DHS Counseling Newsletter

October 2015


Over 3.2 million school children are bullied each year.

Aside from making school a very difficult place to be, bullying can cause headaches, post traumatic stress, drops in grades, depression, isolation, and even suicide.*

October is Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month and we encourage you to have open conversations with your children about bullying and ask them to stand up for themselves and/or friends who may be having issues. DHS takes bullying very seriously and seeks to ensure that no child is mistreated at school nor afraid to attend.

For more information on bullying, including statistics, videos, and advice and how you can help and encourage your child to help, check out these resources:



If someone you or your child knows is being bullied, please let a school counselor or administrator know. Just one person can make a difference in the life of a student.

Don't Stand By. Stand UP.

*Source: pacer.org


October is National LGTBQ History Month and DHS seeks to promote awareness among students, faculty, and staff. In addition to events sponsored by our own GSA (Gay Straight Alliance), we want to share some resources for you or your teen who may be struggling with LGTBQ issues or just want to know more.

Growing Up LGBT in America - Statistics (Human Rights Campaign)

GLAAD - Advocacy and support promoting LGTBQ acceptance

History of LGTB Pride Month (Library of Congress)

Check out these featured books and more available at the Decatur High School Library:

Absolutely, Positively Not by David LaRochelle

Am I Blue? Coming Out From the Silence Edited by Marion Dane Bauer

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin

Blue Is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh; translation by Ivanka Hahnenberger

Fat Angie by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo

Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark

Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg

Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights by Ann Bausum

This Assignment Is So Gay: LGTBQ Poets on the Art of Teaching Edited by Megan Volpert

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

A fantastic list of additional resources can be found here:

Rainbow Book List (American Library Association)

LGTBQ Book Lists (My GSA CA)

Homecoming is Friday October 16th

Homecoming is a fantastic celebration honoring DHS and our students. While it is meant to be fun, the whirlwind of festivities can make some students unsure of their limits and how to manage peer pressure during events and parties. Trying to provide guidance and limits as a parent can be confusing and sometimes scary as you worry about your child and his or her safety.

Download a copy of the Homecoming Survival Guide for tips on how to manage Homecoming Week. Help give yourself some peace of mind and your child the tools needed to be safe and have fun too.

Go Bulldogs!



Look at the counselor assignments below and call or email your child's counselor directly.
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DHS Counseling Website

Counseling and Registrar Main Phone: 404-370-4187 ext. 2165

Davida Atwood, Registrar - ext. 2116, datwood@csdecatur.net

Bill Roberts, Graduation Coach - ext. 2170, broberts@csdecatur.net

Deborah Shadrix, Administrative Assistant - ext. 2165, dshadrix@csdecatur.net