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News From Elementary Principal

August 30, 2018


Dear Parents,

Hershey Elementary is off to a great start this year. The students came to school excited and ready to learn and the teachers have been working to assess each student’s educational needs and inspire learning.  The yearly transformation of a quiet, empty building in the summer to a school full of life and promise in the fall is one of my favorite things about working in education.       

As students begin to ‘settle in” to the school environment for another year, parent involvement becomes an important part of the process.  A recent report from the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory concludes that “regardless of family income or background, students with involved parents are more likely to:

•Earn higher grades and test scores, and enroll in higher-level programs;

•Be promoted, pass their classes, and earn credits;

•Attend school regularly;

•Have better social skills, show improved behavior, and adapt well to school; and

•Graduate and go on to postsecondary education".

Although this is certainly not new information, it underscores the power you have as a parent to ensure the success of your child.  If you read to your children when they are young and incorporate educational experiences throughout their years, they have a better chance of being successful in school and in life.  It’s easy, simple and does not take a lot of time, but sometimes it does take a change in routine.

I also ask that you keep on top of your children’s grades by checking on Power School often, make sure they complete and hand in assignments on time and support the teacher in areas of discipline, organization and expectations.  Some of the most important things you can do for your son or daughter are to spend valuable time each evening discussing their school day and taking an active part in his or her education.

To help ensure your child’s success in school attendance is very important.  Parents need to be aware of Board Policy 503.04 which deals with Excessive Absenteeism.  The policy follows Neb. Statute 79-208 and 209.  Parents of students who are absent for more than ten days – excused or unexcused – during a semester will need to visit with the principal to explain the absences and develop a plan to reduce absenteeism.

It is important that students be present at school as much as possible.  Parents are asked to schedule appointments on the days school is not in session if at all possible in order to avoid an absence problem.


Jason M. Calahan

Elementary Principal

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