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									Connecting Classroom, Community, and a Sense of Place


     STUDENT/FAMILY HANDBOOK
            2010 - 2011
                                                               TABLE OF CONTENTS

Welcome …………………………………………………………                             2               Fund Raising……………………………………………………..                       8
Contact Information……………………………………………..                     2               Homework…………………………………………………….….                          9
Board of Directors ………………………………………………                      2               Guidelines for Parents/Guardians……………………………..            9
Staff……………………………………………………………….                             2               Suggestions for Students……………………………………….                 9
Sponsoring School District……………………………………..                 2               Lost and Found…………………………………………………..                      9
2010 - 2011 School Calendar……………………………………                  3               Lost or Damaged School Materials…………………………….             9
Philosophy…………………………………………………….....                        4               Personal Property……………………………………………….                     10
Distinctive Characteristics of Sage Community School……..   4               Electronic Devices……………………………………………....                  10
Curriculum and Instruction……………………………………..                 4               Rollerblades, Skateboards and Skate Shoes…………………         10
Focusing on Results: Changing Schools/Higher Standards..   5               Parent/Guardian Participation…………………………………..             10
Higher Standards – Better Results…………………………….              5               Recess…………………………………………………………….                           10
Standards Require a Foundation in the Basics………………         5               Registration……………………………………………………….                       10
General Information……………………………………………..                     5               Release of Students from School………………………………              10
Excusing Students from a Particular Curriculum……………..      5               Leaving Campus………………………………………………….                       10
Program Exemptions…………………………………………….                       6               School Celebrations……………………………………………..                   10
Field Trips…………………………………………………………                          6               School Hours……………………………………………………..                       11
Physical Education………………………………………….……                      6               School Supplies…………………………………………………..                     11
Teaching about Religion………………………………….……..                  6               Telephone Usage………………………………………………..                      11
District Programs and Services……………………….………..              6               Visiting School…………………………………………………….                     11
Breakfast and Lunch Prices…………………………………….                  6               Keeping Our School Clean……………………………………...                11
Mealtime Rules…………………………………………………..                        6               Reporting Student Progress……………………………….…….               11
English Language Learners (ELL)……………………………..               7               Grading System…………………………………………………..                      11
Title 1-C/Migrant………………………………………….………                      7               Conferences………………………………………………………                         11
Notice of Intent to Comply with Title IX………………….…….        7               Promotion, Retention and Placement of Students……….…...   12
Title VII – Indian Education……………………………….…….               7               Student Safety and Health………………………………………                 12
Special Education………………………………………….…….                      7               Safety………………………………………………………….….                          12
Students with Disabilities………………………………….…….                7               Bicycle Safety……………………………………………………                       12
Orderly Operations of School……………………………..……                8               Emergency Drills…………………………………………………                      12
Animals at School…………………………………………..……                      8               Communicable Diseases……………………………………….                    13
Child Abuse…………………………………………………..….                         8               Emergency Medical Treatment…………………………………                 13
Emergency Closure of Schools……………………………..…                 8               Immunization Information…………………………….…………                 13
Emergency Phone Numbers………………………….………..                    8               Medications………………………………………………………                         13
Fees, Fines and Charges………………………………….……                    8               Physical Examinations………………………………………….                   14
Freedom of Expression………………………………………….                     8               Tuberculosis Screening…………………………………………                   14




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               WELCOME TO SAGE COMMUNITY SCHOOL

The mission of SCS is to teach and learn collaboratively as a community-                Board of Administrations
based, K–8 school with project-based learning focused on the place we                   LuAnn Anderson, President, Klamath Tribes Representative
live. Providing a secure and positive environment, we are committed to high             Veronica Kovack, Vice President
academic standards and integrated learning, incorporating local natural                 Wendy Kincaid, Secretary
resources, Tribal culture, and agriculture with the core subject areas.                 Shane Durant, Treasurer, Natural Resources Representative
                                                                                        Julie Black, Curriculum Representative
The vision for the school is that it will be a highly visible school known as the       Molly Hepper, Agricultural Representative
Northwest’s leader in place-based education. Sage will active promote
critical thinking skills, character education and encourage students to create,         Staff
discover and live responsibly.                                                          Sandra Klepadlo Girdner, School Director
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                                                                                        Marla Hanlon-Abeita, 6 – 8th grade teacher
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We believe in our motto, connecting classrooms, community and a sense of                Stephanie Vetter, 4 – 5 grade teacher
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place.                                                                                  Suk Ching Vincent, 2 – 3 grade teacher
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                                                                                        Brenda Collins, Kindergarten – 1 grade teacher
Please find time to in your schedule to read this booklet with your child.              Holly Ghan, PreKindergarten Teacher
This handbook brings together information concerning policies and practices             Terra Whitlock, Academic Intervention Teacher
that will affect your child’s success at Sage Community School.                         Wedawna Weiser-Kentta, Secretary
If you have any questions concerning this handbook at any time, please feel             Regina Dohman, Educational Assistant and Librarian
free to contact the school.                                                             Darlene Taylor, Educational Assistant
                                                                                        Crystal Jokinen, Student/Educational Assistant
Sincerely,                                                                              Winni Piper-Bristol, Bus Monitor and Lunch
Sage Community School Staff and Board

                                                                                        Sponsoring School District
Contact Information                                                                     Klamath County School District
Mailing Address: PO Box 655, Chiloquin, OR 97624                                        Address: 10501 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, OR 97603
Physical Address: 43580 Highway 62, Chiloquin, OR 97624                                 Phone number: 541-883-5000
E-mail Address: sgirdner@sagecommunityschool.org                                        Website: www.kcsd.k12.or.us
Website: www.sagecommunityschool.org                                                    Doug Smith, KCSD Curriculum Director, Liaison between Sage and District
Phone Number: 541- 783-2533 Fax Number: 541-783-2544




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                                                   SAGE COMMUNITY SCHOOL
                                      2010 - 2011 School Calendar (may be subject to change)


September                                                               March
06 – Monday         Labor Day – NO SCHOOL                               10 – Thursday       End of Fourth Grading Period
07 – Tuesday        First Day of School                                 11 – Friday         Grade Prep – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
                                                                        16 – Wednesday      Parent Teacher Conferences
                                                                        17 – Thursday       Parent Teacher Conferences – NO SCHOOL PM
October                                                                 18 – Friday         NO SCHOOL for Students/Staff
14 – Thursday       End of First Grading Period                         21-25 (Inclusive)   Spring Vacation – NO SCHOOL
15 – Friday         Grade Prep – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS                 28 – Monday         Classes resume
20 – Wednesday      Parent/Teacher Conferences
21– Thursday        Parent/Teacher Conferences–No school PM
22 – Friday         NO SCHOOL for Students/Staff                        April
                                                                        25 - Monday         NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
                                                                        28 – Thursday       End of Fifth Grading Period
November                                                                29 – Friday         Grade Prep – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
11 –Thursday        Veteran’s Day – NO SCHOOL
12 – Friday         NO SCHOOL for STUDENTS
19 – Friday         End of Second Grading Period                        May
22-26 Mon-Fri       Holiday (Thanksgiving Day) – NO SCHOOL              27 – Friday         NO SCHOOL FOR SUDENTS
                                                                        31 – Monday         Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL

December
20-31 (Inclusive)   Winter Vacation - NO SCHOOL                         June
                                                                        08 – Tuesday        LAST DAY FOR STUDENTS
                                                                        10 – Friday         Last Day for Teachers
January - 2009
03 – Monday         Classes Resume
17 – Monday         Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday – NO SCHOOL
20 – Thursday       End of First Semester
21 – Friday         Grade Prep – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS


February
11 – Friday         Staff Inservice – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
21 – Monday         President’s Day – NO SCHOOL


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                                PHILOSOPHY                                                                DISTINCTIVE CHARACTERISTICS OF
                                                                                                             SAGE COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Curriculum and instruction at SCS is based on Oregon State Content and
performance standards for each subject.
                                                                                       Place-Based Education will utilize the community’s resources, history, and
The general philosophy of Sage Community School concurs with that of                   local uniqueness to teach essential skills and concepts that stimulate
Klamath County School District (KCDS) as stated in the KCSD Student                    discovery of the broader world.
Handbook 2009-10. One of the primary functions of the school is to introduce           Project-Based Programs will capitalize on skill building and knowledge that
the child to the culture, its accumulated knowledge, its ways of thinking, its         students gain in core curriculum. Experiential, collaborative studies maximize
skills, and its ways of functioning. Essential to each student’s lifetime              opportunities for underachieving students while affording motivated students the
development is acquiring and developing perception, reason, choice and                 flexibility for deeper topic exploration.
evaluation. To learn and exercise such skills is necessary during the                  Interdisciplinary thematic programs will allow for flexibility and integration of
individual’s school experience. Like KCSD, SCS commits itself to the belief            instructional resources and assessments.
that all students are valuable and unique. To ensure student growth and                Learner-Centered. Individual learning strengths as identified through
development, everything we do will provide:                                            authentic assessments will be used for effective instructional design and
      Basic and lifelong learning skills through the commitment of quality            practices. Sage will strive to utilize learner-centered instructional material and
          and dedicated staff;                                                         design learner-centered programs.
      A safe, nurturing, accessible environment;                                      Small, Blended Classrooms comprised of two grade levels will encourage
      Opportunities for success in a caring and compassionate setting;                cross-age interactions, greater social, academic and intellectual development,
      Quality programs which foster intellectual stimulation, self-esteem,            and consistency in teacher, student, and family relationships.
          healthy lifestyles, and harmony with the environment.                        Collaborative Teaching. As designers of the place and project based
                                                                                       curriculum, teachers will collaborate closely with each other, families and
SCS philosophy differs from the district in that instruction within the school         community resources to develop an educational framework vertically aligned
climate will happen within the context of place-based and project-based                between grades and full of rich, high-quality learning experiences for students.
education. “Place-based education is learning that is rooted in what is local –        Collaborative Learning through projects, fieldwork, activities,
the unique history, environment, culture, economy, literature, and art of a            representations, class discussions, and peer critiques will allow students to
particular place are used as integrated contexts across disciplines. This local        construct and communicate their intellectual, academic, and social
focus has the power to engage students academically, pairing real-world                experiences with schoolmates, teachers and community. Collaboration
relevance with intellectual rigor, while promoting genuine citizenship and             between Chiloquin area schools through field trips and assemblies will
preparing people to respect and live well in any community they choose.”               reinforce a sense of community and connection to place.
(Vermont Rural Trust)                                                                  Unique Standards Sustainability is inherent to the place-based model. Sage
                                                                                       will develop standards to evaluate the effectiveness of its sustainability
Sustainability is inherent in the place-based education model. From cultural           goals. From cultural awareness to recycling, Sage will support an
awareness to recycling, Sage will support an educational model that                    educational model that preserves local heritage and minimizes environmental
preserves local heritage and minimizes environmental impact. The                       impact.
philosophy, mission and vision for Sage are thoroughly embedded in the
unique teaching techniques and daily facilitating of all learning, evaluations,
classroom management, character education, projects and overall school
climate. As a small school with small class sizes, the culture of Sage will be a
close-knit, highly effective and interconnected environment.




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                     CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION                                       airplane requires meeting a set of established standards. Standards are clear,
                                                                                      specific expectations measuring quality, excellence and proficiency. Such
Success in our rapidly changing world requires more knowledge and skills              standards will be used to evaluate student performance.
than ever before. Our children’s future – Oregon’s future in this changing            Standards Require a Stronger Foundation in the Basics
world – depends on student performance today. Consequently, schools must
change, and Oregon’s schools ARE changing – into schools that measure                 Oregon’s new standards provide a solid foundation in the basics, and require
student performance against high standards and offer all students the tools to        students to demonstrate their proficiency in all areas by showing they can
meet the new high standards.                                                          apply what they learn. Common statewide standards set clear guidelines for
                                                                                      what children should learn in every major subject area. Students,
Higher standards are now in place for what students ought to know and be              parents/guardians and teachers will know what is expected. Whereas Sage
able to do in reading, writing, mathematics, science and other basic subjects.        strives to apply project and place-based models while integrating curriculum,
Better, more comprehensive tests – tests that focus schools on achieving              all core subjects will be presented to ensure that students meet or exceed
results at higher levels - are being used statewide.                                  Oregon Academic Content Standards as well unit placed-based standards
                                                                                      designed by Sage. Sage will maintain ongoing portfolio samples on students
The changes ahead require unprecedented collaboration and commitment by               as they progress through the grades.
students, parents/guardians, educators, employers and communities in every
part of the state. This brief introduction explains where Oregon’s school
transformation is headed and outlines your role in helping us get there.                                       GENERAL INFORMATION

                                                                                      Elementary programs at SCS have two distinct parts:
Focusing on Results: Changing Schools to Meet Higher
Standards                                                                                    Learning Environment: Sage Community School will have a positive
                                                                                              learning environment. Climate, learning styles, teaching styles and
Oregon set its course for improved student performance in 1991 when the                       appropriate instructional strategies are key elements of the learning
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legislature passed the Oregon Education Act for the 21 Century. The act                       environment.
calls for dramatically raising student achievement by:
                                                                                             Assessment: Sage’s grading system will be based on adopted
       Raising expectations for students;                                                    course content, embedded assessment, authentic assessment,
       Focusing curriculum and instruction on higher standards built on the                  rubrics, and most importantly, teacher observation.
        basics;
       Holding students accountable for achieving the standards through              Sage Community School develops goals to guide and curriculum and direct
        assignments and tests;                                                        instructional programs. These goals are developed through involvement of
       Using the community as a learning resource;                                   the staff, parents/guardians and communities in the decision-making and
       Forging new working partnerships among schools, parents/guardians,            goal-setting process. Goals are reviewed periodically, and where desirable,
        employers and communities.                                                    modified.

It insists that students graduate from high school better prepared for college,       Student progress is assessed to determine how well the student is doing to
employment and the responsibilities of adult life.                                    reach the instructional goals in each subject. Periodic assessments are
                                                                                      recorded in teachers’ grade books. Oregon state tests are administered in
                                                                                      the spring to all students in grades three through six. Results are shared with
Higher Standards – Better Results                                                     parents/guardians at Parent/Teacher conferences and at the end of each
                                                                                      grading period.
The idea behind standards is simple. Standards define what it takes to know
and do something well. Getting a license to practice medicine or to fly an
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Excusing Students from a Particular Curriculum                                            Physical Education

Sage Community School recognizes the right of parents/guardians to exclude                Physical education for every child is required by law. Any request for your
their children from any curriculum they find to be objectionable for religious or         child to be excused from P.E. for a short period of time (five days or less)
moral reasons. Students may also be excluded because of disability.                       needs to be in writing. If your child needs to be excused from P.E. for an
                                                                                          extended time (six days or more), a note from a physician is required.
The Administration will authorize this exclusion upon written request of the
parents/guardians. Students will not be responsible for any of the material               Teaching About Religion
taught during their absence. The teacher may choose to assign the student
work on a different topic in lieu of the one being taught in class. Such an               Sage Community School believes that the teaching of any sectarian view or
alternative assignment shall not exceed the regular class work in difficulty or           religious doctrine is not the responsibility of the school.
time required to complete it.

If a parent/guardian requests in writing that his/her student not use specific
material, the student will be given the opportunity, under the direction and                                DISTRICT PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
recommendation of the teacher, to use alternative materials.
                                                                                          School Breakfast and Lunch Program

Program Exemptions                                                                        Children from families whose income is at or below a level determined
                                                                                          annually by the Federal Government may be eligible for either free meals or
Students may be excused from a state-required program or learning activity                meals at a reduced price (information is available through your child’s school
for reasons of religion, disability, or other reasons deemed appropriate by               office). To apply during the school year for free or reduced price meals for
Sage Community School.                                                                    your child, complete an application obtained from the school office. Within ten
                                                                                          (10) days of receiving your completed application, you will be notified whether
                                                                                          or not your child(ren) are eligible.
Field Trips
                                                                                          Breakfast and Lunch Prices
Sage Community School recognizes the value of special activities in the total
curriculum and agrees that students profit from carefully planned learning                Cafeteria costs are set at the beginning of every school year. Prices may
experiences.                                                                              change subject to food costs.
                                                                                          Reduced Breakfast $ .30         Reduced Lunch $ .40
Field trips and other student activities involving travel may be authorized by            Grades K-6 Breakfast $1.25 Grades K-6 Lunch $2.00
the SCS Administration or delegated representative. In planning and                       Milk $ .40
authorizing such trips, primary consideration will be given to educational                (NOTE: Check with your school to determine adult meal fees)
values derived and the safety and welfare of the students involved.
                                                                                          Students generally may not charge meals. In emergency situations, the
All out-of-district travel (except regularly scheduled interschool activities) must       school may grant up to a maximum of $15.00 credit, which must be repaid
be approved by school administration.                                                     as soon as is feasible.
                                                                                          Sage Community School has adopted the “Offer Verses Served” option for
The Governing Board will be informed prior to all out of state trips.                     breakfasts and lunches served to students under the National School Lunch
                                                                                          Program. The option states that students will be required to take three (3) of
                                                                                          the five (5) food groups offered for breakfast as well as lunch. The meal will
                                                                                          still be priced as a unit.


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Mealtime Rules                                                                            Notice of Intent to Comply with Title IX

• Courteous table manners are always expected.                                            It is hereby made known, as a matter of public information, that Sage
• Food is not to be shared, especially food made at home.                                 Community School intends to comply with Title IX of the Education
• Keep toys and playground equipment away from the serving/eating area.                   Amendments of 1972 as amended by Public Law 93-568, effective July 21,
• Talk quietly. Be prepared to listen when an adult needs your attention.                 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Refer to the Sage Community
• Enjoy your meal. Try a little of each food group.                                       School Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook for the complete policy
                                                                                          statement.

English Language Learners (ELL)
                                                                                          Title VII - Indian Education
The goal of the Klamath County School District ELL program is to assist
second language learners to continue making academic progress while they                  The goal of this program is to keep Native American students in school and to
learn English. In order to best accommodate this goal, the District will use the          improve their academic progress by providing support counseling and
sheltered mainstream model. Students will be placed in regular education                  instructional tutors.
mainstream classes where they will be instructed by classroom teachers.
Sage Community School will collaborate with Klamath County School District
to provide ELL services.                                                                  Special Education

                                                                                          This federally-mandated program was developed to ensure equal educational
Title 1-C/ Migrant                                                                        opportunities for students with unique learning needs that require adaptation
                                                                                          of traditional educational programs or alternative placements.
To qualify for this program a child must have moved within the past three (3)
years across school district boundary lines to enable the child’s parent or
guardian to obtain or seek temporary or seasonal work in agriculture, timber              Students With Disabilities
or fishing. A migrant child remains eligible for three (3) years after the family’s
last qualifying move.                                                                     Sage Community School works in cooperation with Klamath County School
Southern Oregon Education Service District Migrant Education Program                      District to provide a variety of special education services within and outside of
provides supplementary educational help in areas of academic weakness. It                 the district to provide specialized instruction for all students with disabilities.
also provides accident only insurance, summer school and support services                 Students with autism, or vision, hearing and orthopedic impairments also
for migrant families.                                                                     receive a variety of services designed to meet their unique needs in
                                                                                          collaboration with Southern Oregon Education Service District.

Title 1-A /Reading and Math                                                               Klamath County School District participates in a consortium program for early
                                                                                          intervention services for disabled preschoolers from birth to school age.
Title IA is a federally funded program. It is designed to assist eligible students        Additionally, if you as a parent/guardian, friend or neighbor are aware of a
in served schools to meet the state’s content and performance standards in                resident student (birth to twenty-one (21) years) who may be in need of
math and reading. Title I schools are structured in one or two ways, either as            assistance because of an apparent handicap, or other special need, please
Targeted Assistance or as School wide. This year Sage is a Title I Targeted               contact the Special Education Department at 541-883-5000, ext. 229.
Assisted school meaning students are identified as eligible for supplemental
services in math, reading or writing through a selection process.                         As directed by law, the Klamath County School District Board of
                                                                                          Administrations will provide for the identification, location, and evaluation of
                                                                                          all students with disabilities residing within its boundaries and will ensure a
                                                                                          free, appropriate public education is available to them. The Board directs the
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superintendent to establish that their parents/guardians are protected by             The Klamath County School District web site (http://www.kcsd.k12.or.us) will
required law.                                                                         also have current information on the home page.
Legal references: ORS 332.075 – ORS 339.185 – ORS 343.035 Education of
the Handicapped Act of 1975, as amended 34 CFR Section 300 (PL 94-                    PLEASE DO NOT TELEPHONE THE STATIONS.
142),IDEA 2004.
                                                                                      Frequent announcements will be made. School closure results in automatic
                                                                                      cancellation of the school activities program unless
                                                                                      information to the contrary is specifically released.
                   ORDERLY OPERATIONS OF SCHOOL
                                                                                      Be sure your child knows where to go if an emergency is declared and
Animals at School                                                                     schools are closed early. Most parents/guardians have made arrangements
                                                                                      with a neighbor who lives close by to take care of their children when no one
Animals may visit school under parent/guardian supervision, only when                 is at home. This should be within walking distance of your home.
arranged in advance with your child’s teacher. On such visits, the
parent/guardian must deliver the animal to and from school. Animals loose on          Emergency Phone Numbers
the school grounds are referred to the local animal control service.
                                                                                      SCS maintains an up-to-date phone number of a parent or guardian (both
Child Abuse                                                                           home and work) and of a family friend, neighbor or relative who can be
                                                                                      contacted in case of emergency. This information will be updated as needed.
According to Oregon Revised Statute 418.750, any public or private official
having reasonable cause to believe that any child with whom he/she comes in
contact in his/her official capacity has suffered abuse, or that any adult with       Fees, Fines, and Charges
whom he/she comes in contact in his/her official capacity has abused a child,
shall report or cause a report to be made to the appropriate officials.               Refer to the Sage Community School Student Rights and Responsibilities
Sage Community School adheres to this legal requirement.                              handbook for the complete policy statement.

Emergency Closure/Dismissal of Schools
                                                                                      Freedom of Expression
In the event that bad weather or other circumstances cause school closure or
delayed opening, the radio and television stations listed below will begin            The student is entitled to verbally express his/her personal opinions in an
announcing this information at approximately 6:00 a.m. or as soon as a                appropriate and respectful manner. The use of profane or obscene language
decision is reached. Sage Community School will be open unless closure or a           is prohibited and may result in disciplinary action. Threats of harm to persons
delayed opening is announced by the district. Please do not call your school.         or property will result in disciplinary action. Refer to the Sage Community
The lines must remain clear for other calls related to the closure or delayed         School Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook for the complete
opening.                                                                              statement.

The following radio and television stations will carry the information:               A student may be excused from participation in patriotic exercises with
KAGO KFLS KKJX                                                                        parental permission based on family religious or personal conviction, but not
AM Radio 1150 1450 960 (Hispanic)                                                     on the arbitrary or capricious reason of the individual.
KAGO KFLS KLAD
FM Radio 99.5 96.5 92.5                                                               Fund Raising
KISS/KYSF KKRB
FM Radio 102.9 106.9                                                                  Student organizations, clubs or classes, athletic teams, outside organizations
Television KOTI KDRV/KDKF KTVL                                                        and/or parent/guardian groups may occasionally be permitted to conduct
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fund-raising drives. An application for permission must be made to the                •   Make constructive suggestions, but avoid severe criticism and undue
Administration before the event.                                                           pressure. A positive attitude by parents/guardians will encourage the
                                                                                           student to do the best work possible.
All funds raised or collected by or for school-approved student groups will be        •   Encourage the student to seek additional help from the teacher at school if
receipted, deposited, and accounted for in accordance with Oregon law and                  there seems to be any difficulty with the work.
applicable district policy and procedures. All such funds will be expended for        •   Encourage and guide your child with assigned homework.
the purpose of supporting the school’s programs. The Administration is                •   Under no circumstances should a parent/guardian complete schoolwork
responsible for administering student activity funds.                                      for the student.
                                                                                      •   Regular school attendance is important for your child’s continued learning.
Students shall obtain the permission of the Administration to sell materials or       •   Consult your child’s teacher at once with your concerns.
engage in activities which solicit contributions.
                                                                                      Suggestions for Students
Homework
                                                                                      •   It is important to develop good study habits at home and at school.
Homework assignments should be planned to include a wide variety of                   •   Be sure you understand the assignments and ask your teacher if you
activities in all areas of the curriculum. The type, frequency, and quantity of            need help.
homework assignments should be determined by the needs of the individual              •   Set aside a regular time to do homework.
student. Homework should be an application of practice of effectively taught          •   Study in an appropriate place without distractions.
skills/concepts; it should not be assigned for disciplinary purposes.                 •   Complete your work and hand it in when it is due.
                                                                                      •   Do your best on each homework assignment.
Reasons for Homework:                                                                 •   Engage your entire family in the “Home-School Connections” and other
• To complete work started in class;                                                       educational programs.
• To expand and/or enrich regular class work;
• To build interest in reading and learning;
• To make up work missed due to absence;                                              Lost and Found
• To encourage parents/guardians’ awareness of student learning;
• To provide an opportunity to pursue special ability areas;                          Each school year, many items end up in the “lost and found” area. Most items
• To increase learning time;                                                          do not have names on them so there is no way of determining to whom they
• To establish independent study skills.                                              belong. Those items unclaimed are donated to a charitable organization.

Guidelines for Parents/Guardians                                                      Please put your child’s name on the inside of all jackets, sweaters, gloves,
                                                                                      hats, backpacks or other items your child could remove during the day.
Parents/guardians can support a child’s interest in lifelong learning by
encouraging good study habits, by active involvement in the school setting            A note of caution: Put your child’s name on the inside of the lunch box (not
and by providing a positive learning environment in the home.                         the outside) to prevent persons who do not know your child from calling
                                                                                      him/her by name when your child is going to and from school with a lunch box.
•   Volunteer at the school 20+ hours per year.
•   Provide a place for the student to do homework.
•   Help the student budget time so that a regular schedule for study is set.         Lost or Damaged School Materials
•   Take an active interest in what the student is doing at school.
•   Ask for an explanation for an assignment and what is being learned.               Occasionally, school materials checked out to your child are damaged or lost.
•   Compliment good work or when improvement is shown.                                When this occurs, it is expected that replacement costs will be provided by
                                                                                      you or your child. In the event lost items are later found, the money will be
                                                                                      refunded.
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Personal Property
                                                                                     Recess
Sage Community School assumes no responsibility or liability for loss or
damage to personal property brought to school. This includes bicycles, balls,        We frequently receive notes requesting children be kept in from recess due to
bats, gloves, clothing, cameras, electronic toys and devices, eye glasses,           illness. In most cases, we suggest students be kept home if they are not
calculators, radios, stereos, personal communication devices, books, or other        medically able to participate in regular school activities. Students should be
personal effects.                                                                    appropriately dressed to participate in outside recess activities.

Electronic Devices
                                                                                     Registration
Portable music and video devices can become a distraction to the
educational process at school. Students are prohibited from bringing                 Registration forms are available at Sage Community School, and forms need
electronic equipment to school without prior approval.                               to be completed each year. If there are changes during the year, the school
                                                                                     needs to be notified as soon as they occur.
Students may not carry cell phones or other similar handheld devices during
the regular school day, on the bus or on field trips. Such devices should not
be transported onto the school campus or field trip via backpacks, pockets or        Release of Students from School
any other way.
                                                                                     A student shall not be released from school at times other than regular
                                                                                     dismissal hours except with the Administration’s permission or according to
Rollerblades, Skateboards and Skate Shoes                                            school sign-out procedures. The teacher will determine that permission has
                                                                                     been granted before allowing the student to leave. A student will not be
Rollerblades, skateboards and skate shoes are not permitted on school                released to any person without the approval of his/her parent/guardian or as
premises at any time.                                                                otherwise provided by law.


Parent/Guardian Participation                                                        Leaving Campus

Parents/guardians are encouraged to participate in the education of their            All students shall remain at school from the time they arrive in the morning
children in a number of ways. Opportunities for a parent/guardian to become          until dismissed at the end of the school day. Leaving school grounds without
involved include:                                                                    permission may result in disciplinary action. Should a student need to leave
                                                                                     school prior to the end of the school day or if they are returning home by a
• Volunteering at Sage Community School a minimum of 20 hours per year.              different means, the parent/guardian should notify the school in advance.
                                                                                     The parent/guardian will sign the student out in the office and pick them up
• Joining the Chiloquin Community PTA or helping any way you can;                    outside the Gatehouse.

• Serving on a school committee;                                                     School Celebrations

• Attending and participating in your child’s school activities;                     Health regulations strongly advise that food prepared at home should not be
                                                                                     served during school hours. Therefore, food prepared at home will not be
• Assisting with homework.                                                           served during school hours.

Sage Community School appreciates all the community involvement which
helps to make our school a success.
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                                                                                        Keeping Our School Clean
School Hours
                                                                                        In Sage Community School’s historic buildings, students and staff will be
For safety reasons, we request that children arrive no earlier than fifteen (15)        conducting their own maintenance. With this in mind, we request that
minutes prior to the beginning of classroom activities.                                 students bring inside shoes that will be kept at school for the entire school
                                                                                        year. Shoes, of course, may be switched any time during the year. Inside
Children who walk or ride bicycles to school must leave at dismissal time.              shoes should have a sole that could be worn outside during emergencies.
Children involved in after school activities, sponsored and supervised by               Shoes will be kept under a bench in the entryways and changed every time
school personnel, should go home promptly after the activity has been                   students come and go.
dismissed. Supervision is not provided on the playground after school.
                                                                                        Volunteers and visitors are encouraged to bring inside shoes as well. Visitors
Children who need to stay after school for unscheduled activities, like special         may also choose to leave muddy shoes at the door and proceed in stocking
program practices or completion of school work, will be asked to stay only if           feet or use provided shoe covers as available.
verbal or written parental permission has been received prior to the regular
school dismissal time.
                                                                                                            REPORTING STUDENT PROGRESS

School Supplies                                                                         Grading System

Contact Sage Community School for a supply list. Parents/guardians are                  The reporting program at Sage Community School includes a report every six
responsible for providing the necessary school supplies for their children              (6) weeks. Progress reports will be issued after the end of each grading
throughout the year. Refer to the Sage Community School Student Rights                  period.
and Responsibilities handbook for the complete policy statement under Fees,
Fines, and Charges.
                                                                                        Conferences
Families needing assistance in purchasing school supplies may contact the
school office for information about assistance programs.                                Parent/teacher conferences will be scheduled in October, January and March.
                                                                                        A parent/teacher conference will be scheduled for each student. Conferences
                                                                                        will be scheduled in advance by a note from the school. The parent/guardian
Telephone Usage                                                                         is asked to confirm the appointment or to reschedule.

Children will be given permission to call parents/guardians when the situation          The conferences will be based on the kindergarten or elementary report card
is considered appropriate by a teacher or school office personnel.                      and will encourage a two-way exchange of information about the child. The
                                                                                        parent or guardian should be prepared to share significant information with
                                                                                        the teacher. The teacher will discuss growth in skills, attitudes and
Visiting School                                                                         understandings, and share examples of work the child has done in the
                                                                                        various academic areas.
Parents/guardians are welcome and are encouraged to visit Sage Community
School. It helps teachers plan for the visit if parents/guardians contact them          Teachers and/or parents/guardians may request additional conferences at
ahead of the planned visit. Because of concern for the safety of our students,          any time.
we ask that all visitors must check in at the school office when they
enter either building. No student visitors will be permitted during regular
school hours.


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Promotion, Retention and Placement of Students                                                                 STUDENT SAFETY AND HEALTH
                                                                                         Safety
A student shall be placed or promoted from one grade to the next on the
basis of academic, social, physical, and emotional development. Exceptions               The continued safety of children is a major concern. It is important to teach
may be made when, in the judgment of the professional staff, such                        your child the danger of speaking with strangers, accepting gifts from people
exceptions are in the best educational interest of the student involved.                 they don’t know, and getting into a car with a stranger. These are concepts
A decision to retain a student will be made only after prior notification and            which are regularly reviewed at school, and your reinforcement at home will
explanation to the student’s parents. Parental/ guardian decisions will be final.        stress the importance of these issues.

                                                                                         Immediately contact your child’s teacher should your child report any unusual
Student Achievement                                                                      or suspicious occurrence while going to or returning home from school.

The Board feels it important that teachers have as much accurate knowledge               Bicycle Safety
of student achievement as possible to assess students' needs and growth;
thus, a sharing of information among parent, teacher and student is essential.           Some students ride bicycles to and from school. Parents/guardians should be
                                                                                         sure each child knows and obeys rules for safe cycling.
The Governing Board directs staff to follow these guidelines in measuring and
reporting student progress:                                                              In general, students should:
                                                                                         • Wear an approved bicycle safety helmet. It is the law, and only students
1. Parents/guardians will be informed regularly of their children's progress in               who obey the helmet law will be permitted to ride bicycles to school.
   school.                                                                               • Arrive and leave school on time.
                                                                                         • Ride safely on school grounds and between school and home.
2. Parents/guardians will be alerted and conferred with as soon as possible              • Park bicycles in designated areas.
   when a child's performance or attitude becomes unsatisfactory or shows                • Lock bicycles while at school.
marked or sudden deterioration. When a child’s performance becomes
unsatisfactory, attempts will be made to improve student performance by
means tailored to the individual student.                                                Emergency Drills

3. Marks and/or portfolio content assessment will be based upon academic                 Instruction on fire safety and earthquake dangers for students in grades K-6
   performance and will not include student attitude. Marks will not be used             shall be conducted at least once a month.
   for disciplinary purposes. Attendance shall not be the sole criterion for the
   reduction of a student's grade.                                                       At least one (1) fire drill will be conducted each month for grades K-6.

4. At comparable levels, the school system will strive for consistency in                A map/diagram of the fire escape route to be followed is posted near all
   marks and reporting except when this consistency is inappropriate for                 classroom doorways and reviewed with students. When the fire alarm is
   certain classes or certain students.                                                  sounded, students must follow the direction of staff quickly, quietly, and in an
                                                                                         orderly fashion.
5. The school staff will take particular care to explain to parents/guardians
   the meaning of marks and symbols used to reflect student performance.                 At least two (2) drills on earthquakes for students in grades K-6 will be
                                                                                         conducted each year.

                                                                                         Drills to ensure the personal safety of employees and students may be held
                                                                                         at various times during the school year.
                                                                                         Communicable Disease(s)
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Frequently a student may have signs or symptoms of illness and need to be               Emergency Medical Treatment
excluded from school until diagnosed and treated by a licensed health care
provider or until recovered.                                                            A student who becomes ill or is injured at school must notify his/her teacher
                                                                                        or another staff member as soon as possible. In the case of a serious illness
The Administration may, when having reasonable cause to believe a child                 or injury, the school shall attempt to notify parent/guardian according to
has a school restrictable disease, exclude that child from attendance until a           information provided on emergency forms and submitted by parent/guardian
physician, public health nurse, or school nurse certifies that the child is not         to the school. Parent/guardian is encouraged to update this information as
infectious to others.                                                                   often as necessary.

Conditions other than emergencies that may require exclusion until either               If the student is too ill to remain at school, the student will be released to the
diagnosed or recovered include:                                                         student’s parent/guardian or to another person as directed by parent/guardian
• Fever greater than 100.5 degrees F                                                    on the student’s emergency form.
• Vomiting
• Stiff neck or headache with fever                                                     School staff may administer emergency or minor first aid if necessary. The
• Rash/with or without fever                                                            school will contact emergency medical personnel, if necessary, and will
• Jaundice (yellow color to skin or eyes)                                               attempt to notify the student’s parent/guardian whenever a student has been
• Skin lesions that are weeping or pus filled                                           transported for treatment.
• Diarrhea - three (3) watery stools/day with fever or condition persisting
     longer than three (3) days                                                         Immunization Information
• Behavior change (irritability, lethargy, somnolence)
• Colored drainage from eyes, nose, ears                                                Refer to the Sage Community School Student Rights and Responsibilities
• Difficulty breathing                                                                  handbook. Immunization records should be submitted to the school office.
• Chickenpox
• Scabies
• Mumps                                                                                 Medications
• Head Lice
• Staph Skin Infections                                                                 Whenever possible, all medications should be given at home.
• Strep Infections
                                                                                           School Administered Medication
Children with chickenpox are excluded for at least six (6) days after the first
vesicles appear, or until all vesicles are dry (whichever occurs last), or until        Requests for Sage Community School to administer medication shall be
they have a note from a health care provider.                                           made by the parent/guardian in writing.

In accordance with OAR 333-19-0015, students suspected of                               Written instructions of the health care practitioner are required for all requests
having head lice or diagnosed with head lice will be excluded.                          to administer prescription medication. Such instructions must include the
Parents/guardians will be asked to accompany their child to school after                following information:
he/she has been treated appropriately and nits (eggs) removed.
Students excluded for head lice need to be checked by their health care                         1)       Name of the student;
provider or a designated person in the school for re-admittance. It is expected                 2)       Name of the medication;
that your child will return the next scheduled school day.                                      3)       Dosage, route, frequency of administration;
                                                                                                4)       Any special instructions;
                                                                                                5)       Name of prescribing health care practitioner.



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A prescription label meets the requirement for written instructions from the             needs to be screened. If applicable, a TB Status Report Form will need to be
health care practitioner, if the above information is included.                          signed by a health care provider prior to enrollment. The certificate can be
                                                                                         obtained from the Sage Community School office or the Klamath County
Written instructions of the parent/guardian which include the information                Health Department.
above are required for all requests to administer non- prescription medication.

All medication to be administered by SCS is to be brought to school by the
parent/guardian in its original container. Medication not picked up by the
parent/guardian within five (5) school days of the end of the medication period
or at the end of the school year, whichever occurs first, will be disposed of by
Sage Community School.


   Self-Medication

Self medication of prescription and non-prescription medication is not allowed
except in cases where a student must carry such medication on his/her
person and the necessary permission form and written instructions have been
submitted as required. If carrying a medication has been approved, students
may have only the amount of medication needed for that school day in their
possession.

Sharing or borrowing prescription and non-prescription medication is strictly
prohibited.

Permission to self-medicate may be revoked if the student is found to be in
violation of these requirements.

Students may also be subject to disciplinary action as outlined in the Sage
Community School Rights and Responsibilities Handbook. Students who
violate this policy may be suspended pending expulsion hearing.


Physical Examinations

It is recommended that all students initially enrolling in school have a physical
examination.


Tuberculosis Screening

If your child was born outside of the United States, a Tuberculosis Clearance
Certificate may be necessary. Please call the Klamath County Health
Department or a Klamath County School Nurse to determine if your child
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