DHS Weekly Update

Thursday, May 5, 2022


DHS Families,

Testing (IB/AP/EOC) is in full swing! IB Families, if your student has an IB exam that is in the afternoon (see link in 'Important Senior Info' below), there is a chance that the test will not be finished until after regular DHS dismissal. Please work with your students on a plan for after these tests are finished.

Graduation Info: https://www.smore.com/ks7e0-graduation-info-seniors-guests?ref=email-content#w-8525741848

Important Senior Info: https://www.smore.com/0xzns-important-senior-info?ref=email-content#w-8480694391

9th-11th Exam Week Schedule: https://www.smore.com/a04k9-exam-week-schedule-for-9th-11th?ref=email-content#w-5270559858

Have a great weekend!

Rochelle L. Lofstrand, Principal

Decatur High School

2023-2024 and 2024-2025 Academic Calendar Stakeholder Feedback Surveys

It is time to gather stakeholder input on the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 academic calendars. Please review the linked calendars. Each calendar has three options for stakeholders to review. The “standard” option for both years follow the current calendar setup, with two early release days before fall and winter break. “Option 1” calendars have an early release day once a month. “Option 2” calendars have a mix of early release days and digital learning days. The incorporation of additional early release days will play an essential role in providing our teachers time for much-needed professional learning (PL). While PL can occur during the school day, it requires the use of substitutes or combining classes.

After reviewing the calendars, please provide feedback via this survey link. The survey for feedback will remain open through May 13. Stakeholder feedback will be reviewed and taken into consideration before a recommendation is made to the Board for approval of the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 academic calendars in August or September.

Last Virtual Monthly Parent Chat for the Year

Join us for the last Virtual Monthly Parent Chat for the year on May 9th.


Big picture

Financial Literacy Workshop Series - Warrick Dunn Charities, Inc

Warrick Dunn Charities, Inc. (WDC) would like to invite you to join us for our FREE Count on Your Future (COYF) financial literacy workshop series as we promote financial education and empowerment during the month of April in observance of Financial Literacy Awareness Month. Count on Your Future consists of free workshops taught by industry experts that take place each Saturday (dates and times listed below). The series of workshops will explore topics such as budgeting, banking, credit and debt management, planning ahead for financial security, and investing in your future.

Count on Your Future Workshop Details

o April 2, 9, 23, 30, and May 7

o 10am to 11:30am

o Decatur High School (310 N. McDonough St., Decatur, GA 30030)


o Adult Series* (anyone over the age of 18 or post high school graduation)

o Teen Series* (6th through 12th grades)

o Kids Series (K through 5th grades)

*Virtual option available.

Registration will take place through the following link: https://host.nxt.blackbaud.com/registration-form/?formId=f600b8de-1510-4611-9550-2975ac7fc946&envId=p-_JwAjkoVqkGFyilfLaLA5Q from March 9th through the 30th.

Our workshops will take place as a hybrid model this Spring, offering both an in-person opportunity to engage and learn for kids, teens, and adults, as well as a virtual option for teens and adults only who are not able to attend in person or virtual learning better suits their level of comfort and engagement. For those who participate virtually, there is an expectation that attendance means cameras on and actively participating.

Big picture
Big picture

ACT Prep

Below are the details of the ACT Prep course starting April 2022 @ Live Virtual via Zoom

Call us at 404-351-4955 if you have further questions.

Location: LIVE Virtual Class via Zoom

Recording of the Live Zoom session is allowed

Class Option 3 : May 7, 14, 21, 28 June 4 | 2022 for ACT Test June 11th 2022

Schedule: Saturdays : 9 - 1 pm

Room: Live Virtual Class via Zoom

Register Online for our ACT Prep Class :


Don't forget to register for the ACT Test!

*Prep class fee is non-refundable after class starts, we do not issue partial refunds for classes you may miss. Any cancellation for refund of a prep class fee must occur 5 days before the start of that prep class, to allow for the seat to be offered to another student.

SAT Prep

Below are the details of the 6 week SAT Prep courses starting April 23, 2022.

Call us at 404-351-4955 if you have further questions.

Location: Decatur High School | 310 N McDonough St Decatur GA 30030

Class Option 2 : May 7, 14, 21, 28 | 2022 for SAT Test June 4th 2022 (6 sessions | 4 hrs each)

Schedule: Saturdays : 9 - 1 pm on each day (6 sessions | 4 hrs each)

Room: Inside New Library @ Decatur High School

Register Online for SAT Prep Class:


Textbook you need to buy:

The Official SAT Study Guide (2020 Edition) | Official Study Guide for the New SAT by The Collegeboard

Don't forget to register for the SAT Test! - http://sat.collegeboard.org/home

*Prep class fee is non-refundable after class starts, we do not offer partial refunds for class sessions a student misses. Any cancellation for refund of a prep class fee must occur 5 days before the start of that prep class, to allow for the seat to be offered to another student.

Next PTSA Meeting

Join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, May 17th at 6:30pm. Check the school calendar for the meeting link.


Next SLT Meeting

Join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, May 12th at 4:30pm. Check the school calendar for the meeting link.

New DHS Fencing Club

The new DHS Fencing Club is up and running! For the past semester, a dedicated group of students has been meeting, practicing, and having fun while learning about the sport of fencing. They are very excited about representing DHS in Georgia High School Fencing League competitions this fall. However, we need your help to ensure that students who want to participate have all of the protective gear and equipment needed for competition. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support fencing at DHS! Donations can be made via the PTSA website.

Calling All Decatur High Students and Families!

Love fashion? Want to help support your community? Then, stop by the Charity Sale at 423 E. Pharr Rd, Decatur GA, on Saturday May 7th from 9 am to 2pm.

A prominent movie studio has donated name brand clothing and shoes to help support Afghan refugees in the Decatur Area. Items are new with tags or barely used and will be sold at affordable prices. All proceeds will go towards the Afghan American Alliance of Georgia.

CSD Athletics News and Updates

For the most up-to-date news relating to athletics at Renfroe Middle School and Decatur High School, visit decaturbulldogsathletics.com. Are you wondering when tryouts will take place? Do you want to know who is coaching a particular sport? All information can be found here! Contact Rodney Thomas, Executive Director or Student Services/Activities & Athletic Director, and/or David Harbin, Assistant Activities & Athletic Director, with any questions.

Go Bulldogs!

DHS Girls' Soccer Wraps Up Great Season

Congratulations to our Girls’ Soccer team who wrapped up a fantastic season last week. The Bulldogs faced neighborhood rival, Midtown Knights, in the Final Four of the GHSA State Tournament. The game ended with a final score of 0-2. Great job, Bulldogs!
Big picture

DHS Boys' Lacrosse Ends Season in Round 2 of Playoffs

Our Boys’ Lacrosse team traveled to Blessed Trinity this week to face off against the Titans in Round 2 of the State Tournament. The Bulldogs came up short but battled valiantly throughout the game. Congratulations to all of our players and coaches for a great season!

DHS Baseball Continues Playoff Run

Congratulations to our Baseball Bulldogs who continue their run in the State Playoffs. On Tuesday, the Bulldogs defeated Veterans High School in two games at McKoy Park. The team displayed both quality pitching and defense, as well as timely hitting to move on to the Elite Eight. Decatur will face Starrs Mill on Monday afternoon at McKoy Park. Let’s all show up to support the team and create an exciting baseball atmosphere. Go Bulldogs!

Big picture

DHS Softball Introduces New Head Coach and Tryout Information

Decatur High School is excited to introduce Head Softball Coach Taryn Williams! Coach Williams will hit the ground running as tryouts for DHS are scheduled to take place May 16, 18, and 20th from 4:15-5:45 at Oakhurst Park. Interested students should complete this Interest Form prior to tryouts. Please contact Coach Williams (tarywllms@comcast.net) with any questions.

Volleyball Tryouts May 10-12, 2022

Decatur High School will host tryouts for the 2022 Volleyball team from May 10-12. Tryouts will be held at the DHS gymnasium from 4-6:30pm each evening. Tryouts are open to all rising 9-12 graders. See the flyer for additional details.

Contact Coach Denard (mdendard@gmail.com) with any questions.

The 27th Bulldog Booster Golf Tournament Is On!

Grab your clubs and come out to support your Decatur Bulldogs on May 9, 2022 at Mystery Valley Golf Course. There will be contests, raffles, food, Bulldog goodie bags and plenty of fun.

To register and/or sponsor the event, visit http://bidpal.net/2022decaturbulldoggolftournament. (Sponsorships and those all-important mulligans can be found under “Browse Items/Featured Items.”) You can also register at https://decaturbulldogboosters.org.

All proceeds go to support Decatur Bulldog Boosters, which raises money to support 750 student athletes on 25 teams representing 17 sports at Decatur High School and Renfroe Middle School.

See you on the course!


News & Announcements From Our Partners

Big picture

It's National Teacher Appreciation Week!

It’s National Teacher Appreciation Week! Your words of love and appreciation mean everything to our teachers -- Express your appreciation for a teacher or CSD staff member with a Step Up tribute: Go to www.stepupforteachers.com, make a $25 contribution and you can leave a tribute message for your favorite CSD employee, and we’ll notify the honored person. For $50 you can honor two CSD staff members AND have a yard sign delivered to your Decatur address! To celebrate our DHS seniors, we also have yard signs for the Class of 2022! Your contributions support Teacher Innovation Grants and provide an encouraging boost that our teachers need to finish the school year!

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated to our Renfroe and Talley snack program! Those programs have enough snacks for the rest of the school year! There are still a few items left on the Weekend backpack program, to which you can donate from this link: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1IVCVGY0GCF9S?ref_=wl_fv_le

To our DEF treasure hunters – we’ll be announcing the winners of the treasure hunt raffle NEXT WEEK, so stay tuned to DEF social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter). It could be YOU! The treasure hunt is still active for anyone who would like a fun family activity, click HERE for info.