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March 13, 2023

SCHOOL THEME: Don't Just Fly,..SOAR!

SCHOOL MOTTO: 5G Ready: Goals, Grades, Grind, Growth & Graduation


Let's Get Ready for Women's History Month

This year's theme is Celebrating the Women Who Tell Our Stories.

8 Famous Female Storytellers Worth Obsessing Over

Review more resources below that will help you communicate with your child the many ways women and girls have changed the world.

Meet our Washington Youth Tour Delegates

Chloe Blacknall and Isabel Yang have been chosen as 2023 Washington Youth Tour delegates!


Once a year, two local high school students are selected by Central Georgia EMC to represent their cooperative and state as delegates on the Washington Youth Tour. This leadership experience and tour of Washington, D.C. is an unparalleled opportunity that includes meetings with state and national leaders as well as visits to all the major sites. The delegates will join over 100 other delegates from Georgia and over 1,500 students from around the nation - all expenses paid- for one incredible week in our nation's capital!

Additionally, alumni from the tour are eligible to apply for the prestigious Glenn English National Cooperative Leadership Foundation scholarship opportunity which awards one $10,000 scholarship and four $1,000 scholarships annually.

Congratulations to Chloe Blacknall and Isabel Yang on being selected as delegates!! Your DCHS Family is so incredibly proud and happy for you both!! We know you will represent us and your families well while networking and having fun!

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DCHS Students earn top spots for Governor's Honors


Eleven of the 23 county Governor’s Honors Semi-finalists are Douglas County High School students, the highest among the five DCSS schools. They are: Math: Anthony Douglas, Science: Khadija Buke and Kelia Agbor, Social Studies: Chloe Blacknall, Brittany Brown, and Isabel Yang, French: HIba Ghaffar and Mason Mifflin, Spanish: Darasime Bankole, Theater: Rezi Oziwo, and Engineering: Nathan Zhu.

The Georgia Governor’s Honors Program is a four-week summer program open to all gifted and talented rising high school juniors and seniors. The program provides students with academic, cultural and social enrichment and covers all tuition fees and boarding costs. Students go through a series of levels for selection in an academic, fine arts or technology area. This very special program gives students the opportunity to go deeper into an area of study or skill about which they are passionate. This summer’s program is at Georgia Southern State University.

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Parlez Vous Francais?

American Association of Teachers of French for Georgia Week-end d’Immersion

This February marked the 36th French Immersion Week-end in Georgia. This is a week-end for students from across the state to come together for a week-end when they are immersed in French . Students and teachers make a pledge to only speak French from Friday evening until Sunday at noon when they leave. The weekend includes everything from Trivia in French, to crepe making, to a French market, scavenger hunt, lots of music, games, and even a special French DJ.

Douglas County High School had the largest number of students of any high school in the state. Mme DuBrulle was in charge of this year’s Immersion Week-end. She, herself, went as a student 30 years ago, when her teacher, Mme Barnes invited her to go. This year both Mme Barnes and Mr. Head,2018 IB graduate and former student of Mme Barnes and Mme Dubrulle, went as volunteers.

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Foreign Language Association of Georgia Spoken Language (FLAG)

Foreign Language Association of Georgia Spoken Language Superior Award Winners

Georgia’s Foreign Language Spoken Contest was February 25. Students are evaluated on their spoken language competence and comprehension. DCHS was the only school in the county with participants in this contest. All six DCHS participants scored Superior. Pictured; Michael Sinclair, Hiba Sinclair and Alisha Khan all French III students. Other participants were Marquitta Moore, French III, Thomas Cervantes and Mishell Ruiz Borrego, French II.

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Thank you to our school social worker, Dr. Shuntay Strachan, for supporting our students and families of DCHS! We appreciate you!!
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Fraternity Pays Lunch Debt for 22 Douglas County Schools

The Carrollton Douglasville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and the Community Diamonds Foundation have contributed generously to the Douglas County School System to help pay off outstanding school lunch debt.

Thursday, fraternity members visited Annette Winn Elementary School to present the district with a check for $15,800. Their generosity will cover lunch balances of all 20 elementary schools, Stewart Middle School, and Douglas County High School.

The idea to help Douglas County families sparked when a member asked about paying student lunch balances. They soon discovered many Douglas County families have difficulty covering the cost of school lunches. After researching the impact of paying off the debt, the organizations voted to donate.

Bobby Fryer, Polemarch of the Carrollton

Douglasville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., says the organization wanted to “do something big and impactful” in their service area. He says the endeavor encompasses who members are as a chapter.

“To our knowledge, a fraternity has never made a donation like this in Douglas County,” he said. “This act of giving encompasses the talented members of our fraternity and reflects what Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. is about.”

The fraternity has adopted and has a well-established relationship with Annette Winn Elementary and Stewart Middle School. According to Superintendent Trent North, the donation will significantly impact those two schools and others districtwide. “We are grateful for the support of the Carrollton Douglasville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. We appreciate their commitment to helping our students thrive,” he said. “Their generosity will make a real difference in the lives of our students and their families.”

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March 24 @ 7:00 P.M.

March 25 @ 2:00 P.M. & 7:00 P.M.

March 26 @ 2:00 P.M.

Tickets: $7 Students & $10 Adults

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DCHS Has Community Health Ambassadors

Be Healthy Initiative | Community Health Ambassador Certification

Students from Mrs. Michelle Pruitt's Intro to Personal Health Care class have taken the first step to improve the health of their community. This new program taught by a director of education at BARBICIDE, provides important information about health and illness such as:

  • Preventative healthcare (healthy numbers, screenings)
  • Common illnesses (diabetes, hypertension, asthma)
  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle (diet, sleep, stress, exercise)

As an ambassador, students will use their leadership role in the community to ensure that correct information about health and illness are utilized and shared. Below are DCHS students who received the BARBICIDE Covid-19 Certification. The certification was earned for the understanding of proper sanitation and disinfecting practices and procedures with the Industry standards at the highest level.

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DCHS Algebra Teachers Have the Highest Scores in the District!!

Congratulations to our Algebra I teachers!! Ms. Michelle Hanna, Ms. Mariam Castillo and Mrs. Barbara Brown had the highest scores in the county on the Georgia End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments. Not only were they celebrated with lunch from Honey Baked Ham, but they also received Amazon Gift Cards for all the hard work and dedication they poured into our students resulting in proficient and distinguished scores. Thank you for all you do!

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Are you thinking about your future?

Think about and discuss with your parents, school counselor and/or recruiter, any college or work setting visits as well as military staff decisions that may be valuable for your career decisions after high school graduation.

Use these links to research information:

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The FAMtastic Voyage is not a school-sponsored nor a DCSS-sponsored event.
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The Tuskegee Bus Trip is not a school-sponsored nor a DCSS-sponsored event.


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2023 Douglas County Track Season

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Remind Link: Enter the number 81010 and Text Message @cb3dh3

Uniform Order information:

If you need a uniform, we will have order forms available for you to fill out. All that will be required is the actual top and bottom. However, coaches recommend that you purchase the sweat-suit at the very least.

Coaches’ Numbers

Coach White 770-598-0028

Coach Forsh 770-630-5169

Coach Quinn 404-867-3275

Track Dues: $100.00 Payments can be made in two installments of $50.00

Dues cover the following: Snacks and water during meets, Costs of meets, and Medical equipment needed during the season. IF YOU HAVE SERIOUS CONCERNS, PLEASE SEE THE COACHES!


DCSS has a clear bag policy at all sporting events. The policy will be similar to policies in place at college and professional stadiums and coliseums.

"The clear bag policy will help us keep dangerous or illegal items, including weapons, out of our venues," said Superintendent Trent North. "Just this month, someone entered a football game in a neighboring county with a semi-automatic firearm. By allowing only clear bags, we can monitor what's coming into our stadiums and gyms and keep everyone safer with only a minor inconvenience to those in attendance."

The following types of bags will be permitted inside DCSS sporting events:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12"x6"x12"
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags
  • Small clutch bags, with or without a handle or strap, that do not exceed 4.5"x6.5"


Cole Henry

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Cole Henry - Cole is always respectful and rarely misses school. He is supportive of his peers, but also speaks up when poor choices are being made around him. Cole is senior and member of the boy's varsity basketball team as well as the JROTC program. Congratulations, Cole on being selected as Student of the Month! We are proud of you!

Faculty & Staff Recognition

Top Cat of the Month

Mrs. Teresa Wellmaker - Mrs. Wellmaker has great rapport with her students. She pushes them to be better and they love her for it. Mrs. Wellmaker possess a quiet, kind hearted spirit, but her presence is felt throughout the school in her beautification efforts. She is the recipient of a state grant that she and her students planted in the school's courtyard. Congratulations, Mrs. Wellmaker! We appreciate all that you do at DCHS!

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Rookie Teacher of the Month

Lydia Waters - Mrs. Waters works hard to meet the needs of the students under her care. She is an outstanding educator who cares about her students' progression and education. With a loving smile and a positive attitude, she exudes a passion for her profession. We could not imagine DCHS without her. Congratulations Mrs. Waters!

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Staff of the Month

Devon Key - Mr. Key is very conscientious., hard-working man. When something is not right, he attends to it immediately. He is very responsive to the needs of the faculty and provides whatever they need in a timely manner. Thank you, Mr. Key for always looking out for staff and students. You are appreciated!

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See Mr. Cordell in Room 9307 of the Jim Steele Building to order your yearbook today!


PSST!!...Parents and Students, do you want to know EVERYTHING happening in and around DCHS? Then click on this NEWS YOU CAN USE link for all announcements. Everything from fundraisers to tryouts to how to sign up for various sports and clubs! All the happenings can be found here!

Upcoming Dates

February 6: STAR Student Luncheon 11:45am Douglasville Conference Center

February 9: Junior Parent Night 6:30pm in the DCHS Theatre

February 10: JROTC Military Ball

February 20-24: Holiday for All (except annual employees)

February 28: DCHS Faculty Meeting 3:45

March 7: ACT Online Test Day

March 7: DCSS Job Fair 4:30-6:30pm @ Chapel Hill High School gymnasium

March 9: IB Welcome Celebration for Rising 9th Graders 6:30pm in Theatre

March 10: ASVAB

March 13: Teacher Workday (No School for students)

March 19: IB Bowling Night 3:00-4:30pm

March 23: Freshman Expo 6:00-8:00pm

March 24: Spring Musical 7:00pm

March 25: Spring Musical 2:00pm & 7:00pm

March 26: Spring Musical 2:00pm

April 3-7: Spring Break for All

April 18: Underclassman Awards Night 6:30pm

May 23 & 24: Half Days for All Students

May 24: Final Day of Spring Semester

May 25: AHS Graduation at Univ. West GA 10:00am

May 25: LSHS Graduation at Univ. West GA 2:00pm

May 26: DCHS Graduation at Univ. West GA 2:00pm

May 26: NMHS Graduation at Univ. West GA 9:30am

May 27: CHHS Graduation at Univ. West GA 10:00am

June 1-30: Summer School (Virtual only)

June 2: Report Cards mailed


To maintain the safety of our school community, the Douglas County School System Police Department will continue to implement the use of trained canines from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. These skilled dogs will be accompanied by DCSS administrators, and will sniff items in and around our campus. Administrators will take every effort to minimize disruption to the learning process during these searches. Thankfully, the police department has not found any evidence of any violations during our previous searches.

The Douglas County School System will initiate the random unannounced searches in response to our commitment to protect our school community’s health, safety, and welfare. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will continue to partner with us in our proactive efforts to maintain a safe environment for our school community. We sincerely desire that nothing illegal or against district policy be recovered during these searches. However, we must remain vigilant to maintain a positive and secure learning environment for Douglas County students. Thank you for supporting us in our efforts to keep our campus safe.

To further aid us in our mission to keep our campus safe, we will institute "Dads on Duty" to help be a beacon of hope for our youth through their presence and mentorship. To further support our children who benefit from additional mentorship, guidance and support we will continue to meet every Thursday morning in our Tiger Focus Group. This group is designed to help children address their social and emotional needs, while aiming to improve student attendance, behavior and academics.

SAFETY UPDATE: Safety APP See it, Say it, Send it

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"See it, Say It, Send It" App Launch Allows Students to Anonymously Report Potential Threats

With the addition of a student app, Douglas County students are bringing safety to their fingertips. The added layer of school safety is called See It, Say it, Send It.

Sending a message through the anonymous app is quick and easy. First, students download the See It, Say it, Send It app. From there, students send a video, audio or text message. In their message, they can include anonymous information about potential school violence, drug use or bullying. When students use the app, sharing information with administrators is easier.

The app gives students a voice. Students can share information through the app, and parents can also use the phone or website to submit information. This accessibility allows pertinent information to be shared with those who need to know.

Director of School Discipline and Safety Management James Strong says this technology empowers students.

“See It, Say it, Send it not only empowers our students, but acts as an early warning system,” Strong says. “It facilitates reporting potentially dangerous situations and allows administrators to continue providing the best learning environment. This technology allows us to be more proactive in resolving matters before they ever become an issue.”

The student communications tool reflects the district’s efforts to improve safety in the school community.

“Meeting students where they are is critical,” Superintendent Trent North says. “Board members believe we must offer students a mobile way to interact with our district. Our students live in a digital generation and are redefining how we communicate. This app allows them to share critical information through text, picture messages, or video any time of day.”

Superintendent North encourages students to download the app. Along with school administrators, he sees the app as an additional way for students to share safety concerns.

Students can download the free app from Android, Apple, or Classlink. From there, they can submit a quick or detailed tip and follow the tip’s progress.

Parent Portal Login

To access your students progress reports, report cards, attendance, and grades, click the "Infinite Campus Parent Portal Set Up" link above for directions on registering for a Parent Portal account.

If you need help with Parent Portal, contact the Douglas County Help Desk at parent@dcssga.org or (770) 651-2330.

Click the link below for Instrucciones del portal para padres de Infinite Campus (Espanol)

Counselor's Corner

News from the Counseling Department!

Do you know your counselor? Your counselor is based upon your last name. The alphabet breakdown is as follows:

Last Names A-D: Shay Barnby; shay.barnby1@dcssga.org

Last Name E-K: Jari Christmas; jari.christmas@dcssga.org

Last Name L-R: Christopher Mason; christopher.mason@dcssga.org

Last Name S-Z: Genobia Babalola; genobia.babalola@dcssga.org

International Baccalaureate Academic Advisor: Suzanne Helms; suzanne.helms@dcssga.org

If you need to meet with your counselor, please schedule an appointment with him/her directly. Signs are posted throughout the school building with the QR code you can scan in order to make an appointment.

Google Class Codes:

Class of 2023 (Seniors): 24efsuw

Class of 2024 (Juniors): xsjkje7

Class of 2025 (Sophomores): 3gfsjgk

Class of 2026 (Freshman): pijk6rs

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parents, if you would like to meet with your child's teacher, a parent-teacher conference may be scheduled through your child's counselor. Appointment times will be before or after school and may be virtual or in-person.


Did you know there are 22 technical colleges in the state of Georgia? The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) offers technical education, custom business and industry training, and adult education programs. Chattahoochee Technical College is the largest technical college in Georgia with an enrollment that exceeded 14,000 students in the past academic year.

Find out why TCSG may be the right choice for your higher education by clicking this link.


Seniors, stay abreast of all the news in the Senior Newsletter. The countdown is on!!

DCHS March 2023 Scholarship Newsletter


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When students are present daily, their grades and reading skills often improve—even among those students who are struggling in school. Students who frequently attend school feel more connected to their community and develop strong social skills and friendships, which are important life skills.

High School hours are 8:20-3:25.

Daily attendance is strongly encouraged.


Students must be at their designated bus stop 5 minutes before their scheduled pick-up time. Bus routes are located at https://edulog.dcssga.org/livewebquery/webquery/

Late Bus Information: https://www.dcssga.org/departments/transportation/late_bus_information


Available to parents of the Douglas County School System students

• View the real-time location of your child’s bus

• Access the app from your smartphone, tablet or computer

• Receive push notifications or email alerts

• Send your child to the bus stop at just the right time

How to Get Started

1. Download the Here Comes the Bus app or visit herecomesthebus.com

2. Click the sign-up button

3. Enter school code 79003 and click “Next” followed by “Confirm”

4. Complete the “User Profile” box

5. Under “My Student” click “Add.” Enter your child’s last name & student ID#

6. Once you confirm your information, you are ready to begin using Here Comes the Bus!

Email questions, concerns or comments to: herecomesthebus@dcssga.org


See Mrs. Flanagan in the main office.

Students can complete the Student Parking Application prior to visiting Mrs. Flanagan.

Bring your driver's license and a copy of your insurance and registration.

Cost is $50 and it is payable by cash, check or money order.

Parents, if your child drives to school, then they must have a parking pass.

Click here for the Student Parking Application and Vehicle Registration Form.