MAP Test

18 04 2014

 The MAP TEST IS COMING NEXT WEEK!  Our 3rd and 4th grade students begin MAP testing Tuesday, April 22.   The 3rd graders will take the Communication Arts test April 22-24 and the Math test April 29-30.  The 4th graders will take the Communication Art test April 22-23 and the Math test April 29-30. Here are a few reminders to help your child prepare for test.

  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Arrive to school by 8:20…we begin promptly at 9:00!!!
  • Dress in comfortable clothing
  • Go to bed early and get lots of rest
  • Do your best

Good News Club Program

16 04 2014


The Good News Club Program Information 

When: Tomorrow, Thursday, April 17, at 5:15

Where: WEE Multipurpose room (Cafeteria)

Wear: Good News Club Shirt (If you do not have one, wear a plain black shirt)

Who: Everyone is invited!  We love to see old and new faces!

GNC members will stay after school for club.  We will practice and get ready for the program. This is going to be a blast!

What are You Doing April 15?

11 04 2014

Hope to see you all at our Spring Concert!

Spring Concert

Where: Willard High School main gym (enter on the north side of building)

When: Tuesday April 15 @ 7:00 pm students should arrive no earlier than 6:40 pm

Wear: Red Friday Shirt or a red shirt

1/2 Day April 4th

4 04 2014

1-2 Day

Spring Concert

3 04 2014

On line verson Spring Concert 2014 fuzzy dr seuss


Where: Willard High School 
main gym (enter on the north side of building)
When: Tuesday April 15 @ 7:00 pm
students should arrive no earlier than 6:40 pm
Wear: Red Friday Shirt 
or a red shirt

Attendance Letters

28 03 2014

Several families will be receiving attendance letters today and next week in their child’s backpack.  If you received an attendance letter, it means your child has been absent at least five full or partial days so far this year. In addition to the information included in the letter I am providing some additional information here.

Here are some questions I have anticipated or received about attendance in general:

Why do I receive notification when my child is absent for five days?

As a district, we have guidelines in place that expect each school to alert parents when they have a certain number of days out. The first notification is at five days. This includes partial or full days, even if it is just arriving late to school. In the past, this process has not been an exact science. We receive daily reports about who is out and who has not called in attendance that morning of the absence.

Is having five days out a bad thing?

Not necessarily. My own children have been out for illness. In fact, I also received a five day letter in the past! This is just to alert you, the parent or guardian, about the number of days he or she has been absent. There is a lot of research correlating good attendance with strong academic performance, so it is important that all students attend consistently. At the same time, we understand as both educators and parents when illness hits the home.

What is considered excessive absences?

If a child is out for ten or more days, it is considered excessive. These guidelines are based on the Missouri Compulsory Attendance Law. Possible interventions include notifying the school resource officer and school social worker. These are handled on a case by case basis based on consistent communication with parents or guardians. Interventions are less likely when parents communicate with the school and walk their children into the building in the mornings.

How can I help ensure my child is coming to school regularly?

There are lots of things we can do to keep our kids healthy and in a routine: Go to bed at a decent hour; Take care of homework and other duties before it gets late; Have a meal together as a family when it works; Wake up with enough time to get to school. Of course, getting sick is largely out of control, although washing hands regularly, staying active, and eating a balanced diet to help our immune systems can help stave off illnesses or reduce the severity of their symptoms.

I hope this information has been helpful for you.  Thank you for being a partner in our efforts.

Principal Miller