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over 4 years ago

While the rest of Dublin High School’s student body emptied from the building and scattered to parts unknown, two dozen boys were into their second water break trying to combat the unseasonably warm April afternoon.


Just as nobody was expecting a 90-degree day before the end of April, not many, save the coach and roster of the Dublin Irish soccer team, expected the Irish to play deep enough into the year to suffer summer’s first kiss or savor playoff victory following a 1-4 start.


Yet there the Irish were Friday afternoon, piling single-file under the only piece of shade beside the wrestling facility before being beckoned by a blow of coach Matt Starley’s whistle.


“We're repping the basics,” Starley said.


Those basics played a huge role in Dublin’s shocking 1-0 first-round win over formerly 14-1 Long County. Nobody in soccer circles had penned the Irish to come home from Ludowici with much more than pride for having transformed a tough start into five-straight wins and another AA State Playoff berth, yet Dublin followed their game plan to a tee.


Brice Watson broke through the Blue Tide defense and scored five minutes in, and the Irish settled back into a defensive posture, led by Raymond Williams’ 15 saves for a ninth shutout and a sixth-straight win.


The victory earned Dublin a third-straight Sweet 16 berth, and a matchup with perennial power Wesleyan today. (Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. in Norcross)


Starley said that focus has them refraining from resting much on the laurels of that win, and instead looking to keep their playoff magic act moving deeper into May.


“We talked about the good things we accomplished,” Starley said, “but we also talked about the things we needed to correct. I wanted them to have fun and stay relaxed today, while keeping in mind that we want more.”


For seniors Jared Tribble and Bryant Versprille, this season has been a roller-coaster ride of the Big Thunder Mountain variety; plenty of twists and turns on the outset but one worth waiting in line for a second go-round.


And they said it's because of how the team chose to gel instead of dissolve after notching only one win in their first five matches.


“A lot of chemistry and friendships,” Versprille said. “Last year after practice, everyone would go their separate ways. This year, we've always stuck around and kept passing or playing. In fact, the other night, we just hung out and talked.”


“We were missing some pieces,” Tribble said, “and that made it hard to work as a team. Once those pieces came back, we slowly got confident and started winning.”


Today’s task may be tougher than the beating the Blue Tide. The Wolves come into the game 20-0-1, beating first-round opponent Coosa 7-1.


Only Holy Innocents and Blessed Trinity were able to hold Wesleyan to one goal, but that was still enough for the Wolves to earn wins and stay unbeaten.


“They're a young team,” Versprille said, “and we're hoping they look at us the same way Long County did and think we're just going to lay down. Just like coach said, if we can get up early on a team like that then they can fall apart.”


Regardless of the outcome, both Versprille and Tribble say they'll look back on this season fondly and as a success.

“It's great to see how far we've come,” Tribble said.

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DHS IB student attending Harvard program

over 4 years ago

Three months out, Kennedy Blackwell-Lewis already knows she’s going to miss the first day of her senior year.

                  What, on the surface, appears to be out of character for the International Baccalaureate honor student is, upon further investigation, the latest step by Blackwell-Lewis toward securing admission to an elite Ivy League university the following year.

                  While her classmates all enjoy the tail end of summer vacation, Blackwell-Lewis will be attending a Pre-College program at Harvard University at the end of July.

                  It will be the second consecutive year Blackwell-Lewis has taken part in programs at the prestigious university, furthering her efforts to become a member of the Crimson upon graduation next May.

                  Everything from her engaging smile to her extracurricular exploits and community service efforts dispel any notion of Blackwell-Lewis being a bookish stereotype and instead make her about as well rounded as they come for a 16-year-old. 

                  Along with being a member of the football and basketball cheer squads and running cross country, Blackwell-Lewis volunteers with Dublin Rising’s youth soccer program, at soup kitchens and with her church youth group from her former home in Maryland.

                  “I don’t know if I’d say I’m popular, but I do have a lot of friends,” said Blackwell-Lewis, dimples forming at the ends of a coy grin that still offers a sincerity that has made her a favorite for classmates and teachers alike.

                  “Kennedy is the type of student that you dream of having in class,” said Kristi Garrett, Blackwell-Lewis’ IB Theory of Knowledge teacher. “She's inquisitive, open-minded, and is always willing to participate and seek further knowledge from you as a teacher. More importantly, Kennedy is a young woman with a positive attitude and encouraging spirit who has the energy to brighten the day of those around her.

                  “…She is confident, yet humble. She isn't afraid to challenge herself, and encourage those around her, to strive for opportunities that will lead to that success.”

                  That attitude is what initially prompted Blackwell-Lewis to pursue her dream of attending Harvard two years ago.

                  A People to People Leadership program gave Blackwell-Lewis her first chance to visit the Cambridge, Mass. Campus. She was joined by fellow top-performing sophomores from Africa, the Czech Republic, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, a Native American, and a young man from China who, years earlier, had already successfully launched an anti-bullying foundation.

                  “It definitely motivated me,” Blackwell-Lewis said. “It let me know I’m so much bigger than where I’m from.”

                  The leadership trip put Blackwell-Lewis on the college and university radar, and the accompanying mailing list, with her mailbox seeing a huge surge in program pamphlets.

                  “But they were programs that were indirectly tied to Harvard,” she said. “My mom said, ‘If we're going to spend that much money on a program not directly through Harvard let's find one that is through Harvard.”

                  It wasn’t as easy as filling out a form and mailing in entry fees, though, with Blackwell-Lewis required to provide transcripts and reviews from guidance counselors before being approved for the $4,200 course.

                  “I qualified for some financial aid, but we’re trying to raise the rest,” she said.

                  With a few weeks left until the end of the school year, Blackwell-Lewis said she feels like her courses in IB have helped prepare her for environment and expectations associated with her trip to Harvard.

                  “It’s designed to make me a global person,” she said. “It makes you question what you know, how you know it and opens your eyes to what you wouldn’t have thought about.”

                  “Kennedy is in my IB Theory of Knowledge-Year 1 Course and I have had the opportunity to really see her blossom this year,” Garrett said. “This course requires students to not only expand their subject knowledge in areas such as math, art, the physical and human sciences, history and ethics, but to also deeply inquire into various ways in which knowledge is obtained through reason, imagination, memory, and sense perception.

“She has also had to reflect upon the impact of knowledge acquisition on her life. As a teacher it is always inspiring to watch students grow and develop in their critical thinking skills and Kennedy has really done a lot of that this year.”

Blackwell-Lewis will be taking a three-hour Introduction to College Writing course July 24-Aug. 5 that includes visits to surrounding campuses in the Boston area and interactive group activities designed to give students the full experience of being a Harvard student.

“The reason I chose Intro to Writing is because I feel like I’m a strong writer and hopefully this will help me get into the swing of the college routine,” said Blackwell-Lewis, who plans to major in psychology and minor in business. “If I see myself excelling I won’t have any doubt about succeeding as an undergrad when I come back.”

                  As for the planned absence?

                  “I hope it will be excused,” Blackwell-Lewis says with another coy smile.

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over 4 years ago

A walk to the kitchen in search of a cold soda has turned into an unexpected trip to the Tellus Science Museum and high honors in science for Dublin Middle Schooler Amaya Rozier.

            Rozier, a sixth grader at DMS, was only hoping to find a cold drink in the fridge when she walked into the kitchen months ago. Unfortunately, the best she came away with was a lukewarm soda stashed on a kitchen countertop.

            “I had come home from cheerleading and was looking for a cold drink,” Rozier said. This pattern repeated itself to the point that she started asking herself, “What’s the fastest way to cool a soda?”

            “I thought this would be a cool experiment with the science fair coming up,” Rozier said.

            So Rozier began accumulating her materials for the big cool down, settling on 15 cans of a particular type of soda more for its lack of flavor than any unique cooling qualities it possessed.

            “It was Christmas at my aunt’s house and at the end they said we could have the sodas,” Rozier said. “It was a full 12-pack. I thought it was weird because they don’t usually give away sodas.”

            “They were nasty,” added mom Lakeia, a teacher at Hillcrest Elementary, “and nobody would drink them.”

            With her PepsiMax, three Styrofoam coolers and a mix of cooling ingredients including ice, water and salt in hand, Rozier set out to find a way to cool her drinks should she be shut out again.

            Her hypothesis, “that if temperature is related to time, then icy water will make the sodas cool down the fastest,” was proven true when cans of PepsiMax placed in the ice-only cooler dropped to a crisp 40 degrees (a 16-degree change) in only 15 minutes; more than a degree a minute.

            Rozier’s project earned recognition at the school level before winning first at the Heart of Georgia RESA Science Fair held in Eastman. From there, Rozier carried her project up to the state science fair in Athens where she was selected as one of 16 representatives for the Future Science Stars exhibit at the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville slated for May 14.

            Rozier nearly declined attending the RESA awards ceremony because “there were so many other amazing projects,” and is now one of 16 out of 600 entries to be honored at the highest level for her project.

            She and the rest of the young scientists in attendance will be honored at a special luncheon where each will be presented with a $100 award and a framed certificate, and also have the opportunity to display their projects through June.

            “I’m surprised and excited,” Lakeia said. “I got excited because she has always talked about wanting to get into the medical field. I was always worried that she might not be interested in science, and knowing how much science is needed to get into the medical field, I hoped she was on the right track.”

             By the results of Rozier’s latest work, it would seem mom’s worries can be put to rest for now.

            Rozier can also guarantee that not a single penny of her prize money will go toward the purchase of any more PepsiMax.

            “I like Sprite,” Rozier said. And now she has a plan on how to cool that Sprite quickly should her family put her in the same predicament again after cheerleading practice.

Please support Dublin High School FBLA in our “Child Abuse Prevention” Campaign

Sponsored by: Exchange Club of Dublin

Donations are only $1. See an FBLA member or the FBLA Adviser. Your name will be placed on a blue ribbon and posted in the rotunda.


over 4 years ago

While a certain caped crusader tangled with a man of steel on the big screen, Dublin High School’s Sources of Strength team earned top honors recently for putting pen to paper on a Hero Squad of their own.

            Dubbed, “The Adventures of the Hero Squad: There is a Hero in Your,” the 24-page book designed to aid 3-5 graders in need took home first place at the annual Laurens County Youth Rally held March 31 at OFTC’s Porter Center.

              The rally is the annual centerpiece of the Suicide Prevention Coalition’s Youth Advisory Council’s work to connect students to the support system offered by SPC and school-level counselors.

            Dublin’s Sources of Strength (SOS) team is the student-based version of the program, which aims to provide classmates with an outlet in times of crisis.

            “Each member is trained by professionals about the sources of strength program,” said Kelly Canady, Dublin City Schools’ social worker. “They don’t look alike, dress alike or act alike but together they make a great team.”

            That same frame of thought is what led to the creation of the Hero Squad for the team’s book project.

            “They’ve done videos on anti-bullying, or making good friend choices and even billboards,” Canady said. “This year, the Youth Advisory Council decided that each team would create a ‘visually compelling’ book…done on a 3-5 grade level. Our team decided to come up with the theme, ‘There’s a Hero in you.”

From Fam Man Felip to Positive Priscilla, Mentor Michael, Healthy Hannah and Generous Geraldo, each of the eight superheroes personified some slice of the Sources of Strength wheel. The heroes offer a positive outcome in each situation, and show readers how to manage the challenges that come with everyday life.

            Senior Ayanna Rozier will be the first student to complete four years on the Sources of Strength team, and she said she’s witnessed first-hand the positive results of the program beyond the pages of Hero Squad story.

            “I like positivity and I don’t like negativity,” Rozier said as one of the 10-member SOS team. “I’ve seen the positive change in the school. It’s amazing to see how one program can change people’s mindset and how they handle situations…It’s such an amazing program.”

            During their regular meeting Monday, Dublin City School board members shared their pride in not only the recognition tied to the book but also the long-term benefits provided by the Sources of Strength team.

            “Sometimes all it takes is knowing somebody cares,” said BOE member James Lanier.

            “(And) wherever (Rozier) goes,” added BOE member Peggy Johnson, “she’s going to take that training; you’ll be impacting more than just Dublin City Schools.”


over 4 years ago

Seven students will vie for the crown of Miss Dublin High School during the annual pageant scheduled for tonight at 4 p.m. in the DHS Auditorium.

            “This is a wonderful event,” said organizer Mia Hunt. “These young ladies are the cream of the crop and will showcase not only their talents but poise and attention to the greater world.”

            The young ladies participating are: Dajia  Parker (Freshman), Raven Williams (Freshman), Crishauna Ponder (Senior), Leilani Dixon (Junior), Daveshia Walker (Junior), Amaya Adams (Sophomore) and Kaya Matthews (Senior).

            Prior to the start of the pageant, contestants will take part in a formal interview. The pageant will consist of Introductions, casual wear, formal wear and stage question.

            Tickets are on sale in advance or at the door for $5. There will also be a People’s Choice competition (audience members can vote by paying $1 per vote).

            “We hope the community will come out and support these young ladies,” Hunt said. “They have worked so hard and it would be wonderful to see them supported for this very positive activity.”

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Turtle Express Book Fair- March 28th -April 1

over 4 years ago

Dear Students & Parents,

We’re having a Book Fair! At the Turtle Express Book Fair  you will find great books at great prices.

Thank you for supporting the Hillcrest Library Media Center and we hope to see you at the fair!

Notice the times below when you can shop!

Friday, March 25        Book Preview for everyone & Shopping for 3rd Graders

Monday – Friday         Open daily during school day until 3:00 PM
March 28-April 1

Tuesday, March 29     Also open after school until 5:30PM & after APTT Meeting

Thursday, March 31    Also open after school until 5:00 PM


over 4 years ago

From Dublin City Schools

            As Dublin Exchange Club member Ralph Jackson draped the last white plastic tablecloth over the serving line, the smell of freshly-cooked bacon became so strong that it warranted an investigation into the its origins in the Dublin Middle School lunchroom.

            Around the corner, teams of lunchroom staff were settled in front of industrial mixing bowls and ovens, pouring in bags of pancake batter or pulling pounds of sausage and bacon and replacing it with pounds and pounds of more sausage and bacon.

            By the time the night came to a close, the ladies (and one gentleman) of the DMS lunchroom had mixed 1,400 pounds of dry batter with water, cooked more than 1,000 pounds of sausage, heated up 120 pounds of grits and had a role in mixing up several hundred gallons of sweet tea.

            Oh, and that bacon.

            DMS nutrition manager Tracey Stanley had to do a little math to figure it up.

            “We’ve cooked up 34 boxes. How many more are left?” she posed to coworker.  “Twenty one? Okay, so that’s 55 boxes. And each holds 300 pieces. So 16,000 pieces of bacon.”

            This unbelievable undertaking is a familiar one for Stanley, who has helped the Dublin Exchange Club prep Laurens County’s largest breakfast-for-supper for more than a decade and a half.

            “I started at the old Junior High,” Stanley said. “It's tiring. We get here at 6:30 in the morning and don't leave until 9:30-10 p.m. that night.”

            In between, the lunchroom staff prepares sack lunches for students (who are released early due to the pancake supper), and begins cooking the night’s meal around 2 p.m. in order to be ready for the first diners two hours later.

            “We try to get a head start so once it starts up everything stays smooth,” Stanley said.

            Across the kitchen by the industrial Hobart mixer, Evelyn Smith was focused on a different type of smooth transition.

            For the past 28 years, Smith has been tasked with prepping every drop of pancake batter poured onto one of 12 table-size spinning griddles, and served to visitors for the ensuing four hours.

            “Pancake batter is my specialty,” Smith says with a smile, jostling a bag of mix before setting the mixer in motion. “You have to get the batter just right: not too thick and not too thin.”

            A minute or two later…perfection.

            “Doing this every year helps you make some good friendships with your coworkers,” Smith said, pouring the batter into three five-gallon buckets that joined another seven that were moments away from heading out to the griddles.

            The lunchroom staff usually gets a few moments throughout the evening to peep out from behind the kitchen and see the thousands coming in to enjoy the fruits of their hard labor, which Stanley said makes it all worth the effort.

            “I enjoy getting to see everyone having a good time, and the fellowship that comes from eating together,” Stanley said.

            All of the hard work by Stanley and her staff isn’t lost on Exchange Club President Hunter Bennett, who said in his seven years with the club that he can’t imagine how the supper could come together without Stanley and her crew.

            “It’s such a huge undertaking,” Bennett said. “We spend months planning this, buying the food, the propane… We would be wingless without the lunchroom ladies. They are so generous. There are about 20 ladies behind the scenes cooking bacon, grits, supplying us with everything we need.

            “Without them and the janitorial staff, this supper couldn’t exist,” Bennett added. They’re the magic that makes this supper a success.”


over 4 years ago

Dublin City Schools

All events will take place at the Central Registration Office
1405 West Moore Street, Dublin, GA

Saxon Elementary Transfer Days
ONLY Saxon Students
Current K – 3rd grade students only
March 21     7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
March 24     7 a.m. – 7 p.m. 
(24th is a make up day)
All Saxon parents must make choice      
for the 2016-2017 school year

All Other Elementary Schools Transfer Day
Current K – 3rd graders only
April 1     7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Only parents that want their student to change schools for the 2016-2017 school year should attend.

Transfers can only be made by guardians
(Photo ID required)
Please bring the following items for enrollment:
PROOF OF RESIDENCE: We will accept current utility bills or a rent/lease agreement.
•Proof of Age: Certified birth certificate

Your child will not be officially registered
until all documents are received.

Kindergarten Registration
March 22 – 24     9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Child must be 5 years old on or before Sep 1, 2016

Pre-Kindergarten Registration
City Residents Only
March 29 – 31     9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Child must be 4 years old on or before Sep 1, 2016

For more information on Registration 
or Elementary School Transfer Day,
Please call (478) 353-8375 or check out our website,

Hot Air Balloon Team Visits Hillcrest
 Hot Air Balloon Team Visits Hillcrest
Students were treated to a visit by the Rising Stars Balloon Team Friday morning.
Dear 4th Grade Parents:

There will be a meeting for all parents of 4th grade
students headed to the 5th Grade Academy.

When: Tuesday, March 22, 6 p.m.

Where: DHS Auditorium

Please contact 353-8000 for more information
Dublin City Schools released its 2016-2017 school calendar.


over 4 years ago

The Dublin High Fighting Irish football team is saying “Erin Go Brawny” at the end of the month, when they showcase their strength and conditioning during the first-of-its-kind Irish Iron Spring Lift-A-Thon.

            The brainchild of Irish assistant and strength and conditioning coach Lance Helton, the Lift-A-Thon (slated for March 30 at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium) will give current and incoming ninth grade football players a chance to show off their hard work in the weight room to the community through spring maxes in bench press and power cleans.

In the process, the community will get the chance to pledge support for every pound lifted to aid the Dublin football program. (Example: a 10-cent pledge for every pound lifted, 300 pounds= $30) Players and team leaders are also accepting donations and sponsorships for the event, which is free and open to the public.

            “We are excited for our young men,” Helton said, “and the chance they will have to show off all the hard work they’ve put in toward the upcoming football season.”

            Some of the pageantry surrounding the main event will include music, coaches emceeing, concessions sold and possible community participation elements. The players will come out and stretch as a team before breaking into groups to lift weights.

            “Our coaches will be judging our players as they work toward those new spring maxes,” Helton said.

            DHS head coach Roger Holmes said events like this incentivize and accent the important of weight lifting for members of the football team.

            “These young men have invested a lot of hours in the weight room in preparation for upcoming spring practice and camp,” Holmes said. “Events like this Lift-A-Thon help them strive toward their ultimate goal of competing at a high level on the football field next season. I really hope folks will come out and support our players, because they have put in the time. And it should be a good show.”

            For more information on the Irish Lift-A-Thon, speak with a DHS football player or call coach Helton at 353-8040.


Why Saxon?

Reconfiguration is less about bricks and mortar and totally about Dublin City Schools striving toward our ultimate goal, as listed on our Strategy Map, of High Achievement and Success for All Students. This move affords our system the ability to keep in step with state and national education initiatives like STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics), as well as to effectively and efficiently use our remaining environments and resources at our largest elementary campus, Susie Dasher.

Class size changes?

A reconfiguration enrollment analysis has been completed and class size will not be significantly impacted.

Reconfiguration and transportation?

We will continue to provide transportation as outlined in our Charter Contract.

Status of Financial Audit?

The last financial audit available on the Georgia Dept. of Audits website is from fiscal year 2012 (FY12). Fieldwork for the FY13 and FY14 audits has been completed by the Georgia Dept. of Audits. The district is currently waiting for the completion and publication of these reports.


over 4 years ago

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Welcome to Irish Magazine. This publication is designed to showcase some of the exceptional things transpiring on the campuses of Dublin City Schools.


In this issue, you’ll find everything from Pre-K photographers to high-flying JROTC cadets. We also salute our school and system Teachers of the Year, as well the story of Britney Junior: a Hillcrest fifth grader whose heart  for helping has her skipping rope to fundraising records.


Our system continues to perform at an unprecedented level. With the highest graduation rate in the region, SAT scores higher than the Heart of Georgia RESA average and a thriving International Baccalaureate program, our students have every opportunity to excel in the classroom.


Paired with state-of-the-art curriculum offerings, thoughtful, innovative and caring educators and receptive students, we are proud peacocks ready to show off our feathers to any and all who are willing to listen to our story.  


We hope this glimpse into our classrooms and lives will show you what has us so inspired and excited about the future that awaits our students.


Dr. Fred Williams,


Upcoming GA Milestone Parent Workshops
Parents, come let our teachers help with preparing for the Georgia Milestone.

Different sessions for Science/Social Studies ; Language/Reading; & Math.

February 23rd - Science/Social Studies

March 1st - Language/Reading

March 7th - Math

Times for each evening:
5:15-5:45 PM - 4th Grade
5:45-6:15 PM - 5th Grade
6:15-6:45 PM - 3rd Grade
Show support for the Irish and Lady Irish as they head into the second round of the GHSA Class AA State Playoffs!


over 4 years ago


The Dublin City Board of Education will hold two public hearings, one at 6:30 P.M. on February 25, 2016, and the second at 10:00 A.M. on March 3, 2016. Both meetings will be held at the Dublin City School District Board Offices, 207 Shamrock Drive, Dublin, Georgia, 31021. The purpose of the hearings will be to allow a full discussion of the Superintendent’s recommendation to close Saxon Heights Elementary School. 

If the recommendation is approved, the students currently attending Saxon Heights Elementary School would attend either Susie Dasher Elementary School or Hillcrest Elementary School. A transfer day will be held on March 21, 2016 from 7:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M. and a makeup transfer day will be held on March 24, 2016 from 7:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M. for Saxon Heights Elementary School parents (Current Kindergarten – Third grade students) to choose between Susie Dasher Elementary School and Hillcrest Elementary School. In each case, elementary schools will be composed of grades Pre-Kindergarten - 4. Susie Dasher Elementary School will accept up to 96% of the current Saxon Heights Elementary School enrollment and Hillcrest Elementary School will accept up to 47% of current Saxon Heights Elementary School enrollment. All fifth grade students will attend the Fifth Grade Academy at Dublin Middle School. There are no construction projects contemplated in order to complete these moves. 

The Board of Education has not yet determined the future use or disposal of the property on which these schools are located if the facilities are no longer needed for their present purpose. Possible plans would include use by the school system for other instructional or administrative purposes, lease or conveyance to governmental entities for other community purposes or lease or sale to private entities or individuals. 

The Dublin City Board of Education invites the public to attend these hearings and comment on these plans. All speakers will be asked to sign in prior to the beginning of the meeting and only those who have signed in prior to the meeting will be allowed to speak. The Board of Education also requests written comments or suggestions regarding these plans. Such written comments can be sent to Dublin City Board of Education Attn: Reconfiguration 207 Shamrock Drive, Dublin, Georgia 31021 or emailed to 

§ 20-2-260. Capital outlay funds generally (k.1) Prior to a local board of education's decision becoming effective to close any existing school where such closing results in the transporting of students from the school to be closed to any new or existing school or schools even though no additional capital funding is required as a result of the assignment thereto of those students from any school to be so closed, the local board of education shall conduct the following: (1) The board of education must schedule and hold two public hearings and provide an opportunity for full discussion of the local board of education's proposal to close such school or schools; (2) The public hearings shall be advertised in a local newspaper of general circulation which shall be the same newspaper in which other legal announcements of the board of education are advertised and shall include, but not be limited to: (A) Identification of each school to be closed and location of each new or existing school to which the students in the school or schools to be closed will be reassigned; (B) Proposed size of each new school in terms of number of students and grade configuration; (C) Proposed expansion of existing schools designed to accommodate students being reassigned from the school or schools to be closed; (D) Total cost, including breakdown for state and local shares, for school construction projects required to house students being reassigned from the school or schools to be closed. Local costs shall include identifying proposed sources of funds, whether from bond referendum proceeds or other sources; and (E) Plans for use or disposal of closed school property; and (3) The board of education shall request formal, written comments or suggestions regarding the system's organizational pattern or school sizes and shall allow appropriate discussion during the public hearings.


over 4 years ago

Dublin High School would like to congratulate Tanner Graham and Lance Helton for being selected as the school’s STAR student and STAR teacher for the 2015-16 school year.

    Graham earned the highest SAT score in one sitting at DHS with a score of 1910. Graham selected Helton as his STAR teacher of the year.

    “Coach Helton offered me leadership in the classroom as well as on the football field,” Graham said. “Mr. Helton has been a great role model stressing the importance of good character and sportsmanship.”

The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program honors Georgia's highest achieving high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development.  Since its creation in 1958 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) Program has honored nearly 25,500 high school seniors who have in turn chosen their STAR Teachers to share in this recognition. Every accredited high school in Georgia is eligible to participate in this preeminent student/teacher academic recognition.

To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on any single test date of the three-part SAT taken through the November test date of their senior year and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.  Nominees' SAT scores must be equal to or higher than the latest available national average on the critical reading, math and writing sections.  Each high school STAR Student is asked to name his/her STAR Teacher.  High school STAR Students compete for system titles; and system STAR Students in turn compete for region-wide honors in the 12 STAR Regions.  Region winners and their STAR Teachers are invited to Atlanta to compete for the state STAR scholarships and awards.
    Locally, STAR Students and STAR Teachers are honored by their schools and receive special recognition in their communities from the more than 165 civic organizations and businesses that serve as local STAR sponsors.  Region recognitions are coordinated by Region Chairs who serve as ambassadors for the state program in the 12 STAR regions. The State PAGE STAR Banquet, held in Atlanta each year, is a gala affair attended by several hundred STAR supporters, including STAR Students and Teachers (who attend as guests of their local sponsors), their families, civic and business leaders and many Georgia educators.

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over 4 years ago

The 2006 Dublin High School AA State Championship team will be one of 14 honorees inducted into the 2016 class of the Dublin Touchdown Club Football Hall of Fame.

            Slated for 6 p.m. on April 23 at Dublin Country Club, the induction ceremony, which has previously honored college and NFL stars Ron Rogers and Erik Walden, will celebrate 11 players across almost a century, one coach, one supporter and one team. The ceremony will include heavy hors d’oeuvres.

            Organizers are currently looking for assistance in locating players to ensure all honorees, or family representatives, can be recognized at the ceremony. Cost to attend is $30 per person (Inductees and one guest are admitted free of charge). For more information, or to help put organizers in contact with honorees, please call Bill Perry at 478-697-6728 or DHS Football Coach Roger Holmes at 478-353-8040, or go to the Dublin City Schools Facebook page or

            “We will honor players from as far back as 1919 up to the 2000s,” said organizer and Dublin City Board of Education member Bill Perry. “In some cases, due to time and distance, we have lost touch with some of our honorees. We’d love for people to help us reconnect with these people, or to share stories on our social media we will in turn share at our ceremony.”

            This year’s induction class includes:

            Wex Jordan

            Bobby Gay

            Danny Stanley

            James Horne

            Richard Sheffield

            Mike Rich

            Steve Edwards

            Brian Labella

            David Pritchett

            Tyler Josey

            Nick McRae

            Coach: Roscoe Brower

            Supporter: Bush Perry

            Team: 2006 State Championship team



            2013 Induction Class

            Bill Sims

            Luke Perry

            Tennyson Coleman

            Ben Snipes

            Millard Jones

            Vic Belote

            Ronnie Rogers

            James Brown

            Scott Hagler

            Ryan Taylor

            Erik Walden

            Coach: Minton Williams

            Supporter: Fred Middlebrooks

            Team: 1959


            2014 Induction Class

            Breezy Wynn

            Charlie Bradshaw

            Henry Sheffield

            Chan Beasley

            Robbie Hahn

            Derrick Harris

            Ben Claxton

            Quintez Smith

            Rashard Smith

            Ulysses Rhyne, Jr.

            Richard Pauldo

            Coach: Tom Stewart

            Supporter: Paul Difazio

            Team: 1960


            2015 Induction Class

            Gene Moxley

            Charles Garrett

            Ronnie Baggett

            Charles Faulk

            Steve Smith

            Jon Helton

            Ron Rogers

            Nick Mobley

            Nathan Dardy

            Nathaniel Pace

            Brandon Southern

            Coach: Travis Davis

            Supporter: Bob Willis

            Team: 1963

Dublin High School senior place kicker Barry Brown signed a letter of intent to play for Georgia State University during a National Signing Day ceremony held in the school's cafeteria. Brown, a two-year starter for the Irish, was the 74th player to sign a college scholarship during Irish head coach Roger Holmes' tenure.

Dublin City Schools will be hosting a series of meetings for parents and public concerning the proposed reconfiguration of the
system (Please note dates and times listed below):

•Town Hall Meeting (Open to the public) at DHS Auditorium
Monday Feb. 1 at 6 p.m.

•Parent’s meeting at Hillcrest Elementary
Tuesday Feb. 2 at 5:30 p.m.

•Town Hall Meeting (Open to the public) at Wabash Church of God (409 Rowe Street)

Feb. 4 at 6 p.m.

•Town Hall Meeting (Open to the public) at Washington Street Presbyterian Church

Feb. 6 at 9 a.m.

For more information, please contact the Dublin City Schools board office at 353-8000.
Congratulations to the Dublin Middle School Wrestling team for their second place finish at today's Region Wrestling Tournament held in Toombs County. Berrick Wadley took home first place at 285 pounds, while Jalen Carter claimed the 160-pound title. Way to go Irish!
Dublin City Schools is currently experiencing technical difficulties with its phone system. The system was notified by provider Charter Communications that they are dealing with a problem stretching across Georgia and Alabama, and that the issue may take time to resolve. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Here are contact numbers for each school. Please only use them in case of emergency.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Susie Dasher Elementary: 595-2134

Saxon Heights: 278-5443

Moore Street: 484-0161

Dublin High School: 595-4219

Dublin Middle School: 697-9229


over 4 years ago

Nearly three quarters of a century ago, 75,000 allied POWs embarked on a 65-mile march so horrific that “death” became synonymous with its remembrance.

In three months, the Dublin High School Air Force JROTC will honor those brave heroes when it hosts its first Bataan Death March Memorial Walk April 16 at 9 a.m.
This 14-mile walk commemorates the 74th anniversary of the forced march of American and Filipino forces which started on 9 April, 1942. A total of 10,000 POWs-9,000 Filipino and 1,000 American-died during the march.

There is no charge to participate in the walk but participants are encouraged to seek sponsors and donations. Pre-registration is highly encouraged. All proceeds will go to support veterans at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center (as well as other local veterans groups).
To register, or for more information, go to


over 4 years ago

From Dublin City Schools

    Britney Junior speaks softly, but carries a big heart...and a jump rope.

    When the latter two are combined, the results speak more clearly and loudly and about Junior’s character than the sentence of two Junior is likely to say about her achievements.

For the second straight year, Junior helped raise more than $1,000 for the school-level American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart campaign.

“In my 27 years of teaching and doing Jump Rope for Heart, I’ve only had two who have

raised $1,000,” said coach Bonnie Griggs, “and she is one of them.”

    The annual school fundraiser helps to raise money and awareness in the fight against cardiovascular disease and stroke.

    The issue was important enough to Junior that chose to forego participating in a local pageant so she could focus on raising money for the Jump Rope for Heart campaign.

    “She’s been jumping rope since she was about four,” said mom Carolyn. “At one time she thought she was interested in jump rope but then thought she wanted to be a cheerleader.”

    “I’m hoping she’ll try basketball when moves on to middle school next year,” Griggs added, begrudgingly acknowledging she’ll be losing her top fundraiser two years running in the process.

    “I’ve already warned my American Heart Association rep that we’re losing one of our best,” Griggs said.

    The school raised more than $2,000 last year: half of that coming from Junior’s efforts. And this year, the school doubled that total to more than $4,000. Along with Junior’s $1,000 fundraising, ShelbyAnn Thraser and India Newton came in at second and third, with more than $415 and $250, respectively.

    “I just went around and asked people if they would help,” said Junior, who had people give either a flat donation or a per-jump contribution based on the number of times she was able to jump rope over a fixed time period.

    “Her daddy helped out, too,” Carolyn said. “He works at YKK, so he took the form there and asked folks if they wanted to help out.”

    “A lot of people would give only like $5 or $10, but it all added up quickly,” Griggs said.

    It also added up to a laundry list of prizes for Junior.

One after the other, the prizes kept coming.

    A Super Pup and Lanyard. A jumprope. Two more pups to hang on the lanyard. A T-shirt. A soccer ball. Another two pups to hang on the lanyard. Headphones. A pogo jumper. And, to top it all off, an Android tablet.

    When asked what she thought of all the prizes, true to form, Junior only managed a “Good” and toothless smile before Griggs hugged her neck and elicited a more relaxed reaction from the fifth grader.

    “We’re the leadership school,” Griggs said, “and Britney has proven through her actions that she’s ready to be a leader and serve our community. She’s the example I use any time I talk about what we want to do at our school, or with Jump Rope for Heart.”

    “I’m just glad to help,” Junior said.


over 4 years ago

Dublin City Schools honored its best and brightest educators as it recognized its Teacher of the Year recipients during a special luncheon Thursday at Dublin Country Club.

            Bert Dollar (DHS), Kim Bowers (Susie Dasher), Gwen Walker (Moore Street), Jonessa Williams (Saxon Heights), Wayne Clark (Hillcrest) and Angela McCloud (DMS) will be honored during the luncheon. Clark was selected as the system’s overall “Teacher of the Year.”

            Dollar, who teaches ninth grade Algebra I and is also instructs 12th graders in the school’s International Baccalaureate program, is a “pleasure” according to administrators.

            “It’s a pleasure having Mr. Dollar on our staff,” said DHS principal Dr. Tyrone Kellogg. “He does a tremendous job helping our kids and contributes greatly in boosting the morale of our teachers.”

            Bowers, a Pre-K and Preschool Disabilities teacher, has a “passion and love” for her work at Susie Dasher, says principal Lakeisha Fluker.

            “Mrs. Bowers’ passion and love for teaching and learning truly inspires students, fellow teachers, parents and the entire Susie Dasher Elementary School staff,” Fluker said.

            Walker has spent nearly four decades in teaching, returning from retirement to work with students in math at Moore Street School.

            “I am often asked two questions,” Walker said, “1) Why do you teach? And 2) Why are you still teaching? I teach because I believe as one song says, ‘If I can help somebody along the way, then my living will not be in vain.’ A line from another song answers the second question, ‘I’m not tired yet.”

            Williams, a Pre-K teacher at Saxon Heights, said it’s the faces of her students that energize her and keep her driven to prepare them for the world.

            “Their faces are the fuel that keeps me pumping and planning the next great lesson to help them reach new heights,” Williams said.

            Clark, who has spent the past three decades in the DCS system, shifted into a role as Media Specialist at Hillcrest Elementary; a move he relishes.

            “After 32 years working in Dublin City Schools, I feel my job now is to support our teachers and students as our school strives to build leaders for our community,” Clark said.

            That same focus, and a “tireless work ethic,” is what DMS principal Raymond Braziel said has set seventh grade social studies teacher McCloud apart from the crowd.

            “She works tirelessly to ensure her students are receiving the very best education possible and she always puts their interests first,” Braziel said.

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We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from our family to yours during this holiday season. Please take a closer look at our holiday e-card.

Hillcrest Participates in the RECYCLE BOWL

over 4 years ago

Hillcrest Elementary School participated in the Recycle Bowl Contest which is sponsored by the Keep America Beautiful campaign from October 15, 2015 to November 19,2015.  We entered under the community division of the contest and were able to collect 151,633 pounds of recyclable goods which is the equivalent of 75 cars!!  Thanks for helping us keep recyclable goods out of our landfill.


over 4 years ago

From Dublin City Schools

            A little after 9 a.m. the final Friday of first semester, the old Dublin High School gym became active once again for a very special Secret Santa giveaway.

            Unlike the office parties and family get-togethers happening throughout the holiday season, this celebration was all about helping those in need in Dublin and Laurens County.

            A total of 85 bikes, and bags upon bags of donated goods were given to families in an attempt to spread holiday cheer to those less fortunate.

            “It began three years ago,” said Lori Williams, DCS Homeless Liaison, “when I was approached by a good friend who asked if I’d be interested in continuing the efforts of Helping Hand as far as the bicycles were concerned.”

            Over those three years, roughly 350 bikes have been given to students.

             “We have donated bicycles to the county schools and also the sheriff's department,” Williams said. “The families from DCS are chosen by teachers. These students do not have to be on the homeless list.”

            Following their selection, students receive a letter and a number that corresponds to the bicycle they will receive.

            “When they arrive, they are also given a large trash bag that they can fill with the clothing/household items we have received from donors throughout the year,” Williams said. “It is, by far, my favorite day of the year.”

Fourth and fifth grade students from Hillcrest Elementary took time out of their day Dec. 16 to spread some holiday cheer across Dublin, singing and performing Christmas numbers at the AFAC Lighthouse, Dublinair Nursing Home, Benton House and Dublin Mall (Pictured). Thanks to those students and Mrs. Carol Thomas for reminding us the true meaning of this season!

The Home Depot Paints Hillcrest's Cafeteria

over 4 years ago

The Home Depot Store Manager, Lisa Curry and Pro Department Supervisor, Michael Shaffer and a host of volunteers painted Hillcrest's lunchroom on Saturday, December 12, 2015. Behr Paints donated the paint. Volunteers worked on their own time.

Michael Shaffer reached out to to see if there was a school project that The Home Depot might be able to help with at Hillcrest Elementary. Wayne Clark, Learning Environment Action Team Representative on the Lighthouse Team,communicated a list of possible projects and "repainting the lunchrooom"was chosen by The Home Depot.

Leigh Ann Lawrence, Hillcrest's Learning Environment Action Team Leader, coordinated with Michael Shaffer to make the event happen. Repainting the lunchroom was the beginning of a makeover by the school which will later include murals and other updates.

Volunteers included Nick Tidwell; Chris Walker; Lisa Curry, Store Manager; Cassandra Pitts; Ashley Darrisaw; Danielle Harper; ILiyah Harrison; Byron Rolle; Dee Dee White; Blake McNamara; Michael Shaffer, Pro Department Supervisor; Narcissia Burms; Tina Warnock; Miralee Shaffer; and Hillcrest students Tristen Ellis and Christian Darrisaw.

"Charleston Wrap" Fundraiser-Oct.13-29

over 4 years ago

Our school has partnered with Charleston Wrap for our major fundraising campaign this year.  There are over 500 high quality items to choose from and every purchase you make earns much needed money for our school.  See the Gift Collection 2015 catalog from Charleston Wrap for gift ideas and gift wrapping supplies or click below to shop online

Simply click the link above or go to to shop. All items purchased will ship directly to you and there is free shipping on all orders over $75.

First, register your student and a six digit code will be automatically generated for your student to earn prizes during our fundraising campaign. Then click on the “SHOP NOW” button that will take you to the “Assign Credit & Shop” section. 

If you wish to assign credit to your student, enter the six digit student code into the “Student Code” section. ? If you don’t want to assign credit to a particular student, simply enter your school’s four digit code in the “School Only Credit” section and the school will earn credit from your purchases. You can even support the school year-round after the sale is over by simply using the four digit school code. Our school’s/group’s four digit code is: 9922
A major portion of the funds from this year's campaign will be used to help with the costs of buses for our field trips this year.

All money and orders are due on October 29. Checks should be made out to Hillcrest Elementary.

Tyson Project A+- Support Hillcrest Library Media Center
 Tyson Project A+- Support Hillcrest Library Media Center
If anyone uses any of the Tyson food products, please clip the Project A+ Labels and send to the Hillcrest Elementary Library Media Center.

We can redeem these labels for cash but we need at least 100 labels to be able to send in any.
Hillcrest Academic Parent Teacher Team (APTT) Meeting-Sept. 22
Hillcrest will hold its first 2015-2016 Academic Parent Teacher Team (APTT) meeting on Tuesday, September 22 at 5:30 PM.

Door prizes will be drawn.

Child care will be available.
Environmental Awareness and Family Day 2015
 Environmental Awareness and Family Day 2015
Governance Council Parent Representative Election- Aug. 25th
Governance Council Parent Representative Election will be held on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, here at Hillcrest.

We have 4 parent nominees. Only 2 selections will be made. Nominees are Jawanda Brown, Sonya Hollingsworth, Cedric Cason, and Diane Tanner.

Please stop by and cast your vote in the school office anytime between 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM.
Welcome Back for the 2015-2016 School Year!
 Welcome Back for the 2015-2016 School Year!
Hillcrest Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, August 5th, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM.

Students' first day of school is Friday, August 7th. Breakfast will be served.
Federal Programs Parent Meeting
Dublin City Schools will host its annual Federal Programs Parent Meeting at the Dublin High School Auditorium on Wednesday, June 24th 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Free Lunches for Children
The Dublin City School Nutrition Program will be serving meals to children this summer. Any child age 1 to 18 can participate. The meals are served at no charge. The dates are June 1st -26th, and service will be Monday through Friday.

Location & Time:
Dublin High School - 10:45 AM
Family Connection - 11:30 AM
Communities in Schools - 12:00 PM
Eagle Trailer Park - 12:30 PM (Mondaym Wednesday & Friday)
St. Peters Church - 11:15 AM
Dublin Housing Authority - 12:15 PM

If there are any questions please contact Dublin City Schools Nutrition Director, Ann Coogle at 478.353.8006

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and emplorer

Hillcrest 2015 Leadership Day

over 4 years ago

On May 7th members of our community were invited to our annual Leadership Day.

After a student led program, guests were invited to have refreshments and visit classrooms.

This video depicts highlights from the school year.