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Two scheduling changes will occur during the upcoming 2017-2018 school year that will affect middle school families in the Upper Arlington City School District.
As was shared in February with families, the district will launch an orientation program for sixth-grade students at the start of the 2017-2018 school year to assist with their transition to middle school. At the middle school level, the first day of school, August 16, will be only for sixth-grade students and students who are new to the district in grades seven and eight. During the orientation, students will learn about the building, find their way to classes, work with staff members and get to know their classmates.
Returning students in grades seven and eight will begin their school year on August 17 and are encouraged to use August 16 to finish any summer reading.
Also at the middle school level, the district will be adding a monthly early release to the calendar for 2017-2018. Students will be released from school at 1:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. This is in addition to two district-wide early release days scheduled for September 27 and February 28. On all early release days, bus transportation will be provided as usual.
The additional early releases will allow staff members at both schools to dive deeper into the very important topic of literacy as well as the middle level review the schools began during the 2016-17 school year. The focus of this work is exploring the question, “What learning experiences do our middle school students need to be prepared for high school, college, career and life?”
The additional time provided by these early releases during the 2017-18 school will allow the middle school staffs to work together to craft meaningful changes that will have a positive impact on students for years to come.
For a full listing of these additional dates for middle school families, please see this calendar.