November was truly a month to be thankful! The sophomore class had an opportunity to visit the Campbell County Area Technical Center and discover the numerous career pathways available. By the time we left, several of the sophomores were excited about the possibility of participating in programs such as health sciences, masonry, computer technology, auto technology and carpentry. After leaving the CCATC, we took the students to visit Thomas More. The admissions counselors at Thomas More escorted our students around the campus, answered dozens of questions, and treated us to a wonderful lunch buffet! The students enjoyed visiting a college campus, and a few of them added Thomas More to their list of “Top 5 Colleges.”
Our Northern KY Youth Advisory Board students had a blast at Lincolns Fall Festival while raising money for a great cause It was a resounding success and has spurred brainstorming additional opportunities for our high school students to read, lead and mentor Lincoln students. In 2015 the members of NKYAB created the “John Wooden Memorial Scholarship.” This scholarship is designed to benefit an athlete who is graduating from DHS and continuing his/her education at a 2 or 4-year institution. The goal is to raise at least $500 for the 2017 scholarship. The NKYAB members raised over $90 while painting faces and pumpkins at the fall festival. All of the members who participated enjoyed spending time with the Lincoln students and look forward to working with them in the future.
The holiday season is a great time to remember how much we have to be thankful for. We have been recognized as a distinguished school and district, and we’re on track to receive the same recognition next year! 47.5% of our seniors are now college and/or career ready, and 38% of the senior class has already been accepted to a college or university. We have 23 juniors and seniors earning college credit at Gateway, and 4 students earning college credit at the Campbell County Area Technical Center. Our student success rate continues to improve, our attendance rate is on the rise, and our enrollment numbers continue to grow.
We had 20 veterans in attendance during our Veteran’s day assembly, including Alfy McCracken (Mr. Kellinghaus’s grandpa). It was a fantastic celebration with many highlights, including a presentation of minted pins using Mallory Kubala’s artwork. It was inspiring and brought tears to everyone in attendance. We are reviewing our school improvement plan (CSIP) during December and invite input from parents and community members. These are just a few of the things we are thankful for as we continue to inspire, engage and grow!
Submitted by: Guidance Counselor, Casaundra Newsome and Dayton High School Principal, Ryan Kellinghaus