Ceremonies and Observances

The new school calendar starts on July 1. From Board Policy: The Governing Board recognizes the importance of having students observe holidays, celebrate events of cultural or historical significance, and acknowledge the contributions of outstanding individuals in society.  On days designated by the Board, staff shall provide students with appropriate commemorative exercises so that they may acquire the knowledge, skills, and principles essential for informed, responsible citizenship in a democratic society.


July National Minority Mental Health Month
July 4 Independence Day


September Library Card Sign-up Month
September Deaf Awareness Month
September National Suicide Prevention Month
First Monday of September Labor Day
September 8 International Literacy Day
September 9 California Admission Day
September 11 Patriot Day
September 15 – October 15 Latina/o/x Heritage Month
September 16 Constitution Day and Citizenship Day
September 17 – 23 Constitution Week
First day of Fall Autumn Equinox
Fourth Friday of September Native American Day


October Bully Prevention Month
October Cultural Diversity Month
October Disability History Month
October Character Education Month
October LGBTQ History Month
October 2 International Day of Non-Violence
First Monday of October National Child Health Day
First Full Week of October Mental Illness Awareness Week
Second Monday of October World Explorers’ Day
Second full week of October Week of the School Administrator
Third Thursday of October Great CA Shakeout (shakeout.org/california)
Third full week of October National Teen Driver Safety Week
Third week of October National School Bus Safety Week
October 23-31 Red Ribbon Week
Fourth Saturday of October Make a Difference Day


November National American Indian/Alaskan Native Heritage Month
November Sikh Awareness Month
First Sunday of November Daylight Saving Time ends; Standard Time Begins
Tuesday following the first Monday in November Election Day
November 11 Veterans Day
Week prior to Thanksgiving American Education Week
Fourth Thursday of November Thanksgiving


December 3 Day of the Special Educator
December 15 Bill of Rights Day
First day of Winter Winter Solstice
December 31 New Year’s Eve


January 1 New Year’s Day
Third Monday of January Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday
Fourth week of January No Name-Calling Week
January 23 Ed Roberts Day
New Moon between Jan. 21 – Feb. 20 Chinese New Year
January 30 Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution


February African American History Month
February Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month
February 2 Ground Hog Day
February 4 Rosa Parks Day
February 6 Ronald Reagan Day
Third Monday of February Presidents’ Day
February 15 Susan B. Anthony Day
Week around February 17 Founders Day for PTA Take Your Family to School Week


March National Women’s History Month
March Music in Our Schools Month
March Arts Education/Youth Art Month
March 2 Read Across America Day
March 5 Black American Day (Crispus Attucks Day)
March 7 California Conservation, Bird and Arbor Day
Second Sunday of March Daylight Saving Time Begins
March 30 Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day
March 31 Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning


April Alcohol Awareness Month
April Child Abuse Prevention Month
April National Autism Awareness Month​
First week of April Adult Education Week
April 6 California Poppy Day
Generally Second full week of April National Library Week
April 14 Mendez v. Westminster
Third Friday of April Day of Silence
Third full week of April Public School Volunteer Week
April 21 John Muir Day
Wednesday of last full week of April Administrative Professionals Day
Fourth Thursday of April Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day


May Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
May Labor History Month
May National Mental Health Month
First full week in May (Monday-Sunday) National Children’s Book Week
Second Wednesday of May Day of the Teacher
May 3 National Two Different Colored Shoes Day
May 5 Cinco de Mayo
Second Sunday of May Mother’s Day
May 17 Anniversary of School Desegregation Ruling (Brown vs. Board of Ed.)
Third full week of May Classified School Employee Week
May 22 Harvey Milk Day
Last Monday of May Memorial Day


June Annual Display of the Pride Flag Month
June 14 Flag Day
June 19 Juneteenth
Third Sunday of June Father’s Day