Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Dunwoody High Debate Team

2nd in State

Congratulations to the Dunwoody Debate Team for their impressive performance at the State Championship for Debate. The team of Hayley Hopkins and Robert Galerstein ended up earning 2nd place in the entire state, losing in the final round to a team from Woodward. If you see Robert or Hayley, make sure to congratulate them for this significant accomplishment!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Congratulations to the Dunwoody High School Quiz Bowl Team

Congratulations to the DHS Quiz Bowl team on their performance in the GATA Varsity State Tournament over the weekend!  DHS was seeded 10th in the state, and made the playoff rounds, where the team was narrowly defeated by the #7 seeded Bainbridge. High scorers were sophomore Thomas Dellaert and junior team captain Erin Thomas.  Good job Wildcats! 

Friday, March 23, 2012

Dunwoody High Students Named 2012
Governor’s Honors Program Finalists

Congratulations to the following Dunwoody High students for being selected to the 2012 Governor’s Honors Program:

  • Ellen Bertschi
  • Graham Boling
  • Sara Cronan
  • Hardika Dhir
  • Aasees Kaur
  • Chen Kirshenbaum
  • Leah Shedrow
  • Rebecca Shoenthal

In all, 42 students of the DeKalb County School District were chosen for this honor.  Click here to see the complete list of finalists.

The Governor's Honors Program is a four-week summer residential instructional program designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year.  Activities are designed to provide each participant with opportunities to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes to become independent, life-long learners.  

More than 2,900 students from across the state, representing 1% of all sophomores and juniors of public, private, and home schools, were nominated last fall by their schools in twenty separate majors.  These nominees attended state-level interviews in January and February, where panels of judges and interviewers applied the program’s selection criteria to select 690 finalists.

The finalists will attend the program this summer at Valdosta State University, from June 24 through July 21.  They will attend classes in their major, select another area for their minor, and participate in seminars, activities, and performances.  The intensity of the experience is almost universally described by its alumni as “life-changing.”

This summer will be the 49th program, which began in the summer of 1964. Georgia’s program is the longest continually running summer gifted program in the nation.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

PCMS Academic Quiz Bowl team wins Sportsmanship Award
Students at Peachtree Charter Middle School Represent!
Peachtree's Academic Quiz Bowl team competed in a GATA tournament hosted by Westminster on Saturday, March 17, 2012.  Sixty teams competed and Peachtree finished 12th.  Although that was a fantastic achievement, it was not the best part for Peachtree.  At this tournament, students, coaches, readers and facilitators were asked to select one school to receive the Sportsmanship award.  This year that award was given to Peachtree Charter Middle School! 
Their coach, Miss Carole Dunn, stated, " An award like this is quite an honor. Our students represented Peachtree well and I could not be more proud.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Austin Elementary Students Make 10,000 Meals for the Hungry

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- In just two hours, students at Austin Elementary School in Dunwoody made 10,000 meals for hungry families overseas.

The students formed assembly lines in the school cafeteria to prepare the dehydrated meals on Thursday.
The project was just part of the school's service week.  The meals will be delivered by Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Dunwoody Elementary News and Awards

Spelling Bee Competition
Noah Covey, 5th grade student, placed 3rd in the Dekalb County Spelling Bee for District 4! That makes him an alternate for the State contest.  He survived 12 long rounds! In case you're wondering, the word that bested Noah was ... kudize (I bet you'll have to look that one up!).  He did correctly spell frangible, balalaika, misogynist, neonatology, and schadenfreude earlier in the rounds.

Georgia Aquarium Regional Coastal America Ocean Art Contest
Two Dunwoody art students from Dunwoody Elementary take top awards in the Georgia Aquarium Regional Coastal America Ocean Art Contest for grades 3-5. Kayla Smith (pictured on left),  a third grade student,  is the first place winner and Carol Zhou (pictured on right), a fifth grade student,  is the second place winner.  As the first and second  place winners, the girls’ artwork has been forwarded to the National Coastal America Art Contest.  Judging for the National Contest will be taking place late March and early April with winners being notified later in April.  All of the artwork was judged on its strong visual impact, artistic merit, and how clearly it communicated the vision of our Nation’s Ocean Policy, “An America whose stewardship ensures that the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes are healthy and resilient, safe and productive, and understood and treasured so as to promote the well being, prosperity, and security of present and future generations.”  The Georgia Aquarium will be displaying the students’ artwork on the Aquarium's website. 


Celebration of Dr. Seuss’ Birthday (March 2nd)
At Dunwoody Elementary, in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday (Friday, March 2nd), all teachers, administrators, and staff members participated in a designated time to read a Dr. Seuss book.  Several “mystery readers” visited classrooms throughout the day. Among the readers were Mike Davis (Mayor), Police Chief Grogan, and Principal Johnathan Clark (with the Dr. Seuss hat).  Kelly Nettles, first grade teacher, is also pictured sitting in the hallway reading with her class.