We are currently surveying interest among students to start an official esports online gaming team at Dayton High School this year. The new sport is sanctioned by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. KHSAA will be leading Kentucky to be among the first states to offer esports this this year as part of PlayVS’ Season Zero featuring League of Legends — the most played PC game in the world and a key driver behind the growth of esports. We hope to be among the first schools in Kentucky to compete in esports! If you know a student who is interested, please ask them to see our athletic director, Barbie Lukens, or our digital learning coach, Dillon Mears.
Our music program is growing! The Dayton High School bands are taking off this year! We offer a wide variety of courses for all students in grades 7-12, including electronic music classes, guitar classes, and 7-12 concert bands! This is a very exciting time for the DHS Marching Band! Our marching band is currently ranked ahead of our neighboring rival Bellevue by over 10 points, and only 3 points behind Simon Kenton who placed 7th in the region in 2017. The remainder of the DHS Marching Band schedule is as follows: October 6th – LaSalle HS, October 13th – William Mason HS, October 29th– West Clermont HS, and November 3rd – Norwood HS (Championships). We would love to see some familiar faces rooting us on throughout the season, as we take on 29 other bands throughout Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. Go Greendevils!
Our Drug Free Club is off to a strong start again this year. Students are welcome to join the Drug Free Club at no cost. We will be providing fun incentives and field trips for students participating.
Lastly, please contact Georgia Harris if you are in need of food or know any students who are in need of food. The food pantry will be open the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month from 1 to 3 pm for families with students at Dayton Independent Schools.
Principal of Dayton & Middle High School
We greatly appreciate the work of our new School Resource Officer, Officer Mark Fielding.
Today, a student showed her appreciation by giving him his very own Greendevil doll! We greatly appreciate Officer Fielding and our city of Dayton for collaborating with us to protect and serve our students and staff.
Submitted by: Superintendent Jay Brewer
How do you measure the worth of a school?
One thing you can count on is the way we measure the worth of our schools will change. In my 27 years of education, I have seen schools labeled, classified, ranked, and sorted by data gathered from student test results, student achievement in classrooms, and graduation rates. In this time, I have been a part of a team that earned the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, and been a part of a team that elevated schools labeled as low performing and were under state assistance. I have seen schools rewarded cash bonuses for student success, (remember the 90’s), and I have seen schools audited for failure to produce high test scores.
One thing that I have learned along the way is that great teachers and great staff members can be found everywhere. I have worked in three different school districts, (Ludlow, Fort Thomas, and now Dayton), and I can honestly say that I have found many, many, many outstanding teachers and staff members in all three districts. I can also say that I have worked with many, many, many wonderful students and families in all three districts. I can say that all three districts have amazing strengths, and their own unique challenges.
It would truly be very difficult for me to say, “Which one is the best?”, if you mean “best” to be the one district that does the most for their students and families they serve.So, how do we determine the worth of a school? I know some folks want to make schools like businesses and measure the end product. We know the challenges with this theory, as not all schools and not all communities are equal in demographics, resources, and opportunities. We also know that humans are much more complex than “widgets” produced in an assembly line. Some folks want to make schools like sports in which points are earned and rankings are made. Sports are created with the idea that you are going to compete against an opponent.
Recently, I read a report on school assessment in which it noted that one school dominated other schools in the area. I would like to believe that with schools, we don’t look at other school districts as opponents, but as allies in making all students great. We are now approaching a time in which the schools will be on a star rating system, similar to that of a hotel or restaurant. As long as we continue to force schools to model sports and business practices, we will continue to have false reporting, misleading data, confusing report cards, and ultimately, a rating system that undermines the true purpose of schools.
Teachers have students. Doctors have patients. Coaches have athletes. Businesses have customers. All of these groups serve different roles, responsibilities, and relationships and we should not try and make them the same.
Now, more than ever, I am deeply concerned with the thought process of many of today’s politicians at the state and national level that have made our schools and our school children pawns in the messy and ugly world of politics. Too much emphasis is now being placed on “winning” rather than doing the right thing. We need to take politics out of schools and all come together to put Kids First. As adults, we must act like adults, and make responsible decisions that allow for all students to have equal access and opportunities to the American Dream. We owe it to our children to put them first. Their worth is immense.
Proudly serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
As you might have read in a separate article, I am not in support of the ranking, sorting, and labeling of schools. However, in fairness to our public, I believe that we must be transparent in reporting the results of our latest assessment from the spring of 2018. The labels once used for schools such as Proficient and Distinguished are no longer used to define schools. We are very proud of the continued growth occurring in many, many areas of our school district. Here is a brief summary of our results:
Submitted by: Jay Brewer
Proudly Serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
We continue to be proud of the great work that our students, teachers, and staff are involved in every single school day while inside and outside of the classrooms at Lincoln Elementary School. Our teachers and staff members continue to provide the best learning opportunities possible for each of our students inside their dynamic classrooms. These same amazing individuals also put in countless hours after school and on weekends providing our students with extra-curricular and sports opportunities. We thank our teachers and staff members for their dedication in providing our students with the best elementary school experiences possible.
The LES students are each working hard to learn and grow. Students have just completed their first round of MAP tests, and are working toward meeting their first quarter AR goals, completing assignments and studying hard for their weekly assessments as the first quarter ends on Friday, October 12th. Many of our students are also involved with the multitude of “extra” opportunities offered after school hours. The following groups are already up and going at LES: Chess Club, Cross Country, Chorus, Girls on the Run, STLP, 21st Century Program, Gardening Club, The Kind Hearts Club, and Student Council. More teams and clubs will be beginning in the very near future, too. We are proud of our little devils!
We would like to thank our LES families, community members, and staff members who supported our annual mumkin sale. It was another very successful year of sales. Proceeds raised will go directly into the student activity fund, which provides our students with continued educational resources, learning opportunities, and programs throughout this school year. Mumkin pickup is set for Saturday, October 6th.
Below you will find important upcoming events for Lincoln Elementary. Please continue to find important school information in our school newsletter, on our Facebook page, website, and electronic school marquee, in your child’s Monday folder, and in the Dayton Community News. It is important to us that you feel well- informed and involved in your child’s education. Please reach out to us with your needs, questions, or ideas.
Proudly serving the students and families of Lincoln Elementary,
Heather Dragan, Principal Tim Chenot, Assistant Principal
Upcoming LES Events:
October 12th – Last day of the First Quarter
Week of October 15th – Fall Break
October 24th – SBDM meeting @ 4:00 pm in the LES Parent Room
October 25th – Parent/Teacher conferences from 3 – 7 pm
November 2nd – PTC Fall Festival from 6 – 8 pm
Please join me in celebrating the outstanding accomplishments of Austin Klosterman, who has been named as the Dayton High School Athlete of the Month. Aside from being a 3 sport letterman, Austin attends Gateway Dual Credit classes.
Austin had 105 yards rushing on 11 carries and a TD, 3 receptions for 124 yards and a TD, one which was a 90 yard reception. He also caught an interception. Austin was selected as a team captain and is on the leadership committee for football team.
Austin also serves as the student rep for Board of Education meetings and he is part of the Drug Free club. Austin is dependable, hard-working and dedicated. He is a wonderful addition to everything in which he takes part.
Submitted by: Barbie Case-Lukens
Athletic Director, Head Boys and Girls Track Coach