September Attendance – Wow! 17 out of our 18 classrooms had 95%+ attendance for the month of September. The top classrooms were:
* Ms. Sprung K5—99%
* Ms. Dillon 3rd—98.8%
* Ms. Christensen 2nd —98.7%
***Every Minute Counts*** If your child is late or leaves early, those minutes add up and can affect attendance awards and incentives. Please bring your children on time. Also, most children do not have to be out all day for an appointment. If the appointment is in the middle of the day, you can pick them up and bring them back. Daily attendance is important! National research consistently shows that missing 10% of the school year—in unexcused or excused absences—correlates with weaker reading skills, wider achievement gaps and higher dropout rates. A study released this month showed the effects beginning in pre-kindergarten. In most school districts, 10% of the year equals 18 days, or just two days a month. The goal for all Whitman students is to maintain 95% or better attendance. Students who had 95% attendance last year were only absent 8 days during the school year. If you would like assistance to help improve your child’s attendance, please contact our school social worker, Ms. Wright at 604-7730.
Accessing the Parent Portal: When you select Help from the Infinite Campus Parent Portal login page, you will have a choice to enter their Campus Portal Activation Key (Parent GUID) if it has been provided by the school. Please call Ms. St. Martin at 604-7710 or Ms. Hill at 604-7761 to obtain your Activation Key. If you need your Activation Key, you must provide the Census Verification form with any corrections. Forget your Activated Username and/or Password? If you have already created a username or password, and have attempted to log into the Infinite Campus Parent Portal but have forgotten their username and/or password and have attempted to use the “Forgot your password?” or “Forgot your username?” link but still need assistance please contact the Whitman office or Ms. Hill, the parent coordinator.
School Governance Council (SCG) and PTO: Thank you to the parents and family members that attended the SCG and PTO meetings in September. Our next meetings will be held on Thursday, October 20th. School Governance Council will be discussing the recent STAR assessment, budget, and School Improvement Plan. PTO will be planning upcoming school events, including the Middle School Dance. Whitman is in need of parents/guardians to attend the monthly District Advisory Council meetings. These meetings are held in the Central Services Auditorium, the first Thursday of the month, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Please notify the office or Ms. Hill if you are interested in representing Whitman.