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Vol. 7 No. 4 4th Nine Weeks

Dalton Middle School Dates to Remember June 18 July 14 August 7 Sept. 1

Office Closed Office Open First Day No School

By Cole Cooper

At the end of April, sixth grade Team C visited the Challenger Learning Center at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. Team C blasted off on a daring journey to the surface of the “Red Planet.” The year was 2076, and this replacement

On May 8, eighth grade Team C had a special visitor, Alla Czerkasij, a Holocaust survivor. Mrs. Czerkasij is the author of the book, Deliverance, which gives a vivid look into her life during the Nazi reign. She spoke to the students about life during the war, her struggle through a work camp, and losing her father. She surprised many with her positive outlook and continued belief in humanity and the good in people. She stressed to the students the importance of forgiveness and that life is short, so live it and cherish your education.

Before starting the school year, all students born on or after January 1, 2002 and entering or transferring into seventh grade will need proof of a whooping cough booster shot and a meningococcal shot unless the child has an exemption. Proof of both vaccinations must be documented on the Georgia Immunization Certificate (Form 3231). Ask your pediatrician or local health department about other shots your child may need including:  the human papillomavirus (HPV) 3shot series  an annual flu vaccine  catch-up immunizations, including chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and hepatitis B. If your child does not have health insurance or their health plan won’t cover these vaccines, call your local health department and ask about getting no or low cost vaccines.

#BestYearEver wins Yearbook of Excellence Award team of scientists was on its way to Mars to switch out with the current Mars Control Center scientists. At least that was the mission the center led the students on during the field trip. The experience was divided into three parts: Blast-off, the Mars Transport Vehicle, and Mars Control Center. As a Medical Officer, I had to test germ samples and throw out the diseased ones. I also had to perform crew check-ups. The students sent in applications for the job of their choice. Jobs included medical, communications, navigation, and robotics. It was a fun adventure, and everyone that went had a blast!

Amy Almanza, Jessica Arrieta, Georgia Bronson, Ashley Bryant, Danna Cano, Lauren Childress, Jadon Clark, Julie Garcia, David Grant, Madelyn Hagberg, Emily Harper, Jessica Jaconetti, Soledad Mendez, Arly Molina, La’Ryan Nance, Kathryn Patrick, Govanny Pimentel, Juan Quintero, Dylan Rice, Ryan Whispell, Rosaura Zavala, Mrs. Fleming-adviser

By Ana Cruz

By Arden Wong

On April 30, several students attended the Young Georgia Authors award ceremony at Dalton High School. Awards were given to all the Young Author winners, and they also shared their stories with other winners. The contest is sponsored by the Georgia Council of Teachers of English. Students can write about whatever they want, but there is a five page limit. The contest is to encourage students to get excited about writing.

8th graders: Gloria Moreno, Georgia Bronson, Victoria Duncan, Hope Shults, Ana Lily Wong, Mia Cervantes

Sarah Wakeman is a state winner of the River

of Words Environmental Poetry Contest sponsored by 6th graders: Jacob Herald, Lily Claire Golden, Austin Rogers, Chloe Wells, Cynthia Castillo, Ana Cruz

7th graders: Anahi Lopez, Taylor Triplett, Mali Payne, Hilary Dong, Caroline Coleman, Naomi Paniagua, Yuritzy Ramos

Dalton Middle school records broken: Adan Rodriguez 1600m Windel Ross 3200m Essence Henson 400m The track team excelled at the state meet at Parkview High School in Atlanta. Overall, the boys’ team placed 4th in state out of 29 schools and additional track clubs. The girls’ team placed 14th out of 22 schools and additional track clubs. Several members of the Dalton team placed in the top eight in their event earning points for the team. Olivia Ross Tiger Mahoney Jayden Boston Ivan Calderon Adan Rodriguez

6th in the triple jump 4th in the discus 4th in the discus 2nd in shot put 2nd in 3200m, 4th in 1600m, 7th in 800m

Girls’ 4x800m relay team with Olivia Ross, Ellie King, Arly Molina, and Diana Rhamen placed 6th Boys’ 4x800m relay team with Adan Rodriguez, Daniel Wright, Alex Apodaca, and Francisco Fraire placed 4th

the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. She wrote the poem, “Birds, feathers, and wings” to get a good grade, but it turned into something else. Sarah is a very good poet. She expresses herself very well but has fun doing it. She wasn’t confident that she would win, but when she did, her response to it was one word, “Wow.” The poem expresses her concern with pollution and the environment. She wanted to show how people are ruining the world and nature.

Girls’ 4x400m relay with Essence Henson, La'Ryan Nance, Leah Shelton, Naomi Arango Girls’ 4x800m relay with Olivia Ross, Ellie King, Arly Molina, and Diana Rhamen Boys’ 4x800m relay with Adan Rodriguez, Daniel Wright, Alex Apodaca, and Francisco Fraire

Kevin Aguilar, 8th grade, along with Saul Casteneta, 7th grade, raised over a hundred dollars each for the Hoops for Heart event.


Boys 8-1 Girls 7-0 with one tie

Varsity Baseball 12-1

JV Baseball 7-4


Boys 6-2 with one tie Girls 6-0

Tennis Boys 3-4 Girls 3-4

By Jennifer Acosta Academic Achievement Award 95% or Higher for each Nine Weeks of 6th Grade Vanesa Arrendondo Jake Barnes Austin Burt Ana Cruz-Hernandez Lisseth Cuna-Hernandez Fernando Hernandez Kimberly Hernandez Bryce Houghton Ryan Laruy Alexis Lynch Hannah Miller Jill Patel Lily Rehberg Mary Robertson Kassandra Sandoval Ross Valdez Sarah Wakeman Aracely Zamudio Academic Achievement Award 95% or Higher for each nine Weeks of 6th and 7th Grade Katherine Anderson Surbhi Bhatter Anthony Calderon-Schuler Caroline Coleman Sadie Cowan Hillary Dong Alfeny Figueroa-Mateo Amber Fischer Brooke Haverland Justin Ketchem Elinor King Laken Land Will Martin Carter Pendley Erica Quinonez Taylor Ramsey Anna Grace Rogers Leighann Summers Taylor Triplett Jackson Wright Academic Achievement Award 95% or Higher for each nine Weeks of 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Rafael Duchesne Madison Esters Emily Harper Jessica Jaconetti Luis Moreno Bianca Munguia Xochilth Ortiz Wendy Sanchez Highest Academic Achievement Award Highest GPA in 6th Grade Austin Burt - 97.90 Highest Academic Achievement Award Highest GPA in 7th Grade Katherine Anderson - 99.33 Highest Academic Achievement Award Highest GPA in 8th Grade Leah Shelton - 99.24

By Sarah Wakeman

After 27 years of teaching, eight spent here at DMS, Mrs. Hubbs is retiring. Mrs. Hubbs teaches social studies on sixth grade Team C. She has also taught at City Park, Brookwood, Dalton

The GLO Dance was Friday, May 9 during connections. The whole dance raised $4,000 dollars for the athletic programs. The glowing atmosphere was perfect. There was face painting, glow glasses, necklaces and bracelets. The music was the best part especially the new singles. It was fun when group songs like “Nae Nae” by We Are Toonz came on, and everyone started dancing. If you were tired you could go sit in the stands and enjoy refreshments from the concessions. Everyone was able to hang out and see lots of people from their grade. There were also games like bean bag toss, paper football, volleyball, cup stacking and hoop football. The dance was a great way to end the school year. Scholar Athlete Ethan Carroll Leah Shelton Marcile Crutchfield Award Olivia Ross Execeptional Student Services Award 6th Grade: Brisa Gomez Andry Diaz 7th Grade: Dayanara Villela Galeas Alexis Rodriquez 8th Grade: Jesus Hernandez Monica Garcia Self-Contained: Steven Pizarro Alex Bryant Geography Bee Award Austin Burt GA Commission on Holocaust Awards Art: Emily Harper(1st), Gracie Forthman(3rd) Writing: Marcos Perez(3rd), Gabe Clark (2nd) Music: Rowdy Zeisig(2nd), Charlie Alderman (3rd) Language Academy Award Catherine Romo World Language Award Bianca Munguia, Linda Olvera (native) Jessica Jaconetti, Ana Lily Wong (non-native)

High School, and Dalton Middle School. She has taught all grades from fourth to twelfth and all subjects. Mrs. Hubbs says, “I’m going to miss interacting with the students and all the surprises they bring each day with their thinking.” In her many years with DPS, she was most impacted by her time at City Park when she and another teacher won a grant to partner with a school in the newly free, East Germany. She played hosts to groups of students, parents, and teachers from the country who came to learn about living in a democracy. After retiring, Mrs. Hubbs says, “I want to travel and see new things, but I also want to relax and spend time with my family.” English Language Learner Award 6th Daiki Toda 7th Sendifer Ramirez 8th Nimit Patel and Ezequiel Pimentel

Slated YOUTH FOOTBALL CAMP: May 28 - 30, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 AM DHS Turf Room NEW DATES! YOUTH CHEER CAMP: June 2 -5, 2014 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM DHS GYM YOUTH BOYS BIG RED BASKETBALL CAMP: June 2 -4, 2014 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM DHS GYM YOUTH GIRLS BASKETBALL CAMP: June 9 - 12, 2014 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM DHS GYM YOUTH FASTPITCH SOFTBALL CAMP: June 16 - 18 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM DHS Softball Field YOUTH BASEBALL CAMP: June 23 - 25 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM DHS Baseball Field

by Teri Terry

Looking for Alaska by John Green


by Steven Gould

Ender’s Game

by Orson Scott Card

Hush Hush

by Becca Fitzpatrick

House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore


by Cherie Priest DMS will be undergoing lots of changes throughout the summer. The front office is being relocated to the Media Center. The office is being remodeled and will have a new secured front entrance. Summer hours will be will be Monday through Thursday from 8am11am and 1pm-4pm until June 18. It will reopen July 14 with the same hours until school begins. It is suggested that you call ahead to make sure exactly where to enter the building. The office number is 706-278-3903. Of course the most anticipated change is the new addition. The construction is scheduled to be completed by August 1. The Cougar Café will be expanded to include a new eating area. Alongside this new area is a new hallway that leads to the Connections wing. This is the largest section of the new addition that will include classrooms for technology, chorus, drama, and other connection classes. A new gymnasium will host all volleyball and wrestling matches, while also serving as additional classroom space. The existing wrestling room will become a new weight room allowing the old weight room to be dedicated to cardio equipment. The PE expansion is going to allow the development of new PE classes that will focus on personal fitness. All the classrooms and hallways will also get a new coat of paint this summer. August is going to be an exciting time for the DMS Cougars!

Magic Thief

by Sarah Prineas

The Contest

by Gordon Korman

Among the Hidden

by Margaret Peterson Haddix


by SR Johannes

Visit the Dalton-Whitfield Library and get a FREE library card! 310 Cappes Street Dalton, GA 30720 (706) 876-1360

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