Attend and Achieve: Helping RCSD Students Get to the Finish Line
Catching up after missing days of school can sometimes feel daunting but students have time to spring into action as we come close to the end of the school year.
April signals the final stretch of the school year but there is plenty of time for growth and strides toward student achievement before June. Students who have missed a significant amount of instructional time may have gaps in learning, but a little extra effort can make a huge difference, according to Attendance Works. School is a passageway to an invaluable source of support each day.
“In addition to accessing their academics, students also benefit from the social connections and the intangible life skills that come with navigating the school environment,” said Tina Mercer, Principal of Roosevelt School.
“Regular attendance helps students feel connected to the school, build resiliency, and create a sense of belonging,” she continued. “The social-emotional lessons that are taught help to build community. School provides students with multiple opportunities to create and build positive relationships with adults and peers which ultimately help to build self-esteem.”
Families can assist their students by implementing a “Check In and Check Out” system for daily assignments or homework. A quick review of a student’s daily work can ensure they are working toward goals and completing assignments. Be sure to check communication channels from your child’s teacher for any upcoming projects or work, as well.
Continue to come to school each day for the remainder of the school year and take advantage of any opportunities for support such as homework club or on-site tutoring. Families may even ask school staff about a student success plan. Create a strategy for continued attendance improvement and extra learning opportunities that will benefit your child.
“The moment students start going to all their classes, they create a routine of work, effort, and habit that then translates into the necessary skills to be able to play their role in working life,” said Susana García Fernández, Principal of McKinley Institute of Technology.
Building on those routines each day puts a student on the path to feeling good about themselves and overall success, meaning a strong finish of the school year.