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11800504_888001141265618_9006027121746929538_nThe Communications Department, school webmasters and media specialists have been working hard to roll out a new website and it’s officially live!

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Martineaux to Lead Blue Ridge School

martineauxDr. Alan Martineaux has been named the new principal of Blue Ridge School. The Dalton Board of Education approved the appointment its regular September meeting. He has been the assistant principal at the school and follows Dr. Lisa Goode who is moving to the central office to join the content and engagement team as a director of school support. Continue reading

DMS Hosts Race Relations, Community Issues Panel Discussion

DMSSuitsOpeningAfter Dalton Middle School eighth graders studied the “Freedom Writers Diary,” a collection of diary entries written by students from Long Beach, CA, the students engaged in classroom discussions about issues in their neighborhoods, schools and community. The questions—tough, but insightful—inspired the literacy teachers to invite a diverse group of community leaders to participate in a healthy conversation about sensitive issues, such as race, the media and how to overcome stereotypes.

“As literacy teachers, we agreed that it was of the utmost importance for our students to see adults of different races, nationalities, ethnicities and backgrounds sit down together and put forth a unified message of not only tolerance, but also of respect and acceptance of each other’s differences,” said Judy Card, literacy teacher at DMS.

The panel grunermembers were Hammad Al-Ameen, Dalton Islamic Center representative; Steve Card, Dalton Parks and Recreation director; America Gruner, CLILA president; Dr. Jim Hawkins, Dalton Public Schools superintendent; Robin Lindsey, First United Methodist Church senior pastor; Jason Parker, Dalton Police Department chief of police; Rev. Erma Raymond, Concerned Clergy representative; Antoine Simmons, NAACP president; and Gretrell Watkins, Prison Prevention Ministries manager.

“I think our DMS students are much more enlightened about the local issues we are facing after the studying the book and the panel,” said Card. “They now understand that adults who are in leadership roles care what students think about and worry about.”

Randy Bueso, who had the opportunity to ask the panel a question about processing and responding to negative images in the media, was struck by a comment Al-Ameen made about his generation’s future.

“Hammad said the world is not going to change from one day to another, but from all of us contributing, it could change,” said Bueso. “The world can change for the better. It inspired me. I want to start groups in the community.”
DMSStudentquestion[1] (1)The students weren’t the only ones leaving the panel inspired.

“Sometimes as adults, we don’t do very well setting the best examples in public debate,” Parker said during the discussion. “But in a situation like this, we are sitting, listening and learning. I’m learning from my colleagues that are here.”

Nathan Tousignant presented the final question, asking panel members how they thought the students in the room could “shine a positive light in the community.”

“The light is being turned on with what we are doing right now,” said Watkins. “You’re here to discuss these issues. We believe in you and that’s why we are here. We are all in this together and we need you.”

For Zoe Dales, Watkins’ answer was the highlight of the panel, leaving her confident and giving her affirmation that she can tackle tough issues even at a young age.

“When Mr. Watkins told us we were the future of our community, I thought that was awesome,” said Dales. “It made me feel like kids our age can make a difference. We are all different and can create a good outcome.”

Westwood School Receives Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant

WW Garden 1Many schools across the district are adopting the garden-to-cafeteria mentality, while supplying an outdoor classroom for students to learn about agriculture and science. Westwood School will now be added to the list after the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation awarded the $5,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant to the school. Continue reading

DHS Teacher Dr. Sarida Hoy Receives Tom Jones Educator of the Year Award

Tom Jones 6The Dalton Education Foundation president, Mike Maret, presented the 29th annual Tom Jones Educator of the Year award to Dr. Sarida Hoy during halftime of the first Dalton High School football game. Continue reading

Brookwood School Named Finalist for STEM Education Awards

1st day 70For the third year in a row, the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) named Brookwood School a finalist in the 2015 Georgia Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education Awards. This year, Brookwood is a finalist in the STEM Certified School Outreach category. Continue reading

Little, City Park, First United Methodist Church Receives Honors

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Dr. Rick Little may have retired in May, but he and his former school, City Park, are still winning awards. The Georgia Association of School Principals presented Little with the 2015 Georgia Distinguished Service Award and the Jim Puckett Outstanding Educator Award. City Park received the 2015 School Bell Award for its “Pay it Forward” program. The Dalton Public Schools Board of Education recognized the recipients during the August Regular Meeting. Continue reading