Diamond Edge December 2019

Teaching and Learning

You have to Maslow before you Bloom,

During our November 26th Institute Day, Diamond Lake School District welcomed speaker and author Julie Adams. Julie Adams has worked with schools both nationwide and internationally to support their understanding of the adolescent brain and student learning. In her presentation, she shared the importance of a student’s basic safety and psychological needs being met prior to their being able to learn. Much of what schooling involves today is ensuring that a student’s basic social and emotional needs are supported in order for students to engage in academic content. Julie Adam’s tagline “You have to Maslow before you Bloom,” reminds teachers and parents that a child must have Maslow’s Hierarchy of Basic Needs met before they can approach Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Facilities Update

The district approved to issue $3.7MM of General Obligation Debt Certificates at the December 17th Board of Education Meeting to fund future construction projects. Debt Certificates allow the district to receive funding via a bond issuance that is repaid through the Operations & Maintenance and Working Cash Funds. This will allow the district to use existing reserves to pay for future projects over a 10-year period. The district plans on continuing its facility work from summer 2018 and 2019 and replace sections of West Oak’s roof and transform classrooms into future focused learning spaces throughout the district.


2019 Tax Levy

At their December 17th Meeting, the Board of Education approved the 2019 Tax Levy. The 2019 tax levy is $15,867,390 (exclusive of Bond and Interest). The increase is based on 1.9% for existing property (the 2018 CPI) and an additional 25% to capture new construction and remodeling..

Instructional Technology & Communications

Hour of Code

During the week of December 9th students at Diamond Lake District 76 participated in the “Hour of Code” yearly event. The Hour of Code began as a one-hour coding challenge to give students a fun first introduction to computer science and has become a global learning event, celebration, and awareness event. Each grade level utilized various coding resources found on our D76 Coding Dashboard and participated in various events exploring the world of Computer Science while providing students soft skills learning experiences of problem solving and perseverance. Visit the recent Diamond iT Newsletter to learn more and try out our Coding Dashboard.

Upcoming Events

  • Winter Break: December 23 - January 3rd
  • Late Start for Students (students arrive 90 minutes later): January 6th
  • Classes Resume: January 6th
  • Martin Luther King Jr Day (no school): January 20th
  • Board of Education Meeting: January 21st at 7:00 pm

Holiday Mart

On December 14th D76 collaborated with District 75/120 creating The Holiday Mart supporting our families who are in need with items such as toys, clothes, food, household items. Additionally, Santa made a special visit for holiday pictures!

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