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January 2019
KDS Schools Show Improvement on State Report Card
The 2017-2018 report cards for Alabama's schools and districts have recently been released, and overall, KDS schools have shown improvement.

KDS DAR Middle School increased its score from an 84 to an 87, while KDS DAR Elementary School retained its 2016-2017 score of 87. KDS DAR High School showed marked improvement, moving from a score of 78 last year to an 86 this year.
 
Snowflake Holiday Campaign
Creates a Flurry of Giving
Thank you to the generous donors who helped make Christmas merry for some special boys and girls and their families. These kind gifts enabled KDS to sponsor sixty-five students (Pre-K through 12th grade), with almost $12,000 being given by 132 donors. The 2018 "Snowflake" Holiday Giving Campaign ensured that families in need had reason to celebrate on  Christmas morning. What a wonderful way to rejoice in the spirit of the  holiday season!

Many thanks to everyone who gave so generously to make Christmas bright for all the children at KDS!

Green Named Chair of County Tourism Board
KDS Executive Director Heather Green has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the agency responsible for promoting the area to visitors. She was tapped to chair the tourism agency's board during its November 2018 meeting and will serve a one-year term.

Green is the Executive Director of the Kate Duncan Smith DAR School, a position she has held for more than 10 years. Prior to her tenure at KDS, she spent a number of years working in the tourism industry for organizations such as the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association, and the Lake Guntersville Chamber of Commerce.

"Being involved with the Marshall County CVB has allowed me to be better informed about all the great offerings in our county," said Green. "We are fortunate to live in a beautiful area of the country with world class recreation opportunities, events, museums, and attractions, and it's exciting to share that with visitors."

Green has served on the Marshall County CVB Board of Directors since June of 2016, representing the Town of Grant and Grant Chamber of Commerce.

KDS Graduate is Alabama's
Youngest Park Ranger
When Alex Prickett got a job as a tour guide at Cathedral Caverns State Park, he was in the 10th grade and had no idea that he would find his life's calling of work in the great outdoors. In June of 2018, Alex became the State of Alabama's youngest park ranger when he was sworn in at Cheaha State Park. But he is actually a park veteran. Beginning in 2014, he worked part-time as a tour guide and maintenance man at Cathedral Caverns State Park in Grant throughout his high school years at KDS DAR School. A lthough just 20 years old, Alex Prickett is already a veteran employee of Alabama's State Parks.
 
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Highlights
Brayden Lewis Named
KDS High School
Heisman Winner

 
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Saving Fred - STEM Activity
 
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Freshmen Visit the
Wall that Heals

 
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KDS Fifth Graders Learn
About the Exploration
of Mars

 
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KDS Students Celebrate
Christmas by Helping Others

 
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KDS Senior Signs
Volleyball Scholarship

 
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