Monthly Archives: October 2013

Blue Ridge Receives Healthy Kids Grant

The open field behind Blue Ridge's 3-5 playground will soon be home to a soccer field thanks to a grant from Action Healthy Kids.

The open field behind Blue Ridge’s playground for third-fifth graders will soon be home to a soccer field using a grant from Action for Healthy Kids.

The field behind the third-fifth grade playground at Blue Ridge School will soon be adorned with soccer goals. The DPS elementary school was recently presented with a physical activity grant worth $2,500 from Action for Healthy Kids.

Dr. Alan Martineaux, Blue Ridges’ assistant principal, said the district Director of School Nutrition Dr. Linda Holland informed him about the grant and helped get the necessary paperwork and information needed during the application process.

The school had to state what physical and health activities they provide such as the annual health fair and Walk to School Day. Holland also got together numbers that told how many students at Blue Ridge were on free and reduced lunch, and how many students ate lunch in the cafeteria.

Martineaux and Blue Ridge originally asked for $5,000 (the maximum the grant would pay) to install a track on the school’s campus, but when Martineaux researched how much a quality track would cost, he reevaluated the plan and chose to install soccer goals on a field at the school instead.

“We have staff sponsors and volunteers that have been wanting to start a soccer club,” Martineaux said. “The kids asked for the goals, so they’re all really excited.

Martineaux said most of the money will go to the goals themselves, and the rest will go towards purchasing soccer balls and other equipment.

The soccer goals are just the first step in redesigning the campus of the school to promote more physical activity and fitness. Martineaux hopes to get the track in the future and also replace the swing sets.

“Many of our kids don’t have a lot of opportunity to go outside and play,” said Martineaux. “This will give them the opportunity to get out, move around, and play.”

By Lindsey Derrick, Dalton Public Schools Contributor

Rogers Wins Georgia Power New Teacher Grant

Rebekah Rogers accepts her check from Georgia Power representative Bryan Griffin.

Rebekah Rogers accepts her $1,000 check from Georgia Power representative Bryan Griffin.

City Park second-grade teacher Rebekah Rogers has been named one of the 40 teachers from across the state to win the Georgia Power New Teacher Assistance Grant. The grant is worth $1,000, and Rogers said she will spend the money on school supplies for her classroom.

Each public college and university in the state that has an education program sends in a nominee to be considered—Rogers was nominated by Sharon Hixon from her alma mater Dalton State College.

To receive the grant, Rogers qualified under many categories—nominees must be in their first year of teaching, they must rank in the top 25 percent of their graduating class, and they must have a full-time teaching contract.

“I’m so excited,” Rogers said. “I can’t believe I was even nominated. I’m so humbled and just blessed.”

By Lindsey Derrick, Dalton Public Schools Contributor

Roan Holds Science Kickoff

Keith Woodason helps Miguel Ambriz make a cloud in a bottle.

Keith Woodason helps Miguel Ambriz make a cloud in a bottle.

Roan School is in the process of making and filling a science lab on its campus to meet and exceed the needs of its students and make science highly engaging. The school is using its Title I funds to equip the science/learning lab.

“We’re using our funds for science materials that go above and beyond,” said Roan principal Cindy Parrott.

To help jump start the countdown to the fully equipped lab, the school held a science kickoff. Parrott hoped that the show would blossom a love for science Continue reading

Safety Bear Visits Dalton Elementary Schools

Safety Bear greets Brookwood students as Robbie Moore gives out stickers during the evacuation drill.

Safety Bear greets Brookwood students as Robbie Moore gives out stickers during the evacuation drill.

When Dalton Public Schools elementary students disembarked buses during National School Bus Safety Week, they were greeted by the smiling, furry face of Safety Bear.

The district’s transportation partner First Student uses Safety Bear to teach bus safety to elementary kids.

“We have drivers who volunteer to visit our elementary schools and teach school bus safety and bring Safety Bear along to ensure the students are engaged in bus safety,” said DPS Director of Transportation BeLinda Parrish.

On Tuesday during Bus Safety Week students also went through an evacuation drill as they exited their bus, then got a sticker, perhaps a hug from Safety Bear, and waited on their bus driver to count each child to make sure they were all out and safe. The drill served as one of the two exercises required by the state Department of Education.

“Students need to be informed and educated, prepared for any emergency. The more they hear and learn the safety rules the better they will respond,” Parrish said. Even students who don’t ride the bus back and forth to school each day need to know bus safety because they will all be on a bus at some point either on a field trip or extracurricular activity.

National School Bus Safety Week ends Friday, Oct. 25.

By Lindsey Derrick, Dalton Public Schools Contributor

DHS One-Act Play Performance on Sunday

On Sunday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. Dalton High School Drama will present a public performance of the 2013 One-Act Competition Play, “The Duchess Mislaid,” a Commedia dell’arte piece that won Runner-Up at this year’s Region 7 AAAA One-Act Competition at Cedartown on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

All are invited to come and experience this unique presentation and support the students in their accomplishment. Tickets for the Sunday, Oct. 27, performance at 2 p.m. are $5 and will be available at the door of the DHS Theater. For more information, please contact Wes Phinney at wes.phinney@dalton.k12.ga.us.

Board Directs Study Group to Examine Secondary Enrollment and Facilities Options

The Dalton Board of Education has approved a directive to appoint a secondary study group to review all available information related to enrollment, instructional programming, extracurricular programming, facilities capacity, and assignment to schools. The goal of the group will be to develop and propose solutions for the Board’s consideration that present feasible and viable facility options for secondary students grades 6-12.

The move comes after the district has experienced increasing enrollments every year for the last 10 years. Because of the large increase in student enrollment, the Continue reading

DPS Celebrates National School Bus Safety Week

The Grand Prize winner in the District School Bus Safety Poster Contest was fourth grader Maria Rodriguez of Roan School. She is shown with Safety Bear and  DPS Director of Transportation BeLinda Parrish.

The Grand Prize winner in the District School Bus Safety Poster Contest was fourth grader Maria Rodriguez of Roan School. She is shown with Safety Bear and
DPS Director of Transportation BeLinda Parrish.

“At my stop, you stop” is the theme for the 2013 National School Bus Safety Week.

The week dedicated to bus safety begins Monday October 21 and runs through Friday October 25.

The week features many events to honor and recognize the efforts put in by all who help DPS students get to and from school. Continue reading