Superintendent's Message


September – School Attendance Awareness Month

 

The 2014-2015 school year is well underway.  Everyone begins a new school year with high levels of optimism.  Each student wants to do well in school, every teacher wants their students to achieve at the highest levels, and every parent wants their child to feel comfortable at school and be successful academically and socially.  It is the partnership between parents and teachers that is a powerful force in the success of each student. 

There are several things that parents can do to help their child be successful.  One very important way parents can support their child is to read with your child at night.  As students get older, that might mean setting a time for reading independently.  Talking with your child about what they are reading is also important.  Some ways you can engage your child around reading are asking them to tell you about a favorite character, having them predict how the story will end, or read about a current event and have a family debate at dinner.

Regular attendance at school is also extremely important.  According to the California Department of Education, children who miss 18 or more days of the school year starting in kindergarten are less likely to learn to read by third grade and less likely to graduate from high school.  Students can fall behind by just missing one to two days every few weeks.  By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rate than 8th grade test scores.  Attending school regularly helps students feel better about themselves and better about school.  It builds good life-long habits that are important for college and the workplace.

Here are some helpful tips for making good attendance at school a family focus:

Set a regular bed time and morning routine

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

Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before

Don’t let your child stay home unless he/she is truly sick.  Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.

Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session

(From www.attendanceworks.org)

This year all the schools in Mammoth Unified School District are working to improve student attendance.  We know how important it is for students to be in school every day.  Good attendance and academic achievement go hand in hand.  We are asking our parents and families to join us in promoting good attendance.

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