News

Our teachers and students are making headlines, and we want to share all the great news with you! We will keep this page updated with important announcements, news stories, and student shout-outs. Please check back often, and help us celebrate our school’s many achievements.

Teachers and Support Staff of the Year

We are so lucky to have amazing teachers and support staff at all our schools. Congratulations to our teachers of the year and support staff of the year. Thank you for all you do for our students!

SDES

Teacher of the Year: Lela Jayne
Support Staff of the Year: Joyce Fogle

SDHS

Teacher of the Year: Pam Sweasy

Support Staff of the Year: Cathy Pittman

NDES

Teacher of the Year: Dottie Hellmich
Support Staff of the Year: Marvin Mills

NDHS

Teachers of the Year: Brian Ingmire, Betsy Litmer, and Angie Parmer

Support Staff of the Year: Sandy Albrand, Wendy Bohman, and Connie Krieger

School In Session

We would like to remind you that school will be in session on Thursday, March 22 and on Friday, March 23 due to snow make-up days. Thank you!

Decatur County United Fund Supports Young Inventors

The Decatur County United Fund recently awarded a $5000 grant to the Decatur County Community School Corporation for the 2018 Camp Invention Program. Please see the press release. Camp Invention is a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the future of innovation and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The program is open to any child entering grades K-6, regardless of school district, and will be at North Decatur Elementary School from June 11 through June 15 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. each day.

You can find registration and additional information, as well as other camp experiences offered in nearby communities, on the Camp Invention website, or by calling (800) 968.4332. Please note that you must call to enroll your child to receive a scholarship (children will not receive scholarships if enrolled online.)

Decatur County Community Schools. Staff holds check for 5,000 from United Funds made out to Decatur County Schools.

Immunization Update for Juniors

Before entering 12th grade, your child will need some additional vaccines. Required, per state law, are two doses of Hepatitis A and two doses of Meningitis (MCV4). Optional vaccines at this time are Meningitis B and HPV. To help provide a convenience to parents, we have partnered with Decatur County Memorial Hospital to complete these required vaccines for your child at school during school hours. We mailed letters home Thursday, March 1 with additional information. If this is something you would like for your child, please fill out the two required forms and have them return to school by Friday, March 9. Right now, we do not have a date/time set, but will most likely be the last week of April. Continue checking your email and newsletter for more information! If you do not wish for your child to receive vaccines, religious and medical exemption forms are in the clinic. Feel free to e-mail Mrs. McCamment with any questions or call her at (812) 591.3330.

FAFSA Help Session

Attention, seniors! Please remember that you must file the FAFSA by March 10. There is no exception to this deadline. Every student planning to take classes next year needs to file the FAFSA. The FAFSA determines financial aid and student loans.

We will host a FAFSA help session on Thursday, February 22 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the school library. This is an open house format, and you can attend at any time between 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Please bring your tax return and any questions you may have to this help session. Representatives from InvestED will be here to answer all questions and help you complete your FAFSA. If you have yet to file the FAFSA, this is a great opportunity to do so.

Incoming Seniors 2018-2019 Vaccination Requirements

Do you have a senior for the 2018-2019 school year? Check out these vaccination requirements.

  • 2nd MCV4 (meningococcal) vaccine before the start of your senior year
  • Two doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine on file

We will send letters home before spring break to any student that is missing their hepatitis A vaccinations. We will also send home a letter to all incoming seniors in May reminding them of their 2nd meningococcal vaccination.

 If you do not wish to vaccinate your child, religious and medical exemption forms are located in the clinic. If you have any questions and/or would like a copy of your child's immunization record, please call 812.591.3330, or visit our Health Services page.

New Honor Society Members

National Honor Society (NHS) and National Jr. Honor Society (NJHS) inducted 66 new members on January 19, 2018, bringing their total members to 49 for NHS and 68 for NJHS. In order to be a member, students must have been at SDHS for at least two consecutive semesters, have a GPA of at least 3.5 (without rounding), and be involved in, at least, one other extracurricular activity. Congratulations to these awesome students!

South Decatur Jr./Sr. High School Achieves Level Two Certification In Marzano High Reliability Schools

HRS High Reliability Schools Marzano Network Level 2 Certified logoSouth Decatur Jr./Sr. High School is pleased to announce the achievement of level two certification in Marzano High Reliability SchoolsTM. Level two certification means South Decatur Jr./Sr. High School has established “effective teaching in every classroom,” which focuses on the responsibility of both school leaders and teachers in ensuring high-quality instruction. SDHS is one of only 56 schools in the country to receive a level two certification.

The high reliability school (HRS) program was created by Marzano Research to help transform schools into organizations that take proactive steps to ensure student success. Using a research-based five-level hierarchy, along with leading and lagging indicators, educators learn to assess, monitor, and confirm the effectiveness of their schools.

Please take a moment to read more about this achievement in our level two certification press release.

Harmony Updates

We recently updated our family communication network, Harmony. Harmony 3 Family Access offers some great, new features. Now parents can access multiple student accounts with only one login and even register their children for classes online. If you have not yet set up a new Harmony account, we encourage you to do so. 

Simply have your Webcode handy, and follow the instructions in our Harmony reference guide. If you need help or don’t remember your Webcode, please contact Jill Richards

Welcome to Our New Website

We are pleased to welcome you to our new and improved, responsive (mobile friendly) website. We are grateful to the many district and school staff members who worked together to envision a website that reflects how much we care about our students. Our partnership with School Webmasters has made our vision a reality. Working with School Webmasters also helps us keep our websites ADA compliant for those with disabilities. We hope you’ll check back in with us often!

Thirteen Reasons Why

The Netflix series 13 Reasons Why debuted on March 31, 2017 and is trending nationally (as well as in our school community). It is a 13-hour series depicting graphic themes of suicide, bullying, sexual assault, drug use, and other social issues. Though the show is very popular amongst students, it is generating concern among mental health experts. Dan Reidenberg, executive director of Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) says, “The show does not address mental illness or present viable alternatives to suicide.”

The South Decatur High School Guidance Department would like to encourage parents to review this popular series and be aware of the issues it depicts. Talk with your teenager about its content and encourage them to seek help when needed. Though the show often romanticizes suicide, it is never the answer to difficult circumstances! Parents can also utilize the resources and talking points from the JED Foundation and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) about the show.

If you are concerned about a student at SDHS, let a counselor or staff member know. Anonymous support is also available at Suicide.org or through Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273.TALK.