Monday, February 25, 2013
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Advanced Placement Honor Schools Announced
The Georgia Department of Education has announced the 2013 AP Honors Schools. Among the list of Honor Schools are the following Dekalb Schools :
AP Merit : Schools with at least 20% of the student population taking AP exams and at least 50% of all AP exams earning scores of three (3) or higher
- Cross Keys
- DeKalb School of the Arts
- Druid Hills
- Southwest DeKalb
- Stone Mountain
- DeKalb School of the Arts
- Elizabeth Andrews
- Arabia Mountain
- Cedar Grove
- Druid Hills
- Tucker High
- Druid Hills
Click here to view all GA AP Access and Support Schools
Click here to view all GA AP STEM Schools
Click here to view all GA AP Challenge Schools
Click here to view all GA AP STEM Achievement Schools
Click here to view all GA AP Merit Schools
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Peachtree Charter Middle Students Named To Honor Band
Congratulations to Kathryn Allen, Andrew Ford, Nina John, Eli Morey, Nina Stecker, Zoe Szczesniak and Chloe Thomas for being selected by audition, for this year's District IV Honor Band. Thank You to their teachers Mr. Shores and Mr. Hickman!
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Dr. Laura Neely Named Principal at Kittredge Magnet School
Good morning KMS Families,
My name is Dr. Laura Neely and I am thrilled to be the new principal at Kittredge Magnet School for High Achievers! Over the next few weeks I will be transitioning from Oak Grove Elementary where I have served since 2010. Prior to being principal at Oak Grove, I was the Assistant Principal at Kittredge from 2007-2010 and a teacher there since 2001. Gifted/high performing students and instructional technology are my passions in education (check out the new Kittredge Twitter link below). I am so excited to return to such an amazing school!
I look forward to working closely with you in the coming months and weeks as we finish out the 2012-2013 school year, the school's 25th year in existence! I am honored to serve at a place with rich tradition, outstanding instruction, and amazing high achievers.
Early next week, I will communicate with you regarding my presence in the building and the date on which that will become permanent. I look forward to meeting you soon!
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Friday, February 15, 2013
Dunwoody Elementary Teachers Nominated for
National LifeChanger of the Year
Each year, the LifeChanger of the Year program recognizes and rewards ten school district employees and educators who make a positive difference in the lives of students.
Mrs. Mach and Mrs. Blair were nominated by students, fellow district employees, and parents who gave a description of why they have made a positive impact in the lives of students.
The Grand Prize Winner will receive a $5,000 personal cash award along with a $5,000 donation to his or her school. The remaining LifeChangers will also receive personal cash prizes and school donations on a tiered level.
LifeChangers will be recognized in early March.
The nomination period for the 2013 – 2014 program will re-open on April 1, 2013.
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Dunwoody Elementary Students
Capital Art Exhibit 2013
(left to right): Roy Nitzan, Fran Millar, Itai Shefler, Laura Fleury-Bell.
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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Dunwoody Elementary Mourns the Loss of
Teacher, Brenda Evans
Click here if you wish to leave a condolence via the AJC.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Dunwoody High Math Team
Rocket City Mathematics League Contest
We are very excited to report news from Round One of the Rocket City Mathematics League Math Contest!
Senior David Heavern placed 60th in the Comprehensive Division (the highest level which includes calculus problems). We also had 3 students place in the top 200, seniors Andrew Weatherly and Ryan Weinstein, and junior Mallory Harris. In the second highest division (which covers through advanced algebra), freshman Parul Rai also placed in the top 200.
The Rocket City contest is sponsored by the Mathematics National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta and includes over 4000 participants from schools all over the world.
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Monday, February 11, 2013
Items of Interest from Around DCSS
- Don’t forget to tune into tonight’s DCSS Board of Education Meeting tonight. Click here for the agenda.
- A quick look of the Human Resources Report indicates there were 252 resignations/retirements to report. A lot of positions to fill for DCSS. Are there enough qualified applicants?
- Rep. Scott Holcomb announced today the February 21st Georgia Board of Education Meeting/DCSS BOE Hearing will be webcast live beginning @ 8:00 a.m.
- Fall 2012 ITBS Scores have been posted. Click here to view Elementary school scores. Click here to view Middle School scores.
- School Choice Enrollment Begins Today. H.B. 251 Transfer Schools have been identified. Of local interest, Dunwoody Elementary has 6 open seats and Chamblee Middle School has 12 open seats.
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Rep. Tom Taylor To Introduce Bill to Create Separate Dunwoody School System
Step #1 to separate our schools from DCSS begins. This may be the hardest and longest "battle", but it is one that must be fought. While the battle for a City of Dunwoody school system begins and continues for what may be years, we must have other options with which to remove our schools from the management of the DeKalb BOE and School System. We cannot afford to wait on this legislation, we must take action now - the education of our children and the health of our City are at stake, I believe. Perhaps we can utlize the Charter Amendment? Research to follow. I am not sure about the Parent Trigger bill making its way through the GA House, as there does not seem to be any appeal process if the request is denied by the DeKalb BOE. Again, more research is needed.
Posted by Joe Earle
Rep. Tom Taylor says he soon will introduce legislation to create a separate school system for the city of Dunwoody. His proposal will call for an amendment to the state Constitution, he said. The bill he plans to introduce would be voted on by state lawmakers in 2014 and, if approved, call for a public referendum on the amendment in the 2014 election.
“It’s a huge uphill battle,” Taylor said.
The Dunwoody Republican told members of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association during the group’s monthly meeting on Feb. 10 that amending the state Constitution is difficult. “The threshold is very high,” he said.
Click here to read the remainder of the article from the Dunwoody Reporter.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Michael Thurmond New DCSS Interim Superintendent
Vote was 7-2 with Jester and Speaks voting no. The vote to accept the separation agreement with Dr. Atkinson was 5-4, Orson, McMahan, Jester and Speaks voting no.
Below is Michael Thurmond's biography. You will notice he has ZERO education experience.
To the DeKalb BOE - I give up. Congratulations - you win. You have destroyed my once-proud school system. I have now come to the conclusion that this school system cannot be fixed. Those that can will now be more determined than ever to find, by whatever means necessary, a mechanism by which we can create school cluster/districts that will be independent of DCSS - I have now joined that fight.
Michael Thurmond is an attorney at Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer, a nationally known civil trial practice firm that has four times set the record civil jury verdict in the State of Georgia and also obtained for its client the largest collected judgment in U.S. history.
He has distinguished himself as an attorney, author, lecturer and public servant.
In 1986, he became the first African-American elected to the Georgia General Assembly from Clarke County since Reconstruction. During his legislative tenure, Thurmond authored major legislation that has provided more than $250 million in tax relief to Georgia's senior citizens and working families.
Following his tenure in the legislature, Thurmond was called upon to direct Georgia's historic transition from welfare to work. He created the innovative Workfirst program, which has helped over 90,000 welfare-dependent Georgia families move into the workforce, saving more than $100 million in tax dollars that have been reinvested in childcare, training and other support services.
In 1997, Thurmond became a distinguished lecturer at the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government. The following year, he was elected Georgia Labor Commissioner.
During his three terms as labor commissioner, the Labor Department went under a significant transformation in customer service and efficiency. Unemployment offices were transformed into state-of-the-art Career Centers focused on getting jobless Georgians back to work as quickly as possible.
Thurmond's latest book, Freedom: Georgia's Antislavery Heritage, 1733-1865, was awarded the Georgia Historical Society's Lilla Hawes Award and the Georgia Center for the Book listed Freedom as one of The 25 Books All Georgians Should Read. He presently serves on the Board of Curators of the Georgia Historical Society.
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Thursday, February 7, 2013
Dunwoody High Math Team
Mandelbrot Competition UpdateWe have results from Round 4 of the Mandelbrot Mathematics Competition:
In Round 4, our top team scorers were Na Yoon, Ryan McGannon, Ryan Polk, Jamie Traner, Will Koval, David Heavern, Jack Trump, and Thomas Dellaert.
After four rounds, DHS is ranked 15th in the Southeast Region (includes Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas,), and our 2nd team moved up a spot to rank 22nd.
Individually, Will Koval is on the overall Leader Board in 32nd place. Additionally, David Heavern, Thomas Dellaert, and Parker Hollander are ranked in the top 100 in the region, and in the top 150 we have Giang Ha, Erik Van Winkle, Craig Sturken, Wesley Dixon, Andrew Weatherly, and Jamie Traner.
The contest has one more round to go at the end of February. Go Wildcats!
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Dunwoody High Robotics Team Qualifies for World Competition
Congratulations to Dunwoody Robotics team 1264B for winning the Design Award at the Vex Robotic Competition in Lawrenceville. The Design Award at this VEX Event qualified 1264B for the World Competition in Anaheim, CA in April. Great Job 1264B!
The members of 1264B are: Archish Chaturvedi, Tejas Sardar, Max Noto, Liam Eastham, Wilson Pu, Derick Santistevan, and Kenny Hoang.
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Monday, February 4, 2013
Dunwoody High School Academic Quiz Bowl Teams
Take 2nd Place at
Locust Grove Academic Quiz Bowl Tournament
Congratulations to the Dunwoody High School Varsity and JV Quiz Bowl teams on their performance in the Locust Grove "Challenge in the Grove" Academic Quiz Bowl Tournament this weekend. Both teams brought home 2nd place trophies. Our varsity team consisted of Thomas Dellaert, Captain Erin Thomas, Jacky Zhu, Mallory Harris, and Saakya Peechara. Our JV team was Captain Varsha Narendra, Gerardo Romero, Parul Rai, Ryan Polk and Zack Bloomberg. Stop by the Dunwoody High School front office to take a look at the trophies! Way to go Wildcats!
Dunwoody HS Varsity Quiz Bowl Team
From Left to Right: Thomas Dellaert, Captain Erin Thomas, Jacky Zhu, Mallory Harris, Saakya Peechara
Dunwoody High JV Academic Quiz Bowl Team
From Left to Right: Captain Varsha Narendra, Gerardo Romero, Parul Rai, Ryan Polk, Zack Bloomberg
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Peachtree Charter Middle School News
Academic Quiz Bowl, DCSS Spelling Bee Champion and Orchestra News
The Peachtree Charter Middle School Academic Quiz Bowl Team competed at the state academic bowl tournament for middle schools, sponsored by the PAGE Foundation, on January 26, 2013. It is with great pleasure that we recognize their achievement as 9th place finishers among 24 of the best teams in Georgia! Congratulations go out to eighth graders, Patrick Clinch, Ryan Wirtz, Nate Lee, Katrina Balga, Ruzan Durawella and seventh graders, Jacob Starks and Alex Eldridge. This is the first time in Peachtree Charter history that a team has made it this far!
Anne Simonetti, 7th grader at Peachtree Charter Middle, is the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) Spelling Bee winner. Anne, along with 6 finalists, will represent DCSD at the Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, February 23, 2013. The Spelling Bee will be held at the Administrative Instructional Complex (AIC).
PCMS is proud to announce Orchestra winners: Joy Hsien for All-State and Joyce Yun for Georgia Honors. Congratulations!
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