All AUSD schools will be closed from December 22 through January 2. Schools will open again on January 5, 2015.
District offices will be closed to the public during this two-week period.
The district office will be open to certificated staff who want to pick up their paychecks, however, on January 2 from 8 am - 5 pm.
Wood Middle School Students Do "Hour of Code"
On Tuesday morning, students in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades at Wood Middle School (WMS) participated in the worldwide "Hour of Code," a global movement aimed at demystifying programming by giving people a one-hour introduction to computer science. According to the Hour of Code website, 59,593,098 people in more than 180 countries have participated in the program. At Wood, students spent their science classes learning to code simple games. "They're working independently and collaboratively," said Pamela Schaffer, a science teacher at the school. "Plus they're developing problem-solving skills."
Katherine Crawford, the WMS reform coordinator, first heard about Hour of Code at a STEM conference in San Diego last year. "I got so excited," she said. "And then it turned out that three of the new teachers we hired this year had done the hour last year, so they already knew what it was about!"
You can learn more about this global movement (as well as try your own hand at coding) on the Hour of Code website.
Looking for information about AUSD’s transitional kindergarten (TK) and kindergarten programs? Information nights will be held at traditional elementary schools January 14, 2015 at 6:30 pm. (Note: Maya Lin School's information night will be January 21, 2015.) TK and kindergarten tours will be held January 19-23, 2015; online enrollment starts January 15, 2015. For more information, please see our enrollment page.
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