We hope that everyone made special memories during the recent Thanksgiving holiday. With the guidance of the amazing LES teachers and staff, our students spent the month of November finding ways to show their GRATITUDE for their own family members and members of our school community. We were so inspired by the kids’ sincere desire to show their appreciation for those that care for them, and also were impressed with their creative ways in which to do this – making cards, posters, art projects, using kind words, etc.
As we move into this month of December, our focus is now on finding ways to GIVE. During the next few weeks, our students will be involved in a canned food drive for the St. Bernard Food Pantry. The students will create a paper link chain as a visual representation of the number of cans collected. This will help our students to see the difference we can make when we work together for a common goal to help others. Our continued implementation of “Core Life”, our positive character trait program, helps to guide and teach each of our students in learning to live a life of great integrity and strength. December’s Core Life lessons revolve around volunteering, empathy, and goal setting.
We are happy to announce that funds have been secured from various groups to enhance classroom libraries at Lincoln Elementary. Thanks to the LES PTC, Dayton Board of Education, readaloud.org, and the LES SBDM, each grade level will have $1,825 to purchase books for their students. This will definitely enrich our continued efforts with literacy in our great school. Our students continue to work very hard to meet their quarterly Accelerated Reader (AR) goals and these new and engaging books will help to continue to immerse our students in a variety of types of books that seek their varied interests. We are grateful for the continued commitment from others who help to make literacy a major focus at LES.
We would like to invite our students’ families and our community to the annual LES Holiday Program. This program has become a great tradition for our school over the last several years and has significantly grown in interest and attendance. In order to comfortably accommodate all of our guests, we will be hosting this event at Dayton High School this year on Wednesday, December 21st at 9 a.m. Our students will be using their talents to share the holiday spirit to others on this day. Please consider joining in this memorable morning of fun.
We continue to extend the invitation to our community members to come to see the great things that are occurring at Lincoln Elementary School. We would love to show off the hard work of our students, teachers and staff. Contact us at 292-7492 if you’d like to come for a visit or if you’re interested in donating your time, talents or treasures to enhance the learning of our little devils. We look forward to hearing from you!
Heather Dragan,Principal Tim Chenot, Assistant Principal
A Distinguished District!
George Bernard Shaw once said, “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” A great deal is changing in our Dayton schools and community!
It has been a long road back to academic excellence for our schools and community, and we are incredibly proud that last month our school district was recognized for the first time as being one of Kentucky’s Distinguished School Districts. Earlier this year our school report card indicated that our district had earned the level of being a Proficient District. Upon further review of the student performance data, our district has now been classified as Distinguished.
Our new School Report Card has our district rated the number 70th district in the state out of 173 districts. Locally, there are seven distinguished school districts: Fort Thomas, Beechwood, Campbell County, Walton Verona, Erlanger, Boone County, and Dayton. We are currently outperforming 12 other school districts in our region.
For our students, staff, and families this has been a continuous improvement journey that has taken a lot of hard work, team work, and a belief that everyone can achieve at high levels. We do recognize that scores on a school report card are not the ultimate goal of any school district. However, it is good to see such positive results coming from our classrooms.
Our mission will continue to be to Inspire, Engage, and Grow each of our Students! We take great pride in living out this mission every day and look forward to continued growth in the future!
We want to thank our incredible kids, our amazing staff, and our supportive community for working together to GROW our schools and community! We GROW together!
Proudly serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
We want to congratulate Ms. Lisa Seyberth as she is our Inspire, Engage, and Grow Employee of the Month for November.Lisa does an outstanding job as one of our many amazing instructional assistants at Lincoln Elementary School for the past five years.Lisa treats each and every child, as if they were her very own child.This gives our students a true belief that they belong in our school. Here are some of her nominations:
Congratulations Ms. Seyberth and thanks for Inspiring, Engaging, and Growing our Students!
Submitted by: Jay Brewer
Superintendent, Dayton Independent Schools
November was truly a month to be thankful! The sophomore class had an opportunity to visit the Campbell County Area Technical Center and discover the numerous career pathways available. By the time we left, several of the sophomores were excited about the possibility of participating in programs such as health sciences, masonry, computer technology, auto technology and carpentry. After leaving the CCATC, we took the students to visit Thomas More. The admissions counselors at Thomas More escorted our students around the campus, answered dozens of questions, and treated us to a wonderful lunch buffet! The students enjoyed visiting a college campus, and a few of them added Thomas More to their list of “Top 5 Colleges.”
Our Northern KY Youth Advisory Board students had a blast at Lincolns Fall Festival while raising money for a great cause It was a resounding success and has spurred brainstorming additional opportunities for our high school students to read, lead and mentor Lincoln students. In 2015 the members of NKYAB created the “John Wooden Memorial Scholarship.” This scholarship is designed to benefit an athlete who is graduating from DHS and continuing his/her education at a 2 or 4-year institution. The goal is to raise at least $500 for the 2017 scholarship. The NKYAB members raised over $90 while painting faces and pumpkins at the fall festival. All of the members who participated enjoyed spending time with the Lincoln students and look forward to working with them in the future.
The holiday season is a great time to remember how much we have to be thankful for. We have been recognized as a distinguished school and district, and we’re on track to receive the same recognition next year! 47.5% of our seniors are now college and/or career ready, and 38% of the senior class has already been accepted to a college or university. We have 23 juniors and seniors earning college credit at Gateway, and 4 students earning college credit at the Campbell County Area Technical Center. Our student success rate continues to improve, our attendance rate is on the rise, and our enrollment numbers continue to grow.
We had 20 veterans in attendance during our Veteran’s day assembly, including Alfy McCracken (Mr. Kellinghaus’s grandpa). It was a fantastic celebration with many highlights, including a presentation of minted pins using Mallory Kubala’s artwork. It was inspiring and brought tears to everyone in attendance. We are reviewing our school improvement plan (CSIP) during December and invite input from parents and community members. These are just a few of the things we are thankful for as we continue to inspire, engage and grow!
Submitted by: Guidance Counselor, Casaundra Newsome and Dayton High School Principal, Ryan Kellinghaus