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