The Raider Soup

January 2016

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Decatur High School begins the 2016 year with many activities and upcoming events to look forward to!

Welcome back DHS faculty and students! As we prepare for all of our spring sports, talent show and Miss Raider Pageant, as well as welcoming our incoming freshman....we are also focusing on preparing for testing and the ACT! We have exciting technology coming soon and students will be participating in a variety of test prep classes at DHS!
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It is time to start preparing for the ACT!!! Be sure to check out the John Baylor Prep program which

John Baylor Prep Information:

John Baylor ACT Prep

1. Go to www.johnbaylorprep.com

2. Login

Username: firstnamelastname@dcs.k12.al.us

Password: student’s lunch number

3. You will need to accept the “terms and conditions”

4. On the left side of the webpage you will find the links for everything the program has to offer including the ACT Prep Content, ACT Fundamentals Prep Content, and SAT Prep Content.

5. We will focus on the ACT Prep Content section.

  • The ACT Prep Content is a 12-video series covering all parts of the assessment. It is designed for those students who desire to raise their composite score to obtain higher scholarships.

  • The ACT Fundamentals Prep Content is an 8-video series designed for students who have an initial score in the teens and desires to raise it to at least a 20.

    6. Under “ACT Prep Content” go to “ACT Course Materials”

  • Under this section you will find the Course Curriculum, English Passages Packet, complete practice tests, as well as other helpful links.

  • Each document can be downloaded and printed from this section.

7. Under “ACT Prep Content” go to “ACT Prep Sessions”

  • It is recommended students go through the 12-videos in order as well as complete each homework assignment and quiz.

  • Students may focus on only the sections they feel they need to improve in the most if time is a constraint.

    8. Under “ACT Prep Content” notice there are “Additional Prep” videos for each content area

  • These sections are highly recommended for students who need to focus more in one or two content areas

    9. Students who take the ACT Prep Elective at Decatur High School will go through the entire program in class. However, one of the selling points is any of our students can do any of the sections whenever they want as many times as they want!

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The GO RAIDERS water tank is almost complete! It is great to see those letters up there again! Go Raiders!!!

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Thank you to our Chorus Students for a great Winter Chorus Concert to close out 2015!

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Join us for the DHS Miss Raider Pageant on February 11, 2016 at 7:00pm!

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Senior Information!!!

Attention Seniors!!!!!

Please join the Remind 101 text group for seniors!!! You will receive information regarding all aspects of Graduation!!!
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The DHS Talent Show will be February 25th!!!

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Thank you to everyone who donates to our School Back Packs of food Program!

Mrs. Patterson and her church donated 11 boxes of foods to help others; this helps keep the students on track and focused on school. Also, these contributions teaches the students about providing servant leadership to others. We appreciate the snacks from Mrs. Patterson and her church family.
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Students in Mrs. Strunk's Government class created their own 3rd Party for the 2016 platform! They created a party platform with a minimum of 4 planks, a symbol, a slogan and a bumper sticker plus a campaign button! What a great project!

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December Student of the Month - Commitment

1st place - Calista Mathis

2nd place - Anna Lee

3rd place - HunterGreenwell

January Student of the Month

1st place - Morgan Sharp

2nd place - Michael Limbaugh

3rd place - Dan Fite

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DHS Basketball Season is drawing to a close......DHS sponsored tournaments during Christmas Break and the student section has been cheering on the Raider Basketball teams!!!

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DHS Cheerleader tryouts are coming up!!!

Cheer tryouts will be help on March 3, 2016! The Cheer Clinic will be February 29 - March 2! Cheer packets will be distributed to interested middle school and high school candidates beginning February 5th, 2016! Best wishes to all girls interested in this endeavor! GO RAIDERS!!!
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DHS HOSA will be hosting the SMILE DRIVE!!!

The HOSA SMILE DRIVE will be February 8th - 12th, 2016!

HOSA will be collecting any and all dental health items such as toothbrush, floss, toothpaste, covers, mouthwash or any other items promoting good dental hygiene. The drive will be held February 8th-12th and boxes will be distributed throughout the school for a drop off. We will be donating the items collected to a local dental office that will be helping us distribute the items to those in need. Please ask your parents, grandparents, and even your dental offices to donate items. The dollar tree has several items for only $1.00. If you would like to make a monetary donation please see Mrs. Smith or Mrs. Jones. $12.00 will buy 144 toothbrushes on amazon.com. Thanks so much in advance for your support.
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DHS hosted the Alabama Football Coaches Association Recruiting Expo on Wednesday, December 9th!

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event such a success for everyone!
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AP English 12 ~ Review Sessions!!!

AP English 12 Review Sessions are from 7:30 - 8:30am on the dates below. If the attendance is limited, the dates for the sessions may be adjusted. Mark you calendar and get ready!!!!
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Decatur High School's JROTC hosted Leadership Movie Night!!!!

What an exciting event! Around 40 Red Raider Cadets gathered to watch the movie "The Memphis Belle". The Cadets used the movie to better understand the Army's definition of leadership and unite JROTC Cadets from both semesters. The "take-away" from the movie ~ The Army defines leadership as "influencing people by providing purpose, direction and motivation, while operating to accomplish the mission and improve the organization."
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PLEASE SUPPORT DHS JROTC AT THEIR BUFFALO WILD WINGS FUNDRAISER EVENT!!!

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DHS Prom will be April 30th, 2016! It will be held at Ingall's Harbor! Buy your tickets before prices go up on February 16th!

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DHS Developmental Basketball Team!!! Go Raiders!!


Congratulations to our Decatur High School Developmental Basketball team first win of the season against James Clemens.


Next games will be held at DHS are listed below: Come out and support OUR RAIDERS!

Date

Opponent

Location/ Time

February 2

Brewer

DHS / 10 a.m.

February 5

Austin

DHS / 10 a.m.

February 9

Hartselle

DHS / 10 a.m.

February 11

Helen Keller

DHS / 10 a.m.

February 17

James Clemens

DHS / 10 a.m.


We are extremely proud of our coaches, team, cheerleaders, band and peer tutors.

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Please don't forget! DHS keychains are on sale in the DHS Media Center for $10.00! They make a great gift, bag tag or key chain to show your school spirit!

All proceeds from the sale of DHS Keychains will be used to buy books and materials for the College and Career section in the DHS Media Center. Please see Ms. Compton in the Media Center and purchase yours today!
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Decatur City Schools teachers participated in Professional Development on January 29th for the afternoon! DHS teachers attending workshops at Decatur High after students left early.

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