Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A Note From Chesnut Charter ES School Principal
Response to Dunwoody Village Apartment Fire Victims


via Friends of Chesnut Facebook page

Dear Chesnut Families and Community Supporters:

As I sit down to write this note, I am reminded of a quote by Helen Keller: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for the outpouring of support you have shown the Blaise and Roach families in these days following the tragic fire that destroyed their homes and their belongings.

This morning I was joined by Ms. Quintans and Ms. Eckard representing the PTC and Ms. Sadler and Mr. Pryor, representing the faculty and staff, as we delivered to the families more than $5000 in gift cards, as well as a substantial collection of clothing and toys.
 
It has been completely heartwarming to see the strong shower of support from Chesnut families, faculty and staff. In addition, we saw individuals from subdivisions feeding into other Dunwoody schools show up to Chesnut with contributions, and friends, families and others throughout Dunwoody, metro Atlanta and other states who heard about this terrible misfortune also contributed generously.

Once again, thank you. Please stay safe and enjoy a happy new year.

Veronica Williams
Principal


My Note:  A GoFund Me page has been setup for the Blaise family.  Click on the link if you wish to donate:  https://www.gofundme.com/8vfuz7bg.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Georgian Educator: Trailers in DeKalb Schools


Rebecca Cohen Morris, a teacher at Cross Keys High School, hosts a blog, the Georgian Educator, which, in my opinion, is a must read for DeKalb County School System stakeholders.

Two recent blog posts highlight the deplorable conditions found with many of the "portable classrooms" used at many DeKalb Schools. 

Click on the following links to read the posts by Ms. Morris.

http://georgianeducator.org/2015/12/19/pictures-of-trailers-in-dekalb-schools/

http://georgianeducator.org/2015/11/17/cross-keys-trailers-need-help/

Thursday, December 17, 2015

2015 DeKalb County School System Advanced Placement Test Scores

The chart below summarizes the Advanced Placement (AP) test scores for all DeKalb County School System high schools for the 2015 school year as reported by the Governors Office of Student Achievement.  (note:  I calculated the % of Tests scoring 3 or Above - that was not part of the GOSA data).

School Name 
# of Students Taking   Test
# of AP Tests Taken
# of Tests Scoring 3 or Higher
% Tests Scoring 3 or Higher
Arabia Mountain High School 
233
308
85
28%
Cedar Grove High School
176
246
11
4%
Chamblee Charter High School
472
1044
770
74%
Clarkston High School
134
181
18
10%
Columbia High School
113
151
29
19%
Cross Keys High School
171
234
56
24%
DeKalb Early College Academy
26
27
11
41%
DeKalb High School of Technology-South
1
     
DeKalb School of the Arts
140
246
173
70%
Druid Hills High School
326
538
246
46%
Dunwoody High School
496
951
636
67%
Elizabeth Andrews High School
13
13
   
Fernbank Science Center
2
     
Lakeside High School
654
1128
666
59%
Lithonia High School
143
181
22
12%
Martin Luther King, Jr. High School
167
207
8
4%
Miller Grove High School
104
115
16
14%
Redan High School
84
93
1
1%
Southwest DeKalb High School
257
365
121
33%
Stephenson High School
267
329
39
12%
Stone Mountain High School
94
120
25
21%
Towers High School
123
154
3
2%
Tucker High School
377
559
110
20%

I have also included a breakdown by AP Subject for Dunwoody High School and Chamblee Charter High School.  Click on the following link to view a breakdown for all DeKalb County high schools:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw_Hnco-5lveLWh2UGU0aDdyWXc/view?usp=sharing

**Note:  The chart indicates the Economic AP Test was "Micro",  should be "Macro". 

School Name 
Name of AP Test
# of Students Taking Test
# of AP Tests Taken
Tests with Scores of 3 or higher
% of Tests with Scores of 3 or Higher
Dunwoody High School ALL Subjects
496
951
636
67%
  Art: Studio 2-D Design
16
16
14
  Art: Studio Drawing
3
   
  Biology
5
   
 
Calculus A
27
27
1
 
Calculus BC
18
18
6
  Chemistry
44
44
17
  Computer Science A
14
14
7
  Economics: Micro
118
118
80
  Eng. Language & Comp
49
49
46
  Eng. Literature & Comp
57
57
40
  Environmental Science
54
54
16
  European History
16
16
12
 
French Language
4
   
  Geography: Human
75
75
61
  Gov. & Pol. Comp
21
21
17
  Gov. & Pol. U.S.
62
62
42
  Latin: Vergil
11
11
5
  Music Theory
4
   
 
Physics 1
44
44
17
 
Physics C: Mechanics
2
   
  Psychology
118
118
93
 
Spanish Language
46
46
43
  Spanish Literature
4
   
  Statistics
37
37
21
 
U.S. History
24
24
17
  World History
78
78
65
         
Chamblee Charter High School
ALL Subjects
472
1044
770
74%
  Art: Studio 2-D Design
19
19
19
  Art: Studio Drawing
4
   
  Biology
43
43
39
  Calculus A
24
24
24
  Calculus BC
28
28
28
  Chemistry
15
15
8
 
Computer Science A
28
28
16
  Economics: Macro
19
19
17
  Economics: Micro
75
75
56
  Eng. Language & Comp
134
134
77
  Eng. Literature & Comp
44
44
34
 
Environmental Science
40
40
26
 
Geography: Human
129
129
98
  German Language
45
45
45
  Gov. & Pol. U.S.
20
20
20
  Music Theory
7
   
  Physics 1
51
51
23
  Physics 2
1
   
  Physics C: Elec & Magnetism
7
   
  Physics C: Mechanics
11
11
10
  Psychology
81
81
58
 
Spanish Language
9
   
  Statistics
20
20
19
  U.S. History
61
61
54
  World History
129
129
74