New School Year Begins August 21
Students in the Cedar Rapids Community School District will begin the 2012-13 school year on Tuesday, Aug. 21.
Students in the Cedar Rapids Community School District will begin the 2012-13 school year on Tuesday, Aug. 21. The first day of classes will be an early dismissal day for most students. (Taylor Elementary School began classes in July and will not dismiss early.)
Middle and high schools will dismiss at 12:30 p.m. Elementary schools will dismiss at 1:30 p.m. Families can find the complete school year calendar on the District web site here.
As students prepare to begin the new school year, District administrators offer the following tips to help families get off to a great start:
- Set an appropriate bedtime and stick to it.
- Set a regular study time and create a study space with all the needed materials.
- Establish a family reading time.
- Scale back TV time.
- Watch TV as a family and use situations to discuss and reinforce your family values.
- Ask your child to tell you every evening what he/she learned in school that day.
- Establish routines to help morning and evening times together go smoothly.
- Make time for family meals, talks, and activities.
- Bring a positive attitude and a focus on learning to school.
- Be open to meeting new friends.
- Decide with your student how they will arrive at school each day, i.e. bus, walking, or riding a bike. If you are riding the bus, be sure to familiarize yourself with bus routines. Also, understand that buses may run a bit late during the first days of school.
- Determine goals for the year, and weekly reflect on goals and the progress your son/daughter is making toward meeting the goal.
- Commit to coming to school every day on time except when you are sick.
- Stay calm and be patient - things will always work out (whether you are entering kindergarten, sixth grade, or ninth grade,)…….someone will be there to help you.
- At high school, take the most challenging classes that you can handle.
- Parents should remember that home and school form a powerful partnership to promote learning. To that end, parents should:
- Get to know their child’s teacher and keep in touch teachers during the year by phone, email, and in person.
- Think/plan for ways to get involved -- volunteering, attending events, communicating regularly with teachers, etc. Children are more successful when they see that their parents are interested and involved in their education.
- Make a plan and keep a calendar for after-school and evening events. Put each child’s activities in different color ink.
- Provide complete and accurate information on family emergency cards.
- Contact your school if you moved over the summer and have a new address or a new phone number.
- Contact your school if your child needs school supplies or if you have questions about the start of the school year.
- Practice logging on to the PowerSchool (school data system) and sign up for alerts so you will receive information immediately.