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Superintendent of Schools

Welcome Humboldt Families to a new school year!

We hope that everyone enjoyed a fun filled and relaxing summer!

 

It is with great pleasure that I write to welcome you back to another great school year. I hope that your summer has been filled with fun family activities while enjoying the wonderful sunshine.  How quickly summer concludes and our thoughts turn to preparing for the start of school. This is always one of my favorite times of the year! I love the excitement of beginning each new school year and eagerly await welcoming our students and hearing their great summer stories.  I’m thrilled to be part of a team comprised of teachers, staff, parents and students who want to achieve great things! The USD 258 Board of Education, faculty, staff and I are looking forward to a new school year and are working hard to see that your child’s learning experience at Humboldt schools is a successful and happy one.

 

Your partnership and support are key elements to ensuring that we are able to maximize each student’s educational and personal development.  To that end, we encourage a positive home-school relationship based on the mutual goal of providing the best learning experience possible for all of our students.  Our talented faculty brings a diverse set of approaches to instruction in order to address a variety of student learning styles.

 

Throughout the community, there is an incredible level of excitement as everyone makes final preparations for the arrival of our children.  It is with the same care, enthusiasm, and commitment that we approach the craft of teaching. As the people you have entrusted with the education of your children, we have developed a strong educational program that addresses each child’s social, emotional and academic needs.  We promote an educational environment that engages the students in meaningful work so that they develop the critical skills necessary to become independent, responsible, and productive citizens.

 

As we get ready to open a new school year, I also want to draw your attention to the importance of school attendance. As you know, our schools have focused on improving attendance over the past few years and we continue to work hard to make sure our students attend school regularly, but we need your help!

 

Did you know that 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 during the year! Did you know poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade? Did you know that by 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school? Finally, did you know that research shows missing 10 percent of the school year (or about 18 days in most school districts which defines chronic absenteeism) negatively affects a student’s academic performance? That’s just two days per month!

 

Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success – both in school and in life. When you help us make school attendance a priority, you help your child receive better grades, develop healthy life habits, and have a better chance to graduate from high school.  By working together, your students will be prepared to meet all that life’s challenges may have in store for them successfully!

 

The staff and I are eagerly waiting to welcome you to another wonderful school year and look forward to seeing families and students very soon!

 

If you have any questions please call me at 473-3121 or contact me by email at: kay.lewis@usd258.net

 

We wish you the best for a successful and rewarding school year!

Sincerely,

 

Kay Lewis

Superintendent

 

 

 

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