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Balanced Calendar Pilot Project

Principal Lanisha Hannah-Spiller poses with students near historical marker.

Washington Writers' Academy is part of the Kalamazoo Public Schools' Balanced Calendar Pilot, which provides a year-round school experience. Research shows that lengthy summer breaks have an adverse impact on reading levels, especially for those students who lack access to libraries and summer enrichment experiences. With shorter summer breaks, student reading and other achievement should increase. 

Under the pilot, the annual number of days and hours will remain the same as in the district's other elementary schools, but the days will be configured differently, with a shorter summer break and somewhat longer breaks connected to the district's current breaks. 

Balanced Calendar Schedule

In session: July 22-Aug. 23, 2019

Not in session: Aug. 26-Sept. 2, 2019

In session: Sept. 3- Oct. 11, 2019

Not in session: Oct. 14-25, 2019

In session: Oct. 28-Nov. 22, 2019

Not in session: Nov. 25-29, 2019

In session: Dec. 2-20, 2019

Not in session: Dec. 23, 2019-Jan. 3, 2020

In session: Jan: 6-Feb. 19, 2020

Not in session: Feb. 20-28, 2020

In session: March 2-27, 2020

Not in session: March 30-April 10, 2020

In session: April 13-May 19, 2020

Not in session: May 20-25, 2020

In session: May 26-June 11, 2020 (end of school year)

 

List of 2019-2020 Breaks

Student start: July 22, 2019

Student break: Aug. 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, Sept. 2, 2019

Student break: Oct. 14-25, 2019

Student break: Nov. 25, 26, 27 2019

Student break: Dec. 23, 2019 - Jan. 3, 2020

Student break: Feb. 20-27, 2020; Mid-winter break Feb. 28, 2020 

Student break: March 30 - April 10, 2020

Student break: May 20-25, 2020

Student end: June 11, 2020

 

Other days off and special days:

Oct. 10/11 - Half day 

Nov. 8 - Half day

Dec. 20 - Half day

Jan 24 - Half day

Feb. 20-28 - No School, Midwinter Break

March 4 - Literacy Night

March 11 - PEEP and Kindergarten Orientation

March 20 - No School

March 26/27 - Half day

June 10 - Half day

June 11 - Last day of school

June 12-July 19 - Summer break

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