You are here

February 4, 2015 Weekly Parent Newsletter

Submitted by alesha.lemmon on Wed, 02/04/2015 - 10:46
Teen Living: Dana Raine, Sundance: Amy Banks
Family Dinners - Teen Living, Foods

Dear Diamond Fork Parents,

School Counselors Celebrate During National School Counseling Week, Feb. 2–6, 2015

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), is celebrated this year from Feb. 2–6, 2015, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

Our counselors really love what they do. As they work with our students every day either one-on-one or in a classroom setting, they excel. Steve Jobs of Apple once put forth the idea that, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”  Thank you, counselors, for loving your work and being there for students. 


Sundance Film Festival Opportunity:

On Tuesday, January 27, Mr. Ryan and Mrs. Banks took 65 students to the Sundance High School Screenings film festival. The students watched a brand new documentary, How to Dance in Ohio, that follows the lives of several autistic young adults. The young people featured in the film prepared to attend a Spring Formal, and so they learned and practiced social skills with a psychologist to prepare for the event. The film beautifully illustrated struggles faced by all: the desire to belong and to face difficult challenges. The Diamond Fork Junior High students were excellent representatives of our school at the festival, and it was a wonderful experience for all.  


Aladdin rehearsals run every weekday after school. Please check your calendars and listen for announcements daily of who will be required to rehearse.

Foods and Teen Living:

One of the best ways to spend quality time with your family is by having a meal together every day. Whether you get together before school for breakfast or after school for dinner, family meals can have a great effect on your children.  You don’t have to make a gourmet meal every night.  Simple, healthy food is a perfect way to bring your family around the table.

Diamond Fork Junior High offers foods courses for 8th and 9th graders.  These semester-long courses teach students the basics of nutrition, kitchen equipment and sanitation, and, of course, cooking!  The students have the opportunity to make several recipes in class throughout the semester.  Try making this easy chili recipe to warm up your family this winter.   You can serve it alone, or it is delicious with cornbread!

Simple Turkey Chili (recipe courtesy of


1 ½ teaspoons olive oil

1 pound ground turkey

1 onion, chopped

2 cups water

1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes

1 (16 oz) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 Tablespoon garlic, minced

1 Tablespoon chili powder

½ teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon dried oregano

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

½ teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper


Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Place turkey in the pot, and cook until evenly brown.  Stir in onion, and cook until tender. Pour water into the pot. Mix in tomatoes, beans, and garlic.  Season with chili powder, paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, and pepper. 

Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 30 minutes.



February 4 and 6: Nebo Boys and Girls Basketball Tournament at Mt. Nebo and Payson Junior Highs, times vary.


All wrestlers should turn in their singlets ASAP to Coach Charles.

Track and Field:

Coach Charles, a track and field star in his own right, has started a three week 4-H after school club for anyone interested in learning some sprinting mechanics. The club will focus on sprinting forms, drills and mechanics along with speed and agility drills. Club will be held Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from February 2 through February 19. Come take advantage of developing and refining your sprinting mechanics.

Did you know…DFJHS offers 4-H After School Clubs to all students. We just began a new set of clubs this week that include Journalism, Rockets, Games: Unplugged, Starts, Diamondbacks in Action, Cupcakes, Ping-Pong, Merit Badge Workshop, Comic Books, Rock Band, Magic the Gathering, Yoga and Homework. There is something for everyone! The cost is $5 per club and clubs run between 3 and 10 weeks. This is a fun way to engage our students in learning with a twist – and sometimes a treat.

Also, before each club begins, students receive an after school snack to get them ready for their club! Check out club details on our website at