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Submit Your Input! NEW 2014-15 Calendar Options

The WDMCS Calendar Committee is seeking your input on four options for the 2014-15 school calendar. The survey results will be considered as the committee develops its final proposed calendar, which will be submitted to the WDMCS Board of Education for approval in February.

  • The survey is open until Thursday, Feb. 6.
  • See the main features of each option and then take the survey below.

Key Features

Some calendar options include ending the first semester before winter break for secondary schools. Another option eliminates early-out Wednesdays and instead includes three half-days spread throughout the calendar.

Calendar No. 1

  • First Day of School: August 13
  • First Semester Ends (Secondary): December 19
  • Winter Break: December 22-January 2 for students. (Teachers return on Jan. 2)
  • Spring Break: March 16-20
  • Second Semester Ends (Secondary): May 22
  • Last Day of School: May 22
  • Early Outs/Teacher Collaboration Schedule: Follows current Collaboration Schedule, with all schools dismissing 45 minutes early every Wednesday.

Calendar No. 1 Month-by-Month View

 

Calendar No. 2

  • First Day of School: August 14
  • First Semester Ends (Secondary): December 23
  • Winter Break: December 24-January 1
  • Spring Break: March 16-20
  • Second Semester Ends (Secondary): May 22
  • Last Day of School: May 22
  • Early Outs/Teacher Collaboration Schedule: Follows current Collaboration Schedule, with all schools dismissing 45 minutes early every Wednesday.

Calendar No. 2 Month-by-Month View

 

Calendar No. 3

  • First Day of School: August 20
  • Winter Break: December 22- January 2
  • First Semester Ends (Secondary): January 14
  • Spring Break: March 16-20
  • Second Semester Ends (Secondary): June 3
  • Last Day of School: June 3
  • Early Outs/Teacher Collaboration Schedule: Follows current Collaboration Schedule, with all schools dismissing 45 minutes early every Wednesday.

Calendar No. 3 Month-by-Month View

 

Calendar No. 4

  • First Day of School: August 13
  • First Semester Ends (Secondary): December 19
  • Winter Break: December 22-January 2 for students. (Teachers return on Jan. 2.)
  • Spring Break: March 16-20
  • Second Semester Ends (Secondary): May 22
  • Last Day of School: May 22
  • Early Outs/Teacher Collaboration Schedule: Eliminates early dismissals on Wednesdays. Early Outs/Teacher Collaboration occurs during three half days on September 15, November 14 and December 12.

Calendar No. 4 Month-by-Month View

Hours Instead of Days

Each of our calendar options is based on the number of hours of instruction the district provides students. Here’s a little background:

  • The state has always mandated that school districts provide a minimum of 180 days of instruction for students. A recent change in Iowa law now allows school districts to count instructional time based on hours.
  • Your children will receive the same amount instructional time as they have in the past, even though the calendar options are based on hours instead of days.
  • Does this mean we don’t have to make up snow days? Not necessarily. We have chosen hours instead of days because it provides more flexibility. Instruction time missed because of inclement weather may still be made up. How this will be made up has not yet been determined.

Survey – The Survey is Now Closed.

The calendar survey is open through Thursday, Feb. 6. The survey results will be considered by the district’s calendar committee in determining the final proposed calendar, which will be submitted to the WDMCS Board of Education for approval in February. The calendar committee is made up of parents, teachers and administrators.

Public Hearing on Calendar February 10

A public hearing on the final proposed calendar is tentatively scheduled for Monday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines. An announcement will be posted to the district website with the final date and time.