DHS Weekly Update

Thursday, April 20, 2023


DHS Community,

We have had a ton of celebrations in our athletics over the past two weeks. See highlights below in this email. We also are celebrating our fine arts department this week with the big Shuler awards tonight (imagine Tony Awards for high school musicals!) and the final weekend of Clue in the DHS Theater. The Career Academy had an extremely successful job fair for their students at the Ebster Gym today. DHS students are well-rounded and excelling at so much!

The Decatur Prevention Initiative is a strong and vital partner to DHS and CSD. They are hosting a very special screening of " Screenagers Under the Influence: Addressing Vaping, Drugs and Alcohol in the Digital Age". This is a premier event for all of Metro Atlanta and because of the work of DPI, they chose us to be their host! See the link below in this email to register. It's FREE!!

Rochelle Lofstrand

Principal, DHS

DHS Graduation Class of 2023

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Teacher Appreciation - PTSA

Hey Parents and Guardians! Can you believe school is almost out?! It’s that time of year to show our appreciation for our DHS teachers (Teacher appreciation week is May 8 - May 12). Please click on the link to donate and please remember that any amount is appreciated.


The Decatur High School Acting Ensemble Presents: Clue

Come see the DHS Acting Ensemble perform this hilarious play!
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Screenagers Under the Influence: Addressing Vaping, Drugs and Alcohol in the Digital Age

The Decatur Prevention Initiative in collaboration with Decatur Parents Network will be hosting an exclusive showing of the newly released film, Screenagers Under the Influence: Addressing Vaping, Drugs and Alcohol in the Digital Age. This film addresses many of the concerns our parents have been expressing. The Decatur showing is the first showing on the East Coast, and the filmmaker is flying in as a special guest and to be on the panel. Tickets are free, but are limited, so register today!

To register, click the following link: https://ScreenagersDPIAtlantaPremiere.eventbrite.com.

Monday, April 24th, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Decatur High School

Performing Arts Center

310 North McDonough Street

Decatur, GA 30030

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DHS Spirit Night - Jersey Mikes - April 26th

Dine out at Jersey Mike’s Decatur location on Wednesday, April 26th from 4-9pm to support our PBIS program. Jersey Mike's is offering 30% of sales donation to our school. PBIS gives rewards to students who are purposeful, accountable, connected and kind. Thank you for your support and for being a part of the PACK!

When: Wednesday, April 26th 4-9pm

Where: Jersey Mike's, 187 North Arcadia Ave, Decatur

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FUN Volunteer Opportunity for Parents

Decatur High School's Student Government needs parent volunteers to chaperone at the Spring Festival on April 30th.

The volunteer shifts are from 1:00-3:00, 2:00-4:00, 3:00-5:00, and 4:00-6:00. Please use the link below to sign up.

Thank you for your support!


Spring Festival

Decatur High School’s Student Government is hosting a spring festival on April 30 on the DHS football field. The goal of this festival is to showcase Decatur student musicians, artists, small businesses, and clubs. There will also be a raffle, games, food trucks, and other vendors!

If you are interested in selling a product or performing music, fill out this form https://forms.gle/JHQRxWUHvmP2bMJKA. If you have any questions or are interested in becoming a sponsor for this event, reach out to sga@csdecatur.net.

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Chromebook Return

All chromebooks, chromebook cases and chargers should be returned to the Learning Commons.

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CSD Athletics News and Updates

Dine Out to Support Athletics Chef-inspired burgers, wings, nachos, and chopped salads? Yes, please! Head on out to Bad Daddy's in Decatur on Wednesday, April 26 for a delicious dinner while also supporting Decatur Athletics. Raising money never tasted so good!


Our Decatur Baseball Bulldogs finished the regular season this week as REGION CHAMPIONS! The Bulldogs went undefeated in Region-4 5A and will represent the region as a #1 seed in the GHSA State Tournament next week. Come out to McKoy Park on Monday, April 24 at 4 pm to support the Bulldogs. Tickets will be $10 on GoFan.co (Passes will not be accepted)

DHS Soccer Seasons Come to an End

Congratulations to our girls and boys Varsity soccer teams. Both teams finished their season in the GHSA State Playoffs. The boys’ showed valiant effort against Northgate High School in Round 1. The Bulldogs went down 1-2 in the second half but battled back to score an equalizer late in regulation to send the game to overtime. The game ended 3-2 after a Northgate goal in the second period of OT.

Our girls’ team pulled out a gutsy win against Harris County in Round 1. With less than 10 minutes left and the score tied 0-0, the Bulldogs scored 2 goals to secure the victory and advance to Round 2. The Bulldogs traveled to Greenbriar High School on Monday evening. Greenbriar jumped out to an early 0-3 lead. The Bulldogs fought back to score a goal in the second half but could not close the gap. Final score, 1-3.

Great job to all of our soccer players. Thank you to our Seniors for leading our teams. Special

thanks to Coach Altizer, Coach Burgess and their staff for leading our programs. Go Bulldogs!

DHS/BHMS Softball Tryouts Happening Soon!
Attention, all students interested in trying out for softball. Tryouts for our DHS and BHMS Gold team will happen in May. Please see the document detailing tryouts below from Coach Williams. Pay close attention to positions, dates, and times and let Coach Williams know if you have any questions.

2023 Softball Tryout Information

DHS Softball Tryouts: May 1-3 - Open to all Rising 8th-Graders and above.

BHMS Gold Tryouts: May 8-9 - Open to all BHMS students (Rising 8th-Graders should plan to attend both weeks of tryouts)

**Tryouts for other BHMS Softball teams will take place at the start of the ‘23 school year.

Next PTSA Meeting

Join us at our meeting on May 16th at 6:30pm. Check the school calendar for meeting details.


Next SLT Meeting

Join us at our next meeting on May 9th at 4:30pm. Check the school calendar for meeting details.

Glennwood Elementary School Blood Drive

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Glennwood DEI Presents: Cocktails & Conversation

Join the Glennwood DEI Committee for "Cocktails & Conversation: Caring for Yourself and the Planet" on Friday, April 21 from 6:30 - 8:30 at Camp Scene! In honor of Earth Day, this event is focused on environmental action and connection within our community. Childcare, cocktails, and dinner provided!

Attendance is limited. Please RSVP to secure your seat! bit.ly/cocktailsandconvo421

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Extra Mile Awards

Students: Do you know a teacher or CSD employee who has gone “the extra mile” this year? Nominate them for the CSD Extra Mile Award! The Extra Mile Award is an annual award that allows students to show appreciation for the teachers or staff they feel go above and beyond what is expected of them.

Students (not parents) at any grade level can write an essay describing how their teacher (or staff member) goes the extra mile (parents can help younger children write the essay). The essays should be detailed and describe how the employee goes above and beyond.

Click here to submit a nomination. The deadline is May 31.

These awards will be presented at the CSD Opening Day Celebration in July.

Questions? Contact cburnett@csdecatur.net or 404-371-3601

CSD Special Education Department

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Meeting


Thursday, April 27th, 6-7pm


This is an online event


Ms. Alicia Lipscomb, Public Affairs Specialist, for the Social Security Administration will share an overview of how to access SSI for individuals with a disability.

  • What is SSI?

  • How do parents apply for their student?

  • What does it mean to qualify for SSI?

  • What comes with the SSI benefits

  • What recourse do families have if denied the benefit?

Target audience: Parents of students that are served through an IEP. (ECLC- 12th)

Click here to RSVP or email Cheryl Grant, cgrant@csdecatur.net

DHS SGA Earth Day 5K

The DHS Student Government Association (SGA) is hosting their inaugural SGA Earth Day 5K at Legacy Park on April 29, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. Proceeds from this event will support SGA’s future sustainability efforts and the Decatur Track and Field. Bring the family and enjoy sprint races and activities, music, prizes, and food vendors.

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City of Decatur Downtown Master Plan Final Community Meeting

Join the City of Decatur for the third and final Community Meeting for the Decatur Town Center Plan 2.0, Thursday, April 27 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St. This meeting will be an opportunity for the planning team to share what they have learned from the community and to introduce the plan’s concepts, ideas, and action items.

The Decatur Town Center Plan 2.0 is the first comprehensive look at downtown since the 1982 Town Center Plan. Whether you live, learn, work, or visit Downtown Decatur, your input helped shape the vision.

CSD Budget Survey Results

Thanks to all who participated in the parent-led, anonymous survey a few weeks ago. As promised, we are sharing the results of the survey. These results were also shared with the CSD school board and Dr. Fehrman on March 28th.

It has been our pleasure gathering this vital community feedback. Click here to view the results from the survey.

Kristin Ebersold, India Epps, Patricia Liscio, Richard Malerba, Samantha McMahan, Kunle Oguneye, Weonhee Shin, Natalie Jo Williams, Sara Weathersby, and David Custer

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It's time to Step Up for Teachers! The yard signs are being ordered and will be available for pickup soon! www.stepupforteachers.com is live and ready for your tributes to CSD teachers, paraprofessionals and staff. For a small donation,

you leave a message of appreciation, we'll notify the honored person and post it on our website. For a gift of $50 or more, you

can select between a "We Step Up" or a "Class of 2023" yard sign. If you would like a sign but cannot contribute, please email drew@decatureducationfoundation.org with your tribute and your sign preference. Together we make a difference for our teachers,

our schools and our kids.

Nominate a Hero

Do you know a CSD teacher, paraprofessional or employee who has shown extreme care and compassion for a student at a time of great need or crisis? We are currently accepting nominations for the Clarence Strickland Make A Difference Award HERE. Nominations are due by April 20th and the recipient will be recognized at our scholarship event on May 15th.

Care to help Decatur students and combat food insecurity? You can donate to our Lighten the Load Weekend Backpack program which provides supplemental food to Decatur families who need it. The snack pantry ensures that no one at the middle school goes hungry during the school day. Here are the wish lists for both programs:

Beacon Hill Middle Snack Program: /a.co/d0HJHTr

Weekend Backpack Program: https://a.co/6Etc74W

Tickets now on sale! Amplify Decatur is hosting their Spring Concert in the Square on Saturday, April 29th and DEF is so pleased to be one of the beneficiaries. The line-up is chock full of some amazing musicians – check them out and purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/amplify-decatur-music-festival-tickets-527859721637.

If you’d like to enjoy live music for FREE, consider volunteering at the concert! There are spots at every time of day available. Click here to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904084caba628abff2-amplify1#/ Your evening of live music will support DEF, Decatur Cooperative Ministry and Giving Kitchen.

Come see some of our talented Decatur High musicians perform at No Ordinary Joe! Benefitting DEF’s behavioral health initiative, Joe’s Fund, No Ordinary Joe will feature Decatur High School’s Exploring Music Club members for an evening of live music at Waller’s Coffee Shop on Thursday, May 4th starting at 7pm. Tickets are now on sale at www.decatureducationfoundation.org/noordinaryjoe: $25 for adults/$10 for students. Big thanks to Waller’s for donating their space!

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