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The National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS) states that the activities support the academic mission of the schools as they are not a diversion but rather an extension of good educational programming. Students who participate in activity programs tend to have higher grade-point averages, better attendance records, lower dropout rates and fewer discipline problems. These activities are inherently educational as they provide valuable lessons for practical situations – teamwork, time management, sportsmanship, winning, losing, and hard work. Students also learn self-discipline, build self-confidence and develop skills to handle competitive situations.
Life-long skills are developed by individuals who participate in athletics and activities which may not be gained in a regular classroom setting. This skill set, as well as the academic rigor they must uphold to be eligible to participate, gives students better opportunities and abilities to succeed in their future endeavors.
“There is no question in my mind that participation in extra-curricular activities – be it athletics, music, drama, a club or something else – can be that initial spark that can light a fire inside a student and help them achieve success not only in that activity, but also in the classroom, in the community and in their lives as a whole.” – Sam Reed, Director of Athletics and Activities
Participating in school clubs and athletics provide students:
The following benchmarks are tied to Goal 1, Academic Excellence, in which all students will perform at or above grade level and we will eliminate disparities among all groups.
The benchmarks are specific to extra-curricular activities which include:
Time of Year Benchmark is Viewed
What’s Displayed by Benchmark
Between start of new school year, and before end of 1st semester
Only displays previous school years’ annual data
After end of 1st semester, but before end of 2nd semester
Default view displays only 1st semester data for all years (allows a common mid-year timeframe for comparison)
After end of 2nd semester, but before start of new school year
Default view displays annual data for all years.
The benchmark displays the percentage of students involved in extra-curricular activities (clubs and athletics). The district started collecting the participation data for athletics in the 2014 school year, and added activities in the 2015 school year.
Because a school year includes two calendar years, such as 2014-2015, the school year on the benchmark chart is identified by the second calendar year. For example, the 2014-2015 school year is identified as 2015 on the chart.
Middle School Participation
High School Participation
2016-2017 School Year:
1st Semester data will be displayed beginning Feb 3, 2016
Annual data will be displayed beginning July 7, 2017.
Data regarding students' involvement in extra-curricular activities is maintained in the student information system by the individual schools and is loaded to the data warehouse.
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