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Tuesday, February 13th - Student Achievement Awards Night for 2nd Quarter AND a Cook OUT!

Wednesday, February 14th - Valentines Day, "The Budget Game" (Presented by The Norton Agency) AND CUPCAKE DECORATING!

Thursday, February 15th - "Credit Choices" (Presented by BBT) AND a cup of hot cocoa!

Monday, February 19th - "Saving for Life" (Presented by Mrs. Mayfield) AND Krispy Kreme Night!

Tuesday, February 20th - Enjoy a Visit from the Resume Bus AND Chick-fil-A!

Wednesday, February 21st - Job Interview AND a Fashion Show!

Thursday, February 22nd - "Business Ethics" presented by UNG AND S'mores Night!

Monday, February 26th - "Opportunities for Dual Enrollment" presented by Mrs. Martin AND Ice cream Night!

Tuesday, February 27th - "Getting the job, Now what?" Tips and Hints presented by Tara Hardwick AND Nacho Night!

Wednesday, February 28th - "Texting Do's and Dont's" Speaker TBA AND Cookies and Milk Night!

EOC Schedule
  • Monday, February 19th:  ELA
  • Tuesday, February 20th: ELA & Math
  • Wednesday, February 21st: Social Studies & Science
  • Thursday, February 22nd: Make-up Day




We celebrated our 1 year Anniversary with a pancake dinner! Students enjoyed creating and personalizing their stacks! A special thanks to Mardy Hendon, Janet Spaulding and Nicki Chester for preparing the special treat and bringing in the delicious toppings!


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The Senior Cook Out was a success! Students enjoyed the delicious hamburgers and hotdogs grilled by Site Admin Shannon Gable and the delicious sides prepared by Registrar Mardy Hendon! Students and parents relaxed as graduate Ben Cash was recognized for his achievements.



Dawson MECHS Students enjoyed the beautiful weather during a recent trip to Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge. Lori VanSickle organized a variety of presenters to speak about their jobs at the park and the job opportunities that the area has to offer. Jacob Engstrom informed students about the different species of snakes in our region. He spoke about both venomous and non-venomous species to bring awareness to students. Chaperones Work-Based Learning Dianne Mayfield Registrar Mardy Hendon, and Site Administrator Shannon Gables also enjoyed learning more about Amicalola State Park and the many jobs that the park offers.


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Pictured from L to R: Carla Boutin, Assistant Superintendent of  MECHS Tracy Sanford, Dawson MECHS Site Admin Shannon Gable, Dawson Chamber of Commerce President Christie Haynes, Lanier Technical College Dean of Dawson Campus Troy Lindsey, and Dawson MECHS Site Admin Anita Cox

Dawson MECHS was excited to host the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce for Business After Hours Tuesday, April 25th.   Dawson Chamber of Commerce President Christie Haynes, Membership Director Melissa Mayton and Marketing and Events Director Davida Simpson welcomed guests and presented information about what the Dawson Chamber of Commerce offers the community.  

Assistant Superintendent of MECHS Tracy Sanford was the guest speaker.  He discussed the opportunities and programs that MECHS provides for students to earn a diploma.  Lanier Technical College Dean of Dawson Campus Troy Lindsey also talked about the Move On When Ready Program that Lanier Technical College offers for MECHS students to get a head start on post-graduate programs and training.
This event was a great opportunity for Dawson MECHS to spread the word about what it offers to its students to local business members.  We look forward to working with the Dawson Chamber of Commerce to help meet future needs of our students!  


Most students spend their spring break relaxing at the beach or maybe in the mountains. But Dawson MECHS students Jacob Barlowe and Victoria Birlew spent their spring break learning about our Nation’s history in Washington, DC.  Both seniors were selected to attend the annual Washington D.C. trip with other MECHS students.  In all, 16 MECHS Chaperones accompanied 27 MECHS students for the three-day trip. 

Students left for Washington, D.C. early in the morning Sunday, April 3rd and arrived late that evening to begin their action packed tour. Students and chaperones traveled by charter bus via Daniel’s Charters.  Upon arriving Sunday, the group began by visiting the Pentagon Memorial. 

On day two, they visited Arlington National Cemetery, the US Marine Corps War Memorial, the White House, the Martin Luther King, Jr. and Roosevelt Memorials.  Participants also enjoyed a nice dinner provided by trip sponsors at Long Horns’ Steakhouse to be followed by a sunset walking tour of the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials.

The next day, the tours continued!  The group visited the Library of Congress, and then had a picture made with Senator Perdue.  Then they had lunch at the Capitol, followed by a tour of the Capitol.  Students were also able to tour the Smithsonian Museums of their choice – the Natural History Museums, the National Gallery of Art, the National Air and Space Museum or the Native American Museum. 

Both students said they had an amazing time and that this trip was an amazing experience.  Victoria Birlew said that, “None of pictures or videos can compare to being there in real life.  It was an amazing experience and I learned so much…seeing everything makes me think about it all.  I am so glad I had this opportunity to meet new friends and learn about our country’s history.”

Director of Performance Dr. Joe Cash and Assistant Superintendent Tracy Sanford meticulously planned the action packed trip.  The trip was no cost to attendees thanks to its sponsors:  The Cottrell Foundation, The American Legion Post 239, Dahlonega Ministerial Association, and Amicalola Electric Membership Corporation.  The sponsorship of this trip provided an opportunity that students would not have otherwise.  Dawson MECHS greatly appreciates all of the time and effort Dr. Joe Cash and Tracy Sanford took to plan this trip as well as the tremendous donation from these sponsors.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR Chick-fil-A Student of the Month!

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Pictured: Site Admin Anita Cox, Jerrell Smith, Graduation Coach Dr. Todd Henry

Congratulations to our Chick Fil-A Student of the Month, Jerrell Smith.  Jerrell was chosen for this award because of his hard work and dedication to the program.  Dawson MECHS Site Administrator Anita Cox said, "He always has a smile on his face, shows up eager to learn and eager to work." Jerrell is self-motivated and driven.  He is also an apprentice for his father, a dental lab technician.  Jerrell hopes to gain insight from this apprenticeship to help him with his future endeavors.  He plans to pursue a career in the dental field.



Ben Cash

We are so proud to announce our first graduate, Ben Cash! Ben is the son of Russell and Lisa Jo Cash. Ben chose to attend Dawson Mountain Education Charter School to facilitate his goal of becoming a Music Minister for Free Chapel.  Ben said that he knew that Dawson MECHS was the perfect place to help him accomplish his goal because, “Everyone is a strong Christian in leadership here and it related to me.”  He liked that the program and classes were very direct.  He said that he can “… get all of the help I need, if I needed it.”  Ben plans to attend Hillsong College in Australia to pursue a degree in Pastoral Leadership.


Dawson MECHS Students visited the State Capitol last week and met with Senator Steve Gooch, State Representative Kevin Tanner, and other elected leaders. Site Administrator Shannon Gable accompanied students Samantha Huggard and Jerrel Smith to tour the Capitol with other MECHS Students.  This trip was a wonderful opportunity for students to see leaders in action.   A big "Thanks" to MECHS for giving our students this opportunity that they will never forget!  We also want to thank our elected leaders for hosting this event and meeting with students.

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Pictured: Samantha Huggard, Dawson MECHS Site Administrator Shannon Gable, and Jerrel Smith

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Pictured: Assistant Superintendent Tracy Sanford, Governor Nathan Deal, Superintendent Dr.Wayne Lovell and Curriculum Director Dr. Jennifer Glover accompanying MECHS faculty and students

College and Career Night

Dawson MECHS Student Support Services arranged a very informative College and Career Night.  Students and Faculty enjoyed visits from various institutions -  they had the opportunity to visit US Army Recruiter Staff Sergeant Alford, Army National Guard Specialist Gisler, Marcus Hilliard from the Georgia Student Finance Commission, University of North Georgia Admissions Officer Lauren Robertson, Lanier Technical College Dean of Dawson Campus Troy Lindsey and Lanier Technical College High School Coordinator Chanda Harkins. After visiting with representatives, Dawson MECHS treated students to Chick Fil-A.  

Chili & Soup Cook off

Students and faculty had a great time at our Inaugural Chili & Soup Cook Off.  Jenny Cain, Mardy Hendon, Sarah Pruitt and Janet Spaulding competed for the first place prize.  After all votes were tallied, Janet Spaulding's Taco Soup won!  Thank you ladies for your delicious dishes!

Financial Aid Night

On January 10th, Marcus Hilliard, region representative from Georgia Student Finance Commission (FSFA), came to Dawson MECHS to speak to students and parents regarding options for Financial Aid.  Marcus explained that students have several options for Financial Aid to help pay for college after graduating. He explained that Financial Aid comes from a variety of resources and for students to thoroughly explore their options. He also encouraged students to explore for more help and information.  

Holiday Lasagna & "MOWR"...

Students, parents, and faculty received a special treat on the last day of school before winter break -  holiday lasagna and MOWR! Troy Lindsey, Dean of Lanier Technical College, Dawson Campus and Chanda Harkins spoke to students and parents regarding Move On When Ready (MOWR) opportunities offered at MECHS and Lanier Technical College.  Everyone enjoyed a delicious meal while getting to listen to the options and classes Lanier Tech offers potential students.  

Dawson County Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Dawson MECHS

We would like to thank everyone for attending our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the new location of MECHS - Dawson County.  MECHS is excited  and looking forward to providing students another opportunity to meet their educational needs in Dawson County.  We appreciate the support and enthusiasm from the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, this community and from all who attended this ceremony.  We would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Wayne Lovell, Superintendent of MECHS; Tracy Sanford, Assistant Superintendent of MECHS; Jennifer Glover, Curriculum Director of MECHS; Don Corr, Site Administrator of Bartow MECHS; Dr. Damon Gibbs, Superintendent of Dawson County Schools; Kevin Tanner, State Representative; Troy Lindsey, Dean of Lanier Technical College, Dawson Campus; and Christy Haynes, President of Dawson County Chamber of Commerce.

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Mountain Education Charter High School (MECHS) is a collaborative effort of Elbert, Fannin, Forsyth, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Pickens, Rabun, Towns, Union, and White County School Systems. The MECHS collaborative organization also operates sites in Habersham and Stephens Counties. We are an academic, self-paced, individualized evening high school that serves students who are seeking a non-traditional school environment and who desire a Georgia high school diploma.

MECHS also serves students who need to make-up missed credit from their regular high school, enabling them to stay on academic track and graduate with their peers. 

MECHS is a year-round high school that offers all Georgia required curriculum courses as well as a variety of vocational courses and state-mandated testing. 

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