Children Will Be What They See
We are excited to announce that Dayton Independent Schools has been awarded an Innovative Approaches to Literacy Grant that will span three years and bring books, resources, technology, and additional instructional support to our students and staff. This is yet again, another step forward as we look for ways to Inspire, Engage, and Grow each of our Students.
Our district continues to put great effort into improving literacy for all students. We just recently finished one of three Scholastic Book Fairs in which each child at Lincoln Elementary, preschool thru 6th grade, received two free, self-selected books. We anticipate at least two more of these free Book Fairs.
So, you might be asking yourself, “What’s the big deal about reading?” Great question. Like nothing else, reading alters a child’s academic and intellectual trajectory. Research supports that there is a compelling relationship between time spent reading and reading achievement. If a student at the 30th percentile merely read for an additional 10 minutes per day, they would be reading the same amount as those at the 70th percentile.
As famous author Aldous Huxley writes, “Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant, and interesting.
Let’s work together to make sure that every Greendevil is spending time in school and out of school reading. One of the best ways to make this happen is to model this practice in our homes. One of my favorite quotes is “Children will be what they see.” Do they see you reading?
Proudly Serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
Love is in the air as we approach Valentine’s Day and there are many things to love here in Dayton. We certainly love our public works department, as over the past month they have worked diligently at all hours of night and day making sure that our streets are safe from the snow and ice. I’m sure you remember how cold it got and can appreciate the hard work that they perform.
Another thing we can love in Dayton is the many different dining options we have to take our sweetheart out to on Valentine’s Day. No matter what your beau likes, you have many great choices with food at Hometown Heroes, Trotta’s, Divine Waffles and Weck, Buck’s BBQ,, Purple Poulet, and AA Wok! Gotta love that!
And of course in Dayton we love our neighbors. During the last snow storm I had multiple people call me to mention how great their neighbors were in helping to shovel snow and keep their sidewalks safe. Thanks to all those who helped their neighbors out and making Dayton a lovely place for us to call home.
All my love,
Mayor Ben Baker
Our Public Works crew has had a busy month and they have done a great job keeping the streets in drivable conditions, given the amount of snow, ice, and sub-zero temperatures we have experienced. We have received a fair number of calls about constant ice build-up in certain areas of the community. We are exploring all options on how best to remedy or intervene in these situations as they are all different and all deal with private property.
Contracts for Phase I – Riverfront Commons construction have been completed and are being signed. A Pre-construction meeting has been set and construction should begin in the Spring, with weather dictating how quickly the project can get underway. Construction documents for the Riverfront Commons project and Sidewalk Enhancement project are now posted online under attractions.
Please note that all City Council members now have daytonky.com email addresses. These new emails are posted online under Government - Mayor and Council Members.
I met with the Northern Kentucky Area Development District and we have discussed the completion of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. They have fallen a bit behind because of some staffing vacancies in their office. There are still a few sections of the plan that will need to be completed and they don’t anticipate wrapping up the report until sometime in February or March.
We received three (3) banking bids from our RFP. I will begin to review the proposals in February and will have a report to you by the end of the month leading up to the March Council meeting.
The Dayton Housing Authority is accepting bids for the Executive Director position. Resumes are due by 4:00 PM February 8th to the Dayton City Building.
There will be a Planning and Zoning Meeting on February 6th at 7:00PM at the School Administration Building at 200 Clay Street.
Upcoming Meetings: BAR – February 12th Main Street – February 26th
Michael Giffen, City Administrator
My grandson and I got to the fishing show around 3:45, and then we started hunting for our friends booths. We finally did find them up on the second floor of the building. We did ask Mark and Vince some question about baits to use this season. Vince likes Catawba worms for catfish, Mark did not think they worked in the river. We then walked around the other booths nearby to check out all the different things up for sale. Never did get down to the first floor where all of the boats and kayaks were on display.
Finally we got set up to listen to Mark’s presentation around 5:30. His talk was about “TROLLING FOR CATFISH”, which is an up and coming way to catfish on the tournament trail. The big advantage of this style of fishing is you are covering such a wide area of water with your baits. It is good on mud flats in river and lakes, but not so good on rocky bottom bodies of water.
A rig with a rubber coated slinky sinker is required to just bounce or slide your bait off the muddy bottom. He also stressed using a high power trolling motor to help control the speed of the boat. Trolling also requires the use of planner boards to spread out the lines from the boat. He and others use up to six planner boards if that many rods are allowed. To fish this way means there has to be at least 2 persons in the boat to work this complicated system. I will not use this style of catfishing, as I do not have planner boards or a powerful trolling motor. Even when my grandson is in the boat I will be anchoring up to fish.
The trip to the fishing show did get my grandson and I thinking about our up and coming season as we drove home in a very cold and steady rain.
Until next month,
AUTHOR OF AMAZON E-BOOKS: ROD BENDING CATFISH,
SHOP TO SAVE & BARGAIN SHOPPING AT THRIFT STORES
Gifted by Grace
We as individuals have our own gifts that we have been given. Some of us realize our gifts and use them fully, some of us haven’t discovered our gifts, and some of us know our gifts and decide to hide them. I encourage you to search your soul for the gifts you have been given and use them to better yourself and our community.
The gifts we have been given can be compared to a car engine. Each part of the engine has a different job. For example, the pistons, the spark plugs, the air filter, and the battery each have a very different job, yet they all work together to make the car run. We are like the engine parts. We have all been given different purposes and talents to get the engine to run correctly. Our engine is our community in which we live. It takes all kinds of talents to make the place in which we grow and live to be successful. I encourage you to find your gifts and put them to use to better our community.
Gift cards can also be compared to our gifts. We receive them as presents and save them for a rainy day. Why wait? Don’t hide your gifts! We forget we have them! Use your gifts and let them shine to help a neighbor out in some way. We can all be a hero in some small way to someone who could use our help. Use your gifts to inspire others to use theirs.
We cannot all be bankers, teachers, politicians, parents, or whatever individual jobs we may have, but we can all be believers. Everyone has a gift, find it and use it. Together we can make the world a better place for everyone.
Submitted by: Melody Dilts
Our fourth graders were so excited to learn about electrical engineering last week! We are so thankful to 4H for coming and providing this experience. Students made lamps out of pop cans, and were able to take them home! These scientists took their knowledge about electricity, and even brought a model of it home!
On Friday, February 1, nearly 50 students from Dayton, Southgate, and Crossroads Elementary came together for a friendly and fun evening of chess. Now that's Growing! A special thanks to Coach Tyler Mobarry! Thanks for building confidence into our kids.
On Sunday, February 3, our community lost a true friend to everyone who knew him. Over the past 10+ years, Bob Slusher stayed active in our city, serving on the Main Street Board while volunteering at all Dayton events. He also organized an annual Trunk-or-Treat event every year so kids would have a safe place to go trick-or-treating on Halloween.
A quiet fellow, Bob was a huge Reds fan who attended many games and never missed an opportunity to attend a game or Reds Fest. In addition to his civic volunteerism, Bob was a very Christian man who attended and was very active at East Dayton Baptist Church.
Rest in Peace, Bob.
"Ask me about 82.9!" This announcement was emboldened on t-shirts worn by staff throughout our school in December, as we celebrated one of many extraordinary student accomplishments! Why is 82.9 such an important number? 82.9% of our 2018 Seniors were college or career ready. We have a higher CCR percentage than Erlanger, Campbell County, Walton Verona, Silver Grove, Pendleton County, Boone County, Grant County, Kenton County, Carroll County, Williamstown, Newport, Ludlow, Covington and Bellevue!!!! It is the highest college and career readiness rate in the history of our school. We will continue to show our pride and celebrate 82.9 days this year as we continue to inspire, engage and grow our students!
Our Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) students have been elated to partner with Aerial Intelligence Solutions, a high tech aerospace company located near the Veterans’ Memorial on Sixth Avenue. Mike and AIS staff recently visited students, shared drone technology and recorded infrared drone flights over and around Dayton High School in a special project to assist our students with a passion/problem/project based grant proposal. Recorded infrared drone footage was used to diagnose problems in and around our school, such as breeches in insulating material or wet insulation, electrical overheating or wiring, conduit or roof-installed equipment, plus areas of heat loss through brick, masonry or defective exhaust vents. We look forward to continued student projects and partnership with Mike and AIS staff. Please visit their Facebook page to view unique drone footage atop St. Bernard church and stop by their store to find out more about how they are helping customers and impacting our community!
Ryan Kellinghaus, “Mr. K”
Principal of Dayton & Middle High School
We hope that everyone had an enjoyable holiday season, and we would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! We look forward to this New Year and the many great things that will take place in 2019 for our students of Lincoln Elementary. The LES staff will continue to be committed in finding ways to enhance our current programs and strategies for our students, while also pushing ourselves to learn and implement new learning opportunities as well. We welcome our students’ families and our community members to LES to help us implement our district’s mission to Inspire, Engage, and Grow EACH of our students. We invite each of you reading this article to come and be a part of our school’s community. We promise that we will work with you to find a way to involve you in a way that you are comfortable with that will undoubtedly make a difference for our students. Consider reaching out to us to become involved as a volunteer at Lincoln. We need YOU!
We want to thank everyone who joined us for our annual LES Holiday Program that was held on December 21st. We were so excited that over 375 guests joined our students and staff in the Dayton High School gymnasium for this fun-filled program that highlighted every LES student performing. We also want to thank the generous donors who contributed to our Family Resource Center during the holiday season. Our director, Mrs. Gina Byrd, worked tirelessly to ensure gifts of food, clothes, and toys were distributed to our students, which were only made possible due to your generous donations.
We are excited to announce that Lincoln Elementary School was one of only four schools in the region to be the recipient of the Scripps Howard Foundation School-Bookfair Project. On January 17th and January 18th every student in preschool through sixth grade will get to shop a Scholastic Book Fair all due to the generous donations of Scripps Howard employees. There will be news coverage on WCPO on January 17th as we are the first school in the region to kick-off this exciting project. We are so grateful to receive this generous book gift which will allow students to receive books to take home and continues our district’s steadfast commitment to literacy.
Please continue to read the Dayton Community News for the amazing happenings ahead in 2019 for our students, families and community. We look forward to working together to build our school strong for EACH of our Little Devils!
Proudly serving the students and families of Lincoln Elementary,
Heather Dragan, Principal Tim Chenot, Assistant Principal
One of Life’s Ladders to Success…Excellent Attendance!
It is often said that 80% of life’s success is just showing up. Often, this is true. If you are not at school, work, or any other activity on a consistent basis, it is hard to excel. People who show up can be counted on. They are promoted up in organizations. They learn more than their peers who have lower attendance.
At Dayton Independent Schools, we believe that excellent attendance is central to a child’s well-being and ability to make progress. Absences leave gaps in learning, can affect children’s ability to maintain friendships, and often leave students feeling left out or left behind.
This month we will be sending out individual notices to all our students that will report their attendance percentage to date. Students will also know how many days they have missed and how many tardies they have. Our goal for each student is a yearly percentage rate of 98% or better. This means a child should miss no more than a total of 4 days per school year.
The habit of good attendance is like having a ladder to success. An excellent attendance rate is important because students are more likely to succeed in academics when they attend school consistently. It’s difficult for the teacher and the class to build their skills and progress if a large number of students are frequently absent. In addition to falling behind in academics, students who are not in school on a regular basis are more likely to get into trouble with the law and cause problems in their communities.
A 2008 study conducted by the Rodel Community Scholars at Arizona State University that tracked students from kindergarten through high school found that dropout patterns were linked with poor attendance, beginning in kindergarten. Gregory Hickman, director of the Rodel Community Scholars program and former director of the Arizona Dropout Initiative, note that as early as kindergarten, behavioral differences are apparent between those who go on to graduate and those who drop out, with dropouts missing an average of 124 days by the eighth grade.
We appreciate our school community working with us to make the habit of excellent attendance a life habit that Grows our students forward.
Proudly Serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
Happy New Year Dayton! I hope that the holidays were peaceful and enjoyable for you and your family. Throughout the city last month, we had some great events to share the holiday spirit.
The Dayton Civic Club had an amazing turnout for our annual Light Up Dayton event. Hundreds of children got to meet Santa, Mrs. Claus, and of course Rudolph. Our Fire Department also participated in their annual Christmas Delivery, delivering toys and essentials to families across our city. The Police Department also held their annual “Shop with a Cop” event bringing even more joy to our city. Thank You to all of the volunteers and city staff for sharing the joy of the season!
As the new year progresses, our city administration is very busy and we are excited to meet 2019. I have had the pleasure of working alongside our staff in the many projects ahead in the upcoming year which will increase the quality of life in our town in the upcoming years. The Gateway development at the foot of Walnut is rapidly taking shape, and pilings are being put in place at the Tapestry project. We’ll soon see changes in our Central Business District as we finalize work with the state on sidewalk improvements that will add even more walkability and pedestrian safety.
With winter here, our Public Works department is ready to make sure we are safe and have literally tons of salt at the ready as well as trucks and crew to clear our hills and streets. We’re lucky to have the crew we do and as we all know, they’re the best!
I’m looking forward to bringing you even more great news in 2019, and wish you and your family much health, happiness and success!
Until next month,
Mayor Ben Baker
The LES STLP (Student Technology Leadership Program) has been working hard this school year. As a first year team last year, they missed the invitation to state by a few points. Now, they are determined to improve as a team.
Their first competition for this school year was November 19th at NKU. This was a regional showcase. The students created a project called Community Codes. This is a project to help the school and community. The students are improving their technology skills by creating videos to link to a QR (Quick Response) code. Their videos are highlighting an item on display at the Dayton Heritage Museum.
After a visit to the museum, the students worked in pairs to research an item from the museum that they found interesting. After hours of work, their project was ready to share. Community Codes received an invitation to State. They plan to put the QR codes on display with the items. The visitors will be engaged with this interactive feature. Also, be on the lookout for a Minecraft Historical Tour of Dayton. The LES STLP team has decided to enter an online competition as well as improving Community Codes.
Hopefully, their work will encourage others to visit this great resource in the community. The Dayton Heritage Museum has a great group of volunteers. Their hours are Second and Fourth Saturday from 10AM-2PM or by appointment. Be sure to stop by and learn some history about Dayton and utilize the Community Codes.
Submitted by: Cami Young
I have gotten my end-of-the-year reports done. I work for 10 cities in Campbell County, and in 2018 I only picked up 80 dogs. That is down from 118 in 2017 and 119 in 2016. You can help your dog’s chances of not getting picked up. When I pick up a dog, the first thing I look for is a collar and tag. The next thing is a microchip. When possible the dog is returned to its owner. If an owner is not easily located, they are impounded to the shelter. They will receive vaccines and dewormer and get scanned again for a microchip. If your pet has a tag, you may get a call from the finder and your dog may never have to be picked up by animal control.
Cats picked up this year was 145 down from 402 in 2017 and 309 in 2016. These totals show that our Trap-Neuter-Return is working. Before we did TNR totals every year our totals were anywhere from 465 to 190 in the past 15 years. Many of those cats unfortunately were euthanized. Now that our shelter is not euthanizing and my totals have gone down, that is great news for cat lovers!
Our shelter can microchip your pet for only $10. If your pet can’t have on a tag then this is the next best thing. Many people who find pets get them scanned for a chip. Also another great place to search for your pet is online. Social media has helped get a lot of pets back home. I am a member of several Face book groups to try and help owners reunite with their pets. My goal is to keep your pet out of the shelter. Please keep your pets safe at home. Here is an example of some Facebook groups:
Bellevue, Kentucky and Dayton, Kentucky Lost and Found Pets.
Dayton Kentucky Buzz
Dayton, Kentucky-Voice of the Citizens
Northern Kentucky lost and found pets
NKY Lost and Found Pets
Kentucky - Lost, Missing, Stolen or Found pets
Northern Kentucky Pets
Newport KY lost and found pets
Lost and found pets of Kentucky
Submitted by: Terri Baker
Animal Control Officer
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