We are off and running on another school year! The first two weeks have been exciting at Sand Ridge. I’m not sure which student challenged me to the Ice Bucket Challenge but that seemed to be a big draw for the students at our pep assembly. It was nice of Mr. Maag to join me so I didn’t have to get wet by myself. Our new teachers and new vice principal are doing great things here at Sand Ridge, we are thrilled to have them increase the STING!
Parents I want to introduce you to a new program here at Sand Ridge, it’s called Study Table Lunch. This year we were able to bring in a Student Advocate to help our students “Be On Track” and “Stay on Track”. This new program and position is designed to help students be more successful here at Sand Ridge Junior High School. We have noticed students who struggle in class struggle for two main reasons, attendance and missing work. Over the past two years you have helped us reduce the absences at Sand Ridge by over 4,000 absences, this means students are attending class more frequently and subsequently our scores have gone up.
Sand Ridge led the district last year in the Direct Writing Assessment, this is a great thing for Sand Ridge students. Our attendance review team is now working with every school in our cone to help improve attendance cone wide. This is a great effort and with your help we will increase the days attended across the cone. The second issue is missing work and this is where our Study Table and our Student Advocate will play an important role.
Study table is a chance for 7th grade students to meet with another adult in our building (student advocate) to construct a plan on how to utilize their STING time and how to get effective help turning in missing work. This new program will begin with our 7th grade class, any 7th grade student who is missing 5 assignments in any given class will receive a pass to come to Study Table Lunch. Students receiving a pass will report to our Study Table Lunch area where they will get their lunch and then meet individually with our Student Advocate. At this meeting they will go over what class students are missing work in and they will set a plan on how to use STING time. Students who get their missing work turned in may return to the regular lunch area. Students who require more time and days will continue to work with their regular teachers, their STING time teacher, and now the Student Advocate.
We want every student to be successful at Sand Ridge and having another adult in the building working with students will help us utilize our resources better and help you as a parent track student progress and be informed of missing work. I know with my own junior high student, being on top of missing work is so much easier to deal with than being behind on missing work.
Our Study Lunch Table program will begin September 8th. Your student may come home and let you know that they ate lunch in a different area in the building. I wanted to send this out so you now understand what we are trying to accomplish with our new program. Our goal is that our students be as successful as they can and we want to provide them every resource available to do so. We appreciate your support in our endeavor, you have done such a wonderful job supporting our changes over the past two years, and you can really see a difference in our building, our faculty and staff, our students and in our administration. Sand Ridge really is a great school and the STING is highly evident.
Just as a quick reminder, please help us with our transportation issues by waiting for the buses to leave our building before driving out with your vehicle. We want our students to be safe as they cross over to board buses. We have painted the lines again to remind all those that drive of our transportation flow. We understand how busy it gets at the end of school, but our buses need to have priority loading and pulling away from our building. Our morning drop off has ran very smoothly and we would like to thank you for your help on this, but our pick up after school needs some attention.
It is always such a pleasure to work with your students. I enjoy coming to Sand Ridge every day, it’s even better now, knowing that I don’t have to do the “Ice Bucket Challenge” again. The students had that water pretty cold! Thank you for a great start to our school year. Thank you for your continued support of our school, our programs and our community. It is so nice being part of the Roy Cone and now working together with all the schools in the cone gives us a great opportunity to provide more successful opportunities for our students. Have a great month everyone.