Sunday, February 19, 2017

Dunwoody High National Art Society Hosts Art Camp
Saturday, March 11, 2016

 
 
The Dunwoody High School art department is hosting a fun craft day on March 11th from 11am till 3pm! We will be creating all kinds of fun arts and crafts as well as playing a few games!

It will be $25 per child. If you are interested, click here to sign up!

All the money collected will go towards the art department at Dunwoody High School. Thank you so much for your support!

The Aha! Connection 2017 Summer Camp Guide



It's never too early to start on those Summer Camp plans and The Aha! Connection has begun publishing the annual Summer Camp Guide.

Click on the following link to view Summer Camp options: http://www.theahaconnection.com/category/camps/?utm_source=Dunwoody+Elementary+Tiger+Talk+-+February+19%2C+2017&utm_campaign=2017%2F2%2F19+-+TT&utm_medium=email

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Wesleyan School Students Receive 26 Scholastic Art Awards

 
 
Wesleyan School students received a whopping 26 honors from the prestigious national competition of the Scholastic Art Awards – the most the school has ever received in a single year.
 
Visual arts students from the Peachtree Corners college preparatory school took home six Gold Key National Awards, nine Silver Key Awards, and 11 Honorable Mentions.
 
“The visual arts program at Wesleyan offers multi-level classes in 3D art, 2D art, and photography,” said high school art teacher, Meagan Brooker. “We had students place in Scholastic in each of these programs.  We are so proud of all of the students and love to see them receive recognition for their hard work.”
 
Senior Sophia Kim was awarded two Gold Key Awards and three Silver Key Awards; Senior Maguire Wilder took home two Gold Key Awards;  Senor Nikki Villa took home one Gold Key Award and one Silver Key Award; Senior Elisa Yang earned a Gold Key Award and a Honorable Mention; Senior Oliva Frank earned two Silver Key Awards; Freshman Meredith Mangum earned a Silver Key Award, Junior Sarah Moon earned a Silver Key Award; Senior Emily Sabonis-Chafee earned a Silver Key Award and a Honorable Mention; Senior William Bell earned a Honorable Mention; Junior Ashton Cameron earned two Honorable Mentions; Junior Grace Halley earned two Honorable Mentions; Junior Meredith Lynch earned a Honorable Mention; Freshman Colton Villa earned a Honorable Mention; Senior Charis Thompson earned a Honorable Mention; and Sophomore Katie Tanner earned a Honorable Mention.
 
“The artwork produced by students at Wesleyan continues to impress me,” said Fine Arts Director, Meg Foster. “The students’ creativity, craftsmanship and attention to detail is top-notch! It is exciting to see so many students recognized this year at the Scholastic Art Awards, and I could not be more proud of our students and the teachers that pour into them each day!”
 
Students who received Gold Key Awards will now compete at the National Level.
 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

A Look at Students with IEP's In DeKalb Schools
What Is the Future of Students With Disabilities?

 
 
 
The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) is the third largest district in Georgia, serving slightly more than 100,000 students. Recently, I compiled a spreadsheet showing the percentage of K-12, students with IEPs (students with disabilities) at each school. This was done by matching the Oct. 2016 enrollments posted of the GaDOE website with the number of students with IEPs at each school. The number of students with IEPs at each school was obtained through an open records request. 
 
Currently, 9.8% of DCSD K-12 students have IEPs compared to 13% nation wide.  
 
DCSD has eleven charter schools, including Tapestry Public Charter. 55.8% of Tapestry students currently have IEPs. If one excludes Tapestry from the calculation, the percentage of students with IEPs in DCSD charter schools is 7.5%; half of the national percentage. This is concerning to me.
 
The percentages of DCSD charter school students with IEPs (other than Tapestry Public Charter) ranges from 2.8% at DeKalb Academy of Technology and the Environment Charter School, to 11.7% at Peachtree Middle School.  
 
There are a variety of reasons why the percentage of students with disabilities in DCSD public charter schools is lower than the district average. One of the reasons I have heard from parents is, after their child is admitted through a lottery process, the school tells them it is not able to meet their child's needs, or provide the services their child requires. These families are forced back to the neighborhood schools. 
 
Another common theme heard when speaking with parents is, the charter school failed to implement their child's IEP with fidelity. Families move their students back to their neighborhood schools, hoping their child's IEP will be followed. This was my experience.  
 
In DeKalb County, there isn't an effective mechanism to enforce IEPs. Also, the GaDOE process for filing a grievance is onerous and heavily skewed in favor of school districts. 
 
Another thing that stands out when looking at the spreadsheet is the percentage of students with IEPs enrolled in DCSD magnet schools. Only 1.2% of students at Kittredge magnet and and 1.0% of students at Wadsworth magnet have IEPs. At Arabia Mountain High School, 3.4% of students have IEPs. Less than 4.5% of students at the DeKalb School of the Arts and the DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts have IEPs. Overall, 8.4% of students enrolled in magnet schools in DCSD have IEPs. 
 
Given the probable confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, I am very concerned with the hypocrisy of the rhetoric of "school choice." In DeKalb County, "school choice" does not provide families of students who have disabilities the same choices as other families.  
 
Kirk Lunde
Tucker, GA
 
Click the following link to view the spreadsheet which documents the number of DCSD Charter schools with IEP's (tab in spreadsheet):  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pASqiC6ifh2WgGTGnUNt8K5MBJmY-NEPfGZ9Pkbnit0/edit#gid=0 
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My note:  If any of you were able to view Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos' confirmation hearing one had to be horrified at her views on education, especially that of children with disabilities.

“I think that is a matter that’s best left to the states,” DeVos said when asked by U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., if she believed that all schools receiving taxpayer dollars should be required to adhere to the mandates of the IDEA.

“So some states might be good to kids with disabilities and other states might not be so good and then what, people can just move around the country if they don’t like how their kids are being treated?” Kaine responded.

“I think that’s an issue that’s best left to the states,” DeVos insisted.

Later in the hearing Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., whose son has cerebral palsy, revisited the issue.

“That’s a federal civil rights law,” Hassan said of the IDEA. “So do you stand by your statement a few minutes ago that it should be up to the states whether to follow it?”

“Federal law must be followed where federal dollars are in play,” DeVos said.

“So were you unaware when I just asked you about the IDEA that it was a federal law?” asked Hassan.

“I may have confused it,” DeVos acknowledged.

Hassan said she’s concerned that some voucher programs, which DeVos has supported, require students with disabilities to give up their rights under the IDEA in order to take part. This could lead to public schools becoming “warehouses” for students with special needs and those from families unable to pay the difference between vouchers and the cost of private school tuition, she said.

“I just would urge you to become familiar should you become nominated with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act,” Hassan said. “I do have to say I’m concerned that you seem so unfamiliar with it and that you seem to support voucher schools that have made students sign away their rights to make sure that the law is enforced. That’s very troubling to me.”
 
Click the following link to read the entire article: https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2017/01/18/trump-education-pick-idea/23198/
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Reporter Newspapers: State Rep. Taylor introduces schools resolution




Posted by on February 4, 2017.

State Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) this month presented House Resolution 58, his independent school system bill. Co-sponsors are state Reps. Buzz Brockway (R-Lawrenceville) and Valencia Stovall (D-Forest Park).

Taylor has been saying for months the resolution, which calls for a constitutional amendment to allow municipalities to form their own school districts, will be a “heavy lift.”

Click the following link to read the entire article: http://www.reporternewspapers.net/2017/02/04/state-rep-taylor-introduces-schools-resolution/

Click on the following link to read the House Resolution and follow its progress through the Georgia House of Representatives:  http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/HR/58

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

DCSD Region 1 2016 School Discipline Incident Data

Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 20-2-740, all school systems are required to submit annual discipline data to the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) regarding disciplinary and placement actions taken during the prior school year. Student discipline data must also be reported to the U.S. Department of Education pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Department of Education Organization Act (20 U.S.C. 3413).

Additionally, the revisions in the discipline reporting platform will provide more reliable data for the computation of the School Climate Star Rating in Georgia’s College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). The School Climate Star Rating will be used as a diagnostic tool within the CCRPI to determine if a school is on the right path to school improvement.  


Click on the following link for more information and to view the previous years' reporting: https://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Curriculum-and-Instruction/Pages/Student-Discipline.aspx


SCHOOL NAME
ACADEMIC DISHONESTY
ALCOHOL
ARSON
BATTERY
BULLYING
BURGLARY
COMPUTER TRESPASS
DISORDERLY CONDUCT
DRUGS NOT ALCOHOL
FIGHTING
GANG RELATED
HOMICIDE
KIDNAPPING
Austin ES
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Chesnut ES
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
Dunwoody ES
0
0
0
4
2
0
0
10
0
0
0
0
0
Hightower ES
1
0
1
36
6
0
1
7
0
17
0
0
0
Kingsley ES
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Vanderlyn ES
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Peachtree MS
0
1
1
7
0
0
0
115
9
122
1
0
0
Dunwoody HS
6
0
0
20
13
1
5
52
14
13
2
0
0
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ashford Park ES 
0
0
0
10
0
0
0
9
0
2
0
0
0
Huntley Hills ES
0
0
0
3
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Kittredge Magnet
0
0
0
1
2
0
0
2
0
2
0
0
0
Montgomery ES
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Chamblee MS
0
0
0
36
29
0
0
57
1
13
0
0
0
Chamblee Charter HS
43
2
0
8
3
1
0
99
30
23
0
0
0
Cary Reynolds ES 
0
0
0
10
0
0
0
32
0
1
0
0
0
Dresden ES
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
22
1
1
0
0
0
Montclair ES
0
0
0
13
0
0
0
6
0
1
0
0
0
Woodward ES
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
Sequoyah MS 
2
0
0
63
16
0
1
43
15
38
0
0
0
Cross Keys HS
8
3
0
9
10
4
1
133
39
18
2
0
0


SCHOOL NAME
LARCENY THEFT
MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT
ROBBERY
SEXUAL BATTERY
SEXUAL HARASSMENT
SEX OFFENSES
THREAT INTIMIDATION
TOBACCO
TRESPASSING
VANDALISM
WEAPON KNIFE
WEAPON HANDGUN
Austin ES
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Chesnut ES
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Dunwoody ES
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
Hightower ES
5
0
0
0
1
2
2
0
0
0
0
0
Kingsley ES
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Vanderlyn ES
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
Peachtree MS
15
0
0
0
2
5
41
2
5
6
1
0
Dunwoody HS
7
0
0
0
0
16
50
4
14
7
0
0
Ashford Park ES 
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
0
0
0
2
0
Huntley Hills ES
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
Kittredge Magnet
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Montgomery ES
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
Chamblee MS
1
0
0
0
4
3
4
4
0
4
0
0
Chamblee Charter HS
8
0
0
0
1
4
17
2
0
1
1
0
Cary Reynolds ES 
1
0
0
0
1
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
Dresden ES
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
Montclair ES
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Woodward ES
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
Sequoyah MS 
0
0
0
0
0
5
6
4
0
10
3
0
Cross Keys HS
5
0
0
0
0
1
3
4
1
2
2
0

SCHOOL NAME
WEAPON RIFLE
WEAPON OTHER
WEAPON OTHER FIREARM
SERIOUS BODILY INJURY
OTHER ATTENDANCE RELATED
OTHER DRESS CODE
OTHER POSSESS UNAPPROVED ITEM
OTHER STUDENT INCIVILITY
OTHER DISCIPLINE INCIDENT
REPEATED OFFENSES
OTHER NON DISCIPLINE INCIDENT
Austin ES
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Chesnut ES
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
Dunwoody ES
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
2
0
0
Hightower ES
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
12
10
0
0
Kingsley ES
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
Vanderlyn ES
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Peachtree MS
0
0
2
0
37
1
28
137
2
4
5
Dunwoody HS
0
2
0
0
114
3
3
157
27
6
0
Ashford Park ES 
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
Huntley Hills ES
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Kittredge Magnet
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Montgomery ES
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Chamblee MS
0
0
0
0
7
1
1
35
9
3
0
Chamblee Charter HS
0
4
0
0
48
0
5
42
5
1
0
Cary Reynolds ES 
0
11
0
0
0
0
0
10
0
2
0
Dresden ES
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
6
0
Montclair ES
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Woodward ES
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
6
0
0
Sequoyah MS 
0
6
0
0
6
0
0
66
5
8
0
Cross Keys HS
0
8
0
0
229
287
125
436
3
6
0