Lanier Technical College announced on Friday the selection of Troy Lindsey as Dean of its Dawson Campus. Prior to assuming the Dawson Campus Dean's position, Lindsey most recently served as the Assistant Dean of Students at Shorter University's Gwinnett Campus. He also has teaching experience at both Shorter and Chattahoochee Technical College.
Last week marked the grand opening of Kilough Elementary's Parent Resource Room. The resource room, which officially opened last Thursday, will provide books, games and activities designed to address all learning needs, from remedial to gifted. Supplies will be available for when special projects are assigned by teachers as well.
Spencer Roper got a pleasant surprise last week when he was announced as Dawson County High School's STAR student for 2012. "I wanted to get past 2,000 [points on the SAT], that was a goal, but the STAR recognition just sort of happened," Roper said. "It's awesome that I was able to beat out that many people.
The Dawson County Board of Education elected new leadership at its meeting last week. The Jan. 14 meeting marked the end of school board member Elaine Wilson's time as chairwoman.
Theater students from the Dawson County Arts Council were selected to attend the 2013 Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta over the weekend. The council's youth theater program, launched in 2009, aims to promote and cultivate an appreciation for the arts in Dawson County.
An annual discussion program produced by the Foreign Policy Association and presented by the University of North Georgia kicked off an eight-week series Monday to explore the international economy and world politics. The Great Decisions lecture series is in its fourth year and will run each Monday and Thursday through March 7 at the university's Gainesville and Cumming campuses.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not many people are fond of being judged by professionals, but the Dawson County High School Chorus had nothing to worry about last week in Habersham County. According to director Spencer Wright, the results at the state evaluation "couldn't have gone any better," with all three judges giving the chorus "superior" ratings in every area they were judged.
OAKWOOD - Telling stories and giving gifts, friends, colleagues and former bosses of Lanier Technical College President Russell Vandiver paid homage March 22 to the longtime campus leader and economic development guru. Kenneth Breeden, who led the school from 1975 to 1984, said that when he heard that Vandiver had been named president in September 2010, he thought "lucky Lanier Tech."