Attendance Bulletin Boards
Bulletin Boards can be used to display and promote attendance data, combining graphs, goals, and strategies for coming to school on time. Recognizing students for high attendance - and creating healthy competition between classrooms - can inspire an entire schoolhouse.
This school featured class pictures on rockets to display monthly, whole class attendance. Students were very excited to see their pictures up on the walls of the school!
It is important to remind students, teachers, administrators and parents of the why behind attending school - and interpreting the numbers and %s that indicate students success.
Looking to help younger students understand the idea of attendance? In this K-2 wing, homerooms earned a part of a snowman for each day their students were present and on-time. The board was located on the way to the cafeteria, and teachers would frequently stop and ask their class to asses who was in the lead, in last place, etc. (The penguins were for homerooms that completed their snowmen early!)
If you were a middle-school student, how would this display engage you? What overarching themes would you carry with you as you walked from class to class?
If you have the time and resources, field trips are a great motivator for increasing student attendance. Making the incentive (in this case, rollerskating) tied to a specific time period helps students and staff stay motivated.
When you were a student, what would have motivated you to get to school? Perhaps a record-spinning panther to greet you as you walk by the main office?
On this "Attendance VIPs" board, each homeroom's attendance is displayed, week by week, with different color stars marking high achievement. The teacher with the highest homeroom attendance is noted in the bottom left corner, as "Coach of the Week." In addition, the "Best Plays" list explains the purpose of the display in both English and Spanish - a must for our bilingual students and families.
Not only does this display highlight this school's Attendance goal, it also helps to break down the reasons behind certain peaks or valleys - weeks with higher or lower attendance. The note reads "Blown away by the hurricane," a reference to October 2012's hurricane Sandy that disrupted Boston students and families for several days.
School is a time to teach students both academic content and social-emotional skills. This bulletin board, posted in a kindergarten-3rd grade wing, explicitly described ways for students to stay healthy - and as a result, supporting their presence both physically and emotionally at school.