I would like to welcome everybody to the 2019-2020 school year. It’s always an exciting time for the school, the teachers, and the kids. Most of our practices and policies will remain as they have always been but there are some new procedures this year.
New this year will be our 4-day calendar. Normally, we will be in session Monday-Thursday, 8:00 am to 3:45 pm. If we have a holiday or vacation day scheduled during the week, we will attend school on Friday of that week.
School start times will remain the same as in the past, HS-8:00 am, MS-8:05 am, Elem-8:10 am. Please remember these are not the times to come to school, they are the actual start class times. The last bus drops students off at the high school then the elementary at approximately 7:55 am. That allows everyone time to eat some breakfast and get to class on times. If everyone tries to be at school by 7:55 am then nobody should be late.
The end of the school day will be extended this year to make up for the time lost on Fridays. Grades K-5 will end at 3:30 pm, MS will dismiss at 3:35 pm, and HS will dismiss at 3:45 pm. This will allow each elementary student time to get on the bus before the middle school students are released. Also, we now have time to get to the high school before the student are released there.
Our Fridays have been divided between Staff Development Days and Enrichment Days. We have planned 17 Enrichment Days (will probably only use 16 so everyone can take off February 14) for students to learn activities and be in clubs. These days are not planned for re-teaching or make-up time. They are for high interest activities or appointments, or family business. As we all know, sometimes problems arise with student decision making. If, and only if, punitive consequences are necessary will we use Fridays for that purpose.
We will run buses and serve meals on Enrichment Fridays. Buses will run later in the mornings and earlier in the afternoons. Enrichment Fridays begin at 9:00 am (bus drop of at 8:50 am) and end at 1:00 pm (buses will run at that time).
Our hope is that the calendar changes will increase our staff development time and decrease the amount of instructional time missed by students for activities and appointments. Student attendance and instructional quality are the leading factors in student academic growth and our new calendar addresses both.
I hope everyone has a great year and again, “Welcome Back.”