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ORGANIZATIONS

“D” Club (Boys & Girls)

“D” Club is a school organization for athletes who have earned a letter.  The qualifications for membership are the following:

·       Be enrolled in Decatur Community High School.

·       Have earned a letter in one of the seven major sports, which are basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, football, track, volleyball, and wrestling.

·       Have served two school years as a trainer and received a letter after the second year as a trainer.

·       Have earned two letters in golf, which is a minor sport.

Drama Club

Drama Club is an organization that is open to all students in grades 9 - 12 who are interested in the performing arts.  The purpose of this organization is to promote dramatic activity and awareness of the theater arts for the benefit of the school and community.

FFA

FFA is an intra-curricular activity having its origin and roots in a definite part of the school curriculum--Vocational Agriculture.  Other things members learn through active participation are how to conduct and take part in a public meeting, to speak in public, to buy and sell cooperatively, to solve their own problems, to finance themselves, and to assume civic responsibility.  The foundation upon which the FFA organization is built includes:  leadership and character development, sportsmanship, cooperation, service, thrift, scholarship, improved agriculture, organized recreation, citizenship, and patriotism.

National Honor Society

National Honor Society is an organization that promotes recognition for students who reflect outstanding accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership, and service.  To be eligible for membership at Decatur Community High School, students must be in grades 10-12, must be in attendance at DCHS for one semester, must have a grade point average of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale, and must be elected by a Faculty Council.  Members of National Honor Society must maintain an ongoing grade point average of 3.4 or above.

Chemistry/Physics Club

Chemistry/Physics Club is an organization dedicated to the application of chemistry and physics concepts in entertaining and creative performances.  Activities include and are not limited to Star Night, an Open House performance, performances for the grade school, etc. Regular meetings and time before and/or after school are required to prepare for these activities.  Any sophomore, junior, or senior student is eligible for membership. 

Spanish Club

                  Spanish club is an organization that strives to familiarize its members with the Spanish-speaking culture and language.  Throughout the school year, the students engage in different moneymaking projects in order to gain points.  Some of the activities include:  concessions, bake sales, and candy sales.  When the club has enough money for at least five students to travel to Mexico, the top five students with the largest number of points earn the right to go on this trip.

Speech Team

                  Competitive speech is open to all students in grades 9 - 12.  Students will work individually and as a team by participating in invitational events:  informative speeches, extemporaneous speaking, and oratory.  It also offers competition in interpretive reading of prose and poetry.  For the dramatic student, there is competition in duet acting, solo acting, and improvised duet acting.  There is also one-act play competition.  By competing in tournaments, students earn points for a speech letter and work toward state competition and tournaments while developing their talents.

Student Council

                  The purpose of Student Council is to promote citizenship, scholarship, leadership, human relations, and cultural values.  The Council provides opportunities for the students’ cooperation and participation in the government of the school.  It provides a forum for discussion of questions of interest to the student body, aids in the formation of good school policy, and works for the betterment of the school.

                  Membership consists of a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, faculty representative, and student representative from each homeroom.  All clubs and organizations are asked to select one member at-large to represent them.

                  The student body elects Student Council officers in the spring of the year.  Homeroom and organization representatives are elected at the first meeting in the fall.

                  The Student Council will meet on alternate Mondays during homeroom in the cafeteria.  Homeroom discussions of Student Council business will be held during the same homeroom period.

Weight Club

                  Weight Club is an organization open to all students in grades 9 - 12.  The club is designed to promote weight training as an important aspect of their lifestyle.  Regular meetings are planned to introduce new ideas and techniques.

History Club

This club encourages students to appreciate and enjoy history while trying to provide service to local historical venues.

ORGANIZATION DUES

                  Dues assessed by class or club members should be kept to a minimum and not exceed a reasonable estimate of actual need.  Sponsors will exercise guidance in this respect.  All class dues, grades 9 - 12, will be determined at the first of the year in a class meeting and will be approved by the sponsor.  It is normal procedure that students are not allowed to participate in class functions (out of school), such as class parties, unless they have paid their dues.

ORGANIZATION FINANCES

                  Each student organization is to appoint a student to serve as treasurer.  This student will keep a set of books for receipts and disbursements for his/her organization.  The student treasurer is responsible for keeping an accurate record of all business transactions.

                  The student treasurer is to work closely with the faculty sponsor.  The faculty sponsor must check with the student at frequent intervals and see that bills are picked up, presented for payment, and recorded properly.  A special record book has been ordered for each organization and will be given to the student from the office.

                  The student treasurer will turn all organizational money in to Principal’s Office, who will serve as school treasurer.  The office personnel will give a receipt to the student treasurer each time that money is received. 

                  Faculty sponsors of student organizations will be responsible in obtaining a purchase order number from the office before purchasing supplies.

                  Once a month, the office personnel will issue a financial statement.  When this is issued, all student treasurers should meet with their faculty sponsors and check to see that their accounts balance with the office.

            Graduating Class Funds: At anytime classes have funds left in their activity account after graduation, the class officers have 3 years to request the funds.  After that time the funds will be transferred to the student council activity fund.

ELECTION OF SENIOR HIGH OFFICERS

                  The club/faculty sponsor will assist in setting up elections and balloting in order to create a more stable organization.

                  Student Council elections will be held the first week of April.  The Student Council will set dates (subject to the approval of the principal) for election party meetings, primaries, candidates’ speeches, and elections.

                  After Student Council elections, class and club officers’ elections will be held.  Sponsors are responsible for seeing that the elections are held and that all results are turned in to the office of the principal.  The number of offices that a student can hold is as follows:

·       No one shall hold more than one major office and two minor offices or more than four minor offices, unless approved by counselor and principal.

·       All club and class presidencies shall be major offices.  All other offices shall be minor offices.

The faculty sponsor will point out that organizations work best if proper care and thought are exercised in selecting officers who are qualified for the jobs involved.  Each officer should be called upon to tell what other offices he/she already holds before balloting begins so that all offices will not be concentrated in the hands of a few students.  This will create a better feeling among the students of our school.

·       Freshman class will pick their class colors.

·       Sophomore class will pick their class flower.

·       Junior class will pick their class motto.

·       Senior class will pick their class song.

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