Decatur Proud Newsletter

Summer 2018

Another school year has come and gone and Decatur Township is ready for some summer fun. Before you head out to the race track or take a dip in the pool, catch up on our school district's latest news and updates!


Calling all new and returning students! Registration will take place on the following days in each of our school buildings:

Thursday, July 12, 9 a.m. - Noon and 4-8 p.m.

Saturday, July 14, 9 a.m. - Noon

Tuesday, July 17, 4 - 8 p.m.

Families have the option to make a payment toward the 2018-19 school year fees and iPad rental or set up a payment plan. Additionally, our back-to-school backpack giveaway will take place on Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m. to Noon at the DELC.
We are thrilled to announce that the Decatur Township Scholarship Association surpassed a tremendous milestone this year, awarding more than $1 million in scholarships since its inception in 1992! Thanks to the dedicated board members and the hard work from hundreds of volunteers, countless students have received a scholarship to help contribute to their educational journey. Learn more about DTSA and their path to this milestone.

To help wrap up another great school year, MSD of Decatur Township hosted its 4th annual Technology Showcase on April 11! This event highlights the authentic and hands-on approach our district takes in teaching students about new technology, as well as offers the community the opportunity to learn how Decatur Township recognizes and supports the need for students to be immersed in a world full of new and ever-changing technology.

At this year’s Technology Showcase, students from each grade level were invited to showcase their outstanding projects within the event’s gallery walk where nearly 250 students, families, and staff gathered to marvel at the work. To conclude the event, a team of technology gurus selected one forward-thinking creator from the elementary, middle, and high school to be featured in a TED Talk-style presentation called Hawk Talk.

District Technology Coordinator, Jason Seaver, was instrumental in the preparation and execution of the event. With the guidance of devoted faculty and administrative members like Jason, Decatur Township is able to help further the innovative ideas of dedicated students and will continue to showcase their bright ideas in years to come.

Last month, MSD of Decatur Township recognized excellence in art education among grades K-12 at the district’s annual Art Show. The talented students and their families were invited to the Decatur Library on April 20 where the artwork was showcased for all to appreciate. During the event, the principals of each school selected their favorite for the Principal’s Choice Award, along with the Library’s Choice and Public’s Choice awards.

West Newton Elementary Art Teacher, Tracey Krell-Suchy, is one of many faculty members who helped organize this event. She believes the work these students produce is truly outstanding and finds it important that our students know Decatur Township schools support their creativity now and after graduation.

Decatur Township has held the Art Show for almost 20 years in an effort to celebrate and encourage our students who excel in art. The show also supports Youth Art Month, a month-long initiative for promoting art and art education in the U.S. We’re very happy to have celebrated these students and will continue to nurture and support our student body’s success in the visual arts amongst a passionate group of faculty and administrative members.

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Join us in congratulating Yanelie Jimenez, Tyler Whitaker, Vanessa Mendez, Brayden Hazelwood, and Faith Brooks for winning first place in the first annual University of Indianapolis Entrepreneurship Academy ImaginAction Competition. Learn more about the competition and how these New Tech VOICE Student Leadership representatives secured first place!


This quarter, we are happy to be highlighting Karen Hartnett, Gold Academy Elementary School Student Services Support Coach/Communities in Schools Site Coordinator. Her enthusiasm and commitment to her work continuously inspires not only our staff, but the parents and students of Gold Academy Elementary as well. Learn more about this incredible employee in our Employee Spotlight.


As the school year comes to a close and we prepare to send off our graduating class, we’re extremely excited to highlight three of our softball program’s seniors who are committed to play Division I athletics. Learn all about these hardworking student-athletes and where they plan to attend in the Fall!


We are excited to spotlight Rick Moore, a Decatur native and icon who continuously contributes his time and expertise to our district. Rick’s award-winning sports writing and photography has been influential in our community and among countless athletes. Learn more about this decorated Decatur Central graduate through our Alumni Spotlight.


Will Moore

General Maintenance and Grounds

Kayla Arguello

Decatur Middle School Spanish Teacher