STARTING THE SCHOOL YEAR
We are quickly moving through the month of August which means we are getting close to the opening of the 2014-2015 school year. After a break during the month of July, it is a privilege and a pleasure to return to the task of "filling" the space allowed in the Cold Spring Record on a regular basis.
PURPOSE OF THE COLUMN
It is my desire to use this space to share information about the school system. I believe the space can be a useful tool in sharing information about issues, events, programs, and decisions in the school district as well as items about education in general.
At different times of the year, I will cover various topics and issues. As we go through the year, some of the articles will prove to be time-specific—they will be used to cover immediate issues in the district. At other times, the articles will highlight information about education in general or themes or topics about education.
I hope regular readers will find something worthwhile in the articles as they are provided throughout the year.
It is a sure sign of the school year when the fall athletic activities get underway. It is our pleasure to have added soccer to our activity program with the students preparing for our first season under Minnesota State High School League direction.
This past week was the opening of the "conditioning" season for cross-country, girls' tennis, senior high football, senior high volleyball, girls swimming, soccer and other fall activities. Senior high student athletes reported for "duty" beginning on August 11.
NEW STAFF REPORT
New members of the school staff report to school for orientation processes beginning this week! On Monday, August 18, we begin sessions with new staff members and continue through Wednesday.
The new staff will be provided information about the district, meet other new staff members, visit their school sites, talk with the building principal, and “adjust” to the new school setting.
ALL STAFF REPORT
All staff members return to school during the week of August 25 with workshop and in-service days scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of that week. The school open houses for students are scheduled that week as well with the open houses set for Wednesday.
We have a district-wide in-service day set for Thursday, August 28. The day includes a luncheon with the Cold Spring Chamber of Commerce, Richmond Civic and Commerce, and all school staff.
Parents should have gotten and returned transportation information already. If you have not yet returned the transportation card, it is critical that they be returned immediately in order to be scheduled in a regular bus route!
School resumes across the district on Tuesday, September 2, as students return for classes following the Labor Day weekend! Because Labor Day falls on the first of September, this is a fairly early start to the school year! Nonetheless, our school days will begin a regular schedule starting at 8:20 on September 2.
NOTE OF THANKS
I truly appreciate the willingness of the staff at the Record to allow the space, review the materials, and work to get information out to the public. It is a tremendous privilege to work with the professional staff at the paper and to be able to share information with our school district.