Count Your Blessings, Not Your Burdens
As the calendar turns to November, we start thinking about things for which we are grateful. If we look at the challenges and opportunities that life throws at us every day through the drinking glass analogy – we can either see the glass as being half full, or half empty. Over the years, I have come to find that our minds can easily allow us to look for the bad before we look for the good. In fact, we can look back over time, to our development as humans, to understand why looking for the bad actually kept us alive. Hundreds of years ago, if you walked the earth without constantly looking for snakes, lions and bears, you would quickly become “lunch”. So, it makes sense that we look for the bad first.
Today, we don’t have predators lurking at every corner waiting to eat us; however, we do have individuals that are looking to bring us down, take advantage of us, or steal our joy. We must remember that, in reality, this is only a small percentage of people. The overwhelming majority of folks out there are wonderful people who are almost always willing to help. We need to seek out the helpers, the ones who bring us joy, and the ones who lift us up. We must remember it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy!
We have so many, many, many wonderful things to be grateful for here at Dayton Independent Schools. There are many wonderful things happening in our schools and in the Dayton community. We are so grateful for the many individuals that help us Grow each day.
This Thanksgiving, let us try and take a moment to count our blessings, not our burdens.
Thanks for helping us Inspire, Engage, and Grow!
Proudly serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
Lincoln Elementary was full of amazing energy during the last weeks of October with the recognition of KY Safe Schools Week and Red Ribbon Drug Free Awareness Week; as well as some great events including the PTC Fall Festival, 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 our Safe Schools Week we held several anti-bullying activities where students focused and learned how to be their best selves. Our Parent/Teacher Conferences were held on October 25th. 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 October 26th 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 by offering additional special incentives including the Primary Star Student Breakfast sponsored by McDonald’s and the Intermediate Student of the Month lunch hosted by Dayton’s always supportive Hometown Heroes. We are very proud of our students.
The annual PTC Fall Festival was held on Friday, November 2nd. 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! This year we were joined by candidates for Dayton City Council and mayor as they volunteered their time to run a game booth! Thank you to our PTC officers, raffle and food donors, and event volunteers for the successful evening. They are busy planning their upcoming holiday events, so please watch for correspondence in ways to volunteer and support this organization.
On Friday, November 9th @ 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 appreciate the continued support from our families and community members, and we encourage you to reach out to us with your ideas, questions, and/or any concerns.
Proudly serving the students and families of Lincoln Elementary,
Heather Dragan, Principal Tim Chenot, Assistant Principal