School starts on Aug. 17

Taft Union High School will begin the 2017-18 school year on Thursday, Aug. 17, at 7:45 a.m. School is starting on a Thursday this year, rather than the traditional Monday, to give two days of welcoming activities.

Seniors will register for classes in the school library from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, Aug. 7. Juniors will register there from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 8. Sophomores will register from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 9. and, freshmen will register from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 10.

Taft High will once again have staff planning/student remediation days. On most Thursdays, school will begin at 8:30 a.m. Buses will pick up students at the same time all five days. Buses will not run late on Thursdays. This will give bus-riding students an opportunity to receive remediation from teachers in the subjects where students need help.

Thanksgiving will be a full week off Nov. 20-24. Christmas break will be two weeks from Dec. 23 to Jan. 7, 2018. Spring break will be six school days from March 26 to April 2, 2018.

The first quarter will be eight weeks, followed by a nine-week quarter. The third quarter will be 11 weeks long, to accommodate state testing, followed by a 91/2-week fourth quarter.

Important dates this school year include:

• Oct. 16 and April 2 will be teacher in-service days without students attending school.

•Oct. 23-27: Homecoming week.

• Oct. 27: Homecoming game vs. Robert F. Kennedy High School and the crowning of the queen.

•Dec. 22: last day of the fall semester.

•June 6, 2018: last day of school and graduation.