The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting
When you start to see the TV commercials announcing back to school supplies, backpacks and big sales on new school shoes and clothes you know that the summer is almost over, Labor Day is right around the corner and a new school year is beginning…even though it feels like the summer just started.
The back to school dates, which were always after Labor Day when I was in grade school, seem earlier every year with most children in Academy School District 20 starting the week of August 19th. Check your District 20 school website for more information on school lists, activities and announcements. A current and complete list of Academy District 20 schools with information on each school in the district.
For many parents this will be a year of firsts, their first child going to school or their first child graduating from grade school or high school. Or maybe your family just moved to the Colorado Springs area so this is your children’s first year in District 20. Along with the normal stress and anxiety that both parents and children feel around the first day of school, there is also excitement for what your children will become and achieve within a good educational environment.
Academy District 20 Schools
If you are planning a move to Colorado Springs or would like to build your dream home within Academy District 20 boundaries this map clearly shows the school district. Academy District 20 encompasses three charter schools, twenty elementary schools, seven middle schools and seven high schools. And with more than 23,000 students, Academy District 20 is one of Colorado’s largest school districts and one of its best. According to the Colorado Department of Education, for the 2011-2012 school year, Academy District 20 tested above the state average for Grades 4-10 in Reading, Writing and Math using the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test the students’ skills. With 17 students per teacher and high grades from the Department of Education and the community, Academy District 20 believes that,
The education of each student is a responsibility shared by students, families, schools, and communities.
For some students in Academy District 20, the summer wasn’t a time of vacation and fun but instead a challenging and difficult time as many went through the Black Forest Fire evacuation and suffered the loss of their home or significant damage to their homes. According to a recent article in The Gazette, approximately 55 students from Edith Wolford Elementary School lost their home in the June fire and many more families in the district are getting through the difficult inevitable changes that follow a natural disaster. To make getting back to school easier for the children at Edith Wolford, many in the community stepped up including chainsaw carvers from Manitou Springs Nature of Things Chainsaw Art who carved “woodland animals from burned tree stumps around the school to welcome students and staff in August” according to a District 20 Press Release. While the forest has burned the community is positively moving forward towards the next school year.
Are you ready for your kids to start school? Or is it empty nest syndrome as your college age children move on to dorm living this school year? What will you do with your kids in the last two weeks before the school year begins?
Helpful Links for Back to School