September is Attendance Awareness Month!

Attendance Awareness Month
Posted on 09/15/2017


Dear Parents/Guardians,

September is attendance awareness month!  Even as secondary students continue to gain independence, families still play a key role in assisting and promoting school attendance.  Research shows that regular attendance is an integral factor for success in school.  By 9th grade, regular attendance has been found to be a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.

Wisconsin law requires students to be in school with no more than 10 parent-excused days per year.  Being at school every day is key for your child to stay engaged, successful, and on track to graduate. Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, or dealing with personal issues. By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.  The longer students are away from school, peers and teachers, the more difficult it is for them to feel like they belong to the school community.  

You can promote your child’s regular attendance be making school attendance a priority.  This may include:

  • Talking about the importance of being at school every day, make that the expectation.

  • Helping your child stay engaged.  Talk to teachers if you notice changes in behavior.  

  • When possible, try to avoid scheduling dental and medical appointments during the school day.

  • Staying on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers if necessary.

  • Know your child’s social contacts.

  • Encourage meaningful extracurricular and after-school activities, including sports and clubs.

  • Contact us.  Our staff, including your child’s teachers, guidance counselor, and administrators, are here to help you and your child.

Thank you in advance for partnering with us in expecting and promoting attendance at John Muir.   You can locate our specific attendance policy in your parent/student handbook found under the Parent section of the John Muir Middle School website or in your child’s planner.  Please call if you have any questions or are seeking assistance in getting your child to school.  


Amber Haluska

Associate Principal