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Students learning how to play the dulcimer.
The newcomer class is learning how to play the dulcimer, the guitar and the violin. They meet once a week with an instructor from Decatur Youth Symphony at Wesley Memorial UMC.

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In The Spotlight

Seventh graders attentively listen to the docent explain one of the kiosks of the exhibit.

School Spotlight

The newcomer class and 7th graders recently traveled to the Carnegie Visual Arts Center to see how water plays a role in our lives, culture, religion, environment, politics, health and climate.  The exhibit was on loan from the Smithsonian Institute for about three weeks during August and September. Students learned a lot of new facts about water and its importance in our lives!
Los recién llegados y los alumnos de 7º grado viajaron recientemente al Centro de Artes Visuales Carnegie para ver cómo el agua es una parte necesaria de nuestras vidas, cultura, religión, medio ambiente, política, salud y clima. La exhibición fue prestada por el Smithsonian Institute durante unas tres semanas durante agosto y septiembre. ¡Los estudiantes aprendieron muchos hechos nuevos sobre el agua y su importancia en nuestras vidas!
Book study members pause for a train to pass at the second session held at Decatur's Historic Train Depot.

Community Spotlight

Excel just finished hosting a wonderful three-week book study on Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario. The book and sessions enlightened DCS teachers, counselors, and administrators on many of the hardships our recently-arrived students from Central America have endured. They learned why students have been traveling over 1,000 miles to be here. They also learned of the dangers and heartbreaks of these students' journeys. Thank you so much to Decatur High's EL Coach Joni Bair and Excel teachers Robin Clay and Kelly Elmore for initiating and leading this professional development for our community.
El Centro Excel acaba de recibir un maravilloso estudio de tres semanas sobre El Viaje de Enrique por Sonia Nazario. El libro y las sesiones aclararon a los maestros, consejeros y administradores de DCS sobre muchas de las dificultades que han sufrido nuestros recién llegados estudiantes de Centroamérica. Aprendieron por qué los estudiantes han estado viajando más de 1.000 millas para estar aquí. También se enteraron de los peligros y desgarros de los viajes de estos estudiantes. Muchas gracias a los maestros Joni Bair, Robin Clay y Kelly Elmore por haber iniciado y dirigido este desarrollo profesional para nuestra comunidad.
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