Act by June 30: DCSD Fundraising/Solicitations Proposed Policy

Parents:  The DeKalb County Board of Education (BOE) is considering changes to the DCSD policy on school-related fundraising.  Changes to the current policy could affect what is permissible, how approval takes place, and how organizations such as PTA/PTSAs, School Foundations, and other organizations go about doing fundraising.  New changes could also impact the evolving arena of crowd-sourcing in schools through vehicles such as (for example) Go Fund Me.

The DeKalb BOE and School District are seeking parent and community stakeholder input on the new proposed policy.  Please see below for an invitation to comment from the DCSD Chief Communications & Community Outreach Officer.  The message provides links to the proposals being considered.  When you open those links, you’ll see the draft policy as well as a comment box where you can submit comments.

Comments can be submitted through June 30, 2017.  This issue will be discussed during the July 10th Board of Education meeting.

Organizations and individuals may want to consider how this policy would affect your current school-related fundraising activities, and communicate what is most important to you in fundraising policies as the BOE moves forward with consideration of this issue.

Thanks, Peachtree Gateway Council on Schools (serving Region 1 – Chamblee, Dunwoody, Cross Keys clusters) 

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EILEEN HOUSTON-STEWART│ Chief Communications & Community Relations Officer

DeKalb County School District Administrative & Instructional Complex

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 A proposed revision to Board Policy KEB related to Fundraising (Solicitations) and accompanying Regulation KEB-R(1) was presented to the Board of Education at the May 15, 2017  meeting. That policy  and regulation are now available for public comment at the following links:

The comment field is located at the bottom of the webpage. Alternatively, please visit the Board of Education homepage at Links to proposed policies and regulations available for public comment are listed on the right hand side of the page.

The District welcomes your input as we work together to create a policy and regulation to best serve and support DeKalb County School District students.  Please provide all comments by  June 30, 2017 for review and consideration by the Board prior to the July 10, 2017 meeting.  

New Curriculum Plan Updates

The DeKalb County School District presented a new curriculum plan to the DeKalb County Board of Education on March 20th. This new curriculum will be implemented in the 2017-2018 school year.

To learn more, go to

Key points of information:

1. New curriculum to focus on individual learning

2. Teaching and learning in the DeKalb County School District will be enhanced through a new curriculum that emphasizes both rigor and individual student needs.

3. Product of nearly one year of development involving 228 teachers across the district and textbook provider Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

4. The curriculum writing project is a vital part of the district’s growth, as noted in the recommendation by AdvancED to extend the district’s accreditation for five years.

Parents and the community at large can receive information on county-wide developments like this by signing up for the electronic newsletter “TrustED” at

Other profile topic’s in this month’s TrustED e-newsletter included:
Check out the complete timeline for the latest E-SPLOST projects
Henderson Mill Elementary School becomes 1st school in the State of GA to be a certified STEAM school

You can also find useful links and news on our PGCS Facebook page. Like us at or by searching “peachtree gateway council”


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New Curriculum to Focus on Individual Learning

The Curriculum and Instruction team presented a new curriculum plan on March 20 to the Board of Education. It is the product of nearly one year of development involving 228 teachers across the district, and textbook provider Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. DCSD will begin implementing the curriculum for the 2017-2018 school year.The curriculum writing project is a vital part of the district’s growth, as noted in the recommendation by AdvancED to extend the district’s accreditationfor five years.

Learn more about the curriculum project here.

Top District News

Check out the complete timeline for the latest E-SPLOST projects – This is the planning and construction schedule for the five-year, $561 million capital improvements program.District is home to state’s first STEAM school – DCSD is proud to announce that Henderson Mill Elementary School is the first school in the state of Georgia to receive its STEAM certification.

DCSD to celebrate National Autism Awareness Month – The district’s Special Education Department will host the following events for the public to support this effort.

DeKalb Principal Receives Excellence in Education Award – Henderson Mill Elementary School principal surprised with award for school literacy project.

Band directors to be honored at community event – The event recognizes the Southwest DeKalb group of bands.

REMINDER: Grad Central Station is your source for graduation information – DCSD has developed a new “experience” for our graduating seniors and their families.

District seeks input through Student & Family Access to Technology Survey – DCSD is conducting a survey to measure how much access its students and families have to technology.

TrustED News Moments: 

In response to a “Stop Teen Dating Violence” Public Service Announcement contest by the DeKalb County Solicitor-General’s office, DeKalb High School of Technology student Jordan Alexander wrote, directed, produced, and filmed a compelling depiction of teen dating violence.
Award winning PSA on teen violence

Student Achievement Highlights

Clarkston High sophomore represents students at Board meeting – Jerusalem Tsige has a 3.7 GPA and plans to major in business and marketing in college.

Chamblee Charter High student earns STAR recognition – Manav Mathews of Chamblee Charter High School has been honored by state educators and the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce.

DeKalb Students Earn Gold at State FBLA Competition  Kailah Trice and Jordon Holmond of Arabia Mountain High School earned gold medals at the competition on March 12-14.

ICYMI: Obama Elementary fifth-grader nabs first place at Technology Fair – The Crossroads News provides coverage of a student’s award in the mobile apps division.

From The Superintendent’s Desk

The evolution of the DeKalb County School District isn’t a singular act. It’s a series of steps that will lead to a better future for our students. March 2017 will go down as a milestone in that progression.In just 31 days, DCSD earned a recommendation for a five-year accreditation from AdvancED, unveiled a new curriculum, and received approval from the School Board for the E-SPLOST project list. If that wasn’t impressive enough, one of our schools, Henderson Mill Elementary, became the first school in the state to earn a STEAM certification.

Did I also mention we had more than 1,500 responses during the Certified Teacher job fair?

The onset of spring flowers can be a good metaphor for your DeKalb schools. We are just beginning to open our petals and bloom. Every day, this system is evolving into what we believe it can be, delivering the service this community expects. We are going to continue to multiply and grow into something beautiful and transformative.

March was a great month for our system. I can’t wait to see what April brings.

 R. Stephen Green, Superintendent of Schools

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Construction Advisory Committees Meeting Summary

Peachtree Gateway Council on Schools – Spring Event – “Construction Advisory Committees”

Missed our event on 3/28?  See below for the basics!

Welcome:  Ms. Sherry Johnson, Region 1 Superintendent (interim)

What is PGCS?

  • Educational events for parents and the community.  Shares knowledge about activities and successful practices in Region 1 schools. Collaborates with Parent Councils in other DeKalb regions.  Is a non-partisan organization.

Recognition of DCSD Region 1 “Principal of the Year” – Mr. Sedrick Anthony, Principal – Sequoyah Middle School

School innovation:  Sequoyah Middle School debate team.

  • Sequoyah MS is the only metro Atlanta school that hosts 2 debate tournaments annually.
  • Interested in starting debate at your school?

 Panel, “Construction Advisory Committees”

PGCS 2017 events:

  • Spring – panel on “Construction Advisory Committees”
  • Fall (Sept/Oct) – educational topic TBD
  • End of Year (Dec) – educational topic TBD

Handouts and slides from 3/28 event:



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