Students rewarded for perfect attendance
SPRUCE PINE – More than 300 students in Mitchell County had perfect attendance during the second nine-week grading period and that accomplishment did not go unnoticed.
Students from Greenlee Primary, Gouge Elementary, and Bowman and Harris middle schools who missed zero days and had no more than three tardies or early checkouts from early October to mid-January were treated to a free Mitchell County Schools #iShowedUp hot dog lunch Friday, Feb. 9, at Spruce Pine Fire Department.
Better attendance from all students is part of the #iShowedUp countywide attendance improvement initiative – Harris and Bowman middle schools averaged more than 95 percent daily attendance.
“We are where we need to be,” said Jennifer Gregory, Mitchell County Schools executive director of testing and accountability. “It’s impressive what these students have done and they deserve this lunch as a reward.”
Middle School Guidance Counselor Matt Hollifield said increasing daily awareness about the importance of attendance has been beneficial.
“Attendance is as good as I’ve seen it,” Hollifield said. “Even the students who don’t have perfect attendance are coming to school more than they normally would and we have seen a decrease in chronic absenteeism just because students are more aware of attendance.”
Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing more than 10 percent of the school year, whether the days are excused, unexcused or the result of a suspension.
Students achieving perfect attendance for the first nine weeks were recognized on the field at halftime during Mitchell’s home football game against Avery County.