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 25, 2019
Arabia Mountain High School
Congratulations to Arabia Mountain teacher Shenica Bridges Mathieu for being named the 2019 Georgia Affiliate for Engineering and Technology Teacher of the Year.
DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts
Congratulations to student Bryce Stewart, who danced with Missy Elliott on August 27 during the televised 2019 MTV Video Music Awards. Stewart was featured in a performance in which Missy Elliott commended the dance community at large.
Dresden recently partnered with the Atlanta Braves for a “Los Bravos” literacy event. The event included a parent literacy workshop, literacy-themed arts and crafts, as well as bilingual reading sessions. Attendees received free books, t-shirts and hats courtesy of the Atlanta Braves. Former Brave and World Series MVP, Eddie Perez, also surprised students and related his own personal story involving bilingualism.
A special thanks to Dunwoody pre-kindergarten teacher Kristen Hudson for using her own resources to make sure her students receive a new book to take home each month. Students’ first book, If You Give a Mouse a Brownie, is greatly appreciated in and out of the classroom.
Congratulations to students Abigail Adams, Sophia Cohen and Kenric Kalpen for submitting works of art to the DCSD Art Star Wall of Fame. As selectess, the students’ work will be displayed in the Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
Leadership Preparatory Academy
Congratulations to Leadership Prep for securing $4,700 total in donations courtesy of Walmart Community Foundation, the Cantu Foundation, New York Life and African-American Churches Transforming Society. The funds will help support health and wellness policy implementation, field trips to colleges and universities, grief support training for teachers, and leadership initiatives.
McLendon Elementary recently welcomed Georgia Power representative, Terry Owens, for a day filled with science instruction. Mr. Owens worked closely with third, fourth and fifth graders on lessons related to energy, heat, light, circuits and more. McLendon also served as a filming location for Georgia Power’s Learning Power website relaunch, featuring students in a series of videos.
McLendon welcomed more than 70 volunteers from the Decatur YMCA as part of a service day effort hosted by the local organization. The Olive Tree Landscaping Company helped clear a green space behind the school playground, new walkways were cleared, and a stone path was installed. Four trash cans were also installed around the yard to help keep campus clean.
Miller Grove High
Congratulations to the Miller Grove High’s Culinary Arts program for claiming first place at a wing competition held at the Fairmont in Atlanta on Sunday, August 25. Miller Grove – represented by stuents Akira Horsley, Jasmin Hunter, Jeslyn Crumpler, Auniyah Bell, Generiah McCoy, Deon Dennie, Cazaela Thomas and sponsor Chef Keio Gayden – beat 30 restaurants from the metro Atlanta area with a Cajun lime wing recipe.
Miller Grove Middle
Miller Grove Middle recently partnered with CarMax to help support and service the needs of the community. Parent-Teacher Association president and CarMax employee, Loshalanda Ford, took advantage of CarMax’s Foundation Grant, which rewards employees active in their school community. Through her efforts, Miller Grove Middle received $1,000 in grant funds, which will support the school store and literary technology at the school.
Congratulations to Rowland Elementary for being named the recipient of a KaBOOM! play space grant. As a recipient, Rowland received a new, innovative and safe playground on September 7 that was installed with help from the local community.
Stoneview recently partnered with Christopher Edwards and Hanson Aggregate Lithonia Quarry to supply students with perfect attendance gift cards, as well as a visit to the school treasure chest.
Stoneview Elementary is collecting socks and flip-flops for Hurrican Dorian relief efforts. The school hopes to collect more than 200 pairs to help teach students how to care for the world around them.
Towers High recently partnered with Tabernacle Church to host a “Hype Night” for students. The event featured fun, games, food and fellowship.
Congratulations to Principal Eric Parker, who was recently recognized by the Tucker Rotary Club as a Paul Harris Fellow. The award recognizes individuals for their service in the local community.
Congratulations to Tucker Media Specialist Ms. Robbie Barber for her collaboration with Dr. Leah Panther of Tift College and Mercer University on research involving ESOL students and graphic novels. The duo developed a collaborative, community-based summer literacy program centered on global graphic novels focused on historical events and diverse global settings. The program will feature book chats at two local libraries and a local comic book store, online discussion forums and social media integration on Snapchat, Instagram and Tumblr.