Stress the importance of daily attendance
Attendance is the true building block for student growth in the areas of enjoyment, achievement and success in any school. Being the principal of Motley-Staples Middle School, I have a vested interest in “seeing and building relationships” with our students everyday.
“The world is run by those who show up” has been a slogan of many political activists, recorded in print since 1987. The author of the slogan is unknown. Variants of the saying include “The government/country/nation is run by those who show up.” Furthermore, filmmaker Woody Allen said: “Showing up is 80 percent of life.” While I would not agree with all of this reasoning, there are always exceptions to the rule; but there is a copious amount of research and data to make me a believer.
Our district’s heightened awareness to this particular topic is very important. We, as Motley-Staples Middle School educators, want to make a difference in the lives of our talented students. In order to have success at all levels, we are targeting several areas.
First, we have a Boosters program at our middle school designed for students who have at-risk levels of absence and specific academic needs and offers opportunities to make significant gains in the areas of personal growth and academic achievement. Our teachers take great pride in the extra effort that makes a big difference for our students.
Second, we have an initiative to communicate and collaborate with parents and families about this specific concern. This may come by way of a phone call or a letter of concern from our school attendance team.
Third, our school continues to communicate within, and bring concerns and solutions to the table, for the betterment of our students and community at large. Our staff is committed to make the effort and initiate the communication that will lead to a positive future for our students.
In the big picture, Motley-Staples Middle School has a vision of developing students who will assimilate and innovate the future workforce. Employees who show up for work on time, more often than not, and give proper notice of absences or tardiness are practicing good attendance. Attendance as a work ethic includes sticking to work schedules, being ready to start work on time, remaining on the job during the workday to complete duties and limited use of leave.
Our district is committed to moving forward in strengthening the system to help our students’ success and achievement. Join us and collaborate in creating young adults who have great character that requires dependability, reliability, responsibility and discipline.
It is a great time to be a Cardinal! We are proudly building a culture of innovation, achievement, and excellence; but the community and our communication will tell the story.