The Bulldog Bark

March 2019

Reusch Report

Poor school attendance is a strong predictor of school dropout. Children can’t learn if they aren’t present in school, so attendance is a must. Parents are best positioned to ensure children attend school and to build the expectation around attendance.

Why Should We Focus on Attendance?

Children can’t learn if they aren’t present in school, so attendance is a must. By 6th grade, missing 20% (or two months of school) is a critical warning sign of school drop-out. By 9th grade, missing 20% of school can be a better predictor of drop-out than 8th grade test scores.

We can influence attendance and poor attendance can be prevented. Parents are best positioned to ensure children attend school and to build the expectation around attendance.

What Schools Can Do?

  • Educate families about the adverse impact of poor attendance on school achievement.
  • Inform parents about the positive incentives students receive for good attendance; consider recognizing parents as well for their role in their child’s attendance.
  • Notify parents that their child’s absence was noticed either through a call home or, if feasible, an email.
  • Reach out to families to find out what is happening if children begin to miss school regularly. Where appropriate, refer families to available resources in the community.

What Community Agencies Can Do?

  • Teach parents about the importance of regular attendance starting in kindergarten.
  • Help parents of older students understand that excessive absence is a critical warning sign for dropping out.
  • Partner with schools to provide social work and case management supports to families of children with extended absences.
  • Address barriers to attendance by offering services (economic supports, social services, etc.) at schools and referring families to other available resources in the community.

What Parents Can Do?

  • Help your child get into the habit and learn the value of regular routines.
  • Teach your child that attending school is nonnegotiable unless they are truly sick
  • Build relationships with other families and discuss how you can help each other out (e.g., drop off or pick up children, babysit, translation assistance) in times of need or emergencies.
  • Identify non-academic activities (drama, art, music, etc.) that can help motivate your child’s interest in school and learning and seek out schools that can offer those experiences.
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SPRING BREAK is April 1-5

Middle School Years

This month's issue looks at respect, testing, and having a great morning.

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Come Be A Part of the Band

Monday March 11, SMS will be hosting a 5th Grade Parent Meeting in the auditorium from 6:00-8:00pm. This meeting will provide you with answers on what it looks like to be a part of the SMS band.

Tuesday March 12, SMS will be hosting a time for you to try out any instruments your students may be interested in from 3:30-8:00. Come be apart of the Band and try out all the different instruments for what fits you the best.

Congrats to our January Students of the Month


Kyen Jiang (6th grade) and Morgan Mattingly (7th grade) both qualified for state in You-Be-The-Chemist with Kyen being the local challenge champion in a dramatic tie-breaker finish.

SMS Dance Team is State Champs for the THIRD Time

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"We Hang Banners"

Three years running, the SMS Dance team continues to be the best! This year, the girls were state champs in their Pom Routine.

Special thanks to Coach Carrie Bolin and Coach Jill Goldsberry in their effort to perfecting each routine the girls put on the floor!

The banner will hang in the gym as a reminder just how these girls continue to chase EXCELLENCE in all that they do!

100% of AR with 82% Accuracy is Due March 12 Free Dress Day for those students will be March 14

AR Home Connect

Check to see how you're doing getting your AR goal.

March 14 is the end of Quarter 3 and Report Cards go Home on March 22

Track and Field Tryouts

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When: March 11th, 12th, and 13th from 3:45 pm-5 pm @ SMS gymnasium

Who: SMS Boys and Girls in grades 6, 7, and 8 AND 5th grade students from A.B. Chandler, Bend Gate, Jefferson, and Niagara

What: Bring heart/effort/positive attitude, gym clothes, and athletic shoes


1. Build athleticism! - We build speed, strength, endurance, coordination, and flexibility for other sports/activities!

2. Be a winner! - Help defend our 2017 and 2018 Boys & Girls City Championship Titles!

3. Awesome gear! - Backpack and multiple jerseys to keep at end of season!

4. No bench! - Every student-athlete is valued and contributes to OUR success!


Last year our Boys and Girls teams were CITY CHAMPIONS! Come join in on the fun! You won't want to miss out!

Show your SOUTH Pride

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Car Decals Reduced Price

The price of the above decals have been REDUCED! The $7 one above, is now $2 and the $2 one is now $1. Show your SOUTH PRIDE by getting a decal to support our school!

Upcoming Events

2018 KPREP Celebrations are right around the corner. Our students continue to fight to stay distinguished and we want to recognize all their efforts. We will be celebrating their accomplishments on the following dates:

9th Grade KPREP Celebration: April 8

8th Grade KPREP Celebration: April 15

7th Grade KPREP Celebration: April 22

We also have Spring Into South is coming up! Mark your calendars for this event on Tuesday April 23.

8th Grade Dance

Friday, May 10th, 7-9pm

800 South Alves Street

Henderson, KY

This event is for current SMS 8th Grade students only. Students will pay the $5 at the library entrance. All other doors will be locked during the event. We will provide a DJ, photo booth, red carpet, and snack type foods.
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