Principal Corner

Welcome Back!
Mrs. Jessica Ringgenberg

Welcome back, the Frederick Area School is in full swing and excited about the year ahead!  A lot of time has been spent this summer preparing for students arrival.  No matter how much we prepare though, we cannot improve academics without students here to teach.   If you didn’t know already, September is Attendance Awareness Month.  As children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day.  Developing a family culture that encourages good attendance is so important for success in school and in life.

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!