DHS Weekly Update

Thursday, October 14, 2021


DHS Families,

Thanks to everyone who came out to support DHS last week with the pop-up Naan Stop Spirit Night! Tonight is the City BBQ Spirit Night and we have a few more coming up in the next few weeks. This is a great way to support DHS and see your neighbors and friends! I want to remind you that Nov. 1st is a Teacher Professional Learning Day and students do NOT report to school. The schedule for the remainder of the week of Nov. 1st will be: Tuesday/Thursday Even Period Days and Wednesday/Friday Odd Period Days.

There are two 'housekeeping' items that I would like your support with - littering and mask wearing. There has been a lot of littering by RMS and DHS students in the square after school. If your students typically hang out in the square on their way home after school, please talk to them about being good Decatur citizens and leaving their spaces better than they found them. These are character traits that they have been taught since elementary school. I would also ask that you help support us with the enforcement of the CSD mask mandate. I have had concerned students and parents reaching out about students not wearing masks correctly at school. While we are continuing to reinforce the behavior we want to see and follow-up with discipline and interventions for students who chronically need reminding, we also need your support by modeling safe behavior in public by wearing your masks. Your students are always watching and listening to you . . . even if it seems like they are not.

Rochelle L. Lofstrand, Principal

Decatur High School

Early Check-out Stops at 3:00PM

Check-Out Process During 2021-2022

  • We are doing early check-outs a little differently because of the COVID restrictions on visitors. Early check-out stops at 3:00 PM. Check out our website - https://www.csdecatur.net/Page/4714 - for this updated procedure and contact info.

Today! City Barbeque

The Decatur High School PBIS fundraiser is today at City Barbeque Decatur! Order online or in person and enjoy some BBQ—we’ll get 20% of sales from everyone who shares this post or uses our fundraiser code when they order at https://www.citybbq.com/order or in the City BBQ app! Checkout the image on how to make sure the promo code is applied when ordering online.
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“Carreras de Tecnologia”

Georgia Tech is partnering with the DHS Library Learning Commons to present “Carreras de Tecnologia” a free event for K-12 students to learn about careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)! Use the resources below to join us for this bilingual, virtual learning experience.

Ifeude Hill


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DHS Garden Club

The Garden Club has been hard at work beautifying our campus. Thank you for a job well done!

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Buy a Yearbook

Prices GO UP FRIDAY!!!
The 2021-2022 school year will be a memorable one for sure.

We are planning on a full book so don't lose those memories - get a yearbook now

Books can be bought at www.jostens.com for $55 until Oct 15th then prices will go up to $60.

Get one of the 300 remaining books today!

If you have any questions please email alockhart@csdecatur.net.

Senior Ad Time and Space is Running Out FAST!

This is the perfect time to purchase a Senior Ad and send your senior off with the memories of the past and some wise words for the future!! Please see the Jostens website for more information. The final due date to purchase a Senior Ad has BEEN CHANGED to OCTOBER 15 - THIS WEEK - because space IS RAPIDLY RUNNING OUT so get your order in now!

Ads will be designed by the yearbook staff, and once an ad is purchased, the yearbook staff will reach out to you to let you know how and when to send pictures and words in. If you have any questions please email the staff at indecatur@csdecatur.net

National Honor Society Application Notification

Juniors and Seniors with a 3.7 GPA or above: the National Honor Society emailed applications to join NHS on Wednesday, September 29th. Those applications are due back by 8 a.m. on Monday, October 18th. Late applications are not accepted. Current members need not reapply. If you qualify but did not receive an application or if you have any questions, please email Ms. Walker at kwalker@csdecatur.net.

The Decatur High School Intermediate & Advanced Acting Ensemble Presents "The 146 Point Flame"

Intermediate Acting Performance of "The 146 Point Flame"

Wednesday, October 27th at 7 pm

Advanced Acting Performance of "The 146 Point Flame"

Thursday, October 28th at 7 pm

This piece is based on the historic 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City. Through words, movement and music, four young women share their dreams, thoughts, fears, and feelings about their ultimate destinies. An Italian immigrant, Vincenza, shares her last night on Earth with romance, smiles, and dancing. Tessa celebrates her life with a story about her brother and mother. Sisters Lena and Yetta meditate on the strength and endurance of moving from Russia to America and the parallels of moving from life to the afterlife. Touching and poetic, this piece illuminates the definition of human courage.

Decatur Parents Network - Speaker Series

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Grow with Google Virtual Workshops for Jobseekers

Decatur High School will host a series of free workshops on digital skills using resources from Grow with Google for Job Seekers.

October 26 - “Power Your Job Search with Google Tools” from 11:00 am - 11:40 am EST

November 18 " Digital Skills for Everyday Tasks" from 10:50 am -11:40 am EST

December 9 "Improve Your Resume with Practical Strategies" from 10:50 am - 11:40 am EST

Discover how to land your dream job opportunities using Google Search and Google Maps, and learn how to organize and enhance your job search experience using Google Workspace tools.

These workshops are essential for anyone just starting their job search or looking for new opportunities as well as parents, counselors, and workforce advisors preparing students to find the jobs of their dreams.

Workshops will be led by Demming Bass (bio), award-winning business leader and official speaker for the Grow with Google partner program since 2017.

This workshop series is brought to you through the DHS Library Learning Commons partnership with #GrowWithGoogle, The DeKalb County Public Library, and the Decatur Education Foundation

Click here for more information (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1onWvwbGrjnoSUWpnO_MV-eimT_6q_w9Wm--qIpjpEi0/edit?usp=sharing)


Below are the details of the SAT Prep class course starting Oct 16 - Nov 20, 2021.

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

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

Dates: Oct 16, 23, 30 Nov 6, 13, 20 | 2021 for SAT Test December 4th 2021

(6 sessions | 4 hrs each)

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

Room: 2010

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, October 19th at 6:30pm. Check the school calendar for the meeting link.


Next SLT Meeting

Join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, November 9th at 4:30pm. Check the school calendar for the meeting link.

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 Basketball Tryout Information

Attention all students interested in playing basketball for Decatur High School. Basketball tryouts will be held starting on October 25. See below for details. Student-Athletes must have all physical and health information entered into Dragonfly and must be in good academic and behavioral standing to participate.

DragonFly link

For more information, visit decaturbulldogsathletics.com

Girls Tryout Information: 5:30-7:30pm Monday-Wednesday

*Students should meet in Room A109 for study hall at 4:30pm

Boys Tryout Information: 3:45-5:30pm Monday-Wednesday

Bulldog Flags

Decatur Bulldog Boosters (DBB) is building excitement about the upcoming school year and the return to normalcy by selling Bulldog Flags so that the entire Decatur community can show our spirit.

A Bulldog Flag costs $40 or is free if you become a DBB Sponsor (at any level) or purchase a Family Member (or above).

These are durable, outside flags that measure approx. 3’x 5’ and can be attached to a flag pole, hung in a window, or displayed on a wall. All proceeds go to support 1000 student-athletes on 45 teams representing 14 sports at Decatur High School and Renfroe Middle School.

Purchase your flag at DecaturSwag.com, or go to decaturbulldogboosters.org for more information on DBB memberships and sponsorships. Let's line our streets with these flags and show everyone what Bulldog Nation is made of!

District News

Outdoor Flu Clinics

FLU season is fast approaching and it is time to get your flu shot! The CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October. The City Schools of Decatur Nurses along with the DeKalb Board of Health have organized outdoor Flu Clinics throughout the district so everyone will have plenty of opportunities to get vaccinated.

The clinics are open to staff, students (must be accompanied by parent/guardian), and families. They also offer other vaccines covered by insurance (pneumonia, Tdap and Hepatitis A & B).

Individuals MUST Bring an ID and Insurance Card. There is NO charge with accepted Insurance.

Insurance accepted: BC & BS of GA, Cigna, Aetna, UnitedHealthcare, Medicaid, Medicare Part B, PeachCare for Kids, & SHBP (excluding Kaiser)

Cost: Standard flu Vaccine: $40

High-dose flu vaccine for ages 65+: $77


See you soon!

From the Special Education Department

TONIGHT! The Power of the NOW & COMP Waivers

Jackie McNair, Parent Mentor of Gwinnett County, will present a detailed explanation of the New Options Waiver (NOW) and the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) for CSD families. These waivers can provide a financial bridge to assisting your student in having a positive outcome once they transition out of school. In this meeting, Ms. McNair will share how her family manages and utilizes the waiver to assist with sustainable supports for post-secondary transition.

*It is important for families to apply for these waivers while their child is in school.

Audience: Renfroe & DHS Parents of High to Mid. impact special needs students

Date: October 14, 2021

Time: 6pm-7pm

Location: Virtual

Click here to RSVP or email cgrant@csdecatur.net

News From Our Partners

From The City of Decatur

Decatur Acts on Affordable Housing Task Force Report

The City of Decatur has implemented several recommendations from the Affordable Housing Task Force report and will host three virtual focused conversations on the Missing Middle Housing policy to inform final policy recommendations: October 20 from 6-7:30 p.m., October 26 from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., and November 11 from 6-7:30 p.m. Each session will have a short panel discussion before entering into participant breakout rooms for further conversations, concluding with Q&A portion. Visit www.decaturga.com/affordablehousing to learn more about these recommendations and the history of housing in Decatur and to register for the sessions. If you wish to submit a question for the panel email Kristin.allin@decaturga.com.

In addition to the sessions, a community survey is available until November 15 to collect input from the community on potential zoning changes to Decatur’s neighborhoods. Visit surveymonkey.com/r/MissingMiddleHousingSurvey to complete the survey.

A hotline is also available from 1-4 p.m., Tuesday thru Thursday, Oct. 26 – Nov. 11 for the public to call to ask questions, make comments or learn about specific events. During this time period, call 470-868-5114.

Legacy Park Invasive Plant Removal Open House | Saturday, Oct. 16 • 2 p.m.

Trees Atlanta will partner with the City of Decatur to start work on a five-year woodland restoration and regeneration project at Legacy Park. Come out to Legacy Park on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. to learn about the invasive and native plants on the property, Trees Atlanta’s approach to invasive plant removal, and opportunities to get involved and help protect the park’s tree canopy. A short demonstration will follow the presentation, with attendees taking back invasive plant removal techniques and knowledge to their own backyards.

Tree Canopy Conservation Ordinance Open House | Thursday, Oct. 21 • 4-8 p.m.

Residents and property owners are invited to an open house to learn about proposed revisions to the City’s tree canopy conservation ordinance. The open house will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 21, 2021, in the dining hall at Legacy Park. A temperature check and wearing of a face covering are required for entry into the building.

The City Commission is considering changes to the City’s tree canopy conservation ordinance, including additional protection for trees located on single-family residential, townhome and multiple-family residential properties and new requirements for commercial developments.

Learn more about the tree ordinance at decaturga.com/dec/page/decatur-tree-canopy-conservation-ordinance-update. In addition to attending the open house, comments can be emailed to treeordinance@decaturga.com.

Decatur Education Foundation

The 10th Annual Madison Ave Derby is happening THIS SATURDAY starting at 11am! Bring the family out to see some creative and FAST handcrafted machines roll down Madison Avenue while enjoying food from Universal Joint and King of Pops. This year's Derby beneficiary is the Decatur Student Center, located in CSD Decatur High School and equipped to attend to our students' behavioral health and non-academic needs. To learn more about the Student Center, please visit www.decatureducationfoundation/behavioral-health. See you at the Derby!

Homework Help: We are continuing our Virtual Pals tutoring program in which we pair a 2nd-8th grade student with an upper high school student or adult volunteer to help with homework, time management, and motivation. If you would like to sign your student up for the program, you can go here: https://forms.gle/nLrKbwkXyvYjEAJB8

Could you be a mentor? We’re also seeking women and men volunteers to serve as mentors for our AIM Scholars mentoring program (third-grade students) and our REACH mentoring program (8th-grade students). For just a small amount of time each month, you can have a meaningful impact in the life of a student. For more information, please visit www.decatureducationfoundation.org/mentoring

Pop-Up Takeout for DEF! Our friends from NaanStop and Greg Kodesh Realty are partnering with DEF for a dine-out/take-out on Thursday, October 21st, for which they'll be donating 20% of sales to DEF! They offer family meals including 2 entrees, fresh-baked naan, handmade samosas, basmati rice and chutneys (feeds 4). Just place your order before 5 pm Wednesday, October 20th and your order will be available for pick up between 5 – 5:45 pm on Thursday, October 21st - Link to menu: https://bit.ly/NSorderDecatur - Pickup at Avery/Bucher in Winnona Park neighborhood - masks/distancing required. It’s first-come, first-served, so get your orders in before they sell out!