Thursday, March 17, 2011

Perfect Attendance Earns Horton Students a Day at the Aquarium

Horton at ScrippsFifth and sixth graders from Horton Elementary recently got up close and personal with all sorts of Pacific marine life, a reward for earning perfect attendance at this Mountain View neighborhood school.

For many, this was a first-time experience. Students participated in hands-on demonstrations, such as learning about electroreception in sharks, and explored tide pools and living coral reefs.

Good school attendance is critical to student academic success, beginning in elementary school. By 6th grade, a pattern of chronic absence is a predictor of high school dropout rates.

Congratulations to Horton Elementary and its dedicated school community for placing a high value on exceptional attendance. Pictured here, perfect attendance award-winner Salma Santana with a new friend.