DHS Weekly Update

Thursday, October 7, 2021


DHS Families,

I hope you are able to get outside this weekend and enjoy the sun (finally)! Next week we will be giving the PSAT to our 10th and 11th graders. I will be sending a separate email with more specific details as well as the schedule. We have several Spirit Nights coming up this month (see below for details). I also wanted to remind you that Nov. 1st is a Professional Learning Day for teachers and students will not report to school.

Rochelle L. Lofstrand, Principal

Decatur High School

Early Check-out Stops at 3:00PM

Check-Out Process During 2021-2022

  • We are doing early check-outs a little differently because of the COVID restrictions on visitors. Early check-out stops at 3:00 PM. Check out our website - https://www.csdecatur.net/Page/4714 - for this updated procedure and contact info.

Vaccination Opportunities

Oakhurst Pediatrics (317 W. Hill St., Suite 111, Decatur, Ga 30030) will be offering Pfizer COVID vaccines on 10/14.

You do not need to be a patient to receive a vaccine, but they do ask that you make an appointment.

If interested, please email vaccine@oakhurstpediatrics.com with your name, date of birth, and best contact number.

Dekalb Pediatric Center, 350 Winn Way, where many of you received your first and or second Pfizer vaccine is continuing to vaccinate the community (age 12 and up, awaiting approval for 5-11year olds). They offer 1st, second, and BOOSTER Pfizer vaccines – the booster must be at least 6 months after the second dose.

Vaccines are given daily Monday – Friday with mid-morning and mid to late afternoon appointments available. Please call 404-508-1177 or email info@dekalbpeds.net to make your appointment.


Students from the Decatur High School Bands have been accepted to perform with several of the most prestigious honor ensembles in metro Atlanta, including the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra, DeKalb Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Agnes Scott Community Orchestra. Congratulations to these students on their hard work!

Students in picture 1: Oliver Lee, Jacob Leavey, Ernesto Clarke, Rebecca Fishman, Sophia Phillips, Madelyn McElroy, Natalie Park, Lucca Elliott, Mason Hardwick, Tyler Johnson, Nina DeFilippo, Scarlett Felando, and Thomas Cook. Not pictured: Jackson Chapman.

Students in picture 2: Sage Powell and Elle Girard

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Buy a Yearbook

There are 400 left to buy. To ensure that you get one - purchase early and buy NOW.

The 2021-2022 school year will be a memorable one for sure.

We are planning on a full book so don't lose those memories - get a yearbook now

Books can be bought at www.jostens.com and are $55 until Oct 15 and prices will go up to $60.

Get one today! If you have any questions please email alockhart@csdecatur.net.

Senior Ad Space is Running Out.

This is the perfect time to purchase a Senior Ad and send your senior off with the memories of the past and some wise words for the future!! Please see the Jostens website for more information. The final due date to purchase a Senior Ad is October 31 but space IS RAPIDLY RUNNING OUT so get your order in now! Ads will be designed by the yearbook staff, and once an ad is purchased, the yearbook staff will reach out to you to let you know how and when to send pictures and words in. If you have any questions please email the staff at indecatur@csdecatur.net

Save the Date - October 14th - City Barbeque

Decatur High School PBIS is having a fundraiser at City Barbeque Decatur on October 14! Order online or in person and enjoy some BBQ—we’ll get 20% of sales from everyone who shares this post or uses our fundraiser code when they order at https://www.citybbq.com/order or in the City BBQ app! Checkout the image on how to make sure the promo code is applied when ordering online.
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National Honor Society Application Notification

Juniors and Seniors with a 3.7 GPA or above: the National Honor Society emailed applications to join NHS on Wednesday, September 29th. Those applications are due back by 8 a.m. on Monday, October 18th. Late applications are not accepted. Current members need not reapply. If you qualify but did not receive an application or if you have any questions, please email Ms. Walker at kwalker@csdecatur.net.

Google Certificate at Decatur Career Academy

Decatur Career Academy is offering The Google IT Support Certificate online for students age 16+ during the 2021-22 school year. The certificate is a hands-on, online program designed to prepare beginner learners for entry-level jobs in IT support. Please review the video below if you did not attend the live session. Please access the registration materials in the Presentation Slides


Presentation Slides with required documents

Please note the dates are corrected in the attached presentation but not in the video.

If you have any questions or concerns, email Mr. Sprull at dsprull@csdecatur.net.


ACT Prep classes start Oct 16th - Nov 20th, 2021 @ Live Virtual via Zoom

Call us at 404-351-4955 if you have further questions.

Location: LIVE Virtual Class via Zoom

Recording of the Live Zoom session is allowed

Dates : Oct 16, 23, 30 Nov 6, 13, 20 | 2021 for ACT Test December 11th 2021

Schedule: Saturdays : 9 - 1 pm

Room: Live Virtual Class via Zoom

Register Online for our ACT Prep Class :


Don't forget to register for the ACT Test!

*Prep class fee is non-refundable after class starts, we do not issue partial refunds for classes you may miss. Any cancellation for refund of a prep class fee must occur 5 days before the start of that prep class, to allow for the seat to be offered to another student.


Below are the details of the SAT Prep class course starting Oct 16 - Nov 20, 2021.

Call us at 404-351-4955 if you have further questions.

Location: Decatur High School | 310 N McDonough St Decatur GA 30030

Dates: Oct 16, 23, 30 Nov 6, 13, 20 | 2021 for SAT Test December 4th 2021

(6 sessions | 4 hrs each)

Schedule: Saturdays : 9 - 1 pm on each day (6 sessions | 4 hrs each)

Room: Inside New Library @ Decatur High School

Register Online for SAT Prep Class:


Textbook you need to buy:

The Official SAT Study Guide (2020 Edition) | Official Study Guide for the New SAT by The Collegeboard

Don't forget to register for the SAT Test! - http://sat.collegeboard.org/home

*Prep class fee is non-refundable after class starts, we do not offer partial refunds for class sessions a student misses. Any cancellation for refund of a prep class fee must occur 5 days before the start of that prep class, to allow for the seat to be offered to another student.

Next PTSA Meeting

Join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, October 19th at 6:30pm. Check the school calendar for the meeting link.


Next SLT Meeting

Join us at our next meeting on October 12th at 4:30pm. Check the school calendar for the meeting link.

CSD Athletics News and Updates

For the most up-to-date news relating to athletics at Renfroe Middle School and Decatur High School, visit decaturbulldogsathletics.com. Are you wondering when tryouts will take place? Do you want to know who is coaching a particular sport? All information can be found here! Contact Rodney Thomas, Executive Director or Student Services/Activities & Athletic Director, and/or David Harbin, Assistant Activities & Athletic Director, with any questions.

Go Bulldogs!

Bulldog Flags

Decatur Bulldog Boosters (DBB) is building excitement about the upcoming school year and the return to normalcy by selling Bulldog Flags so that the entire Decatur community can show our spirit.

A Bulldog Flag costs $40 or is free if you become a DBB Sponsor (at any level) or purchase a Family Member (or above).

These are durable, outside flags that measure approx. 3’x 5’ and can be attached to a flag pole, hung in a window, or displayed on a wall. All proceeds go to support 1000 student-athletes on 45 teams representing 14 sports at Decatur High School and Renfroe Middle School.

Purchase your flag at DecaturSwag.com, or go to decaturbulldogboosters.org for more information on DBB memberships and sponsorships. Let's line our streets with these flags and show everyone what Bulldog Nation is made of!

District News

From the Transportation Department

The City Schools of Decatur Transportation Department is happy to announce the adoption of an innovative mobile device app and website entitled, Here Comes the Bus®.

Here Comes the Bus is a bus and student tracking software tool that helps keep you informed and your children safe as they travel to and from home and school on the school bus. This free app can simply be downloaded, create a secure account, add your students and you’re all set!

See our School Code here: City Schools of Decatur ( 29749 )

What will you see with Here Comes the Bus?

  • Real-time location of your child’s bus on a map

  • Scheduled and actual bus arrival times at home and school

  • Confirmation that your child’s bus has arrived at the bus stop, at school or both

  • Push notification* and email alert when:

    • The bus has entered the radius around the home stop

    • The bus has been substituted

To sign up to track your child's bus, click here.

To learn more about Here Comes the Bus, visit http://www.herecomesthebus.com.

Have Questions? please contact the school district via email hctb@csdecatur.net

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School Nutrition Department

We are celebrating National School Lunch Week from October 11 - 15, 2021! We will be serving all your favorite meals with a newly named twist: see our menus for more details. Eating school lunch is one of the best ways to ensure a well-balanced diet for your child, at NO COST to your family during this school year. Children participating in school meals are less likely to have nutrient inadequacies and are more likely to consume fruit, vegetables, and milk at breakfast and lunch (FRAC.org). Very few packed lunches and snacks brought from home meet the USDA school nutrition program standards.

We are asking for ALL our CSD students to wear animal print or jungle-themed clothing on Friday October 15th to celebrate #NSLW2021 with us! Our nutrition staff will also be dressing up at every school site on that day. Throughout the week we will have themed coloring pages, stickers, bookmarks, and even fun music playing some days during meal service! Our goal is to increase lunch participation at every school site for the week. We want to give a big thank you to our community for continuing to support our school nutrition program.

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Outdoor Flu Clinics

FLU season is fast approaching and it is time to get your flu shot! The CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October. The City Schools of Decatur Nurses along with the DeKalb Board of Health have organized outdoor Flu Clinics throughout the district so everyone will have plenty of opportunities to get vaccinated.

The clinics are open to staff, students (must be accompanied by parent/guardian), and families. They also offer other vaccines covered by insurance (pneumonia, Tdap and Hepatitis A & B).

Individuals MUST Bring an ID and Insurance Card. There is NO charge with accepted Insurance.

Insurance accepted: BC & BS of GA, Cigna, Aetna, UnitedHealthcare, Medicaid, Medicare Part B, PeachCare for Kids, & SHBP (excluding Kaiser)

Cost: Standard flu Vaccine: $40

High-dose flu vaccine for ages 65+: $77


See you soon!

From the Special Education Department

TONIGHT! Families Of Children Under Stress (FOCUS)

CSD Special Education Department welcomes Ms. Jaide Camacho, Program Director of FOCUS. Ms. Camacho will share the variety of ways her organization assists families with children who have special needs. FOCUS provides multi-levels of support for the whole family. Come and learn what this wonderful organization has to offer you and your family!

Audience: Families of Special Needs Students, K-12th grades & all Levels of impact.

Date: October 7, 2021

Time: 6pm-7pm

Location: Virtual

Click here to RSVP or email cgrant@csdecatur.net

The Power of the NOW & COMP Waivers

Jackie McNair, Parent Mentor of Gwinnett County, will present a detailed explanation of the New Options Waiver (NOW) and the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) for CSD families. These waivers can provide a financial bridge to assisting your student in having a positive outcome once they transition out of school. In this meeting, Ms. McNair will share how her family manages and utilizes the waiver to assist with sustainable supports for post-secondary transition.

*It is important for families to apply for these waivers while their child is in school.

Audience: Renfroe & DHS Parents of High to Mid. impact special needs students

Date: October 14, 2021

Time: 6pm-7pm

Location: Virtual

Click here to RSVP or email cgrant@csdecatur.net

News From Our Partners

From The City of Decatur

A Discussion About Trust Between Citizens and Public Institutions

Wednesday, Oct. 13 • 6-7:30 p.m.

Join Decatur High School student leader and member of the Student Coalition for Equity Kayla Evans, alumni and co-founder of the Coalition Koan Roy-Meighoo, and City Schools of Decatur Superintendent Dr. Fehrman as they take part in a panel discussion with Fonta High (co-chair of the Beacon Hill Black Alliance) and Captain Jennifer Ross (Decatur Police Department) on the importance of trust between citizens and public institutions. The event will create space for an honest dialog about trust as the foundation for constructive and purposeful civic engagement and institutional responsiveness. The conversation will explore the trust deficit in the United States and how that impacts race relations in particular, as well as discuss effective strategies to nurture trust between citizens and public institutions.

Visit decaturga.com/speakerseries for additional details and to register.

Decatur Acts on Affordable Housing Task Force Report

The City of Decatur has implemented several recommendations from the Affordable Housing Task Force report and will host three focused conversations on the Missing Middle Housing policy to inform final policy recommendations. Each session will have a short panel discussion before entering into participant breakout rooms for further conversations, concluding with Q&A portion. Visit www.decaturga.com/affordablehousing to learn more about these recommendations and the history of housing in Decatur and to register for the sessions. If you wish to submit a question for the panel email Kristin.allin@decaturga.com.

In addition to the sessions, a community survey is available until November 15 to collect input from the community on potential zoning changes to Decatur’s neighborhoods. Visit surveymonkey.com/r/MissingMiddleHousingSurvey to complete the survey.

A hotline is also available from 1-4 p.m., Tuesday thru Thursday, Oct. 26 – Nov. 11 for the public to call to ask questions, make comments or learn about specific events. During this time period, call 470-868-5114.

Decatur Education Foundation

It's October, or as we like to call it “Festober!” The 10th Annual Madison Ave Derby is happening on October 16th and is bound to be a fun-filled day! Bring the family out to see some creative and FAST handcrafted machines roll down Madison Avenue while enjoying food from Universal Joint and King of Pops. This year's Derby beneficiary is the Decatur Student Center, located in CSD Decatur High School and equipped to attend to our students' behavioral health and nonacademic needs. To learn more about the Student Center, please visit www.decatureducationfoundation/behavioral-health. See you at the Derby!

Homework Help: We are continuing our Virtual Pals tutoring program in which we pair a 2nd-8th grade student with an upper high school student or adult volunteer to help with homework, time management, and motivation. If you would like to sign your student up for the program, you can go here: https://forms.gle/nLrKbwkXyvYjEAJB8

Could you be a mentor? We’re also seeking 15 women and 15 men volunteers to serve as mentors for our AIM Scholars mentoring program. Third grade students are paired with an adult mentor who help them by supporting their Academics and explore their Interests; Mentors also help their students connect to educational and enrichment opportunities. For just 2-4 hours per month, you can have a meaningful impact in the life of a student. For more information, please visit www.decatureducationfoundation.org/mentoring