Elementary & DELC
2011-12 School Year
Table of Contents
11-12 District Calendar 1
Time Schedule 2
Contact Information 3
School Philosophy 4
Visitors and Volunteers 4
Ohio Dept. of Health Immunizations 5
Health and Wellness 6
Fire/Tornado and Safety Drills 7
Cafeteria/POS/Free/Reduced Information 7
Columbiana Exempted Village Charge Policy 8
Pre-planned absence Form 10
School Rules and Discipline 11
Discipline Code 12
Bus Conduct/Safety 13
Rewards and Consequences 13
Dress Code 13
Dismissal/Routine Changes 14
Progress Reports/Report Cards 14
Parent/Teacher Conferences 14
Fines and Fees 15
Items Brought to School/Lost and Found 15
Student Phone Calls 15
Classroom Treats 15
School Closing 15
Field Trip Volunteers 16
Teacher Qualification request 17
Course Offerings and Special Services 18
Privacy Notice 18
Acknowledgment of Receipt of Handbook (Sign and Return) 18
Dixon Time Schedule
8:20 a.m. Beginning of Teacher Day
8:40 a.m. Students report to classrooms
8:50 a.m. Tardy Bell-start of classes
11:40-12:00 First Grade
12:00-12:20 Second Grade
12:20-12:40 Third Grade
12:40-1:00 Fourth Grade
11:40-12:00 Second Grade
12:00-12:20 First Grade
12:20-12:40 Fourth Grade
12:40-1:00 Third Grade
3:05 p.m. Dismissal for Car Riders/Walkers
3:10 p.m. Dismissal for Bus Riders
(Students will be dismissed from classrooms as buses arrive)
3:30 p.m. End of Teacher Day
*K-1st-2nd P.M. Recess will be worked into individual classroom schedules.
The purpose of this handbook is to inform both parents and students about the activities,
policies, and procedures of our school. Please keep this handbook available for reference
throughout the school year. Each month you will also receive a newsletter which will update you on
current activities and school events. If you have a question or concern, please do not hesitate to
call or contact any of the staff members at Joshua Dixon at any time. Good communication between
school and home is very important to us.
Thank you for your continued interest and support of our school and students.
Kim Sharshan, Principal
Principal: Mrs. Kim Sharshan (330) 482-5355 ext. 34507
Secretary: Mrs. Rebecca Miller (330) 482-5355 (press 1 for the office)
Nurse: Mrs. Leslie Costal, R.N. (330) 482-5355 ext. 34503
Transportation Mr. Kim Van Kleeck (330) 692-9178
Joshua Dixon Elementary
333 North Middle Street
Columbiana, Ohio 44408
Fax: (330) 482-5358
Ways to Keep in Touch
District Web Address: http://www.columbiana.k12.oh.us/
Joshua Dixon Elementary Web Page: http://www.columbiana.k12.oh.us/Joshua Dixon/
District Calendar: http://www.columbiana.k12.us/calendar.htm
WCLP: Channel 13~Comcast
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Tardy Bell: 8:50 a.m.
Teacher Day: 8:20 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Walker/Car Rider Dismissal: 3:05 p.m.
Student Day: 8:40 a.m.-3:10 p.m. Bus Dismissal 3:10 p.m.
The purpose of the Columbiana Exempted Village Schools is to gather and use all available
resources toward the optimum development of each student according to his/her capacity for
development. We believe the priorities for school are:
· The teaching of skills in reading, composition, listening, speaking, and computation.
· The development of creative and disciplined thinking, including the methods of inquiry and
ways of applying knowledge.
· The development of competence in self instruction and independent learning.
· The development of fundamental understanding of the humanities, the arts, the social
studies, natural sciences, and mathematics.
· The development of discriminating tastes in literature, music, and the visual arts.
· Instruction in health education and physical education.
· Preparation for the world of work, advanced education, and citizenship.
· Exposure to the computer and it’s many and varied software programs.
VISITORS AND VOLUNTEERS:
All visitors to Joshua Dixon School MUST enter the building through the MAIN ENTRANCE
DOORS. All other exit doors are locked. Visitors MUST check into the office, sign-in, and receive
a visitor’s badge before going to a classroom. Upon the conclusion of business in the school, the
visitor MUST return to the school office. There the visitor will sign-out and discard the badge.
Parents coming to school to pick up a student early must send a note to school. Once the parent
arrives at school, he/she must report to the office to sign the student out. The office personnel
will call the student down to the office. If there is any question about the identification of the
adult picking up a student that adult may be asked to provide proper identification.
We do have a parent volunteer program. Volunteers assist various classroom teachers and help
out in the school library. If you have the time, we could certainly use your help and we would
appreciate hearing from you about your interest in this area. Please contact your child’s classroom
teacher regarding your interest in being a volunteer. We ask that you please not bring your younger
children with you while you are volunteering at school.
New students can be registered at any time during the school office hours throughout the school
year. A birth certificate, social security card, proof of residency, and immunization records are
needed when registering. In the event you are the custodial parent you will need to provide a copy
of the custody papers to be kept on file in the school office.
The child entering school for the first time is required by Ohio Law to have the following
*Please see attached required Immunization Chart from the Ohio Dept. of Health.
Please let us know if you change your address or telephone number. In the event of an emergency, it
is imperative that we are able to contact you as soon as possible.
The following procedures for withdraw/transfer should be used:
Come into the school office and ask for the necessary form(s).
Be sure all books, including the library books are turned into the school office.
Make certain all fees, fines, and charges are paid.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS:
Children who become sick during the school day should report to the office. If a child needs to
go home, parents will be contacted.
Emergency Medical Forms- These forms are sent out to you early in the school year. It is
absolutely necessary that these forms be filled out and returned to the school. This form
MUST be on file for your child to go on field trips. THESE FORMS ARE REQUIRED
YEARLY BY LAW. The school office should be notified of any changes in your child’s
health, doctor, hospital, phone number or address. In the event a child gets sick or injured
at school, we can only contact those people who are listed on the emergency form.
Medication- If you have a child on medication (prescription or nonprescription), call the
school or come to the office for complete instructions. DO NOT SEND ANY
MEDICATION to school with your child. To ensure the safety of your child, it is required
that you have a doctor’s statement for any medication to be given at school. Special forms
need to be obtained from the school R.N. for this purpose.
Immunizations- See page 5.
Student Accident Insurance- At the beginning of each school year, student insurance for
excess coverage is available at a nominal fee and is optional. When a student, insured under
this plan, is injured, a claim form should be requested from the school R.N. This form must
be completed by his/her parents, doctor, or hospital, and mailed to the insurance company.
The school merely acts as a medium in supplying the insurance and assumes no liability, either
for the injury or the subsequent negotiations with the company.
School Exclusion Guide for Contagious Diseases- If your child has a communicable disease,
please notify the school. (Measles, mumps, chicken pox, strep throat, pinkeye, head lice,
impetigo, etc.) Help prevent illness by keeping him/her home and calling the doctor if
he/she has a sore throat, nausea, vomiting, runny nose, diarrhea, chills, skin rash, inflamed
eye, discharging ear, enlarged glands, coughing, earache, flushed face, or paleness.
Head Lice- Contracting lice can happen to any student. Lice are transmitted by casual
contact of coats, hats, combs, heads, etc. If your child tells you that his/her head itches,
please check for small black specks behind the ears, at the crown of the head or on the back
of the neck. If a student is found to have head lice, he/she is sent home. Prior to returning
to the classroom, proof of treatment must be shown and the student must be checked. If
one or more nits (eggs) are found, the student will be sent home for the parent/guardian to
remove the nits. Medicated shampoo must be used to kill the lice and their eggs (called
nits). Our school R.N. must be notified. She will be able to give you the name of medicated
shampoos to use and provide you with more information about lice. Reporting that a student
has lice is kept as confidential as possible. The student’s classmates are checked for lice by
the school R.N. If you have other children in the school, they will also be checked for lice.
Being excused from recess-Weather permitting, all children are expected to go outside for
recess. If a child is too ill to go outside for a short recess, that child is probably too ill to
be in school. Students should be sent to school with appropriate outdoor clothing-coats,
boots, mittens, hats, and etc. Weather conditions, including the wind-chill factor are used in
determining whether to have outdoor recess. If the temperature or the wind chill is below
25 degrees, the students stay in their classrooms for a supervised recess time. Students
also stay in on rainy days. If a child is to be excused from recess for health reasons, a note
needs to be sent to school. If a child is to stay in one week or longer, this needs to be
ordered by a doctor and cleared through the office.
Being excused from P.E. Class-Taking part in physical education classes is expected of all
students. Students may be excused because of a physical disability if a medical note is
presented from a doctor. This is required by state law. A note of release from a doctor’s
care must be sent before a student may resume P.E. class activities.
Practice fire, tornado and safety drills are held throughout the year. To ensure their success,
every drill is considered an actual emergency as children would need to know how to react in the
event a real disaster would occur. We will be having a fire drill within the first week of school and
one a month to follow. We will have one tornado drill a month (March-June). We will also be having
a code red safety drill (as needed) with the help of our local police department.
CAFETERIA/POINT OF SALE/FREE & REDUCED BREAKFAST AND LUNCH:
Our school offers breakfast for the students. The cost is .75/.25 (reduced cost)/free (for
those qualifying). The breakfast menu will be sent home along with the lunch menu. The cost for
lunch is $2.15 this will be adjusted for those qualifying for reduced or free lunch. We will again be
using a Point of Sale system. Your child will be given a code to memorize. This code will be punched
into a key pad at the cafeteria register bringing up your child’s “screen.” This screen indicates the
child’s account balance and deducts the cost of breakfast and/or lunch, as well as, keeps track of
the breakfast and lunch “history” of your child. You will need to go over the monthly breakfast and
lunch menu with your child and send a check to school with the total amount to be deposited into
your child’s account. Please see the attached Columbiana EVSD Charge Policy (page 8).
The application form for the free & reduced program will be included in each student’s opening
day information. Qualification for the program carries the obvious benefit of free or reduced price
breakfast and lunches, but there are other benefits as well. They include: Waiver or reduction of
school fees. If a family does not qualify at the beginning of the year but financial circumstances
change during the year, a midyear application can be made. Free and Reduced-Price Status will be
completely confidential in the lunch line with the Point of Sale system. Please see monthly menu for
breakfast and lunch price information.
Columbiana Exempted Village Schools
Charge Policy for the Cafeterias
It is the parent(s)/guardian(s) responsibility to see that the student(s) have money in their account
to charge meals, or have money for that day’s meal or that they bring a lunch. The school district
has a POS (point of sale) system available at each building that works as a “debit” account. This
means the student puts money in their account “in advance” of purchasing food. (If your check is
returned for nonsufficient funds (NSF), your account will be debited electronically for both the
face amount and returned check fees.) If they have no balance, then they have no money and will
not be allowed to take any food except as noted below:
Dixon Elementary School:
1. Students will only be permitted to charge up to $15.00 at any given time.
2. After the account reaches a negative of $15.00, the student will be provided with an
alternate meal (i.e., lunch meat sandwich, fruit, vegetable, milk) and his/her account will be
charged for the price of a meal.
3. If a student has cash, but owes money to his/her account, he/she can only buy a regular
breakfast and/or lunch for that day.
4. Unpaid charges for students will result in the following:
a. A verbal reminder to student
b. A written reminder sent home with student
c. Telephone call home
d. Letter sent home
e. Meeting between school principal and parent/guardian
f. Retention of report card (at each 9 weeks and at year end)
5. When a student’s account has a negative balance, only full lunches or breakfasts may be
charged. There is no charging allowed for ala carte items. (i.e., if a student’s account is
negative, he/she will not be permitted to charge the cost of cookies)
A student can only use money in their account for cafeteria purchases and may never “withdraw”
cash from their account. At the end of each school year, students should use up any money left in
the account. Refunds will not be issued for any balances remaining in the account.
If a student leaves the district (i.e., moves to another school, graduates, etc.), balances in excess of
$10.00 will be refunded if all other financial obligations to the district are met (i.e., student fees,
fundraiser monies, books returned, etc.) if requested in writing to the Treasurer’s office at 700
Columbiana Waterford Road, Columbiana, Ohio, 44408. A check will be issued only upon confirmation
of the balance by the cashier or cafeteria manager and verification from the building principal and
secretary that all other obligations have been met.
ATTENDANCE & TARDINESS:
If a student is late coming to school, a note should be brought to the school office before
reporting to his/her classroom. When your child is going to be absent from school, we would ask
that you notify the school as early as possible, but no later that 11:00 a.m. If your child is absent
and we are not notified of the absence by 11:00 a.m., the school will be calling you sometime during
the day to verify this absence.
A note stating the date and reason for the absence should be sent to school with your child when
he/she returns. If the child is tardy or absent due to a Doctor’s appointment, the Doctor’s excuse
must be turned into the office. The doctor's office can also fax the excuse to (330) 482-5358.
We do not accept verbal proof of a Doctor’s appointment.
While we understand not all vacations can take place over the summer, we ask that you try to
schedule them with as little school disruption as possible. Please see attached vacation request
A child must be absent for two consecutive days in order to request homework.
*If a child misses 30 or more days of school in any one school year, he/she will be in
danger of being retained.
Absences: 3 unexcused days a letter will be sent home w/a follow-up phone call.
6 unexcused days a letter will be sent home w/a follow-up phone call.
A referral will be made to The Family Children First
Council requesting a Family Support Team Meeting.
9 unexcused days A Case Referral will be made to include: A Parent-
Involvement Program/Wrap Around/Project Soar
and/or A Truancy Prevention Mediation Program.
Tardy: 3 times=1 unexcused day a phone call will be made home.
6 times=2 unexcused days a letter will be sent home w/ a follow-up phone call.
A referral will be made to The Family Children First
Council requesting a Family Support Team Meeting.
9 times=3 unexcused days A Case Referral will be made to include: A Parent-
Involvement program (Wrap Around).
12 times=4 unexcused days A referral will be made to Project Soar (Diversion
Program) and A Truancy Prevention Mediation
Program will be requested.
*1 school day is 6 hours.
JOSHUA DIXON SCHOOL
REQUEST FOR PRE-PLANNED ABSENCE
Student’s Name: __________________ Grade: ______ Phone: ___________
NUMBER OF DAYS ABSENT TO DATE: __________
Dates of Vacation: Starting Date: ___________ Ending Date: ___________
Total number of school days requested: ___________ (5 days maximum)
Vacation days will count toward the 9 day semester and 18 day absence policy. Students must be accompanied by
parent or legal guardian. Vacation request forms must be completed and signed by the parent, submitted to the
principal for approval, and then signed by each teacher one week before a vacation starting date. Students are
responsible for turning in all assignments on time.
Location of vacation and comments: ________________________________
Parent Signature: _________________________ Date: _________________
Principal Approval: _______________________ Date: _________________
TEACHER SIGNATURE SUBJECT MAKE-UP WORK
1._____________________ ______________ ____________________
2._____________________ ______________ ____________________
3._____________________ ______________ ____________________
4._____________________ ______________ ____________________
5._____________________ ______________ ____________________
6._____________________ ______________ ____________________
7._____________________ ______________ ____________________
8._____________________ ______________ ____________________
School Rules / Discipline Plan and Procedures:
The Joshua Dixon Student. . .
1. Respects school property.
2. Respects authority.
3. Obeys all school rules (ex. walk in the classroom and hallways)
4. Respects the opinions of others.
5. Cooperates with teachers and classmates (keeps hands and feet to self).
6. Has a courteous attitude toward others at all times.
7. Does his/her best in all school work.
8. Is honest and dependable.
9. Follows rules of good sportsmanship.
10. Conducts him/herself in an acceptable manner at all times, realizing that
he/she represents Joshua Dixon Elementary.
Disruptive or threatening behavior is not tolerated. Students are expected to behave in an appropriate manner
and to follow the rules that were developed in order to have a safe learning atmosphere. If a student has a severe
behavior problem, an action plan may be created for that student with parent support and assistance.
Cafeteria: 1. Talk quietly and keep hands/feet to self while waiting in line.
2. Students may talk quietly while seated and eating their lunch.
(This is an earned privilege and can be taken away).
3. Remain in your seat until dismissed. If you need something raise your hand.
4. Clean-up after yourself.
5. Use your BEST manners.
6. Walk at all times (dismissal from cafeteria and down hall to classroom).
*Not following any of these rules can result in a missed recess.
Playground: 1. Please remember that the playground equipment is school property and needs to be treated
2. Ladders can be slippery when wet-be careful.
3. Take Turns.
4. Only go DOWN the slides.
5. “Tag” games only. (Ex. NO Tackle Football).
6. Playground and foam balls will be provided by PTO.
7. Be kind, considerate, and fair to classmates.
8. Students are to remain on school property at all times.
9. No puddles, ice patches, snow piles or mud.
10. Listen to supervising adults.
Inside Recess: Individual Classroom rules are to be followed during inside recess. PTO will provide board games
for the students to play. Classroom teachers will also share with students activities that are appropriate in the
classroom during inside recess.
1. Be on time. The driver has a schedule to keep.
2. Be careful upon entering and leaving the bus.
3. Stay seated at all times.
4. Listen to the bus driver at all times.
5. Conduct yourself in an orderly manner while on the bus.
6. Transporting animals on the bus is not permitted.
7. Eating is not permitted on the bus unless a medical condition warrants it.
8. Keep head and arms inside the bus windows.
9. Do not throw trash/items on the floor or out the windows.
10. Never throw anything on the bus.
*Note-A student who does not follow these bus safety rules can be refused bus transportation to and from school
for a specified period of time (dictated by School Board Policy).
REWARDS AND CONSEQUENCES:
A positive approach with students is the key to our discipline plan. We discipline with dignity.
We use a school-wide “stick/color system.” This will be explained in your child’s classroom news. In
the hallway across from the office, three charts will be posted. Each chart will have a list of the
classroom teachers. One chart is for the Hallway, the second is for the Cafeteria and the third is
for Recess Behavior. Through the month students have an opportunity to “get caught doing
something good”-this earns them a sticker on the chart. At the end of the month the classroom
with the most stickers wins a class party. Consequences will include missing special privileges, recess
and/or before/after school detention.
Clothing worn to school should be clean, neat, and appropriate. We believe a neat appearance
indicates orderliness of thought, good judgment, and interest in school. Clothing suitable to
weather should be worn and all removable clothing should be labeled with your child’s name (hats,
gloves, mittens, etc.)
Brief and revealing clothing: Students must recognize that brief and revealing clothing is NOT
appropriate apparel in school. The following guidelines on brief clothing are examples and do not
cover all situations. Students will not wear “spaghetti strap” garments, halter tops, see-through
items, and/or low-cut. Garments exposing one’s midriff are not acceptable. Sleeveless garments
must extend to the end of the shoulders and fit closely under the arms. Ripped and torn clothing
above the knee is unacceptable.
Shorts and Skirts: No shorter that 3 inches above the knee (good rule: hold arms down to sides
and shorts/skirt should be longer than longest finger tips).
Dress Code (continued):
Pants: Students will not wear pants that, when fastened, sag or fit below the waist. All pants must
fit around the waist and be properly fastened.
Footwear: Please be sure your child wears tennis shoes on the day he/she participates in PE class.
No flip-flops are to be worn. They cause tripping especially at recess time. Sandals can be worn if
they have a back strap. NO HEELIES in school.
Hats: Students will not wear hats in school except for medical or religious purposes and/or
Jewelry: Only small jewelry is permitted while in school. Watches are not encouraged, and watches
with games, alarms, or calculators are not permitted. Earrings are to be worn only in ears.
Hair: Hair should be neat, clean, and of natural color.
*Extreme clothing/hair styles will be at the Principal’s discretion (for example mohawks are not
acceptable, blue hair is not acceptable and etc.).
Tattoos: Please remember that placing the ‘play’ tattoos all over arms, legs and/or face is very
distracting to other students and the learning process. Students coming to school with excessive
tattoos will be asked to remove them.
CHANGE IN DISMISSAL ROUTINE:
If your child will be taking a different method at dismissal time, a written note must be sent to
school signed and dated by the parent. If a child does not have a note, he/she will have to go home
after school by his/her regular means of transportation. PLEASE REFRAIN FROM CALLING THE
SCHOOL TO SET THIS UP. In the event of an emergency we can deliver a message to a student,
but not on a daily or continual basis. Please try to make appointments before or after school if
possible. We would rather not interrupt classes close to dismissal time. Students dismissed as car
riders will need to be picked up by the same person. When parents are late students will be brought
into the office and phone calls will be made from there. Under NO circumstances are other
parents allowed to make arrangements on cell phones to transport neighbors or friends’ children.
Students will not be dismissed early for convenience only.
PROGRESS REPORTS AND REPORT CARDS:
Report cards are sent home at the end of each quarter, or nine week session. Report cards for
grades K-4 are issued approximately one week after the end of each nine week grading period. At
the end of the first semester a letter will be sent home to the parents of any student who is
experiencing difficulty in the classroom. The parents will be asked to get in touch with their child’s
teacher to discuss these concerns and possible solutions.
The staff at Joshua Dixon always welcomes the opportunity to talk with parents regarding their
child’s development at anytime. Dates have been set aside during the school year for after school
conferences. We encourage your attendance at these conferences. If you need to meet with your
child’s teacher at any other time during the school year, please contact the classroom teacher to
make an appointment.
FINES AND FEES:
Students in grades 1-4 (Kdg. grade students will not pay a fee as they are part of the Dixon
Early Learning Center~which currently will cover fees) pay a yearly supply fee set by the Board of
Education each school year. This fee covers consumable materials and copy paper, construction
paper and etc... New students entering at or after the beginning of the second semester are
charged a prorated fee. Report Cards will be held for fees not paid. Textbooks and Library books
that are damaged beyond repair or are lost must be replaced. Parents or guardians are responsible
for the prorated cost of replacing their child’s books. No refund will be made if the book is found
ITEMS BROUGHT TO SCHOOL/LOST AND FOUND:
Occasionally children will be asked to bring an item to school related to the Content Standard
being studied. We encourage this. However, everyday toys, electronic games (game boy, PS2, DS,
MP3 players, CD players and etc.) are not permitted at school. In addition, NO SILLY BANDS are
permitted at school. Many end up being traded, broken or missing. Bringing a pet to school requires
making prior arrangements with your child’s teacher. All lost items are turned into the school
office. These items are displayed on tables outside the office periodically. Items that are
unclaimed will be discarded. PLEASE PLACE YOUR CHILD’S NAME ON ALL ITEMS THAT THEY
BRING TO SCHOOL.
STUDENT PHONE CALLS:
Students will be allowed to call home only as deemed necessary by the principal. Students may
not (habitually) call home for routine matters such as forgotten homework, lunch money, etc.
BEFORE SENDING IN ANY FOOD ITEM PLEASE CHECK WITH TEACHER AND SCHOOL
NURSE REGARDING ALLERGIES
Students may bring classmates a treat on their birthday. These can be in the form of pencils,
erasers, stickers, etc. It is also encouraged to keep snacks simple and healthy (fruit and cereal
bars, granola bars, fruit snacks, crackers, etc.). No gum please. In addition, if birthday invitations
are sent to school to be distributed via student mailboxes there needs to be enough for everyone
(ex. all the students, all boys, or all girls). Exclusion is hurtful. If all students cannot be invited
please mail the invitations from home.
In the event of inclement weather or mechanical breakdowns, school may be closed or the
starting time delayed. These same conditions may also require a 2-hour delay start time or early
dismissal (very rare). School closings, delayed starting times, or early dismissals will be announced
as early as possible over WKBN, WFMJ, WYTV and radio stations WHOT, and K105. A school cast
all-call may also be sent out. If no report is heard, it can be assumed that school will be in session.
Please DO NOT call school officials, teachers, or radio stations.
Parents are strongly encouraged to become members of the PTO. Please watch our newsletters
for PTO meeting dates and times.
SELECTION METHODS FOR PARENT VOLUNTEERS TO ATTEND FIELD TRIPS:
Our parents are vital to the energy of our school. They play a crucial role and are very dedicated to
the partnership we have developed. Very simply, the school could not exist, let alone thrive, without
them! However, not all those who are volunteers will automatically be able to chaperone our year-
end field trips.
Field trips are arranged as part of the instructional program and must be restricted to ONLY the
students in the class. Parent volunteers who assist on field trips are needed to help supervise and
assist classroom students, therefore, no younger siblings are allowed to attend. Experience shows
that siblings (especially preschoolers) create distractions.
All teachers in grades PreK-4 plan field trips for their students at the end of the school year. All
students wishing to participate in class field trips must have written permission from a parent or
guardian. If volunteers are needed it will be indicated on the permission slip. Parents wishing
to chaperone will return that form the following day and the teacher will 'draw' names from
all returned the following day and those will be able to attend. PARENT VOLUNTEERS WILL
NOT BE CHOSEN MONTHS AHEAD OF TIME FOR UPCOMING FIELD TRIPS. No parent
volunteers will be chosen PRIOR to the permission slip going home. Parent volunteers are
welcome to assist during field trips although district policy does not allow for younger siblings to
attend. If you choose to participate as a chaperone, your child's teacher will notify you ahead of
time regarding your responsibilities during the outing.
Columbiana Exempted Village
Joshua Dixon Elementary
Dixon Early Learning Center
333 North Middle Street
Columbiana, Ohio 44408
Mrs. Kim Sharshan Mrs. Rebecca Miller
In compliance with the requirements of the No Child Left Behind statute the
Columbiana Exempted Village School District informs parents that you may
request information about the professional qualifications of your student’s
teacher(s). The following information may be requested:
2) college major/graduate certification or degree held by the teacher;
3) qualifications of the paraprofessional, if paraprofessional services
If you wish to request information concerning your child’s teacher’s
qualifications, please contact me at 330-482-5355 ext. 34507.
Kim Sharshan, Principal
Joshua Dixon Elementary
COURSE OFFERINGS/SPECIAL SERVICES:
Children in grades K-4 receive intensive standards-based instruction in core content areas of the
curriculum. These include Language Arts (Reading and Writing) implementing a Balanced Literacy
Framework, Mathematics using Investigations for problem solving and critical thinking, Science, and
Social Studies. In addition, all students will receive P.E., Art, Music, Library, and integrated
Technology. Special services available at Joshua Dixon are L.D. Classes, inclusion, and resource room
services, Title One Classes (Reading and Math Intervention), Tutoring, Reading Recovery, Speech
Therapy, Psychological Testing, and Guidance.
RE-ENTERING THE SCHOOL BUILDING AFTER OFFICE HOURS:
The front doors will be un-locked from 3:30-6:30 p.m. for our Walk-Warm Program. In the
event your child forgets something he/she will need to notify a custodian upon entering the building
so that his/her classroom door can be un-locked.
Parents and Guardians are encouraged to visit the District Website for Board of Education By-
laws and Policies including but not limited to nondiscrimination, anti-harassment, student privacy and
parental access and rights.
Please call the Supt. Office at (330) 482-5352 for information regarding the District Civil Rights
Compliance Officer and the District Complaint Officer.
FERPA AND PPRA NOTICES
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years
of age certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. The Protection of Pupil Rights
Amendment (PPRA) affords parents certain rights regarding our conduct of surveys, collection and
use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. These rights are explained
fully on the district website: www.columbiana.k12.oh.us . The links to FERPA and PPRA are on the
right-hand side of the main page and can also be found by logging onto www.ed.gov
Please sign and return to your child’s teacher:
Student Name______________________________ Teacher’s Name_____________________
____ I have read the Joshua Dixon Handbook and I have shared the necessary information with
Parent Signature_________________________ Student Signature______________________