Pulse on Peachtree

April 16th Newsletter

Principal's Message

Assistant Principal's Week and Our NEW Assistant Principal

Our Assistant Principals are instrumental to the success of our school and we are eager to spotlight their contributions each day of the year, but especially this week! Scroll below for a section of this newsletter dedicated to them.

Student Focus Group

This week I had the opportunity to meet with 15 students in a focus group to discuss their experiences at Peachtree and how we can continue to collaborate on school initiatives. We discussed two main topics: dress code and building a culture of inclusiveness & acceptance.

Our conversations surrounding dress code revolved around how dress code is addressed in the building, equity among the student body and developing more specific guidelines to the DCSD code of conduct. Our students pitched an idea for a discreet way to address dress code with students (a paper pass with instructions) and offered suggestions to the rules about shorts and skirts. I would like to propose their ideas to our PAC and to our school leadership team for feedback. Our goal is to develop specific guidelines to rollout the following school year.

Students discussed how we can continue to build a culture that includes all students and accepts them for who they are. We recognize that middle school is a time to explore personality and figure out "who you are", but it can be also be challenging. The group will be engaging in research on their own and we will come together again to explore the research together. All students are welcome to send feedback!

Parent Round-table Discussions

I want to continue to build on the discussions we are having with the focus group of students and open our discussions to our parents/community too. We will do the same with our faculty & staff. I'd like to open the invite to have roundtable discussions. Our focuses will be input to our dress code and how to continue to build cultural awareness and acceptance. If you're interested, please use the link below:


GA Milestone Testing

Please see the schedule below for testing. We ask for your partnership in having students arrive on time for testing. If you plan to check out your child, please be sure you arrive prior to 3:15pm.

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Upcoming Dates

April 18th: GA Milestone testing begins

April 20th: Title I Stakeholder's Meeting (canceled)

April 27th: Orchestra Concert 7pm at DHS

April 29th: Progress Reports go home

May 2nd - 6th: MAP Testing

May 2nd - 6th: Teacher Appreciation Week

May 2nd: Chorus Concert 7pm at DHS

May 5th: Band Concert

May 6th: Career Day (more info to come)

May 9th - 13th: 8th Grade Spirit Week (more info to come)

May 11th: 8th Grade Patriot Games (more info to come)

May 12th: 7th Grade Patriot Games

May 13th: 6th Grade Patriot Games

May 20th: Last Day of School

**All dates are subject to change.

Celebrating Assistant Principal's Week and Our NEW Assistant Principal

NEW Assistant Principal

I am so excited to announce our new 6th grade Assistant Principal Mr. Evan Chapman! Mr. Chapman earned his Bachelor's degree in History from Clarkson University. He continued his education at SUNY Plattsburgh where he earned a Master's of Science in Teaching and a Specialists degree in Educational Leadership. He has been education for over 16 years serving his community in New York and Richmond, Virginia before coming to Atlanta. Mr. Chapman’s previous positions include Assistant Principal, Athletic Director, and Lead Teacher. On the weekends you can find him spending time with his wife and children or at the ice hockey rink. After playing briefly in college, he continues to stay on the ice as referee for both youth and college games. Mr. Chapman loves to travel and is a huge fan of the Boston Red Sox (Sorry Braves Fans).

We are extremely grateful for the work of our interim Assistant Principals Ms. Mindee Adamson and Dr. Ann Culbreath. They were able to work with Mr. Chapman this week to support with the transition, but we will certainly miss them!

Mr. Chapman can be reached at evan_chapman@dekalbschoolsga.org for anything related to 6th grade, Chromebooks or facilities.

Assistant Principal's Week

Our Assistant Principals are instrumental to the success of our school and we are eager to spotlight their contributions each day of the year, but especially this week!

  • Ms. Andrea Merrick - 8th Grade Assistant Principal

On top of all her support in our building, Ms.Merrick is also in a doctoral program at Columbia State University for Curriculum and Instruction. She genuinely loves all of our students for who they are and she works hard every day to ensure they feel encouraged to succeed. Testing and 8th grade are among the many things Ms. Merrick supports at Peachtree and we are grateful for every contribution. Outside of school, you can find her hanging out with her black lab puppy, Diesel.

  • Ms. Thomasina Goodgame - 7th Grade Assistant Principal

Dr. Goodgame brings "el sabor" as a former Spanish teacher to our admin team. She played baskegtball in college and was even inducted into the Hall of Fame for Women's Basketball at her alma mater. Exceptional education and 7th grade are areas she supports, but she is always flexible to support wherever she can, which we appreciate. Outside of school, you can find her with her skilled pup, Little Bit, that knows some sweet tricks.

  • Ms. Natalie Cowart - Assistant Principal of Instruction
As a former Disney college program member, Ms. Cowart is the high-energy, positive team-player we lean on all the time. She schedules, leads instructional initiatives and so much more. Outside of school, you can find her on the tennis court or supporting the Atlanta Braves. As an Atlanta native she loves all things ATL and doesn't miss an opportunity to share ATL history with our students.

MAP Testing May 2 - 6

Please review the letters below for information on MAP Spring Testing.

PAC Upcoming Meetings

Our next general meeting is Thursday, April 21st meeting at 7:15am.

Our next academics sub-commitee meeting will be held Tuesday, May 10th at 7:15am.

Both meetings will be offered hybrid. In-person will be in our conference room. Virtual link is included in our agendas below. All families are welcome to join and listen. To participate in the meeting, non-PAC members are able to speak during public comment.

The final agenda (once the council approves) and the minutes will be posted on our school website following the meeting.


You can also find information on each of our members and the schedule of meetings for the remainder of the year. All are welcome to join and listen in!

Learning Spotlight: STEM Boat Regatta

These are examples of the Putt Putt Boat project started on our STEM team in Engineering class with Mr. Casey. The blue poster spotlights the Math element they worked on in Mr. Long's class. The students timed the boats down a ten-foot gutter as it moved in the water powered by steam. Then they measured it in feet per second, then calculated the speed in miles per hour. And they were able to sneak in some Geography when they calculated how many days it would take for that Putt Putt Boat to travel the 90 miles from Cuba to Miami.
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summer school programs

We are very excited to share all the incredible summer school opportunities available for our students! Please click the links below to see the multiple options:
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DCSD Audit Committee - Seeking applicants

The DeKalb County Board of Education is seeking applicants for three community advisor positions on the DeKalb County Board of Education Audit Committee.

The Audit Committee is composed of three board of education members and no more than three community advisors. The committee reviews the financial operations of the DeKalb County School District and makes periodic reports to the board of education regarding financial reporting processes, audit process, internal controls fraud, waste and abuse inquiries, and compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

The Audit Committee works with the district’s Office of Internal Audits and Compliance and performs any other appropriate function delegated by the board of education. Meetings are held quarterly; however, the committee may also meet on an as-needed basis.

“The DeKalb County Board of Education and the school district are committed to transparency. We want the public to feel assured about the financial management of the district, and this is one of the steps of that assurance,” said Board Chair Vickie B. Turner. “The DeKalb County Board of Education believes in taking meaningful steps to improve the district’s financial system. This committee will help the board engage at a more meaningful level with its oversight responsibilities,” said Board Vice Chair DiiJon DaCosta, Sr.

The selected applicants will serve one term, which expires on July 1, 2023. Applicants must email their résumé, letter of interest, and application to communityadvisor@dekalbschoolsga.org by April 25, 2022 by 5 p.m. To fill out the application, visit https://bit.ly/DCSDCAA.

Track Team Success

Our track team competed again this weekend. We are so proud of their commitment as student athletes and how much they've grown.
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Autism Awareness Month

Peachtree and DCSD joins families and organizations across the nation in recognizing the month of April 2022 as Autism Awareness Month. Autism refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication. This is an opportunity to honor children and youth with autism and the professionals who serve them.

How can you participate?

Be informed. Visit the following websites for more information:




Show your support. Use the hashtag #NationalAutismAwarenessMonth when you post anything relevant on social media in April.

Get Involved. Take the pledge to spread awareness and promote acceptance, which can lead to greater support for individuals with autism.

We are dedicated to creating a kinder, more inclusive community for our students with autism and their families. Thank you for your continued support!

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Community Resource - Fencing

Dunwoody High School Summer Fencing Camp

When: June 13th-17th from 9:00AM-12PM

Where: Dunwoody High School

Fee: $250

Interested in fencing and learning a new sport? No previous fencing experience required and equipment will be provided. Snacks and a Camp T-Shirt will be given.

Open to 6th-12th grade students.

En garde!

To register please click here:


Community Resource - DeKalb Library

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