Clover Park School District Superintendent

Deborah L. LeBeau

Superintendent/Secretary of the Board

Debbie LeBeauDebbie LeBeau became superintendent of Clover Park School District in July 2008. She got her start in the district in 1996 as the supervisor of special education.

Prior to her appointment as superintendent, she served in six other administrative roles giving her a wide breadth of experience in the central office and schools in the areas of instructional leadership and student achievement.

LeBeau holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in clinical and school psychology from Eastern Washington University. She earned her administrative and superintendent credentials from Gonzaga University and has worked in education since 1985.

LeBeau and her husband have been residents of Lakewood since 1996. Her sons and their families live in Seattle.

Superintendent Column

Attendance matters...every day

Why is Washington state focusing on student attendance rates in school? Daily attendance has been consistently shown to be one of the most powerful predictors of academic success starting as early as kindergarten. Students cannot successfully learn and complete requirements if they are not present for classroom instruction. Children who miss too many days in kindergarten and first grade can struggle academically in later years. They often have trouble mastering reading by the end of third grade. By middle and high school, chronic absence is a leading warning sign that a student may drop out.

Did you know that students can suffer academically if they miss 10 percent of school days, or 18 days per year? That’s just a couple days each month. Absences have a negative effect on student success, whether they’re excused or not. Students are learning about more than just math and reading. They’re learning how to show up for school on time every day, so that when they graduate and get jobs, they’ll know how to show up for work on time every day. They are also learning persistence, to be critical thinkers, how to collaborate and solve problems, and leadership skills.

Sometimes it’s tempting for students to stay home because they’ve got too much work or don’t understand what’s going on in class. But missing a day only makes that worse. Encourage your student to attend school and discuss concerns with his or her teachers.

While we do all we can to ensure students learn in class every day, families can help by making sure students get to class. You can implement firm bedtime and homework routines each day, get to know teachers and administrators and ask school staff for help if you and your children are facing barriers to attending school regularly.

Thank you for making daily attendance a priority, a habit that will help students do well in the classroom and eventually be successful in life as they pursue their promising future.

 

Deborah L. LeBeau, Superintendent