I hope your holiday season is off to a slow and relaxing start, I would usually say fast, great of fantastic start but I don’t want to make the holiday season sound as if it’s a race to get through. I hope you have a chance this holiday season to spend time with family and friends and enjoy the holiday season.
At Sand Ridge we are in the middle of our second quarter and we are working on our “Stop the Drop” initiative. Second quarter always brings a drop in school attendance and in student grades, this second quarter we are having a class competition to see which class can improve on their missing assignments. The missing assignment initiative is an in depth look at students missing work and also assignments that we ask our students to complete.
We are pushing more student engagement in our student learning. Some of our wonderful faculty and staff have some wonderful lessons that I have been able to observe during our “Stop the Drop” campaign. Please help us by helping your student get to school every day and then check with your student that they have turned their work in. I know together we can “Stop the Drop”, during our second quarter.
The holiday season always brings us a chance to help those in need. I know we should always be mindful of helping others but the holiday season really brings the spirit of charitable giving. This year we kicked off our quarters and cans campaign by hosting a movie for our students. We were able to get over 120 people in our theatre with only two days of advertising. The opportunity came to us with little time to prepare, but the outcome was great to be a part of. I’ve never watched a movie with over 100 of our scorpion students but it was a great way to kick off our quarters and cans.
Parents, over the next couple of weeks we are going to be asking our students to help others by donating to our quarters and cans fund. All donation are welcome and deeply appreciated, it is wonderful to see the outpouring of charity from our community during this time of year. Let me thank you now for the many miracles I will see over this next month.
As we get into the month of December remember to check our website with the upcoming events we have listed. We have our NAL playoff game during the first week, and then all kinds of holiday concerts and performances. Basketball tryouts for our boys will be December 8th.
December is loaded with activities, one calendar change will be our winter dance has been moved up to December 12th instead of the 19th.
Parents, remember that December 23rd will be an early out with school releasing at 12:15. We will be having a holiday assembly that day as well with our student dance off back by popular demand.
I would also like to remind you that when we do come back from our Christmas break, January 5th, we will only have four days remaining in the second quarter. I don’t want to be all bah hum bug about the holidays, but keeping up on their work will be pretty important this holiday break.
Once again let me finish by saying how thankful I am to have the opportunity to be the Principal at Sand Ridge Junior High School. It’s a great school to work at and a great place to interact with the kids of our community. Thank you for your continued support and happy holidays to you all.