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3/1/17

Dear Rockwell,

The end of term 3 is just 12 school days away. Seems as good a time as any to remind you all how important it is for us to account for attendance. This requires parents or guardians to call in when students miss or are going to be late. When students rack up absences, they may arrange with their classroom teacher to serve appropriate detentions to make up that time or they may attend an available Saturday School to do so. While teachers have autonomy when it comes to accepting late work (or not accepting it), the challenge I extend is that students still get the work done and submitted. We set them up for longer term failure when we accept their lack of effort. We set them up for more failure when we allow them to accept a failing grade - studies indicate that GPA is a greater predictor of future success academically and in careers and work generally than standardized tests. This takes all of us doing our part, working in the same direction. Never doubt that Time + Effort = Success.

We just took the ACT yesterday, which for 11th graders is a crucial step toward post-high school efforts. We saw what seems to have been an overall solid effort by all those who tested, so we’ll hope for results that show that was the case. The ACT, starting this year, takes the place of 11th grade students taking the SAGE test. As we know in education, changes occur all the time, some seem to be wise uses of resources and effort, while others not so much so. As part of Utah’s public system of instruction, Rockwell is committed to doing what we can to support the students in doing their best. Parents and guardians can best help at home by making sure to talk about a student simply doing their best. Nothing more, nothing less. I know each of our students doing that will change what we tend to score on SAGE.

Grateful for the support you each extend this school. Every bit helps Rockwell become stronger.

Best always,

Darren Beck,
Director
Rockwell Charter High School

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