Tomorrow, We’ll Celebrate!

Cookie Bar

Chocolate chip cookie bars are fresh out of the oven.  The smell is sweet for more than one reason.  Tomorrow, we’ll celebrate.  We have three days of school left and we just have to celebrate.

Getting students to come to school is the very first step to learning.  If they don’t come, they miss out.  This year, one huge thing stuck out to me about my class… they were always there.  Just ask the secretaries!  I can’t count how many times I forgot to take attendance this year (sorry, Ladies!) mainly because it was never on my mind. My fifth graders were always there.

I’m a data person so I crunched some numbers tonight.  The results blew me away…

  • The students were only absent 69 days combined the entire year.
    • That means they were present 98% of the time.
    • That also means they were only absent 2% of the time.
    • Individually, that means they averaged 3.6 days absent each.
  • When you take out known family vacations (a few lengthy ones were taken) the students were only absent 54 days combined the entire year.
    • That means they were present 98.4% of the time.
    • That also means they were only absent 1.6% of the time.
    • Individually, that means they averaged 2.8 days absent each.
  • 42% of the students were absent between 0-2 days the entire year.
  • 16% of the students have perfect attendance for the entire year!

So tomorrow, we’ll celebrate.  We’ll celebrate with gooey chocolate chip cookie bars that melt in our mouths.  But most of all, we’ll celebrate the sweet taste of the students’ commitment to learning.

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