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Fernbank Science Center NASA program open

From Michael Dowling, Physics Instructor at Fernbank.  He says "The program is open to all students, not just DeKalb:"  "SEMAA Applications Now Available. Fernbank Science Center is now accepting applications for the NASA SEMAA (Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Aerospace Academy) program. This session is for students currently in grades 4 through 8. SEMAA at Fernbank is supported by a grant from NASA Education.

International Community School seeks volunteers for soccer

From Paul Ferguson: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ICS!!  Volunteers needed – no sports experience required – to help with 3rd and 4th grade aspiring soccer stars at the International Community School. To find out about this unique and special DeKalb County public school in our neighborhood,  check out this short video  and this blog.   Because of language and cultural issues, volunteer rates among refugee parents tend to be low, and we hope that some folks from the neighborhood who have energy, enthusiasm and time between 4p and 6p on Monday and Wednesdays may be able to help a few times per month.  If you or anyone you know may be interested in helping, please e-mail – we’d love to hear from you!!

Druid Hills Charter Cluster approved

From TyTagami in the AJC: "The petition for a charter school cluster centered on Druid Hills High School passed by a huge margin Tuesday...." [Read more.]

Druid Hills Charter Cluster Petition Vote

Event Date and Time: 
08/13/2013 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm

From The Druid Hills Charter Cluster website ( PETITION VOTE.  Come vote YES or NO on submitting a Petition to the DeKalb County Board of Education for our schools to become the Druid Hills Charter Cluster.  Tuesday, August 13th, 2013, 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Druid Hills High School GYMNASIUM, 1798 Haygood Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. 

You are eligible to vote if:

Let's Move DeKalb Expo (7/27) promoting kid fitness, seeking school supply donations

From the interim county CEO's office:  The 3rd Annual Let's Move! DeKalb Expo will be held on Saturday, July 27 at Exchange Park Intergenerational Center from 10 am to 3 pm. There will be fitness fun and games for all ages. We really need your help! Our goal is to have book bags, backpacks and school supplies for at least 500 children.  A donation of $10 can fill a backpack with school supplies.  A donation of $25 provides a child with a backpack and school supplies! Click here to make a donation Unable to donate? Be an event volunteer at the nutrition exhibits, physical activities, tastes of C.H.O.I.C.E.S. and health exhibits. Click here to volunteer

Charter cluster fundraiser

Event Date and Time: 
07/19/2013 - 4:00pm - 8:30pm

From the Druid Hills Charter Cluster website (ht/ North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch): Food Truck Friday... Join us for Food Truck Friday on Friday July 19th from 4-8:30 pm at Avondale Baptist Church on Convington Hwy (see our calendar for more details).  This is a fundraiser to benefit the DHCC.  We are hosting Food Trucks, a live band and invite the community to rent tables for our rummage sale!  Sign up with us using the below document.

Board ok's high schools' individual accreditation

From Joe Earle in the Reporter Newspapers [see also the post by Terry Nall in DeKalb School Watch.]: "As DeKalb County school officials work to fully restore the system’s accreditation, the  school board has endorsed a plan to allow DeKalb high schools to seek accreditation individually from a state accrediting agency...." [

Druid Hills Charter Cluster petition ready by mid-July

From the North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch: "A petition to start a cluster of charter schools around Druid Hills High and its feeder schools could be ready by next month, Druid Hills Middle School said over the weekend. A petition, created by the Druid Hills Charter Cluster, will be publicly available for viewing by mid-July, according to an email the middle school's PTSA sent to parents Sunday...." [Read more.]

Fernbank Spring Fling

Event Date and Time: 
05/18/2013 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm
From Dana Borda: I just wanted to let you know about the Farewell Fernbank event on Saturday, May 18th from 4-7pm -- rain or shine. As most of you know, the current Fernbank Elementary building will be torn down this summer and a new, updated, larger and beautiful building will go in its place. We are having a "Spring Fling" which includes music, food from Community BBQ, photo shoots, and spending time with friends of Fernbank.

School board budget now in surplus

From Ty Tagami in the AJC (h/t to the Patch): "When DeKalb County school officials combed through financial records over the weekend, they made an astonishing discovery: The district has millions more dollars than they’d thought....." [Read more.]

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