Originally Published: January 22, 2018 6 a.m.
A week or so ago the 2018-19 calendar was posted to the Chino Valley USD website at www.chinovalleyschools.com.
It got me thinking that it seems as if the school year just started, and here we are over halfway through.
The spring semester is an interesting time for a school district. It is the time of year when we get ready to complete one school year while preparing for the next.
With so much going on, it seems to pass so quickly.
Some of the work is taking place behind the scenes at the district office level.
The legislative session just began and the governor released his proposed budget. We are closely following what is taking place in Phoenix so that we can begin preparing next year’s budget and keep on top of other legislation that will impact school districts.
The spring semester is also the start of hiring season. Some teachers have already begun to let districts know that they will be leaving.
In some cases, they are moving out of the area while others are ending their career and choosing to retire. We are already interviewing prospective teachers to fill vacancies that we know about for next year.
Coaches and student athletes are finishing up the winter sports season and preparing for the spring sports season.
The first round of the basketball tournament kicks off on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, while the wrestling sectional tournament begins Feb. 3 with the state tournament taking place Feb. 9 and 10 at the Prescott Valley Event Center. Softball, baseball, golf, and track and field will kickoff their practices early February.
Teachers in the classroom have gotten their students back into the swing of things after the two-week winter break.
Teachers are continuing to focus on their instruction with an eye towards the AZ Merit testing which is scheduled for April, just over two months away.
The district is looking towards next year and is putting the finishing touches on the Chino Valley High School course description book in preparation for 2018-19 freshman registration in just over a month.
We are also looking forward to our Kinder Roundup which will take place on Thursday, Feb. 15 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Territorial Early Childhood Center Campus. This is a chance for parents of future kindergarteners to bring their little ones to TECC to meet the teachers and staff for the first time.
As we prepare to welcome our youngest students to the district, we are just as excited as well as a little sad to see our seniors prepare for their graduation.
Scholarship season has begun as our counselors are busy getting scholarship information out to those going on to college, university, or trade school.
Seniors are ordering their caps and gown and finalizing their future plans.
Staff is already planning graduation which will take place at the Prescott Valley Event Center on Wednesday, May 23 at 7 p.m. It won’t be long before we say goodbye to this school year and welcome the next.
John Scholl is superintendent of the Chino Valley Unified School District.
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