TASPA Weekly Updates
August 28, 2022
TASPA Mission, Vision, and Core Values
Our Mission: To utilize arts integration to develop creative and critical thinkers equipped with the ability to reach full potential in a positive, safe and nurturing learning environment.
Our Vision: To enhance the quality of life for all students and develop creative learners by providing a deeper understanding of all subjects through arts integration.
TASPA Core Values
September is Attendance Awareness Month
September is School Attendance Month throughout the United States! Student attendance directly impacts student achievement and graduation from Preschool through Grade 12. We want all students to maintain Excellent attendance(95% or higher) by missing no more than one day for every 25 days of instruction, and having no more than 7 TOTAL absences in the school year. Each day of absence in the ninth grade is associated with a dramatically reduced risk of graduating. Please see the chart below for days of school missed and percent chances of graduating:
· 0-4 – days out – 87% chance of graduating
· 5-9 – days out – 63% chance of graduating
· 10-14 – days out – 41% chance of graduating
· 15-19 – days out – 21% chance of graduating
· 20-24 – days out – 9 %chance of graduating
· 25-29 – days out – 5% chance of graduating
· 30-34 – days out – 2% chance of graduating
· 35-40 – days out – 1% chance of graduating
As a school community, we expect at least 80% of students to maintain 95% or higher attendance this school year. We encourage you to closely monitor your child’s attendance and work with us to raise awareness about the importance of attending school every day and on-time. In recognition of Student attendance Month, we are planning activities throughout the month of September.
Your participation and support throughout the school year will be critical to improving attendance at our school. For more information or to get involved, please contact our school office.
WE WANT ALL STUDENTS TO SUCCEED, BUT WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! THANK YOU!
College Colors Day-Friday, September 2
Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra is our New Adopt-a-School Partner
Last Monday, we were adopted by Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra through the Chamber of West Alabama's Adopt-a-School program! We are grateful for our new Adopt-a-School partnership with Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra! Watch for exciting opportunities to come for our students and faculty!
Last Friday we held our 2022-2023 house reveals and games for our middle school students. This year, all grade levels, PreK-5, were also welcomed into houses: Ritmo, Sonar, Teatro, and Artista!
Open House-Thank You!
Thank you to all of our parents, family members, and students who attended our open house this past Tuesday evening! We had a great turn out and we appreciate your continued support!
Updates and Reminders
ATTENTION MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS-UA STEM Showcase is here!
The STEM Showcase, scheduled for Saturday, January 28, 2023, will be hosted by The University of Alabama. This is a wonderful FREE opportunity for middle school students (grades 6–8 in the Tuscaloosa area). Winners will be able to participate in the Central Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair held at The University of Alabama at Birmingham in March 2023.
Students may submit an individual project or work with up to three team members. Faculty, staff, and graduate students from The University of Alabama STEM disciplines will be available to mentor participants and help guide project ideas.
- Environmental & Earth Sciences
- Mathematics & Computer Science
- Medicine & Health Science
- Physical Sciences
- (including space)
- Behavioral & Social Sciences
- Energy & Transportation
TASPA Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
Parents, we need your help in making our dismissal process safe and quick. If your child is a car rider, you must pick him/her up through the carpool line. We will not allow parents to walk up and pick up students assigned as car riders. To help us get you in and out of the carpool lane quickly, please remember your carpool tag. Complete the car tag with the name (first and last) and grade level of each child riding with you and place the tag on your dash near the windshield (on the passenger side) upon arriving on campus. We appreciate your assistance in keeping our TASPA Stars safe! Please review our detailed arrival and dismissal routines below.
2022-2023 School Supply Lists
Our front office will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00-3:00. Please ring the bell at the front door for assistance.
If you have questions or need assistance please contact your child's teacher or our school leaders: Amy Tilford, Principalfirstname.lastname@example.org, Chenale Taylor-Maye, Assistant Principalemail@example.com and Pressly Albritton, Assistant Principalfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Our PTA is Here to Support You!
Please stay connected to our PTA by following them on Facebook:
Use this link to pay your PTA membership dues and manage your account: https://taspa.memberhub.store/.
Email our PTA President, Maiya Murrell, at: email@example.com