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Sunnyside schools' 2012-13 calendar approved last night

The Sunnyside School Board last night approved the 2012-13 calendar for the next school year.

Sierra Vista Middle School Principal Doug Rogers told the directors the teachers in the school district had four options from which to choose.

The calendars, he said, were developed with the knowledge that the school year must begin after Labor Day due to construction that is still happening at Sunnyside High School.

The first day of school this fall will be Tuesday, Sept. 4.

In October there will be one professional development day, and fall conferences will be Nov. 8-9, giving students a five-day weekend because Veterans Day will be observed Monday, Nov. 12.

The following week is Thanksgiving, meaning students will spend just two days in class the week of Nov. 19.

In all of November, the students will spend 15 days in the classroom with a professional development day scheduled Nov. 30.

Winter break will be Dec. 24 through Jan. 4.

Rogers said the teachers wanted to align off-days with schools in nearby districts.

"We conducted an online survey with 265 teachers responding," Rogers said, stating that 63 percent of those who participated in the survey approved the calendar proposed last night.

Two dates on the calendar will be used as snow day make-ups, if necessary. They are Feb. 15 and April 19.

Spring break 2013 will be April 1-5 and the last day of school is set for Friday, June 14. The date for the high school's graduation commencement ceremonies has not yet been set.

There are a total of 173 student days and four conference dates scheduled for the 2012-13 school year.

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