Youth & Schools


U.S. Olympic hurdler Kristi Castlin shares life story with Scottdale kids

U.S. Olympic hurdler Kristi Castlin is only 28, but gun violence has touched her life twice. When she was just 12 growing up in Douglasville, her father, Rodney Castlin, was shot to death on Dec. 7, 2000, during a robbery ...

DeKalb's Milestones test scores show academic progress districtwide

DeKalb students’ 2016 Georgia Milestones End-of-Course and End-of-Grade test scores show academic progress across the district, the school system says.

DeKalb Schools hosting Open House for all students, parents

The DeKalb School District is holding an open house at all schools in an effort to enhance parental involvement.

Free backpacks for early birds at daVido's annual block party

The first 100 students attending the annual Back to School Block Party on Aug. 6 at the Lithonia daVido's $3.75 Pizza and Wings will receive free backpacks.

Gallery at South DeKalb hosts Back to School Bonanza

The Back to School Bonanza for community youth on July 30 at the Gallery at South DeKalb features free school supply giveaways, games and entertainment.

60 to graduate summer school

About 60 DeKalb students will participate in a graduation ceremony from summer school on Aug. 4 at district headquarters in Stone Mountain.

One-stop enrollment at GPTC campuses

Continuing and prospective students can attend the one-stop enrollment event on July 26-27 at the DeKalb and Newton campuses of Georgia Piedmont Technical College.

Members of Mark Trail Flying Eagles soar at AAU Club Championship

Grant Reynolds of the Mark Trail Flying Eagles youth track club set a new meet record in the 800 meter run in the 8-year-old age group at the 2016 AAU Club Championship in Orlando, Fla.

Community Ambassadors to mentor South DeKalb teens

A new corps of mentors called the Community Ambassadors will help 44 South DeKalb high school and middle school students develop social skills, plan for careers and build positive relations with police this summer.

New elementary school named for President Obama

The DeKalb School District is the first in Georgia to name a public school for President Barack Obama.

Decatur teacher to participate in Library of Congress summer institute

Elizabeth Foreman, a teacher at Bob Mathis Elementary School in Decatur, will participate in the Library of Congress Teaching With Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute on July 18-22.

Damian Bounds selected as new principal of Lakeside High

Former DeKalb educator Damian Bounds is returning to the district as the new principal of Lakeside High School.

Help with school paperwork, immunizations

Parents and guardians who need help with back-to-school paperwork and immunizations can attend Ready for School: Medicaid/Immunization Round Up on July 23 at the Clarkston Library.

Kids book giveaway at Flat Shoals Park marks National Parks Month

Kids can pick up free books for summer reading on July 23 at Flat Shoals Park in celebration of National Parks and Recreation Month.

New Brookhaven school will be named for John Lewis

In another first, the DeKalb Board of Education has voted to name a new elementary school in honor of U.S. Rep. John Lewis.