November 10, 2014
November Board of Education Meeting- 11/11/14 at 6:30 PM
November 11, 2014 Regular Board Meeting at 6:30 PM
Board Room at the Central Offices at Beacon*
125 Electric Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030


* Please note that Central Offices have moved to the Beacon Municipal Center in downtown Decatur, and when construction is complete, the Center will house the Decatur Police Department, Decatur Active Living and Central Offices for City Schools of Decatur. Please park in the lot adjacent to the Beacon building, enter through the double doors facing Electric Avenue, and proceed to the Board Room. 

  • School Leadership Team (SLT) Work at Clairemont Elementary
  • Recognition of the Teachers of the Year and Announcement of the District TOTY
Other highlights of the November Board of Education Meeting include "Action Items" on the agenda: 
  • Decatur Housing Authority Request
  • Budget Amendment
  • Master Plan Decision for RMS and DHS

Please note that time for public comment is available near the beginning of each Board Meeting after the Spotlight.


Be sure to check out the Superintendent's Report- the sixth item on the agenda. This section is provided to inform the Board and the public about school district events and work conducted between Board meetings. It is helpful, up-to-date information on the inner workings of the school system. Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Edwards will highlight good news happening in the past month and provide updates on large scale projects.

Decatur High School Master Plan Options Now on Website
Visit the Decatur High School Master Plan site for the most recent products from the 11/3/14 Decatur High School Master Plan Community Meeting, including the Presentation of Master Plan Slides, Comments and Questions from the Community, and a video of the meeting.

Decatur High Community Forum 2 - November 3, 2014
Decatur High Community Forum 2 - November 3, 2014

Board of Education and City Commission Worksession Wednesday, 11/12/14 at 6:00 PM

The City Schools of Decatur Board of Education and the Decatur City Commission will meet together at City Hall on Wednesday, November 12 at 6:00 PM, to review of the draft Annexation Master Plan.


This public meeting held at City Hall will be available to view online through the streaming video service provided by the City of Decatur. You may tune in from home by following this link.


Last week, Dr. Edwards, Tom Sayre and Jeff Prine presented the City Schools of Decatur Enrollment Report and Annexation Feasibility Study to the Board of Education during the Worksession of November 5, 2014. You may download the presentation by following this link.


Volunteers Needed for Graduation Task Force

The Department of Exceptional Education is looking for community members to serve on a task force to study ways to increase our graduation rate for students with disabilities. This task force will meet several times this year to review data, identify root causes, and problem solve this important issue. Please email Heidi Whatley if you would like to serve on this task force.  


Heidi Whatley

Director of Exceptional Education and Pupil Services


Decatur High School Honors "Top Dogs"

Decatur High School's Top Dogs were honored in a ceremony for their outstanding effort and positive impact on classroom climate at DHS. Congratulations to all for making Decatur High School a better place to teach and learn!


DHS Journalism Staff Awarded Highest Honor at NSPA

Congratulations to Decatur High School's journalism staff who won scholastic journalism's highest award, the National Scholastic Press Association Pacemaker Award, for Carpe Diem on Saturday in Washington, D.C.! Additionally, Editor Meredith Broyles won first place for the national news story of the year. Exciting news for Decatur student media! 

German Exchange Program at Decatur High School

For the second time in two years, a group of English learners visited Decatur as part of a German exchange program. These twenty-five freshmen and two teachers came from Johannes-Turmair Gymnasium in Straubing, Germany and took part in the program entitled "Culture, Commerce, and Cuisine", where they studied historical, cultural, economic, and culinary aspects of Georgia for two weeks. These young people lived with ninth-grade DHS German learners, and these same DHS students will live with their German host families when the Americans visit in June of 2015. Johannes-Turmair Gymnasium, a high-achieving foreign language and science-focused high school, is Decatur High School's partner school through a memorandum of understanding between Georgia and Bavaria. 


November 18 at 7:00 PM, DHS German teacher, Brent Eickhoff, will recruit for a third round of exchange students made of up current RMS 8th graders. These students will exchange in 2015-2016 and take German I while concurrently learning Spanish or French as Decatur High School ninth graders.


What's Happening in Our Schools?  
Dates for Your Family Calendar

November 11, 2014 Veteran's Day

Winter Sports Community Night at 5:30 PM 

F.AVE 5th Grade Tybee Trip Info Night at 6:00 PM

Board of Education Meeting at 6:30 PM


November 12, 2014 

Joint Board of Education and Decatur City Commission Worksession on Annexation at 6:00 PM at City Hall


November 13, 2014

F.AVE Snack Chat about Counseling at 6:30 PM



November 14, 2014


Kate DiCamillo Author Visit 

Friday, November 14th, 7 pm; doors open at 6 pm

It's the moment you've all been waiting for! The grand finale of the 2014 On the Same Page program is a visit from Kate DiCamillo, author of the beloved book, Because of Winn DixieLocated in Presser Hall at Agnes Scott College. Doors open at 6 pm, and the event will be first come, first seated.


November 15, 2014






Saturday, November 15, 2014 * 7:00 - 11:00 p.m.

NEW LOCATION:Color Wheel, 508 Howard Avenue, Decatur with parking available at Glennwood Elementary School


Tickets are $25 in advance ($35 at the door).  Click here to purchase your DBB Bash tickets. 


Read more here.


November 17, 2014

F.AVE Book Fair begins


November 18, 2014

F.AVE 4th Grade Literary Caf� at 6:00 PM

Junior College Information Night at 6:30 PM

8th graders- Germany Exchange Program information session at 7:00 PM


November 19, 2014

8th graders visit Decatur High School- Freshman Orientation at 8:30 AM

F.AVE 5th Grade Literary Caf� at 6:00 PM 


November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Luncheon for Pre-K, 3rd and 5th Grades

Glennwood Celebrations of Learning for K and 1st

SLT Members Mix and Mingle at Beacon at 5:30 PM

Winnona Park Family Spaghetti Night seatings at 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM

Clairemont Family Engagement Night at 6:30 PM


November 24-28, 2014 

All schools and offices will be closed for Thanksgiving Break. We wish our staff, students and families a Happy Thanksgiving!


Read more about all the events happening in City Schools of Decatur!



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Courtney Burnett * 404.371.3601 x1033 * cburnett@csdecatur.net

Parent Contact: 

Heather Borowski * 404.371.3601 x1017 * hborowski@csdecatur.net

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In This Issue
Board of Education Meeting
Decatur High School Master Plan Options
Joint Worksession on Annexation
Task Force Members Needed
DHS Top Dogs
DHS Journalism Awards
DHS German Exchange Program
What's Happening in Our Schools?
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Decatur High School
Teacher of the Year
Bill Roberts
Special Education Teacher
Renfroe Middle School
Teacher of the Year
Suzanne Epting
6th Grade Humanities
4/5 Academy at Fifth Avenue
Teacher of the Year
Alison Eber
4th Grade Teacher
Winnona Park Elementary
Teacher of the Year
Merion Davis
Intervention Teacher
Oakhurst Elementary
Teacher of the Year
Courtney Hartnett
Teacher of the Gifted
Glennwood Elementary
Teacher of the Year
Dee Anna Rittenhouse
Library Media Specialist
Clairemont Elementary
Teacher of the Year
Alyson Barrera
Spanish Teacher
College Heights ECLC
Teacher of the Year
Aaron Luke
Pre-K Teacher