The Importance of Student Attendance
If you are a parent of a school aged student I am sure you have heard someone say “attendance matters” or “attendance is important.” But what does that truly mean? How important is it really to attend school regularly?
So first let’s start with some basic facts. The school calendar we work with accounts for 180 academic school days for our students. Research shows that a student should be present 95% of the time to meet regular attendance standards. In a 180 day school year, that means the student should be present at least 171 school days to be considered in regular attendance. This means that if a student misses 10 or more school days in the school year they fall into the “at risk” category. If your child misses an average of one school day per month then your child falls into the category of an “at risk” student.
So what is the danger of being an “at risk” student? Research clearly shows that students who miss 10 or more school days will be adversely affected in their learning. In fact, 64% of students who have regular attendance will meet reading standard by the end of 3rd grade. However, only 43% of students who are “at risk” in attendance during their Kindergarten or 1st grade year will meet reading standard by the end of their 3rd grade year. Research also shows, that students who do not meet grade level in reading by their 3rd grade year or 4x less likely to graduate high school.
Kindergarten just received a new science kit! We will be learning about Force and Motion while we build models with K’Nex tools. In reading we are working hard to learn all of our letters and sounds and using them in our writing. In math we are introducing addition and subtraction, comparing and measuring length and working with fives and ones. Quick reminder, we go outside everyday please continue to send your student with a warm winter coat, hat and gloves.
First Grade News
First grade is on unit 3 of our reading curriculum. We are learning to read and recognize words that include the following sounds: long a, long i, soft c, soft g, dge, long o, long u, long e, digraphs oo and u.
In math we are adding and subtracting using a number line with single and double-digit numbers, recognizing extended number patterns, solving for the unknown numbers, finding the relationship between addition and subtraction and solving story problems. In science we are exploring and interacting with three different types of matter: solid, liquid and gasses.
2nd Grade News
In reading, our essential question for our unit is “How can we help our community?” Students are learning about ways to help others. As well as synonyms, author’s purpose, and past/future verbs.
Students are learning about measurement in our current unit of math.
Butterflies have arrived! In science each student will raise their own caterpillar and observe as it transforms into a butterfly.
3rd Grade News
In third grade we are starting a new Bridges Math unit that begins with elapsed time and includes measurement of mass and volume. We will also be making models of fractions and comparing them in different ways. There is a focus on using a number line to show fractions to help students understand their meaning.
In reading we are reading expository stories that give information about the solar system and the westward movement. The students are going to be working on finding the main idea and details to support their answers. We are also working on root words and suffixes as well as using context clues to find meaning of unknown words.
Building Mathematical Thinkers
Quincy students in Kindergarten through fifth grade are experiencing a new curriculum called Bridges in Mathematics. Adopted last spring, this math program equips teachers to fully implement the Washington State Math Learning Standards in a manner that is rigorous, coherent, engaging, and accessible to all learners. The curriculum focuses on developing students’ deep understandings of mathematical concepts, proficiency with key skills, and ability to solve complex and novel problems. Bridges blends direct instruction, structured investigation, and open exploration. It taps into the intelligence and strengths of all students by presenting material that is linguistically, visually, and kinesthetically rich as it is mathematically powerful. Thank you to our Quincy community for supporting our schools so we can bring a high-quality math program to our students which will allow us to fulfill our Quincy Promise: All students graduate from high school and are prepared for the next step in their post-secondary education, career and life.
Specific questions about math can be directed to your student’s teacher.
Pioneer Elementary Mission
The Pioneer Elementary community is committed in their support of students’ learning with quality instruction and guidance that addresses the needs of the whole child.
Pioneer Elementary Vision
Pioneer staff strive to empower students to become resilient, hardworking learners that achieve personal excellence as scholars, contributing citizens and in life pursuits.