Every day, the schools of the DeKalb County School District are bursting with activities that support 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.
September 11, 2019
Allgood Elementary recently hosted the DeKalb Association of Realtors for a sponsored breakfast for staff during the first week of school.
Austin Elementary hosted Tad Lemire, co-host of B98.5’s “Tad & Drex” morning radio show on August 13 in celebration of the new school year. The visit also marked the launch of the radio show’s “Read to 1K!” program, which challenges both hosts to read to 1,000 students.
Congratulations to Coralwood Center for implementing a new way to arrange seating in a classroom. A kindergarten class at Coralwood is designed to allow students to have choice in their seating according to their own sensory needs. Students are allowed to stand, kneel, bounce, wiggle, or sit in different types of seats at varying table heights. The method enhances inclusion for students with disabilities; does not necessitate assigned seating; allows students to regulate their behavior; and change their seating arrangement as their needs change throughout the day.
Chapel Hill Middle
Congratulations to Chapel Hill Middle for being named the most recent award-winner from NFL’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program. The program helped remodel the Chapel Hill cafeteria, which now includes a mural featuring both the Georgia Dome and Mercedes-Benz Stadium, as well as Atlanta Falcons-themed striping, portraits of players, Falcons-themed refrigerators, and more. The school hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 7, 2019, which welcomed NFL representatives and players for Falcons-themed festivities.
Congratulations to Dunwoody High School student and Air Force ROTC cadet Mishuk Turja, who received a $20,000 scholarship during Summer 2019. The scholarship allowed Turja to complete an eight-week flying course and earn his private pilot license.
Congratulations to Fairington Elementary for its community partnership with Transforming Faith Church, the Trojan Battery Company and the Helping Others Generate Success organization. Through these partnerships, the school received support and school supplies for the 2019-2020 school year.
Kelly Lake Elementary
Kelly Lake was a recent recipient of 75 book bags filled with school supplies courtesy of the AT&T Lakeside Council Pioneers. In addition, every third grade student received a dictionary courtesy of the organization.
Smoke Rise Elementary
More than 260 dads, grandads, uncles, brothers, and family members attended Smoke Rise Elementary’s first “Donuts with Dads” event for the 2019-2020 school year. The event encourages male involvement and engagement in the education process. Congratulations to Smoke Rise for hosting a well-attended event!
Congratulations to Dr. Saecilia Jackson for being named the Georgia Association of Career & Technical Education Teacher of the Year.
Stone Mountain Middle
Stone Mountain Middle recently hosted the DeKalb Works Summer Youth Employment Celebration. The Summer Youth Employment program runs from June to July, offering internship positions to participating students upon completion.
Congratulations to Towers High’s Technology Student Association (TSA) chapter for claiming first place in Forensic Science at the most recent TSA State Leadership Conference, which took place in Athens, Georgia. The Towers TSA chapter most recently competed in seven events at the national competition, which took place in Washington D.C. in late June 2019.
Congratulations to Tucker Middle’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter for succeeding in national competition in July 2019. Students in two teams, made up of six students, won gold medals in the Advocacy and Chapter-in-Review Display categories at the competition, which took place in Anaheim, California.
Congratulations to Tucker Middle’s Technology Student Association (TSA) for succeeding in national competition during Summer 2019. Students Brooke Slone, Skylar Slone, and Jayden Mcilwaine placed third, fifth and 10th in three events. Brooke Slone also received the Dr. Bob Hanson Distinguished Student Award in front of 6,000 attendees at the national conference, which took place in National Harbor, Maryland. Advisor Amber Clinton also received the Advisor of the Year award for the state of Georgia.
Warren Tech alumnus Charles Taylor recently visited the school to share his accomplishments following graduation. Taylor received an internship at ProGraphics, which has become a full-time job. Charles is also a student at the Art Institute of Atlanta.