Druid Hills High School

Week at a Glance - January 19

Curriculum Night - Thursday 1/21

Here's is the schedule for Curriculum Night.

Please note that your attendance is required - any emergency situations necessitating your absence require administrative approval.

Please note that Curriculum Night is an important opportunity to foster positive school-home communications and to communicate your expectations for the semester.

A special thank you to the Orthodontic Practice of Dr. Barfield and Dr.Lewis

http://www.bcorthocare.com/ for sponsoring the Curriculum Night Linner.

6:00 - 6:07 Welcome in the Theatre

6:13 - 6:28 1st Period

6:34 - 6:49 2nd Period

6:54 - 7:10 3rd Period

7:15 - 7:30 4th Period

All-State Band & Orchestra

Congratulations to the following students named to All-State Orchestra and Band!


Grady Housworth—Trombone


Daniel Kim—violin

Alex Petralia—Bass

Shona Harbert—Alternate Bass

Congratulations Jordan Foote

Congratulations to Jordan Foote for being named one of Dekalb County Tip Off Club's Players of the Month honorees in the 5A Division!

Ms. Shemika Morris

We just received very sad news. Ms. Morris, former Druid Hills Special Education Paraprofessional passed away January 16. I will communicate funeral information as soon as it is available. We have a card available in the Main Office for you to share your thoughts with the family.

Mr. C. Evans

Cornell Evans (Custodian) is currently being hospitalized at Piedmont Henry Medical after suffering a major heart attack Saturday. We will let you know once a banner has been prepared to everyone to sign.

SLO Pre-Assessment

Here is the schedule for SLO Pre-Assessment. Please note that all SLOs will be administered via itsLearning. Please see this link for a refresher course.

Attendance Tracking - Action Required

To improve our student contact information, as well as our communication and tracking of student absences and tardies, we are asking teachers of first period classes to collect personal information from their students.

We know many of you already perform some form of data collection during the first few days of class. If you don't collect this information, here is a generic "Student Information" form to you to download to give to your 1st block students to complete. After compiling the data from your 1st block, please verify the information provided by the student matches what is currently listed in Infinite Campus, this is for 1st block only. Should there be any discrepancies, please contact the parent or guardian to verify which information is correct.

If any information from Infinite Campus is incorrect, please enter the correct information on the "Student Information Corrections" spread sheet, and send to me, Mr. Jeffrey, when complete. I will compile the information and give to Mrs. Swanson to change in Infinite Campus.

Once this is completed, everyone will have access to better information to contact the parents about any issues, good and not so good, related to their child.

Please let me know if you have any questions and thanks.

Panelists Needed for Food Science Classes

This week the Food Science students will be designing their own taste test panels and preparing apple pies. Ms. Mosses is looking for staff members to be panelists. It should take no longer than 10 - 15 minutes of teacher planning period time. Please contact Ms. Mosses if you are interested.

Support the Spotlight

The Spotlight, the student paper of Druid Hills High School, produces high quality journalism that covers the people of our community and the issues important to our school. We produce six issues a year, and we always distribute the paper free of cost to every member of our school community.

We believe in our commitment to give the paper to all students—rather than just to students who pay their class dues, which was how previous staffs distributed the paper. Our mission to reach everyone matters. But it also requires the staff to raise nearly $5000 each year through subscriptions, donations, and advertisements to cover the cost of each issue (about $700-800).

We really need your help. We are a small staff now (just 8 students), and we are nearly out of money for the school year. We’re concerned we may not be able to keep distributing the paper free to all students and staff. (Currently we do not have enough funds to print issues this semester.)

We’re on it, though. We’re already hard at work in trying to sell ads, find new subscribers, and garner additional funds. We can also use your help, too.

Please consider becoming a faculty/staff supporter of The Spotlight. Every contribution—no matter what size—can help us reach our goals. We’ll recognize all staff supporters in our masthead. We'll be placing a letter in your mailbox this week about our fundraising needs. If you are able to help support us, you can return that form with information for Dr. King Rogers (in her mailbox or in person).

Thank you for supporting student journalism at DHHS.


Ellie McQuaig

2015-2016 Editor in Chief

PTSA Parent Hall of Fame - Nominations

The PTSA recognizes parents of graduating seniors who have gone above and beyond in serving the DHHS community. The selected parents are added to the Parent Hall of Fame plaque the graces the Main Entrance.

The only restriction is that the parent not have children that currently attend Druid Hills High School (note: it can be a parent with ES or early MS children).

Please send me an email if you would like to nominate someone.

New School Advisory Council Members

Congratulations to Dr. Pam Epps and Amanda Rumsey, Druid Hills High's newest School Council Advisory Members. Dr. Epps is the Associate Director for Training for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Emory University. Ms. Rumsey is a Counselor at Druid Hills Middle and currently completing a Ph.D. in Counselor Education at Georgia State University. Both are parents of ninth grade students.

Dr. Epps and Ms. Rumsey join our existing School Advisory Council members:

  • Angela Hale
  • John Milner
  • Jerome Morgan
  • Rev. Jill Oglesby Evans
  • Tamara Ross
  • Lawrence Shaw
  • Carrie Staines

P.R.I.D.E. Driver Awareness Course

P.R.I.D.E. (Parents Reducing Incidents of Driver Error) is a free, two-hour course from the Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute (GTIPI) designed to reduce the high number of crashes, injuries and fatalities involving teen drivers in the state of Georgia. The course helps parents and their new teen drivers, ages 14-16, learn what they need to do during the 40 hours of supervised practice driving time (40) hours of supervised practice driving time.

The next course is January 30. Please see the link to complete the registration form.

PTSA Annual Auction - February 6

Please consider attending the Annual Auction on February 6. Teacher tickets are $20 for a night of great food, fun, and fellowship. It really makes a difference to the PTSA and guests seeing DHHS staff in attendance (attending staff members have been known to walk away with additional funds for classroom needs via instant auctions).

Digital Citizenship Event - February 6

What happens when parents and students get the chance to explore the issues kids grapple with online?

Join us on February 6th from 9am - 12pm for a Digital Citizenship Day at the DeKalb School of the Arts, Kyle Theatre to discuss issues ranging from Cyberbullying to College Recruitment and Social Media.

Please visit this link for registration and additional information.

Please mention this event to parents Thursday. I'm sure many of you are aware the student activity on social media is a factor in many of our student conflicts and discipline referrals.

DCSD Calendar - Spring Semester

Here are the upcoming holidays for the Spring/Summer Semesters:

No school for students:

  • February 12 & 15 (Presidents' Day)
  • March 11 (Staff Development Day)
  • April 1 - 8 (Spring Break)
  • Note: May 26 - Last Day of School

No school for 10 and 11-month employees:

  • February 12 & 15 (Presidents' Day)
  • April 1 - 8 (Spring Break)
  • Note: May 27 - Post-planning Day

No school for 12-month employees (Building Closed)

  • February 15
  • April 7-8
  • May 30 (Memorial Day)
  • July 4 (Independence Day)

Summer Credit Recovery Program is tentatively scheduled for June 1 - June 30 (Monday-Thursday)

SummerBridge for Rising 9th Graders is tentatively scheduled for July 25-28.

BETA & the CHOA Mailbox Brigade

Congratulations to our Beta Club, instrumental in raising over $13,000 for the Decatur/Druid Hills Holiday Mailbox Brigade, benefiting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.


Applerouth Tutoring, one of our Partners in Education, has published the following piece on the PSAT scores. A representative will also be on campus during Curriculum Night to answer any questions regarding the new SAT format debuting in March.


This Week

Monday, January 18

MLK Holiday - No School

Tuesday, January 19

5th Period and Study Hall

Bball vs SWD @DHHS 5:30/7:00pm (Alexander)

Wednesday, January 20

Department Meetings 3:30pm

Wrestling @ Dunwoody 5pm (Cunningham)

JV Bball vs Tucker @DHHS 5:00/7:00 (Ingram)

Thursday, January 21

DCSD Swimming Championships @ Chamblee 5:30pm

Curriculum Night 6:00pm

Friday, January 22

Bball v Dunwoody @ DHHS 5:30pm (Jackson)

DCSD Wrestling Tournament (SWD) through 1/23 (Cunningham)

Saturday, January 23

9th Grade Bball @ SWD 10:00am

DCSD Swimming Championships @ Chamblee 3pm (Cunningham)

JV Bball @ MLK 2:30pm

Coming Soon

Wednesday, January 27: Blood Drive

Thursday, January 28 and Saturday, January 30: Stunt Night @ 7pm

Duty Assignments

AM Cafe: Mosses, Johnston

AM Science: K. Jones

AM Gym: Robinzine, Adams

PM Bus: S. Brown, C. Smith

Lunch: Brooks, Griffith, Pauling, Hardnett

Tardy Table:

1st: Knight, K. Miller

2nd: Darden

4th: Radcliff