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Message from the Principal

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Dear students and Families:

October 2017


Pay Attention to Attendance: Keep Your Child on Track in Middle School


Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success in middle school and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and on the job.

• Students should miss no more than 9 days of school each year to stay engaged, successful and on track to promotion.

• Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with schoolwork, dealing with a bully or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.

• By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.

• Missing 10 percent, or about 18 days, of the school year can drastically affect a student’s academic success.

• Students can be chronically absent even if they only miss a day or two every few weeks.

• Attendance is an important life skill that will help your child graduate from college and keep a job.

Make school attendance a priority
• Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day and make that the expectation.

• Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.

• Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day.

• Don’t let your child stay home unless truly sick. Complaints of headaches or stomachaches
may be signs of anxiety.


Communicate with the school
• Know the school’s attendance policy – incentives and penalties

• Talk to teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior.

• Check on your child’s attendance to be sure absences are not piling up.

• Ask for help from school officials, after school programs, other parents, or community agencies if you are having trouble getting your child to school.


Rudy Salas