Here We Grow

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

Superintendent's Message

Serve and Return…It is How We Grow!

All children need and deserve high level interaction with a caring, supporting, and trusting adult. In this process they also need someone to “serve and return” with them. Serve and return interactions shape brain architecture. When an infant or young child babbles, gestures, or cries and an adult responds appropriately with eye contact, words, or a hug, neural connections are built and strengthened in the child’s brain that support the development of communication and social skills. Much like a lively game of tennis, volleyball, or Ping-Pong this back-and-forth is both fun and capacity-building. When caregivers are sensitive and responsive to a young child’s signals and needs, they provide an environment rich in serve and return experiences.

When it comes to emotional development, serve and return interactions can help children:

  • Develop self-confidence

  • Cope with stress in a healthy way

  • Learn the difference between right and wrong

  • Develop compassion

  • Form friendships

Serve and return does not end in the early years. Our elementary children need this same support when we engage them in conversations about their day, their friends, and their activities. Our middle and high school kids may want to run and hide from conversations with parents, but they too, desperately need someone to serve and return with them. Conversations about school, work, sports, friendships, relationships, and future goals are all critical in the process of growing our children. So, my question to you: Are you “serving and returning” with your children?

Let’s continue to GROW together!


Jay Brewer

Proudly Serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools

Professional Development


  • Move from simple questions to those that require thought. Avoid questions that need only a yes/no answer. Allow students to collaborate with a partner, or put students in small groups of three or four to wrestle with a question for a few minutes before answering.
  • Don't let a few students dominate a discussion. Get all students involved. Ask the "quick" student to wait or, at times, ask everyone to first write down the answer and then choose someone to give a response.

  • If you ask a question and immediately get a response, ask other students what they think. Ask a student if they agree with the answer given or ask other students to provide facts or details backing up the first student’s response.

Be In The Know

Health Insurance Reminder: for anyone who carries a Health Insurance plan with the LivingWell Promise. If the LivingWell Promise is not fulfilled January 1, 2016 thru May 1, 2016, members will not be able to enroll in a LivingWell Plan for the 2017 year.

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Diverse Learner Instructional Tip

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Faculty & Staff News


We would like to recognize Julie Rubemeyer as our February Inspire, Engage, and Grow Employee of the Month. Julie has taught at Dayton Middle/High School for 12 years. Mrs. Rubemyer teaches English and Reading and also serves as our Disciplinary Literacy Coach. Mrs. Rubemeyer is always positive and she is always looking for ways to GROW our students!

To quote one of her many nominations, “Julie Rubemeyer continually goes above and beyond to do what is best for our students. It is evident being in Julie's classroom that she genuinely cares about each of her students. Inspiring, Engaging, and Growing each of her students is something that comes naturally to Julie because of the relationships that she builds with her students and the challenges she provides them. Julie spends countless hours differentiating instruction to meet the unique needs of her students.”

Another nomination stated, “Julie is dedicated to our students and it shows in the way she teaches. She works hard to make sure she knows the strengths and weaknesses of each student to help them improve their reading skills. She makes it a point to get to know the students on a personal level and always has a smile and a kind word. Our students need positive role models and I feel Julie sets a great example.”

We are fortunate to have Mrs. Rubemeyer working with our students and staff!

April Birthdays

Katrina Hacker- 14th

Patsy Garvey- 15th

Kati Newsome- 24th

Bonnie Sizemore- 25th

Alexandria Begley- 29th


We want to congratulate Margie Grainger on the arrival of John Anthony Grainger!
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Student News




Dallas Nickell

King Bolton

Kamryn Sevy Griffin

1st Grade

Katelyn Caudill

Noah Stewart

Braylee Frederick

Kaitlyn Caldwell

Jana Haynes - Principal Pick

2nd Grade

Adriana Johnson

Skylar Graham

Anna Lawson

Casey Chenot

3rd Grade

Marquel Kennedy

Steven Boles

Alex Prince

Skye Buttery

4th Grade

Brooke Frederick

5th Grade

Allen Williams

6th Grade

Whitney Walker

Nelleh Buschle


Brandon Skirvin - 7th Grade

Sophia Halfhill - 8th Grade

Austin Klosterman - 9th Grade

Jade Johnson - 10th Grade

Stephanie Morris - 11th Grade

Jacqueline Blades - 12th Grade


We would like to recognize Angelika Watson as the March Artist of the Month. Angelika is a sophomore and is active in all facets of the band program at DHS. Recently Angelika represented DHS at the NKU tristate band symposium as a member of the flute section. In addition to band activities, Angelika has been a member of many Drama club productions at LES and is currently rated 2nd in her graduating class.


Please congratulate, our first two-time Athlete of the Month during the 2015-16 school year, Mallory Kubala. Mallory Kubala is a Junior forward on the Lady Devil Basketball Team and was one of the main contributing factors that led the Lady Devils to go 8-1 during the month of February. Her outstanding defense and the intensity she brought to the floor elevated her game and those playing around her. Her stats for the month of February have been outstanding. She has scored 53 points, dished out 6 assists, grabbed 20 rebounds, had 14 steals, sacrificed her body and took 3 charges, and she also caused the opposing team to turn the ball over 38 times.

Mallory also excels in the classroom. She made the honor roll and carries a 3.2 G.P.A. She is also a very talented artist. She has designed the artwork for the keepsake basketballs that are awarded to our Seniors on Senior Night. Mallory’s continuous positive attitude and hard work ethic will enable her to reach her fullest potential and be successful in the future.

Safety Corner

Beginning and Ending the School Year Safely

Teachers and other school personnel may encounter potentially hazardous situations when preparing their schools and classrooms at the beginning of the school year or when cleaning out their schools and classrooms when the school year ends. What can be done to prevent injuries?

Here are a couple tips to promote safety:

  • Do not use a chair or other object as a ladder. You should never access heights by standing on a chair or other object.

  • Carry only what you can safely handle and lift with your legs, not your back.

  • Carry loads with both hands and watch where you are going.

  • Do not obstruct your vision with the load you are carrying.

  • Use carts or dollies to handle heavy materials.

  • If you think it is too heavy, it is too heavy. Ask for help.

  • Use caution when using cleaning products.

  • Wear skid-resistant shoes to prevent slipping.

  • Be aware of trip hazards, such as open desk drawers, extension cords, stacked items, etc.


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Board of Education Meeting

Wednesday, April 27th, 6pm

200 Clay St

Dayton, KY