School is around the corner

Deb Henton
Deb Henton

We are now just a little over a month away from the start of the 2013-14 school year, and school district staff is hard at work preparing schedules, buildings, letters, and programming to make this coming year a great one for students and families.

Like staff, you are getting your family ready for the upcoming school year. To make this process as easy as possible, you can find much information at the North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) Web site (

At our homepage you can find supply lists for the elementary, middle, and high school. Also there is the application for free and reduced lunch (which we strongly recommend you complete if you think you qualify), and a registration packet for kindergarten. If you haven’t heard yet, we are offering all-day everyday kindergarten, free of charge, for the first time this year!

Each site will also be having an open house in August; please note these dates! North Branch Area High School and Middle School open houses are on Wednesday, Aug. 28. The middle school open house is 5 to 7 p.m., and the high school 6 to 8 p.m. The high school’s open house includes a new student and ninth grade orientation. The Sunrise River School and STEP program open houses are Thursday, Aug. 29, 5 to 7 p.m.

On Sept. 5, NBAPS will be hosting its first “Parent Academy,” for families that are not currently using the school district’s student portal, SchoolView. It is an important tool families need to be using for absences, grades, calendars, and for most school district fees. Invitations will be going out in the coming weeks for those families not currently registered as users on the system.

If you are one of those parents, and unable to join us for Parent Academy on Sept. 5, there will be other opportunities. Sunrise will be providing this information during kindergarten assessments and the high school will be offering it during open house. Please call for more information, or find it listed on your invitation.

On behalf of all of us, I look forward to welcoming you back to school!

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