Teacher, I just need to miss…um…one day

August 27, 2015
Regina Bargo  Tales from the Classroom

Regina Bargo
Tales from the Classroom

We began this year with new excitement, new programs, and new goals. First, came the study from last year’s attendance. Knox County Schools

lost 300,000 instructional hours due to students lack of attendance. That’s right, our students missed that many lessons! Not only that, but our schools lost 1.3 million dollars in funding! This is a staggering amount of funds that could have provided for a world of difference for students in the classroom. However, as a kindergarten teacher, it is hard to convey these facts to four and five year olds. After my watered down speech of how important it is to come to school every day unless you are sick, a little boy eagerly raised his hand and begged, “Teacher, I just need to miss … um…one day … for my birthday… ok?”

By the middle of the first day, a little girl walked up to me and exclaimed, “You know what teacher? I’m so proud of you! You are the boss of this

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