PAAAS - Principal's Corner
January 3, 2017
Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,
Happy New Year! May 2017 bring you an abundance of health, joy and happiness. It has been a great first half of year so far at PAAAS. Students have assimilated into their daily routines, they are encouraged to continue to be motivated and to do their best every day.
I must bring to your attention a few concerns we are having at PAAAS. Many students are arriving late to school. Some have been late as many as 40 days, resulting in them missing the majority of instruction in first period class. Please be advised that any student with 18 or more absences in any class will not be given credit for the class per New Jersey Department of Education. Please read below as per NJDOE:
“Student absenteeism can lead to low academic achievement, school dropout, delinquency and gang involvement. School districts that have established multi-systemic approaches and policies pertaining to student absenteeism typically experience fewer numbers of dropouts and a greater number of graduates. The compulsory education law (N.J.S.A. 18A:38-28 through 31) requires all children between the ages of 6-16 to attend school. The attendance regulations (N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.6), require each district board of education to develop, adopt and implement policies and procedures regarding the attendance of students, including the adoption of a definition of "unexcused absence," and the provision of mandated services for students with between one and nine cumulative unexcused absences and a mandated court referral for truant students, those with ten or more cumulative unexcused absences.” http://www.state.nj.us/education/students/safety/behavior/attendance/
Some students are also coming unprepared to class, no notebooks, paper, pencil, etc. Homework has become an issue and many students are failing to submit homework. We need to work together in guiding students to develop a sense of personal accountability. When these items occur concurrently and repeatedly, ultimately it affects student grades.
For all academic classes students will be completing a Project Based Learning assignment for their Mid-Term. Projects will have to be completed at home. There will be a number of days that teachers will be reviewing and guiding students with their projects in class. in order for this guidance to be successful, students must complete home portions of the project on time.
Please refer to our calendar for monthly events. The PTO is sponsoring a Game Night on Friday, January 6, 2017 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Please come out and support our PTO. Our general PTO meeting will be held on Thursday, January 19, 2016. We need our PAAAS community to come and share experiences, voice opinions, give suggestions and help us live our vision and mission.
We wish you a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!
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