Monday, September 17, 2012

School Success = Students + Teachers Must Attend School Regularly

 
Ensuring Teachers Are In School Regularly Ensures Consistency In Student Education
 
Substitute Teachers Don't Have The Same Impact
 
 
From GCSD Website: More than thirty educators and district leaders spent Saturday knocking on doors in Greece conveying the message that being a good student starts with good attendance. The U.S. Conference of Mayors in June announced a National Call to Action to make chronic absenteeism a priority in the new school year. The outreach effort is part of the GreeceCentral School District’s Expectation Graduation model where strong support and intervention services are provided for students with academic, attendance and behavioral needs. The district is using the Attendance Works strategies to bring this national initiative to Greece.
Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams kicked off the walk, the first of its kind in Greece, at Odyssey Academy this morning by motivating staff and thanking them for helping to make a difference. Greece Police Sgt. Chuck St. John provided a safety briefing and event organizer Carol Pallas, Greece Central’s Chief Academic Officer, provided an overview of the research supporting this initiative and the guidelines for conversations with students and their parents.
“We’re here today to connect with families and students and encourage them to take advantage of programs available at Greece Central that will put them on a path toward graduation,” Deane-Williams said. “We also want them to know that student success is a team effort and we are here to help.”
Teams comprised of teachers, administrators, Board of Education members, and parents and community members visited homes of students from English Village and Longridge elementary schools and Odyssey and Olympia secondary schools. Parents were given brochures with information about the importance of regular school attendance and were able to ask questions of representative from their child’s school.
“Students who regularly attend school are more likely to be academically successful and graduate,” Board President Julia VanOrman said. “If there are reasons a child may not be coming to school such as anxiety, bullying or a life-changing event, we want to know that, too. This is our community; these are our kids; and we need to let them know we care.”
Saturday’s home visits successfully connected Greece school representatives with more than 20 families. More visits will be planned periodically throughout the year.

SCATS ~~ So "more than thirty educators and district leaders" connected "with more than 20 families." Not a very good return on the effort, was it? Why don't we get this same effort to get our teachers into the classroom? Maybe more kids will enjoy attending school if they don't have a series of subs to deal with!
  
HAVE YOUR KIDS HAD A SUB TEACHER YET?

29 comments:

Charlie Hubbard said...

I must ask - how is success being measured for this project?

SCATS said...

To Charlie ~~ As usual, you've asked a great question. We will never know, if they continue onward as they have handled this so far -- little to NO discussion in public!

Anonymous said...

70dijectI have yet to see any hard data comparing teacher attendance to other professions or other school districts.

Let's get this data out in the open and then maybe we can we can build a little trust with the community.

Anonymous said...

Chucky' Look on the bright side this PR event didn't cost you an extra dime.

Anonymous said...

My guess is success is measured by how many times BDW gets herself highlighted in the media...

Anonymous said...

How's this for stupidity in GCSD?

The Principal of Long Ridge School allows the delinquent mother of student who attends there to ride the bus home with her child, despite the grandmother having full custody of the child? The principal feels the mother has a right. What else is next, the school releases children to known pedophiles?

Anonymous said...

DID ALL THE TEACHERS SHOW UP FOR THIS PROJECT OR WERE MANY OF THEM ABSENT? WE MAY NEVER KNOW!

SCATS said...

To 3:48AM ~~ Good luck with that! In the past, a Greece BOE member spent a lot of time & effort before he could get his hands on that info. They really don't want to talk about it. Why? Because it LOOKS VERY BAD ;)

To 5:18AM ~~ If someone's pitbull had greeted them at the door, that might have been a different story!

To 5:55AM ~~ It was my impression that BDW was HIDING out behind our other administrators, failing to get her own hands dirty.

To 9:34AM ~~ I'd say that's JUST AS DUMB as letting 3 of the 4 "bus bullies" ride the regular bus to Odyssey on opening day! It took a parent calling Meyers to get that issue fixed.

To 10:05AM ~~ ALL OF THE TEACHERS!? Surely you must jest! It's not in the contract, so they do not have to do it ;)

Anonymous said...

I can tell you that they do nothing with regard to attendance. My neighbors son constantly missed school over 50 days and they did nothing whatsoever.

Anonymous said...

This Saturday trick or treat exercise is grounded in three important areas.

1 The law requires children to attend school until age 16

2 Per capita state aid.

3. Graduation rates
Parents are responsible in the first instance. State aid is lost by non attendees.
Perhaps the most important to the district is three.The effect absenteeism on a student success fuly graduate, Unless the student drops out before his senior year he becomes a statistic which adds to the districts graduation rates negatively. When students enter 9th grade, they become a part of a four year cohort for the purpose of reporting results to SED. By not attending class, obvious they will not graduate and becomes a negative number for the district.
What thesewell meaning district employees and BOE members did was probably a waist of time as in most cases they made zero impact. As far as I'm concerned, leave them home. Most of them will only serve to disrupt classes and become disciplinary problems.

Anonymous said...

I thought the bullies were supposed to be at West Ridge for the year? Why were they headed to OA?

Anonymous said...

Finally, the truth about teachers is out!

http://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Robinson-It-s-unfair-to-blame-teachers-3875834.php?t=378dc105f9

SCATS said...

To 7:51AM ~~ They are supposed to be at WR. I think OA was a "transfer point" for 3 of them that first day of school though. They were NOT supposed to be on a "regulasr bus" though. Period.

To 10:52AM ~~ Greece is not an inner-city high poverty school district ... yet. So please explain to me how it can be that so many students from middle income homes can be falling behind, struggling with core subjects, not graduating on time? Also, just because a student comes from a lower income family should be NO EXCUSE to lower YOUR EXPECTATIONS of him/her.

Anonymous said...

10:52 -Don't look now but it's going to get a lot worse.

http://smugtownbeacon.com/news.php?viewStory=902

Anonymous said...

Teacher are responsible for getting students to attend school. it has nothing to do with their contract. Truancy is an administrative problem plain and simple.
In her haste to make cuts this year, BABS , eliminated the position of truant officer whose job it was to visit the homes of delinquent students and speak with a parent or guarding in an attempt to get their child to school. Another example of penny wise and dollar foolishness on the part of incompetent personnal that continue to run this district into obscurity as an institution of learning.
In addition, it has been learned, that the private investigator hired by the district to get rid of the illegal freeloaders, has quit the job. It's not known if he will be
replaced.

SCATS said...

To 2:47PM ~~ You make NO sense! First you say teachers ARE responsible for truancy. Then you say it's the administrator's problem.

Regarding the truant officer, WHERE WERE YOU WHEN AUBERGER DROPPED FUNDING THAT POSITION ... without ever saying a word to GCSD that it was eliminated?

The PI certainly wasn't doing much if anything anyways. Last time we heard that anyone's attendence was questioned was years ago. Olympia has 20%+ stealing services but he couldn't nail a single one.

Anonymous said...

I meant to say teachers arn't responsible, I remember that. he also wiped out the joint counseling program between the town and the school district. Mr ardino was the director and operated out of the Maiden la building now a police station. He also functioned as Truant Officer for the district.
As I recall, Our stud supervisor cut off the town portion of the funding agreement with the district. As a result, the very successful program for troubled kids died. This left the district with in school counselors and the program run by the district at the mall.Im not sure when this took place but it was about seven or eight years ago. As for the Pi , I have no idea how effective he was.

Anonymous said...

It's pretty obvious that 2:47 meant to say "Teachers AREN'T responsible..." C'mon, SCATS, you and I both know it was a typo!

SCATS said...

To 8:43PM ~~ 2:47's rantings are all over the map on a frequent basis these days. I'm not going to ASSume anything.

Anonymous said...

If you file a foil i think you will find out that a considerable amount of inner city kids where removed by the guy doing the investigations or talked to a security guard formerly ay Athena and now at Olympia he can tell you .

SCATS said...

To 1:55PM ~~ Talk to the SRO's. They'll tell you Olympia in particular and DO in general are pretty much ignoring the problem ... and have been for the last few years. The reason is that GCSD lost a lawsuit related to one case, so now they just don't bother with it.

Anonymous said...

What are SRO s? Is it there job to keep the records.

Anonymous said...

school resource officer

Anonymous said...

Thanks 4:08 they are policemen right.

SCATS said...

To 4:47PM ~~ SROs are School Resource Officers, also known as Greece cops, paid overtime rates to hobknob with secondary students in Greece schools.

To 1:55PM ~~ Why don't YOU file that FOIL then report back to us/

Anonymous said...

What hat did you pull that 20% figure from ?or can we take it that you have concrete proof of that figure just curious

SCATS said...

To 8:26PM ~~ Obviously you are new here since we already discussed the origins of the number (which is more than 20%) some months ago. The SRO's, Olympia's principal & DO are all aware. Will they admit it to you? THAT'S THE QUESTION ;)

Anonymous said...

You are right Iam relatively new here. I still don't understand those people admitting these figures to me, you or anyone and still keep thre jobs. what you seem to be saying is that if walked into OH and asked the principal this person would tell me a taxpayer that this is fact.The same would be true if I asked our Superintendant is that what you are saying .I doubt if the policeman would tell me as I don't think it would be his job to know and if he did he could get into trouble I think

SCATS said...

To 10:15AM ~~ You're right, you don't understand, but I don't believe you're "new" here ;)