MSD OF DECATUR TOWNSHIP

DISTRICT NEWSLETTER - November 2022

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A MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

Dear Decatur Township Families,


As we enter the month of November, we have much to be thankful for in Decatur Township Schools:

  • We are Decatur Proud to educate 6,548 students!

  • Over 4000 conferences were completed in person or by phone in October to support student learning. Thank you parents and teachers for your partnership!

  • Numerous, varied extracurricular opportunities for students through clubs, performing arts, and athletics

  • State and Nationally recognized DCHS Band Program, who recently performed at the Bands of America Super Regional and will march in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade this month

  • Outstanding athletic performances by our Hawks in the fall, and looking forward to winter sports seasons as we transition.

  • District commitment to “Pack the Pantry” at the George T. Goodwin Center to give back to our community through food drives

  • Our partnership with the Decatur Township Drug Free Coalition, who sponsored Red Ribbon Week Activities throughout the district

  • Our amazing Teachers, Support and Operations Staff, and Administration, who collaborate to meet student needs daily

  • The Decatur Township Community & School Board, who support educational opportunities for our students


Last month, I shared about the E+R=O mindset, and learning to “press pause.” The second discipline of the “R Factor” is “Get Your Mind Right,” meaning knowing how to get into a productive emotional state, and how to get out of a negative one. It’s the ability to create the mindset required for the action you need. Together, we can teach our students to use positive self-talk to manage emotions and focus on learning at school each day.


Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 8th (Election Day), which will be a district-wide eLearning day for all students. Students will work from home and not report to school. Look for communication from your child’s school about how to access activities and assignments through Canvas, which will count for attendance.


I encourage you to note the Veterans Day recognitions and programs scheduled at our schools. To our Veterans, we thank you for your service to our country and welcome your attendance at these events. Together, we can teach our students about the importance of your service and sacrifices for our freedom.


Happy Thanksgiving to all Decatur Township Families!

Together we are Decatur Proud!

Dr. Prusiecki

Superintendent


MSD of Decatur Township

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REMINDER:

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Pack The Pantry

We have several locations participating in Pack the Pantry for the George T. Goodwin Community Center during November. Join us by dropping off non-perishable food donations to help our community!
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A big shout out & thank you to Decatur Middle School! They brought in all of these donations to Pack The Pantry at the George T Goodwin Center!

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Red Ribbon Week

October 24 - October 31 was Red Ribbon Week. Students across the district used their creativity to decorate their classroom doors with the message Celebrate Life - Live Drug Free. Here are just a few:

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Board Meeting Recognition

At the School Board Meeting on October 4, 2022, Officer Jejuan Westmoreland of the Decatur Township School Police, was recognized by Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Stephanie Hofer, as the Region 7 SRO (School Resource Officer) of the year from the Indiana School Resource Officers Association. This award recognizes Officer Westmoreland for going above and beyond his normal duties as an SRO to enhance his school and community through the SRO philosophy of counselor, teacher, and law enforcement officer. Officer Westmoreland lives this philosophy by leading students in activities during lunch and implementing a Leadership Academy at West Newton Elementary that is focused on the leadership principles consistent with the values of Decatur Township. Congratulations to Officer Westmoreland! #DecaturProud

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Pictured: Mr. Dale Henson School Board President - Officer Jejuan Westmoreland

Dr. Matt Prusiecki Superintendent of Schools

The School Board also approved Mr. Mike Nelson as the new Director of Facilities for the MSD of Decatur Township, and Mr. Christopher Hogan as Assistant Director of Facilities. Dr. Prusiecki, Superintendent, and the School Board Members recognized and congratulated both on their new appointments and look forward to all they will do to keep our schools in excellent condition.
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Mr. Mike Nelson - Director of Facilities

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Mr. Christopher Hogan - Assistant Director of Facilities

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DISTRICT NEWS

Tobacco, E-Cigarette, & Vaping Diversion Program

Decatur Township School Police Department, (DTSPD), in collaboration with the Drug Free Coalition, is excited to offer a new diversion program for students found to be in possession of tobacco products, e-cigarettes, and or vaping devices. DTSPD has also partnered with our local courts in an effort to minimize the use of these products and devices on our campuses. Our students, if found with the aforementioned items, would be in violation of Indiana Code 35-46-1-10.5, Minor in Possession of a Tobacco Product or an Electronic Cigarette or 7.1-5-12-8 Smoking in a Prohibited Area. Each of these would be met with an Indiana citation, also known as a “Uniform Traffic Ticket,” (UTT). When submitted to the courts, the cost of the ticket for this violation is $170.50. This is an actual ticket and will affect your license or the ability to obtain one if left unpaid.


Our objective however, is not to create financial hardship, but to have an opportunity to educate students and families on the dangers of vaping and tobacco products. Twice per month, DTSPD officers will present a 1-hour class for students who have opted to accept the terms of the diversion program. The cost of the class for a student attending alone is $75.00. If a student attends the class with a parent or guardian, the class is discounted at a cost of $25.00. Upon the completion of the class, the UTT, or citation, will not be referred to the courts, and there will be no record of the violation. A student may only participate in the program once per school year, and only twice throughout their entire school career.

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Sights From Around the District

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CHILD NUTRITION

Join us for Breakfast and Lunch! Visit the cafeterias to grab a nutritious breakfast and lunch. We can't wait to welcome back and serve the scholars of Decatur Township!
For more information about Offer Versus Serve at Lunch and Breakfast, click here.
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2022-2023 SCHOOL FEES

Please make arrangements with your school's Treasurer to pay any fees you may owe. Or, you may pay online here.


FULL-DAY PRESCHOOL:

Daily Rate $25.00

Monthly Rate $450.00

Annual Cost $4,500.00

Supply Fee $50.00


HALF-DAY PRESCHOOL:

Daily Rate $10.50

Monthly Rate $189.00

Annual Cost $1,890

Supply Fee $25.00


ELEMENTARY:

KG - $181

Grade 1 - $186

Grade 2 - $186

Grade 3 - $181

Grade 4 - $181

Grade 5 - $181

Grade 6 - $176


MIDDLE SCHOOL:

$128 plus course/consumable fees (varies based on student schedule)


HIGH SCHOOL:

$118 plus course/consumable fees (varies based on student schedule)


DTSE:


$145

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Athletics

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TRANSPORTATION

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VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

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STAY CONNECTED

PARENT SQUARE

Visit https://www.parentsquare.com or download the ParentSquare app:

SKYWARD

Connect to Skyward here: https://skyweb.msddecatur.k12.in.us or download the Skyward App:
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2022-2023 SCHOOL CALENDAR

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