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					Britt David Magnet Academy

            2010-2011




 Parent and Student Handbook

   Building Foundations for the Future
     Through Computer Technology

           5801 Armour Road
          Columbus, GA 31909

             (706) 748-2617
             WELCOME
                TO
   BRITT DAVID COMPUTER MAGNET
             ACADEMY
                                         2010-2011



The Britt David faculty and staff anticipate the 2010-2011 school year to be the best ever. We
value our parental support and participation as it is essential to our students’ success and that of
our entire program. This booklet is provided to inform you of policies and procedures at Britt
David Magnet Academy as well as programs and events in the upcoming school year. We look
forward to knowing and working with you and your children.

                                 Welcome to the Bulldog family!
        Britt David Magnet Academy


                                        Mission
Britt David Magnet Academy is committed to providing educational experiences that will enable
each student to become a lifelong learner, enter the work force with necessary skills and achieve
academic and personal potential.



                                          Vision
We envision a school in which:
   Each student is given multiple opportunities to excel in his/her academic, social,
      emotional and physical development in a safe, nurturing environment.
   Well-prepared, responsible and caring employees are committed to excellence in
      education.
   Parents, community members, staff and students are full partners in the education of
      children.

                                          Beliefs

      All students learn when provided high quality instruction that is engaging and
       challenging.
      All students must have a physically and emotionally safe learning environment.
      All district employees work collaboratively to improve student achievement.
      All organizational and instructional decisions are data driven.
      All district personnel are committed to continuous professional learning.

                                          Motto
Just as the lighthouse guides the ships at sea through safe channels, the Muscogee
 County School District must carefully guide the students through the channels of
                              learning enlightenment.
                      ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS
                                 FOR
                     BRITT DAVID MAGNET ACADEMY

Students do not attend Britt David Magnet Academy based on attendance zones. Students are
enrolled on a first come, first serve basis. Incoming kindergartners and first graders must post a
qualifying score on the magnet’s entrance exams. All other incoming students in grades 2-5 will
be considered based on grades, test scores, discipline records, teacher recommendations, and
available space. Students are sometimes accepted on a conditional or probationary status (i.e.
sibling situation). Parents must understand that the conditional/probationary status must be
upgraded to “unconditional acceptance” before a student is considered fully enrolled in the
magnet program.

                          Academic and Behavioral
                                Standards

Britt David Magnet Academy provides an accelerated academic program that meets the
requirements of the state mandated curriculum with integrated uses of technology and an
emphasis on computer literacy skills. In addition to classroom computers, three computer labs
are utilized to supplement classroom instruction. By enrolling in the program, both parents
and students make a written commitment to high standards of academic achievement and
behavior—vital components to ensure a wholesome school environment conducive to
learning. Students who enter the magnet program must understand that their acceptance is
a privilege. Continued participation is contingent upon their academic achievement and
appropriate behavior. Parents voluntarily enroll their children in the magnet program with
the understanding that they will voluntarily withdraw their student should they fail to
adhere to these standards.

We solicit your support in maintaining high standards for all students. Students with repeated or
serious behavioral violations may be subject to review by the Magnet Standards Committee and
may be placed on probation as well.

The Magnet Standards Committee may review any student who:
    Has 5 or more unexcused tardies in a grading period.
    Has 5 or more unexcused early checkouts in a grading period.
    Has been absent from school five (5) days or more in a semester.
    Has been sent to the ABC Room/office 4 times or more in a grading period for
     disciplinary reasons.
    Has been assigned to any Muscogee County School District program for disciplinary
     reasons.
    Has violated any rule of the Muscogee County Behavior Code and Discipline Policy.
      Has tampered with computer files, programs, etc. which may cause technical
       interruptions in the computer system as well as in the operation of the regular
       instructional program, or has accessed another student’s program under his/her access
       code.
      Has been caught cheating, to include plagiarism.
      Has failed to maintain an overall average of “C” in all subjects including conduct for
       each grading period.

Violation of these standards will necessitate the following actions:

First Violation: The student will be brought before the Magnet Standards Committee and may
be placed on probation for a grading period. Parents will be notified of the violation and will be
required to attend a conference.

Second Violation: The student will be brought before the Magnet Standards Committee, and
parents will be required to attend a conference. The student may be placed on probation for an
additional term or withdrawn from the program based on the recommendation of the Magnet
Standards Committee.

Please refer to the Code of Conduct section for further explanation.
       Britt David’s Honors and Awards
1997     Number One School in West Central Georgia – Georgia Public Policy Foundation
1997     Recipient of the West Georgia Technology in Schools Grant
1998     Number One School in West Central Georgia – Georgia Public Policy Foundation
1998     Georgia School of Excellence
1998     First Stop on Governor’s Bus Stop Tour
1999     Number One School in West Central Georgia – Georgia Public Policy Foundation
1999     National Blue Ribbon School
1999     First Stop on Governor’s Bus Stop Tour
2000     Recipient of the Matched Schools Mentoring Schools Peer Project Grant
2001     First Stop on Governor’s Bus Stop Tour
2003     Georgia School of Excellence
2003     Effective Practice in Public Schools
2004     National Blue Ribbon School
2004     Georgia School of Excellence
2004     Cleanest School in the County Award
2004     Brown vs. Board of Education Public School Award
2005     National Blue Ribbon School
2005     Brown vs. Board of Education Public School Award
2005     Top 5 on the Georgia Report for Parents
2005     Georgia Platinum Award
2006     Brown vs. Board of Education Public School Award
2006     Georgia School of Excellence
2006     High Performance Principal
2006     Georgia Platinum Award
2007     Number One Elementary School in State of Georgia
2007     Georgia Platinum Award
2007     DOE Non-Title I Distinguished School
2007     Brown vs. Board of Education Public School Award
2007     High Performance Principal
2008     Georgia Platinum Award
2008     High Performance Principal
2008     Brown vs. Board of Education Public School Award
2008     Superintendent’s Distinguished Platinum Achievement Award
2009     High Performance Principal
2009     Superintendent’s Distinguished Platinum Achievement Award
2009     Brown vs. Board of Education Public School Award
2010     Georgia Platinum Award
                                Faculty and Staff
                                   2010-2011

                              Administrative and Office Staff
                     Principal                         Ronie Collins
                     Assistant Principal               Carolyn Mull
                     Technology Coordinator            Amy Thompson
                     Secretary                         Brenda Darrah
                     Magnet Clerk                      Melody Kincaid

Kindergarten Teachers (Paraprofessionals)                    Third Grade Teachers
Angie Cheal (Barbara Hoffman)                                Lindsey Fitts
Annette Kocian (Nelda Castro)                                Jelynn Horne
Carol Jones (Mildred Dent)                                   Leslie Seckinger
Becky Talley (Rebecca Davenport)                             Amy Taff

First Grade Teachers                                         Fourth Grade Teachers
Candy Deppe                                                  Jodi Head
Kim Ennis                                                    Amanda Hoskins
Beth Mott                                                    Kathy Houston
Merritt Taylor                                               Waverly Parkerson
Karen Moore, Paraprofessional
Tam Walker, Paraprofessional

Second Grade Teachers                                        Fifth Grade Teachers
Jeanne Childres                                              Barbara Brown
Susan DuBois                                                 Kim Lester
Lici Jaindl                                                  Andrea Walker
Donna Shelton                                                Janet Whitley

ILS Computer Lab                                             Exploratory Lab
Stella Means, Teacher                                        Tasha Coleman
Ellen Pilgrem, Teacher                                       Bonnie Phillips
Kelly Ward, Paraprofessional

Resources Teachers                                           Media Center
Bunny Campbell, Counselor                                    Julie Williams, Media Specialist
Aleatha Thrush, Art                                          Cindy Bell, Media Paraprofessional
Afton Pownall, Music                                         Ronnet Rice, Media Paraprofessional
Amy Berry, Speech
Cafeteria Staff                                                     Custodians_______________
Nancy Brannon, Manager                                              Alissa Brown, Lead Custodian
Lori Ferguson, Cashier                                              George Davis, Custodian
Julia Eebeck, Culinary Technician                                   Rogers Hensley, Custodian
Janice Farlow, Culinary Technician                                  Clinic
Erika Muhammad, Culinary Technician                                 Barbara Steele



                                    ATTENDANCE

               TARDINESS, EARLY CHECKOUTS, ABSENCES

Success in school is directly related to daily school attendance, and students are required by law
to attend school regularly. The only excuses for absence, tardiness, or early checkout that are
regarded as valid, or excused, are:

      Illness of the pupil or some member of the family requiring the pupil’s presence at home
      Death of a member of the immediate family
      Special and recognized religious holidays observed by their faith
      Mandates of the government (court orders)

The school day begins at 8:00 a.m. each day and ends at 2:30 p.m. Students should not arrive
on campus before 7:30 unless they are enrolled in the before/after school program as there
is no other supervision available. It is dangerous to leave children unattended before 7:30 a.m.
anywhere on campus. The before and after school program is operated by the Columbus Parks
and Recreation Department and is offered for a minimal cost should you need this service.

Students arriving after 8:00 a.m. are considered tardy. Students checked out after lunch are
considered early checkouts. Students who have 5 or more unexcused tardies or early checkouts
in a single grading period will be placed on probation by the Magnet Standards Committee and a
parent conference will be required. Continued violation of this policy may result in a referral to
the school social worker and support agencies outside the school system, as the principal deems
appropriate. Among these agencies are the Department of Family and Children Services
(DFCS), law enforcement, Juvenile Court, Family Connection, or other external agencies.
                                    MORNING ARRIVAL

7:30 Adult supervision is provided on the playground, in the halls (in case of inclement
weather), or in the cafeteria. Fifth grade students arriving before 8:00 report to the cafeteria. All
other students report to the playground or appropriate hallway.

NOTE: Please do not leave your children unattended in the morning. Students who arrive
before 7:30 (other than those enrolled in the before school program or those who ride buses)
will not be permitted to enter the building.

7:45   1st bell rings/Students line up.
      Kindergarten and third grade students line up at the first wing (hall) entrance.
      Second and fourth grade students line up at the second wing (hall) entrance.
      First grade students line up at the third wing (hall) entrance.
      Fifth grade students will be escorted from the cafeteria to the third wing.
7:50   2nd bell rings/All students enter building and line up outside classrooms.
8:00   3rd bell rings. School begins.

Students are tardy after 8:00 a.m. Students will then receive an office pass to enter class.



                                    EARLY CHECKOUTS

No student will be allowed to leave the school grounds during the school day without permission
of the principal. Any student who must be checked out of school before the end of the school
day (for appointments, illness, parental request) must be signed out in the office by someone
listed on the office information card prior to any student leaving the school. The student will be
called to the office for dismissal. Teachers will not dismiss a child from class without
permission from the office. Early checkouts for verified emergency, appointments, serious illness
or death of family members, schools of higher learning visits, and/or serving as Georgia pages in
the General Assembly are allowed. Documentation is required to excuse an early dismissal.
Records will be kept to document the number of times a student misses due to early checkouts.
Excessive incidents of unexcused early checkouts will result in afterschool detention and
possibly a mandatory conference with parents before the Magnet Standards Committee.

 No student will be checked out of school after 1:45 unless it is an emergency/medical
appointment. Checking out of school to avoid traffic rush or getting a head start on
vacations will not be excused.
                                DISMISSAL PROCEDURES

The safety of our students is our primary concern. Students will be released only to those
individuals listed on the registration forms. Any changes must be made in writing (signature
required) and submitted to the office.

At dismissal time, students should depart the building in the manner designated on the student
registration form. If departure is to be different, parents should send a written note to the teacher
indicating the change (even if temporary). Teachers will not take oral instructions from the
students. Unless a note is received or the parent contacts the office by phone, the student will be
sent home the usual way. To ensure that instructions are received by the teachers and students,
the school should be notified of any transportation changes no later than 1:00 P.M. each day.

There are two pickups areas for car riders: in the front parking lot and in the back lot. Parents are
not allowed to pick up students at the front entrance to the school because it interferes with the
buses and daycare pickups. Parents are asked to clearly display the colored-coded grade level
signs in the front or passenger side window to expedite pick-up and are requested to stay in line
so pickups can be made along the curb. Students will not be allowed to cross in front of other
cars to reach parents in the outside lanes. Please do not instruct your child to go to the public
library next door or any other designated, unsupervised location on or off campus. This is an
unsafe practice and could present a safety hazard for your child.

Routine dismissals procedures with staggered dismissals times have been developed to facilitate
an orderly, safe flow of traffic.

Dismissal times:
 Bus and daycare van riders are called to the front as they arrive.
 2:25 - Kindergarten car riders are escorted to the parent pickup area in the front parking lot.
 2:25 - First grade car riders are dismissed to the back parking lot by the gym. Those going to
   the front pickup area will be escorted to the front at this time.
 2:25 - Second grade car riders are escorted to the parent pickup area in the front parking lot.
   Those going to the back pickup area will be dismissed at this time.
 2:25 - Third and fourth grade car riders are dismissed to the parent pickup area in the front
   parking lot.
 2:25- Fifth grade car riders are dismissed to the back parking lot by the gym.


                                        LATE PICKUPS

Students who have not been picked up by 2:45 P.M. will be escorted to the Columbus Parks and
Recreation After-School Program. Parents will be notified and will be responsible for the cost of
this supervision.
                                   SCHOOL TELEPHONE

The school telephone is a business phone and may be used by the students only in the case of an
emergency. After school arrangements should be made before the child leaves home in the
morning to avoid confusion at the end of the school day. We will be happy to relay messages to
teachers or students if necessary. Please do not request for a teacher or a student to come to the
phone as they are not able to leave the classroom to answer the phone unless there is an
emergency.


       PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES AND CLASS VISITATION

Parent conferences may be scheduled in writing or by phone. Teachers keep their own calendar
for conferences unless the office sets up a special meeting. These conferences will normally be
held before or after school hours. The teachers are responsible for students and should not be
disturbed during the instructional day. If you desire to visit your child’s class during the school
day, please report to the office before going to the classroom. Classroom visits may not exceed
30 minutes. All visitors are required to wear identification badges while in the building.


                                    PARENT CONTACTS

Parents are required to give the school correct (and keep updated) telephone numbers so they
may be contacted. Emergency numbers should also be listed. We do understand that
occasionally something will come up that cannot be avoided. However, please discuss the
following arrangements with your child before school:

       (1)   Alternate transportation in the event of bad weather
       (2)   Changes in after school child care schedule
       (3)   School work and materials
       (4)   Provisions to pay for lunch, special fundraising projects, etc.
       (5)   Permission to stay after school for pre-announced programs.


                                   PARKING ON CAMPUS

Please park in a designated parking area while on campus. There is no drop off or pick up
allowed at the media center gate (located between media center and cafeteria). Cars are not to
be parked (left unattended) in loading zones, at yellow curb, or on grass area at any time
for any reason. Please do not park anywhere along the front driveway. The curb in front of
the building (cafeteria) is reserved for daycare pickup vans and buses. There is plenty of parking
around the building and also in the park across the street.
                                       WITHDRAWALS

Parents should notify the school office as soon as possible of plans for withdrawal, including the
last day of attendance and destination address (if known). Withdrawal papers must be prepared
in advance and require at least a 24-hour notice. Parents should also plan on spending at least an
hour on the clearing process at the school. Please plan accordingly. The student’s cafeteria
account, library account, turning in all textbooks, signing the withdrawal form, and gathering
personal belongings may take some time. Students must be cleared at the current school before
reassignment can be made to another school. After completing the withdrawal process, parents
should report to the Central Registration office with a copy of the withdrawal form along with
the report card for enrollment into any other MCSD school.




                                    MEDICATIONS AND CLINIC

The medical clinic is fully operational from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, 10:00-1:00 on Fridays . The
office staff is available at other times. Written medical authorization is required before any
medication can be given to students. Verbal permission is no longer acceptable. Authorization
forms may be obtained from the clinic staff or from the office. All prescription medication (i.e.
Ritalin, penicillin) must be brought to school in the original pharmaceutical container with a
clear label (with child’s name, etc.). Non-prescription medications (i.e. Tylenol, aspirin, cough
medicine, eye drops) also require written authorization from parents and must be in original
containers with a clear label. Students are not allowed to self-administer any medication at
school. All medication is kept in a locked cabinet in the clinic, and documentation is maintained
on all administered medicines. Parents will be called to come for their child if they are too sick
to stay in class. Sick children that disrupt the educational process or pose a health threat cannot
be allowed to remain in the classroom. They must be picked up. Please provide reliable phone
numbers and alternate points of contact for speedy notification.

PLEASE NOTE: Withholding health issues about your child from the school could be life
threatening and place them in a potentially dangerous situation should an emergency arise. It is
the responsibility of the parent/guardian to notify school authorities about a student’s medical
condition at time of registration or immediately upon medical diagnosis of a new condition
during the school year. The health information portion of the MCSD registration documents must
be completed annually and should be updated with any changes immediately by the
parent/guardian and submitted to school personnel. Please see school officials about situations
that require individualized attention.


                        VISION AND HEARING SCREENINGS

First, third, and fifth grades are screened for vision and hearing in the fall. Be advised that this
screening is not a comprehensive exam, but a screening for further referrals if necessary. Any
definitive exams must be completed by your private doctor.
                                     LOST AND FOUND

Unclaimed items are placed in the Lost and Found area on the stage in the cafeteria. If your
child loses an item and cannot locate it, remind him/her look in the Lost and Found. It helps
tremendously if the student’s name is on the item. Please do not allow students to bring items
such as radios, tape players, Game boys, or extra money, etc. (unless they have permission from
the teacher). The school will not be responsible for these items if they become lost or missing.


                              CAFETERIA PROCEDURES

                             School Nutrition Program (SNP)
Mission Statement of the Muscogee County School Nutrition Program is to provide a
nutrition program that will maintain and improve the health of school children and the
educational community and encourage the development of sound nutritional habits that
will foster academic success.

USDA has regulations we have to meet to be in compliance with their guidelines. We have
caloric and nutrient requirements based on age and grade. Also MCSD Board Approved
Wellness Program( EEE and EE-R) encourages and promotes healthy guidelines to be followed
including, but not limited to, decreased consumption of fried foods, foods containing > 35 %
sugar by weight, and a maintenance of FDA standards for portion sizes. School lunches also
offer a variety of foods, whole grains, fat free and low fat milk choices. Muscogee County
School District shall abide by nutrient standards of the School Nutrition Program for all foods
sold and served on campus during the school day. The sale of foods or beverages to students on
school premises other than through SNP is prohibited from 12:01 A.M. until the end of the last
lunch period. Food shall not be used as a reward or punishment and shall prohibit the use of
candy and other food rewards for academic performance or good behavior. Fundraising efforts
shall be supportive of healthy eating, encouraging the sale of non-food items or nutrient dense
foods. USDA regulations ban the sale of foods of minimal nutritional value.

School Nutrition Program provides a healthy lunch choice for students every day. Students may
bring their own lunches from home. Restaurant containers are not allowed in the cafeteria.
Parents are encouraged to have lunch with their children. School lunch may be purchased to eat
in the cafeteria with the students.

Students need to bring and use their meal card to the cafeteria for breakfast and lunch.

Free and Reduced Meal Priced Meal Applications
A new application has to be completed and approved every school year before your child can
qualify for free or reduced meals. We must receive an original because these applications are
scanned. We cannot accept a faxed or copied application. ONLY ONE application needs to be
completed for your entire household. If someone receives SNAP (supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program) OR TANF, you must include the current CASE number on the application
(NOT the EBT or food stamp card number). We receive over 18,000 applications every year.
Completed applications are processed within 10 days. A letter will be sent home from school
with your child stating if you have been approved or denied. Applications CANNOT be
approved if they are not completely filled out so please COMPLETE EVERY BOX on the
application. If we do not have an approved application on file before the expiration date shown
on your approval letter - your child’s status will change to PAID and they will be charged for
their meals until an application is approved. If your application has been denied or is incomplete,
please call our office if you have any questions: 706-748-2389. Applications can be submitted
or resubmitted anytime throughout the year, especially if your income goes down, you lose your
job, your family qualifies for SNAP or TANF benefits, or there is a change in your family size.
Paying for School Lunch
Muscogee County SNP no longer accepts personal checks as payment for meals in all cafeterias.
Payments can be made by money order, cashier’s check, traveler’s check, cash, or on-line
payment via www.myLunchmoney.com. using your credit or debit card. You may pre-pay for
your child’s school breakfast, lunch and ala carte food items. On-line payments include a
transaction fee per school site. You must know your child’s birthday and their Crosspoint
Student Identification Number (available at the school office). Allow 24 hours for payments to
be posted to your child’s account.

School Meal Prices:
                           BREAKFAST PRICES

                           Elementary, Paid                                        .85

                           Middle/High, Paid                                      1.15

                           Reduced                                                 .30

                           Adult                                                  1.50

                           LUNCH PRICES

                           Elementary, Paid                                       1.75

                           Middle/High, Paid                                      2.00

                           Reduced                                                 .40

                           Adult, MCSD Staff                                      3.00

                           Adult, Outside MCSD                                    3.75

                           Free and reduced priced meals for breakfast and lunch are
                           available for eligible students. Applications can be picked
                           up at the School Nutrition Office, or parents may contact
                           the School Nutrition Manager at any school.



Food Purchases
Only students purchasing a reimbursable meal may also purchase extra foods from the menu.
Students bringing a lunch from home may purchase milk, juice, or ice cream.
Charging Meals
Elementary students will be allowed a total of $ 7.80 in charges. Middle school students will be
allowed a total of $3.15. There is no provision for high school students to charge. No charges
will be accepted for ala carte items. If your child reaches his/her charge limit an alternative meal
will be provided. All cafeteria meal charges must be paid before a student is allowed to transfer
to another school system or graduate from high school.
Menus
Monthly menus can be found on the MCSD website. Menus may change on a very short notice
due to market conditions, deliveries, or special school activities.
Field Trips
Cafeterias can provide lunches for field trips, please contact your cafeteria manager to make
arrangements.
Special Dietary Needs
School Nutrition will accommodate food allergies and special dietary needs when documentation
from a doctor is provided. MCSD SNP will make modifications and substitutions to the regular
school meals for a student with a disability that restricts their diet. Special Dietary Needs
Prescription Form must be completed and signed by a physician for a student with a disability
before the school cafeteria can provide any modifications or substitutions. The completed form
must be provided to the school cafeteria manager, the clinic worker, and the special needs
dietitian. A form and instructions can be found on the MCSD web site, the clinic, or cafeteria.
Nutrition analysis chart for menu items is available on the website. Please be aware that there
are factors that may affect a product’s actual nutritional value and/or ingredient composition at
any given time: Manufacturers’ formulations may change without notice. USDA donated
products may become available at any time during the year and may replace a purchased item.
Product brands may change during the year as new bids are approved. Schools may be using
inventory from a previous bid or manufacturer. Our recipes may change during the school year.
A la carte snack items vary from school to school, so check with the cafeteria manager at your
student’s school for specific information.
Summer Lunch
SNP has provided lunch at various schools throughout the district during the summer. Please
check the web site or call 706-748-2386 for locations. All children under 18 years of age receive
a free meal. Adults may purchase a lunch.




                    CAFETERIA BEHAVIOR AND RULES

1.   Student behavior in the cafeteria should be based on courtesy, cleanliness, and safety.
2.   The serving line is a Quiet Zone. Students should not talk until seated.
3.   The first ten minutes of a class’s lunch period is no talking time.
4.   After that, students should speak in low conversational tones.
5.   Students should limit conversations to others at their own table.
6.   Students should be sitting properly in a chair at all times.
7.   Students should follow directions of paraprofessional on duty.
8.   Students should not exchange food with others.
9.   Students should consume or throw away all food or drink before leaving the cafeteria.
                                AWARDS CEREMONIES

Awards ceremonies will be held at the close of each school year by grade level. Parents will be
informed of the dates and times.


                                          TESTING

There are a number of standardized school tests given throughout the year. These are noted on
the school calendars, in the weekly newsletters, and on special notices sent home.


                                        YEARBOOK

Yearbooks are typically done by volunteers. We solicit your help in making a memorable
yearbook for every family to enjoy for years to come. Yearbooks are ready in the spring, with
orders usually taken in the fall. An attempt is made to include pictures of all children during
day-to-day and special activities in the yearbook. If you wish to volunteer to work on any part of
the yearbook, you may call the school for information.


                                        BOOK FAIRS

Several times during the year, the school PTA will sponsor book fairs. Children usually bring
home flyers advertising some of the books that will be made available at the fair. The child’s
class will visit the book fair together on a specific day. You may send in money for your child to
purchase items. There are usually posters, pencils, erasers, and bookmarks, as well as books. If
you wish, you may accompany your child during the class visit. The proceeds benefit PTA
sponsored projects. Many parent volunteers are needed for each book fair. Please contact the
school if you are interested in helping.


                                   SCHOOL UNIFORMS
                                      DRESS CODE

Britt David Magnet Academy has adopted a school uniform dress code. Outlined below are the
guidelines:
 Tops – Boys and girls may wear red, white, or black solid colored shirts (no logos except
    BDMA).
     short or long sleeve
     collar or no collar
     sleeveless (for girls)
     turtlenecks or sweaters
     tucked in or out.
   Bottoms –
     Boys may wear khaki shorts or khaki long pants (classic or cargo styles).
     Girls may wear khaki shorts or khaki skirts or khaki skorts (no higher than 3 inches above
        kneecap), khaki Capri pants, or khaki long pants. Girls will also have the option of a red
        and black plaid skort which must be purchased from Dennis Uniforms
        (www.dennisuniform.com).
     Belts are optional.
   Shoes – All shoes (boys and girls) need to be rubber-soled with enclosed toes and heels
    (safety concern). Flip flops, sandals, and heels are not acceptable.

    Not permitted: tank tops, spaghetti straps, tube tops, see-through shirts, hats or other head
    coverings, and no midriffs should be exposed. Any items of apparel that distract the attention
    of other students or cause disruption are prohibited.

The student dress code is a reflection of the Muscogee County School Board Policy. Please refer
to the MCSD Behavior Code and Discipline Policy for further information on dress and
grooming.

There will also be regularly scheduled days for students to wear school spirit wear.
                                               PTA

Britt David is home to one of the hardest working PTA groups in the state. We are very proud of
the officers and the parent volunteers who spend long hours working to make this school a great
place to learn for our boys and girls. Fundraising activities are scheduled throughout the year
along with a host of activities for our children. The very first activity for the school year is the
PTA membership drive. Membership dues for the year cost $5.00. Installation of new officers is
held during the last meeting of the school year, normally in May. Executive Officers for the
2010-2011 school year are:

                                   President – Connie Phillips
                         Vice President of Programs – Candace Wayman
                         Vice President of Membership – Portia Walker
                                    Secretary – Angie Turner
                                    Treasurer – Blake Barker
                                    Teacher – Candy Deppe




                                                 FIELD DAY

Field day is held in the spring. Teachers and students normally design their personal T-shirts or
hats and come to field day motivated and prepared to take on the world (all in the name of fun
and games). Activities, races, and competitions are planned for the day. Parents are invited to
volunteer assistance with their child’s class. Refreshment stands are normally operating.


                      BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

A before and after school program is available on site to all students daily. Participation,
supervision, and fee payments are controlled by the City of Columbus, Department of Parks and
Recreation. Call 706-653-4178 for further information.


                                COUNSELOR’S CORNER

The school counselor conducts guidance lessons for all classes. All classroom guidance topics
are age appropriate and approved through the Muscogee County School District. These lessons
cover a variety of topics, including bullying and respect, stranger danger, drug and alcohol
awareness, critical thinking and study skills, good touch/bad touch, career, family, teamwork,
and cultural awareness. Safety issues are covered that range from weather, gun, water, pet,
internet, and fire safety. Everything that is taught is aimed towards character education and
empowering children to keep them safe. Students may be seen individually at their own request
or by parent or teacher referral. Small groups may be conducted as needed for crisis situations,
study skills, or ADHD. Parents are strongly encouraged to talk with their children about the
topics covered each week and are welcome to observe during classroom guidance sessions.


                                      CLASS PARTIES

Kindergarten, first, and second grades will have three parties each year: Christmas, Valentine’s
Day, and the end of the year party. Third, fourth and fifth grades will have two parties each year:
Christmas and at the end of the year. Birthdays may be celebrated at lunch if a parent would like
to send in a special treat. No birthday parties are allowed to be celebrated in the classrooms.


                                      MEDIA CENTER

The Britt David Media Center is open from 7:45 to 3:00 Monday - Friday. Students are allowed
to check out two books at a time, which may be kept for up to two weeks. After that time, they
are overdue and the circulation system will block the student from further check-outs. In order
to ensure that the system does not block your child, you may want to remind your child to turn
books in at least one day before the due date. This will allow enough time to check the book
back in and clear the student’s record. If your child is unable to check out a book due to an
outstanding overdue book, we will print an overdue notice to send home that day. Fines assessed
for lost and damaged books need to be resolved prior to further book check-out. As a part of the
media program at Britt David, classes are scheduled as needed. Parents are always welcome and
invited to volunteer in the media center.




                                              PICTURE DAYS

Picture days occur twice a year. One is within the first nine weeks of school, and the other in
early spring. Each time individual picture packages are offered. The fall picture will be
included in the yearbook. The class picture will also be taken in the spring. Students are not
required to be in uniforms on picture days. Picture packages will be ordered either before the
pictures are taken or when the proofs are returned, depending upon the policies of the
photographer.
                          STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE

School accident insurance is available at the beginning of the school year for a reasonable fee.
Both school coverage and 24-hour coverage are available. Once the information is sent home by
the student, the parents are responsible for sending payment directly to the company sponsor and
for filing claims. Neither the Muscogee County School District nor individual schools provide
accident or medical insurance coverage for students.



                                 CODE OF CONDUCT
                                      Discipline Plan

The establishment of a positive school environment does not just happen. A comprehensive
school wide plan has been written to provide clear and precise behavioral expectations that will
communicate the importance of a safe place for children to learn, develop, and grow as well as
dictate the course of action taken when rules have been violated. It is important to teach students
about the importance of rules. It is also important to administer schools in accordance with
written rules so that students can learn that they are living in a society ruled by laws and that no
single individual can determine his or her own fate. Children and youth must understand that
rules and regulations exist to provide for the orderly operation of the school.

The Britt David Code of Conduct is not intended to cover all situations that may arise. In fact, it
is our belief that each individual discipline case should be examined and acted upon with a
situational approach. No two sets of circumstances are ever alike. However, there are certain
rules that have application for all students and need to be shared with the entire student body.
This code of conduct is a supplement to the county’s discipline policy and does not restate many
of the regulations set down in the district’s code. Each parent will sign a document indicating
receipt of the system’s policy booklet and a local student/parent handbook. Receipts will be
maintained in the office as verification that it has been received and expectations shared with the
student.

Classroom teachers have the direct responsibility for maintaining discipline and order in their
classrooms. Teachers have established the rules necessary in the classroom so the classroom
atmosphere is conducive to learning. Students are expected to exhibit appropriate age-grade
behavior which includes demonstrating good self-control and maintaining respect for each other,
their teachers, and the educational process. We work with the students and parents to help the
student become responsible for their own behavior. After a teacher has exhausted all classroom
disciplinary means, has contacted the parent, and continues to have difficulty with a student, then
a more aggressive form of discipline is warranted.

LEVEL ONE - Minor Violations

Minor violations are handled by the teacher and include, but are not limited to the following:
 Not following directions the first time they are given
 Excessive talking (to include the quiet zones, media center, cafeteria)
   Playing in the restroom
   Running in the hallways, classroom, and cafeteria
   Chewing gum and/or eating at unauthorized times or places
   Playing pencil break
   Throwing spit balls, erasers, pencils, etc.
   Out of seat without permission
   Failure to deliver notices home and/or return them
   Verbal exchanges not involving profanity or threats
   Horseplay, wrestling, roughhousing, and play fighting
   Disturbing others during class time
   Lack of instructional materials
   Dress code violations
   Any other actions deemed inappropriate by the teacher

                        Teacher Interventions for Level One Behaviors

Interventions administered by the teacher may include one of the following (but not limited to):
 Verbal warnings/reprimands
 Discipline log entry
 Name on the board
 Name card turned or clip moved into pocket.
 Time-out center located in classroom or playground.
 Action plan written by student (may be sent home to be signed by parent and returned)
 Phone call to parents
 Silent lunch
 Student-teacher conference
 Parent conference
 Referral to counselor
 Referral to Student Support Team (SST)

Chronic violators of the minor rules may be sent to the Assistant Principal when implemented
strategies are not successful.


LEVEL TWO - Major Violations

Major violations will result in referrals to the Assistant Principal’s office for disciplinary action.
Major offenses may include, but are not limited to, the following:
 Fighting (exchange of blows with intent to do bodily harm) or provoking a fight
 Obscene or inappropriate language, gestures, or acts; profanity, disrespectful or abusive
   language or gestures
 Damaging or stealing property
 Defiance of authority
 Willful or dangerous acts (ex: firecrackers, stink or smoke bombs, and throwing objects such
   as bottles or rocks with the intent to do harm or damage)
   Leaving class, designated area, or campus without permission
   Forgery or altering school forms or documents
   Cheating (to include plagiarism)
   Tampering with technology (computer files, programs, etc.) or using another student’s
    password and entering computer systems
   Bus misbehavior
   Bullying
   Written and/or verbal threats (with intent to cause bodily harm, intimidation, or physical
    destruction), especially when the ability or the means to carry out is present
   Violation of state or federal laws or MCSD Board policies
   Deliberately lying to any adult in the school
   Any other action deemed inappropriate by the administrator

          Administrator Interventions and Consequences for Level Two Behaviors

Interventions administered by the principal or designee include, but are not limited to the
following:
 Office referral
 Phone call to parents
 Parent conference
 Probation period
 Referral to Magnet Standards Committee
 Referral to the Student Support Team (SST)
 In-school suspension (ABC Room)
 Out of school suspension
 Dismissal from magnet program
 Referral to MCSD Discipline Tribunal

LEVEL THREE - Critical Violations

Critical violations are the most serious misbehaviors and may result in an automatic referral to
the Muscogee County School District’s Discipline Tribunal. Critical violations may include, but
are not limited to the following:

   Possession of a firearm or deadly weapon
   Verbal threats or physical assaults of staff members or other students (even when joking)
   Substantial damage to personal or school property
   Bomb threat
   Arson
   Sexual harassment
   Theft, gambling, extortion
   Sale, attempted sale or distribution of alcohol, controlled substances, or controlled
    paraphernalia
   Violation of state or federal laws or MCSD Board Policy
   Any other misbehavior that could cause harm to others
         Administrator Interventions and Consequences for Level Three Behaviors

   Suspension
   Dismissal from the magnet program
   Referral to MCSD Discipline Tribunal
   Law enforcement involvement
   Alternative school


                            IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION
                        ALTERNATIVE BEHAVIOR CENTER
                                 (ABC ROOM)

The discipline cycle for the ABC room (in-school suspension) referrals are:
       First visit: 30 minutes, write an action plan, phone call home
       Second visit (within 30 days of first time): 60 minutes, write an action plan, phone call
home
       Third visit (within 30 days of last time): 2 hours, write action plan, phone call to parents
or conference.
       Fourth visit (within 30 days of last time): All day, parent conference to return to class,
behavior contract initiated

If success is not achieved through the above steps, an individual behavior plan may be developed
with the student or the student may be withdrawal from the magnet program.

                                           Bullying

In accordance with State Policy (O.C.G.A 20-2-751.4) and the Muscogee County School District
Policy, Britt David Magnet Academy prohibits bullying behavior of a student by another student.
Bully behavior is defined as: Any pattern of written or verbal expression or any physical act or
gesture that is intended to ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or cause measurable physical or
emotional distress upon one or more students in the school, on the school grounds, in school
vehicles, at designated school bus stops, or at school activities or sanctioned events.

All students and parents will receive notification of the anti-bullying behavior policy via the
Muscogee County School District Code and Discipline Policy Handbook. Each reported incident
of bullying behavior will be investigated by the principal/designee and in some cases school
security. Disposition will be determined in accordance with our code of conduct and may include
one or more of the following:
     Suspension from school
     Referral to the Student Discipline Tribunal
     Assignment to alternate educational programs
     Dismissal from the magnet program
                 USE OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES BY STUDENTS

Students shall not be permitted to use any personal electronic communication device, including
cellular phones, or two-way radios during the school day. Students are prohibited from using any
electronic device during the operation of a school bus, including, but not limited to, cellular
phones, pagers, audible radios, audible tape or compact disc players, or laser light in a manner
that might interfere with the school bus communication equipment or the school bus
driver’s operation of the school bus.

         Elementary students are not permitted to have a cellular phone at school.




                                SCHOOL BUS BEHAVIOR

Under the laws of our State, the Muscogee County School District has the authority to make
reasonable regulations governing the bus conduct. The walking distance to schools shall be one
and one-half miles. The walking distance to a bus stop shall not exceed one-half mile. To
provide for a safe and comfortable trip to and from school, students are required to observe the
following rules:

1. Parents are responsible for getting their children to and from the bus stop. Buses run on
schedule and cannot wait for passengers.
2. Misbehavior at the bus stop could result in denial of transportation.
3. The driver has the right to assign students to certain seats to promote order on the bus, if
necessary.
4. Students are expected to sit three to a seat, if necessary. A standing load of 20% over the
seated capacity is permitted, per state mandate.
5. Students may not use profane or vulgar language while on the bus or while waiting for the
bus.
6. Students should be quiet and orderly on the bus; talk in low tones; absolute silence is required
at railroad crossings.
7. If problems arise, parents are not to confront the bus driver at the bus stop. They should make
an appointment with the Transportation Department at 706-649-0824 to discuss the matter.

Students shall be prohibited from acts of physical violence as defined by Code Section 20-2-
751.6, bullying as defined by subsection (a) of code Section 20-2-751.4, physical assault or
battery of other persons on the school bus, verbal assault of other persons on the school bus,
disrespectful conduct toward the school bus driver or other persons on the school bus, and other
unruly behavior.
Students shall be prohibited from using any electronic devices during the operation of a school
bus, included but not limited to cell phones, pagers, audible radios, tape or compact disc players
without headphones, or any other electronic device in a manner that might interfere with the
school bus communications equipment or the school bus driver’s operation of the school bus.

Students shall be prohibited from using mirrors, flash cameras, or any other lights or relative
devices in a manner that might interfere with the school bus driver’s operation of the school bus.

Punishment for violation of any of the above rules will result in your student being removed
from the bus and possible suspension from school and being released from the magnet program.

First Offense – Phone call to parent, development of a student bus behavior contract, and one day
suspension from the bus.

Second Offense – Phone call to parent, development of a student bus behavior contract, and one
week suspension from the bus.

Third Offense - Parent conference and expulsion from the bus for the remainder of the year.




                      SCHOOL GRADING SYSTEM

Report cards are distributed every nine weeks for all grades with the following guidelines or
evaluation ranges:

               Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3: Standards-Based Report Card
               Grades 4- 5:           A = 100 - 90
                                      B = 89 – 80
                                      C = 79 - 70
                                      F = below 70

Art, music, penmanship, and physical education are graded as “S” for satisfactory progress or
“N” for needs improvement. Mid-term progress reports are sent home to parents each grading
period. Parent signatures are required on both the progress reports and the report cards. If
parents have concerns related to student progress or grading, a conference with the teacher is
highly encouraged.
                       PROMOTION & RETENTION POLICY

It is the philosophy of the Muscogee County School District that programs of intervention and
remediation rather than retention will be the preferred alternative for students who are not
making satisfactory progress. Retention is appropriate only when the student’s developmental
needs are such that retention of the student will be beneficial. Retention will not be based upon
arbitrary achievement levels without consideration of ability, language, development, or cultural
background. Both the law and the State Board Rule mandate that all third (3rd) grade students
must perform at a level that meets/exceeds the grade level standards on the Georgia Criterion
Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) in reading in order to be promoted to the fourth grade.
Fifth (5th) grade students must perform at levels that meet/exceed the grade level standards in
reading and mathematics on the Georgia CRCT in order to be promoted to the sixth (6th) grade.

The records and progress of any student being considered for retention must be referred to the
academic committee (principal, counselor, resource teacher, one classroom teacher other than the
student’s present teacher). The committee will make a recommendation for promotion or
retention. The principal will have the final authority, at the school level, as to whether a student
is promoted or retained. Students may not be retained at Britt David Magnet Academy.
Retained students are withdrawn and assigned to their neighborhood school.



                     EXTRA-CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES

                            Student Council Officers (5th Grade Only)
                         Student Council Representatives (4th-5th Grades)
                                    Peer Helpers (5th Grade)
                                Science Olympics (4th-5th Grades)
                                   Math Team (4th-5th Grades)
                                     Litter Patrol (4th Grade)
                                    Safety Patrol (5th Grade)
                                     Literature Lunch Bunch
                                  Character Chat Lunch Groups
                                            Girl Scouts
                                           Drama Club
                                      4-H Club (5th Grade)
                               SCHOOL CALENDAR
                                   2010-2011

DATE                                 EVENT
Wednesday, August 4                  Teachers Report
Wednesday - Friday – August 4 - 6    Pre-Planning
Wednesday - Thursday, August 4 - 5   Students Report to Verify Assignments
Monday, August 9                     School Begins; 1st Semester Begins
Monday, September 6                  Labor Day: No School for Students/Teachers
Wednesday, September 8               Progress Reports
Tuesday, September 14                Elementary Early Release Day
Thursday, October 7                  1st Nine Weeks Ends
Tuesday, October 12                  Elementary Early Release Day
Wednesday, October 13                 Report Cards
Monday, October 25                   No School for Students/Teachers
Tuesday, November 9                  Elementary Early Release Day
Wednesday, November 10               Progress Reports
Thursday, November 11                Veterans Day: No School for Students/Teachers
Monday – Friday, November 22 – 26    Thanksgiving Break: No School for Students/Teachers
Tuesday, December 7                  Elementary Early Release Day
Friday, December 17                  1st Semester Ends; 2nd Nine Weeks Ends
Monday - Friday, Dec. 20 – Dec. 31   Christmas Break: No School for Students/Teachers
Monday, January 3                    No School for Students/Teachers
Tuesday, January 4                   In-Service Day: No School for Students
Wednesday, January 5                 Classes Resume; 2nd Semester Begins
Thursday, January 6                  Report Cards
Tuesday, January 11                  Elementary Early Release
Monday, January 17                   Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday: No School for
                                     Students/Teachers
Thursday, February 3                 Progress Reports
Tuesday, February 8                  Elementary Early Release Day
Thursday, February 18                Winter Break: No School for Students/Teachers
Monday, February 21                  Presidents’ Day: No School for Students/Teachers
Tuesday, March 8                     Elementary Early Release Day
Friday, March 11                     3rd Nine Weeks Ends
Wednesday, March 16                  Report Cards
Monday – Friday, April 4 – 8         Spring Break: No School for Students/Teachers
Thursday, April 21                   Progress Reports
Tuesday, May 10                      Elementary Early Release Day
Friday, May 20                       4th Nine Weeks Ends/ Last Day for Students
Friday, May 20                       Report Cards for Elementary

				
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