The Puma Press

Raymond Park Intermediate Academy

September 28, 2018

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Dear Parents,

We are heading into an exciting week at RPIA! Please see below for details on important upcoming events for parents AND students!

Tuesday, October 2nd: Parent Teacher Conference Day! Your child’s homeroom teacher sent information home about scheduling your conference; our school goal is 100% participation by all families! Please be sure to arrive promptly for your child’s scheduled conference time, and bring your student with you so they can share about their progress during the first grading period of the year!

*This is also fundraiser pick-up day! Our PTSA will have items ready for pick-up when conference day begins!*

Wednesday, October 3rd: Field Trip to Lucas Oil for a stadium tour for students who met the requirements by selling enough items for this year’s fundraiser! Students who qualify were already given permission slips.

Thursday, October 4th: CORE+ Event for our students who have gone above and beyond in showing CORE behaviors during Term 1! These students will bring home an information sheet this week if they are eligible. Students must meet certain standards regarding attendance, tardies, behavior, and work completion. We will have a DJ and the Kona Ice truck on site for these students to celebrate their great work!

Friday, October 5th: CORE Bash for ALL students! Students can bring actual cash to spend on concessions, and they will be able to spend their hard-earned CORE cash on games, sno-cones, popcorn, and prize drawings!

We wish you and your students a wonderful weekend, an exciting week ahead, and a relaxing Fall Break!

PS: Don’t forget to mark your calendar for our Family Literacy Night, October 24th at 6:00 PM! Students in attendance will receive FREE novels, and they’ll be eligible for book drawings and a GRAND PRIZE RAFFLE of a new Kindle!


Carey Storm


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Dear Puma Community,

ATTENDANCE MATTERS! That is why Raymond Park IA has joined with other schools across the nation in recognizing how important attendance is in preparing students to be college, career, and life ready. As many as 7 million students miss nearly a month of school every year - absences that correlate with poor performance at every grade level.

Consistent attendance must start at an early age. Chronic absenteeism and habitual truancy are important predictors of school performance, including high school graduation. Absenteeism in the first few months of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year, which can also influence whether students read proficiently by the end of the third grade. By sixth grade, chronic absence, which is defined as missing 18 or more days per school year becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school. When students improve their attendance rates they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating.

If a student is chronically absent by the time they are a senior in high school, over a year of instructional time has been lost. At Raymond Park IA, we are committed to tracking not only unexcused absences but also excused absences that can derail a student’s academic performance. It is our intention to reduce the number of all instructional days that are lost. Even late arrivals to school and early departures lead to lost instructional time.

We are continuing to work with you - our stakeholders - to help everyone understand how chronic absences negatively affect the long-term success of students. We also recognize that factors, including illness, can contribute to poor student attendance. Once we identify these obstacles, we try to direct families to solutions or resources to relieve the problems that are contributing to these absences.

Please reach out to me if needed so I can connect you and your child with the supports needed for a continued successful school year!

A missed day is a missed opportunity,

Stephen Gainey

Dean of Students

(317) 532-8981 / (317) 620-0032

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