Dimond News Blast

October 24, 2023

Dear Dimond Families:

Students have completed the 1st quarter! The marks for this quarter are a progress report and should provide students an understanding of what they need to accomplish to receive excellent grades by the end of the 1st semester.

Tomorrow is Parent Teacher Conferences!

This is an opportunity for parents to speak with teachers about their students' progress. Please note the times below for planning the time that you would like to attend. Parents will be able to freely navigate the building to meet with teachers in classrooms.

A schedule and map will be provided if needed. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

End of Quarter and Parent-Teacher Conferences

The 1st quarter ended last Friday, October 20th.

Parent-teacher conferences Tomorrow, Wednesday October 25th.

Students will attend their Wednesday classes in abbreviated form: Period 2,3,5,6.

We’ll use the following schedule for conferences:

11:00 AM: Student Dismissal

11:45 AM: Parent-teacher conferences begin

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM: Teacher Break

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Parent-teacher conferences resume

7:00 PM: Parent Teacher Conferences conclude

If you're new to high school conferences, you do not need to make an appointment, each Teacher will be set up either in their room or the commons area in their Pod.

Here is the step-by-step Parent/Teacher Conference Plan:

Step 1: Open your student’s schedule on Parent Connect (we can print a schedule if you need it) parentconnect.asdk12.org

Or Use the QR code below:

Step 2: Grab a map if needed: Available at school entrance (purple)

Step 3: Head to the classrooms.

Grades Matter! Academic Eligibility for Sports and Activities

Students participating in sports or all-state academic/ fine arts activities must remain academically eligible. Eligibility is checked at the beginning of the 1st and 2nd semesters, as well as the beginning of the 2nd and 3rd quarters.

ASD VIRTUAL STUDENTS be aware that although virtual courses are self-paced, a quarter grade will be given based on your work completed during the grading period. This grade counts towards your academic eligibility.

Students that are not eligible will not be able to participate in their sport or activity.

Yearbook Distribution

There will be another chance to pick up your pre-ordered yearbook during parent teacher conferences on Wednesday Oct. 25th.

King Tech

Juniors and Seniors! Registration is open for King Tech 2nd semester, please see your counselor ASAP to find out which classes are being offered and if the program fits with your schedule. Visit King Tech’s home page for more information (https://www.asdk12.org/kingtech).

AP Test Signup and Payment Information 2024

Information regarding Advanced Placement testing can be found on the Dimond High School website here: www.asdk12.org/DimondAP

This website will be routinely updated throughout the year.

Payment must be made online in Q Parent Connect starting September 20th or in person to Karen Pritchard (please make an appointment, 742-7022).

The deadline for test payment without a late penalty is Wednesday, November 1st at 3pm.

Test Fee (per test): $105 (Late signup test fee: $145)

Fee reductions are available for those who qualify; contact Amber Jaasma, jaasma_amber@asdk12.org (907) 742-7063

Absolute last date to order a test or request a refund for canceled tests is Thursday, February 15, 2024 by 3pm.

No changes to the test order will take place after this date. Note that all tests paid for after November 1st will incur the $40 late fee ($145 per test).

Halloween Costume Guidelines

Next Tuesday is Halloween and costumes are welcome. Guidelines for wearing a costume to school are as follows:

  • Costumes must follow the regular school dress code and must not be overly gory or inappropriate

  • Fake weapons are not allowed, even as props

  • Make-up and face paint are okay, but should not cover the whole face

  • Masks and face coverings are not permitted

  • Inflatable costumes are NOT permitted

  • Staff must be able to tell who students are

We encourage students dressing up to bring a change of clothes in case there is confusion about costume dress code parameters. We look forward to enjoying the Lynx spirit and creativity!

Anti-Bullying and Social Media Awareness

Bullying is not a new issue for teenagers, but social media seems to exacerbate the impact bullying and cyberbullying can have on the health and wellness of adolescents.

At Dimond, we have had a recent increase in reports of cyberbullying through social media posts. Students thought these groups were school sanctioned, but Dimond staff did not create, nor do we monitor, any social media groups unrelated to specific clubs and/or sports.

The app at the center of this is Snap Chat, and the group that is named in the reports is DHS 2027, although we have knowledge that a group exists for each grade level, created by the app itself.

We are asking families to speak with their teenagers about the dangers of social media, the very real impact words and images can have on others, and how to be a kind digital citizen. We are having these same conversations at school and hope that a team approach will have a positive influence on the culture at Dimond.

Schools are not able to monitor social media, but families can. We appreciate the conscientious students who reported the harmful comments. If you see something, say something, it makes a difference


DoorDash/ GrubHub/ UberEats

Please do not allow your students to use a food delivery app to get their lunches to school. WE CAN NOT accept them at the front office and will not pull them from class to accept an order. Starting today, Tuesday, October 10th, all food deliveries will be rejected or left outside the school.

If your student must use a food delivery app for their lunch it must be delivered to them during lunch, outside the building.

Don’t forget we have great hot school lunches available 5 days a week! Visit Student Nutritions website for more information. (https://www.asdk12.org/Page/13240)

High School Remote Learning Days

If there are weather-related closure days this school year, these days will be declared by the District as remote learning days for ASD schools.

In the event of a school closure, students should bring their Chromebooks and chargers home every day.

Teachers will post assignments on Canvas the morning of the closure day.

Assignments can include continued focus on previously assigned content or a new assignment for the day.

Zoom office hours from 9:00 a.m-10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m will be available for students to consult with their teacher.

The Zoom links should be posted on the teacher’s Canvas page.

This general information will be communicated to families on remote learning days as a part of the District's communication plan.

Early Dismissal

If you need to pick up your student between 1:30 pm and 2:00 pm, please call the front desk, 907-742-7000, prior 1:30 pm for a Blue Pass.

We will make our best effort to get a Blue Pass to your student; however, the last 30 minutes of the school day tends to be a very busy time in the front office.

Unfortunately, this makes it so blue passes called in after 1:30 pm are not guaranteed to get to your student before the final bell rings at 2:00 pm.

Warm Regards,

Principal Johnson-Harris