DHS Counseling Newsletter

In Full Swing Spring Edition

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College Advocates - Class of 2017

We would like for you to consider being a part of the College Advocate Program for the Class of 2017. Think about your schedule and if you can commit to being an effective advocate which consists of meeting with a student at least monthly for post-secondary planning progress checks. We would love to have you, and we definitely have students that need your support.

Please email Dr. Kimberly R. Jones (kjones@csdecatur.net) if you would like to support a rising senior and be a College Advocate for a student in the Class of 2017.

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Dear Parent/Guardian,

The Decatur Prevention Initiative, in partnership with DeKalb Community Promise (DCP) Drug Free Community Coalition, is surveying parents to learn more about their beliefs and perceptions regarding underage drinking and substance use. The results of this survey will be shared with you through community-wide messaging and activities.

This survey is anonymous. Your responses cannot be traced to you. No one will know how you answered the items in the survey. Please answer the questions based on what you actually think and do. Completing the survey is voluntary. You may skip any question you choose not to answer.

When answering the items in this survey, please think about your child(ren)/grandchildren.

Thank you so much for providing us with this valuable information to help us better address youth alcohol and substance abuse in Decatur. SURVEY LINK

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Digital Citizenship Tips - Sexting

In this handbook presented by Common Sense Media's Education division you will get the facts on sexting. This is for both students and parents. Please feel free to use this resource to communicate with your student about the impact sexting can have on their futures.

You can view the full presentation by clicking HERE.

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Symptoms and Dangers of Senioritis

Senioritis is a real life phenomenon defined as, “an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as evidenced by tardiness, absences, and lower grades.”

This article describes some of the common signs, negative effects, and misconceptions so that you can support your student and head off Senioritis before you have to manage full onset.

Click HERE to view the full article.


Each month DHS seniors are sent an email list of scholarships with deadlines for the next month. The Scholarship Listing on the DHS Website is updated monthly.

Click HERE to go to the DHS College & Career Development page and scroll down to the Scholarship Info section of the page.

Click HERE to access thousands of scholarships via the Georgia College 411 website.

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Some students have received admissions decisions already, and others will be receive theirs in the near future. For many students, the biggest factor in making the final decision of which college to attend is cost. This article from JLV College Counseling will help you understand the financial aid award letters you will soon begin to receive.
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Before making the final decision, students and families should get to know as much information as they can about the financial commitment they are making when committing to a college. You should not be afraid to ask questions about cost of attendance or financial aid awards. Click HERE for things to consider asking financial aid officers of the colleges you are considering before making your final decision.

DHS Counseling Newsletter

This newsletter is brought to you as a component of the Comprehensive Counseling Program of Decatur High School.