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.
The Dalton High School swim team competed in the GHSA 6A Swimming and Diving State meet the weekend on Feb. 3 and left as champions.
This title makes the third championship for Dalton High, and the first one since 2013.
Swim Coach Sharlinda Haight said the boys were focused all season with the GHSA state meet in mind. "They wanted to go and win a state championship. Everything they have done all season has been with that in mind," she said. "They have worked so hard all season. At the meet, they were so excited and let their desire to win keep them poised and focused on each swim."
The students that competed on the state team were:
- Henry Bethel
- Matthew Shaheen
- Ross Emilio Valdez
- Oscar Chenard
- Jack Forthman
- Shawn Bailey
- Jonathan Shaheen
- Charlie McClurg
- Jake Barnes
- Anthony Calderon
- Raul Valdez
- Alex Mashburn
- Ethan Carroll
Out of six individual events, Henry Bethel, Jonathan Shaheen, Alex Mashburn, Anthony Calderon and Ross Valdez each finished in the Top 5.
Coaches: Sharlinda Haight, Carl Chenard, Phil Lesselroth, Todd Hamontree, Jason Meszaros