Chalkville Chatter

January 2018

Attendance Matters!

Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways parents can prepare their child for success—both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behavior and have a better chance of graduating from high school.

When students are absent for fewer days, their grades and reading skills often improve—even among those students who are struggling in school. Students who attend school regularly also feel more connected to their community, develop important social skills and friendships, and are significantly more likely to graduate from high school, setting them up for a strong future.

But when kids are absent for an average of just two days of school per month—even when the absences are excused– it can have a negative impact. These absences will affect kids as early as Kindergarten.

For example, young elementary school students who miss an average of just two school days per month often have difficulty keeping up with their peers academically and tend to fall behind in reading. But when students are able to read on grade level by the end of third grade, which is when kids transition from learning to read to reading to learn, they are three to four times more likely to graduate high school and attend college, post-graduate, or professional development classes than their peers who struggle with reading.

As a parent, you can prepare your child for a lifetime of success by making regular school attendance a priority.

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Hour of Code

Hour of Code is a week in December where millions of students from over 180 countries spend an hour learning to code.The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science showing that anybody can learn the basics of coding. It introduces students to the field of computer science and has become a worldwide event to celebrate the future of computer science. It is a great way to spark imagination and show the benefits of coding.

December 4-8, students here at Chalkville participated in the Hour of Code, along with millions of other kids around the world. They participated in activities that allowed them to create their own emoji character, help BB8 from Star Wars move through the galaxy, and even created their own flappy bird game. When students learn to code, they are learning how to organize, express, and share their ideas in a new way; it teaches them to think beyond paper and pencil. By participating in Hour of Code, we hope to encourage students to build on the basic skills they learned that week and maybe one day they could create the new platform that replaces Facebook or Twitter!

School News

AttenDANCE Challenge

Each day a class has perfect attendance (no absences, no tardies, or checkouts before 1:00) the class can earn a letter.

When the class spells DANCE, the entire class has earned a...


Upcoming Dates

January 8

Report Cards go home

January 15

School Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 31

Dress for Success

Please remember to save and send Box Tops for Education and Tyson A+ chicken points!

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December Winners

Top Classes







5th Grade Winners

1-Xavier Goodgain (Top of the school!)

2-Carrington Mitchell

3-Carmen Patton

4-Trevin Beard

5-KaiDynce Miller

6-Yazmin Lofton

7-Kendyll Cunningham

8-Ariyanna Howze

9-Keshaun Bellard

10-George Mauldin

4th Grade Winners

1-Christopher Shipp

2-Marques Maddox

3-Alonzo Sanders

4-Jacari Yow

5-Tyree Finley

6-Jada Knighting

7-Jaydin James

8-Jalen Pritchett

9-Jada Griffin

10-Kaylen Evans

3rd Grade Winners

1-Christopher Rutledge

2-Robert McDonald

3-Evelyn Stanfield

4-Sergio Serna-Pacheco

5-Demetri Perryman

6-William Goodloe

7-Xavier Teasley

8-Saniya Gardiner

9-Deshawn Minter

10-Jeremiah Garner

2nd Grade Winners

1-Austin Snow

2-Jayla Watkins

3-Tayliyonna Butler

4-Christian Morrison

5-Bredyn Harris

6-Braylon Daniels

7-Antonio Munox

8-Cedric Davis

9-Rodrique Murray

10-Daylen Long

1st Grade Winners

1-G'Kobi Robertson

2-Autumn Daniel

3-Markel Hill

4-Caitlynn Lomax

5-Patrick Madison

6-Margaret Sexton

7-Rayshod Hines

8-Bryson Holmes

9-Jyrie Goodloe

10-Bailey Lovett

Kindergarten Winner

1-Anner Mejia-Diaz

2-Conner Esquivel

3-Marco Thomas

4-Rylee Miller

5-Cataleya Johnston

6-Carlos Ramirez

7-Selena Williams

8-Jiraiya Holeman

9-Trevail Pittman

10-Dustin Wilcox