Kids head back to classDouglas County youth have five more days to soak up the sun before summer vacation ends.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
Douglas County youth have five more days to soak up the sun before summer vacation ends.
Schools throughout the county are back in session Wednesday with one exception.
Twin Ports Baptist Academy welcomes students back Sept. 7.
That’s still two days earlier than students in Duluth, who head back to class Sept. 9.
All the schools have Labor Day, Sept. 6, off.
Superior school district
Class begins for elementary students Wednesday. Although it is a mandatory attendance day, most of the district’s six elementary schools are holding a celebration/orientation session that day. At Bryant, they call it Smart Start. At Northern Lights, it’s a First Day Celebration. Students and their families can visit the classroom and meet their teachers in a more relaxed setting.
The elementary school day begins at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m., except at Lake Superior Elementary School, where the school day runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Students in the 4-year-old kindergarten program at Cooper, Great Lakes and Four Corners schools are encouraged to attend a meet and greet Wednesday, with classes officially starting Thursday. Daycare-based 4K programs at Noah’s Ark Daycare, New Horizons Children’s Center of Superior, University Children’s Center, Superior Children’s Center and the YMCA Daycare begin Sept. 7. All Family Forum Head Start based 4K classes begin Sept. 9. Enrollments for the 4K program are accepted year-round.
Superior Middle School offers a staggered start to the school year. Seventh and eighth graders attend school Wednesday while sixth graders stay home. Thursday, sixth graders attend while seventh and eighth graders get the day off. As of Friday, all three grades are required to attend. Classes at SMS begin at 8:15 a.m. and end at 2:50 p.m.
At Superior High School, all students in grades nine through 12 are required to attend beginning Wednesday. There will be orientation sessions for each grade level that day in the Performing Arts Center – freshmen at 8:20 a.m., 12th grade at 9:40 p.m., 11th grade at 12:55 p.m. and 10th grade at 1:50 p.m. SHS students begin the school day at 8:20 a.m. and are dismissed at 3:05 p.m.
All students in the Superior school district will have five early release days. They will be dismissed from school early on Sept. 30, Dec. 14, Jan. 20, April 5 and May 23. On those early release dates, SMS students will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m., SHS students at 12:45 p.m. and elementary school students at 1 p.m. Staff and administrators will use those afternoon hours to review common core standards that were recently adopted by the state in English/language, arts, math and literacy.
Elementary and middle school supply lists, the school calendar and other information can be found at www.superior.k12.wi.us. Many area stores also carry supply lists in their back-to-school sections.
School district of Maple
Elementary school students in grades one through five and middle school students in grades six through eight start back to school Wednesday. At Northwestern High School, only incoming freshmen are required to attend school Wednesday for an orientation session.
Thursday and Friday will be a full day of school for all students except kindergarteners.
Kindergarten students at both Northwestern and Iron River elementary schools begin classes Sept. 7.
Children enrolled in the district’s 4-year-old kindergarten program begin class Sept. 13.
For more information or class supply lists, visit www.maple.k12.wi.us.
Solon Springs school district
All students in grades K-12 start the school year Wednesday.
The district’s 4-year-old kindergarten program begins Sept. 13.
An orientation for new students and seventh graders will be held at 5 p.m. Monday. Participants will meet in the school cafeteria and tour the school. This is the second year such a session has been held.
“It gives new students time to get familiar with the school before others students are in the building,” said Jennifer Wellnitz, a counselor with the Solon Springs district.
For more information on the school calendar or supply lists, visit http://eyrie3.solonk12.net/school/.
Northwood school district
Classes begin for Northwood students in grades K-12 on Wednesday.
The district will launch its new 4-year-old kindergarten and 3-year-old educational daycare program Sept. 7. Enrollments are still being taken for both programs, which are a collaborative effort between the district and Family Forum Head Start based out of Spooner.
Students and their families are invited to a Back to School Picnic from 6:30-7 p.m. Monday. They can enjoy hot dogs and games, pick up information and get a look at the school before classes start Wednesday.
“We encourage everyone to come get all the information they need,” said Josh Tomesh, Northwood principal.
Next year, the district will offer an additional option for students. Northwood will begin the process of building a project-based charter school this year, fueled by a three-year state grant. While housed in the Northwood building, the charter school will be independent of the district.
“Kids will create their own projects in which the components of math, science and social studies come together in a common thread,” Tomesh said. The cross-curriculum projects will be the school’s focus, drawing on student interest so they are motivated to learn.
Training for all teachers, not just those who will work in the new charter school, is set to take place this year. The school is slated to start in fall of 2011.
“We’re extremely excited, not only about what the program will offer but the learning opportunity for staff,” Tomesh said.
For more information on the district, calendar or school supplies list, visit www.northwood.k12.wi.us.
All Cathedral School students, including those in the 4-year-old kindergarten program, begin classes on Wednesday.
Families are invited to an all-school meet and greet from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the school. Students can drop off supplies, meet their teachers and get a look at their classrooms before classes begin.
A welcome back to school picnic for all Cathedral School families is planned for 4-7 p.m. Sept. 9 at Billings Park.
For more information on the school and supply lists, look Cathedral up online at www.superiorcathedralschool.org.
Class begins for all students in grades K-12 on Wednesday. The school’s preschool for children ages 2-3 will start Sept. 7.
An orientation for all grades takes place at 6:30 p.m. today at the school.
Twin Ports Baptist Academy
Students at Twin Ports Baptist get an extra few days of sunshine this summer. They return to class after the Labor Day holiday.