Principal's Message


Justin Klebe
Laurel Middle School Principal

Parents,                                                                                                                                      September 12th, 2018

We are now in our third week of school. The teachers are working hard making sure the school day is packed with fun and enriching lessons that will broaden your child’s mind. With the beginning of the school year it is important, especially now to instill those habits of good attendance. Below are some facts to keep in mind for this month and for the school year.

Attendance Matters!

1. Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.

2. Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade or be held back.

3. By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

4. Research shows that missing 10 percent of school, or about 18 days in most school districts, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That’s just two days a month and that’s known as chronic absence.

5. When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating.

Does Graduation Matter?

1. With a diploma more jobs open up. The jobs that open up have more opportunities for advancement.

2. With a diploma you can go to college or technical school.

3. High School graduates earn $143 per week more than high school dropouts. That is $7,436 a year.

4. People who have a high school diploma have a 4.7% unemployment rate. People who dropped out of high school have a 16.3% unemployment rate.

5. A high school diploma offers more lifetime opportunities beyond the job. You're more likely to live above the poverty line, giving you the opportunity to apply for home, car or school loans.

In the end attendance does matter, it links to graduation, which has a big impact to the students adult life. Putting the importance of school today, will pay dividends for your child later in life.




Justin Klebe

LMS Principal



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