The teaching teams at both Dysart-Geneseo and La Porte City Elementary Schools will be hosting an Open House on Monday, August 19 from 6-7 PM. All classrooms will be open and teachers will be available. Parents and students are encouraged to bring their school supplies, find classrooms, and meet with teachers during the hour-long event.

All students, parents, and patrons of the school district are invited. This time provides the opportunity for students to find their new rooms and meet this year’s classroom teacher. The open house is not designed to be a parent-teacher conference.

At the middle school level, an orientation is planned for Union Middle School sixth graders, as well as seventh and eighth grade students new to the district on Monday, August 19 at 5 PM. During the orientation, students and their parents will be given a tour of the building as they walk through a typical day’s class schedule. The Middle School academic and activity programs will be explained by Principal Mark Albertsen and counselor Julie Flores. Students and/or their parents who need transportation to Dysart for orientation can catch a shuttle bus in front of the high school at 4:30 PM.

A freshman welcome is also planned for Union High School freshmen and other high school students new to the district on Monday evening, August 19, at 6:30 PM in the cafeteria of the high school in La Porte City. High School students who live in the Dysart area and need transportation to the event can catch a shuttle bus in front of Union Middle School at 6 PM.

The bell signaling the start of the 2013-2014 school year for students in the Union District will ring Wednesday morning, August 21. The first bell of the day will be at 8:19 AM at Union High School, followed by the two elementary buildings and the middle school at 8:20 AM. Office hours in all buildings are 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

Parents are reminded to have an early dismissal plan in place with your child(ren) in case of heat, weather or early dismissals. It is very important that your student knows in advance where to go if you are not at home and how to get in the house should it be locked when they arrive home. Please take a few moments and make arrangements ahead of time to avoid confusion and possible miscommunication at school.