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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


Final millage hearing is Thursday

The Dawson County Board of Education heard from several community members during the first two of three public hearings on a proposed tax increase July 14.

"I consider everyone on this board a friend," said Chip Pearson, a county resident and former state senator. "And friends don't let friends raise taxes."

July 20, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | Education


Scout aims to earn Gold Award

A Girl Scout since she was a small child, Becca Bishop is in the final stages of earning her Gold Award, the highest honor in the organization.

One of the requirements for earning the award is to complete a project that has a lasting, positive impact on the community.

July 20, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | Education


Lanier Technical college graduates record class

GAINESVILLE - Lanier Technical College celebrated its largest graduating class Friday night, conferring 2,028 degrees in a ceremony at Free Chapel Worship Center.

President Russell Vandiver told the class its achievements are "heroic because of your perseverance and determination to complete your programs of study in the worst economy since the Great Depression."

July 20, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | Education


Amicalola EMC rolls out grant program

Amicalola EMC's Bright Ideas grant program is a competition designed to reward teachers that take the time to plan, research and put into action a creative learning experience for students.

The 2011-12 school year is the second year for the Bright Ideas program locally, and teachers will see an expanded program that features a budget of more than $60,000 to be distributed among 39 schools, including elementary, middle, high schools and private schools in the Amicalola EMC service area.

July 20, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | Education


Students fare well on CRCT

Dawson County schools have proved themselves among the brightest in the state, according to preliminary school-level Criterion-Referenced Competency Test results.

Released last week, the school-level results give administrators a more complete look at how individual schools and grade levels fared by subject. The systemwide results were released last month.

July 13, 2011 | By James G. Wolfe Jr. jwolfe@dawsonnews.com | Education


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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


Donald W. Moss Scholarship now open to Dawson students

The Donald Moss Scholarship Fund is now open for applications. This is the first year that the scholarship is open to Dawson County students who ...

January 18, 2017 | By Allie Dean adean@dawsonnews.com | Education


Spelling bees take place in preparation for system-wide event

Thirty middle school spellers sat nervously on stage at Dawson County Middle School last week for the annual spelling bee that ended up going through ...

January 18, 2017 | Amy French | Education


Board of ed approves Rick Brown as chief operations officer

During last week's Dawson County Board of Education meeting, the board approved current Chief Academic Officer Rick Brown to take on a new position ...

January 18, 2017 | Amy French | Education


Sawnee EMC accepting applications for scholarships and trip

The Sawnee Foundation Youth Scholarship program, a part of Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation (Sawnee EMC) is currently accepting applications for scholarships for high school seniors.

January 04, 2017 | | Education


Middle school math teacher quietly impacting her students

Sixth grade math teacher at Dawson County Middle School Christie Downs likes to, as she says, "fly under the radar."

December 28, 2016 | Amy French | Education


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