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Early Release

Wednesday, October 7 is an Early Release day. Students will be dismissed 45 minutes earlier than usual.

Auburn-Washburn provides early release days to give teachers an opportunity to collaborate throughout the year.

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Attendance Information

Hello to all parents and guardians of our Indian Hills students!

Thank you for your partnership in ensuring Indian Hills is off to such a great start to the 2015-2016 school year. We were excited to see your children return on August 13 and we are looking forward to a great school year!

I wanted to reach out to all of you and try to provide some clarification on the attendance information that was shared during Parent Night. We distributed the attendance information and guidelines to emphasize to everyone the importance of school attendance. Also, we asked parents to sign the information sheet to signify that we are in a partnership to support our students. I apologize for any confusion we may have caused.

Last school year, one in every seven Indian Hills students missed 10 or more days of school. Educational research notes the negative impact on learning with 10 or more absences in a school year.

In our efforts to stress the importance of attendance, we certainly did not intend to come across as inflexible. Of course we believe when school in is session that students should be here on time and ready to learn every day. It is disruptive to the entire class if a teacher must frequently wait to start the day's instruction because students are late. It is equally disruptive to have students leave prior the the end of the school day.

In addition, teachers spend enormous amounts of time and effort to gather work to try to recreate missed learning opportunities when students are absent. This time and effort is better spent on teachers developing lessons, activities and opportunities that benefit all learners.

With all this said, we understand that sometimes there are situations, circumstances and outside opportunities that require students to miss school. Also, illnesses and appointments are oftentimes unexpected among elementary-aged children. During those times, we will do whatever we can to accommodate families and do what is in the best interest of the student.

Thank you all for your continued support. The school year is off to a really great start and we appreciate all you do to partner with us to make Indian Hills a fantastic school. If you ever have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.

With much appreciation for sharing your children with us,
Jim McDaniel,
Indian Hills Principal

Construction Update

The Indian Hills Road/29th Street roundabout is now open. 29th Street runs to the entrance of the Indian Hills parking lot. The remainder of 29th Street to Urish is projected to be complete some time in November.

The bus lanes to the west of the building are for buses and bus riders only. The parking lot and bus lanes are not accessible from one another.

Students riding with parents/guardians must be dropped off in front of the building by accessing the drive off 29th Street.

The building is unlocked at 8:15 AM for breakfast. All other students may enter at 8:25 AM through their corresponding doors. The building is locked at 4:00 PM.

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Indian Hills Elementary
7445 SW 29th St
Topeka, KS 66614



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