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STARTING THE SCHOOL YEAR

 

We are quickly moving through the month of August which means we are getting close to the opening of the 2013-2014 school year.  I am returning to the task of providing information about the district in the Cold Spring Record.

 

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.

 

START OF SCHOOL YEAR

 

It is a sure sign of the school year when the fall athletic activities get underway.  This past week was the opening of the "conditioning" season for cross-country, girls' tennis, senior high football, senior high volleyball, girls swimming, and other fall activities. Senior high student athletes reported for "duty" beginning on August 12.

 

New members of the school staff report to school for orientation processes beginning this week!  On Monday, August 19, we begin sessions with new staff members and continue through Thursday. 

 

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 members return to school during the week of August 26 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. 

 

We have a district-wide in-service day set for Thursday, August 29.  The day includes a noon luncheon with the Cold Spring Chamber of Commerce, Richmond Civic and Commerce, and all school staff. 

 

School resumes across the district on Tuesday, September 3, as students return for classes following the Labor Day weekend! 

 

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.