Dear Webster Families,
I truly cannot believe that we are headed into the 5th week of school! Each day goes by so quickly. I am already impressed at the growth that is already visible in many of our students.
As we settle into our routines and move beyond the community building and get to know you activities, this is the time of the year over the next few weeks where the demands will increase. It isn’t uncommon for students to display a little more angst as the academic demands increase. If this is true for your student, take the time to listen to what your student is expressing, ask questions, provide counsel and support. Be in communication with the classroom teacher, make sitting down for family dinner part of the daily routine, and look for ways to support the learning at home. Growth happens through being challenged, but being challenged is not always “safe” or comfortable. The message of simply, “Do your best!” goes a long way.
We had a great turnout at our first general PTA meeting. Thank you to all of the parents who attended and participated in our conversation with Deputy Jake and raising students who make safe, responsible, and healthy decisions. Our PTA sponsors Red Ribbon Week at the end of October where these themes will also be reinforced.
Lastly, please see the message regarding attendance below. September is Attendance Awareness Month! Creating a culture of achievement, starting with creating a culture of showing up! Unfortunately, last year only 58% of Webster students attended 95% of the school year! This was one of the worst attendance rates in the district. 47% of Webster students were labelled truant (missing school more than 3 times for reasons other than those allowed by state law), 33% as excessively absent (called in sick or other allowable reason too many times), and 10% of Webster students were chronically absent (above 10% of school for any reason). We really want to improve upon these numbers this year as increased attendance leads to increased student outcomes (achievement, graduation, delinquent behavior, etc.). We also need to cut down the number of students arriving late or leaving early.
Patrick Miller, Principal