Most schools reach the 100th day of school around the end of January or beginning of February. Here are four ways to help students, staff and parents celebrate this big day:

  1. Encourage students to make and wear shirts that have 100 items on them. This is a fun family activity. They can use fabric markers to draw on shirts, or attach items like safety pins, googly eyes, etc.
  2. Have students make predictions about what life will be like 100 years from now.
  3. Challenge students to make top-100 lists. They can write down 100 reasons why they like school, 100 things they’ve learned this year or 100 things they would like to accomplish.
  4. Host a 100-day reading contest.  Who can read the most books in the next 100 days?

 

Remind families about the importance of school attendance

Student attendance in many districts starts to drop off around this time of year. But some schools have found effective ways to communicate with parents about the importance of making sure their children are in school. To promote attendance:

  • Distribute your attendance policy. Print and distribute wallet-sized cards with the basics of the policy.
  • Encourage two-way communication. In addition to asking parents to report absences, make sure school staff inform parents as quickly as possible if their child misses class.
  • Celebrate perfect attendance. Print up special forms or cards to send home to families of students with 100% attendance each marking period.
  • Share facts and figures. Include articles about the importance of attendance in your school newsletter and on your website.

 

did-you-know  Did You Know?

Each year, HazingPrevention.Org and the National Federation of State High School Associations sponsor a high school essay contest. Hundreds of high school students from across the country enter original essays on a hazing-related topic. The topic for 2018 is “Rise up, Band Together & Stomp out Hazing.” The contest in open to all high school students in the United States and runs from January 1 to April 30. For more details visit http://hazingprevention.org/home/awardsandgrants/high-school-essay-contest.

 

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“Ensuring success for all students is a monumentally important task that requires the cooperation of those with the greatest influence in children’s lives—parents and teachers.”

Source: “Engaging Parents in Education: Lessons from Five Parental Information and Resource Centers,” U.S. Department of Education.

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