sept. 30 is orange shirt day

Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day is a day to remember the Native American children who died in the boarding school system and to honor the survivors and their descendants.
Orange Shirt Day was started in 2013 by Phyllis Webstad, a residential school survivor. For over a century, thousands of indigenous children were removed from their communities and placed in residential schools where they were shamed and abused for their identities and heritage. The last boarding school was only closed in 1996 and the generational trauma experienced is still affecting native communities to this day.

Bargaining updates

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June 27, 2023
The District and Public School Employees union (PSE) are currently negotiating a new contract. The current PSE contract expires on Aug. 31, 2023. Teams from the District and PSE have been meeting regularly since April 17, 2023. The bargaining sessions are centered around contract language items and compensation.

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District news

You're invited! Fall 2023 Community Voice Event!Invitation
The Fall Community Voices event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Arlington Public Schools District Office (315 N French Ave., Arlington). During the event, you will have an opportunity to share your thoughts regarding what is working well within our schools and district, and what areas need improving. You will join in conversation with other families, community members and school representatives. 

We hope you will join us at this “Community Voices” special event. Your ideas and feedback are very important, so we can continue to make Arlington Public Schools the best place to learn.

2023-24 Wall Calendar/Family Handbook Now Available!Calendar

The 2023-24 Arlington Public Schools Wall Calendar and Family Handbook is now available! A copy of the calendar was mailed to every family in the district. If you didn’t receive your calendar, please contact the district Public Information office or your child’s school.

Building Awareness: A look into substance use and our youth
Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 5:15-8:30 pm at Westo
Building Awarenessn High School to attend a free event to learn about current youth substance use
 trends in our community. Several community partners are involved in this important event. Register for the event by clicking this link.

Arlington School Board approves revised 2023-24 calendar
At its Aug. 28 board meeting, the Arlington Public Schools Board of Directors approved a revised 2023-24 school calendar.

Friday early dismissal is one hour instead of one hour and 15 minutes
Similar to last spring, Friday early dismissals are now a one-hour early dismissal instead of one hour and 15 minutes. By providing more instructional hours during the school year, we can hopefully prevent having to use make-up days at the end of the year due to weather-related school delays and closures.

Fridays during Elementary Conference Week
On the Fridays of elementary conferences (Nov. 3, 2023 and March 29, 2024), elementary students dismiss at 12:25 p.m. and middle school and high school students dismiss at 1:30 p.m. This earlier dismissal for elementary students allows time for our bus drivers to pick up and drop off elementary students before they have to return to pick up middle and high school students.

You can download the revised calendar at this link.

The Washington LEA Academic and Student Well-being Recovery Plan has been posted!
Check out the Washington LEA Academic and Student Well-being Recovery plan here.

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Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan states our mission and outlines goals in four goal areas: Student Learning and Achievement; Safe and Caring Environment; Resource Stewardship; and Parent and Community Partnerships. Each goal identifies actions and metrics for measuring progress.

Mission: Arlington Public Schools educates all students, preparing and inspiring them to graduate and seek their full potential as lifelong learners.

Motto: Educate - Prepare - Inspire

Strategic Plan