Calendar Recommendations for 2015-16
At the September 22 Waukee Board of Education meeting Susan Sandholm-Peterson and Andy Pals, calendar committee chairs, presented the 2015-16 Waukee Education Association (WEA) school calendar recommendations. Sandholm-Peterson and Pals walked board members through the recommendation and answered questions.
The 2015-16 school year calendar, along with the appropriate public hearings, will be approval items on the October 27 Board of Education agenda. The district must approve the calendar prior to November 1 in order to be granted an early start waiver. That timeframe is new this year due to changes in legislation.
WEA Calendar Recommendations for 2015-16 School Year:
Based upon member survey data and discussion by building representatives of the WEA Calendar Committee, the Committee proposes the following recommendations for the 2015-2016 school year calendar:
To view the proposed calendar click here.
|School Start||Thursday, August 13, 2015||A mid-week school start has been a favored option for a number of years. We recommend a start date of Thursday, August 13, 2015. This start date allows secondary levels to end the first semester prior to Winter Break, benefits optimal student performance on final exams, and better aligns high school classes offered for DMACC credit. This start date also allows teachers to begin their Work Days at the beginning of that week, rather than the week before.|
|Winter Break||Wed Dec 23, 2015 through Mon Jan 4, 2016
Classes resume Tues Jan 5, 2016
|Students would be on break from Dec 23, 2015 through Jan 4, 2016.Classes would resume, and the second semester would start, on Tues Jan 5, 2016.|
|Spring Break||March 14-18, 2016||Area superintendents have set March 14-18, 2016 as Spring Break Week.|
|Fall Conferences||Elem Conferences: To be determined||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.|
|Oct 12 & 15 WMS/SMS||Waukee Middle School, South Middle School will schedule conferences on two evenings
for the Fall and Spring semesters.
|Oct 13 & 15 Prairieview and Timberline||Prairieview and Timberline will schedule conferences on two evenings for the Fall and Spring semesters.|
|WHS conferences are scheduled one evening per quarter||Waukee High School will continue to schedule one conference evening per quarter.|
|Feb 15&18 WMS/SMS
Feb 16 and 18 Prairieview and Timberline
Elem Conferences: To be determined
|A format similar to that in the fall would occur with
|Teacher Work Days||Work Days for all staff:
||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 varied grade levels and buildings, so that they can best facilitate student learning, prepare for instruction or for conferences, or to complete assessment evaluations.
The Committee proposes five fixed Work Days and two flex Work Days. The Committee recommends these fixed Work Days: three Work Days prior to the start of school, on Friday, October 16, 2015 and the day following the last day of school.The first recommended Flex Work Day combination is Monday, Jan 4, 2016 and Friday, Feb 19, 2016. The second recommended Flex Work Day combination is Friday Mar 11, 2016 and Friday, Apr 29, 2016. No students would attend school on those Flex Work
|Flex Work Days WHS:
|Flex Work Days Waukee Middle & South Middle:
|Flex Work Days Prairieview and Timberline:
|Flex Work Days All Elementary Schools:
|Teacher Quality Professional Day||Tues, Sept 8, 2015||The Committee recommends placement of the Professional Development Day funded with Teacher Quality money on Tues, Sept 8, 2015. This date was selected with input from the Teacher Quality Fund Committee and from teachers.|
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 families in the district
As this committee examined survey data, considered student learning needs, teacher planning needs, and calendar options, we have attempted to provide a school year calendar which will maximize the learning opportunities of our students, make use of current research on optimal learning and 21st Century educational goals, as well as to take into consideration the needs of families and of the community.
- Susan Sandholm-Petersen, Chairperson
- Andy Pals–Chairperson
- Katrina Lint
- Jenifer Huyck
- Emily Jamison
- Kelli McClurg
- Dr. Dave Wilkerson