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DALTON, Ga. — Dalton Middle School eighth-graders had the opportunity to “pounce” on potential futures last week as they visited Dalton High School and Morris Innovative High School. Pounce Days allowed eighth-graders not only to tour the buildings, but also gain a sense of how their lives might look in high school, said Matt Phillips, an assistant principal at the middle school. “We’re trying to give them an experience.”

DALTON, Ga. — Jennifer Nix, a teacher at New Hope Middle School, was named Georgia Civic Engagement Teacher of the Year at this fall's Georgia Council for the Social Studies Conference, an achievement made all the more special by the fact she received the award at her alma mater, the University of Georgia.