DPS students earn rewards for good, improved attendance

Several Dayton Public Schools celebrated good and improved attendance by rewarding students with treats and activities at the end of October.

Incentives for good attendance are part of the district’s Be Present for a Better Future attendance campaign. By rewarding students for good attendance, schools are helping students create a habit of attending school each day.

Kiser, Horace Mann students earn rewards for excellent attendance

At Kiser, students who attended 50 consecutive days of school received an ice cream party on October 31st. To recognize all 50 days of their attendance, students had 50 ice cream toppings to choose from. From gummy bears, chocolate syrup and sprinkles to less traditional toppings like cereal and potato chips, students picked their favorites and filled their bowls.

The toppings had been on display in a glass case in the main hallway to remind students to attend school. More than 200 of Kiser’s 568 students ultimately earned the reward.

“Initially, the students were excited for ice cream,” said Kiser Assistant Principal Brooke Goodwine. “But the accomplishment of attending 50 consecutive days is really important to them. It gives them a sense of ownership and pride. There were students who missed a day this time who will not be missing any of the next 50 days.”

At Horace Mann Elementary, students in preschool through 2nd grade with 95% attendance for October were rewarded with trick-or-treating. Students wore their Halloween costumes to school on October 31st and volunteers lined the hallway to pass out candy.

On the same day, older students in grades 3-6 who had only missed one day of school for both September and October were rewarded with a costume dance party in the cafeteria.

Louise Troy students earn reward for having the most improved attendance

The district has designated certain days for the 2019-2020 school year as “Be Present Days.” These are days with historically low attendance, such as holidays students do not have off and days before and after breaks.

The first district Be Present Day was Columbus Day. Leading up to this day, more communication than usual went out to remind students and parents that school was in session.

From Columbus Day 2018 to Columbus Day 2019, Louise Troy Elementary’s attendance improved by 7.71% — the largest increase among all elementary schools.

As a reward, all Louise Troy students received pencils, emoji erasers and DPS Be Present rubber bracelets at lunch on Friday, November 1st. Iron Man even stopped by to high-five students and encourage them to keep attending school every day!

For information about the dates students should be in school, please view the district calendar, which is available in eight languages.

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