School News & Announcements
A Message from the Principal
Snow-day make-up and calendars proposed March 17, 2014
The Portland School Board took a look March 17 at the proposed 2014-15 and 2015-16 school calendars and heard a recommendation to add two snow-day make-up days to the school year, letting out for summer break on Friday, June 13. The board is expected to vote on the both items March 31.PPS staff indicated that the snow-day make-up days are essential to regain lost instruction time due school closures during inclement weather.
PPS always builds in two days if needed for inclement weather. This year Thursday and Friday, June 12 and 13 were set aside for teacher planning days but would become full school days for students instead. Teacher planning days will move to Monday and Tuesday, June 16 and 17.
The 2014-15 and 2015-16 calendar recommendations include:
Instructional days: The calendars add two instructional days for students, agreed on in the new teachers' contract.
Professional development: Teacher training would still occur on eight 2-hour late openings across the district. Focus and Priority schools, rated as low-performing by the state, would have three full-day teacher training days where students would not attend school.
First day of school: For 2014-15, school is proposed to begin Tuesday Sept. 2 after Labor Day. But for 2015-16, school is proposed to start Thursday, Aug. 27. Labor Day is not until Sept. 7 that year. Kindergarten start times will be determined once the calendar is approved but are usually three days after the official start of school.
Parent/teacher conferences: Conferences would move up to October rather than waiting until Thanksgiving week in November in order to give parents feedback on their students’ achievement earlier in the fall when they can work with the teacher more effectively to support any improvement needed. The proposal puts parent/teacher conferences Oct. 29-31 next year and Oct. 21-23 the year after.
Thanksgiving: During Thanksgiving week, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving both years would be a no-school day. The Monday and Tuesday, however, would be full school days.
Last day of school: The last day of school for 2014-15 is proposed to be Friday, June 12 and the last day for 2015-16 would be Wednesday, June 8.
View the calendar in the Board Materials for March 17.
Lisa McCall, Irvington Principal
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