Dalton High Experiences HVAC Failure in Cafeteria

Dalton High students re-enter the food lines in the cafeteria/Commons area after it was reopened following an HVAC malfunction.

Dalton High students re-enter the food lines in the cafeteria/Commons area after it was reopened following an HVAC malfunction.

Students at Dalton High School were unable to use the main cafeteria today after an air handler in the HVAC system malfunctioned just after noon. Students were evacuated from the cafeteria and moved to alternative eating areas around the school to finish their lunch period that was extended about 45 minutes. All students were able to eat lunch and continued their regular schedule after lunch.

Steve Bartoo, principal at Dalton High, said he noticed the cafeteria felt a little stuffy and then a dense haze began to form at the top of the ceiling in the cafeteria. “At that point, we evacuated all the students out of the area and called our maintenance department who determined the HVAC system was leaking Freon,” Bartoo said.

District maintenance employees were in contact with the Dalton Fire Department and Poison Control to ensure students’ safety.

Freon is a stable, nonflammable, moderately toxic gas used as a refrigerant. The leak was immediately detected and action was taken to move people away from the area. No students or staff complained of any illness before, during or after the evacuation.

“Students in the cafeteria were directed to other areas to eat and all students were able to get lunch and go about their day,” Bartoo added. “Our students and staff adapted to the circumstances and continued their work.”

Large fans were placed in the cafeteria area to clear air to outside the building. The Commons and main cafeteria area will not be fully air conditioned while the HVAC system is undergoing repairs.


Martinez Speaks to DMS Sixth Graders

J.R. Martinez answers questions from DMS's Team C.

J.R. Martinez answers questions from DMS’s Team C.

Dalton Middle School’s 6th grade Team C was recently treated to a special visit after they finished reading a book in their literature classes.

The students read Wonder—a book by R.J. Palacio about a young man who was born with facial disfigurement.

“It made me sad, because everyone made fun of him,” 11-year-old Gracie Shaw said about the book. Continue reading

Morris Kicks Off Studio E in Unique Way

Morris Innovative freshman walk through a crime scene.

Morris Innovative High freshman walk through a crime scene.

On an August morning of the second week of school, Morris Innovative High school was turned into a crime scene.

The crime scene was not the result of an actual crime, but an induction project for the 27 freshmen coming into Morris’s Studio E.

Studio E is a new way to get students to learn. It’s more hands-on, and it makes students think outside of the classroom. Continue reading

Big Red READS Partners With First Presbyterian

Annelle Scott reads to Karyme Juarez and Bran Ribas.

Annelle Scott reads to Karyme Juarez and Bran Ribas.

This summer, if you visited Joan Lewis Park , it wouldn’t have been a surprise to find students sitting around the park with their noses buried in a book.

The students participated in a partnership with Dalton Public School’s Big Red READS and First Presbyterian Church.

The partnership began two years ago when First Presbyterian Church members—including Big Red READS coordinator Alice Ensley—wanted to help local students fight back against the summer slide when they are not in the classroom. Continue reading

Henderson Wins State Recognition

Jan Henderson was recognized at August's school board meeting for winning the LEA Award. Head Start's Teresa Millican hands Henderson flowers.

Jan Henderson was recognized at August’s school board meeting for winning the LEA Award by the Georgia Head Start Association. Head Start’s Teresa Millican presents Henderson with flowers.

At the August Board of Education meeting on Monday, DPS’s Jan Henderson was recognized for winning the Local Education Agency Award.

Henderson is the director of the Exceptional Student Services program and has partnered with Head Start to offer an inclusion classroom at Park Creek School.

The classroom combines typical developing students (9-10 per classroom) with special need students (7 per classroom). The classroom works on introducing the two groups of students to each other, and also gets special needs students used to a regular curriculum. Continue reading

CSI Camp Gets Freshman Ready for High School

Maria Camacho inspects blood stains in the CSI Camp crime scene.

Maria Camacho inspects blood stains in the CSI Camp crime scene.

Forty-eight upcoming Dalton High School freshmen got a head start on their classroom time this summer.

The students took part in a summer bridge program—CSI Camp—that ran the week before school started.

Teachers at Dalton Middle School chose students who they thought could benefit from the summer program at the high school, and invited them to participate in the program.
Dalton High School Assistant Principal Christina Siefert said it was the first year for the program and hopes it makes the transition to high school a bit easier for these students.

“One of the biggest problems is making those transitions,” said Siefert. “Many students do struggle in those transition years. They’re hard years. Hopefully this will make it a better, smoother transition.” Continue reading

DPS Students Have a Successful First Day of School

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

It’s a day to wear those new outfits. It’s a day where getting up early and eating breakfast becomes the new norm after a summer of sleeping late. It’s a day where students are photographed for the memory book. Classrooms and parking lots are filled. Laughter (and even some tears) is abundant throughout packed hallways.

It’s the first day of school.

August 7, 2014 marked the first day of classes for Dalton Public School students for the 2014-15 school year. Continue reading