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Are you ready for winter weather delays and closings? If you are not already receiving texts alerts and phone calls from SchoolMessenger, you can call 692-8269 to get signed up or update your information. If you have any doubt about school delays or closures, you can still check TV and radio stations for information. We have gotten used to automated alerts, but sometimes technology does not always work the way we anticipate it will.
One of the focus areas of the district this year is student attendance. Research has shown that chronic absenteeism can affect student achievement and graduation rates. We want to partner with parents and students to continue to increase attendance rates. Being absent more than 10%, or 18 days in a school year, is considered chronically absent and can be detrimental to a child’s education.
The district is also pleased to announce that we will be increasing the number of preschool classes for three- and four-year-old children. These early learning opportunities for students are essential for their initial and future success. We also are pleased to be starting an “Early Eagles” initiative. We are reaching out to families with newborns and toddlers, ages 0-3, to provide them with a connection to the school, family engagement opportunities, and the start of a home library. Each “Early Eagle” will receive a special Whitney Point onesie or T-shirt. If you know of a family or families in the area that have children ages 0-4, please have them contact the district office at 692-8269 to become a part of our “Early Eagles” or preschool programs.
In January, we will begin to focus on the 2020-2021 school budget. The board of education continues to be committed to developing a sustainable budget with a reasonable tax levy that continues to maintain a focus on education. Please visit our website regularly for information regarding budget updates and public meetings.
Thank you for your continued support. If you have a moment, I would encourage you to visit the Whitney Point website or Facebook page to enjoy an overview of a variety of activities our students are engaged in.
Dr. Patricia Follette
Superintendent of Schools