I am so excited to be serving as your principal and to be called a Paxton Bobcat. I am looking forward to meeting each of you and getting to know you during this school year. It is such an honor to be a part of the Paxton tradition of excellence! I am thrilled to join with you in carrying on these historic and wonderful traditions into the future. All our staff are committed to working together to ensure that every student works to reach their fullest potential here at this great school. We all want every student to be a vital part of our school and experience the pride of being a Paxton Bobcat. Our hope is that every student grows academically and physically, as well as developing integrity and character, so that they can contribute to our community, state, and nation as adults. I know that this year will be exciting and fulfilling for every student, parent, and staff member.
A new federal law known as the Every Student Succeeds Act states that chronic absenteeism is a major factor in the lack of student success nationwide. According to federal data published last year, students missing more than 15 days of school per year are considered chronically absent and perform below their peers academically. Each class is important. Some students, however, habitually check out and miss certain classes. I want all students to be successful and graduate on time. Let's work together to address chronic absenteeism to ensure our students have every opportunity to meet their academic goals.
Mr. Jackson and I are looking forward to being a part of your educational experience this year. We are here to support you and provide a safe and welcoming family environment where learning is fun and engaging. Let's work together to make 2019-2020 another year filled with students and staff members who bring their best in EPIC proportions through excellence, professionalism, innovation, and collaboration.