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Stoughton Schools 2012-2013 Calendar: Key Dates, Vacations and More...

The Stoughton Public Schools full calendar for the 2012-2013 school year, including key dates, vacations and early release days, is posted here. The first day of school for students in grades 1-12 is Wednesday, September 5, 2012.

The first day of school for the upcoming school year for students in grades 1-12 of the is Wednesday, September 5, 2012 (after Labor Day). Teachers (Unit A) and nurses report the day before.

Kindergarteners start Friday, September 7, 2012.

The last day of school, for students in grades K-11, is Friday, June 21, 2013. The last day when including the built-in five snow days is Friday, June 28, 2013.

The graduation for the class of 2013 is Thursday, June 6, 2013.

Take a look at a list of key dates, vacations and early release days below. The full calendar is posted in the media gallery.

Key Dates

2012

  • Sept. 4 - School Opens for Unit A & Nurses Pre-K-12 (Full Day)
  • Sept. 5 - School Opens for all Students Gr. 1-12 (Full Day)
  • Sept. 5 & 6 - Kindergarten Screening by Appointment
  • Sept. 7 - First Day for Kindergarten
  • Sept. 17 & 18 - Rosh Hashanah - No School
  • Sept. 26 - Yom Kippur - No School
  • Oct. 8 - Columbus Day - No School
  • Nov. 6 - Presidential Election/Professional Development Day - No School
  • Nov. 12 - Veterans Day Celebrated - No School
  • Nov. 21 - Early Dismissal - Gr. 6-12 at 11:00 - K-5 at 11:45
  • Nov. 22 & 23 - Thanksgiving Break - No School

2013

  • Jan. 21 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School
  • March 29 - Good Friday - No School
  • May 27 - Memorial Day - No School
  • June 6 - Stoughton High Graduation
  • June 21 - Last Day (180 student days)
  • June 28 - Last Day (5 snow days)

Vacations

  • Winter: Saturday, December 22, 2012 – Tuesday, January 1, 2013 (school reopens Wednesday, January 2, 2013)
  • February: Saturday, February 16, 2013 – Sunday, February 24, 2013 (school reopens Monday, February 25, 2013)
  • April: Saturday, April 13, 2013 – Sunday, April 21, 2013 (school reopens Monday, April 22, 2013)

Early Release Days

  • Thursday, September 27, 2012
  • Thursday, October 25, 2012
  • Thursday, December 6, 2012
  • Thursday, January 31, 2013
  • Thursday, March 7, 2013
  • Thursday, April 4, 2013
  • Thursday, May 9, 2013
  • Thursday, June 6, 2013

Hours for Early Release Days

  • SHS & OMS: 7:35 a.m. – 11:32 a.m.
  • Elementary: 8:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Heather August 27, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Looking at the calender all you can see if multiple days off, plus 9 half days. When are these kids supposed to learn when they spend more time at home than they do at school? Get rid of some of the vacation time!
Fiscal Conservative August 27, 2012 at 11:02 PM
My granddaughter went back to school last week. By Labor Day they already have 7 days in. The schools are in session on Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, President's Day, Good Friday, and Jewish holidays. February vacation is a week later than the traditional one, this way those going on vacation pay a lower rate for travel. Teachers, unlike Stoughton, realize that these school days benefit everyone. Time Stoughton teachers wake up and stop being so foolish about starting the school year. They have far too much say. Too bad Scott Walker wasn't the Governor instead of Mr. Liberal.
Prefer to Remain Anonymous September 02, 2012 at 04:09 AM
The kids go to school for 180 days (990 hours for those in high school), as required by state law. The law doesn't say *when* these 180 days must occur. If you feel that Stoughton kids should be required to attend school on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (High Holy Days for the Jewish folks), then perhaps kids should also attend school on Christmas. I'd say on Easter, too, but since that's always on a Sunday, we can't go there. So, the fact is that it doesn't matter if we start school in July, August, or September, nor does it matter how many days off there are, just so long as the state mandated minimums are met. (And as far as the February Vacation goes, I have friends all over the country, and there's no such thing as "the tradional one" week. I believe it may even vary within the state, but I haven't checked on it, so that nonsense about the lower rate for travel on a different week in February doesn't really fly with me.)
Fiscal Conservative September 02, 2012 at 09:48 AM
Prefer: It looks like you take things personally. Just showing there are options to the tradional school calendar. Other communities, as well as other states, vary start dates and closing dates. For the most part, no one wants to be in school towards then end of June when weather conditions make the buildings uncomfortable. There are alternatives. My guess is the union in Stoughton is against starting before 9/1. Look around and see what other communities do. Sometimes change may be good. What the heck, bet you most teachers are back in classrooms well before Labor Day. As far as "traditional" weeks of vacation. I cancelled a Feb trip to Disney because the cost was over a grand higher than the week after "our" vacation. I won't pay ridiculous prices, just so business makes more, and, I won't pull my kids out of school either.As far as holidays are conderned, politicians and much of the public, has made them almost non existent. Why not go to school on those dates. Its sad, but, that's what we've drifted to. 180 days, many filled with little or no educational value (basically grades close June1) are a waste. Ever wonder why our educational standing, worldwide in Math, Science, etc is low? Check and see some of the foolish crap that schools now teach that used to be taught at home. Get real, 180 days doesn't cut it any more. We keep falling further behind. Teaching to a test doesn't produce the well educated. System needs to be overhauled. Unions will fight to the end.
SickandTired September 02, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Ahh the fiscal moron strikes again! I would love for you to put yourself in any teachers shoes. You wouldn't last a day. Shut your cake hole and stop whinnying!
SickandTired September 02, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Oh and yes we take this garbage you spew personally. You seem to be in the minority in your thinking. What is your vocation? Maybe I feel you get paid too much! If your not an educator you have no right to speak against the education system. It's people like you who are keeping education back because you want to pay less taxes, you don't want to be inconvenienced with the school calendar. Teachers do more than what they get paid for. Most have to work more than one job to make ends meet. Most teach because they love what they do. Then they have to deal with people like this! PLEASE!
lowertaxes September 02, 2012 at 03:58 PM
I work in a school system and I agree 100 percent with EVERYTHING that Fiscal Conservative said. The education that my daughters have received in this school system is pathetic. In fact, last year one of their teachers missed 25 days of school, always on a Monday or a Friday (and no, it wasn't for medical reasons, I know that for a fact).
SickandTired September 02, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Hmmm you work in a school system yet agree with fiscal...... The education your child receives isn't solely based on there teacher. I do agree that there are things that need to be revamped, but stop trashing the teachers and school department. Public education has always had its issues and probably always will. As far as a teachers absence, what puts you in a position to judge the reasons for the absence?. These reasons are not public knowledge so for you to know for a fact would suggest you're misinformed (maybe). I have heard these arguments for years from past generations who think there's a better way and want to take more money out of the schools blah blah blah! Get off the train people! Have you seen the several 30+ thousand dollar brand new police cars in town? Now that's a waist of money if you ask me. This is not a city nor a high crime area by any means so why do we have these cars? What's next a full SWAT team and a golden roof on the town hall? This town has a serious problem with miss handling funds walk into the library and try to use one of those dinosaur computer systems. If you want a society full of losers, go ahead keep knocking the Ed department. P.s. education begins in the home. It is our responsibility to teach and police our children. Not the schools! I am fed up with the attitude that accompanies those who think they know best. What part of a school do you work in? I don't think you're an educator or you feelings would be different.
lowertaxes September 02, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Sick and Tired, Should we start with your comment that this is not a city or a high crime area. Have you ever read the police log? It is a high crime area. There is a serious drug problem and the amount of theft and assault is through the roof. Second, It is not a waist of money as you claim, maybe it is a waste of money though. Are you a teacher? If my child comes home from school not knowing the difference between waist and waste I guess I will know who you are. Both of my parents are teachers, I work in administration and I see how things operate. I have also heard every excuse in the book as to why teachers are missing work, including long weekends away with their families. Isn't that what multiple vacations are for? There are fantastic teachers out there and I give them a lot of credit for the job they do and the effort they put in. However, there are plenty of teachers out there that once they hit their tenure they do the bare minimum to keep there job.
Grammar Police September 02, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Lowertaxes: I was right there with you until your last sentence where you used "there" instead of "their."
Fiscal Conservative September 02, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Sick: I want you to know that teachers, like me, have never had a paid vacation. We have "unpaid" leaves of absence. We get paid for the days we work. Depending on the community, it can be 180 - 190 days. If we work for the schools, on "off days" we get paid additionally. Teacher's pay, like most public sector positions, is often better than private sector (w/benefits). The complaining is no longer neccessary, most will not buy into that any longer. I sign an annual contract with the citizens of the community I worked in. The School Department is part of that community. I take pride in the fact that I miss very few days of work. About 15 years ago I had major emergency surgery and I was to miss a minimum of 6 weeks. I had plenty of sick time to cover the loss of work, but, I talked the Dr into letting me go back after 3 weeks. I'm not a hero, looking for praise. I'm stating that it was important to me, for the continuity of education, that I return to the classroom. Always, always has bothered me that there are those teachers, in the field, who think that the annual sick time is there for them to use as they see fit to. There aren't that many that do it, but, they do exist. If a teacher's track record shows that they missd many, many days on either end of the week, don't you think that something is not right in Denmark? It's called abuse of sick time. Students are the one's hurt by this. Do you think this is fair to children?
Fiscal Conservative September 02, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Sick & Tired: I, the Fiscal Moron, as you refer to, was an educator for over 42 years. So, I guess I couldn't last a day. I guess I can say been there, done that. I know what a teacher does and doesn't do. There are so many wonderful teachers, who do wonderful things for their students. Yet, there are those who abuse their role in society. We see it more and more each year. Yes, teachers may be under stress, Yes they may work hard, yes, some may work other jobs. Tough, they knew what they were getting into. I worked 2 - 3 PT jobs as my children were growing. I never complained, I knew what I had to do, and I accepted it. I was working in the field I wanted. So, I'm not whinning, as you seem to say. You, obviously are of the younger generation that thinks you know it all. All, I was showing is.....there are alternatives to traditional academic school years. You don't see the need for a possible change, thereby keeping U.S. children lagging behind other countries. Be open to change, not against it!!! Children may be the beneficiaries of this. Too bad if the teachers aren't. You're in the field for the children. If you're not, find another field. Times are tough for teachers, but, they are also tough on everyone else. All I'm trying to do is present alternatives to the current school year. Yet, you're getting riled up over it. You have to chill and accept things may change. Enjoy the school year.
lowertaxes September 02, 2012 at 09:46 PM
HAHA Grammar Police, you got me there. The difference though is that I am not a teacher.
SickandTired September 03, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Btw I'm not a teacher..... Just a product of underpaid ones!
Fiscal Conservative September 03, 2012 at 09:54 AM
Sick: "Just a product of underpaid ones!" Doesn't cut it any longer. Compensation is decent with benefits included. Right now, in this economy, they are doing better than the private sector. If they think they are underpaid, they can leave the field. One thing you have to remember, they are paid with tax dollars. Public employees aren't paid like those working in business. Price on goods rise to pay for employee compensation. The better the business, the better the compensation. The worse the business, no raises....may have layoffs. Teachers have been relatively fortunate in this economy. Most have kept their positions, received small compensation increases. All on the backs of Taxpayers, some who may be just getting by or may be out of work. Times are tough for everyone. Nationally, student population is decreasing, yet school employees are still increasing, thanks to union propaganda. You and your parents should feel very fortunate. Get off the wagon about "underpaid", no one believes this any longer. Plus, I started this discussion on School Calendar years and alternatives that may be feasable. How did you get to this topic? Get over the propaganda that still exists. Class sizes now in teens & low 20's for the most part. Heck, one year, long ago, I had 39 students in my class. We survived, with less complaining.
SickandTired September 03, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Well I will stay on this "wagon"! Your a bitter private sector ex teacher? I don't understand your logic! What benefits are included for teachers? I know that health insurance alone is about 800 a month. Also co payments have gone up! If you take a teachers salary and spread it out over the year it's aprox. 30.00 per hour. Take into fact the extra training and degrees required to teach it's ridiculous! Teaching takes a special person. One who actually cares enough to do there job despite being tortured by these types of comments! I give up on bitter people. Like I said earlier, pay more attention to real problems!
Fiscal Conservative September 03, 2012 at 05:53 PM
First off, this discussion was about "school calendars". I showed options to traditional calendars, not complaining about anything. You changed the topic. Second, I have been a public school teacher for 40+ years. I knew both the ups & downs of the profession when I started. My chosen path provided me with a wonderful life. Am I wealthy? No. Did I work outside jobs to provide the extras for my family? Yes, willingly. Am I bitter, as you seem to think? Never have been, never will be. See, I did as I wished. I was blessed in the fact I was doing as I wanted. I never went to work a day because what I did was so enjoyable. You seem to think that money buys happiness. Well, it doesn't always, Being content in your chosen field is also very important. I was able to positively have an effect on many children's lives. They also impacted my life in ways that money cannot buy. I still mentor children. I still interact with children throughout the year, often with no financial gain. I grew up with very little material things. I learned early in life what is important. Having "stuff" isn't as important as having helped others to grow, in a positive way, It is far more important to develop others to become the best they can. Someday, I hope you will feel that way. My profession, and what I was able to accomplish, were as important to me as my family. Both of which I feel turned out successful.
michd September 04, 2012 at 03:12 AM
I agree that students should go to school more than 180 days or at least increase the hours in a school day. I also think that school hours should be changed from 7:30-2:12 tp 9:00-5:00. I don’t know many students that are wide awake, alert and ready to take a quiz/test or are focused at 7:30, not to mention, many teens stay up late (sports, homework, computer etc) then have to wake up early to shower, walk/catch the bus for school. Additionally, 9-5 would allow for more classroom time, teachers could focus on a “teach to learn” rather than “Teach to the test” method. It would also put more $ in families pockets b/c parents would most likely not have to pay for after school care b/c most or at least 1 parent would/should be home. This would also prevent children from hanging out (McDonalds) or getting into trouble....Just a logical thought Also, I agree, I think teachers are getting paid fairly. According the the Massachusetts 2010-2011 annual teacher salary report, Stoughton teachers average annual salary in 2010-2011 was $69,000! This is factual information, as it was also published just months ago in our local news paper. There are 180 school days, yet 365 days in a year. They’re getting paid to work 1/2 a year, they can also pick up a job in the summer for added income or even after school (days are short enough). Also, teachers receive a pension, insurance, sick/personal days off etc. I would LOVE to work 180 days to get even $50,000.
Scott M September 04, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Teachers don't "receive a pension, insurance, sick/personal days off etc" for free. That is a misconception that WAY to many people have. Most pay around 11% of their annual salary into a pension fund, that is solvent. Healthcare is not a free benefit, It comes with a significant cost to the insured. You all can argue about the other issues here all you want, but don't get caught up in the false, populist belief that all municipal benefits are 100% free and taxpayer funded.
michd September 05, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Scott, of the 18 posted comments, NO ONE said that the benefits are free. In fact, I don’t know of any company that “gives” aways “free” things/benefits. If you want health/dental insurance, you have to pay for it (a larger portion is picked up by the employer) and in this economy, I don’t know of many companies that offer a pension, you have to be Grandfather’d into it nowadays. The fact is, Teachers are given a pension and offered insurance and YES, they do receive personal and sick days. Teachers work 180 days of the year and based on “facts” posted in our local news paper (which listed each teacher and their salary) in addition to the Massachusetts Annual Teacher Salary Report, the average Stoughton teacher earns $69,000.00 - not too shabby for 180 days of work. Students should be required to attend school for longer hours and my position still stands that a 9-5 school day would be best for EVERYONE. The students would be more educated and teachers could focus a considerable amount of time on the basics (phonics, spelling, grammar, writing, reading, math etc.), children wouldn’t go home to an empty house or forced to “hang out” or even get into trouble, there would be more money put back in households (parents wouldn’t be forced to place their children in after care). The entire educational system needs to be revamped. And why are students still reading books that we read in school 30 years ago? The dialect, vocab and storyline are outdated.
lowertaxes September 05, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Michelle D, I am very impressed with your comments. It seems like you have really thought this out and I like your ideas. I wish I could see what you have suggested happen as I think it would be a vast improvement to our education system.
michd September 05, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Lowertaxes, the educational system today is a failure (not just in Stoughton, Massachusetts but everywhere). We are not up-to-date with modern times. Have you noticed that students no longer learn cursive? How will they learn to sign a check or legal document? Our children are learning less and less and relying more and more on technology doing everything for them. No need to spell, there's Spell Check, no need to look words, definitions and parts of speech up in a Dictionary, they "Google" it, no need to learn basic math skills, the computer does the calculations for them. Instead teachers are now teaching to the MCAS and students are now required to "memorize" material rather than learn information. It absolutely disgusts me. Furthermore, teachers complain excessively about lack of pay, I will say it again - they are working 180 days (if they do not take sick and personal days) and are earning on average $69,000 a year. Students are being forced to read books that we read 30 years ago. Yes, they are "classics" but honestly, who cares about Classics if the kids can't understand what the heck they are reading because the vocabulary and dialect are not used today. Time to teach in a way in which students can learn and relate to modern times. Something is seriously wrong with this educational system! And why the hell did Stoughton schools make their own rule concerning drinks in the schools. Students can only bring water to school. This is not a state law but Stoughton's law!
michd September 05, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Oh and did I mention the "Stoughton" absentee rule? I am all for students attending school and not missing school unless there is a real excuse but if a student is absent 5 days in a term it's an automatic "F" and 12 absentees (without a doctors note - and NO a parent note is not okay) in a school year, the student fails the class. Hmmm..but it's acceptable for teachers to take off an excessive amount of days without losing their job. Just like one of the previous posts stated, certain teachers abuse their power, and that is all too true for some. Just like when a student is out he/she can't learn well when a teacher is out, the same theory applies yet the rules are very, very different. There needs to be more discussion on here about this new Water rule as well. It's absolutely ridiculous.We need to get our priorities straight...Water...seriously? I understand providing nutritious meals but let us parents make appropriate decisions for our children concerning what we want them to drink/eat. If Stoughton schools want to sell just water or specific foods, that's perfectly fine with me but don't tell me that my son/daughter can't bring in from home juice, hot chocolate, coffee, Gatorade etc. Massachusetts just past a new school nutrition law but that law NEVER stated that water is the only acceptable drink. This school system likes to have ALL the power and to shut out parents as much as possible. The U.S. Education syst. needs to be revamped & Stoughton needs to lighten up!
SickandTired September 05, 2012 at 09:45 AM
You know what, I see more complaining here than anything. Not to mention the decades old blame game. If you don't like the rules show up at a school meeting! If your child misses 5 days without a REAL reason, something's wrong! Teachers have to have doctors notes too. Don't take half truths and spew them out here! Also, if you had to put up with half the crap teachers do, you would complain about your pay too! As far as getting with the times.....the teachers use TODAY'S technologies to teach and keep up with the "times" yet everyone complains about money being spent. We need to lose those damn MCAS too! There useless because some teachers are made to teach the test and not a proper curriculum. I agree though that a later start would benefit all. When I was in school I wasn't fully awake and able to retain information until 9:00 or so. Now the water thing, please there are more issues than having to bring only water to school. That's not even a valid argument, just another thing to complain about! I'm gonna agree to disagree with most of you. My suggestion is to become MORE proactive and GET involved! It is our right!
DJ September 05, 2012 at 09:46 AM
lowertaxes; If indeed a teacher is abusing their time off/contract then it is up to the administrator to stop that bad behavior. This type of abuse happens in every industry as you well know. One poor teachers attendance record should not reflect anything negative towards anyone other then that teacher and their ineffective administrator. If you work in the system why are you not questioning this through proper protocol? If not you, who?
SickandTired September 05, 2012 at 09:58 AM
AMEN!!!! DJ
lowertaxes September 05, 2012 at 12:54 PM
DJ, it has been questioned but with the Union there is only so much that can be done.
DJ September 05, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Lowertaxes, I am sick and tired (pardon my stealing your schtick SickandTired) of blaming the unions for poor and inactive administrators. The unions don't hold half the power you credit them with and many unions work hand in hand with good school committees and administrators to remove baggage as it is NOT in their interest to protect slouchers. Now, I understand not all unions are the same and this particular district's leadership has not impressed me in recent years, but I will fall back on contract and if this administrator is not policing the contract language or failing teacher practices then he/she is every bit as much at fault as the offending teacher. Seems to me this is one of the few issues parents have a right to complain/inquire about and their voices would most definitely cause change.

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