Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Congratulations to the DeKalb County School Students Selected For the
2016 Governor's Honors Program

Victoria Armstrong-Mensah DeKalb School of the Arts Visual Arts
Yusuf Azizi Cross Keys High School Social Studies
Sharadindu Biswas Chamblee Charter High School Engineering ( Design)
Natalie Clark Dunwoody High School Communicative Arts
John Courtney Lakeside High School Engineering (Mechanical)/Mechatronics)
Kefai Debebe Clarkston High School Social Studies
Brian Hanks Dunwoody High School Mathematics
Elise Harwell Tucker High School Social Studies
Casey Herring DeKalb School of the Arts Visual Arts
Christopher Hoang Tucker High School Communicative Arts
Clare Hunter Lakeside High School Engineering (Software)
Ria Joshi Dunwoody High School World Languages (Spanish)
Brian Kang Chamblee Charter High School Mathematics
Seaira Lett Druid Hills High School World Languages (Spanish)
Ava Maalouf DeKalb School of the Arts Music: Voice: Alto
Manav Mathews Chamblee Charter High School World Languages (German)
Mia Matrazzo Chamblee Charter High School Visual Arts
Erin McDuffie Dunwoody High School Communicative Arts
Mary McKean Lakeside High School Visual Arts
Mia Mercaldo Lakeside High School Dance
Rohan Narendra Dunwoody High School Social Studies
Isabella Sadek Chamblee Charter High School Engineering (Design)
Sakshi Sehgal Chamblee Charter High School World Languages (German)
Isabel Wargowsky Lakeside High School Science
Robert Watson Dunwoody High School Communicative Arts
Corey Williams Chamblee Charter High School Music: Music Brass: Trumpet
Catherine Willingham Chamblee Charter High School Music: Woodwind:Bassoon
Ryan Wirtz Dunwoody High School Social Studies
Benjamin Wolfson Chamblee Charter High School Science
Erin Woo Chamblee Charter High School Communicative Arts

Click the following link to view all students selected for the 2016 Governor's Honors Program: https://gosa.georgia.gov/sites/gosa.georgia.gov/files/2016%20GHP%20Finalists%20Posting.pdf

Congratulations to Matt Bieber of Dunwoody High School
Selected as a 2016 Georgia Scholar

Note: Matt was the only DeKalb County School District student selected as a Georgia Scholar.

March 24, 2016 – A total of 151 graduating seniors from schools across Georgia have been recognized as 2016 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 Excellence Recognition Office and 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.

“I offer my sincere congratulations to each of our 2016 Georgia Scholars,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods. “These students have worked extremely hard and have engaged with all aspects of the educational process, with the result that they are truly ready to learn, ready to live, and ready to lead. They have exemplary academic performance but they’ve also gained soft skills by taking on leadership roles within their schools and communities. I am confident we will hear great things about their accomplishments in the near future.”

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.

Click the following link to view the names of all 2016 Georgia Scholars: http://www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/communications/Pages/PressReleaseDetails.aspx?PressView=default&pid=423

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Peachtree Charter Middle School Destination Imagination Team
Takes 1st Place at Georgia Affiliate Tournament
Qualifies for International Finals

Team members are (L-R): Joanna Zhu, Nathan Kleber, Kira Slevin, Sophie Scinta, Ryan Friedenberg, Colton Letbetter

Zé Pretzel People, the Destination Imagination team from Peachtree Charter Middle School, took first place in their division at the Georgia Affiliate Tournament in March.

The win qualifies them to compete at D.I. Global Finals, an international event that draws thousands of children from more than a dozen countries. Destination Imagination is a problem-solving program which teaches children to develop creative solutions to open-ended challenges requiring artistic skill, technical innovation and teamwork.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Viewpoint: SPLOST IV: Local School Priority Requests
"A Promise Not Kept by DeKalb County Schools"

As DeKalb County citizens look to the SPLOST V vote on May 24th, the following slideshow was submitted by a reader of this blog who is concerned that SPLOST IV promises have not been kept by the DeKalb County School System.  

To scroll through the presentation, use the forward arrow key at the bottom left hand side of the presentation. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Updated: Dunwoody Cluster Facility Educational Adequacy Assessment Reports & Capacity Data

**The Chart below has been updated to reflect the capacity data of each school:
Though it is fair to be skeptical about the MGT Capacity numbers (DCSD had to go back and recalulate the 2010 capacity numbers by MGT), it's nice to see sanity return to the capacity at Chesnut ES.
In preparation for possible SPLOST V planning, the DeKalb School District has published the most recent Facility Educational Adequacy Assessment Report for each facility.

FEAA Score (2016)
FEAA Score (2011)
MGMT Capacity (2016)
DCSD Capacity (Fall of 2015)
Austin Elementary
Chesnut Elementary
Dunwoody Elementary
Hightower Elementary
Kingsley Elementary
Vanderlyn Elementary
Peachtree Charter Middle
Dunwoody High 
What is the Facility Educational Adequacy Assessment Report? 

Specially-trained consultants (former principals and other educators) will evaluate each school building looking at how well the facility supports the educational programs in the school: e.g., is each science classroom equip with appropriate storage space, lab tables and safety equipment? Community members will be invited by the principal to observe this assessment.

The Building S.P.A.C.E.S Team will meet at the school to conduct the assessment which includes all instructional spaces, administration, cafeteria, other support spaces, outside spaces, including the play/fields, parking, traffic, and signage.  The assessment also includes a review of school safety. The school principal will invite the parent/teacher association (PTA) or parent/teacher organization (PTO)president, another parent, a teacher, and their plant engineer to participate in the site visit.

Click on the school name below to view the Facility Education Report. 

To view other DCSD facilities click on the following link: http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/www/operations/data/

Austin Elementary
Chesnut Elementary (link to Chesnut is not working at this time)
Dunwoody Elementary
Hightower Elementary
Kingsley Elementary
Vanderlyn Elementary
Peachtree Charter Middle School
Dunwoody High School

To view the 2011 Facility Assessment, Educational Adequacy and Capacity Reports for each school click on the following link:  http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/www/operations/2011-archived-assessments/

Monday, March 14, 2016

Congratulations to the Dunwoody High and Chamblee High
Star Students and Star Teachers

On March 9th, the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce held their annual luncheon to honor the 2016 PAGE Star Student/Star Teachers from the DeKalb County School District.  The PAGE STAR program honors Georgia's highest achieving high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development.

Parul Rai was named Star Student from Dunwoody High School and she named Mr. Bryan Boucher as her Star Teacher.

Mr. Bryan Boucher and Parul Rai of Dunwoody HS
photo courtesy of DeKalb Chamber of Commerce

Chamblee Charter HS Star Student is Ameong C and she selected Ms. Adrienne Keathley as her Star Teacher. 

CCHS Principal Sauce, Ameong and Ms. Keathley
photo courtesy of DeKalb Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Peachtree Charter Middle School Students Place 3rd
at Regional Math Counts Competition

Congratulations to the PCMS Math Counts team for their 3rd place win at last week's regional Math Counts competition.
Special congratulations to the following students who have qualified for the state competition at Georgia Tech on 3/21:

Piranavaskanthan Abeykaran
Justin Heo
Zain Salim
The MATHCOUNTS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that strives to engage middle school students of all ability and interest levels in fun, challenging math programs, in order to expand their academic and professional opportunities. Middle school students exist at a critical juncture in which their love for mathematics must be nurtured, or their fear of mathematics must be overcome. MATHCOUNTS provides students with the kinds of experiences that foster growth and transcend fear to lay a foundation for future success.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Dunwoody High School Speech Team Wins State Championships!

In its very first year, the Dunwoody High Speech team has won two state championships at the 2016 GFCA Speech and Debate State Championship. Chloe Kahn is the Dramatic Interpretation state champion and Zack Humphries is the Humorous Interpretation state champion. Both students were also awarded the 2016 GFCA Novice of the Year for each of these events. Chloe and Zack also took 4th place in Duo Interpretation and both won Novice of the Year for Duo Interpretation.

Other successes include Caroline White who received the 3rd place trophy in Dramatic Interpretation and John Spalding, 6th place, also in Dramatic Interpretation

Monday, March 7, 2016

Dunwoody High School Speech and Debate National Qualifiers

Courtesy of Dunwoody HS Newsletter:

Congrats to Dunwoody Wildcats Patrick Clinch, John Spalding, and Chloe Kahn for their success at National Qualifying tournament held at Grady High. At the National Speech and Debate National Championship in Salt Lake City, Patrick will compete in Humorous Interpretation as will John Spalding in Dramatic Interpretation. Chloe Kahn serves as first alternate in Dramatic Interpretation. -

Dunwoody High School JV Academic Team Takes 1st Place
at State Championship Tournament

Congratulations to the Dunwoody High School JV Academic Team for their State Championship at the GATA JV State Tournament for their respective class size.  

All results can be found at the following link:    https://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=6577

Courtesy of DHS News: 

The JV Academic Team is the Division 3 JV State Champs. The Team of Sophomores Jacob Starks, Seth Mays and Alex Eldridge, Freshman Mattias Andrew, Nathan Stefanik, Noah Covey and Leighton Chen went 10-1 for the day. Their day eventually came down to a nail-biting final against North Atlanta, who they were ultimately victorious against.

Other local schools with divisional championships are Chamblee High School and Marist.