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Principal's Message

Good morning Forest Park Families,

I wanted to provide a few updates as we wrap-up our second week of October:

The PTO has elected to move this year's Walk-A-Thon to the Rain Date, which is next Friday, October 18th at 2:30pm.  All parents who have their BCI clearance submitted to the District are welcome to join us.

Also, as we continue to receive notices from families regarding upcoming vacations being taken during the school year, I wanted to remind everyone that student attendance is now part of RIDE’s School Accountability System. Every school in the State now receives a Star rating, from 1-5, based on multiple indicators. RIDE looks at Academic performance, Student Success and College and Career Readiness (High Schools only). Here are the components all Elementary Schools are rated on:

  • Academic Measures
    • Achievement and Academic Growth based on State Testing (RICAS and Alternate Assessment). Science testing will count starting in 2021
    • English Language Proficiency for English Language Learners based on state ACCESS testing
  • Student Success Measures
    • Student chronic absenteeism- the percent of students absent 10% of days or more
    • Teacher Chronic Absenteeism
    • Student Suspension rates
    • Student who exceed academic expectations on State testing

Last year, Forest Park received a 4-STAR rating based on all these measures. However, during the 2018-19 school year, we had 17 students reported as chronically absent, which is an increase of 7 students from the previous school year. This may negatively impact our rating for the 2018-19 school year.  When I looked through our absences from last year, I identified that students going on vacation for 5-15 school days, coupled with absences for illness, contributed to our chronic absentee rate. It is important to note that all absences must be reported to RIDE, whether they are excused or unexcused. 

Even beyond the new accountability system, it is imperative that students attend school every day in order to make the academic progress and growth they need to be successful. Thank you in advance for understanding my concern and helping ensure that Forest Park students are in school, on time every day, ready to learn.

Dr. Scheller