District 181 calendar change pushes back school start date

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Madeline Yeakey (from left), Rachael McCann and Molly Leahy, all of Clarendon Hills, participate in The Believe in Green Fair is sponsored by the Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Elementary District 181 Foundation and co-sponsored by The Doings. The event includes several displays, speakers and activities about economically friendly (green) ideas. | Sun-Times Media file photo
Chuck Fieldman
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June 4 11 a.m.

Highlights for 2014-15

Aug. 25: First day of student attendance; full day

Sept. 1: Labor Day

Oct. 13: Columbus Day

Nov. 4: Institute day/Election Day (no student attendance)

Nov. 24-25: Parent-teacher conferences (no school)

Nov. 26-28: Thanksgiving break

Dec. 22-Jan. 2: winter break

Jan. 19: Martin Luther King Day

Feb. 16: Presidents Day

Feb. 27: Teacher institute day (no student attendance)

March 30–April 3: Spring break

May 15: Teacher institute (no student attendance)

May 25: Memorial Day

June 1: Grading day (no student attendance)

June 5: Last day of school

Students in Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Elementary District 181 will return to school in the fall a few days later than was initially planned.

The first day of school for the 2014-15 school year will be Monday, Aug. 25, instead of Thursday, Aug. 21, which was the start date in a previous tentative calendar. In conjunction with that change, the last day of student attendance for 2014-15 will be Friday, June 5, rather than Wednesday, June 3.

The calendar changes were approved by the District 181 Board to allow for additional staff development time at the start of the new school year.

Because of changes in education, including the new Common Core State Standards, both the board and the Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Teachers’ Association expressed an interest in professional development time being an area of major focus for the newly approved, two-year teachers’ contract.

“We are committed to being up-to-date with current best practices and working with the board and administration in putting the structural supports in place to allow for ongoing professional development,” said Heather Scott, co-president of the teachers’ group. “It is important that teachers have opportunities to plan and discuss together how we can best serve students and be most effective in the classroom.”

A new plan aims to reduce the amount of time substitute teachers are needed to fill in for teachers in the classroom by moving some staff development time outside of the school day.

Scott and fellow teachers’ association co-president Sarah Hoffman said teachers are looking forward to preserving in-class time as well as having their professional development schedule for the next school year provided well in advance.

A sub-committee working during negotiations has mapped out the professional development plan for 2014-15, they said.

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Highlights for 2014-15

Aug. 25: First day of student attendance; full day

Sept. 1: Labor Day

Oct. 13: Columbus Day

Nov. 4: Institute day/Election Day (no student attendance)

Nov. 24-25: Parent-teacher conferences (no school)

Nov. 26-28: Thanksgiving break

Dec. 22-Jan. 2: winter break

Jan. 19: Martin Luther King Day

Feb. 16: Presidents Day

Feb. 27: Teacher institute day (no student attendance)

March 30–April 3: Spring break

May 15: Teacher institute (no student attendance)

May 25: Memorial Day

June 1: Grading day (no student attendance)

June 5: Last day of school

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