13 Jan

Get Schooled Celebrations!

Simon Middle School in Hays ISD and Manor Excel Academy in Manor ISD were both winners in the national Get Schooled challenge to increase attendance.  Here are some of the pictures from their celebrations!  The full sets can be found at Get Schooled’s website or the Facebook page for Simon.  Congratulations to all the schools who participated and improved their attendance – those extra days present result in more money for your district and a better learning experience for everyone!

Simon Middle School:

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Dance Party at Manor Excel Academy:

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06 Jan

2013 Get Schooled Challenge Results

Simon MS Wins Attendance Challenge – 1st in Central Texas, 14th in U.S.

Campus will host a celebration pep rally Monday and accept a $5,000 prize


(Kyle, TX) Hays CISD, in partnership with the E3 Alliance and Get Schooled, are proud to announce Simon Middle School as the Central Texas Region Middle School winner of the Graduate for Más Fall Attendance Challenge. Nationwide, Simon placed 14th out of all participating middle and high schools. The Challenge was a friendly ten week competition to rally students to improve attendance and stay focused on education. More than 135,000 students participated nationally in the 2013 Fall Attendance Challenge.


Get Schooled, in partnership with the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens, sponsored the Challenge in districts throughout the country from October 7 to December 13, 2013.  Partnering with local school districts and backbone organizations such as E3 Alliance, the Challenge provided students with incentives and fun, educational activities that engaged students while providing college planning information and promoting a peer culture that supports attendance improvement and academic success.


High absenteeism has been a challenge in Central Texas. Each year, Central Texas students are absent 2.4 million days of school and miss more days of school than their peers across the state in every grade.  Each day our students miss costs our schools about $38 in lost state revenue. Across Central Texas, our schools have been losing more than $91 million a year!  That’s why E3 Alliance spearheaded a regional campaign to improve attendance starting in 2011. Since the start of the campaign, Central Texas schools have saved more than $12M in increased revenue due to improved attendance.


“We’re excited to win this Challenge,” said Simon Middle School Principal Matt Pope. “We worked hard last semester and emphasized the importance of learning good attendance habits. Credit belongs to our parents, our students, and our staff for working as a team to win the Challenge. The lasting effect is that our students, who have learned to appreciate the significance of excellence attendance, are on their way to lifelong success.”


To encourage students to come to school every day during the Challenge, Simon used a variety of mini in-school challenges between grade levels and offered incentives, games, and activities to rally students around attendance improvement.


Simon Middle School will be celebrating their accomplishment with a school-wide “Champion Rally” on Monday, January 6th at 8 a.m. with performances from their students, cheerleaders, high school dance team and the world premiere of the champion motivational music video for their students.


E3 Alliance (Education Equals Economics), is a regional, data-driven, education collaborative based in Austin, Texas. E3 Alliance is leading the effort to build the strongest educational pipeline in the country to drive economic prosperity for Central Texas. E3 Alliance does this by using objective data and focused community collaboration to align the education systems so that all students can succeed. Together with the Central Texas community, E3 Alliance has created The Blueprint for Educational Change, the strategic plan for Central Texas to build the strongest educational pipeline in the country.


Get Schooled is a non-profit organization dedicated to using media, technology, and popular culture to improve high school graduation rates and college success rates.  Get Schooled connects with young Americans through its combination of on-air programming, online content, on-the ground events and school-based initiatives.  Together with hundreds of schools, educators, and students, and boosted by partners like Viacom and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Get Schooled motivates and empowers students to make high school education a priority and college education a possibility.  To learn more, go to www.getschooled.com or follow Get Schooled at www.facebook.com/getschooledfoundation, or www.twitter.com/getschooled.

29 Apr

News Release: OMG Girlz Recognize Stony Point High School as National Champion in Get Schooled Attendance Challenge with a 5.06% Attendance Gain

Round Rock ISD High School posts a 5.06 percent attendance gain

Round Rock, TX – More than 2,200 students at Stony Point High School will celebrate their 5.06% in student attendance on Tuesday, April 30 as the OMG Girlz will recognize the school as the national champion in the Get Schooled Foundation’s national Attendance Challenge. The Challenge was a friendly competition across more than 200 middle and high schools around the country in a campaign to improve student attendance.  As celebrity “principals for a day,” they will connect with students in their classrooms and host a school-wide assembly as part of the celebration of the students’ accomplishments. The Victory Tour event is not open to the public.

Get Schooled has focused on attendance as a critical metric in school and student performance because it is one of the best predictors of high school graduation rates and college readiness rates.  Despite its importance, a Johns Hopkins student released earlier this year estimates that 7.5 million students in the United States miss a month or more of school, putting them at risk for failing to learn key skills and potentially dropping out of high school.

Austin’s E3 Alliance partnered with Get Schooled to recruit and support 33 Central Texas middle and high schools in the Challenge as a regional effort to boost school attendance and ultimately student achievement.  The average school in the challenge boosted attendance 2.53% and Stony Point posted a 5.06% gain earning them the title of national champions. The challenge also had a transformative effect on Stony Point High School. The high school, one of the largest high schools in the challenge, came together and not only posted huge attendance gains but also boosted student engagement.  More than half the student body was active in the challenge.

“We are very proud of the hard work the Stony Point High School staff, faculty and especially the students did to earn this victory,” said E3 Alliance president & executive director Susan Dawson. “The Challenge is a great first step in our overall campaign to increase awareness about student attendance across Central Texas through our Missing School Matters campaign.”

The OMG Girlz, based in Atlanta, is made up of three high school students:  Star, Beauty and Baby Doll.  Formed by Tameka “Tiny” Harris, formerly of the multi-platinum girl group, Xscape, the OMG GIRLZ released their hit song “GUCCI THIS (GUCCI THAT)” in 2011 and it quickly became an instant hit on the Top 10 list of BET’s 106 & Park. Their first album will be released this fall.

More than 10,000 students across the country have earned a stop on the Get Schooled Victory Tour. As part of the Victory Tour, celebrities serve as “Get Schooled Celebrity Principals for the Day” at the school. Past Get Schooled Celebrity Principals for the Day have included Nicki Minaj, Ne-Yo, Bella Thorne, Rocsi and Big Sean.

“Stony Point High School, the E3 Alliance and the entire Austin community demonstrate what is possible when communities come together and focus on a critical predictor of student success,” said Marie Groark, Executive Director of the Get Schooled Foundation. “The amazing effort put forth by thousands of community leaders, students and teachers is an example for the rest of the nation.”

Incite Social Impact Marketing collaborated with E3 Alliance and Get Schooled to implement the Challenge in Central Texas. Incite is associated with the Emmis Austin Radio, featuring stations 93.3 KGSR, News Radio KLBJ 590 AM & 99.7 FM, 93.7 KLBJ FM, 101X, Comedy 102.7, 103.5 Bob FM and 107.1 La Zeta.

To see a full list of schools that participated in the Fall Attendance Challenge along with their final scores, go to www.getschooled.com. To see a photo album of the challenge in action in participating schools go to www.facebook.com/getschooled. To learn more about the E3 Alliance Missing School Matters Campaign, visitwww.missingschoolmatters.org. Visit Incite Social Impact at www.inciteimpact.com.
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About Get Schooled
Get Schooled is a non-profit organization that directly engages and motivates students to graduate from high school and succeed in college. Get Schooled is the premiere education brand for young people – linking students with high quality, cutting edge resources and tools they need to succeed. Get Schooled has developed a track record of success because it engages with young Americans using the media, technology and popular culture that is an integral part of their lives. Get Schooled’s work is boosted by partners like Viacom and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In its first two years, Get Schooled has engaged more than 2.5 million young Americans and has built a network of more than 325 middle and high schools.
About E3 Alliance
E3 Alliance is a regional, data-driven education collaborative based in Austin, Texas. We are building the strongest educational pipeline in the country to drive regional economic prosperity. Founded in 2006, E3 Alliance acts as a catalyst for change, working to break-down barriers and build better alignment across the education continuum. Our name tells our story: Education Equals Economics. We believe that only through greater educational achievement for current and future generations of children, can Central Texas realize economic prosperity and a high quality of life for our community. Such achievement requires systemic change from cradle to career, and that is our commitment to our community.