Two sets of important information for students and parents of the School of the Osage were announced at Monday night’s regular board of education meeting.

Two sets of important information for students and parents of the School of the Osage were announced at Monday night’s regular board of education meeting.

The Class of 2013 will graduate at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the football field, weather permitting. Ceremonies will move inside the high school in case of poor weather.

Classes for next school year will begin with a short week on Tuesday, Aug. 20. The school year is scheduled to end Tuesday, May 20, 2014, depending on days lost to weather.

The year will include a two-week break for Christmas vacation from Monday, Dec. 23, through Friday, Jan. 3. Classes will resume after Christmas on Jan. 7 since teachers have a Professional Development/Workshop day Jan. 6.

The board also opted for periodic breaks throughout the year rather than a longer spring break.

No-school days include:

Sept. 2 – Labor Day

Oct. 25 -- Three-Day Weekend

Nov. 27-29 – Thanksgiving

Dec. 23-Jan. 3 – Christmas

Jan. 6 (Teacher Work Day)

Jan. 20 – Martin Luther King Day

Feb. 17 – President’s Day

March 14-17 – Spring Break

April 18-21 – Spring Break

A late-August start date to accommodate seasonal employment for students and businesses, and an ending date before Memorial Day were key considerations for the school district’s Calendar Committee and board members.

Lake-area business owners and managers rely on students for summer employment, and once school begins that supply of labor virtually disappears. School officials kept that in mind this year by starting school after the third weekend of August.

At the other end of the school year, keeping students past Memorial Day (May 26, 2014) is also frowned on. Board members said it’s difficult to get students back to school after the spring holiday because many parents plan after-school getaways or a long Memorial Day weekend.

The board also emphasized that dragging school into June was even less palatable.

As a result, school officials set as many as nine makeup days next year for school cancellations. They are:

First makeup day, Jan. 20

Second, May 21

Third, May 22

Fourth, Feb. 17

Fifth, March 17

Sixth, April 21

Seventh, May 23 (if that’s the last day of school)

Eighth, May 27

Ninth, May 28

Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Oct. 22, Oct. 24 and March 13.

Recognitions

•Holly Birdsley, assistant principal at Mills Elementary, was recently recognized as the “Outstanding Assistant Principal” representing the Central Division of the Missouri Association of Elementary and Secondary Principals. Birdsley was nominated by Mills principal Veronica Smith.

•Five Osage Middle School students traveled to Columbia on Saturday, March 9, to compete in the MathCounts State Competition. All five ranked in the top 100: Dalton Glenny, Calli Schillaci, Isaiah Robertson, Payton Bartlett, and Elijah Skinner. Osage students did extremely well under the intense pressure of competing against 165 of Missouri’s best, according to Leesa Kribs, Middle School math instructor.