05 Aug

Rally With Us!

2015 Fall Attendance Rally Invitation

Our Fall 2015 Attendance Rally is less than one month away, and we’d love for you to rally with us! Join us on the Long Center Terrace to hear insights about how Central Texas as a community can prepare our students to succeed from Mayor Steve Adler, Seton ED Ashton Cumberbatch, Elgin ISD Superintendent Jodi Duron, and Manor ISD Superintendent Kevin Brackmeyer. Performances by the dynamic WAMM Nation Drumline of Manor ISD will get everyone energized for a new school year. You won’t want to miss it!

We hope you’ll plan to attend– and invite others to come with you!

 

03 Oct

Over $12 Million Saved!

Take a look at this chart that shows the new data from the 2012-2013 school year.  Although the number of students has been increasing, the number of absences since 2011 (the year that we started the Missing School Matters campaign) has decreased significantly.  As a result, of reduced absences, Central Texas schools have saved $12,048,000!

We can’t take all the credit – there are multiple efforts from school districts and other key players to combat student absences.  Even though we are still working to decrease absences even further, it’s important to celebrate the successes.  Imagine how many more teachers, science labs, and technology can be added with an additional $12 million!

Absence and enrollment counts 2002-2013

Absence and enrollment counts 2002-2013

24 Sep

Increasing Awareness

We’ve been very busy since our kickoff event spreading the message that Missing School Matters!  Remember that if you would like a task force member to give a presentation to your school, office, or organization, we would be happy to do so!  Email info@e3alliance.com to request a speaker.

 

KUT covered our kickoff event and has some quick facts and interviews.  You can find their coverage here:
http://kutnews.org/post/missing-one-day-school-costs-your-district-38-dollars

 

The League of Women Voters has created yard signs to help spread awareness – we’re excited to start putting these up!

 

Central Texas has over 20 schools participating in the Get Schooled Attendance Challenge, starting October 7th.  We’ll be out raising awareness anywhere we can – and please use our Campaign Toolkit to help our cause!

Crowd at an MSM presentation at Manor Excel Academy.

Crowd at an MSM presentation at Manor Excel Academy.

06 Jun

Must Be Present to Win Webinar

How Local Communities Can Encourage Student Attendance in September

June 7, 2013, 12-1:15pm Central

Visit bit.ly/11mxHgn to register

Whether it’s attending a high-quality preschool program, an enriching summer learning opportunity or a challenging instructional program at their local school, children need to be present to benefit. Yet, across the country, as many as 7.5 million school-age children are chronically absent. In Central Texas, students miss a combined 2.4 million class days per year.

School attendance is essential to academic success, but too often students, parents and schools do not realize how quickly absences—excused as well as unexcused—can add up to academic trouble. Chronic absence—missing 10 percent of the school year, or just 2-3 days every month—can translate into third graders unable to master reading, sixth graders failing courses and ninth graders dropping out of high school. The impact hits low-income students, who most depend on school for providing opportunities to learn, particularly hard.

More than 450 people representing 270 communities across the country have committed to raising awareness about the importance of good attendance by signing up to make this September the first-ever Attendance Awareness Month. You too can learn more about how to join this growing movement by going to: http://www.attendanceworks.org/attendancemonth/

Join us as we hear from these local leaders about how they are enlisting a broad range of stakeholders and their plans for the fall. We are pleased to welcome:

  • Agnes Chiao, Vice President of Collective Impact, United Way of Salt Lake
  • Ken Kippenbrock, Director of Pupil Personnel Covington Independent Public Schools, Kentucky
  • Amy Jones, Volunteer Co-Captain, Missing School Matters Task Force, E3 Alliance, Austin, TX

In addition, representatives from Attendance Works will share the latest resources for launching Attendance Awareness Month, including ideas for hosting an “Attendance House Party.” Don’t miss this opportunity to learn what you can do to rally your community to send the message that going to school every day matters for success in school and in life.

Visit http://bit.ly/11mxHgn to register.

To learn more about the attendance crisis in Central Texas, visit www.missingschoolmatters.org.

Special thanks to United Way Worldwide, a collaborating partner for Attendance Awareness Month, for hosting this free webinar.

13 Dec

Stony Point High School wins National Get Schooled Challenge!

Get Schooled logoWe’re excited to announce that Stony Point High School in Round Rock is the national champion in the Get Schooled Challenge. Check out the final  leaderboard  here and watch this web site for updates and the official announcement! Congratulations to everyone at Stony Point and thanks to all the participants in the regional challenge.

Five Central Texas schools were in the top 25 nationally, Other top finishers in the region include Leander High School, Garcia Middle School in Austin, Simon Middle School in Kyle (Hays CISD), and Covington Middle School in Austin.