The DPS Scoop April 20, 2017

April 20, 2017
Contact: Jill Drury, Communication Specialist
For Immediate Release

•    Student debate tackles timely topics
     The Fourth Annual Debate Tournament is set for Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Thurgood Marshall STEM High School, 4447 Hoover Ave. Thirteen DPS schools will be represented. Opening rounds begin at 9 a.m. Lunch will be served at 11 a.m., followed by the championship rounds and awards ceremony at Noon. Elementary students will debate a state junk food tax and the power of peer pressure. Middle school students will debate the legal driving age and the length of a traditional school day. High School students will tackle the U.S. Electoral College versus the popular vote and whether students should be guaranteed two years of post-high school education. Distinguished area business leaders, educators and attorneys will judge the event. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Brooke Lyons, 542-3282.

•    DPS names outstanding employees of the year

     Dayton Public Schools named three staff members as 2016-17 Outstanding Employees of the Year. They will be honored at the Employee Recognition Reception, Tuesday, April 25, at the Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North. The reception begins at 4:30 p.m. The tribute to the outstanding employees will begin at 5:45 p.m. The honorees are: Nancy Crawford – Outstanding Achievement and Performance; Chiquith Smith – Outstanding Customer Service/Personal Interaction; and Ronald Robertson – Outstanding Education Support/Initiative and Creativity. All three honorees were chosen from a field of 25 employees nominated by their peers. For more information, contact Honey Thompson, 542-3185.

•    Student artwork on display at Aullwood Audubon Center

     Artwork by more than 80 Dayton Public Schools students is on display as part of the annual Aullwood Avian Art Contest. The students represent Cleveland PreK-6 School, Horace Mann PreK-6 School, and Charity Adams Earley Girls Academy. A reception and awards ceremony will be held at Aullwood Audubon Center, 1000 Aullwood Rd., on Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. The art will be on display through May 20. The contest is sponsored by the family of the late Robert L. Marquardt in memory of Enid Marquardt, who taught in Dayton Public Schools for 30 years. For more information, contact Langston Watras at 542-4351.

•    DBOE member receives lifetime achievement award

     Dayton Board of Education Vice President Hazel Rountree, Ph.D., is the 2017 recipient of the Appalachian Unsung Hero – Willis “Bing” Davis Lifetime Achievement Award from Sinclair Community College. The award is presented to a person who is dedicated to service within the Appalachian community. The Appalachian Unsung Hero Awards Breakfast will be held Wednesday, April 26, from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m., in Building 12 at Sinclair. For more information, contact Rana Peake, Appalachian Outreach at Sinclair, 937-512-2126.

•    Office of Gifted Services to hold parent meetings

     The Office of Gifted Services will hold two parent meetings Thursday, April 27, from 11 a.m.-Noon and 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., at the DPS Administration Building, in the fourth floor meeting room. Experts in the field will discuss the program and how identified gifted students in grades K-5 can transfer from their home school to a gifted HUB school that includes Eastmont, Horace Mann, Ruskin, River’s Edge, Valerie and WOW PreK-6 schools. For more information, contact Hindy Gruber at 

•    Cutest Spring Fling ever planned at Rosa Parks ELC          

     Rosa Parks Early Learning Center, 3705 Lori Sue Ave., will hold its annual Spring Fling Dance, Thursday, April 27, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Preschoolers will be dressed to the nines during their very own version of a traditional prom. Two gift baskets and two bicycles will be raffled off. Proceeds will help pay for next year’s dance. There will be music, photos, food and fun. For more information, contact Principal Michelle Fulcher at 542-4390.  

•    Great things are happening for DPS students and staff

Dayton Public Schools students and staff are always achieving great things both academically and artistically. Here are just some of the latest accolades:
    - Gregory Powell, sixth-grade teacher at Dayton Boys Preparatory Academy, received the Outstanding Instructional Practice Award by the Wright State University Network for Educational Renewal Committee (WSUNER). Powell was selected from several qualified candidates for his dedication to the students at Dayton Boys Prep. He will be honored at the closing of the WSUNER conference, Saturday, May 6, 7:45 a.m.-Noon, at Allyn Hall on Wright State’s campus. For more information, contact Principal Horace Lovelace at 542-5340.
   - Stivers School for the Arts student, Brandy Smith, will attend Skidmore College in the fall, tuition-free as part of the school’s ongoing partnership with the liberal arts college in Saratoga Springs, New York. Classmate Destiny Donelson will also attend Skidmore in the fall.