Haynesfield Claims First Be Present! Challenge
Prize Patrol Storms Haynesfield
Posted on 03/06/2020
The Dude poses with excited Haynesfield students.

Haynesfield Elementary School students were the first big winners for 2020 as the Be Present! Prize Patrol stormed the school on March 6, for the Bristol Tennessee City Schools Be Present! Attendance Challenge!

More than 500 students and staff members celebrated the victory with Prize Patrol personalities Dude and Professor B. Right, two volunteer coaches from King University. Dude is Ryan Booher, King’s men’s and women’s volleyball coach. Professor B. Right, new to the challenge this year as a replacement for Dr. Roy G. Biv, is King’s acrobatics and tumbling coach. Students were also congratulated by Interim Director of Schools Annette Tudor and Principal Rachel Walk.

As a result of the win, the school was awarded a check for $100, a traveling attendance trophy, flowers and a large bouquet of balloons! Following the celebration, all students were given a “present” made possible by donations from numerous community partners.

The Be Present! Attendance Challenge is now in its second year in the district. The initiative began last year as part of the district’s overall efforts to improve attendance and reduce chronic absenteeism, which is defined as missing 10% or more days of school for any reason, excused or unexcused. In addition, the initiative seeks to educate parents and students about the important role attendance plays in helping students achieve their academic goals. As a result of the increased emphasis on attendance last school year, Bristol Tennessee City Schools reduced the number of students chronically absent from 11.7% to 10%, which was double the percentage improvement required to meet the state objective.

There will be three more challenge dates this spring where one of Bristol’s seven schools will be recognized for the largest percentage increase in attendance. Unlike last year when attendance was only measured on one day, the challenge this year covers a two-week period. The percentage increase of each school is calculated by comparing the school’s attendance rate for the designated two-week period with the same two-week period last school year. The remaining measurement periods and challenge dates are as follows:

Attendance Measurement Period

Challenge Date

March 9-March 13, March 24-March 27

Friday, March 27

March 30-April 7

Tuesday, April 7

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