Lanier Technical College announced on Friday the selection of Troy Lindsey as Dean of its Dawson Campus. Prior to assuming the Dawson Campus Dean's position, Lindsey most recently served as the Assistant Dean of Students at Shorter University's Gwinnett Campus. He also has teaching experience at both Shorter and Chattahoochee Technical College.
Last week marked the grand opening of Kilough Elementary's Parent Resource Room. The resource room, which officially opened last Thursday, will provide books, games and activities designed to address all learning needs, from remedial to gifted. Supplies will be available for when special projects are assigned by teachers as well.
Spencer Roper got a pleasant surprise last week when he was announced as Dawson County High School's STAR student for 2012. "I wanted to get past 2,000 [points on the SAT], that was a goal, but the STAR recognition just sort of happened," Roper said. "It's awesome that I was able to beat out that many people.
The Dawson County Board of Education elected new leadership at its meeting last week. The Jan. 14 meeting marked the end of school board member Elaine Wilson's time as chairwoman.
Theater students from the Dawson County Arts Council were selected to attend the 2013 Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta over the weekend. The council's youth theater program, launched in 2009, aims to promote and cultivate an appreciation for the arts in Dawson County.
An annual discussion program produced by the Foreign Policy Association and presented by the University of North Georgia kicked off an eight-week series Monday to explore the international economy and world politics. The Great Decisions lecture series is in its fourth year and will run each Monday and Thursday through March 7 at the university's Gainesville and Cumming campuses.
A Wisconsin-based anti-religion group has challenged the constitutionality of the Dawson County school system accepting faith-based course credits from a new local Christian learning center. In a letter dated Jan. 9, the Freedom from Religion Foundation demands that the school board sever its ties with Dawson County Christian Learning Center.
The Dawson County High School band played in front of more than 68,000 people during the Chick-fil-A Bowl on New Year's Eve at the Georgia Dome. The band was selected to perform during the Dec. 31 college football bowl game based on past performances in marching band competitions and support from the high school.
Black's Mill Elementary kicked off its annual student art show on Dec. 4 at the Bowen Art Center. The event marked the eleventh year for the show, but was the first time all of the art has appeared in one location.
Last week, Black's Mill Elementary School hosted a variety of holiday events for the students. Fourth graders were treated to a taste of colonial life and schooling recently during Colonial Day while kindergarteners stayed warm in their pajamas, watching and reading "The Polar Express."
One Riverview Middle School student has big plans for small animals this year in Dawson County. Eleven-year-old Shannon Porter is making it her goal to see that animals at the Dawson County Humane Society have a Merry Christmas with her new charity "Christmas for Critters."
The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce has been awarded a grant by the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education to help encourage more students in Dawson County to apply for and attend post-secondary institutions. The chamber is one of only five chambers in the state of Georgia that has been awarded the grant.
Dawson County High School exceeded the state average on the 2012 Georgia High School Writing Test, according to results released last week. "We had an increase in our overall pass rate - 'meets and exceeds' - with 94 percent," said Jute Wilson, principal.
Ornament sales are under way at local elementary schools. The funds raised by these sales will benefit K.A.R.E. for Kids. The ornaments are made by art teachers and their students. Robinson Elementary kicked off its inaugural run this year with art teacher John Lundy at the helm.
Riverview Middle School students will soon have a new component to enhance their reading skills. On Monday, Joe Hirsch and Sandy Lipkowitz with the Reading Education Association of Dawson County arrived at the school with news Language Arts teacher Cassie Tallant has been waiting to pass on to her students that struggle with reading.
Three days stand between more than 200 students and the next chapter of their lives.
Friends and family gathered Sunday to honor a longtime Dawson County teacher and member of the Georgia Agriculture Education Hall of Fame on his upcoming retirement.
Upcoming sixth- through ninth- graders interested in learning what it takes to be a firefighter are encouraged to sign up for Dawson County Emergency Services' Junior Fire Academy.
The Dawson County Board of Education on Monday approved a tentative $32.3 million budget for fiscal year 2014, which represents a drop of about $3 million from 2013.
Spaces are quickly filling for Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle's annual junior law enforcement academy.
Fifth graders from across the county graduated as C.H.A.M.P.S. during a ceremony and celebration May 6 at Dawson County Middle School.
The weather may have been chilly on April 27, but the dancing and barbeque helped keep everyone warm.
It was a night of checks, medals and chords for Dawson County High School seniors as students attended an event in their honor.
Two Dawson County stars - one on the basketball court and the other on standardized testing - finished a close race for head of the class after three years of competing.
Members of the local education and historic communities gathered last week as Robinson Elementary dedicated its media center to the memory and life's work of a late friend.
Dawson County High School chemistry teacher Laura Hendrix was recently named 2012-2013 Chemistry Teacher of the Year by the Northeast Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society.
A deal to relocate the Dawson County Board of Education's central office to downtown Dawsonville could close next month. During its meeting Monday night, the school board voted 3-0 to approve a contract with Community & Southern bank for the two vacant buildings at 28 Main St.
Each year, staff from Dawson County public schools nominate a teacher they feel exemplifies that special "teaching spirit." At the monthly Dawson County Chamber of Commerce luncheon on April 11 at the Lakeview Center, seven local teachers were presented to attendees and their peers.
The track at Riverview Middle School was awash in a sea of bright blue shirts Thursday as the 2013 Dawson County Special Olympics got under way. "We are part of a group called Connectability that's a partnership between Lumpkin and Dawson counties," said Tricia Owenby, a special education teacher at Riverview and the school's Special Olympics coordinator.
Friday is kindergarten registration for Dawson County schools. Kindergarten registration will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., April 12 at the Rock Creek Park Gym. Registration will be for Black's Mill, Kilough, Riverview and Robinson elementary schools.