DeBusk Enrichment Center for Academically Talented Students

Frequently Asked Questions

Times:

  • Program begins Tuesday, June 5th
  • Program 9-4 Monday-Thursday – Staff on campus Monday – Thursday 8-5
  • Friday, June 8th and 15th,  9-12:00; No program on Friday, June 22nd


Breaks/Lunch:

  • Snacks and drinks sold to benefit Community Service Fundraiser – break in morning
  • Bring sack lunch – no hot lunches served; although pizza by the slice for $1/slice
  • Students are responsible for keeping their belongings with them; there are no lockers or “homerooms”


Schedule:

  • Each morning and afternoon we have “Community Meetings” with announcements, highlights, awards, skits that are held in the gym.  Students sit in “Pods” in their MAJORS – "Pods" are determined the first week within the MAJORS
  • Each student chose a schedule and has been sent a copy of the schedule; there is one in your folder and if it is lost, there is a copy in the DECATS office.
  • Every week afternoon ELECTIVES change – these classes last only 3 days
  • Every day the morning MAJORS are the same
  • The Daily schedule is included in folder
  • If there is an issue with your schedule that can be changed, GA’s will assist in this process – please limit changes to important changes; some classes are closed because of safety and/or supplies


Dress Code:

  • Every day wear a name tag (labels provided in folders) – very important so that we get to know you
  • Wear what is comfortable (casual – jeans, sweats, shorts, etc.); no rude or offensive messages; if a special event or field trip, teachers will give directions about appropriate clothing


Electronics/Phone Use:

  • Students are welcome to bring personal electronic devices including phones – we ask that all phones are put away during classes and community meetings.  We ask that students act responsibly with phones and reserve the right to take phones from students abusing the privilege (we will return the phone at the end of the day).


Supplies:

  • Most of the supplies are provided
  • Some field trips may suggest students bring money for snacks or lunch, but it is always fine to bring food from home


Special Days:

  • Dress up days are announced and reflect student interest or theme of the day
  • DECATS Dance – Friday, June 8th, 7-10PM - Theme and special promotions to be announced – this is a fundraiser and students may bring friends
  • Performances and demonstration days are on calendar of events and also announced on website, via letter to parents of that major (email) and announced daily
  • Open House with displays from various majors will start on Thursday, June 21st at 4:00 (end of the day) – if special events are taking place within a particular major, parents will be notified
  • Forms all available on our website at www.srdecats.org

  • Permission slip – general – covers all field trips; Medical release and emergency numbers; Behavior Contract ; Acceptable usage; and Photo release– ONLY need to initial the last page and return that one page or scan and email back to Jeff Solomon – Solomon_jeff@hotmail.com


Medicine:

  • Students needing to take medicine should keep their medicine with them and take as directed – if there are special circumstances that we need to be aware of, please let one of the administrators know.  Otherwise, students are responsible for taking their medicine if/when necessary.


Who we are and what we do:

  • All of our teachers are veteran teachers – some have been with us for over 20 years
  • Many classes are “team taught” with more than one teacher
  • GA’s are high school students who are Senior DECATS alum who have had special leadership training and act as mentors to students and teacher assistants
  • PODS are small groups of students assigned for the morning groups – each “POD” has a specific “GA” – each child should know who                 their “GA” is.
  • All classes are “student directed” and rely on energy, enthusiasm and self-motivated students
  • Classes are designed to challenge students to use their talents to promote social justice and personal responsibility


Questions:

  • Pat Shotland (214-957-0057) or Jeff Solomon (972-672-4472)
  • E-mail (either of us) srdecats@hotmail.com
  • General information:  www.srdecats.org


Senior DECATS 2018:

  • If you pre-register and for some reason you do not attend in June, you may apply your deposit to the next year
  • Location for Senior DECATS 2018 is Bishop Lynch High School