School opened on Aug. 28 for students in the Lake-Lehman School District and on Aug. 29 for students in the Dallas School District.
At the Dallas High School, students and staff will work and learn in a new five-period, five-day cycle schedule which offers students the opportunity to take up to 10 academic credits per school year.
New courses such as Extreme Fitness, Broadcasting, Introduction to Theater and Foods of Today are now a reality because of the new facilities. Advanced Placement course offerings now include Statistics and United States Government and Politics.
Students are also offered a daily "Academic Options" period, a 25-minute block of time added to a different class period each day. During this time, teachers have the "option" to extend their lesson, remediate and/or enrich student learning, make up missed work due to absence, conduct small group sessions, bring in a guest speaker, etc.
A number of new faculty members have joined the DHS staff, including Matt Kelly, long-term substitute, guidance; Nancy Roberts, wellness; Matt Samuel, long-term substitute, English; Doug Mucha and Casey Cicale, special education; Marc Golden, technology.
DALLAS MIDDLE SCHOOL
The master schedule at the Dallas Middle School has been constructed to provide all students with a curriculum with remedial and tutoring opportunities in place for students in need.
A new edition to the seventh-grade foreign language course offerings is The Influence of Western Languages which allows students to explore word origins and strengthen their vocabulary. The Accelerated Reading Program will be upgraded to allow students a greater variety of books to select. A variety of clubs and activities are available for all students.
Students will be able to purchase lunch beginning with the first day of school. The price of a regular lunch is $1.95 and a reduced lunch is 40 cents. Students who participated in the free or reduced lunch program last year will begin the new year on the same status.
The middle school is in the process of transitioning into a new student data management system. As a result, online grade access will not be available for the first several weeks of school. Parents should contact teachers via the middle school office with questions about student grades.
"Back to School" Night will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10 in the auditorium. The program, designed for parents, will also include introductions and overviews from middle school teachers.
Students can bring their own lunch to school or purchase a hot lunch from the cafeteria for $1.85. Milk is 60 cents,
The first PTO board meeting of the year will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19 in the library.
Back to School Nights at the Wycal1is Elementary School are scheduled as follows:
Wednesday, Sept. 5 for kindergarten, first grade, second grade and teachers of special subjects; Wednesday, Sept. 12 for third grade, fourth grade and fifth grade. Parents/caregivers should report to the gymnasium by 7 p.m.
Parents or caregivers who wish to volunteer in the Wycallis Elementary School must file an application, attend a volunteer orientation and be approved by the school board. This procedure is required by board policy and no exceptions can be allowed.
Volunteer Orientations are scheduled in the school library at 9:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5 and at 9:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12.
Parents/caregivers who completed a volunteer orientation in previous years are not required to repeat the process.)
Regular student lunches are available a cost of $1.85. Milk may be purchased for 60 cents. The lunch menu is posted on the district website under the "Cafeteria Info" Tab.
Back to School Nights will be held starting at 7 p.m. at the Dallas Elementary School as follows:
Tuesday, Sept. 11 for kindergarten, first grade, second grade and special subjects and Thursday, Sept. 13 for third, fourth and fifth grades.
The initial PTO meeting for the school year will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5 in the library. New volunteer orientation will be conducted at 6:45 p.m.