Principal Corner

Welcome 2020!
Posted on 02/01/2020
Mrs. Jessica Ringgenberg

Welcome 2020!  I am sure you all are as sick of the cold, snowing, and blowing as I am, so this month I am trying to have warmer thoughts.  This month, and for many more to come, I am thinking about playing outside and the conditions of our playground.  As I am sure many of you are aware, our beloved play space is in need of some updates.  There is much work to be done including digging, moving equipment, bringing in fill, removing worn out equipment, and replacing existing structures.  The spark comes from an insurance/safety analysis that was done last fall.  Currently, we are visiting with some design companies and gathering estimates for the potential overhaul.  It is very exciting to see what possibilities they can come up with for our space!

On other notes, as a winter weather reminder, if you have recently obtained or changed cell phone numbers, please remember to get that information to the office so it can be updated in our all-call system.  Calls for this system are still touch and go it seems, but texts have been much more reliable.  If you have a cell phone, but are not receiving our weather text information, please be sure to text “Yes”to 67587.  This will only work if your cell phone number is already in the system to receive calls.  If you have troubles, feel free to call the office and we can review your information in order to get you set up.  Also, if you are not following us on Facebook, please consider it. This is a great source to get the most current information and updates for all things Frederick Area.  You can find us by searching Frederick Area School District on your Facebook page.

I wish you all a wonderful 2020 with hopes of warmer weather and fun times to come!


Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success, starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school.  Students who miss school regularly fall into two categories, truant or chronically absent.  Truancy is a legal issue in which students are not attending school as required by law.  Chronically absent however is when a student misses 10% or more of school days (no matter the reason).  In our school calendar this means students missing more than 15 days of school for the year are considered chronically absent! 

When looking at academics of K-3 students who are chronically absent, only 17% of them were able to meet reading proficiency scores in 3rd grade!  By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.  By 9th grade, attendance can predict graduation rates better than 8th grade standardized test scores!  It’s simple, being at school means increasing the likelihood of school success.   There are many learning opportunities that are missed when a student is regularly absent that cannot be made up by just “doing the homework.” In the world of college entry, scholarships, and program placement, attending school is the easiest way to give your child the boost they need to stay competitive. 

We realize some absences are unavoidable.  Here are a few tips to help families maintain regular school attendance:

  • Make sure students have a bedtime and morning routine.Schedules and consistency are good and allows students to develop independence as they know what comes next.
  • Ensure your student goes to school every day unless he/she is truly sick.Sometimes it is more nerves than illness; visiting about what is happening in school regularly may help.
  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor appointments during school hours.
  • Talk with your child and his/her teachers if your child is feeling anxious about coming to school.Everyone likes to have a support system, who does your child have at school that they can go to when needed?
  • Visit with your child about school and why it is important to attend.

I am excited to be to working with your children throughout the year and thank you for your partnership in getting them to school.  If you ever have any concerns, please reach out to myself, teachers, or other staff.  We want to make this year a great one for all!