DHS Weekly Update

Thursday, December 8, 2022


DHS Families,

We are part of a very diverse community both inside and outside the schools. During this time of year, I am reminded of that diversity. Between November 1st and January 15, there are approximately 29 holidays observed by all of the world's major religions! Here is a resource that helps me really understand the meaning of Happy Holidays! - https://seramount.com/resources/diversity-holiday-calendar-2022/.

Our drama and musical theater students have been working on two productions ("Letters to Sala" and "Sound of Music") this semester which involve World War II, the Holocaust, and Nazis. Our students prepared for this production through research and education by these incredible organizations (The Georgia Commsision for the Holocaust (https://holocaust.georgia.gov/) and The Breman Museum (www.thebreman.org), as well as the life-changing presentation from Holocaust survivor, Mr. Hershel Greenblat. Because of these relationships, the drama department was invited to have a closed show of "Letters to Sala" for invited guests of the Breman Museum in January. A huge thank you to Mr. Greenblat for coming to talk to our students and for inviting us to perform for this audience!

As we look ahead to December, just a reminder that we have school thru Dec. 20th and students come back to school on Jan. 5th. The schedule is below:

  • Dec. 19th - odd day
  • Dec. 20th - even day
  • Jan. 5th - even day
  • Jan. 6th - odd day

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Rochelle L. Lofstrand, Principal

Decatur High School

Decatur High School Presents: The Sound of Music

Come out and enjoy the show!

December 8, 9, 10 at 7:00pm

December 11 at 2:00pm

Adults $15

Students $12

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Transfers to Decatur Virtual Academy

The window is now open for students grades 3-12 to transfer to Decatur Virtual Academy (DVA) for the Spring 2023 semester.

To allow adequate time to complete online courses, the registration deadline for Spring semester enrollment is December 20, 2022. From October 7th until December 20th, families may request a transfer to online learning for the Spring Semester by completing this form.

Space is limited. Once we are full, families will be on a wait list. This form only can be completed by a parent or guardian who has educational rights for a CSD student. Once the form is completed, Ms. Whatley will schedule a time to discuss courses, attendance policy, and let you know if there is space for your student.

Please review the Decatur Virtual Academy Handbook prior to speaking with Ms. Whatley (hwhatley@csdecatur.net).

G.E.N.T.S. Club Coat Drive

The GENTS (Gentlemen Excelling with the Necessary Tools to Succeed) Club is partnering with Atlanta Mission to host a coat drive December 5-20. Atlanta Mission is the city's largest and longest-running provider of services to homeless men, women and children.

Bring/send in your clean men's, women's, and children's coats with no rips or stains. Your donation will provide assistance to individuals and families at Atlanta Mission.

Thank you!

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Movie Night - Sponsored by DHS Career Association Club

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Parent's Night Out - Sponsored by DHS Cheerleaders

The DHS Cheerleaders are hosting a Parent's Night Out to raise funds to support the DHS cheer program.

If your child is in grades Pre-K - 5 and you would like a few hours to have dinner, shop, and/or meet with friends, let us help! Sign up today for the parent’s night out!

Night Out date: December 16, 2022, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Location: DHS Media Center, Commerce Drive entrance/Bus Loop

Drop-off begins at 4:50 pm

Pick-Up is from 7:45 - 8:00 pm

Cost: $40

Payment Information (we apologize for the inconvenience, but we are unable to accept credit cards):

  • Option 1: Please bring cash, check, or money order to the Wilson Center (125 Electric Avenue) Thursday, December 1st - Monday, December 12th, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm.

  • Option 2: Drive up option. Please bring cash, check, or money order to DHS (driveway under the spaceship on McDonough St.) on December 8 from 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm.

Click here to sign up. Please contact Ashaki Stinson (astinson@csdecatur.net) or Saadia Foy (sfoy@csdecatur.net) if you have any questions.

CSD Athletics News and Updates

IMPORTANT CORRECTION: DHS Track & Field Interest Meeting (Dec. 14)

An Interest Meeting for all HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS interested in participating in Track & Field this Spring will be held on Wednesday, December 14. The meeting will be in the DHS Cafeteria after school at 3:45 pm. Please contact Coach Souther (msouther@csdecatur.net) with any questions. A parent meeting will be held after tryouts in January. Be on the lookout for information about middle school track & field soon.

Next DBB Meeting: Dec. 12

Decatur Bulldog Boosters is made up of parents and guardians who plan fun events, build Bulldog spirit and raise money to support 750 student athletes on 25 teams representing 17 sports at DHS and BHMS. We’re always looking to expand our team. Join us at our next meeting in the DHS Performing Arts Center (PAC) hospitality suite at 6:30 p.m.

DHS Baseball Tryout Information

Baseball tryouts for the DHS team will begin on January 9. Tryouts will take place at McKoy Park.

If you have not already, please communicate with Coach Radcliff (vradcliff@csdecatur.net) so that you can be added to the Google Classroom.

Reminder: All students must have an updated medical profile in DragonFly in order to participate.

Next PTSA Meeting

Join us at our next meeting on Thursday, December 15th at 6:00pm. Check the school calendar for meeting details.


Next SLT Meeting

Join us at our next meeting on December 13th at 4:30pm. Check the school calendar for meeting details.


Good Troublemaker Award

The late Congressman John Lewis was known for his famous plea to all humans fighting for social justice. “Speak up, speak out, get in the way. Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul of America.” Who in this district, or in your building, has actions that speak louder than their words when it comes to being a good troublemaker for equity? Honor them by telling us more about their actions as champions for equitable educational outcomes in CSD.

Nominate someone else or yourself for the Good Equity Troublemaker Award here by Sunday, January 8, 2023, at 11:59 PM. Contact Anthony Downer at adowner@csdecatur.net with any questions or for more info.

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F.Ave PTO Summer Camp Exposition

Join us Saturday, December 10th from 10a-2p in the Multipurpose room at F.Ave to learn about the summer camps offered from several vendors in the Decatur area. Featured camps include options for kids from Pre-K through 12th Grade!

This event is free for the public. There will be a raffle for some fun camp prizes and a digital Summer Camp Planning Guide will also be available for families

Community Partner Announcements and Updates

Decatur Farm to School

Are you interested in growing your school garden program or improving student access to fresh fruits and vegetables? The Decatur Farm to School Committee is accepting new members for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year. In addition to general volunteers, the committee is specifically looking for "School Garden Liaisons" from each CSD school. If this sounds like you or someone you know, learn more and sign-up here.

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If you have a K-5th grade student, you likely saw our flyer last week that shows all the ways in which a donation to DEF can help Decatur students. We are not only working to solve the problems that our kids face, we’re also in the business of creating possibilities for students to reach their full potential. We cannot do that without the support of the community. You can help us with a year-end contribution in any amount (every dollar counts), at www.decatureducationfoundation.org/donate. Together we can make a difference for #OurKids! Thank you for your support.

Another way to give: You can donate to our Lighten the Load program which keeps the snack pantry stocked at Beacon Hill Middle School. For those families in our community experiencing food insecurity, we also have a weekend backpack program. Both have unique Amazon wish lists that are updated monthly. You can donate directly to them using these links:

Beacon Hill Middle Snack Program: /a.co/d0HJHTr

Weekend Backpack Program: https://a.co/6Etc74W

Run With the Dogs (RWTD) 2023 registration is now open!

Register TODAY for Run With the Dogs (RWTD) 2023!

Join us on Saturday, January 28, 2023, for Run With the Dogs, a Decatur tradition now in its 19th year.

We’re back at Beacon Hill Middle School for the 5K and Pup Trot, and we are pleased to announce that this year’s race is an official qualifying event for the Peachtree Road Race!

We are also pleased to announce that our Face of the Race winner is Tuck the Pug! Thank you to everyone who submitted your dogs for the contest, and thanks for voting. Register TODAY to make sure you get a long-sleeved T-shirt with this adorable little guy.

Run With the Dogs is an annual fundraiser of the Decatur Bulldog Boosters and supports the athletic programs at Decatur High School and Beacon Hill Middle School. For more information and to register for the race, click here.