Dade County Schools Weekly Update: Students and Educators Honored for Character and Achievements


Dade County Schools have recognized outstanding individuals for their contributions to their respective communities. From elementary to high school, students and educators alike have been commended for their dedication and commitment to excellence.

At Davis Elementary School, five exceptional individuals were acknowledged for their demonstration of the value of caring. Payton Hall, Brynlee Shadrick, Jeremy Foster, Aspen Doyle, along with educator Ms. Thresia Beagles, were celebrated for their exemplary display of compassion and empathy.

Similarly, Dade Elementary School honored Ms. Sissi Brandon, Landon Setser, Hailey Smith, Clara Quigg, Rowan Long, Kayilann Iwuoha, Braydon Castleberry, and Avery Bolen for their embodiment of the virtue of caring. These students, along with Principal Ms. Melissa Valtierra, were recognized for their outstanding contributions to fostering a culture of kindness and consideration.

Meanwhile, Dade Middle School celebrated the character award recipients Ms. Lisa Bell, Wade Wylie, and Ashlyn Smith for their demonstration of caring attitudes towards others.

At Dade County High School, LG Wylie, Abigail Holmes, Jessica Jolly, Kyle Westmoreland, and educator Ms. Kendra Belcher were honored for their exceptional commitment to caring for their peers and community members.

In addition to character commendations, academic achievements were also celebrated within the county. Jacob Barger, a senior at Dade County High School, was recognized as the DCHS 2024 STAR Student by the Trenton-Dade Optimist Club. Barger selected Ms. Cyndy Bowden, a GNTC dual enrollment instructor, as the STAR Teacher. This recognition, part of the STAR Program (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition), highlights Georgia’s highest-achieving students and the teachers who have significantly impacted their academic journey.

Furthermore, Dade County Schools has opened registration for the 2024-2025 Pre-K program. Interested parents can register their children online or visit the Central Office located at 52 Tradition Lane. Additionally, the district encourages participation in Read Across America week, an initiative aimed at promoting the joy of reading among children.

Students of Dade County High School were celebrated for being named the 2023 ‘Student Section Of The Year’ by GHSA for Class 1A – 5A.

Looking ahead, Dade County Schools, in partnership with the Alliance For Dade, will host the 2024 Career Fair on April 17, 2024, providing area employers an opportunity to engage with approximately 450 students.

Additionally, to compensate for lost instructional time due to inclement weather, March 28th and 29th will be regular school days for students and staff.

For those wishing to provide feedback or inquire about district matters, DC Connect, a two-way communication tool, is available for use.

Lastly, the Dade County Board of Education will convene its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Monday, February 26, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. at the Dade County Board of Education building.

For further updates and events, individuals are encouraged to refer to the district calendar.