DHS Weekly Update

Thursday, May 6, 2021


DHS Families,

The end of the year is always a little busier than normal . . . and this year is no different! I'm including links (below) to some important newsletter info for seniors and spring tryouts just in case it got lost in the shuffle of life. Yesterday, the SGA sponsored, planned, and ran a fantastic Field Day here at DHS! We also have the spring musical, "Urinetown", this weekend, Rock and Roll Review over the next two weekends, senior prom, and graduation. These events have very limited attendance so please purchase tickets early.

Seniors last school day is May 21st. The underclassmen will NOT have afternoon virtual classes in the afternoons of May 27th and 28th.

Senior Information: https://www.smore.com/pjnhg

There are some updates to the Spring Tryouts newsletter that was sent out two weeks ago:


Cheerleader tryouts for Fall 2021 have been rescheduled for the week of June 7-11. Cheer coaches will hold a clinic during the first few days of the week to help students prepare and a tryout on Friday, June 11. Specific times will be communicated closer to the start date. Please contact your coaches with any questions.

Danielle Jones: djones@csdecatur.net

Ashaki Stinson: astinson@csdecatur.net

Saadia Foy: sfoy@csdecatur.net

Reminder: All students interested in participating in extracurricular athletic activities must have an updated DragonFly profile with current medical information. See link HERE


DHS Softball tryouts for the Fall 2021 season will be held on May 10 and 11 at Oakhurst Park. Tryouts will be from 4-6 pm. Please contact Coach Paige Nowacki with any questions.

Head Coach, Paige Nowacki: pnowacki@csdecatur.net

Decatur Softball Webpage

Reminder: All students interested in participating in extracurricular athletic activities must have an updated DragonFly profile with current medical information. See link HERE

Rochelle Lofstrand

Principal, Decatur High School

Watch a Live, Streaming Performance of the DHS Musical Ensemble's Performance of Urinetown!

Watch live this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 6-8, at 5 PM and Sunday, May 9 at 2 PM.

For more information on the Tony-award winning play and to purchase a live stream, visit https://www.decaturperforms.org/.

Amy Rawlins


Car Wash!

The Career Association Club is sponsoring a car wash this Saturday!

Where: DHS Upper Parking Lot

When: May 8th; 10am - 1pm

Cars - $6

SUV/Trucks - $8

Come out and get your car washed!

Race In America - The Asian American Experience

Please join us for a Virtual “Race in America” - Lecture and Panel discussion on Saturday, May 8th, 2021, 6:00 pm.

Dr. Sohyun An of Kennesaw State University will present an overview of Asian American history and civil rights activism. Raymond Partolan, an activist and community leader, focused on social justice, educational equity, and immigration, will lead our discussion of the roots of anti-Asian hate and violence in our nation, how modern-day anti-Asian hate and violence have affected our community (including the most recent Atlanta spa shootings), and calls to action for our allies.

This event is brought to you by the Decatur High School Library and the DHS Asian Culture Club in partnership with The Gay Johnson McDougall Center for Global Diversity and Inclusion at Agnes Scott and the DeKalb County Public Libraries.

Funding for this event was provided by the City Schools of Decatur Equity and Student Support Department.

Register in advance for this event:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Get Ready to ROCK!

Rock and Roll Revue is just one week away and we are so excited to put on a show for you. This year the event is FREE and will take place outside in the DHS stadium. Can't make it next weekend? Don't worry, we have a show the following weekend as well!

Come join us in the DHS stadium on Friday May 14th and Saturday May 22nd from 7 to 9 pm. Follow the linktree or scan the QR code to secure your tickets!

Noemi Griffin


Have You Bought Your Yearbook Yet?

The 2020-2021 school year has been a memorable one for sure. Don't forget these memories - make sure you have a yearbook!There are less than 50 yearbooks left to buy. Books can be bought at www.jostens.com and are $65. Get one today before they are gone! If you have any questions please email alockhart@csdecatur.net.

Yearbook Delivery/Distribution

We are anticipating yearbooks to be delivered the last week of school. Based on when we receive them, we will distribute before July 3. All purchasers will get an email with the specific details to pick up ordered books.

Amanda Lockhart


Adjunct Certified Nursing Assistant Instructor

Georgia Piedmont Technical College is seeking an Adjunct Certified Nursing Assistant Instructor for Decatur High School/Decatur Career Academy. The position will start in August 2021. If you are interested, please contact Duane Sprull (dsprull@csdecatur.net).

DBB Needs You

Decatur Bulldog Boosters has two open board positions for the 2021-2022 school year — treasurer and concessions. Please contact Stephanie Clark (stephaniemclark@att.net) to learn more if you're interested in being part of an amazing group of parent volunteers who support our student athletes. There also are tons of other ways to support DBB through fundraisers, spirit wear and special events, so consider getting involved for next year. And, follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see all the latest in Bulldog sports.

gusto! Spirit Night - May 18, 2021, 5pm-8pm

Come out and support your school during Spirit Night at gusto! Decatur. Make sure you mention "DHS" when you make your purchase. Delicious food for a great cause!
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DEI End of Year Book Chat

Renfroe, Junior Varsity & Varsity Volleyball Tryouts

We are excited to announced the dates for Renfroe, JV, and Varsity Volleyball Tryouts for the 2021 season.

Renfroe Middle School tryouts will be held on August 11th and 12th from 430pm - 630pm at DHS gym. More information on Renfroe tryouts is coming soon.

JV and Varsity tryouts will be held on May 20th and 21st from 4:30pm - 6pm and 6:30pm - 8pm at DHS gym. High School tryouts are open to Rising 9-12th graders. Any rising 8th graders interested in trying out for the JV team are also welcome.

Due to continuing COVID-19 protocols, tryouts will be split into two cohorts.

JV/Varsity Tryout Schedule


4:30p-6p - COHORT 1: Rising 11th and 12th graders will tryout

6:30p-8p - CHOORT 2: Rising 8th, 9th, and 10th graders will try out

At the end of each Cohort's tryout, we will make cuts. Players who are not cut will come back on May 21st for the second day of tryouts.


4:30pm - 6:30pm - JV and Varsity teams will be announced by 7:00pm.

More information regarding tryouts, what to bring, and how to prepare will be forthcoming, but until then, MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

If you have any questions, please email me directly at mdenard@gmail.com.


Coach Miriam

City Schools of Decatur Summer Program

CSD is delighted to share that we will offer an in-person summer program for students that qualify in grades K through 12. The program will run June 7-June 25 from 8:30 to 11:30am. Students will be invited to participate in the summer program based on eligibility criteria described below. Participation in the summer program is not required or mandated for any student. However, we highly encourage students who qualify to engage in this opportunity as it will set them up for success in the next grade level. For the summer program, which will be held at Talley Street Elementary and Decatur High School, availability of student transportation is limited.

Students who receive services from support programs such as Title 1, EIP, ESOL, and special education (via an IEP) will also be considered for the summer program per the criteria described below. Please note that the summer program is not the same as IEP service models, and do not use the same criteria as provided during the school year or Extended School Year (ESY). For a student with an IEP, the IEP team will determine ESY based on IDEA required considerations.

Invitations for participation in the summer program will be sent out by May 1. For students that qualify for the summer program but cannot attend in person, a virtual option will be provided. The Special Education Department will send out information regarding ESY directly to the parents of students who will be receiving those services at a future date.


The summer program will be held at Talley Street Upper Elementary.

K-5 students must qualify in 2 of these 3 areas to be eligible for the summer program:

1) Class Performance: The student is not meeting standards in Language Arts or Math as evidenced by 1s on the report card and/or classroom assessments.

2) Reading Level: Based on a standardized measure, the student scored below the 49th percentile or at least one level below grade level

3) Math Level: Based on a standardized measure, the student scored below the 49th percentile or at least one level below grade level


Students who have not yet met the standards in their Math or Language Arts class will be invited to attend. The students in 6th through 8th grade will meet at Decatur HIgh School.


In addition to the June session, Decatur High School will also offer a second session July 8-27, also 8:30-11:30am. Students who have not yet met the standards in a core class will be invited to attend. For credit recovery, students will engage in blended learning in a course delivered through Apex with live support from a teacher.

Don’t qualify for Summer School but need a summer learning boost to get ready for fall?

All K-12 students will have access to a virtual personalized learning pathway to boost their understanding of content and skills and get a jump start to preparing for the next grade level. These activities would be optional learning activities for students that connect to grade level standards. These activities will be made available in addition to the summer enrichment activities available on the CSD Enrichment Website.

For students with Individualized Educational Plans

Click HERE for more information about Extended school Year (ESY) for students with IEPs. ESY serves students in grades PreK-12+ as determined by each student’s IEP team. ESY will be provided both in a virtual and in-person model, June 7-25, 8:30-11:30am. ESY will take place at ECLC for PreK students, Talley Street Upper Elementary for elementary students, and Decatur High School for our middle and high school students.

News from Our Partners

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Hey students! Do you know a teacher or other employee who has gone the extra mile this year? Nominate them for the Extra Mile Award! The Extra Mile Award is an annual award that allows students to show their 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 teacher or staff member goes above and beyond.

Submit your nominations using this link: https://forms.gle/SehMw6njfL9we3MZ9. The deadline for submissions is May 26.

Thank you to Decatur Education Foundation for sponsoring this award!


Take a break from the mayhem of May and show your teachers how much you appreciate their hard work with a Step Up for Teachers tribute. Just go to www.stepupforteachers.com, make a $25 donation and leave your tribute. We'll notify the honored teacher or CSD staff member and deliver a "We Step Up for Teachers" yard sign to your door in the coming weeks. The Step Up campaign supports our teachers in the classroom through Teacher Innovation Grants. Let's show them some love! If you’d like to leave a tribute but can’t give a gift at this time, you can send your tributes to info@decatureducationfoundation.org.


As a special gift from DEF to our DHS seniors, we are giving every member of the senior class of 2021 a “Congratulations Class of 2021” yard sign. The signs have been assembled by Wilson Support Center Staff (Thank You!) and are available for pick up anytime at the DHS Attendance Office.


Our schools have been closed for most of the school year, but our CSD teachers and staff have continued to work tirelessly to support our students. Have you witnessed a teacher or staff person who has shown compassion for a student during a time of great need or crisis? Every year, DEF recognizes a CSD employee who has shown extraordinary compassion to help a student in crisis through The Clarence Strickland Make a Difference Award. Nominations for this award are accepted from community members or CSD staff and can be completed by filling out this form: https://forms.gle/YiF1pANPKnMfm26b6. Nominations must be received by May 26, 2021, and award(s) will be presented at the teacher’s Opening Day event in July.