Thursday, April 28, 2016

Dunwoody's Halle Scott Loses Her Life in Automobile Accident

Halle's death has devastated the Dunwoody community, particularly former, and current, Dunwoody HS students and faculty.

Below are excerpts from an AJC article about Halle.  You can read the entire article at this link: http://www.myajc.com/news/news/local/halle-scott-19-was-someone-we-looked-up-to/nrDZ3/

When Halle Scott was a girl, this had been her church, with its tiny chapel radiant whenever light streamed through the amber windows arching high. It was like that Thursday, the little brick chapel of Dunwoody United Methodist Church glowing inside, every pew filled with mourners. Outside, the rest of the world went on with its lunchtime business, many oblivious to the grief contained in this little room. There was an uneasy silence inside, broken every now and then with the rip of tissues being pulled from small boxes to muffle sobs and dry tears.

There was no order of service for this memorial to Scott. The 19-year-old perished along with three fellow UGA students after their car crashed Wednesday night. A fifth friend is fighting for her life at Athens Regional Medical Center.

The events of the past 24 hours was too much to bear for former classmates and teachers from Dunwoody High School, who gathered to mourn Scott. One by one, kids in shorts and track shoes and adults with graying hair choked out prayers. They asked what people always ask whenever a teenager has to lay a peer to rest and a parent has to bury a child: Why?




Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Wesleyan Student, Grant Frerking, Wins the
Baylor Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award

 
Wesleyan student Grant Frerking has just won the Baylor Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
 
The junior created Metro Atlanta Pine Straw and Mulch, LLC about two years ago when he and two friends started using a pickup truck to install pine straw and mulch for neighbors. The business has grown exponentially since.  Frerking does his own invoices, hires his own workers, and even has the attention of a larger business, Swift Straw, who uses Frerking as a subcontractor.
 
 
Frerking maintains this business while also keeping good grades and playing football and basketball at Wesleyan School, a K-12 college preparatory school in Peachtree corners.
 
The Baylor Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award is designed to recognize students who are currently in high school and who are running new ventures. Each student submitted information about their company to Baylor where a panel of judges reviewed each business.
 
Grant was chosen as one of three finalists for the nationwide competition – the only from Georgia – and invited to attend the ceremony today, just hours ago he found out he won.

Round 1: DeKalb County School System Seconday School Planning & Feasibility Study

Click the following link to view the presentation as part of the Public Input meeting: http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/www/secondaryschoolfacilitystudy/wp-content/uploads/sites/66/2016/04/Public-Meeting-1_April_12_2016.pdf

You may also take the Stakeholder Survey for Round 1 by clicking the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16pxO8VWnMT0AFsGIYAKEFImx3mIN93SH1If1-sqL_YU/viewform

As per the presentation referenced above, these are the areas with the larges projected enrollment growth:



I have also included a chart which further documents the enrollment and capacity of each middle school and high school within the school district (as determined by MGT Consulting).  As the chart illustrates, there is a tremendous seat availability in Regions 4 and 5.

School Facility
Oct. 2015 Enrollment
Capacity (MGT)
Seats Available (+/-)
Region 1      
Chamblee Charter HS
1,377
1,810
433
Cross Keys HS
1,523
1,306
-217
Dunwoody HS
1,697
1,505
-192
Chamblee MS
937
1,114
177
Peachtree Charter MS
1,488
1,322
-166
Sequoyah MS
1,456
1,305
-151
     
-116
Region 2      
Druid Hills HS
1,279
1,425
146
Lakeside HS
2,133
1,756
-377
Tucker HS
1,824
1,747
-77
Druid Hills MS
919
1,251
332
Henderson MS
1,621
1,273
-348
Tucker MS
1,237
1,394
157
   
 
-167
Region 3      
Clarkston HS
1,642
1,270
-372
Redan HS
1,025
1,149
124
Stone Mountain HS
1,019
1,193
174
Stephenson HS
1,616
2,040
424
Freedom MS
1,201
1,446
245
Redan MS
730
1,160
430
Stephenson MS
1,016
1,429
413
Stone Mountain MS
953
1,272
319
     
1,757
Region 4      
Lithonia HS
1,418
1,416
-2
Miller Grove HS
1,501
1,832
331
M.L. King, JR HS
1,655
2,092
437
Southwest DeKalb HS
1,230
1,799
569
Chapel Hill MS
777
1,138
361
Lithonia MS
1,069
1,262
193
Miller Grove MS
956
1,195
239
Salem MS
1,057
1,299
242
   
 
2,370
Region 5      
Cedar Grove HS
1,083
1,240
157
Columbia HS
1,218
1,450
232
McNair HS
795
1,490
695
Towers HS
975
1,299
324
Bethune MS
844
1,459
615
Cedar Grove MS
787
1,335
548
Columbia MS
913
1,208
295
McNair MS
674
1,267
593
   
 
3,459
       

DCSD has yet to release the Facility Condition Assessment reports....waiting....

You can also read Cross Keys High School Teacher Rebekah Morris' blog post regarding facility planning for Region 1: https://georgianeducator.org/2016/04/09/dekalb-county-schools-redistricting-how-will-you-respond/

Tonight!!!
DeKalb County School System: Public Meetings for Secondary School Facility Planning & Feasibility Study
Round 1: Tuesday, April 12th @ Tucker HS
Important! Important!Important!


Okay, Dunwoody.....here's your chance to have input on solutions to the overcrowding of our schools.  Peachtree Charter MS is scheduled to  have 16 trailers the 2016-2017 school year. Read more at Stan Jester's latest blog: http://factchecker.stanjester.com/2016/03/6373/

The DeKalb County School District is conducting an assessment of its middle school and high school facilities to determine challenges and needs for the future.  This assessment is known as the Secondary School Facility Planning and Feasibility Study.

The study will identify the challenges and opportunities facing each middle school and high school, determine options to address the needs identified, and prepare regional master plans to implement the options. The regional master plans will be presented to the Board of Education for approval as input into the 2017-2022 E-SPLOST program.

The study will review feeder patterns, re-clustering attendance areas, additions to schools and new/replacement schools.

Five regional community meetings in three rounds for the public to participate in this process. Those dates are:

Round 1 (Gather input on the challenges and opportunities facing the region)
  • Tuesday April 12th at Tucker HS at 6:30pm
  • Thursday April 14th at Southwest DeKalb HS at 6:30pm
Round 2 (Present options for public input)
  • Tuesday May 10th at Dunwoody HS at 6:30pm
  • Thursday May 12th at McNair HS at 6:30pm
Round 3 (Present Recommended Plan)
  • Thursday, July 14th at AIC at 6:30pm
For more information please visit the website at: http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/www/secondaryschoolfacilitystudy/