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Parent News 1/5/21

Dear Dimond Families-

Welcome Back and Happy New Year!  I hope that your families were able to rest and relax during the break.  Students should be rested and ready for the 3rd quarter.  As mentioned previously, we will continue classes online.  All students need to attend ZOOM sessions daily, participate, and complete assignments.  We are scheduled to open the building this month for small groups.  This opportunity will be for students needing assistance and guidance while accessing their online classes. These students are expected to attend ZOOM classes for the first two weeks of the quarter from home and return to the building on January 19th.  Detailed information will be provided to these families regarding their return to the building in the next week.  Also, please access Q to review your student's 2nd quarter grades.  



For Students & Parents:

3rd Quarter Distribution of Textbooks, Yearbooks, Art Supplies, Musical Instruments, Photos, Etc. 

  • Old Gym Lobby (use the student parking lot access off Arlene)
  • Monday, Jan 11 from 7 AM to 9 AM AND 11 AM to 6 PM (Note break from 9 AM to 11 AM) AND Tuesday, Jan 12 from 7 AM to 3 PM.
  • Drive up to the old gym lobby. Please wear masks, stay in your car, and someone will come out to the car. We will need to know the student’s name and what you are picking up (textbooks, art supplies, yearbooks, school photos, etc.). If you are picking up textbooks, it really helps to know the teacher(s)’ name(s). We can look this up if you don’t have the information.
  • Teachers will let students know if they need to pick up textbooks or supplies.
  • You may also return items during this time.


Students in grades K-12 (except ASD Virtual students) took a reading and mathematics diagnostic as part of the first two weeks of school this fall.  Students will be taking these diagnostic assessments again during the winter diagnostic window, now through January 22.  Most students will take these assessments at home as they did in the fall.

These diagnostic assessments are designed to provide teachers and parents with information about where a student is ready to learn, including areas of strength and areas of concern.  It is important to remember that students should take these diagnostic assessments independently.  These assessments allow your child’s teacher to meet your student exactly where they are and provide data to increase your student’s learning gains.

iReady: Please use the following resources to help guide your student through a successful remote winter diagnostic administration.

Diagnostic Content Assessments by Grade Level

  • Reading
    • iReady - Grades K-10, Grades 11-12 Tier III Courses
  • Mathematics
    • iReady - Grades K-8
    • ALEKS PPL – Grades 9-12



Cheer tryouts will be January 11th and 12th from 5-7pm. We will do it by sign ups only to ensure proper social distancing. The tryout dance and cheer will be shared via planeths for those wanting to get a jump on things! We will have a team of 18 with the possibility of mid season tryouts. Please make sure to have all paperwork turned in and fines paid prior to January 11th or you will not be permitted to tryout. Coach Stephanie will share a document with you via planeths to secure your tryout slot.

Boys & Girls basketball is scheduled to begin on January 11,2021. If you are interested in participating, you will need to have all forms completed on and payment submitted online through Q/parent connect (with winter break beginning we will not be able to accept cash or check payments at the school). If you have reached the family cap for the year in sports or have any questions regarding sports registration, please contact Activities Clerk Jasmynn Whilden by email at


With the information on COVID-19 constantly changing the ASAA Board approved changes to the COVID-19 waiver form, the new form is now live on planeths. What this means is all students that previously showed approved now show pending. Parents need to go back in and sign the new COVID form. The main change is as follows:

I acknowledge I have received the ASAA COVID-19 Parent Fact Sheet and that ASAA recommends students who are either presumed positive or positive of having contracted COVID-19 should be cleared by their medical provider and do a return to play protocol prior to returning to activities. 


Currently, DHS provides breakfast and lunch meals every day to families in need. Dimond families are eligible for free meals, regardless of their family’s income status. On Fridays we serve 3 meals, to cover the weekends too. Some weekend meals are shelf stable, they could be saved for winter break. Meals can be picked up Monday –Friday from 10:00am till 3:30 pm. Any student or parent may pick up meals at any serving school -list of serving schools here: To order meals go to Meals may be ordered for a few weeks in advance.

You may go pick up meals at any of the schools on the list even if you don’t have an account–we will help you with instructions on setting up a paypams account. Please contact us at cafe_


Please visit the school’s website for senior information and opportunities at

Check out the updated scholarship information on the ASD Counseling page, contact your counselor if you have any questions.

Requesting transcripts:

Would you like to have your transcript sent to a college or university? To provide enhanced and more secure service for students, all educational records requests including Transcripts, K-12 Transfers (out of district requests), and Graduation Verifications must be made online using our student records request system.  Fax, phone calls, email and mail are not accepted. Please use the following address to access our online student records request system:

Please feel free to contact the registrar, Carrie Smith at, if you have questions. Thank you.



A senior ad is a great way to congratulate your senior. Don't miss this opportunity to show your love and celebration with an ad in the yearbook! It's not too late…

Last day to purchase a senior ad is Friday, January 15th, go to, our school code is 14274221 to purchase an ad. 

Full page - $325

Half page - $175

Quarter page $75

If you have any questions or need help with your senior ad, please email us at


2020-2021 yearbooks are still on sale for $75, go to, our school code is 14274221. Friday, January 15th is the last day to purchase a personalized yearbook.

Yearbooks are only available during presale this year. We will not be able to offer any in-person yearbooks sales. Get your yearbook before it’s too late.


Have you taken an amazing photo? Do you think it would be great in the yearbook? Share your photos and it may be selected for the yearbook. Please join our yearbook image community at  Download the free Share Sites app on Google Play Store or Apple App Store.   

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Thank you,

The Yearbook Staff


Juniors and Seniors: King Tech has openings for 3rd and 4th quarter. You can sign up to take a class during one of your blocks. There are many courses and credit offered, from Cosmetology to Welding. See a full list here:

Contact your counselor ASAP to sign up!

Have a great first week back! 

Tina Johnson-Harris

DHS Principal