Monday, September 23, 2013

Chesnut Charter Elementary’s Coach Dykema and PTC Member Angela Renals to Attend Summit
Sponsored by Department of Public Health

Coach Lonny Dykema explains the health benefits
of celery to Chesnut’s students.

Chesnut Charter Elementary’s (Chesnut’s) Physical Education Coach, Lonny “Coach” Dykema, and PTC Member and Wellness Action Team Co-Chair, Angela Renals, will attend the inaugural Georgia Student Health and Physical Education (SHAPE) Healthy Schools Summit this week in Peachtree City.  Sponsored by the Georgia Department of Public Health, the theme of the summit is “Shaping Healthy Schools for Brighter Futures.” 
Participants at this state-wide summit will include representatives from K-12 schools that have applied for and/or received school health mini-grants as part of Governor Nathan Deal’s SHAPE initiative. Last year Chesnut was one of only 12 schools in the state (and the only one in Dunwoody) that received up to $5,000 (Chesnut actually received the full $5,000) to implement or improve physical activity and nutrition plans.  Ms. Renals will present at the summit, where she will share methods for building a Wellness Team with strong parent involvement, pointing to the growth of Chesnut’s Wellness Team (which, in one year has grown from 12 to 33 members). Ms. Renals will also describe how Chesnut’s Wellness Team has implemented the grant, including two new Farm to School nutrition lessons launched during Physical Education classes (Fall 2012 - “Tasting a Rainbow ofPlants”, and Spring 2013 - “First Eat Real, Second Read Labels”) and a new walking/running path (the path is “on track” to be constructed next weekend).
As a SHAPE grantee, Chesnut Charter Elementary has been invited to send two delegates to the summit as guests of the Department of Public Health. Slated as a speaker at the event, Ms. Renals was grateful that Principal Veronica Williams and Coach Dykema determined he should also attend, seizing the opportunity to gather successful strategies from fellow grantees. They look forward to applying what they will learn -- about programs proven to increase physical activity and consumption of fruits and vegetables -- to Chesnut’s school environment. 
“In my opinion, growing Chesnut’s health initiative is a four-way partnership between the school's parents, administration. faculty and staff, and student body,” said Coach Dykema.  “I am extremely fortunate to have the administration’s support in allowing me to participate in this professional development activity.  The students will enjoy a ‘substitute Coach’ for a few days, and, in return, I will bring them some new and innovative ways to further improve their physical and health activities.”

About Chesnut Charter Elementary’s Wellness Team Chesnut Charter Elementary’s Wellness Team promotes healthy habits and environment for students, families, faculty and staff of Chesnut Charter Elementary School in support of Dekalb County’s Wellness Policy.  By soliciting community, family and staff input, the Wellness Team develops and executes Chesnut’s School Health Improvement Action Plan, which addresses physical, mental and emotional wellness that leads to greater success inside and out of the classroom.  

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Dunwoody High School
Academic Quiz Bowl Results

Congratulations to the DHS Academic Quiz Bowl Team on its showing at the GATA Fall Tournament on Saturday! 

In the novice division, our novice squad of Ruzan Daruwalla, Kayla Lucas, Craig Sturken, Jacob Tallon and captain Mike Greenstein made the quarterfinals and came in 7th place overall.

In the JV division, Patrick Clinch, Brian Hanks, Parul Rai, Ryan Wirtz, and captain Ryan Polk took 4th place overall, after defeating the tournament's #1 seed Centennial! 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Dunwoody High School Academic Quiz Bowl Team
Upcoming Events

Good luck to the DHS Academic Quiz Bowl Team in upcoming events:  This weekend we are playing in the GATA Fall Tournament for JV and novice players; and next week our varsity A squad of Thomas Dellaert, Jacky Zhu, Varsha Narendra and Ryan Polk will be competing in the first round of the WSB-TV (Channel 2) show High-Q against reigning champion Marist.  The show will air on local channel 2 on Sunday October 6th. 

Go Wildcats!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Chesnut Changers: School Gleaning

Just received my email from Chesnut Changers, the Ecology Club of my favorite elementary school, Chesnut Charter ES, and I learned something new today - chestnuts are a good source of Vitamin C. 

From the blog:

"Nope, that is not a typo. Urban gleaning is making a comeback, and Chesnut’s Ecology Club is joining the movement. Traditionally, gleaning meant foraging for leftover crop after the farmer had already commercially harvested it. In this case, we are making sure the bounty on Chesnut Charter Elementary School’s front lawn does not go to waste.

Last weekend at Clean & Beautiful, Ecology Club families scoured the ground underneath the school’s front lawn chestnut tree, collecting about 50 unopened burrs and fallen chestnuts. The children worked together, using bbq tongs and heavy duty gloves. Chesnut Changer parent and Boy Scout leader Kevin Trammell took the bounty for roasting at an upcoming camping trip. "

Click here to read the remainder of the post. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Dunwoody Singers Perform National Anthem at Braves vs Marlins Game

The Dunwoody Singers from Dunwoody Elementary School, were so excited to be chosen to sing the national anthem last Friday, August 30 at the Braves vs Marlins game.  Mrs. Miller, their director, was very impressed with her Singers especially as they only had a couple of weeks to rehearse. Everyone had a great time and were thrilled to be on the field so close to the players. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

DeKalb County School System
Class of 2013 ACT Scores

The Georgia DOE has released the school-level ACT scores.  Click here to view all school stores.
The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement test designed to measure college readiness and preparation. It includes four separate exams in English, reading, mathematics and science and an optional writing portion.