Monthly Archives: December 2012

Brookwood Students Earn Money to Buy Gifts For Loved Ones

Tiffany Thompson's class wrap their personalized presents.

Tiffany Thompson’s class wrap their personalized presents.

For the students in Tiffany Thompson’s 4th grade class at Brookwood, there was be something unique about some gifts under the tree this year—presents that they picked out, paid for, and wrapped themselves.

Thompson started this activity with her class five years ago, and she’s kept it going.

Around Halloween, Thompson showed her students a list of items they could buy—all of the gifts were from the Wal-Mart photo department and came with the student’s photo on the item. The students could either bring in a photo or have Thompson take one. Continue reading

Park Creek Family Night Brings Everyone Together

Daniel and Andrea Esparza sit on Santa's lap at Park Creeks Family Night.

Daniel and Andrea Esparza sit on Santa’s lap during Park Creek’s Family Night.

Park Creek School held its fourth annual Family Night recently with a holiday theme.

Media Specialist and Family Night coordinator Pennie Lawson said it was an excellent, welcoming atmosphere for parent/teacher interaction.

“We have so many non-English speakers, and it’s a good way to interact without worrying about language barriers,” Lawson said.

Pre-K performs Christmas carols at the opening of Family Night.

Pre-K performs Christmas carols at the opening of Family Night.

The night was dedicated to Christmas and activities going along with the holiday. The night began with prekindergarten students singing Christmas carols, and Continue reading

Challenge Gives Back with Pajama Program

Lily Rehberg and Will Stocks sort through donated pajama that will be given out to Dalton citizens in need.

Lily Rehberg and Will Stocks sort through donated pajamas that will be given out to Dalton citizens in need.

Thanks to the Dalton Public School’s Challenge Program, many Dalton residents will have new warm pajamas to sleep in during these cold winter nights.

This is the second year that Challenge has participated in the national Pajama Program, and they collected 219 pairs of pajamas to be sent off to needy children and adults—Dalton Middle itself donated over 100 pairs.

Not only do the recipients receive the pajamas, they are also given an age appropriate Scholastic book. Continue reading

Roan Students Want to Help Homeless

Shown at the check presentation are from left to right, Sally Little, Box Top coordinator for Roan School; fourth grade students Natalia Medina and Berenise Deanda; Assistant Principal Charlie Tripp; and City of Refuge Director Pam Cudd.

Shown at the check presentation are from left to right, Sally Little, Box Top coordinator for Roan School; fourth grade students Natalia Medina and Berenise Deanda; Assistant Principal Charlie Tripp; and City of Refuge Director Pam Cudd.

Sally Little, teacher and box top coordinator at Roan School, recently involved the students in choosing how to spend the money they had earned from collecting box tops this year. Students wrote ideas and placed them in a box at the school. There were many good ideas for items to be purchased for school use, but the idea that won was from two fourth grade students who suggested that the school give the money to the homeless people. Fourth graders Berenise Deanda and Natalia Medina  came up with the idea and recently presented the school’s check for $500.00  to Pam Cudd, director of City of Refuge. She will use that money to help those who are in need this holiday season.

 

Academy Sports Rewards City Park Students

Academy Sports recently presented thirty bicycles and helmets to students that excelled with "Cattitude."

Academy Sports recently presented thirty bicycles and helmets to students that excelled with “Cattitude.”

Thirty lucky City Park students will have another new present to be thankful for during this Christmas season.

Sixteen boys and fourteen girls—all grades 3-5— were recently the recipients of bicycles and helmets courtesy of Academy Sports.

To earn a chance at the bikes, the children had to excel at “Cattitude.”

“Cattitude is showing respect, taking responsibility, coming to class prepared, and treating others well,” said City Park Principal Rick Little. Continue reading

Dalton Joins Nation in Grieving Newtown Tragedy

Today Dalton Public Schools community joins the nation in grieving with the families and staff of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. The tragedy has created mixed emotions of grief, fear, and anxiety for everyone.

The Dalton Police Department has increased patrols around our schools today which will continue through the remainder of the school year. The school district maintains a close partnership with the Dalton police and fire departments to prepare for emergencies. All schools have school safety plans to handle emergency situations, and regularly practice safety procedures with students and staff through discussions and emergency exercises. While no amount of planning can guarantee that a tragedy such as this will not occur, we are doing everything we know how to keep students and staff safe while at school. Continue reading

Morris Students Help Break Language Barrier

Diego Fraire helps translate a parent teacher conference with Ms. Teresa Smith at Park Creek Elementary. Photo contributed by Paige Watts.

Diego Fraire helps translate a parent teacher conference with Ms. Teresa Smith at Park Creek School. (Photo contributed by Paige Watts)

With large populations of both English and Spanish speakers, the language barrier in Dalton is sometimes a difficult thing to break. Students at Morris Innovative High School are assisting with bridging the communication gap within Dalton Public Schools by using translation skills beyond their own school.

Thirty students at MIHS have been working as translators within the community during parent teacher conferences, events such as health fairs, and even at Mohawk Industries. Starting in January, the students will start helping out at Hamilton Medical Center.

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