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									    Tar River
Elementary School




Go Terrapins!

  Student Handbook
      2012-2013
            Tar River Elementary School
                      2642 Philo White Road
                      Franklinton, N.C. 27525




                            Phone Numbers
                        Office: (919) 528-2767
                         Fax: (919) 528-2774
                       Cafeteria: (919) 528-2791




                              Email Contacts

             Receptionist Lisa Preddy: preddyl@gcs.k12.nc.us
             Principal Diane Garrison: garrisond@gcs.k12.nc.us
    Assistant Principal Brentela Daugherty: daughertybm@gcs.k12.nc.us
       Curriculum Specialist Jolene Warych: warychj@gcs.k12.nc.us
            Counselor Brandi Jacobs: jacobsbk@gcs.k12.nc.us
              ECP Contact Betty Crute: cruteb@gcs.k12.nc.us
           AIG Contact Okema Simpson: owensoj@gcs.k12.nc.us
Teachers: Go to School System Website, Tar River Elementary, and then Staff
               Nurse Cindy Newton: newtonc@gcs.k12.nc.us
                      Tar River Elementary School
                              2012 - 2013
                                     Calendar of Events

August
23          Open House                                           4:00 pm – 6:00
27          First Day of School for Students                      8:00 am – 2:55
            (Kindergarten is staggered over four days. Date of entry was mailed.)

September
3           Labor Day Holiday, no school
26          Progress Reports

October
3           Fall Pictures (Prepay)
18-19       4th Grade Field Trip to the Mountains
24-26       5th Grade Field Trip to Washington, DC
26          End of 1st Quarter
29          Teacher Workday – no school for students

November
6           Fall Picture Make-up and Retake Day
8           Early Release Day                                    12:00 pm
8           Parent Teacher Conferences                           1:30 pm – 7:00
12          Veterans Day Holiday, no school
21          Early Release Day                                    12:00 pm
22-23       Thanksgiving Holiday, no school

December
4           Progress Reports
19          Early Release Day                                    12:00 pm
20-Jan. 1   Winter Break, no school
January
2          School resumes for students                     8:00 a.m. – 2:55
17         End of 2nd Quarter
24         Early Release Day                               12:00 pm
24         Parent Teacher Conferences                      1:30 pm – 7:00
18         Teacher Workday, no school for students
21         Martin Luther King Holiday, no school

February
20         Progress Reports
22         Teacher Workday – no school for students

March
20         Spring Pictures and Class Pictures
26         End of 3rd Quarter
29         Good Friday Holiday, no school

April
1-5        Spring Break, no school
11         Early Release Day                               12:00 pm
11         Parent Teacher Conferences                      1:30 pm – 7:00

May
7          Progress Reports
27         Memorial Day Holiday, no school

June
4-5        4th Grade Field Trip to the Coast
6          Early Release Day                               12:00 pm
6          Last Day of School for Students
14         Report Card Pick-Up*                            8:00 am – 4:00
If you want the report card mailed, you must give your child’s teacher a self-addressed
and stamped envelope (and all fines must be paid).
                               Tar River Elementary School
                                                      Title I
                                             Family Involvement Policy

                                                      2012 - 2013

       We, the staff of Tar River Elementary School, believe that student achievement is
dependent upon the number and quality of interactions among families, school, and students.
Positive outcomes occur most often when true partnerships are established between home
and                  school.

                                    Title I services, in collaboration with the classroom
                                    teachers, offers eligible students additional opportunities to
                                    master the curriculum as stated in the North Carolina
                                    Common Core and Essential Standards.

                                    We recognize that families are their child’s first teacher,
                                    and we will make every effort to complement, expand, and
                                    support the learning that takes place in the home. To do
                                    this we will provide:

                Curriculum Open House – activities will take place to explain and discuss
                   the Title I Program, as well as, state and local expectations for
                   achievement and promotion.

                Conferences – will be scheduled periodically during the year to inform
                   families of a student’s progress.

                Family Workshops/Materials – topics will cover curriculum areas, study
                   skills, and family needs.

        We will annually offer to families an opportunity to review the effectiveness of our
program because we are committed to continuous improvement
of all components of the school. We will strive to work together
to solve problems and to upgrade the structure and framework of
the school environment.

       Please be a partner with us!
                        Table of Contents
School Hours………………………………………………………………………………………………..page 1
Attendance/Absences…………………………………………………………………………………….page 1
Make-Up Work……………………………………………………………………………………………..page 2
Tardy…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..page 2
Checking Students In/Out………………………………………………………………………………page 3
Court Orders…………………………………………………………………………………………………page 3
Bus Riders……………………………………………………………………………………………………page 3
Car Riders…………………………………………………………………………………………………….page 3
Meals…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..page 4
Dress Code…………………………………………………………………………………………………..page 4
Toys, IPods, Etc……………………………………………………………………………………………page 5
Fees/Fines……………………………………………………………………………………………………page 5
Homework Policy…………………………………………………………………………………………..page 5
Internet/Intranet…………………………………………………………………………………………..page 7
Illness………………………………………………………………………………………………………….page 7
Communicable Disease Prevention and Control………………………………………………..page 8
Immunization Policy……………………………………………………………………………………...page 8
Medication……………………………………………………………………………………………………page 9
Dental Screenings…………………………………………………………………………………………page 9
Student Information………………………………………………………………………………………page 9
Student Insurance…………………………………………………………………………………………page 10
Flowers and Balloons……………………………………………………………………………………..page 10
Hazardous Weather……………………………………………………………………………………….page 10
Student Records (Cums)………………………………………………………………………………..page 10
Report Cards/Grading Scale…………………………………………………………………….……..page 10
Conferences………………………………………………………………………………………………….page 11
Achievement Testing……………………………………………………………………………………..page 11
Promotion and Retention……………………………………………………………………………….page 12
Behavior and Discipline………………………………………………………………………………….page 13
Inappropriate Behavior-Consequences…………………………………………………………….page 14
Bus Behavior and Discipline……………………………………………………………………………page 20
                            Program Information

                                       School Hours

Students must be with their parent/guardian or be enrolled in the Before-School Program if
they arrive before 7:35. We cannot provide supervision prior to 7:35, except in the Before-
School program. The bell rings at 8:00 a.m. Bus riders are dismissed at 2:55 p.m. Car
riders are dismissed at 3:03 p.m. On an Early Release Day the bell for bus riders is 12:00
and car riders is 12:08.

                                  Attendance/Absences

It is the responsibility of the principal to enforce the provisions of the Compulsory
Attendance Law. If violation of the law is suspected, the principal shall notify the county
attendance officer. The officer shall conduct an investigation and work with the student and
his/her family to analyze the causes and determine steps to eliminate the problem. The
officer has the authority to report and verify, on oath, the necessary criminal warrants for
the prosecution of violations of the Compulsory Attendance Law.

When a student returns to school following an absence, (s)he must bring a written excuse
from his parent (or guardian) stating a reason for the absence. A telephone call or word-of-
mouth will not substitute for the note. A physician’s statement must be turned in after an
extended illness.

The state computer system (NCWise) defaults all absences to unexcused. If a note is turned
in to the classroom teacher on the first day of returning to school, the unexcused absence
will be changed to an excused absence only if the reason for the absence fits the state
criteria for an excused absence. If a note comes in after the first day of returning to school
the absence will not be changed to excused.

A student must be present at least one-half of the school day (11:30) in order to be recorded
present for that day. If a student is absent, the following reasons shall code the absence
“lawful”:
       1. illness or injury
       2. quarantine
       3. death in the immediate family
       4. medical or dental appointments
       5. court or administrative proceedings if the child is a party to the action or
              under subpoena as a witness
       6. religious observances
       7. educational opportunity (approval for such absence must be gained prior
               to the absence)
       8. medically fragile (severe or life threatening physical condition)



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       9. suspension from school
All other absences shall be coded “unlawful” or truancy.
NCWise will automatically call all homes when a child is absent. Parents will be notified by
the principal in writing when their child has taken the third (3rd) and sixth (6th) unlawful
absence. After ten (10) accumulated unlawful absences, the family members must meet
with Mrs. Garrison as well as other agencies representatives from across the county. If a
solution to the attendance problem does not occur then the district attorney will be notified
or a complaint will be filed with the juvenile intake counselor.

Accumulation of absences in excess of sixteen (16), whether lawful or unlawful, constitutes a
valid reason for retention.

                                       Make-Up Work

Students lawfully absent from school will be given the opportunity to make-up missed
assignments (work cannot be made up on unexcused absences); however, arrangements to
make-up work must be made upon the student’s immediate return to school. It is not the
responsibility of the teacher to remember to give students make-up work. All make-up work
must be completed within two days for each day the student was absent.

Students may get make-up work before returning to school if the absence is more than one
day. Please call the school in the morning requesting the missed work. In order to protect
instructional time, teachers will gather missed work during planning or after school only.
Therefore, we require 24 hour notice prior to pick-up.

                                            Tardy

A student shall be considered tardy if (s)he has not reported to his/her classroom by 8:10.
This should not be misunderstood as our start time! Quality instruction begins at 8:00!
When tardy, a parent (not a sibling) must sign their child in at the office and the child must
get a tardy slip before he/she will be admitted to class. A child is not permitted to sign
him/herself in!

An excused tardy includes, but are not limited to the following: morning doctor or dental
appointment; child was sick but felt better and wanted to come to school; loss of power at
home. An unexcused tardy includes, but are not limited to the following: child was tired
from a late night activity, child refusing to come to school, or parent overslept.

Students who are excessively tardy to school may be suspended for up to two
days for such offenses.




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                                 Checking Students In/Out

Students arriving or leaving from school any time during the school hours must be signed in
or out of the school office by an authorized family member. No student may be picked up
early after 2:40. Written permission is required for a student to leave the school grounds
with anyone other than a parent/guardian. Please be prepared to have identification
checked. For safety reasons, parents/guardians are not allowed to go to the classroom to
get a child. We ask that you remain inside the office area and the staff will call for your child
to come to the office. A parent/guardian should never remove a child from the bus line.

                                         Court Orders

If a child is only to be picked up by a custodial parent or guardian, a copy of the current
court order must be on file in the school office.

                                          Bus Riders

Students receive information regarding bus rules and regulations and the rules are also listed
at the back of this handbook in the section on discipline. Please read this information to be
familiarized with the policies. If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Garrison (principal).

According to North Carolina General Statutes, riding a school bus is a privilege and not a
right. Parents are responsible for getting students to and from school at appropriate times
when suspensions occur. Students must not stay at home when suspended off a bus.
Attendance at school is required by state law.

Students must have a written note from a parent/guardian if they are to ride a different bus
or get off at a different stop.

                                          Car Riders

Students are not to arrive at school before 7:35 (unless in Before-School) and should not be
picked up before 3:08. Any student left at school prior to 7:35 or after 3:30 will not be
supervised by an adult unless Mrs. Garrison has approved the change in time.

The instructional day should not be disturbed. We ask that you do not pick your child up
early. Not only does your child miss out on instruction when picked up early, but you also
take away academic time from all the other students in the classroom since the teacher must
stop instruction to get your child ready to leave.

Parents are to remain in their vehicle in a single file line. You will be told which pick up
location number your child will be waiting at and a staff member will bring him/her to your
car along the front sidewalk. Parking along the sidewalk stops the movement of our



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dismissal line so is therefore not allowed. There are plenty of designated parking spaces if a
family member wishes to leave their vehicle.



                                             Meals

Breakfast is served from 7:35-8:00.
Breakfast and lunch prices are as follows:
   Breakfast                                         Lunch
Elementary Full Price       $1.00              Elementary Full Price      $2.10
Reduced Price               $0.30              Reduced Price              $0.40
Adult           $2.00 or a la cart             Adult          $3.50 or a la cart

Lunch consists of one entrée, one vegetable and one fruit or two vegetables, one bread and
one milk. Additional items can be purchased.

Checks are to be made payable to Tar River Elementary School Cafeteria. Applications for
free and reduced meals are available in the school office and should be returned as soon as
possible. They were also handed out at our Open House.

Charges: Our policy is that no student should go hungry due to forgotten lunch money. A
student may charge to their lunch account up to $3.00. A student will not be allowed to
charge if an account shows a balance of -$3.00 or higher. A lunch will be provided which
consists of a sandwich (usually peanut butter and jelly) and a drink of juice. Breakfast and a
la Carte (ex. ice cream and cookies) items may not be charged at any time.

Ice Cream and Cookies: We would like for all our students to eat a well-balanced lunch. We
encourage our students to take advantage of the opportunity to eat a nutritious, healthy
meal that is provided by our school or bring a healthy lunch from home. Our school staff will
discourage students from using their lunch money to make a meal of ice cream, cookies, and
other snack items. Children need a well-balanced lunch in order to be productive and
successful learners in the afternoon. Please help us communicate with your child about good
eating habits.

                                        Dress Code

All students are expected to dress neatly in clothes that are suitable for school. The
following clothing items are not allowed in school:
 tank tops, short shorts or shirts/tops that expose the midriff or chest areas or
    clothing which exposes a student’s undergarments will not be allowed
 shorts or skirts that are shorter than 4 inches above the knee
 tight shorts (ex. biker shorts)



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   Hats, doo-rags, sweat bands, bandanas, scarves or other similar types of headgear
    cannot be worn inside the building. This includes being tied around the leg or hanging
    out of pockets.
   Shoes must be worn at all times. Tennis shoes are required for participation in recess
    and Physical Education.
   Athletic attire will not be considered appropriate for regular classroom dress.
   Jewelry, belts, chains, bracelets, or other types of accessories that pose a threat to the
    safety of the student may not be worn during PE.
   No apparel with letters, initials, symbols, or pictures that the administration or faculty
    consider offensive to others.
   No sagging of pants. Pants must be worn to the hip. No undergarments should be
    exposed.
   Mesh shirts must have t-shirts worn underneath.

The administration reserves the right to rule on appropriateness and acceptability.
Inappropriate clothing must be changed either by the parent bringing a change of clothing or
the student changing into clothing provided by the school.

                                       Toys, iPods, Etc.

Students must leave toys, trading cards, iPods or other music devices, electronic games, etc.
at home. These same items are not allowed on the buses or in our Before or After School
programs. Items will be collected and kept in the office until parents pick them up from Mrs.
Garrison. Many parents would like for their child to have a cell phone at school in case of an
emergency. This is fine, however, the cell phone must remain in the child’s bookbag and be
turned off.

                                          Fees/Fines

All fees including day care costs, lost or damaged book fines, picture fees, and lunch costs
must be paid on time. Failure to do so will result in action by Mrs. Garrison to recover the
money/item.

Checks will be accepted as payment for fees, fines, fieldtrips, and fundraisers. If a check is
written and bounces, no more checks will be accepted for the remainder of the year from
that family. In addition, your check will be turned over to ChecXchange, a service who will
electronically debit your account.

                                      Homework Policy

Teachers are expected to give lesson practice or elaboration assignments each night school
is in session, except Fridays. No homework should be assigned for weekends or holidays.
Students (and all siblings) will be exempt from homework on evenings when we have a
function at school, if they and/or their parents attend the event. Time and amount of



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   homework varies by grade, however, reading should be assigned nightly. Homework is due
   on the teacher’s assigned due date for all students. The parent should send a note to the
   teacher(s) if an emergency took place that prevented a child from completing their
   homework. The teachers will determine if the excuse warrants an assignment being turned
   in late for full credit. Example of an accepted excuse: had to go to the emergency room last
   night. Example of an unaccepted excuse: got home late from a ball game.

   When parents support their child’s schoolwork, children show more interest in
   school, learn more, get higher grades, learn to be responsible, score higher on
   achievement tests and succeed. Good habits that start in school can last a
   lifetime! Doing your child’s homework or giving them too much guidance
   demeans the value of the homework – for your child to do the critical thinking.

   We ask that parents do the following:
1. Set up a study area where your child can do homework each day. Choose the spot together.
   A good study area is quiet, comfortable for your child, well lit and properly supplied with
   plenty of paper and pencils.
2. Schedule daily homework times and see that your child sticks to them!
3. Although sports, clubs, and other after school activities are important, homework must take
   a priority. Complete homework prior to going to other activities so your child will not be too
   tired to complete it later.
4. Be on hand, if possible. Try to schedule homework times when you can be around to
   monitor. If you cannot be present, set up a routine where homework is checked as soon as
   you get home for completeness and quality. You need to show your child that homework
   has importance – like a job.
5. Keep distractions to a minimum. Other siblings, loud noises, TV, etc can distract your child’s
   attention and make it hard for them to concentrate.
6. Team up with the teachers. Together, we can help your child put in a winning effort.
                Regularly contact the teacher via notes, email (see the teacher’s
                 Web page), or set up a conference.
                Attend Parent/Teacher Conferences.
                Know what’s expected on the quality of homework produced.
                Discuss any homework problems and check your child’s assignments
                 nightly.
                Be sure to review papers and projects your child brings home.


   To Access The Teacher’s Web page:

         Go to http://www.gcs.k12.nc.us
         Click on the search bar “Select a School” at the upper left of screen.
         Click on “Tar River Elementary.”
         Click on “Teacher Webpages” located on the top bar at the right.
         Click on your child’s teacher name


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                                  Internet/Intranet

Parent written permission is required before students are allowed to access the Internet.
Parent permission is not required before using Intranet because students are only exposed
to the information the teacher has previewed and saved to the local server.
Acceptable Use: class assignments and academic research
Unacceptable Use:
 using someone else’s identity and password
 advertising or doing business on the Internet
 participating in any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, the
    Internet, or any of the agencies that are connected to the Internet
 access or use of criminal speech, inappropriate language, violations of another person’s
    privacy, abuse of resources, copyright infringement or plagiarism, and violations of
    personal safety

Consequences of Unacceptable Use: Parents will be notified. Users who use the network
inappropriately will be provided with an opportunity to respond to the allegation before the
network account can be revoked permanently. However, the account may be revoked
temporarily until the charges are resolved.

                                           Illness

FEVER

Although variations occur, an elevation of the body’s temperature to 100.5 degrees
Fahrenheit (37.7C) or above is generally considered fever and a possible sign of illness.
Therefore, parent/guardian should be contacted to take student home under the
following conditions:

1.      Temperature of 100.5 degrees or higher.
2.      Temperature of 100 degrees or higher when accompanied by other indicators of
        beginning illness, such as:
        -Known exposure to communicable illness
        -Extreme malaise
        -Headache
        -Nausea, vomiting and/or abdominal pain.
        -Symptoms of upper respiratory infection

**Students, faculty or staff with influenza-like illness (fever>100 degrees, with cough
should keep away from others as much as possible, stay home, and not attend school
or go into the community (except to seek medical care or for other necessities) for at
least 24 hours after fever is gone without the use of fever reducing
medication.

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LICE

Anyone, regardless of socioeconomic status, can get head lice. Head lice are passed
from person to person by direct contact or on shared objects (combs, towels, etc.)
Dogs, cats, and other pets do not play a role in the spread of human lice. Students
found to have head lice will be sent home immediately for treatment. To keep this
problem under control, parents should conduct periodic checks at home. The school
should be notified if lice are found.

             COMMUNICABLE DISEASE PREVENTION AND CONTROL

Students are excluded from school in cases of communicable disease. When a student
is suspected of having one of the following diseases, it is the responsibility of the parent
to take the child to their health care provider for verification and treatment before
he/she can return to school.

Chicken Pox:         Student is excluded from school until ALL blisters have formed
                     scabs.
Ringworm:            Student is excluded from school until treatment is started.
Scabies:             Student is excluded from school until one treatment with
                      prescription medication is completed.
Pink Eye:            Student is excluded from school until 24 hours after appropriate
                     treatment has started.
Impetigo:            Student is excluded from school until appropriate treatment has
                     started.
Fifths Disease:      Children with Fifth’s Disease should not be excluded from school
                     since they are not contagious once the rash occurs.
                     Note: Pregnant women in contact with an infected child between
                     three days and two weeks before the rash should speak with their
                     doctor.

                               IMMUNIZATION POLICY

According to North Carolina public law, all students must be fully immunized before
they may enter school. New students entering Granville County Schools have 30 days
to present their immunization records to school personnel or be excluded from school.
A student presently enrolled in the Granville County Schools must have a completed
immunization record or be scheduled to complete it. If this is not the case, then the
student will be excluded from school.

******FIFTH GRADERS………Students must receive a booster dose of Tdap (tetnus,
diphtheria, pertussis) vaccine before entering the 6th grade or by age 12! Don’t forget
to get your shot after you leave us but before entry to Middle School.



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Each incoming student should have the following:
    5 doses of DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis), DTaP, DT-The last dose needs
      to be on or after the fourth birthday.
    4 doses of polio (If the third dose is on or after the fourth birthday -three
      doses will be accepted.)
    2 doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) First dose must be on or
     after the first birthday and the second dose before enrolling in school.
    1-4 doses of HIB- Not required after age 5.
    3 Hepatitis doses-If born on or after July 1, 1994.
    1 Varicella-If born on or after April 1, 2001.


                                    MEDICATION

All medication (prescribed and over-the-counter medication) should not be administered
by any school personnel under any circumstances unless authorized in writing by the
health care provider. Those individuals administering medicine must complete training
each year. At no time will the school supply medication for students (e.g. Tylenol).
Medication must be supplied by the parent to the office staff (do not give to a bus
driver) and kept in a locked cabinet. All medication bottles shall be properly labeled
with the student’s name, name of the medication, dosage, how administered, time
administered, and physician’s name for prescribed medication at Granville County
School’s Website. The school office must have on file a School Medication Form
completed by the physician and signed by a parent before any medication
can be administered. Forms can be obtained in the school office or online at
Granville County School’s Website.

Students are not allowed to bring the medicine to school. Parents/guardians must bring
the medicine to the school’s office and sign it in.

                                  Dental Screenings

As a part of our regular school preventive dental health program, the NC Oral Health
Screening, Division of Public Health may conduct dental screening for children in grades K
and 5.
                                    Student Information

Notify the school’s NCWise Data Manager, Mrs. Lue, to change addresses, telephone
numbers, places of employment, etc., as it is very important we have accurate student
information at all times. Please have on file at school several emergency numbers at which
you may be contacted. We must have proof of residency on any change of address (rental
agreement, purchase contract, gas, electric, or water bill). If a student’s name is changed,
we must have a copy of a new revised birth certificate.


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                                    Student Insurance


Students will bring home information regarding student insurance at the beginning of the
school year. Parents will contract directly with the company and not through the school.


                                   Flowers and Balloons

Delivery of flowers and balloons to individuals in the school will be permitted after 1:00 p.m.
Students may not take the items onto the school bus.

                                    Hazardous Weather

Households will be called by our AlertNow system to inform of delays or closings. It is very
important that the school always has your current phone number, cell number, and email
address as the AlertNow system will contact all three. In addition, you can contact:
       WCBQ         1340 AM                     WHNC         890 AM
       WPTF            68 AM                    WIZS        1450 AM
       WDNC           620 AM                    WRAL         101 FM
       WRAL         Channel 5 TV                WTVD         Channel 11 TV
Granville County Schools web page: www.gcs.k12.nc.us

If there is a delayed opening, the Before-School Program will begin at 8:00. If there is an
early closing or school is closed, the After-School Program will be canceled. The
Before/After-School Programs will not operate if we have school on a Saturday (as a make-
up day).

                                 Student Records (Cums)

Requests from parents who wish to review the cumulative record folder shall be made to the
principal or the guidance counselor. When a request for review of records is received from a
parent a review shall be scheduled. The appointment date should be as early as possible but
never later than 45 days after the request was made (Board Policy #711). The inspection
and review shall be made in the office of the principal.

                               Report Cards/Grading Scale

Students receive a report card at the end of each nine weeks. Grades given indicate an
evaluation of the progress your child is making. Mid-way through each quarter a student
shall receive a progress report. Refer to the school calendar at the front of this book for
exact dates.

Subjects on the report card for K-2 are rated on a 4 point scale:


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1 = Well Below Grade Level                2 = Below Grade Level
3 = Proficient                            4 = Highly Proficient

The report card grades of students in Grades 3-5 are calculated with percentages. The
following grade scale applies:
A = 100-93       B = 92-85      C = 84-77       D = 76-70       F = 69 and below

Please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope at the end of the school year, if you wish to
have your child’s report card mailed to your home at the beginning of the summer.

                                         Conferences

If you wish to have a conference with your child’s teacher, please make an appointment at
least 24 hours in advance. Do not hesitate to call or email the teacher if you have concerns
about what is happening at school. The instructional day will not be disturbed, therefore, if
you call a teacher during teaching time, the front office will take a message and the teacher
will contact you either during their planning time or after school.

Please do not stop for an unscheduled “mini-conference” at the start of the school day. All
teachers have been instructed to interact with their students immediately upon entering the
classroom and not conduct hallway meetings.

                                    Achievement Testing

                                             Local

Reading: Every child in grades K-2 will be tested a minimum of three times per year
following the required assessment guidelines as stipulated by Granville County Schools.
Every child in grades 3-5 will be tested twice a year with a Granville County ClassScape
assessment.

Math: Every child in grades K-2 will be tested four times per year following the required
assessment guidelines as stipulated by Granville County Schools. Every child in grades 3-5
will be tested twice a year with a Granville County ClassScape assessment.

CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test): Every child in Third Grade will take this test (usually in
October). It assesses a student’s verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal skills. This test is
primarily used for teacher information and AIG classification.




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                                            State

End-of-Grade Tests (E.O.G.): These test are given to grades 3, 4, and 5 in the areas of
reading and math. Fifth Grade will also take a science E.O.G. These tests are usually given
in May. Scoring is as follows:
                                         Level 1 – Well Below Grade Level
                                         Level 2 – Below Grade Level
                                         Level 3 – At Grade Level
                                         Level 4 – Above Grade Level

The E.O.G. test also compares how much gain your child has made from their pretest (year
before) to their posttest (present year). The state has determined the amount of gain your
child must meet to reach their individual expected growth goal, but unfortunately do not
inform us until July after the test has been completed. In other words, it is not “good
enough” to just get a Level 3 or 4. Your child needs to make their expected gain.

This test will be a factor for promotion in Grades 3 and 5.

Writing: The state has provided writing assessment training to all teachers. We must assess
the fourth grade students four times during the school year. The students’ writings will be
kept in a portfolio for review. Students must show proficiency in writing by the end of the
school year.

                                 Promotion and Retention

Students in grades K-2 MUST:
1. Perform at or above grade level on Granville County Schools’ K-2 Assessment/Report
   Card (reading, writing, and math) in order to be eligible for promotion. Level 3 or 4 is
   passing.
2. Not miss more than 16 days of school during the year (excused and unexcused).

If not…Parents will be kept informed of a child’s progress. A Personal Education Plan may be
developed. By the end of the school year if performance is still significantly below grade
level then a student could be retained. A child performing below grade level two years in a
row will be recommended for retention.

Students in Grades 3 and 5 MUST:
1. Have a passing grade (70 or higher) in reading and math for the year.
2. Score a level 3 or 4 on the E.O.G. tests in reading and mathematics.
3. Not miss more than 16 days of school during the year (excused and unexcused).

Students in Grade 4 MUST:
1. Have a passing grade (70 or higher) in reading and math for the year.
2. Not miss more than 16 days of school during the year (excused and unexcused).


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                                 Behavior and Discipline

School Goals:
1. To provide a safe and orderly environment for learning.
2. To foster cooperation among students and staff.
3. To promote independent behavior.
4. To promote respect and to protect the rights and property of others.

The Big Do’s!
1. Work Hard!
2. Learn A Lot!
3. Have Fun!

The Big Don’ts!
1. No Violence – Verbal and Physical
2. No Drugs and Alcohol
3. No Disrespect (self and others)

We have implemented a “Positive School Climate Program” called Time To Teach. This
program involves teaching expected behaviors to students, rewarding those who follow
those behaviors and holding those accountable who misbehave. Your child may use the
term REFOCUS. This is when he or she has chosen not to follow expected behaviors, and
when we have asked him or her to tell us how might have been a better way to act. Thus,
we are helping them to become responsible citizens and promoting independent thinking
skills. When a child is in REFOCUS he/she will be seated in a quiet area (either in their
classroom or another teacher’s classroom), asked to think about their inappropriate behavior,
and to come up with a positive alternative. They may do this orally (Kindergarten) or on a
written REFOCUS form.

If your child has been to REFOCUS, it does not mean that they have been bad. It means
that they are trying to identify those behaviors which were beginning to affect their
academic performance.

There are, however, some behaviors which require immediate intervention. We will never
use REFOCUS with such behaviors. More severe consequences will be applied as outline in
the next section of this handbook.




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                        Inappropriate Behavior – Consequences

Maintaining discipline and an orderly climate in our public school is essential for teaching,
learning, and proper child development. We stress that the individual student is responsible
for his/her behavior.

Any assignment of In-School Suspension (ISS) should be immediate for Kindergarten (due to
attention span toward inappropriate behavior) and the next day for grades 1-5. This wait
period is to allow teachers the time to gather work for the ISS stay. An ECP (Exceptional
Childrens’ Program) child must be pulled out of ISS for their allotted time with the resource
teacher.

Rule 1: Compliance with Directions
Teacher should first ask the questions: Can I teach? Can the student learn? Can other
students learn? If any of these questions are answered “no” the child needs to refocus. The
teacher should always maintain a calm, matter-of-fact demeanor. Refocus is not a
punishment, but rather a time to reflect on one’s actions so that one may act more
appropriately the next time. Students should not rush through this process. Reflections that
respond to who, what, when, where, and why statements are valuable and mandatory.

      -   Two refocuses within one day is all that is allowed (all staff combined). If a
          student gets a third refocus within the same day, a referral should be written to
          the office for (K) ½ day ISS and (1-5) 1 day ISS.
                                                                    Disorderly Conduct

      -   Five refocuses within a week (Monday – Friday) will have the consequence of the
          student being assigned to Wednesday Academy (3:20-4:05). The refocuses (3 in
          the same day) in which a student goes to ISS does not count towards Wednesday
          Academy due to Double Jeopardy ruling. If a student does not report to
          Wednesday Academy, ISS will be assigned for the next day.
                                                                 Disorderly Conduct

      -   If a student goes to Wednesday Academy 3 out of 4 weeks, a conference must be
          called including parent, child, teacher(s), administrator, and counselor. A contract
          should be developed for the student that will be in effect for two months. The
          contract should stipulate that the student should have no more than 2 refocuses
          within a week.

          After two weeks, the contract should be evaluated. If the student is successful,
          the process should continue. If progress has not been made, the people
          mentioned above shall reconvene. Student shall not go to Wednesday Academy,
          but be assigned ISS for 1 day (1/2 day for Kindergarten).




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         After two months of success with the contract, the committee should reconvene.
         The student, parents, and teacher(s) should be praised for their hard work and the
         student will be released from the contract.

If behaviors are extreme, the classroom teacher will send a referral to the office.
Student actions might warrant the following consequences:




Rule 2: Disruption of School
      Argumentative with another student to the intensity of stopping
      instructional activity.

            1a. Without resulting in violence (no intent to do harm or injury)
                                                                  Disruptive Behavior
            Consequence: Referral to the office and/or counselor.
                  Office staff will transfer student to the time-out room for a “cooling
                  down period’. Person in charge will judge when a student is calm
                  enough to go back to class. If longer than 30 minutes, parent will be
                  notified.

            1b. With physical contact (but not intent to do harm or injury)
                                                               Aggressive Behavior
            Consequence: 1 day ISS (K=1/2 day), parent notified

            1c. Resulting in violence (intent to do harm or injury)          Fighting
            K-3 Consequence: Sequential Out-of-School Suspension (OSS) (1 day, 2 days,
                                 3 days…), parent notified
            4-5 Consequence: OSS suspension (1 day, 3 days, 5 days, 10 days,
                                 recommendation for long-term), parent notified

      Disrespectful to teacher – willful defiance                  Insubordination

            First Offense:    K = ½ day and 1-5 = 1 day in ISS, parent notified
            Further Offenses: Sequential OSS suspension (1 day, 2 days, 3 days, etc.),
                                parent notified

      Skipping Class/Leaving the Classroom Without Permission/Going to a
      Different Location Other Than Where the Teacher Instructed
                                                               Unsafe Act

            First Offense:    K = ½ day and 1-5 = 1 day in ISS, parent notified


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      Further Offenses: 1 day OSS, parent notified

Making Noises/Acting Out (horseplay, no contact, yet disruptive)
                                                    Disruptive Behavior

      First Offense: Referral to the office and/or counselor.
             Office staff will transfer student to the time-out room for a “cooling
             down period’. Person in charge will judge when a student is calm
             enough to go back to class. If longer than 30 minutes, parent will be
             notified.
      Further Offenses: K = ½ day and 1-5 1 day ISS, parent notified


Horseplay Resulting With Contact (shoving, pinching, kicking, light hit…)
                                                    Disruptive Behavior

             Each Offense: K = ½ day and 1-5 = 1 day in ISS, parent notified

Cursing, Abusive and/or Sexual Language/Gesture
                                 Inappropriate Language/Disrespect


      First Offense:    K = ½ day and 1-5 = 1 day in ISS, parent notified
      Further Offenses: K = ½ day and 1 = 1 day in ISS, 2-5 = 1 day OSS,
                          parent notified

Abusive Language Directed at Race/Religion/Handicapping Condition
                                               Harassment – Verbal

      Each Offense: Sequential OSS (1 day, 2 days, 3 days, etc.),
                     parent notified

Uncivil (rude) Manner at Extracurricular Activity (including fieldtrips)

      Each Offense: K = ½ day and 1-5 = 1 day in ISS, parent notified
                    In addition, student may not be included in the next
                    extracurricular activity unless parent present.

Improper Literature/Illustrations
                               Inappropriate Items on School Property

      First Offense:  Item confiscated, parent notified, and grades 2-5 will
                         also include 1 day of ISS
      Further Offenses: K-1 = ½ day ISS and 2-5 1 day OSS, parent notified


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    Immoral Behavior (When not harassment)                   Disruptive Behavior

          K-1 Consequence
          First Offense:    Referral to counselor, ½ day ISS, parent notified
          Further Offenses: 1 day OSS, parent notified

          2-5 Consequence
          All Offenses:       Referral to counselor, 1 day OSS, parent notified

    Disruption of ISS

          All Offenses: Sequential OSS (1 day, 3 days, 5 days, etc.), parent notified


Rule 5: Assault with a Weapon                 Assault involving use of a weapon

          OSS suspension, referral to counselor, parent notified, notification of police,
          and possible recommendation to Board of Education for suspension to last for
          the remainder of the school year.

Rule 6: Threatening Acts                                  Communicating Threats
    To Another Student:
            a) to do bodily harm or extortion
                 First Offense:      ISS (K = ½ day and 1-5 = 1 day), referral to
                                     counselor, parent notified
                 Further Offenses: sequential OSS (1 day, 2 days, 3 days, etc.) with
                                     possible recommendation to the Board of Education
                                     for the suspension to last for the remainder of the
                                     school year.

            b) threaten to kill, threaten to bring a gun or another weapon to school to do
                 harm
                 First Offense:        1 day ISS, referral to counselor, parent notified
                 Further Offenses: Sequential OSS (1 day, 3 days, 5 days, etc.)

    To a Teacher (Includes verbal, written, and physical harm)
                 First Offense:      3 days OSS, referral to Family Counseling, parent
                                     notified
                 Second Offense:     10 days OSS with recommendation to School Board
                                     for suspension extended to rest of school year and a
                                     referral to the Police Department and Social
                                     Services.


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Rule 7: Weapons
    Not Guns or Explosives                            Possession of a Weapon
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                                     Communicating a Threat with the Weapon

                 First Offense:      (possession) K-1 1 day OSS and 3-5 3 days OSS
                                     Also, referral to counselor, parent notified, and
                                     notification of police.
                                     (threat) K-5 5 days OSS, referral to counselor,
                                     parent notified, notification of police.
                 Second Offense:     (possession) Sequential OSS, referral to counselor,
                                     parent notified, and notification of police
                                     (threat) 10 days OSS, referral to counselor, parent
                                     notified, notification of police, and recommendation
                                     to School Board for suspension to be expanded to
                                     the remainder of the year.

    Guns or Explosives                                        Possession of Firearm

                 First Offense:      10 days OSS, referral to counselor, parent notified,
                                     notification of police, and recommendation to School
                                     Board for suspension to be expanded to the
                                     remainder of the year.

Rule 8: Theft/Vandalism                                    Property Loss or Damage

                 First Offense:      Restitution, ½ day (K) and 1 day (1-5) ISS, parent
                                     notified, referral to counselor
                 Further Offenses:   Restitution, sequential OSS (1 day, 2 days, 3 days,
                                     etc.), parent notified, referral to counselor

Rule 9: Tobacco                                                 Possession of Tobacco

                 First Offense:      Take away product, ½ day (K) and 1 day (1-5) ISS,
                                     parent notified, referral to counselor
                 Further Offenses:   Take away product, sequential OSS (1 day, 2 days,
                                     3 days, etc.), parent notified, referral to counselor

Rule 10: Drugs/Alcohol                                        Possession of Alcohol
                                                                     Use of Alcohol
                                                            Possession of Marijuana
                                                 Possession of Controlled Substance

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                                                         Use of Controlled Substance

                 First Offense:      OSS up to 10 days, parent notified, notification of
                                     police, referral to Family Counselor plus the student
                                     will be required to undergo a substance abuse
                                     assessment and comply with the recommendations
                                     set forth by the substance abuse professional and
                                     school administrator. Failure to comply with the
                                     requirements shall result in automatic suspension
                                     for the remainder of the school year.

Rule 11: Cheating and Plagiarism                                 Honor Code Violation

                 First Offense:      Grade of zero on assignment/test and parent
                                     notified
                 Further Offenses:   Sequential ISS (1 day, 2 days, 3 days, etc.), parent
                                     notified, referral to counselor

Rule 12: Sexual Harassment/Harassment

    Verbal and/or Gestures
                 First Offense:      ISS (1/2 day K-1 and 1 day 2-5), parent conference,
                                     referral to counselor
                 Further Offenses:   OSS suspension and possible recommendation to
                                     Board of Education for the suspension to extend for
                                     the rest of the school year

    Physical Contact
                 First Offense:      ISS (1/2 day K and 1 day 1st) OSS (1 day 2-5),
                                     parent notified, referral to counselor
                 Further Offenses:   10 days OSS, parent notified, referral to counselor,
                                     notification of police, and possible recommendation
                                     to the Board of Education for the suspension to
                                     extend for the remainder of the school year

Rule 13: Selling or Trading of Toys, Cards, Electronic
                           Equipment, Etc. On Campus or the
                           Bus
                                           Inappropriate Items on School Property

                 All Offenses:       For both seller and buyer: Return of money/item,
                                     ISS (1/2 day K and 1 day 1-5), parent notified


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A student may not be involved in/attend any extra-curricular school function
(assembly, field trip, dance, field day, etc.) on the same day they are in ISS or OSS.

See Granville County Schools Code of Conduct booklet for
further details.


                       Granville County Schools
            Student Transportation Policies and Procedures
The first concern of the Transportation Department is to transport each student to and from
school safely. Our safety record in Granville County is excellent and by working together, we
can maintain that record.

Riding a school bus is a privilege and not a right. All student riders are subject to the
laws, rules, and regulations set by the state of North Carolina and the Granville County Board of
Education and are expected to abide by them.

In order to provide a safe bus ride every day, students must take their responsibility for
following bus safety and proper conduct rules seriously.

Student Safety Rules Include:
    Students must be on time at the bus stops. Buses cannot wait for students.
    Keep your hands, head, etc. inside the bus at all times.
    Leave the bus only with the bus driver’s permission.
    Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop and the stop arm and crossing bar to open
      before getting on or off the bus.
    Cross the road in front of the bus only. Look both ways.
    Always enter and leave the bus by the front door except in case of emergency.
    Wait at the proper bus stop and never enter the roadway while waiting for the bus.
    Students may only ride their assigned bus and will be picked up and allowed to depart
      only at their designated bus stop unless they have written permission to do otherwise
      from their parents or guardians and permission from the principal.

Student Rules for Bus Behavior Include:
    Follow all Granville County Schools’ rules for student conduct and all directions given by
      the bus driver.
    Stay in your seat at all times.
    Respect the driver and fellow passengers.
    Keep your voice at a normal conversational level.



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     No use of a cell phone is permitted on the bus except in an emergency as determined by
      the driver.
     No chewing gum, eating, drinking, or smoking on the bus.



Consequences For Inappropriate Behavior
                                  All bus safety violations will be coded Bus Misbehavior

Students choose whether or not to follow the rules. If a student chooses to break the rules, the
consequences are as follows:
   1st report of misconduct = verbal warning from the driver
   2nd report of misconduct = written notice or a phone call to the parent or guardian from the
                               Principal
    rd
   3 report of misconduct = 3 day suspension from the bus*
   4th report of misconduct = 5 day suspension from the bus*
   5th report of misconduct = 10 day suspension from the bus*
   6th report of misconduct = loss of bus privileges for the remainder of the school year*

* Bus suspensions include all GCS buses: yellow buses or activity buses used for
  fieldtrips.

The following behaviors will result in an automatic suspension from the bus:
    fighting
    tampering with safety equipment
    interfering with the safe operation of the bus
    profanity or threatening remarks
    disrespectful behavior
    opening or leaving through the emergency door unless required by a true emergency
    damaging the school bus – Damaging a school bus will also result in a minimum $35.00
       fine. This fine must be paid before a student is allowed to ride the bus again.

Family members and guardians are reminded that it is unlawful for non-riders, including family
members or guardians to step onto a bus. Only Tar River Elementary students may be on and
ride our buses.

If a student is suspended off of the bus, it is the parents’ responsibility to get their
child to school. The principal must follow attendance policy and law if a child misses
school.

A child cannot be dropped off before 7:25 or picked up after 3:30. If a parent is
unable to meet these times, Before and After-School programs are available.




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We are looking forward to a great
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