TRUST in the Schoolhouse
Every day, the schools of the DeKalb County School District are bursting with activities that supports college and career readiness. We’ll share that news in TRUST in the Schoolhouse. Below are some examples of that work. Got an idea? Please share it here.
Allgood Elementary celebrated Black History Month with a program hosted by Chubb Rock and SiMan Baby from the MAJIC 107.5 radio station. Rock recognized African American inventors who made historical contributions to society.
A new, fun archery program is now available to Chesnut Elementary fifth grade students. Two teachers at Chesnut are also certified archery teachers and will offer the program after school.
Columbia High, together with the Suits with a Purpose charity, will help six senior male students and four junior male students with the purchase of a suit for the school’s annual prom event and/or a business interview. Students met on Feb. 24 at a retail location in Atlanta to select an outfit.
DeKalb Early College Academy
Congratulations to DECA’s Reading Bowl Team, who claimed first place at the most recent divisional competition of the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl at Clayton State University. The students—Jesus Hernandez, Sydney Cobb, Kelis Johnson, Anaam Haji, MacKenzie Bellamy, Jayda Patterson, Assia Ali, Mia Stroud, Tim Nguyen and Kelsey Brew—will move on to the next round of the competition, which took place at Southwest DeKalb High on March 3.
DeKalb School of the Arts
Congratulations to DSA’s participation at the Auburn University High School Show Choir competition on Feb. 24. Senior Kalonjee Galimore claimed first place in the Best Soloist and Male Soloist Overall categories, while senior Francesa Clemenceau also won Best Soloist.
Druid Hills High
Congratulations to senior Ted Shepherd for winning first place in the national InvestWrite essay contest. Shepherd won a trip to New York with his teacher and family. The third place contestant, Druid Hills senior Sarah Miller, won a new computer.
Congratulations to the Dunwoody Elementary African-American History Quiz Bowl team for claiming first place at the district level competition held in February.
Congratulations to Dunwoody High seniors and members of the high school band on their recent achievements. Congratulations to seniors Alexandra Bruhl, Alex Eldridge, Caitlin Howie, Seth May, Shreya Nainwal, Jacob Schiele and Jacob Starks for advancing as finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship competition. Congratulations to students Ira Menich, Caseys Barbee, Jennifer Chen, Kameren Halliday, Emily Stewart, Grace Strickland and Joseph Chang for participating in the February 2018 GMEA District IV Honor Band.
More than 40 Dunwoody High seniors earned the Seal of Bi-Literacy for their recent scores on AP exams. The seal is awarded by the state department of education for proficiency in English and one or more foreign languages by graduation.
Fairington was visited by the Stone Mountain-Lithonia chapter of Delta Sigma Theta for a Book Day and Black History project for fourth and fifth grade students.
John R. Lewis Elementary
John Lewis Elementary celebrated Black History Month with “Real Men Read,” which featured 30 men from across the community reading African American themed stories to students.
John Lewis Elementary counselor Michael Cudmore also arranged a visit by certified therapy dog, Spud, as part of the K9 Kids Read program. Spud met with students and helped students practice reading.
Atlanta Falcons football player Sean Weatherspoon visited Lithonia High on Feb. 9 to help restock several math classrooms. Lithonia also received aid from the Spoonful of Hope Foundation, which provides teachers printers, mini white boards, expo markers, wall posters, calculators, and other office supplies.
Miller Grove High
Congratulations to Miller Grove High, which was awarded a $20,000 grant from Project Lead the Way. The funds will be issued to start a computer science program during the 2018-2019 school year.
Murphy Candler Elementary
Murphey Candler hosted a “Donuts with Dads” event on Feb. 14, which welcomed more than 75 dads, stepdads, granddads, uncles and more. The event featured puzzles, coloring pages, donuts, fruit and juice, as well as an opportunity for guardians to spend time with students.
On Feb. 21, Murphy Candler hosted a “Muffins with Moms” event, which had a similar format, only with mothers, grandmothers, aunts, stepmothers, cousins and more. The event welcomed more than 150 participants.
Museum School of Avondale Estates
Congratulations to Principal Katherine Kelbaugh for receiving the Charter School Leader of the Year award from the Georgia Charter Schools association. Ms. Kelbaugh was chosen out of more than 100 charter schools throughout the state of Georgia.
Peachtree Charter Middle
Congratulations to Peachtree Charter Middle school students Abithi Khare, Prathmesh Joshi, Piranavaskanthan AbeyaKaran, Yooseon Wang and Reece Herman for winning the Chapter Math Counts competition. The team will move on to the state level competition on March 19 at Saint Luke’s Presbyterian Church in Dunwoody.
Stone Mill Elementary
Stone Mill celebrated Black History Month with an event that featured stories about famous African Americans, school dress-up days, a soul food potluck, and a night of student performances. The school also hosted a living museum for parents and school stakeholders.
Stone Mountain High
Sevon Burns seems to be setting the standard for freshmen students worldwide. For the past 17 months, every Saturday, he could be found serving hungry men and women from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Club Chit Chat in Decatur. Over the holidays, Burns fed more than 100 people hotdogs, meatballs, baked beans, potato salad, pasta salad or chili. Burns’s efforts, which have fed more than 3,500 homeless individuals, has inspired her neighborhood to follow in her footsteps.
Congratulations to students Jacob Oatneal, Catherine Morales, Terasa Uribe, Chase Ellis, Kanye Obannon, Jasmin Parlor, Navaeh Jones, Saron Mussie and Arie Nantambu for claiming gold medals and earning perfect scores at the most recent FCCLA Region STAR Competition. The students will advance to the state STAR Competitions in March 2018 with silver medal winners. In addition, the competitors earned a grant reward of $4,950 for Tucker Middle’s “Going Green” project, which is sponsored by the Dart Foundation.
Congratulations to Tucker Middle art teacher Brittany Ranew, who earned an Art Access Program Grant from the High Museum of Art. The grant will help fund a field trip to the High Museum in Atlanta for a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) themed tour and workshop. The grant will guarantee a trip for 160 total students, teachers and chaperones.
Congratulations to Warren Tech students Mallori Sewell, De’Onte Brown, Michael Price, and Franklin McGahee for gaining acceptance into post-secondary education programs at Kennesaw State University, Georgia State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Congratulations to student Matthew Prince for placing first in Graphic Communication at a recent SKILLSUSA regional competition, as well as Kyle Hanson and Joshua Lay for winning first place in digital photography at the most recent DCSD Technology Fair.
Woodbridge celebrated Black History Month with an evening program focusing on Georgia history. The event featured performances incorporating subjects covered in social studies, including geography and slavery. The event concluded with an African dance and singing Ray Charles’s song, “Georgia on my Mind.”