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School band plays at Georgia Dome

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.

January 09, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


Art on display

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.

January 02, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


Black’s Mill gets into the holiday spirit

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."

December 26, 2012 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


Local middle-schooler looks out for animals

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."

December 19, 2012 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


Chamber receives grant

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.

December 12, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | Education


Students top state average on test scores

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.

December 12, 2012 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


Ornament sales support nonprofits

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.

December 12, 2012 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


R.E.A.D. donates to middle schoolers

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.

November 28, 2012 | Michael Beard | Education


Students reach for GOAL

Two Lanier Technical College students from Dawsonville have been nominated for a state awards program.

Instructors at the technical college nominated a total of 18 students from its campuses for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership, or GOAL, competition.

November 28, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | Education


Band receives donation

The Dawson County Pride Marching Band received a gift recently when Walmart presented the group with a $2,500 check.

With the donation, the band has collected the $17,000 needed to travel to Atlanta and perform during the nationally televised halftime show of the Chick-fil-A Bowl during the New Year's weekend.

November 21, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | Education


Sophomores receive leadership awards

Dawson County High School sophomores Matthew Holton and Cullen McDonald were named the 2012 Hugh O'Brian Leadership Award recipients last week.

Presented annually by the Dawson County Woman's Club, the award recognizes outstanding students for their leadership and service to community.

November 21, 2012 | Michele Hester | Education


Assistant principal in running for national award

Riverview Middle School's assistant principal was recently named best in the state by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals.

As the statewide winner, Kristi Gerrells is in the running for 2013 national assistant principal honors.

November 14, 2012 | Michele Hester | Education


Young farmer a ‘Star’

A young entrepreneur from Dawson County has achieved the Future Farmers of America's highest honor.

Bradley Weaver, 21, was awarded the American Star Award in Agribusiness on Oct. 27 during the organization's 85th annual national convention in Indianapolis.

November 07, 2012 | Michele Hester | Education


Pheasant shoot raises funds for Lanier Tech

The Lanier Technical College Foundation announced it raised more than $22,000 following its second annual Pheasant Shoot earlier this month.

All proceeds from the Oct. 13 pheasant shoot go to benefit the Lanier Technical College Foundation's General Scholarship Fund.

October 31, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | Education


Forging ahead

When senior Seth Banks registered for Lanier Technical College's dual enrollment program, he hoped to gain a broader knowledge of welding beyond what he could learn at Dawson County High School.

"Now that I'm in the program, it's something I want to do for life," he said. "I wanted to explore welding before I got out of high school and just went into a college on something that I didn't know for sure if that was what I wanted to do. The dual enrollment program gave me the option to do that."

October 24, 2012 | Michele Hester | Education


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Newly formed fishing club getting bites

While only in its first year of activity, the Dawson County High School fishing club is already making waves.

March 12, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


Secretary wins award

As part of a 14-year tradition, Dawson County educators have recognized one of their own for excellence in special education.

March 12, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


First lady visits

Riverview Elementary preschoolers and kindergarteners were treated to a special reading session March 7 courtesy of Georgia's first lady.

March 12, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


High school to get greenhouse complex

Funding for long-sought new greenhouse complex at Dawson County High School has been approved.

March 05, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


School budget on mend

For the first time in more than five years, the Dawson County Board of Education foresees no impending budget cuts.

March 05, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


Students speak on healthy living

Black's Mill Elementary is continuing its dedication to prepare students for higher learning.

March 05, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


Superintendent search reaches next level

The Dawson County Board of Education has taken the next step in finding a replacement for retiring Superintendent Keith Porter.

March 05, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


Board announces school makeup days

With ice and snow hitting Dawson County during January and February, students and teachers missed almost two weeks of school.

"As you know, this winter has been especially harsh, which has resulted in nine days of absences due to the inclement weather...," said Dawson County School Superintendent Keith Porter in a letter addressed to parents dated Feb. 21. "The difficult situation with missed days is made worse due to the fact that we started the year two days short of a full student calendar due to budget."

February 26, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


Funding presents options

Dawson County teachers may be spending more days in class next school year.

February 19, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


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