The Griffin Cheerleaders will once again be doing a fundraiser through a FanCloth online store. The following link will give you access to the store and allow you to purchase Griffin apparel. The store will run until August 16th. The items that you order, will be shipped directly to you. By purchasing from this fundraiser, you will help the squad with items they use when cheering as well as items to help pump up Griffin spirit!
During checkout it will ask you if you want to assign credit to a specific individual. If you would like to do so, (not required) please put their name as follows to ensure that they get the credit under their account.
Hello Everyone & Welcome Back!
It is that time of year to order your volleyball gear for the 2021 Griffin Junior High Volleyball Season. The following link will take you to the Diller-Odell Griffin Fan Wear site. On the website you have four adult and youth options. You can place your order and pay all in one place. The link will close on Tuesday August 17th at 10 a.m. This will help us receive our shirts in a timely manner. There will not be a reorder once the site closes.
If you plan on playing junior high volleyball this fall, please order a short sleeve shirt as this will be our warm up for the season.
Coach Oberembt (Vrbka)
Welcome back! With the start of a new year, just wanted to put out there a few reminders:
Lunch accounts can be paid via cash, check or venmo. You can pay with one transaction to several in a family - we can split it how you like. Please give cash or check to Dawn at elementary or Renee at high school. Venmo will notify us if payment has been made that way. (Click here for instructions on paying via Venmo)
If your student is going to be absent, please notify Dawn (at the elementary) or Renee (at the high school) - we do call home to check on a student if there is no word from you. You can call the school, email or text us if your student will be gone.
All paperwork needs to be turned into Dawn or Renee (such as school forms, booster club forms, post prom, tshirt orders, etc). This keeps things consistent.
Should you have any questions, etc., please don't hesitate to reach out to us by email, phone or text.
With the conclusion of the last two school years comes a lot of reflection of what adjustments were necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic. I am very appreciative of the efforts of everyone with connections to our school system. Making the necessary adjustments for the good of our students and their education was paramount to us staying in session and having as little of disruption as possible.
Some activities were affected last year, but I feel very fortunate that most of our activities were able to be completed. Last year not only saw no school closure due to COVID, but also successes such as our volleyball team winning its second consecutive state championship, our boys basketball team defeat Falls City Sacred Heart who eventually was the state champion, and our Speech team being MUDECAS Champions.
We all hope that the 2021-22 school year will be a return to normalcy of previous years. Items such as masks may never go away in some parts of society. We in turn, may have students or staff that chose to wear them. They will be supported if they chose to do so, as they will not be mandated in the school buildings unless we are so advised by the Public Health Department.
Hopefully people continue to be vaccinated to stop the spread of COVID-19, as the threat to our operations remain. I would encourage you to visit with your family doctor on the matter. As the new variant spreads rapidly, it could affect our school year, operations and programs. I hope not.
Diller-Odell Public Schools will take direction from the health department should things change as the year progresses. There are no Directed Health Measures (DHM) at this point, so should a person test positive for COVID-19, we would recommend the person staying home for 10 days from the start of symptoms, or as directions are dictated by physician. We would require a “return to school” note from a physician stating a return to school is possible prior to someone returning short of the ten days. Contacts will not be quarantined, but should self-monitor for symptoms.
We plan to continue safe practices such as hand washing, disinfecting, and sanitizing. Students or staff that are sick, should stay home.
Another practice that will continue is that students will not be allowed in either building until 7:45am. Exceptions for practices or meetings that are supervised are allowed. All PK-6 students that chose to eat breakfast will have breakfast at the elementary. All 7-12 students that chose to eat breakfast will do so at the high school. Students will be allowed to have breakfast in the cafeteria or the classroom if they arrive late due to busing. Students that are habitually late, will not be allowed to have breakfast on their schedule.
PK-6 students will not be walking in the gym on arrival, but will report to their respective classroom or breakfast on arrival to the elementary. Junior-Senior High students will be allowed to utilize the south hall or cafeteria on arrival, as well as to report to classrooms for teacher assistance.
Diller-Odell Public Schools welcomes two new staff members for 2021-22. Jordie Theye is the new Media Specialist. Jordie will also serve as Assistant Speech Coach. Joyce Carpenter is a new custodian at the elementary and will focus on cleaning duties as Keith Craig’s role will change to maintenance of both sites once Dallas Stohs retires in January. Please make both ladies feel welcome and comfortable in their roles.
This is year thirty-two for me in the school system. There won’t be thirty-two more. I am very proud of the accomplishments we have made and look forward to future success as we move forward.
As I grow older I realize how important it is to surround yourself with great people. Hiring quality people is a huge part of my job. The following is a quote by Pat Bowlen that I believe best describes my philosophy. I printed it as part of a welcome back letter in 2014, but it is worth repeating.
"Leadership is not about micromanagement, pushing others aside and doing everything. Nor is it about sitting on a throne and issuing edicts. Leadership is about empowering others and setting an example to follow."
I sincerely believe that school should be a positive, fun place for all involved. My hope is that it is indeed that for everyone. Have a great 2021-2022!
Electronic Payments are available to Diller-Odell Public Schools! Create a Venmo account to easily make lunch payments, pay for fundraisers through school, or anything else for which you would normally send a check.
Our Venmo account is: @DillerOdell-Schools
*our account is set to private, so payments will not be publicly visible
How to use Venmo
1-Download the Venmo app, or browse to www.venmo.com
2-Setup an account
3-Add you bank account or card
4-When you are ready to make a payment, tap on “Pay or Request”
5-Search for “@DillerOdell-Schools”
6-Enter the amount you want to pay
7-You will receive a notification with a receipt number.
8-Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to provide more information about your payment.
This email will go to Andrea. Give her details for the payments (see example below)
Students will receive district devices the first day of school along with the associated paperwork. This paperwork will guide students and parents to view the technology documents located in this news article. The paperwork will need to be signed by students and parents and returned by Wednesday, August 18th. Also, if parents choose to allow students to take the devices home each day, a $30 technology fee will need be submitted by Wednesday, August 18th.
During the first few days of school, students will watch information provided by our school attorney, Bobby Truhe.
If you have any questions regarding technology devices, please contact Amy Coufal, District Technology Coordinator. (email@example.com, 402-766-4210).
Parents and Students:
1-Please review student expectations in the Laptop Handbook. Click here to view the handbook.
2-Sign and complete the Technology Signature Form which will be sent home the first day of school. Or, Click here to print a copy of the form.
3-Return the Technology Signature Form and the $30/student device fee by Wednesday, August 18th.
Also check out the following document to learn how you can stay in touch with all the latest news from Diller-Odell Public Schools: Stay Connected with Diller-Odell Public Schools
Diller-Odell Public Schools will be selling used HP Chromebooks (HP Chromebook 11 G6 Education Edition, 11.6” Display, 4 GB RAM, 16GB SSD, Chrome OS). The devices have been set back to factory settings. The devices are being sold on an “AS IS” basis. Diller-Odell makes no warranties for failed equipment and will not provide technical assistance for purchased devices.
The devices will be sold for $25 at the Back to School Open Houses: August 9th, 6:00-7:00 at the High School and August 10th, 5:30-6:30 at the Elementary School. The devices can be purchased with cash or check outside the school office at each respective building. No holds.
Here is a link to Google’s Help Center for those New to Chromebooks: https://support.google.com/chromebook/topic/3403353?hl=en&ref_topic=3399709
Welcome back students, staff, and families!!