I know the absences look bad but keep in mind that there were faculty members with extenuating circumstances- surgery, family illness, family death. Things just happen to us sometimes.
student absents look good, but discipline does not.
Discipline numbers are higher than last year. I think that could be a GOOD thing, if it means more of us are following through with step discipline.
This is an important way to view the numbers. Consistency in expectations is vital to behavior issues.
I think being consistent and stricter on the up front can pay in the long-term improvement. I think the adage "Don't smile before Thanksgiving" has some validity. It is easier to loosen up than tighten up.
Discipline is a little higher, but still not to bad. Hopefully next month discipline will be lower.
The freshman class is 25% larger than it was last year. I would think the uptick in discipline referrals should be expected.
I agree with ya on this one Joel: more students=more potential conflict=more referrals. I also, like Natalie, think that it's an indicator that more people are following through on the disciplinary process.
During the weeks before a holiday, student behavior can be a little more problematic. After winter break, students should get back to business. I appreciate Natalie's comment that more teachers are following through with step discipline.
Student absences are lower this year than the two previous years. Teacher absences for December and January have decreased since November and are much improved from last year. Two very positive things!
Increased discipline referrals might be correlated with improved student absences.
The first slide makes me smile. I’m thankful to work with a great group of people.
Nice to see that January absences were down from last year for both teachers and students.
The flu hit the system hard last year. We have not had that type of illness running through the schools. Hopefully, we will not have any.
Glad to see that not as many teachers were absent the month of January, not sure why we are having more discipline issues this year compared to last!!!
Enjoying the Flurries!!
Do we have discipline divided by grade....? Just curious...
I agree with Terri. So many teachers have been ill this year and have family issues. But at least it is lower than last year for January. Discipline numbers have risen the last two months in comparison to last year's numbers.
"Students Missing More than 5 Days" looks pretty good. Actually, I don't have many students that miss much at all, it seems to be just a handful that miss a ton ... one Junior, 21 days; a Sophomore, 34 days; and Freshman, 34 days; etc.
Oh, and a Senior, 22 days absent. I had a Mom tell me during a parent contact earlier this year, "Sometimes it's just tough to get her out of bed and to school, it's easier some mornings just to let her stay in bed." Wow. Didn't know how to respond to that. It seems that some tell their parent(s) what they are going to do instead of the other way around.
Never even considered that as an option in high school: staying in bed...
After looking at the staff absences, the bars do not accurately reflect the numbers above them, mostly for 2014. March 2014, for example, says 71 absences, but the bar extends well over 100.
I am not sure why the scale is not correct on the bars. We have tried to adjust, tweak, etc. but can't get it fixed. If anyone has an idea of what might be causing it to be off-scale, please stop by my office and HELP! :-)
Discipline issues have has increased this year and I feel that may be tied to only 64% of all juniors passing all classes. It’s called laziness or to be politically correct, lacking initiative.
I agree with Mrs. Bruce observation that maybe the increase in discipline referrals is as a result of a more diligent effort with step discipline on our behalf coupled with the larger freshman class and absorbing most of the STEM Academy.
Love the first slide!! :)
Hate to see that the discipline is up. Students become very restless around the breaks.
It's great to see teacher absences down. I can have my planning back.
I am glad to see that student and teacher absences are lower than last year. Still a little concerned about the increase in discipline numbers. I would be interested to see the breakdown of what type of discipline events are occurring.
So glad attendance is better!
Glad attendance is better
All the absences look so much better than in the past. Hopefully the flu will continue to stay away this year.
Some of the bars in the bar graph are not accurate in their depiction!
Absences seem to have improved.
Concerned with student discipline issues, but glad to see that attendance is up!
More discipline referrals doesn't automatically mean discipline is worse than last year. I would like to see the number of referrals per student as a percentage. That would allow for a change in population. I also would like to know the severity of the different referrals.
Glad teacher absences are down from what they were earlier in the year.
I agree with some of the comments about student absences. Most of my students are below 5 absences in my class. I do have a few students who have 20+ absences in my class alone. This also correlates with their failing grade. Apart from a few habitual attendance offenders, I do not think student attendance is a major concern in my room.
I understand teachers have circumstances beyond their control and must be out, but it is nice to not cover as many classes now. I have 30 Emerald Tickets to date. :O I know not much instruction goes on in the classes when the teacher is out even with a certified teacher in the room. It's hard to cover a class in a content area other than your own. Hopefully teacher absences will continue to decline as we approach the GA Milestone!
I agree with Shelby about not always being able to control when you must miss a day. I can't imagine doing everything you do without a planning period. I'm glad you are seeing a little relief as far as coverage goes. You guys are the best!
We all suspect that there is a high correlation between grades and attendance (with an occasional outlier). I would love to see a breakdown of GPA and number of days absent to see if the numbers support that notion. Some math guru could even break it down by subject area to see if absences hurt more in certain subjects than others. It always amazed me when I was teaching math and I would call parents about their child's poor grades. Parents were SHOCKED when I suggested that consistently missing class 2 days a week MIGHT have a slight on Junior's grade.
Thankful to see a recent decline in certified and student absence rates! :)
A reduction in teacher absences is a big plus...especially for those who love their planning period
Absences for students and teachers are looking better. Discipline is on the rise, but I would like to see a breakdown of what areas the referrals are in.
It's good to see certified absences coming back down. Hopefully this will begin to impact discipline referrals.
I want to thank all the teachers who have covered for me this year. I do expect discipline and absences to be down in February with the snow days and break.
Hopefully we escaped a bad flu season and absences for teachers will continue to decline.
Great to see attendance improving!
I know students get a little crazy right before and after a break. Throw in bad weather days and it can be "The Perfect Storm" for some. Hopefully the storm will calm soon and we will see those referral numbers fall.
Attendance is improving
Like Avery, I'd like to say thanks for covering for me during any/all absences. I also hope the current trend in absences for students & staff continues to move downward. I also agree with Kim's "Perfect Storm" analogy. Don't know about the rest of you guys, but if I got asked once, I (literally) got asked 30 times "When are we leaving?" on that 2 hr Delay day. My answer of course was 3:11, like always. More difficult to get them to focus, but we made it through.
Good to see teacher absences dropping. I also agree with many people that the increase in the size of the Freshmen class maybe part of the reason for the increase in the discipline numbers.
Discipline by grade level would be nice to see. The freshman are so big, I think part of the increase in discipline is the increased number of 9th graders.
Good suggestion. That would give a more detailed picture.
It's any number of factors that affect the discipline referrals but I am so glad we have a systematic way to handle them. Also, I am thankful to Chris and Mary Ann for the fantastic way that they manage them!
Love the first and last slides and eager to move on to Spring. In the meantime, craving dark chocolate truffles-HAPPY VALENTINE'S EVERYBODY & ENJOY WINTER BREAK!!! ; )
Teacher absences are improving. Hopefully we can all stay healthy. Student absences are better. In my classes, it is the same students who consistently miss. The final exemption benefit has no effect on their attitude toward school attendance.
I'm also glad to see teacher absences declining. I know we all value our planning time. It's hard to lose your planning and have daily after school commitments.
I like Christina's suggestion about discipline divided by grades. It would be VERY interesting to see who the culprits are!! I'm in agreement with Mr. Koneman... it's nice to have more planning periods.
Hopefully discipline decreases after the week long break next week!
Its amazing how much better teacher attendance is when there isn't a major flu outbreak!
The discipline numbers are higher than previous years, but that's not all bad, as mentioned previously.
Wow grades are due again
Good to see teacher absences beginning to decline. Hopefully everyone can remain healthy.
Dana FordMCHS Curriculum Instruction Facilitator