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News from Principal Mark Joyner

May 18, 2022

Parents and Guardians of rising 11th and 12th grade IB (International Baccalaureate) Students, Please read this message from our IB Coordinator, Ms. Bracewell.

Dear Parents of DHHS IB Diploma Programme students, rising grades 11 & 12:

 

I hope that everyone is well and I know that everyone is ready for this much-needed break!

 

Please be aware that all IB rising grades 11 and 12 students will have summer work for their IB classes starting in the fall. This work is required for continuance in the IB-most work at the start of the school year will be based on summer assignments and students who have not done them will not be able to start their classwork.

 

I'm attaching the link where the work can be found-seniors should be aware of their classes. Rising juniors will have work for History, English ToK, French or Spanish, math and their elective (either psychology, Visual Art or Film.)

 

There is a fair amount of work and we highly suggest that students, after taking some time off for a week or so, create a plan to get their summer work completed on time without too much stress. The lesson in time management will be invaluable for the remainder of their time in high school as well as for college. You should also check to see if you have any questions-most teachers will not be available over the break and so you will want to reach out with your questions before May 23. 

 

If, you decide that IB is not the right course for your family, no worries! Please contact counseling for a reschedule but also make sure to check for any AP summer work your child may need to complete in that case.

 

Thank you again and have a wonderful break-we will see you all in August!

Summer work link:

 

https://www.druidhillshs.dekalb.k12.ga.us/APandIBSummerAssignments.aspx

AP and IB Summer Assignments - Druid Hills High School

Anne Bracewell

IB Coordinator

Druid Hills High School

April 19, 2022

Druid Hills High School is excited to offer a Summer Credit Recovery program from June 6th to June 30th. Classes will be held Monday through Thursday from 8:00am – 4:00pm.

 

This program will allow students to receive one Carnegie unit for a course he/she/they failed during the 2021-2022 school year. Courses to be offered include Coordinate Algebra, Geometry, Civics, World Geography, U.S. History, Literature 9, and American Literature.

 

The program is free of charge. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all participants. Transportation will also be provided to students residing within the Druid Hills High School attendance area. Students participating in an End of Course-tested subject will take the exam during the Summer Administration (June 27 - 30).

 

Please be aware that students will be held to high standards regarding attendance and behavior during the credit recovery program. Due to the intensive nature of our program, any student absent or tardy for more than two days will be withdrawn from the program. Additionally, students will be withdrawn from the program with their second behavior referral.

 

The Druid Hills Summer Credit Recovery program presents an incredible opportunity for our students to remain on track with their graduation requirements. Please contact the Main Office with any questions.

 

Please complete the DHHS Summer Credit Recovery form to sign-up for the program.

March 7, 2022

We will host virtual parent-teacher conferences this Thursday from 4:30 - 6:30. 

 

Conferences will be set for 15-minute increments. 

 

You should receive emails from your student's teachers this week with sign-up information. You may also email your teachers for more information. 

 

Teacher contact information may be found here - https://www.druidhillshs.dekalb.k12.ga.us/Staff.aspx

March 1, 2022

We are excited to announce that PROM is happening this year!

 

Prom will be held at the Emory Conference Center on Saturday May 7th from 7 pm - 11 pm. Tickets are $70. Students are allowed a maximum of 2 tickets (one for the student, one for a guest).

 

Juniors who have paid dues and seniors who have paid the all-inclusive dues already have 1 ticket allotted to them. Seniors who pay the all-inclusive dues by Friday April 22 will still receive a prom ticket as part of their package.

 

In order to buy AND receive a ticket, you (and your prom date) will each need to have a signed prom contract.

  • Print your copy HERE

  • Once the contract is signed, see Mr. Hardnett in 201A to buy your ticket(s).

  • Tickets will be sold starting Thursday March 3rd to Friday May 6th.

  • Prom contracts can also be picked up in the following locations:

Main Building : Front Office, 201A, 107A, 208A

Math/Science : Discipline Office, 212C, 402C

  • Ticket distribution will occur the week before prom

TRAFFIC NOTICE: There will be road construction on Haygood Drive for the next several weeks. Please expect delays due to traffic.

February 25, 2022

DCSD has adjusted their guidance re: visitors to schools. Please read :

 

In an effort to further recognize the importance of our parents and community members to the overall success of our schools, the District’s guidelines are being adjusted to allow visitors to enter facilities. The general district-wide restrictions are lifted. (Refer to Board Policy KM: Visitors to School.)

 

To mitigate the risks of transmission of COVID-19 in our community, the DeKalb County School District is committed to maintaining safety and health policies and protocols throughout the school district. Visitors accessing school facilities are expected to adhere to these policies and protocols. 

 

In accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance, all visitors are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 and must adhere to DeKalb County School District’s established safety protocols and wear a mask appropriately covering the mouth and nose while on campus. Prior to entry, all visitors should be free of COVID-19 symptoms

 

Definition of Visitor: Visitors, in general, are not active members of DeKalb County School District’s faculty, staff, or student populations.

 

Disclaimer: The District will continue to monitor conditions and data provided by the Department of Public Health (DPH), the DeKalb County Board of Health (DBOH), and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Decisions will be made in collaboration with the Medical Advisory Committee and Learning and Leading with Excellence Team (formerly the COVID-19 Think Tank). 

January 9, 2022

Good Afternoon DHHS Parents and Guardians,

We are excited to welcome our students back to campus for face2face instruction starting tomorrow, Monday, Jan 10.

 

  • Please remind and encourage your student to properly wear his/her mask at all times when indoors. Now more than ever, proper mask etiquette is important to maintaining a safe teaching and learning environment. Students who do not comply with these expectations will face disciplinary consequences:

    • 1st offense - warning

    • 2nd offense - phone call home 

    • 3rd offense - suspension

 

  • Please have your students bring headphones to use with their Chromebook. The school has a limited supply of headphones, and we will supply those students in need.

 

  • Lunches - we will follow our "inclement weather lunch schedule" for at least the next week. This schedule has 1/2 of the students eating lunch in the cafeteria and 1/2 eating lunch in their classroom. This is an effort to maintain safe social distances while students are unmasked during their lunch period.

 

  • Monday, January 17th is Martin Luther King Jr. Day - no school

January 5, 2022

Good morning DHHS parents and guardians,

We are aware many students are having difficulty with login this morning.  The district server is having some difficulty.  We are unable to reset passwords at this time because of the server problems. Students will not be penalized for not being able to login.

 

Students should continue to try logging in as the server will be up and running at some point in time. If your student needs a password reset, please contact the school 678-874-6303 to request a reset.  We may or may not be able to assist depending on the status of the district server.  

We appreciate your patience.

January 4, 2022

Dear DHHS Parents and Guardians,

We are excited to see our students virtually tomorrow. Students may access their class schedules through Infinite Campus. Students are expected to be in their virtual classrooms on time. Teachers will be taking attendance. 

 

Daily Bell Schedule 

 

Virtual Class Links

 

We are expecting there will be some hiccups with students trying to access classes tomorrow. Teachers will be patient and flexible with students - try not to stress. 

 

If you need assistance with accessing classes please call 678-874-6303 (please be patient with us, as our call load will be heavy).

January 3, 2022

Dear DHHS Parents and Guardians,

Students will attend classes virtually this Wednesday through Friday, and they are expected to return to face2face on Monday, Jan. 10th.

 

Teachers will be emailing you and your students with links for their online classes.  I will send you a comprehensive list of class links tomorrow, and the comprehensive list will also be posted to the DHHS website.

 

Our daily schedule for Wednesday through Friday  is HERE

Students can access their schedules for Spring semester by logging into Infinite Campus.

Schedule changes will only be made for graduation purposes, empty periods, incorrect class placement, classes where credit has already been earned, and teacher-approved classes (ie WBL, Cross Keys, Dual Enrollment, etc.). Please see the counseling website for the lists of Core and Non-core classes by period, in order to request the appropriate classes according to periods.  If your student needs a schedule change, please complete THIS FORM

We truly appreciate your patience and understanding as we get this new semester started in the virtual format.

January 2, 2022

DHHS Parents and Guardians,

Two quick updates - 

  1. Make-Up Final Exams - Students who were absent on Thursday, 12/16 and or Friday, 12/17 may need to make-up final exams.  Teachers will be in touch in the next couple of days to explain make-up expectations.  Not all classes took final exams, and teachers will have various formats and expectations for if / when / and how students will need to make-up.

  2. Technology/Chromebooks - Students in need of technology/Chromebook assistance should contact Mr. Alexander, larrando_alexander@dekalbschoolsga.org 678-874-6442.

 

Please stay tuned for more information regarding our daily class schedule for virtual learning Wednesday - Friday.

December 31, 2021

Dear DHHS Parents and Guardians,

Happy New Year 2022!!

 

DCSD will host virtual learning next week.  I will email you additional details in the next few days.  Here are the current details: 

  • No school on Monday, Jan 3 or Tuesday, Jan 4

  • Virtual Learning Wednesday, Jan 5 through Friday, Jan 7.Your child should have their DCSD Chromebook at home.

  • Teachers will email students with meeting links for virtual learning days.

  • Free breakfast and lunch can be picked up curbside at Druid Hills High School Jan 5 - 7

  • In-person learning is expected to begin Monday, January 10.

 

We appreciate your patience as we work to ensure everyone's safe return to school.  

December 16, 2021

Dear Parents:

 

The purpose of this communication is to inform you that the school administration was made aware last night of an online threat against Druid Hills High School.  The School Resource Officer, the District’s Public Safety Department, and school administration moved immediately to investigate and respond to the threat while ensuring the safety of Druid Hills students and staff.  Additionally, all elements of the District’s Code of Student Conduct and/or applicable laws will be used appropriately to address the individual that made the threat.

 

The safety of our students is paramount.  The purpose of this communication is to inform you of this incident so that we can work together to make sure that all students are kept safe while they are in school, while they are traveling to and from school, and while they are home.  Several students and parents notified administration – thank you.  We ask that you continue to encourage your children to report any suspicious activity to you and the school, and that you speak to your children about the potential serious consequences that can occur when threats against a school and/or student body are made, even if they are in jest.  We appreciate your continued support, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.  Thank you.

September 7, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

DHHS will host our Fall 2021 Virtual Curriculum Night this Thursday, 9.9.21, 6:00 - 7:35.  Curriculum night is an opportunity for parents/guardians to meet their student's teachers and learn about the curriculum and classroom expectations.

Parents and guardians will attend virtual meetings with their student's teachers - following their student's daily schedule.

Schedule:

1st Pd: 6:00 - 6:20 (A Day 6:00 - 6:10; B Day 6:10 - 6:20)

2nd Pd: 6:25 - 6:45 (A Day 6:25 - 6:35; B Day 6:25 - 6:45)

3rd Pd: 6:50 - 7:10 (A Day 6:50 - 7:00; B Day 7:00 - 7:10)

4th Pd: 7:15- 7:35 ( A Day 7:15 - 7:25; B Day 7:25 - 7:35)

Teachers with A / B Day schedules will provide links for additional information as their meeting times have been condensed.

Teachers will be emailing parents meeting links (and passwords if needed).  I will email you a comprehensive meeting links spreadsheet on Thursday prior to Curriculum Night.

Teachers will be recording their meetings and posting on virtual classroom sites for parents to view at a later time if needed.

We look forward to seeing you (virtually) this Thursday!!

August 5, 2021

Dear Druid Hills High School Parents and Guardians:

 

Our first week at DHHS has been fantastic. The students, faculty and staff have had a great week so far. 

 

Please read and take action on the following items -

 

COVID SAFETY - Our number one mitigation strategy to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is proper MASKing. Please speak with your student about the importance of properly wearing their mask while indoors and on the school bus. We are consistently reminding students to properly wear masks and your support is greatly appreciated. Please check-out the DCSD policy and procedure re: Progressive Discipline-Mask Wearing.

 

Ill Students - Do NOT send your child(ren) to school if they are experiencing any symptoms of illness including, but not limited to - sore throat, runny nose, cough, headache, fever, recent loss of sense of smell or taste. Please keep your child(ren) home and have them tested for COVID prior to returning to school. 

 

TECHNOLOGY - All students will be required to use a DCSD Chromebook or personal laptop or personal Chromebook. Cell phones and tablets are NOT to be used in place of a Chromebook or computer. All students and parents need to complete the following form.

 

DHHS is receiving new Chromebooks for all students. The first shipment arrives this week and will be distributed to 9th and 10th graders on Monday and Tuesday. 11th and 12th graders are encouraged to BYOT (bring your own technology). 11th and 12th graders will receive their DCSD Chromebooks as soon as they are delivered to DHHS. All students have access to DCSD WIFI for district and personal devices.

 

MEDIA RELEASE - Parents, please click this link and fill out the form to give permission to photograph and record your students for our website and Red Devil TV morning show program.

 

FREE & REDUCED LUNCH - Please complete this form for Free and Reduced Lunch. This form is an important part of funding for DHHS. Our Title I budget - money used for tutorial, credit recovery, summer bridge, technology etc. is based on our Free and Reduced Lunch percentages.

 

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT - Please read and sign the acknowledgment or receipt and agreement HERE (3rd page in Code of Conduct PDF).

July 30, 2021

DCSD Visitor Policy

 

Out of an abundance of caution and due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, we will continue the visitor protocol that was in place for the 2020-2021 school year.

 

                     Visitors and volunteers will not be permitted in buildings until further notice.  We will continue to monitor conditions and data provided by the Department of Public Health(DPH), the DeKalb County Board of Health (DBOH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  It is our sincere hope that conditions will improve, and we will be able to reopen our doors and benefit from the value that our committed volunteers add to our schools and centers.  

 

                     We appreciate each of our volunteers and community partners.  In the interim, we will look for and we invite you to help us identify opportunities for volunteers to support our school community virtually.

July 30, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are excited to welcome our students back for the first day of school this Monday, August 2nd.

 

Per DCSD Mask Policy - ALL STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF, AND VISITORS MUST PROPERLY WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES INDOORS AND ON BUSES.

 

All students will receive class schedules in homeroom/advisement first thing Monday morning.  Students will attend homeroom/advisement every day the first week of school.

 

Advisement DHHS Bell Schedule 2021 - IB (1) (2).docx    

 

20-21 Advisement Assignment (1).xlsx 

 

Druid Hills HS 2021-22 Routes Stops (2).pdf 

July 19, 2021

We are excited to get the school year started soon. The first day of school is Monday, August 2nd.

 

We will host 9th grade and new student orientation at the school on Thursday, July 29th from 4:00 - 5:00 PM.

 

Red Devil Day will be Thursday, July 29th from 5:00 - 6:30PM at the school.

 

During Orientation and Red Devil Day you will find back to school info, like 

  • bus routes

  • free and reduced meal applications

  • supply lists

  • clubs

  • sports

  • join the PTO

  • donate to the Enrichment Fund

  • purchase spirit wear

  • and much more!

 

We look forward to seeing you and your students at these activities on July 29th.

 

Stay tuned for more emails from me about the first days of school.

 

DCSD Updated Mask Wearing Policy

 

DCSD Back-To-School Central

July 6, 2021

Dear Druid Hills High School Parents and Guardians:

 

It is with a heavy heart of sadness that I am sending this letter to you.

 

This weekend we were informed that a Druid Hills High School student passed away, and we extend our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of this student.

 

As your child may hear of this loss from classmates or on social media, you may want to talk to your child about death because it impacts each of us in a different way.

 

How children will react will depend on the relationship they had with the person who died, their age, and their prior experience with death. Your child may:

  • Appear unaffected

  • Ask questions about the death repeatedly

  • Be angry or aggressive

  • Be withdrawn or moody

  • Be sad or depressed

  • Become afraid

  • Have difficulty sleeping or eating

 

We ask that you listen to your children.

 

If they want to talk, answer their questions simply, honestly, and be prepared to answer the same questions repeatedly.

 

Although it is summer break, if needed, members of the District’s crisis intervention team are available to speak with your child. Please do not hesitate to let me know if your child needs support.

 

I ask that you keep the family in your thoughts and prayers during this time.

 

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

June 3, 2021

Dear Credit Recovery Parents and Guardians,

 

Please see bus routes for credit recovery: DRUID HILLS HS CREDIT REC (6.7 THRU 7.1) M-TH (STOPS).pdf 

Reminder - Credit Recovery runs Monday - Thursday; 8:00 - 4:00; June 7 - July 1.