April 28, 2023
In this newsletter:
- Shout-outs: Decatur Student Center at BHMS Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Best Buddies Walk, DHS MTSS School Implementation Story Featured on the Comprehensive Center Network (RC6) Website, Talley Receives Computer Science Teacher Equipment and Community (CSTEC) Grant, Clairemont Carnival, DHS Students at CTI Conference, and Top Dog Award Winners
- CSD announcements and updates about the Extra Mile Awards, CSD Comprehensive Local Education Agency Implementation Plan (CLIP) Review and Input Meetings, CSD Special Education Department, ESOL & Federal Programs Resource, Survey for Feedback of the K-12 English Language Arts Standards, and DHS Student Government Association (SGA) Earth Day 5K
- Community partner announcements and updates from Decatur Education Foundation and Decatur YMCA
Congratulations! Great job! Way to go!
Decatur Student Center at BHMS Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The Decatur Student Center at BHMS hosted a beautiful student-led ribbon-cutting ceremony for their newly installed Student Center. Like the center at the high school, the middle school location offers a safe and relaxing place for students. Students may also receive individual and small group counseling for social-emotional concerns. Great job to the students and staff who made this possible!
Best Buddies Walk
On Saturday morning, the Decatur High School Best Buddies chapter participated in the Best Buddies Friendship Walk, an awesome fundraiser for the Best Buddies organization. They joined other Best Buddies chapters in the Atlanta area for a short walk, followed by dancing, bouncy houses, face painting, and tons of fun. To kick off the event, members of the DHS chapter, Omar and Maddy, presented a wonderful speech about the importance of Best Buddies. Watching our Best Buddies chapter grow this year as we continue to promote inclusion for all has been so exciting! Way to go, Bulldogs!
DHS MTSS School Implementation Story Featured on the Comprehensive Center Network (RC6) Website
We are excited to announce the SERVE Center, in collaboration with the GA DOE, RC6 MTSS webpage featured Decatur High School as one of their MTSS school implementation stories. We appreciate the MTSS team sharing their hard work to support other schools and districts with MTSS implementation. Great job, DHS and the MTSS Team!
Talley Receives Computer Science Teacher Equipment and Community (CSTEC) Grant
Congratulations to Alicia Reno, STEM teacher at Talley Street, who has been awarded a computer science grant from the GA DOE to purchase the SamLabs Steam class pack for her STEM special class. The SamLabs Steam pack is an excellent resource that will enable Talley's students to develop essential skills in coding, engineering, and problem-solving. With this resource, students will have access to a range of tools, including wireless blocks and coding software, to help them create innovative projects and explore the world of computer science. Congratulations, Alicia, and thank you for your dedication to advancing computer science education!
Clairemont students and families had a fun time at their Spring Carnival. The dunk contest was definitely the highlight of the evening. Way to go, Bulldogs!
DHS Students at CTI Conference
The Georgia Career and Technical Instruction, Inc (CTI) Student Organization held its 41st Annual State Leadership Competition Conference on April 19-21, 2023, at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, GA. Georgia CTI provides an avenue for students with disabilities to learn self-advocacy, career exploration, and the employability skills needed to transition into their career goals after graduation successfully. Decatur High School CTI took six students, and thanks to the DEF grant, they were able to stay two nights with meals included. They represented the school well by presenting their projects in Culinary, Graphic Arts, and their School Project. These students also attended leadership workshops, arts and crafts, and the amazing silent dance party. Fun was had by all. Thank you, DHS and DEF.
Top Dog Award Winners
Our Top Dog Award Winners this week are Tyler Mangascle, Lena Hamilton, and Charlie McAdoo!
Tyler Mangascle, Second Grade Teacher at Clairemont Elementary School, received this nomination from a parent:
“Mr. M has a very rare ability to be both a respected authority figure as well as a fun, loving, compassionate part of the team he creates in class. As a parent, I feel like our child hit the jackpot with Mr M for both 1st and 2nd grade. The mutual respect and caring shown between a teacher and his students exemplifies the talent he has for demonstrating balance.”
Lena Hamilton, Reading Interventionist at Decatur High School, received this nomination from a colleague:
“Dr. Hamilton has been on the front lines of the post-pandemic student learning loss fight, instituting the Read 180 intervention program, as well as supporting gen-ed teachers in their support of students. She is active in several equity committees and initiatives, and is consistently an advocate for some of our most vulnerable students. She is a tireless advocate for improvement in the intervention and equity programs at the high school, and on a personal note she is a wonderful, engaged, supporting, and caring co-teacher! Dr. Hamilton is the epitome of caring!”
Charlie McAdoo, Teacher at Decatur High School, received this nomination from a student:
“I think he should be recognized because Mr. McAdoo always makes learning fun and hard. He changes hard normal school work into fun and exciting school work every day. In class everyone has a great time because all the assignments are fun and not like every other class.”
Way to go, Tyler, Lena, and Charlie!
Do you know someone who deserves Top Dog recognition? Nominate them here.
CSD Announcements and Updates
Extra Mile Awards
Students: Do you know a teacher or CSD employee who has gone “the extra mile” this year? Nominate them for the CSD Extra Mile Award! The Extra Mile Award is an annual award that allows students to show appreciation for the teachers or staff they feel go above and beyond what is expected of them.
Students (not parents) at any grade level can write an essay describing how their teacher (or staff member) goes the extra mile (parents can help younger children write the essay). The essays should be detailed and describe how the employee goes above and beyond.
Click here to submit a nomination. The deadline is May 31.
These awards will be presented at the CSD Opening Day Celebration in July.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-371-3601
CSD Comprehensive Local Education Agency Implementation Plan (CLIP) Review and Input Meetings
Attention ALL CSD Parents and Community Members! Please join us to share your feedback on the CSD 2023-2024 CLIP. Your feedback is extremely important! You may view the current CLIP documents by clicking here or by visiting https://www.csdecatur.net/Page/1351. Please contact Willie Washington at email@example.com if you have any questions.
ESOL & Federal Programs Resource
This April, join the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) as they recognize National Bilingual/Multilingual Learner Advocacy Month. As the populations of bilingual and multilingual learners continue to grow, we all want to celebrate their accomplishments and affirm the assets they bring to the educational environment. Check out this week’s fact sheets for some interesting information!!
CSD Special Education Department
This month we are hosting a Parent Engagement Meeting for families of students with IEPs on the topic of Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Please share the following with families:
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Meeting
WHEN: Thursday, April 27th, 6-7pm
WHERE: This is an online event.
WHO: Parents of students that are served through an IEP (ECLC- 12th).
Ms. Alicia Lipscomb, Public Affairs Specialist for the Social Security Administration, will share an overview of how to access SSI for individuals with a disability.
What is SSI?
How do parents apply for their student?
What does it mean to qualify for SSI?
What comes with the SSI benefits
What recourse do families have if denied the benefit?
Survey for Feedback of the K-12 English Language Arts Standards
The Georgia Department of Education welcomes your feedback and comments regarding the proposed K-12 English Language Arts Standards. Upon adoption by the state board, these English Language Arts standards will be implemented in the 2025-2026 school year after a year to train teachers, communicate with parents, and update assessments in line with the new standards.
After you have reviewed the K-12 English Language Arts standards, please click on this link to access a survey to provide your feedback. Thank you to the parents and community members who have already provided their input.
DHS Student Government Association (SGA) Earth Day 5K
The DHS SGA is hosting its inaugural SGA Earth Day 5K at Legacy Park on April 29, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. Proceeds from this event will support SGA’s future sustainability efforts and Decatur Track and Field. Bring the family and enjoy sprint races and activities, music, prizes, and food vendors.
Community Partner Announcements and Updates
Decatur Education Foundation
It's time to Step Up for Teachers! The yard signs are being ordered and will be available for pickup soon! www.stepupforteachers.com is live and ready for your tributes to CSD teachers, paraprofessionals and staff. For a small donation,
you leave a message of appreciation, we'll notify the honored
person and post it on our website. For a gift of $50 or more, you
can select between a "We Step Up" or a "Class of 2023" yard sign. If you would like a sign but cannot contribute, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your tribute and your
sign preference. Together we make a difference for our teachers,
our schools and our kids.
Do you know a CSD teacher, paraprofessional or employee who has shown extreme care and compassion for a student at a time of great need or crisis? We are currently accepting nominations for the Clarence Strickland Make A Difference Award HERE. Nominations are due by April 20th and the recipient will be recognized at our scholarship event on May 15th.
If you’d like to enjoy live music for FREE, consider volunteering at Amplify Decatur’s Spring Concert in the Square THIS Saturday, April 29th. There are spots at every time of day available. Click here to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904084caba628abff2-amplify1#/ Your evening of live music will support DEF, Decatur Cooperative Ministry and Giving Kitchen.
Come see some of our talented Decatur High musicians perform at No Ordinary Joe for an evening of live music at Waller’s Coffee Shop on Thursday, May 4th starting at 7pm. Tickets are now on sale at www.decatureducationfoundation.org/noordinaryjoe: $25 for adults/$10 for students. Big thanks to Waller’s for donating their space!
Decatur YMCA Healthy Kids Day Community Event
For 30 years, Healthy Kids Day has been where fun and play become lifelong memories. Join the Decatur YMCA on Saturday, April 29, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. for a day of healthy, fun activities that celebrate kids being kids! Some activities include: family yoga and Zumba classes, healthy cooking demonstrations, nutrition education activities, health screenings and so much more! Freddy the Falcon will also be on site to provide entertainment. This is a free event, and open to the community. Volunteers are needed to assist with setup, activity stations, and more. Shifts are from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. If you’re interested in volunteering at the event, click on the following link to sign up: