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September 2022

DCHS Welcome Back Edition

Welcome Parents and Students:

We are thrilled that you are joining us on this exciting journey of teaching and learning at Douglas County High School, home of the only International Baccalaureate Program in the district! It is with great pleasure that I welcome each and every one of our students and their families back to what I know is going to be an exciting year filled with memorable moments. My staff and I are dedicated to empowering our students to develop self-agency as they embark on a journey uniquely designed for their success in their endeavors. I aim to build strong, lasting relationships with you for years to come. Should you feel the need to contact me, please do not hesitate to contact by calling (770) 651-6500.

DCHS Looking to Take the Next Step in 2022

Last season, Douglas County High School advanced to the second round of the state playoffs for the second time in the past six seasons. Coming into 2022, head coach Johnny White says the goal for the Tigers now is to make the state playoffs and advance even farther than before.

“We’re expecting to take another step on the ladder. We’ve been here seven years and have four playoff appearances and two of those years we made it to the second round,” said White. “Now we’re trying to get to the third round. We’ve got to take it week-by-week and realize that every game is important.”

This week-by-week approach will be especially important this year, White says, because his team’s schedule features tough non-region contests before having to navigate a competitive Region 5-6A.

The Tigers will open the season uniquely, as their first two games will take place on Saturday instead of the traditional Friday night. In their opener, DCHS will battle Lithia Springs High School in the Henry County Classic, and the following week they will take on Mays High School in the Great Atlanta Bash in their second week.

“Our first two games are Saturday games, and we’ve really got to get our energy and endurance up, because the first game is at 2:00 p.m., and the next week we’ll play at 4:00 p.m.,” White said. “So we’ll be playing in the middle of the heat in August so we’ve got to get in shape.”

Fortunately for the Tigers, they return several starters from last year’s team that advanced to the second round of the state playoffs. Offensively, DCHS brings 10 starters back. The group will be led by wide receiver and Wake Forest commit Hilton Alexander II, and they will also lean on running back Latrelle Murrell and wide receiver Monte Gooden on that side of the ball.

Defensively, the Tigers return eight starters and expect big contributions from Zachariah Keith, a Georgia Tech commit, and Shakai Woods. Both Keith and Woods earned All-State honors at the conclusion of last season, and Woods was named Douglas County Defensive Player of the Year. Additionally, the Tigers return linebacker and defensive back Terien George, who will play a big role this season.


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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Upcoming Dates

September 5: Labor Day

September 6: Teacher Workday

September 8: 9th & 10th Grade Pre-IB Parent Night 6:30

September 8: Progress Reports Online Parent Parental

September 13: Senior Parent Night 6:30

September 14: Picture Day

September 16: IB Tailgate Party

September 27: 9th & 10th Grade Parent Night 6:30

October 1: Homecoming Dance

October 7: Homecoming Game 7:30

Teacher Appreciation

Who says teachers are only appreciated once a year?! DCHS has some of the best and brightest teachers around who are dedicated to student success. Last week teachers and staff received sweet treats from the admin as a way of saying THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO! Each month faculty & staff birthdays are celebrated and the birthday Kings & Queens are gifted with their very own Nothing Bundt Cake! No If's And's or Bundt's about it, we have the greatest faculty & staff in the world!
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Front Row: Beverly Pickett, French Teacher; Dr. Annette Ingram, ESOL Teacher; Kenya Fields, ELA Teacher; Mariam Castillo, Math Teacher; Alexis Henry, ELA Teacher

Middle Row from Left: Sheyla Jones, ELA Teacher; Monica Olier-Toloza, IB Spanish Teacher; Drenay Everett, ELA Teacher; Annette Burgess, ELA Teacher; Georgia Thomasson, CTAE Teacher

Top Row: Ken Quinn, PE Coach; Darius Stephens, PE Coach; Jake Head, ELA Teacher; Blake Wilson, Social Studies Teacher; Duane Kelley, Head Basketball Coach

Not pictured: Jada Greene, Criminal Justice & Law Teacher; Dr. Carol Lobban, Social Studies Teacher

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. 4.5 weeks progress reports will be available online via Infinite Campus on Friday, Sept. 8, 2022, for all parents and students who attend DCHS.

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

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

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Seniors were treated to a SURPRISE sweet treat ice cream truck last Friday to celebrate the completion of their first month of their senior year! They were treated to a variety of ice cream favorites to chose from as they listened to light music and fellowshipped with their senior classmates. We are over the moon and excited to share this wonderful journey with them!

Counselor's Corner

News from the Counseling Department!

We are excited to introduce our new counselor, Ms. Shay Barnby! Ms. Barnby will be replacing Mrs. Jacqueline Williams. She is eager and ready to serve students and their families with the last names A-D. 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 students 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

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.


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.


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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/


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.

Complete blue form

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

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

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


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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