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Kenneth J. Tice Elementary "Campus Parent Handbook" “Learning for All” Welcome To Tice Elementary School! Dear Parents and Students, Learning is an exciting life-long endeavor, and at Tice Elementary we are proud to continually strive to create positive educational experiences. On behalf of the faculty and staff at Tice Elementary, it is our pleasure to welcome you. This school handbook is intended as an introduction to our programs, policies, and procedures. Each student also receives a district handbook, which provides a detailed explanation of policies set by our school board. Thank you for being a part of the Tice Elementary community; we look forward to working with you and your child to ensure that we all have a great year! Sincerely, Judy Holbrook Principal School Hours 7:10 am - 7:35 am Cafeteria opens/Holding areas open 7:00 am – 4:00 pm Front Office hours 7:45 am - 10:45 am Pre-Kindergarten AM session 12:00 pm – 3:05 pm Pre-Kindergarten PM session 7:45 am - 2:00 pm Kindergarten 7:35 a m - 3 : 0 5 pm 1st-5th Grades *Please do not drop off students before 7:10 because they will not be supervised. Duty staff does not begin until 7:10. Behavior Modification Program "FOUNDATIONS" Tice has a comprehensive behavior modification program (Foundations) to ensure the learning environment for all staff and students is physically and emotionally safe, socially civil, and academically productive. In compliance with Education Code 11.25 Galena Park ISD will implement a behavior modification program to provide for the prevention and education concerning unwanted physical or verbal aggression, sexual harassment and other forms of bullying in schools, or on school grounds. "In Loco Parentis" "In Loco Parentis" describes the relationship of school personnel to students. Meaning "in place of a parent," it gives school personnel the authority of a parent in supervising students at school. Dress Code Tice Elementary has implemented a standardized dress code policy ACCEPTABLE ATTIRE INCLUDES: BOTTOMS: Slacks, Shorts, Capris, Skirts, Shorts, and Jumpers (no denim material) Colors: Navy, Khaki, and Black. ***Belts must be worn on bottoms with belt loops. SHIRTS OR BLOUSES: Shirts/Blouses must have a collar and be tucked in. Colors: Red, White, and Blue (light blue and/or navy blue) Shirts (Pullovers or button) must have collars and be tucked into pants or skirt. May not have logo(s) (i.e.: Polo, Izod, Tommy Hilfiger) * Each campus may designate "spirit days" (pictures, incentives, athletics, etc.) for students to wear jeans with spirit shirts, and other school approved attire. * All other rules and regulations, as defined in the Student Code of Conduct, regarding dress and grooming, will apply. * Individual schools may limit colors to meet their needs. *Occasionally throughout the year, there will be fundraisers and students will be able to purchase “Jean Day" coupons. Standards for student attire will be printed on each coupon. ***Tice will recognize each Friday as "Spirit Day." Students will be allowed to wear a Tice Spirit shirt and denim jeans/shorts on those days only. In the event that a student holiday falls on a Friday, students will be allowed to wear their spirit attire on the preceding Thursday. UNACCEPTABLE ATTIRE: Low cut tops Tank tops, Tight knit tops Bare midriffs, Spaghetti straps Suits Spandex shorts or pants Torn, ripped jeans/clothing, Duster coats, Trench coats Tight fitted clothing Thongs/Sandals without back straps Large or oversized purses and handbags Shirts with written reference to alcohol, sex, vulgar language, or symbols that serve to detract from a conducive learning environment Caps or Hats Bandanas Earrings on boys Pierced ring or stud in visible body parts (e.g. lip, nose, eye brows, tongue) Baggy or oversized clothing Shirts with gang symbols, slogans, or colors Slacks/pants/shirts worn below the waist Athletic apparel will not be considered acceptable attire (i.e. pullover jerseys, button-up jerseys, or tank top jerseys) Facial hair (beards, mustaches), gang related, profane or vulgar language or symbols cut into hair, mohawks or tattooed or cut into the skin are unacceptable. The principal of the school shall have the discretion to determine if a student's hair and/or grooming is acceptable and within appropriate health and safety standards. Avoid inappropriate hair color, e.g., orange, green, purple, etc. Attendance Regular and punctual attendance is essential to the growth and development of students. Every effort should be made to ensure students are at school on time. The school cafeteria opens at 7:10 am for breakfast. No students will be allowed in the school prior to 7:10 am. The first bell rings at 7:35 am and students must be in class by 7:45 am. Any student not in attendance by 9:00 am will be marked absent for the day. Please try to schedule routine appointments and check-ups during non-school hours whenever possible. The Texas Compulsory Attendance Law states that students must be in attendance for 90% of the instructional school year. If your child is absent, a written note describing the reason for the absence must be sent on the first day the student returns to school. Excessive absences and/or tardier can result in disciplinary action. Tardy Policy Revised October 2010 GPISD Elementary Tardy Policy The tardy bell rings at 7:45 a.m. Any student not in the classroom by 7:45 a.m. will be considered tardy. All tardies are considered unexcused unless the principal deems that an extenuating circumstance was unavoidable (i.e. traffic accidents that backed up traffic, severe weather that slowed traffic). Tardy students must sign in with the front office to receive a tardy slip. To maximize your child’s education, it is important that students are in attendance for the entire instructional day. Tardiness is disruptive and detrimental to the learning process. Excessive Tardiness Consequences Parents will receive written notification after a child has been tardy for 3 times during any 9 weeks grading period. Parents will receive a second notification after a child has been tardy 5 times. This notification will also state if a child receives a 6th tardy during any 9 weeks grading period they will be assigned to 1 hour of detention. Detention will be in room 605 each Wednesday until 4:10pm. Parents will need to provide transportation for their child to be picked up. Tice will not provide transportation. A third notification will be sent home if a child receives a 7th tardy. This letter will also give notification that your child will receive 1 hour of detention on the 8th tardy during a 9 weeks grading period. Detention will be in room 605 each Wednesday until 4:10pm. Parents will need to provide transportation for their child to be picked up. Tice will not provide transportation. After 9 tardies are recorded during any 9 weeks grading period, the matter will be referred to the district truancy officer. Parents have the responsibility for seeing that their child attends school, on time and on a regular basis (Board Policy FEA legal/TEC § 25.085). To maximize your child’s education, it is important that students are in attendance for the entire instructional day. Assigned Waiting Areas Students arriving 7:10 am - 7:35 am will wait in the following areas: PK:Classroom holding area K:Cafeteria stage 1st :Classroom holding area 3rd:Music room 2nd & 4th :Hallway holding area 5th:Hallway holding area All students who arrive to school after 7:45 am must report to the front office for a tardy slip to class. Student Arrival Procedures All students arriving to school by CAR should be dropped off in the student drop off zone. Parents should follow the single lane of traffic through the front parking lot and stay to the right. All students must enter through the main front doors. Please make sure students are prepared to exit vehicles when entering the drop off zone. Please use caution as you travel through the parking lots. ***The ramp on the side of the school parking lot is reserved for school buses and students with special needs only.*** ***Students can NOT be dropped off in the parking areas of the parking lots. Parents may park in the parking lot and escort students across the drop off lanes to the main entrance.*** ***Students should NOT be dropped off along the curbs of the adjacent streets. These are NOT supervised areas.*** Student Dismissal Procedures All of our dismissal procedures are for the safety our students. All students leaving school by CAR, will use the following procedures: STUDENTS: Staff members will escort all car riders, daycare and Cunningham to the cafeteria. Upon entering the cafeteria, students will report to their assigned area. As parents arrive, students' will be called by duty staff. At that time, students will leave the building through the cafeteria side door to the student pick-up zone. Staff members will assist students in entering their vehicles. PARENTS: Parents shall enter the single car pick-up lane in the front of the building. As cars enter the lane, the child's name is reported to the staff members in the pick up lane. Your student(s) will be waiting for you in the pick-up zone by the time you pull around. Staff members will assist with loading. After loading, parents should exit the parking lot. For student safety, parents should refrain from honking or signaling their children to approach their cars before they reach the student pick-up point. DISMISSAL begins at 3:05 pm. ***Parents may be asked to park in the adjacent lot and enter the front office for student dismissal. ***Please do NOT leave unattended vehicles in the pick up lanes. ***Students will NOT be allowed to wait for parents outside of the building. All car riders will be required to wait in the cafeteria for parent pickup. ***Parents who arrive late (after the last car in line OR 3:15 pm) will need to sign their student(s) out in the front office. ***Parents wishing to pick up a student who has already been dismissed from the classroom as a bus or daycare van rider must report to the front office. ***In the event of rain, car riders and daycare will be held in the cafeteria until the rain clears or someone arrives to pick them up. ***Parents are asked to keep their student(s)' dismissal routine as consistent as possible. Students will NOT be allowed to change their dismissal routine without a written note from a parent/guardian. In the event of an unplanned change, please contact the front office by 2:30 pm. Bus Transportation Riding a school bus is a privilege extended to students by the school district. A behavioral expectation contract will be sent home with bus students the first week of school. The contract should be read, signed by students and parents, and returned to school. For the safety of the students, all riders must observe proper behavior while on the bus AND at the bus stop. Failure to comply with bus rules may result in temporary or permanent removal from the bus. ***Transportation will only be provided based on the student(s)' home address. BUS TAGS Tice began using “Bus Tags,” January 2012, to help us keep track of how bus riders get home from school. Bus riders will receive a tag that will serve as their “ticket” to ride the bus. Please make sure that your child has his/her bus tag every day. In the event that your child forgets his/her tag, please contact the school so that we can provide a note to the bus driver. Please be aware that if this occurs more than three times your child will receive an activity detention for each day they do not have their bus tag. If the bus tag has been miss placed you will have to pay $5.00 to replace the tag. After the third time a student loses a card, they may lose their bus privileges per the Transportation Department. If for some reason your child is going to be parent pick up instead of a bus rider, you must send a note to the school. If your child is usually parent pick up, but is going to ride the bus, you must write a note to the bus driver. If you do not write a note to the bus driver, your child will not be able to ride the bus home Early Release of Students Teachers are not authorized to release students to parents who come to the classroom. All students leaving the building during the regular school day must be checked out in the front office. A valid driver's license or picture ID will be required to sign students out. For the safety of our children, only persons listed on the student's emergency card will be allowed to check them out. Visitors For the safety and security of guests and students, visitors are required to check in at the front office and present a valid driver's license or ID. Your ID/license will be scanned through our V-Soft system. Visitors will be given a badge and escorted to the area of the school they wish to visit. Upon departure visitors are asked to return to the office to sign out. Parents are not only welcome at Tice Elementary, they are encouraged to visit! ***Parents are welcome to escort their student(s) to the classroom on the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. Beginning the second day of school, parents may escort their student(s) to the holding areas or breakfast only after receiving a visitor's badge from the front office. We truly appreciate your cooperation in helping us keep the morning arrival times safe and running smoothly.*** Note: Visitors are not allowed to visit campus the weeks of District/Curriculum Assessments and during State Testing. Nurse's Office/Emergency Information There is a full-time Nurse on duty during regular school hours every day. If a student becomes sick or injured, he/she will be sent to the nurse. If after observation, the illness or injury appears to worsen, reasonable effort will be made to contact parents. If parents are not contacted, students will be held in the nurse's office until the bell rings and their transportation arrives. Students with severe illness or injury will NOT be dismissed by bus. ***The school nurse is authorized to dispense prescription medications ONLY to students. Parents of students requiring prescription medications at school must visit with the school nurse. Emergency information cards are to be filled out each school year. Students will bring the emergency cards home for parents to fill out the first week of school. During the school year if any changes are made in employment, telephone numbers, or alternate contacts, please call the front office at 832-386-4050 so that the emergency card can be updated. It is important that the emergency cards are completed entirely. Only persons designated on the emergency card will be allowed to pick children up from school. Cafeteria/School Meals Tice Elementary operates a cafeteria, which offers hot, nutritious breakfasts and lunches each school day. Each student at Tice is issued an account and numeric pass code to be used for accounting of breakfasts and lunches eaten. Money to be used for meals can be placed in your child's account at any time. When money runs out, students and parents are given notices to replenish the account. Galena Park ISD now participates with PAMS (Prepaid Accounts for Meals), an online management system. Parents may add money to or check balances of student lunch accounts at any time. This online system can be accessed through the GPISD website (galenaparkisd.com) under the link for parents. Students who bring lunches from home are able to purchase milk/water/juice in the cafeteria. ***Federal assistance is available for income-qualifying families. Applications for free/reduced lunches will be sent home with all students during the first week of school. These applications must be renewed each year. Parent-Teacher Conferences Parent-Teacher conferences are encouraged. If the teacher feels a conference is necessary, the school will contact the parent. If for any reason a parent wishes to have a conference with the teacher, the parent should contact the teacher. All attempts will be made to conduct conferences during the teacher(s) regularly scheduled planning periods Tuesday through Thursday. We normally reserve Mondays for team planning. When parents have concerns or issues to discuss, they are encouraged to discuss the issue with the classroom teacher first. If the situation is not resolved, parents may address the issue with campus administration. Teachers, members of the administration, and parents share common goals of creating the best learning experiences for students. Emergency Drills Emergency drills are conducted monthly according to state regulations. Teachers will review designated safety routes and procedure with students. Emergency evacuation routes and procedures are posted in each room. Closing of School/Shelter In Place During the school year, the district may have to cancel classes before the scheduled dismissal time (3:00 pm) because of weather conditions or other unforeseen reasons. If circumstances force the closing of school, all local radio and television stations will carry the announcement. Students need to know where they should go in case of an early dismissal. Past experience has shown that a large number of students are not informed by parents where they are to go in case of an emergency closing. Phone lines become overloaded, parents cannot call in, and students cannot call out. The time it takes to make contact delays the time that buses could be on the road and could endanger the lives of the students and drivers alike. Parents need to make the decision before their children begin the first day of class each fall, and allow our phone lines to remain clear for emergency calls. Please have a plan with your student(s). In the event of an emergency, the school may be ordered to "shelter in place". In this situation, the school will lockdown and no one will be allowed to enter or exit the building until the order is lifted. During this time, the students will be supervised and secure. Field Trips Tice Elementary teachers plan trips away from school that support curricular objectives. Normally each grade level plans one trip per school year. A parent or guardian must sign a permission slip before a student will be allowed to go on any school-related trip. A limited number of parent chaperones may be asked to accompany the class on the trip. Chaperones should follow school rules and accept the responsibility of following the procedures set by the teachers. Students are expected to exhibit excellent behavior as they represent Tice Elementary away from the campus. School celebrations/Parties/Student’s Birthday There will be two (2) "official" classroom parties per year - A Valentine's Day party and a Christmas party. Students will be asked to bring money for each party to help fund the activities. Notice will be sent home for each event. Due to new state guidelines for student nutrition, Tice will not be able to offer or serve any food item considered to be a "Food of Minimal Nutritional Value" at any time during the school day (with the exception of our two classroom parties). However, parents will still be allowed to send store-bought "treats" to share with the class for their child(ren)'s birthday. These treats may only be served in the classroom. Parents may drop off birthday treats in the front office. Parents are not allowed to participate, when students are sent “treats” for their birthday. We apologize for the inconvenience in this matter. Please do not send balloon bouquets to the school. This "Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value" policy does NOT restrict the types of foods that parents may provide for their OWN CHILD(REN)' s consumption during lunch at school. Personal Items Students shall not bring toys, trading cards, athletic items, electronic devices (cellular phones, game boys, MP3 players, etc), or any nonessential personal items onto school property unless authorized by a staff member. Tice Elementary is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Electronic Devices The following electronic devices—cell phones, game boys, MP3 players, etc—should not be brought to school. District employees shall confiscate any electronic device visible, heard or used during the instructional day. Parents shall be notified within two school days after the electronic device is confiscated. Confiscated electronic devices shall be held by the school for a period of 30 days after notification has been made. Parents may obtain the release of the electronic device. After the 30 day period has expired, the school shall dispose of the electronic device. Due to the high volume of electronic device thefts, Galena Park ISD will not be responsible for the recovery of lost or stolen electronic devices. GPISD Board Policy FNCE (Local) Lost and Found All found items will be placed in the lost and found box in the front office. The school cannot assume responsibility for students' losses. Proper marking of personal property can reduce these losses. Please mark all items such as, coats, jackets, sweaters, lunch boxes, etc. Telephone Use Telephones in the building are for school business only. Students are allowed to use the telephones in the front office for limited circumstances only. Students cannot be called out of class to take a phone call. Urgent messages will be delivered as needed. Homework Every student at Tice Elementary will have assignments to work on at home. Homework will be designed to reinforce skills that have been taught at school and will not contain any new skills or learning. Homework may be in the form of worksheets, workbooks, or supplemental readers. Although a teacher may not assign homework each night, time should be spent reading, studying math facts, or reviewing for tests. Please check your child's homework each night! Grading/Report Cards Grades and attendance are reported to parents every nine weeks to show student progress. Grades indicate skill in a subject. The following grading system is used in 1st – 5th grade: 100-90: "A" 89-80: "B" 79-75: "C" 74-70: “D” 70 or Below: “F" Progress reports are issued to all students at the middle of the nine-week grading period. These are designed to help parents monitor their child's progress before official grades are assigned. Progress reports will be sent home with your child. ***Progress reports and report cards should be signed by a parent and returned to the homeroom teacher by the following school day. Teachers will send home folders of students’ graded and non-graded work to parents each week Honor Roll Outstanding academic work is recognized through an honor roll system. Students are selected for honor roll for each grading period. To be placed on the honor roll, students in grades 1st-5th must demonstrate the following: Distinguished Honor Roll: All A's on the report card and E or S in conduct Academic Honor Roll: All A's and B's on the report card and E or S in conduct Attendance Awards At the end of each school year, Tice Elementary is proud to recognize students who have made the outstanding effort to attend school each day and arrive on time. Attendance awards are presented for three categories: Perfect Attendance: Students who have attended school every day and have NO tardies. Outstanding Attendance: Students who have attended school every day, but have 5 or fewer tardies. Good Attendance: Students who have fewer than 5 absences and/or tardies. Assessment Testing Students at Tice Elementary will participate in standardized testing and observational assessments. Testing dates will be included in each month's newsletter. The following assessments will be scheduled throughout the school year: Kindergarten: Metropolitan Readiness Test Texas Primary Reading Inventory (TPRI) District Oral Math Assessments Texas Observation Protocol (TOP) 1st Grade: Texas Primary Reading Inventory (TPRI) Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) COGAT (Aptitude Test) District Oral Math Assessments Texas Observation Protocol (TOP) 2nd Grade: Texas Primary Reading Inventory (TPRI) Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) District Benchmark Assessments (Reading, Writing, Math, Science, and Soc.Studies) Texas Observation Protocol (TOP) 3rd Grade. TAKS (Students must pass Reading TAKS to promote) COGAT (Aptitude Test) RPTE (English Proficiency Test) - LEP students only District Benchmark Assessments (Reading, Writing, Math, Science, and Soc.Studies) Texas Observation Protocol (TOP) 4th Grade: TAKS, Math, and Writing Tests District Benchmark Assessments (Reading, Writing, Math, Science, and Soc.Studies) RPTE (English Proficiency Test) - LEP students only Texas Observation Protocol (TOP) 5th Grade: TAKS (students must pass Reading and Math to promote) District Benchmark Assessments (Reading, Writing, Math, Science, and Soc.Studies) COGAT (Aptitude Test) RPTE (English Proficiency Test) - LEP students only Texas Observation Protocol (TOP) Objective Mastery Program Tice utilizes master teachers at each grade level to assist students who need extra assistance with academic objectives. This pullout program is part of our general education program, and it is designed to provide supplemental help for students during the regular school day. Students are placed into this program based on non-mastery of individual objectives on periodic assessments. Tutorials Tice will provide after-school tutorials for students in need of assistance. Tutorials are scheduled to begin in mid-October. Students are selected for participation based on academic need (report card grades, benchmark assessments, etc.). Transportation is provided for students who normally ride a school bus. It is mandatory for students to attend tutorials if they receive a letter. If there are extenuating circumstances, please contact the office. Gifted and Talented Program Each year, Kindergarten through Fifth grade students are recommended and tested for the district's gifted and talented program (Journeys). Qualifying students participate in a campus- based enrichment program designed to provide extra opportunities for creative thinking and problem solving. In addition to the campus-based program, 4th and 5th grade students may qualify for a district-level program (Encounters). Qualifying students participate once each week with other qualifying district students. Students in both programs must maintain performance and conduct standards to ensure continued participation. After-school Activities Tice Elementary will conduct an after-school activities program for the upper level students beginning in October. Good attendance, good grades, and good behavior are requirements for participation in this program. Activities may include intramural sports, drama, and dance. Information about the after-school activities will be sent home with all eligible students. Speech Therapy Tice Elementary has a Speech Therapist available to work with students enrolled in speech or language therapy. Teachers or parents can make referrals to this program at any time during the school year. Parents who would like their child referred for a speech evaluation may contact the speech therapist, their child's teacher, or the front office. Students who are enrolled in speech have an individual plan, which is created by the speech therapist and parents. All decisions about placement are made with parental consent. Special Needs Services In striving to meet the educational needs of all students, Tice Elementary recognizes that some students are in need of extra assistance to help them reach their fullest educational potential. Teachers who believe that a child could benefit from special education services may contact parents to gain their input about pursuing an educational evaluation for special services. Parents may also request that their child be evaluated for special services. Parents are involved at every point in the process and all placement decisions are made with parental consent. The goal of this and all Tice Elementary programs is to help our students reach their greatest educational potential. School Counselor Tice Elementary School has a full-time counselor available to address the needs and concerns of our students, teachers, and/or parents. The counselor works to facilitate each student's success by supporting and consulting with teachers and administration, by collaborating and communicating with parents and families, by providing appropriate individual and group counseling, by providing classroom guidance, and by making appropriate contact and referrals to community service agencies. The counselor also works with the administration and teachers to plan and implement the standardized testing program. Character Education Tice Elementary is working to incorporate character skills into the daily routines in classrooms and the school. These ideals are posted throughout the building, discussed in class, and promoted in other ways. Tice Elementary believes that by encouraging students to embrace these ideals they will develop valuable skills for success and happiness in both school and life. Character Words for the school year are: Success Diversity Respect Responsibility Attitude Choices Friendship Caring Pride Perseverance Parent Teacher Association Parents are invited to join Tice Elementary in supporting students through active membership in the Tice Elementary Parent-Teacher Association. Education is a team effort, and we are proud to work with parents through the PTA. Miscellaneous Instructional Polices Ceremonies and Observation Multicultural Education: The District shall provide multicultural education programs designed to celebrate the culture of all ethnic groups. Celebrating Cultures: Each campus shall designate one week school year as multicultural week. During that week, the culture of all ethnic groups will be celebrated. Multicultural Lessons: Multicultural lessons shall be integrated into the curriculum where appropriate and relevant to students. Students shall be taught to respect differences and recognize similarities among cultures. Training: All campuses shall be trained in accordance with the appropriate multicultural program recommended by the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. School Calendar Attached is the school district calendar for the 2011-2012 school year. This will show all school holidays, last day of school, and school in-service days. WE HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT YEAR AT TICE! Parent Acknowledgement The Tice Parent Handbook has been drawn up to help you gain the greatest possible benefit from the school experience. Please read and discuss the handbook with your child. When you have done so, it is required that you sign this form and return it to school. Your signature will certify you have received the Tice Parent Handbook, that you understand the contents, and that you consent to the responsibilities outlined therein. Parent(s) Legal Guardian(s): __________________________________ Date: ______________________________ ***THIS FORM MUST BE FILLED OUT AND RETURNED TO SCHOOL WITHIN TEN DAYS.
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