Dear Escalante Middle School Community, February 21, 2020
The key ingredient to being successful in middle and high school is work completion. As students transition into high school and start developing their academic transcripts, this becomes even more crucial. In order to help our Escalante students who are missing important work in one or more classes, we are implementing a “Zeros Aren’t Permitted” program, or ZAP, that will take place after school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Zeros Aren’t Permitted (ZAP) is a program designed to increase expectations for students who habitually, or occasionally, fail to complete and turn in assignments on time. Students who have zeros are likely to continue not handing in assignments, and therefore are at greater risk of failure. ZAP, which involves the entire staff, clearly emphasizes the belief that assignments/projects/homework are important and must be completed. When the belief is expressed and maintained that a student can and will be successful, in most cases the student will meet the level of expectations. The intention of the ZAP program is not a form of punishment rather a program to send a message that we believe in each student and failure is not an option. For this program to be effective, Escalante adheres to the following belief: assignments must be completed in a timely manner. Failure to do so will result in a student being assigned an after-school session because “Zeros Aren’t Permitted” (ZAP) and the consequence of not doing your work is doing your work.
If your student is missing work, you will be notified on a Friday afternoon via email and/or a text message that your student can stay after school on the following Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday to complete missing work. Times for ZAP will be 3:35-4:30 in the library or cafeteria, and we are starting the ZAP sessions next week. Please make the appropriate arrangements for your student to be picked up promptly at 4:30 PM if your student is signed up. Your student may also volunteer to attend ZAP if they need extra time to work.
We have several teachers who have volunteered to help tutor students during this time. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer bus transportation at 4:30. If you cannot pick up your child and rely on school transportation, please set a time at home for your child to complete work if you receive a Friday afternoon message notifying you of the missing work.
Each morning I greet our students with the mantra of Work Hard, Be Kind. I’d also like to give families a heads up that we have launched a Kindness initiative this week. We have three students currently at Children’s Hospital in Denver for whom we are writing cards and collecting small gifts to send care packages. Please encourage your child to contribute their positive thoughts to shine some light and hope for those families and students. Thank you for your support as we strive to build a culture of hard work and kindness at our school.