New School Year Guide

First Day of School, August 8

First Day of School August 8, 2018

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year. We hope you will find this guide helpful as you navigate a new year in Zionsville Community Schools.

Communication is an essential part of our success as a district. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Information will be posted via the website as well as through School Messenger and social media. We value our partnership and look forward to a great year.

We know you will get involved and be an active part of your student's learning journey, and we are honored you have chosen Zionsville Community Schools. We hope you have a wonderful experience.

Please make note of some important informational highlights in this document.

Important Calendar Dates

2018-2019 Calendar Dates

First Day of School: August 8

Labor Day: September 3

Fall Break: October 15-19

Thanksgiving Break: November 21-23

Winter Break: December 24-January 4

Martin Luther King, Jr Day: January 21

Presidents' Day: February 18

Teacher Day: February 19

Spring Break: March 29-April 7

Last Day of School: May 24

Memorial Day: May 27

Commencement: June 2

Link to Full School Calendar:

School Information

Zionsville Community Schools

Tom Hundley, Principal
5555 South Main Street
Whitestown, IN 46075
(317) 873-2226
Office Hours: 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Andrew Foreman, Principal
350 North Sixth Street
Zionsville, IN 46077
(317) 873-1234
Office Hours: 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Stacy Smith, Principal
4700 South 975 East
Zionsville, IN 46077
(317) 873-2376
Office Hours: 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Connie Largent, Principal
7312 West Stonegate Drive
Zionsville, IN 46077
(317) 873-8050
Office Hours: 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Jennifer Raycroft, Principal
11750 East 300 South
Zionsville, IN 46077
(317) 773-4007
Office Hours: 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Sean Conner, Principal
900 North Ford Road
Zionsville, IN 46077
(317) 873-2426
Office Hours: 7:45 AM - 4:15 PM

Matt Doublestein, Principal
5565 South 700 East
Whitestown, IN 46075
(317) 873-1240
Office Hours: 7:45 AM - 4:15 PM

Tim East, Principal
1000 Mulberry Street
Zionsville, IN 46077
(317) 873-3355
Office Hours: 7:45 AM - 4 PM

Open Houses and
Back to School Information

Mark your Calendar / School Dates and Times

Open House / Meet the Teacher:

Monday, August 6th, 5:00 - 6:30 PM, PK through Grade 4

Back to School Curriculum Night: Thursday, August 23rd

Kindergarten: 5:30 - 6:00 PM
Grade 1: 6:00 - 6:30 PM
Grade 2: 6:30 - 7:00 PM
Grade 3: 7:00 - 7:30 PM
Grade 4: 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Open House / Meet the Teacher:

Monday, August 6th, 5:00 - 6:30 PM, PK through Grade 4

Back to School Curriculum Night: Thursday, August 23rd

Kindergarten: 5:30 - 6:00 PM
Grade 1: 6:00 - 6:30 PM
Grade 2: 6:30 - 7:00 PM
Grade 3: 7:00 - 7:30 PM
Grade 4: 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Open House / Meet the Teacher:

Monday, August 6th, 5:00 - 6:30 PM, PK through Grade 4

Back to School Curriculum Night: Thursday, August 23rd

Kindergarten: 5:30 - 6:00 PM
Grade 1: 6:00 - 6:30 PM
Grade 2: 6:30 - 7:00 PM
Grade 3: 7:00 - 7:30 PM
Grade 4: 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Open House / Meet the Teacher:

Monday, August 6th, 5:00 - 6:30 PM, PK through Grade 4

Back to School Curriculum Night: Thursday, August 23rd

Kindergarten: 5:30 - 6:00 PM
Grade 1: 6:00 - 6:30 PM
Grade 2: 6:30 - 7:00 PM
Grade 3: 7:00 - 7:30 PM
Grade 4: 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Open House / Meet the Teacher:

Monday, August 6th, 5:00 - 6:30 PM, PK through Grade 4

Back to School Curriculum Night: Thursday, August 23rd

Kindergarten: 5:30 - 6:00 PM
Grade 1: 6:00 - 6:30 PM
Grade 2: 6:30 - 7:00 PM
Grade 3: 7:00 - 7:30 PM
Grade 4: 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Back to School / Picture Days:

Monday,July 30th (5th – 8th Grade) 12:30 - 6:00 PM
Tuesday, July 31st (5th - 8th Grade) 12:30 - 6:00 PM
New Student Orientation (6th - 8th grade):

Tuesday, July 31st (6th - 8th grade) 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

New Parent Meeting (6th - 8th grade): Tuesday, July 31st
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Open House:

5th and 6th grade: Tuesday, August 14th 6:00 - 7:30 PM

7th and 8th grade: Tuesday, August 21st 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Back to School / Picture Days:

Monday, July 30th (5th - 8th grade) 12:00 - 6:00 PM
Tuesday, July 31st (5th - 8th grade) 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Locker Day:

Wednesday, August 1st 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Open House:

Tuesday, August 14th (5th and 6th grade) 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Tuesday, August 21st (7th and 8th grade) 6:00 - 7:30 PM

New Family Welcome:

Tuesday, August 28 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Back to School Days:

Monday, July 30th 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Juniors and Seniors)
Tuesday, July 31st 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Freshmen and Sophomores)

Freshman / New Student Kick-Off

Wednesday, August 1st 8:30 AM Registration
9:00 - 11:30 AM Eagle Kick-Off

New Parent Open House (optional)

Thursday, August 2nd 7:00 - 8:30 PM
(This Open House is provided for new families to ask questions about the information contained in the back to school parent webcast in an information setting. There will not be a formal presentation. ZCHS administrators will be on hand to answer parent questions individually and in small groups.)

Open House:

Wednesday, August 15th 6:00 - 8:00 PM
follow child’s schedule and have the opportunity to meet each teacher and learn more about the course requirements, grading expectation, and parent – teacher communication.)


State law stipulates that the medical records of children on file at school show the required immunizations have been completed by the 20th day of the school year. That day is September 5, 2018. Information regarding immunization requirements for 2018-2019 can be found on our website under support services on the district tab.

Parents of children whose immunizations are not up to date should contact their health care provider of the Boone County Health Department to schedule an appointment for the necessary immunizations. Some pharmacies also carry the necessary vaccines.

Children who do not have up-to-date vaccination records by September 5, 2018, will not be allowed to return to school until the proper immunization information is on file. If parents object to immunizations, a written objection must be on file in the school office by that date. This must be updated yearly. Students who have appointments with their health care provider after September 5, 2018, must present proof of the scheduled appointment in order to remain in school. Please contact the health clinic at your school with any questions or concerns.

Bring Your Own Device

A 1:1 device is a required element for students in grades 5-12. During registration, parents indicate whether their student will rent at a cost of $132.50 or select Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).

If BYOD, the following are recommendations for devices at the high school and middle schools:

1. Device (laptop or Chromebook) must include keyboard

2. Operating System: Windows 7 or later (rental laptops are on Windows 10), Mac 10.11 or later, Chrome OS 65, Linux OS not recommended

3. USB Ports (at least one)

4. Eight GB of RAM recommended (4 GB minimum)

5. Not a preferred device: iPad or tablet

6. A protective case is recommended.

7. Although ZCS does not recommend a brand of laptop, if you have a question about a device you are considering, please e-mail us at

8. If a problem occurs with the device at home or at school, a loaner from ZCS is available.



School Communication

School Messenger

In Zionsville Community Schools, we use School Messenger to communicate vital school information via e-mail, phone and text. You must opt in to School Messenger SMS to receive text messages. Please ensure that your e-mail address is up to date throughout the school year to ensure you are receiving critical information pertaining to your student's school.


Students in Zionsville Community Schools use the learning management system, Canvas. To create a parent observer account, follow the directions in this link.

Transportation Notes

Transportation Information

Director of Transportation: Amy Eaton

Direct Office Line: 317-873-1237 x11802

The 2018-2019 school year is coming up fast. We are working hard to get all bus route information to parents as soon as possible. Please note bus route information is NOT available at this time.

NEW for 2018: Bus route information will be available through PowerSchool and additionally, the transportation department will be sending out specific bus route information for your student(s) in an e-mail via school messenger.

We strongly encourage use of this safe and valuable service.

The health and safety of ZCS students is our highest priority. ZCS employs dedicated, highly trained and specially licensed professional bus drivers who are familiar with our students and community. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), school buses are seven times safer than traveling by car or truck. As of this writing, we provide 52 elementary, 54 middle school, and 16 high school daily bus routes in the morning and afternoon and more than 1,800 educational/sporting event field trips yearly. Our professional transportation department has a flawless, multi-year bus inspection record with the Indiana State Police. Utilization of our bus transportation service is highly recommended in order to assist with efficient school operations, minimize the impact on our community traffic patterns, and continue responsible use of the resources provided by your tax dollars.

If all ZCS families would utilize the bus service we provide, we would improve safety on our campuses at the start and end of the school day, and reduce the frequency of traffic snarls, accidents, and injury. Please consider having your child(ren) ride the school bus to school.

2018-2019 School Start Times

High School: 8:30 AM - 3:40 PM
Middle School: 8:45 AM - 3:45 PM
Elementary (1st-4th): 8 AM - 2:30 PM
Kindergarten: 9 AM -2:30 PM
Developmental Preschool: 8 AM - 10:30 AM, 12:15 PM - 2:45 PM Universal Preschool (GROW): 8:15 AM - 2:45 PM

Follow this link for more information regarding ZCS Transportation:

Background Checks

Background Checks for Visitors

During the school day, all visitors must enter via the front door and sign in at the front office. Visitors need to be prepared to present a government issued photo ID which will be scanned against the National Sex Offender Registry. All visitors will be issued a badge/tag to be worn inside the building at all times. Examples include:

* Lunch Guests

* Classroom Guest Speakers

* Classroom Special Events

* Parent/Teacher Conferences

We ask that all visitors schedule an appointment to meet with teachers, counselors, administrators and all other staff members so that we may best serve everyone.

Visitors other than parents/guardians must be prearranged and organized through the main office. ZCS thanks all volunteers for generous support of our youth and schools. Thank you, too, for supporting assurance of student and staff safety by completing and paying for a volunteer background check.

Background Checks for Volunteers

We value partnerships with our families and always welcome parents, guardians and community members to serve as volunteers in our schools. Each ZCS building covers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. Examples include:

• Field Trip or After Prom Chaperones

• Tutors

• Volunteer Coaches

• Classroom and Library Helpers

• Field Day and Jog-A-Thon Volunteers

• Book Fair and Athletic Ticket Sales

During the school day, all volunteers are expected to sign in at the front office. Prior to the volunteer opportunity, all volunteers must sign a Nondisclosure Acknowledgement Form and have successfully completed a Full Criminal History Background Check. All necessary background check paperwork is available on the ZCS website at the Volunteers/BRAVO link and should be submitted at least 10 days prior to the intended volunteer date. Volunteers must also view mandatory videos and fill out required forms found on the Volunteer/BRAVO website.

The volunteer will pay the fee for the full background check which will expire after 5 years. The link to apply for the full background check can be accessed on the Volunteers/BRAVO link on the ZCS main webpage. For more information, contact the Volunteer/BRAVO Coordinator.

School Lunch Prices

School Lunch Prices for 2018-2019 School Year

Elementary school lunch prices for the 2018-2019 school year are $2.50. Secondary lunch prices are $2.70. Select premium high school meals are $3.00, and adult lunches are priced on an a la carte basis.

Applications for meal/textbook assistance will be posted on the ZCS website and available at the schools beginning July 12.

Are you interested in being involved in Zionsville Community Schools? Working in food services is an excellent way to be involved in the district, fill a need and score smiles from hundreds of hungry students each day. See below and apply today!


Support the Zionsville Education Foundation by attending our annual fall fundraiser.

The 2018 Barn Bash will take place on Saturday, November 10th at the Golf Club of Indiana.

Put on your favorite boots and western wear and join us for a rip roarin' good time as we raise funds for ZEF classroom, professional development, and student enrichment grants.

Registration opens August 1st. Barn Bash tickets are $75/person (prior to October 26th) or $125 for a VIP ticket.

Welcome to the
2018-2019 School Year!


Jane Burgess, President
Joe Stein, Vice President
Debbie Ungar, Secretary
Shari Alexander Richey, Member
James Longest, Member


Scott Robison, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Rebecca Coffman, M.S.
Chief Operating Officer

Michael A. Shafer, C.P.A.
Chief Financial Officer

Kris Devereaux, M.A.
Chief Academic Officer

Dan Layton, M.A.
Chief Technology Officer

Casey Allen, M.S.
Director of Unified Student Services