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Mid-Year Data Check

December 30, 2018

Achievement or Proficiency is a point-in-time measure that evaluates how well students perform against a standard. In contrast, progress is measured by how much "growth"students make over time, typically from one year to the next. Both of these measures are important, but they  provide different information.  Current data shows students at Bay Elementary are progressing as they should to ensure growth.

Based on STAR Reading and Math, our data is looking good for 2018-19.  The graph shows the percentage of students in each grade level who are scoring on or above grade level.  Children to "learn to read" in Kindergarten through 2nd grade and "read to learn" from 3rd grade forward.   Curriculum really begins to change in second grade to more abstract and becomes more challenging for students.   Please continue to READ, READ, READ with your children everyday and support learning at home.   

If you have questions or concerns about your child's academic performance, please schedule an appointment with your child's teacher or contact Mrs. Spence at 850-622-5050 ext 2110.

Working together we WILL achieve SUCCESS!

Attendance Impacts Learning!

December 30, 2018

Attendance Is Important & It’s the Law

Many research studies have been done over the years by many institutions on the importance of regular school attendance and the impact it has on a child’s life.  Truancy Laws are based on these studies because of the impact regular school attendance has on a child’s life and to ensure children are supported by parents and school personnel for regular school attendance.  So why is regular school attendance important and just what does the research say?  (Following data provided by the Florida Department of Education)
Students who experience chronic absence in Kindergarten have:
  • Lower academic performance in FIRST Grade
  • Lower Reading & Math proficiency in THIRD grade
  • Lower achievement levels can be traced as far out as FIFTH grade from chronic   
  •       absences in Kindergarten
  • Weak social and academic skills to help the student engage in learning
Specifically, research conducted by the National Student Attendance, Engagement and Success Center in 2017 and a Rhode Island Data Hub found …
  • Kindergarten students who were chronically absent scored 20% lower in reading and math in later grades
  • Kindergarten students who were chronically absent were two times more likely to be retain in grade 3
  • Kindergarten students who were chronically absent were two times more likely to be suspended by the end of the 7th grade
  • Kindergarten students who were chronically absent  were likely to continue being chronically absent making the academic gap increase

WHY does early chronic absence impact for YEARS to come?  

 Because EVERY year establishes a foundation for the next grade level to build upon

The first semester of the 2018-19 school year shows a downward trend in attendance.  Let’s work hard second semester to change this data trend and support our children with STRONG academic foundations

Enrichment & STEM

December 30, 2018

Mrs. Rentz's STEM and Enrichment classes are programming robots and solving real-world problems!



Mark your calendars for Thursday, December 13th for an evening of fun and merriment at Sweets with Santa!  Contact Bay Boosters at for all of the details and ways to help out!

Parents! Ever wonder why reading every night is so important? Here's a great graphic from our Media Specialist, Heather O'Toole.

Every month, Mr. A. Russell Hughes, Walton County, Florida Superintendent of Schools, will share a video message with an update on the exciting things happening in the Walton County School District, Walton County, Florida. Check back often to stay informed on all the activities, events and accomplishments of teachers and students in the Walton County School District. This month's video was filmed at the WCSD Board Meeting Room. This month Superintendent Hughes has important reminders for the end of first semester and an update concerning teacher negotiations.

WCSD December Video Update