We are excited to start another school year and look forward to our students, staff, and schools growing forward. As much as we are excited and proud of the progress that we have made over the past several years, we must continue to press forward and look for ways to get better. As we look forward to the 2018 -2019 school year, here are a few highlights and areas of focus:
-------Our High School is now one-to-one take home with MacBook Air
-------Both schools are working on PBIS (a national Positive Behavior
-------Both schools are working with the University of Louisville and
-------Our HealthPoint Clinic is open to students and staff on Monday’s
and Wednesday’s and has a nurse practitioner on staff. We will also
continue our dental clinic.
-------We currently have over 50 juniors and seniors either attending
Gateway College to earn college dual credit or are attending the
Area Technical School for career certification.
-------We continue to Grow our membership in our Drug Free Club of
America. We had the highest rate of student membership of all
NKY public high schools last year.
-------Every Lincoln Elementary School student received a new pair of
shoes to start school thanks to Samaritan’s Feet. Our high school
students did a great job volunteering on this day.
-------Three times this year our Lincoln Elementary students will receive
a free book of their choice at a Scholastic Book Fair event.
-------We will continue to grow our staff through focused professional
learning through training in Kagan strategies, Jensen book studies,
and Junior Great Book Shared Inquiry approach to teaching and
-------Our Core Life character building program will continue at Lincoln
-------We will implement new assessments to monitor student mastery of
-------Our teachers will Grow in Google Classroom instruction and
teaching above the SAMR line.
We continue to celebrate:
-------Dayton High School being most recently named by U.S. News
and World Report as a Bronze medal school for 2018.
-------Our Five Star Preschool and Head Start programs.
-------Dayton Independent Schools being recognized as one of Kentucky
Distinguished School Districts.
Proudly serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools,
It is important that we learn how to coexist with the wildlife in our area. They are not going anywhere. If you trap and remove some, more just move in to the neighborhood and the females will increase heat cycles, size of litters etc.
Coyote sightings can cause panic. If you want to know if you have coyote in your area, just answer the question: Do you have deer in your neighborhood? If you answered yes, then you definitely have coyote. The coyote helps us by cleaning up dead, dying, sick or injured deer. They also eat rodents, such as squirrels etc. They will try to find easy prey. They do not want to fight, as it takes too much energy and they don’t want to get hurt.
It is also safest to not feed them or provide food accidently. Getting fed by humans takes a wild animals’ natural fear away. They become dependent on that handout and they visit more than they should and begin demanding and expecting food. This means dog or cat food left outside, grills that are not cleaned, garbage that is not kept secure and bird feeders. The seeds from bird feeders fall to the ground and small rodents come to eat. This will attract coyote.
Another item that will bring a coyote closer to your home is a dog in heat. Coyote have the same anatomy dogs do. So if your female dog is in heat you are bringing coyote into your yard, on your deck etc. Don’t allow your dog whether male or female to venture into the woods without a leash. When you keep your dog close to you the coyote view that as an extension of you. You will not be approached by coyote, which have a natural fear of humans.
Keeping yards cleared of any wood piles, debris, old dog houses, and overgrowth will help keep them away. If there are coyote coming too close for comfort you can use air horns, paint ball guns, or just pots and pans to shoo them away. You can bang the pots and pans together or throw one in its direction if needed. Try not to act afraid and retreat into the house. You don’t ever want to make them feel like they claimed the property and ran you off. Sometimes coyote have lost the fear of humans, so you need to put it back. Wildlife has been here long before us, so let’s try to live together.
Submitted by: Terri Baker, Animal Control Officer
It has been an exciting first few weeks of the school year at Lincoln Elementary. The teachers and staff are so happy to have our little devils back to school!
Our students in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade have been working hard on their MAP tests. Our students take these nationally normed online benchmark tests three times throughout the school year. These important tests help us to track individual student progress while also allowing us to analyze how our students are performing in the areas of reading, mathematics and language compared to students from around the country. The student reports will be provided to parents/guardians at our October 25th Parent/Teacher conference.
We are off to such a great start with our continued implementation of PBIS, our school-wide positive behavior system. We have been focusing on the character traits: Respect and Responsibility. Students receive marks on their Devil Cards for making positive choices and can shop at the Devil Store once they have their cards filled. We are so proud of the amazing character choices our students have been making.
Our annual Mumkin Sale at Lincoln will run from August 31st – September 17th. The money earned from this annual sale goes to providing students with instructional resources, incentives, etc. It is our main fundraiser of the year, so please consider buying a beautiful fall Mumkin from an LES student. This year there is an online purchase and payment option, too.
Lastly, we continue to encourage you to read with your child(ren) nightly. The students should have their 1st quarter Accelerated Reading (AR) goal set, so please talk to them about this goal and ask often about their progress in meeting their goal.
Please always feel free to contact us with questions, feedback, your ideas, etc. as we are always looking for ways to inspire, engage, and grow each of our students.
Proudly serving the students and families of Lincoln Elementary,
Heather Dragan, Principal Tim Chenot, Assistant Principal
Experience the cool architecture, walkable streets and vibrant, eclectic neighborhoods of urban living–NKY style! Hey, we know NKY is a great place to live and play–we want to show you, too!
Beyond the Curb was created by The Catalytic Fund to encourage urban living in Northern Kentucky’s river cities by showcasing the wide array of housing options and amenities. The locations of these one-day, self-guided tours typically rotate between Covington, Newport, Ludlow and Bellevue/Dayton.
Since 2018 marks the 5-year anniversary of our Catalytic Investment Fund, we are celebrating with the biggest Beyond the Curb tour yet, including properties in all our river cities!
The Beyond the Curb series gives you an exclusive peek inside some of the coolest residential and commercial properties in each river city. We feature a variety of properties: apartments, condos, historic mansions and single-family residences throughout NKY’s eclectic urban neighborhoods. We even include in-progress rehabs to let you see how gorgeous exteriors can be saved and remade inside to fit your modern lifestyle.
You will also experience the urban living as you discover convenient amenities, local businesses and the strong sense of community that exists in Northern Kentucky’s river cities. You’ll see the pride and dedication local residents have toward their communities – as neighbors turn out to volunteer in all of our featured properties!
Beyond the Curb offers something for everyone, from young professionals and families to empty nesters, as well as those interested in historic preservation, interior design, and most importantly: URBAN LIVING!
THE CATALYTIC FUND
The Catalytic Development Funding Corp. of Northern Kentucky (The Catalytic Fund) serves as a catalyst to accelerate Northern Kentucky’s urban renaissance through targeted investments in real estate development in Ludlow, Covington, Newport, Bellevue and Dayton. We are a private sector, nonprofit organization that connects place, product and people with capital to execute high-impact revitalization projects. Our three-pronged approach includes Financial Investment via our $10MM investment fund, Development Services and Community Vibrancy Initiatives.
The Catalytic Fund was formed to contribute to regional economic development efforts, recognizing that a vibrant urban core is essential to attract new job-creating businesses and support existing businesses’ efforts to attract and retain talent.
Visit The Catalytic Fund website. Like The Catalytic Fund on Facebook! Please contact Jill Morenz at jmorenz@TheCatalyticFund.org or (859) 757-0519 with inquiries.
The City of Dayton will once again host our Senior Citizens Luncheon on Tuesday, October 9th at the V.F.W. hall, beginning at 11 a.m. This year’s event will be a blast from the past. Come as you are OR dress up in 50’s style costume. Starting at 11 a.m. there will be a Social Hour, followed by Lunch, Entertainment, Games, Door Prizes, Costume Prizes and Bingo!
Local businesses have always made this enjoyable day possible for the seniors by donating cash or prizes. If you would like to make a donation, please call 491-1600. Donors will be acknowledged to make our seniors aware of your patronage to this event.
This event is for all seniors 60 years-old and over. If you would like to attend the luncheon or will need transportation to the event, please call the Dayton City Building 491-1600 before Friday, October 5.
Submitted by: Donna Leger
Summer is over, and One Way Kid’s Ministry will start meeting again on Wednesday, September 5. Every Wednesday evening from 5:30-7:30 p.m., children in grades 1-5 are welcome to join us at First Baptist Dayton, 501 Dayton Avenue, for One Way Kid’s Ministry. We guarantee that kids will have fun while learning about God’s word. Come join us and see! Please note: Sorry, we don’t have staff to accommodate children younger than first grade.
Submitted by: Gail Myers
Summer vacation is coming to an end this month and our children will be heading back to School on August 15th. We all need to be extra aware of children walking to and from school.
We have a couple of community events coming up this month. First, the Main Street Board is putting on a Dayton Kentucky Community Picnic on August 11th from 6 PM to 9 PM at the Town Center on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Berry Street. Music will be provided by Moonshine and Wine.
Dayton's River City Music Fest returns on Friday, August 31 and Saturday, September 1. The River City Music Fest is a two-day music festival. Cold beer, good food, and great music. Both days gates open from 5 PM until midnight. All proceeds benefit Light Up Dayton and will help pay for gifts for the children of Dayton.
Dayton author Robert Schrage will be having a book signing for his latest book Lost Northern Kentucky on Saturday, August 11th from 10 AM to Noon at the Dayton Heritage Museum 718 W Sixth Street.
I hope you like the new lamp posts, as we have installed six new decorative streetlights along Sixth Avenue at the corners of Walnut Street, Vine Street, and Ervin Terrace.
Lastly, Beyond the Curb will be coming in September. Beyond the Curb encourages urban living in Northern Kentucky’s river cities by showcasing the wide array of housing options and amenities. This year’s Beyond the Curb will be featuring properties in Dayton, Bellevue, Newport Covington and Ludlow. For more information, please visit www.beyondthecurb.org.
Until next month,
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Most recently I went and viewed the documentary that is currently playing in theatres called Won’t You Be My Neighbor. It is the story of Mr. Fred Rogers and how he created a wonderful children’s program that many of us warmly remember. His program was significant for many, many reasons. I believe the reason that we all so fondly remember Mr. Rogers and his show is the simple, yet needed message, that we are all special just the way we are.
Mr. Rogers took on many important issues and helped children process some very complex emotions and feelings. He understood the importance of children having the unconditional love of an adult. Mr. Rogers understood that children need adults – in every walk of life – who care as much for children as they care for themselves. He understood that children need a secure place in the lives of grownups, a place where they can take their own good time to learn. A place where an adult will say, “I am proud of the ways you are growing.”
One of the things I love most about the City of Dayton and Dayton Independent Schools is that it is a true neighborhood school. The city, our schools, and our kids all grow together! It is wonderful to see our youth being valued and supported by so many folks in our neighborhood. We must continue to view our children as our most valued and treasured resource. When we come together in our neighborhood and put kids needs first…great children will Grow!
I will close with a quote from Mr. Rogers, “Love is at the root of everything. All learning. All relationships. Love or the lack of it.” I encourage everyone to go out and love, appreciate, and respect those in our Dayton neighborhood.
Remember, “I like you just the way you are.”
Proudly serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
Our county has adopted a new program to help our county shelter become no-kill. This means if there are feral or stray cats reproducing, spraying and causing problems in your neighborhood, we will trap them have them vaccinated, spay/neutered and an ear-tip and release back into the area. This keeps new cats from vacuuming (moving into) the neighborhood and your area cats are healthier (not spreading disease) and no longer spraying, fighting etc because they are altered.
We do not bring new or extra cats into your neighborhood. We always put the cats back where they were picked up. Relocating is not humane. We realize that there are residents that would not want the cats returned. We are willing to help you understand the program and offer deterrents for your property to help reduce the surrounding cats from coming onto your property. We are also making caretakers more proactive to help eliminate negative neighborhood problems.
We have had this program in place since October 2016 and we have dramatically reduced the number of cats euthanized. Only terminally injured/sick cats are euthanized now. Please be proactive and help us continue to save lives. Call 859-635-2819 and we can discuss trapping in your area. If it is an emergency, please call me via the Dispatch number 859-292-3622.
Your cat can get spayed/neutered for free if you qualify for low income. If you do not qualify, it is only $20 co-pay. You also need proof of residency; this is a grant for Campbell County. If you have friends that need cats done in surrounding counties, have them check with their local shelter. The grant incorporates 5 NKY counties.
LOW COST SPAY/NETUER FOR CAMPBELL COUNTY
I hope you find this article was helpful. Please spay/neuter your pet!
Please note correction: In my June article I made a mistake and made it sound like all cats that are spayed/neutered are exempt from citations. That is not the case. If your cat is a neighborhood nuisance we can impose fines for running at large. The only cats that are exempt from citations are the community cats that are marked with an ear tip. Those cats have no true owner, but do have caretakers that provide food.
Submitted by: Terri Baker, Animal Control Officer
Next Saturday August 11th, the Dayton Main Street Board is hosting a community picnic. Everyone is invited to Monument Park in the center of town at 6th Ave & Berry Street from 6-9 PM. Moonshine and Wine, a local bluegrass/folk group, will be performing. So bring a lawn chair or a blanket, sit back relax and listen to some live music
There will also be cornhole, Frisbees, popsicles and a food sharing table (so bring that special dish to share with your neighbors). The Eagles, across the street, are going to open their yard and have a beer garden for those over 21. Folks are also encouraged to bring picnic food or grab some take-out from one of the many Dayton restaurants that are a short walk from the park.
So come on down to the park on Saturday for an old-fashioned laid-back picnic, say hi to some old friends and make some new ones. It’s a great opportunity for Dayton to come together as a community.
Submitted by: Beth Nyman
Dayton Community News