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We are excited to welcome our students back to school in mid-August! Here is some important information to keep in mind as you and your family prepare for the new school year. Use the + sign next to each heading to see information related to that topic.

When is the first day of school?

The first day of the 2018-19 school year for kindergarten through high school students is Wednesday, Aug. 15. Preschool students begin the following week on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

When is my child's open house or schedule pick-up?

Click here to download the full schedule of open houses and curriculum nights.

In addition to open houses, the middle and high schools have the following plans for distributing student schedules.

Magsig Middle School will host a new student orientation on Aug. 9. Sixth grade orientation takes place from 9:30 a.m.-noon, and new seventh and eighth grade students will meet from 10:30 a.m.-noon. All other students will receive their schedules on the first day of school.

Tower Heights will host an orientation for new sixth graders on Aug. 9 from 10 a.m.-noon, and those students will receive their schedules at that time. New sixth, seventh and eighth grade students, along with their parents, will have an orientation from 7-8 p.m. on Aug. 9, and the seventh and eighth graders will receive their schedules at that time. All returning seventh and eighth grade students will receive their schedules on the first day of school.

Watts Middle School will mail schedules home to all students in grades 6-8 the first week of August. Students can stop by the school between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Aug. 9-10 to walk their schedules.

Schedule pick-up for grades 10-12 at Centerville High School will be Aug. 7-8 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Freshmen will receive their schedules at orientation on Aug. 9. CHS parking pass and activity pass sales will take place Aug. 7-9 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

What school will my child attend?

Please view the District Maps for attendance zones at each grade level. For additional information, contact the Transportation Department at (937) 885-7776.

What are my school's hours?

AM Preschool: 8:10-10:50 a.m.
PM Preschool: 11:55 a.m.-2:35 p.m.
AM Kindergarten: 8:10-10:50 a.m.
PM Kindergarten: 11:55 a.m.-2:35 p.m.
Grade 1: 8:10 a.m.-2:35 p.m.
Grades 2-5: 8 a.m.-2:20 p.m.
Grades 6-8: 8:50 a.m.-3:35 p.m.
CHS Grades 9-12: 7:50 a.m.-2:50 p.m.
Morning SOP: 8:15-11:15 a.m.
Afternoon SOP: 12:45-3:45 p.m.
Evening SOP: 3:45-5:45 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday

Click here to download a printable graphic.

How do I contact my child’s school?

Please see our Contact Us page for phone and fax numbers for each school as well as the Board of Education Office and Transportation Department.

How do I look up my student's teacher assignment?

Primary Village North and Primary Village South will mail neighborhood and teacher assignments to students’ homes the last week of July.

Class lists will be posted at our elementary schools on Aug. 9.

Please see the schedule pick-up question above for middle and high school information.

How do I look up my student's bus route information?

Bus route information will be available on the Home Access Center (HAC) beginning at 9 a.m. on Aug. 8.

What is Home Access Center and how do I access it?

The Home Access Center (HAC) is an online portal for parents and students to access information that includes demographic data (emergency info and contacts), transportation (bus routes), attendance (absence and tardies), fees (balance and fee history), classes (scheduled courses and teachers), grades and report cards (grades 6-12 only).

Bus route information and the option to pay student fees online will be available on HAC. Parents should use their existing log-in information to view the information.

If you have never accessed HAC, use the Register link to create your account. This link can be found in the Login box. In order for this process to work, you must have a valid email address on record. You also will need to confirm the parent or guardian name and the ZIP code on file. If you have trouble completing the registration process, please send an email to hac@centerville.k12.oh.us.

How do I communicate a change in my child's transportation arrangements?

If your child is opting out of bus services or will be served by a childcare provider at an address other than your home, you must have an Alternate Transportation Form on file. If you have not yet completed this form, you can download it from our Forms & Documents page and return it to your child’s school. You do not need to complete this form if your child rides the bus from your home address.

In addition, the Transportation Department will continue its process for temporary transportation changes, such as your child riding a different bus after school. This form also is available on the district’s Forms & Documents page and should be returned to your child’s school as needed.

I'm new to Centerville. How do I enroll my student?

Centerville Schools has a Student Enrollment Center, allowing families to register all their school-age children at a single location in the district's Board of Education Office at 111 Virginia Ave., Centerville, OH 45458. Visit our New Student Registration page for enrollment forms and to schedule an appointment.

How do I update my home address?

Prior to the start of school, you can download the Change of Address form and return your complete form to the Board of Education Office at 111 Virginia Ave., Centerville, OH 45458. Once school begins, please work with your child’s school office on address changes.

I’m not sure if my telephone number is correct to receive calls from The Education Connection. How do I check my number?

Prior to the start of school, you can update your telephone number on the Home Access Center (HAC). Each guardian must log in to update their own contact information. At the beginning of the school year, a Student Information Sheet will be sent home with each child, and you also can update your contact information on that.

How do I check my school's calendar?

Visit our Calendars page to access the district’s academic calendar as well as school and athletic calendars. A filter tool is available to select which calendars you’d like to view. Each school is responsible for inputting their own events.

How do I find my student's school supply list?

Visit our website and then select your child’s school. School supply lists for preschool through middle school are available on each school’s main page under Downloads. High school students will receive supply lists from their teachers.

How do I pay student fees?

Families can pay school fees and fees for athletic and co-curricular activities online through the Home Access Center (HAC). There is no processing fee for online payments.

Parents should use their existing log-in information to view the fees for their children. Once logged into HAC, click on the Registration icon and then on the Fees tab. You should see your child’s fees listed there with prompts on paying with a credit card. At this time, families must make separate payments for each child.

Those who do not wish to pay online may submit their payment to their child’s school office. Forms will come home with students at the start of the school year. If you have questions about fees, please contact your child’s school.

What's for breakfast and lunch?

Breakfast and lunch menus are available on the Student Nutrition Services website. The site includes interactive menus that have nutrition and allergen information as well as information about applying for free and reduced price school meals. You can add money or check the balance of your student’s meal account on the MyPaymentsPlus website.

How else can I stay connected to Centerville throughout the year?

Bookmark Centerville’s website to view district and school news, calendars, forms, classroom websites, social media highlights and more.

Follow Centerville City Schools on Facebook and Instagram or search for the district hashtag #ElkPride to receive daily updates on important announcements, upcoming events, photos, videos, news stories and more.

Be sure to read the district’s weekly e-newsletter, which is sent to all parents/guardians every Wednesday during the school year. The newsletter includes district news and events as well as upcoming school fundraisers and community activities. Visit the School Announcements page to access archived copies of the newsletter.

If you are an Apple user, download Centerville’s free mobile app from the Apple store. The app allows you to stay up-to-date with district news and calendars, contact your child’s school and access quick links for students and parents. To download, search for “Centerville Schools” from your mobile device’s app store.

If you have additional questions, please contact your school’s main office or the Board Office at (937) 433-8841.