Saturday, March 17, 2018

Chesnut Elementary School Kindergarten Round-Up, Thursday, April 26th @ 8:00 am

Chesnut Elementary School will host Kindergarten Round Up on Thursday April 26th.

Kindergarten Round Up provides a chance for rising Kindergarten students to meet the teachers and experience Chesnut for the first time. For parents, there will be a panel discussion with current parents ready to talk about the school and the kindergarten experience, as well as to answer questions.

Sign in begins at 8:00 AM and the program will begin promptly at 8:30 AM, ending approximately at 10:00 AM. To RSVP, please contact Tamika Pichardo at

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Dunwoody High School's VEX Robotics Team Is Headed to the Worlds!

Dunwoody's VEX Robotics team 1264D is heading to Worlds!

Team members Seth May, Benjamin Shifrin, Andrew Sonnier, Sophie Zhang, Gabe Green, Roma Joshi and Shriya Gupta competed in the Georgia VEX High School Robotics State Championship and were one 16 teams in the state to earn a ticket to Worlds after eliminations.  

Please congratulate our team members on their consistent efforts throughout this season that enabled them to receive an award at every tournament they entered this school year!  Way to go, RoboWildcats!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

On Common Ground News: "Austin Elementary, Dunwoody Elementary & Kingsley Elementary Team up for "Pinwheels for Parkland"

From the article:  

Today (March 12), three DeKalb County School District (DCSD) elementary schools sent pinwheels to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Under the leadership of Austin Elementary principal Ann Culbreath, students at Austin, Kingsley and Dunwoody Elementary schools will deliver 3,500 pinwheels with artwork and uplifting messages to the Florida school.

Three DeKalb schools team up for Pinwheels for Parkland - On Common Ground News

Today (March 12), three DeKalb County School District (DCSD) elementary schools sent pinwheels to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Under the leadership of Austin Elementary principal Ann Culbreath, students at Austin, Kingsley and Dunwoody Elementary schools will deliver 3,500 pinwheels with artwork and uplifting messages to the Florida school.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

DeKalb County Board of Education Candidates for Districts 2, 4 and 6

On the ballot for the May 22nd Special Election will be candidates for DeKalb County Board of Education Districts 2, 4 and 6. 

Current District 2 Board of Education Representative Marshall Orson is running for re-election.  He has an opponent in Candace McKinley.

Current Board of Education representative Jim McMahan (District 4) is not running for re-election. He will be replaced by long-time community activitist Allyson Gevertz who is running unopposed.

Melvin Johnson (District 6) is also not running for re-election.  There are 2 candidates for his seat:  Diijon Dacosta and Lance Hammonds.  

Election for District 1 (Stan Jester), 3 (Michael Irwin), 5 (Vickie Turner) and 7 (Joyce Morley), will be held in 2020.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Peachtree Charter Middle School Science Bowl Winners 2nd Place in State Competition

courtesy PCMS news...

Congratulations to Peachtree Science Bowl Team One for winning 2nd Place in the State Competition in Savannah, on Saturday, 2/24. They went down to the wire with the same team they defeated last year, but lost in a last second heart-breaker.
We should all be very proud of our 8th graders, pictured left: Prathmesh Joshi, Piranavaskanthan Abeyakaran, Manas Gangwar, and Aadi Jangi.
The future looks bright with our other team members: Yooseong Wu, Reece Herman, Sai Varshith Paluru, Pratyush Chakraborty, Nikhil Anoop, Michael Nahmias, Rishit Gangwar, and Aritra Bhattacharya. Great year for everyone!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Peachtree Charter Math Team Takes First Place!

The Peachtree Math Team consisting of (left to right) Piranavaskanthan Abeyakaran, Yooseong Wang, Reece Herman, and Prathmesh Joshi with Mr. David Herman;  won first place at the chapter Mathcounts competition. 

Special congratulations go to Piranavaskanthan and Pratmesh. Not only did they win the team competition, they also won first and second place in the individual test. Abhiti Kahre qualified for the state competition, having the third highest score of the Peachtree Math Team. 

They will move on to the state competition on March 19th. The competition will take place at Saint Luke's Presbyterian Church in Dunwoody. 

Monday, February 26, 2018

The Aha! Connection Camp Guide

It's never too early to begin researching summer camps for your child.  The Aha! Connection has many opportunies already listed and the list is updated continuously.

Click on the following link to view camp links:

Also, this summer offering at Agnes Scott was brought to my attention over the weekend.  If you are a middle school or high school student interested in learning Chinese or Turkish, this STARTALK program could be for you:

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Dunwoody High School Star Student and Star Teacher

via DHS news:

We are proud to announce Alex Joshua Eldridge  and Mrs. Mary Dee Sturken as the 2018 STAR STUDENT and 2018 STAR TEACHER.   

Photograph courtesy of Priscilla Coles, Principal, Dunwoody High School

Alex was selected based on having the highest SAT Score on a single test date from the Class of 2018. 

Mrs.  Sturken was selected by Alex for having made the most significant contribution to Alex's scholastic development.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Dunwoody High School Student Elizabeth Cowan Earns Highest Composite Score on the ACT Test
**Updated With Board of Education Recognition

Congratulations to Elizabeth!!

The DeKalb County School Board of Education recognized Elizabeth at the 2-12-18 BOE Meeting:

According to the letter from the ACT, only one-tenth of 1% of all test takers earn the top score!!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Dunwoody High School Students Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists

Dunwoody High School is pleased to announce that the following Seniors have advanced to Finalist standing in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition:

Photo Courtey of DHS Principal Priscilla Coles
To become a Finalist, a recognized Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record in grades 9-12, be endorsed by the school, and earn SAT scores that confirm their 2016 PSAT performance. 

These Exceptional Students are now in the running to be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2018.  

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Peachtree Charter Middle School Students Chosen for
DCSD Art Star Hall of Fame Recognition!!

Congratulations go to two of our PCMS students for their artwork being chosen for the Art Star Hall of Fame for Region One for the 2017-2018 school year. 

The students are now 8th grader, Chloe White.  Chloe's artwork is shown below:

7th grader Isabela Capistran-Aguilar.  Isabela's artwork is shown below:

Their artwork was chosen to be enlarged and hung in the mainhallway of the Administration and Instructional Complex on Mountain Industrial Boulevard for the 2017-2018 school year. 

The Dekalb County School District had the 2017 Art Star Hall of Fame Debut Reception earlier this school year with Dr. Green. 

After this school year, the two artworks will be sent back to PCMS where they will hang permanently. 

Congratulations Chloe and Isabela!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Wesleyan School Serves Up New Community Tennis Program

Wesleyan School is pleased to announce a new community tennis program. The tennis league is an opportunity for kindergarten through fifth grade boys and girls to learn the fundamentals of tennis in a fun, safe, and encouraging setting.

“This new program allows children in the community to learn the game of tennis, develop teamwork abilities, and play in a safe, nurturing environment regardless of where they attend school,” said Kelly Weatherly, director of auxiliary programs and outreach. “For our current families, this is another opportunity for us to provide a convenient experience without having to take children to another program across town.

The tennis program begins on March, 24 and runs through May 12. It will be held on Wesleyan’s campus, located in Peachtree Corners.

Co-ed tennis is the latest addition to Wesleyan’s community league program. Earlier this year, the K-12 school introduced a flag football program. The school also hosts a basketball league, now in its 15th year, where hundreds of elementary-aged students from Peachtree Corners, Dunwoody, Brookhaven, Norcross, Johns Creek, Roswell, Alpharetta, Suwanee, and Duluth play.

To learn more about this new league, visit

Friday, February 2, 2018

Chesnut Elementary's Farm to School Nutrition Lesson Week (January 29 - February 2)

Chesnut Elementary’s Farm to School Nutrition Lesson Week (January 29- February 2), incorporates National Health Education Standards, demonstrates ways to make healthier food choices

From January 29 through February 2, Chesnut Elementary is hosting its annual Farm to School week wherein all its students – from Pre-K to fifth grade - are learning about healthy food choices. Every year, Coach Dykema and parent volunteers on the PTC Wellness Action Team conduct Farm to School nutrition lessons, which teach to the National Health Education Standards through the lens of understanding how food grows. 

This year's health is based on the theme of "Making My Super Plate". The activities and discussions planned for the week are a creative way of teaching students strategies that help them make healthy choices when filling their plates. Students are learning about the Harvard School of Public Health's recommended proportions of four food groups (fruit, vegetables, whole grains and protein), with an emphasis on choosing whole foods over processed, and water over other drinks, for maximum nutrition. The fun sessions end with a whole food snack tasting. 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Congratulations to Dunwoody High's Lauren Davis - Silver Medalist at the State Diving Championships

Friday, January 26, 2018

Congratulations to Peachtree Charter Middle School Students Named to
GMEA District IV Middle School Honor Band

Congratulations to the following 6th, 7th, and 8th grade band students for being selected for the GMEA District IV Middle School Honor Band in December. 

They were selected based on their scores from a very intense audition. These students are considered some of the best young musicians in 5 counties.  

4 Peachtree musicians moved to the final audition for the GMEA All State Band, and 2 were accepted. 1 is an alternate. They are some of the best musicians in the state of GA.
  • **Langley McEntyre** 1st chair flute and 4th All State
  • **Austin Sim** 7th chair clarinet and 19th All State
  • **Aadi Jangid* 3rd chair bass clarinet & alternate All State
  • *Kevin Roach 1st chair tuba
  • Ayden Mamaghani 15th chair clarinet
  • Emma Parker 5th chair flute
  • Rotem Kanny 12th chair flute
  • Adam Wilke 12th chair trumpet
  • Adams Hollis 13th chair trumpet

Peachtree Charter Middle School Band has among the highest number of students accepted to the district honor band in the district! This year PCMS makes up 10% of the District Honor Band. Out of 16 students from PCMS that auditioned, 9 were accepted.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

WSBTV: Peachtree Charter MS Teacher Removed From Classroom Following Assault Claims

What is particularly disturbing about this incident, other than it occurred, is that the teacher, despite multiple allegations from multiple students, was assigned to another classroom, rather than removed from PCMS.  The school district did not place the teacher in question on administrative leave until the news media started asking questions.  
Perhaps the news media can also press the district to provide information to PCMS parents as to why there was increased police presence at PCMS following Stan Jester's "infamous" FNN post on his blog and its subquent appearance on propoganda sites.  More than one PCMS parent has told me that they received NO communication from the school as to why the need for the increased police presence.  Was the increased police presence initiated out of caution?  Were threats made against the school?  
Middle school teacher removed from classroom after assault claims

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A teacher at a DeKalb County middle school has been removed from the classroom after students claimed he physically and verbally assaulted them.
Students told Channel 2 Action News a teacher at Peachtree Charter Middle School assaulted them physically and verbally.
One student said the teacher deliberately tripped her in the lunchroom and another student said the teacher held him to the floor pushing a blow horn to his neck. Students also said the teacher made them watch a graphic video. Both students also allege the teacher made anti-Semitic comments to Jewish students.....
"The entire school I feel is at risk, in one day he assaulted two children. I don’t know when this guy can snap," Robinovitz said.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Reporter News: "DeKalb school board member target of complaint alleging threat"

In the category of "you knew this was only a matter of time".  Region 1 Board of Education Member Stan Jester is being called to task for his behavior.  I applaud Allegra for her courage in coming forward and I hope others who have been the focus of Stan's harassment and bullying will come forward to support Allegra. 

The former co-chair of the Peachtree Charter Middle School Foundation has filed a complaint against DeKalb Board of Education member Stan Jester, saying she felt threatened by him during a recent meeting with him and other school administrators.

Allegra Johnson, a longtime school volunteer, filed the complaint with the DeKalb County School District on Jan. 5. She resigned her post last month as co-chair of the foundation, citing her concerns about Jester’s behavior toward her that included him saying he would “come after her” and calling her a “bully.”

DeKalb school board member target of complaint alleging threat

The former co-chair of the Peachtree Charter Middle School Foundation has filed a complaint against DeKalb Board of Education member Stan Jester, saying she felt threatened by him during a recent meeting with him and other school administrators. Allegra Johnson, a longtime school volunteer, filed the complaint with the DeKalb County School District on Jan.

Friday, January 12, 2018

**Meeting Rescheduled to Saturday, January 13th **
Agenda for the January 8, 2017 DeKalb County School Board of Education Meeting

Notes from the Work Session:

**Michael Irwin has been elected the new Board Chairman replacing Melvin Johnson. Marshall Orson as vice-chair.
**All members present with exception of Joyce Morley, who joined by phone.
**Upon taking the Ethics Oath, Stan Jester asks if the oath is not superseded by State of Federal Law
**Stan Jester tells Dr. Greene he doesn't want the legal budget to get out of hand.  
**Jim McMahan points out that that DCSD is almost 50% thru the school year and running well behind the projected legal costs.
**HR report:  DCSD is 99% staffed.  19 open special education positions; 2 Principal openings; 12 nurse positions unfilled.  19 recommendations from recent job fair.
**Vickie Turner:  34 teacher resignations since last meeting.  Why? 
**Marshall Orson makes comment state retirement system incentives teacher retirement in middle of school year.  Needs to work with state to work with timing of retirement incentives.
**Dr. Green requests Board of Education to approve new positions for Knox Phillips and Stacy Stepney. These are internal promotions. Promotions praised by Vickie Turner.  
**2018-2020 Calendar - Inclement weather days build into calendars.  After a bit of discussion item was approved for consent agenda.
**Peachtree Charter Middle School Foundation Donation for Ipads - no discussion or objections - will be moved to tonight's consent agenda.
**Donations for Tucker Middle School - no objections - will be moved to tonight's consent agenda.
**Denton's (law firm) for legal services.  DCSD used for annexation issues that contracted ended 12/31/17; wants additional funds to help with legislative issues as well as any annexation issues that may come up.  McMahan has problems with use for legislative lobbying issues.  Dr. Morley speaks - not sure what she's asking.  Stan Jester asks if Denton's has specific goals.  Dr. Green responds that their goals are DCSD's goals.  Jester asks if Lobbyist (Denton) works for BOE or Administration?  Dr. Green - they work for the BOEs agenda.  Jester doesn't know what the accomplishments are of Denton (and prior group they rolled into). Marshall Orson relayed thoughts on process of hiring and engaging lobbyists.  Lobbyists/BOE need a strategic vision prior to the legislative session.  McMahan makes statement that payment to Denton does not show up on finance report.  Wants a clear engagement process with Denton going forward.
Item will be moved to consent agenda.  Melvin Johnson makes point that many years the DeKalb legislators wanted the school system to have lobbyists - all other school systems employed lobbyists.  Morley agrees with lobbyists, just wants to be informed of their efforts.

Work Session at 2:00 pm, followed by Community Input Session at 4:00 and Business Meeting at 5:00.  The meeting can be viewed via PDS-24 on your local cable provider or you can stream live on your computer:

A few items of note:

1.  Agenda Item D.2 is the “Affirmation of Board Policy, Descriptor Codes BH and BHA and Affirmation of Board Norms”.  
Board of Education members publicly swear to comply with Policy and Board Norms. 

2.  Agenda Item F.6. – Peachtree Charter Middle School Foundation Donation Approval for Peachtree Charter Middle School.

As you may recall, this item was deferred from the December Board of Education meeting at the request of Board of Education member Stan Jester.  He had not “completed his due diligence.”  Why does the purchase of 80 iPads require "due diligence" from a Board Member? The DCSD Legal Office had already reviewed the item.