Spotlight on Attendance
Raushel Shepherd, School Counselor
Fidalgo’s new motto RISE:
R-Respect self and others
I-Improve through effort
I would like to spotlight the importance of attendance as a way for our students to demonstrate “showing responsibility.” When our students arrive each day and on time they are showing responsibility for their education and respecting the education of the other students in their class. Whole classrooms are affected when a teacher has to stop and catch up students who are tardy or who have been absent. It is our goal to have “Every Student Every Day” in attendance at Fidalgo. Punctuality and attendance are also critical for success in students’ future careers.
We understand some absences are unavoidable due to health reasons or personal circumstances. But we also know that when students miss too much school, regardless of the reason, they are less likely to succeed. 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 of dropping out.
- By freshman year attendance can predict graduation rates better than 8th grade test scores.
When we work together on attendance, we are setting our students up for success now and in the future!
If you would like any further information or tips about improving attendance, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com, (360) 293-9545.
Constitution/ Citizenship Day Celeberated at Fidalgo with a Schoolwide Assembly
The Fidalgo student body came together for the first assembly of the school year to celebrate Constitution and Citizenship Day. The program included a song about the history of the U.S. Constitution performed by 5th grade classes, and a recitation about the Pledge of Allegiance by Mrs. Morgan-Cleland’s 4th grade class. Other class performances focused on being good citizens of Fidalgo Elementary: Mr. Guzik and his 6th grade students performed skits about school expectations, and Mrs. Shepherd (school counselor) and members of the Fidalgo Kindness Club led the school in a cheer to reinforce our school motto:
Fidalgo Falcons R.I.S.E:
Respect self and others
Improve through effort