DoDEA Pacific schools begin new year

by DoDEA Pacific
Stripes Guam
More than 22,000 students have begun the 2018-2019 School Year in Department of the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools in the Pacific Region. 
DoDEA schools educate children of our Nation’s Servicemembers and the civilians who support them in eleven nations, seven states and two territories. Overall, the DoDEA school system operates 164 schools serving more than 73,000 students in the United States, Europe and the Pacific through a worldwide network of 8 school districts and approximately 11,000 full-time employees.  The DoDEA Pacific Region, headquartered in Okinawa, Japan, has 47 schools in three districts located in Japan, Korea and the U.S. Territory of Guam.
 
Changes for the new year
Several changes are on the horizon for DoDEA Pacific Schools during the upcoming school year.  At the end of School Year 2017-2018, Seoul Middle School closed in Yongsan, Korea.  The new Zukeran Elementary School at Camp Foster, Japan is scheduled to open in October 2018.  Seoul American High School has a grade configuration change and will serve students in grades 6-12 for the 2018-2019 school year.
 
College and Career Readiness
The DoDEA vision of Excellence in Education for Every Student, Every Day, Everywhere, continues to be possible through the on-going implementation of the College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS) in most subject areas, as well as the development of the DoDEA Comprehensive Assessment System (DoDEA-CAS). During the 2018-19 school year, DoDEA will advance its implementation of CCRS for Literacy into grades PreK-5 and CCRS for Social Studies and History in grades 6-12. Implementation of CCRS in Mathematics K-12, Literacy 6-12, Science K-5, Fine Arts K-12, Career and Technical Education (CTE) 9-12, and world languages continues. DoDEA offers numerous updated and new curriculum resources for instruction and high-quality professional learning for educators across these content areas to support student-centered learning and achievement. Every classroom, every content area, and most of all every student, will be engaged with rigorous standards for student learning.
  • This school year DoDEA will continue to implement the new CCR Literacy Standards by procuring new curriculum resources for Pre-K - Grade 5 students.  
  • Professional Learning for CCRS Literacy will continue for teachers in grades 6 – 12 and DoDEA is pleased to add our elementary team (PreK- grade 5) to the training plan, for a systemic approach to implementing the standards across all DoDEA classrooms. 
  • Middle and high school social studies and history standards are to be fully implemented beginning this September and throughout this school year to help students learn about the past, and how that knowledge can help to effectively build our future as well as engage appropriate civic life. 
  • DoDEA has fully implemented mathematics in grades PreK- grade 5 and are in our third year of implementation for grades 6 – 12, which will complete the implementation cycle for mathematics at the end of this school year. 
  • DoDEA transitioned to standards-based assessments with the administration of the College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS) Summative Assessments in Literacy and Mathematics.  These new assessments, aligned with the rigorous College and Career Ready Standards were administered online for the first time in Spring 2018 in Mathematics (Grades 3-6), Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and in Literacy for Grades 6-8 and Grade 10.  The baseline results are being analyzed and will be shared with parents during the first part of the 2018-2019 school year.
Office of the Registrar
DoDEA is introducing a new Office of the Registrar, combining the Student Information System team and Transcripts/Diploma services, to assist with transcripts and eligibility questions and issues. Additionally, DoDEA has established a new online registration system for students and families to streamline the registration process.  The new system will be available to families this month.  Eventually, the new system will be used predominantly during the 2019 Spring Registration and Summer 2019 Permanent Change of Station (PCS) seasons.
 
Choices360
DoDEA’s Choices360 is a systemic career and academic online planning tool that will enable students in grades 7-12 have access to high quality learning experiences around exploring, planning, and preparing for life after high school.  Choices360 is a one-stop shop for college and career resources that will allow students to Make A Plan - Own Their Future. Through lessons and activities, student will learn how to transform their interests and goals into plans for life after high school. This program is a comprehensive career and academic online planning tool that will help students prepare for life after high school.  DoDEA school counselors will implement Choices360 to help students in grades 7-12 to engage in rigorous course planning, understand the college application process, explore college and career options that best fit their interests and goals, apply for college, and find and apply for scholarships.
 
Business Management Career Pathway
DoDEA’s CTE Branch is implementing a new Business Management Career Pathway. The Career Pathway offers courses in management, business law, business & personal finance, marketing & entrepreneurship and spreadsheets & databases. Students enrolled in the Culinary Arts pathway will have the opportunity to earn 3 industry recognized credentials new to DoDEA: The National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe Food Handler, Food Manager and Food Allergen Certifications.  Career Tech will be releasing Career Explorer: The Education and Career Planning Guide for DoDEA Students to complement the Choices 360 Career Advisement Program.
 
2018-2019 school calendar
- First Semester (87 Instructional Days)
Mon. Aug. 27: Begin First Quarter and First Semester
Mon. Sep. 3: Labor Day: Federal Holiday
Mon. Oct. 8: Columbus Day: Federal Holiday
Thu. Nov. 1: End of First Quarter (46 days of classroom instruction)
Fri. Nov.2: No school for students – teacher work day
Mon. Nov. 5: Begin second quarter
Mon. Nov. 12: Veterans Day: Federal Holiday observed
Thu. Nov. 22: Thanksgiving Day: Federal Holiday
Fri. Nov. 23 Friday: Recess Day
Mon. Dec. 17: Begin Winter Recess (17 December - 1 January 2019)
Tue. Dec. 25: Christmas Day: Federal Holiday
 
Tue. Jan. 1: New Year’s Day: Federal Holiday
Wed. Jan. 2: Instruction Resumes
Mon. Jan. 21: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Federal Holiday
Thu. Jan. 24: End of Second Quarter and First Semester (41 days of classroom instruction)
Fri. Jan.25: No school for students – teacher work day
 
- Second Semester (88 Instructional Days)
Mon. Jan. 28: Begin Third Quarter and Second Semester
Mon. Feb.18: Presidents’ Day (Washington’s Birthday): Federal Holiday
Thur. Apr. 4: End of Third Quarter (45 days of classroom instruction)
Fri. Apr. 5: No school for students – teacher work day
Mon. Apr. 8: Begin Spring Recess (8 - 12 April)
Mon. Apr. 15: Instruction Resumes - Begin Fourth Quarter
Mon. May 27: Memorial Day: Federal Holiday
Thu. Jun.13: End of Fourth Quarter and Second Semester (43 Days of classroom instruction)
Fri.Jun. 14: No school for students – teacher work day. Last day for non-administrative educator personnel

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