Bloomington Graduation School Students and Families,
B.G.S. was successful in working with several students and families throughout the 2017-2018 school year. This included graduating 24 students! This year, we are hoping to continue that kind of success and more. We have made some significant changes over the summer to help make that happen. These changes include adding a second Tutorial period to the school day, adding “extra help” sessions before school, and adding social-emotional learning classes to our curriculum. In addition, we have increased our PLATO course offerings, added additional club opportunities, and increased our social worker presence in the building. While all of these changes should help to improve our students’ success, we continue to need students and families to understand that for students to be successful, the students need to be in attendance.
Students...School is your first job. You are learning about more than math and reading. You are learning to show up for school on time every day, so that when you graduate (and you will graduate) and get a job, you’ll know how to show up for work on time every day. Students who attend school regularly are more likely to graduate and find good jobs. In fact, a high school graduate makes, on average, a million dollars more than a dropout over a lifetime. School only gets harder when you stay home too much. Sometimes it’s tempting to stay home because you’ve got too much work or you don’t understand what’s going on in class. But missing a day only makes that worse.
Parents and Families…Above all, set an example for you child. Show him or her that attendance matters to you and that you won’t allow an absence unless someone is truly sick. Even for teenagers, you can help them develop homework and bedtime routines that allow for 8 ½ to 9 ½ hours of sleep. Make sure that when the lights go out, so do the cell phones, video games, and computers. Avoid extended vacations that require your child to miss school. Try to line up vacations with the schools’ calendar. The same goes for doctor’s and dentist’s appointments.
We are all looking forward to a very successful 2018-2019 school year at B.G.S.
Mr. Craig A. Belt, Principal
Used with permission of Attendance Works. www.attendanceworks.org