Dimond News Blast
April 11, 2023
EXCUSING STUDENTS FOR ABSENCES:
Parents/guardians may excuse their students by using ParentConnect. The front office receives an automatic notification regarding excused absences generated through ParentConnect. These excusals are processed for blue passes. If you decided to call the school, you may leave a message at 742-7009. Also, these messages are retrieved every 10 minutes to ensure blue passes are processed. If you need to speak to a person, please call 742-7019. Sometimes there is a high volume of calls, please consider leaving a message or excusing your student via ParentConnect. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
AK STAR/SCIENCE ASSESSMENT MAKE UP DAYS
We truly appreciate your students’ patience and focus last week during AK Star and Science assessments. While we’ve tested most of our 9th and 10th grade students, we will hold make-ups on Thursday, April 13th (English/Language Arts 9th grade), Friday, April 14th (Math, 9th grade), and Tuesday, April 18th (Science, 10th grade). We will send summons to the students that missed the original assessment date. If you have opted-out your student, they will not receive a summons for the assessment.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the curriculum office.
Dimond High Curriculum Team
DAILY ATTENDANCE REPORTS:
Did you know that you can get a daily report for your child’s attendance through Parent Connect? Most families are aware of the robocall generated by our Q reporting system each day for an unexcused absence, but the call doesn’t specify which class(es) were missed. Now you have access to student attendance at your fingertips! In order to get this daily report emailed to you, follow these steps:
Login to Parent Connect
In the top right corner, click on the link or tab that says “Email Signup” or “Email Notifications”
Select the “Attendance” box for any child, and you will receive a daily email detailing attendance for each period
Attendance is one of the most important factors in student success. Now you have the power to have more informed conversations with your child(ren) about attendance! Let’s work together.
Prom Spirit Week: This Week!
Monday: Mismatch Monday (Wear different patterns and different colors together)
Tuesday: Twintastic Tuesday (match with a friend)
Wednesday: White Lies Wednesday (Wear a white t-shirt with a school friendly lie)
Thursday: Throwback Thursday (90s & Early 2000s) (Big T-shirts, overalls, bucket hats)
Friday: Maroon and Gold (dress your best in our school colors)
Prom 2023: Vegas Lights
Prom is this Saturday, April 15, from 7-11 pm at the Anchorage Museum. Ticket sales will take place this week during lunch and after school on Thursday and Friday. Tickets are $50 per person, cash only. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Only juniors and seniors may buy tickets to Prom. Freshmen and sophomores may only attend Prom as the date of a junior or senior. Students who submitted a guest pass by last week's deadline also need to buy a ticket for their guest. A Dimond junior or senior may only bring either an underclassman or a guest, but not both.
Prom is a formal dance; formal gowns and tuxedos are typical attire. No jeans, hats, or revealing attire permitted. Refreshments and water will be provided at the dance. A photobooth will also be available. Students must arrive by 9:15 pm and must have school ID (or other photo ID) to enter.
Congratulations to the 2023 Prom Court:
Court will be recognized at the school assembly on April 14. All students can vote for King and Queen during Prom Week; they will be announced and crowned during Prom.
Spring Art Auction:
DIMOND CAREER RESOURCE INFORMATION:
Seniors looking for scholarships for college should visit the following websites: DHS website DHS Career Resource and ASD website Professional School Counseling / Scholarships.
Mrs. Lauwers has updated and posted upcoming scholarship, testing information, FAFSA, potential college timelines and job resources. Please contact her through email at email@example.com if you have any questions or if you can set up an appointment. She will be working in the CRC on Tuesday and Thursdays and in the building on Wednesdays. If the CRC office door is open, Mrs. Lauwers is in her office and feel free to come in for help! You must have a pass from your teacher or come in at lunch or after school. Appointment hours are 9:00 am-3:00 pm.
Here is the link for All Things Seniors. We are always updating this - so check in frequently.
SENIOR FUN DAY:
When: May 5th, 10 am - 1 pm
Where: Dimond High, Football Field/Small Gym
We are looking for donations and financial sponsors for the food, games, and fun provided for our seniors at no cost to them. These donations will go towards our food trucks, our rental equipment, and other incidentals.
Donations can be accepted in the form of cash and check (checks made out to “Senior Fun Day”) and can be dropped off in our front office with Ms. Yun or given directly to Ms. Hunt in the Activities office.
Donations are also tax deductible, please contact Danielle Essary at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details or with any questions (If you would like a receipt for tax deduction purposes, please donate via check.)
We will be looking for volunteers for the day of the event for set-up/take-down/clean-up
(More details to come!)
An email will go out to senior parents/guardians in April with a preliminary schedule for the day
We also welcome volunteer parents of our non-senior students so our senior parents can enjoy the event to the fullest with their grads and participate in the crossover assembly and parent dance
Direct shipping to your home or college dorm is available for $8 on all yearbook purchases.
Email email@example.com with questions.
FBI TEEN ACADEMY:
The FBI Anchorage Field Office is currently accepting applications for its 2023 Teen Academy Program, which will welcome rising junior and senior high school students (2023-24) for an opportunity to get a comprehensive look into today’s FBI. The FBI Teen Academy will be on August 10-11, 2023, from 9:00am – 4:00pm, at the FBI Anchorage Field Office. The application to apply, and additional information, can be found on the FBI Anchorage website: https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/anchorage/community-outreach. Applications must be sent to AN_Outreach@FBI.gov before May 31, 2023, for consideration.
New balances for lunch charges are sent out to parents each week. Updates are sent out each Monday so please keep a close eye on your weekly email. Student Nutrition will accept payments through Q Parent Connection, at the café, or checks by mail to Student Nutrition 1307 Labar Street, Anchorage, Alaska 99515
See Below for more information from the Student Nutrition Department:
Follow this link for directions on adding to your balance in Q: https://www.asdk12.org/Page/14206
There is still time to file for free and reduced meals for this year for those who qualify! Follow the link below:
For questions or concerns, parents may email firstname.lastname@example.org
CONFLICT RESOLUTION SUPPORT
Conflict is a natural part of life and relationships. Learning how to navigate conflict in a healthy way is an important life skill, and takes some practice and support, even for adults. Some of our students are struggling to resolve conflicts in ways that encourage growth, compassion and safety. Each week we will highlight a strategy for conflict resolution in our News Blast to families. Students will also hear about conflict resolution in our morning announcements and we are working with our Peer Mentorship group to help spread the message about conflict resolution. Our hope is that these tips might lead to conversations at home and application by students at school. Thanks for supporting our work towards a safer and kinder school environment.
Click HERE for the strategy of the week and additional resources.
SAFE DRIVING REMINDER:
The Staff Parking lot is NOT a drop off or pick up zone. It creates a dangerous environment for our staff arriving to and leaving from school when families use this parking lot as a student pick up zone. There are several other locations families can use for drop off and pick up, such as the student parking lot and the roundabout. Keep our staff safe and use the designated areas.
REMINDER ABOUT NICOTINE PRODUCTS:
A reminder and warning to students from your Anchorage Police Department School Resource Officers referencing nicotine products and electronic smoking products (“Vapes”). Minors are not permitted to possess, consume, purchase or distribute any form of nicotine products or e-cigarettes, aka vapes. Minors found to be in violation can be cited and may face school discipline. “Vapes” and nicotine products are not permitted on school property and are illegal for minors to possess or consume. Alaska State Law also prohibits minors from consuming, possessing and purchasing marijuana and THC products related to vaping, “dab pens” etc. Students may face the consequence of arrest if found to be in possession of any item containing THC or other controlled substances on school campus or in the public. Other violations and charges may be added. Protect your future, save money and make healthy decisions. You are worth it! For more information read the following or go to the link.
On December 20, 2019, federal law was changed to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products to age 21.
After reviewing the federal law, the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development determined that: “The minimum age to buy tobacco products, electronic smoking devices, or products containing nicotine is now 21; it is unlawful for any retailer to sell tobacco products, electronic smoking products, or products containing nicotine to any person younger than 21 years of age,” even though Alaska state law lists the minimum age as 19.