Lincoln Elementary was full of great energy during the last weeks of October with the Red Ribbon Week activities, the PTC Fall Festival, the grade level Halloween activities, our fall Parent/Teacher Conferences, and our 1st Quarter Recognition Assembly.
Red Ribbon Week was a big success with students participating in the daily theme days that focused on saying NO to drugs. Thank you to Mrs. Sceifres and the LES Student Council for their inspiring morning messages in helping everyone to know the harmful effects of drugs. During this week we were also proud to hold our first Healthy Family Series event collaborating with Campbell County Drug-Free Alliance. We will be holding our next Family Series event in January.
Our Parent/Teacher Conferences were held on November 2nd. Every family was encouraged to attend this opportunity to meet face to face with their child’s teacher(s) to discuss their individual progress. The turnout at this important event was again exceptional!
We held our first student recognition assembly of the year on November 3rd as we celebrated the hard work of our little devils’ and their successes in academics and attendance. We continue to acknowledge our Stars and Students of the Month at the monthly Board of Education Meeting and also by sharing a special incentive including the Primary Star Student Breakfast sponsored by McDonald’s and the Intermediate Student of the Month lunch. We are very proud of our students for their dedication in working hard to be the best they can be.
The annual PTC Fall Festival was held on Friday, October 27th. The event was organized by some very dedicated parents and teachers with the purpose of offering a fun family event. The evening was definitely that! We also appreciate their hard work to put on a fun Halloween Dance for our older students. Thank you to our PTC officers and volunteers. They are busy planning their upcoming holiday events, so please attend their 5:30 November 16th meeting to volunteer.
On Friday, November 10th @ 9 am our district will be holding our annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony at Dayton High School. The entire community is welcomed to attend this beautiful ceremony when the students of our schools will honor the veterans of Dayton.
We sincerely appreciate the support from our families and community members, and we encourage you to reach out to us with your ideas, questions, and/or any concerns.
Heather Dragan, Principal Tim Chenot, Assistant Principal
We would like to recognize Seth Chinn as the October Athlete of the Month. Seth, aside from being crowned Homecoming King by the student body, is currently up for athlete of the week from the Cincinnati Enquirer. On the year he has 792 rushing yards, 5 Td's, 799 Passing yards, and 6 touchdown passes. He is looking to be the first Dayton quarterback in 13 years to throw for 1000 yards and rush for 1000 yards. Seth carries a 3.4 GPA while being a 3-sport athlete and is also a member of the drug free club. Way to GROW Seth!
The senior class is off to a great start on their Senior Service Project with a visit from Roger Grein, Magnified Giving's founder. Seniors have learned about philanthropy, non-profit organizations, and have identified social issues they want to use their $1,000 grant to support.
Drug Free Club continues to grow with over 150 members! Our freshman members and club officers attended the Campbell County Drug Free Alliance Youth Summit during Red Ribbon Week.
Blended Learning Media Specialist Angie Boyers is coaching our first middle school GoPro team in the What's So Cool About Advanced Manufacturing Video Competition. Armor, a thermal transfer technology manufacturer in Hebron, is our competition partner. Our GoPro team will visit Armor and interview employees to publish a video as they work through pre-production, production and post-production. Watch for more news on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
As we approach the midpoint of the second quarter, our students have settled in and are in the midst of a great school year. We have completed our Fall standardized testing, including the CERT, ASVAB, and KYOTE tests. Our senior class has 55 students on track for graduation, along with 2 juniors who will be graduating early. We have had admissions counselors from EKU, UK, NKU, Thomas More, Sullivan University, and Morehead State University visit the high school. So far, 13 potential graduates have been accepted to 11 different colleges and universities along with $236,000 in scholarship money offered.
Ryan Kellinghaus "Mr. K"
Principal, Dayton Middle & High School
We would like to congratulate our October Students of the Month. They are:
Jasmine Nelson - 7th Grade
Monica McGlone - 8th Grade
Tatum Turner - 9th Grade
Brianna Holt – 10th Grade
Savannah Maxwell – 11th Grade
Indyah Mobley – 12th Grade.
Our Youngest Greendevils are Growing!
It is with great pride and excitement that we announce the results of this year’s kindergarten readiness numbers. As you know, raising kindergarten readiness is a community initiative. Parents are often our children’s first teachers and with the help of preschool, childcare agencies, churches, family/friends, local businesses, and other community programs our littlest devils are GROWING! This year’s group has our highest rate, to date, for readiness with 57% of our students meeting the measure for being “kindergarten ready.” It was just four years ago that only 28% of our kindergarteners hit the benchmark for “ready” and with avid family and community engagement we have doubled that number.
One of the things that make this number so exciting is that we have placed great focus and intention on growing our youngest devils. As part of preschool we are providing rich experiences that result in students having greater capacity to learn, self-regulate, and function in a group setting. All of our staff have worked hard on providing quality preschool experiences for the three and four year olds that are part of our community.
We want to thank our amazing preschool staff, Head Start, and Children, Inc. as they have all worked collaboratively to form one amazing team focused on growing students. We are also grateful for our community childcare agencies; Dayton Youth Center, Care Bears, and Angels in Training for embracing this work and action planning alongside our preschool programs. Together we are better!
We also want to recognize that this year’s kindergarten class is the first class to participate in 2 years of our “Book a Week” initiative. Through this work we have been able to provide over 60 books for these students to build home libraries. This initiative mirrors the work that is being done with other terrific partners. The Lincoln Family Resource Center and United Way provides resources to families and runs our Born Learning Parent Academy and Me and My School summer jumpstart program for incoming kindergarten students.
In closing, we want to thank our amazing parents who have trusted us to grow their children. You have been wonderful to work with. Our work isn’t over…but we are clearly growing and on our way!
Inspired, Engaged, and Growing,
Proudly serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
Congratulations to our October Students of the Month. They are: Kindergarten – Bentley Arnett, Klaire Tucker, Lilyana Stetter
1st Grade – Scarlett Vanover, Joseph Guaman, Daegan Claybern, Brian Giglia
2nd Grade – Caleb McIntosh, Aidan Clifton, Isabella Whalen, Swayze Flannery
3rd Grade – Zoe Peters, Brooklyn Moreno, Robin Scott
4th Grade – Anna Karnes 5th Grade – KeAriah Smith
6th Grade – Owen Overman Principal’s Pick – Uriah Varchetta