"Ask me about 82.9!" This announcement was emboldened on t-shirts worn by staff throughout our school in December, as we celebrated one of many extraordinary student accomplishments! Why is 82.9 such an important number? 82.9% of our 2018 Seniors were college or career ready. We have a higher CCR percentage than Erlanger, Campbell County, Walton Verona, Silver Grove, Pendleton County, Boone County, Grant County, Kenton County, Carroll County, Williamstown, Newport, Ludlow, Covington and Bellevue!!!! It is the highest college and career readiness rate in the history of our school. We will continue to show our pride and celebrate 82.9 days this year as we continue to inspire, engage and grow our students!
Our Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) students have been elated to partner with Aerial Intelligence Solutions, a high tech aerospace company located near the Veterans’ Memorial on Sixth Avenue. Mike and AIS staff recently visited students, shared drone technology and recorded infrared drone flights over and around Dayton High School in a special project to assist our students with a passion/problem/project based grant proposal. Recorded infrared drone footage was used to diagnose problems in and around our school, such as breeches in insulating material or wet insulation, electrical overheating or wiring, conduit or roof-installed equipment, plus areas of heat loss through brick, masonry or defective exhaust vents. We look forward to continued student projects and partnership with Mike and AIS staff. Please visit their Facebook page to view unique drone footage atop St. Bernard church and stop by their store to find out more about how they are helping customers and impacting our community!
Ryan Kellinghaus, “Mr. K”
Principal of Dayton & Middle High School
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 2019 for our students of Lincoln Elementary. The LES staff will continue to be committed in finding ways to enhance our current programs and strategies for our students, while also pushing ourselves to learn and implement new learning opportunities 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. 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 375 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 contributed 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 excited to announce that Lincoln Elementary School was one of only four schools in the region to be the recipient of the Scripps Howard Foundation School-Bookfair Project. On January 17th and January 18th every student in preschool through sixth grade will get to shop a Scholastic Book Fair all due to the generous donations of Scripps Howard employees. There will be news coverage on WCPO on January 17th as we are the first school in the region to kick-off this exciting project. We are so grateful to receive this generous book gift which will allow students to receive books to take home and continues our district’s steadfast commitment to literacy.
Please continue to read the Dayton Community News for the amazing happenings ahead in 2019 for our students, families and community. We look forward to working together to build our school strong for EACH of our Little Devils!
Proudly serving the students and families of Lincoln Elementary,
Heather Dragan, Principal Tim Chenot, Assistant Principal
One of Life’s Ladders to Success…Excellent Attendance!
It is often said that 80% of life’s success is just showing up. Often, this is true. If you are not at school, work, or any other activity on a consistent basis, it is hard to excel. People who show up can be counted on. They are promoted up in organizations. They learn more than their peers who have lower attendance.
At Dayton Independent Schools, we believe that excellent attendance is central to a child’s well-being and ability to make progress. Absences leave gaps in learning, can affect children’s ability to maintain friendships, and often leave students feeling left out or left behind.
This month we will be sending out individual notices to all our students that will report their attendance percentage to date. Students will also know how many days they have missed and how many tardies they have. Our goal for each student is a yearly percentage rate of 98% or better. This means a child should miss no more than a total of 4 days per school year.
The habit of good attendance is like having a ladder to success. An excellent attendance rate is important because students are more likely to succeed in academics when they attend school consistently. It’s difficult for the teacher and the class to build their skills and progress if a large number of students are frequently absent. In addition to falling behind in academics, students who are not in school on a regular basis are more likely to get into trouble with the law and cause problems in their communities.
A 2008 study conducted by the Rodel Community Scholars at Arizona State University that tracked students from kindergarten through high school found that dropout patterns were linked with poor attendance, beginning in kindergarten. Gregory Hickman, director of the Rodel Community Scholars program and former director of the Arizona Dropout Initiative, note that as early as kindergarten, behavioral differences are apparent between those who go on to graduate and those who drop out, with dropouts missing an average of 124 days by the eighth grade.
We appreciate our school community working with us to make the habit of excellent attendance a life habit that Grows our students forward.
Proudly Serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
Students at LES have been doing a lot of reading. In order to learn more about the books that everyone is reading, I created the Book Ornament Challenge. The students were given the option to choose a book that they have read and create a book ornament to represent it. The ornaments were put on the Media Center Literary Tree. I am very proud of the hard work the students used to create the ornaments. I can tell they tried their best! I would like to thank Mrs. Tucker for assisting some students and submitting her own book ornament. Alec Rodriguez, Lily Brown, and Anna Karnes received the most votes and earned a prize. I am looking forward to more book sharing!
Submitted by: Cami Young