Board of Education Approves 2014-15 Academic Calendar

The 2014-15 school year calendar was approved at the February 24 Board of Education meeting. The district needed to approve the calendar prior to March 1 in order to be granted an early start waiver. That timeframe was new this year due to changes in legislation and the rules-making process at the state level.

The 2014-15 school year calendar recommendation was presented at the February 10 Waukee Board of Education meeting. The recommendation was prepared by the Teacher Advisory Committee. The Board approved the recommendation with no changes.

Waukee DRAFT 2014-15  School Year Calendar:

Some dates, like SPA Conferences are still being decided. To view the draft of the 2014-15 school year calendar click here.

Calendar

Component

Proposed Date(s)

Rationale

All School Open House August 11, 2014


School Start  August 13, 2014 A Wednesday school start has been a favored option for a number of years. In order to allow secondary levels to end the first semester prior to Winter Break, benefiting optimal student performance on final exams and better aligning high school classes offered for DMACC credit, we recommend a start date of Wednesday, August 13.


Last Day of School May 22, 2014  Days missed due to inclement weather will be made up at the end of the regular school year.

Thanksgiving Break November 26-28  Students would be on break from November 26 through November 28. Classes would resume on December 1.


Winter Break Dec. 22 to January 2 Classes resume Mon, Jan 5, 2015 Students would be on break from Dec.22, 2014 through Jan 2, 2015. Classes would resume with the second semester starting on Mon Jan 5, 2015.

Spring Break March 16-20, 2015 Area superintendents have set March 16-20, 2015 as Spring Break week.

Fall Conferences Oct 14 & 16 PV The middle schools will schedule conferences on two evenings for the Fall and Spring semesters. Because of high student enrollment in core teams, they will continue to hold conferences throughout one day of each conference week. Students at the middle schools will not be in attendance on that day, but students in all other district buildings will be in attendance. Prairieview will hold two conference evenings during the Fall and Spring semesters. Waukee High School will continue to schedule one conference evening per quarter. During their conference weeks in November and in March, elementary teachers will schedule individual conferences to fit parent schedules, but will have one common evening time and common time on an early dismissal day.
Nov 3 & 6 WMS/SMS
Nov 7 All Day WMS/SMS
Elem Conferences (tentative): Week of Nov 15-Nov 21 Common times: Wed Nov 19: 2 to 4 Thur Nov 20: 4 to 6
HS conferences are scheduled one evening per quarter

Spring Conferences Feb 17 and 19 PV A format similar to that in the fall would occur with spring conferences.
Feb 16 &19 WMS/SMS
Feb 20 All Day at WMS/SMS only
Elem Conferences (tentative): Wed Mar 5-Wed Mar 11 Common times: Tues Mar 10 4-6 pm Wed Mar 11 2-4 pm

Early Out Wednesdays – Professional Development August 27 In education we often use the terms staff development, professional development and in- service education inter- changeably. Just as in any profession, it is important that educators have ongoing professional development to improve their skills and address student learning needs. Research tells us that the single biggest effect on student achievement is the individual teacher in the classroom. Improve teaching skills and teaching practices, and in turn, student performance will improve.Elementary 1:40 – Middle School 1:05 – High School 12:50
September 10 and 24
October 8 and 22
November 5 and 19
December 3 ad 17
January 7 and 21
February 4 and 18
March 4 and 25
April 8 and 22
May 13


Teacher Work Days Work Days for all staff: August 8, 11, 12; Oct 17; March 13; May 26. Flex Work Days: HS Jan. 2. All Elem and PVS Feb. 20. WMS and SMS Feb. 2.3 The Committee has gathered data from teachers and administrators at every building and has attempted to customize Work Days to best meet the needs of teachers at various grade levels and buildings so they can best facilitate student learning and prepare for instruction or for conferences. The Committee proposes some fixed Work Days and one flex Work Day. All staff would have 3 Work Days prior to the start of school, on Friday, October 17, Friday March 14, and on the day following the last day of school. However, staff members at various buildings have selected a building-specific Work Day in the second semester. No students would attend school on those Flex Work Days. HS teachers have chosen a Work Day on Friday, Jan. 3. Teachers at PVS and Elementary buildings have chosen a Work Day on Friday, Feb. 20. WMS and SMS will hold their Work Day on Monday, Feb. 23.

Teacher Quality Professional Day August 7, 2014 The Committee recommends placement of the Professional Development Day using Teacher Quality funds on Thurs, Aug. 7. This date was selected with input from the Teacher Quality Fund Committee and teacher surveys.

We are hopeful that this calendar meets student learning needs at every level of instruction, allows for individual building preferences and needs, and that it fairly implements the requests, suggestions, and preferences of teachers, administrators, and parents in the community.

As this committee examined survey data, considered student learning needs, teacher planning needs, and calendar options, we attempted to provide a school year calendar which will enhance the learning opportunities of our students, reflect current research on optimal learning and 21st century educational goals, as well as take community and family needs into consideration.

Committee Members

  • Susan Sandholm-Petersen, Chairperson
  • Karla St. John, Chairperson
  • Andy Pals
  • Amber Allen
  • Megan Ferchen
  • JoAnna Huisman
  • Dr. Dave Wilkerson
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