‘A’ for attendance in Silver Creek

SILVER CREEK – Superintendent Daniel G. Ljiljanich shared several pieces of news at a Silver Creek Central School Board of Education meeting recently.

He said the school is stressing the importance of student attendance.

“If we want our graduation rate to rise, we need to focus on getting the students here,” Ljiljanich said.

Board members were then presented with an update of attendance rates at all school levels which are almost all at 100 percent.,

Moving forward, Ljiljanich said open houses for the beginning of the school year went very well at the elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to regular open house events, he said the school hosted a separate “math night” event to explain common core math standards and almost half of the students’ parents attended.

“I thought that was phenomenal. We’ll continue to try and educate our parents on what the differences are (in terms of common core curriculum). We want to make sure we’re providing the correct information,” Ljiljanich said.

In 2011, the New York State Board of Regents approved additions to the common core learning standards for English and mathematics, plus a new set of prekindergarten standards.

Ljiljanich finished his report saying he attended the third annual Olivia’s 5K Wish Run on Oct. 6 at Evangola State Park which celebrated the life of Olivia Coia, a 1996 Silver Creek Central School graduate who died of breast cancer in 2010.

Ljiljanich said he was impressed with the turnout of board and community members along with students.

“The amount of community support for this event was just awesome,” Ljiljanich said. “I think it says a lot about Silver Creek and the people we have here and the support they show.”

Board of Education meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month in the Board of Education Room starting at 7 p.m.

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