Please Take a Few Minutes to Complete the District’s Instructional Calendar Survey

Under the District’s current instructional calendar, high school students study and complete school work over the December holidays.  The students take exams after the holidays and then almost immediately start the second semester.  If, instead, exams and projects were completed before the holidays, students could spend their vacation time free of school work.  This approach is strongly recommended by Challenge Success, the project of the Stanford University School of Education that consults with this and other school districts on student health and wellness.   More to the point, past surveys of PHS and MHS students (conducted in 2011 and 2012) revealed overwhelming support for holding final exams before the holidays.

For these reasons, the District is exploring alternatives to its current instructional calendar for possible implementation starting in the 2016-17 school year.  The District is soliciting input from students and families about the calendar with both surveys and public meetings, and we are eager to hear from you.  Please complete the following parent survey concerning the instructional calendar:

A similar survey of high school and middle school students is already underway.  Both surveys will close on October 6th.

In addition to completing the survey, please feel free to email your site principal with your thoughts, concerns and suggestions on the instructional calendar.

Finally, please attend the Board of Education meeting on September 30th and/or October 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chamber.  The Board will discuss various calendar options, and all members of the community are encouraged to participate in these meetings, or send comments in advance of the meeting to either me at or Board President Andrea Swenson at

Thank you in advance for your input on this important issue!

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