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.

Kittredge Magnet School
Two clubs at Kittredge Magnet School are getting experience in business and STEM-related activities outside of the classroom.

The Kittredge Junior Beta Club attended the Georgia State Junior Beta Convention in Savannah on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Congratulations to Eli Glasser and Ryan Halligan for first place finishes in science and mathematics, respectively. The Kittredge Technology Team—made up of Jacob Arnberger, Ryan Halligan, Eli Starr, Aaryan Thakkar, Matthew Wang and Ethan Weiss, finished in second place in the technology category.

The Kittredge robotics team placed first overall at a recent First LEGO League regional competition on Dec. 16. The team is made up of Owen Tang, Asad Khan, Alex Coursey, Brady Solomon, Aaryan Thakkar, Yuvi Vangala and Spencer Yelk-Woodruff.

Peachtree Charter Middle School
The Peachtree Charter Middle School Academic Quiz-bowl team wrapped their September through October season by making the playoff rounds at the Paideia Pi Fight and Chamblee Brain Brawl competitions. The team followed these performances by placing fifth at the River Trail Middle School Wolf War IV, reaching the semi-finals at Collins Hill High School Tournament, taking first in the DCSD district competition, and earning third in the PAGE Regional Competition.

The team will compete at the state level in February and has received invitations to compete in two national competitions in Chicago and New Orleans.

DeKalb Early College Academy
Georgia State University selected the following students for the college’s “Top Scholar” program, which acknowledges outstanding academic performance in respective fields. Kelsey Brew, Haby Bah and Tim Nguyen were acknowledged for their work in chemistry, algebra and biology, respectively.

Dunaire Elementary School
Each student at Dunaire received a book as the result of a partnership between the 21st Century Leadership Organization and DeKalb County School District. Many students at Dunaire do not have personal libraries at home. The more books they possess, the more likely they are to be inspired by the world of literature, improve their reading and writing ability, and engage in conversation.

Stone Mountain Elementary School
Stone Mountain Elementary School received a brand-new refrigerator for the teacher’s lounge courtesy of the Stone Mountain Rotary Club.

Edward L. Bouie Elementary Theme School
The Edward L. Bouie Junior Beta Club attended the Georgia State Junior Beta Convention in Savannah, where the school received two second-prize designations. Andrew Thompson’s pen and ink drawing placed in the art category and the school’s team-wide dance placed in the group performance category.

McNair Discovery Learning Academy
Congratulations to McNair’s robotics team for placing first in the Robotic Game category of a recent First LEGO League tournament held at the end of the fall 2017 semester. The school also joined other elementary schools district wide in conducting research involving hydro dynamics, working together and programming a LEGO-built robot to navigate a map.

Peachcrest Elementary School
Peachcrest teacher James Allen won a $25,000 classroom makeover at the College Hall of Fame Teacher Summit at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Kelley Lake Elementary School
Kelley Lake Elementary’s newly installed cafeteria mural is making the rounds in Georgia. The artwork—completed by former McNair High students Tommie Hines, Latoya Thomas and Victor Walker—was recently featured on DCSD social media channels as well as the Georgia Department of Education Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Columbia High School
Eight Columbia High School students were selected to perform during pregame festivities at the College Football National Championship game between the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia on January 8. These students include Jacquee Bagby, Laterian Mills, Ashlei Green, Jalen Grant, Latoyria Maddox, Makayla Bell, Tyzjah Cooke and Arcana Copeland. The students and their families were allowed to attend the game free of charge.