One of the goals Brookfield school administrators had when they set later start times for the 2017-18 school year was to cut down on unstructured time for students.
They’re at it again.
For the high and middle schools, classes will start at 8 a.m., 25 minutes earlier than the last school year, and elementary students will get down to business at 8:45 a.m.
Dismissal times will remain the same, giving the schools about 25 more minutes in a day.
The buses will run about 10 minutes earlier than they did last year, said Superintendent Velina Jo Taylor. Specific bus information will be sent to families, she said.
Students will have less free time in the mornings between the time they arrive and class starts. For students who eat breakfast at school, they will be hurried up.
High school Principal Adam Lewis and middle school Principal Toby Gibson said they added a few minutes to each period, and elementary Principal Stacey Filicky said she changed when students switch classes and go to special classes, which include art, music and computer lab.
“My one goal is to get them learning as much as possible,” Filicky said. “Every minute counts, right now.”
Here is an incomplete list of key dates for the school year:
Open house for grades 1-12, 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 20.
First day of school for students in grades 1-12, Aug. 23.
First day of school for kindergarten students, Aug. 29.
Homecoming, Oct. 5 and 6.
Parent/teacher conferences, Nov. 5.
Thanksgiving break, Nov. 21-26.
Christmas break, Dec. 20-Jan. 2.
Parent/teacher conferences, March 14.
Prom, May 3.
Seniors’ last day of classes, May 20.
Graduation, May 26.
Last day of classes, May 30.
For the complete school calendar, see the school web site at