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Mrs.  Kim  Friesen
K-8 Elementary Principal/HS Language Arts
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Principal's Corner

Good Attendance is No Little Thing!

"Did you know...

  • Students with a school attendance rate of 95% have higher achievement and high school graduation rates.
  • Students who are chronically absent in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the third grade.
  • Irregular attendance can be a better predictor of whether students will drop out before graduation than test scores."

Good attendance plays a significant role in student success.  When students miss school, they miss opportunities to learn important skills and information and to engage in healthy social situations.  Collaboration, which occurs in schools daily, is an esteemed method of learning  and is a highly sought after skill in the workplaces of today.  While we do not want students coming to school ill, many absences are behavior and family issues and not health issues.  It is the parent's responsibility to have their child(ren) in school.  Good attendance helps the parent fulfill another responsibililty: providing a quality education. If the child is not in school and is not part of a formal home-schoolilng situation, there are bound to be gaps in learning which cause delays in academic growth.  Being at school develops grit and a good work ethic.  Regular attendance helps the student feel connected to their school and classroom communities.   Check out the US Department of Education's Report on Absenteeism and Every School Day Counts documents listed in the references below for more information highlighting the importance of good school attendance.