We are at the midway point of the school year and all is well at Tri-Valley. I am proud to say that the school district is in top shape. We continue to rank at the top academically, our enrollment is stable, district finances are solid, and TV Schools were recently cited in the Times Recorder as the number one reason that this part of the county is the only one experiencing growth in the new housing market.
The winter season has been relatively mild thus far and has resulted in only one school day cancellation thus far. Cooperation from the weather has resulted in students spending a great deal more time in the classroom. However, there is still a lot of winter left before us. Residents are reminded to sign up for text message notification and to check the district website and WHIZ networks for the most up to date information on cancellations and delays.
It is also the time of year when we gear up for the marathon of standardized testing that will begin shortly. Our technology department has been preparing for these online tests for quite some time, and we are confident that the district is prepared for the upcoming test season. For the first time in a long time, there are no major changes to the testing requirements this year.
This is also the time of the year when the school district begins to plan for staffing and scheduling for the upcoming school year. Although we are not anticipating very many changes in our teaching staff, there are several bus drivers who have notified us that they may retire at the end of this school year. We are very appreciative and thankful for our drivers, and they will not be easy to replace.
The district calendar committee will be meeting soon to develop school calendars for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years. As soon as the TV Board of Education adopts the new calendars, they will be available on the school website for our residents.
Although spring seems a long way off right now, the days are definitely getting longer and the graduation season will be here in no time. The Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2017 is scheduled for Friday, May 26th at Jack Anderson Stadium.