Parents, Students and Staff,
North Elementary is a "school meeting accountability" per PAWS assessment given to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders last March. Congratulations to the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students and thank you to all teachers for the work they do in their classrooms to help those students increase their knowledge. There are 4 areas in which schools are graded: Growth, Equity, Achievement and Participation Rate. North received scores of meeting expectations in 3 of the 4 areas and exceeding expectations for participation rate. A couple of areas of focus for the year besides the academics of (reading, math, writing, science, and social studies) are Multiple Tier Systems of Support (MTSS), Attendance and Behavior. MTSS is a systematic, continuous improvement framework in which data-based problem-solving and decision making is practiced across all levels of the educational system for supporting students. After data from assessments are analyzed, students are placed in tiers and receive instruction based on one of the three tiers. School attendance is a key component for student success. "A growing consensus among researchers points to chronic absence as one of the strongest but most overlooked indicators that a student will become disengaged, fall behind academically, fail courses, and eventually drop out of school." (Sparks 2010) Chronic absenteeism is defined as a student who misses more than 10 days in a school year. Students who miss even a few days of school each month are at a far greater risk of academic failure and drop out than students who attend regularly. We have set a goal that every student in our school attends regularly (has nine or fewer absences in a year). Parents encourage your child/children to attend if at all possible. If they are throwing up and have a fever, please don't send, but call and let the school know they are sick. As well, school starts at 9:05, please have children at school at or before this time. Teachers are starting instruction at 9:10 and tardies result in students missing instruction.
Reducing behavior referrals is another area of emphasis. Behavior impacts not only the student who is causing the disruption, but the other students in the class. If a student is removed from the class because of behavior, valuable instruction is missed. Chronic behavior could be addressed with a behavior plan focusing on replacing disruptive or unwanted behavior with a more acceptable behavior.
On behalf of the North Elementary staff, we would like to thank the parents and guardians for the opportunity to work with your child/children. The students and staff make North the Awesome place it is.