Summer Transition Program Prepares Students for Pre-K

The Summer Transistion Program's class: Bottom row left to right- Jesus Villagomez, Joanna Sanchez, Nancy Tecum, Yazmin Vara, Carlos Martinez-Bautista, Victor Ramirez, Yovany Sanchez   Top Row- Left to Right- Karen Urias, Danna Barron, Fernanda Ayala, Leesly Hernandez, Macximiliano Zavala, Jahir Miranda- Alvarez, Kristan Aguilar

The Pre-K Summer Transition Program’s class: Bottom row left to right- Jesus Villagomez, Joanna Sanchez, Nancy Tecum, Yazmin Vara, Carlos Martinez-Bautista, Victor Ramirez, Yovany Sanchez
Top Row- Left to Right- Karen Urias, Danna Barron, Fernanda Ayala, Leesly Hernandez, Macximiliano Zavala, Jahir Miranda- Alvarez, Kristan Aguilar

While most Blue Ridge students are out of school for the summer, there are 14 upcoming pre-K students who are currently getting used to walking their future school’s halls.

Blue Ridge has previously done a summer transition program where upcoming kindergarten students take part in the classes, but this is the first year for the younger group to have a turn.

The program is funded by Georgia’s Bright from the Start and runs June 5-July 16. The students in the class range from three to four years old and target ELL children. Continue reading

Technology Becomes Essential Classroom Tool

Nicolas Lama works on a digital story on his notebook.

Nicolas Lama works on a digital story on his notebook.

If you were to go into classrooms around Dalton Public Schools, there is a good chance you may see students using any number of devices including laptops, smartphones, tablets and more.

But these students are not texting or updating their Facebook status.

They are working on class assignments both individually and in groups. Continue reading

Blue Ridge Health Fair Gets Students Up and Moving

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The Blue Ridge student body took part in their annual Health Fair at the Mack Gaston Community Center.

Students visited different stations and took part in physical activities and listened to ways to make their lives healthier.

Many business and representatives attended the Health Fair including the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Department, the Dalton Police Department, Dalton Continue reading

Manis, Brookwood Students Work in Wetlands

Brookwood students Joy Verhoeff and Varun Narra set a turtle trap.

Brookwood students Joy Verhoeff and Varun Narra set a turtle trap.

Brookwood School students love active learning! Because the school is located so close to Lakeshore Park, it allows the students to have the opportunity for rich place-based scientific experiences and the integration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) into all areas of the curriculum giving students unique hands-on experiences that make learning more meaningful.

Dr. Celeste Martin, principal at Brookwood, invited Dalton Middle School 7th grade science teacher Chris Manis, who also teaches part-time at Dalton State College, to work with Brookwood teachers and students on hands-on learning in science using the resources available at Lakeshore Park.

“The best professional development that has lasting impacts on student learning for us are those experiences that organically bubble, are directly related to specific needs and interests of our teachers, and provided by other teachers whose expertise we value,” said Martin. “This was exactly what happened when Chris Manis was willing to devote time with our interested teachers about how to create a meaningful science experience at Lakeshore.”

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Dual Enrollment Helps Students Get Ahead

Ashley Yarbrough spent her senior year at the Dalton State Campus.

Ashley Yarbrough spent her senior year at the Dalton State Campus.

Jonathan Griggs split his time between Morris and GNTC.

Jonathan Griggs split his time between Morris and GNTC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High school can be a big thing to handle sometimes—with tests, projects, extracurricular activities and more, it’s a hectic time.

But for 32 Dalton Public Schools students, they wanted more. So they all decided to dual enroll at nearby colleges—most students were enrolled at their high school and then either at Dalton State College or Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

Nineteen-year-old recent Morris graduate Jonathan Griggs attended both MIHS and Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

“I wanted to get ahead in college, and it was free” said Griggs. “I couldn’t resist that.”

Griggs spent his mornings at MIHS, and then he would attend GNTC in the afternoons.

He took two classes at the college—a World History class and Intro to Computers. Continue reading

EagleEyes Helps Students Communicate

Brisa Albarran uses the EagleEyes technology.

Brisa Albarran uses the EagleEyes technology.

The innovative EagleEyes technology has found its way to Park Creek School.

The technology, developed by Boston College, allows disabled students who cannot speak to communicate.

Electrodes are placed on the student’s head and EagleEyes recognizes where the student is looking on the computer screen.

The technology came to the school in February, and students K-5 have been using it ever since.

Exceptional Student Services teacher Becky Viney said it’s amazing to watch these students use EagleEyes.

“It’s fun to watch them do it,” Viney she said of the students who use the technology. “Some of these kids don’t respond to voices, so it’s something we didn’t think they could do.” Continue reading

Hawkins Receives GSSA President’s Award

Larry Harmon presents DPS superintendent Dr. Jim Hawkins his prize for winning the President's Award.

RESA Executive Director Larry Harmon presents DPS superintendent Dr. Jim Hawkins with the GSSA President’s Award.

Dr. Jim Hawkins is one of seven superintendents in the state of Georgia who is being recognized for his excellence.

Hawkins was honored during June’s Dalton Board of Education meeting for the accomplishment.

There are 181 superintendents in the state of Georgia, and every RESA (Regional Educational Service Agency) representative nominates a candidate from their region. Continue reading