Students and parents can now view all the ingredients in their school lunches.

Most students in the North Canton City School District will return to class on Aug. 23 with preschoolers and kindergarteners beginning Aug. 29.

Open houses will be held 5-6 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Mary L. Evans Early Childhood Center, 4:30-8:15 p.m. (depending on grade level) Aug. 21 at Greentown Intermediate, 5-7 p.m. Aug. 21 at Orchard Hill, 6-7 p.m. Aug. 22 at Northwood Elementary, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at Clearmount Elementary, 6-8 p.m. Aug. 23 at North Canton Middle School and 6-8 p.m. Aug. 28 at Hoover High School.

Northwood also will hold its meet-the-teacher nights on Sept. 5 for first and second graders and Sept. 6 for kindergartners. Both events will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Here’s what’s new for school:

New food menu site

The district has launched an interactive meal menu website, which is also available to download as a phone app, which allows parents and students to view the ingredients, calories, sugar and allergen information of the food being served at each school. Users also can filter the foods by allergens. To view the site, visit www.northcantonschools.org/Menus1.aspx and click on the link for the “Interactive Meal Menu Calendars” near the bottom of the page.

New faces

Denise Cooley has been hired as the district’s gifted and talented coordinator. The former Indian Valley Middle School teacher has served as gifted coordinator, grant writer and led English language arts training for teachers at the East Central Ohio Educational Service Center since 2015. Janet Peare was hired Wednesday to the part-time position of dean of students at the middle school, where she will oversee discipline and attendance. She also will serve as the middle school athletic director.

New learning resources

The district is piloting Pearson Education’s myPerspectives digital English language arts curriculum in grades six, seven and eight. Students will be given a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts that span time periods and cultures and participate in activities that are designed to provoke idea-sharing, discussion and debate.

New website

The district redesigned its website at www.northcantonschools.org after parent surveys over the past two years indicated a need for better communication. The website now features calendars of upcoming district and school events. 

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