Thursday, February 26, 2015

Dunwoody High School Football Technology Upgrades Fundraiser

The Dunwoody High School football program needs some IMMEDIATE UPGRADES technologically.  Our goal is to be on a competitive level with our opponents and to give our players the best opportunities for success and accomplishment!  Thank you for your help! 

Click or on the "gofundme" icon below to donate to the DHS football team.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

DeKalb County School System....It Just Never Stops

DCSS is requesting a Title 50 - Hardship Waiver from the GA DOE due to the fact the school system failed to spend the appropriate percentage of operating funds (65%) in the classroom (surprise, surprise).  If they would cut that administrative bloat in the Central Office, the proper funding could occur at the school level!

Click here to view the Agenda for Monday's DCSS BOE Meeting.

Georgia State Board of Education Approves
Traditional/Discrete Math Options

Click here to read the entire Press Release from the Georgia Department of Education.

Starting with the 2015-16 school year, high schools will be able to offer either integrated or traditional/discrete math courses.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Congratulations to DeKalb County Schools AP Honor Schools!

The Georgia Department of Education has released the Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools. Click here to view the Press Release and list of all AP Honor Schools.

Below are the DeKalb Schools named to the lists:

Monday, February 16, 2015

Dunwoody-Chamblee Cluster Drop-Out Rate and Enrollment Data

The Governor's Office of Student Achievment (GOSA) releases on an annual basis various data items by school district and school.  It's a good source of information.  The charts below highlight the Drop-Out Rate info for Dunwoody High and Chamblee High as well the enrollment data for each school within the Dunwoody-Chamblee cluster for the 2013-2014 school year.  The data shows wide demographic disparaities between schools in the same cluster or neighboring clusters, but yet, educationally, a one-size fits all approach continues to be formulated at the national, state and local levels.

You can click here to view all the data categoies.

If you cannot read the charts below, click here for the PowerPoint document.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Decaturish: "DeKalb School Board member’s pay withheld amid fight over background checks"

Seriously, it seems every day there is something new and disturbing concerning the DeKalb County School System.  Can these central office types get any more petty and childish?

From Decaturish:

School Board Stan Jester believes that nothing in state law requires him to submit to a background check conducted by DeKalb County Schools.

Now he says the school system refuses to give him his paycheck and has refused to create a county email account for him. That means his constituents can’t contact him about School Board business using the official county email account, and he isn’t included on some emails that go to the other board members.

Decaturish asked DeKalb County Schools about this, and a spokesperson said a detailed statement would be forthcoming.

Jester believes the school system’s actions are retaliation for his refusal to comply with a background check requirement.

Click here to read the remainder of the article.

Chamblee Charter High School Pine Straw and Pine Nugget Sale

It’s that time again! Our CCHS Pine Straw Sale has been the PTSA's primary fundraiser for more than a decade. Your support directly benefits our students. The money raised provides funds for grant requests from teachers and school organizations, for cultural arts programs that support the curriculum and for supplemental classroom materials.

There are two ways you can help support this very important fundraiser. You can order pine straw and/or pine nuggets. Or, you can make a donation directly to the PTSA. Donating money is like buying a bale without all the yard work!

Please print and mail this form (click here) or online with a credit card at

Orders can either be picked Saturday March 14 up at the Chamblee Lowes (4950 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard) in the parking lot from 9 am to 2 pm or deliveries will be made for $10 to most of the 30319 and 30341 zip codes.

Orders must be received by Wednesday, March 11, 2015.   Donations are welcome after that date.

Questions?  Contact

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Dunwoody High "Wet Wildcats" Shatter Records at High School
State Swimming Championships!
Girls Team Places 4th

article and photo courtesy of Dunwoody High School Swim/Dive Team

Congratulations to the Wet Wildcats for a successful 1-5A State Swimming and Diving meet!

Emily Christensen (10th place), Abbey Yates (13th place) and Savannah Maddux (20th place) scored during the diving portion of the meet.  Tanner Elliot and Zach Humphries also dove for the Wet Wildcats.

For the boys, the Medley Relay of Christopher Thames, Nic Davis, Ben Reiter, and Shota Barbeau placed 18th.  Ben Reiter, Shota Barbeau, Liam Eastham, and Will Sheiner swam in the 200 Free relay and Eastham, Sheiner, Paul Joyce, and Thames competed in the 400 Free relay. Shota Barbeau swam the 50 free and Ben Reiter competed in the 100 fly and 100 breast.  Christopher Thames broke two school records while placing 10th in the 200 free and 4th in the 100 back.

On the girls side, Laura Spratling, Hannah Jane Robison, Allie Reiter, and Kaleigh McGrady combined to shatter a 1983 DHS record and place 2nd in the 400 free relay.  The same four girls also lowered their 200 medley relay standard and placed 5th.  Jessica Wurst, Emma Wulff, Haley Pierce, and Claire Tannen competed in the 200 free relay.  In the individual events, Allie Reiter placed 2nd in the 100 breast in an All-American consideration time and a new school record.  She also placed 7th in the 200 IM with another DHS record.  Laura Spratling placed 5th in the 100 free, lowering her school record from 2014.  She also placed 7th in the 50 free.  Kaleigh McGrady placed 15th in the 50 free and 14th in the 100 free.  Hannah Jane Robison placed 14th in the 100 fly and Emma Wulff placed 20th in the 100 breast. 

The girls team placed 4th in the 1-5A State Swimming and Diving meet, just one point shy of third place.  The DHS girls are the top 5A school in the State!

Congratulations to all!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Kittredge Magnet School Region 1 Math Tournament Registration

Kittredge Magnet School for High Achievers will be hosting its Math Tournament on Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm for DeKalb County Region 1 elementary schools to compete. Students in Grades 4 & 5 are invited to compete.  The Individual Event is $16 per participant and the Team Event is $55 per team.  Participants entered in the Team Event will be automatically enrolled for the Individual Event at no extra cost.

Individual students may sign-up to participate by using the following link:

Chesnut Charter Elementary School Silent Auction
Donations Needed, Can You Help?

Friends of Chesnut's "Spring Fling Silent Auction, sponsored by The Mad Italian," will take place on Friday, March 20th, 2015 at Chesnut Charter Elementary School.  We are currently accepting donations of products, services and experiences to be auctioned off at the event. Whether or not you have children at Chesnut, helping a school in your community benefits all.  The funds raised will go toward the latest teaching tools and enrichment programs in cultural arts, an ecology club, a school newspaper, an art lab, STEM lab and more.  Friends of Chesnut is a 501(c)3 foundation and donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.  

To donate, or for more information, please contact

Chesnut Charter Elementary Students Kick Off STEM Unit With Story Read
by Former First Lady Barbara Bush

Chesnut Charter Elementary School was selected to participate in Discovery Education’s “Reading Discovery Program,” featuring former First Lady Barbara Bush. On Thursday, January 29th, the school's 5th grade classes participated in a live recording via video streaming of Mrs. Bush reading excerpts from the book “Rushmore” by Lynn Curlee. This book covers a STEM topic about the engineering of Mount Rushmore, as well as American history from WWI to WWII.  The 5th grade’s participation in this event kicked off a new STEM unit on the engineering of Mount Rushmore. As part of this unit, the students will complete a National Park service lesson on the national monument taught through math and art concepts. The lesson focuses on geometry, algebra, measurement and data.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Dunwoody High Volleyball Coach Steve Wilcosky Resigns
Will Start Volleyball Program at Life University

via information from a Dunwoody HS Volleyball parent: 

Steve Wilcosky has resigned from his position with Dunwoody Volleyball. Steve has accepted the Head Volleyball Coach position at Life University. Volleyball is a new intercollegiate sport at Life University and Steve has been given to job of creating the team from the ground up. We wish him well in his new position.

We thank Steve for all he did in his short stay with us. 2014 was a fantastic year for Dunwoody Volleyball and Steve has helped position the program for continued success.

We will begin the search for a new coach immediately.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Edison Prep: AP US History & AP World History Boot Camps

Edison Prep is holding its 4th annual AP US History and AP World History Bootcamps on Saturday, April 18, and Sunday, April 19, 2015. 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 exam graders and their students perform outstandingly well on the exam each year. 

A PDF with more details is attached, or you can go to for past testimonials and additional information. 

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
For the AP World History Bootcamp:

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Dunwoody High School Names New Football Coach

Former Mountain View HS Defensive Coordinator and former University at Buffalo (FBS Div. 1A) Outside Linebackers Coach Nick Bach has been hired as the new Head Football Coach at Dunwoody High School. Coach Bach is currently working on filling his staff of Assistant Coaches and initiating the Winter Workout program - more news and events to come!

You can follow Dunwoody High Football at their new Facebook page and via Twitter (@dunwoodyfb)

Just another reason why we need HR 4, Independent School Districts Legislation to Pass
AJC:Foreign teachers face unequal working conditions
DeKalb County Schools Spends the Most on International Teachers

I certainly believe a City of Dunwoody School System would be able to attract qualified teachers without resorting to sketchy teacher recruitment firms such as the one highlighted in this AJC article. If these teachers are not employed by DCSS, can we, as parents, feel comfortable that our children are being taught by persons with non-suspect backgrounds?  There are way too many questions not being asked by DCSS or asked/answered of the recruitment company.

It's also very troubling that the Human Resources Administator for DCSS appears to know next to nothing about the recruiting and hiring process of this company.

"Ward-Smith said the district does not involve itself in the details of how the recruiting firms operate.“They provide training, lodging, moving expenses. Is that taken out of the salary that the district pays? I can’t say,” she said.

By Chris Joyner - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Chamblee High School science teacher Shaheen Begum is the kind of teacher you hope your child draws.

She has two decades of experience and was teacher of the year at her last school. Energetic and engaging, Begum wakes with a desire to instill a love of science in her students.

Although she teaches in the DeKalb County school system, she’s not a DeKalb County teacher. She has no pension, no tenure and if she wants to take a sick day, the cost of the substitute comes out of her pocket.

That’s because Begum is from India and was recruited to teach in DeKalb schools by Global Teachers Research and Resources, a Jonesboro company with a troubled labor history that is currently the target of a new federal investigation into alleged unfair labor practices.

Click here to read the remainder of the article.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Congrats to the Wet Wildcats!
Dunwoody High Girls Swim Team - County Champs!
Boys Team Takes 3rd Place

(photo courtesy of the DHS Swim/Dive Team)

Article courtey of DeKalb County School System

The Dunwoody Lady Wildcats got their championship off to a fast start as well as the team of Laura Spratling, Allie Reiter, Hannah Robinson and Kaleigh McGrady opened up with a record setting performance in the 200 medley relay following the Chamblee lead.

A record setting time of 1:52.15 knocked 3.72 seconds off the mark set by Dunwoody in 1992 and set the tone for eight gold medal wins for the Lady Wildcats. Dunwoody would tally 265 points to out swim Lakeside’s 224 and break a three-year win streak for the Lady Vikings.

The title is the 15th for Dunwoody spurred on by a pair of swimmers capturing two individual gold medals on the day. Allie Reiter repeated as the 100 breaststroke champ (1:07.11) and captured the 200 individual medley (2:12.94). Laura Spratling who won a pair of gold medals in 2014 as well won two entirely different events in taking the 100 backstroke (1:00.39) and 100 butterfly (59.89).

Kaleigh McGrady, who teams with Reiter, Spratling and Hannah Robinson for two relay gold medals, brought home the individual gold in the 100 freestyle (55.08). The foursome pulled off Dunwoody’s second consecutive DeKalb County gold medal in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:44.89.

Diver Abbey Yates won her second consecutive county title with a score of 385.95 in the one-meter diving event.

Click here to view all the results from the DeKalb County Swimming/Diving Championship.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Dunwoody Elementary School Collects School Supplies for
Fairington Elementary

Have you seen the images of the fire damage at Fairington Elementary School in Lithonia? They are heart-breaking. DeKalb school officials believe someone set fire to a Kindergarten classroom last weekend. 

Here is a story with additional information:

We are excited as Dunwoody Elementary School can be part of the healing process. The PTO is collecting the following school supplies to replace those that were damaged in Fairington's Kindergarten wing:

Crayons, 24-count
Blunt-tip scissors
Glue sticks
Primary journals
Watercolor paint sets
Dry erase markers + erasers
Kindergarten writing paper
White copy paper
Construction paper
Baby wipes
Ziploc freezer bags, 1-gallon + 1-quart sizes
Hand sanitizer
One lightly used or new kindergarten appropriate book

We will deliver collected items to Fairington Elementary next week. Please send in supplies with your child on or before Tuesday, January 27th and place in the collection bins located in the school foyer.

Thank you for your generosity!