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January 26, 2015 Weekly Parent Newsletter

Submitted by alesha.lemmon on Mon, 01/26/2015 - 20:15
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Diamond Fork Parents,

Last week was the beginning of a term and our second semester. We spent the majority of E-time reviewing our Core Values and renewing our commitment to practice them. Students went through a curriculum including defining, discussing, sharing, analyzing and watching examples of these values. Teachers reviewed why we have the values and what they are to us and our school culture. This included a culminating group activity drawing an example of one of the Core Values. As a result, we have close to 200 student produced drawings depicting respect, integrity, compassion, courage, and perseverance. All drawings will be displayed in the halls for students, staff, faculty, and parents to reflect upon. Please come in and take a look if you have a moment to spare.

As I consider our school culture and the values we practice, I think of the song lyrics from Accentuate the Positive, sung by many artists in the 1940s through the 1970s, that state, “You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative and latch on to the affirmative. Don’t mess with Mr. In-Between”. We want our children to be confident, resolute, and practical when it comes to making character based and other decisions. We all want our children to critically think through their choices and actions. Have you ever “messed with Mr. In-Between” by not completely thinking through a problem? We all have, but we don’t want to lose focus on what is important. How do we do that? We follow humanly universal values that can help us to build our confidence to do what it right, even when no one is looking.

DIAMONDBACK GEMS

HOPE Week: This is a week filled with activities and information about suicide prevention and led by the student members of HOPE Squad. HOPE stands for Hold On, Persuade, Empower. Each day has a theme and activities to reinforce that day’s key message. The main teaching point of HOPE week is to remind students to never keep deadly secrets.  We also want students to see who they can talk to if they are nervous about talking with an adult. Students are encouraged to wear yellow this week as this is the official color of HOPE!

Spring Soccer: Spanish Fork Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a K-9th grade soccer program starting in March. There are flyers in our main office or you can follow the link below and go to the webpage.

http://www.spanishfork.org/dept/parkrec/sports/pdf/15_Soccer_Youth_Flyer.pdf

MMHS Girls’ Golf: Any girl in the MMHS boundaries that would like to tryout for the golf team can attend an information meeting on January 29 in Room D-207 at MMHS. There are flyers in the main office.

Science Fair: The school science fair will be held on Thursday, January 29. Please contact Mr. Stubbs for additional information at jarom.stubbs@nebo.edu.

Music: Combined Concert With MJHS & MMHS at Maple Mountain High School on Friday, January 30th. For more details contact Mr. Bigler at daniel.bigler@nebo.edu.

Enjoy your week!