District 65 101: Everything you need to know before the first day of school

District 65’s Joseph E. Hill Education Center. Credit: Adina Keeling

Time flies when you’re having fun! To the chagrin of Evanston kids but the relief of many parents, Evanston / Skokie School District 65 will open its doors for local elementary and middle schoolers once again on Wednesday, Aug. 24, the first day of the 2022-2023 school year.

At the district’s central offices at the Joseph E. Hill Early Childhood Center, planning for the new year has been underway for months, and both old and new faces will be there to greet students at every school.

But first, families have to sift through paperwork, including student fees, meal applications, health forms and more. Here’s a full guide from the RoundTable with resources and dates to keep in mind to ensure you start the year on the right foot.

Class schedules and key dates

All 15 schools and three education centers in the district will open for the new school year on Wednesday, Aug. 24. Monday and Tuesday of that week are staff work days to prepare for the start of the year.

The middle schools start class every day at 8 am and dismiss at 3:05 pm, while the 10 elementary schools each start at 9:05 am and dismiss at 3:35 pm The two kindergarten through eighth-grade magnet schools – Dr. Bessie Rhodes School of Global Studies and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Literary and Fine Arts School – start classes at 8 am daily and dismiss at 2:45 pm Finally, Park School runs from 9 am to 3:15 pm, and Rice Education Center runs from 9 am to 3 pm

If you have a child in the Joseph E. Hill Early Childhood Center, you can check its website for more information about AM and PM session hours for preschoolers and Head Start students.

Each individual building will host an open house for parents, caretakers and families at some point during the first few weeks of school, so stay tuned for an announcement about a date and time from your child’s teacher or principal. In the meantime, here are a few key dates to add to your calendar:

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