DCHS Tiger Paw Prints

October 7, 2022


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DCSS has a clear bag policy at all sporting events. The policy will be similar to policies in place at college and professional stadiums and coliseums.

"The clear bag policy will help us keep dangerous or illegal items, including weapons, out of our venues," said Superintendent Trent North. "Just this month, someone entered a football game in a neighboring county with a semi-automatic firearm. By allowing only clear bags, we can monitor what's coming into our stadiums and gyms and keep everyone safer with only a minor inconvenience to those in attendance."

The following types of bags will be permitted inside DCSS sporting events:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12"x6"x12"
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags
  • Small clutch bags, with or without a handle or strap, that do not exceed 4.5"x6.5"
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70's rock!

Throwback Thursday
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CTAE Dept: Amica Walker, Yvonne Flemister & Georgia Thomasson


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Tie-Dye Teachers

Above, ELA Dept.: Shannon Jones, Leslie Bailey, Drenay Everett & McKeith Cordell show school spirit on Tie-Dye Tuesday!!

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In August 2022, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) conducted a search for highly qualified K-12 ESOL and academic content educators to participate in several upcoming Working Committee Meetings to validate associations that GaDOE content specialists have made between the WIDA ELDS Framework, 2020 Edition and the current GSE. Several teachers were nominated across the state of Georgia. Last month, the selected teachers were announced and one of them is our very own ESOL teacher, Maria Moses. Mrs. Moses, along with other Georgia educators, will participate in the Working Committee from October to November. Congratulations Mrs. Moses. What an honor! Your Tiger Nation Family is so very proud of you!



Every year on October 5th, World Teacher's Day is celebrated to thank and honor teachers for their contributions to their students. DCHS teachers may not wear a cape or a mask, but they are SUPERHEROES who teach with compassion, energy and verve! We love our DCHS teachers. Their dedication does not go unnoticed. In observance of World Teacher's Day, teachers were treated to caffeine & chocolate as a THANK YOU for the hard work and sacrifices they make daily.


Throwback Thursday and Caffeine & Chocolate

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PSST!!...Parents and Students, do you want to know EVERYTHING happening in and around DCHS? Then click on this NEWS YOU CAN USE link for all announcements. Everything from fundraisers to tryouts to how to sign up for various sports and clubs! All the happenings can be found here!


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Jayla, 11th grader, is a member of the DCHS softball team. She has demonstrated the qualities of a leader on and off the field. She has been instrumental helping her team get to a 5th place ranking in the region as the teams top pitcher and hitter. Off the field, Jayla is an A/B student and supports her school community in many ways. Jayla is dependable, outgoing and at any given moment, she is willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Congratulations Jayla on your well-deserved award!



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Hey Y'all It's Custodian Appreciation Week

Above, Custodian, Kimberlyn Williams, has school S.P.I.R.I.T.!! She showed up and showed out for Throwback Thursday! Ms. Williams and her team do an amazing job of beautifying our campus and we cannot thank them enough. Not only do they keep our campus clean, but they also participate in school activities, provide us with fresh fruit and much humor each day. Ms. Kimberlyn Williams, Ms. Nadine Young, Mr. Conan Burnett, Mr. Kevin Kelley, Mr. David Perry, Ms. Shemeka Price, Mr. David Shipp, Ms. Loretta Thomas, Ms. Sentora Wyatt, and Mr. Artis Stanson, we greatly appreciate you for all that you do here at DCHS for students and staff! Happy National Custodian Appreciation Week!!

Safety and Security...A Message from Principal Kenja Parks

To maintain the safety of our school community, the Douglas County School System Police Department implemented the use of trained canines from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in September. These skilled dogs, accompanied by DCSS administrators, sniffed items in and around our campus. Administrators took every effort to minimize disruption to the learning process during the search. Thankfully, the police department found no evidence of any violations during this search.

The Douglas County School System initiated the random unannounced search in response to our commitment to protect our school community’s health, safety, and welfare. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will continue to partner with us in our proactive efforts to maintain a safe environment for our school community. We sincerely desire that nothing illegal or against district policy be recovered during these searches. However, we must remain vigilant to maintain a positive and secure learning environment for Douglas County students. Thank you for supporting us in our efforts to keep our campus safe.

2023 IT Summer Internship Opportunities

State Farm is recruiting high school and college students for its 2023 IT Summer Internship program.

Internship Dates:

  • College: May 22, 2023 - August 4, 2023
  • High School: June 5, 2023 - August 4, 2023

Intern Stipend

Competitive Pay

See the attached flyer below for the application and additional details. Become a State Farm IT Intern!

Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm is There!

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Douglas County Youth Commission

Meet Miss Chloe Blacknall! Chloe is a junior IB student at DCHS and the president of the Student Government Association (SGA) at DCHS as well as the president of the Douglas County Youth Commission. She has served on the Superintendent's Student Forum and is currently a member of the Varsity Track Team. Chloe is a perfect example of a well-rounded and focused driven student leader. Her leadership skills have been enhanced by her involvement with the Douglas County Youth Commission.

Douglas County’s office of External Affairs is now accepting applications from high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors for Youth Commission. The program is dedicated to educating young citizens about the government process and the developments, and opportunities in their local county. This program is in partnership with the Georgia Civic Awareness Program for Students (GCAPS) of the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia and the Douglas County Citizen's Academy Alumni Association.

The program will run from October through April with 10 sessions total at the Douglas County Courthouse and volunteer opportunities throughout. Applications are due today, October 7th. Click here for the application and to learn more about the program.


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Upcoming Dates

October 3-7: National Custodian Appreciation Week

October 7: Homecoming Pep Rally (9th/10th during 2nd / 11th/12th during 4th)

October 7: Homecoming Game 7:30pm

October 10 & 11: Fall Break - No School

October 13: Senior Panoramic Photo 10:00-10:30

October 14: Nine Weeks Progress Reports Available Online

October 14: Movie Night and Halloween Dress-up contest (A Senior Class only event)

October 15: IB Picnic 12 - 3

October 17-21: Bus Safety/Bus Driver Appreciation Week

October 21: Parent Advisory Council Meeting 10:00 Media Center

October 25: YouScience/Junior College Fair/SCOIR and CommonApp

October 25: PSAT Day

October 27: SAT School Day

October 31: Boo-at-the-Zoo (A Senior Class only event...SOLD OUT)

November 1: Seniors Apply to College Day 9:00-3:00 Rm 9315

November 2: Superintendent Awards Night 6:30

November 8: Teacher Workday - No School

November 10: ASVAB Test

December 9: Senior FAFSA Meeting 12:30-3:00 Multipurpose Room

Parent Portal Login

To access your students progress reports, report cards, attendance, and grades, click the "Infinite Campus Parent Portal Set Up" link above for directions on registering for a Parent Portal account.

Nine weeks progress reports will be available online via the Infinite Campus Parent Portal on October 14, 2022, for all students. Progress reports will not be printed, so please create an IC Parent Portal account to keep track of your child's progress.

If you need help with Parent Portal, contact the Douglas County Help Desk at parent@dcssga.org or (770) 651-2330.

Click the link below for Instrucciones del portal para padres de Infinite Campus (Espanol)

Counselor's Corner

News from the Counseling Department!

Do you know your counselor? Your counselor is based upon your last name. The alphabet breakdown is as follows:

Last Names A-D: Shay Barnby; shay.barnby1@dcssga.org

Last Name E-K: Jari Christmas; jari.christmas@dcssga.org

Last Name L-R: Christopher Mason; christopher.mason@dcssga.org

Last Name S-Z: Genobia Babalola; genobia.babalola@dcssga.org

International Baccalaureate Academic Advisor: Suzanne Helms; suzanne.helms@dcssga.org

If you need to meet with your counselor, please schedule an appointment with him/her directly. Signs are posted throughout the school building with the QR code you can scan in order to make an appointment.

Google Class Codes:

Class of 2023 (Seniors): 24efsuw

Class of 2024 (Juniors): xsjkje7

Class of 2025 (Sophomores): 3gfsjgk

Class of 2026 (Freshman): pijk6rs

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parents, if you would like to meet with your child's teacher, a parent-teacher conference may be scheduled through your child's counselor. Appointment times will be before or after school and may be virtual or in-person.

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Seniors, stay abreast of all the news in the Senior Newsletter. The countdown is on!!


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Exciting news! All 9th grade students will be taking the YouScience assessment on October 25th. We believe YouScience is a great way for students to learn more about themselves, explore high-demand careers that are a good fit for them, and gain a better understanding of how their unique talents are needed in the economy. Click the link below to learn more about YouScience and what it means for your student.



The ASVAB test will be administered at DCHS on November 10, 2022 from 8:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. for Juniors and Seniors only. This is an excellent aptitude and interest test that will help students identify possible career areas even if they have no plans of entering the military. If interested, students MUST SIGN UP ahead of time in order to take the ASVAB. Sign-up will be announced in late October on Google Classroom, morning announcements and with JROTC instructors. They will not want to miss this opportunity!

Pictured below from left to right: DCHS Counselor Genobia Babalola, SGG Norris & SFC Lehnhardt of the United States Army. The Army recruiters were on hand Wednesday to help all interested students understand all aspects of the Army in hopes of helping them make informed decisions regarding a career in the Army.

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When students are present daily, their grades and reading skills often improve—even among those students who are struggling in school. Students who frequently attend school feel more connected to their community and develop strong social skills and friendships, which are important life skills.

High School hours are 8:20-3:25.

Daily attendance is strongly encouraged.


Students must be at their designated bus stop 5 minutes before their scheduled pick-up time. Bus routes are located at https://edulog.dcssga.org/livewebquery/webquery/

Late Bus Information: https://www.dcssga.org/departments/transportation/late_bus_information


Available to parents of the Douglas County School System students

• View the real-time location of your child’s bus

• Access the app from your smartphone, tablet or computer

• Receive push notifications or email alerts

• Send your child to the bus stop at just the right time

How to Get Started

1. Download the Here Comes the Bus app or visit herecomesthebus.com

2. Click the sign-up button

3. Enter school code 79003 and click “Next” followed by “Confirm”

4. Complete the “User Profile” box

5. Under “My Student” click “Add.” Enter your child’s last name & student ID#

6. Once you confirm your information, you are ready to begin using Here Comes the Bus!

Email questions, concerns or comments to: herecomesthebus@dcssga.org


See Mrs. Flanagan in the main office.

Students can complete the Student Parking Application prior to visiting Mrs. Flanagan

Bring your driver's license and a copy of your insurance and registration

Cost is $50 and it is payable by cash, check or money order

Parents, if your child drives to school, then they must have a parking pass.

Click here for the Student Parking Application and Vehicle Registration Form.

Satchel Pulse for Social Emotional Learning

August 25, 2022

The Douglas County School District is pleased to announce the introduction of Satchel Pulse SEL, a tool to help us monitor and improve the social-emotional learning of all our students. What is Social-Emotional Learning? Social-emotional learning (SEL) programs help youth and adults learn and apply knowledge, skills, and attitudes to enrich their personal and academic lives. Studies have shown that social-emotional learning programs increase academic performance, attendance, behavior, and post-secondary success.

SEL skills include developing healthy identities, managing emotions, setting and achieving goals, developing empathy for others, establishing and maintaining supportive relationships, collaborating with others, and making responsible and caring decisions.

How does Satchel Pulse work? Satchel Pulse is an easy-to-use survey with 25 simple questions. Students use the survey to rate their self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship, and responsible decision-making skills. Student answers help us learn how to best support our students’ ongoing development in these five critical skills.

When will it start? For the 2022-2023 school year, the Satchel Pulse SEL survey will be given to students in grades 4, 5, 6, 9, and 12 at school between August 29 and September 15.

Where can I find out more information about SEL? Support Services Satchel Pulse Who can I contact to learn more about the survey or the social-emotional learning program? School counselors will be your point of contact.

What if I don’t want my child to participate in the Satchel Pulse SEL screener? If you would prefer that your child not participate in the Satchel Pulse SEL survey, please contact your child’s school to opt-out. For your convenience, the opt out form may be accessed by clicking the link above this article.

Thank you for partnering with us to support your student. @satchelpulse • pulse@teamsatchel.com • 516-568-0858