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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

The days of running through the sprinklers, going to the pool or lake and playing ball with friends are drawing near a close. Students in the Holyoke school district will head back to school Thursday, Aug. 19.

Back-to-School night is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 18 from 5-6 p.m. Students will get the opportunity to check out their new lockers, classrooms and meet their teachers and classmates.

Elementary students are encouraged to take their school supplies to their classrooms on Back-to-School night to get a jump start on the first day. Parents and students will get the chance to visit with the principal and teachers. Activity passes and lunch tickets will also be available for purchase.

JR/SR high students will be given the opportunity to buy activity passes, pay fees and meet their teachers. Schedules and locker assignments were mailed to students and do not need to be picked up during the Back-to-School night.

Important dates noted

Several dates are important for students and parents to take note of for the Re-1J School District.

Staff inservices are planned for the first Friday of every month and no school will be held on those days.

Additionally, several days are scheduled for vacations and are as follows: Sept. 6 for Labor Day, Oct. 22, Nov. 24-26 for Thanksgiving, Dec. 21 half day, Dec. 21-Jan. 3 for Christmas, Feb. 18, March 10-11, March 18 and April 22-25 for Easter.

Other dates to remember include:

—Homecoming, Oct. 1.

—JR/SR high parent-teacher conferences, Oct. 18-19, March 14-15.

—Elementary parent-teacher conferences, Oct. 19, 21 and March 15, 17.

—Graduation, May 15.

Detailed community calendars sponsored by the Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, Holyoke School District and area businesses are available and can be picked up at the school office or at several Chamber businesses. The calendars are comprised of community, school and sporting events along with club and organization meetings and national holidays.

School cancellations and late starts

Communication is the key to a successful parent-school relationship. Last year, the District piloted a new communication system called Blackboard Connect that could reach parents by phone, text or e-mail. This pilot project was made possible by a generous donation from the Elementary Accountability Committee. Based on positive feedback, the District will continue utilizing this system again this year.

The Blackboard Connect system will be the primary means of communication during a school closure. The District will also utilize the website and local radio station STAR 92.3 FM.

On occasion, a late start may be called due to weather. School will begin two hours later than normal, and buses will run two hours later than the regular pickup time.

Students and families will be notified of the late start by the Blackboard Connect system and local radio as well.

Bus routes

Information on bus routes will be available on the school website at www.holyoke.schoolfusion.us. Direct any questions about bus routes to Robert Jacobs, Director of Transportation by calling 854-3107.

School lunch and breakfast prices

School meal prices for the 2010-11 school year are as follows:

K-6 lunch, $1.75; 7-12, $2; adults, staff, parents and senior citizens, $2.50; reduced lunch, $.40; extra milk, $.35; K-12 breakfast, $1.25; adult breakfast, $1.75; reduced breakfast, $.40.

In an effort to offer more variety and operate more efficiently, the Holyoke and Haxtun School districts will be working with Chartwells School Dining Services.

Among the changes for the new year include a full-service salad bar each day for all students K-12. Another major change will be offering a choice of main entrée each day.

Breakfast will continue this year at both the elementary and at the JR/SR high school.

Free and reduced meals are available for students who qualify. An application and guidelines are sent home prior to school starting and are available at each school or the administration building. Parents are encouraged to pay for 20 meals on a monthly basis to keep the account in good standing.

Student fees

Student fees for the upcoming school year are as follows: student activity pass, $30; HS yearbook, $45; HS band/choir or flag team, $15; band instrument rental (per semester), $20 (plus one time $50 deposit); vocational ag and shop fee (per semester), $25; nutrition class fee, $15; JR/SR high school sports (per sport), $35 or $100 for three or more sports; HS cheerleading, $35; JH cheerleading, $35; JH yearbook, $20.

There is no fee for HS math or P.E. this year.

Activity passes

Activity passes can be purchased for $50 for adults and $30 for students. Family passes may also be purchased for $150 for five people and will grant access to all junior and senior high home games except tournaments and CHSAA events.

Athletic prices established for individual league events and away games are set by the Lower Platte Activities Association League and the North Central Conference as follows:

High school LPAA events: $3 for K-12 and $5 for adults.

High school North Central events: $4 for K-12 and $6 for adults.

Junior varsity and junior high LPAA events: $3 for K-12 and $5 for adults.

Junior varsity and junior high North Central events: $4 for K-12 and $6 for adults.

Senior lifetime passes

All district seniors 60 and over, may request a free pass which is valid as long as the pass holders are residents in the district.

Kindergarten eligibility

Children age 5 before June 1 are eligible for kindergarten. Parents or guardians of kindergarten students must furnish a birth certificate and health record at the time of registration. The mandatory entrance age for first grade is 6 years old by June 1 for those who did not attend kindergarten.

Art program returns

After a one-year hiatus, the district is proud to announce art will once again be taught at Holyoke Elementary School.

This year, the district was able to use vacant positions to add the art teacher back.

Facility use

The community is welcome to utilize school facilities. Facility and equipment use requests may be made through the principal’s office at the respective school building. Activities for the new gym require approval by the Board of Education at a regular business meeting.

Alternative high school

The district is proud to offer an alternative high school to assist students who are at risk of not finishing high school. This is the third year of the program which has grown under the direction of Clark Ginapp.

If interested in enrolling a student into this program, contact Ginapp at 854-2284 to set up an appointment for an interview.

Random Drug Testing Program

Students in grades 7-12 who choose to participate in any athletic or extracurricular activity will be included in the random drug testing program.

Students and parents must complete a consent form prior to participation in any school activity.

An informational meeting will be held Thursday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. All parents and students are encouraged to attend in order to have a clear understanding of the program.

Facility master plan underway

In the spring of 2010, the Board of Education approved a contract with the Neenan Company to complete a comprehensive facility master plan of the district.

The plan will be completed in August and the community will be invited to offer comment at that time. The district will use the plan to prioritize facility needs for future budgets.