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Attending School Every Day
Getting back to “normal” means getting to class every day!
From online to hybrid to “normal”
This fall, as we prepare to return to school in as “normal” a fashion as possible, students and families should be aware that following this pandemic year of online and hybrid classes, attending school each and every day may feel like a bit of a challenge. But being in class is critical to avoiding chronic absenteeism.
According to Attendance Works, a “chronic absence” means missing 10% or more of school days due to absence for any reason. Ten percent is just two days of school missed per month, and the learning loss associated with that can add up quickly.
Starting strong in September is key. In fact, absenteeism in the first month of school is a predictor of poor attendance throughout the school year. Half of the students who miss two to four days of school in September go on to miss nearly a month of school by the end of the school year. Click here to read more.
Movement Pathways get kids moving, thinkingEarlier this year Frederickson Elementary introduced a Movement Pathway in school to give students a chance to refocus their brains, calm themselves, and get a bit of exercise. Click the image above to learn more about the pathway and see how students use it.
Watch: PCSC students get hi-tech anatomy lessonThanks to a grant, the Pierce County Skill Center was recently able to purchase four state-of-the-art Anatomage tables to help students visualize anatomy exactly as they would on a fresh cadaver.The tables allow students to perform virtual dissections and see every layer and structure of the human body.Pre-pharmacy teacher Guadencio Merafuentes said his students have been excited to work on the new devices."They absolutely love it,” he said. “It brings paper to real life. You're able to take that 2-D coloring worksheet and actually apply it to what you’re learning in class.”The Skills Center is the only school in the state to have the recommended four-table lab.Click the image above to watch a video of the Anatomage tables at work.
GKHS teacher named to Pre-AP National FacultyCongratulations to Graham Kapowsin High School’s Sarah Eschmeyer on being appointed to the Pre-AP National Faculty!Pre-AP National Faculty members are College Board-endorsed educators who facilitate professional learning experiences across the United States and around the world. They’re stewards of College Board’s mission to clear a path for all students to own their future by promoting excellence and equity in education. Great job!