Time to start this thread...when do you get out this year?

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  1. swansong1

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    This is about the time of year that we start this thread...maybe it gives us a little boost to get through the year!
    I'll start. I have six weeks left and I go back the second week of August.
     
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  3. MrsC

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    Students finish on June 28th; it's a half day for them. We have meetings on the afternoon of the 28th and the morning of the 29th. We are then free to go once our end of year paperwork is done and our rooms ready for summer cleaning.

    We start school after Labour Day.
     
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    We were supposed to get out May 17, but we have missed a lot for snow, flu, and power outages. We lost spring break and will be going until May 30. Ugh. We go back the first of August.
     
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    Mid/late June? Honestly don't remember and don't plan on looking it up for a while.

    We usually go back the week before Labor Day, and the kids start the day after Labor Day.
     
  6. waterfall

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    May 23rd is our last day. I definitely haven't looked at next year's calendar yet to see when we're starting back, but it's usually the 1st week of August for teachers, somewhere around August 3rd-5th.
     
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    Our last day is June 20th. We return for in-service Sept. 4 and the kids return Sept. 6
     
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    May 28 I believe
     
  9. YoungTeacherGuy

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    We don't get out until June 7th this year.
     
  10. svassillion

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    June 20th if no more snow days. We head back the week before labor day.
     
  11. miss-m

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    Sometime at the end of May; not sure when since we've had so many snow days, but I think at this point teachers may have to go back after Memorial Day.
     
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    End May 25th, back the second week of August.
     
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    June 29 is our last day and then we always start the Tuesday after Labour Day.
     
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    Last day of school for me is May 31st and I’m back the 3rd week of August. I can’t wait for my upcoming Spring Break, too — I get 11 days off in total. Woot woot!
     
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    Ouch. That sucks!
     
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    Our Spring Break starts in one week, and we get 2 weeks off. Then when we get back there are 8 weeks left til summer.
     
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    It's actually pretty great in August!
     
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    June 8...not only the last day of finals, but also my retirement date!
     
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    Congratulations!
     
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    According to you, you return to work on September 4th (the Tuesday after September 3rd, which is Labor Day). You start the 2018-2019 academic school year 12 days after I do and you end school almost one month after I do. That doesn’t seem that great... Hm.
     
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    On a different hand, it could be great in terms of weather depending on where @MissScrimmage lives. In New England August is a much nicer month to have off than June because June tends to have a lot of thunderstorms whereas August is warm and sunny (a less likely time to have to cancel vacation plans).
     
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    Ha, I didn't do the math... now I can't be blissfully unaware.
     
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    Yay! Go Math!
     
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    I think the math is most of us are in school for 180 days of the year no matter how you slice it.
     
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    Well, days can still be shortened and minimized, like they often are at my private school and they still count as one day of instruction. Also, I think it is better to have longer breaks, which my school does its best to give us.
     
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    We have 187 instructional days and 194 days total for staff. The only instructional day that is not a full day is the students' last day of school, which is a half day.
     
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    You are a bundle of contradictions boy!
     
  28. TrademarkTer

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    That is quite a lot---hopefully you are compensated for those extra days!!
     
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    I'm student teaching, so I get out on May 3rd and graduate the day after!

    And I go back... I don't know until someone hires me!
     
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    And it'll definitely depend on the person, and on the region, for one's opinion on the quality of when breaks are!
     
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    What did I say that was contradictory?
     
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    Okay? If you want shorter breaks and you like that, then you get exactly what you want and everything works out. :D
     
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    As my students say, “Oof!”
     
  34. MissCeliaB

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    May 17th for kids, 18th for us.
     
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    Wow! When do you return for the next academic school year?
     
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    Won't even miss a day to attend a close family member's wedding because it is detrimental to the students learning, but celebrate short days and long breaks, which are shown to be detrimental to student learning. (Besides the homework thing----in one case, you've talked about the wonders of digitalizing your stuff so all you need to do is change the dates, but in another you've talked about spending an entire week of summer just making brand new homeworks!)
     
  37. MissScrimmage

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    My school year calendar is nearly identical to MrsC's. It's how we roll in Canada.
     
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    Um, how does having a longer summer break, for example (2.5 months versus 2 months), deter the students learning? School is not in session then. Duh. When school is IN session, I don’t take time off because I’m, you know, supposed to be working, which is what I’m, you know, paid to do when school is IN session. That is when taking time off deters students’ learning because those are the times allocated for study. My students always beat the state and national averages in every field yearly, so please.

    Secondly, how does streamlining lesson planning during the school year have anything to do with deterring students from cheating by working 1 week over the summer voluntarily? Nice non-sequitur there. Note: I still make digital copies because I recycle old problems on occasion, but I create new problem sets so students don’t just memorize answers.

    To sum up, it’s okay to enjoy time off during vacations and the weekends, but not to take time off during the work week, except in the case of an emergency (car failure, funeral, etc). That is what I have always said and never said anything but. Try again.
     
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    An interesting read. Are you certain the "times allocated" are optimal? For someone who is so sure that just missing one day during the year for important events is going to harm your students, you may wish to challenge the status quo so far as how the school year is divided up.

    https://www.mercurynews.com/2013/01...ter-summer-vacation-and-plenty-of-detractors/

    https://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/how-long-should-holidays-be/
     
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    Teachers go back August 8th, students August 13th. We have longer, but fewer school days. It's the same number of instructional minutes, but compressed. We have 166 student days, and 172 teacher days, but our high school students are in school from 8:15 until 3:50. The official teacher work day is 8:00 until 4:00, but obviously most of us are the earlier and later.
     
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    Interesting reads! Thank you for posting those articles. The case can definitely be made for shorter summer vacation times.

    However, my and my colleague’s track records stand for themselves and to reward us, our administrators give us time off throughout the year in between school days in the form of extended breaks. They’ll even restructure the time off so it will fall right before a three-day weekend or a short day followed by a minimum day.

    Concerning our student’s performance because I can’t speak for other school, our 8th graders, for instance, averaged 1240/1440 on the PSAT (a few got in the 1,300 range), grades 8-11 are required to take the PSAT, and several of the 8th graders are in their second/third year of foreign language by the time they enter the 9th grade — students are still required to take two years of a foreign language regardless of how far they are into it. This is just a few examples of the advanced curriculum at my private school. We make our students work very hard (I personally assign 30 problems for homework, on average, every night) throughout the school year and have far greater requirements for high school graduation than in public schools; to demonstrate, you must take at least three years of math, so no less than Algebra 2, and you are required to volunteer for no less than 20 hours a year in order to graduate. Also, it is mandatory that students participate in at least one school club each year.

    My school understands, myself included, the value of hard work AS WELL as the value of down time. We work when we should work and play when it is not time to work. And I’m not just talking about missing one day either. I’m talking about teachers who use ALL of their personal days and “sick” days for additional time off because they don’t feel like showing up to work. Sure, if you have a legitimate sickness or have to care for a loved one with a sickness, then by all means use your sick days, but if you’re not sick then shame on you.
     
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