Friday, December 27, 2013

Dunwoody HS Class of 2013 Graduation Rate

The Georgia Department of Education has released the Graduation Rate Statistics for the Class of 2013.  The State DOE has also calculated a 5-year Graduation Rate for the class of 2012. If I am not mistaken the Federal DOE will allow the 5-year to be considered for Accountability purposes.  As we know there are students that do need more than the "standard" 4 years to complete graduation requirements.
Below is the data for Dunwoody HS categorized by federally defined sub-groups.  As a reminder, students can be categorized in more than one subgroup.
Click here to view Subgroup data for all schools.

DeKalb County School System
Class of 2013 SAT Scores

This fall has been busy for my family with college tours, applications, etc., and I totally missed the release of the SAT scores.  Click here to view State-wide SAT scores.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Dunwoody Elementary Participates in STEM Day

Karly Drennan with her kindergarten students

Dunwoody Elementary School participates in another STEM Day!  STEM (which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) involves hands-on activities that encourage students to problem solve.  Many parent volunteers participate on STEM Days, assisting with activities or sharing their careers.  In the photos, Karly Drennan’s kindergarten students design and redesign bird feeders and test them out to see if they work.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Dunwoody Elementary School Goes on Safari!

Elaine Mach with her second grade class

Dunwoody Elementary School students go on safari!  Elaine Mach, second grade teacher at Dunwoody Elementary, did her annual Endangered Species project with her second graders.  The classroom was packed full of parents and other family members to view the students’ presentations.  Mrs. Mach baked a cake shaped like an endangered animal to serve to the guests.

Left to right:  Blake Boettcher, Elaine Mach, McKenna Muller,
and Ben Shin

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Dunwoody High School Announces
Governors Honors Program Semifinalists

Congratulations to the following Governors Honors Program semifinalists from Dunwoody High School!  They have been selected from the DeKalb County nominees to move on to state-level competition and/or interviews.  We will find out in early March which of these students are selected as finalists to participate in the 4-week program next summer.  

The Governors Honors Program is one of the most prestigious programs for gifted and talented students in the nation.  We are very proud of our nominees who competed at the county level, and we wish those going to state the best of luck!

Khailah Bell
Nathan Bryant
Ooha Edupuganti
Kayleigh Nortje

Archish Chaturvedi 
Liam Eastham
Wilson Pu
Tejas Sardar


Catriona Geddes
Alex Mason
Alyssa Viness

Daniel Hydrick 
Varsha Narendra
Claire Rohrbach
Marissa  Stacholy


Caroline Kish  


Kendall Lowrey
Kyra O'Kelley  


Aaron Martin
Max Noto  
Ryan Polk
Parul Rai
William Sheiner

Sarah Mullen
India Steward
Olivia Plumb
Kaylyn  Sinisgalli

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Dunwoody High School Quiz Bowl Team
DeKalb County Academic Bowl Champions!
Vanderlyn Wins Elementary Division

Vanderlyn won the Elementary Division!! Congrats to those students!!

Congratulations to the Dunwoody High School Quiz Bowl team on winning the DeKalb County Academic Bowl on Saturday!!!

The team went undefeated under the leadership of captain and high scorer Thomas Dellaert, and with great teamwork from Jacky Zhu, Ryan Polk, Varsha Narendra, Zack Bloomberg, and alternates Mary Elizabeth Lee and Ryan Wirtz.  The team outscored its opponents by a cumulative 1380 to 340, and finished 430 points ahead of the second place team Lakeside.  

Next up for the team is Marist's Winter Invitational Tournament in January.  The field of the WIT is limited to the 10 to 14 highest ranked teams in Georgia. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Atlanta Falcons Select Chesnut Charter Elementary as “Rise Up Friday” School of The Week

Freddie in front of Chesnut's marquee on N. Peachtree Rd.
On Friday, December 6th, Chesnut Charter Elementary joined the Atlanta Falcons' "RISE UP-idemic," as the school celebrated having been chosen as the Atlanta Falcon's "Rise up Friday" School of the Week.  The title was earned after Ms. Julie Borenstein’s 5th grade Discovery students submitted to the Falcons their "rise up" themed bulletin board demonstrating their spirit and pride in Atlanta's hometown NFL team.  Chesnut’s entire student body, faculty and staff welcomed Freddie the Falcon and two cheerleaders as they presented a banner for display in the school.
Freddie the Falcon and  Falcons Cheerleaders pose with Chesnut principal Veronica Williams and Discovery teacher Julie Borenstein.
Freddie in a Chesnut classroom


Sunday, December 8, 2013

Dunwoody High School Math Teams Compete in Lassiter HS Mathematics Competition

Congratulations to the Dunwoody High School Math team on its performance at the Lassiter High School Invitational Mathematics Tournament on Saturday! 

The varsity team of Thomas Dellaert, Mallory Harris, Mary Elizabeth Lee, Alex Mason, Jacob Tallon and Jacky Zhu placed 14th overall, 3rd among AAAAA schools.  Senior Mallory Harris scored in 38th place overall.

The JV team of Mary Anderson, Matt Desoutter, Laura Koval and Parul Rai placed 11th overall,and 1st among AAAAA schools (a huge over improvement over last year's 22nd place, earning the JV squad the most improved team trophy for the tournament).  Sophomore Parul Rai scored in 26th place in the JV division. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Dunwoody Elementary School Food Drive
Collects Over 700 lbs of Food!

Mrs. Mach’s second grade class. Donna Lowry from Channel 11
is on the left; teacher, Elaine Mach, is on the right.
Dunwoody Elementary School sponsored a canned food drive.  The goal of the school was to collect 10,000 non-perishable food items.  Although no one actually counted to 10,000, we know the school did collect over 700 pounds of food, which is estimated to feed at least 500 families.  The food was donated to the Atlanta Food Bank and the 11 Alive Can-A-Thon.  Mrs. Elaine Mach’s second grade class researched the increase in poverty of Georgia families over the past ten years and did skits as news anchors to report their findings. Their presentations were featured on the 11 Alive News.

5th grade patrols at Dunwoody Elementary School:
Jillian Hall (left), Micah Whynter (right