DCHS Tiger Paw Prints

November 4, 2022

SCHOOL THEME: Don't Just Fly,...SOAR!

SCHOOL MOTTO: 5G Ready: Goals, Grades, Grind, Growth & Graduation


November is Native American Heritage Month! It's a time to celebrate the rich histories, diverse cultures and important contributions of our nation's first people. Congress chose November to celebrate Native American Heritage month for its cultural significance as the month when Native Americans conclude their traditional harvest season. U.S. National Native American Heritage Day is observed on November 26, a day after Thanksgiving. American Indians are accorded special honor on this day, and their rich cultures, accomplishments, contributions, and heritage are celebrated. Looking for books to celebrate Native American Heritage Month, click here.

DCHS Football Players Read to Eastside Elementary Students

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Superintendent Awards Night

DCHS hosted its annual Superintendent Awards Night to honor current sophomores who met the following criteria:

- Students must have been enrolled in, and completed the 9th grade in a Douglas County School.

- Students must have achieved an overall grade point average of 3.5.

- Students must have demonstrated appropriate school conduct.

We are honored to report that 133 students from the freshman class of 2021 met this requirement. The theme for the ceremony was Persistence and Perseverance. The awards ceremony was arranged by counselor, Mrs. Shay Barnby and the decorations were done by CTAE teacher and FBLA sponsor, Ms. Brenda Hence. We would like to give a special thanks to all of our counselors and support staff who made this night special for the students, parents, and special friends.

November 4th is...

National Candy Day

To celebrate National Candy Day on November 4th, we look at this delicious treat’s long history and its many forms. From bright colors to fun shapes and sizes-candy has always attracted us with its delightful flavors that are perfect any time!

The first recorded instance of candy making dates back to the 8th century in China, where sugar cane was boiled and the syrup was used to coat fruits and nuts. This treat quickly spread to other parts of Asia and the Middle East, where it became a popular item at festivals and celebrations. Candy eventually made its way to Europe in the Middle Ages, where it was initially used as a medicinal remedy for various ailments. However, it wasn’t long before people began to enjoy candy for its taste and not just its health benefits. By the 17th century, candy was a common treat in Europe and the Americas. Early settlers made candy from maple syrup and honey in America.

Candy has come a long way since its humble beginnings. Today, all sorts of candy are available, from chocolate to gummies and everything in between.

November 4th History Highlights

1922 – The entrance to King Tutankhamen’s tomb was discovered in Egypt, in the Valley of the Kings, by English archaeologist Howard Carter.

1939 – First air-conditioned automobile (Packard) was exhibited, Chicago, Ill. The A/C option was available for $274 until 1941. WWII stopped the production of many luxury items. It wasn’t until 1953 that air conditioning was commercially available in cars again.

1979 – 500 Iranian “students” seized the US embassy, took 90 hostages (444 days) in the “Iran hostage crisis.”

2008 – Barack Obama became the first African American to win a US Presidential Election.

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DCHS vs. South Paulding tonight! Kickoff @ 7:30

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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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Parent Night 11/15/22 at 6pm

Dear Tiger Families:

As we prepare for the upcoming winter holiday breaks, we would like to take time to share with you our school performance data and solicit your input and thank you for your support.

We would like to extend the invitation for a parent meeting in the DCHS Theatre Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at 6:00pm.

We are always looking for ways that we can get better at improving our
school culture and get a pulse on the issues that matter to you.
Last school year, our district signed up to participate in a service called Satchel Pulse that will
send you regular, short, anonymous surveys making it quick and easy to
get your voice heard.

Please visit https://app.satchelpulse.com/parents?country=us to sign up.

Use the school ID code 722485 when prompted to join the school.



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Alana Andrews, a senior in the IB Diploma Programme, is a reliable, poised and positive student at DCHS. Alana is well on her way to soaring to greater heights! After graduation, Alana plans to attend Vanderbilt University or the University of Georgia and major in pre-med. Currently, she serves as the French Honor Society President, an IB Executive Committee Member, a Varsity Cheerleader, while also serving on the Superintendent's Student Advisory Council. Congratulations, Alana on this well-deserved award!

Faculty & Staff Recognition


It's time to apply for the IB magnet program for 2023-2024

DCHS hosted an IB Magnet Informational Meeting on October 27th for interested 8th grade students. If you are interested in a tour of the school and a shadow day, please don't hesitate to contact the IB Coordinator, Mr. Robert Bennett at robert.bennett@dcssga.org.

Magnet Application Link

Magnet Timeline

The deadline to apply to all magnet programs is Monday, December 12, 2022.

Please contact the DCHS IB Coordinator Robert Bennett at robert.bennett@dcssga.org for more information.


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See Mr. Cordell in Room 9307 of the Jim Steele Building to order your yearbook today!

Principal's Spotlight On...

Officer John Lee

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Officer Lee joined the DCHS Tiger Family in August and we are pleased to have him working alongside our staff and students. He genuinely cares about fostering a safe and orderly school climate while focusing on the well-being of our school community. He serves as a mentor to students in our Tiger Focus Mentoring Program. He plays a critical role in keeping our school safe each and every day and we sincerely appreciate the impact he is making at DCHS. We look forward to a continued partnership with Officer Lee!


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What is Superman's real name?

Last Week's Trivia Question:
How many pounds of candy corn are produced each year?

Answer: A whopping 35 million pounds of candy corn are made every year - amounting to about 9 billion pieces.


PSST!!...Parents and Students, do you want to know EVERYTHING happening in and around DCHS? Then click on this NEWS YOU CAN USE link for all announcements. Everything from fundraisers to tryouts to how to sign up for various sports and clubs! All the happenings can be found here!

Upcoming Dates

October 24-November 9: ASVAB Registration for Juniors & Seniors Only

November 4: DCHS vs. South Paulding @ DCHS. Kickoff 7:30

November 7-11 College Week (See flyer above)

November 8: Teacher Workday - No School for students

November 9: Apply to College Day

November 10: ASVAB Test Administration @ DCHS for those who registered

November 11: Veteran's Day - Celebrate staff members who serve or have served our country

November 11: Progress Reports for 13.5 weeks released online

November 15: Parent Night to review Performance Data and GMAS Support at 6pm

November 16: Lip Sync Battle

November 18: American Red Cross Blood Drive (See flyer above)

November 21-25 Thanksgiving Holidays - No School

December 5: Senior Field Trip - GA Aquarium (Pricing & add'l info coming soon)

December 9: Senior FAFSA Meeting 12:30-3:00 Multipurpose Room

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SAFETY UPDATE: Safety APP See it, Say it, Send it

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"See it, Say It, Send It" App Launch Allows Students to Anonymously Report Potential Threats

With the addition of a student app, Douglas County students are bringing safety to their fingertips. The added layer of school safety is called See It, Say it, Send It.

Sending a message through the anonymous app is quick and easy. First, students download the See It, Say it, Send It app. From there, students send a video, audio or text message. In their message, they can include anonymous information about potential school violence, drug use or bullying. When students use the app, sharing information with administrators is easier.

The app gives students a voice. Students can share information through the app, and parents can also use the phone or website to submit information. This accessibility allows pertinent information to be shared with those who need to know.

Director of School Discipline and Safety Management James Strong says this technology empowers students.

“See It, Say it, Send it not only empowers our students, but acts as an early warning system,” Strong says. “It facilitates reporting potentially dangerous situations and allows administrators to continue providing the best learning environment. This technology allows us to be more proactive in resolving matters before they ever become an issue.”

The student communications tool reflects the district’s efforts to improve safety in the school community.

“Meeting students where they are is critical,” Superintendent Trent North says. “Board members believe we must offer students a mobile way to interact with our district. Our students live in a digital generation and are redefining how we communicate. This app allows them to share critical information through text, picture messages, or video any time of day.”

Superintendent North encourages students to download the app. Along with school administrators, he sees the app as an additional way for students to share safety concerns.

Students can download the free app from Android, Apple, or Classlink. From there, they can submit a quick or detailed tip and follow the tip’s progress.

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.

13.5 weeks progress reports will be available online on Nov. 11th via the Infinite Campus Parent Portal for all students and parents to view. Progress reports will not be printed, so please create an IC Parent Portal account to keep track of your child's progress.

If you need help with Parent Portal, contact the Douglas County Help Desk at parent@dcssga.org or (770) 651-2330.

Click the link below for Instrucciones del portal para padres de Infinite Campus (Espanol)

Counselor's Corner

News from the Counseling Department!

Do you know your counselor? Your counselor is based upon your last name. 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 you 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

Parents, 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.


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We are honored to announce the Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards' Michelle Obama Award for Memoir!

The Michelle Obama Award for Memoir grants one young, promising writer a college scholarship of $10,000 and the opportunity to learn more about the publishing industry.

Penguin Random House is awarding this college scholarship as part of their work to provide creative writing scholarships of up to $10,000 each to five U.S. high school seniors nationwide. In addition, honorable mentions receive “creativity kits,” which include a selection of Penguin Random House titles and writing resources.

If you are a current high school senior who attends a public high school in the United States and are planning to attend college – either a two-year or four-year institution – you are eligible to apply at michelleobamabooks.com/scholarship. Apply soon because only the first 1,000 submissions will be accepted! Click here for the full press release.


Did you know there are 22 technical colleges in the state of Georgia? The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) offers technical education, custom business and industry training, and adult education programs. Chattahoochee Technical College is the largest technical college in Georgia with an enrollment that exceeded 14,000 students in the past academic year.

Find out why TCSG may be the right choice for your higher education by clicking this link.

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


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The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) will be administered at Douglas County High School. Registration for 11th and 12 grade students will begin on Monday, October 24th and end on Wednesday, November 9th. The registration form will be accessible via the Junior and Senior Google Classrooms. 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.


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.

Students can complete the Student Parking Application prior to visiting Mrs. Flanagan

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

Cost is $50 and it is 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.