Friday, January 25, 2013




Dunwoody, GA, January 25, 2013 -- Chesnut Charter Elementary School has announced that Terry Huitt-Green, a kindergarten teacher with the school, has been named “Teacher of the Year” for 2012-2013. 
Currently in her fifth year teaching at Chesnut Charter Elementary, Ms. Huitt-Green previously taught kindergarten in the Gaston County, North Carolina School System for 12 years. This is her third time receiving the “Teacher of the Year” award, having earned the distinction in Gaston County in both 2005 and 2006. 
Ms. Huitt-Green said, “After working in the corporate world for five years, I realized that my true calling in life was to educate, influence and commit myself to our youth. It is my belief that children need to be taught on their levels of learning. While all children do not learn the same way, they are all able to learn and achieve great success.”
In addition to her classroom teaching, Ms. Huitt-Green is the director of Chesnut’s After School Extended Day Program, which has helped to pay for ActivBoards (Promethean) in classrooms, has assisted in making it possible for Chesnut teachers to attend off-site professional development classes, and has funded supplemental materials for the school’s teachers and students. Ms. Huitt-Green is also the director of Chesnut’s “Cruising Cougars Summer Camp.” 
Ms. Huitt-Green earned her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Belmont Abbey College and her Masters in Education from birth up to middle school from Phoenix University. Married to Mr. Jermaine Green, Ms. Huitt-Green resides in Ellenwood, Georgia.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Dunwoody High School Math Team

Mandelbrot Mathematics Competition Update

We have results from Round 3 of the Mandelbrot Mathematics Competition:

In Round 3, senior Giang Ha was our leading scorer, with strong supporting performances from Will Koval, Thomas Dellaert, David Heavern, Matthew Rather, Mallory Harris, Sara Srivastav and Erik Van Winkle.

After three rounds, DHS is ranked 13th in the Southeast Region (includes Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Alabama, Mssissippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas,), and our 2nd team is ranked 23rd. 

Individually, Will Koval is on the overall Leader Board in 28th place.

Additionally, Parker Hollander, Andrew Weatherly, Giang Ha, David Heavern and Thomas Dellaert are ranked in the top 100, and in the top 150, we have John Riordan, Penny Kahn, Craig Sturken, and Erik Van Winkle.

Two more rounds to go! Go Wildcats!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Peachtree Charter Middle School Academic Quiz Bowl Team

Advances to State Competition!!!

Congratulations to the PCMS Academic Quiz Bowl team for their outstanding win at Regional! They are the first team to advance to the state level competition in PCMS History! Good Luck to Patrick Clinch, Ryan Wirtz, Katrina Balga, Nate Lee, Ruzan Daruwella, Alex Eldridge and Jacob Starks as they compete on Saturday, January 26, in Milledgeville, Georgia! 

Awesome job Patriots!!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Dunwoody Mayor Davis Visits Dunwoody High Pep Rally

Congratulates Girls' Cross Country Team 

On State Championship

Nice to see our City officials visit and support our schools!!!

The Cross Country Team was also honored prior to Monday's Board of Education Meeting...
Photo courtesy of  "City of Dunwoody"

Thursday, January 17, 2013

DeKalb School Board Gets a Reprieve

GABOE Hearing Continues on February 21 @ 1:00 p.m.

Click here to read the Consent Decree between GABOE and DCSS BOE suspending today's (1/17) hearing until 2/21.  The GA BOE rejected the Consent Order that had been agreed upon by the DCSS BOE, DCSS, counsel for the GABOE and submitted at today's hearing.

AJC Article:  DeKalb Board Members Defend Themselves...

Can this BOE make Significant Progress In 30 Days?  History Tells Us No. 

A good article from The Peach Pundit...

DeKalb Schools -Time To Pull The Band-Aid
January 17, 2013 8:54 am
by Mike Hassinger · 11 comments

There are two ways to remove a band-aid; you can pull it off slowly, bit by tortuous bit, which prolongs the agony, or you can yank it off with one sudden pull, which may hurt a bit more, but only for a second. DeKalb County Schools is in desperate need of a leader with the courage to yank a band-aid, and fast. The State Board of Education will hold a hearing on the DeKalb School Board today, and afterwards make a recommendation to the Governor about what to do next with the 9 clowns in one small car that is the DeKalb County Board of Education. Pay close attention to this meeting and the subsequent actions by the State BOE and the Governor, because what’s at stake it’s not just DeKalb County’s future, or the future of ~100,000 DeKalb school kids. What’s at stake is Georgia’s ability to deal with systemic problems in its educational system, and a real measure of Governor Deal’s leadership.

Click here to read the rest of the article.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Dunwoody High School County Swim Team

Congratulations go out to the following Dunwoody High swim/dive team members who were selected to the Dunwoody HS County Swim Team. The DeKalb County Schools Dive Finals and the 500 Free prelims will be held Thursday,  January 24th the Chamblee High Pool beginning at 5:00 p.m. The swimming portion of the County Meet will be held Saturday, January 26th, 2:oo p.m. at the Dynamo Swim Club in Chamblee.

Click here for an article about the DHS Swim Team in this week's "The Dunwoody Crier."

Good luck Wet Wildcats!!! 

Tanner Elliot (Diving)Rebecca Briggs (Diving)
Ryan Gaines (Diving)Ashley Daughtery
Noah GoldsteinAnne Farrell
John HicksJennifer Kiser
Paul JoyceMarie Lee
Ryan McGannonCaroline Luehring
Alex SchlosserRebecca Passow
Jonny SlimmingHaley Pierce
Zachary SzemborskiNara Pyne
Chat ThompsonShawn Pyne
Connor WheelerElizabeth Thames
Chaz WildnerEmma Wulff
Justin WulffJessica Wurst

Abby Yates (Swim & Dive)
Owen FirebaughGrace Hudson
Will SheinerCaroline Kish
Josh SmithCaroline Melton

**Reminder:  Tonight***

DeKalb County School Organization Community Meeting

Dunwoody High School

Wednesday, January 16 @ 6:30 pm


Every five years, school districts across the state submit a list of schools to participate in the state capital outlay program. The DeKalb County School District is completing an application for funding that requires a list of its schools and shows that the DeKalb County "Proposed School Organization" meets the state requirements. It is not a redistricting plan.

In January, DCSD planning staff will revise its briefing to focus the community's understanding on DeKalb's list of schools and minimize any discussion of boundary changes. This list of schools will incorporate the new schools added under the SPLOST IV capital program.

The staff briefing in January will clarify that a list of schools is all that is needed to begin the state application process. The list of schools does not require any information about boundary lines. Consequently, the proposed school organization is not a redistricting plan but a list of school facilities the district expects to operate in the out years. This list is used to determine the state's award for capital project funding.

The meeting with the DCSD on January 16 will discuss this application process and the school district's submission. Please plan to attend.
  • Sign up to speak at 6:00 PM
  • 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM meeting
  • Staff presentation, 30 min.
  • Up to 30 speakers, 2 min. each
  • Written comments taken 
If you cannot attend the meeting comments made be made via email to until Jan. 16, 2013:

A couple of pertinent documents:

(note:  the problems with typos and ‘0’ enrollment with schools such as Vanderlyn has been corrected).

Thursday, January 3, 2013

"The Grinch" visits Kingsley Charter Elementary

A little levity among all of this serious BOE/SACS talk...This is too cute.  Photo courtesy of Dunwoody Police Dept.

During the extra details at the schools last week, Officers Nelson and Drum were able to have some quality interaction with some of the students. They may have even provided a little more protection from a smaller green fellow seen lurking around the school...