Saturday, March 30, 2013

Dunwoody High School Math Team News

Results from Moody's "M3" Mega Math Challenge

We have some exciting news to report from the Moody's "M3" Mega Math Challenge! Two teams of DHS students participated in this year's contest, a senior team of Will Koval, David Heavern, Jamie Traner, Erik Van Winkle, and Andrew Weatherly, and also a junior team of Jeanne Davis, Thomas Dellaert, Mallory Harris, Mary Elizabeth Lee, and Jacky Zhu.

The contest involves tackling an open-ended problem in applied mathematics on a weekend day in March. Teams have a 14-hour time window in which to download the problem and submit a solution in the form of a researched proposal. Both of our teams wrote high quality papers around 20 pages long that quantified parameters, created one or more mathematical models, evaluated potential solutions and proposed an optimal solution. This year's problem focused on creating national guidelines for recycling and making recommendations for local areas to optimize their recycling methods. 

Our junior team's paper was chosen to move to the next round of judging!  Of more than 1,200 teams from around the country, only 175 were chosen to move to the 2nd round. 

The junior team is now under consideration for prizes ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 and the top 6 teams are invited to New York City to present their papers to judges in person. Results of the next round are scheduled to be released on April 8th.    

For more info on Moody's, visit

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Dunwoody High School Students Participate In

Foreign Language Association of Georgia

Spoken Language Contest 

Congratulations to the World Language students who participated in the FLAG (Foreign Language Association of Georgia) Spoken Language Contest! The contest was held Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Shiloh High School beginning at 8am. Students answered a variety of questions based on their level from language judges and were scored. The three scoring ranges to establish proficiency are notable, excellent and superior. All students that participated in the early rainy escapade scored well and should be commended.

• Amelia Ahn-
• Khailah Bell
• Nicholas Buchanan
• Nathan Bryant
• Ooha Edupuganti
• Elizabeth Haas
• Ella LaRose
• Olivia Plumb
• Hannah Plumb
• Parul Rai

• Lucie Calhoun
• Rachel Carnes
• Ingrid Oviedo
• Haley Pierce

Brannon Rowan

Dunwoody High School 1st Place

American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages

Video Contest

Thank you so much to the Dunwoody community for supporting our students in the ACTFL Video Contest!! Dunwoody students for the second year scored 1st in the Popular Contest for their video Languages and Jobs!! Check out the video at  
Please congratulate Emily C., Ellie C., Mariah F. and Amy L. for their outstanding achievement in promoting language education!!

Dunwoody World Languages students finished Discover Languages Month strong by writing to their congressmen and senators promoting the study of languages and sharing their learning experiences. Students wrote to President Obama, Senators Chambliss and Isaakson and Congressmen Tom Price and Hank Johnson. They were thrilled when they received letters from their elected officials.

Finally, students, as a part of Discover Languages Month, put the standard “Connections” to the test by tweeting connections that they made throughout the month in class and outside. At the end of the month students had created over 1000 tweets/connections on everything from the death of Hugo Chavez to the announcement of Pope Francis.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Dunwoody Elementary Singers at Choral Festival 2013

The Dunwoody Singers, under the direction of Yvonne Miller, Music Teacher, Dunwoody Elementary School, participated in the annual District 4 Choral Festival Large Group Performance Evaluation at Avondale First Baptist Church last week.
The group, which is composed of 3 - 5th Grade students at Dunwoody Elementary received one Superior and two Excellent ratings from the judges.  Some of the judges comments included: "Well disciplined singers with a lovely developing tone - a joy to hear!"

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Kingsley Charter Elementary School

Places 2nd in Destination Imagination Tournament

Heads to Global Finals!

Three teams from Kingsley Charter School competed at the Georgia Destination Imagination Tournament this past Saturday at Duluth High School. One of those teams – the DI Doughnuts – placed second at the State Tournament, qualifying them for the Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee later this spring.

The 3rd-5th Grade “DI Doughnuts” team
Pictured (l to r): Team Manager Tom Lambert, Nathan Kleber, Ilana Funk, Allie Hearn, Colton Letbetter, Grant Jones, Hudson Griffin, Marisa Lambert, Team Manager Dori Kleber

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Dunwoody High School Quiz Bowl Team

Finishes 2nd in State Tournament

Congratulations to the DHS Varsity Quiz Bowl team on finishing #2 in the AAAAA State Varsity Quiz Bowl Tournament! Our team of senior Sahima Godkhindi, and teammates Zack Bloomberg, Thomas Dellaert, Mallory Harris, Varsha Narendra, Saakya Peechara and Jacky Zhu, went 6-1 in the prelims, earning the #3 seed in the playoffs. In the playoffs, we had a scrappy quarterfinal win over #6 seed Ola, and then our MVP on the day Thomas Dellaert went on a scoring tear in the semifinal match against Northview, leading us to a 390-110 win. We played Bainbridge in the state championship round, and it was a tight game, tied with just 5 questions to go, but Bainbridge surged at the end to win 270-200.   

The team went 8-2 in the tournament and outscored its opponents by a combined 2720-1620.

Today's performance qualified Dunwoody for its first trip to the NAQT national tournament at the end of May!

Congratulations to the DHS Quiz Bowl Team and their sponsor, Mr. Wise!!!!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Dunwoody High Students Named 2013

Governor’s Honors Program Finalists

Congratulations to the following Dunwoody High students on their selection to the 2013 Governor’s Honors Program:

  • Zachary Bloomberg
  • Elizabeth Cleary
  • Jeanne Davis
  • Thomas Dellaert
  • Josh Galerstein
  • Mallory Harris
  • Joshua Klein
  • Mary Elizabeth Lee
  • Robin Spratling
  • Jacky Zhu

The Governor's Honors Program is a six-week summer 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.

In all, 36 students of the DeKalb County School System were chosen for this honor.
Click here to see the complete list of finalists.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Dunwoody Elementary School Hosts

Parade of Presidents

Mrs. Elaine Mach, 2nd grade teacher at Dunwoody Elementary, hosted a Parade of Presidents in which students did a presentation on a president and dressed in character. Family members were invited and the cafeteria was packed full. It was a fun-filled event and the students enjoyed being able to share what they learned with an audience.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Dunwoody Charter School Cluster Option

Latest Updates (as of 3-20-13):  
  1. Kingsley: Jim Redovian and Pam Tallmadge will be guests at the next Kingsley Charter Council meeting on April 2 at 5:00 p.m. in the media center to discuss the letter of intent that is being circulated for signature among Dunwoody Cluster school councils which opens the door to start the conversation.

  2. Dunwoody High School community (including parents, teachers & community members): please complete the survey sent out by the DHS School Council via DHS News.  Click here for the survey.

  3. Vanderlyn's School Council will meet Monday, March 18, at 6 p.m. in the conference room. Special guests Pam Tallmadge and Jim Redovian will present the concept of creating a charter cluster for all DHS feeder schools. 

  4. Pam Tallmadge and Jim Redovian are visiting the School Council or Charter Council for each school in the Dunwoody Cluster with a Letter of Intent for their consideration. These meetings are open to the public; check with your school to see when they will have this discussion. 
Latest news from "Concerned Parents of Dunwoody".

A group led by Pam Tallmadge and Jim Redovian is exploring the Charter Cluster model as a possible local control option for Dunwoody area public schools. The first step of the exploration is a non-binding Letter of Intent to be filed with the State and County Boards of Education.

The Letter of Intent proclaims that the community will consider, research, and petition for Charter School Cluster status during the next year. To that end, working committees will form to address all the considerations of a locally controlled cluster. The Letter of Intent is not specific to the structure and goals of a charter cluster, merely a proclamation that the community wishes to consider this avenue.

What is a Charter Cluster? The following links provide details about legislation, guidelines, and other information:
  • Georgia Department of Education: Click here.
  • Code Section Code Section 20-2-2064 of the Official Code of Georgia: Click here.
  • Guidelines for Charter School Petitions, DeKalb County: Click here.
If you have any questions, please contact Pam Tallmadge ( or Jim Redovian (

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Happenings at Dunwoody Elementary School

Dunwoody Elementary School Girls on the Run

Dunwoody ES has started two Girls on the Run teams, with a total of 30 girls participating. Girls on the Run is a non-profit organization that teaches girls (in grades 3-5) about understanding yourself, having confidence in your beliefs, and to always "keep moving forward." The lessons are taught through discussion and by physical activity (running). Each girl practices and strives to achieve the ultimate goal of completing a 5k race at the end of the season. The DES group meets twice each week. Pictured are sponsors (left to right, front row): Donna Fialkowski, Robin Hollis, Kelly Dye; (left to right, back row): Katie Grubbs, Chrissie Shelton, and Klaretta Young.

Orchestra Ensemble DES

On March 7th, the DES String Orchestra Ensemble, led by Ms. Natia Esartia, participated in the annual District 4 Orchestra Festival hosted by Lakeside High School. The ensemble, which is comprised of all students from the 5th grade Strings class at DES, received the Superior rating (1 out of 5) from all three judges, impressing them with how well they played and how well they presented themselves.

Dr. Seuss Day

Below is the schedule of events leading up to and on that day.

Monday:           The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins Day (Hat Day)
Tuesday:          Fox in Sox Day (Wear crazy socks)
Wednesday:    Wacky Wednesday (Dress Wacky)
Thursday:        Sleep Book PJ Day
Friday:              Character Dress Up Day-Character Parade (Dr. Seuss themed costumes   
                             encouraged but not required for the character parade).

Lessons incorporating a Dr. Seuss theme were planned by teachers for that week or the week prior and work displayed outside classrooms. Dr. Seuss centers were incorporated into classroom and grade levels rotated between the centers. Ms. Lisa Gurin, DES Media Specialist, organized Seuss themed activities/centers in the library that week and streamed Seuss videos throughout the day.

Buddy Readers were assigned; Each 4th and 5th grade teacher chose 1 student to read a Dr. Seuss book to a kindergarten class and in doing so, earned a Tiger Paw as a reward/incentive.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Dunwoody High School Math Team

Final Round of the Mandelbrot Competition

Congratulations to the DHS Math Team on a great finish to this year's Mandelbrot Mathematics Competition! Dunwoody competes in the SE region, comprising 9 states.

Our 2 teams in the contest finished in 14th and 20th places respectively.  DHS was the only school from Georgia to finish with two teams in the top 20!   (Click here to see the final standings.)

The highlight of the final round was Mallory Harris' perfect score, our team's first one of the year (and Mallory was one of only 5 students in the region to earn a perfect score in Round 5).   We also had solid performances from several students to help consolidate our rankings: Ellen Bertschi, John William Elmer, Thomas Dellaert, Erik Van Winkle, Jacky Zhu, Andrew Weatherly, Aaron Martin and Zack Bloomberg.  

Over the entire five rounds of competition, lasting from October to March, we are very proud of Will Koval, who finished tied for 42nd place overall. We had six other students finish in the top 100 individuals: Mallory Harris, Thomas Dellaert, Parker Hollander, Erik Van Winkle, Andrew Weatherly and David Heavern. Also earning honorable mention (top 150) were Jacky Zhu, Craig Sturken and Giang Ha.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Dunwoody High School Math Team News

Results from Georgia Tech High School Math Competition

Congratulations to the DHS Math team on its performance in last weekend's Georgia Tech High School Mathematics Competition! The team placed 16th overall in a field of 84 teams.

With his score on the individual test, senior David Heavern became the first DHS player in many years (maybe ever) to qualify for the varsity finals. We also had several players narrowly miss making the finals, including Sara Srivastav, Wesley Dixon, Thomas Dellaert and Mallory Harris. Freshman Ryan Polk and sophomore Zack Bloomberg had our highest JV scores, finishing close behind our varsity players, remarkable because there was no separate JV division. 

Congratulations to Mallory Harris for our top ciphering score in the tournament, finishing tied for 17th place overall, and also to Jacky Zhu who finished in the top 50. To give an idea of the difficulty level of the ciphering, about one-third of all the contestants scored zero, and the average contestant answered only one ciphering question correctly.


Also, a BIG Thank you to Dunwoody High Teacher,  Mr. Rand Wise, Sponsor of both the Dunwoody HS Math Team and Dunwoody HS Academic Quiz Bowl Team!!!

Sunday, March 10, 2013


Vanderlyn Elementary Wins 2013

"Dunwoody Walk to School Day" Golden Sneaker Award

Congratulations to Vanderlyn Elementary for winning this year's Dunwoody Walk to School Day "Golden Sneaker Award".  Vanderlyn had a 93% participation rate!!! 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Thank You Dunwoody Teachers!!!

Signs are everywhere that Dunwoody appreciates its teachers! Make sure the teachers in your child's school see these signs, just posted today at each school!
Photo courtesy of Dunwoody Parents Concerned About Quality Education

A Look At Enrollment in the Dunwoody School Cluster

The DCSS Planning Department has put together a document which outlines the enrollment of students by area of residence and school of attendance as of October 2012. Below is a chart outlining that data for Dunwoody Cluster Schools.

SchoolTotal ResidentsNon Resident Attendees to Other DCSD SchoolDCSD Charter Attendees Leaving to Charter SchoolResident AttendeesNon Resident Attendees IncomingEnrollment
Dunwoody ES
Peachtree MS
Dunwoody HS

Click here to view the entire chart.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Take Time This Week to Say Thanks


At Sunday's Public Forum 2 DCSS teachers spoke and, while we all know the issues they have faced, pay cuts, larger class sizes, furlough days, 2 faces were put to those frustrations yesterday. I further realized how deeply they have been affected emotionally by the actions of the Central Office Administration and DeKalb School Board.

The following was sent out to the Kingsley Charter Elementary community last night, but I am hoping the parents of all our schools will take the same action. 

It's not Teacher Appreciation Week. It doesn't have to be.
Let's not forget our teachers and administration during this time of turmoil and uncertainty at the county level. Teachers needs to hear from parents. Teachers need to know how much they are appreciated. Teachers are doing more with less and on salaries that haven't seen increases in six years.
Make it a goal this week to:
1. Write a note to your child's teacher letting them know what a difference they are making in your child's life.
2. Write a note to your child's teacher LAST year. Let them know how they've paved the way for them.
3. Write notes to other teachers that your child has experienced through specials, Discovery, art, music, etc.
Perhaps there are other ways you can show your thanks. Don't wait! Do it now. It is critical that we make sure that our teachers know that they are not alone in the challenges they face and that we want to see them return next year

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Presentation from Public Forum:   Improving Public Education In Dunwoody

Below is the presentation from Sunday's Public Forum.  The presentation will also be located on the website

Friday, March 1, 2013

Dunwoody Cluster Elementary Schools Participate in

Georgia Walk to School Day

Wednesday, March 6th

As part of the Georgia Walk to School Day, each of Dunwoody's elementary schools will be hosting a walk/bike to school event Wednesday, March 6th. The schools are also competing for "The Golden Sneaker of Dunwoody" award, given to the school with the highest percentage of walkers. The winner will receive the “Dunwoody Golden Shoe Award” at that morning’s Dunwoody Chamblee Parent Council meeting. Also, the principals of the losing schools will have to wear the t-shirt of the winning school for the day!

Kingsley Charter Elementary School was last year’s winner of the “Dunwoody Golden Shoe Award”. Which elementary school will win the award this year?