The first day of classes for students in Bexley City Schools will be Aug. 13.

The first day of classes for students in Bexley City Schools will be Aug. 13.

Bexley welcomes 18 staffers into the district this fall, including a new Director of Special Education, Samantha McMasters, with New Teacher Orientation set for Friday, Aug. 8.

Each individual school has set various orientation-type activities for back-to-school as well. Dates and times include:

Maryland Elementary School -- School community Welcome Ice Cream Social, 6 p.m. Aug. 7; New Family Orientation, 7 p.m. Aug. 7; school supply sale, Aug. 7 and 8.

Montrose Elementary School -- Ice Cream Social, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21.

Cassingham Elementary School -- New Family Night, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7; school supply pick-up, 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 8; posting of class lists, 3 p.m. Aug. 8.

Bexley Middle School -- schedule pick-up, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 8 in the gym at 300 S. Cassingham Road.

Bexley High School -- freshman orientation, 9 a.m. Aug. 5 and 6 in the Schottenstein Theater at 326 S. Cassingham Road; schedule pick-up for sophomores, juniors and seniors, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 6 and 7.

The school district's annual convocation for faculty and staff will be held Aug. 12. The Bexley Education Foundation hosts a Back-to-School Coffee at each of the elementary schools, set for 8:15 to 9 a.m. Aug. 13.

Freshmen alerted to new requirements

Ohio is implementing new graduation requirements that will apply to this year's freshmen, the class of 2018, at Bexley High School.

Instead of having to pass the Ohio Graduation Test, Bexley freshmen will take seven end-of-course exams over their four years of high school: English 1 and 2, geometry, algebra 1, physical science, American history and American government.

Bexley already requires all of these, using end-of-course exams as assessments. Students can substitute passing scores on Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate exams or dual credit course exams for some of the tests.

The new Ohio law is designed to allow for additional paths to graduation. Students can obtain a high school diploma by earning scores on national college admissions tests that show they can do college-level work without needing to take remedial classes; or earning industry-recognized credentials and passing scores on nationally recognized job-skills assessments.

The Ohio Department of Education will pay for all juniors to take the ACT college admissions test.