DCHS Tiger Paw Prints

October 14, 2022



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HOCO KING, Monte Gooden plans to attend college and major in business.

HOCO QUEEN, Skylar Soli plans is to attend college and major in sports medicine. Her goal is to become an athletic trainer.


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DCHS Football Team Brings Happiness to League of Stars Baseball Team

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Pictured above is football player, Andrew Bennett. He, along with Christian Stroud (pictured below), and their teammates of the Douglas County High School Football team, are using their athletic skills to inspire smiles from students with special needs.

The football team volunteered last Saturday through the League of Stars Adaptive Baseball Program through the City of Douglasville Parks and Recreation Department. For children with mental or physical challenges, the program helps their baseball dreams come true.

Baseball team members first partnered with DCHS players to review the game's fundamentals. Then, their assigned football buddy ran the bases with them during game time. When they were not at bat, they played defense together.

DCHS Head Football, Coach Johnny White, says volunteering at the baseball game was an exciting and rewarding way for DCHS players to impact young people in their community. "Our players were excited to come out and meet the baseball players. Not only did the football team come out and have a good time, but they helped each baseball player know they have community supporters along every step of their journey," Coach White said.

League of Stars players perform each game at Hunter Park on a specially designed rubber adaptive baseball field. For more information on the program, contact the City of Douglasville Parks and Recreation Department at (678) 449-3172.

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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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Dr. Brantley has been an educator for 23 years. She has been a teacher in the social studies department at DCHS for the past 15 years. As the self-proclaimed "Activities Director," she is the sole coordinator and planner of the DCHS homecoming dance and the prom. Dr. Brantley is also a sponsor of our Student Government Association (SGA) and Becca's Closet. Becca's Closet collects preferably new and gently-worn prom and dance dresses that are donated to students in need. Becca's Closet recipients are not just students enrolled at DCHS, but the organization has also donated to students from as far away as Alabama. In addition to teaching, serving as the "Activities Director" and sponsoring various clubs, she also coordinates all Senior Activities and events. If you know Dr. Brantley, then you know she loves to travel and have fun! DCHS is fortunate to have her as part of the tiger family. Thank you, Dr. Brantley for all that you do for our students!


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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. Mrs. Moses has been in education for the last 10 years and has served as the ESOL teacher at DCHS for the last three years. Congratulations Mrs. Moses. What an honor! Your Tiger Nation Family is so very proud of you!

The Gathering Band Competition a Success at DCHS

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Douglas County High School’s Marching Band competition returned on Saturday, October 1st, for its second year and was even bigger than the first year. The competition has grown and evolved by establishing itself as a community building event by creating a fall festival atmosphere for all the participants and locals to enjoy. In the 2021 season, the event surpassed the organizer’s expectations by attracting 15 high school bands and more than 2,000 spectators from schools and cities as far away as North Carolina to Douglas County High School’s newly renovated football stadium.

This year, with increased support from local community partners, the Tiger Band hosted 18 competing high school bands, and closed out the day with an exhibition performance for Douglas County High School's very own incomparable DCHS Marching Tiger Band. Visitors were able to take a break in between music shows to shop at the 30 local vendors’ booths or have a delicious bite to eat at one of the six local food and dessert trucks supporting the event.

The event served as a showcase for local and regional talent, as well as being a community building event. Over 2000 performing students and 1000 spectators graced the beautifully renovated campus of Douglas County High School, creating a festive atmosphere that catered to all stakeholders -- community, bands, and parents alike -- and provided an opportunity for all 18 schools to compete for The Gathering's Grand Champion Trophy. The Gathering is hosted by DCHS Band Director, Torre Goodson, and Competition Chair/Band Booster President Stefanie Wood and the Band Booster Executive Board.


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!

Upcoming Dates

October 12: Flag Football DCHS vs. Villa Rica 6:00 & Pebblebrooke 8:00

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

October 13: JV Football vs. Decatur 6:30

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 20-22: One-Act Play, The Insanity of Mary Girard 7:00 nightly

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

October 24-28 Write Score Assessment - ELA (9th & 10th Graders)

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

October 25: PSAT Day

October 27: SAT School Day

October 29: One-Act Play, The Insanity of Mary Girard (GHSA OAP Competition @ DCHS. All are invited. Competition begins at 9:00 A.M.

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

November 21-25 Thanksgiving Holidays - No School

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

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One Act Play (OAP)

This play contains mild adult language and situations and is intended for audiences aged 13 or older. The Insanity of Mary Girard is presented by Arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com



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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!



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.

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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 TODAY, 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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We are honored to announce the Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards's Michelle Obama Award for Memoir!

The Michelle Obama Award for Memoir grants one young, promising writer a college scholarship of $10,000 and the opportunity to learn more about the publishing industry.

Penguin Random House is awarding this college scholarship as part of their work to provide creative writing scholarships of up to $10,000 each to five U.S. high school seniors nationwide. In addition, honorable mentions receive “creativity kits,” which include a selection of Penguin Random House titles and writing resources.

If you are a current high school senior who attends a public high school in the United States and are planning to attend college – either a two-year or four-year institution – you are eligible to apply at michelleobamabooks.com/scholarship. Apply soon because only the first 1,000 submissions will be accepted!

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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.

Counselor Genobia Babalola, SSG Norris & SFC Lehnhardt


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.