School Newsletter - 8/23/22

August 23, 2022

Dear Parents and Students:

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year.  Summer, as usual, has quickly disappeared and bells will once again be ringing at DHS.  Remember that school starts at 7:55 A.M. each day.  With our adopted four-day week it is more critical than ever that your children attend each and every scheduled day.  

What do I do if my child misses school? 

  • I realize that life happens and from time to time a student must miss.  When this occurs, we ask that you call and excuse your child so that the office is aware.  Medical notes are appreciated when appropriate.

  • If your child exceeds four absences in any one class, they will be required to make up time.  Make up is done the final three Fridays of each semester.  A student can make up a maximum of 10 class periods.  If your child has exceeded 10 class periods, they will not be given credit in each period beyond 10.  If you have questions, please contact me at the school.

  • All teachers will be placing information in google classroom and/or canvas.  Please email or call your child’s teacher anytime you have questions.  We want parents to be active participants in their children’s education. 

New Staff:  For many years DHS has been blessed to have the same faces greet our children each fall.  Over the past two years many of our talented teachers have retired and moved on to the next chapter in their lives.  I am thrilled to introduce four new staff members.  Mrs. Adams is a former DHS graduate and is coming home to teach 9th/10th grade English.  Mrs. Brackenbury will be teaching Family/Consumer Science courses as well as Health.  Mrs. Jerez has been teaching at Cassia High and joins our staff teaching Spanish, Speech, and English.  Mrs. Workman will be teaching algebra I and geometry.  I am very confident that our children will continue to receive the same high level of instruction we have been accustomed to at DHS.

Succeeding at DHS:

  • Attend each day and get involved.  Students who get involved simply do better in school in every measurable way.  From band and choir to FFA and sports there is a place for you.  If you are not sure, please ask.  I’d love to help you find your groove.

  • Be prepared for class each day.  Last year we added an intervention period each day.  Parents if your children will utilize this time, they will have much less school work to do at home.  In fact, it is my desire that they would have very little to do at home.

    • Each class has a 5% lab grade.  This grade is directly attached to your child’s participation in their assigned intervention/lab class.

  • Ask questions; for our struggling learners it is frightening to raise your hand and ask for help.  I assure you that our teachers know this and they will gladly take time for each child.  We signed up to be educators, helping children learn is what we do.

  • Dare to try even if you fail.  The greatest success stories in history only came after multiple failures.  Even Peyton Manning did not complete every pass.

  • Study, I know that seems trite but too often students come to class and they have not done their part.  Expect that your child has a learning expectation in every class every day.  If they never bring work home and their grades are poor the problem likely lies in the child’s effort.  Hold your child accountable, and talk to the teacher. 

Thank you for allowing all of us at DHS to work with your children.  We do what we do because we believe in the future of all of our children.  I invite all parents to be part of our DHS community.  Please contact us with any questions or concerns.  My school email is or the school phone number is 208-654-2030.

Roland Bott, Principal