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Blizzard Bear Welcome
It is with great pleasure that H.A. Snow staff welcomes each and everyone of you to our school community. We are extremely confident that your child will encounter rigorous, innovative experiences that will better prepare them for a bright, successful future.
Snow’s stellar teaching staff and support personnel want to ensure that every child succeeds. There is a feeling of pride from the moment you step on our campus. We strive to support and encourage each child in achieving his/her optimum potential by instilling in them an intrinsic sense of worth, curiosity and love of learning. Through on-going teacher collaboration, our teachers provide an exemplary program that focuses on creating a balance between achieving high academic standards and character education.
It is with great honor and privilege that as the principal I can say that our students are the main source of our Blizzard Bear Pride. Much like our mascot, the polar bear, needs the right climate and environment to survive; our students need the right teachers, support staff and family partnerships to excel. Our students are hard working, intelligent, and well-behaved examples of who we want them all to be as they grow to maturity. Our teachers and staff members collaborate to deliver experiences that challenge and motivate them to learn the rigorous standards at each grade level. Our parents are fantastically supportive of the school’s efforts on behalf of their children. Good character, educational excellence and pride are key features of our service to children.
Now in it’s fortieth year, Snow has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education (1997) and as a California Distinguished school (1995). These recognitions all come from our commitment to innovative teaching practices, teacher training, and specialized programs that we offer at Snow.
We are looking forward to a strong year of commitment to strengthening our partnerships, teamwork, and to do our best and be our best for our Snow Blizzard Bears’ amazing students. If you have any questions about our school, please feel free to contact us through e-mail, or in person.
Just How Important is School Attendance?
It will surprise many parents that, in fact, their student(s) are considered chronic absent, truant, or both.
Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing more than 10% of instructional time for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Brenda Payton, in her article in the San Francisco Chronicle on April 22, 2012, revealed that some of the highest rates of absenteeism occur in kindergarten and first grade.
Teresa Drenick, Alameda County deputy district attorney and the architect of the Alameda County Truancy Referral Program, states, “There is a direct line between chronic absenteeism in elementary school, falling behind, not being able to keep up in Junior High, and drop-out rates in high school”.
Drenick goes on to say, “ When you read the probation reports of juveniles and adults convicted of criminal activity, the common denominator is the lack of education”.
The most telling and shocking statistic is how the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation determines how many beds it will need in the future.
According to Superior Court Judge Gloria Rhynes, it is third grade truancy rates! Yes, the prison system analyzes school attendance rates of third graders to decide how many will end up in prison!
Consistent attendance is critical to student learning. So, as we begin the 2012-2013 school year, I’ll see you at school, in class. Every day, on time!
Dave Marken, Ed.D.
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