Your August Back to School primer

August 2017 graphic

There comes a point in every parent’s summer when they recognize school is just around the corner and Mrs. Davis had this epiphany just this past weekend.  In most houses this typically raises some anxiety and sets into motion a list of things that must be accomplished prior to that first day. So let me take the opportunity to check a few of those items off your list:

Wait, when is the first day of school???

I’m glad you asked! Students in Grades 1-12 will return on Thursday, August 17th.

*Please note that 6th Grade and 9th Grade students will attend on part of Wednesday, August 16th and you will receive information from the building on the specifics of this day for your student.

The district calendar can be found here for more info: District Calendar 2017-2018cropped-circleville-elem-photo.jpg

But what if my student is in Preschool/Kindergarten!

Kindergarten students will begin school on Monday, August 21st, or Tuesday, August 22nd and you will be notified by your child’s teacher which day they are set to begin.

Preschool students will begin on Monday, August 21st. (There are still openings for Preschool, tell your family and friends to contact Assistant Principal,  Jill Sims at jillian.sims@cvcsd.com with questions)

What are the school day start and end times?

**NEW this year** 

Circleville High School and Circleville Middle School will run from 7:40 a.m.-2:40 p.m.

Circleville Elementary School will run from 9:05 a.m.-3:25 p.m. (Preschool will be (9:05 a.m.-11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. -3:25 p.m.)

 

What supplies should my student bring?

CES Supply List

CMS Supply List

These lists are also available on each building’s webpage.

 

Are there beginning of the year events I should attend?

Absolutely!

CES:

Parents, guardians and students gather in the gym for grade level presentation. Afterwards, meet and greet individual teachers in their classrooms.

  • August 14: Grade 3 meet in gym at 5:30 p.m.
  • August 14: Grade 4 meet in gym at 6:00 p.m.
  • August 14: Grade 5 meet in gym at 6:30 p.m.
  • August 15: Kindergarten meet in gym at 5:30 p.m.
  • August 15: Grade 1 meet in gym at 6:00 p.m.
  • August 15: Grade 2 meet in gym at 6:30 p.m.
  • August 18: Preschool parents meet in their child’s classroom from 5:30-6:30

CMS:

  • Monday, August 14: 5 – 7 pm for last names A – H
  • Tuesday, August 15:  5 – 7 pm for last names I – Z
  • Wednesday, August 16: 6th Grade Orientation- 7:20am-12:20pm

CHS:

  • Monday August 7th and Tuesday August 8th: 10am-Noon- Grade 10-12 Schedule Pickup
  • Wednesday, August 16th: 9th Grade Orientation- 7:30am-Noon

Athletics:

  • August 3rd and 10th: 6:30pm-8pm- OHSAA Mandatory Parent Meeting (you must attend one parent meeting if your child is playing a Fall Sport)

What if I need to contact the building or my child’s teacher?

District Office- (740)-474-4340

Circleville High School- (740) 474-4846

Circleville Middle School- (740) 474-2345

Circleville Elementary School- (740) 474-2495

Email: Staff emails are set up in a firstname.lastname@cvcsd.com format, i.e. jonathan.davis@cvcsd.com

 

Are there new policies or things I need to be aware of for my child this year?

Yes, we adjusted the start and end times to improve our organizational and transportation procedures, those hours are listed above. Also, the state passed a brand new law (House Bill 410) regarding student attendance. This is drastically different than the previous policy and now tracks each student’s individual attendance by hours missed (as opposed to the old ‘days format’) regardless of whether that absence is considered excused or not. Here is a link to that legislation via the Ohio Department of Education: House Bill 410

Berger Image

Berger Health System and CCS are partnering this year to better serve the health needs of our students via the Berger Tiger Care Clinic which will be housed at CES. Berger will supply a Certified Nurse Practitioner that will have the ability to assess and treat CCS students. Collectively we recognize how hard it is to find and get into a high quality healthcare professional. We also recognize how quality healthcare can keep students active and engaged in school and home, thus increasing their chances at success. CCS will still employ our wonderful Nurse’s (Mrs. Karen Borland and Mrs. Jaime McKeivier), but they will now have added supports and resources to offer parents on the district campus to keep our students healthy. Nothing about this clinic is mandatory and Berger will not see any students prior to receiving parental permission and appropriate documentation. You will receive more on this clinic and the documentation process once school begins.

 

How do I see what is happening in my student’s building?

Another solid question! First I hope you offer to volunteer, visit, chaperone, etc., but we know families are very busy and that is why we use so many platforms to keep parents informed.

Class DoJo– CES and CMS staff members will utilize Class DoJo to keep you informed on a daily basis, please make sure you sign up!

Twitter-Each building and numerous clubs and organizations have their own Twitter accounts where they provide daily/weekly pictures and information.

And for District Info follow the Superintendent’s Office @CVCSD_Supt

 

As always please never hesitate to contact me with any questions as I want to keep you as informed as possible about the many exciting things happening to benefit the students at CCS.

 

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Planning Progress: The Summer Agenda

Talk of the Tigers 2017

As this is a new venture for me as Superintendent (blogging), and being that we are in the midst of summer, I felt it appropriate to make my first blog post about what happens in a school district in the summer. I also felt challenged by one of my Superintendent colleagues, who I learn a lot from on Twitter, Dr. P.J. Caposey, Superintendent of Meridian 223 School District in Illinois. Summer is an extremely busy and important time for a school district. After a short vacation with my family, I have returned and am proud to work alongside our great Circleville City Schools team to spend June/July/August:

  • Hiring the best of the best. There is nothing more important than hiring – as the teacher standing in front of the students each day is easily the most important variable in their success. I plan to write more about our new hires soon, but want to note here how excited I am for the new additions to the district and what they will mean for our students!
  • Maintaining Facilities. We spend a lot of time doing work on facilities that cannot be done with students in the building. This summer we’ve worked on parking lots, playgrounds, athletic fields, and other operational systems.
  • Applying for grants and funding. The new fiscal year starts in July, thus we spend an immense amount of time evaluating the budget provided by the state, applying for grants (state/federal), and evaluating our 5-year forecast.
  • Planning. Although we do a ton of planning throughout the school year, it is imperative we spend time in the summer reflecting on the previous year and planning for the upcoming year. Right now we are heavy into planning for our teachers’ 1st day back and the message and expectations we plan to set for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • Being physically active. We do not do this during the day, but I try to encourage all of our staff to use the summer to be active and get in a physical routine. A school year is mentally and physically exhausting and we must treat the summer as the “off-season” where we make sure we get our minds and bodies right for the year to come.
  • Diving into Professional Development. I’m in the middle of a number of different books right now on topics from literacy, to global achievement, to leadership practice. I am also heavily involved in PD on Twitter, where I get the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues around the world. Most educators use the summer to not only plan for the upcoming year, but to take classes to renew their license and/or to pick up new resources/skills for the upcoming year.
  • Meeting with our community. Summer is when we can get together with community partners and agencies to further collaborate on ways to help our students in the community.

This list is not exclusive, but shows a bit about the dedication of our staff to be engaged and to improve things for our students, even during June, July, and August.

I am really looking forward to the beginning of the year and continuing you to update you on happenings in the district. Go Tigers!

 

                                                 – Jonathan Davis, Superintendent of Schools