October 20, 2017

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.

Arabia Mountain High School
The Arabia Mountain Lady Rams softball team won the Region 5A Championship on Oct. 4. They defeated the Chamblee Bulldogs in a riveting game by the score of 9-1 in six innings. Last year, the Lady Rams secured their first Region Championship in school history; now they have back-to-back championships.

Cedar Grove High School
During Friday Night Lights, you will see an army of Marching Saints preparing to take over the 50 yard-line, shouting their war chant as they go. Among the Marching Saints is a double amputee, Jahkee Johnson, leading the trombone section. Johnson was born with the rare disease tibial hemimelia. He is a remarkable AP student that maintained a 3.3 GPA. In addition to being a trombone section leader, he also serves as president of the Men of Cedar Grove.

Chamblee Charter High School
The Georgia High School Association, in cooperation with Georgia’s Electric Membership Cooperatives, recently announced that Chamblee Charter High School is among 56 schools statewide to receive the 2017 Regional Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award.

Chapel Hill Middle School
On Oct. 13, the Atlanta Falcons, their cheerleaders, and the mascot Freddie the Falcon helped Chapel Hill Middle kick off Falcons Friday and the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. This effort will help Chapel Hill students make positive changes in their school by improving opportunities to consume nutrient-rich foods and get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

Clarkston High School
Congratulations to the Clarkston High School Girls’ Volleyball team for making it to the State Playoffs for the first time in history. Kudos to Coach Joie Bullock for doing a great job with the team!

DeKalb Elementary of the Arts (DESA)
Principal Bianca Hamilton and her dance partner placed as the second runner-up in the Dancing with the DeKalb Stars competition on Oct. 14.

Edward L. Bouie Elementary Theme School
The Junior Beta Club at Edward L. Bouie Traditional Theme School sponsored a #Hope 4 Houston Toiletry Drive. The club asked students, staff and their families to donate the following items: female and male underclothes, shaving cream, lotion, shampoo and conditioner, bar soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine products, diapers, paper towels, deodorant and bottled water. E. L. Bouie partnered with a local church, Voices of Faith, who delivered the items to Houston.

Laurel Ridge Elementary
Fifth-grade student Myles Shuman and Charlene Coburn, 95 years of age, debuted their book Humans and Animals: Humanitarian Lessons from Animals. The coloring book is illustrated by Shulman and co-written by Shulman and Coburn, and it shows how humans should be more kind to one another. On Oct. 7, the pair held a book signing to raise money for the Las Vegas victims’ fund at North DeKalb Mall.

McNair High and Obama Elementary Magnet Schools
The school staff and communities of both McNair High School and Obama Elementary Magnet School of Science and Technology joined together to participate in the Heart of South DeKalb Festival held at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center. The community was invited to join DeKalb County District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson to celebrate the Heart of South DeKalb Festival 2017.

Stone Mountain Elementary School
Stone Mountain Elementary School will be presented with 118 dictionaries for third-grade students courtesy of the Rotary Club of Stone Mountain.

Stone Mountain High School
Congratulations to Stone Mountain High School senior student Amina Jeylani for receiving the “Future Physicians and Medical Scientist Award of Excellence” this summer while in Boston.