Here We Grow
Our Mission: Inspire, Engage, & Grow each of our Students
Let’s Build “Bounce Back” Kids!
As we move into February and things begin to warm up a bit I would like to briefly discuss the first protective factor related to Kentucky Strengthening Families. The first protective factor is titled Parent Resilience: Families Bounce Back.
Resiliency can be defined as a quality in objects to hold or recover their shape, or in people to stay intact. This is a kind of strength. If you bend a fork and it bends right back – that’s resiliency. A car that is in an accident and only has a few scratches has resiliency: it holds up and keeps its shape.
What this looks like for families is to exhibit strength and flexibility to general life stresses. We all face daily challenges and sometimes life’s true crisis events. Families that manage stress and trauma when faced with challenges, adversity, and trauma are said to be families that “bounce back.” Being able to “bounce back” is a great strength to have in life. Families that “bounce back” are also hopeful, optimistic, confident, and have strong problem solving skills.
So how do we build “bounce back kids”? This strength is generally learned from parents and family members. Children observe how adults react to challenges and stress and they model from what they see. Kids see parents giving up, losing their temper, blaming others…that behavior will be repeated. So we as adults must model optimism, composure, and poise. Reading about how others have “overcome” challenges is also a great way to build resiliency. Another aspect is to recognize that failure is ok and an important part of life. Sometimes in life you must simply fail your way forward. And finally, I believe offering unlimited support, encouragement, and relentless enthusiasm for our children is key to building “bounce back kids.”
I greatly appreciate your continued support,
Jay Brewer, proudly serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
Effective Questioning Tips
- Don't ask, "Do you understand?" or "Do you have any questions from last week's lecture?" Ask questions which require students to give answers which demonstrate that they understand. So if you finish working through a problem on the board, you might ask something like - "What three things do you need to consider before starting the problem..."
- If a student asks a question that was covered previously and he/she should know, don't embarrass the student by saying, "You should know that," or "We covered that last week." Instead, consider asking another student to answer the question.
- Move around the room in a way that promotes discussion. When a student asks a question, it is natural for an instructor to move toward that student. This tends to exclude other students and focuses the interaction between teacher and student. Moving away from the student who is speaking draws others into the discussion.
Be In The Know
- KTRS will be in your area Thursday, February 18th to present a Retirement 101 Workshop. It will be held at the Holiday Inn, 7905 Freedom Way, Florence, from 5pm - 7 pm. This is a free outreach offered by KTRS to help educate members on their retirement benefits. Those interested in attending must pre-register at www.ktrs.ky.gov or by calling 1-800-618-1687.
The Retirement 101 Presentation is designed for those members who want to better understand their retirement plan and desire to become better informed on how to maximize their future retirement benefits. Topics for the session include such items as retirement eligibility, how a benefit is calculated, ways to increase your service credit, recognizing the value of your sick days, and the importance of staying informed on current pension legislation. In addition, there will be a representative from KY Deferred Compensation to discuss ways to save and invest your money for additional retirement security.
- 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.
Below is a statement per the IRS website regarding new form 1095 which was put into effect from Health Insurance Reform rules and regulations.
Additionally, with the new deadlines, the IRS has stated employees will not be required to provide their employer-provided 1095 form when filing 2015 income tax returns. Employees will only be required to check “Yes” on their tax form to indicate they have minimum essential healthcare coverage in place. Once employees finally receive their 1095 forms, the IRS advises employees keep these forms with their tax records.
Diverse Learner Instructional Tip
What are Executive Functions? Simply put, executive functioning consists of the essential self-regulation skills needed to successfully participate and function in a classroom setting — and in life. (Petlak 2013)
Executive skill focus: Response Inhibition
The ability to stop one’s behavior at the appropriate time, including stopping actions and thoughts. The flip side of inhibition is impulsivity; if you have weak ability to stop yourself from acting on your impulses, then you are “impulsive.”
What can we do when students have weak Response Inhibition skills?
· Teach Self-Monitoring
· Make classrooms predictable
· Respond quickly
· Provide opportunities for repeated practice
· Support student participation in the desired manner
· Multi-Modal presentation of materials to help keep attention
· Frequent checks for comprehension of expected behaviors during times of high impulsivity
· Teach the appropriate use of classroom tools and technology
· Consistent Praise for appropriate self-regulation skills
· Planned ignoring
Faculty & Staff News
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH:
We would like to recognize Shirley Edwards as the January Employee of the Month. Shirley is our Lincoln Elementary School cafeteria manager, drives a morning and afternoon bus route, and often drives sports team to evening and weekend events.
To quote one of her nominations, “Shirley is dependable, always showing up for work with a good attitude. I think what fuels this is the relationship she has with the students of Lincoln. She loves the kids and greets them all with a smile and hugs as they come through the line. This creates a good experience for the kids during breakfast and lunch!”
Another nomination stated, “Shirley is a great employee. She has many great qualities, but the three qualities that I admire about her the most are her dedication, flexibility, and ability to get along with students. Shirley has shown her dedication to Dayton Independent Schools and its students by never missing work. She is always here on time and ready to work every day! The other quality that I admire her for is her flexibility to adjust her daily routine. Shirley will switch back and forth from working in food service to driving a bus. She is willing to do whatever she can to help our students. I also think Shirley has a great relationship with the students at Lincoln and they enjoy seeing her every day in the lunch line. The Mission of Dayton Independent Schools is to Inspire, Engage and Grow and I can tell you that Shirley inspires me to be a better employee too.”
Last year Shirley had perfect attendance at school and so far this year she has not missed a day. She is a great role model for our students and staff! We greatly appreciate all that Shirley does to Inspire, Engage and Grow our Students!
Tara Ewing- 3rd
Troy Clifton- 6th
Sally Whalen- 6th
Steve Ackerson- 9th
Margie Grainger- 10th
Holly Chenot- 14th
Brenda Sceifres- 17th
Wes Newsome- 18th
Amy Sandusky-Bauereis- 19th
Brad Hunt- 19th
Robin Duty- 26th
Rian Embry- 27th
Lisa Hans- 28th
Barbie Lukens- 28th
Bill Klopp- 29th
STARS/STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
James Furguson *Principal's Pick*
Marina Ortega Forbes
DAYTON HIGH SCHOOL:
Aubrey Williams - 7th Grade
Shawn Payne - 8th Grade
Sheyanne Panetta - 9th Grade
Catherine Drake - 10th Grade
Buddy Lukens - 11th Grade
Caitlin McVey - 12th Grade
ARTIST OF THE MONTH:
We would like to recognize junior, McKennah Corman, as the January Artist of the Month. McKennah is active in many artistic activities and has been on the honor roll throughout her academic career. She is a member of the band program as a Saxophonist and on January 22 and 23rd, McKennah will represent the Dayton Independent Schools at the Northern Kentucky University Tristate Band Symposium where she will perform with students from Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana. In addition to her activities as a band member, McKennah has performed in many different productions put on by the Drama Club at LES. She has also been featured as a vocal soloist at many different functions throughout our community.
ATHLETE OF THE MONTH:
Lindsey Trimnell is the December Athlete of the month for Dayton Independent Schools. Lindsey is a senior guard and has been one of the main reasons the Lady Devils have started out with their best start to the season with a 6-5 record. Lindsey is the leading scorer, averaging 9.5 points per game. She has also recorded two double doubles this month as well. Lindsey was recently named to the Stephanie Wilson All Tournament Team. Lindsey is a great leader on the court as well. She constantly encourages her teammates and is a well-rounded, great young lady and student athlete. Lindsey also gets it done in the classroom as she finished the second quarter with a 3.5 GPA.
Avoiding Winter Pedestrian Hazards
Preventative tips to minimize the risk of falls:
- De-icers such as salt can be used to accelerate the melting of ice and snow and make it easier to plow or shovel compacted snow. There are several varieties of salts that can be used depending on the situation. Some salts are less corrosive to metals or concrete.
- Abrasives such as sand are commonly used to provide more traction on ice. Other abrasives include sawdust, ashes, fly ash, cinders, cat litter, and lawn fertilizer.
- Be sure to wear gloves and eye protection when spreading de-icers and abrasives by hand.
Other helpful tips:
- Plan ahead to allow ample time to reach your destination.
- Wear shoes that provide better traction on snow and ice, such as rubber and neoprene composite. Avoid wearing plastic or leather-soled shoes.
- Be careful when exiting your vehicle. Use the vehicle for support.
- Walk only in designated walkways. Do not walk over snow piles.
- Look for an alternate route. You may be able to walk along the grassy edge of an icy sidewalk rather than on the sidewalk.
- If you have no other alternative but to walk on ice, bend slightly, walk flat-footed with your center of gravity over your feet and take short, shuffling steps.