Friday, December 27, 2013

Dunwoody HS Class of 2013 Graduation Rate

The Georgia Department of Education has released the Graduation Rate Statistics for the Class of 2013.  The State DOE has also calculated a 5-year Graduation Rate for the class of 2012. If I am not mistaken the Federal DOE will allow the 5-year to be considered for Accountability purposes.  As we know there are students that do need more than the "standard" 4 years to complete graduation requirements.
Below is the data for Dunwoody HS categorized by federally defined sub-groups.  As a reminder, students can be categorized in more than one subgroup.
Click here to view Subgroup data for all schools.

DeKalb County School System
Class of 2013 SAT Scores

This fall has been busy for my family with college tours, applications, etc., and I totally missed the release of the SAT scores.  Click here to view State-wide SAT scores.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Dunwoody Elementary Participates in STEM Day

Karly Drennan with her kindergarten students

Dunwoody Elementary School participates in another STEM Day!  STEM (which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) involves hands-on activities that encourage students to problem solve.  Many parent volunteers participate on STEM Days, assisting with activities or sharing their careers.  In the photos, Karly Drennan’s kindergarten students design and redesign bird feeders and test them out to see if they work.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Dunwoody Elementary School Goes on Safari!

Elaine Mach with her second grade class

Dunwoody Elementary School students go on safari!  Elaine Mach, second grade teacher at Dunwoody Elementary, did her annual Endangered Species project with her second graders.  The classroom was packed full of parents and other family members to view the students’ presentations.  Mrs. Mach baked a cake shaped like an endangered animal to serve to the guests.

Left to right:  Blake Boettcher, Elaine Mach, McKenna Muller,
and Ben Shin

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Dunwoody High School Announces
Governors Honors Program Semifinalists

Congratulations to the following Governors Honors Program semifinalists from Dunwoody High School!  They have been selected from the DeKalb County nominees to move on to state-level competition and/or interviews.  We will find out in early March which of these students are selected as finalists to participate in the 4-week program next summer.  

The Governors Honors Program is one of the most prestigious programs for gifted and talented students in the nation.  We are very proud of our nominees who competed at the county level, and we wish those going to state the best of luck!

Khailah Bell
Nathan Bryant
Ooha Edupuganti
Kayleigh Nortje

Archish Chaturvedi 
Liam Eastham
Wilson Pu
Tejas Sardar


Catriona Geddes
Alex Mason
Alyssa Viness

Daniel Hydrick 
Varsha Narendra
Claire Rohrbach
Marissa  Stacholy


Caroline Kish  


Kendall Lowrey
Kyra O'Kelley  


Aaron Martin
Max Noto  
Ryan Polk
Parul Rai
William Sheiner

Sarah Mullen
India Steward
Olivia Plumb
Kaylyn  Sinisgalli

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Dunwoody High School Quiz Bowl Team
DeKalb County Academic Bowl Champions!
Vanderlyn Wins Elementary Division

Vanderlyn won the Elementary Division!! Congrats to those students!!

Congratulations to the Dunwoody High School Quiz Bowl team on winning the DeKalb County Academic Bowl on Saturday!!!

The team went undefeated under the leadership of captain and high scorer Thomas Dellaert, and with great teamwork from Jacky Zhu, Ryan Polk, Varsha Narendra, Zack Bloomberg, and alternates Mary Elizabeth Lee and Ryan Wirtz.  The team outscored its opponents by a cumulative 1380 to 340, and finished 430 points ahead of the second place team Lakeside.  

Next up for the team is Marist's Winter Invitational Tournament in January.  The field of the WIT is limited to the 10 to 14 highest ranked teams in Georgia. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Atlanta Falcons Select Chesnut Charter Elementary as “Rise Up Friday” School of The Week

Freddie in front of Chesnut's marquee on N. Peachtree Rd.
On Friday, December 6th, Chesnut Charter Elementary joined the Atlanta Falcons' "RISE UP-idemic," as the school celebrated having been chosen as the Atlanta Falcon's "Rise up Friday" School of the Week.  The title was earned after Ms. Julie Borenstein’s 5th grade Discovery students submitted to the Falcons their "rise up" themed bulletin board demonstrating their spirit and pride in Atlanta's hometown NFL team.  Chesnut’s entire student body, faculty and staff welcomed Freddie the Falcon and two cheerleaders as they presented a banner for display in the school.
Freddie the Falcon and  Falcons Cheerleaders pose with Chesnut principal Veronica Williams and Discovery teacher Julie Borenstein.
Freddie in a Chesnut classroom


Sunday, December 8, 2013

Dunwoody High School Math Teams Compete in Lassiter HS Mathematics Competition

Congratulations to the Dunwoody High School Math team on its performance at the Lassiter High School Invitational Mathematics Tournament on Saturday! 

The varsity team of Thomas Dellaert, Mallory Harris, Mary Elizabeth Lee, Alex Mason, Jacob Tallon and Jacky Zhu placed 14th overall, 3rd among AAAAA schools.  Senior Mallory Harris scored in 38th place overall.

The JV team of Mary Anderson, Matt Desoutter, Laura Koval and Parul Rai placed 11th overall,and 1st among AAAAA schools (a huge over improvement over last year's 22nd place, earning the JV squad the most improved team trophy for the tournament).  Sophomore Parul Rai scored in 26th place in the JV division. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Dunwoody Elementary School Food Drive
Collects Over 700 lbs of Food!

Mrs. Mach’s second grade class. Donna Lowry from Channel 11
is on the left; teacher, Elaine Mach, is on the right.
Dunwoody Elementary School sponsored a canned food drive.  The goal of the school was to collect 10,000 non-perishable food items.  Although no one actually counted to 10,000, we know the school did collect over 700 pounds of food, which is estimated to feed at least 500 families.  The food was donated to the Atlanta Food Bank and the 11 Alive Can-A-Thon.  Mrs. Elaine Mach’s second grade class researched the increase in poverty of Georgia families over the past ten years and did skits as news anchors to report their findings. Their presentations were featured on the 11 Alive News.

5th grade patrols at Dunwoody Elementary School:
Jillian Hall (left), Micah Whynter (right

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Dunwoody Crier: Dunwoody School District Would have $30 Million Surplus


John Heneghan also has an article on his blog, along with a link to the entire study.  Click here to view.

By Dick Williams For The Crier | 0 comments                                   

The city of Dunwoody has received the feasibility study on an independent school district, prepared by Dr. Christine P. Ries, an economics professor at Georgia Tech, and the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.

“The revenues available to operate Dunwoody’s schools and a new Dunwoody district office will be more than sufficient to support the cost of current educational operations,” the report concludes.
The transmission of the report came on the same day the Georgia Supreme Court upheld Gov. Nathan Deal’s removal of six members of the former DeKalb County Board of Education. And it comes in the same month the current board voted down the effort by parents in the Druid Hill High School cluster to form a self-governing charter cluster.

“Hopefully this decision will give impetus to the independent school district movement,” said state Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody).

.....The study paints a clear picture of massive amounts of funds exported from Dunwoody to the county school system with little in return.

Click here to read the entire article.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Dunwoody High School Quiz Bowl Team
Results from GATA Quiz Bowl Tournament
Team Qualifies for Nationals

Update:  It's official!  The Quiz Bowl team has qualified for nationals with its 5th place finish at the GATA Winter Tournament. 

The High School National Championship Tournament takes place from May 30th to June 1st in Chicago

Congratulations to the DHS Quiz Bowl Team on its performance in the GATA Winter Tournament on Saturday the 23rd. 

The A team was undefeated in the prelims, outscoring its opponents 2115 to 715, including handily defeating Walton.  The team of captain Thomas Dellaert, Jacky Zhu, Craig Sturken, Varsha Narendra, and Ryan Polk earned the #4 seed and advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to Marist. We are expecting to hear that this finish will qualify DHS for nationals for the second consecutive year, and for the second time in DHS history.

Our B team of Kendall Lowrey, Gerardo Romero, Parul Rai, Alex Hoang and Ryan Wirtz didn't make the playoffs but performed very well for a mostly JV team in a field that included most of the best varsity teams in the state.

Click here to view all results from the tournament.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Dunwoody School Cluster FTE and Capacity Data


The FTE data pretty much mirrors the enrollment data released a few weeks ago by DCSD.

DCSD has also, again, re-calculated capacity.  The only real change for our cluster is Dunwoody Elementary where capacity is now below 1,000 at 973.  I am still puzzled at the 570 student capacity at Chesnut. 

Click here to view the updated Capacity Report by school.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Dunwoody High School Math Team
Kennesaw State Univ. Mathematics Competition
Round 1 Results

Results are now in from Round 1 of the Kennesaw State University High School Mathematics Competition.  
This year, we are pleased to announce that Dunwoody has 6 finalists who will advance: seniors Mallory Harris, Mary Elizabeth Lee, and Thomas Dellaert, junior Zack Bloomberg, and freshmen Nate Lee and Matt Desoutter. It is a big deal to have 6 finalists from the same school, and very rare for freshmen to qualify for the final round.  Among our 6 finalists, Mallory was our leading scorer, finishing in the 98th percentile.   
Kennesaw is the largest and most prestigious individual mathematics contest held in Georgia, with nearly 2000 students competing each year from across the state.  A school is fortunate to produce a finalist each year, and in the past 3 years, DHS has had a total of 5 finalists.  Two of our finalists are repeaters: Mallory Harris from 2012, and Zack Bloomberg from 2011.
After round 1, the top 150 or so scorers are invited to a very difficult proof-based final round which is held in late January, with cash prizes for the winners. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Dunwoody High School Robotics Team News

The Dunwoody Robotics Team 1264B placed first during their first tournament this year at the Fall Leadership Conference this past weekend. The conference took place over two days showcasing Georgia's best robotics teams during the Technology Student Association's VEX High School Robotics FLC Tournament. Team members in attendance were Drivers: Archish Chaturvedi and Wilson Pu and Coach/ Programmer: Tejas Sardar. Team 1264B was in a three-team alliance with South Forsyth and Forsyth Central. Team 1264C was also in a three-team alliance that finished 5th during the final playoffs. Members in attendace for Team 1264C were drivers: Ruzan Daruwalla and Alex Miller and Coach: Cender Osorio.

During the DeKalb County League opener, Dunwoody had two teams which finished in the top ten. 1264B finished 1st (Drivers: Archish Chaturvedi and Wilson Pu and Coach/ Programmer: Tejas Sardar), and 1264D finished 8th (team members in attendance: Michael Frost, Londyn Brooks, Alex Miller, Brandon Shockley.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Dunwoody Elementary School Garden

Pictured in front of the salad bar are 4th grade students from Mrs, Nugent’s class (left to right): Sam Woodrow, Mia Arrigali, Neal Yates, Ethan Archibald, Grace Myers, and Azeezat Bello.

How Does Your Garden Grow?  Ask the students at Dunwoody Elementary School!!!  Students at Dunwoody Elementary harvested a variety of vegetables in the garden at the school.  Lettuce, broccoli, and radishes were among some of the crop. Fourth grade teachers Carla Nugent, Francine Goodman, Adrienne Thornton, Lashonda Nelson, and James Unger hosted a salad bar for the teachers. Students were also allowed to sample the vegetables in each classroom.

Dunwoody High School Math Team News
Round 1 of Mandelbrot Mathematics Competition

Congratulations to the DHS Math Team on its showing in Round 1 of the Mandelbrot Mathematics Competition!  In the southeast (which includes 9 states) DHS ended the round in 7th place!  We are 1 point behind the only other Georgia team ahead of us, last year's state champion team Rockdale Math and Science Magnet.  Senior Mallory Harris led our scoring, placing in the top ten individuals in the contest.  We also had strong performances from seniors Thomas Dellaert, Mary Elizabeth Lee, and Jacky Zhu, juniors Aaron Martin,Zack Bloomberg and Jacob Tallon, sophomore Ryan Polk, and freshmen Alex Hoang and Nate Lee.  The Mandelbrot Competition is a 5-round contest.  Round 2 is in December.  

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Dunwoody High School Math Team
Louella High School Mathematics Invitational Results

Congratulations to the DHS Math Team on its performance in the Luella High School Mathematics Invitational!  We had a very good showing in a competitive field that included some of the best teams in Georgia and Florida. 

Our JV team of Parul Rai, Brian Hanks, Matt Desoutter, and Nate Lee tied for 3rd place and Parul was in 5th place in the individual competition.

The varsity team of Alex Mason, Jacky Zhu, Jacob Tallon, Mallory Harris, Mary Elizabeth Lee, Ryan Polk, Thomas Dellaert, and Zack Bloomberg placed 6th overall.  Mallory Harris led our varsity individual scoring.  We are still awaiting details on the individual placing.

Thanks to our parents and supporters for making our participation in this event possible.

Next away event for the math team: Lassiter High School Invitational on Dec. 7th.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Notes from the November 6, 2014
Dunwoody Chamblee Parent Council Meeting
Updated with DCSD Flexibility Presentation

I attended the DCPC meeting Wednesday.  There was some very informative information provided by the speakers.  I believe the conversation could have gone on much longer as there are many more questions than answers at this point.  FWIW, the following are some notes I wrote down. I apologize in advance as I am a terrible note-taker, so do not take what I have written as exactly what was said.
All school districts MUST choose a Flexibility Option by 6/30/15.  This is an extension from the first deadline and apparently there are some School Superintendents who would like to see this deadline extended as well.  However, many legislators are adamant that the 6/30/15 deadline not be extended.  The GABOE has a good presentation on the options.  Click here to view that presentation.
IE2 is the option that Gwinnett County Schools chose several years ago.  There is waiver flexibility with this option in exchange for higher academic goals.  There is a loss of governance if a school does not meet its targets, but there seems to be no “enforceability” of this.
Charter System  is school district based with an emphasis on school based leadership with increasing school level autonomy.  However, there is still the central governance that exists today in many school districts.  There is some funding available.  I believe a cap of $100 per student was mentioned.  This is one time funding.
Status Quo option comes about when a local district rejects all School Flexibility options.  I doubt DCSD would choose this option as they would lose all flexibility from waivers, SBOE rules or GADOE guidelines. 
System of Charters comes about when all of the schools within a district are grouped into charter cluster.  An example is the Druid Hills Charter Cluster that is seeking approval from the BOE.  
System of Charter Schools comes about when all schools within a school district obtain Charter System.
Strategic School District was mentioned, but not discussed. This is where a local district has a performance contract with the State Board of Education.  Needless to say I would doubt this option would be viable for DCSD at this time.
Trenton Arnold – DCSD Regional 3 Superintendent, spoke about DCSD’s plans with regards to school flexibility.  He indicated that the district is putting together a Flexibility Advisory Committee (FAC) to review all of the options and make a recommendation to the Superintendent who will in then make his recommendation to the Board of Education. 
Click here to view DCSD School Flexibility Presentation.
Tom Taylor – spoke about HB486 – legislation to allow independent school districts.   Will be a battle.  For many school districts outside of the Metro Atlanta area, the local school districts are largest employers.  They will be loathe to vote for anything that may affect that.  He will keep us updated on upcoming legislative hearings.  This was a shocker if I heard right – the Board of Education elections will be held on May 20, 2014.  
Andrew Lewis – Executive Vice President of GCSA gave a high level overview of Druid Hills Charter Cluster petition.  I believe the DCSD BOE is scheduled to vote on the petition Monday, 11/1


Dunwoody Elementary Teacher Michele Harrison
Receives Mini-Grant from Dunwoody Rotary

In photo (left to right): Jennifer Sanders, Principal, Michele Harrison,
and Dr. John Carr

Michele Harrison, first grade teacher at Dunwoody Elementary, is presented a check for $300 from the Rotary Club of Dunwoody.  Representing the Rotary Club is Dr. John E. Carr, Coordinator of the Teacher Mini-Grant Program.  Dr. Carr said the Rotary Club is pleased to support efforts to improve student achievement in the area of literacy.  The grant will be used to purchase more books for the reading centers in Ms. Harrison’s classroom. Ms. Harrison also received a mini-grant of $1000 from another donor which was used for additional science books and materials for science centers.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Peachtree Charter Middle School Cheerleaders Provide Red Ribbon Week Pep Rally For Kingsley

The PCMS cheerleaders provided a Red-Ribbon-Week Pep Rally for Kingsley Elementary students last week.  The cheerleaders led the Kingsley students in several cheers encouraging "Say No to Drugs",  and they gave a performance of their competition cheer routine.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Dunwoody High School Quiz Bowl Team
ACF College Quiz Bowl Tournament Results

The Dunwoody Academic Quiz Bowl Team played its first ever college tournament this weekend, with excellent results.

In the ACF College Bowl tournament at Georgia Tech, the team went 5-5, defeating the University of South Carolina, Auburn University's A and B teams, the College of Charleston, and Georgia Tech's B team.  Two of our losses were extremely close games to Florida's Chipola College, one coming down to the final question, and the other to the next to the last question.   

Our other losses were to UGA, Vanderbilt and Dorman (one of the other high school teams in the tournament, Dorman is perennially in the top ten high school teams in the nation). 

Captain Thomas Dellaert led our scoring, with strong contributions from senior Jacky Zhu, sophomore Ryan Polk, and junior Zack Bloomberg. Kudos also to our assistant coach Brighton Kamen, who did a fantastic job reading and judging in this challenging event. 

The next competition for the DHS Quiz Bowl Team is Saturday,  November 16th at the Brookwood Varsity Invitational.

Friday, November 1, 2013

DeKalb Schools Enrollment Data - October 2013

One of the few data items that DCSD shares with the public is the enrollment data published by the DCSD Planning Department (Dan Drake, I presume) for the last few years.
Enrollment data as of 10/1/13 has been posted on the DCSD website.  One caveat, the information is based on eSIS data. Questions:  Were school rolls “cleaned up” prior to 10/1?  I know in mid-September there were still non-DCSD students on school rolls.  The state FTE data should be released in the next few weeks.   
I have reviewed the data and wrote up some thoughts, but well, who cares what I think.  You can review the data and come up with your own conclusions.  Click on the Report Name to view the data.
School Enrollment and Capacity Report.  This report summarizes enrollment and student capacity by school, by grade and also includes the number of portable classrooms at each school.  School capacity seems to change on whim, but you can find the latest school capacity report (the 3rd such modified capacity report in 3 years) was completed in April, 2013 and is found here.

School Population and School Enrollment Report.  This report summarizes the number of resident students and non-resident students at each school. 

Non-Resident Attendees.  For lack of a better term, I refer to this data as the “School Choice” report.  This information summarizes “out of attendance zone” students for each school.

Elementary School Non Resident Attendees Data.

Middle School Non Resident Attendees Data

High School Non Resident Attendees Data

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Dunwoody High School Math Team
Columbia Math Bowl Results

We now have the full results from the Columbia Varsity Math Bowl individual test from earlier in October.  We knew already that we had won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places (they actually all tied for 1st, and had to go to tiebreakers to decide the finish), but we have just found out that we also took 4th, 5th, and 6th places, and more.  Dunwoody took 9 of the top 11 places, and all of our team placed in the top 30!  We are particularly proud of our six freshmen who stepped up on a day when many of our juniors and seniors were taking the SAT!  Congratulations to the following students:

    1st Place--Thomas Dellaert
    2nd Place--Parul Rai
    3rd Place--Ryan Polk
    4th Place--Nate Lee
    5th Place--Jacob Tallon
    6th Place--Laura Koval
    8th Place--Aaron Martin
    9th Place--Matt Desoutter
    11th Place--Brian Hanks
    16th Place--Alex Hoang
    19th Place--Taylor Doolittle
    27th Place--Shannen Santiago

Monday, October 28, 2013

Dunwoody High School Math Team
Rockdale Mathematics Competition Results

Congratulations to the DHS Math team on its showing in the Rockdale Mathematics Competition over the weekend.  Overall the team placed 12th in the large school division, 4th among AAAAA teams.  The highlight of the competition was in the relay round, in which our team tied GSMST, Northview and Lakeside-Evans for the best score in the state.     

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Dunwoody Elementary Students' "Big Thank You"

Students at Dunwoody Elementary School wrote letters to the troops for the Bert Show's Big Thank You Campaign. Pictured is Ms. Heather Uhl's kindergarten class with the letters they created for the troops.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Dunwoody High School Quiz Bowl Team News

Congrats to the DHS Varsity Quiz Bowl Team of Zack Bloomberg, Varsha Narendra, Ryan Polk, Jacky Zhu and captain Thomas Dellaert on its showing at the Walton Invitational Tournament over the weekend.  The team made the playoffs of the tournament and advanced to the sweet sixteen before being defeated by number 1 seed and eventual tournament champion Chattahoochee. 
The team's next outing will be a college tournament at Georgia Tech where we'll play against Auburn, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Georgia State as well as some of the best high school teams in the southeast.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Dunwoody High School Volleyball Team
6-AAAAA Region Champions!!

Congratulations to the Dunwoody HS Volleyball Team as they defeated Lakeside HS (25-16,25-20,25-19) to win the 6-AAAAA Volleyball Championship. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

STEM Event at Dunwoody Elementary
A Visit From Buzz

DES students: Abigail Anglin, Tess Roark (from back, hugging),
and Claire Anglin.  Abigail and Claire Anglin are sisters

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Students at Dunwoody Elementary celebrate STEM day once a month where students are engaged in problem solving using a design process that allows students to hypothesize, test, and retest prototypes.  Students are told that they are engineers on this day.  To help celebrate, Buzz, the Georgia Tech mascot came to the school early to greet the students as they arrived.  Buzz also participated in the school wide WDES broadcast where he assisted in delivering the weather report and helped the Mrs. Sanders, DES Principal, read a STEM related story. Thanks to Mr. Kevin Watts, DES parent, for “delivering” Buzz to the school, and for helping to organize this event.  Everyone had a great time with Buzz!

Jenn Mattison (DES teacher and STEM Coordinator), Buzz, Jennifer
Sanders (Principal, DES)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Rep. Tom Taylor: City of Dunwoody School System
is Feasible

Rep. Tom Taylor: City of Dunwoody School System is Feasible
By Dick Williams For The Crier | 0 comments 
The completion of a feasibility study for an independent school district in Dunwoody comes to a startling conclusion: Based on the current millage rate of the DeKalb County school system and the contributions of Dunwoody to the tax base, an independent school district would operate at a surplus larger than the annual budget of the city of Dunwoody.
State Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) unveiled the broad outlines of the study Sunday for the board of the Dunwoody Homeowners’ Association but withheld actual numbers because the study hadn’t been presented to the city council, which along with the DHA helped pay for it (see his Op-Ed, page 6).
And this from the article:  Taylor also called out those in Dunwoody who are telling voters that a Dunwoody school board would be chosen by city council. “That’s a disingenuous lie,” he said. The state constitution requires an elected school board, he said, adding that the bill to implement a school system hasn’t yet been written.”
My comment: Really, people, just stop with the nonsense, please. The educational future of Dunwoody’s children is at stake – the DeKalb School System is broken and cannot be fixed.  Be adults and have an honest conversation.   
Click here to read the rest of the article.
From the Dunwoody Reporter article:

Study supports Dunwoody School System Idea
By Pat Fox
The campaign for a separate Dunwoody school system got a boost Sunday when State Rep. Tom Taylor released findings of a new study showing that local tax dollars could easily fund the enterprise.”
Taylor (R – Dunwoody) told a crowd of about 40 members of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association during its Oct. 6 meeting that, if taxes were left at the same rate, a local school system could operate with a surplus of cash, possibly more than $20 million.
Click here to read the rest of  Dunwoody Reporter article.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Chesnut Charter Elementary Unveils
New Walking/Running Path

DUNWOODY, GA, October 4, 2013 – Chesnut Charter Elementary students returned to school on Monday, September 30th to a brand new running/walking path.

Friday, September 27th started the construction of the Chesnut path, a new safe route for Running/walking, both during and outside of school hours. The Chesnut running/walking path is one-tenth of a mile round and eight feet wide. This weather-resistant, low-maintenance path is made from GAB (crushed stone), and allows our students, faculty and families to exercise in a secure location on level ground, away from highly trafficked roads. 

The path will be used during Physical Education, the Boosterthon Fun Run and Field Day. It also provides a potential facility for our teacher and parents interested in eventually starting an after-school running club.Having a running/walking path will support a strong emphasis on physical fitness, “ said Ms. Veronica Williams, Chesnut’s principal.  “I am hoping parents, community supporters, staff, and students will value this new addition to our school.”
The new path is almost entirely funded by a school health mini-grant that Chesnut Charter received last year as part of Governor Nathan Deal’s Student Health and Physical Education (SHAPE) initiative. Having used part of the $5,000 award for two Farm to School nutrition lessons launched during Physical Education classes -- (Fall 2012 - “Tasting a Rainbow of Plants”, and Spring 2013 - “First Eat Real, Second Read Labels”) -- Chesnut’s Parent Teacher Council voted to fund the remaining eight percent of the cost of the running/walking path. Robert McCann of Lawrenceville-based civil engineering firm Haines Gipson & Associates, Inc. donated his services to draw up a construction plan, and the installation was completed on time and within Chesnut’s allotted budget by Wildcat Striping and Sealing Company.
"Before" Picture of the Chesnut field area
New Chesnut Walking/Running Path

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Dunwoody High School
2014 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
National Merit Program Commended Students

Congratulations to the following Dunwoody High School students who were chosen as Semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Competition. The students representing Dunwoody HS are: 
Thomas Dellaert
 Mallory Harris
 Calvin Kennedy
 Mary-Elizabeth Lee
They are one of approximately 16,000 high school seniors in the nation who are Semifinalists. These exceptional students have the opportunity to
advance to Finalist standing by fulfilling additional requirements.

We are also pleased to announce the 2014 National Merit Program Commended Students.
 Jeanne Davis 
 Alice Drake 
 Elizabeth Hardister 
Jennifer Hardister 
Brighton Kamen 
Jacky Zhu
These students are among approximately 34,000 students nationwide who have shown exceptional academic promise. This recognition is based on their 2012 PSAT score