|Summer fades into past as school year approaches|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
Days of sleeping in and enjoying extended periods of time at the pool during weekdays are numbered as students in Holyoke School District Re-1J will return to classes Thursday, Aug. 15 for the start of the 2013-14 school year.
Back-to-School Night is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 14 from 5-6 p.m. at both the elementary and JR/SR High buildings. At the meeting, important information about the school year will be reported and login and password information for the Parent Portal for access to grades and attendance information at home can be attained.
Back-to-School Night gives students and parents the opportunity to visit with teachers and principals, purchase activity passes and lunch tickets, pay fees, practice with lockers and find classrooms.
Elementary students are encouraged to bring their school supplies to their classrooms to get settled for the first day of school.
Due to the success of holding student testing days prior to the start of school last year, the district will continue the practice for the second year.
All students will receive a letter informing them of their testing date, either Aug. 8 or 9.
By testing prior to the start of school, students will not have to lose time during the first two weeks of school for testing. Teachers will also have information about various academic levels in the classroom right away.
A fall sports parent meeting is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium with a random drug testing program meeting to follow.
Important dates announced
Dates of importance have been outlined as parents and children alike prepare for the new school year.
For the second year, school will begin at 9 a.m. every Friday with the same dismissal times. Teachers will use this time for meetings, professional development in technology and time for collaboration to improve classroom instruction.
Several days are scheduled for vacations and are as follows:
—Sept. 2 for Labor Day.
—Sept. 30 for teacher inservice.
—Oct. 11 for staff comp day.
—Oct. 28 for teacher inservice.
—Nov. 27-29 for Thanksgiving.
—Dec. 2 for teacher inservice.
—Dec. 20 half day for staff inservice.
—Dec. 23-Jan. 3 for Christmas.
—Jan. 27 for teacher inservice.
—Feb. 17 for President’s Day.
—Feb. 24 for teacher inservice.
—March 7 for staff comp day.
—March 17-21 for spring break.
—April 18 for Good Friday.
—April 28 for teacher inservice.
—May 23 half day for staff inservice.
Other dates to remember include:
—Homecoming, Sept. 20.
—JR/SR High parent/teacher conferences, Oct. 7-8 and March 3-4.
—Elementary school parent/teacher conferences, Nov. 19 and 21 and March 4 and 6.
—Prom, May 3.
—Graduation, May 11.
Detailed community calendars sponsored by the Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, Holyoke School District and area businesses will be available to the public Thursday, Aug. 15 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 activities are subject to change, but the school website can be checked at http://holyoke.schoolfusion.us for updates.
Calling system used to announce closures
Holyoke schools will continue to utilize a computerized calling system for school closures and other important announcements during the school year.
The messenger system is the primary means of communication during a school closure and is key to a successful parent-school relationship. The district will also utilize the local radio station, STAR 92.3 and the district website to announce closings. Parents will also be contacted when a student is absent or a lunch account balance is low.
On occasion, a late start may be called due to weather. In these circumstances, school will begin two hours later than normal, and buses will run two hours later than the regular pickup time. The messenger system and the local radio station will be used to notify students and families of late starts.
Parents are reminded to let the secretary know by which methods they would like to be informed through the system by filling out a complete registration packet.
Lunch and breakfast made available through school
School meal prices for the 2013-14 school year are as follows: K-6 lunch, $1.95; 7-12, $2:20; adult, $2.75; reduced lunch, 40 cents; extra milk, 35 cents; K-12 breakfast, $1.45; adult, $2; reduced breakfast, 40 cents.
As kids learn better when they are not hungry, the district will continue to offer a comprehensive breakfast and lunch program in partnership with Chartwells School Dining Service.
Free and reduced meals are available for qualified students. An application and guidelines are available at the school during registration, or by calling 854-3634.
Parents are encouraged to pay for 20 meals on a monthly basis to keep the account in good standing. Parents will be notified through the parent notification phone system when an account has a low balance.
Delinquent accounts may be turned over to a collection agency and employers may be contacted for garnishment.
Bus routes laid out
For the most current information on bus routes, visit the school website, which is updated daily starting in August.
Last year the district also created emergency storm routes for bus riders, and information on these routes is also on the school website.
Any questions regarding bus routes can be directed to Kim Young at 854-3107.
Student fees announced
Student fees for the upcoming school year are as follows:
—HS yearbook, $45.
—JH yearbook, $20.
—HS band, choir or flag team, $15.
—Band instrument rental (per semester-deposit), $20.
—Vocational ag and shop (per semester), $25.
—Nutrition class, $15.
—JH/HS sports per sport, $35; three or more sports, $100.
—JH/HS cheerleading, $35.
—JH/HS art class, $10.
Activity passes available
Those who plan to attend Holyoke sporting events are encouraged to purchase an activity pass for the year.
For a one time fee of $50 for adults, $30 for K-6 students or $150 for a family pass for five people, spectators will be able to attend all JR/SR High home games, with the exception of tournaments and CHSAA events.
JR/SR High students can purchase a pass for just $10 so more students may attend events, support their classmates and show their school pride.
Local resident seniors (60 and over) may pick up a complimentary activity pass at the administration building.
High school LPAA League events are $3 for K-12 students and $5 for adults. LPAA junior high events are $3 for K-12 students and $4 for adults. North Central events are $4 for K-12 students and $6 for adults.
Enrollment age set
Children age 5 before June 1, 2013 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, 2013 for those who did not attend kindergarten. For questions contact Holyoke Elementary School at 854-3411.
Alternative High School enters sixth year
For the sixth year, the school district is offering an alternative high school for students who are at risk of not finishing high school.
If interested in enrolling a student into the program, contact Cindi Beavers at 854-2284 to set up an appointment for an interview.
Random drug testing program continues at Holyoke JR/SR High
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 take place immediately following the fall sports parent meeting Monday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.
Holyoke Enterprise August 8, 2013