Congratulations are in order to the High Voltage (middle school advanced chorus) group for their performance at Inspire Sarasota Saturday afternoon. They were outstanding. Thanks go out to the Mrs.Julie, Mr. Egan and the parents who directed, chaperoned and attended. Also a big thank you goes to Ms. Tippett and Ms. Walter, the SAA art teachers, for manning the booth displaying the art work of our students. It was good to see students and parents who were not performing in attendance.
The next choral event that includes ALL middle school students (not just those in music class) is this Friday for the Veterans' Day Parade. Parents are invited to attend and walk with us as we honor our veterans. All students need their blue polo shirts and black pants or skirts (skirts are provided) to walk. We will form up on the corner of Main and Osprey at 9:00 AM. The parade starts at 10:00, ending at Five Points in front of Selby Library.
This past week I spent three days at the Florida Charter Schools Conference in Daytona Beach. 2016 is the twentieth anniversary of the charter school movement in Florida where there are now over 600 charter schools serving over 270,000 students. The charter school movement began because parents wanted a choice for their children's education: they wanted to be involved. I encourage you to become involved through monitoring homework, volunteering at school, and joining parentsforcharterschools.org, a division of the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools. You can receive newsletters, tips on helping your child be successful, and keep up to date on legislative action affecting charter schools. There is so much research to show that the more parents are involved in their child's education, the more likely they are to succeed in school.
Please check the calendar for upcoming events. We need to keep working on attendance. Our elementary students' attendance rate increased to 79% while middle school is at 33% satisfactory attendance. Let's see if that can improve this week.
Have a great week!