Monthly Archives: February 2014

DMS Academic Bowl Team Still Successful After 30 Years

The Academic Bowl Team after placing third in the region. Front row left to right: Surbhi Bhatter, Jose Enriquez, Caroline Webb, Ryan Laury, and Ms. DeBolt. Back row: Hillary Dong, Maddie Hagberg, Rowdy Ziesig, and Henry Stevenson.

The Academic Bowl Team after placing third in the region. Front row left to right: Surbhi Bhatter, Jose Enriquez, Caroline Webb, Ryan Laury, and Ms. DeBolt.
Back row: Hillary Dong, Maddie Hagberg, Rowdy Ziesig, and Henry Stevenson. Not pictured are: Madison Esters and Will Stocks.

The Dalton Middle Academic Bowl Team has continued the 2013-2014 season like any other—with success.

In January, they traveled to Lafayette Middle School to compete in the P.A.G.E. (Professional Association of Georgia Educators) Regional Competition where they placed third.  The team also placed 8th in the southeast in the Thinking Cap computer competition.

For 30 years, the Academic Bowl Team at Dalton Middle has been competing and going strong. Continue reading

Dalton Students Won’t Make up Five Missed Day

Dalton Public Schools has announced that students will not have to make up the days missed during the recent inclement weather. The State Board of Education has agreed to give local school systems flexibility from stringent requirements for days in a school year and time spent in a school day since the Governor proclaimed a state of emergency during the snow and ice events during the weeks of January 27-31 and February 10-14. Dalton Public Schools has lost a total of six days of instruction during 2014 (Jan. 8, Jan 29-30, Feb. 11-13). The district intends to use its one make up day designated in the current school calendar on March 14 as an instructional day for students and staff. The other five days missed will not be made up by students.

“The weather events this year that caused our students and staff to miss numerous instructional days have been challenging,” said Dr. Jim Hawkins, superintendent. “We appreciate the state providing the flexibility for local districts to make decisions regarding make up days. The loss of instructional time is difficult to truly make up when the only adjustments to the school calendar also takes away from scheduled holidays or would extend the school year beyond a high school graduation date that’s been established for more than a year.”

Hawkins indicated that the district felt good about using the existing make up day in the school calendar on March 14 because it was designated for that purpose so families and staff knew it was a possibility. “In next year’s calendar, we will be designating five days as make up days so everyone will have plenty of notice that those days will be used as instructional days should schools have to miss days.”

Staff will have to make up all days missed.

Dalton High Recognized as AP Honors School for Second Year

Dalton High School has been named to the list of 462 AP (Advanced Placement) Honors Schools in Georgia for 2014 for the second year. 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 two areas: AP STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) School and AP Access and Support School.

“I’m so proud of our students and staff,” said Steve Bartoo, principal of Dalton High. “I know the level of commitment and passion that each member of our staff brings to their job every day and it is reflected in the achievements of our students. Our AP teachers and curriculum are second to none! We are constantly challenging our students to stretch their academic goals, and we’re seeing the numbers of students choosing to take AP and IB (International Baccalaureate) classes continuing to increase.”

Dalton High offers fourteen Advanced Placement classes. Last year, the school saw more students take AP classes than ever before and more students take the AP exam to earn college credit.

“The staff and students at Dalton High are to be congratulated for receiving the AP Honor School recognition for the second year in a row,” said Dr. Jim Hawkins, superintendent of Dalton Public Schools.  “I know that the Dalton High staff continually focuses on providing rigorous work that elevates student achievement. This recognition is validation of what we hear already from our former students—Dalton High does an excellent job of preparing our students to be successful at the college of their choice.”

Dalton High was recognized in the following two categories:

• 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 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.

Westwood Team Wins Region in Stock Market Game

Esme Miller, Emma Grace Ferguson and Price Andersen are the regional winners for the fall Stock Market Game.

Esme Miller, Emma Grace Ferguson and Price Andersen are the regional winners for the fall Stock Market Game.

The 4th grade Westwood team of Price Andersen, Emma Grace Ferguson, and Esme Miller has been crowned regional winners of the fall Stock Market Game.

The game is a nationwide bank sponsored competition that is used to teach students about money, economics and how the stock market works.

The game began in October with each team getting $100,000 to use throughout the game. Teams then had to buy or sell stocks, and whoever had the most money left by the end of the game were announced as the winners. Continue reading

Three DMS Students Audition for All State Band

Roberto Ortiz, Madison Esters and Ronaldo Alvarez made it to All State Band auditions.

Roberto Ortiz, Madison Esters and Ronaldo Alvarez made it to All State Band auditions.

Three Dalton Middle School students qualified for All State Band auditions, and one advanced to perform with the All State Band.

Madison Esters, Roberto Ortiz, and Ronaldo Alvarez, all 8th graders, made the trip to Woodland Middle for district-level tryouts.

“It’s a collection of the best players in each group,” 14-year-old Esters said.

Each group depends on which instrument the students play—Ortiz and Alvarez both play the clarinet while Esters plays the flute. Continue reading

DPS Elementary Students Take Fitnessgram Test

Fourth grade girls participate in the pacer test.

Westwood fourth grade girls participate in the pacer test.

Dalton elementary school 4th and 5th grade students recently took part in Fitnessgram—a test to determine students’ fitness.

There are four parts to Fitnessgram—the pacer test seeing how long the students can run, a test of flexibility, sit-ups, and pushups. The teachers and nurses also determine each student’s height and weight. Continue reading

Creative Discovery Bus Makes First Stop at Park Creek

Ava Robbs and Rubi Medina see how many erasers they can place on a paper bridge before it falls.

Ava Robbs and Rubi Medina see how many erasers they can place on a paper bridge before it falls.

When the Creative Discovery Bus came to Park Creek, the students got to experience hands-on learning while having fun.

This is the first year for the bus to go around to schools, and Park Creek was the very first stop.

“We do a lot of outreach at Park Creek, and education lessons after school” said Discovery bus driver, Mary Lewis said of why Park Creek was the pilot choice. Continue reading