DCHS Tiger Paw Prints
March 17, 2023
SCHOOL THEME: Don't Just Fly,..SOAR!
SCHOOL MOTTO: 5G Ready: Goals, Grades, Grind, Growth & Graduation
WELCOME RISING 9TH GRADERS
Meet our Washington Youth Tour Delegates
WASHINGTON YOUTH TOUR
Once a year, two local high school students are selected by Central Georgia EMC to represent their cooperative and state as delegates on the Washington Youth Tour. This leadership experience and tour of Washington, D.C. is an unparalleled opportunity that includes meetings with state and national leaders as well as visits to all the major sites. The delegates will join over 100 other delegates from Georgia and over 1,500 students from around the nation - all expenses paid- for one incredible week in our nation's capital!
Additionally, alumni from the tour are eligible to apply for the prestigious Glenn English National Cooperative Leadership Foundation scholarship opportunity which awards one $10,000 scholarship and four $1,000 scholarships annually.
Congratulations to Chloe Blacknall and Isabel Yang on being selected as delegates!! Your DCHS Family is so incredibly proud and happy for you both!! We know you will represent us and your families well while networking and having fun!
Principal Parks Celebrates Governor's Honors Semi-Finalist
DCHS Students earn top spots for Governor's Honors
DCHS GHP SEMI-FINALISTS
Eleven of the 23 county Governor’s Honors Semi-finalists are Douglas County High School students, the highest among the five DCSS schools. They are: Math: Anthony Douglas, Science: Khadija Buke and Kelia Agbor, Social Studies: Chloe Blacknall, Brittany Brown, and Isabel Yang, French: HIba Ghaffar and Mason Mifflin, Spanish: Darasime Bankole, Theater: Rezi Oziwo, and Engineering: Nathan Zhu.
The Georgia Governor’s Honors Program is a four-week summer program open to all gifted and talented rising high school juniors and seniors. The program provides students with academic, cultural and social enrichment and covers all tuition fees and boarding costs. Students go through a series of levels for selection in an academic, fine arts or technology area. This very special program gives students the opportunity to go deeper into an area of study or skill about which they are passionate. This summer’s program is at Georgia Southern State University.
Parlez Vous Francais?
American Association of Teachers of French for Georgia Week-end d’Immersion
This February marked the 36th French Immersion Week-end in Georgia. This is a week-end for students from across the state to come together for a week-end when they are immersed in French . Students and teachers make a pledge to only speak French from Friday evening until Sunday at noon when they leave. The weekend includes everything from Trivia in French, to crepe making, to a French market, scavenger hunt, lots of music, games, and even a special French DJ.
Douglas County High School had the largest number of students of any high school in the state. Mme DuBrulle was in charge of this year’s Immersion Week-end. She, herself, went as a student 30 years ago, when her teacher, Mme Barnes invited her to go. This year both Mme Barnes and Mr. Head,2018 IB graduate and former student of Mme Barnes and Mme Dubrulle, went as volunteers.
Foreign Language Association of Georgia Spoken Language (FLAG)
Foreign Language Association of Georgia Spoken Language Superior Award Winners
Georgia’s Foreign Language Spoken Contest was February 25. Students are evaluated on their spoken language competence and comprehension. DCHS was the only school in the county with participants in this contest. All six DCHS participants scored Superior. Pictured; Michael Sinclair, Hiba Sinclair and Alisha Khan all French III students. Other participants were Marquitta Moore, French III, Thomas Cervantes and Mishell Ruiz Borrego, French II.
Mrs. M. Stanley
Lucky Charm Basket of Sweet Treats Winner
SPIN TO WIN
Thank you to DCHS faculty & staff for all you do!
Mr. J. Stanley
Gift Card Winner
Dr. Shona Brantley
Travelin' Tom's Coffee Truck
No better way to say thank you to teachers on a cold winter day than to gift them with a cup of joe for achieving Perfect Attendance in the month of February!!
Mrs. Brenda Hence
SPRING MUSICAL ~ LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
March 25 @ 2:00 P.M. & 7:00 P.M.
March 26 @ 2:00 P.M.
Tickets: $7 Students & $10 Adults
DCHS Has Community Health Ambassadors
Be Healthy Initiative | Community Health Ambassador Certification
Students from Mrs. Michelle Pruitt's Intro to Personal Health Care class have taken the first step to improve the health of their community. This new program taught by a director of education at BARBICIDE, provides important information about health and illness such as:
- Preventative healthcare (healthy numbers, screenings)
- Common illnesses (diabetes, hypertension, asthma)
- Maintaining a healthy lifestyle (diet, sleep, stress, exercise)
As an ambassador, students will use their leadership role in the community to ensure that correct information about health and illness are utilized and shared. Below are DCHS students who received the BARBICIDE Covid-19 Certification. The certification was earned for the understanding of proper sanitation and disinfecting practices and procedures with the Industry standards at the highest level.
STUDENTS! ARE YOU A SWIMMER? DO YOU NEED A SUMMER JOB?
DCHS Algebra Teachers Have the Highest Scores in the District!!
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: $100.00 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
Faculty & Staff Recognition
Top Cat of the Month
Mrs. Tashira Meade - Mrs. Meade loves DCHS and it shows in her teaching and mentorship of the new teachers. She provides rigorous instruction for her students and she is always encouraging them to think more deeply and do their own personal best. She is constantly encouraging and guiding the first year teachers on her team and provides advice that is both productive and in the best interest of the teachers, students, and school as a whole. Her bubbly personality and safe classroom environment encourage students to engage in rich conversations and express their ideas and thoughts without criticism. Mrs. Meade is a Top Cat Teacher because she embodies everything that a teacher should be.
Rookie Teacher of the Month
Mrs. Nana Pearson - Mrs. Pearson rocks! She is always there for her students in their time of need. She coaches volleyball, and is always willing to lend a helping hand in other areas of sports. You can always find her working the clock at all DCHS basketball games. In addition, Mrs. Pearson has been known to give up her planning time to help struggling students complete assignments or study for tests.
Staff of the Month
Mr. Claude Dully - Mr. Dully goes above and beyond for all students and is a joy to work with. He is a military veteran and a retiree from a law enforcement agency. He knows what it takes to help our students stay on the right path. Thank you, Mr. Dully, for always having the student's best interest at heart. You are appreciated!
ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK NOW - LAST DAY IS MARCH 24, 2023
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!
March 19: IB Bowling Night 3:00-4:30pm
March 22: Vertical Team Meeting 9:30am
March 22: Principal For A Day 8:00am - 10:00am
March 23: DCSS System Leadership Meeting 8:30 - 4:00pm
March 23: Freshman Expo 6:00-8:00pm
March 24: Spring Musical 7:00pm
March 25: Spring Musical 2:00pm & 7:00pm
March 26: Spring Musical 2:00pm
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 1-30: Summer School (Virtual only)
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 March 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.