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Priscilla Cole, Principal

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On August 17, 2020 we began a new school year!  Each school years brings another opportunity for us to positively impact our students so that they are college and/or career ready when they graduate from Dunwoody HS.  Though this year will begin with remote teaching and learning, we will continue to collaborate to strengthen and improve our instructional practices.  As educators and support staff, we know that we have a significant lifelong impact on the lives of the students we encounter. We are committed to supporting the whole child by providing engaging & relevant instruction and social & emotional support to our students.

Today would normally be our face to face Open House/Registration Day. This is normally a huge event for DHS!  However, we are unable to host our traditional Open House/Registration Day. Therefore, we have created a virtual Open House webpage.  Please click on the following link DHS Open House to view our virtual Open House, which includes a video from me!

I know that the start of this school year is unlike any school year we have seen in the past. However, I do know that we, the Dunwoody Wildcats are resilient and dedicated to teaching and learning! I am inspired and proud of the collaborative work of our teachers who continue to find creative ways to engage students via remote learning.  I can’t wait to engage in learning with our new and returning students as I participate in some of our remote classrooms.  I am aware that there will be some technology challenges due to the number of students throughout DCSD that will be accessing VERGE through Clever/Launchpad. However, the faculty & staff of DHS will provide support to our students and parents throughout this process.  Some of our newly enrolled students are having difficulty logging into VERGE through Clever/Launchpad.  Please note that DCSD IT department is working to fix the issue.  I will continue to use School Messenger to send notifications to parents of any new information or updates concerning remote learning.

Speaking of notifications, here, at DHS, we value open and reciprocal communication between the school and home.  Therefore, parents, it is imperative that your contact information, including phone number and email address is up to date in Infinite Campus Parent Portal.  This will ensure you receive communication from your child’s teachers and information from the principal via School Messenger.  Also, consider joining our amazing PTSO and subscribing to the DHS News E-Blast.  To join the PTSO and subscribe to the e-blast click here.  Additionally, you can follow me on Twitter @DunwoodyHS to receive quick announcements, highlights, and updates throughout the school year.  As the school year progresses, there will be various opportunities for us to collaborate and communicate.  An upcoming opportunity is our virtual Curriculum Night which will be Thursday, September 10, 2020.  During our virtual Curriculum Night, you will have an opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and hear the State of the School Address.  So please mark your calendars.

Lastly, as we embark on the first day of school, please check Infinite Campus Parent Portal over the weekend for any changes to your child’s schedule.  The counselors have been processing schedule change requests, and Mr. Jameson has been re-balancing classes in order to keep the numbers in each section as low as possible. Attached you will find the remote learning instructional schedule for the early release days as well as our full-day remote learning instructional schedule.

English-DHS Remote Learning Schedule (Students).pdf  |  Spanish-DHS Remote Learning Schedule (Students).pdf 


As stated before, the beginning of this school year is unlike any school year we’ve experienced in the past.  Nonetheless, I am still excited about the new school year and all the promise and unlimited possibilities of success it will bring!  With an extraordinary faculty & staff and supportive parents & community, our students are poised to be lifelong learners and productive members of an increasingly diverse society.

Sincerely,

Priscilla Cole, Proud Principal

Dunwoody HS

Stacey Blake, Asst. Principal, Discipline-9th & 12th, Athletic Dir.

Stacey Blake, Asst. Principal, Discipline-9th & 12th, Athletic Dir.

Mr. Blake is the Assistant Principal for Discipline (grades 9 & 12) and is the administrative liaison for Fine Arts and Health/P.E. departments, as well as for students with last name N-S. Additionally, he oversees the custodial staff, building safety, security staff, & the duty roster, as well as serving as the Athletic Director for the school. Mr. Blake feels it is the responsibility of staff, parents, and stakeholders to help every student develop a strong character and be a part of a safe and orderly school environment. He advocates for Dunwoody HS to provide equal educational opportunities to all students and bring an end to bullying, harassment, and bias.

Larryssa Harris, Asst. Principal, Assessment & Accountability

Larryssa Harris, Asst. Principal, Assessment & Accountability
 
Mrs. Harris is ecstatic to be a part of Dunwoody High School’s awesome learning community! In addition to having over 20 years of instructional and leadership experience with the DeKalb County School District, Mrs. Harris is also a proud product of DCSD. As the Assistant Principal for Assessments, Mrs. Harris works with all stakeholders as we document our focus on maximizing student learning and growth. Her door is always open, as she is delighted to serve the faculty, staff, community, and most importantly, the students of DHS. Mrs. Harris is the administrative liaison for the Science department and for students with last names J-M

Andy Jameson, Asst. Principal, Instruction

Andy Jameson, Asst. Principal, Instruction
 
Mr. Jameson serves as the Assistant Principal of Instruction at Dunwoody High School.  He is responsible for the master schedule, the scheduling process for students, and serves as the administrative liaison to the Exceptional Education Department and students with last names T-Z.  A proud member of the Wildcat Family, Mr. Jameson has worked in the DeKalb County School District since 1998, all but one year of which has been at Dunwoody High School.

Maria Jiram, Asst. Principal, Attendance

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Mrs. Jiram is a proud Wildcat who serves as the Assistant Principal of Attendance. She oversees attendance referrals,  MAP & ACCESS testing, and works closely with PTSO on teacher grants and registration. She serves students with the last names E-I, along with Ms. Carr. She is  also proud to serve as the administrative liaison for the English and World Languages Department.


Amiraht Lester, Asst. Principal, Discipline-10th & 11th

Amiraht Lester, Asst. Principal, Discipline-10th & 11th

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Mrs. Amiraht Lester is our newest Wildcat and will be the Discipline AP for 10th and 11th grades. She will work with the CTAE and Social Studies departments, as well as with students with last names A-D. Ms. Lester was raised in Troy, AL. Her passion for education was fostered by her parents, especially her father who was a college professor of art, art history,  and architecture for over 50 years. After graduating from Alabama A&M University, Mrs. Lester moved to the metro-Atlanta area and began her career in education.  She has served the students and families of the Dekalb County School District for 23 years. For 17 years, she served the Druid Hills High School community as a science teacher, department chair, AP coordinator,  and numerous other responsibilities. During the past 5 years, she served as an assistant principal to the students and families of Cross Keys High School. Mrs. Lester is very passionate about education and has a goal of ensuring that each one of her students know that they are GREAT and that they can accomplish ANYTHING!  Mrs. Lester is excited about becoming a member of the Wildcat family and is ready for a great year!

Kimberly Wiles, Asst. Principal, 9th Grade

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Ms. Kimberly Wiles is truly honored to be a member of the Dunwoody learning community and looks forward to a great school year. Ms. Wiles has relocated from the Savannah, GA.  Ms. Wiles is former Secondary Mathematics teacher and Instructional Coach.  Ms. Wiles comes to Dunwoody with 15 valuable experience and is committed with working the Dunwoody team and all of its stakeholders.  Ms. Wiles will serve as the Assistant Principal of the 9th grade class.  She will work closely with the 9th grade counselor to ensure that all 9th graders get the guidance they need for a successful freshman year.  Ms. Wiles will also serve as the administrative liaison for the Mathematics department.



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