Principal's Message


From the Desk of Mrs. Berntson

I would like to share with you the following letter from the Salt Lake City School District regarding the importance of your child’s attendance at school:

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Our goal this year is to ensure that every student attends school regularly.
Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s 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 school— regardless of the reason – it can
cause them to fall behind academically. Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is
chronically absent—which 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 even better than 8th grade
test scores.
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!
We don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged. Please ensure that your
child attends school every day and arrives on time. Here are a few practical tips to help
support regular attendance:
 Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning
 Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
 Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick
 Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in
 Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about
going to school.
 Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a
family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.
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! If you have any
questions or need more information please contact your child’s school.

Salt Lake City School District


Mrs. Berntson

Hillside Middle School

1825 South Nevada Street (2375 East), Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Phone: (801)-481-4828 Fax: (801)-481-4831



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