Welcome to the 2008-2009 school year at Dover Elementary! This handbook has
been designed and written by members of the Dover Elementary staff in
collaboration with parent representatives from our School Improvement Team.
The purpose of the handbook is to help you become acquainted with procedures
and policies which are followed throughout the school year.

We recognize the value of parental involvement in our students’ education.
Studies have indicated, time and time again, that students who are successful in
school come from homes where education is valued and where parents actively
involve themselves in the day-to-day routine of school. Your participation is not
only welcomed, it is essential.

Please review this handbook with your youngster as soon as possible. It is
important that the students, parents, and school staff understand clearly what is
expected this year. With one common understanding, we will work together
toward the common goal of providing the best education possible for each and
every student at Dover Elementary. Please keep this handbook handy at home so
that you may use it as a quick reference. After reading this handbook with your
child, please sign the form provided below, and return that portion to school on or
before Friday, September 12, 2008.



I have reviewed the 2008-2009 Dover Elementary School Handbook with my child.

____________________________                 ______________________________
      Parent’s Signature                           Student’s Signature

____________________________                 ______________________________
        Date Signed                                   Date Signed

                    HOW TO USE THIS BOOK

We recommend you read the entire Handbook to become familiar with our
headings and the relevant information described. We have done our best to
arrange the information in a format useful for readers. Please keep this in a
convenient place, and refer to it when questions arise. If you need anything
explained in greater detail, we will be happy to discuss your questions.


Dover Elementary School                     (845) 877-4700
                 FAX #                      (845) 877-3460

Dover Elementary School Nurse               (845) 877-4707

Dover Union Free School District Office     (845) 832-4500

Office of Special Education                 (845) 832-4540

First Student Transportation                (845) 832-3472

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        Dover Plains, New York 12522
               (845) 832-4500


           Mr. Sam Shufelt, President
    Mrs. Kathleen Schibanoff, Vice-President
               Mrs. Brigid Casson
                 Mrs. Penny Dye
                 Mrs. Pat Hoag
              Mr. Russell Infantino
                 Mrs. Gail Rohr
              Mrs. Marie Spencer

                 Ms. Lisa Seifts

            Superintendent of Schools
              Dr. Craig T. Onofry

       Assistant Superintendent for Business
               Mr. Christopher Prill

          Assistant Superintendent for
        Curriculum and Staff Development
              Mr. Michael Tierney

           Director of Special Education
                Ms. Pamela O’Neil

        Dover Elementary School Principal
           Mr. Herman A. Harmelink

The Dover Union Free School District advises students, parents, employees, and the
general public that it offers employment and educational opportunities without regard to
sex, race, color, national origin, or handicap.

                          TITLE IX COORDINATOR

                              Dr. Craig T. Onofry
                            Superintendent of Schools
                       Dover Union Free School District
                                   2368 Route 22
                         Dover Plains, New York 12522
                       SECTION 504 COORDINATOR
                                 Pamela O’Neil
                          Director of Special Education
                       Dover Union Free School District
                                   2368 Route 22
                         Dover Plains, New York 12522

                          TITLE VI COORDINATOR

                            Mr. Christopher Prill
                    Assistant Superintendent for Business
                       Dover Union Free School District
                                   2368 Route 22
                         Dover Plains, New York 12522

                   DOVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
                       ORGANIZATIONAL CHART

                      Principal: Mr. Herman Harmelink

Grade 3                Room     Special Area Subjects                         Room
Debbie Ruppel            200    Art                     Sue Jennings            213
Sally Schroeder          201    Library                 Annie Davis           Library
Summar Razvi             206    Mathematics             Colleen Avery           021
Linda Lasko              207    Music                   Katharine Terry          014
Lisa Allsopp             209    Physical Education      Jason Wessels     Gymnasium
Mike Herzog              215    Reading                 Kathy Nace              117
Donna Stein              210    Reading                 Mechele Palmer          016

Grade 4                Room
Jacqueline Kravic        100
Susan Johnsen            109    Special Services                              Room
Marlena Gault            105    Nurse                  Ann Spaeth               118
Dana VanDeBogart         106    Occupational Therapist Karen Finnerty           221
Patti Zangle             108    Psychologist           Dawn Lillo               119
Amy Zmyndak              101    Speech Pathologist     Adele Kricheff            213
                                ESL                    Gloria Caviglia          008
Grade 5                 Room
Scharrion Austin-Kieves   122
Katherine DeMichael       123   Special Education
Aimee Bartolomeo          224   Grade 3, 4, 5           Neil Fleming             111
Tessa Setaro              225
Kimberly Dennin           220
Maryanne Herzog           020

Kristine Daversa
Sandra Lane                     Teaching Assistants and Aides
                                Linda Brady            Lyn Lavallee
Technology Director             Cari Buffone           Theresa Muccioli
Stephen Haneman                 Jeryl Fontana          Sue Ollivett
                                Gerald Herbert
Cafeteria Staff
Lisa London
Michele Bouton                  Lunch Monitors             Custodial Staff
                                Shirley Skidgell            Holly Cestone
                                Donna Boyles                Ray Cowan
                                                            Deochan Surju

                      WELCOME, STUDENTS!
               IMPROVEMENT TEAM
       Welcome to the 2008-2009 school year at Dover Elementary! We are
looking forward to an exciting and successful school year.

        We hope that this year will be a great one for you. Your teachers and
other staff members want to help you do well in your schoolwork and in your
other activities as well. You are part of an important team – the Dover
Elementary School Team! This team includes your parents, all the members of
the school staff, and, most importantly, YOU! A team has to work together to
become a winner. We also have to work together in order for you to be a success
in school. Your job as a member of the Dover Elementary Team is to:

   1. Treat everyone with respect.

   2. Attend school every day, unless you are sick.

   3. Accept responsibility for each day’s work

   Your parents are going to review the Handbook with you to be sure that you
understand everything in it. If there is anything in the Handbook that you don’t
understand, please ask your teacher to explain it. We are all here to help you and
one another.

                        Let’s have a terrific year!

                       AGENDA BOOKS
In order to provide a consistent method for parents and teachers to communicate,
every student will receive an agenda book for the 2008-2009 school year.
Students are required to record all information concerning assignments,
particularly homework assignments, in their agenda books. Notes from the main
office will be in their agenda books also.
Students are to bring their agenda books home every day. We request that you, the
parent or guardian, look at the assignments noted in the book and make sure your
child completes assigned work. Your signature in the book every day will let
us know that you are informed and aware of your child's progress and
performance. In the event your child refuses to complete an assignment, you are
requested to sign the book and enter a short note to the effect that he/she would
not/could not finish the work. This will let us know that you did check the book,
even though the work was not done or was not completed.
Parents and teachers must work as partners in our students' education. Statistics
and logic indicate that frequent communication between home and school is a key
ingredient in helping students succeed. Please help us to help your child by
checking the agenda book on a daily basis.

                       ARRIVAL /DISMISSAL
The school day begins at 8:30 A.M. and ends at 3:00 P.M. Students enter the
building at 8:25 A.M. Students who walk to school or are dropped off should not
arrive before 8:15 A.M. when personnel are on duty outside to supervise. When
there is a 2 hour delay, the school day begins at 10:30 A.M., students enter the
building at 10:25 A.M., and students who walk to school or are dropped off
should not arrive before 10:15 A.M.

To accommodate new state regulations, attendance figures will now include
instances of absences for any part of a day. Reasons for lateness, early sign-out,
and absences during any portion of a day must now be recorded to determine legal
status of the absence. Students who arrive to school late should report to the
Nurse’s Office to sign in before going to their classrooms. Students who must
leave school during the school day must be signed out in the Main Office, where
the staff will record the reason and report it to the Nurse. Parents should send
a note with their child indicating the planned sign-out time, and teachers will
send students to the Main Office at the pre-arranged time. If an unexpected
situation occurs and no note has been sent in, parents should notify the Main
Office by phone before 1:00 P.M.. Whenever a child is absent from school,

parents must send in a note describing the reason for the absence when the child
returns to school.

Each marking period, students in the 4th and 5th grade may qualify for two special
honors. Students in 3rd grade may qualify for these during the 4th marking period.

       Principal's Award      All Achievement Grades are A’s
                              All Effort Grades are Outstanding
       Honor Roll             All Achievement Grades are A’s and B’s
                              All Effort Grades are Outstanding and Satisfactory

All courses offered at Dover Elementary are part of our curriculum, and all
achievement grades are considered for special honors. Therefore, all grades on the
report card are taken into consideration in determining which students will receive
awards. Students are expected to apply themselves diligently in all classes.

A Principal's Breakfast is hosted at the end of each marking period. All students
who receive Principal's Awards and Honor Roll students are invited to join the
Principal for a much-deserved recognition and a special breakfast.

Teachers recognize individual students during the school year in their respective
classrooms through the Students of the Month Awards, Character Education
Awards, and other honors. Such honors are recognized on a classroom level,
building level, or special level, as appropriate.

                 CAFETERIA PROGRAMS
You will receive a federal lunch program application to complete at the beginning
of the school year. Please fill it out and return this form to the school as soon as
possible. Students who qualify for free lunch in the federal lunch program will
also receive breakfast free of charge.

For the 2008-2009 school year, breakfast will be available for students at Dover
Elementary School. A breakfast menu is located on the back of the lunch menu.
Students who eat breakfast will be allowed to get off the bus at 8:15 AM and eat
before they go to their classrooms. All students are required to be back in their
classrooms at or before 8:40 A.M. to start the instructional day.

Breakfast will be served on half-days. Breakfast will not be served on delayed
opening days.

The price for breakfast will be printed on the menu.

Hot lunches, "deli" sandwiches, soup, or salads are available in our cafeteria.

If your youngster is purchasing lunch, you may want to buy lunch tickets in
advance. A discounted price is charged for lunches purchased in this manner. The
regular price for an individual student lunch this year is listed on the monthly
menu. Prices of hot/cold lunches and lunch tickets will be printed on the menus.

When weather permits, students are allowed to go outside for recess before or
after lunch. Students will have 20 minutes of recess and 20 minutes of lunch
every day.

During inclement weather, students will remain in the cafeteria or they may be
sent to special activity areas, depending upon the availability of space and
supervisory personnel. Students are encouraged to bring board games to be used
when bad weather requires them to stay inside during recess periods.

Since students will be outside for recess, please send your children with
appropriate clothing for play outside.

The school calendar for Dover Elementary School is located in several places.
Please consult your student’s agenda book, the DUFSD calendar and the district
web-site at www.doverschools.org for district wide events and information.
Please consult the school calendar before planning family vacations.

Occasionally the school calendar changes due to inclement weather or other
weather-related emergencies. A listing of radio stations that include DUFSD in
their announcements is given in the district-wide calendar.

Superintendent's Conference Days, both full days and half days, are listed.
Occasionally dates may change, be added, or deleted. Notices will be sent home
for your planning convenience.

                    CHARACTER EDUCATION
New York State’s new legislation regarding Safe Schools includes mandated
direct instruction in Character Education for students at all levels. The Dover
Elementary School is committed to creating an environment sensitive to character
development and strong personal integrity. With an overall theme of Respect
and Responsibility, our students will be exposed to character education

curriculum through classroom discussions, “Responsive Classroom” meetings,
school-wide attention to positive personal traits, and various projects.

Our teachers and staff members will help children explore personal traits such as
Citizenship, Fairness, Caring, Self-Control/Patience, Trustworthiness/Honesty,
Dependability, Perseverance, Cooperation, and Tolerance. Your child’s agenda
book also emphasizes monthly themes that concern good character traits and
personal characteristics.

At Dover Elementary, we recognize that parents are our partners in providing
character education and are role models for children. We encourage you to
expand upon these points in your discussions with your children at home. Parents
can share the children’s focus on the various traits highlighted at school.

As students of Dover Elementary School, all youngsters will be expected to act
responsibly with others and with school property. Students' rights and
responsibilities, as well as student discipline issues, are discussed at length in our
Code of Conduct Guide, which is included on pages 22 to 23.

                               DRESS CODE
To provide an atmosphere that is academic and disciplined, we request that all
students dress appropriately for school. Please note the following items:

   1. Tube tops, halter tops, spaghetti-strap tops, see-through shirts, and tops that
      do not cover the midriff are not to be worn unless worn over another shirt or
   2. Pants must not hang down off the waist. No pants or shorts with words
      printed on the backside will be allowed.
   3. Shorts may be worn as appropriate; please use sound judgment. Shorts
      must be loose fitting and appropriate in length (no “short-shorts”).
      Spandex shorts are not to be worn unless a looser fitting garment is worn
      over them.
   4. Hats, bandanas, headbands, or headscarves are not to be worn inside the
      building at any time except for special activities or under special
      circumstances. Hats may not be worn at recess.
   5. Proper and safe footwear is required in school. This means no “flip-flops”
      or sandals without back straps.
   6. No chains may be worn to school.
   7. Clothing imprinted with offensive words, messages, or images or
      condoning or promoting alcohol or drug use is not allowed.
   8. Clothing imprinted with pictures of violence or weapons is not allowed.
   9. Clothing items which create disruption or embarrass others will not be

                  ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Electronic devices (cell phones, ipods, games, walkmans, etc.) are not allowed in
school at any time for any reason. They are a distraction to the learning process
and not necessary in the educational environment. On bus rides for field trips that
last over one hour, exceptions may be made by the principal.



At the beginning of the school year, each student is given an emergency form to
be completed by the parent or guardian. Please complete these and return them as
soon as possible. One copy is located in the school office and one is located in
the Nurse's Office so that you can be notified quickly in case of an emergency. A
local phone number is very important. Please notify the office of any changes
during the year affecting telephone numbers, addresses, or other pertinent
information. It is very important that the Nurse and Main Office have the correct
mailing addresses.


Occasionally, there are weather-related emergencies requiring early dismissal. In
these cases, local radio stations will be notified immediately. The website
(www.doverschools.org) is also a good source for school delays and closings.
Please go over an emergency plan with your son or daughter in case there is an
early dismissal due to inclement weather. A form with the emergency plan will
need to be completed for school use. Please realize that phone calls are not an
option for students. Each child needs to know where to go in the event of an early

                           FIELD TRIPS
The curriculum at each grade level includes field trips to interesting places in
order for students to see the knowledge they have gained actually applied to "real
life." Field trips are an integral part of instruction and should not be viewed as
optional. All trips are related to the subject matter taught at each grade level.
Teachers will present lessons prior to each trip in order to prepare their students
for what they are about to see and experience. Additional lessons and activities to
reinforce learning follow each trip.

The cost of field trips is covered largely by the profit made from fundraising
activities. There will be a minimal charge for each trip since the fundraisers do

not generate enough money to cover all expenses. If you have difficulty
providing these fees, please call the principal or send a confidential note to your
child's teacher. We will see that your child's fee is covered. Your youngster will
not be made aware of this arrangement.

Permission slips will be sent home for every field trip. These must be completed
and returned by the deadline date for your child to be included on the trip.

Homework is assigned on a regular basis at Dover Elementary School. The
purpose of homework is to reinforce instruction from the school day. In addition,
long-term assignments, such as reports, may be given. Please encourage your
child to complete homework assignments each evening. Course grades are
determined, in part, by including grades on homework assignments.

Any class work that has not been completed in school is to be completed at home
and returned the following school day. If your youngster seems to be coming
home with an unusually large amount of work, it is possible, if not probable, that
part of these assignments are carry-overs from the classroom.

Every student will receive an agenda book at the beginning of the school year.
All assignments throughout the year are to be recorded in these books. The
agenda book also provides a convenient way in which parents and teachers can
send notes to each other (see AGENDA BOOKS).

Homework is given by the classroom teacher Monday through Thursday. Math
homework is given on a teacher-by-teacher basis. Students should devote a
maximum of 30-40 minutes per night to assignments. This does not include
unfinished class work. Parents are expected to check homework nightly to see
that it is complete and directions have been followed.

It is expected that each student use his or her Agenda Book effectively. This
includes copying down daily assignments, obtaining a parent or guardian's
signature nightly, and returning the book to school each day.

Students will be required to hand in book reports, science, and social studies
reports and projects during the year. Typed reports are acceptable, but all writing
should be original. Books and the Internet are only resources. Each child must be
able to read, understand, and explain the material he or she presents.

Study guides in the different content areas are sent home to help prepare students
for Unit Tests. Spelling words are introduced on Mondays and tested on Fridays.

The third grade Curriculum Guide and Grade Level Expectations will be available
and discussed on Curriculum Night in the fall.

 Fourth grade students will receive homework every night. Unfinished class
 work is additional homework. When students are absent, it is their responsibility
 to make up class work and homework assignments. Parents are expected to
 check homework nightly to see that it is complete and directions have been
 followed. Projects will also be assigned in various subjects throughout the year.
 Every fourth grader will receive an agenda book.

 It is expected that each student use his or her agenda book effectively. This
 includes copying down daily assignments, obtaining a parent or guardian's
 signature nightly, and returning the book to school each day.

 The fourth grade Curriculum Guide and Grade Level Expectations will be
 available and discussed on Curriculum Night in the fall.

 Students in the fifth grade are usually given assignments every night in Math,
 Spelling, and Language Arts. Assignments in Social Studies, Science, Reading
 and Composition vary throughout each week. In addition to regular homework,
 students will be assigned long-term projects and independent reading. Specific
 due dates are given for these assignments. If students do not complete class
 work, they will also be expected to bring that home to be completed and
 returned the next day.

 Homework assignments are graded in each subject, and therefore satisfactory
 and timely completion of all work contributes significantly when each student’s
 quarterly marks are determined. Specific procedures describing these points
 will be provided to students at the beginning of the school year.

 It is expected that each student use his or her agenda book effectively. This
 includes copying down daily assignments, obtaining a parent or guardian's
 signature nightly, and returning the book to school each day.

 The fifth grade Curriculum Guide and Grade Level Expectations will be
 available and discussed on Curriculum Night in the fall.

 Students in all grades receive Library instruction. All students are able to select
 books to borrow throughout the year. Students must return borrowed books on
 time and in good condition. Overdue notices will be issued as reminders, but
 after a 2nd notice is issued, an overdue book will be considered lost. If any book
 is lost or destroyed, parents are expected to pay replacement costs.

                            NURSE’S OFFICE
A School Nurse is available during the school day at Dover Elementary School to
administer medication, in case of illness, and for emergencies. Parents should call
(845) 877-4707 if there are any questions.


During the year, the Nurse also checks vision and hearing, and does other medical
testing as necessary or as prescribed by the student's doctor. The School Nurse
also administers the fluoride program. Information and a permission form will be
sent home early in the school year. Parental permission is required for students to
participate in this weekly program provided by New York State.


All medical forms must be submitted to the school nurse. These include:

      Emergency form
      Attendance notes
      Medical records
      Immunization forms
      Physicals
      Medication information
      Any other health-related materials


Parents must notify the nurse about all other health issues including:

      Allergies
      Emergency treatment
      Health conditions
      Medication


Regular and/or emergency procedures should be brought to the attention of the
School Nurse so that any treatment or special care can be administered by doctor's
orders when necessary.


1. Physicals are needed for all third grade students and new students entering the
   district. Forms need to be returned to the nurse by December 1st.

2. Student immunizations must be up-to-date by the start of school in September.

3. Please report all communicable diseases to the School Nurse, i.e. chicken pox,
   etc. as we may have students or teachers who may require special medical
   attention if exposed to the diseases. Please note that the policy for a child with
   chicken pox is that she/he must remain out of school for 5 full days.

4. Our school district has a "NO NIT POLICY". Students with head lice may
   not return to school unless they are totally free from any nits. We will assist
   you in any way we can to solve this difficult problem.

5. Please do not send your student to school with a fever. If a student wakes up
   not feeling well and has a fever, it is in the best interest of the student to keep
   him or her home for the day.

6. Each student must have an emergency form filled out at the beginning of
   UP-TO-DATE! Each form should include any medical problems that we
   should be aware of, as well as emergency contact people. Please be sure that
   the emergency contact form is returned to the nurse.

7. We will always call to let you know of any serious accident or illness that
   your child may have during the school day. However, we do not call home to
   report minor injuries and small complaints, such as small cuts, etc.

8. Please send in a written excuse when your child returns from an absence.


Any medication to be administered during the school day must be brought directly
to the School Nurse by a parent, legal guardian, or by the parent's designee.
Under no circumstances is medication to be brought to school by a student,
with the exception of inhalers and Epi-pens. All students must take medication
under adult supervision. New York State law dictates that all medicines, including
prescription and over-the-counter medications, must be brought to school in the

original pharmacy or manufacturer's container. In addition, a doctor's note and a
special permission form signed by a parent or legal guardian must accompany all
medications including over-the-counter pharmaceutical products in order for them
to be administered in school. This includes all pain relief medicines and any item
containing medication (sunscreens, Calamine lotion, etc). Physicians and parents
are encouraged to communicate by FAX, (845) 877-3460, in order to make this
cumbersome process a little easier.

                          PERSONAL ITEMS
The school district is not responsible for lost or stolen property. Please do not
allow your youngster to bring valuable personal items to school, unless they are
required for a classroom project and special accommodations have been made
with the teacher. Borrowing or trading items between children is not allowed in
school. Toys, games, and personal collectibles are not permitted in school.

Many of our students will be assigned lockers for storing their books and personal
belongings. Other students will be using “cubbies” in their classrooms. Students
are not permitted to put locks on their lockers. We have had problems in the past
with lost keys and forgotten combinations. This causes a great deal of disruption
and often results in students going to class without the necessary materials.

Students are placed in classes by the principal. When class assignments are made,
every effort is made to ensure a well-balanced classroom population. The
principal will consider special needs, and make decisions regarding promotion
and retention according to policy. Parents do not select teachers for their
youngsters at Dover Elementary School.

The Dover Union Free School District’s promotion/retention policy reflects the
increased performance expectations for all students. Under this policy, students at
all grade levels are subject to retention based on their classroom performance in
each subject area. Parents will be apprised of their youngsters’ progress
throughout the school year, and teachers will alert parents whenever retention is
being considered. This will be done on an on-going basis throughout the school

The ability to read is a prerequisite for learning. The elementary school
curriculum, therefore, emphasizes instruction in the area of reading. Parents and
other family members are encouraged to read to, and to read with, their children at
home a minimum of 20 minutes a night on a regular basis. We seek your
assistance by encouraging your child to read at home as much as possible.

                            REPORT CARDS
The success of a child in school depends, in great measure, upon the cooperative
efforts of the child, the home, and the school. Report cards are sent home four
times per year, in November, February, April, and June. You must sign and return
the envelope so that the teacher is aware that you received the report card.
Interim reports are sent out in written form or by phone call at other times to
notify parents of work deserving commendation as well as deficiencies.

Parents are invited to meet with teachers in November after the first reporting
period is completed. Both parents and teachers can schedule meetings at other
times when necessary.

                    SALES AND FUNDRAISING

Fundraising activities help to finance field trips and special presentations related
to the school curriculum. The school district does not provide for trips or cultural
affairs in its annual budget. All fundraising activities are strictly voluntary.
Activities which involve the sale of items are to be conducted with parental
knowledge, consent, and supervision. Under no circumstances are students to sell
items door-to-door unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

During the 2008-2009 school year, Dover Elementary School will be following a
six-day schedule. A number from 1-6 will identify each day.

Using a six-day schedule allows us to schedule our instructional periods for all
special area subjects.

The six-day schedule also enables us to create longer blocks of academic time.
The grade levels will be able to coordinate their efforts with each other and will
provide the students with more opportunities to learn and reinforce instruction.

                     SPECIAL AREA CLASSES
Dover Elementary School offers a well-rounded education to its students.
Students are taught in special subject areas in addition to the academic subjects in
the core curriculum. Special classes are:

      Physical Education             Two periods per six-day schedule
      Library                        One period per six-day schedule
      Art                            One period per six-day schedule
      General Music                  One period per six-day schedule
      Foreign Language               One period per six-day schedule

                            SPECIAL EVENTS
Holidays and celebrations are acknowledged at the discretion of individual
teachers, who set the policy for parties and celebrations that take place in their
classrooms. The Student Council sponsors some school-wide holiday activities.
Teachers will notify parents of special events taking place in their classrooms.
Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions or suggestions.

                    STATE MANDATED TESTS
New York State Education Department mandates assessments designed to insure
that the students of the state are receiving the required curriculum in various
subjects. For Dover Elementary Students, the assessments are as follows:

Social Studies                        given to 5th graders in November
English Language Arts (ELA)           given to all grades in January
Mathematics                           given to all grades in March
Science                               given to 4th graders in May

We also administer standardized tests for diagnosis, evaluation, and placement.

                          STRATEGIC PLAN
The Strategic Education Plan has been developed to provide a 3-5 year "road
map" to school improvement. This plan identifies critical goals and objectives that
must be addressed in order to develop a truly outstanding school district, and
serves as the guiding framework that targets key goals and objectives to be
attained. This plan is essential to identify the areas in need of study, completion,
and/or upgrading in order to lead Dover to a new level of excellence. Copies are
available in the District Office.

                           STUDENT ACTIVITIES
    Dover students will have the opportunity to participate in these extra-curricular
    activities. More activities may be introduced to accommodate student interest.

    4th and 5th Grade students may qualify for instrumental music instruction. These
    students become members of the Dover Elementary Band, which performs at the
    winter and spring concerts. Band practice is conducted once a week, after school.
    Late buses are available to transport students home. Students may provide their
    own instruments or rent them through a music service. Information about these
    arrangements was sent home at the end of the school year.

                                    CREATIVE ARTS
    The Creative Arts Club affords students in the 4th and 5th grades the opportunity to
    work in large and small groups to develop performance skills in the areas of
    acting, art, and music. The Creative Arts Club presents two performances each
    year. This group meets after school, and late buses are available.

    All students may join the Dover Elementary Chorus, which performs at the winter
    and spring concerts. Chorus rehearses once a week before school and
    transportation must be provided by a parent or guardian.

                                  STUDENT COUNCIL
    Students in all three grades may serve on the Dover Elementary School Student
    Council. This group conducts regular meetings once a month before school and at
    other times for special projects. The Student Council sponsors a number of
    activities yearly for the benefit of the school and the community.

                             INTRAMURAL BASKETBALL
    The 4th and 5th grade girls and boys may participate in intramural basketball. This
    program takes place two mornings a week before school and offers some basic
    instruction of basketball but focuses on the joy of playing.

                                    SPRING SPORTS
    This program is available to all students before school in the spring, and teaches
    skills for a variety of popular spring sports.

                                     LIBRARY CLUB
    Students in all grades are eligible to participate in the Library Club, which meets
    once a week after school throughout the school year.

    5th Graders may join the Newspaper Club, which publishes a student newsletter.

Dover Elementary School, together with the entire school district, is committed to
educating our students in the latest technology. Computers are available in all
classrooms and are used as integral components of the learning process.

The Internet is available in the Library and the Computer Lab as well as in several
classrooms around the building. Students and teachers in all classes will be
afforded the opportunity to access the Internet. All Internet material is screened at
the county level and at the building level. Students must be supervised by an
adult whenever they access the Internet in school.

The Computer Lab enhances our technology program by providing opportunities
for large-group technology instruction and whole-class learning using computers.

                        TELEPHONE POLICY
The telephones that are in the offices are for school use by the employees who are
assigned to that office and for the staff to contact the parents. They are not for
student use. If an emergency arises and you must get a message to your child, the
secretary will be glad to take the message and deliver it. Please keep these
emergencies to a minimum. To insure that the instructional process in the
classroom is not interrupted, the teacher will be given the message to relate to the
student in a non-disruptive way. Students will not be allowed to call home for
routine or non-essential matters. Teachers may issue a special permission
telephone pass to a student, but only under special or urgent circumstances.

                           TOBACCO USAGE
It is a violation of New York State law to use tobacco products on public school
grounds. Tobacco products may not be used by anyone, youngsters or adults, in
the school building or on the school property outside, including the playground
and parking lot. Possession of tobacco products or matches or lighters will result
in an immediate suspension.

Students are transported to and from school by our bus company, First Student.
Their drivers will use the same pick-up and drop-off location throughout the year,
according to information provided by parents. Therefore, any changes, such as
different child-care location, must be reported as soon as possible. Students will
not be permitted to ride different buses to visit other locations. If there is an
emergency need for a bus change, parents should call First Student at 832-

Parents who wish to pick up their children for private transportation from school
should meet children and the Private Transportation Monitor in the cafeteria, and
sign children out. We ask that parents send in a note when private transportation
is planned, and teachers will dismiss students to this location at the end of the day.
Parents may request this for a long-term arrangement as well as for individual
events. If a note has not been sent in on a particular day, and an emergency
arises, please call the office before 1:00 P.M. to make this arrangement.

Please schedule vacations when school is not in session. Occasionally, we receive
requests for schoolwork to be assigned in advance of a family vacation while
school is in session. It is not possible to assign work before it is taught in the
classroom. Classroom assignments and homework assignments are intended to
reinforce learning which has already taken place in school. To assign work in
advance places the student at a disadvantage.

All visitors are required to register at the Main Office. You will be asked to sign
in upon your arrival and to sign out before you leave. You will receive a visitor's
pass to display during your visit.

When bringing any forgotten item to your child, please leave it with the office
staff. The office staff will arrange for delivery of the item.

These procedures are designed to maintain the safety and welfare of everyone,
both students and adults.
Dover Elementary School welcomes volunteers. We need your help and talent,
and we hope you will respond to our communications and requests for your
participation. There are many ways to contribute to our school and our children,
however great or small in terms of time. We will be offering lists of volunteer
projects, but we welcome your suggestions as well. Let us hear from you!

                         Dover Elementary School
                       Dover Plains, New York 12522
                             CODE OF CONDUCT

All students in the public schools of the State of New York have the right to a free and
appropriate education, pursuant to the provisions of Article XI, Section 1 of the NYS
constitution and Section 3202(1) of the Education Law of the State of NY.

This right to a free public school education extends to all students, including those with
disabilities. This right is not without conditions. Pursuant to the due process of law
requirements as established in Section 3214 of the Education Law of the State of NY and
the Student Disciplinary Code, a student may be temporarily or permanently removed
from instruction in his/her regularly scheduled classes. Only students fitting within the
state compulsory education ages are entitled to alternative, equivalent instruction
following suspension from regularly scheduled classes.

Student responsibilities include regular school attendance, conscientious effort in
classroom work, and conforming to school regulations and rules. Most importantly,
students share with the administration and faculty a responsibility to develop a climate
within the school that is conducive to learning. No student has the right to interfere with
the education of his/her fellow students. It is the responsibility of each student to respect
the rights of all involved in the educational process.

Please review the attached disciplinary chart that outlines the rules and possible
consequences if those rules are broken. Please note especially that any form of physical
contact with another student or adult is, at a minimum, a suspension, even for the first

                   LEVEL 1                                                   LEVEL 2                                                      LEVEL 3
Students should not:                                    Students should not:                                        Students should not:
-Interfere with the education of another student, the   -Leave the classrooms or school grounds without             -Commit major theft, vandalism of school or personal
orderly operation of the school or a school function.   permission.                                                 property.
-Exhibit disruptive behavior in class or school         -Bring to school or possess medicine (prescription or       -Report a false bomb threat or false fire alarm.
(including lunchroom, hallways, bathroom, school        non-prescription) or tobacco products.                      -Start a fire on school property or the bus.
grounds, assemblies, or bus.                            -Bring to school or possess matches, lighters, fireworks,   -Possess, use or sale of illegal drugs, dangerous drugs,
-Speak in a way that teases, hurts, is profane, or      or toy weapons of any kind.                                 or alcohol in school or at school activities or on the bus.
harasses or bullies others.                             -Lie, cheat, or forge signatures.                           -Fight between students or school staff involving the
-Speak in a disrespectful manner to an adult            -Damage or destroy property belonging to the school,        use, or threatening use, of one’s body, dangerous
-Fail to follow classroom rules.                        anywhere on school property or on the bus.                  weapons, or dangerous objects.
-Bring electronic devices or other inappropriate        -Be verbally abusive to others, use profanity, racial,      -Repeatedly leave the classroom or school grounds
toys, cards, or magazines to school.                    sexual, ethnic, or religious slurs or obscene gestures.     without permission.
-Bring to school or possess cell phones, pagers,        -Coerce money or personal property from others.             -Harass another person sexually.
 i-pods, or other electronics.                          -Participate in a group disruption.                         -Harass another persistently by saying, doing, or
-Throw objects/snowballs, or spit on school             -Repeated Level 1 offenses.                                 writing things about someone’s race, origin, religion,
grounds, bus or bus stop.                                                                                           color, or handicap.
-Disobey adult directions.                                                                                          -Use matches, lighters, chemicals, fireworks, or smoke
-Wear inappropriate clothing (See Dress Code page                                                                   bombs in school or on school property or on the bus.
10).                                                                                                                -Threaten school staff members or students.
-Sell or trade personal property.                                                                                   -Break the law in school, at school activities, or on the
-Stealing                                                                                                           bus.
                                                                                                                    -Possess dangerous or deadly weapons on school
                                                                                                                    property or on the bus.
                                                                                                                    -Conspire with others to harm a student or adult.
                                                                                                                    -Use extortion tactics.
                                                                                                                    -Use aggressive physical contact against students or
                                                                                                                    adults. Aggressive physical contact includes, hitting,
                                                                                                                    punching, kicking, choking, biting, tackling, tripping,
                                                                                                                    or any other actions designed to harm another.
                                                                                                                    -Continually violate Level I and Level II behaviors.
                   LEVEL 1                                                   LEVEL 2                                                      LEVEL 3
Consequences may include:                               Consequences may include:                                   Consequences may include:
-Teacher warning or reprimand                           -Referral to principal                                      -Suspension (out of school) 1-5 days
-Lunch detention with teacher.                          -Parent conference to discuss problem.                      -Superintendent’s Hearing
-Parent notification and or conference.                 -Referral to appropriate school personnel.                  -Suspension (out of school) in excess of 5 days
-Administrative warning or reprimand                    -Recess detention                                           -Expulsion with educational services
-Recess detention                                       -After school detention.                                    -Referral to law enforcement agency
-Referral to other school personnel                     -Suspension (out of school) 1-5 days                        -Placement in interim alternative educational setting.
-Confiscation (as warranted)                            -Referral to School Resource Officer

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