Monthly Archives: July 2013

Public Invited to Final Review of Consolidated Application

Dalton Public Schools will hold a meeting for final review of the district’s Consolidated Application on Thursday, August 1, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at City Hall, 300 W. Waugh Street, in the third floor board conference room.  Georgia’s Consolidated Application allows Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) to submit one comprehensive application for funding for several federal and state programs. Each year, LEAs must submit this application to the Georgia Department of Education in order to receive federal funds. An LEA’s application provides a plan for improving student achievement.  All stakeholders are invited to participate in the meeting and give feedback regarding the FY14 plan.  For additional information, please contact the District Title I Coordinator at 706.876.4000.

DHS teacher travels to China through Fulbright program

Dalton High teacher Barbara Brayford will travel to China for five weeks this summer to develop new learning experiences for students across the district.

Dalton High teacher Barbara Brayford will travel to China for five weeks this summer to develop new learning experiences for students across the district.

When Dalton High School teacher Barbara Brayford travels to China this summer, she will bring back a technologically advanced learning experience for students throughout the district.

Brayford, who teaches world history and economics at DHS, was one of 12 public school teachers selected for involvement in an “immersion experience” in China. Towson University in Maryland heads up the trip through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad program. Continue reading

Summer Transition Students Ready for Kindergarten

Students graduating from the Summer Transition Program process into the graduation ceremony

Students graduating from the Summer Transition Program process into the graduation ceremony.

A group of Pre-Kindergarten students officially became Kindergartners at Blue Ridge Elementary School Friday, July 12.

The students, part of Bright from the Start’s Summer Transition Program for rising Kindergartners, have attended six weeks of school this summer, working each day from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on writing, math, science and reading.

“They’re going to be so ready to go into Kindergarten and be confident,” said Jenny Shoemaker, one of two teachers in the program. Continue reading

Brookwood Student Grows Winning 39-pound Cabbage

Daniel Quintero shows off his winning 39-pound cabbage at Brookwood Elementary School.

Daniel Quintero shows off his winning 39-pound cabbage at Brookwood Elementary School.

It’s the weight of a 4 or 5-year-old child, twice that of a car tire and equal to a 5-gallon bottle of water. Brookwood Elementary School student Daniel Quintero’s 39-pound cabbage was almost unbelievable.

“It was unreal,” said Anna Verhoeff, a parent volunteer who works with Brookwood’s garden.

Throughout the spring, the garden has hosted a cabbage for each third grade student at the school as a part of the Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program. Bonnie Plants distributes free cabbage plants to third graders across the nation. Each state chooses a winning cabbage, and the student who grew the vegetable receives a $1,000 scholarship. Continue reading

DPS Teachers Work to Enhance Math and Science Knowledge

Pictured from left are Pictured are:  Tiffany Thompson (Brookwood), Sonia Elkins (Brookwood), Lisa Cushman (City Park), Annette Rojas (Brookwood), Jessica Wimpy (Brookwood), Marie Dills (Brookwood), and Steve Holmes (Brookwood). These teachers, pursuing their elementary science endorsements, went on a field experience to study rocks and fossils.

These teachers, pursuing their elementary science endorsements, went on a field experience to study rocks and fossils. Pictured from left are : Tiffany Thompson (Brookwood), Sonia Elkins (Brookwood), Lisa Cushman (City Park), Annette Rojas (Brookwood), Jessica Wimpy (Brookwood), Marie Dills (Brookwood), and Steve Holmes (Brookwood).

Thanks to a grant through the Northwest Georgia Regional Educational Service Agency and a desire to enhance their math and science knowledge, several Dalton teachers began their summers by going to school.

Nine Dalton Public Schools teachers are enrolled in courses to obtain either their Elementary Science Endorsement or their Elementary Math Endorsement on their teaching certificates.

When planning professional development opportunities for teachers, DPS Chief Administrative Officer Craig Harper was asked to look into opportunities for teachers to gain their math and science endorsements. He found that Northwest Georgia RESA in Rome offered the requisite program. Continue reading