This Week at DSA, April 27, 2015

This week at DSA

4/28 8th Grade EOG 8-11
Fringe Festival 6:30
4/29 8th Grade EOG 8-11
Fringe Festival 6:30
4/30 Fringe Festival 6:30
5/1 SPA Meeting 2:30
Fringe Festival. 6:00
5/2 DSA Ants Run/Walk/Dance for the Arts, 8am
$50 prize for best Ant Costume! REGISTER
DSA Fringe Festival 11am – 9pm
Saturday schedule to be posted soon to DSA website


5/4-7 End of Course Assessments – All Day
5/4-15 AP Exams – 8 am or 12 noon – no late entrance or makeup
See DSA website for exact subject days
5/14 DSA Honors’ Night
5/15 DSA 2015 Pre-Commencement. 7 pm DSA
5/16 SPA Banquet. 5 pm
Double Tree Hotel, Northlake
$35 – see Mr. Landes
5/19-20 Senior Finals
5/19-22 Grades. 8-11 Finals – We test until 3:20 on May 22!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Updates and Reminders

April 30 is the last day to pay for school obligations with personal checks. Starting May 1, all financial obligations must be paid with cash or money order.

DSA 2015 Fringe T-shirts are now on sale. $10 from Mr. Landers

DSA has been ranked at #310 in the Washington Post Most Challenging High School ranking. For methodology and full listing, visit

DSA is ranked 11th in Georgia and the top school in DeKalb County School District.

Thanks to our outgoing PTSA Officers: Dr. O’Toole (President), Mrs. Jackson (Vice President), and Mrs. L. Brown (Treasurer). They were wonderful to work with created many opportunities for parental involvement. Current Treasure, Mrs. Ayer, was elected again for 2015-2016.

Fringe Schedule

PCU meeting follow-up letter to the BOE

Dear Board of Education members,

As you know, last night, Parent Councils United (PCU) hosted the State of the District Address at Clarkston High School. The event featured Superintendent Michael Thurmond, who gave a speech and answered questions from the crowd. The mood was positive as Mr. Thurmond shared the successes of the last two years and encouraged parents to continue the trend of cross-county collaboration. He and his staff answered numerous questions from the audience. Ms. Tyson offered to take the remaining questions, share them with appropriate staff members, and return the answers to PCU. Parents were happy to know that all questions would be answered.

At the end of the meeting, Board Chair Melvin Johnson addressed the crowd. He thanked Mr. Thurmond for his service to DeKalb Schools and explained that the new superintendent will have big shoes to fill. He also gave an update on the superintendent search process. Based on his report, and the updates on the DCSD website, it sounds like the search is going very well. Over 120 candidates from all over the country have applied for the job. The Community Liaison Group, which is currently vetting candidates, is made up of citizens from a variety of backgrounds and a diverse cross-section of DeKalb. You chose these citizens and it sounds like they are taking their job seriously. This week, the Liaison Group will narrow the pool of candidates for you. Soon, you will be interviewing the next leader of DCSD. This is very exciting news!

PCU would like to thank you for involving the community in the search process, through PROACT’s input sessions and the Community Liaison Group. We would also like to thank you for working so diligently to find the right replacement for Superintendent Thurmond. Our new leader will be coming to a system that is much stronger than it was two years ago. The Board is functional, the accreditation status has improved, and the budget has gone from a deficit to a surplus. Of course, we are also happy that the last two years have brought a parent group that unites DeKalb while advocating for every child in the district. One area of advocacy for PCU is a transparent, community-involved, successful superintendent search. You are on track to make that happen and we are extremely grateful.

Please let us know if there is anything we can do to support you in your efforts.

Parent Councils United

Summer Dance Intensive @ DSA

Debbie Allen Dance Academy
June 15 – 27

Ants Run For the Arts

Presented by Dekalb School of the Arts Foundation

The DSA Foundation hosts the first ” Ants Run for the Arts”. A walk, run, dance through the beautiful streets of the historic Avondale Estates. The run will culminate at the campus of the DeKalb School of the Arts for a great day of activities at the school’s annual Fringe Festival. Funds raised support the arts programs at Dekalb School of the Arts.

Please volunteer to help here.

May 2, 2015
check-in: 8:00am @ Avondale Baptist Church to DSA
(lower parking lot)
start time: 9:00am
Adults $20, Students/Seniors $10
More information and registration at

AP Snack Bags

Each year the PTSA provides snack bags for each student taking an AP test. With the hectic pace of the testing schedule during these last weeks of school, many time students don’t have a chance to take a break. The snacks provide them with much needed energy (and brain power) to keep up with the pace.

We are looking for volunteers to help with bag stuffing during Fringe Festival on Saturday, May 2nd. The stuffing party will be held in the Theater Lobby near the Box Office from 11am – 1pm. All supplies will be provided. Please sign up here so we know how many helping hands to expect.

Questions? Please email Lyn Brown

Donation request for student microwaves

DSA is in urgent need of donation(s) of 3 microwaves for the cafeteria. Ideally, 800-900 watt units to avoid overloading the electrical system. Please email Mrs. McCauley if you can help.