101 Reasons to be Proud of Dayton Public Schools
Teaching and Learning
1. Dasina Thomas, a senior at Thurgood Marshall High School, took the oath of office to become the 2012-2013 ex officio member of the Dayton Board of Education, marking 21 years of student leadership at the board level to represent more than 14,000 students.
2. With an original work about social issues and self-awareness titled “The Viewing,” Edison eighth-grade student Ashley Zachery earned top honors during the 55th annual Lucia May Wiant Speech Contest.
3. Dayton Public Schools joined communities from around the nation and the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day, as parents and children walked to school together. The global event involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day to underscore the importance of year-round safe routes to school.
4. Artwork by students at Horace Mann and Wright Brothers preK-8 schools was featured at the Gallery for Young People. The exhibit was an eclectic mix of student artwork, ranging from drawing and painting to collage.
5. Brooke Antoine, Ms. Black Ohio 2012, was the guest speaker at an early-morning parent forum to inspire parents and students to pursue education and careers in STEM. An engineer with Proctor & Gamble in Cincinnati, Antoine recognizes the urgency of encouraging urban and minority students to pursue STEM-related degrees and certifications. Her visit was part of Fairview PreK-8’s Muffins for Moms program.
6. Twenty-one schools competed at the annual DPS Math- O-Lympics competition. Students in grades four through eight engaged in a battle of wits in a number of exciting numerical and structural competitions. Top honors went to World of Wonder (4-6) and Stivers (7-8).
7. District eighth-graders presented original speeches at the 28th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Contest. First place went to Cha’Quoria Brown from Edison PreK-8. Second-place winner Brandy Lynch attended Eastmont; third-place winner Shaylynn Ramsey was a student at Fairview. The top three winners earned a gold, silver or bronze medal.
8. A group of DPS high school students spearheaded a fund-raiser to help make college dreams come true for stand-up students who may not always stand out. The Superintendent’s Student Senate continued the scholarship fund begun in 2011 to offer encouragement and assistance to “silent leaders” in their midst who are planning to attend college. With an annual goal of $3,000, the Senate provided two $250 scholarships to each of the six DPS high schools, for eligible members of the Class of 2013.
9. Stivers School for the Arts students took four of five American Vision Best in Show Awards in the annual Miami Valley Regional Scholastic Art Awards program. They were “Pears and Bullets,” clay vessels by Sophie Davidson; “Odyssey,” a photograph by Samantha Enright; “The Unknown and the Lonely,” a drawing by Morgan Strahorn; and “Train Tracks,” an abstract oil painting by ninth-grader Kristen Wagers. Stivers swept the Gold Key portfolio awards and had 28 Gold Key winners, with a total of 30 winning entries.
10. Two DPS seventh-graders were selected to join an elite group of scholars from public, private and parochial schools across the United States to take part in the Physician Scientist Training Program under the STEMPrep Project at Southern Methodist University. Seventh-graders Julia Tomlinson, Rosa Parks PreK-8 School, and Tory Sanders, World of Wonder PreK-8 School at Residence Park, successfully navigated a rigorous screening process. Students who meet grade requirements may reapply in high school and college and receive a funded internship with the National Institute of Health at the end of the 10-year program. STEMPrep is recognized by the National Institute of Health as the top program in the nation for longitudinal training of minority scholars interested in a biomedical career.
11. A total of 31 teams or individuals brought home awards following the district’s 2013 DPS Science/Technology and Invention Convention. Students in preschool through grade 12 participated in the annual event.
12. Dunbar student Walter Daniels received an award for the best video submitted from Dunbar for his public service announcement on breast cancer awareness. The 30-second message, titled “A Man’s Myth,” earned him a $250 scholarship.
13. Edwin Joel Brown science teacher Melodie Larsen learned from NASA and the Arizona State University's Mars Education Program that her Mars student imaging project received the national Science Prize for Inquiry Based Instruction. The project proved its effectiveness as an engaging educational tool, helping students to understand the nature of science through authentic research, according to Science magazine. Science is published by the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science. The award notification credited Larsen for excellence in STEM education, and for her dedication and her students' enthusiasm.
14. Dunbar boys basketball coach Peter Pullen was recognized as a 2011-2012 Ohio Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations. He was one of 24 coaches recommended by the Ohio High School Athletic Association, based on nominations by each respective coaches association in the state. Each of the individuals selected was recognized and honored in grateful appreciation for outstanding service and unselfish devotion to interscholastic activities.
15. Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Lori L Ward was honored as one of six remarkable women to be named as the YWCA's 2013 Women of Influence. These honorees were women in the greater Dayton community who have made a positive influence on the lives of others, as part of their careers, as volunteers, as role models or as mentors. Ward also was named one of the Dayton region's Ten Top Women by the Dayton Daily News. Both honors were bestowed during the 2012-2013 school year.
16. Colin Gutridge and Morgan Strahorn had artwork selected as part of the "top twenty-five" in the 2013 Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition and received the 2013 Governor's Award of Excellence. Winning artwork was selected from almost 12,000 works entered from 15 regions around the state. The works were displayed in the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower.
17. David H. Ponitz Career Technology Center students Akeisha Hale, Daaryn'ah Willoughby and Marissa Hicklin participated in the Seniors to Sophomores program, taking all of their senior classes at Sinclair for dual credit. They graduated from Ponitz as college sophomores and made the Dean's List at Sinclair.
18. Loren Littlejohn had already earned her associate's degree in chemistry from Sinclair Community College when she received her high school diploma from Ponitz Career Technology Center. The DPS graduate is continuing her education at the University of Dayton as a junior majoring in electrical engineering. Loren enrolled in the Advanced College Entry program at Sinclair during her sophomore year at Ponitz, taking courses for dual high school and college credit.
19. Seventh- and eighth-grade girls from Fairview, Edwin Joel Brown, World of Wonder and Rosa Parks preK-8 schools spent a day at Central State University participating in applied math sessions that exposed them, through hands-on activities, to the areas of forensics, science, cryptography, mathematics in music, and sensor applications in the environment. The event, held in collaboration with the University of Dayton, celebrated Sonia Kovalevsky - the first major Russian female mathematician - who studied in secret after the age of 13 and moved to Germany to obtain her PhD.
20. Guests attending the Belmont Showcase celebrated the unveiling of the 2012-2013 Belmont Mural, a student creation under the direction of artist-in-residence James Pate. For more than a year, student artists worked alongside Pate to tell their school's story. The project depicts the renaissance of Belmont High School and celebrates the hard work of staff and students that led to the school's educational reform.
21. Q the Music, a collaboration of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, East End Community Center and Dayton Public Schools, provided string instruments - violins, cellos and violas - to 25 third-grade students at Ruskin PreK-8 School who signed up for the after-school program. The five-day-a-week program included daily academic tutoring, a nutritious snack, classes on music theory, and group musical instruction by Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra musicians. The tuition-free program received funding from Fifth Third Bank and The Iddings Foundation as well as private donors.
22. Students at Louise Troy PK-3 and Wogaman 4-6 schools had the opportunity to participate in the After-School All Stars program. The program provided academic support, enrichment opportunities, and health/fitness activities. The organization's mission is to keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life.
23. Fairview PreK-8 School held its annual Fall Festival at Fairview Commons with activities and treats for students, staff and neighbors of Fairview and Edwin Joel Brown. Public Health-Dayton & Montgomery County administered flu vaccines during the event. The festival was planned in partnership with Edwin Joel Brown PreK-8 School, TOPS Afterschool Advantage, Unified Health Services, Fairview Neighborhood Association, the Phoenix Neighborhood Project and the FROC Priority Board.
24. Westwood PreK-8 School students and staff joined forces with parents, Wright State University volunteers and Wesley Center staff to clean up yards for senior citizens during "Make a Difference Day." Parents and community members had coffee with Principal Anthony Comer, followed by a parent and community volunteer lunch, activities, and a parent dialogue.
25. While most kindergarten students were counting to ten, Dayton Boys Preparatory Academy students in kindergarten through second grade studied the Big Ten colleges and learned that college is an option for their future. Other students studied Ivy League institutions or historically black colleges and universities It was all part of Principal Horace Lovelace's initiative to empower students to envision a new kind of future for themselves. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade spent a month researching colleges, making class presentations, and learning all they could about higher education Classroom doors and bulletin boards were decorated with college and university logos, banners and spirit items; students even learned college fight songs.
26. Steven Beatty, a student at Longfellow Academy I, was named second place winner (grade 9-12) in the "Families Matter" poster contest sponsored by Family Services. Steven's visual arts teacher was Margaret Wood.
27. Ponitz Career Technology Center students took first place in the Extreme Bots competition tournament The Ponitz team went undefeated, beating 60 other teams from the U.S. and Canada. First place for Best Engineered Robot went to Ponitz students Tyler Covil, Barandon Wallace and Dychi Givens for their spinning robot, Oreo. The Dayton Regional Manufacturing Association sponsored the competition, which was held at the Dayton Airport Expo Center.
28. Adonna Mobley (front office secretary) and Dee Dee Tuss (art teacher) successfully battled multiple myeloma, with support from the staff and students at Meadowdale High School. In Mobley's case, a round of chemotherapy meant the loss of her hair, but five MHS staff members quickly shaved their own pates to reassure her that bald was, indeed, beautiful.
29. The Belmont Navy JROTC kicked off a ceremony honoring veterans at the Dayton Veterans Administration Medical Center. The JROTC posted colors and presented a ceremony honoring the 100 veterans in attendance. The event, sponsored by the Volunteers of America, featured talks by other veterans and US. Speaker of the House John Boehner, and culminated in a sit-down dinner for veterans.
30. Wogaman students in Rachel Blanks' fourth-grade class presented "The Parade of Voluminous Vocabulary" at their school. Students dressed up as their favorite complicated words, recited the words, challenged Blanks to a definition duel, displayed them on posters and created a word wall.
31. The DPS graduation rate climbed 10 percentage points from 2010 to 2012, based on the new, more stringent calculation.
32. COSI (Center of Science and Industry) brought its traveling show to DPS for a free Family Day event, sponsored by the Office of State and Federal Grants Management. During "Weather Live!," kids could meet the stars of the show (water and air) and see how they work together to unlock the magic and mystery of the world's weather. Participants could feel the power of a vacuum, see the destructive force of a hurricane, and take a bath in a real cloud.
33. Diners enjoyed the return of "Savor Your Sunday," a special brunch series featuring performances by young musicians from Stivers School for the Arts. The popular fund-raiser spotlights students on strings, concert pianists, singers and a jazz quartet. All proceeds support arts instruction at the school.
34. The DPS Class of 2013 earned more than $11 million in scholarships.
35. Seven Ponitz Career Technology Center students excelled at the Region 3 Business Professionals of America competition and moved on to the state competition in Columbus. They were Shanetha Head (first place, banking and finance); Yarenci Herrera (first place, fundamental accounting); Samantha Eckhart (second place, advanced spreadsheets); and the team of LeTisha Caldwell, Lamarr Henry, De'ven Jackson and Da'Qeayce Swain (first place with a perfect score, broadcast news production).
36. "Ms. Story" debuted on DPS TV, bringing story time and literacy lessons to young viewers to get them kindergarten ready. Veteran preschool educator Judy Stelzer helped prepare preschool-age children for the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment with her carefully selected and colorfully presented children's books. Her motto: "A story for every child, every day."
37. Stivers School for the Arts student Genae Yeldell was selected to perform with other varsity All American cheerleading and dance teams from across the nation in the 92nd Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, the oldest in the country.
38. Aliah Shafeek, an eighth-grade student at Meadowdale PreK-8 School, along with Tara Wenegieme, a freshman at Meadowdale High School, were winners in the 2013 Paul Laurence Dunbar Poetry Contest, sponsored by the Carillon Historical Society. Both students read their poems during the gravesite commemoration of Dunbar's birthday at Woodland Cemetery.
39. Ponitz Career Technology Center broadcast students were featured in a February 2013 cover story in Ohio Schools magazine, produced by the Ohio Education Association. Selected from a statewide field of applicants, the Ponitz team produced a documentary on the 2012 Ohio School Boards Association Capital Conference. One production team member, junior Lamarr Henry, was selected as a student representative to speak on behalf of "Strong Schools, Strong Communities," a new statewide education initiative.
40. Fifth-grade students at Westwood PreK-8 School completed a five-week program in cooperation with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. STARBASE Wright-Patt was part of a nationwide initiative designed to increase interest in and knowledge of math, science and technology, while exposing students to career role models. Students were greeted by Lt Gen. Janet C Wolfenbarger, commander of Air Force Material Command at WPAFB and the Air Force's first female four-star general. During subsequent visits, students participated in hands-on experiments, such as constructing, launching and experimenting with rockets; exploring careers; using a flight simulator; and instructional activities about the engineering design process.
41. Cleveland PreK-8 School recruited male role models through the national WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) program for the second year and added a SUPER M.O.M.S. (Moms Of Marvelous Students) program. The parent volunteers assisted with building duties, spent time with students and got to know the staff.
42. Star Readers in kindergarten through grade two at Meadowdale PreK-8 School were treated to a limousine ride to lunch at McDonald's. The day was complete with a red carpet walk to the limo, sunglasses for each Star Reader and "paparazzi" to capture the event for the local news.
43. Fifteen DPS students from eight schools were recognized by the Dayton Board of Education and the Dayton City Commission for their winning entries in a City of Dayton art contest that challenged them to picture what it means to "go green." Drawings represented how students are protecting the environment and what they have learned from it. The winning entries came from Charity Adams Earley Girls Academy and Cleveland, Fairview, Kemp, Horace Mann, Rosa Parks, World of Wonder and Wright Brothers preK-8 schools. The contest was designed to help educate children about recycling, what children can recycle, and how it helps the environment.
44. The Dayton Dragons mascots Gem and Heater, Rosie Red from the Cincinnati Reds, and the Wright State Raiders boys basketball team came together in Edison PreK-8 School's gymnasium for a rousing rally to celebrate Read Across America Day. Raiders team members could be found in classrooms after the assembly reading to young students. The message: Even athletes like to read.
45. Mary Reed's kindergarten class at Cleveland PreK-8 School observed World Peace Day with guests from the Altrusa Club of Dayton, who read a book about getting along with others. The children drew pictures of how they can be peaceful with other children (sharing, taking turns, and helping out), and their work was sent to the Altrusa International Convention in New Zealand. The activity kicked off the organization's early literacy service project, which included Weekly Readers, field trips to Boonshoft and Carillon Park, and other activities for all Cleveland kindergartners through the 2012-2013 school year. Altrusa International is dedicated to making communities better through leadership, partnership and service.
46. Schools across the district welcomed readers, including local celebrities and sports teams, from the community to visit students and share their favorite books during "Read Across America Day" (March 1). The theme was "Grab Your Hat and Read with the Cat!" The annual event honors the birthday of Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel).
47. Dayton Education Association President David Romick was among 12 school leaders honored at the White House as "Champions of Change." He was among 100 state, district and school leaders there for a briefing on the efforts under way in struggling schools nationwide through the federal School Improvement Grants (SIG) program. The 12 honorees were recognized for their roles in building a culture of high expectations, improving instruction, creating safe environments for learning and fostering professional collaboration, among other notable efforts to elevate the quality of education in their schools.
48. Staff and students at Eastmont PreK-8 School raised more than $1,200 for cancer, leukemia and lymphoma research; Miami Valley Holiday Aid; and the Xenia Area FISH Pantry. As a reward for meeting each challenge, Principal Celeste Hoerner was duct-taped to the gymnasium wall. Tamera Zompetti's first-grade class was the biggest fund-raiser and the first to apply strips of duct tape to their principal. A representative from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society was on hand to receive a donation from the school's "Pennies for Patients" campaign.
49. Students at the Dayton Boys Preparatory Academy got a lesson in what it means to be a community when men from the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, local churches and local TV stations visited their school and taught students how to tie a necktie. When a local anchor noticed the boys' ties were showing wear, she called on community leaders and supplied the school with beautiful new ties. A day was set aside, and the media center was filled with male role models and local celebrities working one-on-one with students until all were sporting their new ties - and looking sharp.
50. Students in Meadowdale High School's Goodwill Mentoring program received $200 for their winning response to an exhibit on gun violence and their efforts to address gun violence in neighborhoods. The students worked on an awareness campaign that included a memorial service for young people killed by gun violence, T-shirts and bumper stickers.
51. Twins Trai and Gregg Harris excelled in Meadowdale High School's International Baccalaureate program and ranked first and second (tied) in their senior class. They participated on the school's football and track teams while keeping pace with the rigor of the IB program and earning college credits before graduating with the Class of 2013. Their story made headlines in Urban Educator, a national publication for educators and decisionmakers.
52. Stivers School for the Arts was among eight winners of the 2013 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio. The Ohio Arts Council named Stivers a recipient in the category of arts education. The awards were presented in Columbus at a luncheon ceremony honoring the winners and members of the Ohio Legislature.
53. The Business Professionals of America program at Ponitz Career Technology Center was featured in the December 2012 issue of ACTE (Association for Career and Technical Education) magazine; the article profiled the students' award-winning PSA on the dangers of texting and driving.
54. Three Thurgood Marshall High School teams and a Ponitz Career Technology Center team advanced to the national Xtreme Bots Competition in Indianapolis, where Team Ponitz earned a national title, Coolest Robot, with their creation named Jack in the Box.
55. Stivers junior Feiruz Bakthir's work, "Last Breath," was chosen as one of only 109 compositions nationwide to be shown at the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities Building. She and her parents were invited to the ribbon-cutting ceremony, along with her instructor, Gwynne Rearick, and principal, Erin Dooley. The compositions were culled from winning works in the 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The name of the exhibit is ARTWRITE NOW DC; the art is presented for a full year.
56. Dayton Business Technology High School - a DPS-sponsored charter school - was one of four schools in the nation to receive a National Excellence in Urban Education Gold Award (and the only alternative school nationally recognized at this level). The school also partnered with Sinclair community college to offer dual credit in several subject areas
57. River's Edge Montessori PreK-8 School became a preK-6 school offering dual language instruction for students ages six through nine; Ruskin PreK-8 School also began a dual language program for students in kindergarten through third grade. The three-year immersion program was designed to develop strong language and early literacy skills.
58. City Track Championship Meet titles were claimed by the following teams: Dunbar High School boys and Stivers High School girls.
59. The K-12 Gallery unveiled a glass mosaic - designed with the students at Ruskin PreK-8 School and completed by the students and Ruskin neighbors with professional artists from the gallery - during a community-wide literacy parade, celebration and picnic. The picnic, held at Ruskin, featured educational games, promoted learning, and highlighted Dayton Public Schools.
60. Students in grades preK through three at Eastmont, Fairview, Kiser, Meadowdale and Wright Brothers preK-8 schools and Louise Troy PreK-3 School received books collected through the second annual Raise a Reader program. An unprecedented 17,000 books were collected to help young readers stave off summer learning loss. Campaign partners are ThinkTV, ReadySetSoar, Omega Baptist Church, Project READ, Dayton Metro Library, Dayton Public Schools, Learn to Earn Dayton, and United Way of the Greater Dayton Area.
61. Kemp PreK-8 School held a walk-a-thon with DPS graduate and NBA standout Daequan Cook and several community partners to benefit the district's McKinney-Vento program for homeless students. Cole, who participated last year, walked with students to help them meet their $600 goal. Partners include DPS Health Services and Miami Valley Hospital.
62. Stivers' Jerard Wilson, Jr. was the state indoor and outdoor hurdle champion in spring 2013.
63. Horace Mann PreK-8 School teacher Kathrene Mayne was selected to participate in summer 2013 global graduate studies in the Central American country of Belize, to study conservation and marine ecology. The graduate courses from Miami University's Project Dragonfly, based on Earth Expeditions, offer firsthand educational and scientific research opportunities at critical conservation field sites in Africa, Australia, Asia and the Americas.
64. Belmont and Sinclair Community College began a partnership to help students explore college options. The Educational Talent Search program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
65. The Thurgood Marshall High School boys cross country team and boys and girls basketball teams earned the City League championship.
66. More than 60 DPS students from Belle Haven and World of Wonder preK-8 schools competed in the eighth annual DPS "Dare to Dance" competition at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Dayton. Student pairs mastered five different dances (rhumba, swing, hustle, tango and meringue) to take part in the event.
67. Meadowdale senior Malique Elder won the 50-meter freestyle in the Division 2 Southwest District Swim Meet with a new record time of 21.14. Malique became the first City League male swimmer to compete at state. He finished second in the 100 free and third in the 50-meter free to make history.
68. The Thurgood Marshall City League Champion football team made it to the Division III state semifinals.
69. Meadowdale co-salutatorian and International Baccalaureate student Felishia Morgan was accepted at the American University in Paris and The Ohio State University. She will pursue international studies at The Ohio State University.
70. Ponitz Career Technology Center automotive technology student Mariah Eubanks ran the school's automotive repair shop, saving the school more than $22,000 in parts and labor with her business management skills. She earned a full scholarship to The Ohio State University and plans to own her own business in the automotive industry.
71. Elizabeth Lewis, a fifth-grade teacher at Horace Mann PreK-8 School, was selected as a distinguished educator by Batelle for Kids. Lewis was cited for her record of consistently achieving above-expected growth with her students during the past two years. She was honored during the company's "Celebrate Teaching" event.
72. Middle school students at Ruskin PreK-8 School collected over 2,600 canned goods to build Gratitude City. Many "buildings" were named in honor of those who died at Sandy Hook Elementary. The canned goods were donated to New Hope Food Pantry in Dayton.
73. Students at Cleveland PreK-8 School participated in the annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser, learning the value of cardiovascular fitness and raising money through donations for the American Heart Association's fight against heart disease and stroke.
74. The 18th annual Superintendent's Scholars reception was held at the Dayton Convention Center to recognize students in grades 1-12 who earned straight A's for one or more grading periods during the 2012-2013 year. More than 770 students in grades 1-12 received a certificate and personal congratulations from Superintendent Lori L. Ward.
75. Students in Christa Corpstein's fourth-grade class at Kiser PreK-8 School launched the rockets they made as part of a unit on Newton's laws. The Challenger Center, located at Kiser, helped the students with their study. Every student got to launch his or her own rocket.
76. Four DPS educators were honored by the Dayton Rotary for excellence in education during a special program. Award recipients were Mark Kennedy, World of Wonder second-grade teacher; Marjorie Neeley, River's Edge Montessori grade 4-6 group teacher; Susan Newman, a K-3 intervention specialist at Gardendale; and Phillitia Charlton, principal of Dayton Business Technology High School.
77. Thurgood Marshall student Nicholas A. Hagwood was selected to participate in Buckeye Boys State, a youth government program held at Bowling Green State University that teaches the rights, privileges and responsibilities of American citizenship. Students are recommended to the program based on leadership, character, loyalty and scholarship.
78. In its first year as a preK-3 building with a focus on early literacy, Louise Troy saw improved performance in third grade reading.
79. "Beating the Odds: Inside Dayton's high performing public high schools" was the topic of a public forum held by the Fordham Foundation at DPS. Leaders at Stivers School for the Arts and DPS-sponsored charter school Dayton Early College Academy were featured panelists. They were two of six exemplary high schools across Ohio identified in Fordham's report, "Needles in a Haystack: Lessons from Ohio's highest-performing urban high schools."
80. The district's 269 transportation employees routed and transported 12,296 students on 225 buses over 54 square miles with 193 drivers on 170 routes - every day. They covered about 22,000 miles.
81. DPS implemented new financial and HR payroll systems that improved reporting to the public and board and provided self-service opportunities to employees.
82. The district used zero-based budgeting for 2012 with a focus on state and federal requirements, collective bargaining agreements and program costs to ensure that shrinking resources would be concentrated in the classroom.
83. The Dayton Boys Preparatory Academy, designed by Lorenz-Williams, Inc., was certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver certification. Administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, the LEED program sets standards for environmental practices in construction, in categories that include water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design.
84. DPS worked with the city and county officials to make neighborhoods more walkable and to raise motorists' awareness of safety issues. Principals walked their neighborhoods and implemented national Safe Routes to School plans to help make walking and bicycling to school safe and enjoyable.
85. River's Edge Montessori PreK-6 School (designed by Ames F. Geers Architect) and Wright Brothers PreK-8 School (designed by SFA Architects and Rogero Buckman Architects) earned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold certification, administered by the U.S. Green Building Couneil to recognize environmentally responsible design.
86. DPS parents were invited to attend a free job and career workshop on how to use Job Center resources in a career search, job readiness, telephone interviewing, and information on other free Job Center workshops. DPS and the Dayton Job Center sponsored the event as part of the district's Parent University series.
87. Belmont High School held a winter "picnic" for the community to thank friends and business supporters and to restock the Belmont United Methodist Food Pantry. Attendees enjoyed burgers, dogs, chili and all the fixings, for the admission price of two canned goods. Food and labor were donated. Games and displays added to the festivities.
88. DPS Executive Director of State and Federal Grants Management Charlie Graham was recognized with a state leadership award from the National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators for his tireless support of legislation that benefits students, parents and staff.
89. DPS parents were invited to take part in a power-packed series of workshops designed just for them. Sessions showed participants how to advocate for their children, partner with their schools and boost student achievement. The Parent Leadership Boot Camp was a Title 1 parent involvement program presented by the DPS Office of State and Federal Grants Management and Office of Family and Community Engagement.
90. Parents from all DPS schools gathered at the Kroc Center for the final two symposiums designed to inform and empower them to support, improve and strengthen their schools and, in turn, to train other parents to become effective school leaders. DPS partnered with the Ohio Department of Education, The Ohio State University and Parents for Public Schools of Greater Cincinnati to offer the sessions through the 2012-2013 academic year. Attendees were selected by their school principals to participate in all four sessions, which were funded by the district's federal Race to the Top grant.
91. Cleveland PreK-8 School invited parents and guardians to talk about common issues and find support during a weekly Family Cafe sessions aimed to strengthen families by giving parents and guardians a place to share their wisdom and resources. Free child care and homework help were available for children whose parents attended the event, and dinner was provided at no cost for adults and children.
92. DPS invited the public to listen and give input on local, state and national changes that will impact education during a series of six "community conversations." Topics included full implementation of the third-grade guarantee, ramping up for the Common Core State Standards and moving forward to ensure a high-quality education for all students. These community conversations were held across the district, giving families, staff, students and community members an opportunity to talk with the superintendent about issues that affect them.
93. Rosa Parks PreK-8 School hosted a dinner for all K-3 students and their parents to inform them about the third-grade reading guarantee and how it affects their students. After dinner, parents met individually with a teacher/staff member to receive information about their children's current reading level, gains their children had to make to read on level, and strategies they could use at home to help their children improve. Free reading materials were provided to parents.
94. Cleveland PreK-8 School welcomed news anchors, community leaders and elected officials to serve as "Super M.O.M.S." volunteers! The celebrity volunteers helped out as a Super M.O.M.S. (Moms of Marvelous Students) by assisting in classrooms and performing duties during lunch and recess. Super M.O.M.S. welcomes mothers and mother-figures to engage in the school community. Super M.O.M.S. members have the opportunity to leave an imprint in the school community by collaborating with students and staff.
95. WDPS FM, "Dayton's home for jazz," hosted the second annual Listener Appreciation Concert at Ponitz Career Technology Center. The free concert featured performances by Spectrum, James and Moore, and an encore show by the Generations Big Band Orchestra. The event was co-sponsored by Jazz Advocate, Kroger, Park-N-Go, and Dayton's Original Pizza Factory.
96. Each family who registered a child for 2013-14 kindergarten received a packet of educational items for their children, including magnetic letters and numbers, alphabet cards, wipe-off crayons, beginning sounds packet, parent information and more. The materials were provided in a tote bag to help parents prepare children to take the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment-Literacy (KRA-L) at the beginning of the next school year.
97. DPS families learned how to set up a household budget; finance a car, home or college education; and reap the day-to-day benefits of establishing a relationship with their bank at a Parent University session. DPS, KeyBank and PACE (Parents Advocating Choice in Education) sponsored the event.
98. The U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Education, sponsored a workshop to help educate parents about bullying and its impact on youth and their families. The program was part of the Ohio Parent Forum: Partnering for the Learning Process, developed to inform, educate and train parents and equip them for their roles as partners in their children's education. Hosted by Dayton Public Schools, "The Bully, the Bullies and the Bystander" was offered as part of the district's ongoing Parent University series.
99. The Dayton Board of Education recognized 2012-2013 DPS parent volunteers following a VIP (Very Important Parent) reception in their honor. Each parent received a VIP shirt as a token of appreciation.
100. DPS parents were invited to attend informational sessions explaining the third-grade reading guarantee, new state legislation that affects reading instruction and retention policies for students in grades kindergarten through third. Students identified as not being on track with reading skills will receive an individual reading improvement and monitoring plan, along with additional reading instruction. The new state law requires students to achieve at least a "basic" rating of reading competency as measured by the Ohio Achievement Assessment by the end of third grade or they will be retained. (The retention part of the law takes effect in 2013-14.)
101. DPS TV received a Bronze Telly in the 34th annual Telly Awards for a production titled "Belmont High School Promotional Video." Nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries were judged against a high standard of merit.
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