Dalton High’s German Program Receives PASCH Designation

Friday, June 13, 2014
Ava Wyatt, Dalton High's German Teacher
Ava Wyatt, Dalton High's German Teacher

Ava Wyatt and the German program at DHS have been declared a PASCH school by the German Consulate General and German Central Agency for Schools Abroad. Only seven schools were recognized this year and Dalton High was the only one outside of metro Atlanta. 

PASCH—which translates to "Schools: Partners for the Future"—is a network of over 1,500 worldwide schools that place an emphasis on the German language.

Ms. Wyatt was invited to a dinner held in Atlanta that featured other German teachers from the state and area. They spoke of the program and the exam that would follow being accepted to PASCH.

“It’s an elite thing,” Ms. Wyatt said of PASCH. “We are the only language doing it.”

Ms. Wyatt and her students also had a visitor— Petra Reuter, a German language advisor for the Central Agency for Schools Abroad. Ms. Reuter came and visited with the students and Wyatt and got a taste of the program. Ms. Wyatt then heard that they had been selected for PASCH.

“I’m so glad we were on anyone’s radar,” Ms. Wyatt said. “We feel special. Most of the schools selected are in Atlanta.”

Getting the PASCH award is a big accomplishment for DHS—students enrolled in German classes may now take a test to see if they can go study abroad in Germany for free. Students have to score high enough on the test to qualify for the prestigious experience. Students at DHS will be taking the test next March to see who qualifies to go abroad.

“It’s pretty big allowing them to go study abroad for free,” Wyatt said. “I got to study abroad, so I know what it’s like. I want that for my students. It opens a lot of doors for them they didn’t have before. Not just in college, but in their careers.”

Students will also receive a certificate that can also come in handy when looking for jobs. “It tells employers upfront that they can function in Germany,” Ms. Wyatt said.

The PASCH Awards were held at Goethe-Zentrum (German Cultural Center) in Atlanta. Ms. Wyatt was not able to attend, but DPS Superintendent Dr. Jim Hawkins went and accepted the award.

“I have the best kids in the world,” Ms. Wyatt said of her students. “They make me look good. I’m lucky.”

Ms. Wyatt and 13 of her students headed out for Wernigerode, Germany on May 25 and will be gone for three weeks. In October, German students will be making the trip to Dalton as the other part of the student exchange program. 

Schools awarded PASCH distinction are listed below:

Whitewater High School

Decatur High School

Ashford Park Elementary School

Kittredge Magnet School

Dalton High School

The Walker School

Northview High School



Belvoir Christian Academy To Hold Fall Festival Nov. 8

Belvoir Christian Academy, located at 800 Belvoir Ave. in East Ridge, invites the community to the annual fall festival on  Sat., Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.   This event, sponsored by the school’s Parent-Teacher League, has been an annual tradition for over 60 years. Festival events will include games and crafts, a petting zoo, train ... (click for more)

Rachel's Challenge Comes To Central High School Nov. 11

A program called Rachel’s Challenge will be coming to Central High School on Nov. 11. This is an innovative program that has never been to the Chattanooga area before.   Rachel's Challenge is a national non-profit organization dedicated to "creating safe, connected school environments where learning and teaching are maximized. Based on the life and writing of Rachel Scott, ... (click for more)

Downtown Chattanooga Apartment Complex Fetches $15 Million

Walnut Commons, the first downtown apartment complex built in many years, sold for $15 million, one of the developers said. John Clark said the initial estimate on the project was $11 million and it wound up costing around $12 million to build. "We're very pleased with the sale," he said. Mr. Clark, along with partners David Hudson and Bob McKenzie, are selling their stock ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Principal Ronald Hughes Named Tennessee's 2014-15 Principal Of The Year

A Hamilton County elementary school principal and an Anderson County supervisor have earned top honors for their work in Tennessee education. Ronald Hughes, principal of Apison Elementary School in Chattanooga, was named Tennessee’s 2014-15 Principal of the Year. He has served as principal at Apison Elementary for the past six years, and spent three decades working in Tennessee ... (click for more)

Congratulations To Ron Hughes

Hearty congratulations to Ron Hughes for being selected as Tennessee State Elementary Principal of the Year for 2014. Wherever Ron has been assigned as principal, he has exhibited strong leadership both academically and morally. His faith in God and his love for the students of Hamilton County have guided his actions and everyone that has benefited from the excellent education ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Brittany’s Days Dwindle

So here we are, facing what is known as “Devil’s Night” before Halloween comes, and the almost macabre news now comes that Brittany Maynard, the beautiful girl who has chosen to end her life as soon as Saturday, is struggling to meet her own deadline. She has inoperable brain cancer and, at best, only months to live. The 29-year-old, who was married shortly before her devastating ... (click for more)