As we enter into the Holiday season, I would like to wish all of you a safe and happy winter break as we move into the new 2020 calendar year. This also marks the transition for us from the 1st to 2nd semester where we begin the second half of the current school year. With a completion of one semester and the beginning of another, we, the employees of MSD of Decatur Township, find renewed enthusiasm and energy to support our children as we continue the support the three pillars of our mission:

  1. Learning

  2. Safety

  3. Customer Service

Sharing with all staff this current semester, I have challenged our team to focus on managing our responses to the events that happen everyday and throughout the day. With the idea that any event coupled with our response, forms the outcome of that given situation. Ideally, the better we manage our response, the better chance we can get the outcome we want.

I share this concept with the goal to grow this model of support to all of our students, becoming better and more efficient in dealing with the events that happen during their school day. With a consistent practice and language to help support our children, as a school community, we foster an environment where we are:

  1. Stronger together

  2. Everyone is valued

  3. Better equipped to do the work

As 2019 comes to a close, we look to a continued process to help prepare our children to be Tomorrow Ready. Looking at next semester in January, 2020, we are Decatur Proud of the opportunities our children have before them for the next decade to come!

Happy Holiday and Best Wishes,

Dr. Matthew J. Prusiecki


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Blue Academy Musical Students Learn About Theater

Blue Academy musical students had the great opportunity to visit Decatur Central's auditorium and chat with theater students, on November 13. They learned about lighting, sound, set building, and had lots of questions answered.

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Decatur Students Help with the Million Meal Movement!

The Million Meal Movement story, as written on their website: Million Meal Movement has a two-fold vision: feeding the hungry and teaching the importance of volunteerism. Each year, we distribute millions of meals to hungry families in Indiana, but we pack more than meals. We pack hope. Learn more at

Decatur Central High School

140 Choice Academy 9th and 10th grade students, and eight teachers, packed meals for the Million Meal Movement, at Lucas Oil Stadium, on November 12. They completed six hours of community service hours, after learning about philanthropy, and hunger and malnutrition in the US and in developing countries.

Decatur Middle School

Decatur Middle School had an awesome experience. They took 195+ students downtown to Lucas Oil.

There were 12 different groups while at Lucas Oil. Students worked with the Million Meal Movement volunteers and packed over 3,000 meals!

Decatur Township School for Excellence

Almost 60 DTSE Students were among the 3,000 Hoosier who took part in the 9th annual Million Meal Marathon. Over the course of the day, volunteers work at Lucas Oil Stadium to pack meals to be shared throughout Indiana with a goal of packing 1,000,000 meals. These meals consist of dried vegetables, soy, and rice, which each has the essential nutrients and vitamins that many of the people receiving these meals need.

Kate Howe, the managing director of the Indy Hunger Network, said here are a million people in the state who don’t have access to healthy meals and of those, 200,000 of them are from Marion County.

All meals packed during the Million Meal Marathon will stay right here in Indiana. Our partners at Midwest Food Bank and Gleaners Food Bank are distributing the food to their network of food pantries throughout the state, roughly 95 counties! These meals will benefit our food-insecure neighbors, including the 1 in 5 Hoosier families who don’t know where their next meal will come from.

With the support from our students the event was able to create 711,000 meals.

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Ray Lozano Talks to Decatur Central About Drug and Alcohol Prevention

Ray and his daughter Brooke spoke to our students about drugs, alcohol and vaping.

To watch the presentation, click here.

To watch the interview DCTV did with Ray and Brooke, click here.

Presented by the Indiana Elks Association

Learn more about Ray and his work: Facebook or Website

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Multi-Use Trail

Decatur Township now has a new multi-use trail that runs parallel to High School Road extending nearly three-quarters of a mile from Decatur Commons to Mooresville Road and includes a pedestrian bridge over a drainage ditch.

This trail has many functions but essentially serves as a much needed sidewalk for Decatur Township residents who travel up and down High School Road. This trail was made possible by an Indy Neighborhood Infrastructure Partnership Grant awarded to Decatur Township Schools. The matching grant program awards funds to nonprofit, community-based organizations for neighborhood projects that could include sidewalks, street resurfacing, multi-use paths and bridges. The Department of Public Works and the Metropolitan School District of Decatur Township split the cost of the nearly, $500,000 multi-use trail on South High School Road which connects nearby schools and neighborhoods. “This time last year, this multi-use trail was merely an idea,” said Mayor Hogsett. “Because of matching funds from the Indy Neighborhood Infrastructure Partnership, this project will serve neighbors and students in this area for years to come. It was their idea, and it was a good idea.”

On October 31, 2019, Mayor Hogsett appeared at Decatur Township School for Excellence to recognize the new multi-use trail and officially launched the new round of grants available for 2020 which will mark the third year for the program.

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November School Board Recognition

Pledge of Alligance

Kyla Barrett and Maycee Hayman, sixth grade students from Stephen Decatur Elementary, shared favorite memories of their school and led in the pledge of allegiance.

Heroic Teacher Saves Student

Mrs. Hofer recognized Mrs. Lauren Murphy, kindergarten teacher, for her life-saving actions. On October 31, 2019 at Liberty Early Elementary, Mrs. Murphy quickly responded to a student in need, recognizing that he was choking and performed the Heimlich maneuver. Her awareness and quick response saved a life that day. We are grateful to have Mrs. Murphy on our team and thanked her for what she does for our students every day.

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Kiwanis Football Awards

Student-Athletes from Decatur Central High School attended the 63rd Annual Kiwanis Foundation of Indianapolis High School Football Awards Program on Friday, December 6th at the Indiana Farm Bureau Colts Football Center. Kenny Tracy, Sebastian Murillo, Christian Thomas, Stephen Osborn, Brayden Pearson, Isaac Lawrence, Deandre Warren, Jaden Pruitt and Brayden Hazelwood represented DCHS. They were treated to lunch and got to hear keynote speaker Brian Brohm, Head Football Coach at Purdue University along with Chris Ballard, Indianapolis Colts General Manager. Kenny Tracy was honored as Team MVP and was named first team All Marion County. Sebastian Murillo won the Academic MVP Award for the student-athlete with the highest G.P.A. Christian Thomas won the G.R.E.A.T. Player Award for Decatur Central for his selfless attitude and community service on and off the field. Christian was also named one of five finalists in Marion County for this prestigious award! The Decatur Central Football Team would like to thank DCHS Athletic Director Justin Dixson and Principal Scott DeFreese for allowing our student-athletes to participate in this great event.

Decatur Central Athletic Hall of Fame

The Decatur Central High School Athletic Hall of Fame was founded 37 years ago to recognize the outstanding players, coaches and contributors to Hawk athletic programs throughout the history of our school. During that time 162 individuals have been inducted into our Hall of Fame.

As well, the Hall of Fame Committee has instituted the Pride of Decatur Central Award – a very special recognition of a DC alumnus or staff member who has gone above and beyond in representing our school and community. This award recognizes the recipient’s LIFETIME of work and dedication to the ideals that represent the best of being a HAWK.

On December 6, 2019, James E. JEF Farmer was inducted into the Decatur Central Hall of Fame. Jef is a 1963 graduate of Decatur Central. During his time as a Hawk undergrad, he starred in football, basketball and track and field. He led Marion County in scoring during his senior year in football, and led DC to many victories on the field and the court. He starred in football in college at Murray State and went to training camp with the Detroit Lions. He played pro football with the Michigan Arrows and Indianapolis Caps. Jef was one of the top softball players in central Indiana, and his Capitol Oil teams won National Senior Championships.

Presenting the award is Jef’s good friend and colleague, David Doc Rather! Let’s hear it for them!

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