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Perfect Attendance Creeps Me Out
On Thursday, CPS held a dinner honoring more than 300 CPS seniors and eighth graders who have from four to 12 consecutive years
of perfect attendance. According to CPS, six seniors have perfect attendance for 12 years of school, and 40
eighth-graders – including two sets of twins – have eight years of
Seniors with 12 years of perfect attendance are Cindy Au, Northside College Prep; Priscilla
Barclay, Curie; Angel Martinez, Lane Tech; Eric Ruiz, Kelly High School; Chi Ting,
Whitney Young; and Diana Yung, Jones College Prep. Nearly 250 elementary students and more than 50 high school
students will be honored at the banquet, which is hosted by Robin Robinson and
David Novarro of Fox Channel 32 News.I'm not suggesting that any of these kids missed a day or two along the
way -- though I find it hard to believe that they didn't -- just that I
don't know anyone who didn't miss school and am not sure I'd be able to
relate to anyone who didn't need an occasional mental health day or
have something that they had to do instead. And as a teacher, sometimes I wished that some kids would take a day off so I didn't have to. But that's probably just me.
Congrats to all the students and their families.