DHS Weekly Update

Thursday, February 24, 2022

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Welcome back from February break! I hope you had a restful week. We have had some great celebrations over the past two weeks:


DHS Basketball

The boys and girls both played in the State Playoffs this week both against Calhoun. Unfortunately both teams lost in Round 1 BUT they were very exciting games! Thanks to all coaches, players, and parents for a great season!


DHS Literary Team

On February 22, the DHS Literary Team traveled to Johns Creek for their Regional Competition. The team could only send five members to compete in essay writing and extemporaneous speaking. At the end of the evening we earned high scores in each event bringing home the Regional Championship. We will be moving on to the State Competition in March.

Gray Hamby 1st in Extemporaneous Speaking Domestic

Lydia Witter 1st in Extemporaneous Speaking International

Molly Khayat 2nd in Argumentative Essay

Dinah Rogers 1st in Personal Essay

Bridget Goodman 1st in Rhetorical Essay


We are so proud of these amazing students and all their hard work.


Track & Field Updates

  • Our first three meets happened over break. The sprinters, jumpers, and throwers did well in their first meet on Saturday and the distance squad was amazing!
  • On Friday, 2/11: Anna Blaich set a new school record in the 1600m. Gabby Malerba and Sophie D'Elena ALSO broke the old school record in the 1600. Billy Carlton won the 1600 and the 3200. Gabby Malerba set the school record in the 3200. Both the boys and the girls teams were overall champions
  • On Saturday, 2/19: Billy Carlton set a new school record in the 2000 Steeplechase (and he is less than 1 second away from the state record!). The girls won the overall team trophy.


Congrats to the Decatur Chorus who was 4th in the state in representation at 2022 All State Chorus! 34 students traveled to Athens for 2.5 days of rehearsals and performances during Winter Break.


Rochelle L. Lofstrand, Principal

Decatur High School

TODAY! Vaccination Opportunity (5 and older)


The Dekalb County Board of Health will be returning to CSD to provide COVID-19 vaccines on Thursday, February 24 at the Wilson Center. No appointment is necessary.


This is open to the public (please share). All ages 5 and older are welcome.


Vaccines will be available from 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm.

  • All 3 COVID vaccine options will be available.
  • Any child under the age of 18 receiving the COVID-19 vaccine must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Location -125 Electric Avenue (Board Room Entrance), Decatur, GA 30030.
This will be an indoor event. Masks are required


Please bring your ID, vaccine card (if applicable), and insurance information

DHS Spirit Night - NaanStop Pop-up!

Place your order before 5pm on Wednesday, March 2, and your order will be available for pickup on Thursday, March 3, from 5pm - 5:45pm. 20% of sales will be donated to the Decatur High School PBIS by NaanStop and GregKodeshRealty.com. Thank you for your support and for being a part of the PACK!


NaanStop is a family-owned Indian restaurant offering family meals including basmati rice, fresh baked naan, handmade samosas, 2 entrees, and chutneys (feeds 4).


-link to menu: http://bit.ly/NSorderDecatur
-pick up time is 5pm - 5:45pm on Thursday March 3rd
-Pickup location is at 620 Avery St in Decatur
-masks and distancing are required at pick up
-order in advance with an 8pm cut off on Wednesday March 2nd

The Decatur Parents Network- Virtual Monthly Parent Chats

New Monthly Virtual Parent Chats


Next Meeting-March 7th 7:30 pm-8:30 pm


Future Dates April 11 and May 9


Registration Required


The registration link is https://bit.ly/DecaturParentsNetworkParentChat
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SUNDAYS - SAT Prep


Below are the details of the SAT Prep course starting Mar 27th - May 1st, 2022 @ Live Virtual via Zoom - SUNDAYS!!


Call us at 404-351-4955 if you have further questions.


Location: LIVE Virtual Class via Zoom


Recording of the Live Zoom session is allowed


Class Option 1 : Mar 27 Apr 3, 10, 17,24 May 1 | 2022 (6 sessions | 4 hrs each) for SAT Test May 7th 2022

Schedule: Sundays : 1 - 5 pm

Room: Live Virtual Class via Zoom


Register Online for our SAT Prep Class :


https://successprep.com/sat-prep-class-live-zoom


Don't forget to register for the SAT Test!

*Prep class fee is non-refundable after class starts, we do not issue partial refunds for classes you may miss. Any cancellation for refund of a prep class fee must occur 5 days before the start of that prep class, to allow for the seat to be offered to another student.

ACT Prep

Below are the details of the ACT Prep course starting Jan / Feb / Apr, 2022 @ Live Virtual via Zoom


Call us at 404-351-4955 if you have further questions.


Location: LIVE Virtual Class via Zoom


Recording of the Live Zoom session is allowed


Class Option 1 : Jan 8, 15, 22, 29 Feb 5 | 2022 for ACT Test Feb 12th 2022


Class Option 2 : Feb 19, 26 Mar 5, 12, 19, 26 | 2022 for ACT Test April 2nd 2022


Class Option 3 : Apr 30 May 7, 14, 21, 28 June 4 | 2022 for ACT Test June 11th 2022


Schedule: Saturdays : 9 - 1 pm

Room: Live Virtual Class via Zoom


Register Online for our ACT Prep Class :


https://successprep.com/ACT-prep-atlanta-ga-decatur-high-school


Don't forget to register for the ACT Test!


*Prep class fee is non-refundable after class starts, we do not issue partial refunds for classes you may miss. Any cancellation for refund of a prep class fee must occur 5 days before the start of that prep class, to allow for the seat to be offered to another student.

SAT Prep

Below are the details of the 6 week SAT Prep courses starting Jan 29 & Apr 23, 2022.


Call us at 404-351-4955 if you have further questions.


Location: Decatur High School | 310 N McDonough St Decatur GA 30030

Class Option 1 : Jan 29 Feb 5, 12, 19, 26 Mar 5 | 2022 for SAT Test March 12th 2022 (6 sessions | 4 hrs each)


Class Option 2 : Apr 23, 30 May 7, 14, 21, 28 | 2022 for SAT Test June 4th 2022 (6 sessions | 4 hrs each)


Schedule: Saturdays : 9 - 1 pm on each day (6 sessions | 4 hrs each)

Room: Inside New Library @ Decatur High School


Register Online for SAT Prep Class:


https://successprep.com/SAT-prep-atlanta-ga-decatur-high-school


Textbook you need to buy:


The Official SAT Study Guide (2020 Edition) | Official Study Guide for the New SAT by The Collegeboard


Don't forget to register for the SAT Test! - http://sat.collegeboard.org/home

*Prep class fee is non-refundable after class starts, we do not offer partial refunds for class sessions a student misses. Any cancellation for refund of a prep class fee must occur 5 days before the start of that prep class, to allow for the seat to be offered to another student.

Volunteers Needed - Afghan American Alliance of Georgia (AAAGa)

The Afghan American Alliance of Georgia (AAAGa) is seeking volunteers to assist with sorting donations for newly arrived Afghan refugee families. If you are interested in signing up for one of their upcoming volunteer opportunities in Decatur, please reach out to either Chris Neilands (chris@affinitylg.com) or Sandra Maffey (sandramaffey@gmail.com).

· Saturday, Jan. 29 from 10 - 2 (Chris Neilands)

· Sunday, Feb. 6 from 12 - 3 (Sandra Maffey)

· Saturday, Feb. 12 from 10 - 1 (Chris Neilands)

· Sunday, Feb. 20 from 12-3 (Sandra Maffey)

· Saturday, Feb. 26, from 10-1 (Chris Neilands)

AAAGa provides direct aid to help Afghan refugee families get back on their feet and orient them to a new life in the U.S., and your support in the coming months would be greatly appreciated! Plus, DHS students can earn service hours too! (Please bring your DHS service form with you for signature). For more information on AAAGa and additional ways you can help, please visit www.afghanamericanallianceofga.org

Decatur Bulldog Boosters

Tickets are now on sale for Decatur Bulldog Booster’s Bulldog Bash! Join your friends and neighbors on March 12 at Legacy Park for this fun evening that raises money for Decatur Athletics. The adult-only event features live music, a 50/50 raffle, the Coach of the Year Award, and the Sweet Auburn BBQ food truck!

To buy your tickets, simply scan the QR code below, visit www.decaturbulldogboosters.org or text “BulldogBash2022” to 243725 to receive a link.

Once registered, you can contribute to your favorite sport(s) and bid on some amazing silent auction items, including tickets to Atlanta sporting events, trips, culinary experiences and more! New items will be added leading up to the event so check back often!

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Next PTSA Meeting

Join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, March 15th at 6:30pm. Check the school calendar for the meeting link.

DHS SLT News

Next SLT Meeting

Join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, March 8th at 4:30pm. Check the school calendar for the meeting link.

CSD Athletics News and Updates

For the most up-to-date news relating to athletics at Renfroe Middle School and Decatur High School, visit decaturbulldogsathletics.com. Are you wondering when tryouts will take place? Do you want to know who is coaching a particular sport? All information can be found here! Contact Rodney Thomas, Executive Director or Student Services/Activities & Athletic Director, and/or David Harbin, Assistant Activities & Athletic Director, with any questions.

Go Bulldogs!


LIMITED ATTENDANCE AT HOME ATHLETIC EVENTS

Due to increasing COVID case numbers, CSD will limit attendance at home events for Winter sports to immediate family only. We appreciate the support from our Bulldog community; however, the safety of our students, coaches, and community members is our priority as we navigate the remainder of the season.

District News

CSD Announcements & Updates

ESOL & Federal Programs Department and the Parent Advisory Council Town Hall


Attention Parents!! The ESOL & Federal Programs Department and its' Parent Advisory Council (PAC) invite you to attend our first department PAC Town Hall on Thursday, March 3, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.


At this town hall, you will learn more about how the PAC can help you stay informed and enhance parent home-school connections!


Parent Advisory Council (PAC) Parent Town Hall

Thursday, March 3, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.

Meeting Link: https://csdecatur.zoom.us/j/93731088035?pwd=Wmk0K3IvVmhWcStUU1BuSEJRcHg1dz09


Decatur Student Center Parent Education Program


The Decatur Student Center will be offering a 6-week parent education program on Family Meetings. For more information on the program and registration information, please see this flyer.

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News & Announcements From Our Partners

Decatur Education Foundation

Mead Road Mardi Gras Parade is THIS Saturday! This fun community event benefits music and theatre grants for City Schools of Decatur. If you’re not marching with your school, we hope you’ll come to Oakhurst and watch the parade march from F.AVE through the village down Mead Road to the Imperial. Sponsors The Imperial, Spectre Brewery and Ford’s BBQ will be offering Mardi Gras specials all day.


The 20th Tour deCatur is Saturday, March 12th and is now a certified course for Peachtree Road Race seeding! Register soon at www.tourdecatur.com. After 2-28, race shirts are no longer guaranteed.

DEF also has several ways in which you can donate your time:

As a Virtual Pals tutor -- we need tutors to be paired with a 2nd- 8th grade Decatur student for a one-hour weekly session. Click here to apply: https://forms.gle/LoiZxoi6WvSe6WEr6

As a Virtual Pals Coordinator -- we need one person who checks in with the tutor pairs on a weekly basis. Time commitment is 1 hour per week. Email muslimo@decatureducationfoundation.org to apply.

As an AIM Mentor -- we need adult male and female mentors to be paired with a third-grader to have new experiences and find their passions. The time commitment is just 2-4 hours per month.

As a REACH Mentor – we need just one more adult male to mentor an 8th-grade student who has been nominated by his teachers for the REACH GA program. REACH mentors help their mentees through the rigors of high school and college applications. Time commitment is just 2-4 hours per month.

If you've got a little extra time to share your life wisdom with a Decatur student, we've got opportunities! Please visit www.decatureducationfoundation.org/mentoring to learn more and apply.

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