Roomers and Zoomers
Smoke Rise Prep Executing Hybrid Ed Strategy During COVID Outbreak
Sometimes being small can have its advantages. Just ask the administration of Smoke Rise Prep, a private K-8 school on Hugh Howell Road here in Tucker.
New York State of Mind
New DeKalb School Superintendent Brings Big Ideas from the Big Apple
The search for a new superintendent of DeKalb County schools was a longer process than the Board of Education might have expected. But when the dust cleared, there was one woman standing from that nationwide search.
DeKalb Education Brass Face Big Decision on School Protocol
One of the biggest unanswered questions from the coronavirus pandemic is what we will do with our nation’s children when the new school year begins.
Brockett's IB Pursuit
Elementary School Taking a Different Path on the Way to Student Achievement
For years, STEM has been a big buzz word in education. Not just here in metro Atlanta, but all across the country, schools have rushed to gain STEM certification.
Saluting our Seniors
Tucker High's 2020 Valedictorian and Salutatorian
Congratulations to Tucker High School’s Class of 2020! This hard-working class is headlined by valedictorian Luma Younis and salutatorian Bidhya Pradhan.
Students Turn to Tech to Keep School Year Going
One of the groups whose routine has been most disrupted by the outbreak of the coronavirus is young people. Just as they were beginning to count down the days until Spring Break, their semester was abruptly cut short, leaving them with a lot of questions and uncertainty.
Going for Gold
Different Kids, Same Mission for Livsey Science Olympiad Team
Simone Kelly is a busy woman. In addition to leading the gifted program at Livsey Elementary School, she also moonlights as the school’s theatre teacher. And the Academic Bowl advisor. And the Science Olympiad coordinator.
State of Education
One-on-One with Tucker’s School Board Rep
Allyson Gevertz is one of seven elected representatives on the DeKalb County Board of Education. Elected in 2018 to represent DeKalb’s District 4, Gevertz represents an area that includes the Tucker Cluster.
Mr. Simmons' Opus
Tucker Middle School Teacher Stokes a Passion for the Arts
As Timothy Simmons conducts his choir at the Tucker Middle School Winter Concert, he looks back at a crowd of familiar faces. It’s not just his students’ parents who have come to see the performance tonight.
Tucker High Students Gain Real World Experience in Work-Based Learning Programs
Erica Bower walks the halls of Tucker High School just like any other senior. As she counts down the days to graduation, Erica’s mind jumps between any number of topics ...
Tucker’s STEM-Certified Elementary School Trains Students for Future Success
If you ask a teacher why they chose that particular profession, you could get any number of answers. For some, it’s the opportunity to shape and mold young minds.
Building a Foundation
Tucker Cluster School Parents and Teachers Going the Extra Mile for Student Achievement
Students in Mr. Minott’s ESOL class at Tucker High School have a unique way of learning. These students are picking up the English language, so traditional textbooks and novels aren’t always the best tools.
DeKalb Native Brings Experience, Big Ideas to New Role at Idlewood Elementary
The new school year always brings new school supplies, new friends and, for one Tucker Cluster School, it brought a new principal. Idlewood Elementary School welcomed Ms. Robin Elder to their campus this August with open arms and hearts.
Remembering Jim McMahan
Longtime DeKalb County School Board member Jim McMahan died last month in an accident at the age of 53. The death of McMahan, who represented an area which includes the Tucker Cluster schools, made the news because of his position as a former elected official. But here in Tucker, his death had people talking because of the type of person he was and because of what he stood for: our students.
Smoke Rise Rising
This summer marks a huge milestone for a project three years in the making. Contractors for the DeKalb County School District are expected to break ground in the next couple of months on a new, state-of-the-art elementary school to replace the existing Smoke Rise Elementary.
Students and teachers in Tucker’s seven cluster schools are out for the summer, but at the schools themselves, there is a lot of important work going on to enhance safety.
Planting Seeds for Success
It’s a sunny Tuesday afternoon and Sophie Johnson and her friends are making the most of it. Grabbing a notepad, the second-grader sketches some hostas she’s planted in the courtyard of Brockett Elementary School.
Recently Region II Superintendent Trenton Arnold delivered a State of the Region Address to parents and educators for DeKalb School District Region II, which includes the Tucker Cluster, that highlighted continued improvements across a number of areas during the 2018-’19 school year.
Looking on the Bright Side
James Hartry owes everything he has to basketball. Don’t believe it? The proof is right there in his family tree. “Trace the Hartrys out of Milledgeville. Five brothers, all five of us went to school on basketball scholarships,” he recounts.
Excellence on Tap
It’s Valentine’s Day at Tucker Brewing Company and several well-dressed men have come out in search of love. But despite their best efforts, these guys won’t have a say in which lady becomes their date for the night. That’s because they’ve signed up to participate in the first-ever Tucker Brewing Bachelor Auction.
February is recognized as National Library Lover’s Month. In past generations, the school library was seen as a place for bookworms to dig through a card catalog or silver screen delinquents to spend a Saturday detention. Today, the school library is a high-tech spot.
Revenge of the Nerds
Walk through the second-floor hallway of Tucker Middle School at 4:30 on any given Monday afternoon and you’ll hear a buzz. As you get closer to Room A202, that buzz intensifies, growing to a roar. Inside the class, dozens of pre-teen boys are locked in fierce competition, trash talking one another and sweating it out as they vie for victory.
Over the years, Habitat for Humanity has become a familiar concept. A family in need applies for a home repair, renovation or brand-new construction. If they are accepted, they will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with volunteers working on their own home.
Tucker’s schools are enjoying a renaissance. Several of the Tucker Cluster schools have gained STEM and/or IB certification, CCRPI scores are routinely meeting or exceeding state averages and Tucker High School’s graduation rate is now routinely among the highest in DeKalb County.
In the classic film The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy clicks her heels together three times and declares, “There’s no place like home.” While he doesn’t wear anything resembling ruby red slippers, the new principal of Tucker High School can understand where Dorothy’s coming from.
Region II Superintendent Trenton Arnold delivered a State of the Region Address to parents and educators at Tucker High School. Region II, which includes the Tucker Cluster, continued its impressive improvements across a number of areas during the 2017-’18 school year.
The Tucker Tigers football team had 17 young men sign national letters of intent Wednesday to continue playing football at various collegiate levels. Five of those players signed to play at Power Five schools, while four are headed to the Southeastern Conference.
Tucker's Viral Do-Gooder Looks for Next Challenge
Carolyn Collins has become something of a cult celebrity around the City of Tucker. The Tucker High School custodian has quietly provided necessities like coats, shoes and food for homeless students for the past three years.
Tamra Watts knows she’s stepping into a great situation. “I tell everybody I’ve died and gone to heaven,” she explains. “The people here are wonderful (and) the students are just fabulous.”
Accolade for Midvale Elementary
It’s understandable if the Mustangs of Midvale Elementary School seem to be galloping proudly into the summer break. Administrators and faculty celebrated last month when they officially received their STEM certification from AdvancED, an international accrediting agency that works with schools in more than 70 countries.
Tucker Coach Lamar Named Falcons' Coach of the Year
Fresh off an appearance in the AAAAAA state championship game, Tucker High School head football coach Bryan Lamar was named the Atlanta Falcons’ Coach of the Year this week.
Tucker High School saw an increase in its graduation rate in 2016 to 90.4 percent, one of the highest rates in Metro Atlanta. According to statistics released by the Georgia Department of Education, Tucker had a 3.5 percentage point increase in its graduation rate from 2015, making it one of just five high schools in DeKalb County to achieve that amount of progress year-over-year.