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Welcome to Decatur County Community Schools!

2017/2018 School Year Registration

This year Decatur County Community Schools will be offering students and parents the opportunity to do the majority of school paperwork and fees online through parent Harmony 3 accounts. Returning students will be able to begin this process online on July 10. Parents must have a Harmony account already set up, student Harmony accounts cannot be used for registration. See information below about setting up your Harmony 3 account. You will need a Harmony registration code to set up an account, the schools may not be able to get this to you until the end of July (see instructions below for more info). If you try to register at home before July 26th and have difficulties, we recommend going to the school during the registration hours listed to get assistance. Click here for instructions document on setting up a new parent Harmony 3 account. 

If you do not have home internet, a device, or still need to set up your parent Harmony 3 account DCCS is offering time at each school to register on-site. Parents will still be registering their student(s) online but may use computers at each school to complete their yearly paperwork. There will be people available on-site to help parents and students register. You will also be able to pay your school fees online or by cash/check at the school. If you do not have a parent Harmony 3 account you will be able to set one up one site with assistance (you will need an email address). 

**New students must register on-site. 

Dates: 
  • July 26 - From 12 PM - 8 PM, SDES/SDHS on-site registration.
  • July 27 - From 12 PM - 8 PM, NDES/NDHS on-site registration. 
  • July 28 - From 8 AM - 4 PM, All DCCS schools open for on-site registration.

NEW
- ALICE Training (Active Shooter) for community members on October 26-27th.  pdf See the information flyer.
NDES Charger Car & Truck Show Announced.  Learn about it here or pdf download the registration flyer.
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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