Thursday, February 4, 2016

Reminder: Today!!! - Peachtree Charter Middle School
Charter Petition Vote
7am to 7pm - Gym Lobby

The PCMS Charter Committee is holding a vote to demonstrate support for/against the charter petition on February 5 in the gym lobby.  One parent/guardian per registered PCMS student is allowed to vote on this matter between 7 am and 7 pm. You must bring ID to vote.

Please don't be silent on this matter.  Your presence at the poll is critical!  Put it on your calendar:  February 5 VOTE!!

You can read the Charter Renewal Petition online

Dunwoody HS Girls Swim/Dive Teams Wins County; Boys Team Places 3rd
State Championships Are This Weekend

Congratulations also go the Chamblee HS Boys Team which won its 4th straight county title! The Chamblee Girls Team placed 3rd.

The write-up on the county meet by DCSD Athletics can be found at this link:

You can find further information about State championships:
Courtesy of DHS PTO Newsletter:
The Wet Wildcats head into the GHSA State Meet at Georgia Tech this weekend leading off Thursday with a team high five divers who have made the state cut (Abbey Yates, Emily Christensen, Savannah Maddux, Molly Taptich and Zack Humphries), followed by the swimmers on Friday and Saturday.
The DHS Swim and Dive team finished their regular season on a high note last Thursday with the girls repeating as county champions and the boys finishing third.
Girls take 1st & 2nd place at County Dive Meet - AGAIN!
Senior Abbey Yates (GT commit) took her 4th consecutive county dive title, and junior Emily Christensen took her 3rd consecutive 2nd place finish behind her teammate. These two girls have dominated the county meet the last few years and set the standard for our program. 
Divers Zack Humphries (3rd) and JT Melton (5th) also had a strong showing at county.
Girls are champions at County Swim Meet
The swimmers continued the girls' winning streak with first place finishes in a whopping 7 events: the 200 Medley Relay (Hannah Robison, Allie Reiter, Laura SpratlingKaleigh McGrady), 200 IM (Allie Reiter), 50 Freestyle (Kaleigh McGrady), 100 Free (Kaleigh McGrady ), 500 Free (Megan Johnson), 200 Free Relay (Laura Spratling, Allie Reiter, Hannah Robison, Kaleigh McGrady), and 100 Brest (Allie Reiter). The girls piled on points: 200 IM (6th Sydney Prusak), 50 Free (6th Sydney Sloan), 100 Fly (4th Hannah Robison, 5th Sydney Prusak), 100 Free (6th Sydney Sloan), 500 Free (6th Lydia Fletcher), 100 Back (6th Claire Tannen, 9th Jennifer Kiser), 100 Breast (4th Ellie Eisenmesser), and capped it off with a 2nd place finish in the 400 Free Relay (Laura Spratling, Hannah Robison, Megan Johnson, Sydney Sloan) to dominate the meet.
Boys take 3rd place at County Swim Meet
The boys fought hard against dominant Chamblee and Lakeside teams and pulled out a strong third place finish. Christopher Thames had the only first place finish for the boys in the 100 back, but the team scored 2nd place finishes in the 200 Medley Relay (Christopher Thames, Ben Reiter, Juan Martinez, Paul Joyce),  200 Free (Christopher Thames), 50 Free (Juan Martinez), and 200 Freestyle Relay (Juan Martinez, Ben Reiter, Paul Joyce, Christopher Thames). They also got 3rd place finishes in the 100 Fly (Ben Reiter) and 100 Free (Juan Martinez) and scored points in the 200 IM (4th Ben Reiter, 8th Tyler Courtney), 50 Free (4th Ryan Polk), 100 Fly (8th Evan Maxwell), 100 Free (9th Ryan Polk), 500 Free (6th Max Hughes), 100 Back (7th Hamilton Griffin), 100 Breast (8th Paul Joyce, 10th Tyler Courtney), and 400 Free Relay (4th Max Hughes, Hamilton Griffin, Ryan Polk, Paul Joyce). 
Congratulations on a great season and GO WET WILDCATS!!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

11 Alive: Dunwoody High School Freshman Creates 5-Star App

, WXIA 6:57 a.m. EST February 3, 2016

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Noah Covey, 15, is a Dunwoody High School freshman who came up with the idea for his first app, FlyFall, while he was lying in bed one night.

"Seriously, that's when I thought of it," he told 11Alive's Jennifer Leslie. "I came up with the original idea for FlyFall in eighth grade, when I was a student at Peachtree Charter Middle School. At the time, I was learning the basics of computer programming, so I created a rough prototype of how the game might work."

Click the following link to read the remainder of the story from Jennifer Leslie:

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

DeKalb County Schools Community Input: Midvale Elementary and
Cross Keys HS Cluster Over-Crowding Options

The following are two of the comments made by citizens at the DCSD Board of Education Community Input session of the 2/1/16 BOE meeting. (As an aside, watching the students from Stone Mountain HS plead for better facility conditions was hard to hear. Children should not have to advocate for their own education)

Cross Keys HS teacher and community member Ms. Rebekah Morris spoke to the options that DCSD has provided to help alleviate the overcrowding in the Cross Keys Cluster.  You can read her statement at the following link:

Below are the remarks concerning the conditions of Midvale ES by Kirk Lunde: 

Good Evening BOE members and Dr. Green. Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you this evening. My name is Kirk Lunde and I am here to speak on behalf Midvale Elementary. Beside me is Meg Thomas, who is the president of the Midvale School Council. She will kick me if I get out of hand.
Both of my sons went to Midvale. It is a wonderful school which is an International Baccalaureate Primary Years School and is “STEM ready”. Midvale will be STEM certified soon.  The teachers and staff at Midvale are exemplary. There is a lot of love within that school.
However, the physical structure of the school is old and needs to be updated. The Midvale School Council does not think the school needs to be rebuilt, but it does need to have its deficiencies addressed in SPLOST V.
Earlier today, I emailed each of you a spreadsheet. This spreadsheet documents the items deemed "Necessary" and "Potentially Critical" in the 2011 Facility Condition Assessment which did not get addressed in SPLOST IV.
Parking Lots were added to the spreadsheet because they are 24 years past their service life and are currently a hazard. The items found to be "Discretionary" in 2011 that are on this list include things which the School Council believes should also be addressed due to their age. If you look at the "Remaining Service Life" you will see, on average, these items are 23.5 years overdue to be updated.  
Mrs. Turner has talked about schools which have patches on patches. Midvale has not been patched yet.
At this time, Midvale is not fully handicap accessible. There is a lift in the northwest stairwell, but it has not worked in more than 8 years. This non-functioning lift is not mentioned in the 2011 Facility Condition Assessment. In the 2015 Facility Condition Assessment (FCA), it is listed as being halfway through its service life. The fact that it is non-functioning is not noted anywhere. The Midvale School Council is requesting the lift is repaired or replaced as soon as possible. It should have been included in SPLOST IV ADA accessibility upgrades, but wasn't.
Also, the 2015 FCA noted, regarding the bathrooms, "Fittings, such as toilet partitions, handrails and signage, are beyond their expected service life, not ADA compliant, and should be replaced.” The school council has asked Dr. Keating, the district’s bathroom consultant, to verify that statement. All code violations and accessibility issues need to be addressed as soon as possible.
Some students and staff have allergy symptoms while at Midvale which go away when they are not inside of the building. The most likely cause of this is the HVAC system. The 2015 FCA scores it as nearly new, but notes it needs $480,000 worth of repairs.  The 2015 Facility Educational Adequacy Assessment states, "The HVAC is inconsistent. Mold is an ongoing problem."  Yet, the HVAC is rated as "Good." The School Council believes the HVAC system needs attention, but is worried it won’t get any because it is rated as “Good.”
This raises the question, what is the process for validating the assessments? Ideally, some of the million-dollar consultants would meet with the Midvale School Council to explain the them and get feedback. How can that happen? If not, what can the School Council do to make corrections to these assessments?
Midvale Elementary has been waiting more than 20 years for significant renovations. 15 of the systems identified in the 2011 FCA passed their “End of Life,” on average, 23.5 years ago. Midvale needs to be prioritized ahead of schools which have had upgrades within the last 20 years. When you are  presented with a project list for SPLOST V, please ask which of the schools have been updated within the last 20 years... and please remember, Midvale has been waiting longer.
Thank you very much for your attention to Midvale’s needs.  
You can view the 2011 and 2015 assessments referred to in Mr. Lunde's remarks at the following link:
Note:  The updated DCSD timeline indicates the Assessment Data and Enrollment/Capacity Data will be available on the DCSD website March 11th: 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Dunwoody High Wrestling Team Wins 1st Ever County Championship!!
Chris Solo Is County Champ for 2nd Year

Congratulations to the Dunwoody HS Wrestling win for their 1st EVER County Championship:

Photo courtesy of DeKalb County School District Athletics

Congratulations also to Chris Solo for his 2nd Straight County Championship in his weight-class:

Photo courtesy of DHS Principal McFerrin

Thursday, January 21, 2016

2016 Atlanta Alumnae Panhellenic Association Annual
Scholarship Competition Now Taking Applications


The 2016 AAPA Scholarship Competition is Now Open

January 21, 2016 (Atlanta, GA) – The Atlanta Alumnae Panhellenic Association (AAPA) (, a community-based organization composed of alumnae from National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) member fraternities, has launched its annual scholarship competition. Applications are now available on the AAPA website (

Since 1932, the AAPA has provided scholarships to women from the Atlanta area as part of its goal of supporting academic achievement among women. This year, the AAPA will grant $11,000 in scholarships, the highest amount it has awarded in its 81-year history.  The AAPA anticipates granting scholarships to at least two high school seniors, as well as to two collegiate and two alumnae members of NPC sororities whose families reside in the Metro Atlanta area.  High school awards will be at least $1,000 each, and Collegiate and Alumnae awards will be a minimum of $1,500 each.  Winners will be selected based on academic achievement and demonstrated excellence in leadership, character, and community service.
  • High School Senior Honors Scholarship – for female students planning to attend a four-year college/university with NPC sororities on their campus.
  • Collegiate Scholarship – for Rising Junior or Rising Senior NPC sorority members attending Georgia colleges/universities.
  • Alumnae Scholarship – for NPC alumnae with legal residence in the Metro Atlanta area who is continuing her education.
The application deadline for all scholarship submissions is March 15, 2016.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Award winners will be recognized at the AAPA Spring Scholarship Luncheon and Silent Auction on May 7, 2016 at the Cherokee Town Club in Atlanta, Georgia.

More information on the AAPA scholarship competition, including criteria, requirements, and applications, can be found on the AAPA website (

About Atlanta Panhellenic Alumnae Association:
Founded in 1927, the Atlanta Alumnae Panhellenic Association (AAPA) ( is a community-based organization affiliated with the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC). AAPA membership is composed of 21 representative alumnae from the 26 NPC member fraternities. For over 80 years, the purpose of the AAPA has been to inform fraternity women of current trends, promote the fraternity system, improve the Panhellenic image, and stimulate a continuing interest in Panhellenic affairs.

Congratulations to the Dunwoody High and DeKalb County School Students Named Semi-Finalists for the 2016 Governor's Honors Program

Congratulations to the DeKalb County School students who were selected as state semi-finalists to participate in the state level interviews/auditions for the 2016 Governor's Honors Program.

Click the following link to be view all state-wide semi-finalists:

High School Student Name Subject Area
Dunwoody HS Natalie Clark Communicative Arts
Iman Hoque Communicative Arts
Erin McDuffie Communicative Arts
Robert Watson Communicative Arts
Brian Hanks Mathematics
Nathaniel Lee Mathematics
Benjamin Planer Mathematics
Jacob Planer Mathematics
Alex Miller Music Voice:  Baritone
Riley Anderson Spanish
Ria Joshi Spanish
Peter Vuong Spanish
Rohan Narenda Social Studies
Ryan Wirtz Social Studies
Chloe Klan Theater Performance
Arabia Mountain HS Artis Trice Spanish
Maya McCollum Social Studies
Chamblee Charter HS Allyson Painter Communicative Arts
Erin Woo Communicative Arts
Sharadindu Biswas Engineering
Navam Narula Engineering
Isabella Sadek Engineering
Manav Mathews German
Sakshi Sehgal German
Brian Kang Mathematics
Emma Dickinson Music Brass:  French Horn
Corey Williams Music Brass:  Trumpet
Catherine Willingham Music Woodwind: Bassoon
Saif Ahmed Science
William Penn Science
Krishna Pucha Science
Benjamin Wolfson Science
Mia Matrazzo Visual Arts
Clarkston Kefai Debebe Social Studies
Cross Keys HS Catalina Valdez Communicative Arts
Yusuf Azizi Social Studies
DeKalb School of the Arts Raven Crosby Dance
Eleanor Iskander Music Voice:  Soprano
Kalonjee Gallimore Music Voice: Tenor
Ava Maalouf Music Voice:  Alto
Holyn Thigpen Social Studies
Clare Mullen Theater Performance
Victoria Armstrong-Mensah Visual Arts
Casey Herring Visual Arts
Druid Hills HS Jordan Bates Communicative Arts
Kyle McArthur Mathematics
Peter Lee Science
Makenna Pierce Science
Seaira Lett Spanish
Maxwell Tinter Social Studies
Hottel Dean Visual Arts
Lakeside HS Kristin Storck Communicative Arts
Mia Mercaldo Dance
John Courtney Engineering
Clare Hunter Engineering
Fahad Paryani Science
Isabel Wargowsky Science
Jessica Thompson Social Studies 
Mary McKean Visual Arts
Stephenson HS Hadeya Nzinga Social Studies
Stone Mountain HS Amber Barnes Visual Arts
Tucker HS Christopher Hoang Communicative Arts
Lilly Sarubbi Communicative Arts
Mon Subedi Science
Elise Harwell Social Studies

The Redistricting of the Cross Keys Cluster: Things to Consider

Cross Key High School Teacher Rebekah Cohen Morris has posted her thoughts on the Cross Keys High School redistricting effort.  You can read those at her blog and also offer your own solutions to the overcrowinding in that area:

Several other conversations regarding the CKHS cluster overcrowding can be found at the following links:

Brookhaven Post (a really, really great community news site.):

Stan Jester's blog:
You can find all the applicable DCSD information at the following link:

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Exciting Update on Dunwoody-Peachtree-Jr Wildcats Volleyball!

info courtesy of Dunwoody-Peachtree-Jr. Wildcats Volleyball Facebook page.

For the 2016 Season, Dunwoody Volleyball will have a new DHS FRESHMAN team PLUS a new PEACHTREE JRS 5th grade team!!  *Rising 8th graders are eligible to tryout for the Freshman team.

Freshman team will practice Monday through Friday at Dunwoody High School, Saturday matches & few matches during the week.

Rising 8th graders who seek more practice days, more challenging matches, and more competitive volleyball, please tryout!...

Mark your calendars: DHS Varsity, JV and Freshman team Volleyball Tryouts - Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Dunwoody HS gym. More details to follow on May Open Gym dates.  

Questions about our new Freshman team?
Questions about our new Peachtree Jrs 5th grade team?