Friday, May 25, 2012

Congratulations to the Dunwoody High School Class of 2012

Last evening, at a ceremony held at First Baptist Church of Atlanta, almost 400 Dunwoody High Students participated in Commencement ceremonies.  Board of Education Member Nancy Jester attended and on behalf of the school district, formally certified the students for graduation and assisted Principal Swanson in the awarding of diplomas.  Students gathered one last time as a class at the annual Senior’s Last Blast held at the Dunwoody High Gymnasium. 

Senior class members have received over $10 million in scholarship offerings.  180 members of the Senior Class were awarded with the “Superintendent’s Award” which recognizes those students who have taken 3 or more AP classes.

The Senior Class Gift to Dunwoody High School is a much-needed new marquee at the corner of Vermack and Womack.

Good luck to the Class of 2012 as they move on to the next chapter in their lives!!

On a personal note, I would like to thank Mr. Swanson for his service to Dunwoody High School and to my children the last 2 years.  Dunwoody’s loss is Arabia Mountain’s gain.  Good luck, Mr. Swanson!!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Dunwoody Elementary’s Carol Zhou
2nd place in National Competition for Coastal America Art Contest

Carol’s artwork was selected out of over 1560 entries at the regional level. Carol will be recognized at a ceremony in Washington D.C. on June 7th and her artwork displayed at  the Department of Commerce, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, National Geographic Society and Smithsonian Institution during Capitol Hills Oceans Week June 5-8, 2012.  The exhibit, consisting of the national 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be displayed in the Washington, DC area for months to follow. 

The really amazing thing about Carol winning 2nd place --is that she gets to be a part of creating a mural in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC!!!!

Dunwoody Elementary Chairs for Charity


The Photo club painted chairs for the Dunwoody Art Festival booth "Chairs for Charity.” All chairs were sold and proceeds went to Dunwoody Elementary. 

Pictured:  Delzin Daruwalla (5th grade) in the photo with the turquoise chair; Maya Lavender, left & Nathan Stefanik, right (both 5th grade) in photo with green chair

Monday, May 21, 2012

Important Information from
Dunwoody High School

A Letter From Your DHS School Council
Dear DHS Families,

There are so many rumors surrounding the replacement of DHS Principal Rodney
Swanson and the resignation of DHS Assistant Principal Tom Bass. The School Council would like to put some of these to rest.

Mr. Swanson did not ask for this re-assignment. We were notified Friday, May 18 that he will be the principal at Arabia Mountain High School. He is being moved as part of a large shuffle of principals by DCSS Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Atkinson. This is not done to "punish" Dunwoody -- our new superintendent does not work that way. There are many rumors about who will replace Mr. Swanson, however, NO decision has been made by Dr. Atkinson and candidates are still being considered.

Mr. Bass has resigned in order to take a position at a school closer to his home and family. This decision was made well before the principal shuffle was announced. In order to be a principal of a DeKalb County school, an assistant principal must have three years experience. That anniversary has just occurred. There are rumors that Mr. Bass was "passed over" two years ago. This is incorrect as he had only been an AP for one year at that time. He has submitted paperwork to be considered for the principal position at Dunwoody High School.

All the emails to Superintendent Atkinson and the community's preferred candidate have been noticed. Please continue to share your thoughts in a positive manner. If there are concerns or questions about rumors, please contact one of your DHS School Council representatives. We will be in communication with the County office as this process continues. As soon as we have more information, we will let you all know.

Thank you,
Your DHS School Council

Caren Morrison -
Donna Nall -
Meg Firebaugh -
Debbie Emery -
Lisa Victory -
Brad Anchors (Business Liaison) -
Erik Vincent -
Adrienne Rowe -

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Dunwoody Elementary Students

Coastal America Art Contest Winners

Congratulations to Kayla Smith (a 3rd grader)  at Dunwoody Elementary.  Kayla placed 1st the Regional Competition of the Coastal America Art Contest with the Georgia Aquarium. 

Congratulations also to Carol Zhou (5th grade) who was runner up at the Regional level and took 2nd place in the National Competition.

Click here to read more about the Coastal America Art Contest.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Dunwoody High Duo Going Out on Top

By Bobby Tedder
Throughout the past four years Dunwoody High School seniors Luke Jason Olney and Jessica Morgan Andersen have gone from being faces in the crowd to becoming the faces of the Class of 2012. The well-rounded pair is going out in style, having distinguished themselves — Olney named valedictorian; Andersen, salutatorian — for the final time among a graduating class of almost 400. “Both students are just fantastic kids and they represent Dunwoody High School very well here at school and also in the community,” said Dunwoody Principal Rodney Swanson.

Click here to read the remainder of the article. 

Saturday, May 5, 2012