Important school-related dates in August

Students have two weeks left to enjoy summer vacation

HMK teacher Mikalyn Steinbrueck talks to a student during a lesson on meteorites in January. Grand County schools are gearing up to start classes on Aug. 15. The Times-Independent has collected some of the important upcoming August dates – before and after the first day of class – for students of all ages. Photo by Carter Pape

With the start of school less than a month away, some important dates are on the horizon in August:

Aug. 5: Last day of the Moab Valley Multicultural Center’s backpack drive. The Moab Valley Multicultural Center invites students of all grades to pick up a new backpack for the upcoming school year, while supplies last. The center is open regular business hours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays. The center closes from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch and noon to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays for staff meetings.

Aug. 5: Concurrent Enrollment at Utah State University opens. High school students who applied before May 5 to take classes at USU Moab this year and received an acceptance letter may begin registering for General Education Courses and Career and Technical Education opportunities starting Aug. 5.

Aug. 6: Class registration and first-year high school student orientation at GCHS. Grand County High School will have students attend registration and orientation sessions throughout the day, based on grade level. Fourth-year high school students will go first, from 8 to 10 a.m., third-year students from 10 a.m. until noon, and second-year students from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. First-year students will have orientation at the high school from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Aug. 6: Truth in Taxation event at the Grand County School District office. See the story for details.

Aug. 12: The Moab Montessori Center’s first day of school. Parents interested to enroll their child, who is between 15 months old and first grade, can do so at any time during the school year, as long as space is available. See the Montessori Center’s enrollment page for more information.

Aug. 13: Back to School Night at HMK, 6 p.m. This event will give students and parents an opportunity to reunite with classmates, meet teachers and gather information about the upcoming school year.

Aug. 15: First day of school for students in 1st through 12th grades, including at the Moab Charter School, which starts the day at 8:15 a.m. At HMK, the tardy bell rings at 8:20 a.m. At the middle and high schools, the day starts at 7:45 a.m.

Aug. 21-23: First days of kindergarten at HMK. For kindergarteners with last names starting with A through L, the first day of school will be Aug. 21. Only students with last names M through Z will be in school the next day, Aug. 22. On Aug. 23, all kindergarteners will attend school for the first time all together. The tardy bell for kindergarteners rings at 8:20 a.m.

Aug. 23: Picture day at GCHS. Students will take photos in descending order of seniority. Fourth-year high school students will go first, from 8 to 9 a.m.; third-year students will have their turn during the next hour, from 9 to 10 a.m.; second-year students will go from 10 to 11 a.m.; first-year students will go from 11 a.m. to noon.

Note: This story was edited to add information about the Moab Charter School and Moab Montessori Center and update the link to the school district meeting.