Dear Schuylerville Families,
My name is Maddie Wright and I am pleased to introduce myself as the new K-8 Assistant Principal for Schuylerville Elementary and Middle Schools! I am looking forward to getting to know the students this year. I was born and raised in neighboring Glens Falls, NY. I value being part of a community and believe that a school is an integral piece of any community.
As I’m sure many of you are, I too am hoping that the 2021-22 school year will bring some normalcy, but acknowledge that it may be a “new normal” for many. As we embark on this coming school year, I would like to emphasize the importance of excellent attendance and let you know that it will be a top priority this year. Attendance is a significant factor concerning student success. Each time a student is absent, there is an increased chance that they will fail a course, fall behind in class, or lose a connection with the school. Even when students miss school for good reasons (i.e. health issues, important family matters, appointments that cannot be scheduled outside of the school day, etc.), too many absences can still cause a student to fall behind.
I recognize that this will be a shift for students who participated virtually last year. However, here at Schuylerville Middle School, we have access to many resources that can help students transition back to attending in-person classes on a regular basis. It is important that we work together to ensure that your student is present each day.
I have included a useful document that outlines the importance of good attendance in the summer mailing families will receive the week of July 26. The article also offers some tips on what you can do to help your student be successful. Even missing just a couple of days a month means that a student is considered “chronically absent.” Often, the number of days that students are absent can accumulate without parents or guardians even realizing. In an effort to prevent this, attendance letters will be sent home at 5, 10, 15, and 20-day absences and other interventions may be put in place to promote good attendance.
If an absence or tardy cannot be prevented, please be sure to communicate with Michelle Luna in the Attendance Office at 518-695-3255 ext. 1405. I look forward to partnering with you to make sure your child has the opportunity to learn and thrive at Schuylerville Middle School during the coming year.
Maddie Wright, Assistant Principal
Schuylerville Middle School