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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Welcome to the 2016 - 2017 school year! It is my pleasure to continue as the principal at Starr King Elementary School. Working together, we have seen great improvement in all areas. Our initial SBAC scores show growth in both ELA and Math. The results of the CORE survey show that parents, staff, and students are happy to be at King. Last year we added a Title I CDC Preschool class to the school. That program, in addition to the Head Start and TK programs we offer, gives us over 100 preschool spots on our campus! Thanks to the community's support of our PTO's fundraising, we have been able to purchase new technology for the students and teachers.
All of this means that we are on the right path for continued success. I am excited to welcome back our 800 students and their families on August 31st! This school year is going to be filled with many more reasons to celebrate as we continue to focus on developing our students' ability to think critically, communicate effectively, and increase their use of technology. Thanks to Mrs. Saunders, we are excited to add a garden that has been funded through a grant from the American Heart Association. Our planting day is scheduled for September 14th. If you are interested in joining us, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please plan to attend Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 20th. The classroom teachers will present their expectations for the year and our PTO will have the Book Fair open in Room 45. There are many opportunities for you to become involved. Please complete this Form https://goo.gl/forms/TlRDDvm6AOvQWEFh1if you are interested in signing up or receiving more information.
We are going to have a great year and I look forward to working with you.
Your help is needed to continue the programs and events we offer at Starr King. We would like every family to volunteer for at least one event per year.
Please go to this link to sign up! More opportunities will be added throughout the year.
Thank you for making Starr King one of the best schools in Long Beach!
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. Members will be elected at Back to School Night on September 20th. We will send home a note with all students the first week of school to solicit names. Please contact Mrs. Weber or Ms. Marcy, if you have any questions.
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, immediately following Coffee with the Principal meetings. This advisory committee is critical to the success of our students. Please plan to attend!
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