Talk about a great start to our school year! Parents, thanks for setting the bar for our Parent Teacher Conference night, what a wonderful turn out! I know I have mentioned this many times, but it’s true, so I will just keep saying it, the support we receive here at Sand Ridge from parents and community members is fabulous. I am impressed every time I get a chance to work with any stakeholder from this area. The STING is truly evident both inside and out of our building.
With that said, I’d like to give you some dates to remember. The end of our first quarter is October 23rd, our fall break is on the 16th and 17th of October. With only a few weeks left in the first quarter, please remind your students to take advantage of their STING time. We are giving out a STING incentive again this first quarter, any student who has a 3.0 GPA or higher and has no “N’s” or “U’s” on their citizenship we will provide them a grade level STING shirt. We want students using our STING time and raising their grades. Our grades are up, our tardiness is down, and we’ve gotten off to a great start. We want to close our first quarter on a high note, please remind your student to get any missing assignments turned in so they can earn their STING shirts.
Here are some other upcoming dates, our 7th grade PCCR’s, formerly known as SEOP’s, will be October 6th and 7th for our 7th grade students. NAL and Volleyball tryouts will be October 13th. We will have a pep assembly on the 21st. On October 22nd we will be testing all 8th grade students with the EXPLORE test. This test will be in the morning and all those that test will receive a doughnut from me.
Remember parents that October 24th we will be having a district wide Professional Learning Day so there will be no school. Teachers and staff will be in a training meeting as a Roy Cone that day. Our second quarter will start October 27th. October is a jam packed month, I’m sorry to throw so many dates at you but things are rolling here at Sand Ridge.
Our study table initiative is doing good things, our student advocate is top notch. We will be starting a new round of study table lunch for our students starting October 27th. We want our students to get all of their assignments turned in and our study table lunch allows another adult in the building to meet with students who have more than five missing assignments in one class. We have found that two of our biggest obstacles for student success are, attendance and missing assignments.
Let me tell you some positive things, we have close to 300 students who have not missed a day of school so far this year and as of the end of September, 94% of all earned grades are passing grades. We are making great strides in attendance and missing work but we can always use your help. Parents are students’ best avenue for success, please remind your student that school attendance is important and that getting work done is a life lesson not just a school lesson.
Parents, our parent toolkit survey is on our website, http://sandridge.wsd.net/ if you would click on the “About Sand Ridge” tab and then click on the parent toolkit survey, and then answer the questions, we would greatly appreciate it. This survey is very important for Sand Ridge and for our pilot of the new evaluation tool. The survey is anonymous, when you hit submit, the answers are gathered on a Google document. We will provide this data to our faculty and staff and the end of the semester, we are trying to gather data from students, parents and faculty. We would like everyone to have an opportunity to take this survey. As I said in the beginning, this community and all stakeholders of Sand Ridge is what makes it great. Please help us try to improve and increase student learning opportunities.
Just a quick reminder, before our clocks fall back an hour, it’s still pretty dark in the mornings. Please remind your students to be safe as they travel to school, we want all of our Scorpions to be safe as they arrive at school. Please remind your student if they walk to use sidewalks and crosswalks.
Parents, thanks for all that you do, our students really are examples of the Strength That Inspires Noble Greatness. Our students all have bright futures ahead of them, and we want to provide every opportunity to be successful here at Sand Ridge. Our college week was last week, it was great to see our faculty and staff get involved by decorating their doors with their school logos and colors. Our dream wall during PTC night was a big hit, we will continue to have college quiz questions and college gear days. We want our Scorpions to plan and prepare now for college. These dreams, we want to help turn into realities.
I hope October starts off a great fall season for everyone. Have a great month of October.