Monthly Archives: March 2014

Deal Speaks to City Park Third Graders

Third graders at City Park listen to Governor Nathan Deal answer their questions.

Third graders at City Park listen to Governor Nathan Deal answer their questions.

The third grade class at City Park got to do something that not many students get to do—they got to have a private conversation with Governor Nathan Deal.

In the fall, the students took a walking field trip of local government. They spoke to Mayor David Pennington, took a tour of city hall and the courthouse.

Once they got back to the school, they wrote letters to Deal asking him to come speak to them and answer some of their questions.

A month after writing the letters, Deal responded that he could not come for a visit, but after more back and forth conversations, the governor agreed to speak to the students through a live feed and answer their questions.

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Dalton’s Brown Passes Student Bar Exam

Dalton High student Kendall Brown was inducted into the Class of 2014 Student Bar of Georgia by Michael NIxon, State Mock Trial coordinator.

Dalton High student Kendall Brown was inducted into the Class of 2014 Student Bar of Georgia by Michael NIxon, State Mock Trial coordinator.

Last fall, Kendall Brown became the first student from Dalton High to attend the State Law Academy. She’s also the school’s first inductee in the Student Bar of Georgia.

Brown, a 17-year-old junior, attended the academy for three days in Atlanta.

To attend the academy, students must have at least one year experience on Mock Trial. Brown has been on the Dalton High Mock Trial team since she was a freshman and was nominated by this year’s team sponsor, Ms. Minako Barry, to attend the academy.

Brown said even though she was excited and happy to be nominated, she was worried she would be attending the academy with students who had more experience.

“I was kind of excited, but concerned,” she said. “Some people were coming from private schools, and some had already pass the Student Bar Exam. There was more pressure on them than me.”

During the academy, Brown and the other students took classes on topics discussing objection, hearsay, and witness vs. attorney. They also got to learn about the court system and meet judges and hear of their career experiences.

On the last day of the academy, everyone had to take the Student Bar Exam. To prepare, students were given a binder with a case in it. Brown said she and her roommate practiced the case and acted it out the night before to be ready for the exam.

The test consisted of essays, a case, and multiple choice.

Months after she took the test, Brown learned she had passed the Student Bar Exam.

“I was happy I passed. I didn’t stay up studying for nothing!” Brown said. “The first one to go from a school usually doesn’t pass.”

Brown recently attended the State Finals Awards Ceremony for the Georgia Mock Trial Competition at the Gwinnett County Courthouse to receive her certificate and be inducted into the Student Bar of Georgia. She was one of only 18 students inducted in the Class of 2013.

When Brown graduates next year, she hopes to attend Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia and major in biology with a minor in business.

By Lindsey Derrick, Dalton Public Schools Contributor

 

“Key to Literacy” Night at DHS

Mitch Doxsee signs copies of his book Dismal Key.

Author and teacher Mitch Doxsee signs copies of his book Dismal Key.

Dalton High School held its second annual Literacy Night with the theme “The Key to Literacy”.

The night kicked off with speaker Mitch Doxsee— a Dalton Middle teacher who has published his novel Dismal Key.

Doxsee told the crowd his “keys to literacy” and explained the plot of his book and how the idea developed to write the book.

Doxsee informed the group that they must write about what you love, and it’s okay to have a different style of writing than other people. He also said it’s okay Continue reading

Catamount Band Preps for Cherry Blossom Parade

2013-14 Catamount Band resized

The Dalton High School Catamount Band has accepted an invitation to perform in the 2014 Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington D.C. The parade is scheduled for Saturday April 12th.  Students will visit Monticello, the Smithsonian, and tour the National Monuments.  The trip will conclude at Arlington National Cemetery, where student representatives of the band will participate in official wreath laying ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.   Continue reading

Georgia Walk to School Day at Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge students fight the elements and walk to school on Georgia Walk to School Day.

Blue Ridge students fight the elements and walk to school on Georgia Walk to School Day.

The rain still didn’t discourage many of the students at Blue Ridge from waking to school on Georgia Walk to School Day.

Blue Ridge usual has 150 students walk to school on a normal morning and around 200-250 who walk on this special day.

When students who walked to school got into the building, they had a prize waiting on them provided by Georgia Safe Routes to School—they could pick a pencil, a bracelet, or a bookmark. Continue reading

Brookwood Second Grade Visits Bradley Wellness Center

Students play a game of keep-up in the Bradley Wellness center gym.

Students play a game of keep-up in the Bradley Wellness center gym.

Brookwood second graders are trying to make their school an even healthier place by making themselves healthier first.

“They noticed they were wasting a lot of healthy foods at lunchtime,” said second grade teacher Katy Stacy. Continue reading

DEM Camp Now Accepting Student Applications

Rising middle school students who are interested in a summer experience in design, engineering or manufacturing are encouraged to apply now for this summer’s DEM (Design, Engineering and Manufacturing) Camp scheduled for June 2-5 at the Northwest Georgia College & Career Academy. Rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders will have the opportunity to explore career opportunities in local industry, tour advanced manufacturing facilities, and hone their team building skills. Continue reading