Spring is right around the corner and it is time to start planning for the annual Memorial Day Parade. We call on our many friends and organizations in the Tri-State area to help us make the Bellevue-Dayton Memorial Day Parade the #1 Memorial Day Parade in Kentucky. With this year being our 91st, we are hoping to make it a memorable one for our veterans. With your help, I know we will accomplish this.
The parade will begin in Dayton at the Veterans Monument on Monday, May 25th at 10:30am and end at the Bellevue Veterans Club. There is no required entry fee for your participation - the parade committee depends solely on donations from local businesses, participating organizations and fellow Americans to be able to keep this tradition going. We are asking you and/or your organization to help make our 91st parade the greatest tribute ever to the men and women who gave so much for all of us. The cost of presenting this tribute to all veterans continues to increase each year and we need both your physical and financial support. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
Please complete the enclosed entry form and return it to the undersigned address as soon as possible, so we may proceed with our plans; then, approximately ten days prior to the day of the parade, you will be notified by regular mail (or e-mail, if provided) of the location of your unit in the parade.
Remember, it is only with your help and cooperation that we can continue with this longstanding tradition. If you do not plan on participating in the parade itself, but want to help financially, please send your donation as soon as possible. Once again, we are looking forward to your support and thank you in advance.
In preparation for our upcoming parade, we will be holding several planning meetings. Those meetings are scheduled as follows:
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
All meetings will begin at 7:00 pm and will be held at the 2899 Kersten O’Day VFW Post, 6th and Main Streets, Dayton, KY. We count on our many friends and organizations to help us make the parade a success. We encourage you to attend as many of the meetings as possible.
We look forward to seeing you and thank you in advance for your support.
Bellevue-Dayton Memorial Day Parade Committee
Please send form and/or donations to:
California, KY 41007
Galactic Chicken is the new restaurant opening on Thursday, March 5 at 624 Sixth Avenue in Dayton. Owners Shane Coffey and his wife Kathy McDonald are Dayton residents and have been operating food trucks in the region for the past several years. The Galactic Chicken food trucks have been generating raves around the region, and now they’re ready to open Galactic Chicken as a stand-alone restaurant. As you can assume from their name, Galactic Chicken serves fried chicken, chicken tenders, wraps and sandwiches, along with a variety of side items ranging from mac and cheese, coleslaw, fries and salads. And from what we hear, Galactic Chicken is “Out of this World!”
Little Greendevil Pride
We continue to pride ourselves here at Lincoln on recognizing students for their hard work. We believe that focusing on the positives is very powerful. We would love to share with you some of the ways that we “highlight” our students here at LES.
Stars/Students of the Month - Every month teachers and principals select Stars/Students of the Month. These students are selected based on their attendance, academic effort, and character. Students are recognized at board meetings and also treated to a special meal. (A Primary Star Student Pancake breakfast hosted by the Bellevue McDonalds and an Intermediate Student of the Month lunch hosted by Dayton’s Hometown Heroes.)
Student Devil Cards – Each student has a “Devil Card” that they keep here at school and wear on a lanyard. They receive positive marks for being caught doing great things – helpful deeds for others, being respectful, working hard, etc. Each time the student fills up their Devil Card, it earns them a trip to our Devil Store. The Devil Store is open daily from 7:30 – 8:15 am with a multitude of fun, healthy and/or educational items for the students to choose from at each visit. Students are able to shop an unlimited amount of times. They receive a new Devil Card each time they redeem one. We even have students that fill up a card daily!
AR Incentives – Students are encouraged to be active in our Accelerated Reader (AR) program. After a student reads a book, they take an AR quiz here at school. On a weekly basis, we recognize individual students from each homeroom who are leading their peers. We also recognize winning homerooms at each grade level who log the most words read.
Recognition Assemblies – Each quarter, we host a fun recognition assembly to recognize our students’ quarterly accomplishments. Students receive awards and incentives in the areas of: Perfect Attendance, Honor/Super Honor Roll, MAP recognition, etc.
Honor Roll Lunch – Students earning honor/super honor roll on their quarterly report cards have the opportunity to enjoy lunch out. We appreciate McDonalds and Gold Star for being gracious and accommodating hosts for these quarterly events.
Teacher Rewards – As you know, our teachers here at Lincoln are among the BEST! Many of them host pizza parties, incentive parties, classroom token stores, etc all within their classrooms. The teachers graciously and voluntarily gift these for their students. How wonderful of them!
We are extremely proud of our students’ hard work and dedication in becoming the best person they can be. We are also very grateful and proud for our dedicated staff members who help inspire, engage and grow EACH Lincoln student.
Heather Dragan Tim Chenot
LES Principal LES Assistant Principal
Dear Dayton High School Family,
It is hard to believe that we are already approaching the end of the 3rd quarter of the 2019-20 school year – last day is Friday, March 13th. Students and teachers have been extremely busy in their classes, sports, and club related activities. Our junior students have a very important day coming up as they will be taking the ACT on Tuesday, March 10th. Students have been working extremely hard in preparation for this exam and we wish them the best of luck.
Dayton High School would like to congratulate our February Students of the Month. We also want to recognize our Artist/Athlete of the Month. Students were recognized at our Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, February 26th. Congratulations Greendevils!
McKenzie Sullivan - 7th Grade
Jaxx Johnson - 8th Grade
Russell McIntyre - 9th Grade
Josh Flowers - 10th Grade
Brandon Skirvin - 11th Grade
Abigael Ellison - 12th Grade
Lorenzo Price - Athlete of the Month
Abbigail Caldwell - Artist of the Month
The counseling department is working on scheduling. If any parent/guardian wants to be a part of their child's scheduling process, please email Ms. Wendeln or Ms. Erdman or call the Dayton High School front office. A letter along with a schedule template has been posted on the school website for you to view. Be on the look-out for Gateway, NKU, Vocational School, and Logistics informational sessions in the upcoming months.
Senior parents, please make sure you are reminding your students to check their email for scholarship opportunities and come to the guidance office for other opportunities not via email. Also, we will start giving out information for Dayton specific scholarships soon.
The Dayton Youth Services Center thanks all the students, parents and staff for completing our needs assessments to assist with our renewal grant. A special thank you to Cinderella’s Closet for everything they do for our 11th and 12th grade girls for prom. Cinderella’s Closet visited Dayton High School to encourage our students to take advantage of this amazing opportunity. Each participant will shop for the perfect dress. A reminder - the Dayton High School Food Pantry is open to all Dayton families by contacting Ms. Harris at 859-292-7486 to schedule an appointment or visiting between 3:00 - 5:00 pm the second and fourth Thursday of the month.
Winter sports have come to an end. Both the varsity boys and girls picked up a double digit win record - with victories over Bellevue! Johnessah Barbiea and Braiden Comstock both earned District All-Tournament team awards.
All-Conference awards were presented to Sophia Halfhill and Johnessah Barbiea on the girls end and Lorenzo Price and Jordan Marksberry on the boys end. Cody Turner was named the conference "Mr. Hustle" for his relentless efforts on the defensive end of the ball.
Rachel Holaday qualified for the state bowling tournament and represented Dayton proudly with games of 180 and also 222! We hosted the first ever bowling tournament and also had our inaugural season of Unified bowling. We just keep growing!
We are moving on to spring sports. Stay tuned!!
It is great to be a Greendevil!
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To Grow..…you need students with a pioneering spirit!
This year we added another exciting piece to our high school learning experience by offering seniors the opportunity to do a co-op job for part of the school day. We currently have four students pioneering this program, and we appreciate their willingness to be lead learners and their risk-taking spirit to try something new.
Currently these students have completed two logistics classes at Gateway College and have earned an industry certification in this field. During these classes, they learned about the hard skills and “ins and outs” of the logistics profession while also practicing and learning about the “soft skills” that are needed to be successful in any field. Our cooperative education students continue to take classes at DHS towards the completion of their high school diploma and then spend the rest of the day at the Greater Cincinnati Airport in their co-op jobs. These students report back to me that their most recent paychecks were approximately $400!!
It is possible that these Seniors will stay in logistics and climb the ladder in this profession. It is also possible that these students learn that this is a career pathway that is not ideal for them. Either way, they are learning and Growing!
We anticipate a greater number of seniors participating in our Gateway Logistics Co-Op program next year. This is yet another option for our students to take a step outside of Dayton and see what opportunities exist. When you combine our Dual College Credit Gateway Program with our Area Technical Center career certifications through this new Gateway Logistics program we are putting together a variety of options for students.
We are excited that next year we are looking to expand even more next year and offer programs for seniors such as computer technicians, construction, and allied health. We greatly appreciate the pioneering spirit of our students to take a risk and do something different. We also appreciate the wonderful partnerships that we are Growing along the river to create real world opportunities for our students.
Our mission is to Grow! So, Grow we do!
Proudly serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
It’s March, and that means spring is just around the corner. The crocuses and daffodils will be blooming soon, and we’re also in the middle of Fish Fry Season! Once again, St. Bernard Church will have their famous fish fry on Fridays during Lent.
March also means Red’s Opening Day is just a few weeks away! Dayton has a rich and proud Baseball History. The first organized baseball game west of the Alleghenies was held in an empty lot at 7th and Berry Street on September 8, 1866. I also highlighted the seven Major League Baseball players from Dayton at our joint press conference with the Cincinnati Reds last week, when I announced Red’s Opening Day as a holiday in the City of Dayton, and that Dayton Night at Great American Ballpark will be Friday, August 28 at 7:10 PM with the Cincinnati Reds playing the Milwaukee Brewers.
Also, stop and visit Galactic Chicken our newest Main Street Business that’s having their ribbon cutting on Thursday, March 5 at noon.
Lastly, mark your calendars! The Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Gil Lynn Park sponsored by the Dayton Civic Club will be Saturday, April 4, 2020 from1- 3 p.m. Bring your camera for pictures with Easter Bunny. Be sure to bring your own Easter Basket or bag. (Rain-out date April 11, 2020)
Bellevue Vets Youth League
SIGN UPS for 2020 season
NKY Joe Morgan League
Volleyball ages 6 to 17 years old
Baseball ages 4.5 to 16 years old
Saturday & Sunday 1 pm to 3 pm
@ 24 Fairfield Avenue
Opening Day April 19th, 2020
All Star-Appreciation Day July 12th, 2020
$25.00 cost per player
Our Greendevils bowling team competed in the Covington Catholic Jack Kaelin Team Challenge on January 11. Our kids were on a mission and first place went to David Puchta and Blake McCarty. Third place was earned by Jasiah Corman and Brian Raleigh. So very proud of our kids!
Congratulations to our DHS bowlers as they defeated Newport on January 9. Strong performances by the following led the way:
Rachel Holaday 219
David Puchta 192
Josiah Corman 191
Russell McIntyre 173
School is so much more than tests scores! Consider us Inspired!
Dayton Board of Education…We Appreciate You!
January was Board of Education Appreciation month and we want to take a moment to thank and recognize our outstanding Board of Education members.
Rosann Sharon (Chair): Rosann spent her educational career at Dayton High School where she taught high school math. Upon retiring, Rosann was elected to the Board of Education where she has served since 2008. Rosann’s dedication goes beyond serving as Chair of the Board as she is a fixture at Lincoln Elementary School where she volunteers full-time.
Bernie Pfeffer: (Vice-Chair): Bernie has served on the Board of Education twice. His first tenure was from 1990-2002. He ran again in 2008, where he has served since. Bernie’s son and daughter are both Dayton High School graduates.
Diane Huff: Diane is a graduate of Dayton High School and spent her educational career at Dayton Schools, where she was a middle school math teacher and then guidance counselor for Dayton Middle School and High School. She was appointed to the Board of Education in 2010 when a seat became vacant and has served ever since. Diane’s son and daughter are both Dayton High School graduates.
Carrie Downard: Carrie is a graduate of Dayton High School. She was elected to the Board of Education in 2014 and has served since. Carrie has three children – her daughter is a Dayton High School graduate and her two sons currently attend Dayton Schools.
Bret Neuspickle: Bret is our newest Board of Education member. He was appointed in February 2019 when a seat became vacant, and was elected in November 2019 for his first 4-year term. Bret’s son and daughter attend Dayton Schools and his is the proud father of a 2018 Dayton graduate.
Our board members serve for 4 years and are elected by the voters of the City of Dayton. Our board members freely serve our school community and provide leadership in areas such as mission, policy making, budget, and providing resources to improve achievement for each student in the district. A board member must carry out responsibilities for the benefit of, and in the interest of, individuals and groups in the school district.
The excitement about our Growing and improving school district is rooted in the work of our board of education. The academic improvements that led to our district being named the only River City District in NKY to be a Distinguished School District, is the direct work of the leadership provided by our board of education.
They are tireless and selfless members who work to make sure our school lives our mission to Inspire, Engage, and Grow each of our Students! When you see them about town, please take a moment to thank them for all that they do to Grow our Future!
Proudly serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
Please congratulate this young lady, Johnessah Barbiea, as she has earned our Athlete of the Month honor. Johnessah is one of the FEW Lady Devils to ever score 1000 points in her basketball career and it is not over yet. She was recently named to the All-Tournament team for the All-A Classic, where she scored 15 points again the All-A eventual Champions. Johnessah has been the regional champion several times over in Track and Field and holds school records in the jumps and has twice by the Conference Track and Field Athlete of the year. She is also a stand-out volleyball player, earning All-Tournament and All-Conference honors. Aside from these athletic accomplishments, Johnessah is a hard worker who is a true joy to coach and know. Continue making us all proud, Jumpin' J!!
The Courage of the Call
The New Year is a month old already! Last month we wrote about resolutions and encouraged you to work on a relationship with The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Many may have decided, it’s a good time for new beginnings and relationships and for those who made this their new year resolution.
One month into the New Year, working on our relationships with not much happening so far? You may be attempting to listen for His word and what paths you should take. Something comes up that you are called to, but you are not sure you can handle it. Do you answer or do you run the other way? This is tough, you may feel not worthy, afraid of making a mistake, or of causing harm to someone or something. This is where God wants us to have the courage to carry out the call. He is saying “overcome the fear and get moving.”
We must push forward and get out of the routine of staying in the same place where we feel safe. There might be setbacks, we may stumble, and we might even fall smack down on our face. God will be there to pick us up, dust us off, give us a gentle kiss and push us to get moving again.
The world is full of turmoil, hatred, and violence. It’s not always going to be easy. There will be trouble and heartache, but don’t give up! Have the courage to act on God’s word. Be faithful and take the next step. Many won’t give it, keep on working on them and they will come around. Have the courage to keep on keeping on.
When you have a choice to run or go, always choose to go and know that God will respond. Don’t be afraid of trying. God’s got you. Trust him.
Submitted by: Melody Dilts
Dear Dayton High School Family,
We have just completed the first half of our school year – what a great half it has been. We are very much looking forward to continuing the many wonderful things happening in our school over the second half of the school year. We hope everyone was able to recharge and relax over the holidays for a much-deserved break. Please continue to emphasize to your student/s during these upcoming cold mornings to make sure they are in school every day, as great student attendance is critical in learning.
Many people make a New Year’s Resolution and they work hard to follow through, while some stray from that resolution quickly. Our New Year’s resolution at DHS is as clear as our mission statement: We want to continue to INSPIRE, ENGAGE, and GROW each of our students. We will work toward that resolution every day at DHS for the remainder of this year and beyond.
Dayton High School would like to congratulate our December Students of the Month. We also want to recognize our Artist/Athlete of the Month. Students were recognized at our Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, December 18th. Congratulations Greendevils!
Zoey Geis- 7th Grade
Ashanti Smith - 8th Grade
Lucas Hundemer - 9th Grade
Hannah McElfresh - 10th Grade
Liberty Windeler - 11th Grade
Maesyn Dunford - 12th Grade
David Puchta - Athlete of the Month
Rachael Holaday - Artist of the Month
The counseling office was busy during the month of December. Our counseling department attended trainings for Trauma Informed Care and Infinite Campus to better support our students. In addition, they were able to attend college seminars to learn more about opportunities for our students once they graduate. Our seniors have been receiving acceptance letters to various colleges and academies throughout the fall semester. So far, the total number of scholarships and awards to our seniors totals over $240,000!!! That's amazing, and we still have so many students waiting to hear back from colleges and universities.
We have a handful of students working with our local recruiters for various branches of the military and have one signed with a military branch already, great job all around! There are also 7 juniors that have met ACT benchmarks from the ACT exam in October. Those 7 juniors have also been accepted into the Gateway Dual Credit program for the Spring semester. We are GROWING! As always, if anyone needs anything, please email email@example.com or you can sign up for my Remind class. Text @gffak33 to the number 81010 to subscribe and text her directly.
December was a busy month at the Youth Services Center. A special thank you to Dayton Boosters and Tom and June Madison for providing Drug Free Club members treats. Also, a special thank you to the CARE Closet for having a pop-up event at Dayton High School. Numerous students and families were able to shop for clothes, sign up for assistance with diapers, and/or receive produce and soup compliments of Le Soupe. We hope to have a similar event in the spring.
Some excellent things happened when wrapping up the fall sports seasons:
Basketball is currently in full swing with 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, Freshman, JV and Varsity boys. The girls are competing at the 6th Grade, 7th Grade, Freshman and varsity levels with Johnessah Barbiea on the hunt for her 1000th point!
Varsity Cheerleaders are raring up for another competition while our Middle School cheerleaders are getting ready to cheer with the Ben-Gals. We hope to see you out supporting our winter athletes and teams!
It is great to be a Greendevil!
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Congratulations to 5th grader Matthew Oder who won with the winning word of arrange. He goes on to compete March 14 at Cincinnati Christian Hills Academy at 2 p.m.
The other contestants were:
4th grader Eddie Holmes
4th grader Isaiah Varchetta
4th grader Mileigha Sanders
5th grader Jackson Fossett
5th grader Carly Bickers
6th grader Hailey McVey
6th grader Harley McVey
6th grader James Waxler
The Auxiliary at Kersten O'Day Post 2899 always strives to assist our school system. This year, we applied for a $1,000 grant from the VFW Foundation to be used for a community purpose. We were honored to be approved and receive the full $1,000 in funding.
The grant was used for two purposes. First, 4 laptops were bought and presented to the Jesse Herbst for the middle school. These will be used to acknowledge one 7th & 8th grader in the first and second quarter for perfect attendance. We recognize that attendance is key to obtaining the best education possible and want to encourage our young people to attend school.
The second phase was to supply items for the Devil Dollar Store at Lincoln Elementary. We provided approximately $600 worth of coloring books, footballs, dolls, solar buddies, matchbox cars, socks, hair ties and many other items. The looks on on the students faces when they visited the store was worth it. The Devil Dollar Store rewards the students for good behavior, grades and helping others. We were glad to have the opportunity to provide these to the students and we are always happy to provide for our schools.
Submitted by: Penny Hurtt
Dayton Community News