As a high school teacher, I've begun the process of planning for my upcoming academic year. As I got through the Fall term, I noticed a few things that I felt were worth sharing for teachers who are about to do the same.
1. There are only 86 instructional days during the first (Fall) semester. There are
16 in SeptemberAt 181 instructional days (at least) it looks as if like the Spring semester will be longer (by almost three weeks of instructional days!!).
22 in October
17 in November
15 in December and
16 in January
2. Friday, November 8, 2013 is exactly the mid way point of the semester if you count only instructional days. It's a tad earlier than I expected.
3. June 3, 2014 is a Regents day, so there won't be any high school classes that day. The new CommonCore exams in Math and English will be given that day (you can find the schedule here)