DHS Weekly Update

Thursday, May 12, 2022


DHS Families,

As we finish out this school year, we have quite a lot going on! Please make sure to read emails from me and other DHS employees who might be updating testing or event info. Please check our school calendar for event information - https://www.csdecatur.net/Page/20#calendar12/20220512/month.

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.

Class of 2023 Senior Pictures

Hey there Class of 2023 can you believe you are just a few weeks away from being seniors? Time to start thinking about all of the senior things including senior photos! This year’s senior’s photos will be taken by CADY studios. You must have your portrait taken by CADY to be included in the senior section of the yearbook. There are several photo options you can choose, but to be in the yearbook you just need the yearbook pose. This option comes with Cap and Gown pictures, and one extra ‘scene.’ You should have started receiving emails about scheduling an appointment. You can go to one of their studios OR schedule an appointment here at the high school during a Road Shoot. The closest studio, The Atlanta Studio, located at 2030 Powers Ferry Rd., Suite 520 Atlanta, Georgia 30339 (near the Braves Stadium) is accepting appointments now. It is advised that you schedule an appointment sooner rather than later so that you can get retakes if you wish.

Cady will be taking appointments online for the Decatur High Road Shoot days 90 days before the actual date. These dates include: Saturday 8/27 and Saturday 10/8. If you do not get an appointment on one of these days you will have to go to the studio to get your picture taken.

You have until November 10, either at school or at a studio, to get your photo taken for inclusion in the 2022-2023 yearbook. Please go to cady.com/schedule in order to schedule your appointment as soon as possible.

Anyone who needs financial assistance for the sitting fee should reach out to Principal Lofstrand, rlofstrand@csdecatur.net. If you have any other questions please email the yearbook sponsor Ms. Lockhart at alockhart@csdecatur.net.

Retro Revue

Hey Everybody... Get your TIckets for Retro Revue for this weekend or next. Students auditioned and were placed in bands with people that they did not know. They perform music written 5 years before the oldest band member was born. The FACULTY band plays music performed within the last 5 years. This show is a blast and all proceeds benefit Joe's Fund. Get your tickets here!
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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 August 9th at 4:30pm. Check the school calendar for the meeting link.

DHS Girls' Club Ultimate Frisbree Team State Championship Semi-Final-Saturday!

The Decatur High School Girls’ club ultimate frisbee team will play Maynard Jackson in a state championship semi-final on Saturday, with the winner playing either Midtown or Paideia. The games will take place at Boulevard Crossing [500 Englewood Ave. SE, Atlanta, 30315] on May 14th at 10:30 am, the championship immediately following the semis. In last week’s Ultiworld National High School Power Ranking, Decatur had climbed to 14th in the country and was acknowledged as the best team in Georgia. They earned that reputation by cruising through the season undefeated, beating consistent powers Paideia and Midtown along the way. The team includes five seniors (Quincy Booth, Ella Ditmer, Jesse Mongomery, Naomi Norton, and Dinah Rogers), powerhouse younger players, and a handful of up-and-coming Renfroe middle schoolers. Come out and support this ultimate power on Saturday.

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.

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 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!

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DHS Track & Field Continues to Impress at 5A Sectional Meet

Congratulations to our Track & Field team for their impressive performance as a team and individually at the 5A Sectional Meet on Saturday. Our athletes continue to improve, setting personal records at each event, as they prepare for the GHSA State Meet this week. Good luck to all of the athletes listed below who will be competing Thursday, Friday, and/or Saturday of this week!!

Visit decaturbulldogsathletics.com to see full list of athletes participating in the State Meet.

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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.

Call for Teen Vendors - Cryptid Creatives

If interested in volunteering or vending at Harmony Park on Second Saturdays, email your first and last name, grade/age, and interest (volunteering or vending) to cryptidcreatives@gmail.com.

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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 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 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.


News & Announcements From Our Partners

Why Parents Need to Know About Reading

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Extra Mile Award

Students: Do you know a teacher or CSD employee who has gone “the extra mile” this year? Nominate them for the CSD Extra Mile Award! The Extra Mile Award is an annual award that allows students to show their appreciation for the teachers or staff they feel go above and beyond what is expected of them.

Students (not parents) at any grade level can write an essay describing how their teacher (or staff member) goes the extra mile (parents can help younger children write the essay). The essays should be detailed and describe how the employee goes above and beyond.

Click here to submit a nomination. Students can also find the form any time via LaunchPad (it’s the purple icon labeled “Extra Mile Award nomination”). The deadline is May 25.

These awards will be presented at the CSD Opening Day Celebration in July.

Questions? Contact cburnett@csdecatur.net or 404-371-3601

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Our snack and weekend backpack lists have been filled for the rest of the year, thanks to your generosity!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our DEF Treasure Hunt, we hope you had fun! The WINNERS of the Treasure Hunt have been chosen: Congratulations to hunting groups “Catsquad” and “The Two and Only People who say buy” who represent Winnona Park and F.AVE respectively. The winners will be contacted via email about collecting their prizes.

There are still Step Up and Class of 2022 yard signs still available! And it’s not too late to 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. DEF will notify the honored person. For $50 you can honor two CSD staff members AND have a yard sign delivered to your Decatur address. You can also celebrate your DHS seniors with Class of 2022 yard sign. Your contributions support Teacher Innovation Grants and provide an encouraging boost that our teachers need to finish the school year! (If a contribution is a barrier, please email your tribute and request to drew@decatureducationfoundation.org.)