Thursday, May 29, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Captain Planet Foundation Awards
Educational Grant to
Chesnut Charter Elementary School


Dunwoody, GA – May 27, 2014 – The Captain Planet Foundation, an international environmental education foundation for youth based on the successful Captain Planet cartoon, is proud to announce that Chesnut Charter Elementary School has recently been awarded an educational grant of more than $2,400. Chesnut will use these funds toward the expansion of the Chesnut Garden to include a new Math Pizza Garden, as well as toward subsidizing an end of year Farm to School event: a visit from G.A.B.I.E. (Great American Bus Interactive Education).

“We are thrilled to present this award to Chesnut,” says Leesa Carter, Executive Director of the Foundation. “We receive hundreds of submissions each year and have to be very selective to whom we award funding. This is one of the few projects from across the country that we chose to fund. We wish Chesnut great success as they work to implement this important project. It is our hope that our combined efforts will educate, empower, involve and invest today’s youth to cultivate a better tomorrow.”

Over the past three years, a growing number of our teachers have begun integrating Farm to School concepts into core curriculum lessons, from second grade life science to health education,” explains Chesnut’s Principal, Ms. Veronica Williams. “As Chesnut pursues STEM certification, we are crafting new lesson plans that apply this model school-wide, allowing us to teach the standards through captivating hands-on experiences with real life applications. I am grateful to our new School Master Gardeners for designing the Math Pizza Garden as a life-size teaching tool, and to The Captain Planet Foundation for enabling us to turn this creative concept into a reality."

Project Description
The Math Pizza Garden, designed by Chesnut’s four certified School Master Gardeners, demonstrates environmentalism by utilizing recycled materials, and features geometrically shaped beds and hardscape elements to facilitate hands-on Farm to School math lessons, from shape identification to multiplication and finding area. Milkweed seeds, also donated by Captain Planet Foundation, will be planted in Chesnut’s Certified Wildlife Habitat and upcoming Native Plants/Sunflower Pollinator gardens, enabling teachers to host science lessons in outdoor classrooms.

The G.A.B.I.E. Bus visit allowed all classes to tour different interactive stations to learn about where their food comes from, as well as careers in agriculture. Students touched various Georgia commodity crops, reading about each crop's importance as they watched video demonstrations of it being harvested and processed; and then had the chance to grind Georgia wheat seeds into flour. After learning about the regions, the climate, and how plants and crops grow, each student planted a seed to take home, to watch and document the growth of their own plant. Finally, they met "Gabie" the bus' honeybee mascot, to learn how honey is made, and why bees play an important role in agriculture.

About Chesnut Charter Elementary School
Chesnut Charter School was established in 1968 to meet the needs of the Peachtree/Dunwoody community. In the 2000-2001 school year, Chesnut began operating as a Charter School committed to educating the whole child - developing young people who are enthusiastic, knowledgeable, well rounded, physically active, and thoughtful. Chesnut strives for it students to become honorable and contributing citizens, who are internally motivated to achieve their highest potential.

About The Captain Planet Foundation
Founded in 1991, CPF was created to support hands-on, environmental projects for youth. CPF's objective is to encourage innovative projects that empower today's children to become environmental stewards. For more information, visit www.captainplanetfdn.org. The Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) is located at 133 Luckie Street NW in Atlanta, Georgia. It can be reached by phone at (404) 522-4270.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Mr. Tom McFerrin Named Principal of Dunwoody High School!!!!

Awesome, awesome, awesome choice!

Mr. McFerrin is a Dunwoody High graduate, a former Dunwoody High teacher, and current Assistant Principal for Instruction!!!

Thank you Mr. Thurmond!!!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Chesnut Charter Elementary Has 4 New Certified School Master Gardeners


(l-r) Trecia Neal, program leader (and Biologist in the Life Science Department) at the Fernbank Science Center, Mark Chicoine, Leah Little, Ginna Hobgood and Betty Sule

DUNWOODY, MAY, 21, 2014 – Chesnut Charter Elementary School is pleased to report that teachers Mr. Mark Chicoine, Ms.Ginna Hobgood and Ms. Leah Little, as well as school counselor Ms. Betty Sule, have completed Fernbank Science Center’s School Master Gardener program and have been certified as School Master Gardeners by The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service in DeKalb County College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.  

Chesnut’s Master Gardeners also received the 2013 Tin Cup Award, for having garnered the most garden grant funding of their graduating class (more than $9,000), and were recognized with a certificate for Chesnut's 2013 Ecology Club "for their commitment to growing an environment where students can learn and achieve.”

The School Master Gardener program, which Chesnut’s Master Gardeners completed in one year, encompassed learning how to teach engaging interdisciplinary lessons in Chesnut’s outdoor classroom, learning new gardening and landscaping techniques tailored to the needs of Chesnut, and the completion of a mandatory 50 hours of volunteer service working at the school garden with Chesnut’s students and the community.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Dunwoody High School Wins DeKalb Schools
All Sports Trophy


Congratulations to Dunwoody High School for winning the All Sports trophy this year.

Dunwoody finished with 302.5 points to the 298 of Lakeside in one of the closest races ever.

Dunwoody has now won the award 13 times, which ranks second behind Lakeside (14) in the 33 years that this trophy has been awarded. 


Friday, May 16, 2014

Cross Keys High School Track - An Abomination
UPDATE!

Good News!  It appears Cross Keys HS may yet get that new long-deserved track!  The Cross Keys Foundation shared on their Facebook page the news that DCSD will begin taking bids on this project. It is shameful that this has taken so long, but now it is being done.  Click here to view the bid information.
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For years the DeKalb County School District and Board of Education have turned a blind eye to the schools of the Cross Keys cluster.  Kim Gocke of the Cross Keys Foundation posted the link to this video of the Cross Keys track on the AJC Get Schooled blog. The disrepair and danger of this track appears to be worse than what we saw of the track at Peachtree Charter Middle School.

Do you think a City of Brookhaven school district could/would do better for their schools?  I absolutely believe this and this is one of the reasons why I support HR486.



Monday, May 12, 2014

Chesnut's Certified Wildlife Habitat Garden
One of Three To Host STEM Lessons in 2014-15


DUNWOODY, May 12, 2014 -- Spring has sprung in Chesnut Charter Elementary's Certified Wildlife Habitat Garden.  This Mother's Day, trumpet vine (also known as hummingbird vine) was planted.  Native to our region, the trumpet vine will attract hummingbirds, and will eventually provide dense nesting for many other bird species. 


The abundance of blueberries that have been produced by the plants in Chesnut's Certified Wildlife Habitat Garden are feeding various wildlife, including birds and squirrels. Blackberry plants, transferred from a Chesnut family's home garden into trellis planter boxes funded by a Kitchen Gardeners International grant, will also feed many types of birds this summer.


Chesnut Charter's Certified Wildlife Habitat Garden is one of three gardens that will host STEM lessons in the 2014-15 school year.  The other gardens include the Chesnut Garden outdoor classroom, and the Math Pizza Garden, which is currently under construction and will feature geometrically shaped beds.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Dunwoody Elementary School Celebrates
Evening of the Arts


Students at Dunwoody Elementary School showed off their creativity during a fundraiser called "Evening of the Arts."  The school gym was filled with framed artwork for sale. It looked like an art gallery. The proceeds will support art programs at the school.  

Bella Drennan, first grade student in Mrs. Casey Lowe's
class (and daughter of DES kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Karly Drennan)

Grace Kim (left) with brother Edward Kim (front). Edward is a
kindergarten student in Lynn Johnston's class.  They are pictured with
their parents.

Judy Lynn Goodchild (second grader in Elaine Mach's class) and
David Goodchild (kindergarten student in Karly Drennan's class) pictured
with their dad, Dr. David Goodchild

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Dunwoody High School Students Named
2014 Georgia Scholars
Congratulations to Maddie Dill, Mallory Harris and Mary Elizabeth Lee

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GaDOE announces 2014 Georgia Scholars
Program recognizes 116 outstanding high school seniors across the state

MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Cardoza, GaDOE Communications Office, (404) 651-7358, mcardoza@gadoe.org
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May 8, 2014 – One-hundred and sixteen graduating seniors from schools across Georgia have been recognized as 2014 Georgia Scholars, the Georgia Department of Education announced today.
 
Through the Georgia Scholar program, the Department identifies and honors high school seniors who have achieved excellence in school and community life. The program is coordinated by the Department’s Office of School Improvement through local coordinators in each public school system and in private schools throughout the state. Each Georgia Scholar receives a seal for his or her diploma.
 
“There is only one thing I can say about our 116 Georgia Scholars, and that is: I am so proud to call each of you a student in the state of Georgia,” State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said. “I know this honor is, for each of you, the result of many years of hard work, perseverance and dedication. Again, all of us at the Department are proud of each one of you, and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.”

Students eligible for Georgia Scholar recognition are high school seniors who exhibit excellence in all phases of school life, in community activities, and in the home. Georgia Scholars are students who have carried exemplary course loads during the four years of high school; who performed excellently in all courses; who successfully participated in interscholastic events at their schools and in their communities; and who have assumed active roles in extracurricular activities sponsored by their schools.
 
The complete list of 2014 Georgia Scholars is below:
 
First Name
Teva
Last Name
Ilan
School Name
Howard High School
School District
Bibb County
Eli
Belflower
Bleckley County High School
Bleckley County
Sam
Jenkins
Bowdon High School
Carroll County
Anna
Rogers
Cartersville High School
Cartersville City
Dakota
Booth
Ringgold High School
Catoosa County
Liana
Mosley
Savannah Arts Academy
Chatham County
Jamison
Murphy
Savannah Arts Academy
Chatham County
Mandy
Salmon
Savannah Arts Academy
Chatham County
Gretchen
Sanders
Savannah Early College
Chatham County
Kristin
Andreassen
Creekview High School
Cherokee County
Lori
Estes
Creekview High School
Cherokee County
Caitlyn
McCord
Creekview High School
Cherokee County
Henry
Scott
Clarke Central High School
Clarke County
Baylor
Ward
Clarke Central High School
Clarke County
Davis
Adams
Hillgrove High School
Cobb County
Kira
de Bruyn
Walton High School
Cobb County
Monica
Machado
Walton High School
Cobb County
Mackenzie
Rideout
Hillgrove High School
Cobb County
Jacqueline
Weiland
Walton High School
Cobb County
Andrew
Wheeler
Northgate High School
Coweta County
Lindi
Bray
Northgate High School
Coweta County
Yehong
Zhu
East Coweta High School
Coweta County
Natalie
Lefton
Decatur High School
Decatur City
Solveig
Olson-Strom
Decatur High School
Decatur City
Taylor
Randleman
Decatur High School
Decatur City
Ruthie
Stewart
Decatur High School
Decatur City
Maddie
Dill
Dunwoody High School
DeKalb County
Mallory
Harris
Dunwoody High School
DeKalb County
Mary Elizabeth
Lee
Dunwoody High School
DeKalb County
Sara Grace
Peacock
Dodge County School
Dodge County
Emily
Moore
Chapel Hill High School
Douglas County
Chandler
Sumner
Early County High School
Early County
Harrison
Cowart
Effingham County High School
Effingham County
Casie
Wilson
Effingham County High School
Effingham County
Cecilia
Esterline
Whitewater High School
Fayette County
Sam
McDonald
Whitewater High School
Fayette County
Menaka
Reddy
Fayette County High School
Fayette County
Molly
Butler
West Forsyth High School
Forsyth County
Maggie
Little
Forsyth Central High School
Forsyth County
Mirah
Alix
Alpharetta High School
Fulton County
Jesse
Couch
Centennial High School
Fulton County
Parker
Cutler
Northview High School
Fulton County
Esther
Hwang
Alpharetta High School
Fulton County
Nicholas
Hyman
Milton High School
Fulton County
Deeksha
Malhotra
Alpharetta High School
Fulton County
Daniel
Muehring
North Springs High School
Fulton County
Lauren
O'Connell
Roswell High School
Fulton County
Keely
Smith
Alpharetta High School
Fulton County
Michelle
Tam
Alpharetta High School
Fulton County
Shadman
Uddin
Roswell High School
Fulton County
Will
Whitaker
Centennial High School
Fulton County
Jenny
Barrow
Brunswick High School
Glynn County
Will
Snyder
Glynn Academy
Glynn County
Elayne
Bauer
Collins Hill High School
Gwinnett County
David
Bui
Central Gwinnett High School
Gwinnett County
Melanie
Estes
Collins Hill High School
Gwinnett County
Florey
Fung
Collins Hill High School
Gwinnett County
Braden
Glover
Central Gwinnett High School
Gwinnett County
Nuala
Hutton
Norcross High School
Gwinnett County
Gabbie
Johnson
Grayson High School
Gwinnett County
Timothy
Le
Mill Creek High School
Gwinnett County
Natalie
Leonard
Dacula High School
Gwinnett County
Chandler
Ray
Grayson High School
Gwinnett County
Tatiana
Rubio
Dacula High School
Gwinnett County
Snehan
Sharma
Grayson High School
Gwinnett County
Duane
Stanford, III
Parkview High School
Gwinnett County
Olivia
Stehr
Parkview High School
Gwinnett County
Alex
Sullivan
Parkview High School
Gwinnett County
Abigail
Walker
Mill Creek High School
Gwinnett County
Daisy
Zhang
Parkview High School
Gwinnett County
Anna
Black
Flowery Branch High School
Hall County
Morgan
Ivey
Chestatee High School
Hall County
Drew
Smith
Chestatee High School
Hall County
Ashley
Fleck
Eagles Landing High School
Henry County
Austin
Turner
Union Grove High School
Henry County
Abby
Butikofer
Warner Robins High School
Houston County
Madeline
Dannenberg
Perry High School
Houston County
Jacob
Turner
Perry High School
Houston County
Hallie
Smith
Jeff Davis High School
Jeff Davis County
Ann
Johnson
Columbus High School
Muscogee County
Korie
MacDougall
Columbus High School
Muscogee County
Ben
McDaniel
Hardaway High School
Muscogee County
Paige
Park
Columbus High School
Muscogee County
Meagan
Partridge
Columbus High School
Muscogee County
Austin
Seidel
Columbus High School
Muscogee County
Hailey
Clark
North Oconee High School
Oconee County
Susan
Ye
Oconee County High School
Oconee County
Caitlyn
Hicks
Peach County High School
Peach County
Colin
Flake
Faith Christian Academy
Private School
Carson
Hooper
Holy Spirit Preparatory School
Private School