Thursday, September 18, 2014

DeKalb County Schools Class of 2014 ACT Scores

The Georgia Department of Education has released the school level ACT Scores.  The DOE is reporting only the Composite scores, no Subject scores as they have done in previous years. (Update:  GADOE replied that ACT only sent Composite scores).  Click here to view scores for all Georgia High Schools.

5 DeKalb County high schools (and only 2 “traditional” schools, Dunwoody and Lakeside) recorded scores higher than the Composite National Average of 21.0:
  • Chamblee
  • DeKalb Early College
  • DeKalb School of the Arts
  • Dunwoody
  • Lakeside

Click here to view the ACT National Readiness Report.

Click here to view the State of Georgia ACT Report.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dunwoody High School Student Joseph (Max) Noto Selected as National Merit Semifinalist

Congratulations to Dunwoody High School student Joseph (Max) Noto on being selected as a National Merit Semifinalist! 

About 1.4 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.
To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.
From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dunwoody Elementary's 4th Annual
Tour de Dunwoody Registration Is Now Open

Get ready for a fun family bike ride! A wave of bikes will again take over the roads of Dunwoody for the 4th annual Tour de Dunwoody bike event on Saturday, October 18. Working together with the Dunwoody Police Department, participants will have a safe and organized bike ride throughout the Dunwoody streets. The 3 mile family fun ride will leave from Dunwoody Elementary School, travel down Tilly Mill to Peeler then back to the school through the Village Mill neighborhood. The younger participants will enjoy a ‘Trike Ride’ & a ‘Cub Ride’ – two shorter routes through the Dunwoody Elementary School parking lot.

You can support your local Dunwoody Elementary School by joining your community at the 4th Annual Tour de Dunwoody. Register by going to the Tour de Dunwoody website at Get your bikes ready and plan to join us for a great family outing, whether it’s on two or three wheels.

October 18, 2014
8:00 am Registration / 9:00 Family Bike Ride / 9:15 Cub & Trike Rides
*Register by 9/26 and attend to guarantee a T-shirt

Dunwoody Elementary School
1923 Womack Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338

Saturday, September 13, 2014

LifeChanger Of The Year Nominations Are Open

Note:  Last school year, there were several Dunwoody cluster teachers and counselors nominated for this award. We have many awesome teachers/counselors/administrators in our cluster and it would be wonderful to see even more nominees this year.  

From the LifeChanger Website:

“LifeChanger of the Year is an annual program that recognizes and rewards K-12 education professionals and school district employees. Nominees must be full-time educators, teachers, administrators or any member of the school’s staff who makes a positive difference in the lives of students. The LifeChanger of the Year will be awarded without regard to race, gender, religion, age, national origin or disability.

Anyone – including administrators – can nominate school district educators and employees for the LifeChanger of the Year award. Students also are welcome to submit nominations, but need to have support of an adult if under the age of 18. Nominations are now open and will close on January 31, 2015.

The Top Ten LifeChangers of the Year will be announced in the spring of 2015.”

Click here for further information.

Click here for the Nomination form.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Peachtree Charter Middle School 5th Annual CV Classic
Saturday, October 18th, 8:00 am - 10:00 am
This Year's Theme: COMMIT 2B Fit

Join us at the 5th Annual CV Classic here at Peachtree Charter Middle School (PCMS).  Both courses will start and end on the PCMS track.  5K begins at 8:00 am and 1 mile Run/Walk begins at 8:30 am.

As part of our theme "Commit 2B Fit", Northside Hospital is offering FREE screenings for persons over 18.

Registration forms are available at

Individual registration is $20 by September 5, $25 Sept 6-Oct 18; family sponsorships are available for $100 (includes two registrations). All proceeds will go to the PCMS Foundation to provide a school nurse for our students.

Race Number Pickup: Thursday Oct 16th from 4-6 PM, Friday Oct 17th 10am - 2pm in PCMS gym. Race numbers are also available day of event starting at 7am.

Parking available at Peachtree and neighboring Chesnut Elementary.

Dunwoody High's Paige McKnight Signs with Georgetown

article and photo courtesy of DeKalb County Schools

Paige McKnight is following in the footsteps of her mother to play college volleyball at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. in 2015.

The senior from Dunwoody has been a big part of the Lady Wildcats’ success the past two seasons including the school’s first ever Final Four appearance (Class 5A) in 2014 and the climb to the No. 2 ranking in Class 5A this season with a 21-3 record.

McKnight has 1,175 assists in her career including her first three years of play through the 24 matches this season and 841 kills while also chalking up 666 digs, 302 aces and 110.5 blocks.

Click here to read the remainder of the article.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Chesnut Walkers Encouraged by Kaiser Permanente's Mascot "Doc Broc"

 Kaiser Permanente's Doc Broc surprises the Chesnut walkers!
DUNWOODY -- On Wednesday September 3rd, Kaiser Permanente's mascot "Doc Broc" was on hand to greet more than half the student body of Chesnut Charter Elementary School at the first Walk to School Day of the school year. Kaiser’s wellness champion, who encourages healthy eating habits and plenty of exercise, surprised the children and their parents. Chesnut’s Wellness Action Team, part of the Parent Teacher Council, is committed to promoting healthy habits and environment. Chesnut is proud to support Walk to School, part of the Safe Routes to School program, and looks forward to walking with students worldwide on October 8th as a part of Safe Routes to School's International Walk to School Day.

Doc Broc poses with (l-r) Isabel and Madelyn Ramo.
Isabel is in Pre-k and Madelyn is in first grade at Chesnut

Parent volunteers and Doc Broc

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A New Tradition Begins Tonight!
"The Golden Spike Award" Goes to the Winner of the Dunwoody v Chamblee Football Game

Update:  Dunwoody Wildcats win the initial "Golden Spike" Award with a 19-12 victory over the Chamblee Bulldogs.

I absolutely love this idea!   What a wonderful and creative way to celebrate the "rivalry" between the 2 schools.  

A Few Items of Interest Around Dunwoody and DeKalb

A few items that may interest you. (click on the highlighted topic to read further).

Dunwoody HS Gridiron Club Fundraiser:
Dunwoody Wildcat Gridiron Club is having a tailgate fundraiser on Friday, September 5th from 5pm-7pm at the DHS Vs Chamblee game. Tailgate will be at 3641 Pierce Drive NE - on the far side of Chamblee school where all the parking is. Game time is 7:30pm. Come early and choose from two great food trucks - Hail Caeser or Mighty Meatball. Tickets are $10 per person and includes an entree and drink. Dunwoody Gridiron club will be selling tickets during lunch next week in the front hall Tuesday through Friday. Power 96.1 radio station will be at our Pep Rally and at the tailgate. We're looking forward to another great Friday night!   

Dunwoody High School Softball Team Car Wash Fundraiser; Saturday, September 6th @ 10:00 – Burger King @ Georgetown.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Update: Georgia Milestones Assessment System Waivers:
- Promotion & Retention for Grades 1,3,5,8
- EOC Test Scores Will Not be a 20% of Student Grade

One of my biggest concerns surrounding the new Georgia Milestones Assessment System is the speed with which the GA Department of Education is implementing the new system.  While the GADOE is proceeding with the new assessment system, waivers were granted at the August 21st Georgia Board of Education meeting for the following items:
  1. Promotion and Retention Requirements for Grades 1,3,5 and 8
  2. Requirement that End of Course Test Scores contribute to 20% of a students final course grade.
From the waiver request.  Click here to read the entire waiver request.

Georgia Milestones is a new assessment program that includes end of grade measures at the elementary and middle school levels (grades 3 – 8) and end of course measures at the high school level. Given the 2014-2015 school year marks the first operational administration of the new program, there is significant technical work that must be completed, including, but not limited to, setting the achievement expectations (i.e., cut scores), prior to releasing scores. A waiver of the student promotion and retention requirements, set forth in Rule 160-4-2-.11 PROMOTION, PLACEMENT, AND RETENTION, sections (3)(a), (3)(b), (3)(c), for reading in grades 3, 5, and 8 and mathematics in grades 5 and 8 is requested as results cannot be issued until the necessary technical work is completed. Additionally, a waiver of the requirement that the end of course measures contribute to the final course grade, as stipulated in Rule 160-4-2-.13 STATEWIDE PASSING SCORE, sections (2)(d), (2)(e), (2)(f), is requested. The waiver is requested for the 2014-2015 school year, through July 31, 2015. The necessary technical work will be completed during the summer months of 2015, with results being released in fall 2015.

Click here to view the latest Georgia Milestones Assessment presentation.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Great Night For the Lady Wildcats!
Volleyball and Softball Both Winners!

The currently 4th-ranked Lady Wildcats (12-1) Volleyball team traveled to Marist Tuesday to take on the previously unbeaten and #1 ranked War Eagles.  

The Lady Wildcats were triumphant, beating Marist 3 - 2!  

Fill The Gym!!!  The team is at home today (Wednesday) against 2 other top ranked teams, John's Creek (5:00) and Wesleyan (7:00).

You can follow the Dunwoody HS Volleyball team via Twitter:  @DunwoodyVolley.

The Lady Wildcats Softball Team defeated Miller Grove 10-2, running their Region record to 3-0, 7-3 overall.

The team's next game is Thursday @ Stephenson High School.

You can follow the Dunwoody HS Softball team via Twitter:  @DHSLadyWildcats.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Support Dunwoody High School Academy of Finance Students
As they Build "Businesses" & Raise Funds
Updated 08-25-14

It’s that time of year when the Dunwoody High School Academy of Finance students establish their “businesses” as part of the AOF curriculum and in turn raise funds  for the annual trip to New York City.  Below are a few of the student “businesses” that I am aware of.  Please support these students!

Cielo Boutique:
Twitter:  @CieloBoutique
Instagram:  cieloatlanta

Twitter: @dwoodcakepops 
Instagram:  dwoodcakepops 

Chasing Pavements (Painting Dunwoody addresses):  
Twitter: @cpdunwoody

Fine Wining (Hand Painted Wine Glasses):  
Twitter: @Fine_Wining
Instagram: Fine_Wining

Dunwoody Mom Company (Dunwoody Mom T-shirt):  
Twitter: @dunwoodymomco

About the Dunwoody High School Academy of Finance:

“We have over 180 juniors and seniors enrolled in the Academy for the 2014-2015 school year.  This is a two year program that exposes students to personal finance, entrepreneurship, marketing, corporate finance, macroeconomics and international business.  It is a "mini" MBA and is a great stepping stone for majoring in business in college as well as providing unbelievable experiences for the students.  They are exposed to many different real life topics and compete in a number of business competitions.  It sets the student apart from others in their college and job search process.”

Click here to read further info on the Dunwoody HS Academy of Finance.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Chamblee Middle School - ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Chamblee Middle School accepts the ALS Chillin for Charity Ice Bucket challenge from Peachtree Charter Middle School and, in turn, Chamblee Middle challenges Chamblee High School.

The most recent figures have the funds raised via the Ice Bucket Challenge at $22 million!

Monday, August 18, 2014

"Mr. Collins, Longtime Mentor, Gets Surprise Braves Experience"

This is a follow-up story about Dunwoody resident, Art Collins and his relationship with the young man he mentored, Ashton Jordan.  The initial story is recounted in “Mondays with Mr. Collins.

Photo Courtesy Bob Andres - AJC.COM
By Helena Oliviero - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

When Ashton Jordan asked his longtime mentor, Art Collins, for a ride to Turner Field on Wednesday afternoon, Collins didn’t hesitate. Collins, always there for Ashton, was happy to drive Ashton to the ballpark for a community service project.

But Ashton didn’t need a ride on this recent afternoon. There was no community service project.

Instead, Ashton and his mother, Dee Jordan, orchestrated a surprise for Collins — a VIP Braves experience, complete with a behind-the-scenes private tour, watching batting practice on the field, and primo, terrace-level seats for the game.

It was the Jordan family’s way of honoring a man they call “Mr. Collins,” a 79-year-old man who has given them so much.

"We knew that if we could pull this off, it would be perfect,” Ashton said. “We wanted to do something special before I go off to college.”

Click here to read the remainder of the article.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

Dunwoody High School "Chillin' For Charity" Challenge

Dunwoody High School was challenged by Lambert High School in the "Chillin for Charity" contest.  Dunwoody High School's charity is ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease).

Dunwoody High School participants were Coach Brown, Coach Friedlander, Mr. Fortenberry and Principal Mr. McFerrin.

Peachtree Charter Middle've been challenged...

Interesting note:  "In 2013, the national ALS Association received $1.4 million in donations between July 29 and August 14. This year, they've received $7.6 million in donations during the same time period, as of Thursday afternoon."

Click here to read more about the Ice Bucket Challenge to benefit ALS.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Kingsley Charter Elementary Welcomes Back Teachers
New Year, New Energy!

Kingsley Charter Elementary School had a great welcome back treat as teachers returned to work. Staff was greeted by a fan tunnel of parents and students. The school is excited for the upcoming year. The motto "New Year, New Energy" inspired the warm welcome.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Dual Accreditation Begins This Fall for
DeKalb County High Schools
Update from Dunwoody City Council Member Terry Nall

This is why my quest for dual accreditation for all DeKalb County high schools was so important. We cannot risk all of our accreditation on SACS alone. Our graduating students must graduate from an accredited high school. Dual accreditation (a second accreditation via Georgia Accrediting Commission) provides this safety net. Our school board approved dual accreditation beginning this Fall. I hope all of the school councils keep tabs on the progress at their respective high schools.
Terry Nall
Dunwoody City Council Member (At Large)
Cell: (404) 915-6693

Accreditation agency keeps DeKalb at “warned” level
By Ty Tagami
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The DeKalb County School District has made “material progress” addressing the concerns of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, but the organization did not restore full accreditation after a recent monitoring visit.

SACS will keep DeKalb’s accreditation at the “warned” level, a couple of notches below full accreditation, says a July 2 report by the organization that DeKalb released Friday.

Click here to read the remainder of the AJC article.