Attend Today….Achieve Tomorrow
Wayne County Schools to participate in High Attendance Day set for September 20th!
A child’s attendance record at school is a predictor of academic success. Join the staff at Wayne County Schools in making High Attendance Day on Thursday, September 20 a huge success. The statewide event highlights the importance of regular school attendance and its link to student performance.
All kind of cleverly planned incentive activities will be held at each school on the Wayne County Schools campus on Thursday. Kentucky’s public elementary, middle and high schools will compete in small-school or large-school categories, sponsored by the Kentucky Association of Directors of Pupil Personnel. Several Wayne County Schools have won this at the regional level over the years.
Wayne County Director of Pupil Personnel Stewart York is a veteran of this competition because he dove into a pool of water completely clad in his work clothing not once, but probably more times than he cares to remember, while working at Bell Elementary and Monticello Elementary. His diving gimmick thrilled youngsters on these occasions, as they would gather outside to see him take a dive into a temporary pool, as a reward for their good attendance. Knowing York’s dedication to this cause, he is eager for all the local schools to wipe out poor attendance. He will be shooting for a state win, which includes a $500 prize for the winning schools, or special recognition for regional winners.
The month of September is designated as Attendance Awareness month because it is the start of the school year. Consistency of the patterns of absenteeism suggests that attendance habits established in September persist over the entire year. The timing of high attendance day is also associated with what is known as the Growth Factor Report, which can help increase school funding when attendance improvements are made from the previous year’s first two months.
The academic value to individual students is what is most important. Classes are challenging enough for students at Wayne County Schools, without obstacles like poor attendance making it even tougher. By attending class regularly, a student is more likely to keep up with the daily lessons and assignments. Older students are especially conscious of maintaining grade point averages and building a strong academic record.
For instance in math, content is learned sequentially to gain understanding. So, when a student is absent they might fall behind because they missed crucial steps – thus eroding their confidence and their desire to learn. Also, children with irregular attendance might not develop the responsibility, self-discipline and effective work skills needed for success in school and in life. Of course, the schools have all kinds of support services, counseling, tutoring, 21st century program help sessions, and homebound instruction to keep students from falling behind when emergencies or illness cannot be helped.
According to the district code of conduct, attendance is a student-parent/guardian responsibility. Students who have been absent from school without valid excuse for three days or more or tardy for three days or more is a truant. Once a student has been truant two or more times is considered habitually truant and it becomes necessary to petition the court system.
Students will definitely want to make every effort to be at school Thursday because each building is offering unique and age-appropriate learning opportunities.
The district’s youngest learners at Walker Early Learning Center will be having a school wide ClassDojo party on High Attendance Day. They will get to meet Mr. ClassDojo Mon’Star’, himself, who will be talking about how important it is to be at school.
Bell Elementary first and second graders will enjoy inflatables throughout the school day during recess and those students who are in attendance, may attend the free Fall Festival on the playground immediately after school until 5:00 p.m.
At Monticello Elementary, students can look forward to a grade level kickball tournament, drawing for prizes each hour, Kona Ice fundraiser, classroom activities, and electronics day where students can bring their own devices to school to play educational programs. Fortunately, the fifth graders already have access to classroom Chromebooks that they can use. The technology department is working towards furnishing the fourth and fifth graders a one-to-one ratio access to Chromebooks this school year.
Wayne County Middle School’s attendance committee has amended the school day schedule to include all kinds of special events for this important school day. The committee has planned a day that should be fun for students while still providing educational opportunities that tie in with core content. The day will start with an in-house movie, followed by rotating volleyball games the first three periods. The principal will select students to try to sink a half-court basket for a $50 gift certificate during the morning. Sack lunches with Caesars pizza will be distributed in the classrooms for lunch to allow more time for the afternoon activities. The last three rotations will include a dance in the cafeteria, mini-field day in the gym, and an outdoor break/game time event.
It will also be an interesting day at Wayne County High School where everything from the Homecoming Parade/Pep Rally to the weeklong spirit activities to a presentation third period from an Eastern Kentucky University representative from the College of Business and Technology. That speaker will be discussing majors including Agriculture, Applied Science and Technology, and Business. Several programs within these majors have 99.9 percent job placement rates prior to graduation. Numerous college representatives are visiting the high school this time of year to help juniors and seniors make final preparations for postgraduate studies.