Wildcat Thursday Thread
Dr. Keith White 3/17/22
Grateful for Spring in our Diamond R-IV Schools!
I am glad it has warmed up and grateful for spring!
We have had a great winter full of learning growth, successful activities, and too much winter weather! On Thursday March 3rd our elementary students celebrated our 100th day of school and that means we have already completed two thirds of the school year. As we look forward to Spring Break and reflect on our first 100 days of our school year we have a lot to be grateful for. All of our schools and district buildings will be closed MARCH 17-21st for Spring Break. We hope everyone will take some time during this break to get outside and take to be grateful for all of your many blessings.
This past week March 6-12th was School Board Recognition Week in Missouri and we have a wonderful Board of Education whom we celebrated for all they do for our district. If you see one of our great School Board members please let them know how much you appreciate all they do. Additionally, after nine faithful years of service Chris Macy (not running for his current position for another term) officially had his last Board meeting last Wednesday at our March 9th Board meeting. If you see Mr. Macy in town please tell him how much you appreciate his dedication the past nine years. We will hold Board elections for his position and Kay Culbertson’s current position on April 5th. The following are candidates for two positions for three terms; Eric Transeau, Kay Culbertson, Travis Ingle, and Jennifer Buening Howard.
We are very grateful for all of our incredible Wildcat students, support staff, teachers, administrators, and Board of Education members who have worked hard all year to BE THE CHANGE. As I walk through our schools and classrooms each day, I continue to be reminded that I am extremely blessed for the opportunity to be your superintendent and for the privilege, responsibility, and duty we have to provide a high quality education for our Diamond R-IV students.
One of our CSIP goals is to recruit, hire, and retain high quality teachers and today our administrators attended the MSSU Spring Career Fair (thank you Dr. Weaver for organizing our table) and met several quality teacher candidates! Please continue to follow our Facebook pages, Twitter, and website (new website is live) 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 this spring and finishing the school year strong to improve daily for each Diamond R-IV student and staff member to CONTINUE THE CHANGE!
Dr. Keith White, Superintendent
Diamond Staff Spotlight: Emily Baker
Diamond Student Spotlight: Landon Clement
Diamond Student Spotlight: Madison Bentley
Wildcat Wrestling Finished the season with 19 dual wins (school record), Boys and Girls both won the Greater Missouri Wrestling Conference Championship, and qualified 6 for the state tournament!
Wildcat Basketball Finished the season 15-13 and as the Class 3 District 12 Runner-Up!
Lady Wildcat Basketball Team Finished the season 20-7 and second place in the SWC!
Middle School Wildcat Basketball Finished the Season 9-7 and third place in the SWC!
Middle School Lady Wildcat Basketball Finished the Season 11-5 and fourth place in the SWC!
DHS Cheer Team Placed 11th at the State Cheerleading Competition!
FFA has had a busy and successful spring contest season and several members received proficiency awards, star awards, and area degrees!
DECA had a great at District showing and qualified five for State!
Karl Culbertson-Innovation Plan
Isabella Lankford-Innovation Plan-3rd
Jacob Atkinson-Business Solutions
Katy Primm-Community Giving-3rd
Ty Douglas-Start up Business Plan-1st
Monica Harter and Janalyn Kralicek- Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making-3rd
Trinity Bunn-Principles of Hospitality
Campbell Frazier and Sydney Cook-Hospitality Service Team Decision Making-1st
Megan Giles-Automotive Marketing-1st
Chandler Ramm-Automotive Marketing
Zoey Rowe-Professional Selling-1st
*Those that are advancing to State are Campbell Frazier, Sydney Cook, Ty Douglas, Zoey Rowe, and Megan Giles!
Our DHS Speech Team qualified two students for the state tournament!
Elementary Curriculum Night was a huge success!
District Project Updates
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.