DCHS Tiger Paw Prints

September 23, 2022

Big Tigger Morning Show In-Studio Appearance

DCHS vs. LHHS 8:00 P.M.

Coach Hilton Alexander accompanied DCHS Tigers wide receivers, Deuce Alexander and Monte Gooden to the V103 studio for their interview yesterday on The Big Tigger Morning Show.

DCHS takes on LHHS tonight. Kickoff will be at 8:00 P.M. not the usual 7:30 P.M. due to the game being televised. That is right, TELEVISED on Peachtree TV. This is a matchup you do not want to miss!!

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From Left: Coach Hilton Alexander; Wide Receiver, Hilton "Deuce" Alexander, II, Wide Receiver Monte Gooden, Big Tigger, and show producer, Khaliah Morris.


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"
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Teacher of the Year - Dr. Shawn Meade

A district-wide Teacher of the Year Banquet was held on Thursday night to honor the 2022-2023 Teachers of the Year from each school in the school system. Meet DCHS TOTY, Dr. Shawn Meade. Dr. Meade teaches US History and African-American Studies. He also coaches softball and baseball here at DCHS. In addition, he is our Career Technical Instruction (CTI) Coordinator. His hobbies include Genealogy, writing poetry, and performing community service projects. Dr. Meade is a member of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Incorporated where he serves as state director.

Below is Dr. Meade with his lovely wife, Mrs. Tashira Meade. Mrs. Meade is also a teacher at DCHS where she teaches Honors 9th Gr. Lit and Multi-Cultural Lit. The Meades are parents to a DCHS alum and as well as a current sophomore, Chaztin Meade, who is a part of our IB Program. Congratulations Dr. Meade!

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Cuteness Overload

It's a Family Affair...

Below is DCHS Early Childhood Education Pathway teacher, Mrs. Robin Upton. Mrs. Upton and her husband Bill welcomed their new granddaughter, Allison Jane into the world on September 14th. Baby Allison weighed 7 lbs. 8 oz. Mrs. Upton and her daughter Emily are both graduates of DCHS! Congratulations Mrs. Upton!

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Safety and Security..... A Message from Mrs. Parks

To maintain the safety of our school community, the Douglas County School System Police Department implemented the use of trained canines from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday. These skilled dogs, accompanied by DCSS administrators, sniffed items in and around our campus. Administrators took every effort to minimize disruption to the learning process during the search.

The Douglas County School System initiated the random unannounced search 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.


Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) takes place September 15 to October 15 every year as a time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of the American Latino community. It is a national celebration to honor the history, culture and influence of past generations who came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. National Hispanic Heritage Month began in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson as Hispanic Heritage Week and was expanded to a month-long celebration 20 years later. The start of the festive month on September 15 marks the Independence Day of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Then on September 16, Mexico celebrates its Independence Day, followed by Chile on September 18 and Belize on September 21. In the latter half of Hispanic Heritage Month, Mexicans observe the Día de la Raza (Race Day) on October 12, which was previously known as Columbus Day. Día de la Raza (Race Day) recognizes "the mixed indigenous and European heritage of Mexico." What’s more, the end of the celebration (October 15) is only two weeks away from Mexico’s Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) on November 1 and November 2.

2023 IT Summer Internship Opportunities

State Farm is recruiting high school and college students for its 2023 IT Summer Internship program.

Internship Dates:

  • College: May 22, 2023 - August 4, 2023
  • High School: June 5, 2023 - August 4, 2023

Intern Stipend

Competitive Pay

See the attached flyer below for the application and additional details. Become a State Farm IT Intern!

Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm is There!

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Douglas County Youth Commission

Douglas County’s office of External Affairs is now accepting applications from high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors for Youth Commission. The program is dedicated to educating young citizens about the government process and the developments, and opportunities in their local county. This program is in partnership with the Georgia Civic Awareness Program for Students (GCAPS) of the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia and the Douglas County Citizen's Academy Alumni Association.

The program will run from October through April with 10 sessions total at the Douglas County Courthouse and volunteer opportunities throughout. Applications are due October 7th. Click here for the application and to learn more about the program.

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Voter Registration Drive at DCHS

Board of Elections hosted a Voter Registration Drive at DCHS on September 20th. Students 17.5 years of age and older were eligible to register. Thank you to Janet Swift from the BOE for coming out and hosting this event.

The World of the International Baccalaureate Program

IB Tailgate

This past Friday, September 16, 2022, more than 100 IB students attended the pre-game tailgate hosted by the IB Program and DCHS. IB students and families were invited to enjoy the numerous food options donated by parents, students, and DCHS. While tailgating, students and families participated in many outdoor activities such as cornhole and frisbee. While IB students and teachers are generally busy, events like these can bring together students that do not often get to see each other. This is a wonderful example of how the IB Community at DCHS prioritizes communication, leadership, and collectivism.

Upcoming Dates

September 23: DCHS vs. Langston Hughes HS New

Kick-off Time 8:00pm Live Broadcast by Peachtree TV

September 25: Becca's Closet Boutique 12:00-3:00 Come shop prom dresses. Flyer below.

October 1: Homecoming Dance 7:00-10:30

October 7: Homecoming Game 7:30

October 10 & 11: Fall Break - No School

October 14: Nine Weeks Progress Reports Available Online

October 15: IB Picnic 12 - 3

October 25: PSAT Day

October 27: SAT School Day

November 1: Apply to College Day

November 8: Teacher Workday - No School

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. 4.5 weeks progress reports were made available online via Infinite Campus on Friday, Sept. 8, 2022, for all parents and students who attend DCHS.

Nine weeks progress reports will be available online via the Infinite Campus Parent Portal on October 14, 2022, for all students. Progress reports will not be printed so please create an IC 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 link below for Instrucciones del portal para padres de Infinite Campus (Espanol)

Counselor's Corner

News from the Counseling Department!

We are excited to introduce our new counselor, Ms. Shay Barnby! Ms. Barnby will be replacing Mrs. Jacqueline Williams. She is eager and ready to serve students and their families with the last names A-D. 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 students 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

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.

Real Talk HBCU Edition

Collegeboard is kicking off the season with Real Talk: HBCU Edition. During this two-night event, your students will have a chance to see the many options there are to choose from. There are more than 100 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), so we’ll help them compare and find the schools that deserve a spot on their college list.

Night 1 on Wednesday, September 28, at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, features:
Claflin University
Dillard University
Howard University
Norfolk State University
Spelman College

Night 2 on Thursday, September 29, at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, features:
Fayetteville State University
Hampton University
Morehouse College
Morgan State University
Texas Southern University

After this event, students and their families will have a better idea of which HBCUs to consider, and what students will need to start doing to stand out during the application process. Make sure to share this Real Talk event with students and families in your community!

Real Talk – BigFuture | College Board


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


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Exciting news! All 9th grade students will be taking the YouScience assessment on October 25th. We believe YouScience is a great way for students to learn more about themselves, explore high-demand careers that are a good fit for them, and gain a better understanding of how their unique talents are needed in the economy. Click the link below to learn more about YouScience and what it means for your student.



The ASVAB test will be administered at DCHS on November 10, 2022 from 8:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. for Juniors and Seniors only. This is an excellent aptitude and interest test that will help students identify possible career areas even if they have no plans of entering the military. If interested, students MUST SIGN UP ahead of time in order to take the ASVAB. Sign-up will be announced in late October on Google Classroom, morning announcements and with JROTC instructors. They will not want to miss this opportunity!

Pictured below from left to right: DCHS Counselor Genobia Babalola, SGG Norris & SFC Lehnhardt of the United States Army. The Army recruiters were on hand Wednesday to help all interested students understand all aspects of the Army in hopes of helping them make informed decisions regarding a career in the Army.

Counselor Genobia Babalola, SSG Norris & SFC Lehnhardt


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.

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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.

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

Cost is $50 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.

Satchel Pulse for Social Emotional Learning

August 25, 2022

The Douglas County School District is pleased to announce the introduction of Satchel Pulse SEL, a tool to help us monitor and improve the social-emotional learning of all our students. What is Social-Emotional Learning? Social-emotional learning (SEL) programs help youth and adults learn and apply knowledge, skills, and attitudes to enrich their personal and academic lives. Studies have shown that social-emotional learning programs increase academic performance, attendance, behavior, and post-secondary success.

SEL skills include developing healthy identities, managing emotions, setting and achieving goals, developing empathy for others, establishing and maintaining supportive relationships, collaborating with others, and making responsible and caring decisions.

How does Satchel Pulse work? Satchel Pulse is an easy-to-use survey with 25 simple questions. Students use the survey to rate their self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship, and responsible decision-making skills. Student answers help us learn how to best support our students’ ongoing development in these five critical skills.

When will it start? For the 2022-2023 school year, the Satchel Pulse SEL survey will be given to students in grades 4, 5, 6, 9, and 12 at school between August 29 and September 15.

Where can I find out more information about SEL? Support Services Satchel Pulse Who can I contact to learn more about the survey or the social-emotional learning program? School counselors will be your point of contact.

What if I don’t want my child to participate in the Satchel Pulse SEL screener? If you would prefer that your child not participate in the Satchel Pulse SEL survey, please contact your child’s school to opt-out. For your convenience, the opt out form may be accessed by clicking the link above this article.

Thank you for partnering with us to support your student. @satchelpulse • pulse@teamsatchel.com • 516-568-0858