Keithley student wins statewide runner-up in attendance poster contest

Keithley student wins statewide runner-up in attendance poster contest
Posted on 01/05/2018
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Congratulations to Keithley Middle School's Trinity Steenhard. Trinity won statewide runner-up in an attendance poster contest (Trinity's award winning photo is attached with this post). As part of their Attendance Awareness efforts, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) asked students throughout Washington to create their own posters to represent positive attendance. The contest was popular! Posters were judged by best message and creativity. Way to go, Trinity!

Good Attendance Matters!

Starting in kindergarten, too many absences (excused and unexcused) can cause children to fall behind in school.

Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) increases the chance that your student will not read or master math at the same level as their peers.

Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.

Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.

By being present at school, your child learns valuable social skills and has the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with other students and school staff.

Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.

By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.