STRANGER ALERT LETTER
FROM THE DESK OF THE PRINCIPAL
September 27, 2016
A parent informed us today that yesterday afternoon, September 27, 2016, two male middle school students were walking home on Escuela Parkway after practice and were approached by a man and a young boy driving a 4-door car. The students stated that the driver appeared to be in his 20’s and the young boy was blond and about 10 years old. The man stopped near the boys, and the young boy in the car asked them if they would like a ride. The students declined and reported the incident to their parents who informed the police. A report was filed with the Milpitas Police Department, and as a result, there will be an increased police presence around our schools. As always our administrators and staff will be visible after school watching over kids as they leave the school grounds. We will be sure to keep you abreast of any new information.
Please remind your children of safety precautions on their way to and from school. All school age children should know their addresses, phone numbers, and parents’/guardians’ names so that they can provide the information to a person who can offer help. Establish safe houses in your neighborhood for your child to go to if needed.
Following are some safety precautions to share and role-play with your children:
- Always walk or bike to school with one or more friends;
- Always keep parents/guardians informed of where you are;
- When approached by a stranger who wants you to go with him/her, run in the opposite direction, go to a safe place or adult, and yell, “I need Help!”
- Move away from a car that pulls up beside you when you don’t know the driver;
- If a stranger tells you that there is an emergency, a family member is hurt, or a pet has been in an accident, always check with a parent or an adult you know, and do not go with the stranger;
- Sometimes strangers will ask you to take money or to help them find a lost dog to get you to go with them, do not go;
- Do not get in to a car or go with a stranger even if s/he has a young child with him;
- Take a picture of the license plate or remember the number with a friend who is with you;
- Please encourage your child to inform an adult immediately of any suspicious person, and call the Milpitas Police (408-586-2400) or 911 .
I assure you that we have taken all measures to ensure student safety while at school. Please feel free to contact the Weller Administration with any questions at 408-635-2876 (option "0") or the Milpitas Police Department at 408-586-2400.
Raquel Kusunoki, Principal
Parwinder Johal, Assistant Principal
Dear Weller Parents and Families,
This school year will be the first time that attendance data will be collected in the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System.
A brief by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights found that 6.5 million students (13 percent) were chronically absent in the nation’s schools during the 2013–14 school year. California did only slightly better than the national average, with 12 percent of our students chronically absent. This means that 719,747 children are at risk of falling behind and possibly dropping out before high school graduation—a staggering number that calls for our most diligent efforts to address this crisis for California children.
California Education Code (EC) Section 60901 defines a chronic absentee as a student who has missed 10 percent or more of school days for any reason, including unexcused or excused absences and suspensions, during the days enrolled. Remember that chronic absence is different from truancy. In California, truancy is defined in EC Section 48260 as missing three days of school or being more than 30 minutes late to class without a valid excuse three times in one school year.
Research show a strong correlation between student attendance and school success. Too many absences negatively impact your child’s chance of success. To ensure your child’s success, I ask that we work together and make every effort to ensure that your student attend school on a daily basis.
To assist you, we have provided some resources for you to consider:
MUSTANG MEMO | SEPTEMBER 2016
Read about what's happening this month at Weller
in this month's edition of the Mustang Memo.
CITY OF MILPITAS
2016 TOWN HALL MEETING
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Click on the 2016 Town Hall Meeting link for more information.
WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 26 - 30, 2016
PIZZA WITH THE PRINCIPAL
Honorees for Student of the Month will be
having lunch with Mrs. Kusunoki.
MILPITAS ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES
Milpitas Adult Ed is excited to offer ESL Classes at MHS in the evenings and Career Academy on Saturdays at the Ayer site.
You can visit Milpitas Adult Education or call 408-635-2692 for more information.