"President Obama's address to students
There have been some questions from families about the upcoming address to students by President Obama, scheduled for Tuesday, September 8, 9 a.m. PDT. The address is about the ". . . importance of education. The President will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning. He will also call for a shared responsibility and commitment on the part of students, parents and educators to ensure that every child in every school receives the best education possible so they can compete in the global economy for good jobs and live rewarding and productive lives as American citizens." (U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan)
A discussion about the importance of taking responsibility and setting goals is in alignment with Pleasanton's Community of Character and the District's work with the 40 Assets®. Teachers may choose to show the speech as a part of the day in the classroom. The U.S. Department of Education has posted suggested lesson plans (available at www.ed.gov/teachers/how/lessons/prek-6.doc and www.ed.gov/teachers/how/lessons/7-12.doc).
Parents/guardians should contact their school principal with concerns. Alternate activities and assignments will be provided for students whose families do not wish for them to participate.
Know the facts: Students will not be asked to sign any sort of "pledge" related to Mr. Obama's speech.
Know the facts: For every day a student is absent from school (excused or unexcused; illness or vacation), the District loses over $30 in revenue. "
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