Monday, August 26, 2013

Dunwoody Elementary Singers To Perform
National Anthem at Braves Game!

The Dunwoody Singers from Dunwoody Elementary School will sing the national anthem this Friday, August 30 at the Braves v Marlins game at 7:30pm.  This is a great way to kick off our Labor Day weekend so come on out and support our wonderful Singers!

Click here to download the order form.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Back to School at Dunwoody Elementary!

First graders in Mrs. Casey Lowe’s class enjoy a book in the Media Center the first week of school. 

Pictured left to right:  Jacob Brock, Abigail Schermer, Ashley Hill, and Shelby Verlander

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Recycling at Dunwoody Elementary School

For the 2012-2013 school year, Dunwoody Elementary School recycled 165 pairs of shoes, 66 cell phones, over 100 printer cartridges, and 874 drink pouches.

The photo below shows Rachel Jay presenting Joe Camacho, House Manager for Ronald McDonald House Charities Atlanta, over 3 pounds of pop tops collected by DES families. Last year the RMHCA raised over $19,000 through this initiative. DES is proud to have helped last year and looks forward to being a part of the achievement of a higher goal for the 2013-2014 school year!

Monday, August 12, 2013

"Entertainment Figures from Dunwoody High School

Go Beyond Ryan Seacrest"

Nice article from the AJC about past Dunwoody High grads NOT named Ryan Secrest.

By Rodney Ho

My colleague Jennifer Brett recently interviewed "Sullivan and Son" actress Vivian Bang, a graduate of Dunwoody High School.

She referenced the high school's most famous alum: Ryan Seacrest, who used to do the high school's morning announcements back in the early 1990s while interning at Star 94.

That also made me realize there were others who have attended Dunwoody High that entered the world of entertainment. There must be something in the water over there!

Click here to read the remainder of the article.


Dunwoody High School Boys' Lacrosse New Practice Field

Scouting (Boys and Girls) is a big deal here in Dunwoody.  I love reading about the many Eagle Scout projects and this one is no exception (h/t to John Heneghan).  Joseph Keen’s project was to create a practice field for the Dunwoody HS Lacrosse team.  The field is directly behind the DHS baseball field. 
Click here to read more about Joseph’s project along with pictures of the new field.

"Every Kid Needs A Champion"

I heard this speech from Rita Pierson, via "The Bert Show" while driving to Chick-fil-A this morning.  It was so powerful to me as a parent.  Instead of hiring "motivational" speakers that have no experience in the educational field, perhaps Superintendent Thurmond may want to invite Ms. Pierson to speak to DeKalb Teachers.

Friday, August 9, 2013

"Another Dunwoody High School Success Story"

Dunwoody HS Grad Vivian Bang

By Jennifer Brett
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 
So it turns out Ryan Seacrest isn’t the only Dunwoody High School alum to go on to a successful entertainment career.

Actress Vivian Bang, who appeared with Jim Carrey in the 2008 comedy “Yes Man,” now stars in the TBS series “Sullivan & Son.”

Born in South Korea, Bang, 29, first moved with her family to San Francisco, then metro Atlanta. At Dunwoody High, she knew of the ambitious fellow Wildcat who used to welcome students each day over the school intercom, even though they didn’t overlap.

“Ryan Seacrest used to make our morning announcements,” she said. But it was her drama teacher, Pam Barnette, who took an interest in her and encouraged her to pursue drama.

“I’m an Asian-American. I grew up in the South during a time when you didn’t think you could have a career in media,” Bang said. “Coming as a transfer student, I didn’t have a lot of friends. I don’t know what made her see me in this light but she really encouraged me. She basically changed my life.”

Barnett retired years ago but is still beloved at Dunwoody High.

“She really had tremendous influence on my life and in everything creative and because she believed in us, which in turn made us believe in ourselves enough to pursue nontraditional avenues,” said Tammy Wichman, now the school’s drama teacher.

Wichman graduated with Bang and is thrilled at her classmate’s achievements.

Click here to read the remainder of the AJC article.

Stan Jester:  Review of 8/5/13 DeKalb Schools Board of Education Meeting

Click here to read Stan Jester's review of the most recent DeKalb Schools Board of Education meeting.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Vanderlyn Elementary School "Modular Classroom" Update

Photo Courtesy of The Dunwoody Crier
The dysfunction within DeKalb Schools never ceases to amaze....even as it continues year after year.   How could a school system NOT have classrooms ready on Day 1?  The following is an update from Vanderlyn Principal Mrs. Crenshaw:

As you know, the DeKalb County School District devised a comprehensive plan to remove/replace the modulars over the summer. Unfortunately, there were unexpected delays in the process which will result in a delay of our modular units being returned to our campus by the start of school. Please be assured that a viable transition plan will be in effect that will be communicated to all 4th and 5th grade students prior to Meet and Greet. Every detail and consideration is being well-thought-out by local and district leaders to ensure the safety of our students. Plans to accommodate them during this transition are being finalized. I realize that communication is an integral part of this transition plan, so I ask for your trust and patience as the final and most important details are decided. As your Principal and Operations Leader, I can guarantee you that no detail will go unnoticed and that our students will have a comfortable classroom space on August 12. I appreciate your support in advance in this very important matter. Full details are forthcoming.

Article from The Dunwoody Crier:

Vanderlyn Awaits Serious Musical Chairs

The Vanderlyn Transition Plan as sent out last evening:
  • This plan is effective for August 12th -August 23rd as there will be a two week process in place to restore modulars to full operational use and obtain a Certificate of Occupancy.
  • There will not be any interruption to instructional services. Drama, Music and Art teachers will implement Push-In model by providing instruction to ALL students in their homeroom classes.
  • Dance and PE will be held the gym and dance classroom as usual. Gifted and ESOL teacher will rotate into homeroom classes during ELT once services begin.
  • All Special Area Teachers that are affected will be temporarily provided with shared office space located in the 2 trailers located on the lower campus while their classrooms are being utilized by 4th and 5th grade teachers.
  • The gym will continue to be the supervised location for 4th and 5th grade students to report to during a.m. arrival (7:15- 7:30). Afterwards, students will be escorted back into the building.
  • Meet-n-Greet for 4th and 5th grade students will take place in their temporary classrooms located in the building.