The official school calendar for the 2011-2012 school year was approved by the Cherokee School District Board of Education Monday night.
The Board chose one of four proposed calendars compiled by District administrators, with input from staff. On a recommendation from Superintendent Dr. John Chalstrom, the District Principals, and a majority of the staff, the Board had set earlier parameters of ending the first semester before the Christmas Holiday break, and including a week-long spring break.
The approved calendar calls for classes to begin Thursday, August 18, and the first semester ending Thursday, Dec. 22 with a 1 p.m. dismissal.
There are 88 days in the first semester, and 92 in the second semester to meet the mandatory 180-day school year.
The second semester begins Tuesday, Jan. 3 following the holiday break, and concludes Wednesday, May 23. There is a spring break Monday, March 12 through Friday, March 16.
The Thanksgiving break is Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Nov. 23-25.
The 2012 Graduation will be Sunday, May 20.
The Board also heard about the dwindling number of parents actively participating in Parent-Teacher Conferences in elementary, middle school, and high school grades.
Chalstrom said the District Prinicpals were frustrated over the lower numbers of parents attending the conference, but realized the impact of such extenuating circumstances as weather, scheduling conflicts, and the fact many parents can now access their children's achievements on-line.
Chalstrom said all school districts experience higher parental engagement at the elementary level, than at the high school level.
The District will explore the possibility of scheduling parent appointments for Middle School students, as is now done at the Roosevelt Elementary level. For high school students, parents are encouraged to attend the conferences, with teachers conveniently set up at individual stations in the gymnasium for a one-stop shopping experience.