Monthly Archives: December 2013

Dalton High Class of ’63 Dedicates Tree at School

Shown are Dalton High Principal Steve Bartoo with Peggy Bowen-Green and Fred Burdick, Dalton High Class of 1963. The class dedicated a tree in honor of their former principal Charles Bowen, who turned 100 this year, and in memory of their deceased classmates.

Shown are Dalton High Principal Steve Bartoo with Peggy Bowen-Green and Fred Burdick, Dalton High Class of 1963. The class dedicated a tree in honor of their former principal Charles Bowen, who turned 100 this year, and in memory of their deceased classmates.

The Dalton High School Class of 1963 recently donated a Bosque Elm tree in honor of their former principal Charles Bowen, who turned 100 this year, and in memory of their deceased classmates. Fred Burdick, represented his class, by making a few brief statements about their appreciation for Mr. Bowen and honoring his longevity in the community at a ceremony held on the campus at Dalton High with about 15 of the his former classmates present. Mr. Bowen’s daughter, Peggy Bowen-Green also a member of the class of 1963, represented her father at the tree dedication. Mr. Bowen, who was principal at Dalton High School from 1946-1969. He later went on to serve as superintendent from 1969 to 1975.  The class also placed a memorial marker at the front of the tree that read, “This tree dedicated in honor of Charles E. Bowen, principal 1946 – 1969 and to our deceased classmates – DHS Class of 1963.”  The ceremony ended with the class making a financial donation for DHS to Principal Steve Bartoo.

DPS Parents Encouraged to Complete State Education Survey

The Georgia Parent Survey is used by the Georgia Department of Education to calculate the School Climate Star Rating for individual schools with the Dalton Public Schools district. The survey is only available online at the link provided below from any internet-connected device.

The Georgia Parent Survey has 20 questions and should take no more than 5 – 10 minutes to complete. Survey responses are Continue reading

Park Creek Students Have Successful Pajama Drive

Shown are Park Creek School students in the Challenge/Bridging program who contributed to the Pajama Drive--Top Row: Julian Hernandez, Eberl Calzada, Andrea Magana , Yasmeen Issa, Nour Issa,, Rebeccah Oventrop, Itziar Vasquez,  Middle Row: Arabeli Calzada, Vanessa Chavez, Yulissa Paniagua, Ernesto Garcia, Yuritsy Guerrero, Eduardo Rodriguez, Andrea Arriola Bottom Row:  Maydalin Posada, Sara Ramirez, Emma Rodriguez, Aaron Hernandez, A.J. Rosales, Richie White.

Shown are Park Creek School students in the Challenge/Bridging program who contributed to the Pajama Drive–Top Row: Julian Hernandez, Eberl Calzada, Andrea Magana , Yasmeen Issa, Nour Issa,, Rebeccah Oventrop, Itziar Vasquez,
Middle Row: Arabeli Calzada, Vanessa Chavez, Yulissa Paniagua, Ernesto Garcia, Yuritsy Guerrero, Eduardo Rodriguez, Andrea Arriola
Bottom Row: Maydalin Posada, Sara Ramirez, Emma Rodriguez, Aaron Hernandez, A.J. Rosales, Richie White.

Students involved in the Challenge/Bridging Program in Dalton Public Schools participated in a fundraiser to bring pajamas for children in need. This is the third year that the students have participated in the national fundraising effort. Locally, the pajamas are given to the local Department of Family and Children Services and given out in the Dalton community to support children in foster homes, group homes and shelters. Not only do the recipients receive the pajamas, they are also given an age-appropriate Scholastic Book. Continue reading

Brookwood Second Graders Help Earn Money for United Way

Chelsea Hernandez, Kaley Baldwin, Chloe Moser, Kursten Ware, Atzhiru Medina, Ali Gutierrez, America Quintero and Adriana Nolasco hold up their check and jar for their United Way campaign.

Chelsea Hernandez, Kaley Baldwin, Chloe Moser, Kursten Ware, Atzhiru Medina, Ali Gutierrez, America Quintero and Adriana Nolasco hold up their check and jar for their United Way campaign.

The local United Way will have extra funds this holiday season thanks to nine Brookwood second graders who helped organize a school-wide fundraiser.

The Brookwood teachers were already having a United Way campaign when second grader Kate Spetter and her mom approached Principal Dr. Celeste Martin to raise extra money for the school.

Instead of going with the idea to raise money just for Brookwood, Martin said she pitched the idea of the students fundraising for United Way. Continue reading

Blue Ridge Running Club Gets Students Moving

Students in the Running Club run cone drills in the Blue Ridge gym.

Students in the Running Club run cone drills in the Blue Ridge gym.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays kids fill the gym at Blue Ridge School by 8 a.m. before the day’s classes begin. They aren’t early to school because they were told to be there. And, they aren’t there to earn some sort of goodies. The want to be there to participate in the school’s Running Club.

The Running Club at Blue Ridge has been going on for four years and came about after the success of Run for John—an annual race that has taken place since Dalton High graduate John Bruner passed away in 2007.

The club kicked off the year in August and will stay active until the end of school at the end of May. Children who attend Running Club must have eaten beforehand, and the activities start around 8 a.m. and end around 8:20. The club has had 130 kids show up at one time before, but the average number is 50.

There are five stations that take place after the children warm up with stretches. The stations include running cones, burpees, jumping jacks, and hula Continue reading

Ellis Island Comes Alive for Park Creek Fifth Graders

Students were jammed into one classroom to recreate the feeling of those coming to Ellis Island.

Students were jammed into one classroom to recreate the feeling of those coming to Ellis Island.

Park Creek School fifth-grade teachers didn’t just want to talk to their students about Ellis Island and have them take notes. They wanted the experience to come alive.

The students—some donned in headscarves, some with painted-on beards—began their Ellis Island adventure crammed into one classroom down the fifth-grade hallway. The intent was to simulate how crowded the boat ride in steerage would have been for immigrants making their away to America. Continue reading

Brookwood Named Highest-Performing School for Second Year

For the second year, Brookwood School has been named a Title I Reward School by the Georgia Department of Education. The school again was recognized as a Highest-Performing School that ranks it among the 5 percent of Title I schools in the state that has the highest absolute performance over three years for the “all students” group on the statewide assessments. Only 78 schools in Georgia received this recognition and only five in the northwest Georgia area. The Reward Schools honors are part of the state’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility waiver. Continue reading