What a great and interesting start to our school year. The solar eclipse celestial event was celebrated throughout the school today. We had many parents, students and staff enjoying the event many different ways. Some had special glasses, some had an extra pie plate to keep their glasses on and other parents brought in special telescopes to reflect the event onto a board to view safely. Thank you to all the parents that came in with the special viewing boxes!
As the summer comes to an end, we got to enjoy a movie night in our courtyard. Sponsored by our Family School Organization and the American Prep Education Foundation, or Friends of APA, many of our new and experienced families got to spend time socializing and getting to know each other. A special thanks to our operations team, especially Philip Miner and Mitch Benson for getting everything set up for this first time event!
It is a very exciting time of the year and our 7th and 8th grade students coming to the school for their orientation were greeted by our fabulous Ambassador leaders, Camden Stewart and Braelyn Proctor. It was great to see all of our Jr. High students dressed for success and with all their energy. Looking forward to a great year.
Getting Ready for School Year!
There are a lot of people we don’t always get to see that help make our schools clean and comfortable. A Big Shout Out to AJ Carpet Cleaning & Service, Amador, Anthony and Juan for all their hard work cleaning the carpets in our schools! Taking care of our schools is a big job and with all our help Juan and his crew won’t have to work as hard next summer.
We’re ready to announce our start and finish times for Draper 2 and 3 for the 2017/2018 school year. We want to thank all of you for participating in our recent surveys regarding start times and carpool! As you know, there are many variables we considered when establishing the start and end times. Parent preferences and convenience was fully considered and we appreciate all the input we received! We also needed to take into account the after-school activities schedule for our 2A High School, including athletic events, and our carpool drop-off and pickup loads.
Draper 2: Grades K-6
Monday, Tuesday and Friday 8:15 am-3:25/3:50* pm
Wednesday and Thursday 8:15 am-2:25/2:50*pm
*At D2 we divide the after-school pickup into 2 dismissals. First dismissal and second dismissal.
Draper 3: Grades 7-12
Monday, Tuesday and Friday 8:00 am-3:15/3:40/415 pm
Wednesday and Thursday 8:00 am-2:15/2:40/3:15 pm
Drop off for each school starts 30 minutes prior to the start time.
As returning families will recognize, the D3 schedule is the same as this year’s schedule, with D2’s schedule adjusting by just 15 minutes. We know from our parent feedback that this schedule is not ideal for all families. We do feel that it successfully achieves a balance between all the different considerations involved in scheduling the school day start and finish times.
You may be interested to know the results of our parent survey. A majority of our elementary parents chose the 8:15 a.m. start time, though it was nearly evenly split between those parents and parents who prefer 8:00 a.m. A large majority of our secondary parents (nearly double any other choice) chose the 8:00 a.m. start time. We are grateful we are able to provide start times that our parents prefer by majority.
We are also excited to announce that we will be launching our new Draper 2 & 3 pilot bus program this fall! More details to come in the middle of July.
A great big shout out and thank you to all of the parents and students that came to help us clean classrooms at Draper 2 today! There are many ways that our parents help our school by volunteering and this is a great way for both parents and families to get our school ready for the upcoming year. We will be organizing more of these throughout the summer, and will post them to our Volunteer link on our web-site.