I hope attendance will turn back around. I have definitely noticed more absences in my classes.
Attendance for staff and students has been bad this year, but due mostly to a horrible flu,cold season! I am SOOOO glad I am done with all of the surveys. I know they are important, but there are so many!
I feel like there are more surveys to come.... :). And with so many students being absent, there will be lots of students taking final exams!
I don't think I understand still about the "Agreement" clause that's keeping us from getting 5 stars. I understand that not enough parents took the survey, but the other part doesn't make sense to me. It still sounds like we should have 5 stars!
I am surprised at the parent rating of 62. I understand not very many parents took the survey, but still expected it to be much higher.
I am surprised as well; almost all of the parents I have contact with are very pleased with all of the great things that the school is accomplishing. Maybe some of the parents could take the survey during some of the booster (band booster/tip off club/touchdown club etc) meetings next year.
My guess is that the few parents that did take the survey are the "disgruntled" ones. I really don't understand why more parents didn't respond to the surveys. As a parent of two girls that went through this school system, I know that I would have completed the survey and returned it. I may have griped about having to do it, but would have anyway!
I have had high absentees this week. On Monday, I had 15 students absent. Unfortunately, it seems to be the same ones who have missed 15 or more days this year.
I have the same students who have missed frequently this year as well. It makes me wonder what I need to do as a teacher to continue to encourage them to come in every single day (especially my seniors!). I am worried since it is only March...I love that our discipline issues continue to decrease. :)
I agree- I feel that I have the same students who miss all the time. I often become frustrated because I just want them to want to come to school and learn. Wahoo for discipline! They are making Mr. Thornbury's job easy :)
Senior attendance and tardiness to first and second period have been atrocious this year.
I like the way Ms. Wilkie said "only March." The last two months are full of instruction and testing, but the kids are dragging their feet. Spring fever?
Absentism is an issue. We have a hard time keeping kids on track when they miss one day a week because they did not want to get up. The same students do this year after year. This translates into poor work ethic after high school.
The statistics look good for creating a safe and secure environment. I glad the kids are comfortable and not afraid.
87% is a pretty solid score; like Melissa & Matt, I understand the "Agreement" factors into the, but it seems a bit lop-sided w/ the lack of some parent participation...Does that mean those scores from non-participants are automatic 0%; if so that would definitely skew the real data, and not in our favour...I sort of expected the parent ratings to be a bit higher, too. Even the parents whom I have to call with kids who aren't doing particularly well seem to have a positive attitude about MCHS & what we actually DO for our students...O, well! Can't win 'em all I guess:/
Maybe we can come up with some student incentives that will in turn help parents become more engaged. A student GOOSE pass.
Our school climate rating is awesome! Really enjoy working here at MCHS and am proud to be an Indian!
I agree wholeheartedly. Living in Whitfield County, people are always asking why I don't work closer to home. My answer is that as long as I am happy in my job, I will continue to be a proud Indian. Our school climate results back up what I have been saying for many many years. Our students are the best in the area.
Go DAWGS...ooops.....Go Indians!! :)
Great score for our school. Four stars seem like a great accomplishment.
It really is; things have really come a long way from the days when the graduation rate was below 60%! Thank you Leadership Team!
Is there a particular time frame for the surveys? Why not have a few computers open for parents to take the survey during open house next school year?
That seems like a good idea.
Offering some refreshments in a lab where the surveys are already pulled up should draw a lot of parents in. If this is an option next year, I don't mind lending my room out.
That might be an option for parents for open house nights, extra-curricular activity nights, etc. We might could give them a ticket for a free drawing for a basket or a Saucey Bones gift certificate or something.
I really like the idea of us having a time designated that we allow parents without internet access to come in and take the survey. Maybe when we have parent meetings, we can ask them to take the survey before they leave. I think we need to make the opportunities easier for them.
I like that idea as well. Maybe we could have some laptops and/or notebooks available in our classrooms at open house. If we had some, we could offer local coupons for parents who took the surveys. Snacks would also help. Parent participation is GREAT in the elementary school, GOOD in the middle school, and _____ in the high school. (You can fill in the blank. :-)) At least we know what we should work on for next year!
I like this idea as well. Even if there were time frames, we could do something similar at other extracurricular activities. If we had someone monitor them 100% of the time, we could possibly set up a tablet or two at the entrance table to certain events.
I think this is a great idea! Possibly Having an event in the evening where students/parents can come for entertainment and do the surveys as a part. I've got 20 laptops down here to contribute!
Great score MCHS!! Way to go!!
Andrea, Thanks for posting all the surveys and due dates on your website. It helps.
I second that! Thanks, Andrea!!
I loved the cartoon at the end!
Is there a way to send a link to the parents' survey in question using the School Way app? Maybe that would increase the number of participants.
This sounds like an excellent idea! We have the survey link on the website but not a lot of folks frequent the site. Maybe having them receive the link in a text message would promote survey completion by parents.
I'm not sure I understand the agreement clause, either. It is unfortunate that it kept us from a five star rating, but I think MCHS has a pretty solid reputation of being a wonderful school that has changed tremendously for the better in recent years. As a former student, I believe I can get away with saying that.
The absences look a little alarming on the graph on slide 9, but the 92% Average Daily Teacher Attendance statistic on slide 8 shows that attendance is still good. I wonder how these numbers compare to other professions?
While the surveys seem like a lot, I guess it's better to administer/take them within a short time-frame rather than stringing them out. Folks can get them completed and focus on other end-of-the year activities during that last 4-5 weeks when so many other things are taking place.
With February being a very short month, absenteeism seemed to be high. Although I have fallen victim to a stomach bug and there has been lots of things going around! As far as parent surveys I would be willing to try to involve parents and get them to take the surveys. Many WBL students work for or with parents and I have a lot of contacts in Murray County.
Yes, absenteeism does seem very high, and this year I caught everything that went through. Is there not away we could get parents to take a survey as they arrive to attend an extra curricular activities?
Some law enforcement agencies have mailed out letters to people with warrants notifying them that they have won a free television or something, and to be at a warehouse on a certain date and time to collect; when the person comes to collect their winnings, BAM! So, a mailing to all that they have won something, they show up at the school to collect, and BAM, we lock them in the tech. lab and make them take the survey.
Surveys by entrapment...I wonder if that would increase or decrease our rating? :)
I also would like more information/understanding on the agreement section. I also noticed a discrepancy between the student surveys and actual data. Overall, I think we are doing great. I am also proud to be a MCHS Indian!
I am still impressed with the low numbers in discipline.We have good kids!
I agree with Miss Dr. Greeson on the low numbers in discipline. We do have such good kids and it is easy to "BE NICE"!!!
Way to go on the climate survey...I know I am proud to be an MCHS Indian.
Thanks, Andrea, for organizing all the surveys. I, too, was wondering about the "Agreement"
Discipline down is always a good thing. 4 Star... way to go MCHS Indians!
I agree. Our discipline numbers are impressive.
I am not clear on the agreement part either. We should have 5 stars. Attendance.... (smh while sighing defeatedly)... it is getting better??
I am concerned about student absenteeism- I hope this situation gets better, quickly! It is a stressful time for us and also for students, especially as we get closer to all of the upcoming testing. I thought maybe after the Feb. break and snow days, we would see less illness.
I thought the suggestions for surveying were good! Improvement in communications is always ongoing.
Andrea, thanks for listing all of the surveys and the deadlines for us-it is really helping!
The climate survey I took this year was the easiest one I have EVER taken. Everyone at MCHS has made me feel so very welcome. I have really enjoyed this first (of many) years here. Thank you everyone!
The climate survey and discipline numbers reflect the quality of students and staff at MCHS!
I agree we should have an incentive for getting the parent surveys completed. The climate survey results and discipline statistics are both encouraging, but attendance is still an issue. For the most part it is the same students missing days.
Is there a Spanish version of the survey for parents who may need it?
I'm surprised that the number of students with 5+ absences isn't higher. I have several 'repeat offenders' who have already exhausted parent notes and college visits, and are now racking up unexcused absences. Not good. I'm calling home, but it doesn't seem to make a difference. Spring fever, I guess?
I, like many others, hope student attendance picks back up. We are at a critical point in the school year and students need all the seat time possible.
I know Ashley, there is a lot of testing and important information happening in class! They need to be here!
I think our climate score clearly states how good the students here at Murray really are. There is obviously a good connection between students and teachers.
Proud to be an Indian!!
The school climate results are awesome! I think its clear that our students want to be here and appreciate the learning environment that we provide.
Apparently student absences are a problem this time of year at both high schools!! Discipline referrals are still low--that's good. I am READY for spring break!!!
I hope that we can finish strong on our student absences!
Glad to see the school climate rating so high!
Dana FordMCHS Curriculum Instruction Facilitator