Carnegie Hall trip demands practice… and funds

Miller Grove High School’s Wind Symphony Orchestra was invited to play at Carnegie Hall following a performance last year and hopes to raise funds to make the April 7 trip memorable. Photo submitted.

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice … and a hefty sum of money for travel expenses, one DeKalb County High School music program has learned.  The 54-member Miller Grove High School Wind Symphony Orchestra has been invited to perform at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall on April 10. However the band, headed by director […]

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Druid Hills 7th grader places well at State Spelling Bee

Burnette Elementary School student Abhiram Kapaganty won the 56th Annual Georgia Association of Educators State Spelling Bee and a place at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Maryland in May, representing Georgia. Also pictured, Sid Chapman of Georgia Association of Educators. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word “nisi” as “taking effect at a specified time unless previously modified or avoided by cause shown, further proceedings, or a condition fulfilled.” The word has Latin roots and its first recorded use dates back to 1738. On March 17, it became known as the word that eliminated Druid Hills Middle […]

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Puppets conclude Stone Mill afterschool program

Jeff Domke with the Center for Puppetry Arts visited Stone Mill Elementary’s afterschool homework center to celebrate the end of the year on March 17. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

Thirty Stone Mill Elementary students received a two-hour lesson on puppetry on March 16 as part of the school’s homework-centered afterschool program. Paticipants in Stone Mill’s SCANA Energy-sponsored homework center were visited by WSBTV’s Rikki Klaus and Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts education coordinator Jeff Domke as part of a puppet building workshop celebrating the […]

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Drew Charter receives $2.5 million grant

Drew Charter School and the East Lake Foundation were named the recipient of a five-year $2.5 million grant courtesy of the James M. Cox Foundation, which will be used for the school’s Pre-K and early childhood education program. Photos submitted.

  Charles R. Drew Charter School—located at 301 E Lake Blvd SE—was announced as the recipient of a five-year $2.5 million grant by way of the East Lake Foundation and the James M. Cox Foundation on March 13. The funds will contribute to research-based professional development classes and e-coaching for early childhood teachers, according to […]

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Investing in success

The DeKalb County School District approved a $310,000 purchase for Advanced Placement tests to assure Free & Reduced Lunch Program students can take at least two tests cost-free. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

County school district spends more than $300,000 on Advanced Placement exams DeKalb County School District (DCSD) approved a $310,000 Advanced Placement (AP) exam purchase on Feb. 13. The purchase allows 4,443 students the opportunity to take at least one AP exam free of charge and 2,158 students the opportunity to take two exams at no […]

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Dressed to impress

Kindergarten student dresses as Colin Powell, receives feedback from American hero

Kindergarten student dresses as Colin Powell, receives feedback from American hero When Brendon Moore donned a pressed green jacket and matching slacks, pinned military buttons on his lapel, patched rank insignias on his arm and sported a homemade officer’s cap, little did he know he would be contacted by former United States Secretary of State […]

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DeKalb board of ed questions, approves $3.1 million purchase

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DeKalb County School District makes consecutive multi-million modular classroom purchase DeKalb County School District’s (DCSD) board of education approved the third consecutive multi-million dollar purchase of portable classrooms on Feb. 13 despite skepticism from board members. The approved $3.1 million purchase will pay Mobile Modular Management Corporation for an unstated number of single-wide and quad […]

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‘Not your grandfather’s vo-tech’

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    Georgia Piedmont Technical College offers cutting-edge courses According to Georgia Piedmont Technical College President Jabari Simama, the DeKalb County school is leading the way in offering a platform for 21st century jobs in America. “This is not your grandfather’s vo-tech,” Simama said. “Technical education, as the young folks say, is hot. It’s on […]

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