Sunday, October 22, 2017

All Fore One Golf Tournament Raises $20,000

Organizers from the All Fore One golf tournament committee presented a $20,000 check to parent and Dunwoody High School staff representing the Game On committee.  All Fore One is a unique committee comprised of volunteers from the DHS feeder schools.  The Game On committee endeavors to make substantial improvements to the DHS campus and athletic facilities. The All Fore One committee formed in the winter of 2017 with the objective of hosting a community golf tournament.  

After thoughtful deliberation, the committee agreed to donate proceeds from the inaugural event to the Game On committee. Currently, Game On is in the midst of a 100-day campaign to secure an additional $400,000 in donated funds.

The inaugural All Fore One tournament took place on 10/2 at Dunwoody Country Club. Nearly 100 golfers participated, including 8 members of the Dunwoody police department and 4 local firefighters.  Also in attendance were area principals, business owners and residents.

The second annual All Fore One golf tournament is scheduled for 10/1/18 at DCC .  

Information about the tournament and sponsorship opportunities can be viewed online at

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Professional Illustrator Visits Wesleyan Lower School

Wesleyan School lower students received a first-hand lesson on illustration this month.
The Peachtree Corners school hosted professional illustrator, Michael P. White, for a special presentation about his field of work. Michael, who lives in Brookhaven, demonstrated his air-brush painting technique and had students participate in a hands-on drawing activity during the
White, who is always a crowd favorite, encouraged student creativity and for children to use art as a means of expression to ask lots of questions.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Project Fully Funded!!!
Rising Above: Say Yes to a New Marching Band Podium
Fundraiser for Dunwoody High School Marching Band


Dear Donor,

Our marching band is excited to know that our project is now fully funded thanks to kind donations from you! It is inspiring to know that we have so much support both within and outside our community. We can't wait to start using it at our next performance and look forward to sharing photographs and experiences with you.

With gratitude,
Mr. Henderson

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Chesnut Elementary Purposes Drones to Integrate STEM Learning Principles

DUNWOODY -- Thirteen drones, purchased for Chesnut Elementary by the Friends of Chesnut Foundation, Inc., were the highlight of the school’s recent monthly CEO (Chesnut Engineering Opportunity) Day.

Students got a first-hand experience with programming drones to land on designated coordinates and learning the robotics and aerodynamics that enable them to fly.

Chesnut Elementary, an AdvancED STEM-certified school, organizes monthly CEO (Chesnut Engineering Opportunity) days as part of its mission to integrate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education across the curriculum; stressing innovation, critical thinking and real-life problem solving skills.

Wesleyan Students Take a Virtual Field Trip With The Minnesota Vikings

Wesleyan fourth grade students took a virtual field trip this month  with the Minnesota Vikings.

Students from the Peachtree Corners college preparatory school participated in the NFL PLAY 60 Challenge Virtual Experience: Your Roadmap to a Healthy Heart.  The program, a collaboration between  Discovery Education, the National Football League, and the American Heart Association was created to inspire physically active lifestyles in schools and homes across the country.
During the virtual field trip, students were able to get up and get moving with Minnesota Vikings players  as they learned how the heart works and how physical activity helps to keep it strong.

Wesleyan’s new lower school physical education teacher, Shana White, coordinated the event for students. She is a member of the Discovery Education Leadership Council and has been involved with Discovery Education for more than two years, but really got involved when she was selected as the  PBS Digital Lead Innovator for the state of Georgia in 2016.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Dunwoody High School to Georgia Tech
2016-2017 Academic Year

Each year, Georgia Tech publishes high school profiles for those students enrolled at Tech.  Below is the most recent profile for Dunwoody HS.  This is reflective of the 2016-2017 school year.

Click on the following link to view additional high school profiles:
  1. Click on the GA High School tab.
  2. Select the desired high school from the drop down menu.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Dunwoody High School GAME ON! Capital Campaign Ways to Give

Hello, Devoted Friends of Dunwoody High School!
Only several months after our initial kick-off, GAME ON! is still on! Progress is happening! Please accept our invitation to join the GAME ON! Capital Campaign’s 100-Day Challenge.
As the completion of Phase 1 draws near, the GAME ON! Committee members were excited to be on hand to shovel the first dirt for the groundbreaking, starting this week, of the new bleachers being installed from the 10 yard line to the 10 yard line on the visitor’s side of the DHS multi-use field. New athletic storage units have already been installed in the end zone. In October, our track will be resurfaced, and a 5-foot high black vinyl-coated fence installed around it. These projects were made possible through donations to the Game On! Athletic Facility Capital Campaign.
We are now challenging our community to raise an additional $400,000 to begin the next phase of our campaign. Phase 2 will include lights for the multi-use field and the softball field, as well as a brick box building at our entrance to sell concessions and tickets. This new building will include restrooms! We also plan to improve our grounds with an archway entrance to our athletic facility and a way to recognize our donors.
Please join the following donors who were the first to accept the 100-Day Challenge invitation: 
Pankey & Horlock, David Goodchild, Bill Gavlak, Jennie Springer, Stacy Stepney, Stephen Goldin, Nanci Rosing, Chuck Seets, Elizabeth Morris, Annemarie Madden, Kim Bertschi, Will Jackson, Hunter Sandifer, Vickie Volan, Richard Wilcox, Joyce Many, Jennifer Troha, Deborah Cameron, Stephanie Schiele, Nicki Mitchell, Jennifer Cohen, Jeffrey Cohen, Jeff & Lynn Garber, Shari Wassell, Rachel & Joe Greenfeld, Lynne Perry, Tripp Allen, Hope Follmer, Marynell & Paul Fernandez.
A sincere THANK YOU for your generosity.
We thank ALL our past and future supporters for helping make this dream a reality. GAME ON, Wildcats!
For more information, updates, and TO DONATE ONLINE OR BY CHECK, please click on the following link:

See below for WAYS TO GIVE (how donors will be permanently recognized). Donations are not limited to these amounts. We will gladly accept any amount you can give to help us reach our goal.
Other Ways You Can Help:
·         Host a fundraising party/gathering/coffee…Email Melissa Humphries at to pick a date.
·         Spread the word!
·         Share on Facebook!

Please watch out slide show of IDEAS for the Campaign.  Those are NOT official drawings...only possibilities that can be possible with your donation.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

DeKalb County School District 2017 Graduation Rates

The 2017 4 – year Graduation Rates have been released by the Georgia Department of Education.

The graduation rate for Dunwoody HS rose from 79.7 to 85.7.   Dunwoody HS graduation rates by Subgroup are documented below.  All subgroups, with the exception of Hispanic, saw gains over 2016.  

Overall, DCSD saw an improvement over 2016, 74.0 from 70.3.  Most DeKalb high schools saw an increase in the graduation rate, with Cedar Grove and Clarkston showing double-digit increases.

The following high schools obtained a higher graduation rate than the State of Georgia graduation rate:
  • Arabia Mountain
  • Cedar Grove
  • Chamblee Charter
  • DeKalb Early College Academy
  • DeKalb School of the Arts
  • Dunwoody High School
  • Lakeside High School
  • Tucker High School

Once you open the spreadsheet, there will be 2 tabs.  The first is the summary graduation rates.  The second tab is the graduation rate by subgroup.

2017 DeKalb County School District SAT Scores

September 26, 2017 – Georgia students outperformed the nation in evidence-based reading and writing (ERW) on the SAT, according to results released by the College Board today.

2017 SAT results set a new baseline for future year-to-year comparisons and cannot be compared to previous results. Results from earlier reports were based on the old SAT, which was based on a different score scale and different bench marks. The 2017 results reflect test-takers from the 2017 graduating class who took the new SAT (93% of the cohort). They do not factor in performance on the old SAT.

5 high schools recorded total mean scores higher than the National and State Averages:

  • Chamblee Charter High School
  • DeKalb Early College
  • DeKalb School of the Arts
  • Dunwoody High School
  • Lakeside High School

Arabia Mountain recorded an ERW mean score higher than the State of Georgia average.

A somewhat informative article concerning the new SAT from the Washington Post:  New SAT Scores Sow Confusion

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

DeKalb County School District National Merit Semifinalists

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the following DCSD students were chosen as 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists.

Congratulations to all of the DeKalb School District semi-finalists:

High School
Student Name
Dunwoody High School
Alexandra M. Buhl
Alex J. Eldridge
Caitlin G. Howie
Seth D. May
Shreya Nainwal
Jacob F. Schiele
Jacob G. Starks
Chamblee Charter High
Keller M. Brogdon
Charles Holt
Brian S. Kang
Schuler R. Kleinfelter
Grayce Robinson
Saksi Sehgal
Sophia S. Wiseman
Bejamin Wolfson
Druid Hills High
Eliza Armstrong
Maya G. Rajan

Three Wesleyan Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Three Wesleyan School seniors have been honored as National Merit Semifinalists.

Ethan Moon of Dunwoody, Kelsey Rappe of Peachtree Corners, and Sutton West of Peachtree Corners, all earned the National Merit Semifinalist distinction. Only 1% of seniors (approximately 16,000 total) nationwide receive this recognition based on their PSAT scores.  These students will now submit essays in the hopes of becoming finalists and earning scholarship money.

In addition, eight Wesleyan students were also named as National Merit “Commended” students. Roughly 3% of seniors nationwide receive this recognition. Our Commended students are Daniel Baisier of Dunwoody, Grant Beaty of Peachtree Corners,  Henry Beltrami of Atlanta, Suzanne Godard of Peachtree Corners, Erin McConnell of Suwanee, Carson Pavelec of Johns Creek, David Thrower of Alpharetta, and Emma Watkins of Duluth.

Wesleyan is so proud of these exceptional students!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

DeKalb County School District 2017 ACT Scores

The Georgia Department of Education has released the the school-level ACT Scores:

The following schools exceeded or met the National Composite Average (21.0) for the ACT:

Chamblee Charter High School (24.9)
DeKalb Early College Academy (21.6)
DeKalb School of the Arts (24.8)
Dunwoody High School (24.3)
Lakeside High School (23.4)

The following DCSD schools exceeded or met the State of Georgia Composite Average (21.4) for the ACT:

Chamblee Charter High School (24.9)

DeKalb Early College Academy (21.6)
DeKalb School of the Arts (24.8)
Dunwoody High School (24.3)
Lakeside High School (23.4)

Dunwoody High School, along with DeKalb Early College Academy, showed the most gains (1.1) of any DCSD School.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Dunwoody Crier: Dunwoody High School Students Protest ‘Dreamer’ Decision, Parents Join Later

......In addition, the protesting did not stop when the school day began. In fact, many parents were seen after school protesting the removal of DACA in the same spot that student protesters stood earlier that day. The fact that parents sacrificed their own time sent an encouraging message to the Dreamers: one of support and reassurance that as members of the same community, despite differing race or ethnicity, that they would always have their neighbors’ backs.

DHS students protest 'Dreamer' decision, parents join later

President Donald Trump's actions and allusions to eliminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) have caused a lot of tension and unrest in many communities. This general anxiety and uncertainty for the future is felt in the student body at Dunwoody High School.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Dunwoody High School Students Rally in Support of DACA

Bravo DHS Students!!! - So proud of you!!

Students rally in support of DACA at Dunwoody High School

More than 100 students gathered early Sept. 8 at the entrance of Dunwoody High School to show support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, waving signs, flags and chanting "Si se puede!" and "We are here together to defend the Dreamers!" The enthusiastic rally apparently organized by students was held in the [...]

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Dunwoody High School Academic Team Qualifies for HighQ

The Dunwoody High School Academic Team participated in and won a qualifying competition for the competition HighQ. They soundly defeated Stone Mountain and Lakeside to earn DeKalb County's slot in the competition.

HighQ is a locally televised quiz show on WSB that features 32 different academic bowl team from around the state and it is on Sundays at 1 PM.

The episode with Dunwoody's team will likely be on October 29th. The team consists of captain Alex Eldridge, Seth May, Mattias Andrew, and Jacob Starks and the coach is Mr. Siegel.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Mr. Kent Davis, Beloved Counselor & Coach at Dunwoody High School Passes Away

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Exciting News from Peachtree Charter Middle School!
Mr. Thomas Womack, Future Engineer!
1st Place at TSA National Convention

Mr.  Thomas Womack, 8th grader at PCMS represented Peachtree Charter Middle School in Orlando, Florida  at the TSA National Convention during the week of June 22-25th. He was competing against state champions from around the country. 
He won first place in the nation for electrical applications which covers ohms law, how resistors step current down to a usable level. Also, how to read the color bands on resistors. 
Mr. Thomas is an outstanding student with a great passion for technology and possesses an indepth understanding of electricity and other engineering concepts.  
He was a student  in our STEM Academy.  His engineering teacher and TSA Sponsor is Mr. Marvin Constant.  Mr. Aaron Campbell, Technology teacher and TSA co-sponsor attended this event with Thomas.  

Friday, August 4, 2017

University of Georgia 2018 Admission Changes

The University of Georgia Admissions Office hosts a blog that is a worthwhile follow for those  students interested in applying to UGA:

Below is a link to a blog post highlighting the changes in the 2018 UGA admissions application:

2018 Freshman Application Changes

Thursday, August 3, 2017

New Teacher and Staff Members for Dunwoody Cluster Schools

The following are new staff hires for each Dunwoody cluster school as reported via the August DCSD Human Capital Management Report:

Austin Elementary School Sarah Ashley Teacher, Interrelated
  Ashley McGukin Teacher, Grade 1
Chesnut Elementary Lenora Caldwell Teacher, Grade 1
  Emily Missler Teacher, Grade 5
  Samantha Romany Teacher, Interrelated
Dunwoody Elementary Sara Belza Teacher, Grade 1
  Kristen Hudson Teacher, Pre-K Certified
  Loretta Roberts Teacher, EIP Reading-Primary
  Sharon Bryant Secretary, 10 Month ES
  Eric Frazier Custodian 12  Month (Elem)
Hightower Elementary Sarah Arnett Teacher, Grade 1
  Angela Bokelman Teacher, ESOL
  Stephanie Harrison Teacher, Grade 5
  Laura Hernandez Teacher, Grade 4
  Hannah White Teacher, Grade 2
  Jamal Forrest Custodian II Part-Time (ES)
  James Rhodes Custodian 12 Month (Elem)
Kingsley Elementary Shannon Mckenna Teacher, Kindergarten
  Tyra Harris-Thompson Assistant Principal
Vanderlyn Elementary Robyn Bailey Teacher, Interrelated
  Candice Morgan Teacher, Grade 1
  Caroline Scott Teacher, Grade 1
  Gerald Black Custodian II Part-Time (ES)
Peachtree Charter MS Dionne Davis Teacher, Interrelated
  Jenee Marquis Teacher, Health and PE MS
  Javon Watts Teacher, Interrelated
  Stacy Belser Paraprofessional-Interrelated
  Doneisha Patterson Custodian 12 Month (Middle)
  Charles Prayor Custodian, Head
Dunwoody High  Mary Arnette Teacher, Mathematics HS
  Kevin Cameron Teacher, Science HS
  Richard Clark Teacher, History 6-12  HS
  Ann Graham Teacher, Latin
  James Lavender Teacher, History HS
  Leslie Merritt Teacher, Family & Consumer HS
  Michelle O'Connor Teacher, Mathematics HS
  Angela Williams Teacher, History 6-12 HS
  Karen Williams Assistant Principal
  Suzanne Kaplan Nurse, School (RN & LPN)