Monday, July 24, 2017

Chamblee Charter High School Welcome New Principal Rebecca Braaten
Learn More About Principal Braaten August 3rd @ 6:00 p.m.

Here is an article about Ms. Braaten's recent resignation from the Muscogee County School District:  http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/education/article151374087.html



Dunwoody High School 2016-2017 GA Milestones Test Scores

Dunwoody HS students performed ABOVE the State of Georgia results for all End of Course Tests for Fall Semester 2016.

Dunwoody HS Students performed AT or BELOW the State of Georgia results for the Spring 2017 EOC tests in the following 3 categories:

9th Grade Literature:  Dunwoody HS % Proficient Learner 42.5%; State of GA, 42.9%
Analytic Geometry:  Dunwoody HS % Proficient Learner 20.3%; State of GA, 24.8%
Coordinate Algebra:  Dunwoody HS % Developing Learner 39.2%; State of GA 38.6%

Georgia law requires a comprehensive summative assessment program in grades three through 12, including End of Grade assessments in English language arts and mathematics for grades three through eight, End of Grade assessments in science and social studies for grades five and eight, and End of Course assessments in designated core subjects for grades nine through 12. Those courses are: 9th grade Literature and Composition, American Literature and Composition, Algebra I or Coordinate Algebra, Geometry or Analytic Geometry, Biology, Physical Science, U.S. History, and Economics.

During the 2016-17 school year, fewer Georgia Milestones exams were required as a result of Senate Bill 364, which was signed into law in May 2016.

Dunwoody High School
End of Course Tests
(Fall Semester 2016-2017 School Year)
# Students Tested
% Beginning Learner
% Developing Learner
% Proficient Learner
% Distinguished Learner
9th Grade Literature
262
9.9
29.8
46.9
13.4
American Literature
257
8.6
28.8
40.5
22.2
Analytic Geometry
138
14.5
16.7
45.7
23.2
Biology
263
14.4
17.1
38.8
29.7
Coordinate Algebra
219
12.3
30.6
46.1
11.0
Economics
184
9.8
17.9
35.9
36.4
US History
197
10.2
23.9
45.7
20.3
Dunwoody High School
End of Course Tests
(Spring Semester 2016-2017 School Year)
# Students Tested
% Beginning Learner
% Developing Learner
% Proficient Learner
% Distinguished Learner
9th Grade Literature
268
13.4
25.0
42.5
19.0
American Literature
210
12.4
25.2
43.8
18.6
Analytic Geometry
330
27.6
31.8
20.3
20.3
Biology
233
17.2
24.0
35.2
23.6
Coordinate Algebra
337
26.4
39.2
27.0
7.4
Economics
186
9.1
17.7
47.3
25.8
US History
246
11.8
27.2
32.9
28.0

To view all GA Milestones scores for Fall Semester 2016 and Spring Semester 2017, click on the following link:  http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Assessment/Pages/Georgia-Milestones-2016-2017-Statewide-Scores.aspx.

Georgia Milestones assesses student learning along four levels of achievement. These designations aim to shift the focus away from test scores alone, instead capturing the progression of student learning.
 
Beginning Learners do not yet demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students need substantial academic support to be prepared for the next grade level or course and to be on track for college and career readiness.
 
Developing Learners demonstrate partial proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified by Georgia’s content standards. The students need additional academic support to ensure success in the next grade level or course and to be on track for college and career readiness.
 
Proficient Learners demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students are prepared for the next grade level or course and are on track for college and career readiness.    
 
​Distinguished Learners demonstrate advanced proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students are well prepared for the next grade level or course and are well prepared for college and career readiness.

Chamblee Charter High School Spring 2017 GA Milestones Test Scores

Chamblee Charter High Schools students performed ABOVE the State of Georgia results for all End of Course Tests for Spring Semester 2017 with the following exceptions: 

*Physical Science:  Chamblee Charter HS % Beginning Learner 60.5%; State of GA, 42.9%.
*Physical Science:  Chamblee Charter HS % Proficient Learner 9.3%; State of GA 19.6%.
*Physical Science:  Chamblee Charter HS % Distinguished Learner 2.3%; State of GA 4.5%
Coordinate Algebra:  Chamblee Charter HS % Developing Learner 42.8%; State of GA 32.5%


*It is my understanding that the Physical Science course at CCHS is being phased out.  Several other high schools in DeKalb (including Dunwoody HS), no longer offer this course.  Physical Science is taught at Peachtree Charter MS as part of the STEM Academy (or so I've been told). 

Georgia law requires a comprehensive summative assessment program in grades three through 12, including End of Grade assessments in English language arts and mathematics for grades three through eight, End of Grade assessments in science and social studies for grades five and eight, and End of Course assessments in designated core subjects for grades nine through 12. Those courses are: 9th grade Literature and Composition, American Literature and Composition, Algebra I or Coordinate Algebra, Geometry or Analytic Geometry, Biology, Physical Science, U.S. History, and Economics.

During the 2016-17 school year, fewer Georgia Milestones exams were required as a result of Senate Bill 364, which was signed into law in May 2016.

Chamblee Charter High School
End of Course Tests
(Spring Semester 2016-2017 School Year)
# Students Tested
% Beginning Learner
% Developing Learner
% Proficient Learner
% Distinguished Learner
9th Grade Literature
469
18.3
19.8
38.8
23.0
American Literature
347
11.2
24.8
40.6
23.3
Analytic Geometry
333
12.0
25.2
33.6
29.1
Biology
485
32.6
15.9
26.0
25.6
Coordinate Algebra
208
16.8
42.8
34.6
5.8
Economics
298
17.8
22.8
38.6
20.8
Physical Science
86
60.5
27.9
9.3
2.3
US History
340
17.1
28.8
33.5
20.6

To view all GA Milestones scores for Fall Semester 2016 and Spring Semester 2017, click on the following link:  http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Assessment/Pages/Georgia-Milestones-2016-2017-Statewide-Scores.aspx.

Georgia Milestones assesses student learning along four levels of achievement. These designations aim to shift the focus away from test scores alone, instead capturing the progression of student learning.
 
Beginning Learners do not yet demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students need substantial academic support to be prepared for the next grade level or course and to be on track for college and career readiness.
 
Developing Learners demonstrate partial proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified by Georgia’s content standards. The students need additional academic support to ensure success in the next grade level or course and to be on track for college and career readiness.
 
Proficient Learners demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students are prepared for the next grade level or course and are on track for college and career readiness.    
 
​Distinguished Learners demonstrate advanced proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students are well prepared for the next grade level or course and are well prepared for college and career readiness.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Welp..I guess It's Happening
E-SPLOST V Project: RFQu #17-752-029 Professional Architectural and Engineering Services for Chamblee Charter High School

Agenda items from Monday, July 10th Board of Education Meeting Work Session:

https://simbli.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/Attachment.aspx?S=4054&AID=829286&MID=58914

2.0 GENERAL SCOPE OF WORK

The anticipated scope of this project is the design of a building addition, with accompanying modifications to the school’s core areas – media center, kitchen and cafeteria – to handle increased occupancy. A net addition of 30 Instructional units is required. Accompanying parking area additions, possibly requiring a parking garage, are also included in this scope. A preliminary site study recommended a three-story, 40,800 square foot addition located between the current classroom wing and the auditorium; however, the selected Architect/Engineer is encouraged to consider other configurations as well. The scope of this project also includes design for the installation of synthetic turf at the football practice field. This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the scope of work.

Also, the agenda item to convert current Cross Keys HS to a Middle School.  So where is the new Cross Keys High School going to be located?

https://simbli.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/Attachment.aspx?S=4054&AID=829289&MID=58914

2.0 GENERAL SCOPE OF WORK

The anticipated scope of this project is the design of an addition and modifications to the existing Cross Keys High School in order to convert it for use as a middle school. The net addition of IU’s necessary is 22. Accompanying parking area modifications are included in this scope. Also included in this project’s scope are the design of a security vestibule at the main building entrance, and a sprinkler system for the entire facility.

A preliminary site study recommended a single story, 12,000 square foot, 10 classroom addition, as well as extensive remodeling of the existing building to convert high school career tech labs into standard middle school classrooms. The District may choose to retain the career tech labs and construct a larger, two story addition to accommodate the middle school conversion.
 


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Dunwoody Crier: Professionals lend hand to DHS Wildcat’fe

I love when members of the community step in and help out our schools.  Kudos to Morrison Community Living and the Dunwoody Woman's Club for their contributions to the Wildcat'fe.

"The Wildcat’fe, a fully operational coffee shop, is part of a cooking program for students with intellectual disabilities at Dunwoody High School. The program started six years ago as a small classroom coffee shop simply selling coffee and cinnamon rolls to teachers to raise money to buy Special Olympics T-shirts for the students."

Professionals lend hand to DHS Wildcat'fe

When the 2011 DHS school renovation included an instructional galley kitchen, the program was renamed the Wildcat'fe and became a real café for two hours every Tuesday morning, serving the entire school with coffee, iced mocha, hot chocolate, fruit juices and a variety of items, such as sausage biscuits, cookies, brownie bites, muffins and magic bars.

Monday, June 19, 2017

"Dunwoody Schools Unite for Unique Fundraiser"
All Fore One Golf Tournament
Monday, October 2nd , 2017

 
Registration for the All Fore One Golf Tournament is now open! Golfers can register through the website allforeonedunwoody.org. 

Dunwoody schools unite for unique fundraiser

DUNWOODY, GA. - Principals and parents from the eight schools that make up the Dunwoody Cluster are coming together for the first time to support education in a unique way. They're organizing an inaugural community golf tournament called "All Fore One" on Monday, October 2, 2017.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Dunwoody High Student Taylor Doolittle
Chamblee Charter High Student Aaron Weil
Science National Honor Society Scholarship Winners


Congratulations to Taylor Doolittle of Dunwoody High School and Aaron Weil of Chamblee Charter Charter High School!

Taylor and Aaron were 2 of only 43 students nationwide to be awarded a Science National Honor Society scholarship. 

Click on the following link to view all scholarship winners: http://www.sciencenhs.org/sites/sciencenhs.org/files/snhs_scholarship_winners_web_format.pdf

"America has been honoring brilliant students through honor societies since 1921. Educators began to notice the need for subject specific honor societies in America’s high schools in the 1980's. Since then, new honor societies have sprung up to recognize and encourage students in such areas as English, Art, French, and Spanish. Until now, there has been no national honor society for Science. In this era of rapidly changing technologies and scientific advancement, it is time to encourage and recognize high school students in the Sciences. 

SNHS is a prominent scientific organization that will engender a new group of young thinkers who will be the future of industry, research, and scientific exploration for America."  
 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Dunwoody High School Quiz Bowl Team Competes in the
2017 High School National Championship Tournament
Finishes 97th out of 304 Teams Competing
Chamblee Charter High School Team Finishes 181 out of 304 Teams

The 2017 National Academic Quiz National Championship Tournament was held this past weekend at the Atlanta Marriot Marquis.  The Dunwoody High School team finished 97th out of 304 teams. 


A post shared by Natl Academic Quiz Tournaments (@naqtqb) on
photo courtesy of National Academic Quiz Tournaments LLC.

 
The only other DeKalb County school participating in the Tournament was Chamblee Charter High School.  CCHS placed 181 out of 304. 



Click on the following link to view all results:  https://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=7400&playoffs=true

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Dunwoody High School 2017 Senior Class Prank
Petting Zoo!!

h/t The Aha! Connection...

These get better every year!  I thought the "beach in the parking lot" a few years back was great..this is better.  How appropriate that chickens were involved as the Dunwoody City Council approved backyard chickens at last night's city council meeting..

DHS Senior Prank - The Aha! Connection

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Aha! Connection 2017 Summer Camp Guide



Still looking for summer activities for your child?  The Aha! Connection has you covered.

Click on the following link to view Summer Camp options:  http://www.theahaconnection.com/category/camps/

Friday, May 19, 2017

Dunwoody High School Honors Governor's Honors Program Finalists


Sophomores:
Noah Covey (Mathematics)
Lydia Fletcher (German)
Valen Lawson (Science)
Paris Ruiz (Theatre Performance)

Juniors:
Bobby Bellen (Communicative Arts)
Alexandra Buhl (Spanish)
Isaiah Gardner-Dinerman (Communicative Arts)
Jackson Grant (Engineering)
Rachel Greenwald (Communicative Arts)
Tyler Sacks (Communicative Arts)
Andrew Sonnier (Engineering)
Alex Eldridge (Mathematics)
Samantha Cameron (Social Studies)
Iman Hoque (Social Studies)
Shreya Nainwal (Social Studies)
Zac Pankey (Social Studies)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

DeKalb County School Board Honors Georgia Educational Tech Fair Winners

The DeKalb County School District and Board of Education honored the 2017 Georgia Tech Fair Winners at the May 15th BOE meeting:

The Georgia Educational State Technology Fair is an annual student technology competition produced by the Georgia Educational Technology Consortium. The Georgia Educational State Technology Fair is the highest level of student technology competition in Georgia. This competition is open to all 3rd-12th grade students residing in the state of Georgia.

Among the local winners are:
  • Akuoma Elekwachi & Milan McKinney of Chesnut Elementary;
  • Noah Covey of Dunwoody High School
  • Will Wright of Chamblee Charter High School.  Will has placed three times consecutively since 2015 in multiple categories. 
  • Anish Kumar of Chamblee Charter High School.


Monday, May 15, 2017

**Update**DeKalb Schools That "Beat The Odds"

Beating the Odds is a statistical analysis that compares a school’s actual performance on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) with the performance of schools with similar characteristics across the state. See "Georgia Schools Like Mine" data dashboard: https://schoolslikemine.gosa.ga.gov/

Note: I have some concerns as to how the GOSA is choosing "Schools Like Mine". More on that later.

Schools that perform higher than similar schools are considered “Beating the Odds.”

A DCSD stakeholder pointed me to the updated "Beating the Odds" Calculation - thanks!!

Update

On May 5, 2017, GOSA released a recalculated BTO for 2012-2016 to correct a minor error in the calculation formula that affected a small number of schools. Any schools that previously "Beat the Odds" but did not under the recalculated model are "held harmless" for their BTO status in that year.

Last month, a school district staff person identified an issue in the Beating the Odds model where schools serving multiple grade clusters had inaccurate CCRPI Scores without Challenge Points in the dataset if one or more of those grade clusters had not earned a CCRPI Score. GOSA analyzed the issue and realized that the formula did not properly account for proportional enrollment in schools where a grade cluster had too few students to yield a CCRPI score. Most of the schools spanning clusters earn CCRPI scores in those clusters, so the number of schools affected in any given year was 15 or less (less than 1%).
 
To address this issue, GOSA decided to recalculate the analysis. Because BTO is a statistical model that generates a "predicted CCRPI" based upon all schools’ data, the CCRPI and grade cluster changes outlined above required the entire model to be reanalyzed. Therefore, the BTO statuses of schools that did not have grade cluster estimation errors were affected, particularly those that were previously just above or below the threshold.
 
For 2016, 2 DCSD schools had their CCRPI scores (w/o Challenge Points) recalculated: 
  • International Student Center: Original CCRPI 26.3; Post recalculation 26.5.
  • DeKalb Alternative School: Original CCRPI - 25.5; Post recalculation 41.4

For 2016, 2 DCSD schools who were originally named BTO schools, lost that designation with the recalculation:  
  • Lithonia High School 
  • Bethune Middle School
For more details on this correction and to see what schools were affected, click on the May 2017 BTO Calculation Correction Overview document:  https://gosa.georgia.gov/sites/gosa.georgia.gov/files/related_files/site_page/Beating%20the%20Odds%202012-2016%20Recalculation%20Overview%2005052017.pdf
 
February 28, 2017 More than 1,000 Georgia schools beat the odds in 2016, performing better than statistically expected on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).

The CCRPI is Georgia’s statewide accountability system. It measures schools and school districts on a 100-point scale based on multiple indicators of performance.
 
The Beating the Odds analysis predicts a range within which a school’s CCRPI score is statistically expected to fall – given the school’s size, grade cluster, student mobility, and student demographics (including race/ethnicity, disability, English learners, and poverty). If an individual school’s actual CCRPI is above the predicted range, then that school beat the odds.


Most (731) of the schools that beat the odds had poverty rates of 25 percent or more, and 437 had poverty rates of 40 percent or more.

And of the 1,037 schools that beat the odds last year, 271 beat the odds in each of the past five years. Eighty-one of these schools had a 2016 poverty rate of 40 percent or more, and more than half – 157 – had poverty rates of 25 percent or more.
 
The following DCSD schools "Beat the Odds" in 2016:

2016 DeKalb County Schools That "Beat the Odds"
2016 DeKalb County Schools That "Beat the Odds"
School
2016 Single Score CCRPI without Challenge Points
2016 Free and Reduced Lunch Rate
 
School
2016 Single Score CCRPI without Challenge Points
2016 Free and Reduced Lunch Rate
Arabia Mountain High School
89.1
49.07
Henderson Mill Elementary School
75.3
67.18
Ashford Park Elementary School
82.4
26.50
Kelley Lake Elementary School
64.3
> 95%
Austin Elementary School
94.7
< 5%
Kittredge Magnet School
104.1
7.69
Bob Mathis Elementary School
58.4
87.15
Laurel Ridge Elementary School
82.1
42.44
Briar Vista Elementary School
73.3
54.93
Lithonia High School
61.9
78.77
Brockett Elementary School
76.3
76.00
Marbut Elementary School
66.1
80.74
Cedar Grove Elementary School
58.4
83.90
Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School
54.9
> 95%
Cedar Grove High School
75.8
79.13
Miller Grove High School
70.9
75.68
Chamblee Charter High School
86.1
34.93
Museum School Avondale Estates
87.2
12.43
Chamblee Middle School
83.7
31.80
Narvie Harris Elementary School
68.9
62.36
Chapel Hill Middle School
64.7
82.85
Oak Grove Elementary School
87.8
6.09
Columbia High School
64.2
78.90
Redan High School
70.6
79.32
Columbia Middle School
59.4
> 95%
Redan Middle School
63.4
88.90
Cross Keys High School
78.1
86.80
Robert Shaw Theme School
70.2
87.01
DeKalb Alternative School
25.5
93.98
Southwest DeKalb High School
75.2
69.11
DeKalb Early College School
99.1
60.50
Stephenson High School
75.6
65.16
DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts
78.4
64.00
Stepenson Middle School
63.8
85.53
DeKalb PATH Academy Charter School
78.0
> 95%
Stone Mill Elementary School
64.1
> 95%
DeKalb Preparatory Academy Charter
60.6
78.72
Stone Mountain High School
67.2
86.26
DeKalb School of the Arts
96.1
27.71
The Champion Middle Theme School
68.1
61.18
Druid Hills High School
78.7
53.56
Tucker High School
76.2
62.23
Dunwoody High School
90.7
29.64
Wadsworth Magnet School for High Achievers
94.0
53.19
Edward L. Bouie, Sr. Elementary School
68.6
63.88
Woodridge Elementary School
64.0
85.94
Eldridge L. Miller Elementary School
56.6
> 95%

Off topic, but the Free & Reduced Lunch rate at the Museum School of Avondale Estates is low.  It was my impression that stand alone Charter Schools are to reflect the diversity of the local school district.  Kittredge Magnet School's F&RL rate of 7.69 is low as well.  Oh, well,  I will stay off my soapbox on this one....

The following list are DCSD  schools that "Beat the Odds" for 5 straight years:  http://www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/communications/Documents/2-SchoolsthatBeattheOddsforFiveYears.pdf

Arabia Mountain High School, Austin Elementary School, Cedar Grove High School, Chamblee Charter High School, DeKalb Alternative School, DeKalb Early College Academy, DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts, DeKalb PATH Academy Charter School, DeKalb School of the Arts, Miller Grove High School, Robert Shaw Theme School, The Champion Middle Theme School, Wadsworth Magnet School for High Achievers.

For further information, you may access the GADOE Press Release at this link: http://www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/communications/Pages/PressReleaseDetails.aspx?PressView=default&pid=510