Every day, the schools of the DeKalb County School District are bursting with activities that supports college and career readiness. Twice a month, we’ll share that news in TRUST in the Schoolhouse. Below are some examples of that work.  Got an idea? Please share it here.

Dresden Elementary School
Students in Dresden’s Gents Club were able to join Chamblee Police Department officers and members of the Atlanta Alpha Phi Alpha Alumni Chapter for lunch on Dec. 4. Each student in the Gents Club is assigned a male mentor from the Dresden Elementary faculty or from the surrounding community in an effort to foster positive behaviors in young men. Grades, attendance, etiquette and conduct are taught as part of the club. Upon completion, students receive a Dresden bowtie, a certificate and the opportunity to attend an Atlanta Dream Soccer event. Dresden’s Gents Club was founded by the school’s principal, Jesse Berger.

Dresden also received a generous donation of $2,000 courtesy of the American Association of University Women. The funds will be used to assist student engagement in computer technology and computer-based performance assessments.

Oak Grove Elementary School
The Oak Grove GroveBots brought home the Excellence in Design award from the First LEGO League Regional Hydrodynamic competition on Dec. 16. The team is coached by gifted liaison Robyn Brown and teacher librarian Linda Stuhr. The school also placed first in a local Academic Bowl competition.

Clarkston High School
Students in Clarkston High School’s culinary arts program catered a Region 3 Holiday Breakfast event in December. Led by Regional Superintendent Rachel Zeigler and hosted by Wade Walker YMCA, the event featured an ugly sweater contest, Simon Says, a balloon pop relay and musical chairs.

Stone Mill Elementary School
Stone Mill Elementary is spearheading a Winter Coat Drive this month to improve student health, increase attendance and positively impact student achievement. Many students at Stone Mill Elementary and the surrounding community are in need of a new coat to see them through the winter season.

Marbut Elementary School
Congratulations to fifth grader Amani Lynch for winning the DeKalb County School Social Studies Fair on Dec.2, which united students from more than 30 elementary schools in an academic competition. Lynch’s “How Did Roosevelt’s New Deal Affect the Virgin Islands” won Best in Show and coincided with a relief effort conducted earlier this year.

Elizabeth Andrews High School
Congratulations to Elizabeth Andrews High for its recognition in the 2017 Kennesaw State University Mathematics Competition. Elizabeth Andrews was honored for its outstanding student performance in the first round of the competition, in which student Jlynn Whitehead scored the highest. More than 1,700 students from throughout Georgia compete in the event.

The Museum School
The Museum School was featured on a segment of “Focus Atlanta” on Dec. 3. Board members Carla Smith and Tina Younger discussed the history of the school as well as its goal of increasing diversity in its student population.