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Message from the Principal
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From Mr. Doetch!
I am incredibly excited about welcoming you to the 2023-2024 school year! I hope every one of you had a wonderful break, and I can’t wait to hear about your vacations, trips, adventures, days of leisure, and exciting adventures. If you are new to our school, my name is Ryan Doetch, and I have been the principal of Diedrichsen for the past year.
Our theme and new slogan is "Better Together." Diedrichsen has a wonderful staff, great students, and a supportive community. When we work together, incredible things happen! Working hard for something we don't care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion. We are excited to continue this work together as a community because we are "Better Together."
“Feeling Good is the Fuel for Motivation.” There were so many wonderful things that happened to Diedrichsen over the summer that I am excited to share with you.
While you were away, Diedrichsen went through a deep cleaning. We have been decluttering, organizing, and polishing the school. I can’t wait for students and for you to see how clean and organized the building looks.
Over the summer, Diedrichsen was also upgraded with new internet, servers, and wireless. We now have the infostructure to run all our devices without problems. I was also able to get new audio enhancements installed in each classroom. Students will now have access to surround sound to listen to audio, microphones for students to use, and a microphone for the teacher.
I hope you have a fantastic year. You Are My Reason Why!
School Starts Monday, August 21st.
On Friday, August 4th, rosters for student placements were finalized and uploaded into
Infinite Campus Parent Portal for grades 1st through 5th.
Kindergarten teachers will assess students the first week of school (Aug. 14-18). We will then use the data to create balanced classrooms. Teachers will be reaching out with any information you might need.
Meet and Greet
Class Dojo & Communication
We also have our school website with additional information about the school.
Before and After School Program Returns to Diedrichsen
School Pick up & Drop off Locations
There are three areas to drop-off/pick up your child at Diedrichsen Elementary School.
Del Rosa Way (Front of the school)
Blossom View (East side of the building. Next to Mendive.)
Whitewood Dr (Back of the school)
Please remember that the parking lot in front of the school is for buses only. Busses will not enter the parking lot if cars are moving in the lots.
Del Rosa Way (Front of the School)- Parents can park their cars and walk their children to the playground.
Blossom View Dr. (Kiss & Drop)- Parents can drop off their children on Del Rosa Way. We ask that parents drive forward as much as they can so they do not hold up traffic. *Parents must stay in their cars and may not leave them unattended.
Mt. Babcock Dr. (Back of the school)- Parents can park and drop off their children in the back of the school. Please be cautious of students in all of the crosswalks.
School police enforce these areas.
You can view the handbook by visiting our website.
Front of the Building is Under Construction
Last year, our partner in education, the Sparks Rotary Club, adopted Diedrichsen Elementary. And in June, they agreed to make the partnership permanent. In June, the Sparks Rotary Club raised enough money to replace the message board in front of the school. Julie’s Sign Company in Sparks will replace the old one and install the new one soon.
Diedrichsen Completely Closed Wednesday, August 9th, From 8:00 to 12:30.
All buildings and departments will be closed on Wednesday, August 9th, from 8:00 to 12:30.
Welcome to the Newest Staff Members
Dorothy Kirk ~ Resource Teacher
My name is Dorothy Kirk. I have lived in many places, from California, where I was born and raised, to Georgia, Mississippi, and Italy, where I was stationed for the USAF. I have worked various jobs, as well. From food services to health care agencies to education. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in special education.
Being a resource teacher is a “best of both worlds” situation for me. I get to use my affinity for psychology, and I get to teach and work with children. I could never decide which one I wanted to do more, so I eventually found a way to do both. Working in special education is like the cherry on top.
I have been working with the WCSD for nearly 13 years. I started with the district as a paraprofessional in special education classrooms. I have many great teachers to thank for helping me hone my skills as a teacher – great role models/teachers.
I have many interests. I love music, puzzles, working in my yard, art, and hanging out with my children (ages 23, 27, 31) and my fur baby - a very conversive tabby. I also try to exercise and enjoy yoga and qigong and am trying to get back into a routine (not as easy as it once was).
I have heard such wonderful things about Diedrichsen ES, and I am excited to start the school year here. I look forward to getting to know the staff, students, and families.
Matt Garrison ~ Site Facility Coordinator
My name is Matt Garrison. My family moved to Reno in 1999. I graduated from Sparks High in 2004 and started for the school district in 2005. I started as a custodian, splitting my shift between Dilworth Middle and Sparks High. I then moved to Swope Middle, where I spent the past 14 years, starting as the lead night custodian and moving up to the site facilities coordinator and now here at Diedrichsen.
I have a 15-year-old son named Jay, and my fiancé and I are expecting a baby boy in December.
Lisa Smith ~ Dean of Students (SIP)
Hello Diedrichsen Staff,
My name is Lisa Smith, and I am so excited to be your new SIP Dean! I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know all of you. A quick introduction, my background with the district is in Speech Pathology/Special Education. I have also worked as a literacy specialist in private practice and as a site facilitator for the district. Two years ago, I had the fantastic experience of working with some of your Diedrichsen students and teachers for summer school at Marvin Moss. I told the interview committee, and I want to tell all of you as well that this is my "dream job," and I am so excited to take this journey with you all! See you in August!
Misty Davis ~ Dean of Students
I wanted to quickly introduce myself- I’m Misty Davis, I've been with the district for about 16 years in different teaching roles, with the last 4 as the Learning Facilitator at Booth. I am super excited to join this amazing team and be your new Dean of Students! I look forward to meeting each of you and having an amazing year!