ptcElementary schools will have early dismissal on Thursday, Dec. 3, and be closed Friday, Dec. 4 for parent-teacher conferences. We all want our children to be successful and parent-teacher conferences are a wonderful opportunity to meet with teachers and check on a child's progress in school. Plus, teachers love getting to know their students' families. Here are some tips for getting the most out of parent-teacher conferences. Questions? Send them to us. 

New Calendar Option

The board is considering a third calendar option for the 2016-2017 school year. This new option was developed in response to feedback from teachers and administrators and was presented to the board at its regular Nov. 18 meeting.

Parents, patrons and staff are encouraged to provide comments on all three calendar options through December. The board is expected to make a final decision on the 2016-2017 calendar at its Dec. 9 board meeting. All three calendars include a week off at Thanksgiving, two weeks and a day off at Christmas/New Year and a week off for Spring Break. Students are also in school for a week after Spring Break in order to prepare for state testing.

The new option, Option 3, has a start date of Wednesday, Aug. 24, and a short first week of school. It includes two days of imbedded professional development during the school year on Friday, Oct. 7, and Monday, Jan. 16, rather than having all professional development at the start of the school year. The last day of school would be June 2. 

Option 1 has an Aug. 29 start date, is probably the best calendar for instruction. It mirrors the 15-16 calendar, with the first trimester ending before the Thanksgiving break, has an even number of days for each trimester, and meets the state requirements for hours of instruction (I.C. 33-512 (1)(a)). The last day of school would be June 2.

Option 2 has a start day of Sept. 6, the Tuesday after Labor Day. The first trimester would end the week after Thanksgiving with students taking finals after the holiday. With a teacher workday, days off for parent-teacher conferences, and the Christmas holiday in December, there would only be nine instructional days, which would require some other adjustments to meet the statutory requirements for instructional hours. The last day of school would be June 9.

collegeartworkCongratulations to all our seniors who recently received letters from the Idaho State Board of Education letting them know they had been accepted to Idaho's colleges and universities. This is an exciting milestone, but it's just the first step in the process. Students MUST STILL COMPLETE AN APPLICATION AND SEND AN OFFICIAL HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT to  to any of the schools they plan to attend next fall. Those applications must be submitted by Feb. 15 to guarantee admission. Students may want to submit them even earlier to be considered for financial aid. To learn more, go to Next Steps Idaho.  Questions? Send them to us

PowerSchoolMobileAppThe all-new PowerSchool Mobile app gives parents and students immediate access to information on grades, attendance and assignments. Having access to real-time information can really help parents stay connected to their children's classrooms and help their children succeed in school. Download the app for free today from the Apple Store or Google Play. Set it up on your smartphone using District 91's code of DWSM. Learn More Questions? Send them to us.