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Parent News 8/23/22

Dear Dimond Families:


We are off to a great start of the school year.  Although we are experiencing the challenges of not having busing, parents have been incredibly supportive and understanding about this unprecedented situation.  We appreciate your patience in adjusting to the new system for drop-off and pick up.  Thank you!  

Remember safety is our highest priority.  Please continue to adhere to the procedures that have been put in place.  We can all work together to ensure that our students safely come to and from school.


As noted earlier, bus transportation will begin October 3rd - 20th.  During this time, regular drop off and pick up areas will be open. 




If you are a parent of a student that usually rides a bus, please come to the Activities office to collect a free gas card.  Only parents may sign for the gas card.   




Dimond High School cordially invites you and your family to Back To School Night on Thursday, September 1st.  Families will join us in the auditeria at 5:30 PM.  After some brief introductory remarks, families will use their student's schedule to travel around the building, meeting teachers and learning about their class expectations and goals.  The night will conclude at 7:30 PM.


Please note that Back-To-School Night is meant to be an informal opportunity to meet with teachers and staff.  Families will need your student’s schedule for where to go throughout the building.  Your student’s schedule can be accessed through ParentConnection.  Unlike Parent-Teacher Conferences, teachers and staff will speak generally about their classroom expectations and programs, and they will enjoy meeting anyone that can make it to this great event, but individualized conferences would need to be scheduled for another time.


We look forward to seeing you on September 1st at 5:30 PM.




Starting on Monday, August 29th, many students at Dimond High School will take part in MAP testing during their Language Arts class.  The MAP test is a formative assessment that creates a real-time snapshot of student achievement for teachers and administrators, providing a means of adjusting course work to better meet the needs of your students.  


To this end, please ensure that your student brings his/her Chromebook to school fully charged.  Students that have not borrowed a District Chromebook will be provided one by their teachers.  The test will likely take a few hours, after which classes will return to their regularly scheduled curriculum.  


Thanks to all of our families for supporting this meaningful assessment as we work to better serve all of our students.  




The Department of Education & Early Development is soliciting applications for the U.S. Senate Youth Program—a national program sponsored by the Federal Senate and underwritten by the Hearst Foundation.  It is open to juniors and seniors who hold elected positions in student government during 2022-2023 academic year.  Students must be enrolled in a public or private school.   State delegates will have outstanding leadership qualities and a strong commitment to public service. They generally rank in the one percent of their states academically. 


Each delegate receives a $10,000 undergraduate scholarship and will participate in the USSYP Washington Week in Washington, D.C., March 4-11, 2023, where two Alaska students will join 102 other delegates for an intensive educational program about the workings of the Senate and the federal government overall. 


Applications are due by 4 p.m. November 1, 2022. The application packet is attached to this email.  


Only one scholar per school may be nominated.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. See The Alaska contact is Dr. Bjorn Wolter at 907-465-6542 and




**A note about backpacks and book bags: Students are allowed to bring backpacks to school, but they are expected to be stored in their lockers from arrival at school until final dismissal. Backpacks are not permitted in classrooms. Students may use small, simple bags with minimal compartments to carry necessary classroom supplies (as listed above). Acceptable bags include string backpacks, small messenger bags, small tote bags, small purses, fanny packs, or small kettle bags (loaded from the top). Students who do not comply with the book bag policy may be subject to having their bag confiscated, searched, parent notification/pickup, and/or disciplinary consequences.




This is an important notice for all student drivers. This fall we are suspending the fee for parking permits. However, students planning on driving to school will still need to go through the process of Requesting a Parking Permit. All parking permit requests require proof of insurance, a valid driver's license, and BOTH student and parent/guardian signatures. If you have already purchased a parking permit, we are currently processing refunds.  Student drivers must adhere to the rules and regulations of driving on campus and parking in the student parking lot.






School pictures will be taken August 30th and 31st.  Freshman and Seniors will have theirs taken on the 30th and Sophomores and Juniors will have theirs on the 31st.  Pictures will be taken during their social studies class.


IMPORTANT!  School pictures are how your student obtains a student ID.   If you have purchased an activity sticker for your student, this will be placed on the ID at time of production.  Activity stickers are available for purchase through Parent Connect..  




Please make sure to complete all forms on before the start date of the sport you are interested in.  If you have any questions, please contact Chelsea Hunt in the Activities office at 742-7005.  Office hours are & 7 AM to 3 PM with a closure at 12 PM for 30 mins.  

Please make sure to have your student check in with Chelsea Hunt in the Activities office to receive an eligibility slip before they are eligible to participate in the sport.


Sports Payments:


Each sport costs $200.00, there is now a student cap of $400.00 per year.  Once you have reached this amount all other sports will be free for the current school year.  If your family is interested in a waiver, you will need to apply and be approved for the free and reduced lunch program. You can find this on the Student Nutrition website.   


Activity Stickers:


Activity Stickers are available for purchase on ParentConnect.  The cost is $50.00 for the school year.  This will get your student into any home or away game during the school year.  Your student will receive a label on their Student ID they will need to present at the games.   

Start Dates:   


Aug. 24



Sept. 26





Yearbooks will be distributed August 22-26 at lunch and after school in the commons. Seniors may pick up their yearbooks between 2-3 PM the week of Aug 22nd.


Yearbooks for the 2022-23 school year are available at the fall sale price of $65 at


Yearbook Price throughout the Year:


Until Nov 1st - $65

Until Mar 1st - $75

Until Sold - $85


Direct shipping to your home or college dorm is available for $8 on all yearbook purchases.


Senior Ads are available at the fall sale prices of:


(please note you must create/upload your ad at the time of payment)


Full page - $280

Half page - $140

Quarter page - $70


Senior ads after November 1st:


Full page - $300

Half page - $150

Quarter page - $75


All senior ads are due March 1, 2023


Senior portraits and quotes are due December 31, 2022

Email any questions, portraits, or quotes to:




“The Dimond PTSA is getting organized for the upcoming 2022-2023 School year!   Dimond PTSA is solely funded by school store income and spirit wear sales.  If you would like to volunteer at the school store or are interested in helping at special events, please email for more information.”


Volunteerism is extremely important to the availability of the Lynx Lair coffee shop.  Please consider volunteering for these positions.

Warm Regards,

Principal Johnson-Harris