September is Attendance Awareness Month!
Our goal this year is to ensure that every student attends school regularly. We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But, we also know that when students miss too much school— whether it is excused or unexcused – 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. Absences can add up quickly.
We recognize there may be barriers to attendance and we would like to work with families in identifying those barriers. 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 us.
Meet our new School Counselor
To kick off the year with in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms, we have been reviewing and practicing expectations and procedures for Guidance Class. If you came to visit during guidance, you would see all of us practicing our talking/listening skills, patience, understanding to help us build connections and an atmosphere of respect. You would see us being kind and appreciative of each other practicing giving and receiving feedback to promote a safe, welcoming learning environment. You would hear us laughing and being silly while getting to learn more about ourselves – this helps us not take ourselves too seriously all the time. Sometimes we will share about how we feel, other times we will think about the hopes and dreams we have for our lives. You would see that we reflect on lessons with pre-tests and post-tests so that learning can be measured with data. We do all of this to help promote a safe and fun learning environment throughout Blackman Elementary.
I have high hopes for my first year at Blackman Elementary! I have had such a warm welcome at Blackman Elementary by the students, staff, and parents, I cannot wait to get to know everyone better during the year ahead. One of our goals for the year include collecting needs assessments from all students, their parents/guardians, and teachers. Needs assessments will be available in the front office for families to complete or you may email us to receive an electronic form to complete. The assessments are based on the Tennessee Department of Education School Counseling Standards and American School Counselors Association (ASCA) Standards, the responses help to inform me of what standards I need to focus on during my lessons to be most helpful to the students at Blackman Elementary.
K/1st- Students will be practicing listening skills and learning about tattling and solving problems.
2nd- Students will be practicing open mindset when faced with a challenge and learning about solving problems using Kelso's Choices.
This September, the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades will be focusing on the Character Education Program Character Trait of the Month: Responsibility! Each grade will learn what it means to be responsible and try new strategies to practice responsibility. Students will learn that they already have been practicing responsibility but will discover new techniques or approaches to try at school or at home.
9/3- NO SCHOOL
9/5- Progress Reports
9/13- Early Dismissal
9/27- End of first 9 weeks
K-2 School Counselor
Website: Mrs. Klopp's Page
Phone: 615-904-3795, Ext. 28772