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Ready or not, school year is near

School Talk

August 28, 2012
By Harold Remme - ISD 88 Superintendent , The Journal

Ready or not, the 2012-13 school year is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Past experience reveals that by this time of the summer, students are ready to return to school and their parents are also ready for them to return.

Summer recess provides a time period for students and adults to rest, relax and renew themselves. When Sept. 4 arrives, unless a student has been involved in summer school opportunities, 94 days will have passed since the last day a K-11 student sat in a school classroom.

The school district website has a wide variety of information for parents to access about the opening of the school year. Please click on Focus 88 for information about: Indoor air quality, Nondiscriminatory policies, pest control materials, protection of student rights and other district policies. In addition, parents and students will have ample opportunities to become acquainted with the school their children will be attending by clicking on the respective building website or visiting the school.

Jefferson School: On Aug. 28, students and parents of children in Early Childhood and kindergarten programs will participate in conferences. In addition, grade 1-3 will have Open House for families whose last names begin with the letters A-L. On Aug. 29, conferences will be repeated and Open House will apply to families whose last name begins with the letters M-Z. Hours for conferences or Open House are 3:30-7:30 p.m.

Washington School: On Aug. 28, grade four will have conferences and grades five/six will have Open House for families whose last name begins with letters A-K between the hours of 4-8 p.m. On Aug. 29, grade four will have more conferences and grades five/six will have Open House for families whose last name begins with letters M-Z.

New Ulm High School: On Aug. 28, New Ulm High School will have a carnival for grade seven from 3-5 p.m. From 6-8:30 p.m. an Orientation Session will be held for students/parents in grade seven and new 8th grade students. Open House for all other students will be held from 4:30-8:30 p.m. On Aug. 29, and Open House will be held for grade 8-12 students. In addition, new student orientation will be held from 6-7:30 p.m.

Ten new teachers will be joining the ISD 88 staff for the 2012-13 school year. They are replacing retiring staff or other staff that have left the district for one reason or another.

Again during the 2012-13 school year, ISD 88 will inform parents about emergency closings using the School Reach system which places a phone call to each family when a closure decision has been made. In addition, various radio and television stations will be notified.

Several new policies or procedures will be implemented for the 2012-13 school year. Most notable among new procedures is implementation of a student parking fee for those students wanting priority parking at the high school site. High school students will be informed about the new parking policy during assembly programs. Student and parents need to be aware of the various "colors" for student, staff or visitor parking.

New USDA requirements will be implemented in the food service program for 2012-13. Students at all grade levels will now be required to have half a cup of a fruit or vegetable on their tray for the tray to qualify as a full meal. School food service programs must also limit how much meat/meat alternate and grains that can be offered.

Our appreciation is extended to the United Way of Brown County for their wonderful program of providing qualifying families with backpacks of school supplies. The United Way Backpack Project will make the return to school a more happy and satisfying experience for many students.



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