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Welcome Back to Great Falls!


As we begin the school year, we want to welcome you as our partner in your childís education. We value, appreciate, and seek out your involvement and collaboration for the success of your child.

Our goal this year is to ensure that every student attends school regularly. Positive attendance is a key ingredient to keeping kids on track academically and in engaging them in all aspects of school life.

Being present daily in school has a huge impact on a studentís academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.

We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But, we also know that when students miss too much schooló regardless of the reason ñ it can cause them to fall behind academically. Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absentówhich means missing 18 or more days over the course of an entire school year. Research shows:
  • Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
  • By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.
  • By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates as well as success in college.
Absences can add up quickly. A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month!!

Clearly, going to school regularly matters!

When our students are not at Great Falls School, we notice because we care.
We donít want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged.

Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time. Please make sure you are familiar with the school calendar to assist in your family scheduling for vacations and medical appointments.

Let us know how we can best support you and your children
so that they can show up for school on time every day.

We want your child to be successful in school!

Last Modified: Aug 18, 2016
The Gorham schools are committed to the belief that all of our students will find success in school