Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Have An Awesome Summer Everyone!

It seems pretty incredible that here we are on May 30th marking one week since classes were dismissed for the summer!  As I was getting ready for work this morning, the weather forecaster was commenting that today was the last day for many other students in the area.  If you can believe it, there were even schools that were out the Friday before we dismissed!  For all practical purposes, schools that are dismissing today even seems a little early.  Part of this can be attributed to a practice of diligently pursuing an academic calendar that dismisses students prior to Memorial Day, and the other part of course can be attributed to the fact that we had a very mild winter.  In case you are wondering, state law requires school districts to be in session a total of 180 days; 178 if you consider a calendar with parent teacher conferences.  Additionally, we apply for an early start waiver that makes it possible to end school early and provide the traditional breaks during the school year.

Students and teachers working together on painting the
elementary school.
Well, I didn't really plan on going into a long explanation of the school calendar, but there you go!  Even though classes are not currently in session, the business of operating a school district continues twelve months a year!  While our students are away, we will be completing a number of substantial and significant changes and upgrades to our facilities that are not possible when classes are in session.  The biggest project that you have probably heard about is the high school parking lot, which is scheduled to begin construction on June 4th.  I would suspect that we will begin seeing equipment arrive by the end of this week.  We anticipate this project will be complete well in time for the start of classes.

Additionally, there are a  number of projects that are being completed this summer, ranging from electrical work to technology purchases.  This week we have a very hard working crew of volunteers (teachers, PTO members, students, and volunteers from Target Distribution) painting the elementary school.  I was amazed after seeing their progress this afternoon.  A special thank you to everyone involved in this wonderful project, it looks totally amazing!

We are also lining up some volunteers to work on the landscaping out in front of the elementary, so stay tuned if you are looking for something to do in the next couple of weeks, we will certainly be able to use the help!

If you need something or have any questions, our office is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  Although we are open from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, you are encouraged to call ahead for an appointment. 

Finally I am starting something new this summer and hope to continue it during the next school year.  Beginning Friday, I invite you to join me for breakfast at the Amvets Hall beginning at 8:00 a.m.  Last Friday I scoped it out with Mr. Abel and Mr. Scott and found that they serve a fantastic breakfast!  If you have questions about Hudson Schools or have ever wondered how some of our decisions are made this may be the perfect opportunity for you!  In the future I envision doing this at least one time a month.  Hope you can join me!

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