Juniors and seniors have been preparing for March testing for several months. ACT, KOSSA, and WorkKeys testing all went well. Our students are close to the highest college and career readiness percentage in the history of our school. Among other good things happening at DMS/DHS are:
Our 2017 Dayton High School Career Day was a resounding success. Over 20 community members volunteered their time to educate our high school students about their respective professions. We appreciate all the support in creating this valuable experience for our students.
The Youth Service Center is in need of volunteers on April 13th between 2-5:30 p.m. Volunteers will be asked to complete a 15-45 minute survey about household items. Each volunteer can raise up to $9 for the After-Prom and Drug Free Club. Please contact Mrs. Chan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-292-7486 to volunteer.
Ryan Kellinghaus "Mr. K"
Principal, Dayton Middle & High School
Respond or React?
One of my recent readings has been the Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu and I have found it to be a book that has quickly moved into my Top 5! Within the book are many deep discussions by these two spiritual leaders and Nobel Prize winners on the topic of joy. These two have great conversations on what they describe as the eight pillars of joy, with four being for the mind and four being for the heart. The four for the mind are perspective, humility, humor, and acceptance. The four for the heart are forgiveness, gratitude, compassion, and generosity.
One particular conversation in the book turns to the idea of respond versus react. I personally have been working towards responding more to life’s events versus reacting to them. We find that humans are the rare species that have the quality of being able to respond to what is presented to us versus reacting to it. I find when we lose our temper, our patience, we also lose our joy.
When we react instead of respond we lose an important aspect of modeling how we should deal with life to our children. When our children see us “lose it” they begin to see this as an appropriate response to life’s challenges. We know that children want to grow up to be adults. And we need to think deeply about the concept of what is their perception of an adult when they live in a world in which they only see adults reacting to life’s challenges by yelling, cussing, bullying, and melting down.
To stop the cycle of reacting to life, we adults must do better at modeling responding instead of reacting. For this cycle to stop, we adults must STOP REACTING to life. We need to slow, down…pause…count to ten. And then and only then…RESPOND. Our kids deserve this.
Jay Brewer, Proudly Serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
March 2017 Artist of the Month
Dayton Independent Schools would like to recognize Mikayla Lovins as the March 2017 Artist of the Month. Mikayla is hard working and puts forth the effort to make her work stand out. She has good craftsmanship and handles a variety of media with skill and precision. You will get the chance to see some of her work at the 9th Annual Fine Arts Festival on March 30th from 5:30 – 7:30pm. Congratulations Mikayla!
March 2017 Athlete of the Month
Dayton Independent Schools would like to recognize DHS senior, Adrian Hall, as the March 2017 Athlete of the Month. Adrian was chosen as Mr. Hustle for the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference. His dedication to the game from tipoff to buzzer was amazing. Congratulations Adrian!
Submitted by: Kati Newsome, Administrative Assistant
We continue to be so proud of our students for their hard work and many accomplishments. During the month of March, our students worked hard to meet their individual and school-wide goals. We were thrilled to recognize these academic accomplishments during our recent 3rd Quarter Recognition Assembly held on Friday, March 31st. During this exciting assembly, we recognized students for the following accomplishments: Accelerated Reader (AR) individual and school-wide goal setters, MAP goal setters, A/B Honor roll and Super Honor Roll recipients, Math Facts in a Flash winners, students with 3rd quarter perfect attendance, and greendevil behavior award winners. It is always an honor to recognize students for working hard and doing the right things, and we will strive to continue these recognition traditions in the future.
We are also proud of our students who have been working hard outside of the classroom. Many of our after-school clubs earned some prestigious honors in March as well. Our LES Robotics Teams competed in the regional tournament in March with three teams’ strong performances earning them the privilege to move onto the statewide competition on April 12th. Several of our LES students also participated in the recent 16th Annual Queen City Classic Chess Tournament. The grade level teams walked away with many trophies proving their amazing chess skills! Please remember that these opportunities for our students are made possible by the many volunteer hours donated by our dedicated LES staff members, and also through our strong partnerships with some amazing organizations.
Please put the dates Friday, April 21st and Saturday, April 22nd on your calendars. On these dates, our LES/DHS Drama Club members will be presenting the play “The Little Mermaid”. This group of students has been working tirelessly the last few months to prepare for these performances. Your support for their work through your attendance at the show would be greatly appreciated!
Although it is hard to believe that we are already in our fourth and final quarter of the school year, we look forward to these last two school months ahead knowing that our students will continue to work hard to meet more of their individual goals, as well as our school goals. We want to extend our invitation for you to stop by Lincoln to witness all of the great things taking place and to offer your time and talents to our students and staff. We welcome you!
Heather Dragan Tim Chenot
LES Principal LES Assistant Principal
We would like to thank the Upsilon Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a society of key women educators, who recently made a monetary donation to Mrs. Ridder’s kindergarten class. Mrs. Ridder wrote a proposal requesting a listening library for her students. This organization of amazing women educators created and sold cookbooks in order to raise money for this project. Members of this organization are also planning to begin volunteering in our LES classrooms this spring. We look forward to this partnership with this committed group of retired and acting educators.
Submitted by: Heather Dragan, LES Principal
On Friday, March 24th, four Lincoln Elementary Students, Emily Hall, Mason Fromeyer, Braden Fromeyer, and Peyton Young, played in a simul against chess grandmaster Gregory Kaidanov. Then on Saturday, March 25th, the Lincoln Elementary and Dayton Middle/High School traveled to Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Cincinnati Bengals, to participate in the 16th Annual Queen City Classic Chess Tournament. Thirty “Greendevil Knights” in grade levels 2-8 matched their chess prowess with over 800 other students from states as far away as Michigan to the north and Tennessee to the south.
After 5 rounds of intense playing, the finals results were as follows:
2nd Grade – 3rd Place (just learned how to play beginning this school year)
3rd Grade – 5th Place
4th Grade – 2nd Place (1st Overall School)
5th Grade – 2nd Place (1st Overall School)
6th Grade – 2nd Place (1st Overall School)
7th – 8th Grades – 9th (first time the M/H school played in the tournament)
Braden Fromeyer – 8th Place
Tim Haynes – 14th Place
Nikki Lin – 5th Place
Kevin Buemi – 8th Place
Paul Masminster – 10th Place
Head chess coach Tyler Mobarry and assistant chess coach Ed Long were extremely proud of the effort and sportsmanship of all the students. Special thanks to the Cris Collinsworth ProScan Fund for their support of Dayton’s Chess Program.
Submitted by: Tyler Mobarry