Monday, November 13, 2017

**Updated With Vickie Turner's Response**
Commentary: "Hypocrisy & Posturing (an open letter)"

I was requested to post the following open letter to Board of Education members Dr. Joyce Morley and Mrs. Vickie Turner.  Just my humble opinion...this letter is "spot on".  
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Dr. Morley and Mrs. Turner,

I am watching the video of Monday's work session and am compelled to comment that the complaints you made about the condition of schools are "rich." Schools are better maintained now than they have been in the last twelve years. Of course, neither of you has had children in DeKalb County Schools so you wouldn't know that. 

Where were the complaints about leaking roofs, dirty floors, nasty bathrooms, potholes in parking lots, and lack of maintenance when Mr. Thurmond was superintendent? When stakeholders came before you with those concerns, you ignored them. It is as if, after four years, you suddenly walked into schools for the first time. I know that to not be true because I have been at community meetings with you. 

As an observer of the BOE, it is ridiculously hypocritical of you to publicly criticize Dr. Green for the condition of the schools when you have done nothing in the last four years to support stakeholders who have come to you with the same complaints. Perhaps, you would do better to "stay in your lane" and let the professionals do their jobs. 

Mr. Williams has said repeatedly that it is up to the BOE to allocate money for maintenance, deferred maintenance, and preventive maintenance. Yet, I have only once heard a board member ask for more money in the budget for these things. Thank you Dr. Erwin. Isn't it hypocritical to deny Mr. Williams the resources to do his job, then complain about the quality of the job he does?

My observation is the BOE has not directed Dr. Green to make facility maintenance a priority. You have chosen to point out what every parent in the county has seen for the last decade as if it is his fault. It isn't. 

That said, Dr. Green's idea of adding the condition of the schools to the principal's evaluation is a bad idea. They have no control over what work orders are completed. As shown with Midvale Elementary, sometimes it takes 18 months or more for requested repairs to be done. What can a principal do other than keep submitting work orders. There is no accountability within the Operations Department for actually completing work orders. Realize the average length of time for a work order to be completed is still in excess of 30 days. It would make more sense to put the accountability in the department whose responsibility it is to do the maintenance. 

Why is the "General Administration" line of the budget not fit for discussion. If you look at page 6 of the financial report it is obvious the administration has spent in excess of $220,000 more year-to-date than in FY '17. At this pace, it will be more than $1 million more by the end of the fiscal year. How is this contributing to educating children? If you want to make Dr. Green look bad to generate more negative stories in the press, at least bother to read the financial reports and choose something he has control over. 

How come nobody asked Dr. Bell why more than $35 million dollars was expensed to prior year? Why are invoices held for more than 90 days and then paid in July and August? My guess is, if the $35 million dollars were paid in a timely manner, the end of year balance would not look so good. This is "cooking the books" and needs to stop. 

Now that you know the extent of the lack of substitute teachers, will you please share the breakdown and comparison data with stakeholders? Please direct the superintendent to develop a plan to address the lack of substitute teachers. 

Also, I laughed out loud when I heard Mr. Patrick say he was trying to get information from other districts without paying for it. DeKalb won't release that information without requiring stakeholders to pay for it. I think I was asked to pay $75 the last time I submitted an ORR for substitute vacancy reports. 

I brought this issue to Superintendent Thurmond's attention and he chose to ignore it. Then, he denied he was aware of it when asked about it. This is not a new problem. The BOE received this same substitute teacher information during the last school year. However, this topic was not brought up in any public BOE meeting. Why not? Why was there no follow up?  

Your discussion as to the cause for teacher absences was not helpful. According to the 2016-17 Balanced Scorecard the absentee rate for classroom teachers was 5.93% which met the stated goal. Absenteeism is not the problem.  

The problems is Human Capital Management fails to adequately plan for teacher absences. That needs to change. DeKalb County needs a professional human resources director who has a track record of managing a large school district. Where is the district in the search for an human resources director? 

The 2011 Human Resources Audit recommended outsourcing most HR functions, including substitute teachers. After six years of continued, and repeated failures, perhaps it is time to revisit that recommendation. 

I expect better behavior from BOE members. Please, before you try to make Dr. Green look bad, consider your own behavior and attitudes before Dr. Green came to the district. None of the issues discussed on Monday is new. You chose to ignore them for years.  Trying to score points at Dr. Green's expense, now, is hypocritical. 
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Vickie Turner's reply...a total affront to Kirk Lunde who is one of the most involved DCSD parents I know of....Kirk has spoken at many Community Input sessions at the monthly BOE meetings.  It seems as if Mrs. Turner pays no attention to the citizen comments...Shame on your attitude Mrs. Turner.


Mr. Lunde

Thank for your observation, as you have a right to express. I am choosing to address your assertion that my intention is to make Dr. Green “look bad”, this could not be further from the truth. My goal is to shine a light, to give a clarion call on the problems that I see and when I see them to anyone and everyone that has a desire to work to make DeKalb schools better. Now, what I will suggest to you, as I will to All stakeholders, get involved in the solution and make our district better, as I try to do. You have a right to express your opinions of which you have done so frequently during my tenure, and I suspect you will continue. I too plan to continue to serve this school district in the manner in which I do, that is with determination, diligence and commitment for us to be the BEST that our students deserve. The challenges are many but I remain hopeful. We are making strides and I know that this can be attributed to our collaboration with the Superintendent, his staff and the BOE.

I believe this is the first time that I have responded to your emails, and I suspect it might be the last time as the needs of my community demand my time and energy be spent where I am most needed, Serving.
Kindly,
Mrs. Turner
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Community Memorial Service for Lee Ann Brunson, December 4th at 7:00 pm, Kingswood United Methodist Church

Chesnut community and neighbors, we will have a community memorial service for Ms. Brunson on Monday, December 4th at 7 pm at Kingswood United Methodist Church.

Students and former students are welcome to attend. Please bring only children who are old enough to sit relatively quietly during a service.

We are still looking to collect photos and videos of Ms Brunson and her students throughout the years. The photos/ videos will be a part of a slideshow we will create for her memorial service. The slideshow will be shared online, but the names of students will not be a part of it.

If you have photos to share, please email them to kellywhixon@gmail.com with the subject line "Ms Brunson." Thank you in advance for your help in creating the slideshow.
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When John Heneghan posted this announcement last evening it took me a few seconds and few re-reads of his headline to realize that this smiling face looking back at me had died.  I was simply devastated.  Ms. Brunson taught 2nd grade during my childrens' years at Chesnut.  She always had a smile for the Chesnut students and parents.  I saw her a few times over the years, mostly to buy one of her art pieces to give as a gift, and she never failed to ask how my girls were doing, what colleges they a were attending, etc.  She will be terribly missed in our community.


Chesnut & entire Dunwoody Community mourns the loss of Ms. Lee Ann Brunson, Art Teacher / ArtLab

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Chamblee Charter High School - 1st Construction Advisory Committee (CAC)
Meeting, Monday, November 13th @ 5:00

Ugh...the madness begins for the CCHS community.  Just so unnecessary.  It is my understanding that Public comments will be allowed from stakeholders at this meeting. CCHS stakeholders, especially those from feeder schools, please plan to attend and provide your feedback.  For further information on CAC's, click on the following link: http://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/e-splost/files/2017/03/CAC_Overview_PGCS_20170328.pdf
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Please make plans to attend the first meeting of the CCHS Construction Advisory Committee. It will be held on Monday, November 13, at 5:00 pm in the CCHS Media Center.

A CAC has been established by DCSD for the addition of buildings to house 600 additional students at CCHS. Stakeholders from feeder schools are encouraged to attend and make their views known to the CAC. The architect has been chosen and the design process is underway.

The CCHS CAC is chaired by CCHS Governing Board member, Mr. Joe Manusakis. 
CAC members are:

Mr. Joe Manusakis, CAC Chair, CCHS Governing Board
Ms. Kathy Wilson-Chu, CCHS Governing Board Chair
Mr. Scott Carter, CCHS parent, graduate, Architect
Ms. Joanne Watkins, CCHS parent, Realtor, School Board Liaisons Committee
Mr. Pat Williams, CCHS parent, graduate, athletics and other CCHS volunteer
Ex-officio member Ms. Becky Braaten, CCHS Principal

Friday, November 3, 2017

DeKalb County School District Region 1 CCRPI Scores and Enrollment Data

The Georgia Department of Education has released the 2017 CCCRPI Scores.

I have provided a chart below with the scores for Region 1 and also the ethnic enrollment data.

Dunwoody Mom's "Kudos for 2017 Award" goes to Chesnut Elementary, and its very diverse student population, as they recorded an 18.7 point increase in their 2017 CCRPI score over 2016.  Great job Cougars!!

Kingsley Elementary, with a 60% Hispanic population, continues to impress - recording another increase in their CCRPI score to 81.5.

With the exception of Hightower Elementary, all schools within the Dunwoody cluster and Chamblee cluster recorded scores above the DCSD and State CCRPI scores.

Cross Keys High School recorded CCRPI scores above both the DCSD and State CCRPI scores.

Click on the following link to view all CCRPI data:  http://ccrpi.gadoe.org/2017/

Note:  An "*" indicates there are less than 15 students in this category.

FTE Data can be found at the following link:  https://oraapp.doe.k12.ga.us/ows-bin/owa/fte_pack_ethnicsex_pub.entry_form

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Dunwoody High School GAME ON! Capital Campaign Ways to Give
100 Day Challenge


Hello, Devoted Friends of Dunwoody High School!
Only several months after our initial kick-off, GAME ON! is still on! Progress is happening! Please accept our invitation to join the GAME ON! Capital Campaign’s 100-Day Challenge.
As the completion of Phase 1 draws near, the GAME ON! Committee members were excited to be on hand to shovel the first dirt for the groundbreaking, starting this week, of the new bleachers being installed from the 10 yard line to the 10 yard line on the visitor’s side of the DHS multi-use field. New athletic storage units have already been installed in the end zone. In October, our track will be resurfaced, and a 5-foot high black vinyl-coated fence installed around it. These projects were made possible through donations to the Game On! Athletic Facility Capital Campaign.
We are now challenging our community to raise an additional $400,000 to begin the next phase of our campaign. Phase 2 will include lights for the multi-use field and the softball field, as well as a brick box building at our entrance to sell concessions and tickets. This new building will include restrooms! We also plan to improve our grounds with an archway entrance to our athletic facility and a way to recognize our donors.
Please join the following donors who were the first to accept the 100-Day Challenge invitation: 
Pankey & Horlock, David Goodchild, Bill Gavlak, Jennie Springer, Stacy Stepney, Stephen Goldin, Nanci Rosing, Chuck Seets, Elizabeth Morris, Annemarie Madden, Kim Bertschi, Will Jackson, Hunter Sandifer, Vickie Volan, Richard Wilcox, Joyce Many, Jennifer Troha, Deborah Cameron, Stephanie Schiele, Nicki Mitchell, Jennifer Cohen, Jeffrey Cohen, Jeff & Lynn Garber, Shari Wassell, Rachel & Joe Greenfeld, Lynne Perry, Tripp Allen, Hope Follmer, Marynell & Paul Fernandez.
A sincere THANK YOU for your generosity.
We thank ALL our past and future supporters for helping make this dream a reality. GAME ON, Wildcats!
For more information, updates, and TO DONATE ONLINE OR BY CHECK, please click on the following link: http://dunwoodyalumni.org/game-on-capital-campaign

See below for WAYS TO GIVE (how donors will be permanently recognized). Donations are not limited to these amounts. We will gladly accept any amount you can give to help us reach our goal.
Other Ways You Can Help:
·         Host a fundraising party/gathering/coffee…Email Melissa Humphries at irma68@comcast.net to pick a date.
·         Spread the word!
·         Share on Facebook!






Please watch out slide show of IDEAS for the Campaign.  Those are NOT official drawings...only possibilities that can be possible with your donation.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Commentary: Is It Time for the DeKalb County School District and Board of Education to Re-Visit the E-SPLOST V Project Timeline in Region 1?
Updated to Reflect John E. Lewis ES Data

Below is a chart that outlines the actual 2017-2018 actual enrollment versus the projected enrollment data.

Does the recently released enrollment data signal a need to re-evaluate the E-SPLOST V timeline with regards to the Chamblee Charter High School (CCHS) and Dunwoody High School (DHS) facility additions?

As per the E-SPLOST V Project listing, the construction on the new addition at Chamblee Charter HS is scheduled to commence November, 2018, with an overall completion date of October 2020.

As per the E-SPLOST V Project listing, the construction on the new addition at Dunwoody HS is scheduled to commence October 2020, with an overall completion date of September 2022. 


A few notes:

The Dunwoody HS cluster is the only cluster within Region 1 that recorded an increase in Actual Enrollment over Projected Enrollment – especially at Peachtree Charter MS and Dunwoody HS. 

The CCHS cluster saw 147 students below projected enrollment.

The Cross Keys HS (CKHS) cluster recorded 325 students below projected enrollment.

What does this data tell me?  (again, only my opinion)

The current plan for the new CKHS is a 2,500 seat facility.  The data does not support this size (FTE) of a facility, unless, this new facility would be used to also alleviate over-crowding at Lakeside.

I believe that DCSD and the Board of Education should stand down on the new addition to CCHS at this time.  The actual enrollment projections, at both ES, MS and HS levels within the CCHS and CKHS attendance areas should cause the district to take a pause with this project.

DCSD and the BOE should “swap” the timelines of the CCHS and DHS school additions.  I am sure both communities would enthusiastically support this modification in the E-SPLOST V construction schedule.  Since an architect has also been chosen for the DHS site, due to the Game On campaign projects, could this “swap” be done easily? 

It’s not an easy task projecting enrollment, especially in an area that is currently affected by gentrification and political issues.  I do not envy Dan Drake’s task with regards to trying to determine what future enrollment brings for Region 1, among other DCSD regions.


Just my thoughts….


Thursday, October 26, 2017

October 2017 Enrollment for Region 1 Schools
Updated With John E. Lewis Elementary School Data

**Note:  The enrollment data has been updated to reflect the addition of John E. Lewis ES.  I was reminded that this school is in Region 1.  My apologies for the oversight.

Dan Drake has released his annual enrollment data for DCSD:  http://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/planning/#tab-358953463f4253e0393

I have documented below the Region 1 enrollment data.  I continue to be concerned about the district's approach to adding on additional capacity to Chamblee High School (which "officially" still has a capacity of 143 students), yet ignoring the needs of Dunwoody High School until 2020.







A few of my observations:

Dunwoody Cluster:

The only elementary school in the Dunwoody cluster with a growth in enrollment was Dunwoody Elementary, 1,092 in 2017 vs 1,033 in 2016. 

The new Austin ES will have a capacity of 900 students.  Current Austin enrollment is 642.  Redistricting when the school opens will be interesting, to say the least.

I still contend the better option would have been to build a new school and combine Chesnut and Kingsley.  Politicians won this battle, however.

Huge growth at Dunwoody High School – almost 2,000 students.  Freshman class is 573 students.  The largest freshman class at DHS????

Chamblee Cluster:

Very little enrollment growth in Chamblee Cluster – only Montgomery ES saw a slight increase.

Of the 956 students at Chamblee Middle School, 294 students are from out of the attendance zone (Magnet students)

Of the 1,667 students at CCHS, 638 are from out of the attendance zone.  (Magnet/Charter students)

I realize the Magnet program is "sacred" to many CCHS stakeholders, but if you need space for resident students, perhaps the Magnet program location should be a consideration rather than placing 2,000 students in a physical plant the size of the current CCHS campus.  Is DCSD building a high school that will never be at 100% capacity? (See Enrollment trends)

Cross Keys Cluster:

With the exception of John Lewis Elementary School, there is a dramatic decrease at the elementary school level - though the schools continue to be overcrowded.  The new John E. Lewis ES and new Doraville ES will each allow for a 900 seat FTE, which should assist in the overcrowding at the ES school level.  

Is the downward trend in enrollment just a “blip” or an early indicator of what is ahead for Region 1?  Is this a response to the political environment and the continued gentrification of Brookhaven and parts of Chamblee?

From the Reporter article on Brookhaven's "dilemma" with regards to gentrification of Buford Highway:

“I’ve lost 457 apartment units in the last three-and-a-half years,” he said. “The complexes … they’re going for $125,000 a door. In the last three years … Park Towne North [apartments], which probably had the lowest rent, has gone from $600 a month to $1,000 a month.”

The promise of a new Cross Keys High School in Brookhaven may spur even more gentrification, he said. The current Cross Keys High, which is vastly overcrowded and suffers from many maintenance issues, is set to become a middle school. A new high school is needed, but it will attract outsiders, he noted. No final site for the new high school has been officially decided.


“Do I support that or rail against that?” he said. “Do I [choose] to keep kids in horrendous conditions or advocate for money being spent for them?”


http://www.reporternewspapers.net/2017/10/27/mayor-city-struggling-response-buford-highway-gentrification/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork

If these enrollment trends continue, will a new 2,000 seat CKHS be necessary? 

Despite some neighborhood rezoning to CCHS, Cross Keys saw an increase in enrollment over 2016.  Again, will the decrease in enrollment at the ES school level affect the future enrollment at CKHS?

31 trailers at Cross Keys for an over-capacity of 121 students?  I am assuming these are at CKHS in preparation for conversion to a middle school?  Otherwise, this does not make sense to me.
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As for the insistence that a "Doraville" High School is needed..well, the data continues to show that an additional high school is not needed at this time.

Does DCSD need to take a "time out" and re-evaluate their ESPLOST V approach with regards to Region 1?  Yes, a new Doraville ES school is needed...the current building(s) is just unacceptable for academic purposes.  Beyond that what?  


Dunwoody High School Math Team @ UGA High School Math Tournament

via DHS News:

On 10/21/2017, the Dunwoody Math Team traveled to Athens for the annual UGA High School Math Tournament. 

The Wildcats brought 9 students: Alex Eldridge, Anna Zhao, Brian Weinshenker, Cade Lautenbacher, David Knight, Nathan Stefanik, Noah Covey, Sam Mahle, and Zain Salim. 

The team of Alex, Cade, Nathan, and Sam placed 7th overall out of 107 teams, with Alex placing 10th and Cade 19th out of nearly 400 competitors. 

Excellent job!



Sunday, October 22, 2017

All Fore One Golf Tournament Raises $20,000


Organizers from the All Fore One golf tournament committee presented a $20,000 check to parent and Dunwoody High School staff representing the Game On committee.  All Fore One is a unique committee comprised of volunteers from the DHS feeder schools.  The Game On committee endeavors to make substantial improvements to the DHS campus and athletic facilities. The All Fore One committee formed in the winter of 2017 with the objective of hosting a community golf tournament.  



After thoughtful deliberation, the committee agreed to donate proceeds from the inaugural event to the Game On committee. Currently, Game On is in the midst of a 100-day campaign to secure an additional $400,000 in donated funds.

The inaugural All Fore One tournament took place on 10/2 at Dunwoody Country Club. Nearly 100 golfers participated, including 8 members of the Dunwoody police department and 4 local firefighters.  Also in attendance were area principals, business owners and residents.

The second annual All Fore One golf tournament is scheduled for 10/1/18 at DCC .  

Information about the tournament and sponsorship opportunities can be viewed online at www.allforeonedunwoody.org

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Professional Illustrator Visits Wesleyan Lower School



Wesleyan School lower students received a first-hand lesson on illustration this month.
 
The Peachtree Corners school hosted professional illustrator, Michael P. White, for a special presentation about his field of work. Michael, who lives in Brookhaven, demonstrated his air-brush painting technique and had students participate in a hands-on drawing activity during the
presentation. 
 
White, who is always a crowd favorite, encouraged student creativity and for children to use art as a means of expression to ask lots of questions.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Chesnut Elementary Purposes Drones to Integrate STEM Learning Principles

DUNWOODY -- Thirteen drones, purchased for Chesnut Elementary by the Friends of Chesnut Foundation, Inc., were the highlight of the school’s recent monthly CEO (Chesnut Engineering Opportunity) Day.



Students got a first-hand experience with programming drones to land on designated coordinates and learning the robotics and aerodynamics that enable them to fly.



Chesnut Elementary, an AdvancED STEM-certified school, organizes monthly CEO (Chesnut Engineering Opportunity) days as part of its mission to integrate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education across the curriculum; stressing innovation, critical thinking and real-life problem solving skills.

Wesleyan Students Take a Virtual Field Trip With The Minnesota Vikings

Wesleyan fourth grade students took a virtual field trip this month  with the Minnesota Vikings.


 
Students from the Peachtree Corners college preparatory school participated in the NFL PLAY 60 Challenge Virtual Experience: Your Roadmap to a Healthy Heart.  The program, a collaboration between  Discovery Education, the National Football League, and the American Heart Association was created to inspire physically active lifestyles in schools and homes across the country.
 
During the virtual field trip, students were able to get up and get moving with Minnesota Vikings players  as they learned how the heart works and how physical activity helps to keep it strong.


Wesleyan’s new lower school physical education teacher, Shana White, coordinated the event for students. She is a member of the Discovery Education Leadership Council and has been involved with Discovery Education for more than two years, but really got involved when she was selected as the  PBS Digital Lead Innovator for the state of Georgia in 2016.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Dunwoody High School to Georgia Tech
2016-2017 Academic Year

Each year, Georgia Tech publishes high school profiles for those students enrolled at Tech.  Below is the most recent profile for Dunwoody HS.  This is reflective of the 2016-2017 school year.



Click on the following link to view additional high school profiles:
http://www.irp.gatech.edu/admission-snapshots-0.
  1. Click on the GA High School tab.
  2. Select the desired high school from the drop down menu.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

DeKalb County School District 2017 Graduation Rates

The 2017 4 – year Graduation Rates have been released by the Georgia Department of Education.

The graduation rate for Dunwoody HS rose from 79.7 to 85.7.   Dunwoody HS graduation rates by Subgroup are documented below.  All subgroups, with the exception of Hispanic, saw gains over 2016.  


Overall, DCSD saw an improvement over 2016, 74.0 from 70.3.  Most DeKalb high schools saw an increase in the graduation rate, with Cedar Grove and Clarkston showing double-digit increases.

The following high schools obtained a higher graduation rate than the State of Georgia graduation rate:
  • Arabia Mountain
  • Cedar Grove
  • Chamblee Charter
  • DeKalb Early College Academy
  • DeKalb School of the Arts
  • Dunwoody High School
  • Lakeside High School
  • Tucker High School





Once you open the spreadsheet, there will be 2 tabs.  The first is the summary graduation rates.  The second tab is the graduation rate by subgroup.

2017 DeKalb County School District SAT Scores

September 26, 2017 – Georgia students outperformed the nation in evidence-based reading and writing (ERW) on the SAT, according to results released by the College Board today.

2017 SAT results set a new baseline for future year-to-year comparisons and cannot be compared to previous results. Results from earlier reports were based on the old SAT, which was based on a different score scale and different bench marks. The 2017 results reflect test-takers from the 2017 graduating class who took the new SAT (93% of the cohort). They do not factor in performance on the old SAT.


5 high schools recorded total mean scores higher than the National and State Averages:

  • Chamblee Charter High School
  • DeKalb Early College
  • DeKalb School of the Arts
  • Dunwoody High School
  • Lakeside High School

Arabia Mountain recorded an ERW mean score higher than the State of Georgia average.




A somewhat informative article concerning the new SAT from the Washington Post:  New SAT Scores Sow Confusion

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

DeKalb County School District National Merit Semifinalists

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the following DCSD students were chosen as 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists.

Congratulations to all of the DeKalb School District semi-finalists:

High School
Student Name
Dunwoody High School
Alexandra M. Buhl
Alex J. Eldridge
Caitlin G. Howie
Seth D. May
Shreya Nainwal
Jacob F. Schiele
Jacob G. Starks
Chamblee Charter High
Keller M. Brogdon
Charles Holt
Brian S. Kang
Schuler R. Kleinfelter
Grayce Robinson
Saksi Sehgal
Sophia S. Wiseman
Bejamin Wolfson
Druid Hills High
Eliza Armstrong
Maya G. Rajan


Three Wesleyan Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Three Wesleyan School seniors have been honored as National Merit Semifinalists.

Ethan Moon of Dunwoody, Kelsey Rappe of Peachtree Corners, and Sutton West of Peachtree Corners, all earned the National Merit Semifinalist distinction. Only 1% of seniors (approximately 16,000 total) nationwide receive this recognition based on their PSAT scores.  These students will now submit essays in the hopes of becoming finalists and earning scholarship money.



In addition, eight Wesleyan students were also named as National Merit “Commended” students. Roughly 3% of seniors nationwide receive this recognition. Our Commended students are Daniel Baisier of Dunwoody, Grant Beaty of Peachtree Corners,  Henry Beltrami of Atlanta, Suzanne Godard of Peachtree Corners, Erin McConnell of Suwanee, Carson Pavelec of Johns Creek, David Thrower of Alpharetta, and Emma Watkins of Duluth.

Wesleyan is so proud of these exceptional students!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

DeKalb County School District 2017 ACT Scores

The Georgia Department of Education has released the the school-level ACT Scores: http://www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/communications/Pages/PressReleaseDetails.aspx?PressView=default&pid=558

The following schools exceeded or met the National Composite Average (21.0) for the ACT:

Chamblee Charter High School (24.9)
DeKalb Early College Academy (21.6)
DeKalb School of the Arts (24.8)
Dunwoody High School (24.3)
Lakeside High School (23.4)

The following DCSD schools exceeded or met the State of Georgia Composite Average (21.4) for the ACT:


Chamblee Charter High School (24.9)

DeKalb Early College Academy (21.6)
DeKalb School of the Arts (24.8)
Dunwoody High School (24.3)
Lakeside High School (23.4)

Dunwoody High School, along with DeKalb Early College Academy, showed the most gains (1.1) of any DCSD School.