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  • Diagonal To Host Opening Round Bluegrass Conference Tournament

    Games on January 25 at 6:00

    Diagonal will host the opening rounds of the Bluegrass Conference Tournament on Saturday, January 25 with the girls facing Mormon Trail at 6:00 and the boys to follow as they battle Twin Cedars.  The brackets are listed below.




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  • Diagonal HotSpots Advance

    Advance to LeMars Feb. 15

    The Diagonal HotSpots robotics team competed in Neola, Iowa at the Alderaan League tournament January 18th.  There were a total of 20 teams competing for 1 of 12 spots to advance to the Super Qualifier tournament.  The HotSpots went into the semi-finals ranked 4th, allowing them to become an alliance captain. The HotSpots competed in the semifinals with alliances from Thunderstruck robotics.  We fell short in the semifinals, however the team earned the Motivate award; sparking others to embrace the culture of FIRST.  As a team they also earned a 2nd place Inspire award; an inspiration to other teams, acting with Gracious Professionalism® both on and off the playing field.  The HotSpots were the 3rd team to advance onto the Super Qualifier based on ranking and awards.  Lastly, Calli Herr was recognized as a Dean's List Semi-finalist, she will be interviewing this week for hopeful further advancement.  Super Qualifier will take place on February 15th, in Le Mars.

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  • Athletics Update

    Weather Continues to Create Havoc With Schedules

    The Essex MS and Varsity games are rescheduled for Jan. 23 with the MS playing at 4:30, varsity girls and boys to follow.

    Homecoming is rescheduled for Jan. 24 against Murray.

    The Conference Tournament begins on Saturday, Jan. 25.  Diagonal is happy to host the opening round games beginning at 6:00 with the girls taking on Mormon Trail.  The boys game will follow as they take on Twin Cedars at approximately 7:45. 

    Two additional rescheduled games as as follows:  Ankeny Christian will come here on Feb. 4 for a girl-boy varsity doubleheader and on Feb. 8 Seymour will come to town for three games, a JV Boys, Varsity Girls and Boys game beginning at 3:00.  Please note that time change.

    Regional information should be out shortly.  Stay tuned.

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  • Grievance Procedure/Non-Discrimination Link

    Notice of Non-Discrimination


    It is the policy of the Diagonal Community School not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, gender, disability, religion, age, socioeconomic status, political party affiliation or actual or potential parental, family or marital status in its programs, activities or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code sections 216.9 and 256.10 (2). Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C.2000d and 2000E), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C.206 et. seq) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. 1210, etseq). 

    If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by the Diagonal Community School District, please contact:

             Lorna Paxson, 6-12 Principal

             Diagonal Community Schools

             403 W. 2nd Street

             Diagonal, Iowa 50845

             641-734-5331 or email





             Director of the Office for Civil Rights,

             U.S. Department of Education,

             Citigroup Center,

             500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475,

             Chicago, IL 60661,

             telephone number 312-730-1560





    Notice of Non-Discrimination in Educational and Career and Technical Education Programs.


    CTE Programs.


    The Diagonal Community School District offers career and technical education programs in the following services areas:

     Agriculture Food and Natural Resources,

    Applied Science, Technology and Manufacturing,

    Informational Solutions

    Business, Finance, Marketing, and Management

    Health Science

    and Human Services. 


    These programs are offered in conjunction with the district’s

    Sharing agreement with Mount Ayr Community Schools.  

     It is the policy of the Diagonal Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices.  There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination.  IF you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the district’s Equity Coordinator,


    Lorna Paxson

    403 W. 2nd Street, Diagonal, Iowa  50854

    Phone:  641-734-5331

    E-mail:  lpaxson@diagonalschools.org

    You may also contact:


    Director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education,

    Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison Street,

    Suite 1475,

    Chicago, IL 60661-7204

    Telephone: (312) 730-1560

    Fax: (312) 730-1576

    Email:  OCR.Chicago@ed.gov




    Model Notification of Rights under FERPA for Elementary and Secondary Schools The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age or older ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records. These rights are:

    1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days after the day the [Name of school (“School”)] receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal [or appropriate school official] a written request that identifies the records they wish to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
    2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA. Parents or eligible students who wish to ask the [School] to amend a record should write the school principal [or appropriate school official], clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
    3. The right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the school as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or a person serving on the school board. A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of the school who performs an institutional service or function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist; a parent or student volunteering to serve on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. [Optional] Upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer. [NOTE: FERPA requires a school district to make a reasonable attempt to notify the parent or student of the records request unless it states in its annual notification that it intends to forward records on request.]
    4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the [School] to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are: Family Policy Compliance Office U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202 [NOTE: In addition, a school may want to include its directory information public notice, as required by § 99.37 of the regulations, with its annual notification of rights under FERPA.] [Optional] See the list below of the disclosures that elementary and secondary schools may make without consent. FERPA permits the disclosure of PII from students’ education records, without consent of the parent or eligible student, if the disclosure meets certain conditions found in § 99.31 of the FERPA regulations. Except for disclosures to school officials, disclosures related to some judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoenas, disclosures of directory information, and disclosures to the parent or eligible student, § 99.32 of the FERPA regulations requires the school to record the disclosure. Parents and eligible students have a right to inspect and review the record of disclosures. A school may disclose PII from the education records of a student without obtaining prior written consent of the parents or the eligible student –
      • To other school officials, including teachers, within the educational agency or institution whom the school has determined to have legitimate educational interests. This includes contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom the school has outsourced institutional services or functions, provided that the conditions listed in § 99.31(a)(1)(i)(B)(1) - (a)(1)(i)(B)(2) are met. (§ 99.31(a)(1))
      • To officials of another school, school system, or institution of postsecondary education where the student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer, subject to the requirements of § 99.34. (§ 99.31(a)(2))
      • To authorized representatives of the U. S. Comptroller General, the U. S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or State and local educational authorities, such as the State educational agency (SEA) in the parent or eligible student’s State. Disclosures under this provision may be made, subject to the requirements of § 99.35, in connection with an audit or evaluation of Federal- or State-supported education programs, or for the enforcement of or compliance with Federal legal requirements that relate to those programs. These entities may make further disclosures of PII to outside entities that are designated by them as their authorized representatives to conduct any audit, evaluation, or enforcement or compliance activity on their behalf. (§§ 99.31(a)(3) and 99.35)
      • In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, if the information is necessary to determine eligibility for the aid, determine the amount of the aid, determine the conditions of the aid, or enforce the terms and conditions of the aid. (§ 99.31(a)(4))
      • To State and local officials or authorities to whom information is specifically allowed to be reported or disclosed by a State statute that concerns the juvenile justice system and the system’s ability to effectively serve, prior to adjudication, the student whose records were released, subject to § 99.38. (§ 99.31(a)(5))
      • To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the school, in order to: (a) develop, validate, or administer predictive tests; (b) administer student aid programs; or (c) improve instruction. (§ 99.31(a)(6))
      • To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions. (§ 99.31(a)(7))
      • To parents of an eligible student if the student is a dependent for IRS tax purposes. (§ 99.31(a)(8))  
      • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena. (§ 99.31(a)(9))
      • To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency, subject to § 99.36. (§ 99.31(a)(10)
      • Information the school has designated as “directory information” under § 99.37. (§ 99.31(a)(11))



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