Wildcat Thursday Thread

Dr. Keith White 5/20/21

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We have had a great school year and finished Wildcat Strong!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our parents and guardians for the opportunity to educate your children this school year and for supporting our Diamond R-IV schools. I would also like to thank our community members for the many contributions, both of time and money, to support each program our students were fortunate enough to be a part of. Equally, I would like to thank all of our Diamond R-IV Board of Education members, administrators, teachers, and support staff for all of your hard work to help make this a great school year. In the unprecedented COVID-19 Pandemic school closure last spring and events leading up to today I was reminded many times that it takes our entire community to help our schools be successful. You all are my first official group as the Superintendent and are truly special to me. I have challenged our entire school district and community to BE THE CHANGE and thank you all for being flexible and willing to do what was needed. I have enjoyed the ups and the downs throughout this school year through many sports competitions, academic achievements, fine arts, and practical art demonstrations and displays. I have observed many examples this past year that set our community and school district apart to make us Wildcat Strong!

I would like to share a great quote that encourages me in my role from Theodore Roosevelt titled The Man in The Arena; “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Additionally, our leadership team is doing a book study in the book Extreme Ownership written by retired Navy Seals and author’s Jocko Willink and Leif Babin and a quote jumped out that has been an encouragement for our leaders to BE THE CHANGE; “Once people stop making excuses, stop blaming others, and take ownership of everything in their lives, they are compelled to take action to solve their problems!”

There were many great learning opportunities and activities happening throughout our schools every day this school year and I saw many examples of people doing everything they could to help our students succeed. Please continue to follow our Facebook pages, Twitter, and website for updates and information. Below you will see a few examples of the many great things going on in our district. We have had a great school year and look forward to improving daily for each Diamond R-IV student and staff member to BE THE CHANGE to prepare for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year! hope everyone has a great summer and we look forward to continuing to work hard all summer to help our school district to be ready to welcome our students back in the fall to be Wildcat Strong!

Dr. Keith White, Superintendent

We have hosted four great Comprehensive School Improvement (CSIP) and Strategic Planning meetings this past in March and April!

The past two months we had 25 CSIP committee members working collaboratively to develop our Diamond R-IV CSIP/Strategic plan to help us to set the mission, vision, beliefs, and goals for our school district for the future. The committee included Barb Badley (Board President), Kay Culbertson (Board Vice President), Tracy Danner (Board Treasurer), Chris Macy (Board Member), Matt Housh (Board Member), Craig Daniel (Board Member), Preston Wright (Board Member), Dr. Keith White (Superintendent), David Smith (Board Secretary), Dr. Laura Weaver (SPED Director), Cindy Sprague (Curriculum Director), Chris Nelson (Technology Director), Ron Gray (Maintenance Director), Chris Mettlach (High School Principal), Lisa Northup (Elementary Principal), Tina Wilson (Elementary Teacher), Jennifer Gray (High School Teacher/Booster Club/Parent), Monica Clement (Booster Club/Parent), James Lorenzen (Parent/Community Member), Steve Haskins (Community Member/Business Leader), Diane Smith (Community Member), Mike Navarro (Community Member), Brandon Webb (Parent/Community Member/Business Leader), and Jessi Whitehead (Alumni Association). Attached below is the rough draft of our mission statement, vision statement, beliefs, and priorities. Our leadership team will be working on finalizing our SMART goals under each priority to present a completed CSIP for Board approval this summer. A special thank you to Dr. Matt Teeter (Superintendent at Willard Schools) and FiredUp Consulting Group for helping organize, plan, and facilitate our CSIP/Strategic planning!

This Tuesday we held our district End of Year Staff Luncheon and Celebration!

It is not too late to sign up for summer school this June!

Summer school plans have been made and we are ready for the students to join in on some educational fun! Students who will be in Kindergarten through 6th grade will have classes in the Elementary building and students in grades 7 and 8 have the choice between CTEC at Crowder or regular classes on our campus. High School students can participate in virtual classes for Personal Finance or Health. If interested, please contact Mrs. Northup at 417-325-5189 for additional information!
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Wildcat Spotlights!

The Spring seasons for our Diamond R-IV activities are wrapping up and we are excited to see how far our Statebound Softball team and track athletes can finish this weekend . Below are pictures of some of our spring activities. Please keep supporting our Wildcats throughout the summer as we continue to have high hopes for a great results for our activities and school organizations to be Wildcat Strong!.

Lady Wildcat Softball (20-2 record) won their Quarterfinal game last Thursday and will play in a MSHSAA Final Four game this Friday against Potosi (25-3 record) at the Killian Sports Complex in Springfield, MO!

Diamond softball advances to state semifinals

We held graduation for the Class of 2021 Seniors on May 7th and it was a great success. Congratulations Seniors!

Kindergarten Graduation was a great success!

Congratulations to DHS students Tessa Shaw, Justice Atchison, and Abigail Guatney for being published or displayed at Crowder College!

Tessa's short story has been published in this year's Crowder Quill literary-art magazine. Justice's color photograph, "Today's Reality" and Abigail's drawing, "Covid 19 Aftermath" were selected by the Crowder Theatre Department and were displayed digitally during their performance, “Masks and Music: Stories from Quarantine.”

DHS Science Teacher Laurea Patterson, received a $5,000 grant through WGU Missouri’s “Fund My Classroom” initiative!

Congratulations to DHS senior Cassie Giles who placed third in the Javelin and junior Chase Housh who placed third in the 400 Meter Run at the MSHSAA Sectional Track Meet and will compete at the MSHSAA State Track Meet this Friday!

Diamond FFA hosts year end banquet and awards ceremony!

DMS Track Team wins first place SWC Track Meet!

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District Project Updates

The front of our School District property along Highway 59 has been cleaned up and a digital district sign has been purchased to be installed soon. We have also completed the installation of a handicap ramp from the new football/track restrooms and concession stand. Progress as promised!
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Elementary Para Position, Substitute Teachers, Bus Drivers, & Custodians needed!

Diamond Elementary is currently seeking an individual who loves kids and wants to make a difference in their lives as an Educational Paraprofessional. If you or you know of someone who has at least 60 hours college credit and would be a great team member for the DES team please complete an application online at diamondwildcats.org, click on the JOB OPENINGS tab, and contact the DES office at 417-325-5189.

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 through the end of the school year with zero current positive student cases, zero current staff positive cases, and zero students quarantined. You can check our current numbers at the following COVID-19 District Dashboard which is updated regularly.