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
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
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
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
2023-2024 Applications for the irish gifted academy now open
January 26, 2023
- 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
Dr. Williams Meets With Advisory Councils
January 19, 2022
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
January 4, 2022
CHRISTmas card arT contest winners
December 13, 2022
December 9, 2022
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
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
Leadership dublin-laurens county visits dcs
November 25, 2022
Susie dasher 3rd grader celebrate thanksgiving in style
November 23, 2022
Four additional school nutrition staff members earn servsafe certification
November 21, 2022
Susie dasher elementary hosts career day
November 18, 2022
Sweet potato pie taste test
November 14, 2022
Dr. williams meets with superintendent advisory councils
November 14, 2022
IRISH gifted academy celebrates tukey day in style
November 9, 2022
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.
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!
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.”
Dr. Williams meets with advisory councils
September 20, 2022
DR. williams named development authority chairman
September 17, 2022
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.