DHS Weekly Update

Thursday, December 9, 2021


DHS Families,

I cannot believe we are already half-way through the school year! Don't forget that the December break begins Dec. 18th. Students will report back to school on Tuesday, January 4th.

A big shout out to the PTSA and their Teacher Appreciation Committee. They are working on celebrating the DHS teachers next week and could use your help. See their message in the eblast below.

Have a great weekend!

Rochelle L. Lofstrand, Principal

Decatur High School

Show Your Appreciation for Our Teachers and Staff!

It's been such a relief to have everyone back in the classroom! Let’s celebrate the dedication and steadfast support of our teachers with our Annual Teacher Appreciation effort.

To express our gratitude, your PTSA will host a holiday get together where we will provide each faculty and staff member with an appreciation gift. Don’t miss this opportunity to show your thanks! Make a donation of any amount to your PTSA!

Click Here to Donate!

Attendance Request Form

Please complete an Attendance Request Form for an excused absence, early check-out or student self check-out. Requests must be submitted by the parent or guardian on record and will go directly to the Attendance Officer, Mr. Scott.

Please remember that parents are not allowed to enter the school building at this time. When you arrive to pick up your student, come to the main entrance doors leading to the Attendance Office, ring the bell and be prepared to show your ID to Mr. Scott or a designee. Early check-out ends at 3:00pm.

Thank you!


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.

SAT Make-up Day

The make-up day for December 4th has been confirmed and will be December 18th. If you were previously registered for December 4th, you can test on December 18th.

  • Only registered students can take a makeup test. Students who've already tested during the same administration may not use a makeup administration to retest or to take a different SAT Program test.
  • You must bring your updated admission ticket with you to the makeup test.
  • You may test only at the center for which you are registered or authorized.
  • You may only take tests that you registered for on the original date.
  • You must take the entire test at a makeup administration.
  • Sunday testing is available for religious reasons only. You may not test on Sunday if you missed the test on Saturday.
  • Answer Services aren't offered for makeup tests even if it was available for the original test date.
  • The availability of makeup testing and the conditions under which test takers are entitled to take a makeup test are at the sole discretion of College Board.

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Kimberly Jones, kjones@csdecatur.net

PSAT Scores

PSAT Score reports have been emailed to 10th/11th grade student CSD email addresses. If your student took the PSAT and has not been emailed a score report from the College Board, please go to this website for support first (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/scores/getting-scores). If that does not help, call the College Board at 866-433-7728.

Covid-19 Vaccination Opportunities

The City Schools of Decatur will be partnering with the Dekalb Board Of Health to provide the pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11-year-olds.

This is free to anyone in the community 5 to 11 years old only. An appointment is necessary.

When- December 10, 2021, Vaccines will be available from 2:30 pm - 5 pm

Where-125 Wilson Center, Decatur GA 30035 (Board Room)

How- Follow the link to schedule your appointment COVID-19 Vaccination Registration (powerappsportals.us)

Also, the Dekalb County Board of Health will be returning to CSD to provide COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday, Dec 15th at the Wilson Center. No appointment is necessary.

This is free to everyone in the community 12 and over only.

Vaccines will be available from 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm.

  • All 3 COVID vaccine options will be available.
  • All Booster options will be available. Check eligibility attached.
  • Limited Flu shots available
  • Any child between the age of 12-17 receiving the COVID-19 vaccine must have proof of their age and a parent/guardian.

Location -125 Electric Avenue (Board Room Entrance), Decatur, GA 30030

These events are indoor. Masks are required

Contact Shonda Moore, smoore1@csdecatur.net, with questions.

PBIS Update

Starting next week, teachers and staff will start giving out candy to students and their peers for exhibiting traits of being a part of the PACK. Each teacher will be given eight pieces of candy to distribute for December.

Here are some of the expectations that students can follow to earn candy.

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Career Association Club Movie Night - December 15th - 6:00pm

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Eagle Scout Project

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Next PTSA Meeting

Join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, January 18th at 6:30pm. Check the school calendar for the meeting link.


Next SLT Meeting

Join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, December 14th 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!

Special Moments Shared at Decatur v. Clarkston Basketball Games

Watch these videos of two special moments that happened at our basketball games last night with Clarkston High School. The takeaways relating to sportsmanship, empathy, community, and respect here are endless. In the end, this is what school sports are about.

Special Moments Shared at Decatur v. Clarkston Basketball Games

Spring Sports to Begin after Holiday Break

It’s hard to believe but our Spring Sports at RMS and DHS will begin after we return from the Holiday Break. This includes Baseball, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, and Track & Field. Check decaturbulldogsathletics.com for specific information relating to your activities of interest.

Reminder: All students must have an updated medical profile with a current physical uploaded to DragonFly in order to participate. More information and detailed instructions can be found in the hyperlinks HERE on the CSD Athletics website

(DHS) Flag Football All-Region Team

Congratulations to our Flag Football team and our student-athletes who were recognized as a part of the All-Region team! Great job, Bulldogs.

First Team:

Jukaine Washington — Decatur

Second Team:

Naomi Bridgers — Decatur

Cierra Patton — Decatur

Honorable Mention:

Sierra Freeman — Decatur

Player of the Year:

Jukaine Washington — Decatur

(DHS) Football All-Region Team

Congratulations to each of the members of our Football team listed below who were named to the Region 5-5A All-Region team.

Kenric Lanier – Offensive Player of the Year

Cameron Wingo – Defensive Player of the Year

1st-Team All-Region

Curran Brant – 1st Team Wide Receiver

Morgan Bradley – 1st Team Offensive Line

Isaac Kone – 1st Team Kicker

Chapman Smith – 1st Team Defensive End

Max Nunnally – 1st Team Linebacker

Tra’von Webb – 1st Team Defensive Back

2nd Team All-Region

Harrison Hannah – 2nd Team Quarterback

Nahshon Smith – 2nd Team Running Back

Kedric Lackey – 2nd Team Wide Receiver

Quay Hood – 2nd Team Offensive Line

Mekhi Lloyd – 2nd Team Athlete

Maurice Harkness – 2nd Team Defensive End

Connor Scott – 2nd Team Defensive Tackle

Jacob Rachell – 2nd Team Linebacker

Malachi Miller – 2nd Team Defensive Back

DHS Soccer Tryouts Begin January 4

Tryouts for the Girls’ and Boys’ Soccer programs will begin on January 4, 2022 and run throughout that week. Exact times will be announced soon.

Girls’ Coach - Doug Altizer - daltizer@csdecatur.net

Boys’ Coach - Stephen Gathany - sgathany@csdecatur.net

DHS/RMS Baseball Tryout Information

DHS Varsity, JV and 9th Grade Tryouts will run from 1/18-1-20 (depending on weather).

RMS tryouts will happen during the same week, exact dates and times to be announced soon!

Contact Coach Gilbert (rgilbert@csdecatur.net) with any questions.

DHS Tryouts:

Tuesday Jan. 18th - Thursday Jan. 20th.

Varsity/JV Tryouts - 4-6pm

Freshman Team Tryouts - 6-8pm

DHS Tennis Interest Meeting December 9, 2021

The DHS Tennis program is having it's initial interest meet next Thursday. Tryout dates are set for January 10-14th from 4-6pm at Glenlake Tennis Center. Please share with anyone that you think might be interested. See you there!

Contact Coach Kessel (akessel@csdecatur.net) with any questions.

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Bulldog Flags

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!

Ultimate Frisbee

Interested in playing on the girl’s ultimate frisbee team?

Beginners welcome! Ultimate is a fast paced game, but no experience is required. The team generally practices 2-3 times per week and plays local games and some tournaments. Come check it out. Everyone is welcome to come and play. Please contact Cindy Sanders at cindy.sanders@live.com to get on the mailing list. There will be a kick-off meeting the beginning of the year.

District News


The weather is changing and if your transportation plans include riding a school bus you must register. All CSD riders must register to ride the bus through The Transportation Portal Bus Planner https://csd.mybusplanner.com/. This will let us know who is riding and also how we communicate with parents. If you are interested in tracking the bus, please sign up for Here Comes The Bus.

School Nutrition

Separate a La Carte items are extra sale items that must be purchased without charging your account. Students MUST have already have money on your infinite campus student account or cash/check to purchase a la carte items! Please see the graphic for more information.
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CSD is reviewing its current CSD ARP ESSER LEA Plan. We are extending a period of stakeholder feedback and input on our current plan through December 10, 2021. You may view the current plan on the CSD Website at the URL listed below. You will also find a Stakeholder Feedback Form there to provide any feedback or input that you may have on our current Plan.

If you have any questions, please contact Willie Washington at wwashington@csdecatur.net.


CSD Federal & Title Programs Coat Drive

CSD Community Members, We Need You! As the colder months are approaching, and as we are moving into the holiday season, the CSD Federal & Title Programs Department is kicking off a Coat Drive during November and December to help our families in need to stay warm this winter!

We will have a drop-off bin at each CSD school and at the Elizabeth Wilson School Support Center to collect coats and will collect coats beginning Monday, November 8 - Monday, December 13. We ask that all donations be NEW items to help us maintain the integrity of our families.

News From Our Partners

Decatur Education Foundation

In this season of giving, DEF has several ways in which you can donate your time:

As a Virtual Pals tutor -- we need tutors to be paired with a 2nd- 8th grade Decatur student for a one-hour weekly session. Click here to apply: https://forms.gle/LoiZxoi6WvSe6WEr6

As a Virtual Pals Coordinator -- we need one person who checks in with the tutor pairs on a weekly basis - easy peasy! Time commitment is 1 hour per week. Email muslimo@decatureducationfoundation.org to apply.

As an AIM Mentor -- we need adult male and female mentors to be paired with a third-grader to have new experiences and find their passions. The time commitment is just 2-4 hours per month.

As a REACH Mentor -- we need just one more adult male to mentor an 8th-grade student who has been nominated by his teachers for the REACH GA program. REACH mentors help their mentees through the rigors of high school and college applications. Time commitment is just 2-4 hours per month.

If you've got a little extra time to share your life wisdom with a Decatur student, we've got opportunities! Please visit www.decatureducationfoundation.org/mentoring to learn more and apply. Together we make a difference for #ourkids!

Run With the Dogs 5K to benefit Decatur Bulldog Boosters

Register TODAY for Run With the Dogs 2022!

The race is Saturday, January 29, 2022, with a new course in MAK and Oakhurst that starts and finishes at Renfroe Middle School. This year's race will be chip timed for the first time and all 5K participants will receive the coveted long-sleeved T-shirt with original artwork by Adam Pinsley.

Thank you so much to everyone who voted for the 2022 Face of the Race. We are pleased to announce that Trout is our winner, and his adorable face will be featured on the race T-shirts, posters, and water bottle stickers.

Run with the Dogs 5K is an annual fundraiser of the Decatur Bulldog Boosters and supports student-athletes on 45 sports teams at Decatur High School and Renfroe Middle School.

For more information and to register for Run With the Dogs, click here!

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