District and Citywide Monthly Attendance Challenge

i am ousdFebruary 19, 2021This message is available in other languages using the links located above the blue header
Every month the winning school is presented an award
virtually by a special guest!
The Oakland Unified School District Attendance and Discipline Team is celebrating our community’s collective commitment to get up, show up and never give up through the Everyone & Every Day Counts Attendance Campaign.
Check out OUSD students, families & staff taking the Attendance Pledge!“The monthly Attendance Challenges are a fun and engaging way to emphasize to our students that their presence, participation, and connectedness matters. We learn and grow together. We all benefit when we stay connected and share our ideas, reflections, questions, and passions. We keep each other inspired which is essential during these difficult times.” 

-Ms. Wright-Davis, Assistant Principal at West Oakland Middle School  
Prizes for Winning SchoolsEach month, an OUSD school is celebrated and recognized for their continued commitment in distance learning, improving attendance and reducing chronic absenteeism. The winning school receives a prize for their faculty and the school is awarded the traveling Attendance Clock Trophy by a very special virtual guest.Below is a list of the most recent winners and available video links of the presentations:
August: Lorenzo Alexander (former Raiders player and OUSD alumni) presented to Bret Harte Middle School (pictured above)September: Guapdad 4000 (music artist and OUSD alumni) presented to Franklin Elementary
October: Nana Attakora (Oakland Roots team captain) presented to Grass Valley Elementary
November: Rexx Life Raj (Bay Area music artist) presented to West Oakland Middle School
December: Lance Holloway (Actor, Screenwriter & former OUSD student) presented to Korematsu Discovery Academy (video coming soon!)

January – Max Ornstil (Oakland Roots player) presented to Brookfield Elementary (video coming soon!)

The theme for February is Black History Month, with a focus on school connectedness, to increase student attendance and engagement by exploring quotes from strong Black leaders. Research shows a strong relationship between school connectedness and educational outcomes; including school attendance, staying in school longer, and higher grades. School connectedness is the belief by students that adults and peers care for them. Students are more likely to engage in healthy behaviors and succeed academically when they feel a strong association with their school community.

Thank you for your continued commitment to improving attendance and reducing chronic absenteeism. Each OUSD student is an essential part of their school community.  When one student is missing, our community is incomplete. When we show up, our community is stronger. When we show up for each other, each of us is stronger.
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