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Ties with new center contested

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.

January 16, 2013 | Michele Hester | Education


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


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DCHS principal named sole finalist for Lamar County superintendent

Jute Wilson, principal at Dawson County High School, last night was named the sole finalist for Lamar County School Superintendent.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Education


Pageant promotes band, confidence

The Miss Dawson County beauty pageant was held at Dawson County High School as a fundraiser for the school's band. The annual pageants include Little Miss, Tiny Miss, Wee Miss, Junior Miss and Miss Dawson County.

April 23, 2014 | David Renner | Education


Oratorical winner is bound for state

One Dawson County middle school student is racing to the top of public speaking.

April 23, 2014 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | Education


Teenage behavior focus of seminar

Factual reasons as to why your teenager behaves in the way he or she does were given to parents last week.

April 23, 2014 | David Renner | Education


Essay winners reflect on lessons learned

The local Rotary Club recently recognized the Dawson County High School Laws of Life Essay Contest winners during a special awards program.

April 23, 2014 | Michele Hester | Education


Annual barn dance benefits WEE Books

Dawson County residents are invited to a special dance this weekend in support of a local charity's goal of bringing books to preschool-aged children each month.

April 23, 2014 | David Renner | Education


Middle School partners with university

Dawson County Middle School has partnered with a local college to roll out new classes for both schools' students.

April 23, 2014 | David Renner | Education


High school chorus sings at Disney

The Dawson County High School Chorus was recently invited by Disney to the Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.

April 23, 2014 | David Renner | Education


Test scores show local schools above average

The Georgia Department of Education released the second College and Career Ready Performance Index on Monday.

April 23, 2014 | David Renner | Education


The best in class

Chris Hamby has been named the valedictorian and Kara Hafermalz the salutatorian for Dawson County High School's class of 2014.

April 16, 2014 | David Renner | Education


New school calendar set

After five years of fewer school days, Dawson County will finally see a full calendar.

April 16, 2014 | David Renner | Education


New students set to enter schools

Smiling parents and apprehensive children were seen coming in and out of the Rock Creek Park gym April 11.

April 16, 2014 | David Renner | Education


Gibbs signs on as new school chief

After a 14-day waiting period, the Dawson County school system officially has a new superintendent.

April 16, 2014 | David Renner | Education


Beaver joins Lanier Tech

Nancy Beaver has been named Lanier Technical College's vice president for student affairs.

April 09, 2014 | By Carly Sharec DCN regional staff | Education


Kindergarten registration April 11 at Rock Creek

With the current school year winding down for most, Dawson County elementary schools are already preparing for the next.

April 02, 2014 | David Renner | Education


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