MSD OF DECATUR TOWNSHIP
DISTRICT NEWSLETTER - March 2023
A MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
Dear Decatur Township Families,
The month of March brings much welcomed warmer weather with the beginning of spring, and also an important time of year for testing in the State of Indiana. Our juniors at DCHS and DTSE will be taking the SAT this Thursday, March 2nd, and our 3rd graders take the IREAD-3 the week of March 13th. Thank you for supporting your children at home with a good night’s rest, breakfast, and stressing the importance of doing their personal best on these assessments. It is also time to start planning for the 2023-2024 school year! Registration for returning students will be available at decaturproud.org beginning on Monday, March 6th. Also, please help us spread the word to your friends and neighbors that new student and Kindergarten enrollment will also open on March 6th.
Congratulations to our performing arts groups and our winter sports teams on their successful winter seasons! Just last weekend, several DC Band members attended the ISSMA state finals solo and ensemble contest, all achieving gold medalist ratings! Also, freshman swimmer Isaiah Winko qualified and competed in the State Finals in the 200 IM! Success breeds success, and we look forward to seeing our Hawks shine in upcoming spring competitions and performances.
Continuing our journey through the E + R = O Mindset, the sixth discipline is to “Build Skill.” Building skill in any endeavor requires three commitments: Choose the Mindset; Do the Work; and Be Coachable. Attitude is everything, and choosing to bring a positive, growth mindset approach is a key factor to do the work to achieve excellence. Along the way, the feedback we receive on our strengths and weaknesses challenges us to improve. I encourage you to speak to your child about the importance of being open to and acting on feedback from teachers and other adults to grow and build skill.
March includes recognition for more of our outstanding Decatur Township staff members, including our maintenance staff and school social workers. Maintenance Worker Appreciation Day is Friday March 3rd, and our maintenance staff works hard to keep our school environments running smoothly. National School Social Worker Week is March 5-11, and we appreciate their commitment to meeting the basic needs of our students and families. THANK YOU to our maintenance team and social workers! We value your role in our district.
Please also note that Spring Break begins with no school on Friday, March 24th and extends through Friday, March 31st. School reconvenes on Monday, April 3rd. Students and staff look forward to enjoying this well-deserved opportunity to rest and renew as we gear up for the last two months of the school year!
Together we are Decatur Proud!
MSD of Decatur Township
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Board Meeting Recognition
At the MSD Decatur Township School Board Meeting on February 14, 2023, the Decatur Middle School 7th Grade Boys Basketball Team was recognized for their outstanding season. Dr. Stephanie Hofer, Assistant Superintendent, congratulated the team and coaches on their 18-3 season and their tremendous individual and team growth. They capped the season off strong with a dominating performance, winning the Junior Mid-State Conference Championship!
Back Row L to R: Dr. Matt Prusiecki (Superintendent), LaVell Love, Blake Williams, Eli Stevens, Coach Nick Canavan
Front Row L to R: Sam Akintomide, Brayden Bravens, Quintyn Voltz, Xavier Couch, Mrs. Judy Collins (School Board President)
Back Row L to R: Dr. Matt Prusiecki, Julian Martinez, Eli Swain, Hunter Harvey, Nash Sigmund, Coach Jill Meerman, School Board President Judy Collins.
Front Row L to R: Steven Campbell, Avery Mourer, Makeil Baker
Dr. Hofer and the School Board also commended the Decatur Central Athletic Program for being named a 2022 recipient of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Program Award at the Exemplary Level. This award is presented in an effort to recognize and commend excellence in the implementation and administration of outstanding high school athletic programs in order to encourage measurement, planning, and goal setting aimed at continuous improvement. To qualify for this recognition, Mr. Dixson, DCHS Athletic Director, successfully completed the required training and presented evidence of existing policies, practices and procedures that met the suggested criteria within ten Quality Program Assessment categories. Mr. Dixson recognized the team effort with Assistant Athletic Director, Derrek Staton and Decatur Middle School Athletic Director, Missy Harvey-Simms, along with the coaches in both programs. Congratulations to our DCHS Athletic Program for receiving this national honor and the first from Indiana!
L to R: Dr. Prusiecki, Missy Harvey-Simms, Justin Dixson, Derrek Staton, Judy Collins
New head coaches at Decatur Central High School, were also approved by the School Board.
Mr. Myles Koenig was introduced as Head Girls Soccer Coach. Also, Ms.Tandace Joseph was introduced as the Head Girls Volleyball Coach at DCHS.
Congratulations to both Ms. Joseph and Mr. Koenig, and we look forward to your work with our student athletes!
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DCHS/Gleaners Food Pantry
Decatur Township Families,
Dry and fresh food items will be available for drive thru pick-up for any families with children enrolled in MSD of Decatur Township Schools!
When: Selected Thursdays 11:30AM – 12:50PM (dates below)
Where: DCHS, Door 1
How to apply: Complete the intake form below and submit! (required for each distribution date) The form must be completed by the Tuesday before the pick date. 2023 days have been updated on the google form.
Click Here to complete the form.
Mark your calendars for additional pick-up dates this semester:
Tobacco, E-Cigarette, & Vaping Diversion Program
Decatur Township School Police Department, (DTSPD), in collaboration with the Drug Free Coalition, is excited to offer a new diversion program for students found to be in possession of tobacco products, e-cigarettes, and or vaping devices. DTSPD has also partnered with our local courts in an effort to minimize the use of these products and devices on our campuses. Our students, if found with the aforementioned items, would be in violation of Indiana Code 35-46-1-10.5, Minor in Possession of a Tobacco Product or an Electronic Cigarette or 7.1-5-12-8 Smoking in a Prohibited Area. Each of these would be met with an Indiana citation, also known as a “Uniform Traffic Ticket,” (UTT). When submitted to the courts, the cost of the ticket for this violation is $170.50. This is an actual ticket and will affect your license or the ability to obtain one if left unpaid.
Our objective however, is not to create financial hardship, but to have an opportunity to educate students and families on the dangers of vaping and tobacco products. Twice per month, DTSPD officers will present a 1-hour class for students who have opted to accept the terms of the diversion program. The cost of the class for a student attending alone is $75.00. If a student attends the class with a parent or guardian, the class is discounted at a cost of $25.00. Upon the completion of the class, the UTT, or citation, will not be referred to the courts, and there will be no record of the violation. A student may only participate in the program once per school year, and only twice throughout their entire school career.
2022-2023 SCHOOL FEES
Please make arrangements with your school's Treasurer to pay any fees you may owe. Or, you may pay online here.
Daily Rate $25.00
Monthly Rate $450.00
Annual Cost $4,500.00
Supply Fee $50.00
Daily Rate $10.50
Monthly Rate $189.00
Annual Cost $1,890
Supply Fee $25.00
KG - $181
Grade 1 - $186
Grade 2 - $186
Grade 3 - $181
Grade 4 - $181
Grade 5 - $181
Grade 6 - $176
$128 plus course/consumable fees (varies based on student schedule)
$118 plus course/consumable fees (varies based on student schedule)