DHS Weekly Update

Thursday, April 28, 2022


DHS Families,

Can you believe we only have 4 weeks left of the 2021 - 2022 school year? In addition to testing and exams (see communication links below), we have sports that are advancing to region and state finals (see announcements and picture below), a band concert, dances, etc. We update the calendar on our website (https://www.csdecatur.net/dhs) with all of the wonderful things going on at Decatur High School!

Important Senior Info
: https://www.smore.com/0xzns-important-senior-info?ref=email-content#w-8480694391

9th-11th Exam Week Schedule: https://www.smore.com/a04k9-exam-week-schedule-for-9th-11th?ref=email-content#w-5270559858

Have a great weekend!

Rochelle L. Lofstrand, Principal

Decatur High School

2023-2024 and 2024-2025 Academic Calendar Stakeholder Feedback Surveys

It is time to gather stakeholder input on the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 academic calendars. Please review the linked calendars. Each calendar has three options for stakeholders to review. The “standard” option for both years follow the current calendar setup, with two early release days before fall and winter break. “Option 1” calendars have an early release day once a month. “Option 2” calendars have a mix of early release days and digital learning days. The incorporation of additional early release days will play an essential role in providing our teachers time for much-needed professional learning (PL). While PL can occur during the school day, it requires the use of substitutes or combining classes.

After reviewing the calendars, please provide feedback via this survey link. The survey for feedback will remain open through May 13. Stakeholder feedback will be reviewed and taken into consideration before a recommendation is made to the Board for approval of the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 academic calendars in August or September.

Teacher Appreciation Week! - DHS 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 2-6, 2022.

Please click on the link below to donate and please remember that any amount is appreciated.


Thank you,

Michelle Oxford


Senior Fun Day - Tomorrow!

Decatur High School will celebrate seniors tomorrow with the return of Senior Fun Day. More information will be pushed out to seniors but here is some basic information: Seniors will come to school as usual and be released during second period for fun on the field. Activities will include bouncy houses, obstacle courses, field games, gigantic jenga, pong, connect four, water balloons, and LUNCH.

We are excited to celebrate the Class of 2022. If you have any questions please contact Ms. Lockhart at alockhart@csdecatur.net.

This Saturday! 9th & 10th Grade Dance - A Night Under the Stars

Common Dance FAQs

  1. Can I bring a non DHS student? Only Decatur High School 9th and 10th graders are allowed to come
  2. When do tickets go on sale? Tickets go on sale Friday April 22 and are $10.00 cash or check. Checks can be made out to DHS PTSA. Tickets can be bought in all three lunches, from Ms. Lockhart in 2109 or from an SGA Representative.
  3. What is at the dance? Music, dessert bar, drinks, photo booth, and more!
  4. What is the dress code? Dress code is semi-formal, nice pants and shirts, jumpsuits, dresses etc.
  5. Can I bring a bag to the dance? Only small bags 3X5 will be allowed in the dance. There will not be a place to store any items.
  6. What happens if I lose my ticket? You will have to purchase another ticket.

If you have any other questions please feel free to email alockhart@csdecatur.net.

Volunteers Needed for the 9th and 10th Grade Dance

Help make this first dance for many of our 9th and 10th graders a magical Night Under the Stars. To help keep ticket costs low we are asking for your help and would appreciate you considering donating refreshments or your time. Please see sign up below.

Refreshment Donations: It's gonna take a lot of sweet treats to make the night magical for the 9th and 10th graders. Signup HERE.

Decorations: Donation of lights or help transform the space into a Starry Night on Saturday. Sign up HERE!

Dance Volunteer: Refreshments, tickets, chaperoning ETC. Sign up HERE

Thank you,


Decatur Parents Network - Speaker Series & Virtual Parent Chats

Decatur Parents Network invites parents to join us on May 3rd at 7:00pm for a non-judgemental webinar about marijuana's impact on the young brain. This is NOT a discussion about legalization, decriminalization, or adult use. We are putting all that aside to just have a chance to hear about the potential impact on use by young people. The presenter is Dr. Merrill Norton, CMAC, ICCPP-P of Chemical Health Associates, and professor emeritus from UGA's College of Pharmacology. Register for this webinar at https://bit.ly/DecaturParentsNetworkMaySpeakerSeries

Our Virtual Parent Chat for next month is May 2nd at 7:30pm.

"We can't protect our children from everything, but we can educate ourselves and support each other. Many of our parents have requested more time for interaction and NETWORKING. Join us for our NEW monthly, informal parent chats. The next one is May 2 at @7:30 p.m. Please Register Here ahead of time; space is limited."

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Financial Literacy Workshop Series - Warrick Dunn Charities, Inc

Warrick Dunn Charities, Inc. (WDC) would like to invite you to join us for our FREE Count on Your Future (COYF) financial literacy workshop series as we promote financial education and empowerment during the month of April in observance of Financial Literacy Awareness Month. Count on Your Future consists of free workshops taught by industry experts that take place each Saturday (dates and times listed below). The series of workshops will explore topics such as budgeting, banking, credit and debt management, planning ahead for financial security, and investing in your future.

Count on Your Future Workshop Details

o April 2, 9, 23, 30, and May 7

o 10am to 11:30am

o Decatur High School (310 N. McDonough St., Decatur, GA 30030)


o Adult Series* (anyone over the age of 18 or post high school graduation)

o Teen Series* (6th through 12th grades)

o Kids Series (K through 5th grades)

*Virtual option available.

Registration will take place through the following link: https://host.nxt.blackbaud.com/registration-form/?formId=f600b8de-1510-4611-9550-2975ac7fc946&envId=p-_JwAjkoVqkGFyilfLaLA5Q from March 9th through the 30th.

Our workshops will take place as a hybrid model this Spring, offering both an in-person opportunity to engage and learn for kids, teens, and adults, as well as a virtual option for teens and adults only who are not able to attend in person or virtual learning better suits their level of comfort and engagement. For those who participate virtually, there is an expectation that attendance means cameras on and actively participating.

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ACT Prep

Below are the details of the ACT Prep course starting April 2022 @ 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

Class Option 3 : April 30 May 7, 14, 21, 28 June 4 | 2022 for ACT Test June 11th 2022

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.

SAT Prep

Below are the details of the 6 week SAT Prep courses starting April 23, 2022.

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

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

Class Option 2 : April 30 May 7, 14, 21, 28 | 2022 for SAT Test June 4th 2022 (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.


Below are the details of the SAT Prep course starting Mar 27th - May 1st, 2022 @ Live Virtual via Zoom - SUNDAYS!!

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

Class Option 1 : Mar 27 Apr 3, 10, 17,24 May 1 | 2022 (6 sessions | 4 hrs each) for SAT Test May 7th 2022

Schedule: Sundays : 1 - 5 pm

Room: Live Virtual Class via Zoom

Register Online for our SAT Prep Class :


Don't forget to register for the SAT 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.

Calling All Decatur High Students and Families!

Love fashion? Want to help support your community? Then, stop by the Charity Sale at 423 E. Pharr Rd, Decatur GA, on Saturday May 7th from 9 am to 2pm.

A prominent movie studio has donated name brand clothing and shoes to help support Afghan refugees in the Decatur Area. Items are new with tags or barely used and will be sold at affordable prices. All proceeds will go towards the Afghan American Alliance of Georgia.

Next PTSA Meeting

Join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, May 17th at 6:30pm. Check the school calendar for the meeting link.


Next SLT Meeting

Join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, May 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!

DHS Girls' Soccer Advance to FINAL FOUR!

Our Girls’ Soccer team defeated Jackson County on Monday night, 3-2, to advance to the Final Four of the GHSA State Tournament. The Bulldogs will face neighborhood rival, Midtown High School, on Thursday at 6pm. The winner will advance to the State Championship.

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DHS Tennis Season Comes to an End

Congratulations to our Boys’s and Girls’ Tennis teams who completed tremendous seasons. The Boys’ team finished after a loss in Round 1 of the State Tournament. The Girls’ team fought valiantly against a strong Coffee County team in an energized GHSA State Tournament, Rd. 2 environment. We are proud of each of our student-athletes and their coaches for their exciting season and look forward to continued success next year. Thanks to all of our Seniors for leading the way!

DHS Track & Field Region Runners Up!

Congratulations to our Track & Field team! Both the Girls’ and Boys’ teams finished Saturday’s Region Meet as Region Runners Up. Many athletes ran personal best times and the whole team worked together for this achievement. We are extremely proud of them and looking forward to Sectionals and State!

DBB Soccer All-Region Recognition

The Region 5-5A All-Region Teams were announced last week and DHS is well-represented! Congratulations to each of the players listed below, as well as their teammates and coaches for this impressive achievement.

Girls’ All-Region:

Caroline Jordan – First Team All-Region

Meg Fink – First Team All-Region

Maddie Cooper – First Team All-Region

Sidney Salcedo – Second Team All-Region

Boys’ All-Region:

Bo Blanchard – First Team All-Region – REGION PLAYER OF THE YEAR

James Tribe – First Team All-Region

Lucas Tatum – First Team All-Region

The 27th Bulldog Booster Golf Tournament Is On!

Grab your clubs and come out to support your Decatur Bulldogs on May 9, 2022 at Mystery Valley Golf Course. There will be contests, raffles, food, Bulldog goodie bags and plenty of fun.

To register and/or sponsor the event, visit http://bidpal.net/2022decaturbulldoggolftournament. (Sponsorships and those all-important mulligans can be found under “Browse Items/Featured Items.”) You can also register at https://decaturbulldogboosters.org.

All proceeds go to support Decatur Bulldog Boosters, which raises money to support 750 student athletes on 25 teams representing 17 sports at Decatur High School and Renfroe Middle School.

See you on the course!


CSD School Nutrition

Free and Reduced Priced Meal Applications

If you have not completed a free and reduced lunch application this year, please be sure to get it completed prior to the last day of school. Please remember a new application must be submitted each school year since the previous year's application will not work.

Applications can be completed online at:


It is quick, convenient, confidential, and absolutely free. Paper applications can be picked up at your school or requested through the school nutrition office. If you complete a paper application, please send it back to your child’s school as soon as possible. This will be helpful because this year’s eligibility status will last for 30 days when school begins on August 2, 2022. *You will complete a new application for SY22/23 while your child maintains the temporary 30 days status.

Changes Coming to School Nutrition:

During the April board meeting, the Board tentatively approved that school nutrition breakfast and lunch cost will increase by $0.50 for each grade level.

City Schools of Decatur meal prices for SY22/23 are listed below:

Meal prices after a child has received one meal at the regular grade level rate will be the Adult Price. However, if your child wants to buy only a milk or purchase additional meals or extra sale items like chips, they will need to have money placed on their online meal payment account.

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Extra Mile Award

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 their 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. Students can also find the form any time via LaunchPad (it’s the purple icon labeled “Extra Mile Award nomination”). The deadline is May 25.

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

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

CSD Night at Atlanta United Game

City Schools of Decatur has secured discounted ATL UTD tickets for their match on Saturday, May 28 vs. Columbus Crew. All students, family, and friends that purchase through this link will save up to 50% off tickets plus reduced fees while supplies last.

$5 from every ticket will go back to support City Schools of Decatur. The top 20 students who sell the most tickets will also get to participate in the player high-five tunnel experience before the match! Be sure to enter the name of the student who you received this offer from and select your school at the drop-down during checkout.

Offer expires May 14 or until tickets are sold out. Click this link https://fevo.me/csd to learn more.

News & Announcements From Our Partners

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DEF Treasure Hunt

DEF’s treasure hunt continues for the next two weeks. Everyone who completes the hunt will be entered to win a raffle to win some cool prizes. Just click HERE for instructions, it’s easy and fun for the whole family!

It’s time to Step Up for Teachers!

Express your appreciation for a teacher or CSD staff member with a Step Up tribute: Go to www.stepupforteachers.com, make a $25 contribution and you can leave a tribute message for your favorite CSD employee. DEF will notify the honored person. For $50 you can honor two CSD staff members AND have a yard sign delivered to your Decatur address! To celebrate our DHS seniors, we also have yard signs for the Class of 2022. Your contributions support Teacher Innovation Grants and provide an encouraging boost that our teachers need to finish the school year!

Help with Food Insecurity

It’s our mission to eliminate the problems our kids face so they can learn and thrive. To address food insecurity, we have several Amazon wish lists that continue monthly and are currently running low. Please consider making a donation to one of the following links for Renfroe and Talley at these links:

RMS Snacks: https://a.co/d0HJHTr

Talley Snacks: https://a.co/8BxrMEz

Weekend Food Backpacks: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1IVCVGY0GCF9S?ref_=wl_fv_le