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Mr. Salazar's Dojo Update

Achieve Academy Community:

It has been an amazing start to the new school year! Every student is working hard and coming to school with a smile on their face! Thank you for helping make August a success!

I wanted to begin by informing you that our school theme this yea ris that we will be "LEADING our students to EXCELLENCE" at Achieve. To accomplish this, we are asking that students continue to follow our CARES traits, students come to school on time everyday, parents attend all school functions and the staff at Achieve works hard to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of every student!

With that said, I wanted to take a moment to share some very exciting news with all of you. Every year our 3rd-8th grades take state standardized tests called CMAS. The tests assess students' knowledge in math, reading, writing and science. In August every school is given a school rating based on how students performed on the test the previous year. The rating system is below:

Performance Plan - Schools with a Performance Plan are meeting expectations on the majority of performance metrics.

Improvement Plan - These schools are identified as lower performing. They may be meeting expectations on some performance metrics, but they are not meeting or are only approaching expectations on many.

Priority Improvement Plan - These schools are identified as low performing. They are not meeting or are only approaching expectations on most performance metrics. The state will provide support and oversight to these schools until they improve.

Turnaround Plan - These schools are identified as among the lowest performing schools in the state. They are not meeting or are only approaching expectations on most performance metrics. The state will provide support and oversight to these schools until they improve.

I am proud to say that Achieve Academy earned a PERFORMANCE plan rating! Our elementary school (Kinder-5thgrades) gained 12 points moving us to PERFORMANCE for the first time in 10 years! Our middle school (6th-8th grades) also earned a PERFORMANCE rating for the third year in a row. We are the only middle school in Mapleton that has earned that honor three years running! I am so proud of the students and staff of Achieve! Everyone has worked very hard to ensure that we are supporting the academic and social-emotional needs of our students. I am also very thankful that we have such amazing parents who support the school and your student! It takes a team effort to move a school to the rating of PERFORMANCE...we are all certainly LEADING our students to EXCELLENCE at Achieve.

I order to continue our PERFORMANCE rating. We need students in school! Our monthly goal is an attendance rating of 95% or above. During the 2018-2019 school year, we averaged a 94%monthly attendance rating. We were 2% higher than the district average of 92%. In August we hit 95% attendance for the month! Thank you for making sure your student is coming to school everyday. Below is a breakdown of August attendance for each grade level:

Pre-school: 98%...Awesome job!
Kinder: 96%...You rock!
1st grade: 94%...We will get there!
2nd grade: 95%...Great work!
3rd grade: 93%...We need you at school!
4th grade: 92%...We need you at school!
5th grade: 95%...Great work!
6th grade: 94%...We will get there!
7th grade: 96%...You rock!
8th grade: 96%...You rock!

If you received a letter from Achieve informing you that you needed to complete the annual registration online update, please do so as soon as possible. The information is required be the district and if not completed, your student will not have access to district technology. If you need assistance in completing this process, please call our office at 303-853-1300. Right now, we have 80% of our parents who have completed the process...we need 100%!

Lastly, we have an opening for an Achieve parent to be our school representative to our District Accountability Advisory Committee(DAAC) team. DAAC is an accountability group that answers to the board. There is one meeting a month that you will need to attend from 4:30pm to 6:00pm at the Administration building at 7350Broadway. I have listed the description and purpose of the team below.

DAAC is an advisory committee for the Board of Education. They provide input and feedback on the following topics:

• Review and comment on District goals and objectives for the2019-20 school year, noting a particular emphasis on the Unified Improvement Plan
• Provide input to the Board concerning the creation and enforcement of the Conduct and Discipline Code
• Review and comment on District budget priorities for the 2019-20 school year
• Review and comment on charter applications prior to consideration by the Board
• Review and comment on Federal grants submitted by the District
• Review and monitor the District Attendance Initiative
• Serve as the District Title 1 Parent Committee
• Serve as the District Wellness Committee
• Serve as the District Personnel Evaluation Council
• Serve as the District Safe and Drug-Free Schools Advisory Council

The dates of the meetings are:

Tuesday, September 18th
Tuesday, October 16th
Tuesday, December 4th
Tuesday, January 15th
Thursday, February 12th
Tuesday, March 19th
Tuesday, April 16th
Tuesday, May 21st

The position is a great way to get involved in the district and make sure that the Achieve Academy Community has a voice! I will sweeten the deal by providing our representative 2019-2020"LEADING to EXCELLENCE" Achieve t-shirts for the whole family and a gift card for a family dinner night! If you are interested in becoming our parent representative, please email or call me at 303-853-1301.

Important dates for September:

Monday, September 2nd: No school for students & staff

Tuesday, September 3rd: Picture Day--Free dress day for students. Please no ripped or jeans with holes in them.

Thursday, September 12th: Leading to Excellence Parent Night from 4:00pm to 6:00pm...more info to come. Dinner will be provided.

Friday, September 13th: No school for students

Friday, September 20th; Homecoming Activities--students are dismissed at 1:35pm

Monday, September 30th: Donuts with the Director from 8:45amto 9:45am...more info to come.

Thank you for your support!
Mr. Salazar