WORTHINGTON — Sharpen those pencils, students! The start of the school year is just around the corner. Tuesday, Sept. 3 is the official start of ISD 518’s school year for all students. Other critical days for students include the back to school open houses at the high school, middle school and Area Learning Center, as well as back-to-school conferences at Prairie Elementary. Please check the district calendar or contact the school offices for dates and times for these events.

Teachers also need to make sure they are ready to go to classes of their own. ISD 518 is committed to providing excellence in education for all students. This begins by supporting our teaching and support staff in trainings and preparations before the school year begins as well as on in-service days throughout the school year. New teacher classes begin on Monday, Aug. 19. All teachers will be working during the all staff in-service days beginning Aug. 26. Several staff in-service will follow in the 2019-2020 school year.

Construction continues throughout the district with some deadlines down to the wire. While experiencing further delays, ISD 518 remains confident that the new ALC/Gymnastics building will be available for students by the first day of classes in September. Construction on the hard-surface track at Worthington Middle School has begun. This is the first stage of a remodel of Trojan Field. Demolition of current Trojan Field facilities is slated to begin after the Trojan Football season this fall. For future updates on these projects as they progress, continue to look for this column in The Globe and follow ISD 518 on social media sites Facebook and Twitter. Information about current events and news is also available on the main ISD 518 webpage at www.isd518.net.

Independent School District 518 staff and administrators are looking forward to another excellent year in education. Students, enjoy the rest of your summer and be prepared for a great 2019-2020 school year at ISD 518!

Parker Sandhurst is District 518's communications coordinator.