F.J. Gaenslen School 1250 East Burleigh St.
Milwaukee, WI 53212
414.267.5700 414.267.5715 (fax)
2009 - 2010
Rights and Responsibilities
Ms. Ada Rivera, Principal
Dr. Jon Dzurak, Assistant Principal
Ms. Barbara Hickling, Curriculum Generalist
September 1, 2009
I would like to personally welcome you and your family to the 2009-10 school year! I feel that this
year will be exceptional for all of us and I look forward to our students’ first day of school. I am hopeful
that after you have completed reading this handbook you get a sense of our commitment to students and
their families. At Gaenslen we work very hard at ensuring that our school provides students with a safe
haven, so that our students’ major goals center on their learning. Our staff is committed to working closely
with parents/guardians so as to ensure that all of our students reach their highest levels of academic,
social, and personal potential in order to prepare them for high school graduation, the world of work, and
life in the 21st century.
Student attendance is key to success! Students need to be in school every day so that they can take
advantage of their education. If students are not at school, they are missing out on their education. When
our students arrive at school, we expect them to be here on time every day and to keep focused on their
learning. A good breakfast, whether in the home or in the school, will help students keep focused and
energized. With this in mind, the school’s café doors open at 7:15 a.m. Students also need to come to
school prepared with materials, including supplies; as well as with a positive attitude.
In an effort to continue to increase our parental involvement, we will be working with C.O.A. in the
“Having Involved Parents” project. This project was created and implemented so as to ensure that families
and the schools that their children attend are connected throughout the year, so as to increase student
academic success. You will be hearing more in the near future about this wonderful new program. In the
meantime, we always have our doors open to parent volunteers and if interested you can contact a
member of our parent involvement staff members at 414.267.5740.
I am very excited and looking forward to greeting your child on the first day of school, Tuesday,
September 1, 2009, and I invite you to stop by my office to say hello whenever you are visiting our
Ms. Ada Rivera
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2009-10 Gaenslen Parent/Student School Calendar *
As of 8/3/09 (subject to changes)
Sept. 1 – First Day of School for all students.
Sept. 7 – Labor Day – School closed. No Student Attendance.
Sept. 14 - School Governance Meeting, Media Center, 5:00 p.m.
Sept. 22 – Open House (Family Fun Night) 5:30 p.m. –7:30 p.m.
Oct. 2 – Banking Day - No Student Attendance.
Oct. 20 - School Governance Meeting, Media Center, 5:00 p.m.
Oct. 22 - Family Fun Night, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 26 – Nov. 27- WKCE – CRT assessment window.
Oct. 29- 30 - Convention Days – No Student Attendance
Nov. 17 - School Governance Meeting, Media Center, 5:00 p.m.
Nov. 26-27- Thanksgiving recess - No Student Attendance
Dec. 4 – Banking Day – No Student Attendance
Dec. 8 - School Governance Meeting, Media Center, 5:00 p.m.
Dec. 15 - Family Fun Night, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 23.-Jan. 1- Winter Recess- Schools closed. No Student/Staff Attendance.
Jan. 4- Classes resume
Jan. 18 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day- Schools closed. No Student Attendance.
Jan. 19 - School Governance Meeting, Media Center, 5:00 p.m.
Jan. 22 – Records Day/Staff Planning day - No Student Attendance
Jan. 25 – Banking Day – No Student Attendance
Feb. 11 - Family Fun Night, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 15 – Mid- Semester Break - No Student Attendance
Feb. 16 - School Governance Meeting, Media Center, 5:00 p.m.
Mar. 15 – Banking Day – No Student Attendance
Mar. 16 - School Governance Meeting, Media Center, 5:00 p.m.
Apr. 2-9 – Spring Recess- No Student/Staff Attendance
Apr. 12 – Classes resume.
Apr. 20 - School Governance Meeting, Media Center, 5:00 p.m.
April 22 - Family Fun Night, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
May 7 – Banking Day – No Student Attendance
May 11 - Open House (Family Fun Night) 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
May 18 - School Governance Meeting, Media Center, 5:00 p.m.
May 31 – Memorial Day- Schools Closed. No Student Attendance
June 8 - School Governance Meeting, Media Center, 5:00 p.m.
June 14- Last day of student attendance.
June 15 – Records day - . No Student Attendance.
June 16 – Emergency Make up Day.
June 17-Sept. 1 – Summer Recess.
Parent Teacher Conference Dates and Times – Pending. More information will be provided.
CLC – Opens Tuesday, September 1, 2009. Last day; June 4, 2010.
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Dec. 23 ;-Jan. 1; Jan. 18, 22 & 25 ; Feb. 15 ; March 12 & 15; April 2 – 9 ; May 7 & 31 ; June 7-14 .
CLC Summer Session begins June 21, 2010
*Calendar dates are subject to change.
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Our student day begins at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m.
PLEASE make sure your child is at school ON TIME.
It cannot be emphasized enough how important it is to be on time to school. Your child will miss out
on valuable instruction time if he/she is late.
Absence from school
It is very important that your child attends school every day. If your son or daughter will
be absent from school, please notify the school no later than 8:00 a.m. In addition, a
written excuse must be provided within three days of the student returning to school or the
absence will be considered a truancy.
Morning School Entry
Café doors open at 7:15 a.m. for student breakfast. Students are not allowed out of the
café until 7:30 a.m.; at which time they will be directed to go to their designated areas,
where they will wait for their homeroom teachers to escort them to class.
School doors open at 7:30 a.m. Please be advised that if you drop your child off before
7:30 a.m., he/she have to remain in the cafeteria until 7:30 a.m.
Breakfast will be served from 7:15 a.m. until 7:45 a.m. If late, your child will be unable
to get breakfast unless he/she rides a bus that arrives late to Gaenslen.
Once your child arrives at school, he/she should proceed directly to the line-up area for
his/her classroom. All middle school students line up in the gym.
Students arriving after 7:45 will receive a tardy slip from front door staff.
Students who are chronically late will be asked to meet with an administrator or designee
and their parents to resolve the tardiness issue.
PLEASE NOTE: Because traffic is very congested on Burleigh Street in the morning,
parents are not allowed to enter the parking lot unless they have a handicapped child
who cannot walk.
The one way corridor going north, leading to the parking area is reserved for buses only.
The parking spaces in the school parking lot located in the corridor leading to the parking
area, on the west side of the building, are reserved staff, as posted. Parents of students
in wheelchairs may park in unassigned parking spaces while they are dropping off their
Please do not use the school driveway or Burleigh Street when dropping off or picking up
your child. Your cooperation will ensure that traffic and pedestrian congestion is minimized and
the front of the school becomes a safer place for our children. We suggest that you meet your
child (with the exception of kindergarten students) on Auer (this is the street directly in the back of
the school) or Dousman (the street 1 block west of the school - going north/south). Parents may
meet their Kindergarteners at the entrance east of the lobby. Do not drive through the driveway
when either dropping off or picking up your child.
The student day ends at 2:30 p.m.
If someone other than the parent/guardian is picking up a child, their name must be
included in the student’s yellow emergency card (kept in the main office).
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Parents that are picking up their child(ren) after school, are asked to set a meeting place
outside of the building, away from the school entrance. This will alleviate congestion in the
Suggested locations include; the corner of Burleigh and Dousman; the corner of Burleigh
and Humboldt; the corner of Humboldt and Auer; or Auer and Dousman.
Please be vigilant of the “No Parking” signs located throughout the neighborhood and
are asked not to park on our neighbor’s driveways and/or property.
So as to avoid congestion and confusion at the end of the day, parents are encouraged NOT to
come into the building to pick up K4 and K5 students.
K4 & K5 student pick up area for these students at the end of the school day will be on the ramp
(Exit 2) on Burleigh. K4 and K5 students will wait for their parents or other designated escort at
If your K4 or K5 child is picked up by an older sibling, the sibling should report to the
ramp to receive his/her brother or sister.
As the day ends for staff at 2:45 p.m., if you are late picking up your child on a regular
basis, your child will be taken to the school’s daycare and you will be charged regular
day care prices (see below) per child until you arrive.
If your child is picked up by a daycare van and the van is late regularly, you may also be
charged. Please work it out with the daycare van to assure that they arrive at school by
If you need to pick up your child early from school, please pick them up before 2:00 p.m. and call
in advance to alert us that you are coming (267-5700). This year, we will continue to follow the
same pick up procedures as last school year; NO student will be called down to the office for
pick up after 2:00 p.m.
DAYCARE and CLC (Prices subject to change)
After school daycare is available every school day from 2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Please
stop in the office and fill out a daycare form. A $5.00 registration fee is required. The
prices are as follows (per child):
o If you pick up your child by 2:40 p.m. the cost is $1.00 per day
o If you pick up your child by 3:40 p.m. the cost is $5.50 per day.
o If you pick up your child by 6:00 p.m. the cost is $9.50 per day.
o If you pick up your child after 6:00 p.m. you will charged an extra $1.00 per
minute you are late.
After school CLC is available from 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. for grades 1-8. A $5.00
registration fee is required. You must sign up in advance for your child to attend. CLC
forms are available in the office.
Please pay attention to the CLC schedule. There are school days when CLC is not open.
Your child must follow the school rules while at CLC. If your child becomes a behavior
problem; he/she may be removed from the program.
The telephone number for the Gaenslen CLC is 267-5781.
It is VERY IMPORTANT that we have accurate phone numbers, address and emergency
contact information for your child. If you have not already filled out a yellow contact card,
please do that as soon as possible. Update the information as soon as it changes so that
we can maintain an accurate database.
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REMEMBER! If we do not have an accurate phone number where you can be reached
during the day, we cannot contact you if your child gets ill or there is an emergency
involving your child.
MPS Non-Discrimination Policy
Under Section 118.13 and PI 9 Wisconsin Administrative Code Milwaukee Public Schools
(MPS) is committed to providing the best education possible for every child in the district
as long as the student can benefit from attendance and his/her conduct is compatible with
the welfare of the entire student body. Within this commitment is a policy of non-
discrimination and acceptance of diversity throughout the district. It is the policy of
Milwaukee Public Schools that, as required by Wisconsin Statutes S.118.13 and PI 9, no
person will be denied admission to any school in the district; excluded from the benefits of
pupil services; not allowed to participate in curricular, extracurricular, recreational, or
other activities; or in any other way discriminated against because of the person’s:
■ Ancestry ■ Color ■ Creed ■ Gender ■ Race ■ Religion ■ Sex ■ Sexual orientation
■Marital, pregnancy or parental status ■ National origin ■ Physical, mental, emotional,
or learning disability.
Fortunately, Gaenslen School can be considered a safe school. However, there are
precautions that we will follow in order to make sure that it stays a safe school. All
exterior doors will remain locked throughout the school day. We ask that all parents and
visitors use the main door to enter the school during the school day.
The main entrance lobby is a controlled entrance, one that is monitored with video
camera. Staff assigned to the lobby will allow you in electronically. Once admitted, you
are to sign in and indicate the purpose of your visit.
Classroom visits are by appointment. Visitors are not allowed to go to a classroom unless
permission is obtained.
Visitors are welcome at Gaenslen. However, visitors will not be tolerated if their presence
interferes with regular school activities. The principal and/or designee may ask a visitor
to leave the school premises or restrict the visiting time if the individual’s behavior disrupts
the school environment.
Parents and visitors are allowed to observe their child’s classroom by appointment. At
times, a teacher may allow a parent to visit their classroom without an appointment.
However, this may not be the case with all teachers and an appointment will be made.
Please be respectful of the teacher’s class time and make appointments with teachers
before and after school. All classrooms have direct voice mail. You may obtain that
number from the office or from your child’s teacher.
Video Surveillance Cameras
So as to ensure that our premises are safe, the school has added a number of video
Please be aware that the video surveillance cameras are recording 24 hours a week.
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Emergency and Evacuation Procedures
Fire, tornado drills, code blues, and lockdowns will be conducted throughout the school
year. In the event of a real emergency, the life of our students depends on their knowing
what procedures to follow and how to act.
o During any emergency situation or drill, students are to move silently,
o Carefully, quickly, and orderly to the designated areas and
o Wait quietly for directions from the adult in charge.
If they choose to disobey any adult in charge during an emergency or drill, appropriate
disciplinary action will be taken. This could include losing classroom and school privileges,
completing a written at-home consequence, serving a before school detention, having the
parent come to school for a conference, and/or being suspended.
In case of a school evacuation, Gaenslen student evacuation site for students is:
o Fratney Elementary, 3255 N. Fratney, 414-267-1100.
Lockers: Students are assigned lockers for their use. The school district does not insure
items left in lockers and will not reimburse the cost of replacement items.
Lockers are the property of the school district. School staff may search a student’s locker
as determined appropriate and necessary by school administration.
Electronic Scanning of Students
Electronic screening using hand-held or walk-through metal detectors may be conducted
when there is reasonable cause to believe that the safety of students or others may be in
question. Students shall be scanned only by staff of the same sex when hand-held metal
detectors are used. Students’ possessions, such as jackets, book bags, backpacks, and
purses, may also be scanned using a hand-held metal detector. If the student or an object
in the student’s possession triggers the metal detector, the student shall be asked to
remove the object and the scan shall be repeated. If, after conducting the search with the
metal detectors, it is determined that the object that triggered the detector is not a
weapon, there shall be no further search of the student or his/her possessions. If a student
refuses to remove an object that is triggering the metal detector, the staff may escort the
student to a private area and conduct a pat-down search to determine what the object is.
If it is then determined that the object is not a weapon, the search shall end; otherwise, the
staff shall attempt to determine what is triggering the alarm and shall, if necessary,
contact the police. When a pat-down search is conducted, it shall be conducted by a staff
member of the same sex, with a second staff person present. Designated school officials
conduct all searches, unless it is necessary, to involve law enforcement officers.
School Bus Discipline Policy
The safety and welfare of all students who ride the bus is of the utmost concern for
parents, school personnel, and bus companies. The majority of our students who ride the
bus are well behaved and follow the directions of the bus driver. However, there are a
number of students who use the bus ride to and from school for their own personal
playground. The following consequences are in effect for those students choosing not to
follow appropriate safe bus behavior either on the bus or waiting to board a bus:
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o 1-3 bus rider complaints: counseling with student-/calls to parent
o 3-5 bus rider complaints: Suspension for bus riding privileges for 1 to 3 days
o 5-8 bus rider complaints: Suspension of bus riding privileges for 3 days
o More than 8 bus rider complaints: A suspension of bus riding privileges until a
parent comes in and meets with the administrator for a conference.
Any serious, dangerous, or illegal act by a student on a bus may result in the permanent
revocation of bus riding privileges for the remainder of the school year.
During a bus suspension, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to provide
transportation to the school. A bus suspension does not mean that the student is suspended
from school. The student is still expected to report to school.
MPS no longer offers bus transportation for children who get sick at school or miss their
bus before or after school. Please make sure that the contacts on your child’s Emergency
Contact Card are accurate and have transportation available.
Whenever possible, medications should be administered by parents to the school children
while the child is at home.
When prescription medications are required during the day, the school principal or
designee may administer medications to students only if written permission is obtained
from the parent. The written permission must include the school instructions from the child’s
The school shall not accept any prescribed medication that is expired.
The authorization is only for the school year.
So as to facilitate the process, the school has permission forms that the parent can utilize.
The permission must indicate the date, time and length of time that the medication will be
dispensed to the student.
Please contact the main office for the schools official form.
Whenever possible, non-prescription medications should be administered by parents to the
school children while the child is at home.
Over the counter medication/non-prescription can only be administered if the parent
provides written authorization and medication arrives at the school in its original bottle/
The permission must indicate the date, time and length of time that the medication will be
dispensed to the student.
Please contact the main office for the schools official form.
Release for Inhaler use
Parents that want to have their child carry their inhaler during the school day must
complete the school’s “Release Form for Inhaler Use”. Please contact the main office for
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Mumps and other illnesses can be preventable. Wisconsin requires that parents/guardians of
all public and private school students in pre-kindergarten to grade 12 give their schools written
evidence of immunization against certain diseases. Mumps, measles and rubella are some of
those diseases. The law requires that students receive a minimum number of immunizations prior to
entering school and updates as medically required. When your child is immunized, please
provide the record to our school. Failure to have validated immunization information in your
child’s records may exclude him/her from school during certain times.
Students are provided with an ID number while attending an MPS school. Students are to
memorize these numbers, as they are required to input the numbers in the lunch computer prior to
Meal Prices (Subject to Change)
Student Breakfast – 75¢
Reduced Breakfast – 30¢
Student Lunch - $1.65
Reduced Lunch - 40¢
Student Milk - 35¢
If your child pays for lunch, the food service manager prefers that you prepay with cash
or a check.
If you send money to school with your child, the teacher will put the money into the lunch
envelope and your account will be credited for the amount that you have sent.
When your account is empty, a note will be sent home informing you that you need to
send more lunch money.
Gaenslen School Student Rights and Responsibilities
Every student has a right to feel safe; therefore, every student will act in a responsible
manner; will keep hands and feet to themselves at all times, will not threaten others, and
will not bring a weapon or anything that can be used as a weapon into school.
Every student has the right to learn in an environment conducive to learning,
therefore, every student is responsible for paying attention to adult directions and follow
them the first time they are given. Students will use appropriate language at all times.
Every student has a right to be treated with dignity and respect; therefore, every student
will be responsible to treat all other students, teachers and adults with dignity and respect
in words and actions.
Gaenslen’s School Dress Code Policy
No hats, caps, scarves, sport headbands, or other head coverings, jackets or outside wear
may be worn in school.
Bedroom slippers or shoes that propose a hazard to self or others, cannot be worn to
Extremely short skirts or shorts should not be worn.
Shirts or dresses that expose girl’s breast are not to be worn to school.
Student clothing should not be sexually provocative in nature.
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T-shirts printed with vulgar or profane artwork or language are prohibited.
T-shirts that depict racially, sexually or culturally biased themes are prohibited.
T-shirts that depict violent or sexually suggestive themes are prohibited.
No gang related or clique representative articles should be worn.
No purses or book bags allowed during the school day in common areas without
permission from the teacher or administrator.
Boys and girls should wear pants that fit at the waist or wear a belt. Young men are not
allowed to wear their pants down around their buttocks. To do so is in direction violation
of school policy and will be dealt with administratively.
During colder weather, please send hats, mittens, warm jackets and scarves with your
children. The children will be going out for recess even when the weather gets cold. The
playground does not always get plowed in the winter, so please send boots when there is
snow on the ground.
Once the student enters the building, they are to remove their hats or hoodies from their
Hoodie-type sweatshirts and sweaters may be worn as long as the student not does not
wear the hood on their head while in the school building.
If your child comes to school in clothing that violates the school dress policy, you will be
called and asked to bring appropriate clothing for your child.
Cell Phones and Electronic Devices
MPS has a very strict policy concerning cell phones. Your child is not allowed to bring a
cell phone or pager to school. If your child has either a cell phone or pager in his/her
possession, it will be confiscated and held in an administrator’s office. A parent or
guardian must personally meet with the administrator in order to retrieve it.
Parent/guardian will be asked to sign a form indicating receipt of the cell phone. The
form also warns parents/guardians that the second time a cell phone is confiscated from a
student will result in the cell phone being kept by administration until the last day of
Parents/guardians may request to meet with the principal or designee requesting special
permission for their child to have a cell phone in their possession during all or part of the
school day due to very special circumstances. Upon meeting with the parent/guardian, the
administration or designee will determine whether or not to honor such request.
Electronic devices such as CD players, Walkmans, MP3 players, electronic games etc. are
not allowed in school. If your child brings these things to school, they will be taken by the
classroom teacher or adult in charge and kept until the end of the day. The student will be
able to retrieve the item at the end of the day with a warning not to bring it again. If it
happens a second time, the device will be taken to an administrator and you must come
into school and meet with an administrator in order for your child to retrieve the item.
F. J. Gaenslen School-Wide Rules
Respect yourself, respect others and respect the school.
Keep your hands, feet and objects to yourself.
All transitions are with an adult or pass and must be quiet.
Dress appropriately at all times.
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Keep food and other disruptive materials in an appropriate area.
Keep cell phones, pagers, or any other electronic devices, laser pointers and permanent
markers at home.
Gaenslen Students are ALWAYS Prepared to Learn!
If the rules are not followed, the progressive consequences below will be implemented:
Teacher intervention – examples are:
1. Eye contact 6. Student notes, positive or negative.
2. Proximity control 7. Teacher or student mentors
3. Friendly reminder 8. Time-out
4. Behavior contract 9. Referral to supportive services.
5. Buddy teacher 10. Call home from room.
Classroom teachers will document student behaviors in the Behavior Log Binder. Teachers will fill
out a behavior report sheet for incidents involving students that are not in their classroom and give
that report to the classroom teacher. The classroom teacher will place the behavior report in the
Classroom teacher make contact with the parent (phone call, e-mail, letter, and note home,
invitation to come and visit classroom).
Administrative intervention (Incident Referral)
After a number of suspensions, and at the administrator’s discretion, the student will be referred
to the Problem-Solving Team to explore alternative interventions.
It is human nature to want to avoid making mistakes. Most of us don’t want to make errors
at all, let alone keep making the same ones. After all, it makes us feel good to be
successful. It is also a rather unpleasant experience when we do less than what we are
capable of doing. This is true whether it is in our work or in the way we get along with
Consequently, students at Gaenslen have the right to explain their side of the story when
accused of not acting responsible or of violating one of the school rules. It is always the
responsibility of the student to write a statement and:
1. Tell the truth about what happened.
2. Name witnesses on their behalf.
3. Know what they are being accused of doing wrong.
If a student chooses not to fulfill their responsibility by cooperating with the adult in charge, they will
have to accept the consequences of their actions.
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Sexual Harassment Policy
It is the policy of the Milwaukee Public School District to maintain an environment that is
free from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances
(hugging, grabbing, kissing, pinching, hitting in private areas), sexually motivated physical
contact or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that would be offensive to
a reasonable person.
Gaenslen School, therefore, prohibits any form of sexual harassment. Strict disciplinary action
including possible police involvement will be taken against any person involved in this misconduct.
If your child is having a conflict with another child at school and he/she brings an incident
to your attention, please refer the matter to your child’s teacher or an administrator.
Under no circumstances should you approach another child on your own. That student is a
minor and has the right to be represented by his/her own parent in matters of conflict.
Weapons and Illegal Drugs
Each family should have received by mail a copy of the MPS Parent/Student Handbook on
Rights, Responsibilities, and Discipline. Please read this document carefully. Additional copies
are available in the office.
It is important to emphasize that no weapons or illegal drugs will be tolerated at
Gaenslen School or any MPS school. Any student who brings a weapon or illegal drugs
into the school will be subject to immediate expulsion from the Milwaukee Public Schools.
Students will be receiving forms to sign at school signifying their understanding of this
policy. Parents and students will also be asked to sign a form that states that they have
read and understand Gaenslen’s Student Right and Responsibilities.
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F.J. Gaenslen School
2009 - 2010
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Gaenslen’s Family Involvement Policy
Gaenslen School believes that all parents are vital and important partners in the education of
their children. We acknowledge that parents as the first and foremost educators of their children.
We welcome all parents to our school and invite them to share in the learning experience of their
children. In order to inform parents of their children’s progress Gaenslen School will send home 4
report cards, provide the SPS reports twice yearly and conduct two Parent – Teacher Conference
nights during the school year. We will also honor any requests for additional conferences or
information that might be necessary. Every effort is made to include parents in the development
of individual education plans and behavior intervention plans.
Gaenslen School communicates with parents and community members through regular flyers,
information sheets, district mailings and letters to parents. Parents are informed of grade level
expectations, the learning targets in each subject area and across all grade levels, the curriculum
and the assessments, both of which are aligned to the learning targets. Parents are informed of
District, State and school assessments so that they may assist their child in preparing for them.
Throughout the year parents are kept informed of their child’s educational programming and
Through the School Governance Council, PTSO, and Title 1 meetings parents will have the
opportunity to become active members of the school decision making team. Parents will have the
chance to help develop the Education Plan of the school. Parents will have a chance to participate
in meaningful social and academic activities and programs throughout the year. Parents, family
and community members will be invited to events that showcase students’ talents and recognize
F. J. Gaenslen School and Parent Compact Commitment Statement:
As partners at F. J. Gaenslen School, the administrators, staff, and parents/guardians recognize
that the successful education of our students depends on the assumption of certain roles and
responsibilities. We agree that this compact outlines how the parents, the school staff, and the
students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means
by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will help children
achieve school, district and state standards.
The Administrators Will:
Assure that high quality curriculum and instruction takes place in a safe and effective
learning environment by routinely visiting each classroom while students are in attendance.
Serve as instructional leaders in the school by facilitating curriculum alignment with state
standards and Learning Targets as well as guiding curriculum through data analysis of
formative and summative test results.
Hold parent-teacher conferences in October and March during which this compact will be
discussed as it relates to the individual child’s achievement.
Provide parents with access to staff for consultation before or after school.
Provide parents upon request with opportunities to volunteer and participate in their
child’s class through the Parent Center and the Parent-Teacher Organization.
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Assure that parents/guardians will have the opportunity to visit and observe classroom
activities by arranging dates and times with the classroom teacher.
The Teaching Staff Will:
Hold students accountable for his or her actions.
Implement a school-wide bully policy.
Refrain from blanket classroom consequences.
Provide incentives for positive behaviors in the classroom and in common areas.
Be responsive to parental requests.
Provide adequate explanations and instructions for homework.
Communicate effectively with parent/guardian on a regular basis concerning academic
progress and behavioral expectations.
Provide a variety of activities and techniques to keep students motivated.
Respect the uniqueness of students and families.
The Parents/Guardians Are Asked To:
Assure that your children are attending school regularly and on time.
Monitor and support completion of homework assignments.
Assure that your children are well rested for the day.
Discuss with your child/ren the importance of respect for other people and property.
Support and encourage positive extra curricular activities including reading on a daily
Attend parent-teacher conferences.
The Students Will:
Complete and turn in daily assignments and homework to the best of my ability.
Be responsible for being on time and in school everyday.
Show respect towards my teachers, other school staff, my classmates and property.
Deliver all school notices, information, and communications (based on age and ability) to
Follow all school rules and classroom procedures.
Please keep this document in your home and make sure that you sign the document
that follows. Please make sure that your child returns to their teacher the document
after you have signed it.
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The Gaenslen Family Involvement Policy and the F. J. Gaenslen School and Parent
Contact Commitment Statement are key to our success. Both documents are a
testimony to our commitment in ensuring student academic achievement. As such;
Every student MUST have a signed Parent/Student/Teacher/ Administrator
Agreement Form on file at Gaenslen School.
Students, the principal and the homeroom teachers will sign the forms.
The forms then go home to the parent/guardians.
After parent/guardians sign, the form is to be returned to the homeroom
Please feel free to detach the form, send it to school and keep
the remainder of the handbook for future reference.
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Milwaukee Public Schools
Frederick J. Gaenslen School
1250 East Burleigh Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212-2295
Parent/Student/Teacher/Administration Agreement Form
2009-2010 School Year
This form is to be completed and returned to the student’s teacher the next
day of school.
Every student MUST have this form on file at Gaenslen School.
I have read the Parents/Student Handbook of Rights and Responsibilities, which includes
the F. J. Gaenslen School and Parent Compact and I understand its contents and will
always observe the rules and responsibilities stated in the handbook. I have also gone
over the document with my child/ren and I am now also aware of the rights and
privileges afforded to the students at Gaenslen. I am also aware that his/her teacher at
Gaenslen also went over this document with him/her.
Student Name _________________________________________________________
Please Print: Last Name First Name
Homeroom _________________ Date __________________
Student Signature ______________________________________________________
Teacher Signature _____________________________________________________
Principal Signature: ____________________________________________________
Parent/Guardian Name(Print) ______________________________________________
Parent/Guardian Signature ______________________________________________
Home Telephone Number __________________________
Work Telephone Number ___________________________
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