Hawk Highlights

The Monthly Newsletter for Decatur Middle School

Nehring's News

Decatur Middle School Family,

Fall break is here, and it is much deserved. Our students have worked hard as they continue to grow and learn each day. I am so proud of the work and effort our students and teachers put in each day as we strive to help all students be successful.

On Friday, October 12th, we introduced High Five Friday to our students. The excitement and school spirit could be felt by all. Students were challenged to give one high five to their SLC Director during the passing period and at lunch time. Each director counted the high fives and Global come out on top. Way to go to all our SLC teams!

Make sure to check out our entire newsletter as we have included many dates, activities and events which are coming soon to Decatur Middle School.

Hopefully all students can enjoy a little rest and relaxation this fall break as they recharge their batteries and prepare themselves for a strong push to the end of the second nine weeks!

We are Decatur Proud!

Halloween Dance 👻🎃

On Thursday October 25th from 5:30pm - 7:30pm, Student Council is sponsoring our annual Halloween Dance here at Decatur Middle School. All students attending must head home after school and return at 5:30pm for the dance. They can enter at door 6. Students are encouraged to wear their halloween costumes. A 5lb bag of candy will be awarded to the student for the best costume of the night. Students are required to have their lanyard and ID in order to enter the dance.

JA JobSpark Field Trip

On September 25, 2018, Decatur Middle School 8th grade students attended the Junior Achievement JA JobSpark Field Trip at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. While there, students were able to explore a variety of professions, including Culinary Arts, Agriculture, Military, and Medical.

2018 Vision Screenings

The Decatur Middle School will be doing Vision Screenings on October 31, 2018. Section IC 20-34-3-12 of the Indiana Code mandates that on an annual basis the following children will be screened:

  • All children in 1st, 3rd and 8th grades
  • New students who have come from schools outside of Marion County
  • Children suspected of having vision problems that are not already under medical supervision

No child will be obligated to submit to testing if parents or guardians object to the screening. Any objections to these screenings must be made in writing and signed by the parent or guardian.

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Woods, school nurse at Decatur Middle School, at 317-856-5274 ext. 8021.

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FREE Flu Vaccines

MSD of Decatur Township and Health Heroes, Inc. are offering FREE flu vaccines for children attending Decatur Middle School. These vaccines will be given at a clinic set up inside the school on November 6th during the morning.

If your child has not already been immunized against the flu for this 2018-2019 school year, we encourage you to have your child immunized at our upcoming clinic. Please know that these flu vaccines are no cost to MSD Decatur Township or your family – regardless of whether or not your student has health insurance coverage. Even if you have insurance coverage, your insurance company will be billed however, you will not be charged any deductible or co-pay.

Influenza is a very serious illness and in many parts of the U.S. last year it reached epidemic levels. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend children six months of age and older be immunized against the flu. Some benefits of getting the vaccine are:

  • Reduced flu illness
  • Decreased doctor visits due to flu
  • Decreased school absences due to flu-related illness
  • Prevention of flu-related hospitalization

For most families, the barriers preventing their children from receiving a flu vaccine are time and money. MSD Decatur Township and Health Heroes are breaking down those barriers by bringing the clinic to your child and immunizing every medically eligible child whose parent or guardian consents to the vaccination.

Health Heroes understands schools and how to run efficient, non-intrusive clinics because 99 percent of their business is working with schools. Their aim is to safely immunize students while having little disruption to the learning environment. The vaccinations will be administered by state-licensed nurses and the program is under the supervision of an in-state, licensed practicing medical director, Paul Wolfe, M.D. On the day of the clinic, your child will be escorted to the school’s vaccination clinic area.

If you decide to have your child immunized against the flu at our upcoming clinic, complete and return the enclosed 2018-2019 Vaccine Consent Form. Please make sure you complete and sign the entire form. DEADLINE TO TURN IN FORM IS OCTOBER 24TH. If the form is not filled out completely, Health Heroes will not vaccinate your child.

If you would like to learn more about Health Heroes, our partner in this school health initiative, visit www.HealthHeroUSA.com. If you’re interested in learning more about the flu vaccine for children, visit the CDC, http://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/general/flu-vaccine-benefits.pdf.

Veterans Day Program

Monday, Nov. 12th, 8am


Decatur Middle School would like to invite all veterans, reservists, and active duty personnel from all branches of the American military to a special recognition program on Monday, November 12th. This program is being held to honor those men and women who have protected and defended the rights that we enjoy as Americans.

The program will be held in the gymnasium. It will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will last approximately 45 minutes. Coffee and donuts will be available in the cafeteria starting at 7:30 a.m. prior to the program. Students escorting a veteran should report directly to the cafeteria to greet their guest. You may enter either through Door 1 or Door 6 West.