Wildcat Thursday Thread

Dr. Keith White 9/16/21

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A Great Start to The School Year Wildcat Strong!

We have had a great start to the 2021-2022 school year in Diamond R-IV! We have welcomed several new staff and students to our district this school year. Our PK-12 student enrollment numbers stabilized last year and is growing for the first time in more than ten years. We have 52 new students as of today who have enrolled in our school district whose families have chose to move to our community and district. With this growth we have added an additional PK teacher and para, an additional first grade teacher, and an additional fourth grade teacher.


As I walk through our schools and classrooms each day, I am reminded that I am extremely blessed for the opportunity to be your superintendent and for the privilege, responsibility, and duty we have to educate our Diamond R-IV students. I am also in awe of our incredible teachers, administrators, and support staff who daily pour out their lives and work so hard each day to provide a high quality education for our students. We truly believe and have started setting goals with our CSIP/Strategic planning committee to fulfill the following mission statement, vision statement, beliefs, and priorities.


MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Diamond R-IV School District is to empower students to see their potential, discover their purpose, and achieve life success


VISION STATEMENT

Diamond R-IV will prepare ALL Wildcats to be successful in School, Community and the World.


OUR BELIEFS

Every Wildcat matters and CAN learn.

Resources are provided to meet Wildcat needs.

Our District prepares all Wildcats to be life-ready.

All District decisions are based on what is best for Wildcat Nation.

Diamond R-IV School District maintains a safe and positive learning environment.


PRIORITIES

Teaching and Learning - Wildcat Nation will prepare students to thrive as life-ready citizens by meeting them where they are and ensure growth in order for our students to succeed.


School and Community - Wildcat Nation will promote a GOLDSTANDARD school culture and climate. We will foster positive relationships between schools and the community.


Facilities and Resources - Wildcat Nation will provide access to equitable and safe education for all students. We will plan for district growth and sustainability through master planning.


Leadership and Mentorship - Wildcat Nation will attract, hire, and retain high quality staff through visionary leadership and mentorship. We will develop life ready graduates.


Please continue to follow our Facebook pages, Twitter, and website (new and improved website is coming soon) for updates and information. Below you will see a few examples of the many great things going on in our district. We look forward to a continued great school year and to improving daily for each Diamond R-IV student and staff member to CONTINUE THE CHANGE!


Dr. Keith White, Superintendent

2021 MAP & EOC Data Released

Results from this past Springs 2021 Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) and End of Course (EOC's) tests will be mailed out September 17, 2021. Teachers and students have worked hard to reach the standards that these assessments cover. We know that high academic standards and quality instruction will prepare Missouri students for success both in school and beyond. The Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) Grade-Level Assessments evaluate students’ progress toward the Missouri Learning Standards in each tested area. We also know the past two years of school disruptions due to COVID-19 have led to some learning loss for our students. We have a solid plan for benchmarking, remediation, and interventions in place to address these areas of concern and to help all of our students succeed.


The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) publishes a Guide to Interpreting Results (GIR) that provides additional details about the content of the Individual Student Reports. The GIR is available on the DESE website at: http://dese.mo.gov/college-career-readiness/assessment/grade-level. Below is the attached EOC and MAP letters that was sent out today to each of our students families with their results. We also ask that you consider the following realities of these scores as we work towards improving our scores and more importantly our students learning.


1. The assessments given Spring of 2021 were about measuring the impact of the pandemic on learning. They are not about evaluation of districts or buildings.


2. District data cannot be compared from district to district due to the multiple response methods in which local school districts boards approved their pandemic response.


3. Due to the differences in instructional delivery systems and the enormous impact of COVID exclusions and quarantines, district data cannot be compared from 2019 to 2021. The data are incomparable.


4. The data prove that in-person learning and attendance matters.


5. Virtual learning and broadband create equity and access challenges across southwest Missouri communities.


6. Districts across southwest Missouri are collaborating together to share best practices in providing accelerating learning opportunities.


7. The data from spring assessments serve as snapshots for districts to use as learning tools for responses to future disruptions in instruction and learning.


8. The State Board of Education is utilizing the State MAP and EOC data as an opportunity to engage Missouri School Districts and educators in cooperative learning improvement and learning response discussions not evaluation purposes.


9. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will partner with local school districts to identify opportunities and resources to assist local school districts’ efforts to respond and engage in pandemic learning recovery and improvement goals.


10. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will not utilize 2021 MAP and EOC data for state accountability / evaluation purposes.

PowerSchool & Parent Portal Update

We appreciate everyones patience, hard work, and determination to switch over our Student Information System (SIS) from Lumen to PowerSchool this year. We still have some families that need to update their students enrollment information in our new system to make sure we have necessary accurate contact information for our schools and for you to check on your child's progress on our parent portal. If you have already completed all of the needed information please disregard this section but if you have had difficulties getting your child's needed enrollment information completed you will be receiving a letter (attached below) with instructions for completing the forms online or a paper enrollment packet to complete if that is not an option. We need all of these required forms completed by next Friday, September 24, 2021 and appreciate in advance your efforts to complete this necessary information.

Diamond Staff Spotlight: Mac Whitehead

Congratulations to our very own Middle School Principal and Head Football Coach Mac Whitehead for being selected for the 2021 Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Elite 11. He will be awarded the honor at the Football Luncheon presented by the Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper Bottling Company at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, October 13 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield Mo.

Pictures Retake Day is scheduled for Wednesday, November 3rd.

We had a successful Fall Picture Day this Wednesday September 15th but if for some reason you missed it or need a retake our Pictures Retake Day is scheduled for Wednesday, November 3rd.
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Wildcat Spotlights!

The Fall has already been busy and successful for many of our Diamond R-IV activities. Below are pictures of some of the highlights. Tonight our Wildcat Football team will play at Miller starting at 7:00 pm and we have partnered with Miller to have a Military Appreciation Night with ceremonies at halftime. Please keep supporting our Wildcats as we continue to have high hopes the rest of the fall for a great results for our activities and school organizations to be Wildcat Strong!.

Wildcat Football has started the season 2-1!

Our Wildcat Football team has had an incredible 2-1 start to the season with wins over Ashgrove and Pierce City. Our Wildcats travel to Miller tonight to try to extend their record to 3-1 and 3-0 in SWC conference play. Please save the date (information video below) for Homecoming on Saturday, October 2nd with a tailgating opportunity at 11:00 am and kickoff at 1:00 pm.
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Lady Wildcat Volleyball Starts the season 3-4!

Our Lady Wildcats Volleyball team has started the season 3-4 with several competitive and close matches. Please come support them this next Tuesday September 21st as they take on SWC foe Ashgrove at 5:30 pm in the Marlin Pinnell Gym (Middle School).

Middle School Lady Wildcats Start the Season 3-0!

Our Middle School Lady Wildcat Volleyball team has started the season 3-0 and will be traveling to Granby on September 20th with a start time of 5:30 pm.

Middle School Wildcat Football Starts the Season 1-1!

Our Middle School Football Team has started the season 1-1 and will be back in action at home on September 23rd against Ashgrove at 5:30 pm.

The High School Advanced Art and Art 2 Classes did a Great Job of Painting the Wildcat for Last Friday's Game!

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Grandparents Day Breakfast was a Great Success!

Thank you to Everyone Who Helped Make The 2021 GEM City Days be a Great Success!

District Project Updates

We have completed the Handicap parking and sidewalks at the football field. Also the repairs to our High School gym floor are coming along well and should be completed soon. Progress as promised!

Substitute Teachers, Bus Drivers, & Custodians needed!

Do you know someone interested in becoming a substitute teacher and do not have 60 hours of college courses yet? No problem as DESE has modified the requirements due to COVID https://dese.mo.gov/educator-quality/certification/substitute-teachers. If you are interested in daily making a positive difference in our schools for students go to diamondwildcats.org and click on the JOB OPENINGS tab. Follow the instructions and fill out an application for SUBSTITUTE TEACHER. You will be able to attach your sub certificate from DESE to the application. Once the application is complete, well will send the applicant an employment packet and once returned, they will be added to the district sub list.


If you are interested in being a bus driver or custodian for the Diamond R-IV School District, please follow this link: https://diamond.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx.

COVID-19 Dashbaord

Our positive COVID-19 numbers and quarantined students continued to be very low districtwide throughout this past month with only one current positive student cases, zero current staff positive cases, and two students quarantined. You can check our current numbers at the following COVID-19 District Dashboard which is updated regularly.