M-V opening doors Aug. 30


UNION CITY, Ohio — The school officials of the Mississinawa Valley School District have announced the opening of school for the 2016-17 school year to be Aug. 30.

Student day schedule starting and ending times will be: Elementary and junior high/high school: Instruction beginning at 8 a.m.; dismissal for K-6 at 2:30 p.m.; and dismissal for grades 7-12 at 2:53 p.m.

The superintendent and principals will meet with all new teachers on Aug. 24, then all teachers in the district will meet on Aug. 29 in the school cafetorium to discuss opening procedures. The meeting will then be recessed to each teacher’s respective building for further faculty orientation.

2016-17 school calendar

The important dates during the 2016-17 school year are as follows:

Aug. 24, new faculty orientation;

Aug. 29, teacher meetings and work day;

Aug. 30, first student day;

Sept. 5, Labor Day, no school;

Sept. 19, Waiver Day approved by The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) – no school;

Oct. 6, two-hour early dismissal Teachers’ In-Service;

Oct. 12, two-hour early dismissal, Parent-Teacher Conferences from 1:30-7 p.m.;

Oct. 13, two-hour early dismissal, Parent-Teacher Conferences from 1:30-7 p.m.;

Oct. 14, WOEA Day, teacher professional day, no school for students;

Oct. 29, end of first quarter;

Oct. 31, begins second quarter;

Nov. 23-25, Thanksgiving vacation, no school;

Dec. 20, two-hour early dismissal and last day of school before Christmas vacation begins;

Jan, 3, school resumes following the Christmas vacation;

Jan. 13, end of second quarter/end of semester;

Jan. 16, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, teacher work day, no school for students;

Jan. 17, ODE Waiver Day – no school;

Jan. 18, begins third quarter;

Feb. 16, two-hour early dismissal, Parent-Teacher Conference from 3-7 p.m.;

Feb. 17-20, mini break, Presidents’ Day, no school;

Feb. 23, Parent-Teacher Conferences from 3:30-7 p.m.;

March 24, end of third quarter;

March 27, begins fourth quarter,

April 13, two-hour early dismissal;

April 14 and April 17, Easter break, no school;

May 26, graduation;

May 29, Memorial Day observance, no school, holiday for students and employees;

June 2, student’s last day and end of the fourth quarter; and

June 5, teacher work day.

An attempt will be made to give a one-week advanced notice for possible make-up day if make-up days are required. Possible make-up day is Feb. 17 and April 17. Any additional make-up days will be added on to the end of the school year.

Students and parents who are new residents to the Mississinawa Valley Local School District are encouraged to register for school prior to opening.

Registration for new students was held August 2-18. For questions about registration call 968-4464 ext. 2012. Birth certificate, proof of residence, health/immunization records and academic records should have been presented at registration. Any custody papers if applicable are needed.

Kindergarten students enrolled this past spring will begin Aug. 30, the same day as all students.

“If you have not previously registered your child for kindergarten, please do so immediately,” said a spokesperson. “Kindergarten will be in session all day every day.”

Students who walk, drive or are brought to school by parents should arrive not more than 15 minutes before these starting times.

The Mississinawa Valley Schools, as mandated by law, require that all immunizations be completed from the initial enrollment date in the schools (the first day of school). Required immunization includes poliomyelitis, rubella, diphtheria, rubella, pertussis, tetanus, and mumps. Students who are not in compliance with state required immunization may be excluded from school.

Attention parents of seventh-graders: All students must have their M.M.R. (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) booster before entering school for the 2016-17 school year. Students may get the booster at the Greenville Health Department, 300 Garst Ave., Greenville, on Tuesdays from 8-10:30 a.m. and from 2-5 p.m.

“You must bring your immunization records with you so they can see the date of the last M.M.R.,” organizers said. “A parent or guardian must be present to sign for permission. Also if you have Medicaid, you need to bring your valid Medicaid Card. If you have received your second shot you do not need another one.”

Bring in card of proof of immunization to school so it can be recorded on the health record.

“If you fail to comply with the state law you can be excluded from school,” the spokesperson said. ” This is mandatory.”

In case of emergencies due to weather, all students should listen to radio stations: WTGR (97.5 FM); Z-93(92.9 FM); WBNN (1030 AM); or WZZY (98FM) for closing information. Also closing/delay information will be on WHIO/TV-7 and WDTN/TV-2. Through the cooperation of the news media, school-closing announcements will be made at regular intervals beginning no later than 6:45 a.m. Mississinawa Valley Schools has the Instant Connect Voice Dial System in place for all students and staff. Students and parents are encouraged not to call the school because of the need to keep the telephone lines open for emergency messages. Parents who are not home during the day for unscheduled emergencies should make prearranged plans.

The school will begin serving lunches on Tuesday, Aug. 29. Lunch prices will be $1.95 per day for students in grades PK-8 and $2.10 per day for students in grades 9-12. Lunches are $2.30 (less drink) per day for adults. Breakfast will also be offered to students in grades PK-12 at $1; reduced @ $.30. Student’s milk will be $.50 per carton. There is a closed noon hour for students.

Application forms for free and reduced price lunches/breakfasts are distributed to all homes in a letter to parents or guardians and available on the school website. To apply for each free or reduced-price benefit, households should fill out the application and return it to school.

All athletes must have either student insurance or their own private insurance program.

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