DCHS Tiger Paw Prints
February 17, 2023
SCHOOL THEME: Don't Just Fly,..SOAR!
SCHOOL MOTTO: 5G Ready: Goals, Grades, Grind, Growth & Graduation
Celebrating Black History
50 Years of Service and Counting
Coach Chester Forsh has been a pillar in the Douglas County Community for 50 years!! He was the first black head coach in the Douglas County School System, where is has spent all of the 50 years at Douglas County High School serving as an educator and coach. He began the track program at Douglas County HS, where the team excelled for many years without having a track on the campus. He also began and supported the first girls’ cross-country team in 1979. In the area of track and field he was named Coach of the Year in 1975, 1976 and 1987. He also directed and organized the Special Olympics for over 30 years working with athletes from across the county. Coach Forsh is still serving in the role of educator and head coach of the girls’ varsity basketball team at DCHS. Coach Forsh is black history!
National School Resource Officer Day
On Wednesday, February 15th, the Douglas County School System took the opportunity to salute its school resource officers on National School Resource Officer Appreciation Day.
The day, which is sponsored by the National Association of School Resource Officers, was designed to “show appreciation for school-based law enforcement officers, and encourages all citizens to show their gratitude with displays of support and personal messages.”
SROs are valuable, essential members of the education community who have a unique assignment. These officers fill a three-part role, serving as informal mentors or counselors, law educators, and law enforcement officers to support the students and communities they serve.
These men and women help provide a safe learning environment for students while also bridging gaps between youth and law enforcement to promote a positive image of law enforcement.
On behalf of the entire Tiger Family,
We salute Officer Jerome Wilson and Officer John Lee.
We are so appreciative of your presence and hard work and the relationships you build.
T H A N K Y O U!
DCHS Seniors Featured on Front Page of The Sentinel
DCHS Seniors Receive Prestigious College Scholarships
Four DCHS seniors received the Questbridge National College Match Scholarship. The recipients are Jayden Henry, Mariama Njie, Oyinkansola Oduba, and Sylmond Domingo. Pictured with the seniors celebrating their accomplishments are Principal Kenja Parks and Robert Bennett, IB Coordinator.
JROTC Military Ball
DCHS hosts its annual International Night!
International Night was held at DCHS February 17th. This fun-filled annual event showcased dance performances, display boards with facts from various countries, flags from around the world cascaded the booths, and students wore customary fashions popular in their culture, just to name a few. Guests had the opportunity to sample unique and traditional foods from around the world, engage with and learn the customs of people from different countries, and celebrate the beauty of our diverse student population. A great time was had by all!
IT'S MARDI GRAS Y'ALL AT DCHS
Superintendent's Advisory Council
At the recent Superintendent’s Advisory Forum, students were taught the ins and outs of dining etiquette. Nia Brown of Majestic Etiquette welcomed high school and elementary students by instructing them in the finer points of dining etiquette.
The Certified Etiquette Consultant began by demonstrating how to use utensils properly. She then had students incorporate social graces when dining. In each scenario, she helped them gain the confidence to shine. Brown has worked with students of all ages. “Etiquette is important because it helps people engage with others,” said Brown. “In a world where we are all busy and preoccupied with technology, having a personal touch is more important than ever.” As a result, Brown’s lessons set students up for social success. “Etiquette helps us know how to treat others appropriately in any social situation,” said Superintendent Trent North. “I am grateful we can provide students with skills to benefit them the rest of their lives.”
After learning about etiquette, students advised Superintendent North on school issues and activities. They shared ideas on how to make their school and the district stronger.
Advisory sessions occur at the Board of Education Central Office, where students are divided into elementary, middle, and high school groups. Students represent their schools based on recommendations by administrators and other students. They meet with Superintendent North three times over the school year to discuss issues in education.
Pictured from L to R are DCHS Advisory Council representatives:
Alana Andrews, Guest, Gabriel Tolbert, Cameron Camp, and Madeline Martin.
School Speech-Language Pathologist Appreciation Day
Mrs. Donna Taylor-Fraser, our Speech Language Pathologist, is instrumental in treating speech, language, communication, and swallowing disorders. She also educates families/caregivers and other professionals on how to work with students who receive speech and language services. Thank you, Mrs. Donna Taylor-Fraser for encouraging, nurturing and educating our students at DCHS! You are appreciated!
Thank You Crossroads Church
T H A N K Y O U Crossroads Church for taking the time to stop by DCHS and show the staff love and appreciation! The sweet treat chocolate candy bars were well appreciated by all of us, as there are many chocolate lovers on staff:):):):) It really meant a lot that you thought of the DCHS Tiger Family. A little chocolate goes a long way!
STAR STUDENT...EDWIN TREJO BALDERAS
Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR)
DCHS's very own, Edwin Trejo Balderas, has been named the 2022-2023 STAR Student!! Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program honors Georgia’s highest achieving high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development. To obtain the STAR nomination, high school students must have the highest score on any single test date of the SAT taken through the November test date of their senior year and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average. Nominee’s SAT scores must be equal to or higher than the 2022 national average scores on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing and Math sections of the SAT. High school STAR Students compete for system titles; and System STAR Students in turn compete for region-wide honors in the 12 STAR Regions. Region Winners compete for state PAGE STAR scholarships and awards. High school STAR Students are asked to name their STAR Teachers, who continue with their STAR Students at every level of the program. Edwin chose Mr. John Cunningham as his STAR Teacher! Locally, STAR Students and STAR Teachers are honored by their schools and receive special recognition in their communities from one of the more than 172 civic organizations and businesses that serve as local STAR sponsors. On Monday, Edwin and Mr. Cunningham were honored at a luncheon, sponsored by the Rotary Club, at the Douglasville Conference Center along with other STAR Students and STAR Teachers from all the high schools in the Douglas County School System. It is an honor to have Edwin and Mr. Cunningham represent DCHS! We are extremely proud of Edwin, who has received a full scholarship to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)!! Congratulations, Edwin!! Congratulations, Mr. Cunningham!!
Mr. John Cunningham and Edwin Trejo Balderas
AND THE WINNER IS...CLAIRE RIGGS!!
DCHS IB Student, Claire Riggs, represented DCHS and the county very well by winning 1st Place and Best in Show for her research on "Utilizing Iron Oxide Nanoparticles to Decontaminate Water" at the West Georgia Regional Science Fair, held at the University of West Georgia. Claire presented amazing work and showcased her talent for all to see. Congratulations Claire on a job well done! Your DCHS Tiger Family could not be more proud of your accomplishment!
DCHS Algebra Teachers Have the Highest Scores in the DCSS!!
Congratulations to our Algebra I teachers!! Ms. Michelle Hanna, Ms. Mariam Castillo and Mrs. Barbara Brown had the highest scores in the county on the Georgia End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments. Not only were they celebrated with lunch from Honey Baked Ham, but they also received Amazon Gift Cards for all the hard work and dedication they poured into our students resulting in proficient and distinguished scores. Thank you for all you do!
SENIOR CLASS OF 2023
Are you thinking about your future?
Think about and discuss with your parents, school counselor and/or recruiter any college or work setting visits as well as military staff decisions that may be valuable for your career decisions after high school graduation.
Use these links to research information:
CLASS OF 2023
2023 Douglas County Track Season
Remind Link: Enter the number 81010 and Text Message @cb3dh3
Uniform Order information:
If you need a uniform, we will have order forms available for you to fill out. All that will be required is the actual top and bottom. However, coaches recommend that you purchase the sweat-suit at the very least.
Coach White 770-598-0028
Coach Forsh 770-630-5169
Coach Quinn 404-867-3275
Track Dues: $100.000 Payments can be made in two installments of $50.00
Dues cover the following: Snacks and Water during meets, Costs of meets, and Medical equipment needed during the season. IF YOU HAVE SERIOUS CONCERNS, PLEASE SEE THE COACHES!
CLEAR BAG POLICY AT ALL ATHLETIC EVENTS
DCSS has a clear bag policy at all sporting events. The policy will be similar to policies in place at college and professional stadiums and coliseums.
"The clear bag policy will help us keep dangerous or illegal items, including weapons, out of our venues," said Superintendent Trent North. "Just this month, someone entered a football game in a neighboring county with a semi-automatic firearm. By allowing only clear bags, we can monitor what's coming into our stadiums and gyms and keep everyone safer with only a minor inconvenience to those in attendance."
The following types of bags will be permitted inside DCSS sporting events:
- Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12"x6"x12"
- One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags
- Small clutch bags, with or without a handle or strap, that do not exceed 4.5"x6.5"
STUDENT OF THE MONTH
Cole Henry - Cole is always respectful and rarely misses school. He is supportive of his peers, but also speaks up when poor choices are being made around him. Cole is senior and member of the boy's varsity basketball team as well as the JROTC program. Congratulations, Cole on being selected as Student of the Month! We are proud of you!
Faculty & Staff Recognition
Top Cat of the Month
Mrs. Teresa Wellmaker - Mrs. Wellmaker has great rapport with her students. She pushes them to be better and they love her for it. Mrs. Wellmaker possess a quiet, kind hearted spirit, but her presence is felt throughout the school in her beautification efforts. She is the recipient of a state grant that she and her students planted in the school's courtyard. Congratulations, Mrs. Wellmaker! We appreciate all that you do at DCHS!
Rookie Teacher of the Month
Lydia Waters - Mrs. Waters works hard to meet the needs of the students under her care. She is an outstanding educator who cares about her students' progression and education. With a loving smile and a positive attitude, she exudes a passion for her profession. We could not imagine DCHS without her. Congratulations Mrs. Waters!
Staff of the Month
Devon Key - Mr. Key is very conscientious., hard-working man. When something is not right, he attends to it immediately. He is very responsive to the needs of the faculty and provides whatever they need in a timely manner. Thank you, Mr. Key for always looking out for staff and students. You are appreciated!
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NEWS YOU CAN USE
PSST!!...Parents and Students, do you want to know EVERYTHING happening in and around DCHS? Then click on this NEWS YOU CAN USE link for all announcements. Everything from fundraisers to tryouts to how to sign up for various sports and clubs! All the happenings can be found here!
February 6: STAR Student Luncheon 11:45am Douglasville Conference Center
February 9: Junior Parent Night 6:30pm in the DCHS Theatre
February 10: JROTC Military Ball
February 20-24: Holiday for All (except annual employees)
February 28: DCHS Faculty Meeting 3:45
March 7: ACT Online Test Day
March 10: ASVAB
March 13: Teacher Workday (No School for students)
April 3-7: Spring Break for All
April 18: Underclassman Awards Night 6:30pm
May 23 & 24: Half Days for All Students
May 24: Final Day of Spring Semester
May 25: AHS Graduation at Univ. West GA 10:00am
May 25: LSHS Graduation at Univ. West GA 2:00pm
May 26: DCHS Graduation at Univ. West GA 2:00pm
May 26: NMHS Graduation at Univ. West GA 9:30am
May 27: CHHS Graduation at Univ. West GA 10:00am
June 2: Report Cards mailed
SAFETY AND SECURITY...A MESSAGE FROM MRS. PARKS
To maintain the safety of our school community, the Douglas County School System Police Department will continue to implement the use of trained canines from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. These skilled dogs will be accompanied by DCSS administrators, and will sniff items in and around our campus. Administrators will take every effort to minimize disruption to the learning process during these searches. Thankfully, the police department has not found any evidence of any violations during our previous searches.
The Douglas County School System will initiate the random unannounced searches in response to our commitment to protect our school community’s health, safety, and welfare. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will continue to partner with us in our proactive efforts to maintain a safe environment for our school community. We sincerely desire that nothing illegal or against district policy be recovered during these searches. However, we must remain vigilant to maintain a positive and secure learning environment for Douglas County students. Thank you for supporting us in our efforts to keep our campus safe.
To further aid us in our mission to keep our campus safe, we will institute "Dads on Duty" to help be a beacon of hope for our youth through their presence and mentorship. To further support our children who benefit from additional mentorship, guidance and support we will continue to meet every Thursday morning in our Tiger Focus Group. This group is designed to help children address their social and emotional needs, while aiming to improve student attendance, behavior and academics.
SAFETY UPDATE: Safety APP See it, Say it, Send it
"See it, Say It, Send It" App Launch Allows Students to Anonymously Report Potential Threats
With the addition of a student app, Douglas County students are bringing safety to their fingertips. The added layer of school safety is called See It, Say it, Send It.
Sending a message through the anonymous app is quick and easy. First, students download the See It, Say it, Send It app. From there, students send a video, audio or text message. In their message, they can include anonymous information about potential school violence, drug use or bullying. When students use the app, sharing information with administrators is easier.
The app gives students a voice. Students can share information through the app, and parents can also use the phone or website to submit information. This accessibility allows pertinent information to be shared with those who need to know.
Director of School Discipline and Safety Management James Strong says this technology empowers students.
“See It, Say it, Send it not only empowers our students, but acts as an early warning system,” Strong says. “It facilitates reporting potentially dangerous situations and allows administrators to continue providing the best learning environment. This technology allows us to be more proactive in resolving matters before they ever become an issue.”
The student communications tool reflects the district’s efforts to improve safety in the school community.
“Meeting students where they are is critical,” Superintendent Trent North says. “Board members believe we must offer students a mobile way to interact with our district. Our students live in a digital generation and are redefining how we communicate. This app allows them to share critical information through text, picture messages, or video any time of day.”
Superintendent North encourages students to download the app. Along with school administrators, he sees the app as an additional way for students to share safety concerns.
Students can download the free app from Android, Apple, or Classlink. From there, they can submit a quick or detailed tip and follow the tip’s progress.
Parent Portal Login
To access your students progress reports, report cards, attendance, and grades, click the "Infinite Campus Parent Portal Set Up" link above for directions on registering for a Parent Portal account.
If you need help with Parent Portal, contact the Douglas County Help Desk at email@example.com or (770) 651-2330.
Click the link below for Instrucciones del portal para padres de Infinite Campus (Espanol)
News from the Counseling Department!
Do you know your counselor? Your counselor is based upon your last name. The alphabet breakdown is as follows:
Last Names A-D: Shay Barnby; firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Name E-K: Jari Christmas; email@example.com
Last Name L-R: Christopher Mason; firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Name S-Z: Genobia Babalola; email@example.com
International Baccalaureate Academic Advisor: Suzanne Helms; firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need to meet with your counselor, please schedule an appointment with him/her directly. Signs are posted throughout the school building with the QR code you can scan in order to make an appointment.
Google Class Codes:
Class of 2023 (Seniors): 24efsuw
Class of 2024 (Juniors): xsjkje7
Class of 2025 (Sophomores): 3gfsjgk
Class of 2026 (Freshman): pijk6rs
Parents, if you would like to meet with your child's teacher, a parent-teacher conference may be scheduled through your child's counselor. Appointment times will be before or after school and may be virtual or in-person.
TECHNICAL COLLEGE SYSTEM OF GEORGIA
Find out why TCSG may be the right choice for your higher education by clicking this link.
DCHS January 2023 Scholarship Newsletter
STUDENT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
When students are present daily, their grades and reading skills often improve—even among those students who are struggling in school. Students who frequently attend school feel more connected to their community and develop strong social skills and friendships, which are important life skills.
High School hours are 8:20-3:25.
Daily attendance is strongly encouraged.
Late Bus Information: https://www.dcssga.org/departments/transportation/late_bus_information
HERE COMES THE BUS!
Available to parents of the Douglas County School System students
• View the real-time location of your child’s bus
• Access the app from your smartphone, tablet or computer
• Receive push notifications or email alerts
• Send your child to the bus stop at just the right time
How to Get Started
1. Download the Here Comes the Bus app or visit herecomesthebus.com
2. Click the sign-up button
3. Enter school code 79003 and click “Next” followed by “Confirm”
4. Complete the “User Profile” box
5. Under “My Student” click “Add.” Enter your child’s last name & student ID#
6. Once you confirm your information, you are ready to begin using Here Comes the Bus!
Email questions, concerns or comments to: email@example.com
NEED A PARKING PASS?
See Mrs. Flanagan in the main office.
Students can complete the Student Parking Application prior to visiting Mrs. Flanagan.
Bring your driver's license and a copy of your insurance and registration.
Cost is $50 and it is payable by cash, check or money order.
Parents, if your child drives to school, then they must have a parking pass.
Click here for the Student Parking Application and Vehicle Registration Form.