Diamondback Digest

January 4, 2021


Diamond Fork Jr High

"ALL IN For Learning"

Instagram: @official_diamond_fork_jr

Facebook: @DiamondForkJr

Twitter: @DiamondForkJr


Tue, Jan 12------------------------------------------School Community Council

Thur, Jan 14-----------------------------------------Term 2 Ends

Fri, Jan 15-------------------------------------------District Development Day (No School)

Mon, Jan 18-----------------------------------------Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School)

Tue, Jan 19------------------------------------------Term 3 Begins

Tue-Fri, Jan 19-22----------------------------------Kindness Week

Mon-Fri, Jan 25-29---------------------------------Green Ribbon Week (Mental Health)

Mon-Fri, Feb 8-19-----------------------------------Make-A-Wish Week(s)

Mon, Feb 15-----------------------------------------President's Day (No School)

Thur, Feb 18-----------------------------------------Parent-Teacher Conferences


As most of you are probably aware, Diamond Fork Jr High will be having some significant changes to the Administrative team take place in the coming days. Our Assistant Principal, Mr. Sorensen, has been appointed as the principal at Hobble Creek Elementary. Our Dean of Students, Mr. Thompson, has been appointed as assistant principal at Spanish Fork High School. Both Mr. Sorensen and Mr. Thompson are sad to be leaving this amazing school and especially these amazing students!

But, we are excited to announce our newest members of the DFJHS family! Cecily Yeager will be joining us as our new Assistant Principal, and Russ Sumens will be coming on board as the new Dean of Students! We're so excited to have them join us at the beginning of 2nd Semester (January 19th)

Ms. Yeager--Assistant Principal

Ms. Yeager is returning to Diamond Fork Jr. High after working as the Dean of Students for Salem Jr High for the past 3 years. Previously, she worked here at Diamond Fork Jr High for 18 years as an English teacher and Mentor Teacher! You will love working with her!

Mr. Sumens--Dean of Students

Mr. Sumens will be joining the DFJHS faculty as the new Dean of Students. He is coming from Payson Jr. High where he has been teaching Choir (and Mt. Nebo Jr prior to that). He is excited to come to this amazing school and continue the great things DFJHS has going on!


From the Utah Department of Health

to Nebo Parents and Staff:

Beginning January 4 through the end of February, the Utah Department of Health is offering free COVID-19 rapid antigen testing in communities across the state. Some of the mobile testing will be done in school facilities.

Areas are chosen based on high positivity rates, lower numbers of tests conducted, untreated wastewater sampling, and other surveillance data.

Testing in Nebo District Boundaries:
Spanish Fork High School, 99 N 300 W, Spanish Fork, Wednesday, January 6, 2021, and Thursday, January 7, 2021, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (both days).
Registration link: https://c19.health.utah.gov/surveys/?s=TCRCL9RD8E&siteid=SFHS-NSD(link is external).

Anyone can get tested at these free testing clinics, even if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19. Anyone who wants to be tested can register online at https://coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-covid-19-testing-locations/(link is external). However, we also encourage anyone who might have any symptoms, even mild ones, to come and get tested. Online registration is encouraged to cut down on any potential delays at the testing site. If you can’t register online, you will be able to register at the site. Identification is required.

The goal of these testing clinics is to more quickly identify people who are currently infectious with COVID-19, including those who may not even know they are infected because they don’t have symptoms. Identifying these individuals will help slow the spread of infection in the community.

Test results will be emailed to those tested within 30-60minutes after being tested.

Rapid antigen tests are less sensitive than PCR tests. Antigen tests work best when someone has symptoms of COVID-19 or when a person has high amounts of virus in their body. If an individual has symptoms and tests negative on the rapid antigen test or an individual doesn’t have symptoms and tests positive on the rapid antigen test, they will be referred for a follow up, confirmation PCR test.

Testing teams will consist of Utah Department of Health staff, deployed National Guard members, and TestUtah contracted teams.


Our Diamond Fork Wrestling team is continuing their season with competitions over the next few weeks. Their schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, January 6th--DFJHS @ Springville Jr

Wednesday, January 13th--Salem Jr @ DFJHS

Wednesday, January 20th--DFJHS @ Spanish Fork Jr

Tuesday, January 26th--Districts @ Mapleton Jr

Only parents will be permitted into the matches this season, due to COVID protocols. The wrestling matches will be live streamed on our DFJHS YouTube channel.


Junior high basketball season is currently underway. Our teams will resume competitions this Thursday vs Springville Jr. Here is the information you need to know:

Our updated Season Schedule can be found on the Diamond Fork Website (dfjhs.nebo.edu/content/diamondback-athletics)

Only parents will be permitted into the games this season, due to COVID protocols. The games will be live streamed on our DFJHS YouTube channel.


We want to ensure that all our students (and parents) are aware that our teachers are STILL available to help our students each week. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday teachers are here to support students from 1:55-2:45! Whether it is a test re-take, a make-up test, a missing assignment or just a question, your teachers are here to help!

We encourage all our students to make good use of this time! You are welcome to stay after on your own accord, or we may invite you to stay. Either way, we want to help you!


Utah Netsmartz sends a Monthly "Timely Tip" for parents and students to go over together in the home. Each month focuses on a different topic related to technology and internet safety. Here are the topics thus far in the year:

August: Digital Citizenship

September: Video Game Safety

October: Healthy Balance

November: Online Predators

December: A New Device

January: Cyberbullying

Check out these great, simple discussion ideas at utahnetsmartz.org/timelytip


Open gym for boys soccer interested in playing for MMHS this spring will begin this week at the Maple Mountain Fieldhouse. For 9th grade boys, they will have time from 8-9 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This begins on Tuesday, Jan. 5th and will run for the next 6 weeks.

Athletes should plan on wearing turf shoes or other athletic shoes--no cleats are allowed in the Fieldhouse.

If you have any questions, contact Coach Larry Cullum at lawrencedc1968@gmail.com.


The best way to order school lunch and/or breakfast for students who are not at school is to fill out a survey each day for each student. This includes kindergarten and preschool students, remote learning students of all grades and any students home due to COVID restrictions. You will need to order before 9 a.m. each morning. Meals are only provided on scheduled school days. For special circumstances, you can still call the school to place your order.

This would also be the method of ordering breakfast and lunch if your student is required to stay home for quarantine or for other COVID-19 related schedule adjustments or closures.

To place your order, please go CLICK HERE.

By way of reminder, meals can be picked up in the front office between10:15 and 10:30 each morning.

We hope this makes the process easier for all involved. Please contact the school if you have any questions.


Diamond Fork has a strong social media presence! Please follow/like our various accounts:

Facebook: "Official Diamond Fork Junior High School"

Instagram: @Official_Diamond_Fork_Jr

Twitter: @DiamondForkJr


At this time, DFJHS is NOT moving to an alternating schedule. However, that possibility could happen if numbers of positive cases continue to increase over the coming weeks.

IF we went to an alternating schedule, here's what it would look like:

  • Students with Last Names A-K attend together, while L-Z works remotely.
  • Students with Last Names L-Z attend together, while A-K works remotely.
  • Wednesdays would be used as a "Virtual E-time"--students are expected to use Wednesdays to catch up, make up, re-take, or get help. Teachers are available for Zoom Meetings, and face-to-face small group sessions.

So, a typical 2-week period would look something like this:
Week 1

Monday: A-K in School, L-Z Remote

Tuesday: L-Z in School, A-K Remote

Wednesday: Virtual E-time (zoom, small groups, make-up, catch up, etc)

Thursday: A-K in School, L-Z Remote

Friday: L-Z in School, A-K Remote

Week 2

Monday: L-Z in School, A-K Remote

Tuesday: A-K in School, L-Z Remote

Wednesday: Virtual E-time (zoom, small groups, make-up, catch up, etc)

Thursday: L-Z in School, A-K Remote

Friday: A-K in School, L-Z Remote

Additional Information can be found at Nebo School District's Website (www.nebo.edu/coronavirus)