Here We Grow

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

Superintendent's Message

Here We Grow Again!

The Kentucky Department of Education has recently released the new accountability 2015 baselines and 2016 Annual Measurable Objective (AMO) Goals for the upcoming school year. This report continues to be very positive news for our school district and community. According to this data Dayton Middle School, Dayton High School, and the Dayton Independent School District have all reached proficiency benchmarks as we head into the 2015-2016 accountability year.

The GROWING success story of Dayton Independent Schools is one that shows what a focused TEAM can do when they put their mind to it! Dayton Independent Schools has risen from one of the lowest performing districts in the state (6 years ago ranked 171/173 districts) to now being 89/173.

From preschool readiness rates improving from 28% to 52%, to College and Career Readiness rates improving from 2% to over 70%, and ACT scores GROWING from an average of 15.9 to 19.2…great work continues to be done by our students, staff, and community! We GROW together!

Jay Brewer

Proudly serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools

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Testing, Testing, Testing

KPREP Testing Schedule:

May 5, 2016 – May 11, 2016

End of Course Assessment Schedule:

May 12 – Biology at 8:30 & Algebra II at 12:30

May 13 – English 10 at 8:30 & U.S. History at 12:30

Faculty & Staff News


We want to congratulate Marti Jo Griffith on being recognized as the Inspire, Engage, and Grow Employee of the Month. Ms. Griffith is a teacher who genuinely cares about each and every student at LES. She believes in all kids and inspires them to reach their optimal level of achievement. She has a true passion for teaching and really creates a classroom environment full of life and energy. Whenever passing by Ms. Griffith's room, her students are always actively engaged in various activities throughout the classroom. She ceaselessly comes up with activities her students enjoy while furthering their own understanding in a creative manner. Her approach to allowing her students to be self-motivated is very similar to the Montessori Method of education. It is not uncommon for her students to speak about the excitement that they experience when learning in her classroom. Ms. Griffith is continuously creating a fun learning environment where students do audacious activities such as writing math problems on their desks even though the school administration jokingly disapproves of this instructional practice.

Ms. Griffith doesn’t stop being inspiring and engaging when the dismissal bell rings at the end of the day. She is involved in numerous after school activities including the Girls on the Run program, elementary cross country, 21st Century tutoring, Literacy Night, Queen City Classic Chess Tournament, and much more. Ms. Griffith is constantly stepping up to ensure that our students receive the best educational experience possible. She has also stepped up in a leadership role when presenting her questioning technique strategies at the new teacher meetings. Ms. Griffith has been an integral part of many of the great things happening at LES. It is a true pleasure to have her as a 2nd grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School where she Inspires, Engages, and Grows each of her students.

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May Birthdays

Connie Levy 5/4

Kevin Johnson 5/9

Josephine Dean 5/10

Amy Nolan 5/10

Eric Reynolds 5/11

Karen Dean 5/15

Casaundra Newsome 5/18

Rebecca Holaday 5/21

Sherry Clifton 5/25

April Brown 5/26

Carrie Downard 5/26

Abbi Jaspers 5/26

Donna Blackburn 5/30

Robert Waxler 5/30


Congrats to Mrs. Jellison! Ava Jellison made her debut Sunday, April 24th at 10:54 and she weighed 7lbs 6oz and is 21 inches long.

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Student News




Camry Schraer

Avah Rom

Allie White

1st Grade

Cayden Turner

Abby Flynn

Brooklyn Moreno

Eddie Holmes

2nd Grade

Hailey McVey

Jake Payne

Jesse Roberts

Jayda Brehm

3rd Grade

Charlie Chambers

Kierston Reynolds

Madison Reynolds

Arrianna Russell

Chase Weier

4th Grade

Jayden Freeman

5th Grade

Jozlyn Hundemer

Jasmine Nelson

6th Grade

Mikey Hauser


Diamond Keen - 7th Grade

Abbigail Caldwell - 8th Grade

Emma Donelan - 9th Grade

Angelika Watson - 10th Grade

Jordan Robbins - 11th Grade

Christian Rickman - 12th Grade


We would like to recognize DHS Junior, Marquelle Spencer, as the April Artist of the Month. Mrs. Spahr nominated Marquelle because she is an excellent student who is always pushing herself to get better. Marquelle is creative and strives for perfection in her work. She often helps her peers by offering solutions to improve their work and she is a pleasure to have in class.


The March Athlete of the Month for March is Kilee Donelan. Kilee is a hard working young lady. She is the starting pitcher for the Lady Greendevils Varsity softball team and recorded three wins this month in four games. She is a role model to the younger girls on the team. Kilee pushes herself to reach her goals on the field and in life in general. While participating in softball Kilee also juggles school and work. She has worked hard this year in the classroom and currently holds a 3.04 G.P.A. The Greendevil team has grown as a team with the help, guidance, and dedication of junior pitcher, Kilee Donelan.


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Board of Education Meeting

Wednesday, May 25th, 6pm

200 Clay St

Dayton, KY