superintendent newsletter
Greetings DeKalb County School District (DCSD) Family,

I hope that everyone had a great weekend. As we close out the month of August, I am thankful for our scholars, parents, teachers and staff for their efforts in getting through the first month of the school year as smoothly as possible. I know this hasn’t been easy as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as we continue to work together to lower the spread of the virus, I am confident that our scholars will continue to thrive in this new “normal.”

Please continue to follow the COVID-19 Health and Safety guidelines and protocol. We also encourage those who are eligible to get vaccinated to help keep you and your family safe and healthy. DCSD’s partner, DeKalb Board of Health, is offering free COVID-19 vaccines at its mobile clinics. The vaccine is free and no appointment, ID, proof of citizenship or health insurance is needed to get a vaccine at the mobile clinic. For more information on locations and dates, please click here.

Student Spotlight

I want to congratulate Cross Keys High School senior Kimberly Castro-Godinez on her recent scholarship nomination from Latin American Association. Reporter Newspapers interviewed Kimberly and highlighted her great accomplishments. The association chose Kimberly as its Posse Scholarship nominee. The Posse Foundation supports talented students from diverse backgrounds to help them become future leaders of the 21st century. Kimberly currently holds a 3.98 GPA and is enrolled in AP classes. We are proud of her and look forward to seeing her continue to excel as a scholar and do great things in her community.

Henderson Mill Elementary School

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Congratulations to the teachers at Henderson Mill Elementary School on their recent donation from Burlington Stores. Burlington, through its partnership with the national non-profit organization, AdoptAClassroom.org, donated $5,000 towards school supplies to the school in celebration of its new store in Tucker. We appreciate our community partners for giving back to our schools and the district to assist our scholars and educators. Thank you Burlington Stores and AdoptAClassroom.org for your generosity.

FLEX Academy

As you all may know, the high demand for the virtual learning option for middle school students has required the district to adjust its virtual instructional model. Middle school students receiving virtual instruction will now be taught by teachers at their home school. This adjustment for middle school students will mirror what is already occurring at the elementary level. This is an opportunity for middle school students across the district to receive the highest level of classroom instruction from their home school’s teacher. To our parents and guardians, I appreciate your continued support for the learning of our scholars.

School Visits

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Thank you to the schools’ administrators and staff members at Hightower Elementary School, Kittredge Magnet School and Oakcliff Elementary School that welcomed me to their building. I had the opportunity to tour the schools, observe and participate in class sessions, and engage with our scholars, teachers and staff members. It’s exciting to see our scholars back in the classrooms and thriving, and to hear first-hand what is and isn’t working in our system.

Comprehensive Master Plan Town Hall

DCSD invites all community stakeholders to join us for our Comprehensive Master Plan regional town hall meetings. The focus of these meetings will be to address Educational Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (E-SPLOST) and facility improvements. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic these meetings will be moved to completely virtual environments. Thank you to those who have virtually attended the previous meetings. Please click here to view the meeting schedule and to view recordings the previous meetings.

Please continue to visit our website and your school’s website for the latest information on district news. Have a great week!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Cheryl Watson-Harris

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