Mustangs, SJSD Team Up for Attendance Initiative

(September 5, 2018) -- The St. Joseph Mustangs and the St. Joseph School District are teaming up this year to share the importance of regular school attendance.

During the month of September, Attendance Awareness Month, the Mustangs have planned several fun activities to encourage regular attendance in our schools.

  • Mustangs Book ReleaseEach year, the Mustangs organization releases a book featuring players, fans, Rally, Phil Welch Stadium and an important message. This year, they are sharing a story as part of the Mustangs Reading Program for local elementary schools about the importance of regular attendance to tie in with the District’s Strive for 5 attendance initiative.
  • Rally “Reads” to StudentsIn conjunction with the book release, Rally will join SJSD’s new superintendent, Dr. Doug Van Zyl, to read to kids throughout the district during the month of September (schedule to follow).
  • Night Out at a Mustangs GameThe Mustangs are offering a special incentive to each school in the SJSD that meets this year’s attendance goal. The school will be invited to their “own night” at a Mustangs home game during the regular 2019 season, which includes free tickets for students, school staff and more!

“We are thrilled to be a part of this program and highlight why it’s so important to be in school every day,” said Mustangs General Manager Ky Turner. “Just like we need our players to be present for every practice in order to play well, it’s also important for kids to be in school every day so they don’t miss out on valuable learning.”

The partnership is one of several ways the SJSD is raising awareness about the issue of chronic absenteeism and working to improve the district’s proportional attendance rate.

“We are looking at a number of different avenues to break down barriers to attendance,” said Dr. Kendra Lau, SJSD Director of School Improvement. “There are many reasons students have a hard time getting to school regularly and we want to do everything we can to help them so they can be present in class each day.”

The SJSD launched Strive for 5 last August and saw a 3.5% increase in attendance during the 2017-18 school year. Each building is encouraged to track attendance, celebrate growth and help educate students and their families about the importance of regular attendance.