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North Decatur Elementary School Awarded NASA In-Flight Educational Downlink Event
NASA Educational Downlink Press Release

North Decatur Elementary School (NDES) has been awarded a once-in-a-lifetime NASA in flight educational downlink event on Monday, February 7 from noon to 2:00 p.m.

Students at NDES will ask prerecorded questions to the Expedition 66 astronauts on the International Space Station. Astronauts will listen to the videos in space and then respond live on NASA TV or NASA Live during the virtual event. Students will be given the opportunity to learn more about what it is like to live and work in space. Our hope is to inspire the next generation of explorers, the Artemis generation. We want to ensure America will continue to lead in space exploration and discovery.

NASA Educational Downlink logo

Watch the livestream on NASA TV, or on NASA’s YouTube channel during this virtual event, or join us in the North Decatur gymnasium the day of the event. To enhance the event, our North Decatur Elementary community will be creating a life size mock-up of the International Space Station in our gymnasium. Inside this space station mock up, students will be making presentations about living and working in space.

Please take a moment to read our NASA press release for additional details.

Youth Worker Cafe Virtual Event

Mark your calendars for Thursday, February 10, 2022, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for our Youth Worker Cafe virtual event, Left to Their Own Devices. Evidence indicates today that youth ages eight to 18 are spending an average of almost 11 hours a day (including multi-tasking) linked to media and technology. 85 to 90 percent of middle school students have access to a mobile device. Yet despite all the conveniences and access these trends provide, increasing evidence is suggesting that this tech culture is not supporting healthy physical, psychological, social, and spiritual development. Understanding how we got here and where we should go is critical for all. For more information, including what you will learn, speakers, to register, and more, please see the youth worker cafe February 10, 2022 flyer.

COVID-19 Policy Updates

Decatur County Community Schools is modifying COVID-19 isolation and quarantine protocols to align with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) guidelines. Please see our COVID-19 policy updates below for the key changes.