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
A common problem we have in Northern Kentucky is people who move into Kentucky but fail to transfer their vehicles into Kentucky. Worse still, many do this intentionally to avoid taxes and other costs associated with transferring and maintaining a vehicle in Kentucky. This activity is illegal and hurts all Kentuckians.
Kentucky law requires the registration of a motor vehicle within fifteen (15) days from the date the vehicle is brought into Kentucky for use. As part of the registration, a six (6) percent motor vehicle usage tax is levied on motor vehicles based on the value of the vehicle for the privilege of operating on Kentucky highways. The taxes collected from registering motor vehicles are used primarily to maintain Kentucky roads and approximately sixty (60) percent of the tax is returned for local government and school use.
To help combat the problem, the Kentucky Department of Revenue has setup the “Freddie Freeloader Program” where citizens can provide tips on Kentucky residents who are evading the system by not registering their vehicles in Kentucky.
You can report a tip to "Freddie Freeloader" by calling 1-800-882-8990 or online at https://revenue.ky.gov/Property/Pages/Report-Out-of-StatePlate.aspx. If you have any topics you would like to have covered in this column, please feel free to contact me by email at Tom@NorthernKYLawOffice or by phone at 859-491-7700.
Submitted by: Tom Edge, City Attorney
Students at LES have been doing a lot of reading. In order to learn more about the books that everyone is reading, I created the Book Ornament Challenge. The students were given the option to choose a book that they have read and create a book ornament to represent it. The ornaments were put on the Media Center Literary Tree. I am very proud of the hard work the students used to create the ornaments. I can tell they tried their best! I would like to thank Mrs. Tucker for assisting some students and submitting her own book ornament. Alec Rodriguez, Lily Brown, and Anna Karnes received the most votes and earned a prize. I am looking forward to more book sharing!
Submitted by: Cami Young
Whether you are a pet owner or not, you can help animals in your community. Call dispatch 859-292-3622 for all the reasons below:
Whenever you see a dog running loose:
The dog may have escaped its owner. It could get hit by a car or cause a traffic accident. It could have been abandoned. It is getting too cold to leave any dog outside, running the streets and unsupervised. Community cats are exempt from this.
If you suspect neglect or abuse:
Animals can’t seek out help on their own. They rely on good Samaritans to make the call. Many cruelty investigations just turn out to be a matter of educating the owner. That’s ok. Many people don’t know proper and legal animal care requirements. We can give the owner information, resources and advice needed to bring the problem under control. If the owner is financially unable or unwilling to better the situation, then citations and other penalties for the violations will occur. With that said, remember that State Law requires owners to provide adequate space, food/water and medical care. If you can not afford medical care, you need to surrender the pet or try to find it a new home. It is hard to make that decision, but it is in the animals’ best interest.
If your neighboring dogs are becoming a nuisance:
Dogs that are left outside to bark, dig, get loose, use your yard for a bathroom, tear up your garbage and pursue pedestrians are not to blame. They are only being animals. The owners are the ones responsible. A dog left out in the yard all day barking while the owner is at work, is not a happy dog. He is lonely, cold, bored and has never been taught the boundaries of self control. Perhaps the owner does not know how to teach this? Many people tell me “I can’t leave him in the house he tears it up”. It amazes me that they choose to own a pet, but feel that the neighbors should have to suffer from their choice to have a dog.
Many people can’t believe that their dog barks and is a nuisance. “He never barks”. Studies show dogs bark 2 times at much when left unattended and 3 times as much when left unattended outside. The reason is, dogs left inside can only hear and see stimulus happening close to the home. Dogs left outside, obviously have smells, sights and sounds all over the place. I was born into a dog owning home, have had dogs since becoming an adult, ok I cheated and took many dog behavior classes during my time as a Veterinary Technician.
I use to think my dogs wanted to be outside while I was at work and I felt guilty keeping them crated. However, one was either stolen from my yard or got loose and the people that found him decided he was going to be theirs. I had to take a microchip scanner and police to retrieve my dog (property). We began crating them after that and they became more obedient dogs and better members of our family (pack).
I have crated every dog since. I am no Cesar Milan, but I think he would be pleased with my dog family. I also use this technique with all my foster dogs. We have been able to curb many behavior problems through crate training as well as making dogs adoptable. My point is if your dog is crated safely in the house, your house will not get torn up, the neighbors can not complain that your dog is a neighborhood problem and you set up great pack leader abilities and your dog will respect you more for it.
If you need to reach me, Terri Baker, for any other reason, question or concern, please call Dispatch. 859-292-3622
As a side note, please do not forget to donate, volunteer, or adopt a homeless animal. Families are struggling during this economy and holiday season and are forced to surrender their pets. Check out your local shelters, such as Campbell County Animal Shelter 859-635-2819. Keep your pets home and safe; they are lucky to have you.
I hope to be able to use my boat to go catfishing more in 2019 than I have the past two years. Right now the Ohio River is not fish able again, as it was too many times in 2018. Should the Ohio repeat the conditions again this season, then I will become a lake fisherman.
My local lakes are on the small size so the use of shad is NOT allowed. I will try using catalpa worms next summer if I can find them. There are only a few catalpa trees in my city and I’m not sure if they will have worms on them. I am considering driving to the larger lakes to use my boat. I will have to contact some local folks to help me catfish in those lakes. Hopefully I will be able to have them go out in my boat to harvest some cats for the freezer.
Should the Ohio get into good fishing shape then I would like to try my hand at fishing a local catfish tournament. My big concern is I am not sure my live well is big enough to hold a couple of 15 pound catfish. I do know if 2019 turns out as bad as catching catfish as 2018 then I will be getting rid of my boat. Then I’ll just fish from a few spots I can find along the bank of the Ohio and the local lakes.
I want to wish everyone a healthy NEW YEAR and TIGHT LINES.
Author of KINDLE E-BOOKS ROD BENDING CATFISH & SHOP TO SAVE
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