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August 20, 2014 Edition

The Denton Orator


SDHS Booster Club goes debt free with ‘note burning’ ceremony

By Kelly Bledsoe
Monday, August 25 the South Davidson High School Boosters Club is planning a note-burning ceremony. The note represents the mortgage on the South Davidson field house that has been PAID IN FULL.

The total cost of the field house was $461,763. The SDHS Booster Club borrowed $250,000 in March of 2008 and six short years later, an amazing feat in these economic times, the Booster Club paid off that loan on July 30, 2014. Construction of the field house started on October 8, 2007 and was completed June 30, 2008. Hundreds of Wildcat athletes have utilized the facility and now thanks to the SDHS Booster Club and supportive members of the Denton community, future South Davidson athletes will always have a field house to call their own.

The Booster Club members invite anyone who has ever been on the Southern Sixty Sign and all active and past Booster Club members to attend this momentous note burning ceremony. The ceremony will begin at 7:30pm at the “debt free” field house.

Also please mark your calendars to attend the first 2014 home football game Friday, August 29 where during half time a dedication ceremony will take place and the field house will be officially named. 

During the September 5 football game there will be a dedication ceremony of the multipurpose room in the field house. Everyone is invited to attend. 


Students in area districts head back to school next week
Many Changes at Local School

By Kelly Bledsoe
School bells will soon ring across the county, signaling the start of the 2014-15 school year. Classes begin for all students Monday, August 25. Here’s a look at what students and parents in our local public schools will need to know:

Denton Elementary School and Silver Valley Elementary School
The faculty and staff at Denton Elementary School are eagerly awaiting the return of students. There are a few new faces on staff as well as some familiar faces in new places. Replacing Mr. Foust as Principal is Kim Loflin, former principal at Silver Valley Elementary School.  Mrs. Loflin says she is thrilled to be at Denton Elementary School. She has served the families of Southern Davidson County for 17 years at South Davidson High School, South Davidson Middle School, and Silver Valley and will continue that service at Denton. Over the past weeks she has been meeting with staff members and parent volunteers and she cannot wait to meet all the students.

As the new principal at Denton she has three goals: 1. To find out what people love about Denton and continue those traditions, as well as find out what needs to be changed and help facilitate that process. 2. Restructure the office to improve safety, better meet the needs of parents and visitors and improve the appeal. 3. Partner with the staff to grow students specifically in reading and math.

Mrs. Loflin would also like the community to know that the first camera of the new security system has been installed and the PTO hopes to purchase additional cameras through various fundraisers. The community can support DES by making a donation toward the security system (423,000 system), making a donation toward the backpack program, ($10,000 annually), to serve as a lunch buddy through Communities in Schools program (30-45 minutes 0ne day per week), and to volunteer through PTO or in a classroom.

The faculty and staff of Denton Elementary School would like to welcome several new staff members: Mrs. Jennifer Davis as Assistant Principal formerly the EC teacher at Churchland; Mandi Snider, 3rd grade teacher, former classroom teacher from Welcome; Keaton Hawks, a new PE teacher; Beverly Albertson, Teacher Assistant, former teacher assistant at Silver Valley; Mrs. Loflin is still working to fulfill a part-time math specialist position.

The Denton Elementary staff returned to work on Tuesday, Aug 19 and they look forward to seeing students in Grades 1-5 and their parents at Meet the Teacher Night on Wednesday, August 20 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM (floating). Kindergarten Meet the Teacher is August 25 by appointment only. Kindergarten students will attend school with a staggered entry Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday with ALL kindergarteners attending school on Friday, August 29.

The faculty and staff at Silver Valley Elementary School are busy preparing for the return of students on August 25. Silver Valley also has a new Principal this year, Christy Slate. Some of you will remember her from her days as Assistant Principal at South Davidson High School. She previously served as Student Services Director for the county prior to her position at SDHS, and she taught at Brown Middles School and Reeds Elementary School. Ms. Slate says she is very happy to be a part of the Silver Valley family. “We are going to have a great year…look for amazing things to come from our students and staff.”

Other new additions at silver Valley include Amanda Sullivan, new kindergarten teacher formerly of Southwood; and Emma Hensley, a new 4th grade teacher and recent graduate of Appalachian state University.

The Silver Valley staff looks forward to seeing students in Grades 1-5 and their parents at Meet the Teacher Night on Thursday, August 21 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

Silver Valley parents need to be aware of the new Bus Ridership guidelines. Information has been sent home, however, if your child was not signed up to ride the bus by August 1, they may not be able to be placed on a bus for up to the first 10 days of school. Also, the new Bus guidelines will not allow for students to switch buses unless it is a permanent change.

South Davidson Middle School

Changes at South Davidson Middle School, according to Principal Jim Sparks and Assistant Principal Crystal Sexton, include 9 new teachers. Joining the SDMS staff are Mrs. Sedley Abercrombie who will serve as Media Coordinator; Mr. Kevin Evans, CTE teacher; Ms. Lauren Yates, Art teacher; Ms. Beth Watkins, 6th grade language arts and social studies teacher; Ms. Kayla Dewald, 7th grade math and language arts teacher; Mr. Jacob Elting, 7th grade math teacher; Mr. Ted Podlesni, 7th grade social studies teacher; Mr. Sandy Young, 8th grade science and social studies teacher; and Mrs. Jennifer Benner, 8th grade EC teacher. Mrs. Jennifer Williams will act as the new Intervention Specialist.

SDMS, as a Title I School, has received additional funding which has kept teacher numbers the same, which has helped to keep class sizes small. Mr. Sparks is excited about incorporating new Parent Involvement nights, which are aimed at career and college readiness. Each week administrators will meet with approximately 10 students to work on future goals. The students will develop a portfolio outlining where they are, where they want to be, and what they need to do to get there. They will periodically present this to their parents so everyone will be in tune and on track.

South Middle has added another new computer lab bringing the total to 3 standing labs with a ratio of 2 students for every one computer. Students will engage in computer lab exercises weekly with emphasis on reading and math.

The focus at South Middle School will simply be on graduating from high school with the skills needed to enter the workplace or college. Emphasis will be placed on making sure students are working towards graduation from the minute they enter middle school.

As always South Middle employs an open door policy and encourages parents to visit the school and continue to be a part of their children’s education.

Seventh and eighth grade  “Meet the Teacher” night at SDMS is Thursday, August 21 at 4:30pm, with sixth grade orientation following from 6:30-7:30pm. All South Davidson Middle School students will have the opportunity to pick up their schedule and meet their teachers in an “Open House” format.

South Davidson High School
 Principal Mike Lawson and Assistant Principal Lori Powell once again look forward to the new school year. There are a few staff changes at SDHS including the addition of Brandy Pope, Spanish Teacher; David Thomas, Physical Education; Sedley Abercrombie, Media Coordinator; and Talitha Lowman, Instructional Program Facilitator.

The staff continues to evolve with technology and curriculum changes, but the focus remains the same, to educate the students and to do what is right for them. The standards of the curriculum reflect the knowledge and skills students need to be college and career ready by the end of high school.

The South Davidson High School staff is extremely dedicated to making sure our students receive every opportunity. Freshman and new student orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, August 20 from 5:30 – 7:30pm. All students and parents are encouraged to attend.  First day for students is August 25.