Monthly Archives: March 2013

Morris Percussion Class Stocked With Advanced Music Technology

Stundets in Andrew Marsh's percussion class at Morris Innovative can create their own music on their new equipment.

Students in Andrew Marsh’s percussion class at Morris Innovative High can create their own music on new equipment.

During the first nine weeks of Andrew Marsh’s percussion class at Morris Innovative High School, the class was so short on supplies that students had to sit on the floor.

Marsh came to Morris and began the unique class in October. He also provides instruction for the band program drum lines at Dalton High School, Heritage Middle and Heritage High in Catoosa County, and also instructs his own Re-Percussion Drum School in Chattanooga. The total hours Marsh spends per day teaching adds up to around 12, so he did not take the job at Morris because he simply needed employment.

“I couldn’t turn down the offer,” Marsh said. “It sounded too cool.” Continue reading

Two Dalton High Students Place Third at State Literary Competition

Abraham Ocana and Suzie Martinez both placed first at the region 7-4A literary competition and third in the state.

Abraham Ocana and Suzie Martinez both placed first at the region 7-4A literary competition and third in the state.

Even though it was their first year competing in literary competitions, Dalton High students Abraham Ocana and Suzie Martinez found success.

Martinez, a 17-year-old junior, and Ocana, a 18-year-old senior, both placed first at the region 7-4A region meet and went on to place third at the state level.

The region meet was held at Dalton State on March 8, and the state level was held  in Warner Robins on March 16.

A literary meet consists of many various competitions including Dramatic Interpretation, Essay, Extemporaneous Speaking, Boys Quartet, Girls Trio and Solo singing for boys and girls. The events take up an entire day, and when competitors are done with their event, they may walk around to view other events (except the essay competition). Continue reading

Dalton Education Foundation Now Accepting Nominations for Tom Jones Educator of the Year Award

Do you know an educator in Dalton Public Schools that should be recognized for their hard work and passion for working with students, teachers and our community? Nominations are now being accepted for the Tom Jones Educator of the Year award sponsored by the Dalton Education Foundation. The award is given every year to an educator in Dalton Public Schools who has made significant contributions to the education of children in Dalton and who symbolizes excellence in teaching.

The award is named in memory of Mr. Tom Jones, a prominent Dalton businessman who served on the Dalton Board of Education for 26 years and was chairman from 1967 to 1986. The award was started in 1987. Jones, who was the co-founder of J & J Industries, was a native of Dalton and a product of Dalton Public Schools. He is fondly remembered as the best supporter ever for Dalton and the school district. Continue reading

MIHS Uses Professional Development to Learn About The Community

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Tommy Pinson of the Community Center shows fliers to Shawn Stascheit as a part of Morris Innovative High School’s professional development day visiting community agencies.

Teachers and staff at Morris Innovative High School ventured out into the Dalton community Friday, March 15, to better understand how their students might experience the world.

The professional development day, held when students had a day off, sent small groups from MIHS to nine community agencies. Each group visited two agencies, and participants shared their findings upon returning to the school in the afternoon.

“We wanted to learn more about our students and our community,” said Julia Cagle, an MIHS English teacher. “We wanted to understand them.” Continue reading

Roy Shows Students How to Learn While Having Fun

Ben Roy conducts an experiment during Brookwood's recent PTA meeting.

Ben Roy conducts an experiment during Brookwood’s recent PTA meeting.

Learning and having fun usually don’t go together, but with Ben Roy’s help, the students at Brookwood get both.

Roy came to the elementary school during the recent PTA meeting to show students how they can gain knowledge about science while also having fun.

Roy is a former director of the News Channel 9 Science Theater and has taught science methods at UTC for 16 years. When the Science Theater was sold to a different company, Roy took his act on the road. Continue reading

Elementary School Singers Shine at District Choral Festival

Music teacher Mark Mardis leads the Roan School chorus at the Elementary Chorus Festival Thursday evening.

Music teacher Mark Mardis leads the Roan School chorus at the Elementary Chorus Festival Thursday evening.

Students from across the district gathered at City Park Elementary School Thursday to sing, dance, entertain and perform. It was the Second Annual Elementary School Choral Festival, and the packed auditorium was full of excitement and energy.

“It’s fun,” said Brianna Villanueva, a fourth grade student who sings in the Park Creek chorus. “It’s a chance to shine and be ourselves.” Continue reading

DHS Students Send Aid to Nicaraguan Elementary School

At a small elementary school in Nicaragua, students and teachers can now feel secure in their classroom thanks to an effort by International Baccalaureate (IB) students at Dalton High School.

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DHS teacher Regina Ragon (center) walks with a group of children in Nicaragua. This year, Dalton students raised $300 for a Nicaraguan elementary school.

To fulfill their Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) requirement for the IB program, a group of IB students hosted an International Fair in November to raise money and awareness for La Pintada, Nicaragua Elementary School.

“Our first goal with the project wasn’t really to raise money, it was more to promote internationalism in our community,” said DHS senior Pratik Bhatter. “Because IB is an international diploma, all of us are about that, and that was our first commitment. So everything at the event was internationally based.” Continue reading