Monthly Archives: May 2014

Brookwood Fights Childhood Cancer With Kersey

McKinley Kersey stands in front of a sign welcoming her back to school after the 9-year-old defeated Burkitt’s lymphoma.

McKinley Kersey stands in front of a sign welcoming her back to school after the 9-year-old defeated Burkitt’s lymphoma.

McKinley Kersey is 9-years-old. She is a fourth grader at Brookwood Elementary. And she is a cancer survivor.

After suffering stomach pains last summer, McKinley underwent x-rays and ultrasounds, and not long after, she was sent immediately to T.C. Thompson in Chattanooga where they performed CT scans and placed her in the NICU.

McKinley’s parents learned that their daughter had Burkitt’s lymphoma.

McKinley’s school, Brookwood Elementary, has been doing all they can to fight the disease along with her. They’ve coordinated events and fundraisers to both raise money for McKinley and raise awareness for childhood cancer.

This is not Brookwood’s first time helping raise awareness in honor of a student battling cancer. Continue reading

Huber Honored By City Park

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Tiffany Blue was Brittany Huber’s favorite color.

So when it came time to honor the City Park paraprofessional who died in car accident in April, the color could be seen everywhere during the ceremony to celebrate her life. Continue reading

Blue Ridge Science Fair Winners Crowned

Ashley Aguilar stands with her science project.

Ashley Aguilar stands with her science project.

When the students at Blue Ridge took on their Second Annual Science Fair, they had to tackle projects that dealt with “change over time”.

Everyone in the school could participate, but grades 3-5 were the only ones judged.

Students walked through the projects to look at the completed works. Continue reading

Virgo Named STAR Student, Chenard STAR Teacher

Richard Virgo stands with Dr. Karen Chenard.

Richard Virgo stands with Dr. Karen Chenard.

Senior Richard Virgo has been named this year’s Dalton High School’s STAR student, and he has chosen psychology teacher Dr. Karen Chenard as the STAR teacher.

The STAR student is based on top SAT scores, and the recipient must also be in the top 5-10% of their school.

Virgo, who scored a 2230 on his SAT, heard he was named STAR student back in December. Continue reading

Fourteen Retirees Honored at Dalton Board Meeting

The 2014 DPS retirees in attendance: Debbie Wolf, Nolly Martin, Dianne Duckett, Mary Pollard, Cindy Cholovich, and Linda Hubbs.

The 2014 DPS retirees in attendance for the reception included, left to right, Debbie Wolf, Nolly Martin, Dianne Duckett, Mary Pollard, Cindy Cholovich, and Linda Hubbs.

Fourteen Dalton Public Schools employees who will be retiring after the school year were recognized during the recent Dalton Board of Education meeting. A reception was held before the meeting, and Dalton Board of Education Chairman Danny Crutchfield recognized each retiree.

Those honored were Peggy Cantrell, Dalton High School Family & Consumer Science/Early Childhood teacher; Cindy Cholovich, City Park 1st grade teacher, Linda Drumm, Dalton Middle ELL teacher; Dianne Duckett, Brookwood School Nutrition; Spence Durham, Westwood ELL teacher; Sybil Gregory, Park Creek School Nutrition; Linda Hubbs, Dalton Middle 6th grade Social Studies Challenge teacher; Nolly Martin, Roan paraprofessional; Patricia Miller, Dalton Middle Language Arts and Social Studies teacher; Missy Millsaps, Dalton  High Family and Consumer Science and Culinary Arts teacher; Susan Muia, Dalton High Computer Applications teacher; Mary Pollard, Roan paraprofessional; Toni Thibadoux, Morris Innovative High School Science teacher; and Debbie Wolf, Park Creek EIP/Reading Recovery teacher.

Blue Ridge Forms Soccer Club

The new Blue Ridge Soccer Club is seeing 40-50 students per meeting.

The new Blue Ridge Soccer Club is seeing 40-50 students per meeting.

When Blue Ridge Elementary received the Healthy Kids Grant last year, the student body spoke and declared they wanted the $2,500 to go towards new soccer goals behind their playground.

Blue Ridge administrations listened, and the goals are now up and being used.

Since the new goals came to the school, Blue Ridge formed the Soccer Club in March. Continue reading

Long-time Westwood Principal to Retire

Angela GarrettAngela Garrett has spent the last 32 years waking up each morning to travel down Trammell Street to Westwood School. But in a few weeks, she’ll make the short trip one last time. Garrett has announced her retirement from Dalton Public Schools effective June 30.

Garrett says while retirement was in the back of her mind for next year, the opportunity to retire but continue to work in education was too good to turn down. She has accepted a position with the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE).

“It’s an incredible opportunity and although I’m torn about having to leave so suddenly, I’m thrilled at this new chapter in my life. Working at Westwood for the past 32 years has been such a blessing,” Garrett said. “The past 13 years as principal have been nothing but wonderful. I love this school and all of our staff members. We are a family that has the privilege of coming here each day to work. It’s not a job—it’s a passion, a calling for everyone here.” Continue reading