We’re so glad to welcome you all for the 2015-2016 school year. We hope you had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to an amazing academic year filled with learning, growth, and successes for our entire school community, from students and their families to our teachers, staff and volunteers.

The year is kicking off with the Back-to-School Dances on Friday, August 21st, from 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. The South Gym will host the K-5th graders, while the junior high students will be in the North Gym.

On August 25th, fall photos for the yearbook will be taken. Don’t forget to wear your uniform and be picture-ready. If you need a refresher, the Dress Code is in the Student Handbook, which can be found on our website.

Another event this month, which might interest students and parents alike, is the Student Council election. The Information Meeting will be on Thursday, August 6th, at the junior high lunch. The campaigns begin on Monday the 10th and conclude with the homeroom voting on the 14th, that Friday.

The Student Council is one of the main leadership experiences available for children and can help them develop an interest in the world around them. Getting involved with school programs and clubs can encourage and advance their intellectual, cultural, social and academic development. Children will gain knowledge, skills and experience in leadership, confidence, planning and implementation, prioritizing tasks, effective communication, responsibility, problem-solving, team building and participation, presentation and public speaking, goal setting and self-assurance. Involved students also feel more connected to their school and the community. Additionally, it can help inspire them to share their ideas and gives them the chance to work with a diverse group of students as well as the Student Council advisors. In addition to helping teach students about political structures, Student Council can be inspiring for children interested in or passionate about politics. Getting involved can help make the difference.

If your child might be interested in participating on the Student Council, remind him or her to attend the Information Meeting on the 6th. Even if they don’t choose to run, remind them to vote on the 14th.