History of the Kittyhawk

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AltaraAltara Elementary School opened in September of 1980. Getting the new school up and running and getting the PTA together was very exciting. Mr. Bill Nelson was the new Principal and Zanette Nordhoff was the PTA President. As a PTA, one of our first tasks was to find a logo for the school. We gave each child the opportunity to sumbit a drawing and a name they would like for their mascott. We chose 5 entries, including some that myself and other adults had submitted.

Entries included Altara Rams, Altara Bobcats, the Bears, etc. Since Alta High is just a few blocks east of Altara, we thought it would be fun to have the "Altara Kittyhawks" as our mascott. I submitted a rough draft of a kittyhawk which the school voted for as their favorite, hence the Kittyhawk was born. The first school t-shirt had the kittyhawk logo on it and was sold as the first fundraiser for the school's PTA. After three-plus decades, the kittyhawk is still part of the school and school spirit is as lively as ever.

Zanette Nordhoff, PTA President 1980-1983

Attendance Policy

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Please read, sign, and return the Compulsory Education Letter (in the Elementary School Student Registration booklet) at the beginning of each school year. According to Utah State Law, it is a misdemeanor if you fail to have your child in regular attendance.

  1. After 4 unexcused or 8 guardian-excused absences or 10 tardies, the office makes a personal contact with the parents. Improved attendance is encouraged.
  2. After 6-8 unexcused or 12 guardian excused absences or 18-24 tardies, the principal sends Letter #1 home. Letter #1 tells the parent to call the school to discuss the child's attendance.
  3. After 9-12 unexcused or 16 guardian excused absences or 27-33 tardies, the Principal sends Letter #2 home. Letter #2 has an appointment time set up for the parent to come in and talk to the Principal about the student's absences.
  4. After 16 unexcused absences or 20 guardian excused absences or 45 tardies, Letter #3 is sent certified attendance and the case is referred to the Civil Rights Specialist for a Court Referral.
To excuse an absence, please call the office at 801-826-7675, preferably the morning of the absence, and bring a doctor's note whenever possible.

Unexcused Absence: The student is absent and the parent does not contact the school by 3 PM the day of the absence.
Guardian Excused Absence: The student is absent and the parent contacts the school by 3 PM the day of the absence. Guardian Excused Absences are not valid in court.
Excused Absence: The student is absent and a doctor's note is given to the school. Excused Absences are valid in court.
Tardy: The student is not in the classroom ready to learn when the 8:20 AM bell rings.
Educational Leave: Students may be granted up to 10 days of scheduled absences preapproved by the principal, work is collected from the teacher, completed, and turned in within a reasonable amount of time. Forms available in the office.