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Get ready for August school registration in District 21

Administrators at North Wasco County School District 21 are putting the final touches on school schedules and more in anticipation of school registration in mid-August.

Instead of holding the traditional Back to School Bash, the district is encouraging parents to register their students at the school they will be attending.

The Dalles Wahtonka High School will be open for registration on August 14 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Aug. 15 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Dalles Middle School will be open for registration on August 13 and 14 from 8-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. and on Aug 15 from 1-7 p.m.

All three elementary schools will be open August 19 and 21 from 8-11 a.m. and 12-3:30 p.m. and on Aug. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.

If you are new to North Wasco County School District or if your child is going to be in Kindergarten this year, bring a valid birth certificate and two documents that show proof of address.

During registration families can register students for school, find out classroom assignments or class schedules, learn about bus routes, sign up for programs and pay fees at their child’s school.

Meanwhile, in preparation for the coming 2013-2014 school year, members of the school board and administrative staff have been hard at work this summer focusing on strategies to improve student academic success.

On Saturday, August 24 the school board and administrative team will come together for a full day Summer Planning Retreat where they will set out the agenda for the school year.

However, some strategies to improve student success are already under way.

Numerous studies have shown that the number one determining factor for increasing student learning is to increase the amount of time that students spend in the classroom with a highly qualified teacher. With that in mind, North Wasco County School District has been looking for ways to increase the amount of instruction time that students and teachers have together.

That has been accomplished in a variety of ways, including provisions in this year’s licensed teacher and education support professional contracts to restore five days previously cut from the school year. Schedule changes will also result in more student-teacher contact each day.

In the next few weeks administrators will make the needed adjustments to schedules, bus routes and other items in time for the new school year to begin on September 4, with an orientation day for sixth and ninth graders on Sept. 3.

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