Dayton High School will be starting a Digital Conversion initiative, in the 2018-2019 school year, by issuing each student in grades 9 through 12 an Apple MacBook Air computer that they will be able to take home each night. High school students will have an opportunity to pick up their device with a parent during an information session a couple weeks before the first day of school on August 15th. Watch for details, the pick-up date and information session to be advertised on Facebook and our school website in July.
We see the need to better prepare our students for the 21st century and provide them the necessary tools to be successful. Students may have far less to carry back and forth to and from school each day. Perhaps more importantly, having technology available to each student in each classroom where learning is taking place will enable us to more effectively utilize it as a real-time instructional tool, providing students with the most up-to-date information and learning opportunities that would not be available otherwise.
Though middle school students will not carry laptops, they will be one to one and have access to computers in all of their classes with computer labs and laptop carts. Students will learn digital citizenship and have the opportunity to explore student technology leadership programs (STLP) as we launch DHS into the 21st Century!
Ryan Kellinghaus "Mr. K"
Principal/Dayton Middle & High School
We realize how important it is for young children to continue their learning over the summer months. It is for this exact reason that we have made a commitment to provide our students with a variety of summer learning opportunities. Forty-eight of our incoming intermediate students attended a very engaging summer learning experience in early June for two weeks, which was included a fun-filled mystery unit, an outside speaker, and a field trip. We are fortunate to receive a United Way grant for another year in order to offer our “Me and My School” program for our incoming kindergarten students. This transition program helps to ensure our preschoolers make a successful transition to kindergarten. Our 21st Century Summer Program has offered a very active and intentional all day five-week experience to approximately 45 of our Lincoln students. This program includes structured and fun learning, and many additional away-from-school experiences, too. We will be offering a Chess Camp for our second graders this summer as well. We are proud of the proactive approach that we are taking to address the summer learning gaps that occur with students over the summer months.
We want to remind our students about their summer reading/learning projects, too. All of our kindergarten and first grade students received an activity calendar to work on over the summer while our students in second through sixth grades each received a book. The expectation is that the students have their book read and AR test taken by the by the first day of school. Students completing this will receive a Kona Ice. Our littlest devils who bring back their activity calendar marked with activities they completed will also get the delicious Kona Ice treat. Keep reading over the summer kids!!
Please mark these important upcoming dates on your calendars:
Wednesday, August 8th – Readifest in LES Gymnasium
Thursday, August 9th – Open House for grades 1 – 6
Monday, August 13th – Kindergarten Open House
Wednesday, August 15th – First Day of School for the 2018 – 2019
Heather Dragan, Principal Tim Chenot, Assistant Principal
The Computer is the Pencil of the 21st Century
For many of us, the pencil or pen was the go to “tool” that we needed for school. We wouldn’t be found in a classroom without one. As we know, progress happens, and we now find ourselves living in a world that changes every minute due to advancing technology. We are excited to announce that Dayton High School will be Engaging in a Digital Conversion Initiative by issuing each student in grades 9 -12 an Apple Macbook Air laptop that will allow them to Grow by encouraging deeper learning, doing more creative and innovative projects, and providing opportunities for greater individualized learning. These devices will be on loan to students, and they will consider it to be their personal learning tool, for the entire school year. Students will be able to take these laptops home and extend their learning into the evening and weekends.
Several Northern Kentucky school districts have been providing laptop computers for students and we are proud to Grow forward and join these school systems in providing the most current learning opportunities for our students. Our district leadership team and high school staff have worked tirelessly to secure grants that will provide funding for the bulk of this initiative. Our teachers and staff have been highly engaged this past school year in professional learning to ensure that these devices are used to make learning more challenging and Inspiring, not just easier and more fun.
Our mission at Dayton Independent Schools is to Inspire, Engage, and Grow each of our students. We firmly believe that our students at Dayton deserve the same opportunities that students throughout our state and nation are afforded. We can no longer allow our students to sit in classrooms without the tools they need to communicate, research, design, create, and collaborate.
We are proud to take another step forward in improving learning for our students. Our students are the BEST and deserve the BEST!
Proudly serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools