Tuesday, February 24, 2015

DeKalb County School System....It Just Never Stops

DCSS is requesting a Title 50 - Hardship Waiver from the GA DOE due to the fact the school system failed to spend the appropriate percentage of operating funds (65%) in the classroom (surprise, surprise).  If they would cut that administrative bloat in the Central Office, the proper funding could occur at the school level!

Click here to view the Agenda for Monday's DCSS BOE Meeting.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Congratulations to DeKalb County Schools AP Honor Schools!

The Georgia Department of Education has released the Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools. Click here to view the Press Release and list of all AP Honor Schools.

Below are the DeKalb Schools named to the lists:

Monday, February 16, 2015

Dunwoody-Chamblee Cluster Drop-Out Rate and Enrollment Data

The Governor's Office of Student Achievment (GOSA) releases on an annual basis various data items by school district and school.  It's a good source of information.  The charts below highlight the Drop-Out Rate info for Dunwoody High and Chamblee High as well the enrollment data for each school within the Dunwoody-Chamblee cluster for the 2013-2014 school year.  The data shows wide demographic disparaities between schools in the same cluster or neighboring clusters, but yet, educationally, a one-size fits all approach continues to be formulated at the national, state and local levels.

You can click here to view all the data categoies.

If you cannot read the charts below, click here for the PowerPoint document.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Decaturish: "DeKalb School Board member’s pay withheld amid fight over background checks"

Seriously, it seems every day there is something new and disturbing concerning the DeKalb County School System.  Can these central office types get any more petty and childish?

From Decaturish:

School Board Stan Jester believes that nothing in state law requires him to submit to a background check conducted by DeKalb County Schools.

Now he says the school system refuses to give him his paycheck and has refused to create a county email account for him. That means his constituents can’t contact him about School Board business using the official county email account, and he isn’t included on some emails that go to the other board members.

Decaturish asked DeKalb County Schools about this, and a spokesperson said a detailed statement would be forthcoming.

Jester believes the school system’s actions are retaliation for his refusal to comply with a background check requirement.

Click here to read the remainder of the article.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Dunwoody High "Wet Wildcats" Shatter Records at High School
State Swimming Championships!
Girls Team Places 4th

article and photo courtesy of Dunwoody High School Swim/Dive Team

Congratulations to the Wet Wildcats for a successful 1-5A State Swimming and Diving meet!

Emily Christensen (10th place), Abbey Yates (13th place) and Savannah Maddux (20th place) scored during the diving portion of the meet.  Tanner Elliot and Zach Humphries also dove for the Wet Wildcats.

For the boys, the Medley Relay of Christopher Thames, Nic Davis, Ben Reiter, and Shota Barbeau placed 18th.  Ben Reiter, Shota Barbeau, Liam Eastham, and Will Sheiner swam in the 200 Free relay and Eastham, Sheiner, Paul Joyce, and Thames competed in the 400 Free relay. Shota Barbeau swam the 50 free and Ben Reiter competed in the 100 fly and 100 breast.  Christopher Thames broke two school records while placing 10th in the 200 free and 4th in the 100 back.

On the girls side, Laura Spratling, Hannah Jane Robison, Allie Reiter, and Kaleigh McGrady combined to shatter a 1983 DHS record and place 2nd in the 400 free relay.  The same four girls also lowered their 200 medley relay standard and placed 5th.  Jessica Wurst, Emma Wulff, Haley Pierce, and Claire Tannen competed in the 200 free relay.  In the individual events, Allie Reiter placed 2nd in the 100 breast in an All-American consideration time and a new school record.  She also placed 7th in the 200 IM with another DHS record.  Laura Spratling placed 5th in the 100 free, lowering her school record from 2014.  She also placed 7th in the 50 free.  Kaleigh McGrady placed 15th in the 50 free and 14th in the 100 free.  Hannah Jane Robison placed 14th in the 100 fly and Emma Wulff placed 20th in the 100 breast. 

The girls team placed 4th in the 1-5A State Swimming and Diving meet, just one point shy of third place.  The DHS girls are the top 5A school in the State!

Congratulations to all!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Chesnut Charter Elementary Students Kick Off STEM Unit With Story Read
by Former First Lady Barbara Bush

Chesnut Charter Elementary School was selected to participate in Discovery Education’s “Reading Discovery Program,” featuring former First Lady Barbara Bush. On Thursday, January 29th, the school's 5th grade classes participated in a live recording via video streaming of Mrs. Bush reading excerpts from the book “Rushmore” by Lynn Curlee. This book covers a STEM topic about the engineering of Mount Rushmore, as well as American history from WWI to WWII.  The 5th grade’s participation in this event kicked off a new STEM unit on the engineering of Mount Rushmore. As part of this unit, the students will complete a National Park service lesson on the national monument taught through math and art concepts. The lesson focuses on geometry, algebra, measurement and data.