Spring Lake Park Schools approves 2017-18 calendar

Staff Writer
Since 2013, I have primarily covered the Anoka-Hennepin and Spring Lake Park school districts as well as the city of Spring Lake Park for ABC Newspapers.

The Spring Lake Park School Board approved the 2017-2018 district calendar March 7.

School begins Sept. 5 for all students in kindergarten through ninth grade and students new to the district entering grades 10-12. All others have their first day Sept. 6.

A weeklong break is scheduled for Oct. 16-20, aligning with the Minnesota Educator Academy conference as it has in previous years. Three of the five days off are dedicated to professional learning; assessment, reporting and learning design; and conferences and communications for teachers.

As is typical, school is out for Thanksgiving Nov. 23 and 24.

Students will have a long weekend Dec. 1-4 when teachers once again have days for professional learning and assessment, reporting and learning design.

Winter break will begin on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, which falls on a Monday in 2017. Classes resume Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018.

“I wish we had two full weeks for Christmas,” Board Member Jodi Ruch said at a work session Feb. 28.

The trade-off would be students in class an additional week in June, Superintendent Jeff Ronneberg said.

No classes will be held Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and a five-day weekend will conclude on President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 19. Teachers will engage in professional learning; assessment, reporting and learning design; and conferences and communications the Thursday and Friday proceeding President’s Day.

Much of March is off with teachers working without students March 9 and 19, bookending a week-long spring break March 12-16. There will also be no school held March 30, Good Friday.

“I don’t totally get why we always get Good Friday off,” Board Member Amy Hennen said.

“That’s just been a default,” Ronneberg said, adding that the board can discuss changing the pattern early next school year before work on the 2018-2019 calendar begins.

April 27 is set aside for professional learning and assessment, reporting and learning design, and there will be no school May 28 for Memorial Day.

The last day of school is set for June 7.

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