Students and staff in Dalton Public Schools participated in this season of giving by sharing with those in need. All of our schools donated to a number of community non-profit organizations.
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Dalton High School and Dalton Middle School both hosted Blood Assurance blood drives last week with a combined total of 191 units of blood collected.
The idea to fix up the gardens and greenhouse at Westwood Elementary was the perfect combination of filling a need in the community and allowing him to thank a place close to his heart.
DPS high school students learned life skills and practiced networking at the fifth annual Youth Leadership Summit, hosted by Congressman Tom Graves.
Third, fourth and fifth grade students participated in a non-traditional school day- attending out of the box classes, helping with a service project and traveling to Dalton High School to learn about different sports.
The CCRPI (College and Career Ready Performance Index) scorecards, released by the Georgia Department of Education, have been redesigned to reflect the progress and growth students are making in their learning.
Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods announced the official names of the 2018-19 Student Advisory Council. Among those is Cristian Vergara, senior at Dalton High School.
Throughout the school year, these selected middle and high school students will meet with Superintendent Woods to discuss the impact of state policies in the classroom.
Members of the Student Advisory Council will also discuss other issues related to education, serve as the Superintendent's ambassadors to their respective schools and participate in service projects to benefit schools and students.
Vergara said he'd like to fight for ways to increase graduation rates. "If we could find a way to have more students engaged, like requiring participation in extracurricular activities, I think that would help," he said. "We will be meeting with officials to give our perspective of ways their policies impact us. It sounds like a great opportunity."
Members were selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 applicants who applied to serve on the council. Students were chosen based on the strength of their essay answers, which focused on their ideas for public education as well as their community service experience. The students selected attend public schools all over the state, in every RESA district in Georgia. See the full list of students here.
"Every day, I'm faced with choices that will directly affect Georgia's kids," Superintendent Woods said. "Because of the students who serve on this council, I'm better able to make sound, informed decisions. I deeply value their input and involvement."Meetings of the Student Advisory Council will be held October 10, November 28, February 5, and May 13 for middle school students and October 11, November 29, February 6, and May 14 for high school students.