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Proposed 2013-2014 Valley View Calendar Includes Earlier Start, End to School Year

Valley View School District 365U is seeking public comment for the 2013-2014 district calendar.

Classes will start a week earlier under a proposed 2013-2014 Valley View School District 365U calendar. 

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The first day of school would be Aug. 16; the last would be May 27 if there are no school days. The first day of school for the 2012-2013 school year was Aug. 22. 

The calendar shift means the first semester, including final exams, will end before the district's winter break. High school students currently take their final exams after winter break.

School holidays would include Labor Day (Sept. 2), Columbus Day (Oct. 14), Veterans’ Day (Nov. 11), Martin Luther King’s birthday (Jan. 20), Presidents’ Day (Feb. 17), Pulaski Day (March 3), Good Friday (April 18), and Memorial Day (May 26).

Thanksgiving break would be Nov. 27-29, winter break from Dec. 23 through Jan. 5 and spring break from April 7 to April 13.

A calendar committee recommended the 2013-2014. Certified and classified staff from all grade levels and parents were part of the committee. 

The draft will be brought back to the board for approval on Feb. 11.

Anyone wishing to comment on the draft may either submit the comment through “Ask the Superintendent” at www.vvsd.org or by calling Lisa Langer at 815-886-2700, ext. 241.

A copy of the draft is included in the News section at www.vvsd.org.

A concerned citizen January 19, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Why doesnt the school year just begin on Monday instead of Wednesday and then the year can end before Memorial Day?
mom of students January 19, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Looks to me like they are also switching to 4 grading periods. Does that mean 4 sets of official grades per year rather than 2? I'm in favor of that. Grades at the end of grading periods 1 & 2 and 4 & 5 were really nothing more than progress reports anyway.
Bob Jamesly January 19, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Hey, let's award the Big Mitch some more money this year!
Holly January 19, 2013 at 11:07 PM
School begins early enough in August. All the buildings have air conditioning, but let kids be kids and enjoy the remainder of their summer outside.
Lettuce January 20, 2013 at 05:51 AM
The quarters are for elementary and middle schools. The high school will still be on semesters,

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