Bellevue Vets Youth League
SIGN UPS for 2020 season
NKY Joe Morgan League
Volleyball ages 6 to 17 years old
Baseball ages 4.5 to 16 years old
Saturday & Sunday 1 pm to 3 pm
@ 24 Fairfield Avenue
Opening Day April 19th, 2020
All Star-Appreciation Day July 12th, 2020
$25.00 cost per player
Our Greendevils bowling team competed in the Covington Catholic Jack Kaelin Team Challenge on January 11. Our kids were on a mission and first place went to David Puchta and Blake McCarty. Third place was earned by Jasiah Corman and Brian Raleigh. So very proud of our kids!
Congratulations to our DHS bowlers as they defeated Newport on January 9. Strong performances by the following led the way:
Rachel Holaday 219
David Puchta 192
Josiah Corman 191
Russell McIntyre 173
School is so much more than tests scores! Consider us Inspired!
Dayton Board of Education…We Appreciate You!
January was Board of Education Appreciation month and we want to take a moment to thank and recognize our outstanding Board of Education members.
Rosann Sharon (Chair): Rosann spent her educational career at Dayton High School where she taught high school math. Upon retiring, Rosann was elected to the Board of Education where she has served since 2008. Rosann’s dedication goes beyond serving as Chair of the Board as she is a fixture at Lincoln Elementary School where she volunteers full-time.
Bernie Pfeffer: (Vice-Chair): Bernie has served on the Board of Education twice. His first tenure was from 1990-2002. He ran again in 2008, where he has served since. Bernie’s son and daughter are both Dayton High School graduates.
Diane Huff: Diane is a graduate of Dayton High School and spent her educational career at Dayton Schools, where she was a middle school math teacher and then guidance counselor for Dayton Middle School and High School. She was appointed to the Board of Education in 2010 when a seat became vacant and has served ever since. Diane’s son and daughter are both Dayton High School graduates.
Carrie Downard: Carrie is a graduate of Dayton High School. She was elected to the Board of Education in 2014 and has served since. Carrie has three children – her daughter is a Dayton High School graduate and her two sons currently attend Dayton Schools.
Bret Neuspickle: Bret is our newest Board of Education member. He was appointed in February 2019 when a seat became vacant, and was elected in November 2019 for his first 4-year term. Bret’s son and daughter attend Dayton Schools and his is the proud father of a 2018 Dayton graduate.
Our board members serve for 4 years and are elected by the voters of the City of Dayton. Our board members freely serve our school community and provide leadership in areas such as mission, policy making, budget, and providing resources to improve achievement for each student in the district. A board member must carry out responsibilities for the benefit of, and in the interest of, individuals and groups in the school district.
The excitement about our Growing and improving school district is rooted in the work of our board of education. The academic improvements that led to our district being named the only River City District in NKY to be a Distinguished School District, is the direct work of the leadership provided by our board of education.
They are tireless and selfless members who work to make sure our school lives our mission to Inspire, Engage, and Grow each of our Students! When you see them about town, please take a moment to thank them for all that they do to Grow our Future!
Proudly serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
Please congratulate this young lady, Johnessah Barbiea, as she has earned our Athlete of the Month honor. Johnessah is one of the FEW Lady Devils to ever score 1000 points in her basketball career and it is not over yet. She was recently named to the All-Tournament team for the All-A Classic, where she scored 15 points again the All-A eventual Champions. Johnessah has been the regional champion several times over in Track and Field and holds school records in the jumps and has twice by the Conference Track and Field Athlete of the year. She is also a stand-out volleyball player, earning All-Tournament and All-Conference honors. Aside from these athletic accomplishments, Johnessah is a hard worker who is a true joy to coach and know. Continue making us all proud, Jumpin' J!!
The Courage of the Call
The New Year is a month old already! Last month we wrote about resolutions and encouraged you to work on a relationship with The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Many may have decided, it’s a good time for new beginnings and relationships and for those who made this their new year resolution.
One month into the New Year, working on our relationships with not much happening so far? You may be attempting to listen for His word and what paths you should take. Something comes up that you are called to, but you are not sure you can handle it. Do you answer or do you run the other way? This is tough, you may feel not worthy, afraid of making a mistake, or of causing harm to someone or something. This is where God wants us to have the courage to carry out the call. He is saying “overcome the fear and get moving.”
We must push forward and get out of the routine of staying in the same place where we feel safe. There might be setbacks, we may stumble, and we might even fall smack down on our face. God will be there to pick us up, dust us off, give us a gentle kiss and push us to get moving again.
The world is full of turmoil, hatred, and violence. It’s not always going to be easy. There will be trouble and heartache, but don’t give up! Have the courage to act on God’s word. Be faithful and take the next step. Many won’t give it, keep on working on them and they will come around. Have the courage to keep on keeping on.
When you have a choice to run or go, always choose to go and know that God will respond. Don’t be afraid of trying. God’s got you. Trust him.
Submitted by: Melody Dilts
Dear Dayton High School Family,
We have just completed the first half of our school year – what a great half it has been. We are very much looking forward to continuing the many wonderful things happening in our school over the second half of the school year. We hope everyone was able to recharge and relax over the holidays for a much-deserved break. Please continue to emphasize to your student/s during these upcoming cold mornings to make sure they are in school every day, as great student attendance is critical in learning.
Many people make a New Year’s Resolution and they work hard to follow through, while some stray from that resolution quickly. Our New Year’s resolution at DHS is as clear as our mission statement: We want to continue to INSPIRE, ENGAGE, and GROW each of our students. We will work toward that resolution every day at DHS for the remainder of this year and beyond.
Dayton High School would like to congratulate our December Students of the Month. We also want to recognize our Artist/Athlete of the Month. Students were recognized at our Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, December 18th. Congratulations Greendevils!
Zoey Geis- 7th Grade
Ashanti Smith - 8th Grade
Lucas Hundemer - 9th Grade
Hannah McElfresh - 10th Grade
Liberty Windeler - 11th Grade
Maesyn Dunford - 12th Grade
David Puchta - Athlete of the Month
Rachael Holaday - Artist of the Month
The counseling office was busy during the month of December. Our counseling department attended trainings for Trauma Informed Care and Infinite Campus to better support our students. In addition, they were able to attend college seminars to learn more about opportunities for our students once they graduate. Our seniors have been receiving acceptance letters to various colleges and academies throughout the fall semester. So far, the total number of scholarships and awards to our seniors totals over $240,000!!! That's amazing, and we still have so many students waiting to hear back from colleges and universities.
We have a handful of students working with our local recruiters for various branches of the military and have one signed with a military branch already, great job all around! There are also 7 juniors that have met ACT benchmarks from the ACT exam in October. Those 7 juniors have also been accepted into the Gateway Dual Credit program for the Spring semester. We are GROWING! As always, if anyone needs anything, please email email@example.com or you can sign up for my Remind class. Text @gffak33 to the number 81010 to subscribe and text her directly.
December was a busy month at the Youth Services Center. A special thank you to Dayton Boosters and Tom and June Madison for providing Drug Free Club members treats. Also, a special thank you to the CARE Closet for having a pop-up event at Dayton High School. Numerous students and families were able to shop for clothes, sign up for assistance with diapers, and/or receive produce and soup compliments of Le Soupe. We hope to have a similar event in the spring.
Some excellent things happened when wrapping up the fall sports seasons:
Basketball is currently in full swing with 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, Freshman, JV and Varsity boys. The girls are competing at the 6th Grade, 7th Grade, Freshman and varsity levels with Johnessah Barbiea on the hunt for her 1000th point!
Varsity Cheerleaders are raring up for another competition while our Middle School cheerleaders are getting ready to cheer with the Ben-Gals. We hope to see you out supporting our winter athletes and teams!
It is great to be a Greendevil!
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Congratulations to 5th grader Matthew Oder who won with the winning word of arrange. He goes on to compete March 14 at Cincinnati Christian Hills Academy at 2 p.m.
The other contestants were:
4th grader Eddie Holmes
4th grader Isaiah Varchetta
4th grader Mileigha Sanders
5th grader Jackson Fossett
5th grader Carly Bickers
6th grader Hailey McVey
6th grader Harley McVey
6th grader James Waxler
The Auxiliary at Kersten O'Day Post 2899 always strives to assist our school system. This year, we applied for a $1,000 grant from the VFW Foundation to be used for a community purpose. We were honored to be approved and receive the full $1,000 in funding.
The grant was used for two purposes. First, 4 laptops were bought and presented to the Jesse Herbst for the middle school. These will be used to acknowledge one 7th & 8th grader in the first and second quarter for perfect attendance. We recognize that attendance is key to obtaining the best education possible and want to encourage our young people to attend school.
The second phase was to supply items for the Devil Dollar Store at Lincoln Elementary. We provided approximately $600 worth of coloring books, footballs, dolls, solar buddies, matchbox cars, socks, hair ties and many other items. The looks on on the students faces when they visited the store was worth it. The Devil Dollar Store rewards the students for good behavior, grades and helping others. We were glad to have the opportunity to provide these to the students and we are always happy to provide for our schools.
Submitted by: Penny Hurtt
Governor Andy Beshear and Commissioner of the Department for Local Government Dennis Keene announced nearly $500,000 for projects in four Northern Kentucky cities on Monday morning. The check presentations were held at New Riff Distilling's Newport warehouse. “As governor, it is my job to improve the lives of our families,” said Gov. Beshear. “Today’s grants will improve Northern Kentucky parks and repair and upgrade basketball courts and soccer fields for our youth. These upgrades will further Northern Kentucky’s momentum as a prime destination for business relocation.” Bromley, Covington, Dayton, and Wilder received funds.
Currently, Bromley Park has no central structure. To remedy this, the city will use the awarded $75,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant to construct a new shelter, restroom, and concession area. The updates will provide a place for family gatherings, civic events and extra seating for those using the park. “I ride my bike dozens of times every year past the Bromley Park and knowing this grant is making possible a new shelter will mean even more to the people of Bromley. I look forward to the day when this new shelter and concession area are ready,” said State Rep. Buddy Wheatley (D-Covington). “This upgrade will make this park a major asset to our citizens, not to mention a nice rest stop on my bike route.”
Beshear also presented the City of Covington with an $81,755 LWCF grant for the second of three phases in the Barb Cook Park Redevelopment Project in Latonia. With the funding, the city will update basketball courts, shade structures, shelters, soccer goals, picnic tables, trashcans, water fountains and landscaping.
Covington Mayor Joe Meyer said the LWCF grant his city received will help it continue aggressive, ongoing efforts to improve and expand its neighborhood parks. “Thanks to this grant, months from now you’ll be able to drive by Barb Cook Park and see youth in Covington playing basketball and kicking soccer balls, while their families have picnics and relax in the cool shade of new shelters,” said Meyer. “We appreciate the decisions that state officials have made to invest directly in our communities.”
Beshear announced a $91,043 grant to the City of Dayton to revamp the Sargeant Park Trail. The project will construct 2.2 miles of 8-foot wide hillside trails for hiking, walking and biking. The city will also install trailhead signage, bike racks, trashcans, benches and a drinking fountain to increase park usage.
“Dayton is very excited to reactivate this park alongside our partners CORA and Groundwork Ohio River Valley,” said Dayton Mayor Ben Baker. “With co-operation from our state leadership, Dayton is able to bring even more green-space and outdoor activities for not only the residents of Dayton but the entire Northern Kentucky region.”
The City of Wilder received a $250,000 LWCF grant for construction of the Frederick’s Landing Amphitheater. Based on surveys, Wilder citizens overwhelmingly expressed interest in a venue for outdoor performances and social gatherings. The project provides funding to construct a new community amphitheater and modify existing parking lot, sidewalks and underground utilities to support the new structure.
“I am glad to announce that the City of Wilder has received a grant to revitalize Frederick’s Landing,” said Sen. Wil Schroder (R-Wilder). “The amphitheater project will give us a way to showcase live talent while promoting tourism and arts within our community. Those who frequent the landing will be very pleased with what’s to come.”
Keene expressed excitement about the upcoming park revitalization. “It’s rewarding to announce these grants today to improve parks right here in Northern Kentucky,” said Commissioner Keene. “I’m looking forward to seeing the results and added benefits for our communities.”
This article has been published with permission of River City News 2/3/20
Photos courtesy of Scott Beseler
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