The Board of Education recently approved a new contract for the Toledo Federation of Teachers, making it necessary to make modifications to the three-year student attendance calendar.

The main change is that four non-student attendance days have been added to each of the next three school calendars. That means, for example, for the 2017-2018 school year, students will not be in school on Tuesday, November 7 (Election Day); Wednesday, November 22 (the day before Thanksgiving); Monday, January 8, 2018 (the day after Christmas Break) and on Friday, February 16, 2018 (which gives students a four-day weekend in honor of Presidents' Day).

Students at Jones Leadership Academy have been busy after school, painting colorful murals that are being used to dress up abandoned buildings in Toledo.

The latest project they are involved in is doing a temporary artistic board-up of the Art Tatum birthplace at 1121 City Park. With support from Mr. Tatum's niece, Lucille Johnson, (the current owner of the property), the mural painted by the students will be in place until a decision is made about the next phase for this structure's revitalization, according to The Arts Commission.

Toledo Early College will be the first TPS high school to hold its commencement ceremony this school year – on Tuesday, May 23, at 2 p.m. on the campus of the University of Toledo - while Toledo Technology Academy’s ceremony will be held on Friday, May 26, at 4 p.m.

The six traditional high schools are all hosting their ceremonies next week (four on Tuesday and two on Wednesday). Here is the complete schedule:

TUESDAY, MAY 23:
Early College - Nitsche Auditorium (on UT’s campus) - 2 p.m.

FRIDAY, MAY 26:
• TTA - Auditorium at the DeVilbiss building - 4 p.m.

TUESDAY, MAY 30:
Bowsher - Stranahan Theater - 10 a.m.
Scott - Scott Field House - 2 p.m.
Start - Savage Hall - 5 p.m.
• Rogers - Stranahan Theater - 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 31:
Woodward - Woodward Gym - 10 a.m.
Waite - Waite’s Grant/Murray Fieldhouse) - 7:30 p.m.

Posted on May 22, 2017