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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
Great job students, and remember to keep your “eyes on the pies”…Milestones this May! 



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 matt.taylor@dcsirish.com or call (478) 353-8450. 
And, if you would like for your child to attend one of our five SCHOOLS for 2023-2024, mark your calendars. Applications for new students go live on our website on February 21st.

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:
☘️ What do prospective families need to know about your school, from your lens?
☘️ A School Nutrition presentation from Dublin High School’s Aylin Delgado
☘️ Parent Teacher Conferences
☘️ The Drafted 2023-2024 Calendar




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.”



SERVSafe certification

January 4, 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 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.

Winners include:
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.

This year’s Top 10 finalists include:
☘️ 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.


zspace technology 

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.”

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:
🦃 Debated over which Thanksgiving foods were best,
🦃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:

  • Pearlince Stanley
  • Nicholas Smith
  • Kamesha Smith
  • Elizabeth Johnson
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 Mom,
🦃My Dog,
🦃Dance,
🦃Trees,
🦃My Baby Bother and
🦃My Friends.




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.


      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.

“Iwas so surprised since I was in the company of some really great teachers,” she said. “I’m also more of a behind-the-scenes kind of person and don’t teach for awards. I do it because I love my students.”

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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