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Welcome to Decatur County Community Schools!

NEW - ALICE Training (Active Shooter) for community members on October 26-27th.  pdf See the information flyer.
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13 Reasons Why -  pdf Informational letter and resources

Beliefs & Goals

Our Guiding Belief:  We believe students can think critically, creatively, and reflectively, become effective communicators, productive collaborators, and be digitally literate.

The Decatur County Community School's Board of School Trustees has established the following goals for the district:

The District will enhance personalized student learning opportunities through the integration of technology and curriculum.  This will be accomplished by:

  • The installation of a district-wide wireless infrastructure
  • Implementation of a 1-1 initiative
  • Focused professional training

 The district  will continue to develop methods for effectively communicating building(s)/district achievements and news to all stakeholders.

 The district will create a prioritized list of facility needs to be used in long-range planning and in determining the timeline for renovation/building projects to meet the education programming needs of its students.

 Students will be provided a research-based K-12 curriculum that is aligned to the academic standards through:

  • Improved K-12 instructional practices
  • Common assessments
  • Data driven curricular/instructional decision making
  • Vertical and horizontal alignment of the K-12 curriculum

Vision

Decatur County Community Schools identifies six 21st Century Learning Skills that students will continually develop:
  • Critical Thinking
  • Creative Thinking
  • Reflective Thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • Productive Collaboration
  • Digital Literacy

Developing these 21st Century Learning Skills will be accomplished through continued collaboration between students, parents, school, and community.

Mission

It is the mission of Decatur County Community Schools to create a safe and caring environment where each individual can grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally. The focus of our schools is to encourage students to persevere to meet academic challenges with openness, enthusiasm, and a willingness to solve problems using 21st Century Skills. This will be accomplished through an atmosphere of cooperation with respect for individual differences and community values.

Motto

Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow

Learning Principles

In order to secure the outcomes we want for our students, classroom instruction must be centered on these learning principles:
  1. The foundation for all learning starts with the relationships that are formed and developed in the classroom.
  2. Big ideas should help guide the learning and these ideas should be revisited throughout the year to develop deeper and more sophisticated thinking.
  3. Learning activities have to serve a purpose and objectives must be presented in a student-friendly manner with every attempt made to connect to prior knowledge.
  4. As a lesson and/or unit progresses, the responsibility for learning should be shifted from the teacher to the students. Lessons should not go from lecture to independent work without proper supports put into place.
  5. Pre-assessment data should be used to determine the current readiness level for all students and accommodations should be implemented to differentiate the instruction to address the significant differences found among students.
  6. Interactive learning requires opportunities for students to collaborate together in order to support one another.
  7. Students must engage in complex thinking and have opportunities to apply, transfer, and adapt their learning to new and novel situations and problems.
  8. Students must have multiple opportunities to demonstrate their learning in meaningful and varied contexts.
  9. Feedback should be present as students are able to practice, retry, rethink, and revise their work.
  10. Students will have a voice in their learning.
  • Our Guiding Belief:  We believe students can think critically, creatively, and reflectively, become effective communicators, productive collaborators, and be digitally literate.

    The Decatur County Community School's Board of School Trustees has established the following goals for the district:

    The District will enhance personalized student learning opportunities through the integration of technology and curriculum.  This will be accomplished by:

    • The installation of a district-wide wireless infrastructure
    • Implementation of a 1-1 initiative
    • Focused professional training

     The district  will continue to develop methods for effectively communicating building(s)/district achievements and news to all stakeholders.

     The district will create a prioritized list of facility needs to be used in long-range planning and in determining the timeline for renovation/building projects to meet the education programming needs of its students.

     Students will be provided a research-based K-12 curriculum that is aligned to the academic standards through:

    • Improved K-12 instructional practices
    • Common assessments
    • Data driven curricular/instructional decision making
    • Vertical and horizontal alignment of the K-12 curriculum
  • Decatur County Community Schools identifies six 21st Century Learning Skills that students will continually develop:
    • Critical Thinking
    • Creative Thinking
    • Reflective Thinking
    • Effective Communication
    • Productive Collaboration
    • Digital Literacy

    Developing these 21st Century Learning Skills will be accomplished through continued collaboration between students, parents, school, and community.
  • It is the mission of Decatur County Community Schools to create a safe and caring environment where each individual can grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally. The focus of our schools is to encourage students to persevere to meet academic challenges with openness, enthusiasm, and a willingness to solve problems using 21st Century Skills. This will be accomplished through an atmosphere of cooperation with respect for individual differences and community values.
  • Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow
  • In order to secure the outcomes we want for our students, classroom instruction must be centered on these learning principles:
    1. The foundation for all learning starts with the relationships that are formed and developed in the classroom.
    2. Big ideas should help guide the learning and these ideas should be revisited throughout the year to develop deeper and more sophisticated thinking.
    3. Learning activities have to serve a purpose and objectives must be presented in a student-friendly manner with every attempt made to connect to prior knowledge.
    4. As a lesson and/or unit progresses, the responsibility for learning should be shifted from the teacher to the students. Lessons should not go from lecture to independent work without proper supports put into place.
    5. Pre-assessment data should be used to determine the current readiness level for all students and accommodations should be implemented to differentiate the instruction to address the significant differences found among students.
    6. Interactive learning requires opportunities for students to collaborate together in order to support one another.
    7. Students must engage in complex thinking and have opportunities to apply, transfer, and adapt their learning to new and novel situations and problems.
    8. Students must have multiple opportunities to demonstrate their learning in meaningful and varied contexts.
    9. Feedback should be present as students are able to practice, retry, rethink, and revise their work.
    10. Students will have a voice in their learning.
 
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