Pulse on Peachtree

Feb 5th Newsletter

Principal's Message

State of the School

Don't forget to view our state of the school this Thursday! The link will be posted on our school website homepage at 4:15pm. Learn about the progress we've made as a school and our continued plan for improvement.

Parent Teacher Conference Night

Team leaders should have provided links this week to sign-up for a brief conference to review your child's progress with their teachers. If you did not receive information, please reach out to your child's homeroom teacher using the contact information provided here. If you're unable to secure a meeting time, please know you are welcome to schedule a conference at any point throughout the year.

Sports Update

Another congratulations to the boy's and girl's basketball teams that both went on to district playoffs! Our girl's team was "crowned" Region I champions!

Student Emerson Mitchell (pictured below) from our boy's basketball team made all-regionals and we are very proud of his success!

We are looking forward to our soccer games and our track meets for the Patriot athlete momentum to keep going!

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Upcoming Dates

February 7th: State of the School + Parent Teacher Conference Night

February 7th-11th: School Counselor Appreciation Week

February 7th: Access/Alternate Access Testing - Listening

February 8th: Access/Alternate Access Testing - Reading

February 9th: Access/Alternate Access Testing - Writing

February 10th: Access/Alternate Access Testing - Speaking

February 10th: State of the School and Parent Teacher Conference Night

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

February 24th: PAC Academics Sub-Committee Meeting

February 25th: Deadline for SST Fernbank Application

**All dates are subject to change.

General Updates and Reminders

Front Door Customer Service

We want to be able to serve our parents and student visitors in our front lobby area right away so we have installed a Ring camera to better assist you. When you visit, please click the button on the Ring camera to let us know you've arrived.

Drop-Off Items

Parents a friendly reminder of what we accept for drop off:

  • Eyeglasses
  • House keys
  • Chromebooks/Student Computers
  • Lunchbag (no fast food or deliveries allowed)

Airdrop Settings for iPhone

If your child has an iPhone, we recommend a review of their Airdrop settings to "off" or "contacts only". For more information on how Airdrop works, click here. With the setting of "everyone", students can receive material from anyone with an iPhone and we want to help you ensure they're protected from unsolicited material.

Reminder of Start Time

We've noticed an increase in tardies to our first class period. Please help us ensure students arrive before 8:35am.

In case you missed it: State of the Region

Learn about the amazing things going on in Region I!

Link: https://www.tinyurl.com/region1SOR

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!

SST Program at Fernbank Science Center

We are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Scientific Tools and Techniques (STT) Program at Fernbank Science Center for the 2022-2023 school year. STT is an advanced, fast-paced, one-semester science program designed to familiarize ninth grade students with the tools and techniques of scientific inquiry. STT exposes students to many science fields and STEM careers. Each school year, 180 students are selected to participate in the program -- ninety students are selected to attend each semester. The spring 2022 STT application process will be completely online using the Google Classroom platform. We have created the 2022 – 2023 STT Digital Brochure for you to learn more about this premier DeKalb County School District (DCSD) program!

Application Deadline is Friday, February 25th!

Student Selection Process:

Eighth graders interested in applying for STT should see Mrs. Crowder room #805 for information on the application process. Each middle school accepts applications and scores students based on the following criteria:

1. English, Math, Science and Social Studies grades.

2. One 7th or 8th grade science teacher recommendation.

3. Evaluation of student responses to short answer questions.

4. Evaluation of student response to a required essay question.

To learn more about the STT program, there will be a virtual information session for prospective students and their parents/guardians on Thursday, February 10, 2022, at 6:30 pm. Please register to attend using this form: https://forms.gle/ZNHRkPkBBqqFtYKz8.

SGA Fundraiser for Students

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Student Spotlight: Mirabel Datsa

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Our student spotlight this week is Mirabel Datsa (6gr)! Her teacher, Ms. Myra Elder, shared that she is a hard-working student that strives for success. We asked Mirabel some questions about being a student at Peachtree and you'll see that her responses highlight how great she is.

What does it mean to be a Patriot?

"Well I don't have a lot of experience yet since I'm in 6th grade, but so far it means caring for those who need you and giving out a helping hand. When I'm the one in need of help, they're there for me too."

If you could give any advice to a fellow Patriot, what would you say?

"In in your most desperate times, keep pushing. When you're afraid, go to that gut feeling and just keep going. One day you'll be more successful and anyone that doubted you will be coming to you."

Mirabel has an amazing talent: her voice. She wants to continue working on public speaking and looks forward to becoming a successful activist and entrepreneur.

Learning Spotlight: 6th Grade Orchestra

Our 6th graders have come a long way this year. Check out their impressive performance under the direction of Mr. Chris Harrison. Many of our students began as beginners or with no experience and they have grown tremendously!
Peachtree MS Orchestra - 6th grade

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