CUYAHOGA FALLS — The 2019-20 school year "promises to be an exciting" time, said Superintendent Todd Nichols.
"Having adopted the Black Tiger Pride Strategic Plan 2019-24, we are well positioned with a clear path forward for at least the next five years," Nichols said. "We hope that families have obtained a ‘We Are Black Tigers' yard sign and proudly display it in the yard or a window. Ultimately, we hope that all members of our community join together as a Black Tiger Family. It takes a community to raise our children and they deserve our best effort."
The first day of school for students in grades first through sixth, and freshmen, is Aug. 14. Students in first through 12th grade have school Aug. 15. Kindergartners have readiness appointments Aug. 14 through 16, and start Aug. 19.
The older students in the Cuyahoga Falls City Schools will see the start of a 1:1 Chromebook program, according to information from the district.
James Marras, director of Instructional Technology, said that the Chromebooks will be distributed, starting with the ninth-grade students next week, and the sixth grade students the following week.
The district is using the tech fee, along with matching general fund dollars, to purchase 850 units, Marras said.
"At the same time, the tech department is working with the middle schools to reorganize the current Chromebook fleet in order to provide a 'stay at school' one to one pilot for seventh and eighth grades," Marras said. "Any remaining units will be used to replace outdated units in our K-5 carts. This should make certain that all of our buildings have equitable access for daily activities, as well as assurance of materials for state testing later in the year."
Marras said this program is a limited pilot for now, as the district awaits federal "E-rate" funds "for growth and expansion of our wireless network, which has been in process with USAC for over a year."
"Through the pilot program, it is hoped to make expansion and delivery of one to one Chromebooks a seamless addition to the daily use of technology for student learning," Marras said.
Dates and times
Thanksgiving break is Nov. 28 through 29, and winter break is Dec. 23 through Jan. 3. Spring break is March 23 through 27, and the last day of school for students is May 22.
School hours for elementary schools are 8:45 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 8:45 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. on Wednesdays. Hours for students at the middles schools are 8 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 1:55 on Wednesdays. Hours at the high school are 7:45 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 7:45 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. Wednesdays.
The Cuyahoga Falls City Schools serve about 5,000 students in the district's nine schools, according to Chef Bill Bailey, Nutrition & Food Service supervisor.
The district provides both breakfast and lunch at its schools. Breakfast is $1.20 and $2.50 at the elementary schools; $1.75 and $3 at the middle schools; and $1.95 and $3.35 at the high school.
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