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Jay Brewer

One of Life’s Ladders to Success…Excellent Attendance!


It is often said that 80% of life’s success is just showing up.  Often, this is true.  If you are not at school, work, or any other activity on a consistent basis, it is hard to excel.  People who show up can be counted on.  They are promoted up in organizations.  They learn more than their peers who have lower attendance.


At Dayton Independent Schools, we believe that excellent attendance is central to a child’s well-being and ability to make progress. Absences leave gaps in learning, can affect children’s ability to maintain friendships, and often leave students feeling left out or left behind.


This month we will be sending out individual notices to all our students that will report their attendance percentage to date.  Students will also know how many days they have missed and how many tardies they have.  Our goal for each student is a yearly percentage rate of 98% or better.  This means a child should miss no more than a total of 4 days per school year. 


The habit of good attendance is like having a ladder to success.  An excellent attendance rate is important because students are more likely to succeed in academics when they attend school consistently. It’s difficult for the teacher and the class to build their skills and progress if a large number of students are frequently absent. In addition to falling behind in academics, students who are not in school on a regular basis are more likely to get into trouble with the law and cause problems in their communities.


A 2008 study conducted by the Rodel Community Scholars at Arizona State University that tracked students from kindergarten through high school found that dropout patterns were linked with poor attendance, beginning in kindergarten. Gregory Hickman, director of the Rodel Community Scholars program and former director of the Arizona Dropout Initiative, note that as early as kindergarten, behavioral differences are apparent between those who go on to graduate and those who drop out, with dropouts missing an average of 124 days by the eighth grade.


We appreciate our school community working with us to make the habit of excellent attendance a life habit that Grows our students forward.





Jay Brewer

Superintendent of Dayton Schools





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