Monday, March 31, 2014

Dunwoody High Student Ashton Jordan Awarded National Army ROTC Scholarship &
National Navy Minority ROTC Scholarship

Congratulations go out to Dunwoody High School student Ashton Jordan who was recently awarded 2 ROTC scholarships. 

Ashton was selected as a winner of a National Army 4 year ROTC Scholarship to Elon University and a National Navy Minority 4 year ROTC Scholarship to Morehouse College and Southern A&M College.

These scholarships include full tuition, fees, books and a monthly stipend between $300 and $500. The schools provide housing and meal plans to recipients of the ROTC scholarship.

At the end of his undergraduate studies, Ashton will become a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Military as a 2nd Lieutenant (Army) or Ensign (Navy).

Friday, March 28, 2014

Congratulations to Dunwoody High School Students Chosen As Governor's Honors Program Finalists!
Updated With All DeKalb Student Selections

Another banner year for Dunwoody High School for Governors Honors! We had the most finalists in DeKalb, and only 9 schools in Georgia had more finalists--8 of them significantly larger than us (6A or moving to 6A next year) and the other a specialty school. 

Also, our second consecutive year in the top five schools in the state for math finalists.

Theses students are the 2014 GHP Finalists.  Thank you for all the hard work you put into the application/interview process. The Finalists for Dunwoody are:

Student NameSubject
Dunwoody HSCatriona Geddes Chemistry
Alexander Mason Chemistry
Caroline Kish German
Joseph Noto Mathematics
Ryan Polk Mathematics
Parul Rai Mathematics
Aaron Martin Mathematics (Alternate)
Kendall Lowrey Social Studies
Nathan Bryant Spanish
Ooha EdupugantiSpanish
Archish ChaturvediTechnology

Other DeKalb students selected are:
Student NameSubject
ChambleeAlexander Bragan Communicative Arts
Madeline Clowse German
Aomeng Cul German
Nuzhat KabirGerman
Deanna Lao German
Starr Sandoval German
Wesley Cheung Mathematics (Alternate)
Nina Quinn Music (Flute)
Cross KeysBradley Mensah Social Studies
DeKalb School of the ArtsAdam Robertson Communicative Arts
Nasreen Abd Elal Social Studies
Laura KellyTheatre Performance
Druid HillsNicole Mintz Chemistry (alternate)
Ayala Gopnik-McManusCommunicative Arts
Abishkar ChetriMathematics (Alternate)
Marilyn Miller Social Studies
Daniella Henry Social Studies
Joanna HoareSocial Studies
Daniel EthridgeSpanish
LakesideAneesa RupasinghaBiology
Sang-Chan KimMathematics
Yi LiMathematics
Simola NayakMathematics
Jonathan YaegerMathemetics/td>
Sri BhatSocial Studies
Alex BondarTechnology
Miller GroveJayla MoodySocial Studies
TuckerPhong LeMathematics (alternate)

Click here to view all finalists by Subject Area.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Dunwoody High School Academic Team
Finishes 4th at State Championship!

Congratulations to the DHS Academic Team on finishing 4th in Georgia AAAAA!

Led by captain Thomas Dellaert, the team of senior Jacky Zhu, juniors Varsha Narendra and Zack Bloomberg,  and sophomore Ryan Polk earned the #3 seed in the state before falling to last year's state champ Bainbridge. Captain Thomas Dellaert led our scoring with an astounding 32% average (which is kind of like batting .320 in baseball, except that in quiz bowl, you're competing with other players on every pitch).

The team also worked well together to achieve a 68.8% bonus question average, which should move us up in the next national rankings.

The team will now turn its attention to prepping for the national championship tournament which is being held in Chicago at the end of May.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Dunwoody Elementary School Singers
Earn Superior Ratings at Festival

The Dunwoody Singers participated in the District IV GMEA Large Group Performance Evaluation Chorus Festival at Avondale First Baptist church earlier this week. They performed extremely well and were awarded overall Superior ratings from the judges.  

This group, under the direction of Mrs.Yvonne Miller, is made up of 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students from Dunwoody Elementary School. They meet once a week after school to rehearse. 

Mrs. Miller said, "We are so proud of our Singers especially as only a handful of elementary groups participate!" This event is mostly for middle and high school groups. 

Dunwoody High School Math Team
Mandlebrot Mathematics Competition Results

Congratulations to the Dunwoody HS Math Team on its performance in the 2013-2014 Mandelbrot Mathematics Competition

The last round of this 5-month/5-round contest is done, and the final results are out. Dunwoody competes in the Southeast Region, which covers 9 states, from Arkansas to North Carolina and south to Florida. Dunwoody HS placed 14th in the region, with only two Georgia schools ahead of us Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology, and Norcross High School).  

Our top individual varsity players were:

    Mallory Harris (tied for 38th place; in the 1st tier of leaders)
    Mary Elizabeth Lee (tied for 48th place; in the 2nd tier)
    Thomas Dellaert (tied for 59th; in the 2nd tier) 
    Aaron Martin (tied for 88th place; in the 2nd tier)
    Max Noto and Zack Bloomberg (tied for 113th place; in the 3rd tier)

Rounding out our top varsity scorers were Jacky Zhu, Quinton Johnson, Jacob Tallon, Wilson Pu and Jon Heyliger.
Despite being a difficult contest intended for varsity players, many of our JV players bravely participated in the contest and performed very well, including Sarah Carter, Sophie Cuellar, Taylor Doolittle, Brian Hanks, Alex Hoang, Elise Holland, Idan Kirshenbaum, Katie Kish and Nate Lee. 

Our top JV performers were Parul Rai, Laura Koval, Matt Desoutter, Mary Anderson, Ryan Polk, and Athena Zhang.

We are especially proud of our players who scored 7 or better in an individual round:

    Mallory Harris (3 times, with a high of 11)
    Mary Elizabeth Lee (twice, with a high of 8)
    Thomas Dellaert (twice, with a high of 8)
    Max Noto (twice, with a high of 8)
    Athena Zhang (8)
    Laura Koval (8)
    Mary Anderson (7)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Former Ambassador Andrew Young and
Civil Rights Activist Carolyn McKinstry To Speak at
Chamblee Charter High School
Tuesday, March 18th @ 6:00 pm


The community is invited to join Chamblee Charter High School in welcoming former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young and civil rights activist Carolyn McKinstry on March 18th, 2014.

Ambassador Andrew Young is our keynote speaker. In 1964, Young became the SCLC’s Executive Director, during which time he helped pen the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Young worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King and was present when the Reverend Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, TN. Young was the first African-American to represent Georgia in Congress since Reconstruction and  in 1977 he became the first African-American Ambassador to the United Nations.  In 1981 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. As two-term Mayor of Atlanta, Young brought the 1988 Democratic National Convention to the city and was instrumental in bringing the 1996 Summer Olympics to Atlanta as well.  Andrew Young later served as president of the National Council of Churches. He has authored numerous books, has received more than 45 honorary degrees, and has participated in several films and television shows including Rwanda Rising and The Colbert Report, respectively.  He is a diplomat, pastor and civil rights activist who we are honored to welcome to Chamblee Charter High School.

Mrs. McKinstry will open the program at 6 pm.

Mrs. McKinstry was a teenager on September 15, 1963, when she survived the bombing, by white racists, of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Four young friends were killed inside the church. Mrs. McKinstry survived a second bomb explosion that destroyed a large portion of her home in 1964. She was among thousands of students hosed by firemen during the 1963 marches. Finally, in the 2002 trial of Bob Cherry, Mrs. McKinstry gave her testimony as a subpoenaed witness, thereby helping to incarcerate one of three men subsequently convicted of the 1963 church bombing. Mrs. McKinstry has shared her experiences with the History and Discovery Channels, CNN, BBC, MSNBC, Life Magazine, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and numerous other organizations and academic institutions. Carolyn McKinstry also participated in the Spike Lee HBO Documentary “Four Little Girls”, the Hallmark television movie “Sins of the Father” (as told by the son of convict Bob Cherry), and the HBO Grammy winning  “Children’s March.” Mrs. McKinstry currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Sixteenth Street Foundation, Inc. and has authored the book, "While the World Watched" recounting these historic experiences.

Chamblee Charter High School is located at 3688 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Chamblee, GA 30341. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Announcement from Dunwoody High School Principal Noel Maloof On His Departure

Parents, Students and Community members,

It is with mixed emotions that I write this message to you. While I am very excited about my new opportunities, I am sad to say goodbye to a community that has given me a tremendous amount of support. At the conclusion of the 2013-2014 school year, I will be leaving Dunwoody High School as your Principal.

Last night I was named by the City Schools of Decatur to take over as Principal of Decatur High School for the 2014-2015 school year. I made this decision to be closer to my family and take advantage of a wonderful opportunity with the City Schools of Decatur. It was a difficult decision to leave the Dunwoody community after serving as an administrator here for nine years. Rest assured that I will work hard to transition smoothly to new leadership over the coming months. We will follow the process for selecting a leader as directed by the DeKalb County School System. I am confident that this process will take place in a timely manner and be given the attention that Dunwoody High School students and staff need. No dates for my departure have been set and it is my intention to complete the school year with our students and staff.

Thank you for many great years of serving both Dunwoody High School and Vanderlyn Elementary. Dunwoody will always have a place in my heart and I will forever have that Wildcat "PRIDE".

Noel Maloof
Dunwoody High School
5035 Vermack Road
Dunwoody, Georgia 30338-4300

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Dunwoody High School Principal Noel Maloof Leaves to Become Principal of Decatur High School

As posted by Dan Whisenhunt of decaturish:

Decatur High School has a new principal (and DeKalb County continues to bleed good principals - my note): 

City Schools of Decatur has hired Noel Maloof, the current principal of Dunwoody High School. Maloof is a Decatur resident.

Click here to read the remainder of the article.

Dunwoody Elementary School Orchestra Receives "Superior" Marks at GMEA District Competition

Ms. Natia Esartia, teacher at Dunwoody Elementary School, led her orchestra group at the competition for the Georgia Music Educators Association District 4. The group scored "superior" marks on all three of their songs, which does not happen often. Everyone at the school is very excited about this accomplishment.  Ms. Esartia did an amazing job of getting the group together to practice and get ready for this event in such a short time due to the snow/ice days off.  Congratulations to them all!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Dunwoody High School Robotics Team
VEX Robotics Tournament State Champions!

All of our robotics students did a great job throughout the VEX Robotics  season.  While all four teams made it to the State Tournament only 1264B made it through to the playoffs.  

Throughout the season, Dunwoody has built some solid relationships with various teams throughout the state of Georgia.  We have really come a long way and are so grateful for the dedicated students and parents who actually made the competition look easier than it really is.  In total, Dunwoody teams have earned ten tournament Champions awards, three programming skills awards, two robot skills award and two design awards.  The competition across this state is VERY tough (80 teams made it to the finals, but only 21 teams advanced to Worlds), and 1264B was the top seed for the winning alliance that became the first Georgia State VEX Robotics Champions. 

Team members from 1264B have earned an invitation to the World Competition that is sure to be more competitive than in the past years as they have upped the requirements to attend.  The team members in attendance were Tejas Sardar, Derek Santistevan, Wilson Pu, Max Noto, Liam Eastham and the captain, Archish Caturvedi.  In addition, Liam and Archish were also selected as candidates for TSA State Officers for the 2014 - 2015 school year. 

Please congratulate our State Champions and wish our State Officer candidates the best to represent both Dunwoody and our state.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce Honors Dunwoody Cluster "Teachers of the Year"

Dunwoody Cluster Teachers of the Year with Dunwoody Mayor Davis and members of the Dunwoody City Council

The Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce this morning celebrated Teacher of the Year for all the teachers in the Dunwoody cluster. Each teacher got a custom parking place sign (from Custom Signs Today) as well as unlimited oil changes from Ed Voyles Kia plus a car detail. The Chamber is proud to partner with schools on education.

Dunwoody Cluster Teachers of the Year Are:

Bryan Boucher - Dunwoody High School
Michelle Cygnarowicz - Peachtree Charter Middle School
Melissa Genthert - Kingsley Charter Elementary School
Tamara Hoyem - Austin Elementary School
Toni Hunter - Chesnut Charter Elementary School
Natalie Lisco - Hightower Elementary School
Maria Reynolds - Dunwoody Elementary School
Gypsy Savage - Vanderlyn Elementary School

Photos courtesy of Heyward Wescott.

Click here for more pictures of the event.


Dunwoody High School Math Team
Results from American Mathematics Competitions

Congratulations to the DHS Math Team on its performance in the 2014 American Mathematics Competitions (commonly known as the AMC 12 and the AMC 10)!

This year our highest scorers in the AMC 12 were Mallory Harris, Max Noto, Thomas Dellaert, Jacky Zhu, and Zack Bloomberg, and in the AMC 10, Ryan Polk, Parul Rai and Matt Desoutter.

Mallory and Ryan set new Dunwoody records for the highest AMC scores, at least as far back as we have records.  Parul also broke the previous school record, but Ryan's score was a few points higher.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Dunwoody High School Academic Team
Nationally Ranked for the 1st Time!!

Congratulations to the Dunwoody High School Academic Team on earning its first national ranking ever! High School Quiz Bowl Rankings ( ranks the top 200 teams in the nation every 3 or 4 weeks. The Dunwoody team made a grand entrance in the latest rankings, debuting at # 120.

Here's a run-down of teams from Georgia:
24      Chattahoochee
43      Marist
76      Westminster
92      Alpharetta
120    Dunwoody
132    Walton
137    Norcross
151    Brookwood
157    Athens Academy
160    Flowery Branch
171    Collins Hill
194    Bainbridge
198    Centennial
200    Chattahoochee (B team)

Of these teams, only Flowery Branch and Bainbridge are in AAAAA (the AAAAA State tournament is two weeks away).

Congratulations to Mr. Wise and members of the Academic Team!  Awesome job!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Dunwoody Elementary School Hosts
"Parade of Presidents"

Elaine Mach's second grade class

Mrs. Elaine Mach, 2nd grade teacher at Dunwoody Elementary, hosted a Parade of Presidents in which students did a presentation on a president and dressed in character. Family members were invited and the cafeteria was packed full. It was a fun-filled event and the students enjoyed being able to share what they learned with an audience. George Washington even had a set of wooden helps when your parents are dentists!

Alexis Langston (with white wig, as George Washington) and Carter Dyche (as Andrew Jackson)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Whole Food Kids Foundation, National Dairy Council, USDA and NFL Show Their Support of Chesnut Charter Elementary Wellness Initiatives

Emily G, a second grade student, was the first winner
 of Chesnut's voluntary monthly whole food essay contest
 launched by the school's Cafeteria Manager and Wellness Team.

DUNWOODY, March 3, 2014 -- Chesnut Charter Elementary is expanding its wellness programs thanks to an infusion of funds from two grants awarded this school year: the Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant and the Fuel Up to Play 60 Award.

With a mission to support schools and inspire families to improve children’s nutrition and wellness, Whole Kids Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) founded by Whole Foods Market. It, along with grant partner Food Corps, selected Chesnut for a $2,000 grant, and High Mowing Organic Seeds donated a generous set of organic and heirloom seeds to the school.

Chesnut has used some of the Whole Kids Foundation grant to replace rotted wooden planters in the Chesnut Garden outdoor classroom with new raised beds made of recycled composite materials. The remainder of the grant funds has been allocated toward a new, math-themed “Pizza Garden," featuring geometrically shaped beds to facilitate hands-on Farm to School math lessons, from shape identification to multiplication and finding area. Three teachers and the school’s counselor will complete their School Master Gardener certification by accruing 50 school service hours as they install their Pizza Garden design.

To be completed this summer, the Pizza Garden is an expansion to Chesnut Garden, the school’s courtyard organic vegetable, fruit and herb garden. Since 2011, K-5 classes have used Chesnut Garden to study plant life cycles, insect life, composting and where their food comes from by planting, harvesting, cooking, tasting and feeding the community. The school’s Parent Teacher Council Wellness Team will soon be rolling out in-depth turnkey math and life science lessons by grade to encourage Chesnut’s teachers to further integrate the garden into their units throughout the year. The lesson plans are being amassed from the , UGA Cooperative Extension School Garden Curriculum, and the NSTA's "Freebies for Science Teachers" web pages, as well as those provided to the School Master Gardener team by the Fernbank Science Center.

The second grant awarded to Chesnut this school year, “Fuel Up to Play 60,” is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council (NDC) and the NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, to help encourage today's youth to lead healthier lives. 

Fuel Up to Play 60 granted Chesnut $2,000 to implement a Healthy Eating Play, “Promoting Popular Choices,” and a supply of pedometers to implement a Physical Activity Play, "Walk for Wellness Club."

Developed in collaboration with the Cornell University B.E.N.Center and the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement, “Promoting Popular Choices” involves food service staff, teachers, administration and students working together to promote healthy food choices and nutrition awareness. Chesnut Wellness Team parents, Cafeteria Manager Stacy Martin, and Assistant Manager Susana Tanyi are cooperating to make improvements in three main areas. 
  1. Increase consumption of whole foods. The cafeteria staff will begin portioning apples and pears to make the whole fruits easier for young children to eat; and the Wellness Team and Ms. Martin have launched a voluntary monthly whole food essay contest, in support of Dekalb County’s Farm to School monthly lunch offerings.
  2. Increase participation in school breakfast and lunch. Cafeteria staff will prepare monthly tastings of new menu items and distribute them to all classes the week before they are on the menu, along with a feedback form. The Wellness Team will redesign lunch line signage to educate students on their lunch choices and encourage them to create a balanced meal.
  3. Increase availability of healthy à la carte items. Responding to the requests Chesnut parents made in a recent school lunch survey, the Wellness Team worked with Ms. Martin to replace sweet à la carte offerings with healthier choices like string cheese, yogurt and raisins. Wellness Team will publicize these new offerings, which may also be purchased as a healthy snack. 
Ms. Martin, Chesnut’s Cafeteria Manager, remarked: “The cafeteria staff and I passionately believe that this is the time in a child's life when healthy eating habits take root. We are proud that the Fuel Up to Play 60 award and a committed team of parents, faculty and administration will allow us to better educate and motivate our students to try a variety of nutrient-rich foods as they learn to create balanced meals."

The Physical Activity Play, "Walk for Wellness Club," will encourage students, faculty, staff and administrators to make walking part of their day. To encourage all to take advantage of Chesnut’s newly installed walking/running path, Fuel Up to Play 60 will be providing the school with pedometers to track individual progress. This is slated to launch this spring.

Chesnut Charter Elementary's Wellness Team is part of the school’s Parent Teacher Council. It 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. This team runs the Farm to School, Ecology Club, Recycling, Increased Movement and Nutrition programs

Dunwoody High School Academic Team
3rd Place Finish at Centennial High School Academic Tournament
Thomas Dellaert Top Scorer in the Tournament

Thomas Dellaert with his MVP Award!

Congratulations to the Dunwoody HS Academic Team on its 3rd place finish at the Centennial HS Academic Tournament over the weekend!

The team of Thomas Dellaert, Jacky Zhu, Ryan Polk, Mallory Harris and Zack Bloomberg went 7-3 in a very competitive field. All 3 of our losses were to nationally ranked teams (Marist, Alpharetta, and Brookwood), and our wins included defeating nationally ranked Athens Academy.

Senior captain Dellaert not only led our team scoring with a scorching 36% average, but also won a prize for being the leading scorer in the tournament from any team.

Despite losing to Marist (#2 in Georgia, top 100 in the nation), we played them very well, leading 2/3 of the way through the round.