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  • Michael Swartz, Wildwood Elementary Principal

    To Wildwood Parents/Guardians, Staff, and Students:

     

    Attendance Matters

    At Federal Way Public Schools, we encourage our scholars to finish the year strong by attending school every day.

    When student-scholars aren’t at school, they may miss on important learning to help them be successful at school. Lesson plans are built upon foundational knowledge from previous exercises, and missing one day can impact a scholar’s ability to grasp future lessons. It can be difficult to realize how much a student has missed out on learning until the end of the school year.

     A student who misses 10 days or more during a school year is 20 percent less likely to graduate from high school and 25 percent less likely to ever enroll in college. 

    #schooleveryday

     

    Attendance Matters

    Continuing our focus on regular attendance, we want to tell you about resources available to you and your family to ensure your student-scholar has a bright future.

    One or two absences a month may not seem like a big deal, but these missed days add up. If a child has missed two days of school each month, by the end of the year they have missed 10 percent of their school year. Whether the absence is excused, non-consecutive, or health-based, it is important to minimize missed learning opportunities. 

    Lots of factors can contribute to higher rates of absenteeism. Families may not have access to stable housing, reliable transportation, or adequate healthcare. If your family is experiencing these difficulties, we may be able to help. Call (253) 945-4692 or email becca@fwps.org #schooleveryday

     

    Attendance Matters

    Do you have a young scholar at home? The importance of attendance is clear to parents of high school students, but for younger kids, the connection to academic success and attendance may be less evident. Students in kindergarten who frequently miss school develop habits that will haunt them in later years, hindering their ability to keep up with lessons. Developing positive habits around consistent attendance and timeliness early in a child’s schooling are essential.

    Chronic absence is an often unrecognized contributor to decreased academic performance and lower rates of high school graduation.

    #schooleveryday

     

    Thanks for all that you do to make our school successful!!

    Michael Swartz

     

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