Academic Calendar

2014- 2015 Student Calendar

PORTAGE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

This is a draft of the  2014-15 Student Calendar.  This calendar has been affirmed by the Board through November.
Please read our letter to the community.

2014-2015 Student Calendar

Instruction begins at:

Elementary:  8:25 am (first bell is at 8:20) and dismisses at 3:40 pm

Middle & High School:  7:35 am and dismisses at 2:50 pm


September 1  -      Labor Day Recess

September 2  -     First Day of School (half day)

September 11   -   Elementary Open House

September 16   -   Middle School Open House

September 17   -   High School Open House

October 6       -      Half day

October 30     -     Half day students; End of 1st Quarter

October 31     -     No school

November 5 & 6 - High School Conferences 3:30pm-7:15pm - School all day

November 11 & 12 - Middle School Conferences 3:30pm-7:15pm - School all day

November 12 & 13 - Elementary Conferences 4:30pm-8:15pm - School all day

November 26 - No School

November 27-28 - Thanksgiving Recess

December 22-31 - No School - Winter Recess

January 1-2   -  No School - Winter Recess

January 5    -   School Resumes

January 19-22 - High School Exams morning; no school for High School in afternoon

January 23   -   No School

February 10 & 11 -  High School Conferences 3:30pm-7:15pm - School all day

February 11 & 12  - Middle School Conferences 3:30pm-7:15pm - School all day

February 17 & 19 -  Elementary Conferences 4:30pm-8:15pm - School all day

February 27 - No School - Mid-Winter Break

March 2    -     No School - Mid-Winter Break

March 3-5   -   Michigan Merit Examination - high school only

April 2      -     Half day; End of Quarter 3

April 3      -     No School (tentative) - Spring Recess

April 6-10    -  No School - Spring Recess

April 13    -    School resumes

May 1      -     Half day

May 25   -     No School - Memorial Day

May 26-28   - High School Graduations
 
June 2-5    -   High School Exams morning only; no afternoon classes for High School only

June 5     -     Last Day of School* half day

*Cancellations beyond what the law allows will extend the final day of school beyond Friday, June 5, 2015 if needed.

 

Ever wonder how the calendar gets scheduled for the school year?
There is a common calendar committee that meets every year, and it includes representation from Administration and Instructional staff from all nine school districts in Kalamazoo RESA, plus representation from Kalamazoo RESA itself. This committee is in charge of the massive coordination of the yearly schedules for all programs in all nine districts - both individual programs and joint programs (for example, Education for Employment, Education for the Arts, Special Education, Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center, Testing requirements, etc.). The committee also must work in the exact amount of student-instruction hours as required by the state, and make sure those hours are balanced evenly as semesters or trimesters. Out of those efforts comes a plan for the school year's calendar.

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