A Note from the Director...

Week of September 19th...

Data Suggests Strong Start at LA

After the first data collection, LA students were leveled (supports and rewards) for the next three weeks. Parents should have received an email with their student's level.


Platinum: 76% Gold: 15% Silver: 3% Bronze: 6%

Tardies (to school/class):

Platinum: 81% Gold: 12% Silver: 5% Bronze: 2%

Behavior (Office Referrals):

Platinum: 95% Gold: 5%

Grades (GPA):

Platinum: 65% Gold: 26% Silver: 7%

This is great! Keep up the good work!

Attendance Major Factor in Timely Graduation

Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and on the job.

-Students should miss no more than 9 days of school each year to stay engaged, successful and on track to graduation.

-If a student exceeds 10 absences in any one class, they may be denied credit regardless if they pass the class!

-Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.

-By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school. By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.

-Missing 10 percent, or about 18 days, of the school year can drastically affect a student’s academic success.

-Students can be chronically absent even if they only miss a day or two every few weeks.

-Attendance is an important life skill that will help your child graduate from college and keep a job. Make school attendance a priority in your home.

If your child is going to be absent, please call 736-5470 by 9 AM. Your child should bring a Drs. note to the front office the following day.

Real-world Experiences in Design Challenge

Every student at LA has a design challenge class. Students are in groups and partnered with local businesses as a means to solve a problem for that business. Current business partnerships include: Bayer, Climate Control, KCP&L, North Kansas City Hospital, PVBC, Pharis Farms, and A3G Architects. Ask your student about their challenge! Families will be invited to our exhibition day in October to see the accomplishments!

Outside Services Investing in LA

As a way to further support our students, LA has partnered with a variety of outside agencies to improve success at LA. Groups include Synergy (resilience), ASEM (mentorship), Little Joe the Therapy Dog, and Northland Dependency. Additionally, we hope to start a boys group and girls group soon. The students love these interactions!