The Puma Press

Raymond Park Intermediate Academy

September 14, 2018

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Dear Parents & Guardians,

On Monday, your student will be bringing home information on scheduling your upcoming Parent/Teacher Conference. Conferences this year will be held on October 2, 2018. Students do not have school that day, but we do ask that they attend the 15-minute conference along with you. During the conference, you'll have the chance to review your child's Term 1 Report Card, ISTEP and NWEA Scores, and discuss your child's progress so far this year. We do hope you will return the Conference Scheduling information as soon as possible to make sure you can reserve a meeting time that best fits your schedule.

As you know, we are focusing on improving student attendance throughout this school year. Two weeks ago, our overall attendance percentage was 95.1%. We set a goal as a school for this past week to reach 95.5% by Friday... and we DID IT! Our school attendance percentage was 95.6% last week - we are improving! Please continue encouraging your student's attendance at school, because this is the best way we can help make sure your student gets the instruction he or she needs to GROW this year!


Carey Storm


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Dear Puma Community,

This year, our school is recognizing September as Attendance Awareness Month, part of a nationwide movement intended to present the message that every school day counts. Across the country, as many as 7.5 million students miss nearly a month of school every year—absences that correlate with poor performance at every grade level.

But even in these first 30 days of the new school year, some students already are heading toward academic trouble - they’re missing too many days of school. This trend starts as early as kindergarten and continues through high school, contributing to achievement gaps and ultimately to dropout rates.

We can’t afford to think of absenteeism as simply an administrative matter. Good attendance is central to student achievement and our broader efforts to improve our school. All of our investments in curriculum and instruction won’t amount to much if students aren’t showing up to benefit from them.

Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half of the students who miss 2-4 days in August go on to miss nearly a month of school. Poor attendance can also influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade or are held back and by 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

When students improve their attendance rates here at Raymond Park IA, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating into a pathway prepared for college, career, and life!

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


Stephen Gainey

Dean of Students

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

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