Decatur Weekly Newsletter

March 5, 2021

The Countdown Begins!

As we wrap up our 5th week of quarter 3, our 51st week from the world we used to know and just one week away from the 1 year mark of the school shutdown, we are finally starting to see some light at the end of this tunnel.

Our elementary scholars are beginning the return process, some of our scholars in our special education program are also returning to Decatur and we are in the planning stages for some in-person small group instruction. We are also happy to report that some of our teachers are starting to receive the vaccine. We are very excited for season 1 sports to begin next week (see below for more information). While the month of March always feels like a really long year, this time it feels just a little more hopeful.

Things move quickly the second half of the year. Daylight saving time begins a week from Sunday, Spring is two weeks away and we can officially start the countdown until Spring Break - it's 4 weeks away. Spring break also marks nearly the end of quarter 3 - it will end on April 13th, just 2 days after we return from break. Do whatever you can now to make sure you are up-to-date with the coursework in your classes so that you can enjoy your time off.

If you do need support in your classes or just want to be in a Zoom with your fellow Gators while you work on your coursework, please come to Gatoraid. We would love to see you there. Information about Gatoraid is included below.

Have a wonderful weekend and remember the words of a former Gator, Dom Cooks-

"It is, and always is, a great day to be a Gator! Yitadee!!!"

Registration Complete

Mass registration wrapped up today in SEL/CCR classes. Over the next few weeks, counselors will be looking over course requests for errors. Counselors will reach out to scholars individually as needed to make corrections or necessary changes so please closely monitor your p12 Gmail and also your StudentVUE messages.

"I" Contracts and Gatoraid Support

Scholars with I contracts should be making progress towards completion. Scholars with an I contract are strongly encouraged to attend Gatoraid. You don't have to have an I contract to attend Gatoriad, it is open to all Decatur students.

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1:10-2:00 PM with an extended session on Wednesdays from 8 AM - 12 PM.

Here is the Gatoraid link:

If you have an I contract (an incomplete grade contract), please make sure that the work is completed and submitted to your teacher so your grade can be updated.

From the Gator Career Center

Real People Real Careers: Installment 1- Health and Agricultural Science!

Have you been thinking of your post-secondary pathway?

Join us in learning what people in your community are doing and how they got there!

When: March 10th, 2021 5:30-7:30PM

Where: Via Zoom, please RSVP here and we will send you the zoom link at a later date:

For Families of Scholars in the Decatur FCP Program

Timely Updates from Superintendent Dr. Campbell

Please be sure to reference Dr. Campbell’s Friday eNewsletter for the most up-to-date information related to our Hybrid transition.

We are looking forward to welcoming back our scholars in the FCP program in just over a week! Thank you for your patience as we transition from one to two instructional models for our students. Know that supporting your student’s learning and this transition is our number one focus.

Return to in-person/hybrid dates:

  • Beginning March 15, 2021:Return to in-person learning for K-12 FCP.

Students in the FCP Program: Welcome Back to In person Learning Zoom Meeting

Parents/guardians of students in the FCP Program should plan to attend our March 11 Family Zoom at 6:15PM! This will provide a refresher of the hybrid model and key reminders around health and safety protocols. Here is the zoom link:

Bus route schedule information will be provided to parents in a separate email for those parents who’ve requested transportation.

Transition week: We’re supporting our students, families and staff with a week of transition activities March 8-12, 2021. This is what it will look like:

  • Mon., March 8 – Thurs., March 11:Four (4) asynchronous days for all secondary FCP scholars. Scholars will log into Launchpad to Learning and log into to their current Canvas course to participate on these dates.
  • Fri., March 12: Synchronous remote day for teachers to meet with their new classes, secondary FCP scholars. This time is dedicated to building connections and community. Scholars will log into Launchpad to Learning using the access information provided by their child’s teacher in an email sent to the parent/guardian’s ParentVUE account.

Safety is a top priority

As we prepare to return to in-person, here are a few important reminders:

  • All staff and scholars are required to wear masks at ALL times at our school campus and on the bus.
  • Daily health screening attestation and temperature checks must be completed every day for all staff and scholars before they leave for school. Visit before your child’s first day of school to understand how to take the online health screening.
  • On Wednesday the primary guardian will receive an e-mail from Families can choose to opt into text messaging for the daily online health screening notifications. Starting first day of hybrid, for their child, primary guardians will receive daily notices for each child attending school face-to-face. Any parent can fill out the screening via the website or QR code. More information:
  • Social distancing will be practiced in all areas and there will be regular handwashing throughout the day.
  • Visitors will not be allowed on campus in order to minimize the number of people on campus.

Resources to Support the Transition:

Gator Sports Update

The following Season 1 sports are scheduled to start on Monday, March 8:

Boys Girls

Football – started March 1


Cross Country Cross Country

Golf Golf


Swim & Dive

In order to be cleared for participation a student-athletes must have a physical exam form on file that has been completed and signed by a medical professional within the last 24 months that clears the athletes for full participation in interscholastic athletics.

The parent/guardian and student must complete the online athletic registration through RankOneSport. You will access the forms at . There are three forms that need to be completed including Eligibility confirmation of Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) eligibility requirements, Athletic Participation designation of the sports the student will participate during the 2020-21 school year, and Medical Emergency Contacts and any Medical Concerns.

First Practices

Football 2:30 PM on Decatur HS Football/Soccer Field

Boys & Girls Cross Country 2:45 PM outside of Decatur HS Gym

Girls Swim & Dive 2:45 PM at Federal Way Community Center (876 S 333rd St, Federal Way, WA 98003)

Volleyball 3:00 PM in Decatur HS Gym

Boys & Girls Golf 3:00 PM at Twin Lakes Golf & Country Club (3583 SW 320th St, Federal Way, WA 98023)

Girls Soccer 4:00 PM on Decatur HS Football/Soccer Field

Season 2 Sports will begin on Monday, April 12

Baseball, Softball, Boys & Girls Track, Boys Soccer, Girls Tennis, Boys Swim & Dive

Season 3 Sports will begin on Monday, May 17

Boys & Girls Basketball, Boys & Girls Wrestling, Girls Bowling, Gymnastics (May 10), Boys Tennis

Please e-mail Decatur HS Athletic Director, Terry Jenks, if you have any questions.

Textbook and Material Drive-thru

Wednesday, March 10th, 10am-4pm

2800 Southwest 320th Street

Federal Way, WA

We will have a textbook and material drive-thru for quarter 3 next Wednesday in the bus loop at Decatur High School.

School Buildings Closed to the Public

Due to the high number of COVID cases in our community, all district buildings including Decatur High School will remain closed to the public. If you have a need that can only be resolved in-person, please call 253-945-5212 to schedule an appointment.

Thank you for your understanding.