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November 26 - 28, 2014 - Thanksgiving Holidays
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Guinness World Record - Dothan City Schools and Patti Rutland Jazz
They Did IT!!! Largest Hip-Hop Dance DCS Elementary Students
Dothan City Schools partnered with Patti Rutland Jazz Company to participate in the largest dance performance given by children for the Guinness World Record. All DCS elementary schools (grades K-5) participated in this exciting event on November 19, 2014. Grades 3 - 5 gathered at the Dothan Civic Center and Grades K-2 participated at their schools. A Big Thank You to Patti Simpson, PRJ Outreach, Mrs. Teresa Davis, DCS Elementary Schools Director, Mr. Todd Weeks, Interim Superintendent, All DCS Administrators, Teachers and Staff. Thank you to all of the parents and students for supporting this event.
Blue Ribbon School's Awards
On behalf of Beverlye Magnet School, the following faculty members accepted the Blue Ribbon School Award on November 11, 2014 in Washington, D.C.
Beverlye Magnet School Pre-Engineering Teacher, Mr. Chris Manasco
Beverlye Magnet School Instructional Coach, Mrs. Jeanie Solomon
Beverlye Magnet School Prinicpal, Mrs. Maria Johnson
Beverlye Magnet School Counselor, Mrs. Angelia Brown
On behalf of Heard Magnet School, the following faculty members accepted the Blue Ribbon School Award on November 11, 2014 in Washington, D.C.
Heard Magnet School 5th Grade Teacher, Ms. Ehren Johnson
Heard Magnet School Computer Teacher, Mrs. Jennifer Edwards
Heard Magnet School Principal, Mrs. Peggy Maddox
Heard Magnet School Counselor, Mrs. Leah Oppert
Heard Magnet School 4th Grade Teacher, Mrs. Elizabeth Landwerlen
Heard Magnet School 4th Grade Teacher, Mrs. Brooke Elizondo
Girard Middle School LinC goes CSI
Mrs. Kevin Bowden, the LinC teacher, at Girard Middle School constructed a Problem Based unit on “The Case of the Missing Lunchbox”. This unit is an investigation in which students must use chemistry experiments along with analysis of the crime scene and judgments about suspects' alibis to solve the mystery. Students were presented with a scenario in which some items were stolen and there was a white substance found at the crime scene. They did experiments on the mystery powder and several other powders and compared the results to determine what the mystery powder was. This information is combined with the footprints and note at the crime scene and information about the suspects to determine who took the missing lunch items. This activity is designed to combine the typical elements of a literary mystery with physical science experiments and higher order thinking skills. Mystery Science gives students the opportunity to get excited and have fun while learning. This activity encourages active participation and promotes higher-level thinking skills.
To view more photos from this learning activity, go to Mrs. Kevin Bowden's page and click on her photo album.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month
Dothan City Schools currently serves several students living with Diabetes. Below you will find information related to American Diabetes Month, and website links where you can learn more information related to Diabetes.
American Diabetes Month® (Exerpt from ADM Website)
The vision of the American Diabetes Association is a life free of diabetes and all of its burdens. Raising awareness of this ever-growing disease is one of the main efforts behind the mission of the Association. American Diabetes Month® (ADM) is an important element in this effort, with programs designed to focus the nation's attention on the issues surrounding diabetes and the many people who are impacted by the disease.
Here are just a few of the recent statistics on diabetes:
- Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
- Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
- The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.
- See more at: http://www.diabetes.org/in-my-community/american-diabetes-month.html#sthash.ivqVjOoB.dpuf
(credit for article and picture to American Diabetes Association.)
The "Be a Champion and Read" contest has begun! It is sponsored by the Alabama Education Association as a way to motivate our students to read. Each student in K-5th grade will receive a reading log form. The students must read six books, fill out their reading log form, have their parent sign it and return it to school by the deadline. If they return their form filled out correctly, they will be entered in a state-wide contest to win two tickets to the Iron Bowl! All forms are due back at school by November 5th! Get busy reading! Check with your school for participation information.
Alabama's History Teacher of the Year
Wednesday, October 8, 2014, Ms. Dieatra Davis, Northview High School, was recognized as Alabama’s History Teacher of the Year. The event was held in the auditorium of the Gordon Persons Building in Montgomery, Alabama. The Alabama State Board of Education members and State Superintendent, Dr. Thomas R. Bice, presented Ms. Davis with a resolution on behalf of the State Board.