Throughout September, Tyler ISD joined school districts across the nation in bringing awareness to the importance of school attendance by participating in Attendance Awareness Month, a nationwide event recognizing the connection between school attendance and academic achievement.
“One of the largest indicators of academic success is being in school,” Tyler ISD Superintendent Dr. Marty Crawford said. “Initiatives such as Attendance Awareness Month help school administrators, teachers, parents and community members work together to build a culture of attendance.”
Each six weeks, Tyler ISD recognizes the elementary, middle and high school with the highest perfect attendance percentage. For the first six weeks, Birdwell Elementary School had the highest percentage among Tyler ISD campuses with 98.2 percent.
In celebration of Attendance Awareness Month, the District took its recognition a step further. Since Birdwell won as a campus, the 285 names of Birdwell students with perfect attendance were put into a drawing for a pizza party and special visit from Dr. Crawford. The winning student was fourth-grader Kinley Van De Carr. Kinley and her entire homeroom class enjoyed Rounder’s pizza before Dr. Crawford presented her with a special certificate.
“Tyler ISD is proud of Kinley and all our students who earned perfect attendance over the first six weeks,” Dr. Crawford said. “I am especially proud of the attendance data across campuses districtwide that continues to see great gains.”