Looks like Decatur Central is in the process of a MAJOR facelift...Lots of construction goin' on! After speaking with a few students, I found out that the high school is constructing a new state-of-the-art facility to house their five Small Learning Communities: The Edge, ICE, Choice, Quest & Inquiry, and the New Tech. When the students are in 8th grade, they get to choose which Small Learning Community they want to be in...Sounds to me like choosing a major in college! Here's the breakdown, as I understand it:
- The edge: communications and technology
- ICE: arts
- Choice: human interaction
- Q & I: science
- New Tech: computers
Pretty interesting stuff, huh!?
After learning all about the 5 Small Learning Communities, I went to visit DECA, which is a club that works to prepare marketing students for the business world. Several of Decatur Central’s students, qualified to compete at the Marriot on March 9-11 for the 2007 State Career Development Conference. Their chapter advisor Larry Brich has led this club for over 25 years, sending several students to nationals, including our their last year to Orlando, Florida! I wish them the best of luck this year!
I left Decatur Central's campus to catch up with the last group - the bowling club! I spent an hour with them at Western Bowl practicing and learning tricks of the trade. Many of the students in this club started bowling when they joined and MAAAAAN, they were good! They compete on weekends against other schools, so it's not all practice. Good luck in upcoming tournaments!