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Academy looks to increase numbers

A new setting has the potential to completely change a person's outlook, just ask the faculty at Hightower Academy.

The school moved into a new $2.4-million, 15,000-square-foot facility behind Dawson County Middle School in April and the reaction from both staff and students was immediate.

September 07, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | Education


Getting a head start

Like many high school students around the world, Kara Sue Hafermalz dreams of attending Harvard University.

After her performance on two tests last spring, there seems little doubt that the Dawson County High sophomore will one day walk the halls of the Cambridge, Mass., campus.

August 17, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | Education


Principals report a smooth return

Area students completed their first full week of school Friday, and principals from around the county report a successful and smooth return.

"It was an outstanding week," said Dawson County High Principal Dr. Jute Wilson. "We had heard how good this ninth grade class was from both middle schools and they are as good as advertised."

August 17, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | Education


School's in session

There were yawns and dragging feet aplenty, but smiles were most common Friday morning at Robinson Elementary as students returned for a new school year.

August 10, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | Education


Academy will hold fundraiser

The Dawson Christian Academy will hold a gospel singing fundraiser from 4-8 p.m. Saturday at Jesus' Name Apostolic Church.

August 10, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | Education


System prepares charter councils

The Dawson County school system has begun preparing to set up school governance councils at each of its seven campuses after achieving charter system status in June.

August 10, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | Education


Library moving into future with e-books

The Dawson County Library is now offering e-book and audiobook rentals through its Web site, and many residents are taking advantage of the new service.

Residents have rented 243 e-books since the service began in January, and the library has added 2,042 new patrons since June 2010.

August 03, 2011 | | Education


Local college partners with school system

Nearly 40 students from a nearby college will be traversing the halls of local campuses this school year in an effort to improve early childhood education for both students and teachers.

North Georgia College & State University will send 24 juniors and 17 seniors to the four Dawson County elementary schools, according to former Kilough Elementary Principal Lois Zangara.

August 03, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | Education


Seventy-five GED graduates honored

Seventy-five graduates of the Dawson County Adult Education Center's General Educational Development program were honored at a reception July 25, including three who received scholarships to continue their education.

Barbara Massei, Cindy Corbin and Shannon Erb each received scholarships for their hard work and desire to further their educations.

August 03, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | Education


Riverview ES principal attends event in D.C.

Riverview Elementary School principal Julia Mashburn joined elementary- and middle-school educators and leaders from across the country during the National Association of Elementary School Principals' National Leaders Conference on July 13-15 in Washington, D.C.

The educators were in the nation's capital to advocate for new policies that would give principals the tools they need to shape long-term and effective plans for education improvement.

August 03, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | Education


Tax increase approved

The Dawson County Board of Education approved a resolution last week that will raise local property taxes.

The increase, which the board says will offset an expected budget deficit for the next school year, was approved 3-0 by the board on Thursday. Members Elaine Wilson and Cecil Bennett were not present at the meeting.

July 27, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | Education


System doesn’t make AYP

According to results released last week, the Dawson County School System was one of the 152 systems, out of 183 systems statewide, that failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress in 2011.

Three of the seven local schools, Dawson County High School, Riverview Elementary and Riverview Middle, failed to meet AYP, putting them among nearly 37 percent of schools statewide.

July 27, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | Education


Student learns to fly fighter plane

Brooks Fulford is not your average student-athlete.

A rising sophomore at Dawson County High, Fulford served as the starting varsity goalkeeper last season. He and Sam Edwards combined to set two school records, one for fewest goals allowed and another for most shutouts.

July 27, 2011 | | Education


Local schools will have open house next week

Local schools will hold open house next week in preparation for the beginning of classes Aug. 5.

Black's Mill, Kilough, Riverview and Robinson elementary schools will hold open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 3.

July 27, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | Education


Rick Brownlee new lead instructor at Adult Learning Center

Rick Brownlee has begun his tenure as the new lead instructor for Lanier Technical College's Adult Education Center in Dawsonville.

The former head of the adult learning center in Roswell, Brownlee replaced Kathy Davis who stepped down as lead instructor, but remains a teacher with the school.

July 27, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | Education


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Five students earn spots on the all-state chorus

During the March Dawson County Board of Education meeting, the board honored five Dawson County High School chorus students who were recently named to the ...

March 22, 2017 | Amy French | Education


DCHS hosts District 9 chorus event

Schools from all around North Georgia sent their choirs-elementary, middle and high school levels-to the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Dawson County High ...

March 22, 2017 | Amy French | Education


Pre-k registration opens next week

Dawson County Schools will be offering pre-k registration next week for one class at Kilough Elementary and two classes at Riverview Elementary.

March 22, 2017 | | Education


School Board Appreciation Week celebrated

This week serves as the observance of School Board Appreciation Week in Georgia.

March 15, 2017 | From staff reports | Education


Jobs for Georgia Graduates club gets first at state

The Jobs for Georgia Graduates (JGG) club at Dawson County High School traveled last week to the 2017 State Career Association Conference and the Creative ...

March 08, 2017 | Amy French | Education


Local reunion to feature food and fellowship

Dawson County High School graduates from the mid to late 70s are invited to a joint class reunion at the end of March.

March 08, 2017 | Amy French | Education


Dawsonville grad to play pro basketball

Stephanie Sosebee, a 2006 graduate of Dawson County High School, recently tried out and made a local pro basketball team called the Conyers Rockets.

March 01, 2017 | Amy French | Education


Schools make up for January inclement weather

Dawson County Schools will be open on Feb. 20 to make up for a snow day taken last month.

February 15, 2017 | Amy French | Education


Lanier Tech student chosen as college’s GOAL winner

Lauren Hockaday, a firefighter and EMSP student at Lanier Technical College, has been named the school's winner for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership ...

February 08, 2017 | | Education


Dawson native, nursing student wins national recognition

Twenty-four-year-old nursing student Amberly Hedden is one of the lucky ones.

February 01, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Education


Kilough student to compete at international pageant

Nine-year-old Makana Tate loves her high heels.

February 01, 2017 | Amy French | Education


Eighth-grader out-spells competition

The culmination of several spelling bees across the Dawson County School System, last week's event in the Dawson County Junior High School auditorium resulted ...

February 01, 2017 | Amy French | Education


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