Dear Team BCPS,
The 2016-2017 school year is off to an incredible start. I’m so proud to have 112,000 students learning and growing in our classrooms. I’ve had the chance to visit many of our schools already, and I am impressed by the positive energy from students and staff.
We’re paying extra attention to school climates this year. It’s clear from our research using annual Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey data that helping students feel welcome and develop strong relationships with staff and other students will improve both achievement and growth.
September is Attendance Awareness Month, and I want everyone to know that on-time, daily attendance is essential for students to maximize their potential. Absences and tardies negatively impact student progress from the earliest grade levels and from the first days of school. Let’s do whatever we can to make sure students are in class every day and on time.
You might have heard that this year’s report cards will include separate grades for achievement and behavior. Learn more about grading and reporting and how we’re holding students more accountable for content and conduct.
S. Dallas Dance