By Jan Rahn, Tribune Staff
Wallace students will fill the halls of school on Thursday, Aug 14. The 2014-15 term gets underway at 8 a.m. that morning and dismissal will be at 3:40 p.m.
Those times become the regular hours throughout the school year except on Fridays when dismissal moves up to 2:30 p.m.
There is one new instructor for the district this year. Ross Dinwiddie of Central City is the new science teacher.
Three classrooms were relocated over the summer—Richard Lee’s business class has been moved to the old distance learning room for more space. Distance learning classes can be received anywhere so there is no requirement for a specific room.
Liz Strand’s math class moved to Lee’s old room, trading equal square feet, however, moving the math class allowed Stephanie McConnell’s guidance office to have more space so she can work with small groups. Her old room is now available as a conference room, testing room, or for in-school suspension.
There are some other changes implemented which include one student/parent handbook, combining the elementary and secondary policies, activities and forms.
A significant change in the handbook is the discipline plan. A set of 17 rules will be applied across all grades and locations to improve consistency in behavioral expectations, and several new pages are devoted to suspension and expulsion procedures if needed.
A “9th hour program” has been implemented. The voluntary program enables parents to enroll their child after school to finish an assignment and assure work is turned in on time to minimize grade deductions.
Lunch prices for the elementary grades have remained the same at $2.25 for kindergarten through sixth grade.
Students in seventh through 12th grade will pay $2.60, up 10 cents from last year.
Adults will be charged $3.35 which is also a 10-cent increase.
The fall season for the Wildcats gets underway the first week of September.
Volleyball is scheduled at home against Wauneta-Palisade on Thursday, Sept. 4, and they’ll also play at home on Friday night against South Platte, when the boys also begin their football season against the Knights.
Interested fans can purchase activity passes for home games during the school year. Annual pass prices are $20 for students, $50 for adults and $100 for a family pass.
Some of the special dates to be marked on the calendar for the upcoming school year include:
Sept. 1: Labor Day, no school.
Oct. 2: Dismissal 1:30 p.m., parent conferences.
Oct. 10: Homecoming
Oct. 31: Fall break, no school.
Nov. 27-28: Thanksgiving break, Dismisal at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 26.
Dec. 19-Jan. 4: Christmas break.
Feb. 10: Dismissal 1:30 p.m., parent conferences.
March 6: No school, spring break.
March 13: No school, spring break.
April 3-6: Easter break.
April 25: Prom
May 9: Graduation, 4:30 p.m.
May 14: Last day of school.