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DCS Makes big impact toward relay for life
May 23, 2023
We are thrilled to announce that Dublin City Schools came together as “One Dublin. One Family. One Team.” to make a significant impact in the fight against cancer. Through our collective efforts, we raised an incredible $5,929.11 for the Relay for Life of Laurens County!
This remarkable achievement showcases the generosity, compassion, and dedication of our district's students, staff, parents, and community members. Each dollar raised is a symbol of hope and support for individuals and families affected by cancer in our community. THANK YOU! Together, we are making a difference!
Carlos Hope Named next varsity boys basketball coach
May 22, 2023
Following tonight’s meeting of the Dublin City Board of Education, Carlos Hope was unanimously approved as the next Dublin High School Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach. An experienced leader, he’s spent the past 17 years at Washington County High School, earning Georgia High School Association playoff appearance 15 times.
“I’m excited to have Coach Hope join the Irish Family,” said Dr. Michael Overstreet, the forthcoming principal of Dublin High School. “Coach brings an impressive resume with 15 out of 17 winning seasons at Washington County High School that includes nine trips to the quarter finals, three trips to the second round and three first round appearances in the GHSA post-season competition. He is a man of high integrity and looks to develop his players both on the court and as young men.”
Hope is currently finishing up his 23rd year in education.
He began his career in 2000 as a health and physical education teacher at South Aiken High School before moving to Washington County in 2006. While with the Golden Hawks, his teams earned an impressive record of 333 wins, 134 losses. And, under his leadership, Washington County posted five 20-win seasons and seven regular season region championships. In fact, Hope was named the 2022, 2021, 2020, 2018, 2017, 2014 and 2009 Region Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach of the Year.
“I’ve been in Washington County the past 17 years, and I’m excited for a new start,” he explained. “I’m rejuvenated here. I’ve seen this program far off, and I’ve competed against this program. I think Dublin has the potential to be one of the best in the state, and we’re going to play a brand of basketball that’s going to be very appealing to our student body.”
As for that brand, Hope says the team is going to “put a lot of pressure on you defensively, and we’re going to be explosive offensively with a lot of space and pace.”
In addition to coaching basketball, Hope currently serves as Washington County’s Head Varsity Boys Cross Country Coach, earning the title of Cross Country Region Coach of the Year nine times.
In addition to his coaching duties, he will serve as a DHS physical education teacher.
For Coach, moving to Dublin will be a true family affair. He’s been married to his wife Hope Ellison Hope for 23 years. She will be joining the Fighting Irish Family as an English Language Arts teacher at Dublin Middle School. And, together, they have two daughters. Kayden is a rising 11th Grader and four sport student-athlete, specializing in cross country, basketball, weightlifting and track, who will balance her Dublin High School classes with earning her associates degree in cybersecurity through Oconee Fall Line Technical College. Kari is a rising 7th Grader that enjoys cross country, theatre, the arts, chorus and 3D printing.
“We’re excited for this opportunity,” said Hope. “It’s a blessing to be here at Dublin City Schools. When we received such wonderful love and reception, we jumped at the opportunity.”
Dublin High School is currently planning a time for the basketball team and Tip Off Club to meet Coach Hope and his family. Additional details will be released as they become available.
DCS Boasts Outstanding Health Safety Scores
April 26, 2023
In addition to being some of the busiest restaurants in all of Dublin, our cafeterias are also some of the cleanest! The Georgia Department of Public Health recently carried out inspections at each of our schools, and 6 of the 7 cafeterias earned a perfect score of 100, with Hillcrest Elementary earning an impressive 98.
The Department of Health inspects every establishment where food and beverages are prepared and served at least twice a year. Inspectors use a grading scale from 0 to 100, and points are deducted for both critical and non-critical violations.
“I’m very proud of our managers and staff,” said Pamela Jones, Dublin City Schools’ School Nutrition Director. “These outstanding scores reflect excellent food safety skills and continued dedication to providing delicious meals to the students and staff of Dublin City Schools.”
Please give these ladies a huge congratulations and round of applause:
- Dublin High School/Irish Gifted Academy Elementary & Middle Cafeteria Manager: Ricketa Carr - 100 at all sites
- Dublin Middle School Cafeteria Manager: Tracey Stanley - 100
- Hillcrest Elementary School Cafeteria Manager: Carolyn Ferrell - 98
- Moore Street School: Janice Clover - 100
- Susie Dasher Elementary School Cafeteria Manager: Trish Smith - 100
Titiana Carr Named Dublin High School's Salutatorian
April 20, 2023
Titiana Carr is the Salutatorian, finishing second amongst Dublin High School's graduates. The daughter ofof Shantrell Williams and the late Wade Carr, she has been part of Dublin City Schools since Pre-K, having previously attended Hillcrest Elementary School, Susie Dasher Elementary School, Saxon Heights Elementary School and Dublin Middle School. She is a four-year letter for both Dublin High School’s Football and Basketball Cheerleading Squad, serving as Captain for both her Senior Year. Additionally, she ran track for three years and was part of the Competition Cheerleading Team her Freshman & Sophomore Year of high school. She also presently serves as one of the Defensive Line
Captains for Dublin High School’s Soccer Team and is an active member of the Beta Club. Throughout high school, Carr took nine dual enrollment classes and will go to college having already completed 27 credit hours. She is a Georgia REACH Scholar and will be receiving $2,500 each year of college. Additionally, she earned a scholarship from the Laurens-Dublin Retired Educations Association. Outside of school, she supports the Tri-County Elite Recreation Program, especially as it looks to begin a cheer team for elementary schools, and works at Taco Bell. In the fall, she plans to attend Albany State University and major in Nursing with a minor in Psychology. Carr will also be balancing her schoolwork with practice, as she’s one of the newest members of Albany State University’s Football & Boys Basketball Cheer Team.“Work hard. Stay focused, and don’t let anyone tell you that it’s too much,” said Carr. “If you want to go after something, do it to the best of your abilities.”
Jalana smith named dublin high school's valedictorian
April 19, 2023
Jalana Smith is the Valedictorian, finishing first amongst Dublin High School’s graduates. The daughter of Lantysha and Tyrone Smith, she is a lifelong member of the Fighting Irish Family, having previously attended Hillcrest Elementary School, Susie Dasher Elementary School and Dublin Middle School. She is a member of the Tennis Team, Art Club and Math Club. An active member of the Drama Club, Smith is a three-time participant in Dublin High School’s One Act Competition, earning “All Star Cast” her Senior Year and “Best Supporting Actress” in 10th Grade. She was also part of Beta Club, serving as Co-Convention Chair in 11th Grade and President her Senior Year, as well as the Volleyball Team, in which she was named Team Captain this school year.
Additionally, Smith currently serves as Dublin High School’s Student Government Association President. Throughout high school, Smith took four International Baccalaureate courses, nine dual-enrollment classes and Advanced Placement U.S. History. She received the College Board’s National Recognition Scholar Award and was distinguished as both an African American Recognition Scholar and Rural/Small Town Scholar. Smith also placed first in the 2022 Regional Science Fair, 2nd in the Heart of Georgia RESA Writing Competition and 10th in both RESA’s Algebra II and Geometry Competition. Outside of school, she has served on the City of Dublin’s Youth Council for three years, being named Mayor Pro Tem and At-Large Councilwoman her Senior Year and Assistant City Manager while in 11th Grade. She currently serves on the Citizens Bank Advisory Council and was previously part of the Morris Bank Teen Advisory Council. Additionally, Smith is an active member of the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential as well as 21st Century Leaders. Last summer, Smith participated in the Warner Bros. Discovery Program in which she learned more about job opportunities available through Warner Media Entertainment Group. She was also named Dublin High School’s 2023 Star Student for having the highest SAT score in her graduating class and was one of only 154 Seniors across the state to earn the distinction of Georgia Scholar. Smith is an active member of Macedonia Baptist Church in Montrose, GA. In the fall, she plans to attend Georgia Institute of Technology and major in Computer Science.
AN un-bee-lieveable day of learning
April 17, 2023
Talk about an un-BEE-lievable learning opportunity for our Susie Dasher Elementary The STEAM Schoolers! Dublin City’s School Nutrition Department partnered with LimeSink Creek Honey to bring the school’s Bee Day to life. The campus was “abuzz” with honey tasting, bee education classes and a traveling live beehive.
“We learned about bees and how they pollinate flowers to create honey,” explained Alayah, an SDE 4th Grader. She was a fan of the honey, as was her classmate, Jordan, who added, “The honey was very good. I learned that it can be used for healing, in baking and as a sugar substitute in your tea.”
The idea for SDE’s Bee Day was the result of our district wellness committee meetings. School Nutrition Director Pamela Jones asked committee members for suggestions on local farmers that would be able to host demonstrations for our schools, and Lime Sink Creek Honey was one of the top on our list.
Dr. Michael Overstreet Named Next Dublin High School Principal
March 27, 2023
Following the March 27th meeting of the Dublin City Board of Education, Dr. Michael Overstreet has officially been named the next principal of Dublin High School. A familiar face to the Fighting Irish Family, he currently serves as principal of the Heart of Georgia College and Career Academy.
Overstreet has been in education for over three decades.
He began his career in 1992 as a middle grades teacher with the Dougherty County School System before making the transition to building leadership in 1995. He served as both
an assistant principal and principal in the Crisp County School District as well as the Twiggs County Middle/High School principal before making his transition to Dublin City Schools in 2010.
Since joining the Fighting Irish Family, Overstreet has served as the assistant principal of Saxon Heights Elementary School, Susie Dasher Elementary School, Dublin Middle School, Dublin High School and Hillcrest Elementary School.
“It’s been a fantastic 13 years. I’m part of the Irish Family, and feel at home,” he said.
As the College and Career Academy’s principal - a role he’s held since 2021 - Overstreet’s focus has been to “expose students to career pathways and workforce readiness” to ensure the “high achievement and success of all [his] students.”
“We can’t wait until graduation night. We have to begin in Kindergarten and make sure we instill and inspire students - especially middle and high schoolers - through our programs and by building meaningful relationships,” he explained. “As educators, we need to ask, ‘What do you want to do after graduation?’ We need to remind students that whatever they’re aspiring to do, it begins today in terms of resume writing, cover letters, interview skills and other workforce readiness traits needed to become employable.”
Overstreet was also a soldier with the Georgia Army National Guard for 12 years, receiving both a Georgia Army National Guard Achievement Medal and a Meritorious Medal in 1995.
He is an active member of the Georgia High School Athletic Association, Georgia Association of Educators and the Charter System Foundation of Georgia. As the district lead for Option B, an alternative path to graduation, Overstreet has been asked to present at the Charter System Foundation’s Fall 2022 Conference, the Innovating Georgia’s Workforce Pipeline Conference and the Charter System Foundation’s Legislative Workshop. He is a graduate of Dublin City Schools’ Leadership Academy and was part of the district’s Strategic Planning Team and Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports Implementation Team.
Additionally, Overstreet was part of the State Superintendent of Schools Principal’s Advisory Council from 2007-2008.
Overstreet earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration as well as his master’s degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Albany State University. He received his Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Troy State University as well as his Education Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Sarasota.
When talking about his new position, Overstreet shared he’s most looking forward to “the everyday conversations, really building relationships with [his] students and staff.”
“I’m excited about the ability to positively impact and restore the passion for learning that some students lost because of the pandemic,” he said.
It’s these qualities that Superintendent Dr. Fred Williams has deemed exactly what we need to keep moving Dublin High School forward.
“Dr. Overstreet has a proven track record both within our district and as a high school principal,” said Dr. Williams. “He is a very capable leader, going above and beyond to bridge the gap between high school and a student’s post-graduation plans. A well respected leader within the Georgia Charter System world, we’re excited to bring his passion for college and career readiness to the students and staff of Dublin High School.”
When Overstreet is not at school or cheering on the Fighting Irish, he’s a GHSA basketball officiant, averaging 40 to 50 games a season. He also enjoys working in his yard, his 4:30 AM workout sessions and traveling with his wife and best friend, Charmeka. Together, they have three grown children - Ashley, Jay and Zion - and a nine-year-old grandson, Ashton, who’s a talented athlete on the basketball court.
Matt taylor named next middle grades principal of the IGA
February 14, 2023
Following the February 13th meeting of the Dublin City Board of Education, Mr. Matt Taylor has officially been named the next middle school principal of the Irish Gifted Academy. He will begin his new role on June 1, 2023, as Dr. Shannon Norfleet will be retiring at the end of this school year.
“This is a dream come true,” said Taylor. “I started at Susie Dasher and have always viewed Dublin City Schools as a family. So, giving back to the community that has poured its love, heart, soul and support into me is huge.”
Taylor has been in education for 11 years.
He began his career in 2012 as a 4th and 5th Grade Inclusion Teacher at Susie Dasher Elementary School. While at SDE, he also served as a 5th Grade Science and Social Studies Teacher, a 4th Grade Teacher, a bus driver, a Kindergarten and 1st Grade 21st Century Community Learning Center Teacher and as a 21st Century Site Coordinator. He was also an SDE Leadership Team Representative for four years, serving as Grade Level Co-Chair in 2016 - 2017.
Following his time at Susie Dasher, Taylor was part of the Laurens County School District for five years, serving as a 5th Grade Math and Science Teacher and STEM Lab Facilitator at Southwest Laurens Elementary School. During that time, he was named the 2019-2020 Southwest Laurens Teacher of the Year, the 2020 Laurens County School System Teacher of the Year and was a finalist for the 2022 Georgia Teacher of the Year.
He returned to the Fighting Irish Family this school year, presently serving as the Irish Gifted Academy assistant principal. As assistant principal, Taylor’s role has been rooted in instructional leadership, servant leadership and strategic leadership. He shares that he’s tried to:
L -- LISTEN First, Then Speak
E -- EMPOWER Others
A -- ADAPT and Overcome Obstacles
D -- Make Methodical, Research Proven, Intentional DECISIONS
E -- ENDLESSLY Serve
R -- RECRUIT and Build RELATIONSHIPS Gearing Toward High Achievement and Success
It’s this skill set that Dr. Fred Williams deemed precisely what we need to continue to move the Irish Gifted Academy forward.
“We’re super excited about Mr. Matt Taylor being the middle grades principal here at the Irish Gifted Academy,” said Dr. Williams. “He is a very capable leader and will be able to support our young people in reaching their fullest potential through Education Reimagined.”
Taylor earned a Bachelor’s of Early Education and Special Education from Middle Georgia College as well as his master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Georgia College and State University. He will complete his leadership certification through Georgia Southern University this summer and is looking forward to beginning an educational specialists program in the fall.
Taylor is an active member of the State Superintendent’s Advisory Council and was a member of the Georgia Department of Education and Carl Vinson Institute Education Task Force in 2022. He served as the keynote speaker for Valdosta State University’s Future Georgia Educators Conference and has presented at the Georgia Science Teachers Association’s Annual Conference three times.
When asked what he’s most looking forward to about his new position, Taylor immediately responded, “having the opportunity to continue to build a family-like culture for not only my children but every child in our community.”
When Taylor is not cheering on the Fighting Irish or celebrating a student for earning House points, he enjoys running, golfing, serving at Christ Chapel Dublin where he’s an ordained minister, selling homes as a Chelle Realty agent and, most importantly, spending time with his family. He’s been married to his wife, Taylor, for 10 years, and together they have two children and are expecting a third this March. Everett is a Kindergarten student at the Irish Gifted Academy, Ellis is two, and they’re anxiously waiting to see if Baby #3 will be a boy or girl.
Sparking the power of choice
February 5, 2023
Here in Dublin City Schools, we pride ourselves on giving students #ThePowerOfChoice. Each semester, our Dublin High School-Georgia students take four classes, totaling 32 credits between their Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior Year. However, only 24 credits are required to graduate. This means, each student’s schedule has built-in time for them to take additional elective courses through our 11 CTAE pathways, a modern language, fine arts, personal fitness, complimentary coursework and extended learning opportunities.
One student whose taking advantage of advanced placement, dual enrollment and work-based learning is 11th Grader Kirsten Washington.
Washington plays volleyball and is part of the Fighting Irish Band’s Auxiliary Team. She’s also a certified welder and was one of only two females to compete during the recent Region 5 SkillsUSA Competition.
“It was stressful. Normally, in class you have more time to complete a project, and we only had 22 minutes,” she said. “But, it makes me feel proud of myself because I accomplished something that no one else in my family has.”
“To me, this just shows that I can achieve anything I set my mind to,” she added.
This mindset will serve her well, as Washington’s post-graduation plans are to attend a four-year university, double majoring in both neuroscience and biology.
Wondering how your child can take advantage of these same opportunities? If you’re not already a member of the Fighting Irish Family, applications for the 2023-2024 school year open Tuesday, February 21st!
Pre-K Students are going on a bear hunt
February 3, 2023
Forget the lions and tigers; Mrs. Soles Irish Gifted Academy Pre-K students recently went on their very own bear hunt! Complete with swishy swashy grass, bear hunting binoculars and explorer hats, our students were well-prepared for their mission. So, it's no surprise they found quite the creature within the depths of their bear cave...Mr. Taylor wearing a bear onesie! The "hunt" was the perfect way to culminate their unit on hibernation!
Score high to pie
February 3, 2023
Feast your eyes on this! To celebrate the tremendous growth of our Susie Dasher Elementary The STEAM Schoolers, our 3rd Grade teachers held a special event called “Score High to Pie.” Dozens of SDE 3rd Graders grew by more than 50 points on their Reading & Math Inventory Exams! So, they were rewarded with pizza pies. Then, the six students with the overall highest lexiles, quantiles and growth were able to pie either Mrs. Fluker, Mr. Lewis or the teacher of their choice!
- Highest Math Inventory Quantile Score: Ja'Mauri Hicks
- Highest Math Inventory Growth (for Ms. Wood & Mrs. Windham's Classes): Makenzi Jinks
- Highest Math Inventory Growth (for Ms. Winston and Ms. Thomas' Classes): Aubrey Jinks
- Highest Lexile Score: Kayden Jackson
- First Highest Growth for Reading inventory: Tre Fluker
- Second Highest Growth for Reading Inventory: Ke'Liyah Stephens
Learning about your futures, ToDAY
February 1, 2023
Our Dublin Middle School and Irish Gifted Academy students have years before they graduate from high school, but already they’re focused on what will happen once they earn their diplomas.
In an effort to expose students to opportunities available right here in Laurens County, the district hosted a career fair geared toward our 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Graders. With over 30 representatives, students learned more about educational requirements and needed skills.
“I want our 8th Graders to go to the high school with a little bit of a plan as to what classes they can take; that way they not only graduate, but graduate with a purpose,” explained Eric Canada, Dublin Middle School’s Workforce Coordinator. “It’s about connecting middle school to high school and high school to colleges, careers and the skills needed to excel at each one of them.”
In addition to providing students with opportunities to hear from local industry experts, the Career Fair tied in pathways available at Dublin High School, the Heart of Georgia College and Career Academy and Oconee Fall Line Technical College.
“I learned about the pathway I want to take when I get to the high school; it’s called Teaching as a Profession,” said IGA 7th Grader Adley Smith. “I also want to work in the medical field when I get older, so I also talked with Fairview Park Hospital’s Labor and Delivery nurses.”
Students rotated through the stations, paying special attention to opportunities that held their interest or aligned with the results of their YouScience career aptitude assessments.
Dublin Middle School 5th Grader Cayden Dardy said he “enjoyed everything about the Career Fair.” Classmate A'Zaryia Boston agreed, adding that she thinks “this is going to help me with my future. Now, when I get to high school, I’ll know exactly what classes I need to take to one day become a teacher.”
A special thank you goes to our presenters for exposing students to an array of opportunities: Carl Vinson VA Medical Center, Dublin City Fire Department, Dublin City Police Department, Easter Seals, Erdrich USA, GA Tech Cyber Security, Garbutt Construction, Fairview Park Hospital, Laurens County EMT, Laurens County Fire Department, Medical Center, Morris Bank, Oconee Fall Line Technical College’s Automotive, Construction Management, Diesel, HVAC & Mechatronics Departments, St Gobain, West Rock, Wild Bore Machine, YKKap as well as Dublin High School’s Agriculture, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Family & Consumer Sciences, FFA, Health Sciences, JRTOC, SkillsUSA, Teaching as a Profession and Welding representatives.
Harvest of the month Taste Tests
January 27, 2023
This morning, Mr. Hinz’s Irish Gifted Academy 2nd Graders were in for quite the treat. Our School Nutrition Director, Pamela Jones, teamed up with both Dr. Williams and Dublin High School-Georgia 10th Graders Micah O’Neal & ShelbyAnn Thrasher to squeeze in one more Georgia School Nutrition Program “Harvest of the Month” taste test.
At 13 "yeses" to 3 "nos," our students overwhelmingly enjoyed the #GeorgiaGrown greens, asking Cafeteria Manager Ricketa Carr for seconds and to please add turnip roots to the menu - especially if they can be served with ranch dressing!
In addition to taste testing the veggies, students heard Jan Brett’s The Turnip, discussed the similarities and differences between mustard greens, collard greens & turnip greens, learned how adding more greens to your plate is beneficial AND even had time to ask our high school student-athletes for autographs!
2023-2024 Applications for the irish gifted academy now open
January 26, 2023
Here in Dublin City Schools, we pride ourselves on providing families with #ThePowerOfChoice. A shift from the traditional pull-out model of providing gifted services, the Irish Gifted Academy began in 2019 and serves children in an all-day PROGRAM that is technology-rich with a project-based thematic curriculum akin to the Ron Clark Academy. Applications for the 2023-2024 school year are open NOW - Friday, March 10th.
Mr. Taylor, IGA’s Assistant Principal, has created this short video to explain the process. A few important points he mentions are:
- If you have a rising Pre-K student, please do NOT complete an IGA application. Instead, your family will complete the traditional application for Dublin City Schools - which goes live on our district website when Open Enrollment begins on Tuesday, February 21st - and mark that your child would like to attend the IGA.
- If you have a rising Kindergartener, your family will complete the application in its entirety minus the student questionnaire found on page 6.
- If you have a rising 1st - 8th Grader, your family will complete all components of the application.
- A helpful checklist to ensure the application is completed in its entirety is located on page 4 of the packet.
- Applications can be hand delivered or mailed to the Irish Gifted Academy, Attn: Debra Register at 1951 Hillcrest Parkway, Dublin, GA 31021.
- If you have any questions about the IGA , please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (478) 353-8450.
DCS Hosts charter system foundation's regional training
January 26, 2022
Dublin City Schools was proud to play host to the Charter-System Foundation's Regional Training & Governance Team Workshop. Dr. Emily Lembeck, Susan Avant and Irene Munn offered a wealth of information designed to support both DCS and surrounding districts in maximizing our charter flexibility. Together, we learned the key components of an effective governance team, what’s really needed for today’s workforce and how we can continue to create innovations that ensure our students are globally competitive.
Also, a special thank you goes to our School Nutrition Staff for preparing such a scrumptious meal and to our AFJROTC cadets for greeting our guests in style!
Dr. Williams Meets With Advisory Councils
January 19, 2022
Dr. Williams recently brought our core belief of “collaborative communication among ALL stakeholders is vital for success” to life, meeting with both his Elementary and Middle/High School Student Advisory Councils. He also spoke with his Support Staff and Teacher Advisory Council to determine how we can make the transition from elementary to middle school and middle to high school smoother. Added topics for discussion included:
Welding together a unique future
January 18, 2022
The act of welding consists of joining together unique parts or concepts. Dublin High School’s Christan Harvey has welded together a unique path for himself - both literally and figuratively - that’s led to dual enrollment classes at Oconee Fall Line Technical College and an internship at Established Metal Works.
“I never really even thought about welding,” said Harvey, a DHS 12th Grader. “But my art teacher, Mrs. Brandt, noticed that I liked to work with my hands. She told me that her husband works at a welding shop and suggested I talk to him. He got me on board, and we’ve been working together ever since.”
The three sport student-athlete balances his football, soccer and track schedules with studying for tests and working six or seven hours each week in the shop.
“School used to be a problem for me,” explained Harvey. “But, I learned that I needed to make sure I got my school work done. I’m a student first and foremost. After school, I practice. Then, I’ll work with my hands in welding…I’d want to be there all day if I could, but they know I have school. I have sports, so they’ve chopped it down a little bit. But, I’m still learning and trying to go onto bigger and better things.”
Harvey says that, in order to be successful, welding takes patience and great listening - two skills he learned from his coaches, adding that “Dublin has more than prepared me for my future.”
“There are a lot of administrators, a lot of teachers who poured into me when I decided I wanted to weld. They’ve helped motivate me, making sure I’m okay and [that] my grades stay up while I’m doing it.”
Plus, it was Harvey’s teachers who explained that he could further his skills by taking welding classes through Dublin Irish CTAE/The Heart of Georgia College and Career Academy.
Once he graduates, Harvey plans to make the transition from student intern to full-time welder.
“I want this to be my career. I really love it, and it’s a passion of mine.”
He hopes his journey, which all started with a word of encouragement from one of his teachers, inspires younger students, adding “If you have a dream, chase it. Don’t let anyone stop you.”
JROTC Cadet of the month
January 18, 2022
We would like to congratulate our Irish JROTC Cadet of the Month, Violet Marion. SSgt Marion is a member of the Saber Team, Awareness Presentation Team and Kitty Hawk Air Society. The Dublin High School-Georgia 9th Graders garnered over 82 volunteer hours last semester and has been awarded the Air Force Volunteer Service Medal. Violet’s hobbies include JROTC, writing, dance, soccer and trying new restaurants and recipes. Her main goal is to have as many experiences and fun times as possible in high school. Corps Commander Col Hidalgo says, "SSgt Marion has a never say NO attitude and does everything with a smile. She has been a vital member of DHS Saber team, performing in 10 events."
New supplies delivered to school-based health clinics
January 5, 2022
Our nurses received a second Christmas morning when they returned from Winter Break, as South Central Health District delivered new supplies to each of our campus clinics. The enhanced equipment is the result of the Department of Public Health receiving a state-funded school health grant.
“Some of our equipment is a bit dated, and while it still worked and was effective, our efficiency is going to be so much better,” explained Trini Stevenson, who serves as the school nurse for both Susie Dasher and Moore Street. “We’ll now how equipment right here in our school-based clinics that a lot of doctors offices don’t even have. It’s top notch equipment for our students and staff.”
Thanks to South Central Health District and the grant they received, each clinic has been outfitted with new audiometers for hearing screenings, vision screener machines and vision charts, glucose monitors and strip tests to check blood sugar levels, blood pressure cuffs, vital sign monitors, pulse oximeters, ice makers, refrigerators for medicine, cups, gloves, cotton balls and bandaids. Plus, new ophthalmoscopes and otoscopes have been ordered and will be delivered to schools upon delivery.
South Central Health District’s Assistant Nursing Director Stacey Upshaw explained the grant is rooted in enhancing school health clinics. She was especially “excited to be able to pour into [our nurses] so that they can pour into students.”
January 4, 2022
Dublin City Schools’ Director of School Nutrition, Pamela Jones is proud to acknowledge the recent ServSafe Certification school nutrition recipients:
Alexus Channel, Hillcrest Elementary The LEAP School
Nina Josey, Dublin High School-Georgia
Theresa Wade, Dublin High School-Georgia
With the addition of these three employees, the School Nutrition Department has a total of 20 staff members who have passed this rigorous exam and have earned the Manager ServSafe Certification! This accomplishment aligns with the district's Strategy Map of providing high quality professional learning for all faculty and staff. In earning this certification, the district ensures that its school nutrition employees are following the highest standards of food safety practices and we are proud of each of you for this accomplishment.
CHRISTmas card arT contest winners
December 13, 2022
Our Superintendent’s Christmas Card Contest winners were recognized during last night's Board of Education meeting! They were presented with prize packs totaling more than $2,000 from our 17 in-kind sponsors.
Grand prize winner: Salina Nguyen, Irish Gifted Academy 8th Grader - Salina’s card is being used as our district Christmas card and will be shared with hundreds of our local, state, and national stakeholders.
Olivia Brown, Dublin High School-Georgia 12th Grader
Mariyah Brown, Dublin Middle School 6th Grader
Zaniylah Brown, Dublin High School 10th Grader
Ayanni Brown, Moore Street School 11th Grader
Zykevion Ervin, Susie Dasher Elementary The STEAM School 1st Grader
Megan Haywood, Dublin High School 10th Grade
Treasuriauna Guyton, Dublin High School 12 Grader
D’Jana Shivers, Dublin High School 12th Grader
Kali Simmons, Irish Gifted Academy 1st Grader
Harmoni Walker, Irish Gifted Academy 7th Grader
Special thanks to our sponsors for providing a host of prizes including: Brian's Subs, Chick-fil-A Dublin, Deano's Italian, Dublin, Georgia, Dublin Chevrolet, Emerald City Sweets, Fairview Park Hospital Fitness Center, Farmers State Bank, Golden Corral Buffet & Grill, Hobbs Sporting Goods Inc., Krystal, La Joya, Mexican Restaurant, Marco’s Pizza, Oconee Fall Line Technical College, Red Lobster, Surcheros Fresh Mex - Dublin, GA, Williamson's Bakery and Zaxby's.
December 9, 2022
Now, THIS is what we mean when we say globally competitive students! As our CTAE Department prepares to add a mechatronics pathway, the district is doing everything possible to expose students to cutting-edge technology, including zSpace computers that combine elements of augmented reality and virtual reality.
Earlier this week, students tested the devices - seeing what it would look like to complete an advanced manufacturing simulation that required you to take apart arobotic arm.
The hands-on, experiential learning tools also have healthcare, welding, math, engineering and art simulations, meaning ALL students districtwide would benefit from the exciting partnership.
“It was cool because it was 3D, and you could interact with it,” said IGA 5th Grader Braylon Harris. He conducted dissections of the heart, explaining that the technology “would be really helpful in learning your body parts, especially if you want to be a doctor.”
Change to the calendar
December 7, 2022
Dublin City Schools prides itself on being a world-class charter school district that produces globally competitive students. As a charter school system, each school is granted broad flexibility that can be used to design and implement innovations that will advance student achievement, support its Continuous Improvement Plan and lift up the core beliefs of our district's Strategic Plan. Examples of such innovations will be implemented next week.
HALF DAYS AT DUBLIN HIGH SCHOOL
As shared in Dublin High School’s Handbook and Principal Paulk’s Weekly Message, next Wednesday (December 14th), Thursday (December 15th) and Friday (December 16th) will be half days. The half days will ONLY be for Dublin High School and have been put in place to support end-of-course exams. Dublin High Schoolers will take their first and second-period exams on Wednesday, December 14th and their third and fourth-period exams on Thursday, December 15th. Make-up exams will be administered next Friday, December 16th.
On half days, students are dismissed at noon and receive lunch before they leave. We’ve collaborated with our Transportation Department, and there will be a route immediately following dismissal to support our bus riders.
ASYNCHRONOUS (FLEXIBLE) LEARNING DAY
Additionally, please take note that the last in-person day of the second nine weeks for Dublin Middle School, Hillcrest Elementary School, the Irish Gifted Academy, Moore Street School and Susie Dasher Elementary School will be next Thursday, December 15th. This is a change to our original calendar. Friday, December 16th will now be an asynchronous (flexible) learning day for elementary, middle and Moore Street students. For staff it will be used as an end-of-semester planning day.
Friday, December 16th will remain a make-up exam day for Dublin High School. However, if your child completes their exams on the 14th and 15th, the day will mirror the rest of the district and become an asynchronous (flexible) learning day.
Elementary and middle school students will receive instructional packets leading up to next week’s asynchronous (flexible) learning day. And, on December 16th, Dublin High School and Moore Street students will be completing any outstanding work.
Because of this change, all holiday activities across the district will conclude by December 15th.
Parents, please take note of this important change and begin making arrangements for your child. And, please contact your child’s school with any questions or concerns.
Thank you for your continued support of Dublin City Schools, and Go, Irish!
Irish gifted academy earn big at junior beta club convention
December 2, 2022
We’ve just received some rather PHENOMENAL news from Georgia’s Junior Beta Convention!
Despite the fact that today's the first time the Irish Gifted Academy's ever competed at Beta, 7th Graders Adley Smith & Abigail Sterling placed first in the state’s Performing Arts Division - Dance. Similarly, Abigail Sterling placed second in Black and White Photography. And, our Living Literature team of Kendall Chapman, Evelyn Stubbs, Sarah Anderson, Harmoni Walker, CJ Stubbs, Kelis Lawrence, Khaliah Wakil Bey and Kristina Williams took fourth.
This means the IGA has qualified to compete in the National Junior Beta Convention - which is taking place this summer in Kentucky - three times over! Way to go; you sure did represent the Fighting Irish Family well!
Susie dasher 2nd graders enjoy GEORGIA-GROWN sweet potatoes
November 30, 2022
This morning, Mr. Hurst’s Susie Dasher 2nd Graders were in for quite the treat when they made their way to Coach Jessup’s P.E. class. With it being the final day of November, our School Nutrition Director, Pamela Jones, teamed up with Dublin High School 10th Grader Micah O’Neal to squeeze in one more Georgia School Nutrition Program “Harvest of the Month” roasted sweet potato taste test.
“I think they were medium sweet and very good,” said seven-year-old I’land. “I really liked them.”
Classmate Kenneth agreed, with the eight-year-old adding that “you should eat them because they have Vitamin C.”
Overall, our students enjoyed the #GeorgiaGrown veggies and asked SDE Cafeteria Manager Trish Smith and Assistant Manager Courtney Collins to add them to their side dish rotation.
In addition to trying the spuds, students were read “Gigantic Sweet Potato” and participated in their own boys vs. girls hot potato contest.
College & Career Fair expose students post-graduation possibilities
November 29, 2022
Earlier today, Dublin High School’s Auditorium was transformed into the land of post-graduation possibilities, as representatives from 13 colleges and two branches of the military met with the Class of 2023. Both Dublin High School-Georgia and Moore Street School Seniors had the opportunity to apply for colleges and scholarships, complete their FAFSAs, review their GPAs and transcripts as well as receive support with reference letters.
“I think today’s been really beneficial because we can find out more information about colleges without having to travel, especially since everyone doesn’t have the time or resources to tour multiple schools,” said Alexandra Bostic.
Classmate Jalana Smith echoed her sentiment. And, even though she’s already applied to 15 universities, she was looking forward to “going around to all the tables to see if [she’s] interested in other colleges [she] didn’t know too much about beforehand.”
With representatives from all over the state - including Albany State University, Augusta University, Brewton-Parker College, East Georgia State College, Fort Valley State University, Georgia College & State University, Georgia Southern University, Georgia Southwestern State University, Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, Middle Georgia State University, Oconee Fall Line Technical College, the United States Air Force, the United States Marine Corps and Valdosta State University- that was the very intention of today’s program.
Plus, its timing is extra impactful, as the Georgia Student Finance Commission has partnered with Georgia colleges and universities to waive college application fees for the month of November.
With the first half of their Senior Year nearly complete, several members from the Class of 2023 also stressed that their eyes are on the prize - graduation!
“I’m focused on keeping my grades up, finishing my applications and getting through the end of this school year,” said Ethan Moore.
Karizma Moore added, " I feel prepared, am excited, and ready to see my next chapter."
Leadership dublin-laurens county visits dcs
November 25, 2022
Living out our belief statement that “early and ongoing engagement by family and community is critical to our success,” Dr. Williams recently met with Leadership Dublin-Laurens County. They stopped by Dublin High School-Georgia as part of their education tour, ultimately discovering what sets Dublin City Schools apart! Dr. Williams shared our mission, vision and core beliefs - explaining that they serve as a true guidepost for every decision we make - and that DCS offers complete school and program choice. He also talked about charter flexibility and how each school has its own Local School Governance Team; comprised of staff, parents, business leaders, and community partners, this is one method we use to maximize educational opportunities for all our students!
Susie dasher 3rd grader celebrate thanksgiving in style
November 23, 2022
Activate Feast Mode!
Just before Thanksgiving Break, Susie Dasher Elementary The STEAM School 3rd Graders joined together to enjoy fellowship and a delicious luncheon.
The meal culminated a week-long, cross-curricular unit in which students:
Solved math problems to determine the cost of groceries for a Thanksgiving meal, AND
Learned about that very first Thanksgiving with cause and effect activities to see how the Native Americans and Pilgrims worked together.
Each student also wrote and hand-delivered a letter to the SDE staff member they’re most thankful for!
SDE 3rd Grade would like to thank the following businesses and people for their donations to ensure their luncheon was a success:
- Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Dublin: for donating fried chicken,
- Felicia Washington: for the scrumptious side dishes and treats, as well as
- Nick Lindsay and others who wished to remain anonymous for their monetary contributions.
Four additional school nutrition staff members earn servsafe certification
November 21, 2022
Dublin City Schools' Director of School Nutrition, Pamela Jones, is proud to acknowledge the recent ServSafe Certification school nutrition recipients:
With the addition of these four employees, the School Nutrition Department has a total of 17 staff members who have passed this rigorous exam and have earned the Manager ServSafe Certification. This accomplishment aligns with the District's Strategy Map of providing high-quality professional learning for all faculty and staff. In earning this certification, the District ensures that its school nutrition employees are following the highest standards of food safety practices and we are proud of each of you for this accomplishment.
Susie dasher elementary hosts career day
November 18, 2022
Do you know the education requirements to become a nurse practitioner? How about a high school principal? Do you know all the ways police officers support their community? Do you know what a banker does? How about someone in school public relations or a reporter for TV35? Do you know the ins and outs of engineering or what it takes to become a professional artist? Thanks to Career Day, our Susie Dasher Elementary The STEAM School students do!
More than 20 local leaders and community partners talked about what it takes to be college and career ready and how it all begins by earning that ever-important DCS high school diploma.
“I’m excited for Career Day because we’re going to meet people and talk bout how important it is to focus on our future,” said SDE 4th Grade Jaliyah Wright. She hopes to one day serve in the U.S. military before becoming governor of Georgia.
Fellow 4th Grader Lyfe Range agreed, adding that he was excited to “get a little information about our futures so we’ll have a better start on it.” Range hopes to one day play college football where he’ll also major in engineering.
Sweet potato pie taste test
November 14, 2022
Talk about a spud-tacular lesson Ms. Coleman’s Hillcrest Elementary The LEAP School 1st Graders won’t soon be forgetting!
Our School Nutrition Director, Pamela Jones, teamed up with Dublin High School-Georgia 10th Grader ShelbyAnn Thrasher (who represents student voice on the district’s Wellness Committee) to read “Gigantic Sweet Potato.”
Additionally, the class had its very own sweet potato pie taste test to celebrate Georgia School Nutrition Program's November “Harvest of the Month” item.
“Today was amazing because we tried sweet potato pie,” said six-year-old Amara.
At 20-3, our students overwhelmingly enjoyed the sweet treat and asked HES’s Cafeteria Manager, Carolyn Ferrell, if it could be added to the menu!
Fellow six-year-old Jordan explains, “It’s something we should add to the menu because it’s very good.”
Dr. williams meets with superintendent advisory councils
November 14, 2022
Dr. Williams recently had the opportunity to meet with our most important stakeholders…our students! Both his Elementary and Middle/High School Student Advisory Councils reviewed the High Achievement and Success Guide as well as the results of our latest Cognia survey. Additionally, students explained what engagement looks like to them. And, our middle and high schoolers divided themselves into the field trip or student meals committee to see how they can advocate forwhat’s most important to them. Plus, our Seniors had the chance to speak with Mr. Ben Lanier, DCS’s CTAE Director/the CEO of the Heart of Georgia College and Career Academy, to ensure they’re college/career ready and able to complete the best job they can post-graduation.
IRISH gifted academy celebrates tukey day in style
November 9, 2022
Do you have a favorite holiday dish? Thanks to today’s special feast, our Irish Gifted Academy students and staff tried every Thanksgiving fixing you can think of. However, instead of eating with their normal classmates, the gym was transformed into a dining hall lined with massive tables for each of our four houses.
Throughout the year, students have been developing bonds with their housemates, so “today they’re sitting beside their peers and mentors, fellowshipping with one another and having conversations that they may not be able to have in a traditional classroom setting,” said Assistant Principal Matt Taylor. “We really are four houses, one IGA family.”
In addition to the delicious meal prepared by our stellar School Nutrition Department, IGA staff wore all black, serving as waiters and waitresses for their students.
“We serve them each and every day, but, today’s special,” said Taylor. “We wanted to give back to them because they’re what we’re all about.”
Students were also able to write down what they’re most thankful for on a feather, which was then added to their school-wide Tom Turkey. A few found include:
My IGA Family,
My Baby Bother and
Dublin middle school honors TWO million word readers
November 7, 2022
We’re just three months into the school year, and already TWO Dublin Middle Schoolers have exceeded their goal for 2022-2023 by joining the prestigious ranks of Million Word Readers.
On Friday, DMS 8th Grader Brandon Mitchell received a $100 bill from Principal Batts for being the first to meet the milestone, while 7th Grader Dhani Patel was awarded $50 during a special assembly in front of their peers and family.
Mitchell’s read over 100 books and 1,007,882 words this school year, with Patel coming in at a close second of 1,006,814 words thanks to her 68 books.
“I feel proud,” said Patel. “I worked really hard, and I pushed myself to the limits.”
Mitchell agreed, adding that he hopes the recognition “encourages [his classmates] to read more…so that they can also accomplish their goals.”
While the pair might have been the first to become Million Word Readers, Principal Batts said that every DMS student that reads a million words will receive $50.
“We encourage our students to read, and we want to make sure we’re producing literacy here at Dublin Middle School,” he said.
ms. barrs' History lesson brings wwi to life
November 7, 2022
Ms. Barrs’ World History Classes have been studying the long-term causes of WWI and its global impact.
In order to make trench warfare more relatable to her Dublin High School 9th Graders, Barrs opted out of your typical lecture, instead having her students divide themselves into either the Central or Allied Powers. Once separated, the two groups sat on the floor behind “trenches” for the remainder of class with WWI battle sounds setting the mode. They looked at images and listened to primary sources from true soldiers to further understand what it was like to spend time at the battlefront before discussing questions like, “as you sit in the trench, what dangers face you?” and “how are you preparing - both physically and mentally - to face those dangers?” Students were also able to write letters home describing what they thought a trench soldier was experiencing. Then, in the last few minutes of class, they carried out their own "battle" with paper balls.
“We were learning about what the soldiers went through when they were in the trenches, why they were there and what they had to do to survive,” explained DHS 9th Grader Dwane Bouyer. “I learned that when you’re in the trenches, you can’t just go out and do what you want to because the other side will barrage you.”
Moore Street Schools's Fall INTO SUCCESS DAY
November 3, 2022
Thanks to today’s “Fall into Success” Program, our Moore Street School students are one giant step closer to being workforce ready. The annual event isn’t your typical career day. No, Principal Puckett and her stellar students have transformed the opportunity, instead giving students applicable skills they can immediately use.
“The students we serve may or may not go off to a four-year college or university. Some may choose to go directly into the workforce, and that'sabsolutely okay!” explained Puckett. So, “we have to be intentional about teaching them…essential qualities that they will need like interviewing, how to build a resume and soft skills that you won’t find in the curriculum. That’s the whole premise behind everything we’ve done today.”
Students were divided into groups, each rotating between five featured classes:
“No Stressing Over Hear” - Life Lessons and Role Playing
“Making Money Moves” - Successful Entrepreneurs
“The Best is Yet to Come” - Conflict Resolution
“Level Up” - Resume Writing, Job Applications and Interview Techniques
“Living My Best Life” - Positive Living and What Life Has Taught Me
To ensure today's success, a special thank you goes to our community presenters who volunteered their time as well as to Albany State University's Alumni Chapter for sponsoring the special luncheon.
Dublin City Schools achieves SEVENTH GSBA Exemplary School Board status
November 3, 2022
Dublin City Schools is proud to announce the achievement and status of the Georgia School Boards Association’s (GSBA) 2022 Exemplary School Board recognition.
Dublin City Schools has earned this distinction every year of its existence, dating back to 2015. This is the seventh consecutive award for DCS as no award was given by GSBA in 2017.
Dublin City Schools is proud to announce the achievement and status of the Georgia School Boards Association’s (GSBA) 2022 Exemplary School Board recognition.
Dublin City Schools has earned this distinction every year of its existence, dating back to 2015. This is the seventh consecutive award for DCS as no award was given by GSBA in 2017.
We are extremely proud of this award,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Williams, “because it shows the work being done by our board to stay current on the issues affecting our students, and the depth and breadth of our efforts collectively to move the needle toward High Achievement and Success for All Students.”
The recognition program is designed to showcase best practices in school governance and leadership. GSBA recognizes good school board governance to foster educational community cultures in order to advance student learning and achievement.
The Dublin City Schools met and/or exceeded the criteria set forth by GSBA to earn the honor of a 2022 Exemplary Board. The criteria may be reviewed by clicking here for more information.
The GSBA Governance Team Recognition Program was developed by Georgia superintendents and board members based on the state board of education’s standards for effective governance to recognize exemplary leadership.
In 1998, the Georgia School Boards Association was one of the first school board associations in the nation to develop a program of standards for local boards of education.
Wi’Tyreon Charleston and Nazyon Mitchell Named Reach scholars
November 2, 2022
Wi’Tyreon Charleston and Nazyon Mitchell are only in the 8th Grade, but already the pair have college on the brain. Earlier today, the Dublin Middle School students became the latest Dublin City Schools students to become REACH Scholars.
REACH - Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen - is a key component of the Governor’s Complete College Georgia, which identifies strategies for the state’s public and private colleges to achieve the goal of having 60% of Georgia’s adult population having earned some type of postsecondary credential by 2025. Its mission is to provide Georgia’s most promising students with academic, social and financial support needed to graduate from high school and college prepared for work.
“I feel like I’ve accomplished something big,” said Charleston. “I plan to attend the University of Georgia and be a math teacher. I just have to make sure I make the money worth it, and that’s going to require a lot of hard work.”
Mitchell agreed, adding that he believes REACH - especially its mentoring program - is going to prepare him for the future. The student-athlete has a dual passion for football and science and hopes to attend Georgia State University. He’s still determining exactly what he’d like to major in, but says he wants “to be the best person [he] can be.”
REACH begins in middle school with teachers and administration nominating 8th Graders who have demonstrated academic promise as well as good attendance and behavior. When a student successfully completes REACH and graduates from high school, they are awarded a $10,000 scholarship for up to four years of college - $2500 per year - that can be used at any Georgia HOPE eligible two or four year college.
“These students represent the best of what Dublin City Schools has to offer, and I know they will flourish and do well in this program,” said Dublin Middle School Principal, Dr. Willie Batts. “It’s a very proud moment, and they’ve set the bar high for their peers.”
Both Charleston and Mitchell are Susie Dasher Elementary alumni and have been part of the Fighting Irish Family since Pre-K.
Yolonder Coney-Carter Named Dublin City Schools’ Teacher of the Year
November 1, 2022
If there’s one thing the past few years have taught us, it’s that the teachers of Dublin City Schools go home with more on their minds than just lesson plans; their tenacity, compassion and care for students are unending!
It is with great pleasure that Dublin City Schools announces its 2023 District Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Yolonder Coney-Carter.
Currently teaching Dublin High School-Georgia's Reading 180, a class designed to show all students that they can thrive in English/Language Arts, she was named the DCS Teacher of the Year during today’s special banquet.
Upon hearing her name being called, Coney-Carter said she was in absolute shock.
The 2022-2023 school year marks Coney-Carter’s eighth year in the classroom and fourth at Dublin High School. That being said, as a 1995 Dublin High School graduate, she’s been part of the Fighting Irish Family for decades.
Although she’s a natural in the classroom, education wasn’t Coney-Carter’s first career. In fact, she worked at a textile factory for many years. And, upon its closure, she returned to school, discovering that Middle Georgia College was about to begin its education program.
“Having a child changed my life, so I said, ‘Why not go back and work in education and try to be that voice for children?'" she said. "It’s like I tell my son, ‘Do it right the first time, and don’t wait as long as I did to pursue your passion.’”
Above and beyond simply teaching standards that could appear on an end of course exam, Coney-Carter believes her role is to support students and be in their corner.
“I teach just as many life lessons as subject-verb agreements,” said Coney-Carter. “I always strive to build relationships with the kids; I want them to know that I care about them and want them to do well in school.”
Coney-Carter graduated from Middle Georgia College with her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood/Special Education. Additionally, she earned her master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Georgia College and State University in 2018.
As Dublin City Schools’ Teacher of the Year, Coney-Carter is now invited to participate in the Georgia Teacher of the Year process.
Ten finalists will be selected amongst Georgia’s nearly 120,000 classroom teachers.
From the ten, the state’s Teacher of the Year will be chosen by a committee of professional educators as well as business and community leaders. The final announcement will be made in Spring 2023.
If selected as the state Teacher of the Year, Coney-Carter will spend the 2023-2024 school year traveling across Georgia as an ambassador for the teaching profession and will be entered in the National Teacher of the Year competition.
In addition to honoring Coney-Carter, we would like to congratulate all of our Teachers of the Year across Dublin City Schools:
Daryl O’Neal - Dublin Middle School
Angela Hall - Hillcrest Elementary School
Priscilla Walden - Moore Street School
Jennifer Jessup - Susie Dasher Elementary School
Brin Hogan - The Irish Gifted Academy
Irish Gifted Academy's Tumbling Class Is First Of Its Kind
October 27, 2022
Forward Roll. Cartwheel. Handstand. Power Hurdle Round Off. Back Walkover.
These are just a few techniques our Irish Gifted Academy students are learning thanks to their new connections class…tumbling.
The brainchild of Mrs. Erica NeSmith, the unique course is the first of its kind and is the result of her “doing a little digging into the standards,” as she discovered that tumbling would be an option aligned with the Georgia Department of Education’s individualized, physical education model.
“A lot of people don’t understand how much strength and conditioning goes into tumbling,” sad NeSmith. “Having an extra physical education class to broaden flexibility and overall body control is such a unique opportunity. I actually don’t know of another school that offers something like this during the school day.”
All Irish Gifted Academy students in Kindergarten - 8th Grade can participate, with no prior experience required.
In fact, Jeremy Brownlee, an IGA 8th Grader, discovered he had been placed in tumbling on the first day of school. The student-athlete had never taken a tumbling class, but he says it’s made him more flexible and supported his form as both running back and defensive back for Dublin Middle School’s football team.
“I tell my friends they should be taking tumbling because it helps me be more athletic on the field and on the court,” he said. “I take more strides. Plus, Mrs. NeSmith told me about college football players who take ballet, which is similar.”
Classmate Ze’Quiah Blackshear agrees, adding that tumbling has become her favorite class. Growing up, Blackshear watched YouTube videos trying to teach herself how to tumble. So, while she started the school year knowing a few techniques, she says there are still a lot of lessons to learn.
“I never had an actual teacher show me how to tumble correctly,” she added. “This year I’ve most enjoyed learning how to stabilize my body so I’m not all over the place when I do something.”
Tumbling classes always begin with warmups. Then, students try front rolls, back rolls and power hurdles. Next, it’s on to cartwheels, handstands, handstands into bridges and front walkovers. By the end of the semester, NeSmith’s goal is for all middle schoolers to be able to complete a back walkover; however, if any student ever needs a spotter or added support, she’s always there.
Despite the flips and tricks, NeSmith stressed safety protocols are always followed.
“We never tumble without our mats,” she said. “And, if we do anything without our shoes on, it’s skills I know they’ve mastered.”
In addition to providing students with a unique learning opportunity, she hopes tumbling will set the stage for our middle and high school competition cheerleaders as well as our competitive dance team. Plus, “many students pay for tumbling and gymnastics outside of school ranging from $50 to $100 a month. So, helpfully it is an expense that some parents will be able to cut out,” NeSmith added.
JEReMY Ellenberg named gacte beginning teacher of the year
October 26, 2022
Dublin High School’s Mr. Jeremy Ellenberg has been selected as the Georgia Association for Career andTechnical Education’s 2022 Beginning Teacher of the Year. This means that he was named number one out of all first to third-year CTAE teachers statewide.
Dublin High School is the only place Ellenberg has ever taught. He began his career as the high school’s Audio, Visual, Television and Film teacher. And, under his direction, the program transformed from student-run productions of basketball games to complete broadcasts that were shared with the general public.
“The world has gotten so content-driven,” explained Ellenberg. “I wanted to shift gears and get students some added exposure, especially since some want to do sports announcing and broadcast journalism for a living.”
In addition to teaching AVTF, Ellenberg served as a coach for the Theatre Department. In fact, this school year, he shifted from CTAE and is now teaching theatre, was director for Dublin High School’s award-winning One Act production of “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” and supports the Literary Competition.
“I was able to build a foundation. Now Mr. King Jordan, the current AVTF teacher, has taken the reigns and is going a great job running with it,” said Ellenberg.
When asked what the recognition means to him, Ellenberg said it was both humbling and validated the long hours his broadcasting students put in.
“I want to tell people, new teachers especially, that you’re making a difference. Keep swimming. Keep pushing. Keep asking questions. You’re in this position for a reason,” he added.
The 2022-2023 school year marks Ellenberg’s fourth in the classroom, and it certainly won’t be his last.
“Dublin City Schools gave me my chance, my opportunity, and I’m running with it with everything I can,” he said. “I’m staying here as long as Dublin City Schools will have me.
Dr. Fred Williams Named State Superintendent of the Year Finalist
October 19, 2022
Dublin City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Fred Williams, has been named one of four finalists for the 2023 Georgia Superintendent of the Year. Sponsored by the Georgia School Superintendents Association, this distinction recognizes district leaders across the state who are making a positive difference in the lives of the students they serve.
Dr. Williams has served as Dublin City Schools’ superintendent since 2015.
“I am tremendously humbled by this recognition,” said Dr. Williams, “and it is a testament to the work of people across our district and community. Without this shared vision, I would not be representing Dublin City Schools in this capacity. I am truly honored.”
Dr. Williams’ love and desire to support every child as they reach their full potential is what first drew him to public education. A member of the Fighting Irish family for nearly 30 years, he began his career in 1993 as Susie Dasher Elementary’s Health and Physical Education Teacher and Coach for the Dublin High School Football Team. In fact, he was selected as SDE’s Teacher of the Year his very first year. Dr. Williams has served as assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent. During his tenure, Dublin City Schools was named Georgia’s Charter System of the Year in 2019. And, in 2022, Dublin City Schools posted its highest graduation rate in its history at 95.5 percent.
The Georgia School Superintendents Association will name the 2023 Georgia Superintendent of the Year during the December Georgia School Boards Association/GSSA Winter Conference. The winner will have the chance to compete for the 2023 AASA National Superintendent of the Year, which will be announced at the School Superintendents Association’s National Conference on Education in February 2023.
Antaneisha Horne selected as Work-Based learning student of the month
October 17, 2022
Antaneisha Horne has been selected as Dublin High School-Georgia's Work-Based Learning Student of the Month. Antaneisha - who juggles her time in the classroom with working at Food Depot - was chosen because of her superb work ethic! Her grades are frame-worthy, and her cumulative grade point average is exceedingly high. Her attendance is remarkable, and she submits work in a timely manner. In addition, she practices those work-ready traits daily and follows up to ensure there are no loose ends. Congrats Antaneisha on a job well done!
Dublin city schools earns highest graduation rate to date
October 6, 2022
After seeing record-high rates last year, Dublin City Schools’ Class of 2022 continued to report strong on-time graduation rates, according to data released today from the Georgia Department of Education.
In fact, the Class of 2022’s overall four-year graduation rate was Dublin City’s highest ever at 95.5%! At 92.3% for Moore Street School and 96.2% for Dublin High School, both high schools’ graduation rates were well above the state average of 84.1%.
“These results reflect the hard work of all our students, staff, families and business partners,” said Dublin City Schools’ Superintendent, Dr. Fred Williams. “As a whole, our district and community have a lot to be proud of.”
This is the third year in a row that Dublin City Schools has posted a 90+ point graduation rate. The district has also improved its four-year graduation rate by nearly 22 points, up from 73.6% to 95.5%, over the past 10 years.
To mark these record numbers, Dublin City Schools is inviting local businesses and families to join us in celebrating outstanding student achievement. Green and gold bows are available at no cost to the first 200 people who complete this survey or call (478) 484-6554. All we ask is that you proudly display the bow in recognition of the hard work constantly displayed by our students, staff, families and greater school community.
Ricayla Taylor Balances student life with owNing a business
September 22, 2022
It all started with a Cricut. After noticing her mom’s digital die-cut machine remained untouched for months, Ricayla Taylor started watching how-to videos. It’s been three years, and, while Ricayla’s mom still hasn’t mastered the machine, the current Dublin High School Junior has launched her own business - selling handmade shirts, bags, water bottles, license plates and everything in between.
In fact, the 16-year-old and proprietor of CayT’s Cricut Creations makes everything from her bedroom, including the shirts and bows Dublin High School’s Dance Team wore during the district’s recent 1,000 Games - 100 Years Parade.
The idea came from DHS Dance Teacher Sarah Jane Holmes.
“She came into class and was on her phone a lot, and I joked, ‘Ricayla, you’re acting like you’re running a business.’ Then, she said, ‘I am.’”
Together, they discussed what it would look like for Taylor to design, print and produce parade shirts. Already a master at design and printing, the real lesson for our high schooler came when Holmes said she needed a receipt.
Because Taylor had predominately received requests through word of mouth and her personal TikTok, she’d yet to send an invoice despite the fact that many students who walk the hallways of Dublin High School are wearing one of her customized creations.
“I showed her how to create a receipt generator and why it’s important to use the template for every person,” said Holmes. “We also talked about creating price sheets and getting her Facebook Page up and running so people can message her with their requests.”
And, message her they will!
Since beginning her business three years ago, Taylor’s fulfilled over 500 requests. The young entrepreneur says her favorite items to make are school supplies packs, which sell for $55 and include a personalized container, water bottle, pencil case, binder, folders and notebooks.
Other best sellers for her include:
Children’s T-shirts: $12-$15 each (depending on size and color)
Adult T-shirts: $15-$17 each (depending on size and color)
Long-sleeve Adult T-shirts: $25-30 each
Sweatshirts: $20-25 each
Sweaters: $25-30 each
Water Bottles: $20 each
Skirt Sets: $60-70 each
Wind Decals: $15 each
Car License Plates: $20 each
However, Taylor says she can customize just about anything you can imagine. Just send her a Facebook message!
Despite her budding business, Taylor considers herself to be “just a regular high school student.”
“I don’t really do any sports, and I take regular classes,” she said. “So, seeing classmates wear one of my designs makes me feel special and appreciated.”
Along with being a full-time student and running CayT’s Cricut Creations, Taylor also works part-time at Zaxby’s. With her paycheck and proceeds, Taylor proudly puts money back into her business, buys things that she likes and is able to help her family when unexpected expenses pop up.
Regardless, she says “this job was never about the money.”
“This is just something I genuinely love and enjoy. When I get bored and don’t have any orders, I’ll freestyle on a shirt I messed up or learn how to do new things with wasted paper…[learning] how to do new things so that if someone asks for it, I already have it down pat because I’ve been practicing on my own.”
Because of her diligence, Taylor’s turnaround time is typically less than a week - which includes buying each item, creating its customized design, printing and delivery.
Mrs. Holmes said it best; “Ricayla has a lot of potential, and [we’re] really proud of her.”
DCS Parent selected to serve on state superintendent's advisory council
September 21, 2022
Congratulations to Jawanda Brown on her selection to the Georgia Department of Education State School Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council! Brown is the only representative from our region selected to the council, which “will allow parents to provide feedback and input on new policies, projects, and materials that influence students and their families.”
“My Parent Advisory Council is an invaluable resource as I make policy decisions that impact students and families acrossGeorgia,” said State School Superintendent Richard Woods. “Working with these parents allows an opportunity for me to receive their feedback and perspectives which helps us to make the best possible policy choices.”
This is the sort of collaborative communication among all stakeholders that is vital for student success. Thank you Mrs. Brown for serving our district and region!
Dr. Williams meets with advisory councils
September 20, 2022
Yesterday, Dr. Williams brought our core belief of “collaborative communication among ALL stakeholders is vital for success” to life, meeting with both his Elementary and Middle/High School Student Advisory Councils. He also spoke with his Support Staff and Teacher Advisory Council to see how this school year is going and how he can be of greater support. Yesterday's topics of discussion included:
Determining how every student, faculty, and staff member has a key part toplay in our strategic plan
Discovering added ways Dr. Williams can share information — one of our favorite responses came from a Kindergartener who said, “come play with us during P.E. then we can talk”
Brainstorming ways to share what is discussed during Advisory Council Meetings with their peers
Discussing how Dublin City Schools’ charter flexibility has benefited them as well as additional initiatives they’d like to see in their buildings
DR. williams named development authority chairman
September 17, 2022
Superintendent Dr. Fred Williams was named chairman of the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority, delivering his welcome during today’s DLCDA luncheon. As DLCDA chairman, Dr. Williams will lead the board as it serves existing industry and targets new industry for our wonderful community! Congratulations to our Lead Learner for being entrusted with such an important role!
Dublin high cafeteria earns A perfect score
September 13, 2022
Congratulations to Dublin High School-Georgia's School Nutrition Staff! Thanks to their hard work, DHS recently received a perfect score on their health inspection. This is the high school's FOURTH consecutive 100 in a row.
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As part of Dublin City Schools’ continued effort to create open lines of communication, our goal is to make it easier and more efficient for students, staff, families, and community members to request public information.
The district responds to requests for public records in accordance with Georgia’s Open Government Guide. Our Director of Strategic and Crisis Communication, Ashley-Michelle Thublin, handles all requests, making sure the right person is contacted and that a response is made as promptly as possible.
If you are a member of our Irish Family or media outlet wishing to request an interview or gather additional information, please email email@example.com. Please allow us adequate time to review and facilitate this request, and please be aware that the public records law does not require Dublin City Schools to do research, analyze data, or create a record that does not currently exist.
April 13, 2023: News Alert to Local Media Partners
Sorry for the double email, but I also wanted to let you know that Dublin City’s School Nutrition Department is partnering with LimeSink Creek Honey to bring Susie Dasher Elementary School’s Bee Day to life. TOMORROW, Friday, April 14th the campus will be “abuzz” with honey tasting, bee education classes and a traveling live beehive.
The event is taking place from 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM and 1:00 - 2:00 PM, and the school’s address is 911 Martin Luther King Jr Drive in Dublin, GA.
Thanks, and please let me know if you have any questions!
April 13, 2023: News Alert to Local Media Partners
Good Morning Local Media Partners,
I wanted to make sure you knew Dublin City Schools will be hosting its first Baby Irish Reunion THIS Saturday, April 15th. Baby Irish is one of our answers to the question, “How can we connect families with district resources before their child starts Pre-K?”
The outreach initiative is open to ALL FAMILIES ACROSS THE COMMUNITY and is set to include:
-Two Parent University Classes,
-Occupational and Physical Therapy Screenings,
-Onsite Pre-K Registration,
-Free Treats (including the cutest onesie and toddler t-shirts you’ve ever seen),
-A Sesame Street Toddler Bounce House,
-The Big Green Reading Machine and Mobile Laurens County Library,
-An appearance by the Cat in the Hat,
-A delicious lunch,
-The opportunity to connect with future classmates,
Plus it’s all FREE!
It all begins at 10:30 AM in the Irish Gifted Academy’s Gymnasium - located at 1127 Hillcrest Parkway.
We hope to see you there. However, if your schedule doesn't allow it, I'd be happy to share photos with you after the fact.
Thanks, and please let me know if you have any questions!
February 16, 2023: WGXA
Not sure if you remember me but I was the reporter that did the story about y'all smashing graduation rates-- I'm hoping this go around that you can help me on this regional story about enrollment numbers across Middle Georgia. I'm tapping into the largest counties and checking in what are the enrollment numbers for 2019-2020 and 2021- 2022. Im not sure if you are the right person to request this information from but I just remember how kind you were when I visited yall. If you can help me out that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.
Thanks so much for reaching out. I apologize for the delay. The district is currently on Winter Break, so I haven't been checking my email regularly. But, I am indeed the correct person for this request. According to the Georgia Department of Education's website ( I pulled the October numbers for both), Dublin City Schools' enrollment for the following years was:
2019-2020 School Year: 2,296
2021-2022 School Year: 2, 336
Also, as part of your search, this might be a helpful resource, as it allows you to examine enrollment data for all public school districts across the state over several years.
February 14, 2023: Press Release for Local Media Partners
Good Afternoon Local Media Partners,
During last night’s meeting of the Dublin City Board of Education, Mr. Matt Taylor was unanimously selected as the next middle grades principal for the Irish Gifted Academy. Mr. Taylor will begin his new role on June 1st, as Dr. Shannon Norfleet will be retiring at the end of this school year.
“This is a dream come true,” said Taylor. “I started at Susie Dasher and have always viewed Dublin City Schools as a family. So, giving back to the community that has poured its love, heart, soul and support into me is huge.”
Taylor has been in education for 11 years.
He began his career in 2012 as a 4th and 5th Grade Inclusion Teacher at Susie Dasher Elementary School, and presently serves as the Irish Gifted Academy assistant principal.
Additional information as well as photos of Mr. Taylor have been attached to this email; however, if you have any questions, please let me know.
February 6, 2023: News Alert to Local Media Partners
I wanted to let you know that Dublin City Schools will be hosting its 2023 Career Expo on Saturday, February 11th at the Irish Gifted Academy, located at 1951 Hillcrest Parkway, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 NOON.
We believe it's important to recruit highly effective professionals for all positions because our students deserve the very best. Here at DCS, we pride ourselves on having the highest starting salaries (including Lucky Loot) for certified first-year teachers in the Heart of Georgia RESA. For the 2023-2024 school year, it will be $44,212.
In addition to attending career fairs at universities across the state, our Human Resources Department is focusing its recruitment efforts here in our community to, hopefully, draw in additional candidates already connected to Dublin-Laurens County.
Both full and part-time positions will be available during the Career Expo - including teachers, bus drivers, maintenance staff, school nutrition staff, substitute teachers and administration.
Pre-registration is encouraged but not required.
If you have any questions or would like to set up a time to talk with our HR Director, Dr. Amy Duke, please let me know.
January 31, 2023: News Alert to Local Media Partners
Good Afternoon Local Media Partners,
I wanted to let you know that Dublin Middle School will be having its annual Career Day, TOMORROW, Wednesday, February 1st. The day will begin at 8:30 AM, and the final rotation will conclude around 1:50 PM. (Presenters will take an hour break from 11:50 AM - 12:50 PM).
Guests include our local police and sheriff’s department, the Dublin Fire Department, Wild Bore Machine, Fairview Park Hospital, Erdrich USA, Morris Bank, Laurens County EMT, Oconee Fall Line Technical College and many more.
It might make for a cute story highlighting community partnerships and how Dublin City Schools is supporting students (Pre-K through 12th Grade) on their journey to being college and career ready. Plus, each presenter has been asked to have a hands-on activity or display.
If you’re able to make it, Dublin Middle School is located at 1501 North Jefferson Street in Dublin, GA.
And, if you aren’t able to make it in person but would still like to highlight the hard work of Dublin Middle School's Career Committee Team, I’d be happy to share photos with you following tomorrow’s events.
Thanks for your support, and should you have any questions, please let me know!
December 5, 2022: News Alert to Local Media Partners
Good Morning Local Media Partners,
I hope your weekend was restful and that your Monday's off to a fantastic start! I wanted to let you know about TWO Holiday Happenings taking place in the D-U-B this week.
Tuesday, December 6th
Dr. Williams will be partnering with local leaders and community supporters during his 2022 Superintendent's Reading Motorcade. During tomorrow's festivities, visitors will join us for a light breakfast before boarding a school bus to read to elementary students across the district! The schedule can be found below:
- 8:30 AM -Arrive at the Dublin High School Auditorium (located at 1127 Hillcrest Pkwy, Dublin, GA 31021 ) for a light breakfast and welcome
- 8:50 AM - Depart for Susie Dasher Elementary School (911 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Dublin, GA 31021)
- 9:00 AM - Arrive at Susie Dasher Elementary School
- 9:30 AM - Leave for Hillcrest Elementary School (1100 Edgewood Dr, Dublin, GA 31021)
- 9:40 AM - Arrive at Hillcrest Elementary School
- 10:20 AM - Leave for the Irish Gifted Academy (1127 Hillcrest Pkwy, Dublin, GA 31021)
- 10:30 AM - Arrive at Irish Gifted Academy
- 11:00 AM - Return to Auditorium, event concludes
Thursday, December 8th
Dublin City Schools' Fine Arts Showcase, Hometown Holly, is making its comeback THIS Thursday, December 8th at 6:30 PM in Dublin High School's Auditorium! Students from across the district will display their talents, and you're sure to leave a bit more in the holiday spirit. The event will feature performances from chorus, dance, band and theatre classes while visual arts and a festival of trees will be on display.
If you're unable to attend but would like photos from either event, please let me know!
Thanks, and, as always, please don't hesitate to let me know should you have any questions.
November 28, 2022: News Alert to Local Media Partners
Good Afternoon Local Media Partners,
I wanted to let you know that Dublin High School will be hosting its annual College and Career Fair tomorrow, Tuesday, November 29th from 9:00 - 11:30 AM in the DHS Auditorium, which is located at 1127 Hillcrest Parkway.
Along with their parents, the Class of 2023 will have the opportunity to meet with more than 20 representatives from: All Branches of the Military, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Albany State University, Augusta University, Brewton-Parker College, Claflin University, Dalton State College, East Georgia State College, Fort Valley State University, Georgia College and State University, Georgia Southern University, Georgia Southwestern State University, Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, Middle Georgia State University, Oconee Fall Line Technical CollegeS, avannah State University and Valdosta State University
Additionally, students will learn about scholarship and program opportunities as well as how completing their FAFSA can determine financial aid eligibility.
Please note the timing of tomorrow's fair has been strategically determined, as the Georgia Student Finance Commission has partnered with Georgia colleges and universities to waive college application fees in November!
With so many post-grad partners represented, I thought it might make for a good Vo/Sot or photo op? If you're unable to make it, I'd also be happy to share a few photos or B-Roll with you as well. Just let me know how I can be of support. Thanks, and Go Irish!
I November 17, 2022: News Alert to Local Media Partners
wanted to let you know that Susie Dasher Elementary School will be having its annual Career Day, TOMORROW, Friday, November 18th. The day will begin at 8:30 AM with Air Evac landing on campus (weather permitting) before students hear from 20 local leaders about their careers. Rotations will conclude around 11:30 AM
Guests include our local police and sheriff’s department, the Dublin Fire Department, a real estate agent, a basketball coach, local artists and so much more (including a presentation about School PR from yours truly).
It might make for a cute story highlighting community partnerships and how Dublin City Schools is supporting students (Pre-K through 12th Grade) on their journey to being college and career ready.
If you’re able to make it, Susie Dasher Elementary is located at 911 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Dublin, GA.
And, if you aren’t able to make it in person but would still like to highlight the hard work of Susie Dasher’s Career Committee Team, I’d be happy to share photos with you following tomorrow’s events.
Thanks for your support, and should you have any questions, please let me know!
July 19, 2022: Raime Cohen, 13WMAZ
Request: Hey Jason! Do you know if there is a bus driver shortage at DCS?
Response: Hey ma’am! I know we have had in the past, but I’m reaching out to our transportation director to get more details
Response: I wanted to let you know that my new counterpart in communications is going to be one of only four in North America to win the top award in School PR tomorrow. Her name is Ashley-Michelle Thublin. She is fantastic and would make a phenomenal story. She’s originally from Macon and lives in Dublin now.
Raime Cohen: wow! That’s pretty cool Maybe something to set up next week Monday?
Jason Halcombe: We could do that!
Raime Cohen: Wonderful! What time would work Monday the 25th?
Jason Halcombe: Let me check with her. Thank you!!!
July 15, 2022: Responses to Parent Concerns Received Through Let's Talk
Since we have the lowest student population in Laurens County, why do we have a large number of administrative staff at our DCS campuses?
- The amount of administrative staff serving Dublin City Schools is not determined by the amount of students and staff of Laurens County or Trinity Christian School. It is determined by our students, their needs and the district’s mission, vision, beliefs and goals. Our district’s approach in leadership for schools has consistently yielded high graduation rates. Over the past five years, Dublin City Schools has far exceeded the average for our county, region and all of Georgia.
What is the plan for teacher retention?
- According to the Southern Regional Education Board (of which, Georgia is part of the 16 states represented), 50% fewer teachers are entering the workforce compared to a decade beforehand and 76% of Human Resource Officers for these states say resignations are higher now than previously. Additionally, during the 2021-2022 school year, 50% of teachers within the SREB said they planned to leave their jobs. At Dublin City Schools, we are thankful this is NOT our story.
- However, knowing these statistics, Dublin City Schools’ Human Resources Department continues to place an emphasis on both the recruitment and retention of top talent.
- In addition to excellent professional development throughout the school year and a competitive salary scale with the highest local supplement in our county, all employees in the district receive Lucky Loot, which is a retention bonus given each January.
- Furthermore, we have academic coaches supporting our teachers at each campus. And, this year, teachers new to the profession and new to the district will receive targeted assistance and professional learning from the district’s Teacher Induction Coach in addition to support from their academic coach.
- Dublin City Schools is the only district within the county to host its own job fair Additionally, our Human Resources Department continues to attend job fairs and works directly with colleges and universities to provide current staff members with added opportunities. Thanks to our partnership with Mercer University and Middle Georgia State University, current staff members are able to obtain master’s and specialist degrees at either low or no cost.
- Additionally, thanks to our articulation with Middle Georgia State University, the district is able to employ student-teachers as the official teacher-of-record, creating a seamless transition for them to become full-time DCS employees upon their college graduation.
- And, through Dublin High School’s CTAE Career Pathway - Teaching as a Profession, high school students are studying to become educators. Once they’ve completed the initial coursework, they’re eligible to participate in dual enrollment at either Middle Georgia State University or Oconee Fall Line Technical College. This means that while they’re still in high school, students are able to earn technical certificates or college credit that goes toward their Bachelor’s degree at no-cost to our high schoolers or their families.
- Overtime, our intent is to hire these same students during their student-teacher phase, creating a strong teacher pipeline for our district. Our hope is that more teachers will have sat in the same seats as students they’ll be serving.
Are the teachers doing exit reviews, and if so, are there any plans to mitigate the issues they are challenged with to keep them?
Are all DCS teachers certified to teach in the capacity they are recruited for and if so is this information public?
- Yes, our Human Resources Department continues to carry out exit interviews. Our HR Director shares information and common trends with Superintendent Williams. In turn, Dr. Williams and our HR Director celebrate our success with impacted leadership team members, building level leadership or departments as well as review opportunities for growth with impacted leadership team members, building level leadership or departments. Based on the information shared as part of exit interviews, action steps are taken.
- All teachers within the district are professionally qualified to teach their specific grade or subject area. Depending on their route into the profession, some are seeking additional education toward their clear renewable certificate. Families will receive further details about their child’s teacher, including their qualifications, during Open House.
July 12, 2022 - 41NBC
REQUEST: I was wondering what is your policy for guns in reference to teachers?
RESPONSE: Please elaborate.
REQUEST: I’ve got all the information from Lauren’s county, thank you though!
RESPONSE: You're very welcome.
July 11, 2022 - The Courier Herald
REQUEST: Do you know if there is a board meeting tonight? Didn’t get an agenda and didn’t see one on website.
RESPONSE: We do not have a board meeting scheduled for tonight because many school and district leaders are attending the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders Annual Conference. We should be sending out a notice for a board meeting on Thursday.
July 11, 2022 - 13WMAZ
REQUEST: Wanya Reese with 13WMAZ called in reference to Back to School Coverage for the 2022 school year. He requested a live remote and to cover multiple topics including teaching during the pandemic and the district's enhanced transparency efforts.
RESPONSE: I wanted to connect everyone about the possible coverage for Back to School, specifically tied to our enhanced transparency efforts across the district. I know that July 21st will be a conflict for, at least, Ashley-Michelle and myself, but let's talk about some other dates/times. We'd also like to talk about the number of other story elements you'll want.
June 23, 2022: Responses to Parent Concerns Posted Through Let's Talk
Please explain why school day start times are different to this parent.
Start times are decided upon at the school level. Once approved by the School Governance Team, the school collaborates with the Transportation Department to ensure each student who rides a bus to school arrives safely.
Because we offer total school choice, routes are not based on location.
Additionally, having a universal start time for all schools would not be feasible based on the number of bus drivers we have, as many have to drive dual routes.
Would the district be willing to re-survey parents’ to assess the continued desire to continue with the uniform policy?
The district has no uniform policy. Instead, the student dress code is decided at the school level; therefore, please speak with the School Governance Team regarding future suggestions.
What are the punitive consequences for discipline referrals? Are those policies noted in the DMS handbook?
Dublin City Schools has a zero tolerance bullying policy. The progressive discipline policy is duly noted in each school’s handbook. Here’s a link to our bullying test and flowchart.
All students are entitled to confidentiality per federal law. Therefore, we cannot share specific details about another child’s discipline data to anyone other than their immediate caregiver. However, if any student or staff member has concerns about the behavior or emotional state of any person on campus, they can make a referral to a school administrator, which is then promptly investigated to determine the appropriate course of action.
Was the selection process for awarding the Stuckey award? If IGA is a program and not a school, why weren’t IGA middle school students eligible to receive this award?
The Dr. Jaroy Stuckey Irish Scholar Award is an award given by Dublin Middle School administrators for its students. Any questions regarding DMS/IGA Honors Day should be directed to their school administrator.
The criteria to receive the Dr. Jaroy Stuckey Irish Scholar Award include:
The student must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA (B average) throughout the year. All class averages must be at least a B.
The student must meet the College and Career Ready Lexile requirements for his/her grade level on the Reading Inventory.
The student must have a good behavioral record with no discipline referrals.
The student must have a good attendance record. (no more than 5 absences for the year). Exceptions can be made for critical illnesses.
The student must participate in at least one extracurricular activity.
The student must participate in at least one community service project during the school year. (not a requirement this year due to Covid)
Is there room in our budget to not only give sign on bonuses, but also retention bonuses?
Dublin City Schools’ FY23 Teacher Salary Schedule can be found here. As you’ll see, all staff members receive their Lucky Loot retention bonus in January. Our staff does not receive a sign-on bonus. However, that is not an uncommon practice for school districts across Georgia.
Did Roger Holmes in fact get a $26,000 raise?
Like all public school employees, Roger Holmes’ salary is available on Open Georgia.
What are the roles of the additional administrators are Dublin High? Are they also offering instructional time?
Dublin City Schools is fortunate to be able to provide the high school with four administrators. This includes a principal for Dublin High School, a traditional assistant principal, an assistant principal/school improvement specialist (whose salary is paid for through Title I funding) as well as an administrator specifically dedicated to the 9th Grade Academy. This has been a practice since 2017. The roles and responsibilities of these administrators are vast, and while they support staff in carrying out their instruction, they are not the teacher of record for any students.
Exactly what grant funded the opening of IGA? What grant funded the improvements made to the old high school gym for IGA? Is that grant continuing to fund IGA or are the expenses now coming from the budget of DCS? Who paid for the playground at IGA?
The Irish Gifted Academy and improvements to its campus, including the outdoor playground, were paid for through the general funds. No grants were used to open the IGA.
Is IGA following the admission requirements as listed in the application? Are any of the requirements being waived for anyone and if so why?
The requirements for admission into the Irish Gifted Academy are found here in the application. Under Dr. Norfleet and Mrs. Methvin’s leadership, we are confident the required criteria for admittance have and will continue to be met.
What is the IGA policy regarding children that need remediation during summer school? Are they allowed to return to IGA the following year?
Summer school is most typically indicative of a student’s performance on a Georgia Milestone, and this applies to any student within our system. Promotion, retention and participation in programs, such as the gifted program, is a decision made at the building level based on set criteria. If there are any questions about such criteria, families should contact their child’s building principal directly.
Have teacher assignments been finalized at IGA? Are those teacher gifted certified?
Like all schools within the district, the Irish Gifted Academy will be sharing teacher assignments with families during Open House (August 2, 2022). Open House times can be found here. At that time, families will receive further details about their teacher, including their qualifications.
How often do IGA teachers have to update their grade books?
The frequency for how often teachers update grade books is determined at the school level. However, we appreciate you bringing this concern to our attention. We will remind staff of this during an upcoming principals meeting and invite you to speak with your child’s teacher, then the principal should this become a concern anytime throughout the school year.
Standard 6 of the Code of Ethics from PCS does not explicitly prevent teachers from tutoring DCS students that they do not currently instruct. Can this be done as long as it is not on school property using any system resources? The issue at hand seemed to be the solicitation of services, however parents, who are heavily encouraged to use the Remind App to best communicate with teachers, are being sent email solicitations to sign up for Remind tutoring services at $40/hr. Wouldn’t it be more beneficial to the student to by tutored by an educator in our system?
Dublin City Schools follows the Code of Ethics for Educators. We cannot speak for other school districts and how they choose to operate. Meanwhile, each of our schools offers no-cost tutoring/remediation through the 21st Century program or its own after school program. If you have any questions, please contact the building leader of your child’s school.
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As we continue to look for ways to collaborate with our families and the greater school community, we're excited to let you know about a new initiative we're starting called Baby Irish. It's a Birth to Pre-K outreach initiative where parents ACROSS THE COMMUNITY can learn tips to support their child’s success, connect with their child's future classmates and receive early connections to district resources. Plus, each family that participates will receive FREE treats, including a t-shirt.
Our inaugural Baby Irish is happening Saturday, October 1st from 10:00 AM - NOON in the Irish Gifted Academy’s Gym located at 1127 Hillcrest Parkway, Dublin, GA 31021.
So, if you have a younger child, we hope to see you there. And, if all your children are school-aged, we'd appreciate your support in sharing details.
What is Baby irish?
The overall goal of the Baby Irish Program is to provide early engagement and intervention opportunities for students ages Birth to Pre-K and their families. These opportunities are vital for students to become effective communicators, problem solvers, and lifelong learners. During Baby Irish, we will:
- Allow families to build relationships with other parents as well as their prospective principals, teachers, and staff before they begin preschool
- Develop students’ literacy and numeracy skills
- Allow parents to become more engaged in their child’s education
- Increase awareness of educational resources available to parents and children ages Birth to Pre-K
REGISTRATION IS ENCOURAGED BUT NOT REQUIRED
1,000th Game - 100 Years of Dublin Football
23 days ago
On behalf of Superintendent Dr. Fred Williams and the Dublin Touchdown Club, thank you for supporting our 1,000 Games - 100 Years of Dublin Football Parade! Friday is truly going to be a key marker in Dublin City Schools history, and we’re excited to have you join in on the green and gold fun!
As a reminder, the parade is set to begin at 10:30 AM; however, we would like for all parade participants to be lined up by 10:00 AM, as our outstanding partners at Dublin Police Department will be blocking off Shamrock Drive.
The route can be found below.
As you can see, the staging area is behind Dublin High School’s gym. Numbered cones will be set up corresponding with each participant's number.
- Dr. Williams
- Dublin High School Band
- Dublin Police Department
- Dublin Fire Department
- Dublin City Schools Board Members Vehicle
- Dublin City Schools Board Members Golf Cart
- Dublin High School AFJROTC
- Dublin High School Dance
- Yates Insurance
- Dublin Chevrolet
- Dublin Middle School Student Ambassadors
- Dublin Middle School Administrative Team
- Carl Vinson VA Medical Center
- Lewis Zellner - Dublin City Schools’ Teacher of the Year
- Dublin High School Basketball Team
- Dublin Housing Authority
- Dublin Middle School Softball Team
- Dublin High School Softball & Baseball Teams
- Garbutt Construction
- Susie Dasher Elementary School
- Turkey Creek Missionary Baptist Church
- Christ Chapel Dublin
- Living Faith Baptist Church
- Dublin Middle School Cheerleaders
- Dublin Middle School Football Players
- Heart of Georgia RESA
- WGXA News
- Hillcrest Elementary School
- Communities In Schools of Georgia in Laurens/Twiggs County
- Dublin Civitan Club
- Dublin Rotary
- Dublin High School International Baccalaureate Program
- Dublin Touchdown Club Hall of Fame Members
- Friendly Gus
- Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority
- Sign Gypsies Dudley
- Dublin Middle School Band
- Former Dublin City Schools Football Players, Cheerleaders and Band Members
- Black’s Well and Pump Service
- Deano’s Italian
- Premier Properties
- Dublin High School Beta Club
- Moore Street School
- Pitts Toyota
- The Patch Boys of Macon and Warner Robins
- The Irish Gifted Academy
- Dublin City Schools’ Maintenance Department
- American Fidelity
- Middle Georgia Mechanical
- Dublin Middle School Cross Country
- Dublin High School Drama/Literary/One Act Play
- Missy Martin
- Dublin City Schools’ Transportation Department
- Dublin High School Women's Track 4 x 200
- Dublin City schools' Nurses
- Dublin-Laurens County Recreation Authority
- Dublin Pickleball Association
- Fairview Park Hospital
- Nu-Hope Baptist Church - Reverend James Travick, Jr.
- Jordan Grove Church
- Dublin High School's FFA
- Ryland Environmental
- Q 101.3
- Dublin High School Football Cheerleaders
- Dublin High School Football Team
We’d also like to thank Coldwell Banker - Curry Residential and St. Peter’s Baptist Church - Pastor Shawn Curtis who are unable to make the parade itself but have made thoughtful financial contributions.
Additionally, I’ve had several local businesses ask if they can pass out items. This is a family-friendly event, so certainly feel free to add to the festivities if you so choose. All Dublin City Schools students and staff will be either directly participating in or watching the parade. Plus, our parents, Touchdown Club Hall of Famers, past football players, cheerleaders and band members have all been invited. So, we anticipate quite the crowd!
Again, thank you for your support! All parade proceeds and donations are going toward the Dr. Jaroy Stuckey Memorial Scholarship Fund, so your involvement not only celebrates our students’ accomplishments on the field but in the classroom!
Should you have any questions between now and Friday, please don’t hesitate to call me at (478) 484-6554 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
August 19th is a key marker in Dublin City Schools history. We’re not only kicking off 100 years of Dublin High School Football but also celebrating our 1,000th game!
To honor such a noteworthy accomplishment, Dublin City Schools will be hosting its own parade that morning at 10:30 AM. The parade will begin at Dublin High School, located at 1127 Hillcrest Parkway, weave through the Irish Gifted Academy’s campus and end at the Shamrock Bowl.
And, we’d like to invite our Fighting Irish Supporters to be part of the fun! Having your own float or decked in green and gold truck not only shows your support for our student-athletes both past and present — as Dublin Touchdown Club Hall of Famers will be invited to participate — but also benefits future DCS graduates, as proceeds from the parade will go toward the Dr. Jaroy Stuckey Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Securing your spot costs only $50! Therefore, please complete this form and submit your payment by Wednesday, August 10th.
Should you have any questions, please call (478) 484-6554 or email email@example.com
The Power of Choice
23 days ago
RIsing 9th grade information night
8th Grade Families, mark your calendars now! In preparation for your child’s transition to high school, Dublin High School-Georgia is having a Rising 9th Graders Information Night on Sunday, February 5th at 3:00 PM in DHS’s Auditorium. Dublin Middle School, Irish Gifted Academy and families across our community are invited to attend.
This will be your chance to hear from a panel of experts - including students, teachers, parents and counselors - about their experiences at DHS. Plus, current Dublin High Schoolers will share what a day in their shoes looks like. You’ll also learn more about the course selection process, advanced courses, International Baccalaureate, dual enrollment, Option B and the various pathways offered to our Fighting Irish Family!
Endless possibilities await our alumni, so come learn more about how we ensure EVERY graduate is college, career, military and life ready!
Best Public Schools in Georgia
For more than 125 years, Dublin City Schools has established a history of excellence and innovation in education with unique pathways for EVERY student in our care to ensure our students are college, career, military, and life ready. With recognition for STEM, athletics, fine arts, and academics from highly-esteemed organizations, it is clear that we live out our vision of being "a world-class charter school district that produces globally competitive students."About Dublin City School
Dublin City Schools is a Pre-K through 12th Grade charter school system located in Dublin, Georgia serving the city and surrounding communities of Laurens County. The town is centrally located within the state and is the county seat. Located on I-16, Dublin is the midpoint between two of the state’s largest urban centers, Atlanta and Savannah. Because of this central location, Dublin has become home to an assortment of industrial distribution centers and to other industries grounded in various technological advancements.
Serving approximately 2,300 students, DCS excels in many areas - outperforming state and national high achievement and success averages, winning academic competitions while excelling in the arts and earning multiple sports championships. The district offers themed learning environments at the elementary level, high school course credits at the middle school level as well as International Baccalaureate, dual enrollment and trade certifications at the high school level.
Dublin City Schools offers complete school choice and program choice. Students attend one of five schools, an all-day gifted program of choice or our college and career. Additionally, located within Dublin High School, Dublin City Schools is proud to have the only International Baccalaureate World School between Macon and Savannah.
Dublin City Schools was awarded the State of Georgia’s 2019 Charter System of the Year, and the district has consistently earned the Exemplary Board Status Award through the Georgia School Boards Association from when it was initially offered in 2015 to the present. Like many smaller, rural districts, Dublin City Schools serves a diverse population with stark social, economic, and educational contrasts.
Our district boasts a 95.5% graduation rate - which is especially impressive considering all students receive no-cost meals thanks to our participation in the Community Eligibility Provision.
In Dublin City Schools, we strive to continuously live out the belief that high-quality public education can change the world.
Dublin City Schools By The Numbers
Preparing All Students To Be Effective Communicators, Problem Solvers and Lifelong Learners
Staff Appreciation Cards
20 days ago
In honor of Dublin City Schools' Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week, we created a simple and fun way for you to give thanks, encourage, and celebrate those who have made this school year brighter for your family!
You're invited to either download one of these cards directly or edit one of our designs to add your own special message. Then, simply print your card and hand deliver it to the staff member of your choice. Or, email it to them. To find their's, hit the "Teachers" tab on your child's school website.
23 days ago