Student Handbook, 2015-2016


TRYON

ELEMENTARY

SCHOOL

HANDBOOK  


2015-2016


     





“DON’T WAIT TO BE GREAT!”



TABLE OF CONTENTS

Welcome

Polk County School Calendar

Polk County Schools Statement of Vision and Beliefs

Teaching Assignments

Attendance Information

Polk County Board Of Education Attendance Policy

Early Dismissal Procedure

Make-up Work

School Admissions Age and Inoculation Requirements

Kindergarten Health Assessment

Annual Health Screenings

Withdrawal Procedure

Academic Information

Structure and Curriculum 

Homework Assignments

School Supplies

Parent/Teacher Conferences - Home and School Communication

Report Cards

Student Records

Other Information Accidents/Ill Children

Student Accident Insurance

Cafeteria Collection Procedure

Cafeteria Charges

Eating Breakfast or Lunch with your child

Keeping your child’s school informed

Emergency Drills

Inclement Weather

Protecting Property

Medication

Lost and Found

Receiving Messages and Articles at School

Textbooks

Visitors

Field Trip

Media Center

Classroom Celebrations

Volunteering

PTA

Student Conduct School Rules

Student Behavior

Weapons

Polk County Schools Behavior Policy

Bus and Car Transportation Bus Assignments

Bus and Car Transportation

Student Arrival

Student Dismissal

Our Expectations


“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing” - Benjamin Franklin


                                                                                               

Tryon Elementary School Reading Program

Dear Parents,

Most educators, parents and business people agree that reading is the most important element in a child’s academic success. Reading is a lifelong skill that opens doors that otherwise would remain closed to opportunities for most people. Some children are just natural readers. We need to keep these children from becoming complacent in their ability to read.

I want to take a few minutes to share Tryon Elementary objectives in teaching reading to your child. With each individual child, we will attempt to give specific strategies to become the best reader possible. Here are some of the key strategies we try to implement:

*To give children many opportunities to read each day, both at school and at home.

*To individualize as much as possible with each child.

*To make reading fun and meaningful.

*To use a variety of strategies to meet each child’s learning style.

*To give children ample opportunities to make self-selections of reading they find  

 interesting.

*To monitor both fluency and comprehension.

*To have teachers read to and with small groups and/or individually with each child.

*To find each child’s strengths in order to build upon success and to give a multitude

 of strategies for words with which they struggle.

          Here are some examples:   

*Phonics- “Sounding out the word”

*Picture clues- “looking at the pictures to analyze the passage”

*Context clues- “read the words you know to see what makes sense”

*Guessing without fear- “Saying what you think it is until it sounds correct”.

*Breaking the word into chunks- “getting one syllable at a time to create a whole word”  



We believe in a multitude of methods to motivate reading.  Here are some examples:

*Providing books on each child’s level and scaffolding the child to the next   

highest level.

*Providing children that are above grade level with books that will challenge them to

 stay interested in reading and to avoid boredom and stagnation.  

*Allowing children to use “Readers Theater” to add fun and teamwork to reading.



We believe in a variety of sources to motivate children. Here are some examples:     

            

*Drop Everything and Read

*Self Selection of Books

*Fiction and Nonfiction books

*Book Nook---Teachers resource room for leveled books

Reading needs to be a partnership between the child, school and home! Teachers should model the love of reading at school. The same is true at home. Each child needs the time and a quiet place to read.

At Tryon Elementary, we are moving toward having much more conversation about what the child reads. It is just as important to check your child’s comprehension of a book as his/her fluency. We believe that asking the right questions after a child reads has a great influence on a child’s success as a reader. Here are some examples of questions you can ask your child:

             

*Which character in the story did you like best--- why?

*Is this story fiction or non-fiction?

*Can you predict what might happen next?

*How would you have ended the story if you were the author? Would you change   

anything?

              

Parents, I want to thank you for your great support of our school. I believe with all my heart that if we can raise a generation of children that are solid readers, it will make the world a better place.  Let’s all make your child’s reading a top priority by working and communicating together, so that each child may reach their full potential.



My best wishes to each of you,




                                                                            



A Strategic Plan

for Polk County Schools

Mission Statement:


The mission of the Polk County Schools, in partnership with parents and community, is to prepare and inspire each student to be a literate, responsible, productive member of a diverse society who believes learning is a lifelong process.


Belief Statements:

1. Polk County Schools work best in partnership with students, parents, teachers, administrators and community where everyone assumes responsibility and accountability for their roles.

2. Schools must be physically safe and orderly places that foster mutual respect among students and staff.

3. Schools should be caring, inviting environments where students are actively engaged in learning and are encouraged to take learning risks.

4. High expectations of all partners are essential for successful performance.

5. Students should be taught the way they learn best, when ever possible

6. Students should be taught the skills which enable them to be prepared for success in life.

7. A sufficient financial base is necessary to provide the programs and services.



Staff Roster 2015/2016

Tryon Elementary School



Classroom Teachers Assistants


Dover, Lisa K Bruce, Yvonne

Lewis, Lucy K Pack, Lisa

Wilkins, Jessica K Wilson, Dottie


Hodge, Kelly 1 Bailey, Debbie

Jackson, Wanda 1 Bruce, Yvonne

Owens, Wendi 1 Brown, Rhonda

White, Shea 1 Fisher, Andrea


Constance, Debbie 2 Hall, Kaye

Edwards, Connie 2

Ireland, Annette 2

Sharpe, Melissa 2


Schweitzer, Jennifer 3

Justice, Libby 3

Upton, Angie 3

Prady, Karen 3


Mullinax, Parker 4

Godley, Anne 4

Vinning, Pam 4


Crosby, Krista 5

Ford, Stephanie 5

Godley, Donna 5




Forbes Preschool



Classroom Teachers Assistants


Clark, Jessica

Brown, Jenny

Smith, Caroline Turner, Brenda

Smith, Christen

Vanduyne, Amanda Brown, Lisa




Special Education Self-Contained


Classroom Teacher Assistants


         Durham, Meredith

         O’Connor, Heather



Special Area Teachers



Teachers Assistants


Angier, Kathy PE

Stott, Ty PE

Lance, Lynn EC Edwards, Raegan

      

Johnston, Sharon EC

Cowan, Woody Music

Kilgore, Jamie Media         Fisher, Debbie (Media & Book Nook)       

                                                                                                          

Moore, Brandon Computer

Korzelius, Joe Guidance

Rogers, Clara Art ½

Pace, Pilar ESL

McCool, Kim Title One

Vinning, Pam Title One

Bohan, Angela Tutor- T1

Robbins, Joy Tutor- T1




Speech


Dailey, Kelly T.E.S

Emily, Riddle Forbes


       

 Consultants:  Ballenger, Joy

Dover, Lisa

             

Robbins, Joy


Principal


Murphy, Todd



Custodians


Aldrich, Erin

Green, Kyle

Miller, Johnny




Cafeteria


Burnett, Jennifer

Burnett, Lisa

Mace, Tina

Miles, Melissa

Thompson, Carla



Office Staff


Covil, Debbie

Belden, Sue



Bus Drivers


Ashley, Kathy

Case, Margie (Preschool)

Miller, Johnny




Nurse


Pereira, Emily



ATTENDANCE Policy Code 4400

POLK COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION


Attendance in school and participation in class are an integral part of academic achievement and the teaching-learning process.  Regular attendance develops patterns of behavior essential to professional and personal success in life.  Regular attendance by every student is mandatory:  the State of North Carolina requires every child in the state between the ages of seven (or younger if enrolled) and 16 years to attend school.  Parents or legal guardians have the responsibility for ensuring that students attend and remain at school daily.

A. ATTENDANCE RECORDS


School officials will keep an accurate record of attendance, including accurate attendance records in each class.  Attendance records will be used to enforce the Compulsory Attendance Law of North Carolina.  In order to be counted present, a student must be in attendance for at least half of the instructional period and/or half of the instructional day.  


B. EXCUSED ABSENCES


When a student must miss school, a written excuse signed by a parent or guardian must be presented to the teacher on the day returning after an absence.  An absence may be excused for the following reasons:

  1. personal illness or injury which makes the student physically unable to attend school;

  2. isolation ordered by the State Board of Health;

  3. death in the immediate family;

  4. emergency medical or dental appointment or such an appointment which has been approved in advance by the principal;

  5. participation under subpoena as a witness in a court proceeding;

  6. observance of an event required or suggested by the religion of the student or the student’s parent(s) with prior approval by the principal; or

  7. participation in a valid educational opportunity, such as travel, with prior approval by the principal.


Extended illnesses generally require a statement from a physician.  A parent may excuse up to 10 absences throughout the school year.  Any student that is absent more than 10 times in a school year, must have a doctor’s note in order to be considered excused.

In the case of excused absences and out of school suspensions, the student will be permitted to make up his or her work.  The teacher will determine when work is to be made up.  The student is responsible for finding out what assignments are due and completing them within the specified time period.




ATTENDANCE …continued Policy Code:  4400  

POLK COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION


C. EXCESSIVE ABSENCES


Class attendance and participation are critical elements of the educational process and may be taken into account in assessing academic achievement.

Excessive absences are very difficult for a student to make up.  Schools are encouraged to develop programs for students who are unavoidably absent to help them keep up with their class.

The principal or designee will notify patents and take all other steps required by G.S. 115C-378 for excessive absences.

Absences which exceed ten (10) days in one school year must be due to extenuating circumstances, medical emergency or a prior written approval by the principal.  In case of medical emergency, it is the student’s responsibility to provide a signed doctor’s note to the principal immediately following the absence.  An absence without a written excuse received within 4 days will be recorded as an unexcused absence.  The written excuse should be presented to the classroom teacher.  Retention may be required when excessive absences interfere with the student’s educational progress, and it is determined that the child would benefit from such retention.



D. TARDIES AND EARLY DISMISSALS


Students are expected to arrive on time and remain in school for the entire school day.  Students (in all grades) are considered tardy to school and to have missed instructional time when they arrive at school after 8:00AM.  When a student arrives at school late (after 8:00AM), he/she must report to the school office accompanied by a parent or bring a note written by the parent before going to class.  Please remember that the instructional day begins at 8:00AM.  Students who are tardy both miss part of the instruction and interrupt the learning of others.  Tardies and early dismissals cause students to miss important information and are strongly discouraged.  The school principal is expected to deal appropriately with those students who are chronically tardy or who leave early.  In grades K-5, the principal must use discretion in administering consequences for excessive tardies and early dismissals.  Referral to the Court Magistrate may be considered for chronic violations of this policy.






Legal Reference: G.S. 115C-47, -84, -288 (a), -378 to –383

Adopted:  September 10, 1990

Revised:  January 7, 1993; January 14, 1997, November 20, 2000 (recodified from policy 8210)







EARLY DISMISSAL PROCEDURE

Whenever a student leaves school during the school day, he/she must be signed out in the office.  The parent or parent’s designate should report to the office to sign a student out.  Someone in the office will send for the student.  To avoid interrupting class instruction, please do not go directly to the child’s classroom.

Should a child need to leave, the parent or guardian will be contacted.  Someone will need to come to the office and sign the student out.

Students who know in advance they will be leaving school early must bring a note stating the reason, time of dismissal, and the name of the person who will sign the student out at the office.

In order to be counted present for the day, students must arrive at school by 11:30 AM or remain at school until 11:30 AM.


MAKE-UP WORK

Students are responsible for making up work following an absence or tardy. A student has a period of time equal to the length of the absence plus one day in which to make up work, including daily work, tests, or projects.  Students will not be required to take a test on the day they return after an absence.

Please notify the teacher in writing or call the office by 9:00 AM if assignments and books are needed for an absent student.  The teacher will send the assignments and materials to the office where they can be picked up after 3:00 PM.



SCHOOL ADMISSIONS AGE AND INOCULATION REQUIREMENTS


Except where restricted by policies or state statues, all resident students who have passed the fifth anniversary of their birth on or before August 31st of the year in which they enroll and who have not attained the age of 21 years are eligible to enroll in the Polk County Public Schools.

A birth certificate or other satisfactory evidence of date of birth is required for admission for the first time in any school.  Within thirty (30) days of the first official day of the school year, all pupils must show evidence of the following immunizations:

a) Diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough (DTP) -- 5 doses.  If fourth dose was administered after the fourth birthday, the fifth dose is not required.

b) Oral polio vaccine -- 4 doses.  If third dose was administered after the fourth birthday, the fourth dose is not required.

c) Measles, mumps and rubella vaccine --  2 doses.  (First dose on/after 1st birthday; second dose before enrolling in school for first time, effective 7/1/94.)

d) Hemophilus influenza, b, conjugate vaccine (HIB)-- 1-4 doses.  Not required after age 5.






KINDERGARTEN HEALTH ASSESSMENT

Effective for students entering kindergarten during the 1994-95 school year and beyond, a health assessment is required between the first of January prior to school entry and the date of school entry.  The school principal should receive the assessment transmittal form on or before the student’s first day of attendance.  After 30 days without submission of the completed assessment transmittal form or an appointment date to have the assessment completed, the principal shall not allow the student to attend school.


ANNUAL HEALTH SCREENINGS

Polk County Schools believe that maintaining good health is a key to success in school.  Annual screening for vision and hearing is done in PreK, K, 2nd and 5th grades.  Dental screening is done in PreK, K, 2nd and 5th grades, but may also be done in 1st, 3rd and 4th.   The NC Division of Public Health, Dental Health Section administers a mandated dental health program for preventative and educational services to school-aged children which includes screening and referral services.  Children identified as being in need of dental care are noted and the parent is informed that a checkup may be needed.  If a parent would prefer that his/her child not participate in these screening activities, he/she should notify the school yearly so this information can be noted in the student’s file.  This request will be honored.


WITHDRAWAL PROCEDURE

Parents of students who are withdrawing from school should contact the student’s teacher as well as the office to inform them of the withdrawal.  School records will be forwarded to the student’s new school upon request by that school, they are not delivered by a student or parent to a new school.  


ACADEMIC INFORMATION


STRUCTURE AND CURRICULUM

We know that time on task is vital to the acquiring of a good foundation in the basics.  The school day is from 8:00-3:00, and we attempt to use all of this to provide an education for the children.

Balanced Literacy is emphasized in all grades.

Math instruction involves finding multiple step equations and solutions.

The students are kept with their class as much as possible.  They are pulled out for extra help only when there are clear indications of a need for this.  

Students are not placed into class according to ability nor achievement.  There is a mix of all students in all classes.

We, as much as possible, use an accelerated class, after school programs, summer programs, and individual projects to provide exceptional students with the challenge they need and deserve.

Parents should never ignore what students report.  Please talk to your child’s teacher or the principal about any concerns you may have about your child.


HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS

The staff at Tryon Elementary feels a serious obligation to teach children effective work habits and to motivate them to improve academic skills.  To reinforce this belief, regular homework will be assigned.  The length of assignments varies with the grade level. The approximate times are as follows and include reading time:

Kindergarten through Grade 2 --  20 to 30 minutes per night

Grades 3 and 4 --  30 to 45 minutes per night

Grade 5  --  up to an hour per night


We encourage children to take pride in all their work, both homework and classwork.  A positive parental attitude can strengthen the effectiveness of the homework program.  When homework becomes excessive you should call the school.


SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Students should provide their own pencils, paper, notebooks, and other basic supplies whenever possible, unless otherwise notified.  Teachers will send home information at the beginning of the year regarding school supplies.


PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES/HOME AND SCHOOL COMMUNICATION


Children have a greater success in school when parents and teachers communicate.  Parents and teachers are encouraged to maintain contact with one another through notes, phone calls, and conferences.  Many times during the school day teachers are not available for conferences; therefore, please schedule conferences in advance.

Because the teacher has daily contact with students and can respond with firsthand information, parents should contact the teacher first regarding concerns or questions about a student or classroom events.

The school frequently sends home notices and information.  Please ask children about information from school.


REPORT CARDS

Report cards will be issued to students in grades K-5 each six weeks.  Please check the school calendar on the website for report card distribution dates.


STUDENT RECORDS

Parents have the right to see, challenge, and/or receive a copy of their child’s educational records.  They should contact the principal to exercise their right.

a) The school will let parents see their child’s records within 45 days of the request.

b) Parents may request an explanation of their child’s records by school officials.

c) Parents may challenge any records that they think are inaccurate.

d) Parents may request a hearing if the school does not agree that a record should be changed.

e) Parents must give their permission for others to have access to their child’s records.  The following people do not need permission to look at a student’s record:  employees of the school named on a school list; students who have reached the age of eighteen; officials of a school to which a student has transferred or is going to transfer; and certain state and federal officials.


The school may not give out telephone numbers, addresses, or other related information concerning students or employees to parents or the general public.


OTHER INFORMATION


ACCIDENTS/ILL CHILDREN

If a child should become ill at school, the parent will be notified.  If we cannot reach you, we will use the emergency contact information you have provided.  Please remember we cannot keep seriously ill children at school.

If a child is injured at school, we will make him/her “comfortable” and will then call the parent immediately if the injury is serious.  If the parent cannot be reached, we will attempt to contact the emergency number listed by the parent on the Tryon Elementary School Information Form.

School officials will call EMS if it is determined there is a need.  This will be done at the same time parents are called.

Please remember that hospital emergency room services for a child require parental authorization.  It is, therefore, imperative that we have up-to-date information in case a parent needs to be contacted.  Please notify the school office of any change of address, telephone numbers, or emergency contact information. There is an information update form available in the main office for this purpose. Please make sure all telephone numbers and addresses are accurate and clearly written.  Remember to put the name and telephone number of a person who can be contacted in case you cannot be reached.  


STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE

Insurance information will be sent home with students on the first day of school.  Coverage may be started at any time during the school year.  Contact the school office if you are interested in filling out an application and one will be sent home with your child.




CAFETERIA COLLECTION PROCEDURE

Students may prepay for lunch in the cafeteria on Monday mornings.  On other days, students paying for lunches on a daily basis or for the remainder of the week must pay for them while in the lunch line.  Menus are available on the Polk County Schools website @ www. polkschools.org


Meal Prices 2013-2014

Breakfast:

Students …. 1.00

Adults ...... 1.25

Reduced….. .30

         Milk ……... .50


      Lunch:

K-5 ……… 2.25

Adults…… 3.25

Reduced….  .40

Milk  .50

                 

CAFETERIA CHARGES

The use of breakfast/lunch charges should be limited to emergencies.  Students will not be allowed to buy ice cream or other snacks until charges are paid.  To avoid excessive charges and to keep the parents informed about cafeteria charges, students will bring home a printout of unpaid charges, this will be sent home approximately every 2 weeks..  Payments are to be made directly to the cafeteria, they can not be paid in the office.  You may send payment in a sealed envelope with your child’s name clearly printed on the outside and they can bring it with them to lunch.  Free and reduced meal applications are on the Polk County School website @ www.polkschools.org or can be obtained at the Tryon Elementary School office.  These applications must be approved before they are activated and are not retroactive.  


EATING BREAKFAST OR LUNCH WITH YOUR CHILD

We want parents and other family members to feel free to come to the school for breakfast or lunch.  You do not have to notify us in advance, however you must report to the office to sign in.  It makes children feel more closely related to the school if parents take part.


KEEPING YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL INFORMED

It is extremely important that you notify the school office of any changes in your address, home or work telephone numbers, emergency contact, information concerning your child’s health, etc. that may occur during the school year.  WE MUST BE ABLE TO REACH YOU AT ALL TIMES.




EMERGENCY DRILLS

Each school is required to conduct emergency drills at regular intervals.  These drills include, but are not limited to, fire, tornado and lock down.  Students will be taught the proper responses to emergencies and will be given ample opportunity to practice them.


INCLEMENT WEATHER

All students should have an understanding with their parents of the procedure to be followed in the event of an early dismissal due to unusual occurrences or bad weather.  Please discuss in advance arrangements to be followed.  It is impossible for every student to use the telephone and should not be necessary.  Buses will under most circumstances run as usual, and all decisions will be made with your child’s safety as the most important consideration.  Early dismissal due to inclement weather or other reasons of safety will be reported on the local radio/TV stations as soon as the decision is made.  Please tune in to one of these stations if there is any question:

WWNC Radio Asheville, NC


WESC Radio Greenville, SC


WNCW Radio Spindale, NC


WKJT Radio Columbus, NC


WHKP Radio Hendersonville, NC


WHNS TV 21 Asheville, NC


WLOS TV 13 Asheville, NC


WSPA TV 7 Spartanburg, SC


WYFF TV 4 Greenville, SC


The absence of any announcement means that school is open as usual.


PROTECTING PROPERTY

Students are responsible for their personal property.  Students are cautioned not to bring large amounts of money. Students are not to bring any electronic devices such as iPods, iPads, Nintendo DS, etc. without permission from their classroom teacher.  If students wear glasses or watches, they should keep track of them at all times.  Parents are encouraged to put students’ names or identifying marks on items.  Students may not buy, sell, or trade items to one another during the school day or on the bus.




MEDICATION

The Tryon Elementary School staff will assist in the administration of medication; however, medication will NOT be administered to a child unless the request is accompanied by the written instructions of the physician or parent.  These instructions must include the name of the medication, dosage, time of administration, and the method of administration.  Long-term medication orders (in excess of three weeks) must be recorded by the physician on the Long-term Administration of Medication form before staff will assist the student.  At any time when there is a change in medication dose or time, please notify the school nurse by either a phone call or a written note.  Staff WILL NOT deviate in any way from express written instructions regarding medication without parental notification.  


LOST AND FOUND

Please see that your child brings coats and sweaters back home if they take them to school.  Please label your child’s coat and/or sweatshirt, as well as lunch boxes and water bottles whenever possible.  This may drastically reduce the number of lost and found items.  We will attempt to do a better job of taking them from the playground.  This is a very good life lesson for students to learn.

Lost and found items should be turned in to the office.  These items will be kept for a reasonable length of time and then if unclaimed will be moved to the PTA Clothing Exchange, which is currently located in the portable classroom next to the Auditorium.


STUDENTS RECEIVING MESSAGES AND ARTICLES AT SCHOOL

Parents should make arrangements with their child regarding how the child is to get home before leaving for school each day.  If there is a change from the normal routine, a note MUST be sent to the child’s teacher.  Students may not receive direct phone calls during school hours except in cases of emergencies.  Please make arrangements for after school rides or activities and for personal messages before coming to school.  We request parents call the school to deliver messages to a child only if something has changed; a note will be placed in your child’s teacher’s box in the office to be picked up before 3:00.  

Students who need necessary articles from home may have them delivered to the office.  Please do NOT go directly to your child’s classroom with any article they have forgotten at home.


TEXTBOOKS

There is no charge for the loan of the textbooks, but there will be charges if the books are written in, damaged, or lost.  The person to whom the books are issued is responsible for paying damage fees.  If a student loses a book, he/she must pay for it before another will be issued.  Pay your child’s teacher for a lost book.






VISITORS

All visitors including parents must report to the office to sign in upon arrival at school.  Visitors should sign out at end of visit.  Parents may visit classes by making prior arrangements with the teacher.  Parents are reminded that the instructional day begins at 8:00 AM.  Visiting friends will not be allowed to attend classes.  All visitors or parents should park in either of the two following areas:

1. Along School Street on the right hand side or

     2.   Parking area in front of the gym


FIELD TRIPS

At various times during the school year students are transported to different learning activities and programs within the school district.  Notification will be sent home if your child has an upcoming field trip.  We need to have parent/guardian approval to transport students to any planned activity within the school district.  This approval is granted by way of the general permission slip that was signed by each parent or guardian in your child’s initial enrollment papers.  Travel outside the school district for field trips will require written consent for each event.  A fee may also be required..  Please send in the signed permission slip and any applicable fee to your child’s teacher as soon as possible to avoid any last minute confusion.  


MEDIA CENTER

Every student at Tryon Elementary School has the opportunity to visit the media center.  Students will visit the media center with their teachers.  While in the media center, students will be involved in a variety of experiences including learning library skills, checking out/returning books, and doing research for reports.  Each student will also be given the opportunity to check out at least one book.  Student’s are responsible for the library books that they check out and are therefore responsible to reimburse the school if the books are lost.


CLASSROOM CELEBRATIONS

Special classroom celebrations need to be planned in conjunction with the teacher.  Parents are requested not to send gum as part of a celebration.

Chewing gum is not permitted inside or outside school buildings or on school buses.

To avoid difficult situations, party invitations may not be given out at school unless all students in the class are invited.

Treats as a part of a birthday should be done as a part of the children’s lunch and not as a separate time in the classroom.  According to new policy, all food items must be purchased from a business that has an inspection process.  No homemade treats will be allowed as part of a celebration.   

The school cannot accept flowers, balloons, toys, etc. at school for Valentine’s Day.  We ask that if you want to give your child flowers, etc. that you have them delivered to your home.  


VOLUNTEERING

We welcome parents as volunteers.  Please contact PTA volunteer coordinator to sign up.



PTA

The TES PTA is an active organization, which sponsors many projects for the school.  Previous year’s projects have included book fairs, family write night, Soc Hop, Old Timey Christmas and many more.  The PTA has purchased computer software, books for classroom libraries, school supplies and so much more.


STUDENT CONDUCT


SCHOOL RULES

The faculty and staff hold high expectations for student behavior. Constructive behavior will be recognized.   Students are expected to follow three basic rules:

1. Pay attention

2. Follow directions

3. Act friendly


Persistent and/or more serious discipline matters will be referred to the principal.  When a student is referred to the principal for a severe behavior problem, a letter will be sent home with the student for the parent.


STUDENT BEHAVIOR

Students are expected to conduct themselves so their behavior does not interfere with the rights of others to learn nor the right to be without any fear or harassment from someone else.  Whenever a student’s behavior does interfere with the rights of others to learn or is abusive toward someone else, the school officials will confer with the student by the teacher, the counselor or the  principal.  If the behavior persists, the parents will be contacted.  Students will be suspended if the home and school working cooperatively cannot channel behavior so it is not detrimental to others.

For serious behavior problems, the school will adhere to the county behavior policy.


WEAPONS

Students may not bring any type of weapon to school including scout knives or small pocket knives.  The principal is required to notify the police whenever a weapon is brought to school.  Toy weapons are also NOT permitted at school.



STUDENT BEHAVIOR                Policy Code: 4300  

           POLK COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION


    A.     PURPOSE


All decisions related to student behavior are guided by the Board’s educational objectives to teach responsibility and respect for cultural and ideological differences and by the Board’s commitment to create safe, orderly and inviting schools.  Student behavior policies are provided in order to establish expected standards of student behavior; principles to be followed in managing student behavior; consequences for anti-social behavior; and required for addressing misbehavior.



  1. PRINCIPLES


The reasons for managing student behavior are:  to create an orderly environment where students can learn; to teach expected standards of behavior; to help students learn to accept the consequences of their behavior; and to provide students with the opportunity to develop self control.  The following principles will apply in managing student behavior:

Student behavior management strategies will complement other efforts to create a safe, orderly and inviting environment;

  • Responsibility, integrity, civility and other standards of behavior should be integrated into the curriculum;

  • Disruptive behavior in the classroom will not be tolerated;

  • Consequences for unacceptable behavior should help a student learn to comply with rules, to be obedient at a minimum, and when able, to learn to accept responsibility and develop self control;

  • Age and developmentally appropriate strategies and consequences will be utilized; and

  • When feasible, consequences for unacceptable behavior will take into account differences in how individual students respond to discipline strategies.



  1. ACCOUNTABILITY


Students must follow all Board and school behavior and dress code policies in all of the following circumstances:

  • While in any school building or on any school premises before, during or after school hours;

  • While on any bus or other vehicle as part of any school activity;

  • While waiting at any bus stop;

  • During any school function, extracurricular activity or other activity or event;

  • When subject to the authority of school personnel, including field trips and events when representing the school; and

  • Any time or place when the student’s behavior has a direct and immediate effect on maintaining order and discipline in the schools.



BUS ASSIGNMENTS

Students must ride the bus to which they are assigned. In order to ride a different bus, the student must bring a note from the parent to present to the bus driver.  Without notification from a parent/guardian, a student will not be allowed to ride a different bus.


BUS AND CAR TRANSPORTATION

Staff assigned to morning duty arrive at school no later than 7:35 AM.  Students may NOT be dropped off before 7:30.  Students should arrive at school between 7:30 and 7:55 AM.  If a student MUST ever arrive before 7:30, he/she is to go directly to the cafeteria.  THIS IS A MUST for safety reasons.

1. Buses will unload on School Street in the morning.

2. Buses will pick up students from School Street (in front of school) in the afternoon..

3.   Dropping students off at Forbes Preschool to walk to the elementary school is not a         recommended or safe practice.  

4.   Please be very careful in driving around the school campus.  Sometimes children just get carried away and don’t always look where they are going. Children can be very unpredictable in their movements.

5.  Do not let your students out in the mornings from the teacher’s parking lot in front of the gym.  

     It is okay for you to park there and walk your child in.

STUDENT ARRIVAL

For parents who walk their children to the classroom, please say your “good-byes” outside the classroom door.  Any special or pertinent information should be given to the teacher in writing.  If you need to meet with the teacher, prior arrangements need to be made.  The morning when students are arriving and the teacher is preparing to begin instruction is an especially busy time and does not provide a conducive setting for a conference.


STUDENT DISMISSAL

Car riders are picked up in the afternoon according to grade:

(A)Grades 4, 5 on School Street at the covered walkway.

(B)Grades K and 1 in front of the Gym.

(C)Grades 2 and 3 will be picked up behind the buses on School Street.

All students riding the bus must report to the front of the school immediately following dismissal.  Buses will leave at approximately 3:07.


OUR EXPECTATIONS

Students will do their best in school work.  We try to accomplish this by motivation and encouragement. It is better for students to try to do his/her best always than to compete against other students.  It takes pride in self to want to do your best.


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