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The goal for this project includes not only children but the entire K-5 faulty who want to create a culture of attendance awareness and commitment to classroom engagement once a student is at school. The students at Richard L. Sanders Center School all receive Exceptional Student Education services due to emotional and social needs. Most are very capable of learning, but struggle with academic motivation. This easily translates to truancy and lack of connection at school. The families of the students can also struggle within the social domain (lack of transportation, homelessness, freguent moves). Recent research presented data that revealed elementary students that missed 2 to 4 days in September were 5 times more likely to be chronically absent than students who were absent fewer than 2 days. Our Richard Sanders elementary team wants to be proactive! The school, as a whole, recognizes the challenge of our students attendance. The elementary Team goal would be for each student to attend 90% of the school year. Attendance incentives are an important part of a comprehensive approach and this includes out-reach to families.

Obj. 1: Students will be rewarded for attendance weekly.
Obj. 2: Incentives will be offered to families and not just students. Often families appreciate access to resources.
Obj. 3. K-5 classroom will all participate in fostering a culture of attendance

This is a school year 2015-16 school project.

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Today's Lesson: Attendance!

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School:
Richard L Sanders 
Subject:
Other 
Teacher:
Carol Runyon 
 
Colleen Howard-Wahls 
Students Impacted:
35 
Grade:
K-5 
Date:
July 15, 2015

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The Pinellas Education Foundation - $500.00

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Goal

The goal for this project includes not only children but the entire K-5 faulty who want to create a culture of attendance awareness and commitment to classroom engagement once a student is at school. The students at Richard L. Sanders Center School all receive Exceptional Student Education services due to emotional and social needs. Most are very capable of learning, but struggle with academic motivation. This easily translates to truancy and lack of connection at school. The families of the students can also struggle within the social domain (lack of transportation, homelessness, freguent moves). Recent research presented data that revealed elementary students that missed 2 to 4 days in September were 5 times more likely to be chronically absent than students who were absent fewer than 2 days. Our Richard Sanders elementary team wants to be proactive! The school, as a whole, recognizes the challenge of our students attendance. The elementary Team goal would be for each student to attend 90% of the school year. Attendance incentives are an important part of a comprehensive approach and this includes out-reach to families.

Obj. 1: Students will be rewarded for attendance weekly.
Obj. 2: Incentives will be offered to families and not just students. Often families appreciate access to resources.
Obj. 3. K-5 classroom will all participate in fostering a culture of attendance

This is a school year 2015-16 school project.
 

 

What will be done with my students

School attendance is a simple, easily understood measure of student performance. (1) First, to help foster a classroom culture that values attendance, each class K-5 will create posters depicting being at school on time each day and how important it is. A designated place in the class will be set-up to celebrate attendance on an on-going basis. (2) Every two weeks, students will graph their attendance at a grade level understanding. (3) Every two weeks, attendance awards will be given. Including: student name posted on the elementary building Attendance Role of Honor, attendance certificates, positive notes home to parents, choice of a donated award, Toe Token Award (4) A certificate for Most Improved Attendance will be given once per month. (5) Parents will be notified of attendance awards and offered a choice of an incentive as well. 

 

Benefits to my students

Positive recognition for getting to school on time and being at school every day assures that a student has access to the curriculum being taught. Each missed day, is a day of missed instruction and increases the feeling of being overwhelmed inside the student. The students feel more connected to their classmates and teachers when they come to school. Current research written addressing truancy, speaks of the importance of student's connection to school. The number one reason high-risk students keep coming to school, is that they they feel some form of connection. Ultimately, decreased attendance concerns for a student means he or she will feel more connected to school and the adults who care about him/her and want them to succeed.  

 

Describe the Students

Richard L. Sanders is a K-12 school in Pinellas County serving students with a variety of exceptionalities. Services available on campus include Speech/Language therapy and Occupational therapy, as well as access to social workers, school psychologist and nursing services. We also have a reintegration specialist, to assist students in their return to their zoned school and a caring, supportive staff and administration to help our students reach their goals.


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Budget Narrative

The cost includes all the materials necessary to address the concern of attendance utilizing a positive approach. Incentives will be rotated and will include the chance for a gift card choice. Non-monetary incentives are also being utilized including: students' names being recognized on the morning announcements, Attendance Role of Fame, Traveling Trophy, one day free homework pass, etc. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Traveling Attendance Trophy $10.00
2 20 $5 Gift Cards to Walmart $100.00
3 20 $5 Gift Cards to McDonalds $100.00
4 20 $5 Gift Cards to Chick-Fil-A $100.00
5 20 $5 Gift Cards to Target $100.00
6 Toe Token Incenives $15.00
7 Attendance Pencils $20.00
8 Attendance Certificates $25.00
9 Classroom Attendance Punch Cards $15.00
10 Toe Token Holders $15.00
  Total: $500.00

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