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Middle School Ambassadors Selected!

2017-18 Middle School Excel Ambassadors
Congratulations to the following students who will serve as Excel Ambassadors for this school year. They are: Alan Clara Moguel (OP), Emmanuel Florenciani (CR), Mariana Garcia (BH), Jaquelin Gonzalez (BH), Baltazar Ortiz (OP), Pedro Ortiz (OP), Jerry Palma (OP), Belcy Ramirez (OP), Jose Luis Ramos Garcia (BH), and Jesica Tomas (OP). Ambassadors help host events at Excel and give tours to guests and new students. Felicidades a los siguientes estudiantes que servirán como Embajadores de Excel para este año escolar. Ellos son: Alan Clara Moguel (OP), Emmanuel Florenciani (CR), Mariana García (BH), Jaquelin González (BH), Baltazar Ortiz (OP), Pedro Ortiz (OP), Jerry Palma (OP), Belcy Ramirez (OP), José Luis Ramos García (BH) y Jesica Tomas (OP). Los embajadores ayudan a organizar eventos en Excel y ofrecen recorridos a los huéspedes y nuevos estudiantes.

EXCEL on Tour

October 24 Student Half Day
Students will have a half day of school on Tuesday, October 24. Brookhaven students will come to Excel's campus, but Cedar Ridge and Oak Park will stay at their schools. Los estudiantes tendrán medio día de clases el martes 24 de octubre. Los estudiantes de Brookhaven vendrán al campus de Excel, pero Cedar Ridge y Oak Park se quedarán en sus escuelas.

Veterans Day

Thank you, Veterans!
There will be no classes November 10, 2017. Classes will resume on Monday, November 13. Enjoy your weekend and thank a veteran! No habrá clases en el 10 de noviembre de 2017. Las clases se reanudarán el lunes 13 de noviembre. Disfrute de su fin de semana y dale las gracias a un veterano!

Music Class for Newcomers

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

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School Spotlight

March's Student of the Month category was Good Samaritan. Teachers nominated both middle and high school students who are always ready to help another student. There was a tie for the winner in middle school and one winner for high school. Congratulations to 7th grader Yael Torres and 8th grader Juana Perez Perez (left) and 12th grader Felipe Castro Ralios (right) for being chosen March's Students of the Month!
 
April's Student of the Month category was Academic Achievement. Teachers nominated both middle and high school students who work hard in the classroom, maintain good grades, and exceed their academic goals. Congratulations to 7th grader Mariana Garcia Saldaña and 11th grader Jackie Cab (right) for being chosen April's Students of the Month!
 
La categoría Estudiante del Mes de marzo fue Buena Samaritana. Los maestros nominaron a estudiantes de intermedia y secundaria que siempre están listos para ayudar a otro alumno. Había dos ganadores en la escuela intermedia y un ganador para la escuela secundaria. ¡Felicitaciones a Yael Torres, de 7mo grado, a Juana Pérez Pérez (izquierda) y alumno de 12mo grado, Felipe Castro Ralios (derecha), por ser elegidas como los alumnos del mes de marzo!
 
La categoría Estudiante del Mes de abril fue Logro Académico. Los maestros nominaron a estudiantes de intermedia y secundaria que trabajan duro en el aula, mantienen buenas calificaciones y superan sus metas académicas. ¡Felicitaciones a Mariana Garcia Saldaña, de 7mo grado, (izquierda) y alumna de 11º grado, Jackie Cab (derecha), por ser elegidas como las alumnas del mes de abril!
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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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