Character Trait for the Month of November is CITIZENSHIP.
Regular attendance by students is vital to learning, and it impacts the amount of funding that local schools receive. Schools statewide lose millions of dollars each year due to student absenteeism. Parents whose children are absent or tardy should be sure to send a note to school including the reason for the absence. Schools are required by the state to track this information.
State education code says that a student absent from school without a valid excuse on three occasions or tardy or absent for more than any 30-minute period in a school day on three occasions in one school year is considered to be truant. At that point, parents receive letters from the school district notifying them of their obligation to make certain their children attend school. These letters state that parents who fail to meet this obligation may be subject to prosecution. Proper tracking of absences is dependent upon parental cooperation and can help parents to avoid receiving such notices.
One of the best ways to ensure student success is to encourage and support good attendance, but when tardiness or an absence is unavoidable, parents should remember to keep in close touch with their children’s school.
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We are dedicated educators with high expectations who inspire and engage all students in learning.
We have already completed the first half of the 2014 - 2015 school year. The 90 days were filled with learning - for the students, parents, and staff. This year we are implementing instruction that aligns to the Common Core State Standards and reporting to parents in new ways. In December, new Achievement Reports were sent home with the levels indicating the students' current levels as they progress to the end of year standards.
Our 5th grade students are the first group to use ParentVue to apply for Middle Schools. We are no longer using paper applications for the school of choice process. Now that the families have activated their ParentVue accounts, they will have access to attendance, emergency card information, discipline, and grades. This is a critical piece to improving home-school communication. If you haven't activated your account, please contact the main office and we will be happy to help you!
I look forward to the second semester at King. I know that we will continue to provide all of our students with the high quality education they deserve. They will be challenged in new ways but will be supported by the amazing staff at King. I continue to be impressed by the dedication of the staff and parents. Together, we are making this the best elementary school in Long Beach!
Fundraisers are a Huge Success!
Thanks to all of our students and their families we had two successful fundraisers! The chocolate sales and Read-a-thon raised over $12,000 for the school. All of the money will be used to pay for field trips, incentives, and programs that make Starr King the great school it is. We appreciate all of your support.
Subway Lunch with Mrs. Weber
School Site Council
School Site Council is comprised of 10 members representing parents, community, and staff. The SSC meets regularly to revise and evaluate the effectiveness of our Single Plan for Student Achievement. The meetings for the 2014 - 2015 school year have been scheduled for the following Wednesdays at 2:20:
If needed, additional meetings will be scheduled. All meetings are open to the public; however, only elected members may vote.
English Learner Advisory Council
ELAC is an advisory council that makes recommendations to SSC regarding programs that support English Learners at King. Meetings will be held throughout the year on the following Thursday mornings at 9:15 (immediately following Coffee with the Principal):
If additional meetings are needed, they will be added to the schedule.
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