We would like to remind everyone that September is Attendance Awareness Month and Southport is leading the charge with a Perfect Attendance Competition for the month.
The contest begins on Monday, September 9th. Students with perfect attendance will be recognized every Monday throughout the month and entered into a weekly drawing for the previous week. There will be prizes for the winners each week and an additional drawing for students with perfect attendance for the entire month.
We encourage parents and students to recognize the importance of regular school attendance and to be an Attendance Hero—Here Everyday Ready Ontime
¨ Attending school every day impacts learning at all grade levels from Pre-K through College.
¨ Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school, or about 18 days, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That’s just two days a month and that’s known as chronic absence.
¨ Middle grade attendance and GPA provide the best indication of how students will perform in high school classes.
¨ Students who are chronically absent in middle school are at very high risk of being off-track for graduation in ninth grade, and eventually dropping out of school.
¨ College readiness depends on very strong grades in middle school, as well as high school. Students must be present in order to receive instruction.
¨ Improving grades and attendance in the middle grades can have a large pay-off for high school success; even more so than improving test scores.
¨ For more attendance facts go to http://www.attendanceworks.org/