The  2019-20 school year is almost here – Wednesday, August 28th is the first day of school! Office staff have returned to buildings and are ready to register new students and answer any questions you might have about the upcoming school year. Elementary school supply lists have been posted on the websites of both Deer Park Elementary and Arcadia Elementary. For high school students planning to compete in a fall sport, eligibility information can be found at Deer Park’s Athletics & Activities website.

Additionally, on an annual basis, we remind families to take a few minutes to review information available at Deer Park School District’s Annual Notifications web page. We have a number of exciting things in store this year:  All schools continue to expand use of communication tools available from the folks at Remind.com and, to further enhance safety and security, we’ve continued to implement “controlled-access entries” in our school buildings. The changes at Deer Park High School are among the most significant we’ve made, as all students, staff, and guests now enter the building at the doors opposite the high school commons.  Prior to this year, entry to Deer Park High School (during school hours) was always at the doors accessing the large commons area by the gym and theater – the doors to the right as you approach the building. Going forward, building entry will be to the left as you approach the front of the building. Everyone wanting to enter the building must now be “buzzed-in” through a newly constructed vestibule (controlled-access entry). Thanks for your ongoing support and patience as we implement this change at the beginning of the school year. Enhancing the safety and security of our facilities continues to be a top priority in our district.

Also, don’t forget to attend the annual “We Heart Deer Park” event – a community gathering created by Deer Park’s faith community in partnership with Deer Park School District to provide a great back-to-school experience for Deer Park kids and families! This year’s event will take place on Monday, August 26th at Arcadia Elementary. As in the past, there be a carnival with free food, school supplies, and other giveaways for elementary-aged children. The event begins at 5:30 P.M. and will wrap-up at 7:00 P.M. We hope to see you there! More information is available at the event’s website – http://www.weheartdeerpark.com.

If they haven’t already, families should expect to hear from the school their child attends regarding any school-specific events or any other back-to-school information.

We look forward to seeing you soon and we look forward to a fantastic school year!

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