Monthly Archives: August 2014

Wright Wins Tom Jones Educator of the Year Award

During halftime of the first home football game at Harmon Field, the Tom Jones Educator of the Year Award was presented by the Dalton Education Foundation.

The winner of the 28th annual award was Westwood 5th grade teacher Dr. Laurie Wright.

Wright was presented the award by Dalton Education Foundation president Bob Bethel, members of the Jones family, and trustees for the foundation.

For her win, Wright received a crystal apple and a check for $3,000. Westwood will also receive $1,000.

Wright was accompanied by her husband Dan, and her children Daniel and Laura Kate. (Wright’s other son, Thomas, plays for the Catamounts and was in the field house for halftime during her win.) Continue reading

Westwood Students Learn New Sport

Mike Sanderson instructs Westwood students about lacrosse.

Mike Sanderson instructs Westwood students about lacrosse.

Lacrosse is a sport that many people may not know much about.

Westwood physical education teacher Marsha McKone was hoping that she could help fix that.

McKone invited lacrosse coach Mike Sanderson, coach of the Northwest Georgia Lacrosse Club Rebels, to come speak to the student body and not only tell them a bit about the sport, but to get them to try a little bit as well. Continue reading

Girls, Boys State Teach More Than Government

Albert Adhya and Jesus Cortez attended Boys State in Gainesville.

Albert Adhya and Jesus Cortez attended Boys State in Gainesville.

Every summer, the American Legion sponsors the programs of Girls and Boys State.

The programs focus on teaching the workings of government to participants, as well building leadership skills.

Anyone could apply to go to Girls or Boys State, but only the most upstanding

Sarah Knox attended Girls State in Statesboro.

Sarah Knox attended Girls State in Statesboro.

applicants were chosen to go—this year, Dalton High had three students attend.

Senior Sarah Knox said government has always been something she has been interested in, and when she heard about the program through student council, she jumped at the chance.

“I thought it would be a good opportunity,” said Knox, 16. “I like social studies and history, and I’ve been interested in government, so I thought it would be a good experience.”

Eighteen-year-old Jesus Cortez said he heard about the program through his JROTC instructor.

“It seemed interesting,” said Cortez. “It’s meant to be an eye-opener.” Continue reading

Brown Takes Part in Summer Leadership Program

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In June, Dalton High senior Kendall Brown took part in the University of North Georgia’s Summer Honors Program.

The program took place at the college’s campus in Dahlonega, Georgia and featured many exercises to strengthen leadership skills.

“I had a free weekend, so I thought, ‘Why not?’,” said 17-year-old Brown of the program.

DHS nominates one student to take part in the program, and that student gets to participate free of charge. Continue reading

Teachers in Industry Gives Taste of Something Different

Amanda Triplett works with The Daily Citizen's Jamie Jones during her time in Teachers in Industry.

Amanda Triplett works with The Daily Citizen’s Jamie Jones during her time in Teachers in Industry.

This past summer, five teachers from Dalton Public Schools participated in the Teachers in Industry Program.

The program is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Workforce Division, and the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce.

“The Greater Dalton Chamber is pleased to coordinate this program for the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Georgia Department of Education,” said Barbara Ward, Director of Workforce Development for Greater Dalton Chamber. “We have seen the benefit of Teachers in Industry Programs in the past through the Education is Essential Committee at the Chamber. We are pleased to see an opportunity for this activity to be conducted in this statewide program.” Continue reading

Dalton High Experiences HVAC Failure in Cafeteria

Dalton High students re-enter the food lines in the cafeteria/Commons area after it was reopened following an HVAC malfunction.

Dalton High students re-enter the food lines in the cafeteria/Commons area after it was reopened following an HVAC malfunction.

Students at Dalton High School were unable to use the main cafeteria today after an air handler in the HVAC system malfunctioned just after noon. Students were evacuated from the cafeteria and moved to alternative eating areas around the school to finish their lunch period that was extended about 45 minutes. All students were able to eat lunch and continued their regular schedule after lunch.

Steve Bartoo, principal at Dalton High, said he noticed the cafeteria felt a little stuffy and then a dense haze began to form at the top of the ceiling in the cafeteria. “At that point, we evacuated all the students out of the area and called our maintenance department who determined the HVAC system was leaking Freon,” Bartoo said.

District maintenance employees were in contact with the Dalton Fire Department and Poison Control to ensure students’ safety.

Freon is a stable, nonflammable, moderately toxic gas used as a refrigerant. The leak was immediately detected and action was taken to move people away from the area. No students or staff complained of any illness before, during or after the evacuation.

“Students in the cafeteria were directed to other areas to eat and all students were able to get lunch and go about their day,” Bartoo added. “Our students and staff adapted to the circumstances and continued their work.”

Large fans were placed in the cafeteria area to clear air to outside the building. The Commons and main cafeteria area will not be fully air conditioned while the HVAC system is undergoing repairs.

 

Martinez Speaks to DMS Sixth Graders

J.R. Martinez answers questions from DMS's Team C.

J.R. Martinez answers questions from DMS’s Team C.

Dalton Middle School’s 6th grade Team C was recently treated to a special visit after they finished reading a book in their literature classes.

The students read Wonder—a book by R.J. Palacio about a young man who was born with facial disfigurement.

“It made me sad, because everyone made fun of him,” 11-year-old Gracie Shaw said about the book. Continue reading