Updated 2018 Calendar

Mercer County Announces Updates to School Calendar

Updated March 26, 2018:  Due to the number of late schedules and school cancellations and in order to avoid extending the school year for students, we need to reschedule and/or cancel the early dismissals planned for the remainder of the year.  

  • The Faculty Senate meeting scheduled for April 18, 2018, has been moved to April 2, 2018. With the rescheduling of the April Faculty Senate meeting, there will not be an early dismissal on April 18, 2018
  • The Administrator Meeting with Faculty on May 2, 2018, has been cancelled. As a result, there will not be an early dismissal on May 2, 2018. 
  • The Faculty Senate meeting scheduled for June 5, 2018, has been moved to June 7, 2018. With the rescheduling of the Faculty Senate meeting, there will not be an early dismissal on June 5, 2018. 
  • These changes will not affect graduation.  All high schools will hold graduation ceremonies on May 25, 2018. Please check with your child’s school for time of ceremony.
  • The last day for students is June 5, 2018.  For all staff, June 6, 2018, will be a Preparation for the Closing of School, and June 7th and 8th will be staff development days.

PRINCETON, WV, March 7,2018: Mercer County Schools is excited that HB 4145 was unanimously approved by both houses of the West Virginia Legislature. The passage of this bill allows us to resume our school year while continuing to provide instructional time that results in a quality educational experience. As a school system, teaching students is our first priority.

In our desire to achieve this goal, it is appropriate that we review and revise our school calendar for the remainder of this year. In doing so, we are converting the Spring Break days of April 4, 5, and 6, 2018 to instructional days. Additionally, April 2 and 3, 2018, will be days out of school for students. Employees will participate in professional development activities on April 2 and 3, 2018. By scheduling these make-up days during the Spring Break week, we can better prepare our students for various types of state testing, for Advanced Placement exams administered in early May, and for meeting hourly requirements for students in certification and completer programs at the Technical Education Center.

Mercer County Public Schools chose to convert Spring Break days instead of adding days to the end of the calendar because we believe they allow a greater opportunity to positively impact student achievement. In doing so, we understand the need to acknowledge and respect the fact that some families may have plans during the week of April 2 - 6, 2018, which cannot be cancelled or rescheduled. In these instances, we ask parent(s) / guardian(s) to provide a letter to your child's principal explaining your plans and circumstances. The resulting student absences will be identified as excused. For secondary students required to take exams, excused absences during April 4 - 6, 2018, will be waived and will not count toward Mercer County Schools' exam exemption policy requirements.

As we move forward, teachers will continually seek ways to enrich and enhance students' educational experiences. If we do not have any additional inclement weather-related closures, the last day of school for all students will be June 5, 2018, and the last day for employees will be June 6, 2018. These dates are the previously established 2017-2018 end of school dates. As announced earlier, the graduation date of May 25, 2018, will not be impacted.

March 7th Updated Calendar

Calendar Updates March 26 2018


2018 Updated County Event Dates 

 Regional Event


All County Bells and Chimes

March 27, 2018

Math Field Day (Elementary and Secondary)

March 24, 2018

Math Counts

March 24, 2018

Governor’s School of Entrepreneurship

County Deadline March 21, 2018

State Deadline March 30, 2018

Regional Science Fair

April 5, 2018

State Science Fair

April 7, 2018

Young Writers

April 12, 2018

Governor’s Stem Institute

County Deadline April 16, 2018

State Deadline April 24, 2018

All County Secondary Choir

April 24, 2018

Trash -2-Treasure


April 27, 2018

Seminar Center

Ratings Festival

April 27, 2018

Chuck Mathena Center

State Social Studies Fair

April 27, 2018

Battle of the Books Elementary

May 18, 2018

Battle of the Books Secondary

May 21, 2018

All County Elementary Choir

May 21, 2018

PE Field Day

May 25, 2018

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