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Solon School News

School calendar reminders

April 25: HS P/T conferences: 4 until 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 2: Early dismissal, 1 p.m. for district in-service.
Thursday, May 16: Early dismissal, 1 p.m. for district in-service.
Sunday, May 19: Commencement exercises, HS gymnasium, 2 p.m.
Monday, May 27: Memorial Day holiday.
Monday, June 3: Last student day, 11:30 a.m. dismissal.
Wednesday, June 4: Teacher work day.
Please check out the school’s on-line calendar for many other upcoming events and schedules.

Teacher Appreciation Week May 6-10

Teacher Appreciation Week is observed annually as a way of strengthening respect for and support of the teaching profession. This week is an opportunity for everyone– school district, parents, students and community to express appreciation for the work and dedication of the teachers in the Solon School District.
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6 through 10. Teachers deserve some admiration and gratitude, and sometimes students need a little nudge in the right direction. Help your students discover all that teachers do with these writing and art activities, and give them a way to say thanks to a special educator who made a positive different in their lives.

School board meeting May 13

The May meeting of the board of education is set for Monday, May 13, in the central office conference room beginning at 6 p.m.

Food service

In an effort to end our fiscal year with all meal accounts current, the Food Service Department is asking that parents check their lunch account balance on the Parent School Dining System’s web page: http://solon.is-usa.com/ Your Family ID and School Dining System password are listed on any low-balance e-mails you would have received. All balances will safely carry over into the next school year. Please remit payment to Solon Schools Food Service. If you have a graduating senior and no other students left in our school district, negative balances need to be paid before May 16. You will receive a letter and balance statement after the senior’s last day of school. Positive balances will be refunded.

PowerSchool e-registration

For the 2013-2014 school year, Solon Community Schools will be once again be using an e-registration process accessible through PowerSchool. This process will use the same login information parents of middle school and high school students use to check grades via PowerSchool. Parents of incoming preschool and kindergarten students will be mailed access IDs and passwords in June. We are requiring all families to use e-registration, therefore we will be setting up computers at the central office to assist families with completing e-registration. The e-registration process will be available the first week of July by browsing to the SCSD website (www.solon.k12.ia.us) and clicking on the registration tab. At the end of the e-registration process, parents/guardians will be directed to pay fees electronically via RevTrak or complete a school fees form and pay by check. In addition, several optional forms may need to be printed and completed. Questions about e-registration may be directed to Kris at 319-624-3401, ext. 1349 in the central office.

Middle school

Fifth and sixth grade lock-in

Thank you to our MS PTO and parent volunteers for sponsoring our Spring Lock-In on April 12. These afternoons are always a highlight of the year for our students. Thank you for making this event possible.

‘Pioneer Days’ May 3

On Friday, May 3, fifth and sixth grade students will celebrate “Pioneer Days.” This every other year event provides students with hands on learning of pioneer life. A large number of parents and community members serve as historical experts, providing students with a unique learning experience.

PTO meeting May 7

Please join us for the next PTO meeting on Tuesday, May 7, at 7 p.m. in the Media Center.

Fifth and seventh grade parent orientations

Our annual Spring Parent Orientation, scheduled for May 8, has been postponed until August.

Eighth grade celebration

It’s that time of year when we need to begin planning some of our end of the year celebrations. If you are interested in helping with our eighth grade celebration, on May 15, please contact Mary Ann Jedlicka at majedlicka@solon.k12.ia.us.

High school

Varsity Dance Team 2013-2014

Congratulations to the following dancers: Kayla Karsten– manager, Libbie Randall, Tori Zenisek, Kaytee Berstler, Brittany Slusher, Alex Smith, Natalie Ament and Andria Kakacek. Thank you to all who auditioned.

Dance team members attend ISDTA leadership conference
Kayla Karsten, Kaytee Berstler and Andria Kakacek attended the ISDTA leadership conference with coach Marjorie Lane April 12 and 13. The event was held at the Stoney Creek Lodge in the West Des Moines area. Over 30 dance programs sent representatives to the event. The conference was also full of goal setting and team building activities. Ali Clough, an instructor for Just For Kix, taught dancers kick and hip hop choreography. Ali is a fashion designer for JFK and has performed with artists such as Black Eyed Peas and Beyonce in the Super Bowl.

HS counselor alternative hours

In an attempt to meet the needs of parents outside the normal school day hours, Mr. Thompson will be at school from noon until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14. If you wish to schedule an appointment, he can be contacted either by phone (319-624-3401, ext. 1117) or e-mail mithompson@solon.k12.ia.us.

Fine arts

Jazz band/choir final concert

Solon High School’s Jazz Choirs and Jazz Bands will perform their final concert on Sunday, May 5, at the high school. This event is a wonderful opportunity to sit back and enjoy blues, swing, b-bop and more. Performances begin at 5 p.m. and concessions will be available. Proceeds go to supporting the Solon High School Jazz Program and Solon Spotlight so plan to come and eat and enjoy the finest high school jazz in Iowa.

HS choral spring awards concert

The Solon High School Choral Department will be presenting its Spring Awards Concert May 13 at 7 p.m. This is the final concert of the year and it will feature Treble Clef Choir, Bass Clef Choir and Bella Voce. Students will also be presented with their awards earned during the year as well as the presentation of the National Choral Award and Ella Fitzgerald Jazz Award. We’ll hope you will join us in this great end-of-the-year celebration.

HS band spring awards concert

The Solon High School Instrumental Department will be presenting its Spring Awards Concert May 6 at 8 p.m. This is the final concert of the year and it will feature both the Concert Band and the Wind Ensemble as well as the two “Best of Center” performances from Solo and Ensemble Contest, the Trombone Choir and the Saxophone Quintet. Students will also be honored with awards that were earned through out the year. Come out and support our students and hear some great music.