Hunter Families, can you believe that the year is more than half over? Where did January go? As we welcome in February, there is incredible excitement in the air as teachers and students anticipate the second half of the school year. As we review the progress we have made in such a unique year, we want to remind you of a few areas that hold importance in student outcomes.
The first is attendance. At Hunter Elementary attendance is important to building a strong foundation. Research shows the clear benefits of regular school attendance and while showing up does not guarantee learning, a student who misses cannot benefit from the instructional opportunity. We recognize that throughout the year students and families will encounter needs that constitute missing school. We ask that you please do what you can to help encourage students to attend regularly and let us know how we can support or supplement your students’ education should they need to miss. As a reminder please contact the main office at 385-646-4876 if your child(ren) misses school so that we can assist you.
The second is participation. Students perform better in the classroom when they are actively engaged. This participation extends to both our face-to-face and distance learning students. I can see it in my visits to classrooms, the comments that teachers write, and in the citizenship portion of your students report card. Although parents may not be able to come into the class this year, we would love to have families encourage students’ active participation in the classroom.
Last, at Hunter Elementary one of the greatest strengths is our powerful family and community support. As a member of the Hunter family, you are your child’s first and greatest teacher. Together as a school community—family and school—working as a team, we model the philosophy of “it takes an entire village to raise and educate a child.” Please remember that we value your input and will continue to be here to communicate and work united to help ALL students succeed.