Monday, September 28, 2015

Wesleyan School Receives 2015 Strength of America Award

 
The National Strength and Conditioning Association and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition have just named Wesleyan School a 2015 Strength of America award winner.
 
The school, located in Gwinnett County, competed with hundreds of eligible institutions for the recognition of an elite high school strength and conditioning program. Strength of America officials looked at four major categories when measuring schools: supervision, education, program, and facilities. 



Wesleyan School leaders made the commitment to hire Dustin Wolf as a full-time strength coach last year as part of their commitment to provide extraordinary resources and believe this award is a testament to the school’s overall dedication to students.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Wesleyan School Nominates Johns Creek Senior, Hannah Peterson, for Jefferson Scholars Competition


Wesleyan is delighted to announce that Hannah Peterson, Johns Creek, has been selected by a faculty committee as our nominee for this year’s Jefferson Scholars competition. High schools across the country are asked to select one senior to participate. Approximately 1750 students will be nominated by their schools, and one hundred and twenty of those students will be selected as finalists. Last year, thirty-four students were selected as Jefferson Scholars.

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation seeks to attract the most promising scholars to the University of Virginia. Nominees are chosen according to the following guidelines:

“The Foundation seeks to find high school seniors who possess exceptional ability in leadership and scholarship and who show promise of making a significant contribution to the University community as students and to society at large as graduates. We ask that you nominate the student who best exemplifies the Jeffersonian ideals of leadership, scholarship, and citizenship.”

Congratulations to Hannah and her family for this outstanding accomplishment.

Wesleyan School Nominates Duluth Senior, Anna Brown, for Morehead-Cain Scholarship




Wesleyan is pleased to announce that Anna Brown has been selected by a faculty committee to serve as Wesleyan’s nominee for the Morehead-Cain Scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Nominating schools from around the country will nominate over 2100 students, and about 125 students will be selected as finalists. Last year, 56 students were selected as Morehead-Cain Scholars.

The Morehead-Cain Foundation seeks to find competitive applicants for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who demonstrate moral force of character, scholarship, physical vigor, and leadership. The award is based solely upon merit.

Congratulations to Anna and her family for this outstanding accomplishment!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Wesleyan School Student and Dunwoody Resident, William Lee
Earns Elite, National AP Scholar Recognition



Wesleyan School is thrilled to share William Lee, class of 2015, is now recognized as a National AP Scholar!

The Dunwoody teen earned the elite recognition by scoring a 4 or 5 on all eight AP exams he took during his high school career – with an impressive overall AP exam average of 4.88.

The AP Program recognizes high school students who have demonstrated outstanding college-level achievement through AP courses and exams with the AP Scholar Awards. During the past five years, Wesleyan School has had 3 National AP Scholars with William becoming the third. 

William was the salutatorian of the class of 2015. He is now studying at the University of Pennsylvania.
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The AP Program recognizes high school students who have with the AP Scholar Awards. Although there is no monetary award, each award-winning student receives a certificate, and the award is acknowledged on any AP score report that is sent to colleges after the award has been conferred.

In May of 2015, 213 Wesleyan High School students took a record 329 AP exams:

·        62 of these students received an AP Scholar award.
·        35 students received the AP Scholar award for earning a score of 3 or better on 3 or more AP exams throughout their high school career.
·        11 students received the AP Scholar with Honor award for earning a score of 3 or better on 4 or more exams and having an overall AP exam average of at least 3.25.
·        16 students earned the AP Scholar with Distinction award for earning a score of 3 or higher on 5 or more exams and having an overall AP exam average of at least 3.5.

Wesleyan is fully accredited by the South Association of Colleges and Schools and the Southern Association of Independent Schools.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

DeKalb County School Students Named 2016 National Merit Semifinalists

Congratulations to all students (and their teachers)!!!

"About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors."

Chamblee Charter HS Aomeng Cui
  Malhar B. Kute
  William A. Linde
  Kishore Nathan
  Yalini Senthil Kumar
  Rachel Solomon
  Lee-Kai Sun
  Vaibhav S. Vasudevan
  Samuel C. Williams
  Devin Yu
   
Dunwoody HS Ryan A. Polk
  Parul Rai
  Paul I. Weinshenker
   
Lakeside High Sri S. Bhat
  Stephanie D. Blough
  Rishi N. Chakraborty
  Alexandra McClintock
  Simola Nayak

Click the following link to view all State of Georgia Semifinalists: http://internet.savannah.chatham.k12.ga.us/Lists/Announcements/Attachments/884/16%20GA%20Semifinalists-NatlMeritProgram.pdf

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Proposal to Address Over-Capacity Issues in Cross Keys Cluster

Listed below is the link to DeKalb School District's presentation with regards to the Over-Capacity Issues in the Cross Keys HS Cluster. 

http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/www/news-and-events/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2015/09/CrossKeys_PublicMeeting_20150914_1145.pdf

A review of Tuesday's meeting at Cross Keys HS can be found here: http://brookhavenpost.co/dekalb-schools-leaders-say-overcrowding-in-cross-keys-cluster-must-be-dealt-with-now/33431/

As Superintendent Green stated in the last BOE meeting, this presentation is just a "conversation starter".  The final decision to address the over-capacity may look entirely different than what is presented in this document. 

And yes, redistricting in the Northern part of the county is one recommendation. 

So, Dunwoody, yes we have capacity issues as well, but nothing compares to what these children face each day.  Yes, Dunwoody, we know the over-capacity issues we face are the fault of DCSS.  The administration was told prior to the construction of the new PCMS building that their future enrollment projections were way off.  The administration was advised to build a larger middle school and that idea was rejected.  Six years later - a trailer village now exists at PCMS. Yes, Dunwoody, we are aware that Dunwoody HS has yet to receive any type of major remodel/classroom additions despite years of over-capacity. Yes, we know most of the elementary schools in the Dunwoody cluster are, and have been, over-capacity for years. 

However, let's view everything in perspective. The Cross Keys cluster was virtually abandoned by DCSS.  If not for the work of Kim Gokce, this community would more likely than not still be ignored by DCSS.  I hope Dr. Green makes good on his intent, and promise, to do better by this community. 

This is what the children of the Cross Keys cluster face each school day:


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

AJC: Kittredge Magnet School Teacher, Mrs. Oltman To Fly & Help with NASA Research



By Marlon A. Walker - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In the middle of the night, flying at 40,000 feet, April Whitt expects a better view of the gas surrounding stars and the surface of planets than she’s seen from the Fernbank Science Center’s telescope.

Whitt and Susan Oltman, a sixth-grade science teacher at Kittredge Magnet School will head to California in about a week to observe space and participate in experiments with NASA scientists as part of NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy program.

The best part of their weeklong mission, Oltman said, is being able to share what she learns with her sixth-grade science students at Kittredge Elementary School.

“I’m just excited about having some real world connections with the students,” she said. “And who gets the opportunity to fly with NASA? I’m thrilled.”

Oltman and Whitt, an astronomer at the science center, were selected as one of 14 two-person teams to participate in this third year of a 20-year project giving educators a chance to observe and participate in high-level experiments.

Click the following link to read the remainder of the article:  http://www.myajc.com/news/news/local-education/dekalb-teachers-to-fly-help-with-nasa-research/nnXr6/

How One School Is Battling The Loneliness Epidemic - "Just Say Hello"

As someone who was extremely shy and introverted as a child, I love this idea! A simple "hello" would go a long way towards making someone's day. 

 


Posted: 09/03/2015 08:03 AM EDT | Edited: 09/03/2015 04:40 PM EDT

Loneliness is a growing epidemic, with studies showing that as many as one in five Americans are suffering in silence. For many, the hurt goes much deeper than a temporary pang -- Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports that loneliness has a dramatic impact on your health and can literally make you sick.

To combat loneliness around the country, Skype and O, The Oprah Magazine launched the Just Say Hello campaign last year; the project encourages everyday connection by simply speaking up and saying "hello." As simple as it may sound, research shows that taking time to connect can help us live healthier, happier lives.

Now the campaign has made its way into schools. Carr Fullagar, a teacher at Cape Fear Academy in Wilmington, NC, says the movement has made a profound impact on his students.

"We told our kids, 'All we're asking you to do is find someone you don't know real well, or a friend you haven't connected with in a while, and just say 'hello' to them,'" he says.

The school created "Just Say Hello" cards and encouraged students to write down the names of classmates they said hello to and bring it back at the end of the week. "And we could see exactly how far the 'hello's' had gone," Fullagar says.

The school's playground now has a dedicated "Buddy Bench," where students are able to sit if they're ever feeling lonely. "And so the other kids around know that if they see a student sitting on that bench that they should go over and join them and have a conversation," Fullagar says.

The effect, he says, has been positive. "Fortunately, we don't see a whole lot of kids sit on it every day, but when they do sit on the bench, it's really a powerful conversation that we see take place."

The movement has even gone global, with Fullagar using video chat to connect his classroom with other students around the world. "We've Skyped with people in Australia, in Africa, in Europe," he says. Sometimes the students get a long, lengthy lesson with their peers -- while other times, Fullagar says,  it's just about taking those quick two minutes to say a friendly "hello."

Learn more about the Just Say Hello campaign.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Class of 2015 DeKalb County School System SAT Scores

The Georgia Department of Education has released the 2015 SAT Scores: http://www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/communications/Documents/2015%20SAT-%20school%20level.xlsx

Many DCSS schools saw tremendous gains from 2014 to 2015.  While nationwide and in the State of Georgia participation in the SAT increased, the number of DCSS students taking the SAT significantly decreased.  Any ideas?

DCSS High School
# of Test Takers (2015)
Critical Reading Mean 
Math Mean
Writing Mean
Total Score (2015)
# of Test Takers (2014)
Total Score 2014
+/- (2014 vs 2015)
United States
17,000,000
495
511
484
1490
1,670,000
1497
-7
State of Georgia
72,898
490
485
475
1450
73626
1445
+5
DeKalb Schools
3,987
451
443
437
1331
5,635
1228
+103
Arabia Mountain
282
465
434
442
1341
320
1365
-24
Cedar Grove
111
399
392
390
1181
195
1123
+58
Chamblee Charter
236
559
556
548
1663
334
1501
+162
Clarkston 
170
382
388
370
1140
301
1060
-20
Columbia
160
394
387
385
1166
248
1126
+40
Cross Keys
54
444
455
425
1324
168
1130
+194
DeKalb Early College
87
497
482
471
1450
44
1486
-36
DeKalb School of the Arts
58
590
541
591
1722
69
1645
+77
Druid Hills
264
474
464
462
1400
316
1324
+76
Dunwoody
280
527
507
516
1550
341
1434
+116
Elizabeth Andrews
14
352
327
352
1031
52
944
+87
Gateway to College
7
440
403
426
1269
6
1336
-67
Lakeside
347
528
518
514
1560
389
1464
+96
Lithonia
159
402
399
396
1197
257
1136
+61
Martin Luther King, Jr.
223
403
387
390
1180
383
1113
+67
McNair 
68
388
385
377
1150
141
1042
+108
Miller Grove
233
410
401
398
1209
331
1132
+77
Redan
106
417
414
409
1240
236
1113
+127
Southwest DeKalb
221
438
429
430
1297
294
1232
+65
Stephenson
291
425
425
400
1250
369
1187
+63
Stone Mountain
144
405
410
394
1209
238
1107
+102
Towers
123
390
403
375
1168
175
1042
+126
Tucker
293
437
447
425
1309
365
1255
+54