Sierra Middle School

First Day of School: August 18

back to school: August 18 marks the first day of school for the 2014-2015 school year. We hope you had a restful summer vacation. There have been a couple new changes. We have added 8 "late start" days to the school year in which we will follow the Foggy Day bell schedule. Click here to view those dates. We are also welcoming many new teachers and staff members to the Sierra family. We look forward to meeting all of you and having a memorable school year. Go Spartans!

 

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No School Monday, February 17: Presidents Day

presidents day: There will be no school on Monday, February 17, in honor of Presidents Day. Enjoy your three-day weekend and we will see you back on Tuesday, February 18.

To learn more about the presidents of the United States, click here.

 

 

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No School Monday, February 10, in Honor of President Lincoln

lincoln picture small: There will be no school on Monday, February 10, in honor of Lincoln Day. Enjoy your three-day weekend and we will see you back on Tuesday, February 11.

To read more about our 16th President of the United States, click here.

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Late Start: Thursday January 23

School will begin at 9:40 a.m. on Thursday, January 23. Students will be dismissed at 1:57 p.m. Click on the picture below to view all the late start dates for the 2013-2014 school year. All bus routes will be delayed 2 hours (example: if your child normally catches the bus at 7:10 a.m., then the pickup time on late start days will be 9:10 a.m.).

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No School Monday, January 20 in Honor of MLK Jr. Day

There is no school this upcoming Monday, January 20, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This holiday is regarded as a volunteer holiday. If you have the time, talk with somebody about volunteering at your local church, the Bakersfield Homeless Center, the animal shelter, or any other issue that you find important to you. Take a minute to watch the video below. To learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr., click here.

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End of Second Grading Period: Friday, January 10

stressed student: Just a reminder: this Friday, January 10, is the end of the second grading period.  That means you will be receiving your second report card very soon.  However, the teachers need to submit your grades by Friday.  So if you have any missing assignments, or would like to do any extra credit, go talk to your teachers. You can login in to your account here if any of your teachers are using Engrade


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Winter Break: December 21-January 5

winter break: Winter Break begins on December 21. Friday, December 20, is a minimum day. Students will be dismissed at 1:00. School will resume on Monday, January 6. Enjoy the holidays and new year. We will see you again in 2014.

 

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Sierra's Cross Country Team

team small: On Saturday, December 14, Sierra's cross country team participated in a cross country meet against the seven other middle/junior high schools in the Bakersfield City School District. The girls team took third place overall, with Karen Martinez finishing in the top 10. Sergio Carreno solidified his standing as the FASTEST student in the entire district. He stayed tied in the lead with another runner throughout the entire race until the very end, when Sergio sprinted past his closest competition in a thrilling finish. After the race, Sergio told local reporters that he will begin training for the 2020 Olympic games to be held in Tokyo, Japan. To see additional pictures of the event, click here.

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December 7: Anniversary of the Attacks on Pearl Harbor

On December 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The attack lasted just two hours, but it was devastating: The Japanese managed to destroy nearly 20 American naval vessels, including eight enormous battleships, and almost 200 airplanes. More than 2,000 Americans soldiers and sailors died in the attack, and another 1,000 were wounded. The day after the assault, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan; Congress approved his declaration with just one dissenting vote. Three days later, Japanese allies Germany and Italy also declared war on the United States, and again Congress reciprocated. More than two years into the conflict, America had finally joined World War II.

To learn more about Pearl Harbor and to watch more videos, click here.

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Thanksgiving Break: November 28-December 1

turkey: Wednesday, November 27, is a minimum day. Students will be dismissed at 1:00. There will be no school November 28-29 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Enjoy your break and we will see you again on Monday, December 2.





 

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Sierra Participates in Veterans Day Parade

veterans thumbnail: This past Monday, November 11, Sierra's marching band, color guard and cheerleaders participated in Bakersfield's 94th annual Veterans Day parade held on the streets of downtown Bakersfield. To see more pictures of the parade, click here.

 

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No School, Monday, November 11, in Honor of Veterans Day

veterans day: There is no school this upcoming Monday, November 11, in honor of Veterans Day. To learn more about Veterans Day, watch the video below and visit this website.

 

 

 

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Parent Conference Week: Oct. 28-Nov. 1

conference: There will be early dismissal the entire week of October 28-November 1 for parent/teacher conferences. Students will be dismissed from school at 1:00. All parents are encouraged to attend. Conferences will be daily from 1:45-2:45. Feel free to drop by to visit all of your child's teachers and to get their report card. If you would like to make an appointment, please call Sierra at (661) 631-5470.


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Late Start: Thursday October 24

School will begin at 9:40 a.m. on Thursday, October 24. Students will be dismissed at 1:57 p.m. Click on the picture below to view all the late start dates for the 2013-2014 school year. All bus routes will be delayed 2 hours (example: if your child normally catches the bus at 7:10 a.m., then the pickup time on late start days will be 9:10 a.m.).

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End of First Grading Period: Friday, October 18

stressed student: Just a reminder: this Friday, October 18, is the end of the first grading period. That means you will be receiving your first report card very soon. However, the teachers need to submit your grades by Friday. So if you have any missing assignments, or would like to do any extra credit, go talk to your teachers. You can login in to your account here if any of your teachers are using Engrade.


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Noche de Ciencias: Thursday October 17

spartan picture small: Thursday, October 17, is Sierra's annual Noche de Ciencias. The event is from 5:15-8:30 p.m. Your whole family is invited. We will be serving free pizza and sodas for everyone who attends. After dinner, you and your family will work together on one of the many science projects available. Talk to your teacher to learn about incentives for students who attend. To see pictures of last year's event, click here. We would like to thank the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers for their help organizing and funding this event.
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12th Anniversary of the September 11 Attacks

september 11: On September 11, 2001, four U.S. planes hijacked by terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania killing nearly 3,000 people in a matter of hours. Behind the staggering number of deaths are the individuals, each of whom left behind family, friends and co-workers who feel the national tragedy on a personal level. CNN established this website as a tribute to those who died. This Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of the terrorists attacks. It is also important to note the number of additional lives lost in the ongoing military effort in the war against terrorism. The names, biographies and hometowns of all those servicemen and -women who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan are listed here.

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Back to School Night: Thursday September 12

Back to School Night: Thursday, September 12, is Sierra's Back-to-School Night. The event lasts from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Come introduce your family to your new teachers and show off your classrooms. Ben and Jerry's ice cream will be available for purchase, as well as snacks sold by the Sierra cheerleaders. Yearbooks will also be on sale for the low price of $15. This will be the last day they will be available at that price before it increases. We hope to see you all there!
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Picture Day: September 3

picture day small: This is just a reminder that Picture Day is Tuesday, September 3. Come to school with your nice clothes and hair combed. If you need an extra order form, you can pick one up in the school office. You can also visit the company's website to call them directly. And remember, everyone will be taking a picture, whether or not you buy a photo package. You will receive your school IDs and bus passes in a few weeks.

 

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No School, Monday, September 2

labor day small: September 2 is Labor Day. There will be no school on Monday, September 2. Enjoy your three-day weekend. We will see you back at school on Tuesday, September 3. To watch a video about Labor Day and its origination, click here.

 

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Late Start: Thursday August 29

School will begin at 9:40 a.m. on Thursday, August 29. Students will be dismissed at 1:57 p.m. Click on the picture below to view all the late start dates for the 2013-2014 school year. All bus routes will be delayed 2 hours (example: if your child normally catches the bus at 7:10 a.m., then the pickup time on late start days will be 9:10 a.m.).

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August 19: First Day of School!

back to school: August 19 marks the first day of school for the 2013-2014 school year. We hope you had a restful summer vacation. There have been a couple new changes. We have added 8 "late start" days to the school year in which we will follow the Foggy Day bell schedule. Click here to view those dates. We are also welcoming many new teachers and staff members to the Sierra family. We look forward to meeting all of you and having a memorable school year. Go Spartans!

 

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Last Day of School: May 30

no school: Thursday, May 30, is the last day of school. Enjoy your summer vacation. The first day of school for the 2013-2014 school year is August 19. Click here to see the entire 2013-2014 academic calendar.

 

 

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No School Monday, May 27, in Honor of Memorial Day

There is no school this upcoming Monday, May 28, in honor of Memorial Day.  Enjoy your three-day weekend, but take a moment to realize the significance and importance of the holiday.  To learn more about Memorial Day, click on this link or watch the video below.

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Sierra Carnival: Friday May 10

60 years: 2013 marks Sierra's 60th anniversary. All current and former Spartans (even those of you who were around when we were the Stars), families, and community members are welcome join us on May 10 beginning at 2:00 for a school carnival. There will be music, prizes, raffles, games, bounce houses, food, and even the opportunity to dunk your vice principal in a pool of water! When asked for comment, Mrs. Dillard challenged, "No one will be able to dunk me, especially the 8th graders. I'm not scared. I've seen them throw." Those sound like fighting words, Mrs. Dillard.


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Girls Softball Team: League Champions

softball champs: Congratulations to the girls softball team! On Wednesday, April 24, they defeated the Stiern Sharks to secure the league championship.  The game was very contentious although Sierra led throughout all 7 innings. The Sierra dugout was noticably worried when Stiern rallied at the bottom of the 7th inning, scoring 2 runs with two outs remaining.  But the Sierra defense capitalized on a grounder and ended the game with a double play.  Martha Sanchez was Sierra's most valuable offensive player, getting on base with every at-bat and bringing in 3 RBIs.  Although the Stiern coach disputed many calls throughout the game (even calling for video review at times), umpire Marv Fletcher remained firm and fair with his calls. When asked his thoughts after the game, Mr. Fletcher said, "Sierra was definitely the best team. They came out here ready to play and executed. They are undoubtedly the team to beat in this league." With an overall record of 6-1, the Sierra girls softball team will be heading into a final league tournament as the #1 overall seed.  Hopefully their winning streak will continue and the girls can end the school year not only league champs, but also tournament champions as well.  Sierra coaches, Mr. Contreras and Mr. Ribaudo were overwhelmed by the support from fans.  Even though this was an away game, Sierra fans came out it droves, flooding the Stiern sidelines in a sea of green. Mr. Ribaudo added, "I cannot believe the support we had. I want to thank Sierra parents, family, friends and staff for such a strong presence on the sidelines. And even though Mrs. Duenas' remarks sounded a bit threatening to the opposing team, I appreciated her energy. You all definitely motivated the players and were pivotal in our win." It seems Mr. Ribaudo's past coaching woes have been laid to rest. We now expect nothing but wins from him and Mr. Contreras.
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Sierra's 60th Anniversary Celebration: May 10, 2013

60 years: 2013 marks Sierra's 60th anniversary. All current and former Spartans (even those of you who were around when we were the Stars), families, and community members are welcome join us on May 10 beginning at 2:00 for a school carnival. There will be music, prizes, raffles, games, bounce houses, food, and even the opportunity to dunk your vice principal in a pool of water! When asked for comment, Mrs. Dillard challenged, "No one will be able to dunk me, especially the 8th graders. I'm not scared. I've seen them throw." Those sound like fighting words, Mrs. Dillard.


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Future Doctors at Sierra

Hip Small: Recently, a group of 45 Sierra students, along with faculty advisors Mr. Arambula, Ms. Ayala and Mr. DeLaVega, participated in Hippocrates Circle, a 5-week program sponsored by Kaiser Permanente which encourages elementary and middle school students to become future physicians.  The students visited a local hospital and met with doctors and nurses who showed them how to perform CPR, use medical equipment, and explore the different departments of the hospital, such as labor and delivery, cardiology and neurology.  They were even allowed to use the Davinci Arm, which is a highly sophisticated robotic arm used during some surgeries.  Additionally, the students and their parents were taught strategies on how to navigate financial aid to pay for college. Everyone had a great time.  Many of Sierra's students now say that they want to be a doctor after college.  When asked what he thought of the program, Mr. DeLaVega said, "This is the kind of hands-on learning that students really crave.  We are thankful for Kaiser Permanente for organizing and sponsoring this event. I'm even thinking about becoming a doctor myself!"

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Sierra Action News: March 11, 2013

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Late Start: Thursday March 14

School will begin at 9:40 a.m. on Thursday, March 14. Students will be dismissed at 1:57 p.m. Click on the picture below to view all the late start dates for the 2012-2013 school year.

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Sierra Action News: 2/25/2012

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Sierra Action News: 2/12

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No School Monday, February 11, in Honor of President Lincoln

lincoln picture small: There will be no school on Monday, February 11, in honor of Lincoln Day. Enjoy your three-day weekend and we will see you back on Tuesday, February 12.

To read more about our 16th President of the United States, click here.

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Sierra Action News: 1/28/13

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Penny Wars January 28-February 1

penny wars: Sierra students are participating in a Penny War fundraiser. Students are to bring in loose change to either deposit into their own class accounts or to sabotage another class' account. Pennies are worth 1 positive point. Nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars are worth their values in negative points. The winning advisory class (the class ending with the most positive points) will be rewarded with a pizza party. The purpose of the fundraiser is to raise much needed funds for the Bakersfield Homeless Shelter. So bring in your nickels, dimes and quarters to sabotage Mr. Riley's classroom (Room 4).
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Sierra's History Day

history day small: On Friday, January 18, Sierra's social studies department held History Day.  All social studies students made a posterboard and wrote a report about a topic important to them.  All of Sierra's students then voted for their favorites.  The winning boards from each grade level will now go on to compete in a district-wide social studies competition. When asked what her thoughts were on the event, social studies teacher, Ms. Wright, said, "It went fantastic! It's a great milestone for Sierra's own history." She also mentioned the fundraisers that the department is planning to cover the cost of all the ink that was used.  To see more posterboards of the event, click here.

 

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No School Monday, January 21 in Honor of MLK Jr. Day

There is no school this upcoming Monday, January 21, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This holiday is regarded as a volunteer holiday. If you have the time, talk with somebody about volunteering at your local church, the Bakersfield Homeless Center, the animal shelter, or any other issue that you find important to you. Take a minute to watch the video below. To learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr., click here.

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Sierra Action News: 1/14/2013

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Late Start: Thursday January 10

School will begin at 9:40 a.m. on Thursday, January 10. Click on the picture below to view all the late start dates for the 2012-2013 school year.

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NOR Christmas Parade

NOR 2 small: On December 15, Sierra's color guard, cheerleaders and marching band participated in North of the River's 40th annual Christmas parade.  Everyone involved had a great time and are looking forward to next year's parade.  To view more pictures from the event, click here.


 

 

 

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Sierra Action News: 12/17/12

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Sierra Action News: 12/11/2012

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December 7: Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

On December 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The attack lasted just two hours, but it was devastating: The Japanese managed to destroy nearly 20 American naval vessels, including eight enormous battleships, and almost 200 airplanes. More than 2,000 Americans soldiers and sailors died in the attack, and another 1,000 were wounded. The day after the assault, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan; Congress approved his declaration with just one dissenting vote. Three days later, Japanese allies Germany and Italy also declared war on the United States, and again Congress reciprocated. More than two years into the conflict, America had finally joined World War II.

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Cross Country Results

cross country small: On Saturday, December 1, Sierra's cross country team participated in a cross country meet against the seven other middle/junior high schools in the Bakersfield City School District.  A total of 17 Sierra athletes participated in the race.  The Sierra boys team took 2nd place overall.  Sergio Carreno took 2nd place in the entire district out of 50 other racers.  Overall, both the boys and girls teams did fantastic.  To view more pictures of the event, click here.

 

 

 

 

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Sierra Action News: 12/3

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Thanksgiving Vacation November 22-25

turkey: Wednesday, November 21, is a minimum day.  Students will be dismissed at 1:00.  There will be no school November 22-25 for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Enjoy your break and we will see you again on Monday, November 26.




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Sierra Action News: 11/19/2012

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Late Start: Thursday November 15

School will begin at 9:40 a.m. on Thursday, November 15.  Click on the picture below to view all the late start dates for the 2012-2013 school year.

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Sierra Students Cast Their Votes!

My Vote: On October 30, 2012, Sierra Middle School joined students across the state in the "MyVote California Student Mock Election," which gives high school and middle school students a firsthand experience with the electoral process, emphasizing  the power of their votes in our democracy.  The MyVote campaign is designed to motivate youth to become actively involved in the voting process once they are old enough to cast a ballot. To read more about this event, click here.

 

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Sierra Participates in Veteran's Day Parade

Sierra Veterans Day Parade 2012: On Monday, November 12, Sierra's marching band, color guard and cheerleaders participated in Bakersfield's 93rd annual Veteran's Day parade held on the streets of downtown Bakersfield.  To see more pictures of the parade, click here.

 

 

 

 

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Sierra Action News: 11/13/2012

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No School: Monday November 12

veterans day: There is no school this upcoming Monday, November 12, in honor of Veteran's Day.  To learn more about Veteran's Day, watch the video below and visit this website.

 

 

 

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Sierra Action News: 11/5/2012

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Parent Teacher Conference: Oct 29-Nov 2

conference: There will be early dismissal the entire week of October 29-November 2 for parent/teacher conferences.  Students will be dismissed from school at 1:00.  All parents are encouraged to attend.  Conferences will be daily from 1:45-2:45.  Feel free to drop by to visit all of your child's teachers and to get their report card. If you would like to make an appointment, please call Sierra at (661) 631-5470.


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Noche de Ciencias (Math and Science Night): Thursday, October 25

spartan picture small: This Thursday, October 25, is Sierra's annual Noche de Ciencias.  The event is from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Your whole family is invited.  We will be serving free pizza and sodas for everyone who attends.  After dinner, you and your family will work together on one of the many science projects available.  All students who attend will receive a homework pass to use in whatever class that you'd like.  Talk to your teacher to get more details.  To see pictures of last year's event, click here.  We would like to thank the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers for their help organizing and funding this event.
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Red Ribbon Week: October 22-26

red ribbon week small: This week, October 22-26, is Red Ribbon Week.  During Red Ribbon Week, we reaffirm our commitment to say no to drugs and alcohol.    To view a video about the origins of Red Ribbon Week, click on this link. 


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Sierra Action News: 10/22/2012

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End of First Grading Period: Friday, October 19

stressed student: Just a reminder: this Friday, October 19, is the end of the first grading period.  That means you will be receiving your first report card very soon.  However, the teachers need to submit your grades by Friday.  So if you have any missing assignments, or would like to do any extra credit, go talk to your teachers. You can login in to your account here if any of your teachers are using Engrade


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Late Start: Thursday October 18

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Sierra Action News: 10/15/2012

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Important Dates

2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR

August 18: First Day of School

August 28: Late Start

September 1 (No School): Labor Day

September 11: Back to School Night

September 18: Late Start

October 23: Late Start

November 11 (No School): Veteran's Day

November 27-Novemeber 30 (No School): Thanksgiving Vacation

December 4: Late Start

December 20-January 4 (No School): Winter Break

January 8: Late Start

January 19 (No School): MLK Jr. Day

February 9 (No School): Lincoln Day

February 12: Late Start

February 16 (No School): Washington Day

March 19: Late Start

March 28-April 5 (No School): Spring Break

May 14: Late Start

May 25 (No School): Memorial Day

May 28: Last Day of School