Our mission is to empower all students for the choices and challenges of the twenty-first century. We believe that we should teach students to respect themselves, others, and the environment, that we should teach students to participate productively and responsibly in a rapidly changing society, that we should teach them to communicate effectively, that we should teach them to use cooperative and independent learning strategies, that we should teach them to apply problem solving processes, and that we should teach them to set and meet high standards.
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Dothan City Schools Teacher’s of The Year
Education is key to success in life and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students. A teacher can create a spark in any child, ignite it and take a child from any background to a lifetime of creativity and accomplishments.
Each Dothan City School has selected their “Teacher of The Year”. Congratulations to all of the 2013-2014 Teachers of the Year. "Click" on teacher's name to learn more about them...
Beverlye Magnet School – Matt Smith
Carver Magnet School – Joe Miller
Cloverdale Elementary School – Lindsey Walker
Dothan High School – Chris Payne
Dothan Technology Center – Beverly Thornton
Faine Elementary School – Valorie Chitty
Girard Elementary School – Shannon Harrison
Girard Middle School – Phillip Burns
Grandview Elementary School – Cindy Blount
Heard Magnet School – Elizabeth Landwerlen
Hidden Lake Elementary School – Andrea Forehand
Highlands Elementary School – Heather Merritt
Honeysuckle Middle School – Reva Barnes
Kelly Springs Elementary School – Joyia McCurley
Montana Magnet School – Kim Price
Morris Slingluff Elementary School – Tana Griffith
Northview High School – Dieatra Davis
PASS Academy – Amanda Attaway
Selma St. Elementary School – Melanie Miles
Learning Support School Teams
The Alabama State Department of Education met recently with Learning Support School Teams at Dothan High School. Learning supports are the resources, strategies, and practices that provide the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual supports that directly address barriers to learning and teaching and re-connect disengaged students. Dothan City Schools is one of ten systems across the state chosen to be part of this cutting edge initiative. The overall goal of this partnership is “Every Child a Graduate-Every Graduate Prepared for College/Work/Adulthood in the 21st Century”.
The Department of Exceptional Student Services recently attended the Alabama Association of School Psychologists (AASP) in Montgomery, AL. Dothan City Schools' two School Psychologists were inducted as state officers. Shown are Alicia Hales, DESS School Psychologist and AASP Region Representative; Teresa Farkas, DESS School Psychologist and AASP Secretary; Mary Singletary, DESS Supervisor; and Carol Cunningham, DESS Director.
Is Fitness Testing Mandatory?
Yes. The Code of Alabama (laws) Alabama Administrative Code (AAC) laws that pertain to education; rule 290-3-1-.02(8)(c)(ii) states:
The Alabama Physical Fitness Assessment must be administered to Grade 2-12 students, including students who receive exemptions from the State Superintendent of Education. Fitness data must be reported to the State Department of Education (SDE).
As part of a comprehensive, quality physical education program, every student enrolled in physical education in Grades 2-12 will participate in the Alabama Physical Fitness Assessment (APFA). The APFA is designed to comprehensively assess the health and physical fitness of all Alabama students. This assessment, which is criterion-referenced, targets achieving and maintaining a healthy level of fitness in the areas of Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance, Muscular Strength/Endurance, Abdominal Strength/Endurance, and Flexibility.
Each student will be tested according to the following assessment components and test items:
· Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance – One-Mile Run or Walk or Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run (PACER) Test
· Muscular Strength/Endurance – 90-Degree Push-Up
· Abdominal Strength/Endurance – Partial Curl-Up
· Flexibility – Back-Saver Sit-and-Reach or V Sit-and-Reach
The 2013-14 APFA is currently being given and will continue through December 15, 2013 for the Fall testing period. For more information on the Alabama Physical Fitness Assessment, please contact your child’s school.
Dothan City Schools Mobile Site
Dothan City Schools now has a Mobile Site available for the DCS Main Page and several of our schools are also activated at this time. Through our website host, we were able to set-up a mobile site for easier access through your smartphone. You can now have all of the information about DCS at your fingertips. Simply open the Internet on your phone and go to the Dothan City Schools Website. Then, add the website to your phone's home screen and you are ready to go. You can also click view full site above the logo to see the complete site. Check your school's website to see if they have activated "Mobile Site". You would follow the same instructions for each school you want to add.
Every Tuesday during the 2013-2014 school year, Technology Professional Development is being offered to Dothan City Schools employees. Half day sessions are scheduled each Tuesday, with training provided from local staff members, as well as outside technology trainers. Trainings include Promethean Boards and Software, iPads (Beginner and Advanced), iNow Student Database, School and Teacher Websites, and much more. Mrs. Lee Jacobs, Instructional School Specialist, developed Tech Tuesdays to provide training for teachers, administrators, secretaries and other designated staff to allow for technology transition into the classroom, office, computer labs, media centers and many other areas within Dothan City Schools. The Tech Tuesday objective is to provide knowledge and experience related to the technology devices used by Dothan City Schools.
Online Lunch Payment
Beginning Monday, September 2, 2013, parents/guardians will have access to pay lunch fees online. Please follow the link Lunch Payment to set up account and begin making payments. Schoolpaymentsolutions.com is a secure online payment portal that allows parents to put funds into their children's school meal account in real time and view student meal activity. Payments are made instantaneously to the Point of Sale terminal. All adjustments and transactions can be viewed by the parent.
The Below Icon will remain under Quick Links on the DCS Main Page for payment selection.
Free and Reduced Lunch Applications
Free and Reduced Lunch Applications for Dothan City Schools can now be found online. Visit Free and Reduced Lunch....Apply Online..
Parent Portal is now active for the 2013-14 school year. If you have a login from 2012-13, it should still be active. If you have problems logging in, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need a new account, please view the information under Parent Portal Information to see requirements for obtaining a login.
AMBUCS creating mobility for those with disabilities. For more information visit AMBUCS Information...