th Year by US News

Dalton High School has been recognized for the fifth year by U S News and World Report as a Best High School. Released today, the ranking gives Dalton High a silver medal and places the school as the 40th best high school in Georgia according to the annual U.S. News & World Report study.

Dalton High continued to be the highest ranked high school northwest of metro Atlanta and the only school locally to make the top 50. Continue reading

Morris Class Constructs Planetarium

Shown with Mrs Lindsay Bearden (left) are students who worked on the planetarium including Jesus Becerra, Miguel Jacobo, Chandler Bunch, Lizeth Pimentel, Guatalupe Sanchez, Leonardo Chicas, Jonathan Espinoza. Not pictured are Markeece Suggs, Jonathan Griggs, Patricia Garcia, Kennedy Leonard, and Moises Martinez.

Shown with Mrs Lindsay Bearden (left) are students who worked on the planetarium including Jesus Becerra, Miguel Jacobo, Chandler Bunch, Lizeth Pimentel, Guatalupe Sanchez, Leonardo Chicas, Jonathan Espinoza. Not pictured are Markeece Suggs, Jonathan Griggs, Patricia Garcia, Kennedy Leonard, and Moises Martinez.

Lindsay Bearden’s senior astronomy class at Morris Innovative High School took on a project of huge proportions—the class constructed a planetarium.

Bearden had shown this project once before at a workshop for the Georgia Science Teachers Association, so she decided to bring it out for her students to try.

“I had it in my back pocket, and they were super excited when I suggested it,” Bearden said.

The class began work on the project in January and it took a week to construct.

Holes were punched in the top of the planetarium to represent stars, and the constellations were represented by a silver marker and labels.

“They had to figure out the location of the stars, and then put it in the planetarium,” said Bearden.

Students Lizeth Pimentel and Chandler Bunch, both 17, said when they first heard they were making a planetarium, they were excited but nervous that it would be a difficult task to complete.

“It was unexpected, and we were excited,” Bunch said. “I really didn’t know if the outcome would be right. It was hard at first.”

“It was difficult because I didn’t know anything about constellations,” Pimentel said of the starting the project.

Once the planetarium was complete, it measured 20×25 feet and was 7-8 feet tall.

But the construction was just the beginning—the students had to learn about the constellations and memorize their location and their history.

Bearden’s class showed off their finished work at Morris’s Presentation of Learning. When people came by to view the planetarium, the students would describe about their assigned constellation.

Later this month, Bearden and her students are going to take the planetarium around to local schools and will be featured at the Business Expo sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.

The first stop will be a show at Christian Heritage for the K-5 grades, and then hopefully DPS elementary schools.

The class has also been invited to show off the planetarium at a Chamber of Commerce expo at the Trade center on May 1.

“This is so great for the kids,” Bearden said about getting recognition for their hard work. “They are beside themselves because people are excited about what they did.”

“I’m really proud,” Bunch said of the successful outcome and being recognized for it. “It’s an honor.”

“It’s exciting that more people get to see what we’ve done,” Pimentel said.

Bearden said she began the planetarium to show others what they could do.

“I wanted to apply what we learn and then share with others.”

With the word spreading about the success of the planetarium, Bearden and her class have done just that.

By Lindsey Derrick, Dalton Public Schools Contributor

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DHS Band Enjoys Successful Parade Performance, Visit to Nation’s Capital and Sites

 The Dalton High School Catamount Marching Band poses on the National Mall with the Washington Monument in the background before participating in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.


The Dalton High School Catamount Marching Band poses on the National Mall with the Washington Monument in the background before participating in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.

The Dalton High School Catamount Marching Band took a spring trip to Washington, DC to march in the the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on Saturday, April 12. The band performed before many thousands of spectators as it marched down Constitution Avenue just off the National Mall. The parade was a culminating event of the three-week National Cherry Blossom Festival in the nation’s Capital.

“This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to march in Washington, D.C., was an experience I’ll never forget,” said Emily Poplin. “I could not have asked for a better or more memorable way to end my senior year as drum major.”

The DHS Catamount Marching Band took 93 members on the tour under the direction of Mr. Henry with the support of 14 parent chaperones. Students left Continue reading

Dalton Teams Compete in Regional Odyssey of the Mind

The C3 team, "Seeing is Believing," included from left to right, J. P. Clark – BW, Maryellen Hagberg – WW, Noah Gallman – BW, Julia Tucker – BW, Mincey Jones – BW, Savannah Patino – BW, and Jose Collazo – BW.

The C3 team, “Seeing is Believing,” included from left to right, J. P. Clark – BW, Maryellen Hagberg – WW, Noah Gallman – BW, Julia Tucker – BW, Mincey Jones – BW, Savannah Patino – BW, and Jose Collazo – BW.

Since 1989, Dalton Public Schools has been involved in Odyssey of the Mind—a K-12 competition where students think about a given problem and solve it through creative means. This year, three teams from Westwood and 14 teams from C3 competed in the local competition to see which teams would move on to region. Continue reading

Burt Competes in State Level of Geography Bee

Austin Burt shows off his certificate from the state level of the National Geography Bee.

Austin Burt shows off his certificate from the state level of the National Geography Bee. Photo contributed by Amanda Burt

In January, Dalton Middle School held a school-wide version of the National Geography Bee. Anyone in the school could compete in the bee.

By the time the competition was over, 12-year-old Austin Burt had been crowned the champion.

“I’m pretty good,” Burt, who is in the 6th grade, said of his knowledge of geography, “but there’s a lot of luck involved.” Continue reading

Mejia Places Third in State Oratorical Contest

Nathan Dawson's Morris debate team has seen success this year. One of the team's members, Dedarah Mejia placed third in the State Oratorical Contest.

Nathan Dawson’s Morris Innovative High debate team has seen success this year. One of the team’s members, Dedarah Mejia, placed third in the State Oratorical Contest.

Years ago, Dedarah Mejia was too shy to even speak up in Nathan Dawson’s class at Morris Innovative High School.

Now the 17-year-old senior is placing in state competitions for her speaking skills.

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DHS Students Get Moving With Power up for 30

Dalton High students dance for 30 minutes as part of Power up for 30.

Dalton High students dance for 30 minutes as part of Power Up for 30.

In March, Dalton High School began a six-week program called Power Up for 30.

Power Up for 30 is a program by Georgia Shape to get students moving for at least 30 minutes per day and help them focus on health and wellness.

Last year, DHS submitted an application to receive a grant from Georgia Shape and got it.

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