Thursday, April 28, 2016

Dunwoody's Halle Scott Loses Her Life in Automobile Accident

Halle's death has devastated the Dunwoody community, particularly former, and current, Dunwoody HS students and faculty.

Below are excerpts from an AJC article about Halle.  You can read the entire article at this link: http://www.myajc.com/news/news/local/halle-scott-19-was-someone-we-looked-up-to/nrDZ3/

When Halle Scott was a girl, this had been her church, with its tiny chapel radiant whenever light streamed through the amber windows arching high. It was like that Thursday, the little brick chapel of Dunwoody United Methodist Church glowing inside, every pew filled with mourners. Outside, the rest of the world went on with its lunchtime business, many oblivious to the grief contained in this little room. There was an uneasy silence inside, broken every now and then with the rip of tissues being pulled from small boxes to muffle sobs and dry tears.

There was no order of service for this memorial to Scott. The 19-year-old perished along with three fellow UGA students after their car crashed Wednesday night. A fifth friend is fighting for her life at Athens Regional Medical Center.

The events of the past 24 hours was too much to bear for former classmates and teachers from Dunwoody High School, who gathered to mourn Scott. One by one, kids in shorts and track shoes and adults with graying hair choked out prayers. They asked what people always ask whenever a teenager has to lay a peer to rest and a parent has to bury a child: Why?




Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Kingsley Elementary Kindergarten Round Up, Thursday, May 5th
Escuela Kingsley Inscripciones para Kindergarten, 5 de mayo del 2016

 
 
 
 
 

Chesnut Elementary Hosts Kindergarten Round Up
Thursday, May 5th @ 8:30 a.m.

 
 
Chesnut Elementary will be hosting Kindergarten Round Up on Thursday, May 5th.  Kindergarten Round Up provides a chance for rising kindergarten students to meet the teachers and experience Chesnut for the first time.
 
For parents, there will be a panel discussion with current parents ready to talk about the school and the kindergarten experience, as well as to answer questions.
 
Sign in is at 8:15 a.m. and the program will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m., ending approximately at 10 a.m.
 
To RSVP, or with questions, please contact Tamika Pichardo or Marie Warren at roundup@chesnutcharter.com.  We look forward to meeting your children! 

Atomic Learning Services: Summer Tutoring Program for Math, Science, Foreign Language and Test Preparation


Mr. Brad Daniell, a Science Teacher at Peachtree Charter Middle School, runs a summer tutoring program which reviews past, or future, courses that students will take at the middle and high school level. 

Via the Atomic Learning Services website:

At Atomic Learning Services, our goal is to prepare your student for their upcoming classes through four or eight week long summer courses. Throughout the course of the semester, it is easy for students to become lost and overwhelmed. We aim to relieve these feelings and increase your student's confidence in the courses they will take. In every class, students will receive notes that outline the major concepts with example problems they may see on quizzes and tests.  Courses are provided in subjects including math, science, foreign language, and test preparation. 
 
Click on the following link to learn more about Atomic Learning Services: http://www.atomicls.com/.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Wesleyan Student, Grant Frerking, Wins the
Baylor Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award

 
Wesleyan student Grant Frerking has just won the Baylor Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
 
The junior created Metro Atlanta Pine Straw and Mulch, LLC about two years ago when he and two friends started using a pickup truck to install pine straw and mulch for neighbors. The business has grown exponentially since.  Frerking does his own invoices, hires his own workers, and even has the attention of a larger business, Swift Straw, who uses Frerking as a subcontractor.
 
 
Frerking maintains this business while also keeping good grades and playing football and basketball at Wesleyan School, a K-12 college preparatory school in Peachtree corners.
 
The Baylor Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award is designed to recognize students who are currently in high school and who are running new ventures. Each student submitted information about their company to Baylor where a panel of judges reviewed each business.
 
Grant was chosen as one of three finalists for the nationwide competition – the only from Georgia – and invited to attend the ceremony today, just hours ago he found out he won.

Round 1: DeKalb County School System Seconday School Planning & Feasibility Study

Click the following link to view the presentation as part of the Public Input meeting: http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/www/secondaryschoolfacilitystudy/wp-content/uploads/sites/66/2016/04/Public-Meeting-1_April_12_2016.pdf

You may also take the Stakeholder Survey for Round 1 by clicking the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16pxO8VWnMT0AFsGIYAKEFImx3mIN93SH1If1-sqL_YU/viewform

As per the presentation referenced above, these are the areas with the larges projected enrollment growth:



I have also included a chart which further documents the enrollment and capacity of each middle school and high school within the school district (as determined by MGT Consulting).  As the chart illustrates, there is a tremendous seat availability in Regions 4 and 5.

School Facility
Oct. 2015 Enrollment
Capacity (MGT)
Seats Available (+/-)
Region 1      
Chamblee Charter HS
1,377
1,810
433
Cross Keys HS
1,523
1,306
-217
Dunwoody HS
1,697
1,505
-192
Chamblee MS
937
1,114
177
Peachtree Charter MS
1,488
1,322
-166
Sequoyah MS
1,456
1,305
-151
     
-116
Region 2      
Druid Hills HS
1,279
1,425
146
Lakeside HS
2,133
1,756
-377
Tucker HS
1,824
1,747
-77
Druid Hills MS
919
1,251
332
Henderson MS
1,621
1,273
-348
Tucker MS
1,237
1,394
157
   
 
-167
Region 3      
Clarkston HS
1,642
1,270
-372
Redan HS
1,025
1,149
124
Stone Mountain HS
1,019
1,193
174
Stephenson HS
1,616
2,040
424
Freedom MS
1,201
1,446
245
Redan MS
730
1,160
430
Stephenson MS
1,016
1,429
413
Stone Mountain MS
953
1,272
319
     
1,757
Region 4      
Lithonia HS
1,418
1,416
-2
Miller Grove HS
1,501
1,832
331
M.L. King, JR HS
1,655
2,092
437
Southwest DeKalb HS
1,230
1,799
569
Chapel Hill MS
777
1,138
361
Lithonia MS
1,069
1,262
193
Miller Grove MS
956
1,195
239
Salem MS
1,057
1,299
242
   
 
2,370
Region 5      
Cedar Grove HS
1,083
1,240
157
Columbia HS
1,218
1,450
232
McNair HS
795
1,490
695
Towers HS
975
1,299
324
Bethune MS
844
1,459
615
Cedar Grove MS
787
1,335
548
Columbia MS
913
1,208
295
McNair MS
674
1,267
593
   
 
3,459
       

DCSD has yet to release the Facility Condition Assessment reports....waiting....

You can also read Cross Keys High School Teacher Rebekah Morris' blog post regarding facility planning for Region 1: https://georgianeducator.org/2016/04/09/dekalb-county-schools-redistricting-how-will-you-respond/

Tonight!!!
DeKalb County School System: Public Meetings for Secondary School Facility Planning & Feasibility Study
Round 1: Tuesday, April 12th @ Tucker HS
Important! Important!Important!


Okay, Dunwoody.....here's your chance to have input on solutions to the overcrowding of our schools.  Peachtree Charter MS is scheduled to  have 16 trailers the 2016-2017 school year. Read more at Stan Jester's latest blog: http://factchecker.stanjester.com/2016/03/6373/

The DeKalb County School District is conducting an assessment of its middle school and high school facilities to determine challenges and needs for the future.  This assessment is known as the Secondary School Facility Planning and Feasibility Study.

The study will identify the challenges and opportunities facing each middle school and high school, determine options to address the needs identified, and prepare regional master plans to implement the options. The regional master plans will be presented to the Board of Education for approval as input into the 2017-2022 E-SPLOST program.

The study will review feeder patterns, re-clustering attendance areas, additions to schools and new/replacement schools.

Five regional community meetings in three rounds for the public to participate in this process. Those dates are:

Round 1 (Gather input on the challenges and opportunities facing the region)
  • Tuesday April 12th at Tucker HS at 6:30pm
  • Thursday April 14th at Southwest DeKalb HS at 6:30pm
Round 2 (Present options for public input)
  • Tuesday May 10th at Dunwoody HS at 6:30pm
  • Thursday May 12th at McNair HS at 6:30pm
Round 3 (Present Recommended Plan)
  • Thursday, July 14th at AIC at 6:30pm
For more information please visit the website at: http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/www/secondaryschoolfacilitystudy/

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Upcoming AP US History and AP World History Bootcamps

Edison Prep is holding its 5th annual AP US History and AP World History Bootcamps on Saturday, April 16, and Sunday, April 17, 2016. Students enroll in one day or the other; identical material is presented each day. We know many juniors are taking the AP US History exam in mid-May and/or the SAT II US History Subject Test in either May or June. Similarly, many sophomores are taking the AP World History exam in mid-May and/or the SAT II World History Subject Test in June.
 
Edison Prep holds these bootcamps each year and flies in Mr. Gregory Hudson and Ms. Kelsey Hudson, both experienced AP History instructors, from out-of-state. Mr. Hudson and Ms. Hudson are two of the College Board's certified exam graders and their students perform outstandingly well on the exam each year. 
 
 
You can go to www.edisonprep.com/pages/aphistory.html for past testimonials and additional information. 

My note:  These bootcamps can be especially beneficial for those students on 4x4 Block Schedule that took AP World History or AP US History classes 1st semester and need a refresher prior to the AP Exams scheduled for May.
 
To Sign Up: 
Students can hold their spot and enroll via the big yellow buttons at the bottom of these pages:
For the AP US History Bootcamp: http://www.edisonprep.com/pages/apush2016.html 
For the AP World History Bootcamp: http://www.edisonprep.com/pages/apworld2016.html

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Congratulations to the DeKalb County School Students Selected For the
2016 Governor's Honors Program


Victoria Armstrong-Mensah DeKalb School of the Arts Visual Arts
Yusuf Azizi Cross Keys High School Social Studies
Sharadindu Biswas Chamblee Charter High School Engineering ( Design)
Natalie Clark Dunwoody High School Communicative Arts
John Courtney Lakeside High School Engineering (Mechanical)/Mechatronics)
Kefai Debebe Clarkston High School Social Studies
Brian Hanks Dunwoody High School Mathematics
Elise Harwell Tucker High School Social Studies
Casey Herring DeKalb School of the Arts Visual Arts
Christopher Hoang Tucker High School Communicative Arts
Clare Hunter Lakeside High School Engineering (Software)
Ria Joshi Dunwoody High School World Languages (Spanish)
Brian Kang Chamblee Charter High School Mathematics
Seaira Lett Druid Hills High School World Languages (Spanish)
Ava Maalouf DeKalb School of the Arts Music: Voice: Alto
Manav Mathews Chamblee Charter High School World Languages (German)
Mia Matrazzo Chamblee Charter High School Visual Arts
Erin McDuffie Dunwoody High School Communicative Arts
Mary McKean Lakeside High School Visual Arts
Mia Mercaldo Lakeside High School Dance
Rohan Narendra Dunwoody High School Social Studies
Isabella Sadek Chamblee Charter High School Engineering (Design)
Sakshi Sehgal Chamblee Charter High School World Languages (German)
Isabel Wargowsky Lakeside High School Science
Robert Watson Dunwoody High School Communicative Arts
Corey Williams Chamblee Charter High School Music: Music Brass: Trumpet
Catherine Willingham Chamblee Charter High School Music: Woodwind:Bassoon
Ryan Wirtz Dunwoody High School Social Studies
Benjamin Wolfson Chamblee Charter High School Science
Erin Woo Chamblee Charter High School Communicative Arts

Click the following link to view all students selected for the 2016 Governor's Honors Program: https://gosa.georgia.gov/sites/gosa.georgia.gov/files/2016%20GHP%20Finalists%20Posting.pdf