Pulse on Peachtree

Jan 22nd Newsletter

Principal's Message

Thank you to everyone that joined us for our PAC meeting this week. We had great discussion surrounding student success and growth at Peachtree. Information on our meeting can be found here: https://www.peachtreems.dekalb.k12.ga.us/PrincipalAdvisoryCouncil.aspx

This week we also had the pleasure of hosting elementary school tours for rising 5th grade students. Our band, orchestra, cheerleaders, dance team and student peer guides got to show off their talents and build school pride with our future Patriots. A special thank you to our counseling department and to Ms. Carrie Ringler for the planning that took place behind-the-scenes to make it happen.

We are also in the preparation/proposal phase of several traditional Peachtree events for our students. This includes 8th grade spirit week, Patriot Games and more. Our goal is to offer the events that have been traditionally held at Peachtree with a twist that allows for our students to be safe with mitigation strategies. Once we have DCSD approval and we can share the details, we will be sure to communicate with you. Please know that students with administrative behavior referrals will not be allowed to participate in any of the events. We encourage conversations at home to support positive behavior.

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Upcoming Dates

January 26th: Basketball Game - Away vs. Henderson

January 29th: PTSO School Beautification at 12pm-4pm

January 29th: Basketball Game - Away vs. Chamblee

February 1st: African-American History Month begins (more info to come)

February 3rd: ACCESS Testing Parent Info Session

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

**All dates are subject to change.

New addition to our Counseling Department Team

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Ms. Rebecca Whitesel who has joined us this week! Please read her letter to parents below for more information about her and the work she will help support at Peachtree.

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

My name is Rebecca Whitesel, and I would like to introduce myself to you as the School Counseling Intern for this semester at Peachtree Middle School. I am entering the final semester of my graduate program through the University of Southern California. I am thrilled to be at Peachtree Middle, and I look forward to working with the student body this semester. If you have any questions regarding the counseling program, or If you would like to opt-out of me working with your student, please contact the counseling department. I look forward to working together the rest of this year to help ensure your child’s success in school and life in general.


Rebecca Whitesel, School Counselor Candidate

Save the Date: State of the School And Parent Teacher Conference Night

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ACCESS Testing Parent Info Night

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Information to join below:

Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)

+1 470-440-4499, 18818717# United States, Atlanta

Phone Conference ID: 188 187 17#

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Student Spotlight: Brianna Kwon

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Brianna is a hard-working 7th grade student that gives her all inside the classroom and outside. She is a member of our cheerleading team and loves to channel her creativity & humor in art.

When asked for her inspiration of the painting, she shared the piece was fueled by her love for Spongebob, nails and the colors of hot cheetos. She is very dedicated to Peachtree and building school spirit. Her one piece of advice is, "be creative guys!"

Introducing our Peachtree Soccer Players

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January Clean-Up Day - Date Change to 1/29/22

*** Please note the date change in response to the current Covid case increase ***

Grab your coat and gloves and come on over to Peachtree Middle to help clean up our courtyard! We'll pull weeds and overgrown landscaping, haul away leftover lumber and junk, sweep, clean, and make this space usable for our students! This is the first step in what will be an exciting transformation into an outdoor classroom/maker space and school event location.

When: January 29th from 12pm-4pm

Please click on the Sign Up Genius link to sign up to help at this event! We'll have pizza and drinks for those volunteering!


Lemonade Days T-shirt Design!

Would your student like to design the Lemonade Days t-shirt for this year’s Lemonade Days? Have them see Mrs. Newton in the Art room for contest information in room 200. All t-shirt design ideas are due to Mrs. Newton by Friday, February 18th.

Region 1 Community Events

Digital Hour- Every Wednesday @ 1 PM. In collaboration with Anne Ferreira, parents can be assisted with Infinite Campus, questions, or concerns around educational topics. This is an informal and mostly one-to-one structure for Spanish-Speaking parents.

Link/Enlace: https://dekalbschoolsga-org.zoom.us/j/83913045238

Superintendent's State of the District

Superintendent Watson-Harris will give her second state of the district address on Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m. The event will be streamed live on DSTV.

Student Work Spotlight: Dr. MLK Jr Word Collage

Thank you to the 6th grade students that created incredible word collages as they researched the impact Dr. Martin Luther King Jr made on the world. Check out the pictures of their work below:

Teaching Spotlight: Ms. Paige Camp

Friday, Ms. Camp's 7th grade social studies classes participated in "Cafe Fri-yay" where they got to enjoy hot chocolate while learning their social studies standards. Check out the learning activities below.

We also highlighted the "World O Camp" that Ms. Camp established as class management technique that teaches government, currency systems, and so much. Students were given two writing prompts and these were some of their answers:

1. How does the World O’ Camp work?

"The World O’ Camp is a place in one of the 7th grade pods. It has its own economic system and has a Queen in its place and the 4 Agreements which shows you agree to the 4 Agreements in this class. The name of the Queen is Mrs. Camp (the teacher). When you do something that is outstanding or just kindness out of nowhere, you have a chance of receiving Camp Cash (CC and also the currency.) When contributing to something that nobody else does but is instructed by the teacher, you also have a chance to receive Camp Cash. With the Camp Cash you can do many things which will make you want to have that class forever. You can buy Chick-a-lay (Chick-fil-a) with 30 CC and that’s not where it stops. You can also buy cheap stuff if you don’t have much, like a piece of gum or mint. You can also buy a 1-day-extension for late work (THIS IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR ASSIGNMENTS GRADED IN CLASS/Homework!!"

"Taking this class will certainly help anyone’s knowledge on history. I didn’t even know more than 2 countries in the Middle East and now I can name them all. I didn’t know a single country in Africa except for Niger and Nigeria, but now I can name more than 16 countries within Africa. You are treated with respect which is also a big part in learning. Knowing that you are respected is a big motivator."

2. Share how you think you’ve grown as a middle school student by participating in the World O’ Camp?

"The World O’ Camp has taught me discipline and has made me like learning. I have never experienced this in all my time in school and it is very fun and refreshing. In my time as a citizen of the World O’ Camp, I have never been more excited to go to school. Mrs. Camp’s way of teaching has also carried over to my personal life. I found myself being more focused on everyday tasks and not getting distracted as easily as I used to."

"I’ve grown by participating in the World O’ Camp because now I’m not scared to ask for help on things that I don’t understand. I’m also not afraid to answer a question even if I don’t think I have the right answer. I’m not afraid to express how I feel about something.I started to feel more confident about my abilities in school."

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