Dear Westy Families,
I am hopeful that you have enjoyed your summer and are excited for your student to start the 2017-2018 school year. Things are in full swing in the building and we are so happy to have you and your family as part of the Wolf family. I am writing this letter not only to welcome you back but also bring to your attention a significant change to the school year.
Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school, or about 18 days in our school district, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That’s just two days a month and is identified as chronic absenteeism. Over the course of the last five years we have seen a fluctuation in attendance for all grade levels at Westminster High School. However in the 2016-2017 school year we have hit a five year low with an overall attendance rate of 83%. This data point has caused not only our staff but many of our students to take notice. Therefor we have adopted a school wide attendance initiative.
In order to address this ongoing concern we have identified strategies to help increase our attendance rate and therefor positively affect your student’s academic performance. These strategies include both positive interventions as well as opportunities for accountability. They are listed below.
Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies:
- Monthly Staff and Student ALPHA awards nominated and voted on by staff and students.
- Monthly Staff and Student Perfect Attendance awards.
- Multiple opportunities to be recognized for academic “leveling up”
Activities, Athletics and Extra Curricular Requirements:
Any student that is participating in an Activity or Athletic Team will be required to have a cumulative attendance rate of 90% to participate in contests or performances. This also includes academic extra curricula’s such as field trips, homecoming, competitions, dances, Prom and graduation activities including the graduation ceremony.
Campus Monitors, School Counselors and Administrators will conduct home visits on students who obtain more than 10 days of non-attendance.
Students that miss more than 3 days of any class will be called by the classroom teacher and any student that misses 5 or more days will be contacted by Westy administration. After a student has hit this threshold the district truancy policy will go into effect which could include a district truancy hearing, court proceedings or withdrawal from school.
We know that your student’s success at Westminster High School is your number one priority, just as it is ours. Thank you for your support in this initiative and please feel free to contact your alpha administrator, included in this mailing, should you have any questions.
Principal, Westminster High School