Dr. Fehrman's Friday Follow-Up

April 15, 2022

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Stronger Together Shout Out

We received exciting news this week that City Schools of Decatur has received the Best Communities for Music Education Award from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation! This is a tremendous honor and a testament to the hard work of the music educators and students in our district.


From the NAMM Foundation release:

Congratulations! The NAMM Foundation has recognized your community for the outstanding efforts of teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community leaders who are making music part of a well-rounded education for every child in their communities. We salute the commitment of your community, so every child can learn and grow with music.


Thank you to our music educators, students, parents, and supporters who make CSD a special place for music education.

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Top Dog Awards

Our Top Dogs this week are Russell Stewart, Dr. Taylor Cross, and Kelly Stopp. The nominations for these outstanding teachers all came from students. Way to go, Russell, Taylor, and Kelly!


Click here to nominate a staff member for the Top Dog Award.


Russell Stewart, 5th-grade Teacher at Fifth Avenue Elementary School

“He is my favorite teacher that I have had. He puts the fun into learning. How many Teachers play Jeproady with their class? Mr. Stewart does. He does our work with us and he helps us understand everything. This is why I think that Mr. Stewart should win the Top Dog Award.”


Dr. Taylor Cross, 8th-grade ELA Teacher at Renfroe Middle School

“Dr. Cross always makes his lessons interesting, engaging, and fun every day. Walking into his classroom is always something different each day and it is way more interesting than the same old Chromebook work. He is also very funny and tries to make his lessons relevant and something we would enjoy as students.”


Kelly Stopp, 2nd-grade Teacher at Winnona Park Elementary School

“Ms. Stopp was my Favorite teacher. When I was unable to go to school she came to my house to teach me.”

Congratulations! Great job! Way to Go!

DHS Student Teo Lara Named a Georgia Scholar

Teo was recently recognized as one of the 216 graduating seniors from across Georgia as 2022 Georgia Scholars by the Georgia Department of Education.


Through the Georgia Scholar program, the Georgia Department of Education identifies and honors high school seniors who have achieved excellence in school and community life. Each Georgia Scholar receives a seal for their diploma.


Georgia Scholars are students who carried exemplary course loads during their four years of high school, performed excellently in all courses, successfully participated in interscholastic events at their schools and in their communities, and assumed leadership roles in extracurricular activities sponsored by their schools. Click here to view the full criteria for the program. Way to go, Teo!


Media Specialist Ashley Long Receives AASL Frances Henne Award

Talley Street Upper Elementary Media Specialist Ashley Long received the American Association of School Librarian’s Frances Henne Award. The “award recognizes a school librarian with five years or less experience who demonstrates leadership qualities with students, teachers, and administrators.” Ashley moved from the classroom to the media center in the summer of 2020 and is a critical part of the Talley team. Congratulations, Ashley!


Congratulations Oakhurst Principal Tanisha Frazier

This week at the Georgia State University Honors Ceremony, Oakhurst Principal Tanisha Frazier, was awarded the "Outstanding Doctor of Education Student Award" for the Educational Policy Studies Department. Way to go, Tanisha!

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Poetry Slam Winners

Congratulations to the Renfroe Middle School Poetry Slam Winners! The contest winners are all in 8th-grade. A big shout out to these students!


3rd Place- Abigail Lancaster

2nd Place - Na'Miah Howard

1st Place- (Tie) Nia Batra & Gabrielle Domengeaux

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CSD Announcements and Updates

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. 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.


Tentative FY2023 Budget Approval

The Board approved the tentative Fiscal Year 2023 budget at their meeting earlier this week. Click here (starting at 1:35:04) to listen to the presentation by Chief Financial Officer Lonita Broome. The final FY23 budget approval and tentative approval of the millage rate will take place at the May Board of Education meeting at 6:30 pm. Prior to the May 10 board meeting, there will be a public hearing on the budget at 6:15 pm. Public comment and input are appreciated. Additionally, the budget feedback link is active and public comments and suggestions can be submitted via this link.


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.


Celebrating Good Equity Troublemakers

We are celebrating and honoring CSD equity champions with the new Good Equity Troublemaker Award. Nominations have been received for school-based awards. A district winner will be announced in May. See pictures below to learn more about this award. We are excited to recognize our Good Troublemakers soon! The “good trouble” award’s name invokes civil rights pioneer John Lewis call to action to get into “good trouble” to promote equity.

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School-based Health Center Needs Assessment Survey

Parents, our district is discussing the possibility of opening a School-Based Health Center (SBHC) to provide physical, dental and behavioral health services for students. SBHCs meet student's physical and emotional needs so they are present in class and able to be successful.


SBHCs can offer a range of services based on the needs of the community such as primary care (including well child exams), diagnosis and treatment of acute chronic illnesses and minor injuries (i.e., asthma, diabetes, sickle cell), immunizations, vision and hearing screening, behavioral health screening and counseling, lab testing, sports physicals, referrals to and coordination of outside services, dental care (including fillings, extractions, fluoride treatments, sealants, restorative services), and full-service vision centers offering eye exams and prescription glasses.


We invite you to complete this survey to help us determine the needs of our community. Your answers are completely confidential. Thank you for your help.


CSD Night at Atlanta United Game

City Schools of Decatur has secured discounted ATL UTD tickets for their match on Saturday, May 28 vs. Columbus Crew. All students, family, and friends that purchase through this link will save up to 50% off tickets plus reduced fees while supplies last.


$5 from every ticket will go back to support City Schools of Decatur. The top 20 students who sell the most tickets will also get to participate in the player high-five tunnel experience before the match! Be sure to enter the name of the student from whom you received this offer and select your school at the drop-down during checkout.


The offer expires May 14 or until tickets are sold out. Click this link https://fevo.me/csd to learn more.

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Decatur High School Advanced Acting Ensemble

You won’t want to miss “She Kills Monsters,” April 20-24 at the DHS Performing Arts Center! Tickets can be purchased at decaturperforms.org: select “Ticket Info” from the drop-down menu.


When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, she finds herself catapulted into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was her sister’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

April 20, 21, 22, and 23 at 7 pm

April 23 and 24 at 2 pm


Ages: middle school and up

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District CLIP Input Meeting

Please join us to share your feedback on the CSD 2022-2023 Comprehensive Local Education Agency Implementation Plan (CLIP).

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Community News and Announcements

Decatur Farm to School

The Wylde Center's Decatur Farm to School (DF2S) Spring Dine Out is coming soon! Just eat at/take out on Wednesday, April 20, from a participating restaurant and a portion of total sales will go to DF2S! Participating restaurants include Wahoo! Grill, Farm Burger, Oakhurst Market, The Marlay House, My Parents’ Basement, Brick Store Pub, Butter & Cream Decatur, Raging Burrito, Arepa Mia, Folk Art Decatur, Sapori di Napoli, BBQ Cafe, Leon's Full Service, and more! Details can be found HERE. All proceeds support our farm-to-school activities, including Decatur High School summer internships, school grants, conference scholarships, and taste tests. Thank you for your support!


City of Decatur Children and Youth Services

The City of Decatur’s afterschool lottery remains open through 6 pm on Friday, April 22.

Families with children entering K-5th grades in August may enter eligible children in the lottery for their school’s location of Animal Crackers (K-2) or Whiz Kids (3-5). For more information on how to enter the 2022-23 Afterschool Lottery, please visit the Forms & Documents page on www.decaturga.com/cys.


Please contact cys@decaturga.com or call 404-378-1082 with any questions.
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DEF Treasure Hunt

Want a fun, free, easy way to spend some family time? Try our TREASURE HUNT! There’s even a sweet treat at the end. We’d like to see some friendly competition between the schools — which school will have the most participants? We’ve seen participants from every school except Glennwood Elementary — we hope to see some Glennwood Eagles in the next week!


Participating is simple:

1. Download the free app “ActionBound.”

2. Click on this QR code.

3. Complete the hunt for a chance to win some cool prizes like a week of summer camp at Little Shop or ColorWheel!


At Decatur Education Foundation, our mission is to eliminate the problems our kids face so they can learn and thrive. You can help us do that through your donations of time and funds. To address food insecurity, we have several Amazon wish lists that continue monthly. Renfroe and Talley are accepting donations at these links:

RMS Snacks

Tally Snacks

Weekend Food Backpacks


DEF Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering opportunities abound at DEF for both adults and upper high school students in need of hours:

As a Virtual Pals Tutor -- we need tutors to be paired with a 2nd- 8th grade Decatur student for a one-hour weekly session. Click HERE to apply.

As a Virtual Pals Coordinator -- we need one person who checks in with the tutor pairs on a weekly basis. Time commitment is 1 hour per week. Email muslimo@decatureducationfoundation.org to apply.

As an AIM Mentor -- we need adult male and female mentors to be paired with a third-grader to have new experiences and find their passions. The time commitment is just 2-4 hours per month.

As a REACH Mentor – we need just one more adult male to mentor an 8th-grade student who has been nominated by his teachers for the REACH GA program. REACH mentors help their mentees through the rigors of high school and college applications. Time commitment is just 2-4 hours per month.