Diamond Valley School in Woodfords works diligently to prepare 100 students in grades kindergarten through eighth, for active and responsible citizenship. On Feb. 5 the school held its All School Awards Assembly to recognize students' achievement and performance with presentation of certificates. Each recipient was also rewarded with enthusiastic crowd applause. Principal Sally Clark presided over the ceremony and advised me "the student council chose this Friday to be Pajama Day in keeping with Spirit Day." Into the gym walked almost one hundred princesses and superheroes, pajamaed and slippered, together with several smiling teachers.
The children acted with respect and almost perfect citizenship during the presentation, despite the pajama costumes and the fact that is was Friday afternoon. The school is very much in order, from top to bottom.
The Super Student this year was Aspen Smokey, who met the end of year state standards for kindergarten before the end of the second quarter.
The number of high achieving students is a reflection of the quality and dedication of teachers, staff, and the positive involvement of families in our tiny community.
The teachers at Diamond Valley School include Robin McCully, Ashley Barker, Sharon Osgood, Danielle Doucette, Anna Maria Coletti and Kathy Curry.
The school has another human asset in the Administrative Assistant to the Principal Dawn Riddle. Riddle explained that she "coordinates student safety, leadership, and activities for the school's 100 students."
Riddle incorporates the PeaceBuilders activities into the each school day as well as into the after school leadership program.
Although the leadership program has no academic requirements, the principles of good citizenship are taken seriously.
Riddle aspires to "help students to be more respectful and help further improve the tone at Diamond Valley School."
Murder at the Library
Alpine County Friends of the Library are sponsoring a mystery play Murder at the Library on Feb. 29, at 7 p.m. and on March 1 at 7 p.m. It will be held at the Alpine County Library in Markleeville, so the seating is limited. Please call the library for reservations, at (530) 692-2102. Tickets are $5 and should be purchased in advance. Please note that this event is for adults only: no children under 14 admitted.
The cast includes Virginia Yourk as Agatha Mystery, Rita Lovell as Lott Books, Mike Makley as Dell Doublday, Gary Howard as Dalton B. Waldon, Sandy Pritchett as Page Turner, Terri Peets as Alexa Dynasty, Don Jardine as Ron Bonzo, and Skip Veatch as Sam Slayed.
Plan to stay after the play for a raffle and refreshments. Local businesses and community members have donated raffle prizes. Raffle tickets will be sold for $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. Bring hors d'oeuvres or dessert to share with friends and neighbors.