Dear PPE Families,

Cheers to a New Year! We had a great first week at PPE and look forward to a wonderful second semester. Please join me in welcoming five new families who joined our PPE community this week.

I want to thank you for your generosity shown to our amazing support staff, office staff, teachers, and administration during the holiday season. Your monetary donations helped make the support staff’s holiday much brighter. The many acts of appreciation shown to Mr. Mason and me were very much appreciated. Thank you so much for your kindness and thoughtfulness!

Once again you exceeded expectations with your donations to PPE’s school-wide service project last month. Many MNPS students and their families who are experiencing homelessness received new underwear, socks and a gift card to a local restaurant to enjoy a special treat during the holiday season. Thank you so very much!

MNPS Attendance Expectations
School attendance is a critical component in order to ensure that a child is successful at school. Our students are developing the habits that will shape their future. When students attend school daily, they will have a better opportunity of having higher student achievement and feel confident about their work at school. Tennessee law requires children ages six through 17 attend school.

• Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) increases the chance that your student will not read or master math at the same level as their peers.
• Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
• Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
• Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.
• By being present at school, your child learns valuable social skills and has the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with other students and school staff.

PPE’s attendance summary for the first semester was:

  • Satisfactory – 82.4% (408 students) Absent < 5% of all attendance days
  • Borderline – 15.2% (75 students) Absent >= 5% and < 10% of all attendance days
  • Moderate to Severe – 2.4% (12 students) Absent >= 10% and < 20% (moderate) Absent >= 20% (severe)

The elementary schools with the highest satisfactory attendance for the first semester were:

  • Lockeland Design Center – 90%
  • Julia Green ES – 89.4%
  • Percy Priest ES – 88.7%
  • Glendale ES – 88.2%

Thank you for making school attendance a priority in your home.

Your partner in education,

Mrs. Melinda Williams