I don’t think you could have asked for a better ending to our October. If you didn’t get a chance to watch our championship football game on October 30th, you missed our best game of the year. Our students played their best game and became back to back district champions for the first time in school history! Congratulations to our players, coaches, managers, fans, stakeholders, teachers and staff, what a great way to finish a great first quarter.
Besides our victory on the field we are having great success in the classroom. For the first quarter we had 535 students earn their STING T Shirt. This is a T-shirt with their class theme on it that we give to students who earn a 3.0 or better on their GPA, while at the same time not acquiring any “N’s” or “U’s” on their citizenship. We had 66.8% of our school earn their shirts. We started handing out STING T’s three years ago so our 9th graders will be the first group to have all three T’s, but up to now, we have given out over 1,500 STING T’s. If your student missed earning their shirt this quarter they can always earn their shirt next quarter.
Parents, talking about a new quarter, we could use your help. We have noticed over the past five years a significant drop in attendance and grades going from 1st Quarter to 2nd Quarter. We are looking at all kinds of data inside the building letting us know what we can improve on.
We ask that you speak with your student(s) to remind them that we want them in school all the time and we want to be 4 quarters strong! This past quarter we had 36,775 attended days out of a possible 38,635, leaving us with students missing a combined 1,860 days of school. This is better than in the past but is still too many days of school being missed. As far as grades, students earned 4,257 grades of A’s and B’s while only having 226 F’s in the entire building.
We will keep working hard with students who are struggling, but we want to curb the drop in Quarter 2. We feel with our new data and our new PLC focus along with your help, we can stop the drop in quarter 2.
As we start to kick off the holiday season, please remember to help those that need help. We always ask our students to push the envelope, to aspire to be better each and every day and sometimes I find that is exactly what I need to do.
During this time of Thanksgiving, please remember to thank someone. Rather it be a teacher, a co-worker, or someone who may open a door for you, saying thanks goes a long way. I know I’m thankful for all the support and positive feedback I receive from all of you.
Your thanks and willingness to serve and work with our students and our school is a main ingredient for our success.
Thank you for supporting our assemblies, games, competitions and supporting what we are trying to do at Sand Ridge.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.