Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Peachtree Charter Middle School Foundation Recruiting Parents for
Foundation Board of Directors

The PCMS Foundation serves as a 501c3 charitable organization that accepts directed and general use donations to PCMS. These funds are used to support annual operating expenses and other academic initiatives. This year we kicked off the Annual Fund "Can You Imagine? Campaign" and we have raised more than $46,000 to date. Through your generosity, the Foundation has been able to support our teachers by funding their specific grant requests to directly enhance the educational experience of our students. These grant requests have included I-station reading program, art supplies, Social Studies CRCT review books, Math workbooks, Academic teams, Staff Conferences and the 6th Grade Summer Bridge program. In addition, $14,000 has supported our school clinic worker. We look forward to the 2014/2015 School year with even a stronger Annual Fund Campaign.

We are currently recruiting parents who want to get involved by serving on the Foundation Board of Directors.  The Foundation Board is comprised of PCMS parents, two PCMS teachers and Mr. Heptinstall. Meetings are held monthly – typically the third Thursday of each month – from 7:45 – 9:00 am. These meetings are open to all PCMS parents. 

Please consider joining the PCMS Foundation Board of Directors. Check it out for yourself? We cordially invite you to attend the next meeting to be held on Thursday, May 15th at 7:45 a.m. in the Conference Room.  

ARE YOU INTERESTED? If yes, please contact Melissa Humphries at

Peachtree Middle School Plants an Apple Orchard

Arborist Robby Astrove demonstrates planting an apple tree.

On a beautiful day before Spring Break, students and teachers at PCMS planted an apple orchard adjacent the school garden known as The Living Classroom. Seventh-grade life science teacher, Nancy Bustamante, the sponsor of the garden, coordinated the orchard effort with Robby Astrove, an Environmental Educator and Fruit Tree Arborist. After Mr. Astrove taught the students the proper methods for planting the trees, the students enthusiastically dug the holes, positioned the trees, added compost, and finished with mulch. The large variety of apple trees will be a wonderful additional to the garden by adding shade, beauty, and of course, apples. More trees are planned for next year.

(From left to right) Students Lauren Parker, Zion Moore, and Sophie Zhang next to their apple tree

The PCMS Foundation provided the funds for the trees. The garden has been used in a variety of ways by the school. It includes a fenced-in area that has several raised beds that the health classes presently are using for growing vegetables. Sixth graders have used the garden to test anemometers calculating wind speed, and another class calculated the most efficient spacing of plants. Ms. Bustamante is now seeking certification for the Living Classroom as a Monarch Marking Station in order for students to track and study the butterflies.

Dunwoody High School Invites You to
International Week Potluck Dinner
Friday, April 25th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

For the past seven years, the language students of Dunwoody High School have worked together for weeks to plan and prepare all aspects of International Week.  It is a week where all of the cultures of the world are brought together and displayed throughout the school with decorations, games, food and entertainment.  The students do everything from contacting people that are part of international organizations to perfecting the smallest details of the games and decorations.  

This year the theme is "A Taste of Culture", based off Coca-Cola and how it connects people all over the world because it is produced and consumed internationally.  

On Friday, April 25th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., the end of International Week is celebrated by a potluck dinner with food from different from different countries and regions.  People of all ages are invited to come watch student performances while they feast on the different delicious meals.  

Tickets are $6.00 and children under the age of two are free.  T-shirts that the students designed are available for $10.00  

It is a night you don't want to miss!

Primrose School of Dunwoody
Spring Fling Fundraiser
Friday, April 25th 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Join the Primrose School of Dunwoody on Friday, April 25th, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm for the annual Spring Fling Fundraiser carnival, an evening of activities that will have you and your child laughing – and learning – while raising donations for a good cause.   Families attending can enjoy carnival games, prizes, a silent auction, raffles, music, a cake walk, food and more.Avoid the ticket lines on the evening of the event and jump right into to the fun by purchasing a wristband in advance during school hours.  Wristbands and individual tickets will also be available on the day of the event for the cake walk, games and crafts, as well as for food and beverage items. 

Spring Fling is our largest fundraiser. All monies raised will be donated to 
Reach Out and Read Georgia and Primrose Children’s Foundation, which supports non-profits such as Reach Out and Read  and Save the Children to make a difference in the lives of children.   

The Primrose School of Dunwoody is located at 5050 Nandina Lane in Dunwoody with available parking in adjacent lot at 
Dunwoody United Methodist Church.   

For more information, visit or call 770.396.8266. Come join the fun!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Dunwoody High's Mallory Harris and Maddie Dill Selected as UGA Foundation Fellows

Congratulations to Dunwoody High students Mallory Harris and Maddie Dill!  They were selected as UGA Foundation Fellows – the University of Georgia’s premier undergraduate scholarship program.

Founded in 1972 by The University of Georgia Foundation’s trustees, the Foundation Fellows Program is the university’s foremost undergraduate scholarship, placing students in a community of similarly dedicated scholars, offering a stipend that approximates the cost of attendance, a post-first-year Maymester study abroad program, individual travel-study grants, group travel-study opportunities each spring, research and academic conference grants, dinner seminars with some of the university’s best minds, and a mentoring plan that matches Fellows with professors who share their interests.

The following information is courtesy of the UGA Foundation Fellow Facebook page:

“We have another new Fellow to announce! Maddie Dill is student body president, editor-in-chief of the yearbook, and a three-sport varsity athlete at Dunwoody High School. She devotes her time to bettering her community through serving on advisory boards for several international nonprofits. Through travel and mission work, Maddie has witnessed the vast medical disparities that exist, and she plans to work in the global health field to bridge this gap and offer hope to underserved populations.”

“As if hearing Charlayne Hunter-Gault's charter lecture on Nelson Mandela this morning wasn't enough excitement -- we also heard great news from a new Fellow, Mallory Harris!

Mallory Harris attends Dunwoody High School, where she is president of the school’s chapters of the Math National Honor Society and the Harry Potter Alliance. She volunteers at Emory’s Department of Neurology. Mallory led a team of writers as senior staff at Wizarding Life Networks, an online magazine inspired by the Harry Potter series. She intends to study Applied Mathematics and Neuroscience and become a medical researcher.

Dunwoody High Student Ashton Jordan Awarded Gates Millennium Scholarship

Congratulations to Dunwoody High School student Ashton Jordan! He is a recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship for outstanding achievement for the class of 2014.  

Each year The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice.

This year was a very competitive one for the scholarship awards as over 52,000 scholarship applications were received by the Gates Foundation, the most in program history. 

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Chesnut Charter Elementary Announces Kindergarten Round Up for May 1st

Chesnut Charter Elementary School will host Kindergarten Round Up on Thursday May 1st. Will your child be attending Chesnut next year as a kindergarten student who will be new to the school? If so, please bring your child to Chesnut’s Kindergarten Round Up for a chance to meet the teachers and experience Chesnut for the first time.  The kids love it, and parents will receive important information about the school.  Sign in is at 8:15 AM, and the program will begin promptly at 8:30 AM and should last about an hour.  Those who plan to attend should RSVP to

CCRPI Scores - 2012-2013 School Year
&Revised Scores for 2011-2012 School Year

The Georgia DOE hase released the CCRPI (College and Career Readiness Index) reports. Below are the overall scores for the Dunwoody cluster schools. It is important to view all the data in its context - and there is a lot of data! The links are provided below.

Click here the Press Release from the Georgia Department of Education.

Click here to view the adjusted CCRPI data by District/school for 2011-2012.

Click here to view the CCRPI data by District/school for 2012-2013.

Click here to access an Excel Spreadsheet with the 2011-2012 data.

Click here to access an Excel Spreadsheet with 2012-2013 data.

Click here to view a summary of the changes to the 2012-2013 CCRPI.

Click here to view a more detailed summary of the changes to the 2012-2013 CCRPI.

Click here to view the CCRPI Accountability page.

School Name
2011-2012 Score

2011-2012 Score
Austin Elementary
Chesnut Charter Elementary
Dunwoody Elementary
Hightower Elementary
Kingsley Charter Elementary
Vanderlyn Elementary
Peachtree Middle
Dunwoody High

Friday, April 18, 2014

Peachtree Middle School Volleyball
Open Gym for Rising 6th - 8th

The Peachtree Middle School Volleyball program will hold several open gym dates for girls currently in grades 5-7 who plan on trying out for the Peachtree Middle School Volleyball team in August. Upcoming gym dates are Tuesday, April  22 and Thursday April 24 at the Peachtree Middle School gym from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Open gym dates are also planned for the summer. The summer program will also take place at Peachtree Middle School on July 21, 23, 25, 28, 30 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Volleyball tryouts for the Peachtree Middle School Volleyball Teams will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon and Sunday, Aug. 3, from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Click here for more information on the PCMS volleyball program.  

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Primrose School of Dunwoody
Teacher of the Month: Ms. Burgos

Primrose School of Dunwoody selects Ms. Burgos as the Teacher of the Month for April!

Ms. Burgos shares her Primrose experience:

“I am so excited to be April’s Apple of Our Eye! I am the Assistant Teacher for Pre-K and Kindergarten, as well as the Sr. Explorers.  I joined the Primrose of Dunwoody team in September of 2013 and it has been a wonderful time spent with the children and their families.  I have a Bachelor’s Degree and have been teaching for over 7 years.  I enjoy working with children because every day is filled with excitement and joy.  I love the well rounded curriculum of Primrose which is one of the reasons that attracted me when I joined. I absolutely love teaching here and appreciate the very supportive staff.
I moved from New York to Georgia about 6 years ago with my family.  Although New York will always be in my heart, Georgia is now my home.  I have two beautiful nieces that I love dearly, Analis and Maya who are 4 and 2 years old. 

In my spare time, I love reading, going to the movies and spending time outdoors! Coming from New York City, I definitely appreciate the mountains and hiking trails all over GA.  Let’s see what new adventures I continue to discover!

Congratulations to Ms. Burgos!

To learn more about the great teachers at Primrose School of Dunwoody, visit us at 5050 Nandina Lane in or call 770.396.8266.

Primrose School of Dunwoody Family of the Month
The McKeveny Family

The McKeveny Family shares their Primrose experience:

“We are so happy to be selected as the Primrose family of the month. Both of our children, Aden (3) and Kate (18 months) attend Primrose.

A little about us... Mommy (Linda) and Daddy (Sam) met in September 2006 while watching a University of Florida football game - Go Gators! We were holding hands by the end of the evening and were married three years later in Roswell at Primrose Cottage. Aden Michael was born in March of 2011 and Katherine Elizabeth came about 17 months later - a little earlier than we planned, but a welcomed surprise!

We live right around the corner from Primrose so you may see us walking with our wagon from our home in Dunwoody West.  Sam works in sales for a customer intelligence company called MarketForce and Linda works for Intercontinental Hotels Group as a project manager & business analyst in their IT department.

As a family, we love watching any & all sports, playing at the park, reading at the bookstore on a rainy day or just hanging out with friends.

Thanks Primrose - Aden & Kate love their teachers and we do too!”

Congratulations to the McKeveny family!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Dunwoody High Academic Team Selling
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts/Coffee to
Fund Trip to National Championships

The DHS Academic Team is bound for Chicago to compete in its second consecutive national championship tournament!  But to get there we need your help to raise funds for travel, hotels, and tournament expenses.  The team will be selling doughnuts in the school lobby (and outside when it gets warmer) on Thursday mornings from now until we reach our goal.  You can buy boxes of a dozen freshly made doughnuts for $10 (just slightly more than you'd pay at Krispy Kreme) or single doughnuts for $1 each.  We are also selling some Krispy Kreme items such as coffee and gift certificates that you may order on Thursday mornings, or pre-order via the following webpage:

Thank you for supporting our team!  We have been consistently ranked in the top 5 academic teams in the state all year long, and we are hoping to represent Dunwoody and Georgia well in Chicago!

Note:  You can also make a monetary contribution to help with trip expenses.  Checks can be made payable to: 

Dunwoody High School (write "Scholars Bowl" in the memo section)
c/o Rand Wise
5035 Vermack Road
Dunwoody, GA  30338

Registration Is Open: Dunwoody High Softball Camp
June 9th through 12th

Dunwoody High School Softball Camp
June 9 - 12, For Ages K through 8
9 am - 1 pm
Cost $125, Camp T-shirt included

Hitting activities, Fielding activities, fun crafts !!!
Staffed by Dunwoody High School Coach Kerry Brown and players
You can register via this link:
We look forward to welcoming your camper this summer.

Go Future Wildcats!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Primrose Families Join Together to Support Literacy
More Than 400 Books Donated to
Reach Out and Read

Primrose School of Dunwoody owner, Cami Nail and Reach Out and Read representative Debbie Bartolomei with Primrose students (left to right) Zoe McNeil (Private Pre-K), and Kindergarteners Connor Gorli, Zeina Alayli, Annabelle Bolton and Abram Alvarado. 

Dunwoody, GA [April 1, 2014] – Preschoolers and families at the Primrose School of Dunwoody have helped to provide books for local children in need after their month-long book drive.  On April 1st, more than 400 new and gently used books were donated Reach Out and Read, a national non-profit committed to promoting literacy through pediatric primary care.  Local Reach Out and Read representative, Debbie Bartolomei, accepted the books on behalf of Reach Out and Read Georgia.

The book drive is a part of Og’s Bountiful Books, a Primrose reading program designed to encourage parents to read to their children at home and send in favorite books to school to share with their classmates and those in need. “Og” is the official Primrose school bookworm – as well as one of the school’s character development mascots. The Og’s Bountiful Books program is a key part of the Balanced Learning® system, which balances academics, play and character development.

To learn more about the great programs and events at the Primrose School of Dunwoody, visit the school campus at 5050 Nandina Lane in Dunwoody, or call 770.396.8266 to arrange for a tour.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Michael Thurmond Talks Charter School System

Below is an interview WSB-TV's Erica Byfield conducted with DeKalb School Superintendent Michael Thurmond in regards to DCSS becoming a Charter School System.  The "interview" appears, at least to me, as nothing more than a PR piece for Thurmond.  In fact, his answers are so rehearsed, I believe he knew the questions beforehand.  Of course, there is the obligatory North vs South question thrown in.

Below is also an excerpt from an article in the AJC regarding DeKalb's Charter status.  The Board of Education appears willing to approve for the entire school district what they denied the Druid Hills Charter Cluster. Make sense? Well, it is DCSS.  Also, a question, if the school district becomes a charter district, what does that mean for the current conversion charters? Will DCSS deem them unnecessary and deny their petitions? 

By Ty Tagami
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The DeKalb County School District may become the next big metro Atlanta system to give more autonomy to principals and parents, if the school board votes as expected next month to pursue charter system status.

Every Georgia district must decide by summer 2015 whether to maintain the status quo or to restructure and push more decisions from the central office to the schoolhouse.

Click here to read the remainder of the article.

Also, if you have not reviewed the Flexibility Advisory Committee Executive Summary, you can view by clicking here.

Click here to view the district's presentation on "Charter System" and "Status Quo" options.

Monday, April 7, 2014

DeKalb Schools STAR Students & Teachers Honored

The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program honors Georgia's outstanding high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development.  During the past 56 years, the STAR Program has honored more than 24,000 high school seniors who have in turn chosen their STAR Teachers to share in this recognition.

The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation, Inc. was selected in 1994 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce to coordinate the state STAR program in association with the Chamber and the Georgia Department of Education. 

Every accredited high school in Georgia is eligible to participate in the STAR program.  To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on one test date on the three-part SAT taken through the November test date of their senior year and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.  Nominees' SAT scores must be equal to or higher than the latest available national average on the math, critical reading and writing sections.  Each high school STAR Student is asked to name his/her STAR Teacher.  

DeKalb County High School STAR Students and their teachers were recently honored by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce at its annual STAR Luncheon.

Congratulations to Dunwoody’s STAR Students and their teachers:

Dunwoody Maddie Dill Erik Vincent
Mallory Harris Rand Wise

The following are the DeKalb County School District High School Star Students and Teachers.  I apologize for the schools/students missing from the list.  Thank you for the Druid Hills info.

Arabia MountainFabian Dwight FlowersElla Davis
Chamblee Mollie Rose SimonChristopher Smith
ClarkstonPhat Chang Teresa Brooks
ColumbiaNydrel Jack Kisa Orlowski
Cross KeysKui Sit Monique Warton
DeKalb Early CollegeNaud Ghebre Jason Butler
DeKalb School of the ArtsElisa Branwen Guinn Sandra Beth Williams
Druid HillsAdriano IqbalPaul Johnson
LakesideHolly Elara Brooks Michael Washington
LithoniaOnneka Venessa McQuennie Ahmariah Jackson
Martin Luther King, Jr. Indigo Gill Calvin Leaks
Miller GroveAmirah Garland Lissy Philip
RedanKiandra A. Smith Akilah Hill
Southwest DeKalbChelsea A. Jackson James Bailey
StephensonZoe-Ann V. Robertson Mario Miner
Stone Mountain Vy HuynhKeatra Wright
TuckerMary Elizabeth KhoTeresa Milam

Primrose School of Dunwoody Preschoolers Enjoy a Spring Hat Parade and Egg Hunt

Primrose preschoolers celebrate the season with a Spring Hat Parade and Egg Hunt. 

Primrose Pre-K student, Ella
Meyer (Dunwoody), models her
handmade Spring Hat
Primrose students from the Early Preschool
classroom, Luke Stanley (Atlanta) and
Tyler Murphy (Dunwoody) enjoy their
surprises inside the eggs

To learn more about the great programs and events at the Primrose School of Dunwoody, visit our school campus at 5050 Nandina Lane in Dunwoody, or call 770.396.8266 to arrange for a tour.

About Primrose Schools®
Founded in 1982, Primrose Schools is the nation’s leader in providing a premier educational child care experience in more than 260 schools in 17 states. Each Primrose is independently owned and operated by our Franchise Owners. They partner with parents to help children build the right foundation for future learning and life, and offer an environment that helps children have fun while nurturing Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts®.

The Balanced Learning® system, consistently delivered in all Primrose Schools nationwide, is designed to provide high quality educational experiences to support children’s social-emotional, cognitive, creative and physical development.  It is made up of an exclusive standards-based curriculum that enables teachers to help children gain the knowledge and skills that will enable them to move successfully from one level of development to the next as well-rounded individuals. The system also offers developmentally appropriate materials and equipment for all classrooms; multiple forms of assessment; and extensive training for teachers. 

Primrose is the first early childhood education organization in the country to receive AdvancED Corporation Systems Accreditation under the new Standards for Quality Early Learning Schools. This accreditation ensures all Primrose schools meet the highest quality standards and shows they are continually improving student learning. Primrose Schools stands behind its commitment to deliver an exceptional early childhood experience with the Primrose Guarantee, a parent’s assurance of complete satisfaction. For more information, visit

Thursday, April 3, 2014

More Dunwoody High School Math Team News

The 2013-2014 Rocket City Math League Competition has recently concluded, with Dunwoody High students performing very well. The competition, sponsored by Mu Alpha Theta, the math national honor society, is a multi-round national level contest that also draws competitors from Asia and Europe.

It is divided into levels based on what courses contestants have completed. In the Comprehensive Division, which ranges into the Calculus and beyond, senior Mallory Harris placed 36th out of nearly 2000 contestants.  Seniors Thomas Dellaert and Mary Elizabeth Lee also finished in the top 200, Thomas in 107th place, and Mary Elizabeth in 158th.  In the Advanced Algebra Division, sophomore Parul Rai placed 64th; in the Geometry Division, freshman Mary Anderson placed 176th.

The 2013-2014 Log 1 contest, also sponsored by Mu Alpha Theta, has also wrapped up its final round. The Log 1 features a team element in addition to individuals. Dunwoody competes in the eastern region, which includes the 9 eastern seaboard states (and Washington, DC) from Florida up to Pennsylvania and also the Caribbean. Dunwoody placed 10th in the region, with only one Georgia team (Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology) ahead of us. Individuals compete in 3 divisions based on year and math courses. In the junior division, freshman Nate Lee placed 24th. In the intermediate division, sophomore Parul Rai placed 25th. In the senior division, senior Mallory Harris placed 16th.

This has been a very successful year for the Dunwoody High School Math team, and we still have two more major events to finish out the season in late April--the Clemson Calculus Challenge held at Clemson University and the GCTM Varsity State Mathematics Tournament, held in Macon. Last year our team did well in both, finishing 4th in Georgia AAAAA, and we are looking for our seniors to improve on last year. Go Wildcats!

Primrose School of Dunwoody Feature Article:
Keeping Children Safe
Balancing Passive and Active Injury Prevention

Provided by: Kristin McCabe
Marketing Director, Primrose School of Dunwoody

According to SafeKids Worldwide, a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children, nearly nine million children are treated for preventable injuries in emergency departments every year. As children grow and begin to explore their environments, so does the list of potentially hazardous situations. Fortunately, it is possible to keep children safe while still giving them the freedom to discover the world around them

Pediatrician, mother, author and subject matter expert, Dr. Laura Jana, suggests implementing passive and active injury prevention techniques. Passive prevention includes things we can do, buy or install that keep children safe without adults running to the rescue, such as outlet covers, corner protectors and pool fences.

However, all of the outlet covers, corner protectors and pool fences combined do not take the place of direct adult supervision. Thus, equally important is what is referred to as active prevention. Being within arm’s reach of a child near a pool or buckling the safety harness when traveling in the car are just two examples of active prevention.

To support your child’s natural desire to explore, while keeping her happy, healthy and safe, take into consideration a few active and passive injury prevention strategies.

Room profiling. Scanning rooms to look for potential hazards can be a quick, yet efficient way of preventing injury. Some important questions to consider include:

·          Are windows locked and cribs away from windows or dressers?
·          Are outlets covered and cords tug-proofed?
·          Are medicines, cleaning agents and other dangerous-to-ingest
       items stored safely out of reach?
·          Have the floors been scoured for potential choking hazards?

Given that almost every room can have potential hazards, the American Academy of Pediatrics has a list on their website to help you identify concerns. It includes tips on how to securely store cleaning products and medicines, identify poisonous houseplants and more.

Think outside the house. Whether at school, in the car or at grandma’s house, invest time and energy into making sure your children are safe in other places where they spend time. Think through which items are potentially dangerous, and remember that these can vary depending on the age of your child. SafeKids conveniently lists potential hazards for infant to 12-month-olds and 1 to 4-year-olds.

Out of sight, out of mind. If young children don’t see something, they’re less likely to want it. Whether it is sharp objects, poisonous cleaning agents, gas cans or medications, the best safety combination is to have them in their original safety-proof containers, out of reach and ideally locked out of sight.

Accept no substitutes. Simply put, no amount of safety proofing eliminates the need for age-appropriate adult supervision.

Realistically, we may not be able to prevent every scrape or bruise, but finding a balance between children’s important need to explore, and protecting them from harm can certainly minimize the risk of injury. Implementing passive injury prevention in combination with active supervision, especially in riskier environments, will allow your child freedom to explore and enjoy his surroundings while helping ensure your child is happy, healthy and safe.

To learn about Primrose School of Dunwoody, please visit our school campus at 5050 Nandina Lane adjacent to Dunwoody Village, or call 770.396.8266. For more parenting tips, visit our 360 Parenting blog at

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Dunwoody High Math Team News

Two big announcements:

1.  For the second year in a row, our Moody's Mega-Challenge Team has made it into the second round of judging. Of nearly 1200 teams from around the country that entered the contest, only 200 were selected to continue on in the competition. Of 32 Georgia teams that entered the contest, Dunwoody is one of six that will continue to compete for awards that range up to $20,000 for first place. This contest is only open to juniors and seniors, so it is very rare for group of students to achieve this twice, but this is exactly what Jeanne Davis, Thomas Dellaert, Mallory Harris, Mary Elizabeth Lee and Jacky Zhu have done. Congratulations, and good luck in round 2!

2.  DHS Math Team juniors Zack Bloomberg and Alex Mason have received word
that their entry into the Mu Alpha Theta Mathematical Minutes Video Contest has been chosen as one of the top 8 from all over the United States.The video is featured on the Mu Alpha Theta webpage -- it's the very first one.  (I have also embedded the video below)   Over the next two weeks, math honor society chapters all over the country will view the eight videos and each chapter will submit a ballot.  The top videos earn monetary awards.  Good luck, Zack and Alex! 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Primrose School of Dunwoody "Dare To Imagine!" Summer Camp Registration Begins April 1st

Primrose School of Dunwoody Explorers Club Summer Camp 2014 is all about summer adventures big and small with Summer Camp Theme, Dare to Imagine! and weekly themes related to the great outdoors, science, game shows, music, inventions travel and more!

Call 770-396-8266 to register your summer camper.  At Camp Primrose, it's all about summer adventures big and small.

Week 1(May 27-30) You’re the Next Contestant! Everyone loves to play games and this week of Summer Camp will focus on just that! Explorers share favorite games with each other, learn new games, and even create and host a few game shows of their own!
Week 2(June 2-6)On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!Beautiful weather makes summer the perfect time for active fun! Explorers play sports, visit local ball parks and sports stadiums, meet team mascots, and more during this fun-filled and sporty week!
Week 3(June 9-13)What Lies BeneathStudents discover the depths of the deep blue as they dive in to
underwater fun. Explorers visit local aquariums, create virtualaquariums, and more in this unit!
Week 4(June 16-20)Midnight at the MuseumStudents explore Egyptian Hieroglyphics, dinosaur skeletons, mementos from major events in history, etc. as they take trips to local museums and more!
Week 5(June 23-27)Medieval TimesKings, queens, knights, and castles, oh my! Explorers take virtual tours of castles, create their own coat of arms, design crown jewels, and explore what it would have been like to be king, queen, princess or perhaps a brave knight!
Week 6(June 30- July 3, closed on July 4th) Treasure Island“X” marks the spot! Explorers spend the week imagining what it would be like to explore a deserted island in search of jewels and hidden treasures!
Week 7(July 7-11)Beyond the BackyardCampers explore the great outdoors this week with trips to local parks, nature-themed craft projects, virtual vacations to National Parks, and perhaps even learning to set up camp!
Week 8(July 14-18)Inventions & RoboticsExplorers let their imaginations soar this week as they learn about inventions throughout history and even discover a few great invention ideas of their own!
Week 9(July 21-25)The Science of Cooking Delicious fun is in store as Explorers set off on adventures of the culinary kind this week learning about the science of cooking!
Week 10(July 28–Aug 1)And the Year Is . . .Travel back in time as we take a look at decades in history. We explore the sock hops and poodle skirts of the 1950s, leisure suits and disco balls of the 70s, moonwalk through the 1980s, and more!
Week 11(August 4-8)Quiet on the Set!Watch favorite movies or take a trip to a nearby theatre or IMAX to see favorite films—old and new. Explorers even try their hand at film production with movies of their own!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Dunwoody High Student Ashton Jordan Awarded National Army ROTC Scholarship &
National Navy Minority ROTC Scholarship

Congratulations go out to Dunwoody High School student Ashton Jordan who was recently awarded 2 ROTC scholarships. 

Ashton was selected as a winner of a National Army 4 year ROTC Scholarship to Elon University and a National Navy Minority 4 year ROTC Scholarship to Morehouse College and Southern A&M College.

These scholarships include full tuition, fees, books and a monthly stipend between $300 and $500. The schools provide housing and meal plans to recipients of the ROTC scholarship.

At the end of his undergraduate studies, Ashton will become a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Military as a 2nd Lieutenant (Army) or Ensign (Navy).

Friday, March 28, 2014

Congratulations to Dunwoody High School Students Chosen As Governor's Honors Program Finalists!
Updated With All DeKalb Student Selections

Another banner year for Dunwoody High School for Governors Honors! We had the most finalists in DeKalb, and only 9 schools in Georgia had more finalists--8 of them significantly larger than us (6A or moving to 6A next year) and the other a specialty school. 

Also, our second consecutive year in the top five schools in the state for math finalists.

Theses students are the 2014 GHP Finalists.  Thank you for all the hard work you put into the application/interview process. The Finalists for Dunwoody are:

Student NameSubject
Dunwoody HSCatriona Geddes Chemistry
Alexander Mason Chemistry
Caroline Kish German
Joseph Noto Mathematics
Ryan Polk Mathematics
Parul Rai Mathematics
Aaron Martin Mathematics (Alternate)
Kendall Lowrey Social Studies
Nathan Bryant Spanish
Ooha EdupugantiSpanish
Archish ChaturvediTechnology

Other DeKalb students selected are:
Student NameSubject
ChambleeAlexander Bragan Communicative Arts
Madeline Clowse German
Aomeng Cul German
Nuzhat KabirGerman
Deanna Lao German
Starr Sandoval German
Wesley Cheung Mathematics (Alternate)
Nina Quinn Music (Flute)
Cross KeysBradley Mensah Social Studies
DeKalb School of the ArtsAdam Robertson Communicative Arts
Nasreen Abd Elal Social Studies
Laura KellyTheatre Performance
Druid HillsNicole Mintz Chemistry (alternate)
Ayala Gopnik-McManusCommunicative Arts
Abishkar ChetriMathematics (Alternate)
Marilyn Miller Social Studies
Daniella Henry Social Studies
Joanna HoareSocial Studies
Daniel EthridgeSpanish
LakesideAneesa RupasinghaBiology
Sang-Chan KimMathematics
Yi LiMathematics
Simola NayakMathematics
Jonathan YaegerMathemetics/td>
Sri BhatSocial Studies
Alex BondarTechnology
Miller GroveJayla MoodySocial Studies
TuckerPhong LeMathematics (alternate)

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Dunwoody High School Academic Team
Finishes 4th at State Championship!

Congratulations to the DHS Academic Team on finishing 4th in Georgia AAAAA!

Led by captain Thomas Dellaert, the team of senior Jacky Zhu, juniors Varsha Narendra and Zack Bloomberg,  and sophomore Ryan Polk earned the #3 seed in the state before falling to last year's state champ Bainbridge. Captain Thomas Dellaert led our scoring with an astounding 32% average (which is kind of like batting .320 in baseball, except that in quiz bowl, you're competing with other players on every pitch).

The team also worked well together to achieve a 68.8% bonus question average, which should move us up in the next national rankings.

The team will now turn its attention to prepping for the national championship tournament which is being held in Chicago at the end of May.