Friday, October 24, 2014

Donaldson-Bannister Haunted Farm Tour
Saturday, October 25th, 3 to 9 p.m.


”Visit the neighbors you thought had passed away long ago, as Boy Scout Troop 477 brings to life the haunted legends of the Donaldson-Bannister Farm. Find giggles and surprises around every corner, on your friendly guided tour of the gardens and cemetery. And if a walk with the spirits isn’t enough, there are games, crafts, s’mores, a yummy food court and enough fun to, well….wake the dead. Don’t miss Dunwoody’s newest Halloween tradition.”

Saturday • October 25TH • 3 to 9PM
Donaldson-Bannister 
Haunted Farm Tour
4831 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd,
Dunwoody, GA 30338

Click here to download flyer and coupons.




Peachtree Charter Middle School Recycles!

Peachtree Charter Middle School will be participating in a county-wide recycling pilot program.  We were one of seventeen DeKalb County schools chosen to participate and the only school in the Dunwoody cluster.  From September 29th until October 31st we are in competition with the other pilot schools to see who can recycle the most, based on recycled weight and school enrollment.  Monetary grants and field trips will be awarded to the top scoring schools.  1st place is $2,000 and 3 bus vouchers!

We are recycling throughout the school and are reaching out to the community to ask for help as we strive to be the number one school in the county!  Instead of placing your recycling on the curb in front of your house, bring it to us!  We will accept paper, plastic, Styrofoam, aluminum, tin and steel. Our new recycling dumpster is located in the back of the school, behind the cafeteria.

Thanks in advance for helping us reach our goal of being the top school. Since we are the only school participating in the Dunwoody cluster, we hope that you will tell all your friends and neighbors to bring their recycling to Peachtree as well! 

Let's work as a community to use this wonderful opportunity to both recycle and earn some money for our school!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

DeKalb Schools Enrollment and Capacity Data

The Dunwoody Cluster schools are highlighted in yellow. A quick look at the data will tell you where the capacity issues are within DCSS.

Kittredge Magnet is at 78%  capacity and Wadsworth Magnet is at 37% capacity. Why aren't these schools merged into one central campus or located in an existing school as the High Achiever Manget programs at the Middle and High School level are?

And then there's Fernbank Elementary, 10 years out from a $10 million renovation and at 71% capacity, but yep, they get a brand spanking new building.









Dunwoody Elementary Becomes STEM Certified


 Click here to view the Fox 5 video.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dunwoody High Volleyball Team Advances to the Elite 8
With a 3-0 Win Over Starr's Mill

Photo courtesy of Dunwoody High Volleyball Team

The Dunwoody Girl's Volleyball Team continues their run to the state championship with a 3-0 victory over Starr's Mill (25-15, 25-13, 25-11).

The team will play Saturday, team and time TBA.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hats Off to Chesnut Elementary Students for Exceeding The Chesnut Challenge Fundraising Goal!


Chesnut Charter Elementary School celebrated Silly Hat Day on October 17th, a prize earned by the student body as part of the school's new fundraiser, the Chesnut Challenge, a fun run-style event that took place earlier in the month.   The students exceeded their fundraising goal by almost 20 percent, and as a result (among other prizes) they will also enjoy Free Dress Day on October 24th, and a bounce house at recess on October 31st.  The funds raised from the Chesnut Challenge are being directed toward Chesnut’s increased emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).


Friday, October 17, 2014

Dunwoody HS Principal McFerrin Interviewed by Ryan Seacrest



Principal McFerrin was interviewed by Ryan Seacrest this morning his "On Air With Ryan Seacrest". Click on the left-most arrow to start the interview.

Click here to view the story and also the interview.


Dunwoody High Volleyball Team Cruises Past Creekview

Dunwoody’s Paige McKnight (8) goes up for a kill against Creekview. (Photo by Mark Brock)
Photo Courtesy of DeKalb County School District
The No. 2 ranked Dunwoody Lady Wildcats advanced to the second round of the Class 5A volleyball state playoffs with a relatively easy 3-0 home victory over Creekview.

Creekview got out to a quick 6-0 lead in the first game before Dunwoody could get going. Dunwoody went on a 12-4 run at that point forcing a Creekview timeout as the Lady Wildcats went up 12-10.

Creekview would tie it at 12-12, but Dunwoody would go ahead 13-12 and put sophomore Madison McKnight back to serve. The Lady Wildcats would go on to win 13 consecutive points with McKnight serving to close out the game 25-12.

Dunwoody was the aggressor to start the second game of the match as McKnight would serve for six consecutive points, including a pair of aces, as the Lady Wildcats jumped to a 9-1 advantage.

Click here to read the remainder of the article.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

DeKalb Schools Blocks Students Returning from West Africa From Enrolling at Dunwoody Elementary and Dunwoody High


Via the AJC:

By Rose French
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 
                           
Two Dunwoody students who recently returned from West Africa were blocked from enrolling in DeKalb schools this week as a precaution against the spread of Ebola.

DeKalb school officials said the father worked for CARE, a humanitarian organization, as a finance controller in the Liberia/Sierra Leone office. He returned to the United States on Sept. 14 with his family and tried to enroll the children Wednesday at Dunwoody Elementary and Dunwoody High.

According to school officials, the family had a letter from CARE saying more than 21 days had passed since their return from the United States, which is beyond the quarantine period for Ebola. But school officials turned the students away because the district requires confirmation from the CDC or local health department, not from an employer, said spokesman Quinn Hudson.

Click here to view the remainder of the story.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Kingsley Charter Elementary International Walk to School Day


Kaptain Kingsley and Kingsley Comets celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 8th. Walking with the students were Dunwoody Mayor, Mike Davis, Councilman Doug Thompson, Officer Fecht and Kingsley’s community charter council member Bob Freeman.
  

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Congratulations to Dunwoody High School
Homecoming Queen & King
Hannah Keen and Gus Ashbury

I love this picture of Hannah, Gus, and DHS Principal McFerrin. Photo is courtesy of DCSD Athletics.


It is these type of moments that reinforce my belief, and insistence, that the "education" of my children go beyond books, homework and tests. To the students and faculty of Dunwoody High School - Well Done!

Jon Shirek of 11 Alive also has a great story/video on the selection of Gus and Hannah.

DUNWOODY, Ga. (WXIA) – At the Dunwoody High School homecoming Friday night, students showed true school spirit during halftime.
This year's Dunwoody High School senior homecoming court -- ten candidates for Homecoming Queen and ten candidates for King -- beamed like the sun under the Friday night lights.
That number included two special needs students their fellow seniors nominated: Hannah Keen, who has Down's syndrome, escorted by her big brother D.R.; and Gus Ashbury. He's a student with autism, escorted by his mother, Mamie.
Click here to read the remainder of the story and view the video.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

2014 DeKalb County Schools SAT and AP Scores

This week the College Board released the SAT and AP scores.  DCSD SAT scores were down around 8%.  That appeared rather high to me, so after reviewing previous year's data, it became apparent that almost of the DCSD high schools had a significant rise in the number of students taking the SAT.  Was this the graduating class that was the recipient of the "free" SAT test compliments of the previous DCSD administration?  If so, there was a caveat at that time that the SAT scores would be reported lower.




Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Action for Healthy Kids® Awards Playground Improvement Grant to Chesnut Charter Elementary
Refurbished Exercise Facilities Aid in School’s Increased Movement Initiatives


"Before"
After
Chesnut Charter Elementary School today announced that it has been awarded a $2,500 grant from Action for Healthy Kids® (AFHK), the nation’s leading nonprofit and largest volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment by working with schools to improve nutrition and physical activity. The grant will support improvements to Chesnut’s playground.

With the Action for Healthy Kids grant funds, Chesnut has revitalized its decades old Iron Mountain Forge exercise structure -- replacing rotted wood planks and safety caps for metal poles, and replenishing mulch to provide the requisite soft floor for students dismounting. The AFHK award has also funded brand new Iron Mountain Forge signage that demonstrates sample exercise activities – restoring it to a fully functional exercise structure for the students. As part of playground improvements in Chesnut’s lower field, the grant also paid for new balls and fresh gravel to refurbish Chesnut’s tetherball courts, which had fallen into disuse.


Before
After
“Chesnut teachers, parents and administration recognize that opportunities to engage in physical activity throughout the school day can positively affect our students’ well-being and help them to focus during lessons. We are very grateful to Action for Healthy Kids’ for this generous grant that is helping Chesnut move forward with our increased movement objectives,“ said Veronica Williams, Chesnut’s Principal. “The refurbished playground facilities are already attracting Chesnut’s students at recess and during the after-care program, affording them with increased opportunities to be physically active.”

About Action for Healthy Kids®
Action for Healthy Kids® (AFHK) fights childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kids can live healthier lives. The organization partners with a legion of dedicated volunteers - teachers, students, moms, dads, school wellness experts and more - from within the ranks of their 34,000+ constituency to create healthful school changes. After all, everyone has a part to play in ending the nation's childhood obesity epidemic. AFHK's programs, tools and resources make it possible so that many people can.
AFHK's grassroots efforts are supported by a collaboration of more than 70 organizations, corporations and government agencies. Working together, they're giving kids the keys to health and academic success by meeting them where they are - in the classroom, in the cafeteria and on the playground - with fun physical activity and nutrition lessons and changes that make it possible for them to eat nutritiously and play every day. More information is available at www.ActionforHealthyKids.org. Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

About Chesnut Charter Elementary School
Chesnut Charter School was established in 1968 to meet the needs of the Peachtree/Dunwoody community. In the 2000-2001 school year, Chesnut began operating as a Charter School committed to educating the whole child - developing young people who are enthusiastic, knowledgeable, well rounded, physically active, and thoughtful. Chesnut strives for it students to become honorable and contributing citizens, who are internally motivated to achieve their highest potential. Chesnut’s Wellness Action Team, part of the school’s Parent Teacher Council, promotes healthy habits and environment for students, families, faculty and staff in support of DeKalb County's Wellness Policy. By soliciting community, family and staff input, the Wellness Team develops and executes the Chesnut's School Health Improvement Action Plan, which addresses physical, mental and emotional wellness that lead to greater success inside and out of the classroom. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

11 Alive: "Unique Cafe Brings Together Students At Dunwoody High School"
Updated With Video

Kudos to Jennifer Leslie and 11 Alive News for featuring this wonderful program!

Click here to view the video.



Jennifer Leslie, WXIA

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Every Tuesday morning at Dunwoody High School, there's a line outside Kerry Brown's classroom, which doubles as a unique cafe.

It's named for the school's mascot, and it's run by students with mild intellectual disabilities, like autism and down syndrome.

"I enjoy welcoming people and saying 'Hi, how may I help you?'" said sophomore Prince Montalvo.

The program started a few years ago. The goal is to give students an in-school vocational experience.

Click here to read the remainder of the story. 


First Concert in the New Chamblee Charter High School Auditorium


Don't miss the first concert held in our brand new CCHS Auditorium at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, October 7. This free concert will be open to the public and will include performances by Beginning Chorus, Advanced Chorus, Jazz Band, and select students from Drama, Musical Theatre, and Orchestra. In addition, visual arts students will display their work in the auditorium lobby. The Fine Arts Department invites all CCHS parents and supporters, as well as feeder school fine arts boosters to attend this opening concert and experience our new venue.

Also performing will be Atlanta Vocal Project (AVP), who is currently ranked 11th Chorus in the world. AVP is directed by Clay Hine, acclaimed clinician, coach, judge, writer and arranger, and consists of male singers who love a cappella and the ringing of Barbershop chords. Ages within the group range from 17 to 80. AVP has sung for the Atlanta Braves, the Governor of Georgia, at Spivey Hall, with the Atlanta Symphony, in numerous churches, schools and retirement communities throughout Georgia, and in many major cities throughout the United States.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

DeKalb County School District
Charter District Application


The DeKalb County School District has made available, via their website, the Charter District Application.  The Board will be asked to approve the application at the Wednesday, October 8th (rescheduled from Monday, 10/6) Board of Education Meeting.

Click here to review the application.


DeKalb Schools Superintendent Michael Thurmond's
State of the System Address
Dual Accreditation Update


Many thanks to Dunwoody City Council Member Terry Nall for providing a copy of Superintendent Michael Thurmond's "State of the District" address.

Click here to access the text to Superintendent Thurmond's address.

As part of the presentation, Mr. Thurmond provided an update on the Dual Accreditation process that Councilman Nall has championed for ALLof DeKalb high schools for several years.  Many thanks to Councilman Nall for his efforts in making sure this initiative was adopted by the Board of Education and implemented by DCSS!  

Councilman Nall:  "I'm especially pleased to see that the dual accreditation initiative through Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC) for all of our high schools is underway and proceeding according to plan laid out to the school board in May.  What new is we have specific dates in January for the GAC consultants team site visits to all of the county's high schools."

Page 6 of Thurmond's address lists these dual accreditation activity items (both completed and planned):

* September 11, 2014:  District meets with GAC consultant to discuss plans

* September 24, 2014:  District leaders meet regarding how to provide documentation to each high school for the accreditation process

* October-January:  District leaders assist individual high schools with compiling evidence of compliance

* January 26-28, 2015:  Site visits to the high schools by GAC consultants

* March 2015:  Accreditation is agenda item for GAC Board meeting in Macon


Monday, September 29, 2014

Dunwoody Elementary School Organic Gardens
Harvesting Sweet Potatoes

Dunwoody Elementary School 2nd grade students planted sweet potatoes last spring in their organic gardens.  Students were a part of the planting process through the harvesting of the sweet potatoes. Over a 1,000 sweet potatoes were harvested this past week.  Parent volunteers made some yummy recipes to share with each classroom, for a well deserved treat!    


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Dunwoody High School Council Responds
to "Dunwoody Crier" Headline

Several weeks ago the "Dunwoody Crier" published an article written by Elizabeth Jester concerning the expansion of Dunwoody High School's ESL population.  It was a good, positive article, with one exception - the title.  The title "Immigrants Fill Dunwoody High" had little relevance to the article itself.

Below is the response to the article by the Dunwoody High School Council which appears in this weeks Crier:

To the Editor:

Regarding the 9-10-14 cover story titled, “Immigrants fill Dunwoody High,” on behalf of the Dunwoody High School Council, I would like to have seen a headline that would have more accurately summarized the article content or moreover, accurately described the true nature of what fills Dunwoody High School. 

When the author, Liz Jester, was contacted about her title choice she explained to me that when she submitted her article it was titled, “Dunwoody Expands ESL Program to Meet Needs of Increasing International Population.”  This seems a more befitting summarization of the article content.

The author was unaware of the title change or the reasoning behind it. So to clarify a few points stated in the article, only 25 students of the 150 were enrolled at Dunwoody High School from the International Center at the beginning of the school year and many students in Dunwoody’s ESL program are citizens.

Click here to read the remainder of the response.