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    Starting with Attendance

    Make it Count

    Attend school EVERY DAY!!

    Texas Education Code
    Section 25.092
    Minimum Attendance for Class Credit of Final Grade

    1. "A student in any grade level from kindergarten through grade 12 may not be given credit or a final grade for a class unless the student is in attendance for at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered."

    Students who fall below 90 percent attendance will receive an “LOC”, (loss of credit) symbol on their semester report card, signifying the potential loss of credit. The implementation of this new requirement will be seen in the issuance of the end of semester report cards in May 2014.



    Attendance is critical at every step in a student’s educational journey, beginning in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Under HB5, there are additional consequences for students whose absences exceed 10 percent of class sessions. Not only does the student risk losing credit for the course, but a grade will not be issued until the parent addresses the problem with school personnel and finds out exactly what the child needs to recover credit.

    In addition to the potential loss of credit, dropping below 90 percent attendance may impact a student’s class ranking, grade point average and their eligibility to participate in extracurricular activities.

    Did you know?

    • Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
    • Missing 10% (or about 8 days) can make it harder to learn to read.
    • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two every few weeks.
    • Repeatedly pulling your child out of school early results in loss of instruction.
    • Absences affect the whole school as funding is determined by attendance percentages.
    • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
    • Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

    Here are some ways that you as parents can help

    • Set a regular bed time and morning routine
    • Lay out clothes and pack backpack the night before  
    • Don't let your children stay home unless they are truly sick. If you are unsure, please bring them in for the school nurse to check.
    • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
    • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session

    More info at attendanceworks.org

    Here at James P. Butler all our students are SCHOLARS.

    A scholar is a person who is highly educated or has an aptitude for study; a specialist in a particular area of study;a distinguished academic; researcher.

    Scholarly Behaviors

    • Scholars ask many questions
    • Scholars access multiple resources
    • Scholars thirst for knowledge
    • Scholars save important information
    • Scholars ponder the big ideas
    • Scholars see from different perspectives
    • Scholars bring their necessary tools
    • Scholars exercise their intellect
    • Scholars set goals
    • Scholars listen respectfully 

    10 Ways to Motivate Your Child to Learn

    1. Fill your child's world with reading. Take turns reading with your older child, or establish a family reading time when everyone reads her own book. Demonstrate how important reading is to you by filling your home with printed materials: novels, newspapers, even posters and placemats with words on them.
    2. Encourage him to express his opinion, talk about his feelings, and make choices. He can pick out a side dish to go with dinner and select his own extracurricular activities. Ask for his input on family decisions, and show that you value it.
    3. Show enthusiasm for your child's interests and encourage her to explore subjects that fascinate her. If she's a horse nut, offer her stories about riding or challenge her to find five facts about horses in the encyclopedia.
    4. Provide him with play opportunities that support different kinds of learning styles — from listening and visual learning to sorting and sequencing. Supplies that encourage open-ended play, such as blocks, will develop your child’s creative expression and problem-solving skills as he builds. He'll need lots of unstructured play time to explore them. 
    5. Point out the new things you learn with enthusiasm. Discuss the different ways you find new information, whether you're looking for gardening tips on the Internet or taking a night class in American literature.
    6. Ask about what he's learning in school, not about his grades or test scores. Have him teach you what he learned in school today — putting the lesson into his own words will help him retain what he learned.
    7. Help your child organize her school papers and assignments so she feels in control of her work. If her task seems too daunting, she'll spend more time worrying than learning. Check in with her regularly to make sure she's not feeling overloaded.
    8. Celebrate achievements, no matter how small. Completing a book report calls for a special treat; finishing a book allows your child an hour of video games. You'll offer positive reinforcement that will inspire him to keep learning and challenging himself.
    9. Focus on strengths, encouraging developing talents. Even if she didn't ace her math test, she may have written a good poem in English class. In addition to a workbook for math practice, give her a writing journal.
    10. Turn everyday events into learning opportunities. Encourage him to explore the world around him, asking questions and making connections. 

    “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.”  –Goethe


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