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Back-To-School

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La información en esta página, inclusivo un calendario, está disponible en español. Clic aqui para conseguir el folleto de conceptos Básicos Para el Regreso a la Escuela [en formato PDF].

Download our Back-to-School Basics flyer [pdf] for more information, including a school-year calendar.

Important Dates This School Year

The first day of school for grades K-6, 9 is Wednesday, August 12, 2015.

The first day of school for grades 7, 8, 10-12 is Thursday, August 13, 2015.

The last day of school (preK-12) is Wednesday, May 25, 2016 and is a half-day.

Staff are on duty beginning August 6, 2015

Winter recess is from December 18 through January 4. Students will not be in attendance from the end of the school day Thursday, December 17 through the evening of Monday, January 4. Class resumes Tuesday, January 5, 2016.

School Supplies

Lists of required school supplies can be found online at your child's school page. Lists may also be obtained in person at your child's school, and at many area retailers.

School Hours

  • HPHS, THS, TWHS: 7:55 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Hope Street: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Capital City: 7:30 a.m. - 2:25 p.m.
  • Middle School Hours: 7:50 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
  • Elementary Hours: 8:40 a.m. - 3:40 p.m.
      Fridays: 9:30 a.m. - 3:40 p.m. (except Friday, August 14) 

School Meal Costs

BreakfastReduced BreakfastLunchReduced Lunch
Elementary $1.35 $0.30 $2.30 $0.40
Middle & High $1.50 $0.30 $2.50 $0.40
Adult $2.00 N/A $3.50 N/A

Free and reduced price meals are available for qualifying students. Applications may be obtained during enrollment at each school. Click here for a complete list of meal costs per month.

Textbook Rental Fees

Fee LevelPre-KGrade K-5Grade 6-8Grade 9-12
Standard $20 $50 $70 $70
Minimum $10 $10 $10 $10
Computer use $ $10 $20 $20