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.

December 7, 2018

Allgood Elementary
Allgood Elementary was a recent recipient of dictionaries courtesy of the Stone Mountain Rotary Club. The club was able to provide dictionaries to every third-grade student at Allgood, with personal deliveries coming from Suzanne Sykes and Bud Schooler.

Austin Elementary
Congratulations to Austin’s Girls on the Run team, who hosted a celebratory 5K run on November 10 at Georgia State Stadium. Girls on the Run, headed by teachers Erin Costello and Linda Costello, is a transformational learning program for eight to 13 year-old girls. The program teaches life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a 5K running event.

Avondale Elementary
Avondale Elementary was recently named a recipient of a grant from the Meemic Foundation. Funds from the grant—which amount to $50 per teacher and staff member as well as $15 per student—were used to purchase books during the school’s Scholastic Book Fair.

Briarlake Elementary
Congratulations to students in Ms. Mary Yun’s second grade class at Briarlake, who recently took part in the Georgia Breathes Tour 19. Students concentrated on breathing as well as what thoughts emerged into their heads during a period of meditation. The purpose of the exercise was to help students obtain positive perception and mentalities.

Chamblee Middle
Congratulations to the Chamblee Middle Math Team, who competed in the South Forsyth High School Math tournament in November 2018. Chamblee Middle finished fourth in the Large School Division and third place in the Accelerated Large School Division. Congratulations to student Micah Burton, who achieved the second highest score in the entire competition!

Congratulations to Chamblee Middle’s Academic Quiz Bowl team, which competed against 40 of the strongest teams from around the state in November 2018. The team, which has been undefeated, retained their perfect record and claimed first place at the Collins Hill tournament.

Congratulations to the Chamblee Middle Debate Team, which competed at Decatur High School’s most recent local tournament. Despite this competition being the team’s third tournament, thanks to students Peyton Shaw and Arianna Hassan, the team won the “Best Team” award.

DeKalb High School of Technology South
Congratulations to DeKalb High School of Technology South for its partnership with the Dart Foundation. The Dart Foundation recently awarded the school $59,720 for the purpose of strengthening students’ introduction to manufacturing technology, as well as its relationship with society-at-large.

Dunaire Elementary
Congratulations to Dunaire’s Dynamic Dolphins program, which were included in a list of division winners in the 2018-2019 Dr. William P. Foster Project Award of Excellence. Five division winners were chosen to move on for eligibility for the national award, which will be announced at the Midwest Clinic—an annual music education conference.

Dunwoody High
Congratulations to students Anna Wilkinson, Robert Freeman, Luke Freedman and Samuel Wingert for their advancement in the auditions for GMEA All-State Chorus. The students will advance to the final round of auditions in January, where they will be expected to sight read and perform Italian aria, which includes a set of major, minor, and chromatic scales.

Congratulations to the Dunwoody Speech & Debate Team for their recent success at the Grady High School Carter-King Quest for the Dream Tournament. Students Sarah Griever and Morgan Underhill for winning the Duo Interpretation; to student Maya Lavendar placing second in Dramatic Interpretation; and to Esha Bhat, Sofia McNamara, Maddie Fellner, Paris Ruiz, Daniel Maslia, and Alexander Torjak for performing admirably.

Edward L. Bouie Theme Elementary
Congratulations to E.L. Bouie Theme for earning National Beta School of Distinction status. The national award recognizes the school’s commitment to academic excellence as well as its dedication to preparing students for college and career readiness.

Elizabeth Andrews High
Congratulations to students Amanda Hardee, Tierra Brown, Zion Fowler, and Kimberly Tatum, who participated in the GCEE State Personal Finance Challenge held at SunTrust Park. Students learned about personal finance as well as presenting on short and long term financial planning.

Fairington Elementary
Congratulations to Fairington principal Walter Burke for his nomination in the Atlanta Families Award for Excellence in Education Award.

Flat Shoals Elementary
Congratulations to the Flat Shoals Elementary Robotics Team, who recently placed first in the area of Core Values at a local competition.

Henderson Middle School
Henderson Middle students heard from DeKalb County’s Department of Watershed Management visited students on November 15 to talk about proper disposal of Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOGs).

Huntley Hills Elementary
Congratulations to student Aiden Armstrong, whose social studies fair project pictures received praise via Twitter from professional tennis player Billie Jean King. Armstrong’s project revolved around Title IX and women’s rights.

Huntley Hills’ Harden Club recently hosted a “Kale Taste Test”, in which students and adults used fresh kale grown at the school’s garden to create salad. Small salad samples were provided to students as part of the club’s mission of promoting gardening, conservation, and recognition of various plants and their benefits.

Kingsley Elementary
Kingsley Elementary celebrated science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) day in November 2018, which included a visit from author Patrice McLaurin, whose book, Have You Thanks an Inventor Today? has been the school’s book of the month.

Congratulations to teachers Lori Lubin, Virginia Marion, Reynard Burgess, Lindsay Limpert, Romilia Human, and Tyra Harris-Thompson, who presented at the Georgia STEAM Forum Conference. The teachers hosted a session titled “STEAMing Ahead.”

Congratulations to Kingsley’s chorus, which performed during an intermission at the Gwinnett Gladiators ice hockey game. More than 50 students sang “My Country Tis of Thee” as part of a program honoring military veterans.

Lakeside High
Students at Lakeside High are fully invested in the newly created Literacy Lounge. The lounge consists of tutoring and a focus on literacy for the school’s new AVID program. Lakeside invites all interested to stop by and see the Literacy Lounge in action during any school lunch period.

Lithonia Middle
Congratulations to teacher Keisha Felder for partnering Lithonia Middle with METRO RESA to gain expert-led, STEM-related instruction to students.

Miller Grove Middle
Congratulations to Miller Grove Middle, whose Parent Engagement Week activities were well attended by community members. Events included Coffee & Conversation, Parent Shadow Day, and Donuts with Dads.

Murphey Candler Elementary
Congratulations to the Murphey Candler Elementary community, who designated November and December as Kindness in Action months. In November, students and staff collected non-perishable food items to be used for holiday baskets, resulting in 882 collected items. These items, along with turkeys donated from partners at Walmart, will be distributed to underserved families in the community for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Oak Grove Elementary
Congratulations to Oak Grove Elementary for placing first at the recent DCSD Academic Bowl. This is the third year in which Oak Grove has won the event with the help of head coach Robyn Brown, who also serves as the school’s gifted liaison.

Oak View Elementary
Congratulations to the Oak View Elementary Robotics Team, who recently placed first in the area of Game Design at a local competition.

Peachtree Charter Middle
Peachtree Charter Middle students experienced collegiate science instruction firsthand on November 12 as part of a visit to Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Earth & Atmospheric Science. The students spoke with Georgia Tech professors, grad students, and alumni. Subjects covered included the Coriolis Effect; Earth’s paleoclimate; weather radar technology; Hurricane Michael; and the California fires.

Redan Elementary
Redan Elementary celebrated National Children’s Book Week by hosting a book far; team-planned activities; author and illustrator studies; participation in the Readers Theater and Trivia Contest; as well as creating bookmarks and book covers.

Stone Mountain Elementary
Congratulations to Stone Mountain Elementary, who was able to bring in more than 1,400 cans as part of a two week drive to benefit local church Corpus Christi.

Students at Stone Mountain Elementary recently benefitted from an educational visit from a local firehouse. Students learned about various equipment as well as proper fire safety.

Stone Mountain High
Congratulations to Stone Mountain High staff member Latonya Derricho, whose efforts helped raise more than $500 for breast cancer research, treatment, and care.

Tucker Middle
Congratulations to Tucker Middle’s Robotics Team for winning top honors at the FIRST Lego League Robotics Competition at Jekyll Island. The team earned the Champions Award and the award for Best Overall Team, which qualifies them for the next level of competition.

Warren Tech
Congratulations to Warren Tech teacher Robert Brown, who was named one of three participants in the STEM Education Innovation Lab (SEIL) Team Teaching Ambassadors program. As a participant, Brown will travel to the Dominican Republic.