Monthly Archives: September 2012

Blue Ridge School Holds Career Day

Lowe’s employee Carletta Anderson paints the hand of Pre-K student Evelyn Perez so she can put her imprint on a ceramic tile to commemorate Career Day.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Students at Blue Ridge School got an opportunity to hear from local experts from a variety of local organizations during their Career Day. Volunteers from more than 20 local businesses and governmental agencies shared information about their jobs and then answered questions from students.

Connie Blaylock, juvenile court judge, said she talked about the different careers involved in the areas of probation, clerk of court, administration and law enforcement.  “I enjoy sharing with the students about the court system,” Blaylock said. “I was thrilled to be asked to participate.”

Other governmental representatives who participated included Dalton Mayor David Pennington and Travis Loudermilk, who works for Congressman Tom Graves. The students enjoyed hearing professionals from local public service Continue reading

Dalton High Sees Increase in College Placement Exam Scores

Dalton High School students increased their school’s average scores on college entrance exams for 2012, while increasing the total number of students taking the exams. The average SAT score for Dalton High students was 1465 up from 1427 in 2011. The same number of students, 153, took the SAT in both 2011 and 2012. Dalton High’s average score was 13 points above the state average of 1452.

Dalton High’s average ACT score was 20.2, up from the 2011 average ACT score of 19.8. This year 130 students took the test as compared to 125 in 2011. The state average for the ACT was 20.7.

Typically scores decline as the number of students taking the test increase but that wasn’t true at Dalton High. “We are very proud to see more of our students taking the college entrance exams and increasing their score,” said Debbie Freeman, principal at Dalton High School. “This is a direct reflection of the rigorous work our students and teachers are doing on a daily basis. While this is a high stakes exam which occurs in high school, it’s a direct reflection of our district’s work and the high expectations we have for students.”

Morris Innovative High School does not have average scores for college entrance exams since they only received their school code from the College Board in the middle of the school year in 2011-2012. Morris Innovative High will receive their first school report on college entrance exam scores in 2013.

ABC Letter Grades Replaced by Standards Based Report Cards

Alice Ensley and Rhonda Hayes look over the rubrics for the Standards Based Report Cards.

As, Bs and other letter grades are history for elementary students in Dalton Public Schools.

As of this year, academic progress for all Dalton elementary school students is presented on the Standards Based Report Cards system.

Numerical and letter grades are being replaced by the grading system of 1, 2 or 3. A 1 means a child has not reached the standard, 2 means he is progressing towards the standard, and 3 represents that she has mastered the standard.

Six years ago, this reporting method began in kindergarten. It was Continue reading

Brookwood Celebrates Constitution Week

Kathryn Sellers speaks to fifth graders at Brookwood Elementary on Thursday, September 20.

In honor of Constitution Day on September 17, Brookwood School declared the week of the September 17-21 as Constitution Week.

As part of the observance, Dalton resident Kathryn Sellers came to speak to the Brookwood fifth graders about the United States Constitution.

Sellers, who is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society, came dressed in period attire from the 1700s.

“I’m talking about how the Constitution was made,” Sellers said of her presentation, “what it means, how it was developed, and really what it means to us.”

The DAR sends members to local schools every year at this time to speak to the students about the history of the Constitution and how it help start the United States of America.

Sellers discusses how the government is divided.

Sellers asks a question of the kids in the audience.

Students recite the Preamble to the Constitution.

By Lindsey Derrick, Dalton Public Schools Contributor

Three Dalton High Students Qualify for Thespians Conference

Katelynn Brock, Ben Southerland and Emma Phinney will head to the Georgia Thespians Conference in Columbus, GA in February.

Three Dalton High School students made the trip to Northside High School in Warner Robbins on Sept. 15 to audition for the Opening Number of the Georgia Thespians Conference. The trip was well worth it as they all got the nod to travel to Columbus, GA, on Feb. 7-9, 2013, to attend the conference.

Earning the honors were Katelynn Brock; a senior; Ben Southerland, a junior;  and Emma Phinney, a junior.

Dalton drama teacher Wes Phinney said it is a huge accomplishment to have three representatives from one school. Dalton has had a Continue reading

Pre-K Helps Students Excel

Elizabeth Munoz sings along to a song during music class at Roan School.

Preschool is a time for kids to prepare for kindergarten. It’s a time to get a taste of what school will be like for a child in the near future.

Each elementary school in Dalton Public Schools has prekindergarten classrooms—all schools have two classes except for Park Creek School and Blue Ridge School which have three classes each. Every class has 22 students with both a teacher and a paraprofessional.

To enroll in Pre-K, children must be 4-years-old on or before Sept. 1 of Continue reading

Park Creek Students Remember 9-11

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It was a bright, crisp morning reminiscent of the same day 11 years ago as the Park Creek School students lined up around the flagpole in front of the school to remember 9-11.  It’s become a tradition for the school to commemorate the anniversary of the terrorist attacks so that the students and staff never forget the day that so many innocent lives were lost. The ceremony began with a flag-raising ceremony and a brief reading detailing the events of 9-11 by Park Creek fifth grade students. The students then sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Principal Phil Jones said that part of our vision is to create schools where Continue reading