HUDSON — New iPads at the middle school and a new website are two of the highlights for the 2019-20 school year.

The new school year, which begins Aug. 14 for most Hudson school district students, features "a number of initiatives that will standout during the next school year," said Sheryl Sheatzley, manager of communications and alumni outreach.

"The facilities projects will be ongoing throughout next year, with the renovation of Natatorium planned for completion by Jan. 1, 2020," Sheatzley said. "We have completed our Portrait of a Graduate, which we will be sharing soon with staff, parents and community. This Portrait helps show our parents and community what guiding principals we will be using to help develop our Explorers both today and in the future."

Also, middle school students will start using iPads in place of Chromebooks, Sheatzley said.

"Both staff and students will go through training and/or professional development to be able to work within the Apple Classroom and beyond," Sheatzley said. "We are very excited about the creativity, innovation, and resources that will be available to our students."

Those visiting the school district's website will notice a number of changes, Sheatzley said.

"We are excited about the convenience of the design for our users," she said. "This will continue to be a work in progress throughout next year as we best determine where our content needs to be located for easy access. One of the features we are very excited about is the use of streaming video on the site. Right now we have a ship circling as if waiting for our students to arrive in August. Starting this school year, parents will be able to complete their back-to-school student forms online in both Final Forms and Home Access Center."

In addition, Sheatzley said the district "will go through a strategic planning process that will again address the key areas and goals of the district for the next several years."

Dates and times

The first day of school for most of the district's students is Aug. 14. Kindergarten students with last names from A to L will also start that day, as well as freshman and new students at the high school.

Sophomores, juniors and seniors, plus kindergartners with last names from M to Z, will start Aug. 15. The first day for all kindergarten students is Aug. 16.

The last day for students is May 22.

Thanksgiving break is Nov. 27 through 29, and winter break is Dec. 23 through Jan. 3. Spring break is March 23 through 27.

The school day at Evamere for morning kindergarten is 9 to 11:45 ; afternoon kindergarten is 1 to 3:45. All day kindergarten and first grade go to school from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

At Ellsworth Hill, the morning Pre-K class is from 9 to 11:35, and the afternoon Pre-K class is from 1:10 to 3:45. The second grade class is from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Students at McDowell and East Woods attend school from 8:55 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

Students at the middle school are in school from 7:50 a.m. to 2:50 p.m., and students at the high school are in school from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Open houses

Open house at Evamere is Aug. 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. Ellsworth Hill open house is Aug. 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. McDowell open house is Aug. 13 from 4 to 6 p.m.

There will be an open house Aug. 12 at the middle school from 1 to 7 p.m.; makeup registration for students will be 1 to 4 p.m.

There is an open house at the high school Aug. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Meal prices

Lunch for students at Evamere, Ellsworth Hill and McDowell is $2.70. Lunch at East Woods is $2.75.

Lunch at the middle and high schools is $3 for students. Breakfast also is served at these two buildings, contact the school for details.

Visit www.hudson.k12.oh.us for details.

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