As we enter into the fall months and vacation time ends, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome staff, students, parents, and community partners to the 2015-2016 School Year. The staff and I believe that your child and you matter! We also believe that your child’s education determines his/her future career opportunities. Therefore, we appreciate you choosing our school as your educational choice for this year.
Last school year we celebrated many successes. We began the year by showing gains and moving up on the Wisconsin Department of Instruction School Report Card from Meets Few Expectations to Meets Expectations. We ended our school year by celebrating the success of being designated as a PBIS School of Merit in Reading and School of Distinction in Behavior, awarded by the Wisconsin RTI Center.
Did you know that 90% of all high school dropouts can be predicted during their elementary years? Prevent your child from becoming a high school dropout. Know these warning signs:
- 66% of students who missed 20 or more school days a year during 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade will drop out of school
- 72% of students with low academic grades in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade will drop out of school
- 81% of students with low behavior grades in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade will drop out of school
For this school year we will focus on improving attendance which will positively impact academic achievement. The Milwaukee Public Schools district student attendance procedures are based on the number of minutes that students are in school. Therefore, the attendance percentages of students that arrive tardy or leave early will be affected. In order to achieve 100% attendance a student must be at school on time every day and stay until the end of the school day. School begins at 7:35a.m and ends a 2:35 p.m. Students that arrive late or leave early are docked for minutes missed of valuable instructional time. Please be mindful that each individual child’s attendance affects the school’s overall attendance percentage.
As a staff, we will continue to work hard to ensure that Benjamin
Franklin will be recognized as a top performing school in academics, athletics, and other student activities. As we strive for excellence, we are moving from Good to
GREAT and We are Defying Gravity.
Katrina F. Fisher
Benjamin Franklin School