Monthly Archives: January 2013

Dalton High Offers Variety of Career Pathways

Jesus Torres, Marvin Beecher, Nicholas Nelson, Stephanie Montoya and Andrea Garcia inspect a robot during their eningeering class.

Jesus Torres, Marvin Beecher, Nicholas Nelson, Stephanie Montoya and Andrea Garcia inspect a robot during their engineering class.

After graduating high school, the possibilities and potential for a career seem endless.

The faculty and staff at Dalton High are making sure that whatever path students decide to take, they will be prepared and ready to succeed. To help students adapt to life after graduation, Dalton offers many classes not normally offered in the typical high school.

JROTC members have their own target practice area.

JROTC members have their own target practice area.

Culinary arts, early childhood education, industrial technologies, engineering, graphic design and teaching as a profession are some of the courses that are offered to prepare students for their future career. Continue reading

Blue Ridge Team Wins Stock Market Game

Teresa Hildreth holds up the notification letter congratulating one of her 4th grade teams as the official Dalton City regional winner of the fall 2012 Georgia Stock Market Game Program. The winning team members include Jacqueline Camacho, Katie Santiago, Jaqueline Yanez, Jenniya Jones and Melanie Canchola.

Teresa Hildreth holds up the notification letter congratulating one of her 4th grade teams as the official Dalton City regional winner of the fall 2012 Georgia Stock Market Game Program. The winning team members include Jacqueline Camacho, Katie Santiago, Jaqueline Yanez, Jenniya Jones and Melanie Canchola. Photo by Janie Coleman

For many people, economics and money management is not a riveting subject. But with help from the Stock Market Game, students all across Georgia dove in with interest.

The Stock Market Game is a 10-week long process that takes place both in the fall and spring in which elementary through high school aged students take part in a competition within the stock market to see who comes out with the most money at the end.

By the time the fall competition had ended, a Blue Ridge School team had come out as Dalton regional winners. Continue reading

Bowtie Brand Finds Success

Robert Hardaway and Cole Calfee are two of the founders of Bowtie Brand.

Robert Hardaway and Cole Calfee are two of the minds behind the successful Bowtie Brand.

In the summer of 2011, four upcoming juniors came up with an idea to make a little spare money.

Instead of letting the idea go, Cole Calfee, Robert Hardaway, now both seniors at Dalton High, Cole Townsend, now a senior at Christian Heritage, and Sam Wilson, a senior at Morris Innovative High, pursued the idea and made it reality. The end result was Bowtie Brand.

“We were broke,” Calfee said. “It was a group a friends thinking of ideas to make money, and we made the decision to actually do it.”

“Few actually go through with the ideas,” Hardaway said. “That’s the difference Continue reading

Dalton High’s Jackson Named Golden Apple Recipient

Sgt. Jackson reviews material on leadership for an upcoming test during one of his JROTC classes.

Sgt. Jackson reviews material on leadership for an upcoming test during one of his JROTC classes.

1st Sergeant Eugene Jackson, instructor with the JROTC program at Dalton High School, has been recognized by WDEF News 12 television and Bi-Lo as a Golden Apple Award recipient. Sgt. Jackson was nominated by his student, Krista Meador.

Meador, is a junior at Dalton High, nominated Jackson because he is a big influence in her life. “I don’t see him as a teacher but a guide who has helped me a lot,” Meador said. “He’s an amazing teacher.” She adds that Jackson has helped her think about her future and that she hopes to pursue a career in the Georgia National Guard.

“I’m not a person who likes accolades,” Jackson said when presented with the award. “I’m more a behind-the-scenes guy. But I’m thankful, and it’s a blessing to be recognized. I want to be an example for my students and my own children as well.” Continue reading

Blue Ridge Holds Health Fair

Blue Ridge students participate in Cosmic Yoga.

Blue Ridge students participate in Cosmic Yoga.

With the increasing obesity rate in America, Blue Ridge School did its part to combat the epidemic and promote a healthy lifestyle by hosting its first health fair.

Sponsored by the school’s Design Wellness Team, the fair had stations set up around campus and at the Gaston Community Center for students to visit and learn about how to live a healthier, safer life.

Kindergarten teacher Amanda Duncan said the fair taught students about nutrition, making better food choices, how to stay fit, how much sugar is in drinks, and ways to exercise at home. Continue reading

Park Creek Makes Snowflakes for Sandy Hook

Ms. Teresa Smith's fifth grade class- many wearing Sandy Hook's colors of green and white- hold up their snowflakes that will soon adorn the halls at Park Creek.

Ms. Teresa Smith’s fifth grade class – many wearing Sandy Hook’s colors of green and white – hold up their snowflakes that will soon adorn the halls at Park Creek.

As the students and staff of Sandy Hook Elementary School returned to class, the halls of their temporary school in Monroe, CT, were adorned with snowflakes made by people all across the world.

Fearing that the students would be greeted by only bare, empty walls at the strange new school, the Connecticut PTSA started the project “Snowflakes for Sandy Hook.” The goal was to make the school look like a Winter Wonderland.

Park Creek School students and staff wanted to join in the effort and show their support. Continue reading

Park Creek Students Perform Nutcracker

Park Creek music students celebrate the end of their Nutcracker performance.

Park Creek music students celebrate the end of their Nutcracker performance.

Wendy Norfleet wanted to do something big.

In her fourth year at Park Creek School, the music teacher decided to take on a big task—to put on a performance of the Nutcracker.

“I’ve always wanted to do it,” Norfleet said of the undertaking. “It’s my favorite Christmas story.”

Her 83 students—all 4th and 5th graders— practiced perfecting the musical since October. Continue reading