Keeping up with Keller

By: Marcie Dryden, Principal

March 14th, 2016

Mission Statement

The mission of Helen Keller Elementary School is to establish and maintain an educational community that empowers all students to become principled, independent inquirers who are socially responsible global citizens.

WKBS -- Keller Daily News Broadcast

Our Keller Daily News Broadcast highlights school achievement and IB news!

Important Dates

  • Late Start for Student/Professional Development for Staff: March 16th, April 13th, 20th, and 27th.
  • Open House: March 29th @ 6:30 p.m.
  • No School: March 25th and April 1st-8th

Focus School Status

As of Tuesday, March 8th, Keller was released by the State Superintendent from the Focus School status. I am very proud of all our hard work in closing the achievement gap! Click here to view the letter.

Filters for Flint!

After hearing that our 5th graders donated their free market day money to Flint they inspired me. Market Day was last month but we all know that the Flint water crisis has not gone away! I would like to do our part as an IB school to help. Mr. Potter and I will be collecting donations to help buy filters for Flint. All donations should be turned into the main office with Filters for Flint written on the envelope. All checks should be made out to Keller Elementary School. The collection will start today and run until March 31st.

Extra Extra!

Some wonderful news about Mrs. Ault in the Daily Tribune. Click here to read the whole story.

The Importance of Attendance

We all run late sometimes. For your child, arriving late to school occasionally won't cause major disruption. Inevitably, kids will feel sick or tired some mornings, or other situations will prevent them from being on time. But chronic lateness eventually takes its toll on a child's overall educational experience. According to the national initiative Attendance Works, missing just 10 percent of the school year in the early grades causes many students to struggle in elementary school, and lateness in later grades is associated with increased failure and dropout rates. Fortunately, parents can help prevent tardiness from becoming frequent enough to negatively impact their child's school life.

Disrupted Routines

One of the most important aspects of school is that it is organized, scheduled and predictable. Students depend on the structure of the day. They know where they have to be and when. They know the main purpose for being in school is to learn and that routines are in place precisely to help them focus on that learning. When students are repeatedly tardy, these routines are disrupted. Children who are often late have trouble settling in and mastering routines. Tardiness can throw off their whole morning or even their day, especially if the late commute to school was stressful.


The social experience has a powerful impact on a child's feelings about school and his ability to be academically successful. When a child continuously shows up late to class, other students are distracted. Attention is drawn away from the teacher or assignment and toward the child who has just arrived.

Low Achievement

PerformWell, a nonprofit policy research and educational organization, reports that frequent tardiness is associated with lower grades and lower scores on standardized tests. It is also linked to low graduation rates. In addition, students who are routinely late at the elementary and middle school levels are more likely to fail in high school -- or even drop out. In many classrooms, particularly at the elementary level, morning routines are critical to daily lessons. Warm-up activities may introduce topics that will be learned later in the day, or review work offers students an opportunity to review previously learned skills.


Part of your child's education is learning to be responsible. The school experience teaches children how to meet expectations. They learn to follow schedules, obey rules, complete assignments and keep track of their materials. Learning responsibility in school is a precursor to functioning in the working world, as noted by William Kirby in his 2010 Dayton Daily News article "School Attendance Tied to Academic Success." Attendance is one of the ways children show they can meet their obligations. In many cases, a child's attendance depends on his parents' ability to help him be on time. Parents can teach their kids organizational techniques that will help them get out of the house faster, such as packing their bags and laying out their clothes the night before school. But parents who drive their children must also remember to be punctual and responsible. After all, you are the primary role model.

You can find the article cited here.

International Food and Fun Festival

March is Reading Month

Staff Professional Development

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Lego League

Congratulations, Team Husky High Fives, on another good show at the Jr. First Lego League Expo!!
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Phone Directory

Hello, Keller Families,

Welcome to our school's online directory! It's a great way to stay in touch with family and students within our school community.

This online directory is somewhat different from the ones printed in previous years. It only has PTA members and uses the information provided on the PTA membership form, a form which is not well designed to collect directory information.The change is due to a change in District policy regarding federal student privacy law. To make the directory more complete, we'll have to encourage everyone to sign up for the PTA!! I have done my best to make the information as accurate as possible. Please excuse (and fix!) any mistakes in your information.

Below is the link to both the online and mobile directory. You will also find your temporary password for login. You can change it on the login page.

Please email me with any questions.

Melanie Macey

Keller PTA Directory Chair

Login at Your temp password can be changed after you log in.

Temp Password: ciwbyveg

For Mobile Instructions click here

PD Agendas

Click on this link for all Professional Development agendas


Positive Behavior Intervention System

Essential Agreements

*We are respectful

*We are safe and in control

*We are responsible learners

Keller Creed

I will act in such a way that I will be proud of myself and others will be proud of me too.

I came to school to learn and I will learn.

I will have a good day.

Learner Profile Highlights

Don’t forget that the highlighted monthly learner profile and weekly behavior focus is on the Google calendar (every Sunday).

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Election Day 3/8

Keller will be used as a precinct voting for the presidential primary election scheduled for March 8th, while school is in session. I have worked closely with the city clerk to determine the location in the building they will be using. We have identified the music room as the best place as it has a direct access door within the classroom as well as close parking lot access. I will also have staff and parent volunteers that will sit outside the music room as friendly faces for our students and as reminders that the doors are not to be entered by students.