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.
March 16, 2018
Bob Mathis Elementary
Bob Mathis welcomed DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson, Judge Vincent Crawford, District Attorney Sherry Boston, Solicitor-General Donna Coleman, DCSD Public Safety Director Bradley Gober, Board of Education member Vicki Turner and non-profit director Pamela Shulterbrandt to a town hall event focused on public safety on Feb. 26.
Congratulations to Clarkston High for appearing on WSBTV Channel 2 and representing DCSD well. The school as featured for their gardening program, which is used to promote cultural exchanges.
Columbia Middle welcomed Martin Luther King III on March 1, who addressed students, faculty and staff with a discussion about his life and what it was like being the son of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Destiny Achievers Academy of Excellence
Destiny Achievers Academy recently announced its partnership with Wheels of Dreams, a leadership program focused on computer skills, entrepreneurship, employment and college readiness. Students are trained on college applications, scholarship opportunities, the FAFSA form for student aid, building resumes and writing long-form personal essays.
Congratulations to several Dunwoody High clubs and students for representing DCSD well. The Dunwoody High girls’ swim and dive team claimed first place in DeKalb County, and 10th in the Georgia state championship; the boys’ team finished third in DeKalb County and fifth in the state. Dunwoody High freshman Rose Lubin, sophomore Omari Foote, junior Hayris Panchi and senior Hannah Bowman won for their various entries into the Young Georgia Authors competition and will represent the school at the county level. The Dunwoody High band visited Scotland Feb. 14-21, sitting in on a rehearsal with the Edinburgh Brass Band and performing with high school students from James Gillespie’s established school. Dunwoody’s DECA Club collected food and made more than 225 to-go meals for the homeless while also raising $1,000 for the Trinity Table charity.
Flat Rock Elementary
Flat Rock hosted a Family Math Night on Feb. 20, welcoming more than 50 parents and 75 students. The event featured parent engagement, door prizes and new ways of learning mathematics. On March 2, Flat Rock welcomed DCSD Superintendent/CEO R. Stephen Green and DeKalb County Board of Education Member Vicki Turner for Read Across America Day as well as a Moms & Muffins event.
Flat Shoals Elementary
Flat Shoals celebrated Black History Month with two programs that featured African-American inventors, musicians, athletes, entertainers, educators, writers and veterans.
Huntley Hills Elementary
Huntley Hills students created a Civil Rights Wax Museum on Feb. 23 in honor of Black History Month. Figures featured in the museum included important African-American scientists, doctors, authors, artists, actors, politicians and sports figures. Students walked the hallways to view the exhibits while former president Barack Obama’s words and jazz music played over the school intercom.
Marbut hosted a career day on Feb. 23, welcoming more than 40 invited guests who shared their experiences and journeys in their respective careers. On Feb. 27, the school celebrated Black History Month with an evening program that highlighted the legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as well as a play about the African-American struggle for freedom.
Margaret Harris Comprehensive
Students at Margaret Harris Comprehensive School held a Black History Month program on Feb. 28, in which students, family and community members explored lesser known African-American figures throughout history. This included the artist Romero Bearden, musician Norma Miller, graphic novelist David Walker, and the inspiration for The Lone Ranger, Bass Reeves. Teachers showcased their own talents in the arts for students and the community while also enjoying traditional foods.
Peachtree Charter Middle
Congratulations to the Peachtree Charter Science Bowl Team for claiming second place at the state competition in Savannah, Ga., on Saturday, Feb. 24. The team includes eighth graders Piranavaskanthan Abeyakaran, Prathmesh Joshi, Manas Gangwar and Aadi Jangid.
Students in Salem Middle’s band program have been invited to play at Carnegie Hall in New York City, New York. The band will visit the Big Apple on March 23-26.
Shadow Rock Elementary
Shadow Rock Elementary’s PTA hosted its annual Black History Month program before parents in February 2018. Under the direction of first grade teacher Luvenia White and music teacher Cynthia White, the program included Kente-clothed youth dancers, recitation of poems, and renditions of popular R&B music by students. The event concluded with a procession of student portrayals of famous past and present African Americans.
Snapfinger hosted a Men Engaging in Nurturing and Teaching (MENT) event on March 1, celebrating all men who positively impact youth by serving as a father figure or mentor.
Stone Mill Elementary
Congratulations to Stone Mill Elementary and their new partnership with United Way. Under the direction of Pam Ross, the school received a community outreach grant opportunity to help increase literacy and language skills in third graders. Stone Mill will partner with surrounding apartment complexes, local businesses, early learning centers and more to distribute books and literacy activity packets to the surrounding community.
Stoneview Elementary recently upgraded their front foyer and lobby. One wall in the school’s front entrance now bears a mural featuring the Stoneview’s motto: “We can, we will, we must succeed!” The mural was painted by Art Institute of Atlanta students Audrey Everett and Kiontaye Miller.
As part of Vanderlyn’s STEM Career Day, students and teachers came to school dressed in attire appropriate for a STEM-related workplace. This included police, firemen, doctors, teachers, engineers, surgeons, veterinarians, nurses, astronauts, artists and more. The school also welcomed visitors from STEM-related fields who presented to students.
Congratulations to Wadsworth Magnet School for receiving a superior rating at a recent band competition at Southwest DeKalb High, a first-place finish in Gov. Nathan Deal’s Red Ribbon Week celebration, and a first place finish at the 101 Black Men of Atlanta Drone Competition at Grady High School.