Decatur Weekly Newsletter

January 29, 2021

Second Semester Begins February 1st!

Hey Gators. Monday is the first day of second semester and quarter 3. You will go back to periods 1, 3, 5, and 7 again. An updated bell schedule is attached to this message.

For those of you that passed all of your classes, CONGRATULATIONS! When you pass your classes, you have more flexibility in your schedule to take the courses you want. If you do not pass your classes, you may have fewer options of which courses you get to take in the future. That is just one reason why we always have to goal to pass all of our classes.

For those of you that struggled and did not pass a class first semester, you may be able to retrieve that credit by earning a passing grade second semester. Please take full advantage of the synchronous learning time as well as the asynchronous learning time. It is also a good idea to reach out to your teachers for extra support during the available drop-in time. If you need additional support, please don't hesitate to reach out to your teachers, your counselor, or our deans. Contact information is posted on our Decatur website.

We are excited to get second semester underway. In the coming weeks, you will start hearing more about the registration process and the course offerings we will have available for next year. Registration information will be shared in the coming weeks through your SEL/CCR classes so stay tuned!

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

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

February is Black History Month

I want to first acknowledge that celebrating Black history should take place all year long. We are continuing our work to develop and teach our courses so that our scholars education includes a more complete picture.

Throughout the month of February, our scholars that are a part of GUARD (Gators United Against Racism and Discrimination) are planning some schoolwide lessons that will be taught during SEL/CCR time throughout the month.

Thank you to our members of GUARD for stepping up and leading this work!

If you are interested in hearing more about the anti-racist work including an overview of staff professional development, please come to our Family Webinars to hear those updates. There will be another Family Webinar in a couple of weeks. Look for the announcement to go out the week before and the link to be shared the day of.

National School Counseling Appreciation Week Feb 1-5

This coming week is National School Counseling Appreciation Week and we are so lucky to have our amazing and dedicated counseling team.

Ms. Char Franz, Mr. Brett Laymon, and Ms. Janine Weber, thank you for all you do to support our scholars here at Decatur High School!

"I" Contracts

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.

High School and Beyond Plan - Webinar on Tuesday During SEL/CCR Time

This is a brief reminder that High School and Beyond Plans (HSBP) are due for seniors on February 26th. The HSBP is completed in Maia Learning. Seniors, please make sure you are making progress to get that done by the deadline. Remember, the HSBP is a graduation requirement.

There will be a webinar for seniors regarding the HSBP during SEL/CCR time on Tuesday.

Seniors, you will be presenting your completed HSBP at your spring SLC.

Quarter 3 Material Drive-thru

Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, 9am-3pm

2800 Southwest 320th Street

Federal Way, WA

Please check with your teachers on Monday to see if you have any materials for quarter 3 that you need to pick-up.

Pick-up will be in the bus loop in the front of the school.

High School Planning Night (HSPN)

Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, 6:30-7:30pm

This is an online event.

High School Planning Night is for current 8th graders that will be in 9th grade next year. This year's event will be virtual but will still feature all of the different programs Decatur has to offer.

If you have 8th grader that is interested in coming to Decatur next year, please look for an email from their current middle school that should be sent in the next week.

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.