Pulse on Peachtree

Feb 12th Newsletter

Principal's Message

State of the School

Thank you to everyone that participated in, and joined us, for the state of the school! Feel free to watch the recording on our school website homepage to learn about the progress we've made as a school and our continued plan for improvement.

Congratulations to our Band Students!

We are very proud to share that 7 students from Mr. Hickman’s 7th and 8th grade bands participated in district honor band last weekend. These students rehearsed A LOT and presented their amazing concert. Students in district honor band are among the top musicians in the district! From here, 2 students were selected to audition for All-State Band. These two students placed either 1st or 2nd chair at districts. Abby Dilaura was selected for All-State Middle School band and placed 1st chair in Bari saxophone. She will head to Athens at the beginning of March to participate in the All-State music festival at UGA. This is big honor and we are all very excited for her to represent Peachtree Middle School.

A huge shout out goes to Mr Hickman as it’s huge honor and great testimony to his skills and ability as a band director to have students attend districts and All-State!

From left to right:

Charlotte Grant

Amy Sahar

Julia Lovell

Emmy Knight

Ms. Caputo

Mr. Hickman

Abby Dilaura

Chinmayu Pradhan

Gabby Sarmiento

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Upcoming Dates

February 11th-16th: Access/Alternate Access - Make Ups

February 18th: No School (February Break)

February 19th: Track Meet @ Buck Godfrey

February 21st: No School (President's Day)

February 24th: PAC Academics Sub-Committee Meeting

February 24th: Winter Band Concert

February 25th: Deadline for SST Fernbank Application

February 26th: Boys & Girls Soccer Game v. Chamblee Middle

February 26th: Track Meet @ North DeKalb Stadium

March 5th: Boys & Girls Soccer Game v. Lithonia

March 5th: Track Meet @ North DeKalb Stadium

March 10th: Chorus Concert

March 11th: Peachtree Awards Day (more information coming soon)

March 11th: No school (Teacher Work Day)

March 12th: Boys & Girls Soccer Game v. Druid Hills Middle

March 12th: Track Meet @ Buck Godfrey

March 14th - 18th: School Board Appreciation Week

March 17th: All Roads Lead to Dunwoody Event at 5:30pm

March 19th: Boys & Girls Soccer Game v. Chapel Hill Middle

March 19th: Track Meet @ James Halliford Stadium

March 24th: Special Olympics @ James Halliford Stadium

March 26th: Boys & Girls Soccer Game v. Stone Mountain Middle

**All dates are subject to change.

General Updates and Reminders

Sports Dismissal

We are excited that so many of our students are participating in sports! We ask for parental support to keep students in class the duration of the day and to communicate with our attendance office and teachers in advance in the event of an early check outs. Our latest check-out time is 3:15pm.

Anti-Bullying Campaign and Code of Conduct Refresh

Each semester, we review our DCSD code of conduct and our anti-bullying campaign with our students. We will be conducting our review over the next few weeks. As always, conversations at home are strongly encouraged to reinforce the information. Click the links above for details.

Winter MAP Scores

Scores will be available and distributed in March as we are wrapping up make-up testing. We are able to distribute at the conclusion of the testing window ending Feb 28th.

PAC Academics Sub-Committee Meeting

Our next PAC Academics Sub-Committee meeting is scheduled for February 24 at 4:30pm.

The agenda draft below includes the link to join. 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!

All Roads Lead to Dunwoody - Save the Date!

North, South, East, and West - all roads lead to DHS! Save the date for a Wildcat rally for all future students!

ALL elementary and middle school students from the Dunwoody Cluster are invited to a special event at Dunwoody High School on Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 5:30 pm - All Roads Lead to Dunwoody! Students from Peachtree Middle School, Austin Elementary, Chesnut Elementary, Dunwoody Elementary, Hightower Elementary, Kingsley Elementary, and Vanderlyn Elementary are invited to join us on the turf field behind Dunwoody High School. Kickball games between students, staff and administration will be ongoing as well as the option to enjoy concessions. See a special presentation at 6:30 pm to kick off the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Dunwoody High School for the 2022-2023 school year followed by the DHS Powder Puff football game.

This is an outdoor event where covid mitigation strategies will be able to be implemented; masks are required.

All Roads Lead to Dunwoody T-Shirt - https://www.allforeonedunwoody.org/

Share your pride and show your spirit for the Dunwoody cluster schools! We're all on the same road leading to the home of the Wildcats! Wear your shirt any and every day you choose but especially on March 17 at the special event and Wildcat rally, All Roads Lead to Dunwoody, at DHS. Elementary, middle, high school students, all faculty and staff, alumni and anyone in the community is able to purchase a shirt(s) here.

With our community spirit shirts, we will UNITE and show how we are all for one on our road to Dunwoody!

T-shirts will be available for pickup at the event on March 17 at DHS. If not picked up that evening, your shirt will be sent to your local school for distribution or the address shared in the order form.
All Roads Lead to Dunwoody HS Event Promo

Collaboration Spotlight: World Language

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This week we hosted Dunwoody High School World Language teachers in our French and Spanish classrooms.

Madame McKenzie noted:

Students had a chance to ask questions about the Dunwoody High School French program . They were excited to hear about and increase their understanding of the varying French levels that exist beyond Middle School as well as the AP program. Even more exciting news for the students was the news of the immersion-like French trip on which students studying French at Dunwoody embark while there. Students were told by Madame Conte that days are built in while on the trip for them to attend school with teenagers of their own age. My students were beyond themselves!

We were really happy that a face-to-face meeting could be arranged and I think it served as a catalyst for students to have the strong intrinsic desire to achieve success in the World Language program here at Peachtree so that their horizons and opportunities can be broadened beyond the walls of Middle School.

Madame Conte reiterated that she will be back: and will arrange for some of her French students to interact with ours by playing some French games later in the Semester.

Señora Carter and Señor Lara shared their experiences meeting with DHS' Mr. Dinshaw Anklesaria and learning the specific areas of alignment that DHS Spanish teachers would like to have at Peachtree. These included the use transitional words when they are speaking in the target language and the use of the 5 Cs: culture, community, communications, connections and comparisons.

Peachtree Garden

Spring has sprung at Peachtree as 6th Graders in Mr. Gardiner's ELT pick up shovels and wheelbarrows to move mounds of mulch to help with the restoration of our garden. Thank you to the students that helped and thank you to the leadership of Mr. Gardiner!
Gardiner ELT Garden Support

STT Flyer

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