The 2014-2015 school year officially begins in Worthington on Monday, August 18th. (School begins tomorrow in Olentangy, Westerville and Grandview!) Here, all students in grades 1-12 will begin on Monday. Kindergarten students will phase-in with half the class on Monday, the other half of the class on Tuesday, and all students K-12 will be in school by Wednesday the 20th. (Schools will communicate individual schedules.)
This year our elementary schools will all begin school on the 18th. In previous years our elementary students began the first day with a “meet the teacher” and goal setting day. While this day was an effective use of time for our students and teachers we felt like it was a significant burden for elementary parents who were asked to take time off of work during the day to come to school. Therefore all of our elementary schools will be hosting “back to school” evenings this year previous to the first day of school and all students will begin on the 18th.
Also this year Worthington has implemented the “Where Everybody Belongs” (WEB) program to help middle school students transition from 6th grade to 7th grade. And, the Link Crew program which is a high school transition program that welcomes freshmen and helps them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience. Thus, 7th grade students and 9th grade students have been asked to come in before the 18th to participate in these experiences.
Over the past week many parent groups have been donating time to help landscape our schools and make them ready for students. (We have awesome parents in Worthington and it’s really what makes this district special. Thank You!) Our teachers are back in the buildings and they’re working furiously to set-up learning spaces, communicate with students and parents, and plan for the first few weeks of school.
It’s been a great summer in Worthington. I hope you’ve enjoyed the mild summer weather and spent time outdoors. Within the school district we’re ready for summer to be over. We’re a bit jealous of those school districts who start tomorrow.
Monday’s coming and we’re ready!
-Trent Bowers, Assistant Superintendent