Thursday, June 25, 2015

Volunteer for " Smart Lunch, Smart Kid" Event
Wednesday, June 24th, Dunwoody North Driving Club
Update: Pictures of the Event

Update:  "Friends of Chesnut" has posted pictures from the event on their Facebook Page:

Because we need to think of some uplifting news today.  h/t "Friends of Chesnut":

A couple of Chesnut parents have organized a lunch donation and packing event on June 24th at 11 am at the Dunwoody North Clubhouse. They have set up for patches for Boy and Girl Scouts who participate with either donations or packing or both! You do not have to be a scout or a member of Dunwoody North Driving Club to participate - all are welcome! Info below along with a sign up genius link.

11am on Wednesday, June 24. DNDC Clubhouse.

Dunwoody North Driving Club is located at 4522 Kingsgate Drive; Dunwoody, GA  30338

More than one million schoolchildren in Georgia receive free or reduced-price lunch, a crucial meal that disappears in the summer. Smart Lunch, Smart Kid mobilizes communities to ensure that these children are fed by taking lunch to them in their neighborhoods, as well as providing enrichment activities and mentoring opportunities. Since its inaugural summer in 2012, Smart Lunch, Smart Kid has served more than half a million lunches, with a goal of 250,000 in 2015.

Anyone is invited to join a group that has formed to pack lunches next Wednesday at 11am at the Dunwoody North Clubhouse. Community Service Patches are available for all participating scouts.

We will be asking for a $5 donation per person, or $10 per family, or donations of individually packaged applesauce, bottled water, fruit snack, dried fruit or fruit cups. Event should take approximately 1 hour. Our goal is to package 200 lunches for Thursday delivery.

Click on the following Sing-Up link to donate or help make lunches:

Monday, June 22, 2015

DeKalb Schools Facility Conditions Assesssment (Building SPACES)

And here we go again...4 years after MGT Consulting completed their Facility Conditions Assessment survey, DCSS is conducting another Facilities Assessment program called Building SPACES.  It appears this is all in planning for SPLOST V: to be voted on in November of 2016.

Press Release:

Click the following link for more information and the Facility Condition Assessment Site visits:

Monday, June 15, 2015

Stan Jester Asking for Comments on New Charter School Rules
Update: Charter School Policies Removed from 6/17 BOE Agenda

District 1 Board of Education representative Stan Jester is looking for comments concerning the new DeKalb School District Charter School Policies.  As many of you may be aware the Georgia Department of Education has indicated they will not approve any Charter school requests without those schools being granted full governance autonomy by their local school districts; We all know how DCSS feels about giving schools complete autonomy - see the Druid Hills Charter Cluster fiasco.

Stan Jester has provided the documents the Board will be reviewing at the June 17th called meeting.  Stan is also requesting comments.  These new rules will greatly affect 4 schools in the Dunwoody-Chamblee school cluster (Chesnut Charter ES, Kingsley Charter ES, Peachtree Charter MS, Chamblee Charter HS). 

Click on the following link to be directed to Stan's blog:
The following vague, non-specific statement from the proposed policy, in my opinion, allows the BOE to reject a Charter petition for any reason that they so desire.  How does the district and BOE determine what is "in the public interest"?
The Board shall not approve a charter petition unless the petition meets all legal requirements, and the Board deems the petition to be in the public interest.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

University of Georgia: Update to AP/IB Grade Weighting for 2016

h/t Edison Prep for the providing this information on their Facebook page.

For those interested in applying to the University of Georgia, the UGA Admissions blog is a good source of information:

"Ever since I have been at UGA (18 years or so), we have added .5 to every AP or IB grade during the calculation of the UGA GPA (excluding schools who add points to actual teacher grades on the transcript). In a review of the weighting practices of a large number of high schools with which we work, we have seen a growing trend of schools adding 7 to 10 points to every AP/IB teacher grade, so that an 85 in AP Biology becomes a 92 or 95 on the actual transcript. In light of these changing high school policies, UGA is changing the weighting policy for the applicant pool for 2016 and beyond and will be adding 1 point to each AP/IB grade in our calculation of a GPA. In practice, this means that if a student makes a B in AP Biology, this would count as a 4.0 (3.0 + 1.0) in our GPA calculation process.

The University of Georgia values students challenging themselves in rigorous high school courses, as the best way to prepare yourself for college courses is to challenge yourself in the high school classroom. We encourage students to take the strongest courses possible in which they can still be successful, and we want to recognize this in how we calculate a GPA. We will continue to add weight only to AP or IB grades, as these are nationally and internationally standardized. We will also continue to review the strength of every applicant's curriculum within the context of their school's offerings separate from our GPA calculation, where we will review all core courses a student takes, be they AP, IB, Honors, DE, Accelerated, CP, etc.

While this is not a huge change, and the past policy of adding .5 for every AP/IB grade worked very well, we felt making this change would help address the growing shift in grade policies by a number of high schools."