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Upcoming dates

Aug. 16, 17, 20: District workshops.
Aug. 21: First day of school.
Monday, Sept. 3: Labor Day no school.
Thursday, Sept. 20: 1 p.m. Early out.
Thursday, Sept. 20: High school parent/teacher conferences
Please visit the school’s website at www.solon.k12.ia.us under the calendars tab for the online calendar listing all activities, times, and locations. Events may be changed so this calendar is updated as changes do occur.

Welcome to Solon High School!
New student and freshman orientation will be held on Thursday, Aug. 16, from 7-8 p.m. If you would like to tour the building, you may stop in anytime after 6:30. Incoming ninth grade students should have received a copy of their schedule over the summer. New students will need to see Mr. Thompson, counselor, beginning Friday to create a schedule. Locker assignments will be unavailable until the first day of school as we are still registering new students.
Please contact high school principal Nathan Wear by email nwear@solon.k12.ia.us or by phone at 319-624-2401 ext. 1103 with questions about the upcoming school year.

Join PTO today
Did you know each building in the Solon Community School District has its own Parent Teacher Organization? Lakeview and middle school PTOs hold meetings bi-monthly. The high school PTO communicates via e-mail.
Any parent/legal guardian of a student in the Solon school system can join PTO by filling out a registration form and returning it with the $10 annual dues payment, which includes a copy of the highly coveted student directory. PTO registration forms can found on the Solon schools website by following this link: http://www.solon.k12.ia.us/district/registration/documents/solon_pto.pdf. Forms will also be available at Unpack the Backpack Night at Lakeview and the middle school.
Solon PTOs promote communication, provide service and support, and work with the schools to provide quality education for all. A few of the ways PTOs met these goals during the past school year include sponsoring field trips, providing recess equipment and art supplies, improving the playground with new equipment, fulfilling teachers’ classroom wish lists, chaperoning lock-ins and dances, and funding special events like self defense instruction and science fairs.
This fall, all three PTOs will be increasing their fundraising efforts with a program called scrip. This exciting new opportunity will cost you nothing. Look for more information in next week’s Solon Economist.
If you have any questions about Solon’s PTOs, contact any of the following officers:
• Lakeview PTO president: Amy Kruse, kruse02@gmail.com.
• Middle school PTO co-president: Brandi Radcliffe, bjr524@mchsi.com.
• High school PTO treasurer (presidency open): Michelle Kottenstette, michelle.kotten@yahoo.com.

Solon seeking SIAC members
Solon Community School District parents and community members are invited to complete an application for membership on the School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC). SIAC is a board appointed committee that shall include students, parents, teachers, administrators, and representatives from the local community. To the extent possible, committee membership shall have balanced representation of the following: race, gender, national origin, and disability. Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, this committee was required to include equal representatives of both genders. The School Improvement Advisory Committee makes recommendations to the board based on the committee analysis of the needs assessment data related to student learning goals and other educational needs. Applications are due Sept. 4 at 4 p.m. For more information or to apply, visit http://www.solon.k12.ia.us/district/board/csipsiac/ or contact Matt Townsley, director of instruction and technology at 319-624-3401, ext. 1352 or mtownsley@solon.k12.ia.us

Notification test on Aug. 20
The Solon Community School District’s primary method to report school closings and delays is local television (KCRG, KGAN, and KWWL) and radio station (WMT, KHAK, KDAT, KRNA, KZIA, and KCJJ) announcements. The SchoolMessenger system is a secondary public announcement that delivers personalized phone, text message, and/or e-mail messages to parents, staff, or other groups via home, office, and/or cell phones. Parents/Guardians do not have to do anything to receive communications through this new system as it is pulled through information from our parent-student information system, PowerSchool.
An annual test of the SCSD email, phone and text notification system will take place on Monday, Aug. 20. at 6 p.m. For more information on SchoolMessenger or to customize your notification preferences, please visit http://www.solon.k12.ia.us/district/information/schoolmessenger/

School pictures Sept. 19
Individual school pictures will be taken a little later in the school year now being done on Wednesday, Sept. 19, by Lifetouch Photography. Several package options are available through a prepayment-money back guaranteed plan. Complete information will be distributed the first full week of school. All checks must be made payable to Lifetouch Photography.

School physicals
All athletes must have a physical examination completed before he/she will be allowed to participate or practice. School physical forms may be picked up at the high school or central offices during the summer or are available on the school’s web site under registration.
New this year the athletes are also required to turn in a signed concussion form that is attached to the physical.

Early dismissal/late start times
These dates are on the Solon Community School District’s school calendar found on our web site at www.solon.k12.ia.us.

Hot weather dismissal
Due to heat and humidity, it may necessitate dismissing school early. The following procedures will be used:
1) An announcement will be made on the following TV and radio stations: KCRG-9, KGAN-2, KWWL-7, WMT, KRNA, KCJJ, KHAK.
2) Dismissal will usually be at 1 p.m.
3) On early dismissal days due to heat all high school athletic practices will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. (at the discretion of each coach) and middle school athletic practices will be rescheduled at an appropriate time.
4) You will receive notification through our SchoolMessenger system.

Board of education
The regular meeting of the Solon Board of Education is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 20, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Central Office Conference Room. The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Please note: The first full day of school for grades one through four is Tuesday, Aug. 21. The first day of school for Kindergarten students is Wednesday, Aug. 22. The first day of school for Preschool students is Thursday, Aug. 23. Kindergarten students will come for an individual assessment on Tuesday, Aug. 21. Letters will be sent out in August regarding the procedure to schedule on appointment on this day.
Aug. 16: Lakeview get acquainted/unpack your backpack, 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. All students may bring all of their supplies to their classrooms before school starts so their load is a little lighter on their first day.
Aug. 21: First day of school for first through fourth grades. Lakeview classes begin at 8:10 a.m.
Aug. 21: Kindergarten students will meet individually with their teacher. We ask that kindergarten parents schedule an appointment with their child’s teacher prior to Aug. 21.
Aug. 22: First day of school for Kindergarten with classes beginning at 8:10 a.m.
Aug. 23: First day of school for Preschool with classes beginning at 8:10 a.m.
Thank you for your attention to all of this important information. We are looking forward to an outstanding school year.

Lakeview PTO
The dates for the Lakeview PTO meetings for the next school year have been set for Sept. 6, Nov. 1, Jan. 3, March 7 and May 2. All meetings will be held in the Lakeview Media Center beginning at 7 p.m. and childcare will be provided. We hope you will join us as we plan activities to benefit Lakeview children and staff.

Middle School News
Schedules: All students will have a schedule available to them at our welcome back night.
Attendance: We’ve revised our district attendance procedures for the coming year. In addition to more consistency between the three buildings, the new procedures more clearly define excused/unexcused absences and outline consequences for excessive unexcused absences.
Supply lists: School supply lists can be found on the district website under registration.
Calendar dates
Aug. 16: Welcome Back Night, 6 until 7:30 p.m. Come get your schedule, walk to your classes, empty your backpack, meet your teachers.
Aug. 20: Peer Leader Training, 10 a.m.
Aug. 20: Fifth Grade Orientation, 12:30 until 3 p.m.
Aug. 21: First Day of School (full day).