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.
The Big Show
Principal's Message - December 2016
It's hard to believe we are already in December and getting ready for Winter Break! Thank you to our students, staff, and families for making the year go so smoothly. As 2016 comes to a close, I have many reasons to celebrate at King. This year, we saw tremendous growth in many areas. Our SBAC scores showed great growth in both ELA and Math. Based on the CORE survey, we also saw growth in all areas measured.
We are not done yet!! We have more work to do and are continuing to monitor our students' progress in all academic areas. We are integrating more technology into our lessons and see both skills and motivation increasing. Our Student Council members are working on their first newsletter that will be published on this website and sent to all of our students in their Google Classroom. It is so exciting to watch all of our students from Kinder through 5th grade using the technology as an instructional tool! Thank you for supporting our fundraisers, so that we can continue to keep up with the always changing technology.
Mark your calendars! We have many events planned at King in the coming weeks:
As a reminder, if you would like to volunteer to chaperone any of the upcoming field trips, you must be a VIPS. This requires you to complete an application. Ms. Marcy is ready to help you, if you have any questions. There are many opportunities for you to volunteer at King. Please complete this Form https://goo.gl/forms/TlRDDvm6AOvQWEFh1if you are interested in signing up or receiving more information.
We continue to need your help with attendance! Our goal is to provide all of our students with a high quality education that will prepare them for college or a career. Students are rewarded for outstanding attendance (coming every day and on time) because it is a habit they need to have in order to be successful at school and in the future when they have a job.
Please call or email if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you for making Starr King the best school in Long Beach!
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.
The Long Beach Public Library will offer an amnesty program for overdue book fines during the month of April, in celebration of National Library Month. From April 1 to April 30 the library will welcome back its overdue books and waive associated fines. Return any undamaged, overdue library materials to your local Long Beach Public Library location, and your overdue fines will be waived. If you have overdue fines from previously returned materials, donate a new book to the library and those fines will be waived, too. For more information, visit the Long Beach Public Library in person or online at www.lbpl.org.
We are dedicated educators with high expectations who inspire and engage all students in learning.
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. Congratulations to our elected members of SSC:
We have scheduled our meetings. Everyone is invited to attend, but only elected members will be able to vote. All meetings take place on Wednesdays at 2:20 in the Starr King Library.
Check our website often for updates!
English Learner Advisory Council/Coffee with the Principal
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. Coffee with the Principal are scheduled on the following Thursdays at 8:00 in Room 45:
This advisory committee is critical to the success of our students. Please plan to attend the Coffees to learn about the wonderful things happening at King and give your suggestions for improvement.
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