Living our Mission in 2017
As we GROW into a New Year it is always good to set a focus for what lies ahead. We know that each year brings its very own promise and challenges. This year is guaranteed to bring both.
At Dayton Independent Schools, we will continue to focus on living our mission to Inspire, Engage, and Grow each of our Students. In doing so, we must ensure four key themes continue to guide our work. They are:
These four themes come from the work of Larry Brendtro and his study of our American Native cultures and the focus they had for developing their youth. I support his idea that our youth face multiple risks that are related to destructive relationships, climates of futility, learned irresponsibility, and loss of purpose. We must continue to look for ways for young people to develop a sense of their own value by providing opportunities to be of value to others.
I look forward to GROWING with you in the New Year!
We GROW together!
Proudly serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
We hope that everyone had an enjoyable holiday season, and we would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! We look forward to this new year and the many great things that will take place in 2017 for our students of Lincoln Elementary. The LES staff will continue to be committed in finding ways to make our current programs and strategies even better and stronger for our students, while also pushing ourselves to learn and implement new learning opportunities for all of them as well.
We welcome our students’ families and our community members to LES to help us implement our district’s mission to Inspire, Engage, and Grow EACH of our students. We invite each of you reading this article to come and be a part of our school’s community. We promise that we will work with you to find a way to involve you in a way that you are comfortable with that will undoubtedly make a difference for our students. Please consider reaching out to us to become involved as a volunteer at Lincoln. We need YOU!
We want to thank everyone who joined us for our annual LES Holiday Program that was held on December 21st. We were so excited that over 350 guests joined our students and staff in the Dayton High School gymnasium for this fun-filled program that highlighted every LES student performing. We also want to thank the generous donors who made contributions to our Family Resource Center during the holiday season. Our director, Mrs. Gina Byrd, worked tirelessly to ensure gifts of food, clothes, and toys were distributed to our students, which were only made possible due to your generous donations. We are proud of our LES students for collecting 294 canned food items for the St. Bernard Food Pantry this December. These are just a few highlighted examples of our focused Core Life lessons in December on Optimism (Spreading cheer) and Volunteering (Helping Others).
During this past month, our students also worked hard in their commitment to setting and meeting goals. Each student in grades K – 6 took their winter MAP benchmark test with many of them showing great progress. Along with the students’ report cards, the MAP progress reports will also be sent home on Monday, January 9th. So many of our students also met their Accelerated Reading (AR) goals during this last quarter of school. A huge accomplishment came when 100% of our sixth and fifth grade students met their 2nd quarter AR goal! Our students have already read over 9,400 books during the first semester of school. This is so impressive! The students in grades 2 – 6 will each be setting their AR goal in the first week back to school, so please make sure to inquire with your child(ren) about their 3rd Quarter AR goals.
Please continue to read the Dayton Community News for the amazing happenings ahead in 2017 for our students, families and community. We look forward to working together to build our school strong for EACH of our Little Devils!
Heather Dragan, Principal Tim Chenot, Assistant Principal
This month, we would like to recognize Christina Marlow (pictured on the right) as the DHS Athlete of the Month. Christina attended Dayton schools her whole life until her family moved to another school district, but Christina wanted to come home to Dayton. Despite the Kentucky High School Athletic Association deeming her ineligible to play sports for a year, Christina chose to stay at Dayton. Since that time, she has worked out, practiced, fundraised, team-bonded, and traveled to every game with the teams she loves. Her dedication to being a Greendevil is exactly what makes her the perfect nominee and winner of Athlete of the Month for Dayton High School. We are all hoping that Christina is found eligible soon to again represent Dayton on her many fields of play! Way to go, Big Chief!
Submitted by: Barbie Case-Lukens
DHS Athletic Director