To succeed in high school, your student must have good attendance.
Please share the following information with your student: When you miss school, you miss lectures, notes, class discussion, homework explanations, assignments, quizzes, and tests. It doesn't matter how good you are about making up work, you can never make up everything you miss, even if you're out of school for only one day. In order to get good grades, you need to be in school every day.
If you must be absent from school, remember you are responsible for finding out what you missed and for getting all the work made up. You are, of course, also responsible for arranging to make up any quizzes or tests you may have missed. Since teachers usually don't have time to talk with students during class, see each teacher before or after class, and ask when s/he might have time to talk with you.
Once you find out what you need to do, make the work up as soon as possible. If you know you are going to miss school, tell your teachers ahead of time, and ask for assignments.
The following are comments from students regarding attendance:
"Don't miss school. You will get behind. The smartest kid I know only has a 2.5 grade point average because of all the school he's missed."
"I try never to miss school. It's such a pain to make things up."
"It's simple. The more school you miss, the less you learn. The less you learn, the lower your grade."
Good attendance will not guarantee good grades. You are, however, pretty much guaranteed poor grades if you have poor attendance.
Your teachers, friends, and everyone on campus miss you when you are not here. Please do your very best to come to school on time, each and every day.
PHOTO COURTESY OF SCOTT HARRISON
These students had perfect attendance for the first semester at South Fork High School; 8th grade: Alea Ahola, Jorge Avilez, Ethan Bates, Jennifer Booth, Karishma Patel, Madisyn Salomon, and Victoria VanMeter; 9th grade: Cody Bowen, Jasmine Carr, Wyatt Gratzel, Kyle Kirkpatrick, Armando Martinez, Donovan Pogue, Huston Reuter, Nigel Reynolds, Klayton Walker, and James Wilde; 10th grade: Robbie Anderson, Brian Brooks, Eli Kahan, Alex Martells, and Melissa Pemberton; 11th grade: Daryl Chadbourne, Brianna Finney, Megan Garcia, Trisha Harrison, Tyler Hensley, Joseph McCants, Kea Orlando, Dustyn Salomon, and Kyle Wescott; 12th grade: Megan Albee, Shasta Carr, Sydney Fishman, Rachael Greenfield, Tristan Jeffers, Levi Paine, and Vonai Willison. (Not available for the picture: Cody Bowen and Tristan Jeffers.)