February has the fewest days of any month and at Sand Ridge we get the most out of each and every day. We have our girls’ basketball team tryouts kicking off the month while our boys’ basketball team is making a final push to get into the playoffs. We also kick off the month of February with our end of level writing portion of our SAGE testing. To accommodate all of our students, this testing will take place every day in February. To provide more time for our students and teachers to complete this testing, we will be running on a regular bell schedule this month. Friday’s will be on regular bell schedule days. Please remember, no late starts in the month of February.
Other calendar items of importance, we hope to see you all out at our Parent Teacher Conference night which will be February 18th. That day will be an early release day with the conferences starting at 1:00 p.m. and running until 7:30 p.m. Our conferences have been well attended in the past and we hope to see you all out again to visit and meet your student’s teachers for our second semester. Between our choir concert, pep assembly, community council, and after school stomp, our month of February is jammed packed and we are excited to get it under way.
Parents, I just wanted to thank you for your help in our second quarter. We had a campaign running this past quarter about “Stopping the Drop”. Second quarter historically has shown a huge drop in student attendance, performance and output. This year, we asked all of our stakeholders to help us “Stop the Drop”. Our teachers reviewed their materials, we updated our students on our progress, our counselors did a great job of identifying students who could use some extra help, and the challenge went out to all scorpions. I am happy to inform you that our second quarter grade distribution report showed the lowest number of failing grades and in turn the most passing grades in a second quarter at Sand Ridge since the grade distribution report was introduced. Sand Ridge had 94.1% of all grades given during the second quarter reported as passing grades. What an outstanding achievement by our students, faculty and staff.
I know I end most of most Principal Corner messages by saying I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of Sand Ridge, but to see the efforts of students, teachers, parents and all stakeholders to come together for the betterment of the educational process here at Sand Ridge, we really are functioning for the greater good for our students.
It’s a pleasure to be a part of this community and cone of schools. Thanks for all that you do and for all of your support, I hope your February is as bright as ours looks to be. Have a great month everyone!