Our Board of Education recently approved the school year calendar for 2015-2016. This calendar will look quite different than our past years' schedule. Students will begin classes on Aug. 17, 2015 and conclude on May 26, 2016.
While this may seem a lot earlier as compared to this school year’s start, please keep in mind that the district pushed the start date back to the last week in August this school year in order to give our staff ample time to make the transition to our temporary elementary buildings for Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt. If you compare to years previous to this, our Aug. 17 start date is less than a week earlier than usual.
A calendar committee made the proposed recommendation for an earlier school year start based on a number of factors.
Parents who responded to a survey regarding the academic calendar indicated a preference for more instructional time to occur prior to students taking standardized tests. Beginning school on a Monday should result in a more productive beginning week for students and staff.
The new calendar will also result in the second-quarter end coinciding with the start of Winter Break. Input from our high school faculty indicated that this would benefit our high school students as they would no longer have midterm exams come shortly after their return to school in January and after a long academic break.
With the bulk of the construction work for our new schools taking place over the summer, having students wrap up the school year before Memorial Day will also allow our construction team to maximize its work time at the high school while students are not there.
Thank you for your understanding during a significant period of transition within the Lakewood City Schools.
Jeffrey W. Patterson