Chesnut Charter Elementary students recently spent time in Chesnut Garden experiencing a hands-on science lesson on composting, planting and harvesting. The program was led by parent volunteer Carissa Malone, with first grade teachers Ms. Radford and Ms. Skoog (a School Master Gardener),

The students learned it’s never too early to get excited for the fall, as they harvested pumpkins, which they discovered had grown out of the compost into which somebody had thrown a rotten pumpkin last year. They also observed the sweet potato beds that many of them planted their last week of kindergarten. The sweet potatoes will be ready to harvest at the end of October, at which time they will return to Chesnut Garden to do the harvest. Finally, the students also were taught – through example – how lettuce goes to seed when it’s dying. The classes were given the flowering stock of the lettuce plant so that they could pick the seeds out of it and bring them back to Chesnut Garden to plant. 

More standards-based gardening lessons are in Chesnut students’ future, as Chesnut teachers will soon attend the Project Learning Garden workshop to kick off the school’s three-year collaboration with Captain Planet Foundation. 


Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School junior clarinet player Zain Bashey and his sister, sophomore oboist Saffy Bashey, have both earned spots in the extremely competitive local youth concert band, the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony.

Zain made the cut his second year, moving up to sixth chair in the clarinet section, and Saffy was one of only four oboists who made the list this year.


Students from the Dunwoody/Sandy Springs area participated in a project with the European Space Agency to take real live images of Mars.

As part of the Aspiration Creation program, students were required to submit a proposal to the ESA, identifying the feature they wished to image, as well as detailing how they planned to use the images.

Proposals were accepted from Europe, The United States, Argentina and Australia. Twenty-five proposals were selected. Students learned simulation software and image processing in order to render fantastic images of the Martian South Pole. They then compared the South Pole of Mars to that of Earth and created a presentation as a culminating activity.

The European Space Agency has published the results of the presentation on their website at under the subheading “Aspiration Creation Dunwoody”. Click on the “Project PPT in website” l to view the entire presentation.

One of the students in the group (North Springs freshman) was profiled and recognized by the Fulton County superintendent.

Aspiration Creation is located in Dunwoody and currently consists of seven ongoing participants between the ages of 6 and 14. The objective of the organization is to develop mathematical/scientific abilities via introduction to advanced concepts, critical thinking, comprehension and art.

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