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Proposed 2013-2014 Stoughton Public Schools Calendar Approved by School Committee

The Stoughton School Committee approved a calendar for the 2013-2014 school year at their Tuesday meeting, setting the start and end dates, as well as vacation dates. Early release dates and first day of school for kindergarten still needs to be added.

With about five months left this school year, the Stoughton School Committee and school administrators already started looking ahead to next year's school calendar.

The School Committee approved on a 4-1 vote a preliminary calendar for the 2013-2014 school year, which has school starting after Labor Day and ending a week before July 4th if all snow days are used.

The calendar has students in grades 1-12 returning to school Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. Teachers and Unit A staff return the day before, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. Labor Day is Monday, Sept. 2.

After students in grades 1-12 return that Wednesday they have the next two days off (Sept. 5-6) for Rosh Hashanah and then have two more days off for the weekend (Sept. 7-8) before coming back Monday, Sept. 9.

School Committee member George Dolinsky cast the lone vote against the proposed calendar because he was not in favor of the students having four days off between the first and second days of school. However, other members of the committee, while sharing the same concerns, did not want school to start on Sept. 9, and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marguerite Rizzi said school could not start before Labor Day because the teachers' contract does not allow for a pre-September start to the school year.

Dr. Rizzi also said school administration opted for a longer winter vacation, starting Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 rather than send the students back for one day on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, with vacation starting Christmas Eve. Doing so saves the school from heating the building for a day she said would likely be a "low enrollment day."

The last day of school, including the five built in snow days, would be Friday, June 27, 2014. The last day without the snow days would be Friday, June 20, 2014.

The anticipated graduation date for the Stoughton High Class of 2014 (this year's juniors) is Thursday, June 5, 2014.

Some key dates were not discussed and still need to be plugged into the calendar, namely early release days and the first day of kindergarten.

Take a look at the calendar in the media gallery above. A list of significant dates and vacations are below ():

2013

  • Sept. 3 - School Opens for Unit A  Pre-K-12 (Full Day)
  • Sept. 4 - School Opens for all Students Gr. 1-12 (Full Day)
  • Sept. 5 & 6 - Rosh Hashanah - No School
  • Sept. TBD - First Day for Kindergarten
  • Oct. 14 - Columbus Day - No School
  • Nov. 5 - Election/Professional Development Day - No School
  • Nov. 11 - Veterans Day  - No School
  • Nov. 27 - Early Dismissal - Gr. 6-12 at 11:00 - K-5 at 11:45
  • Nov. 28 & 29 - Thanksgiving Break - No School

2014

  • Jan. 20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School
  • April 18 - Good Friday - No School
  • May 26 - Memorial Day - No School
  • June 5 - Stoughton High Graduation (anticipated date)
  • June 20 - Last Day (180 student days)
  • June 27 - Last Day (5 snow days)

Vacations

  • Winter: Saturday, December 21, 2013 – Wednesday, January 1, 2014 (school reopens Thursday, January 2, 2014)
  • February: Saturday, February 15, 2014 – Sunday, February 23, 2014 (school reopens Monday, February 24, 2014)
  • April: Friday, April 18, 2014 (Good Friday) – Sunday, April 27, 2014 (school reopens Monday, April 28, 2014)

Early Release Days

TBD
melinda January 25, 2013 at 07:08 PM
DJ and Fiscal Conservative- I think you are making assumptions without knowing anything about me or my family. First of all, school is not only a priority from a parental stand point, but my children take their education very seriously. So here is some background to clarify our dynamics. Our children have consistently perfect attendance records, they are consistently high honors students taking all honors classes. And maintaining these grades while participating in extra curricular activities. Grades come first and that is why they will get into great schools. Couldn't be prouder in their accomplishments. And their summers away at camp, we wouldn't change a thing. They have developed friendships that will last a lifetime. As will the memories and experiences. As far as the calendar, it is time to get out of the dark ages. Starting school before Labor Day would offset all the extra days off. It would also serve as an early adjustment for any potential snow days. Nobody knows what the winter will bring, so why not be proactive about it. Check your local towns. A majority have moved forward to starting early. And some even survey parents, students and staff. Maybe those who it also impacts should be involved as well. Michelle- as far as the Jewish holidays, towns are starting to adjust for those as well. Easton has changed their calendar and even Newton has only been closed for the first day for years.
Fiscal Conservative January 25, 2013 at 09:02 PM
melinda: I just checked my previous remarks, nothing about you. Remarks were made from personal experiences with my children throughout their school years. I firmly believe that a school calendar needs to be adjusted to modern times. The calendar in use is outdated. In Stougton, school cannot start before Sept 1 w/o teacher's OK. the number of school days off because of various reasons is far too many. You know the old saying "separation of church and state (not in Constitution by the way). If that wee true, schools wouldn't rearrange the calendar to "accomodate" religious days (never had those days off when I went to school). So, the SC develops a calendar where by students & teachers suffer in an overheated, humid classroom in June where no learning can take place (its OK to do this because Administration, Guidance, Prinicipals all have A/C). School through June is a joke. If, correct, attendence ceases to be counted around June 1, little or nothing is accomplished accept concerts, Field days, I also bet a large number of teacher "sick days" are june the last 5 - 6 weeks of school.
melinda January 26, 2013 at 02:07 PM
Fiscal Conservative: I completely agree with you on some of your comments. June tends to be a huge waste of time. I can't tell you how many times my kids would come home and tell me they watched movies, cleaned the room or some other non productive activity. And you are right. Days filled with concerts, field days... As far as the contracts, well it is time to re write them. Those same contracts that were rewritten to not start before Labor Day also prohibit them from working in July. Alter them! Start earlier, end earlier. When we were kids here, we did not go to school to late in June.
Jill February 28, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Why do parents not have a say in the school calendar? The administration and the teachers union seem to make assumptions for us. Wouldn't we all like more paid days off, but welcome to the real world. As if kids don't already have enough days off, we are adding more to Winter break, but still keeping February AND April vacation. September is already a joke in Stoughton with all the Jewish days off. Maybe a survey of just how many Jewish families are in Stoughton and are impacted vs those that aren't would be a good start. Seems a bit unfair that losing a week of school for "religious" days off that equal less than 1/4 of Stoughton is a joke. These days off effect working parents more than anyone yet we have no say as to what the administration feels they need/ deserve. Wake up Stoughton you are a joke.
Fiscal Conservative February 28, 2013 at 09:15 PM
Jill: Teachers DO NOT have paid days off, plain and simple. They are paid by their contract, in Stoughton around 182 days. All days off, as I like to call them, are "UNPAID leaves of absence". If a teacher calls in sick and is found "on the golf course" that day, they may be docked for 1/182 of their pay, not roughly 240 days that others work. Also, Summer vacation...many spend their "off time" in class, working to better themselves, at THEIR OWN EXPENSE (courses aren't cheap any longer). Yes, it would be great to have parent input when establishing the school calendar. Unfortunately, you are not part of the "working agreement" between teachers and administration. Your only role in the school calendar is to "fund" the school department through your property taxes. If you don't like the calendar, vote the budget down at town meeting and tell them to bring a new budget with an 'Updated" calendar. Bet it will get the attention of both sides real quick!!!

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