Here We Grow

Our Mission: Inspire, Engage, & Grow each of our Students

Superintendent's Message

Will You GROW This Summer?

I believe that many people look at summer as their time to relax, take a break, unwind and get away for a bit. As much as I believe that we all need these periods of time away to refresh and recharge I also believe that summer is at time to GROW!

The mission of Dayton Independent Schools is to Inspire, Engage, and Grow each of our Students. This summer we have planned some amazing opportunities for students to design, create, perform, and present. Some examples are a Summer Musical, engaging 21st Century summer classes, middle school and high school theme based learning with educational field trips, preschool enrichment, and much, much more! Both schools have developed a multitude of opportunities and I encourage you to contact your school leaders for additional information.

Here are some facts to support that what occurs over the summer is key to a child’s overall success:

  • All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer.
  • Children lose more than academic knowledge over the summer. Most children—particularly children at high risk of obesity—gain weight more rapidly when they are out of school during summer break.
  • Parents consistently cite summer as the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do.

Three things that I would like to suggest each of us do EACH day this summer:

    1. Walk around the block and get to know your neighbor and neighborhood.

    2. Eat an apple a day. It is a simple step in a positive direction towards improved wellness.

    3. Read! Reading is the fuel for your mental factory. What is fueling you?

Inspire, Engage, and Grow

Jay Brewer


Be In The Know

Teaching Certificate Renewal Reminder

If your Teaching Certificate expires this June please make sure to turn in your renewed certificate to the Central Office before the school year begins.

Rank Change Reminder

Verification of completion of the course work necessary to achieve a change in Rank for 2016-2017 must be on file in the Central Office no later than September 15, 2016.

Faculty & Staff News


We would like to recognize Mr. Brian Volpenhein as the April 2016 Inspire, Engage, and Grow Employee of the Month! To quote one of his many nominations, “Brian does an excellent job inspiring, engaging, and growing the students of Dayton Schools.

He is a team player, always goes above and beyond, and is always willing to do what is in the best interest of our students. Brian always does what is asked of him and is always willing to help in any way that he can. He does an excellent job in the classroom of having high expectations, yet at the same time, having the ability to relate to our students and motivate them to do the best that they can. Brian exemplifies the characteristics of the Inspire, Engage, and Grow Employee of the Month and is very well deserving of this honor.”

Another nomination stated, “Mr. Volpenhein does a lot of tremendous things both inside and outside of the classroom. He is always finding new ways to help inspire, engage, and grow not only the students at Dayton Independent Schools but the staff members as well. He is a caring person who always helps not only his students but other students throughout both the high school and the elementary school to try and do their absolute best. He is always there if you need someone to talk to and he is just a down to earth person. No matter what the situation may be, he is one that is willing to be there whether it is for you or someone else in the community. He is an awesome basketball coach and shows CARE throughout the district. He is always encouraging not only the players on the basketball team to never give up, but also his students in the classroom and the ones he sees in the hallways to never give up and to keep trying no matter how hard the task may be. He is always willing to help out a person in need.”


We would like to recognize Mr. Troy Clifton as the May Inspire, Engage, and Grow Employee of the Month. To quote one of his many nominations, “Mr. Clifton goes above and beyond to ensure that all kids are engaged and growing both academically and socially. He gives his time to do cross country, basketball, and tutoring.

Mr. Clifton is a fantastic teacher, coach, and mentor. One could not ask to work with a better colleague than Mr. Clifton.”

Another nomination stated, “Troy is to be commended for his work inside and outside of the classroom this school year for the students of Dayton. This school year Troy learned and implemented a new reading program to every fifth grader while also teaching a challenging group of students with various needs for math. He did both with much dedication, hard work, and integrity. His many efforts outside the classroom, which included many weekend hours, for the drama club and cross country/running club is much appreciated as well. This work impacted both DHS and LES students.”

June Birthdays

Marti Jo Griffith- 1st

Amanda Berringer- 2nd

Theresa Fisette- 4th

Karen Fuchs- 8th

Shena’ Hagaman- 11th

Abby Jones- 11th

Angela Gumm-Buschle- 13th

Kelly Christen- 27th

Sarah Folsom- 29th

Brittney Howell- 30th


Congrats to Sarah Webster and family on the arrival of baby Parker on May 18th at 7:02pm. He is 5lbs, 15 ounces and doing great!
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Student News


Mr. Klopp nominated 8th grader, Jasiah Corman, for May Artist of the Month.

Jasiah is a member of every facet of the band program a DHS. He is an extremely hard worker and never backs away from challenges in the classroom.


The Athlete of the Month for April is, Senior, Andrew Stewart. Andrew has embraced the event of Pole Vault that has not been a competitive event at Dayton High School for about 20 years. He takes time out of his own personal time for the extra training needed to compete in such a complicated event. Andrew also has a contagious and refreshing attitude and always attempts to encourage and support others on the team. In his first year - last year - as a vaulter, he qualified for the state championships. This year, he is seeded 3rd in our region. His current GPA is 3.1 and he is both college and career ready. He is already enlisted in the U.S. Army and ships out to basic training in late June. He is an outstanding young man: dependable, honest, funny, and hard-working. Coach Lukens considers it a blessing to have gotten to know and coach him!


We would like to congratulate Grace Workman on being the Athlete of the Month for May. The Lady Greendevils have clinched their third consecutive conference championship this year and a key player in this accomplishment is freshman shortstop, Grace Workman. Grace is finishing the season strong with a current batting average of .510. As the lead-off batter Grace has nerves of steel and true competitive grit. She currently has 26 hits which have driven in 13 runners. Grace and the rest of her team are making a name for themselves as a team to not take lightly. Grace and her teammates have a golden opportunity to achieve the school’s first regional appearance for the fast-pitch program with a win against NCC in the district tournament.

Safety Corner

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Board of Education Meeting

Wednesday, June 15th, 6pm

200 Clay St

Dayton, KY