CUYAHOGA FALLS — Students at Woodridge Elementary School will see a new Language Arts curriculum when school starts Aug. 14, said Superintendent Walter Davis.

The program started at the elementary school as a targeted pilot program during the last part of the previous school year, he added.

"All of our reading teachers have now participated in intensive training and will be implementing the new series this year in grades kindergarten through fifth grade," Davis said. "Aligned to the program we use in the middle grades, these new tools will provide rich, leveled literature for reading, writing, speaking, vocabulary and spelling instruction."

The My View Language Arts Program, copyrighted 2020, is the latest Ohio-based resource by Pearson Education, Davis added

Davis said the district is also continuing its focus on "the 3 E’s, as we work with our students to identify their ‘pathways.’"

"By the time our students are ready to graduate from high school, they will have considered which pathway is best for them," Davis said. "Enrollment in a college for post-secondary training program. Employment. Enlistment in the armed forces. During this school year, we will create additional partnerships with local businesses in an effort to provide our students with more workforce development opportunities."

In line with this concept, the district will introduce a series of new courses at the high school over the next two years, Davis said.

"The courses will be designed especially for those students who are not planning to go on to college," he said. "These new courses will examine life skills, personal finance and banking, parenting, home repair, etc.

"Additionally, this year, we will finalize plans for a new Entrepreneurship Program for those students who wish to work for themselves by creating a business opportunity upon graduation," he added. The new program is planned to begin in the 2020-21 school year.

The district also plans to break ground on a new warehouse and transportation facility behind the Board of Education office on Quick Road this year.

"Students, parents and staff should be aware of construction traffic on campus this fall," Davis said. "The project is expected to be complete by winter."

Currently, the transportation office consists of a converted trailer behind the Board of Education building. Davis said the district is "hoping to keep the cost in the $500,000 range," and the design is not finalized yet.

Dates and times

Freshman and new student orientation is Aug. 12 at the high school Auditeria, starting at 6 p.m.

Open House at the elementary school is Aug. 13. Time for Kindergarten through second grade is 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; and for third through fifth grade is 6 to 7 p.m.

Students may bring their school supplies to Open House. Additional parking will be available at the Board of Education and High School as well.

Other dates of note include Thanksgiving recess, which is Nov. 28 and 29, and winter break, which is Dec. 23 through Jan. 1; school reopens Jan. 2. Spring vacation is March 23 through 27. The last day for students is May 20.

Meal prices

The Woodridge Local School District serves breakfast and lunch at its schools.

Breakfast is $1.50 and lunch is $2.75 at the elementary school; breakfast is $1.50 and lunch is $3 at the middle school; and breakfast is $1.75 and lunch is $3.25 at the high school.

Reporter April Helms can be reached at 330-541-9423, ahelms@recordpub.com, or @AprilKHelms_RPC