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

I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable weekend. The district had a lot to celebrate last week after we launched the Mobile Impact Learning Hub, a mobile classroom equipped with resources, supplies, and staff to allow students and adults to pursue education goals by removing the barrier of getting to a school campus. The mobile classroom allows the district to meet families where they are during the pandemic and provide new opportunities to marginalized students and families, particularly families who don’t have access to transportation or have linguistic challenges.

We believe that this model of meeting our students and families where they are through our mobile classroom will be a game-changer and will have a major impact on student achievement. The vision of the mobile classroom is to create flexible, student-designed learning environments that increase access to information, resources, and training in the comfort of our neighborhoods. We are excited for the positive things to come with our Mobile Impact Learning Hub.

I also want to thank our medical experts and community members who joined me for last week’s medical roundtable. Our commitment to the health and safety of the community continues to be a priority. Please continue to follow the COVID-19 Health and Safety guidelines and protocol. Please continue to wear your masks, wash your hands, and socially distance to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

COVID Testing and Vaccines

DCSD will host a monthly COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinic for employees, students and the community. Free vaccines and testing will be available for all ages. The next scheduled event is Friday, Oct. 1, from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd, Stone Mountain, GA. COVID-19 testing is also available at the Doraville Transportation Center, DCSD’s Department of Transportation, and the Panthersville Transportation Center. For more information, visit www.freecovidtesting.us/dekalb.

Student Spotlight

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This week, I’m shining a spotlight on Chapel Hill Middle School seventh-grader Gregory Taylor! Gregory is the first student-athlete football player to win the Academic Player of the Month for the 2021 football season. Gregory has straight A’s and no grade below 98. I am proud to shine a spotlight on this outstanding student!

Stone Mountain Football Team

I want to congratulate the Stone Mountain High School football team which was named FOX 5 High 5 Sports’ Team of the Week last week! The team won the award after improving to 4-0 on the season after a 24-23 win over North Springs on Sept. 17. That was the program’s first 4-0 start since 2000, which also came after a win against North Springs! We are proud of the Pirates football team, cheerleaders, and marching band for proudly representing their school, community, and DCSD on FOX 5 news!

Team Tuesday

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For #TeamTuesday last week, I gave a special shout out to DCSD’s Family Engagement Manager Marcia Coward. She is an expert leader who works tirelessly to strengthen families and build strong relationships within the DCSD community. She led the efforts in creating the Mobile Impact Learning Hub. It is a pleasure to serve alongside you!

MAP Window

The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Assessment window will end on Sept. 30 for the Fall semester. MAP Growth provides assistance in identifying areas of growth based upon your child’s individual needs. Additionally, in an effort to improve teaching and learning, the MAP Growth allows teachers and students the opportunity to set goals and track individual student growth throughout the school year. I encourage all of our students, who are taking the test this week, to do their best!

Comprehensive Master Plan Town Hall

DCSD will host a virtual Comprehensive Master Plan community meeting on Sept. 28, from 6 to 7 p.m., to review the questions and answers from the August town hall meetings and provide an update on the reconciliation of SPLOST IV and V. To watch the meeting, click here.

The district will also host regional town hall meetings Oct. 4-27. DCSD’s master planning process includes an evaluation of all school and administrative facilities, as well as the infrastructure to support the educational mission of the district. This process includes gathering data about school facilities that will be used to develop priorities for the next Educational Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (E-SPLOST) project list. For more information, please click here.

Accreditation Community Survey

DCSD is currently undergoing an accreditation renewal process. Part of this process is the collection of feedback from stakeholders. We invite you to participate in the Family and Community Stakeholder Survey. The results of this survey, along with other stakeholder artifacts, will be used in the district’s accreditation renewal process.

The Family and Community Stakeholder Survey is available in the following languages: Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Nepali, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Telugu, Tigrinya, and Vietnamese. The survey is confidential and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. The survey is open until Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, at 5 p.m. You can access the survey at the following link: www.survey.sogosurvey.com/r/eY7O00.

I want to thank Educate DeKalb and Restore DeKalb for meeting with me last week. DCSD values its community partners, and I thank these two organizations for their input and support. 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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