From the Principal

When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behavior and have a better chance of graduating from high school.
When students are absent for fewer days, their grades and reading skills often improve—even among those students who are struggling in school. Students who attend school regularly also feel more connected to their community, develop important social skills and friendships, and are significantly more likely to graduate from high school, setting them up for a strong future.
But when kids are absent for an average of just two days of school per month—even when the absences are excused– it can have a negative impact. These absences can affect kids as early as Kindergarten.
For example, young elementary school students who miss an average of just two school days per month often have difficulty keeping up with their peers academically and tend to fall behind in reading. But when students are able to read on grade level by the end of third grade, which is when kids transition from learning to read to reading to learn, they are three to four times more likely to graduate high school and attend college, post-graduate, or professional development classes than their peers who struggle with reading.
As a parent, you can prepare your child for a lifetime of success by making regular school attendance a priority.
Regular school attendance includes being on time to school. 
  • School begins promptly at 8:00 am. 
  • Students who arrive 10 minutes late miss out on morning announcements and community circle. 
  • Students who are tardy 15 minutes or more miss out on valuable instruction in reading and writing. 
Important Reminders 
  • Parents arriving after 8:05 AM must check their student into the office. 
  • Please be on time for pick-up! Dismissal begins at 3:30 pm. On average, we have 10 or more students still waiting to be picked up after 4:00 pm. If it is a struggle to consistently be on time for pick-up, please consider enrolling your student(s) in Innovation Learning!
Thank you for making being on time and present every day a priority for your student!!!
Also, we look forward to seeing you all at Back to School Night this Thursday, August 29th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. A schedule for the evening will be sent out later this week!
Stacy Bush
Principal, GVA Douglas County