Dear Hassayampa Family:
I hope this letter finds you well and enjoying our beautiful Arizona weather! It is wonderful to see students able to enjoy their time at recess! I have seen a few teachers sneak some lessons outside. Having the ability to fully enjoy this wonderful weather can only enhance our education system.
We had great turn-outs at our October events: over 125 visitors at our Honors Assembly and over 150 visitors for the Costume Walk. Teachers were busy with parent-teacher conferences. These meetings are so important. If you weren’t able to make it in for a conference, please contact your child’s teacher and schedule a meeting today! Also, mark your calendars now, our next APTT meetings are scheduled in January.
We love having you in the audience and by our sides. Thank you for your support! Please review the calendar of events closely and add the information to your family calendar. I look forward to seeing you at any one of future events!
Here on our news page we will keep you posted on all upcoming events and activities. Check back often for any new developments!
September is Attendance Awareness Month. One of our school goals this year is to ensure that every student attends school regularly. Attendance has always been important; however, with a 4-day school week, regular school attendance is critical.
Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.
We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other unavoidable circumstances. But, we also know that when students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically. Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent—which means missing 15 or more days over the course of an entire school year. Research shows:
- Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
- By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.
- By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.
Absences add up quickly! A child is chronically absent if he or she misses more than three days in a quarter!
It is important for students to be on time and ready for school each morning! Students may arrive at school as early as 7:45 a.m. At 7:45, staff will open the ramp gates for students to walk to classrooms. Parents wanting to walk their children to class may do so as well. The doors between the office and the classrooms will remain closed until 7:45.
Classroom instruction begins at 8:00 a.m. Students arriving after 8:05 a.m. are tardy and need to be walked in by parents. For children who will be eating breakfast at school, please ensure that they arrive in time to get breakfast, eat, and make it to class on time.
If the 7:45 drop-off is a challenge, Power Hour is a great option for families who need an earlier start. Power Hour starts at 7:00 a.m. Contact your child's teacher or the front office to sign up.
Thank you for your help in starting the day right!
A Note from the Health Station
Research shows that attendance is an important factor in school success. A child who misses a day of school misses a day of learning. There are several things you can do to improve your child’s school attendance:
Avoid scheduling family trips or doctor appointments during school hours.
- Don’t accept excuses for why your child “must” be late or miss school. Support school rules and consequences for missing class and being tardy.
- Lead by example. If your child sees you take off work for no reason, they might expect to be able to do the same thing.
- Talk with your child about the importance of attending school regularly.
If your child is ill and must miss school, please give us a call to let us know - 928-684-6750.
Drop Off and Pick Up Reminders
STUDENT DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP
The student drop off in the morning is the parking lot in front of the stairs to the school. Ms. Henneman is our morning greeter and looks forward to seeing you and your child. Ms. Henneman, as well as other staff, are not on duty until 7:45 a.m. Please do not drop your child off until you see someone on duty. For longer stops, please park and walk your child to the sidewalk. We do not permit students in the parking lot without an adult. For those times that you may need to be somewhere early, please make arrangements for your child to either ride the bus or be taken to school by someone else.
In the afternoon, parents may wait in line for their child to be sent to their car or park in the lot and wait for students at the gate. Again, we do not permit students in the parking lot unless escorted by an adult. Please do not call your child from the car as we will not allow him/her to enter the lot. This is for your child’s safety. Please follow the traffic flow through the parking lot and be courteous to drivers and pedestrians.
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Technology in our School!
Technology has become a huge part of our American lifestyle. Top jobs require employees to have technology skills. This is why Hassayampa has been working hard to develop a plan to increase access for our students. We currently have two computer labs in the building. Most classrooms have either a projector, Smart Board, and /or Elmo. With donations and funds generated from our Scholastic Book Fairs, and grants, Chromebooks have been purchased for each general education classroom. for the 2019-2020 school year, Hassayampa has one to one Chromebooks in all five 4th and 5th grade classrooms, near that for 3rd grade, a couple per K-2 classroom.
Our goal is to supply each classroom at Hassayampa a set of Chromebooks. Yes, one for each student! We are making great progress toward this goal. If you would like to learn more about this project, please join us at Principal's Coffee.
Thank you for your support!