Monthly Archives: February 2013

DHS Freshman Heading to Georgia All State Band

DHS Freshman, Jordyn Mader, was selected to perform with this year's Georgia All State Band in Savannah.

DHS Freshman, Jordyn Mader, was selected to perform with this year’s Georgia All State Band in Savannah.

After years of setting goals, working diligently and fine-tuning her skills as a musician, Dalton High School freshman Jordyn Mader has earned a position in Georgia’s All State Band.

Acceptance to the Georgia Music Educators Association’s All State Band is one of the highest honors a band student in Georgia can achieve.

Mader — who plays the trumpet — will gather with selected students from across the state this weekend (February 28 through March 2) in Savannah for an intensive few days of rehearsals led by conductors from around the country. On the final day of the event, the students will perform the music they were only sight-reading days before. Continue reading

Dalton Public Schools to Hold Kindergarten Registration

photo-1Dalton Public Schools will hold kindergarten registration for the 2013-14 school year on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 5-6,2013, from 8:00 am to 4:30 p.m. at the Whitfield County Health Department. Students who are turning 5 years old on or before September 1, 2013 are eligible to attend kindergarten.

Parents should bring the student’s birth certificate, social security card, Immunization Certificate (Georgia Form 3231), Eye, Ear and Dental exam form (Georgia form 3300), and proof of residence (utility bill or lease agreement). For more information, please call 706-876-4170 or visit our website at www.daltonpublicschools.com/enrollment-news.

Dalton High Recognized as AP Honors School in Four Categories

Dalton High School has been named to the list of 424 AP (Advanced Placement) Honors Schools in Georgia for 2013. Georgia School Superintendent John Barge released the list of Georgia schools receiving honors in his review of The College Board’s AP Report to the Nation. Dalton High was recognized in four of the five categories: AP Merit School, AP STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) School, AP STEM Achievement School, and AP Access and Support School.

“Dalton High is proud to be recognized as an AP Honors School,” said Debbie Freeman, principal of Dalton High School. “These honors are a direct reflection of the hard work and dedication of our staff and students to achieve academic excellence. Our teachers strive to provide a rigorous curriculum and continuously improve our academic program to meet the needs of our students. This recognition is validation that our students are achieving more at higher levels and are well prepared for continuing their education at the college level.”

Dalton High offers up to fifteen Advanced Placement programs. Last year, 41 percent of Dalton High’s students took at least one advanced studies class through either the IB or AP program, and the school gave almost 400 International Baccalaureate or AP exams.

“I want to congratulate the staff and students at Dalton High on being recognized in four categories as an AP Honors School,” said Dr. Jim Hawkins, superintendent of Dalton Public Schools. “These awards are evidence of the high quality academic program and the commitment to excellence at Dalton High.”

Dalton High was recognized in the following four categories:

  • AP Merit Schools: Schools with at least 20% of the student population taking AP exams and at least 50% of all AP exams earning scores of three (3) or higher
  • AP STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Schools: Schools with students testing in at least two (2) AP math courses and two (2) AP science courses (AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science)
  •  AP STEM Achievement Schools: Schools with students testing in at least 2 AP math courses and 2 AP science courses and at least 40% of the exam scores on AP math and AP science exams earning scores of three (3) or higher
  • AP Access and Support Schools: Schools with at least 30% of their AP exams taken by students who identified themselves as African- American and/or Hispanic and 30% of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher.

About Advanced Placement

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies—with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both—while still in high school. Through AP courses, each culminating in a rigorous exam, students learn to think critically, construct solid arguments and see many sides of an issue—skills that prepare them for college and beyond. Taking AP courses demonstrates to college admission officers that students have sought the most rigorous curriculum available to them, and research indicates that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree.

City Park School Partners with City of Refuge

Jennie Lopez serves soup and sandwiches at the City of Refuge Dalton.

Jennie Lopez serves soup and sandwiches at the City of Refuge Dalton.

Going on their second year of partnership, City Park School and City of Refuge Dalton continue to help feed the community’s hungry citizens.

City Park and Westwood both alternate each month and take turns preparing and serving free meals at the City of Refuge location on Bryant Avenue.

Jennie Lopez, an ELL (English Language Learners)  teacher at City Park, heard about the opportunity to contribute and helped spread the word at her school. When they realized how many of their own students would have families that would come in for the meal, the school was on board.

“Most of them are our kids,” Lopez said. “It also gives us a chance to meet the parents.” Continue reading

Dalton High Thespians Make Mark at 2013 Georgia Thespians Conference

The cast and crew of the Dalton High 2012 One-Act Competition Play "Pippin" performed for a sold-out audience of high school thespians at the Columbus State Proscenium Theatre as part of the 2013 Georgia Thespians Conference. The show was chosen from among more than 30 entries to perform at the conference, and DHS cast and crew members received a standing ovation from their peers for their performance.

The cast and crew of the Dalton High 2012 One-Act Competition Play “Pippin” performed for a sold-out audience of high school thespians at the Columbus State Proscenium Theatre as part of the 2013 Georgia Thespians Conference. The show was chosen from among more than 30 entries to perform at the conference, and DHS cast and crew members received a standing ovation from their peers for their performance.

On Sunday morning, February 10, Dalton High School Drama Director Wes Phinney was tired but proud. That’s because he and 40 DHS Drama students or “Thespians” had just returned from a highly successful three-day 2013 Georgia Thespians Conference in Columbus. Georgia Thespians is a chapter of the Educational Theatre Association, which sponsors the International Thespian Society. Through the Association, Thespian troupes are chartered in public and private schools throughout the country. A student can be inducted into a local Thespian troupe after earning 10 points (the equivalent of 100 hours working in school, community, and/or professional theater both on and behind the stage). Georgia Thespians has troupes all across Georgia, and each year, members of these troupes come together for three days of high school theatrical productions, performances, and workshops, as well as the opportunity to audition for scholarship monies and for representatives of theatre arts programs from colleges across the south. This year, nearly 4000 Georgia Thespians representing more than 150 schools attended the Conference in Columbus.

“Dalton High School has been a member of the International Thespian Society since 1974,” says DHS Drama Director Wes Phinney, “And members of our Thespian Troupe (Troupe 1702) have been attending the Georgia Thespians Conference for many years now.” But while DHS Thespians have had success at the Conference in years past, Phinney believes this year was exceptional in terms of DHS student involvement and achievement. Continue reading

Park Creek Students Get Taste of Different Art Form

Katie Boliver and Billy Light show Park Creek 5th graders how to print t-shirts.

Katie Boliver and Billy Light show Park Creek 5th graders how to print t-shirts.

Park Creek 4th and 5th graders are soon going to have new special shirts hanging in their closets—a shirt they designed themselves.

Art teacher Katie Boliver came up with the idea to introduce her students to new forms of art.

“It gets the kids exposed to art,” Boliver said. “They usually focus on coloring and paint, but with this they get to see a new branch of art.”

The students got to draw their own designs—everything had to be school appropriate— that will go on their shirts. To accomplish the process, the students colored in a piece of Styrofoam with a black marker. They then craved their designs into the Styrofoam.

When it comes time to print the shirts, they will spread the ink over their design, place it down on their shirts, and put pressure on it until the design is transferred. The shirt will take a few hours to dry, and when the students return to Boliver’s class, they will be able to take home their own creation.

To get the students introduced to printing shirts, Boliver had her former college classmate and printer Billy Light to come speak to them.

“I always fell back to print,” Light said. “It’s an easy way to get your voice heard.”

Students got to watch Light and Boliver print Park Creek Cheetah shirts, and some students also got a chance to practice before it comes time to print their own shirt.

The designs on the Styrofoam pieces are ready to go.

The designs on the Styrofoam pieces are ready to go.

By Lindsey Derrick, Dalton Public Schools Contributor

Two Dalton High Seniors Receive Horatio Alger Scholarship

Dalton High senior Noel Salaices is one of 106 recipients of the Horatio Alger Scholarship.

Dalton High senior Noel Salaices is one of 106 recipients of the Horatio Alger Scholarship and received $20,000 towards his college education.

Rafe Uscanga

Senior Rafe Uscanga won $5,000 from the Horatio Alger Scholarship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noel  Salaices didn’t expect to win a scholarship. After receiving news that he lost out on two scholarships that he had applied for, he assumed he would hear the same result from the third. But for the 18-year-old Dalton High senior, the third time was truly the charm.

On Jan. 4, Salaices was informed that he was a national recipient of the Horatio Alger Scholarship and will receive $20,000 towards his college education. For Salaices, the date on which he heard about the news was rather odd—it was the two-year anniversary that marked the death of his mentor, Dalton High teacher Demera Robinson.

When Salaices entered high school, he didn’t know what he was going to do with those four years, but Robinson helped steer him onto his path. “She helped me see my potential,” Salaices said. “She was the reason I took AP classes.”

Salaices said when he received the scholarship on that day, he saw it as a bittersweet message. Continue reading