Pirate Parent Newsletter

April 28

MAP Testing May 2-4

We have concluded a successful EOC Assessment Window. Thank you for bringing your students to school daily. We will begin the final MAP Assessments on May 2-4. These assessments allow us to see if your students experienced growth in reading, math, and language usage skills. Your student's score will influence whether they are placed in support classes or classes that allow for acceleration. If you have questions about MAP you can contact Assistant Principal Dent at 678-676-6302.

Annual Verification for 2023-2024

It is time for Annual Verification for the next school year. We need you to update your address and contact information in Infinite Campus. If you currently have the Parent Portal, you can do that by clicking Annual Verification. If you do not have Parent Portal, you can contact Brittany Freeman at 678 676 6306 or Shenita Seidu at 678 676 6326. If you complete by April 28, you will be entered to win a $50 gift card. I will present the winner on Tuesday of next week. Please see instructions in English and Spanish below.

Principal Advisory Council Candidates Wanted

The candidate declaration window for 2023-2024 Principal Advisory Council elections will be open through Friday, August 25, 2023.

Complete the relevant form below to run for a position on your school’s council.

Parent/Guardian Candidate Declaration Form (English/Spanish)
Parent/Guardian Candidate Declaration Form (Additional Languages)
Teacher Candidate Declaration Form

Principal Advisory Councils bring parents, school employees, students and community members together to create a better understanding of and mutual respect for each other’s perspectives and share ideas for increasing student achievement and performance.

What is the role of the Principal Advisory Council?

  • Act as a link between the school and the community
  • Encourage the engagement of parents and other stakeholders within the school community
  • Work to increase student achievement through transparent operations and shared best practices
  • Review the Continuous School Improvement Plan and monitor progress toward goals
  • Participate in the selection of the school principal

Additional Resources for Council Elections

Our Drive to 95- Attendance Updates

As stated in the last Parent Newsletter, our average daily attendance for April increased to 85.66%. We averaged 132 students absent daily unexcused. We had 1,852 total unexcused absences in April. These are improvements, but we have to do better. We cannot support your students if they do not come to school.

Here is what you can do:

  1. Have an Infinite Campus Parent Portal account. You can monitor your student's attendance daily with the app. If you need assistance in creating a parent portal account, contact our school registrar.
  2. Call the attendance secretary when you have a sick student. Some of our student absences are illnesses but if we do not get a note, email, or call, we are forced to code the absence as unexcused.
  3. Bring your student to school on time. Daily we have dozens of parents who drop their students off late. Please bring your student daily by 8:00 am.
  4. If there are reasons your student is absent, let us know. We have resources that can support families but we need to know how we can support you.

It is extremely important that we get attendance right. As we drive for 95, we will need all hands on deck to turn this around. Our students deserve it. We can do this!

To Be Great, Be Here By 8

Parents, please assist us by bringing your students to school on time. We have dozens of students who are late to 1st period specifically. All students should be in their seats in 1st period by 8:10 am. Please have students at school by 8:00 am so they can arrive on time. All students reporting after 8:40 must be signed in by a parent. We hope this increases our daily attendance and curtails our tardies. Thank you parents for your efforts in getting our students here and on time!

Infinite Campus Parent Portal

Please click here to see step by step directions on how to access Parent Portal. If you need additional assistance, please email our registrar at britanny_freeman@dekalbschoolsga.org.

Backpack/Bookbag rule- Thank You!

We have begun collecting bookbags that are not clear. Bookbags will only be returned to parents. If your student is having difficulty finding a clear bookbag, please have them see the principal.