Dear OHS Families,
It was wonderful seeing so many of you at the Halloween parades last week. Thank you for making it a special day at our school.
No School for Students on 11/7 and 11/10
This week we have two days with no school for students. On Tuesday, 11/7 (Election Day), we will be finishing up our family-teacher conferences in the afternoon after a morning professional development session for staff. On Friday, 11/10, we will be out of school in recognition of Veterans Day.
One of the goals of the district this year is to lower the absenteeism of students in the district. Chronic Absenteeism is defined as any student missing more than 10% of the total number of days of school to date, whether they are excused or unexcused. Last Thursday, we pulled the names of students currently with a number of absences to constitute chronic absenteeism. This was the 45th day of school, so students with 5 or more absences would fit the definition of 10% or more of the year. As of last Wednesday, we had 28 students reach this definition, about 6.3% of our students. Our goal is to have 6% or less of students be chronically absent by the end of the year, so we are off to a good start (16 fewer kids than last year at this time).
Of course it is important to keep students home when sick but please do your best to limit the number of days students are kept home for avoidable reasons. If you are having trouble with your child not wanting to come to school, please let me know so we can support you.
For those currently at the chronically absent level, families will be receiving letters. Please know that this is a changing list. As we move through more days of the school year, many of the students currently on the list will go below the 10% threshold and no longer meet the definition. Please reach out with any questions or needs.
Diwali Begins this Week
Diwali begins this week and we have many families in our community celebrating. Wishing everyone celebrating a joyful Diwali and may it bring light, happiness, and prosperity!
I want to extend a warm thank you to veterans in our community and in your families. This is a special week to appreciate those who bravely risked their lives and gave of their precious time in support of protecting our country. How fitting that election day should be the same week, as it is one of our country’s rights that is so important to defend.
Please be sure to vote on Tuesday! Have a great week,