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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

While summer doesn’t officially end until Sept. 23, students throughout Holyoke School District Re-1J will see their summer vacation come to an end Thursday, Aug. 14, as they head back to the classroom for the start of the 2014-15 school year.

Back-to-School Night is planned for Wednesday, Aug. 13, from 5-6 p.m. at both Holyoke Elementary School and Holyoke JR/SR High School. The night gives parents an opportunity to gather important information about the upcoming year, such as attaining a login and password for the Parent Portal to access grade and attendance information from home.

Students will also have an opportunity to prepare for the first day of school Wednesday night as they can visit with teachers and principals, purchase activity passes and lunch tickets, pay fees and practice with lockers.

The night is especially helpful for younger students who can locate classrooms and unpack their school supplies.

School supply lists can be found at schools, local retailers or on the home page of the district website,

A fall sports parent meeting will take place Monday, Aug. 11, in the JR/SR high auditorium at 7 p.m. A random drug testing program meeting will follow.


Important 2014-15 dates announced

For those looking ahead to make plans, several dates of importance—including inservice, vacation, dance and parent/teacher conference dates—have been released.

Friday morning late starts will also be in effect for the third year. Classes will begin at 9 a.m. every Friday with the usual dismissal times. The hour prior to classes will be utilized by teachers for meetings, professional development in technology and time for collaboration to improve classroom instruction.

Vacation dates are set for:

—Sept. 1 for Labor Day.

—Sept. 29 for teacher inservice.

—Oct. 10 for staff comp day.

—Oct. 27 for teacher inservice.

—Nov. 17 for teacher inservice.

—Nov. 26-28 for Thanksgiving.

—Dec. 19 half day for staff inservice. There will be no late start.

—Dec. 22-Jan. 2 for Christmas break.

—Jan. 19 for teacher inservice.

—Feb. 16 for President’s Day.

—Feb. 23 for teacher inservice.

—March 6 for staff comp day.

—March 16-20 for spring break.

—April 3 for Good Friday.

—April 27 for teacher inservice.

—May 22 half day for staff inservice. No late start.

Other dates of importance to remember:

—Sept. 26, Homecoming.

—Oct. 6-7 and March 2-3, JR/SR High parent/teacher conferences.

—Nov. 17-18 and March 2-3, elementary school parent/teacher conferences.

—May 2, Prom.

—May 10, graduation.

A detailed community calendar sponsored by the Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, Holyoke School District and area businesses will be made available at Back-to-School Night. Following Back-to-School Night, the calendars will also be available at local businesses or at the school office. The calendar contains community, school and athletic events as well as club and organization meetings and national holidays.

As school activities are subject to change, the school website can be checked to ensure accuracy. Visit the district website for updates.


School cancellations, late starts explained

A computerized calling system will once again be put to use for school closures and other important announcements throughout the year.

The messenger system is the primary method of communication during school closures. The website can also be utilized. Parents will also be notified when their children are absent or have a low lunch account balance.

Late starts may also be called on occasion due to inclement weather. In these instances, school will begin two hours later than normal, with buses running two hours later than the regular pickup time. Students and parents will be notified of the late start by the messenger system.


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Holyoke Enterprise Aug. 7, 2014