Happy New Year
Dates to Remember
- Jan. 16 - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - No School
- Jan. 17 - Report Cards go home
- Jan. 17 - Extended Day Tutoring Begins (Selected students will receive invitations)
- Jan. 20 - 100th Day of School
- Feb. 1 - 10 - Candy Gram Fundraiser for Student Council
- Feb. 14 - Valentine's Day
- Feb. 20 - 25 - Mardi Gras Holidays - No School
- Mar. 17 - 3rd Quarter Ends
One of my goals, as counselor, is to improve student attendance. Although it may not seem like a big deal if your child has occasional tardies or absences, poor attendance can impede his or her progress. You, as parents, can take measures to ensure good attendance by making sure that you and your child have a clear understanding of both the state and school system’s attendance policy. You can also ensure good attendance by having a positive attitude when talking about school and making sure your child gets plenty of rest.
10 Reasons Why School Attendance is Important by Channing Bete Company:
1. Children with good attendance are more likely to do well in school. Too many tardies or absences result in missed instruction which can cause your child to fall behind as early as kindergarten!
2. Children are more likely to develop important skills. Students develop good character traits, good study skills, and work habits.
3. Children who have a lot of absences are less likely to fulfill their full potential as students. They tend to have learning gaps which causes them to struggle when learning new things.
4. Children with good attendance are more likely to do well on standardized tests. Studies have found a link between poor attendance and low scores on standardized tests.
5. If your child attends school regularly, he or she is less likely to drop out of high school. Students tend to have good friends and be involved in school activities.
6. Good attendance can lead to college and a good job. Students do better academically and tend to go on to college or training programs.
7. Children with good attendance are more are more likely to get along with others. They develop better social skills and have higher self-esteem.
8. Good attendance goes hand-in-hand with behavior. Students tend to have a more positive attitude when they attend regularly.
9. Children with fewer absences are less likely to use alcohol and other drugs. Students who feel connected to school are more likely to avoid risky behavior.
10. Good attendance means more money for schools. The district’s budget is developed using the Average Daily Attendance.