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					       Chavez Prep
       Community
        Handbook



Chavez-Bruce Preparatory Charter School
           2010-2011 School Year




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                                TABLE OF CONTENTS

WELCOME LETTER……………………………………..3

COMMITMENT TO CHAVEZ PREP...................................4

WHO WE ARE…………………………………………….5

ACADEMIC PROGRAM…………………………………9

ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES……………………...10

CODE OF CONDUCT…………………………………….14

PROCEDURE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL DISCIPLINE…..17

PROCEDURES FOR 9th GRADE DISCIPLINE………….20

DAILY SCHEDULES…….. ……………………………...26

IMPORTANT DATES…………………………………….29

SCHOOL POLICIES………………………………………30

COMPLAINTS…………………………………………….32

UNIFORMS………………………………………………..32

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM……………………………34

PARENT INVOLVEMENT……………………………….34




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To the Chavez Prep Community:

We are pleased and honored to stand with you as we continue the critical work of
preparing our students for acceptance into college, success in college, graduation from
college and happiness after college.

With three years of our school’s history in the record books, we can look back with pride
and look ahead with excitement as we tend to the urgent tasks at hand. Our school
continues to evolve. This is the first year that we have not had to move into a new space.
Our entrenchment in our permanent home in the renovated Bruce School building has
contributed to a sense of stability for our school. We will continue to deliver the highly
structured, rigorous college-preparatory program to which our families have grown
accustomed.

The purpose of this handbook is to provide you with as much information about our
school as possible. Please familiarize yourself with the program descriptions, academic
policies, disciplinary expectations, support systems and other policies and procedures that
define the daily life of our Chavez Prep students. While we tried to be complete as
possible, we know that this handbook will not address all of the questions that you may
have about Chavez Prep. Please feel free to contact us with questions, commentary, or
concerns.

Our mission is to equip our students with the skills necessary for success in college and
life. Our longer school year, our emphasis on literacy and mathematics, and our
disciplined school environment will equip our students with the opportunity to compete
with students from the most elite schools in the United States.

We cannot accomplish this mission alone. We need your help. Parental and family
investment is necessary if we are to have a strong, proud school community.
Furthermore, we want all parents, families and friends of the school to take advantage of
the fact that you are always welcome in our community. We look forward to working
closely with you.

¡Sí, se puede! Yes, we can!


Sincerely,




The Staff of Chavez Prep




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                                  Commitment to Chavez Prep
  The choice our families made in our school a precious one and we all want to make sure
  that our scholars are mastering college preparatory work in a safe, structured
  environment.

 CHAVEZ PREP SCHOLARS                  PARENTS, GUARDIAN and                 CHAVEZ PREP TEACHERS
      AGREE TO:                       FAMILIES of CHAVEZ PREP                     AGREE TO:
                                        SCHOLARS AGREE TO:
Make the school a safe and                                                  Make the school a safe and
orderly environment where my         Make the school a safe and orderly     orderly environment where all of
classmates and I can succeed         environment where my child and         my students can succeed
academically.                        his or her classmates can succeed      academically.
                                     academically.
Arrive at school and to all of my                                           Arrive at school and to all of my
classes on time, prepared to work    Make sure that my child arrives at     classes on time and prepared to
and learn. I will respectfully ask   school on time fully prepared to       teach.
questions when I do not              work and learn.
understand what is being taught                                             Develop standards-based lessons
or expected of me.                   Monitor my child’s homework and        that reflect my passion and
                                     studying every night to ensure that    knowledge of my subject. I will
Complete all assignments             it is completed thoughtfully,          assign work that is challenging
thoughtfully, thoroughly and on      thoroughly and on time. I will         and engaging and assess my
time.                                provide a quiet place for my child     students’ progress thoughtfully,
                                     to complete his or her schoolwork.     fairly and frequently.
Demonstrate respect and courtesy
to my classmates, the Chavez         Participate in school activities and   Establish positive and productive
staff and myself.                    in my child’s education,               relationships with my students
                                     communicate respectfully and           and colleagues. I will
Adhere to the school dress code      regularly with Chavez staff.           communicate regularly with my
and abide by the guidelines in the                                          students’ families.
Code of Conduct.                     Receive and become totally
                                     familiarized with the Chavez Code      Be held accountable for all of my
Be held accountable for all of my    of Conduct.                            actions in making Chavez a
actions in making Chavez a                                                  success.
success.                             Be held accountable for all of my
                                     actions in making Chavez a success.




  On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy,
  the Principal of Chavez Prep and Founding C.E.O. of the Chavez Schools agree to support the
  efforts of our scholars, families and staff to fulfill this Commitment. They also agree to be held
  accountable for our actions and for the success of the school.




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WHO WE ARE


Bianca B. Body, 9th Grade English Teacher. Ms. Body received her B.A. in English from
Howard University. Upon graduating from Howard, Ms. Body worked for the University for one
and a half years. As someone who has always enjoyed working with children, she decided to
leave Howard and pursue a career working with youth. In 2006, she began working as a tutor at
Paul Public Charter School in Washington, DC. After working as a tutor, she was hired as an
Instructional Assistant for the school’s English Department. While working for the department
she was able to implement a Writing Center. Ms. Body facilitated the school’s participation in
the 2007 “Do the Write Thing Challenge”. She was very excited to hear that one of her students
was chosen as the Washington, DC National Finalist in the Challenge. She loves to cook, watch
crime television shows and cartoons, and spend time with family and friends in her spare time.
Ms. Body is a New Jersey native.

Jaclyn Broderick, Academic Dean. Ms. Broderick is a graduate of Marquette University, and
has a B.A. in History and Secondary Education. She joined us from Arizona, where she taught
seventh grade for two years. During her first year at Chavez Prep, she delighted the 6th graders
with her fun and rigorous approach to math. A great lover of travel, she recently returned from a
trip around South America. Ms. Broderick spent several months soaking up the beautiful culture
of the continent and spent a year teaching school children in Chile. She loves a good book and
couldn’t imagine a day without music.

Nikki D’Angelo, Composition Teacher. A recent graduate of Indiana University, is excited to
join the ranks at Cesar Chavez. She has a B.S. in elementary education and loves working with
children. She spends her summers on the administration team at Camp Al-Gon-Quian, an
overnight camp in Northern Michigan. Nikki loves to read any sort of book and tells wildly
entertaining stories, taught English to young students in Istanbul, Turkey, and is a big fan of any
and all Detroit sports teams.

Laura DiNatale, Mathematics Teacher. Ms. DiNatale is a graduate of the George Washington
University where she received a B.A. in Psychology. In the summer of 2009 Ms. DiNatale taught
6th grade math in Harlem, NY, and is thrilled to now be a part of the Chavez Prep team. A native
of Connecticut, she spent many summers coaching synchronized swimming, and she enjoys
dancing, swimming, reading, and traveling in her free time.

Denia Duran, Business Manager. Ms. Duran came to Chavez Prep after serving as Office
Manager of the Parkside campus from 2005 to 2007. Before moving to Washington, Ms. Duran
lived in South Carolina. She and her husband plan to enroll their two sons in Chavez Prep as
soon as they are in the sixth grade.

Bryan Eberwein, Vice Principal. Mr. Eberwein has been an educator for ten years. Before
joining the Chavez family as the Vice Principal, Mr. Eberwein taught students in grades
kindergarten through eighth as a classroom teacher, academic support mentor teacher, and as an
English language development mentor teacher in California and Northern Virginia. Mr.
Eberwein has focused his career in literacy development, earning various reading endorsements
including Reading Recovery and Lindamood-Bell Learning clinician. Mr. Eberwein earned a
B.S. from University of California, San Diego, an M.Ed., emphasis in Special Education from
San Diego State University, and an Ed.S. of Educational Leadership and Administration from The


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George Washington University. In his time away from teaching, Mr. Eberwein spends his time
traveling around the world, and spending time with friends and family.

Jamie Fritz, Composition Teacher. Mr. Fritz is a graduate of the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill, and has a B.A. in philosophy with a double major in English. In the summer of
2008, he completed Teach for America's training program by teaching reading and writing to
seventh graders in the city of Philadelphia's summer school program. Like his students, Mr. Fritz
is an avid reader, and particularly enjoys the works of William Shakespeare, Virginia Woolf, and
Fyodor Dostoevsky. He is also an enthusiastic musician, and is very interested in the dynamics of
all-vocal ensembles.

Katherine Henry, Academic Support Teacher. Ms. Henry is a recent graduate of the
University of Virginia, where she majored in psychology and minored in French. A current Teach
for America corps member, Ms. Henry spent the summer of 2010 completing teacher training in
Philadelphia. She is currently working on obtaining an M.A. in education from George Mason
University. Ms. Henry was lucky enough to spend time in Senegal, the Gambia, and Egypt during
college, and hopes to continue to travel to new places in the future.

Laura Kravis, Technology Integration Specialist. Mrs. Kravis is a founding teacher of both
the Parkside and Chavez Prep campuses. A native of the Chicago area and a graduate of
Williams College and Bank Street College of Education, she has been an educator for over 10
years. Mrs. Kravis has taught students ranging from 5th to 9th grades in New York City and in
Washington, DC, and worked for 3 years at the Corcoran Gallery of Art here in DC as a museum
educator. In her spare time, Mrs. Kravis loves to bake, read, play with her son William, and
travel.

Matt Hobbs, Science Teacher. Mr. Hobbs received his B.A. in Integrative Studies with a
concentration in Environmental Education from George Mason University’s New Century
College. He has since worked as the Lead Educator with the Rolling Rainforest, a traveling
museum exhibit on neo-tropical rainforests. During his three years working with the Rolling
Rainforest, he taught science at elementary and middle schools in nearly every neighborhood of
DC and the surrounding area, as well as dozens of other schools all over the country, from
Brooklyn to New Mexico. In his spare time, Mr. Hobbs enjoys reading nonfiction, honing his
carpentry skills, expanding his knowledge of Arabic, and escaping to the natural world as often as
possible with his wife, Anna.

Sallie Holmes, Social Worker. A native of Texas, Ms. Holmes earned her Masters degree in
Social Work from the University of Texas before relocating to the Washington, DC area. For the
past 20 years, she has worked with culturally diverse adolescents and families in a variety of
settings including school-based mental health, group homes, and out-patient services. She has
additional training as a clinical consultant and family therapist and has facilitated therapeutic
groups including grief, self-esteem, parenting and sexuality education. The parent of two
teenagers, she enjoys watching her children play sports, eating out, traveling and walks in the
woods.

Audrey Levandowski, Mathematics Teacher. After graduating from The George Washington
University with a degree in International Affairs, Ms. Levandowski spent two years teaching
Algebra and Geometry in Philadelphia as a Teach For America corps member. During her time
in Philadelphia, Ms. Levandowski also earned a Master of Science in Urban Education from the
University of Pennsylvania. During her college years, Ms. Levandowski had the opportunity to



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intern with the U.S. Senate and with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. She enjoys cooking,
reading mysteries, and traveling, although Washington DC remains her favorite city in the world.


Kara McLaughlin, Science Teacher. Ms. McLaughlin earned a Masters of Teaching, Bachelor
of Arts of Environmental Science and a Minor of Astronomy from the University of Virginia.
Ms. McLaughlin previously taught 6th grade Science for Charlottesville City Schools. Since
moving to the Washington, D.C. area, Ms. McLaughlin volunteers several times per month at
Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History where her favorite hall is ‘Gems and
Minerals.’ When not working, Ms. McLaughlin enjoys biking, walking, going to concerts and
traveling to new places with her boyfriend, Tim. Some favorite destinations include Turkey,
France, Ireland, Arizona, the British Virgin Islands and Florida (to visit her parents and watch
NASA Space Shuttle launches).

Tiffany Mitchell, Social Studies Teacher. Ms. Mitchell is a graduate of Old Dominion
University in Norfolk, VA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and
Communications. In addition, she will complete her Masters in Teaching from American
University this fall. For the past two years, she was a 5th grade teaching fellow at E.L. Haynes
Public Charter School in DC. Prior to teaching, she served as the Thomas M. Menino Fellow at
the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families working with local
elected officials on youth civic engagement. An active member and mentor in her community,
she has worked with children in various after-school and summer programs for over eight years
specifically on building positive self esteem, social action, community service, and college prep.
A native of Hampton, Virginia, she is a true southern belle who enjoys the beach, reading,
politics, comedy, theater, independent/foreign films, sports (Go Green Bay Packers), music and
stepping.

Charles Morales, Registrar. Mr. Morales joined Chavez Prep in the 2009-2010 school year.
An architect by training, he has been instrumental in creating systems and procedures in the Main
Office.

Augusta Nadler, E.S.L. Teacher . A graduate of Hobart & William Smith College, Ms. Nadler
joined the Chavez Prep community after teaching for two years in Massachusetts. She is an
accomplished sailor and she has coached competitive sailing for several summers. Ms. Nadler
graduated from with a BA in Public Policy and a minor in Mathematics.

Katie Newmark, Mathematics Teacher. After graduating from Duke University with a degree
in economics, Ms. Newmark worked in economic policy for two years before returning to school
to earn a masters degree in public policy, with a concentration in education policy, from
Georgetown University. She has worked with students of all ages, including volunteering at
CentroNía preschool in Columbia Heights, tutoring high school students in Durham, NC, and
teaching economics to college students. She taught math and debate to middle
schoolers in the Higher Achievement Program in Alexandria. In her free time, Ms. Newmark
enjoys reading about American history and current events, baking cookies, and watching college
basketball.

Heather O’Brien, 9th Grade English Teacher. Ms. O’Brien is a Muhlenberg College graduate
and holds a B.A. in Psychology, Education certification, TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign
Language) certification, and is currently working towards her Masters of Education with
Certification in Special Education. A Philadelphia native, Ms. O’Brien has taught both
elementary and middle school students. She has spent time studying in Rome, Italy and spent a


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year teaching English to students and adults while learning Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan. She is
an avid traveler and enjoys exploring new places. In her free time, Ms. O’Brien enjoys cooking,
listening to music, and spending time wither her family and friends.

Tara O’ Flaherty, Principal. Ms. O’ Flaherty was a member of the leadership team that
founded Chavez Prep. Previous to her work here, she served as the Mentor Teacher of the
History and Politics Department of Chavez’s Parkside campus. She also taught seventh and ninth
grade history there. Before joining the Chavez community in 2005, Ms. O’Flaherty taught history
and English to 6th, 8th, and 10th grades in New England schools. She has also coached many
successful teams to victory in both soccer and lacrosse. Ms. O’Flaherty earned a B.A. in History
and Spanish from Drew University, a M.Ed. from Lesley University in Middle School History
and an Ed.S in educational leadership and administration from George Washington University.
Ms. O’Flaherty is an avid world traveler.

Ashley Prather, Academic Dean. Ms. Prather is a graduate of McDaniel College in
Westminster, MD, where she double-majored in Spanish and Political Science. As an
undergraduate student, she traveled to Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua where she studied
Spanish as part of a language intensive program. She spent time overseas in Daegu, South Korea
teaching English. Ms. Prather is a volunteer with the Prince George’s Community College
Upward Bound Program and a mentor with S.A.S.S.I.E., LLC Teen Girls Mentoring Group. In
her spare time, Ms. Prather enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, shopping and fine
dining.

Rich Renzi, E.S.L. Teacher Mr. Renzi joined the Chavez Prep faculty as a P.E. teacher.

Morgan Stair, Geography Teacher. Mr. Stair joined the Chávez Prep faculty as a math teacher
in early 2009 and he is excited about teaching reading this year. A graduate of Tulane University,
Mr. Stair served as a Teach for America Corps member at a successful KIPP school in North
Carolina. He worked for the U.S. Department of Education before returning to the classroom.

Lawrence Staten, United States History Teacher is a graduate of Vanderbilt University in
Nashville where he received both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Political Science
with a double minor in Astronomy and Theatre. He has served as a liaison to the U.S. Congress
for the American Astronomical Society and as a political consultant for Ben Cardin’s U.S. Senate
campaign and Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, he
enjoys fencing, creative writing, playing the piano, the organ, and guitar, as well as cheering on
the Ravens, the Orioles, and always supporting his Vanderbilt Commodores.

Charles Sullivan, Comprehension Teacher. A native of Arlington Virginia, Mr.Sullivan
worked with middle school students in Arlington Public Schools for two years. He graduated
from Georgetown University with a BA in English. During college, he studied Scottish and
English literature at the University of Glasgow and completed an internship on Capitol Hill.

Karine A. Welsh, E.S.L. Teacher. Miss. Welsh joins Chavez Prep after a long journey that
started in West Africa. She earned a B.A. in International Development from American
University with a minor in Spanish and an M.A. in Teaching from the School for International
Training. Beginning with studies in International Development, she studied culture and Spanish
in Chile while volunteering at a boys’ group home. The Miss Welsh has volunteered with
Amnesty International, taught English in Puerto Rico and Social Studies in New York City. Most
recently, she worked as a Faculty Advisor for the Junior National Young Leaders Conference.
She eventually made her way back to D.C. In her spare time, she reads, watches documentaries,


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takes long walks, and dreams of the ocean. She enjoys activities that promote cross-culture
exchange and understanding which include travel, language, art, and, of course, food!

Stu Wulsin, Mathematics Teacher. After graduating from Harvard University, Mr. Wulsin
taught Algebra, Geometry, and Calculus in Greenville, Mississippi. Mr. Wulsin took some time
off from teaching to work on a congressional campaign in Ohio. He then worked for a public
policy firm where he helped write reports on volunteerism, service-learning, and the dropout
crisis. Mr. Wulsin is excited to be back in the classroom and is eager to show his students how
much fun math can be.

ACADEMIICS AT CHAVEZ PREP
ACADEMICS AT CHAVEZ PREP
 CADEM CS AT HAVEZ REP

The first and last yardstick by which we judge our success is the daily work produced by
the scholars in our classrooms. Our teachers design rigorous curricula based on, and with
the intention to exceed, District of Columbia standards. We are constantly sorting
through those standards and devising methods for delivering a high quality, college
preparatory education.

Promotion Policy

We promote scholars from one grade to the next because they earn the right to do so
through their hard work, not simply because of their age. We believe that when a child is
promoted because of his or her age, a disservice has been done to that child. Our culture
of high academic expectations dictates that we hold our students accountable for
producing quality work in all of their classes. We hold ourselves accountable for
delivering excellent instruction and supporting our scholars as they work their way into
college.

To secure promotion from one middle school grade to the next, a Chavez Prep student
must pass all of his or her classes. The grade earned in each academic quarter will
account for nearly 24 % (23.5%) of a student’s final course grade. The final exam
average will account for 5% of each course grade.

If a Chavez Prep middle school student fails one or more classes, then he or she is
automatically retained in his or her current grade level.

More than 10 absences from any class will result in a failing grade. If, for example, a
student arrives to school late and misses his first period class more than 10 times, then he
will fail that class and likely be retained in his current grade.


Progress Reports

As we set the stakes of student achievement so high, it is appropriate that we frequently
inform parents and families of student academic progress. Thus, each student will
receive a progress report that updates his or her record in all classes every other week.
These reports will be distributed and discussed in Friday morning advisory meetings. We


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ask parents and families to review and keep each progress report so that we can better
work together to ensure the success of our scholars. In addition, a “read receipt” will be
attached to each progress report. Each Chavez Prep student will be required to return this
form with a parent or guardian’s signature every Monday morning. Students who do not
bring a “read receipt” on Monday mornings will attend Homework Center.

Our teachers meet weekly to assess student progress. The areas discussed in these
meetings include academic performance, participation, engagement, effort, ability to
follow directions, and organization. After discussing our students’ progress, our teachers
develop and implement mechanisms for student support.

ACADEMIIIC SUPPORT SERVIIICES
ACADEM C SUPPORT SERV CES
 CADEM C UPPORT ERV CES

Chavez Prep provides a full range of academic support and special education services to students
who are in need of such assistance. Any family of a student who is having persistent difficulty
with school work may wish to consider making a referral to the Intervention Assistance Team.
Students are most successful when there is a cooperative effort between the family and school
personnel. In a spirit of shared responsibility, the Intervention Assistance Team meets at our
school, exploring and problem-solving, in order to help students. Parents are an important part of
that team.

The Intervention Assistance Team (IAT) is a school site team, which reviews individual student
strengths and areas of concern. The IAT plans, strategies and organizes resources for addressing
concerns and issues. This process is a function of the general education curriculum. The primary
purpose of the Intervention Assistance Team is to come up with strategies and/or suggestions for
modification in the general education classroom, or suggestions of other types of assistance for
your child. If this does not work, and testing shows significant educational gaps, then the IAT
will refer the child to the Student Success Team (SST). The primary responsibility of the SST
team is to take into account the possibility of special education assistance. If special education
assistance is considered, then a referral for such services will be made.

This referral may result in provisions being made for the student, including tutoring or other
services. A referral for a special education evaluation should be made when a student is not
progressing effectively in regular education and there is reason to believe that the situation is
caused by disability. Often times, a referral for evaluation may result in the development of
strategies that are successful enough to make special education services unnecessary.

A special education evaluation may result in the writing and implementation of an Individualized
Educational Program (IEP). This document outlines the most effective strategies and services for
meeting the scholar’s needs and provides legal support to ensure that your child receives such
assistance. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and District of Columbia law
require appropriate services to be administered in the “least restrictive environment.”

English Language Learners
As Chavez Prep’s mission is to equip all of our students with the skills necessary for
success in middle school, high school, college and life, our identified English language
learners must become literate and fluent readers, writers, and speakers of standard
English as quickly as possible. We will work with English language learners in an


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inclusive structured English immersion program that provides them with the challenge
and extra supports needed to rapidly achieve proficiency in English.

All Chavez Prep students will have equal access to all programs and services including,
but not limited to: instructional services (e.g., tutoring); support services (e.g., guidance
and counseling) and cultural programs including music, art, and athletics.


Homework

Homework is an integral part of our college preparatory program here at Chavez Prep.
Homework assignments will account for 25% of every student’s grade in every class
during each academic quarter. Since so much is contingent on our scholars’ successful
completion of homework, we have put several support structures into place.

Weekly Syllabi will be distributed to each student in each class every Monday morning.
These syllabi will include a short note from the classroom teacher, and a weekly plan
stating the objectives covered in each class and the homework assignment to be
completed the night after that class.

Chavez Prep Homework Planners will supplement the weekly syllabi. Each Chavez Prep
student will receive a Homework Planner at the start of the year. Time will be set aside
towards the end of each class to allow for the teacher to instruct the students exactly what
to write down in their planners. Additionally, it will be expected that parents and
guardians check these agendas nightly and sign them to indicate their knowledge of their
children’s assignments.

Chavez Prep students will further be equipped with Homework Folders. These are
simple, two-pocket folders. Students will store any resources (class notes, handouts, etc)
needed to complete homework assignments on one side and the actual work itself on the
other.

Homework will be collected at a table in each house, or classroom, before 7:50. A
student must submit his or her homework assignments into the proper folders at that table
before 7:50 in order to receive full credit for the assignment.

Homework Center (Middle School):

Any Chavez Prep student who does not satisfactorily complete a homework assignment
for any class will be required to attend Homework Center during lunch. Any
assignments completed at this time will be submitted to the appropriate teacher for a
grade not to exceed 50%. If an assignment is not completed on a Friday, then the
offending student will receive retribution in the form of a “no credit” designation and a
deduction of 5 prep points.




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Students who are tardy to school in the morning will have to stay in Homework Center
during lunch and serve a detention after school. Students who have mandatory tutoring
or enrichment will serve the detention 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

Mandatory Tutoring/Enrichment (Middle School):

Chavez Prep teachers use data to drive their instruction. We believe that 100% of our
students will graduate from the best universities and colleges around the world. When
students do not master information in class, it is imperative that we work with the
students immediately to prevent lose of learning. Therefore, some Chavez Prep students
are required to stay for mandatory tutoring each evening until 5:00 pm. Parents or
guardians will be contacted if their child is required to stay. Chavez Prep students who
are not participating in mandatory tutoring will have the opportunity to enrich themselves
with the activities available during Enrichment Block.

Scholarship Prep (9th Grade Academy):

Chavez Prep 9th grade students will embark on an important year in their journey to the
best colleges and universities. The admission for these prestigious institutions begins on
August 23, 2010. Every -grade that 9th grade students earn will be on their college
applications and will determine where they will gain acceptance and potential
scholarships. Therefore, 9th graders who have an average of 79% or lower in any class
must stay after dismissal for Scholarship Prep until 4:15 every day. This will provide the
students time to receive tutoring from their teachers who have office hours.

Being Prepared for Success

We expect all of our Chavez Prep students to arrive in class with the materials necessary
to learn. At all times while in class, students will need:

       One working lead pencil.
       One working pen (black or blue ink).
       The appropriate binder (all students are supplied with morning and afternoon
        binders), with ample loose-leaf paper.
     A Homework Planner.
     Homework Folder.
     A book for Silent Independent Reading.
     Any other materials as determined by the classroom teacher (i.e. lab notebook for
        science class).
     USB (8th and 9th grade only)
A middle school student who is unprepared for class will receive a demerit for each
missing item. A 9th grade student who is unprepared for class will need to attend
Scholarship Prep. A phone call will be made home to the parent or guardian of a 9th
grade student if it is determined that the student must stay for Scholarship Prep.




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Middle School Academic Program

       Sixth Grade                  Seventh Grade                 Eighth Grade
English Comprehension I       English Comprehension II      English Comprehension III

English Composition I         English Composition II        English Composition III

Math Procedures I             Math Pre-Algebra              Algebra

Math Problem Solving I        Math Problem Solving II       Math Problem Solving III

Geography and World           Ancient World History         US History to 1865
Cultures
Introduction to Science       Life Science                  Physical Science
Art / Physical Education/     Art / Physical Education/     Art / Physical Education/
Technology                    Technology                    Technology


9th Grade Academy Course Offerings:

Algebra I
Geometry
Algebra Concepts
Spanish
Language and Composition I
English I
World History I
Earth Science

COLLEGIATE HOUSES

One of our primary goals is to ensure that absolutely no time is wasted as we take up the
vital task of preparing our scholars for college. We have developed a collegiate house
system in order to limit the amount of distractions that are so prevalent at too many
middle schools.

Our middle school students will stay in their Houses for most of the school day. Apart
from the numerous academic benefits that we believe this system will yield, we aim to
use the house system to create a sense of community into our school and to foster good-
spirited, academic competition between the Houses.

Our ninth grade students will rotate Houses for their courses. The sense of community
established in middle school will continue as they are one step closer to college.




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                                      Chavez Prep
                                   CODE OF CONDUCT
Families have chosen Chavez Prep because their children need and deserve a culture that is
highly disciplined, tightly structured, and motivating of students’ intrinsic desire to excel.
Disciplined behavior and academic success go hand-in-hand. The habits of heart demonstrated
by our students are as vitally important as their habits of mind.

All Chavez Prep students are expected to act as scholars at all times. We demand the following
from each member of the Chavez Prep Community:

Demonstrate self-respect. Chávez Prep students demonstrate self-respect by behaving
appropriately and working hard with the goal of success in college and in life constantly in mind.
They respect their bodies and minds by making healthy choices and by seeking help when they
need it. The demonstration of disrespect towards oneself in any form, including but not limited to
engaging in dangerous behaviors like substance abuse or acts of violence, will not be tolerated.
Furthermore, Chávez Prep students take ownership of their education and recognize that it is
through their own efforts that they will ultimately succeed. Students in our community are
expected to wear their uniforms to the specification of our uniform policy. Negligence towards our
uniform policy will not be tolerated. Our students project a sense of pride in our community
whenever they wear their uniforms.

Demonstrate respect to other members of the school community. The disruption of teaching
and learning in our community, no matter how minor, will not be tolerated. Every student in our
school has the right to an uninterrupted college prep education. Every teacher and administrator
in our school has the right to deliver valuable life lessons without interruption. We demand that
our students are cordial in all interactions with others in our school. Students are expected to
politely follow all directions issued by adults in our school.

Attend daily and arrive to school or class on time. Our students must be in class in order to
take advantage of our college prep program. Tardy entrances to school or class will not be
tolerated, nor will skipping classes or programs. Students arriving to school after 7:50 will receive
an automatic detention and will be held in the office until the passing of the next class.

Be honest. Cheating and plagiarism represent severe breaches of community integrity and trust.
Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated. Chávez Prep has a broad list of examples of
cheating, which includes but is not limited to: conversing with another student during a graded
assessment, copying or attempting to copy the work of another student, giving one’s work to
another student to copy, and/or using or attempting to use materials other than those allowed
during an assessment. Plagiarism is defined as representing the work of another as one’s own.
Falsifying documents is not tolerated.

Promote safety in the school community. Safely violations will not be tolerated. Safety
violations include pushing, fighting, play fighting, threats, harassment, running in the corridors,
bringing weapons to school, or other violent behavior. The act of being in an unsupervised
location is also a safety violation. Each scholar in our community must accept the personal
responsibility for keeping our school safe and orderly.

Eliminate counter-productive behavior. Personal electronic devices distract scholars from
learning and do not help them get into college. Such devices include, but are not limited to: cell
phones, pagers, mp3 players, personal stereo equipment, portable gaming devices, cameras,
and noise-emitting watches. The use of such devices will not be tolerated. If a scholar in our
community possesses one of these devices on his or her person, then the device must be turned
completely off and stored completely out of sight. The only time for food and beverages (other
than non-flavored water) is during designated lunch and snack times. Neither candy nor gum is



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allowed on campus. Each student in our community must accept the personal responsibility for
keeping our school welcoming and clean.

Use school facilities or equipment for their intended purposes. Every material item
purchased by the school was purchased for the sole purpose of the education of our community’s
scholars. The use of any piece of equipment- whether it is technological, electrical, athletic,
literary, or miscellaneous in nature- for any non-academic purpose will not be tolerated.

Demonstrate respect for others’ property. Stealing, vandalism and other forms of destruction
to property will not be tolerated. Every individual in our community shares the responsibility for
keeping our school welcoming and clean.

Accept responsibility. Scholars recognize that all of their actions are a result of personal
choice. They also accept that each action has a consequence. The refusal to acknowledge
one’s own culpability will not be tolerated. Scholars are expected to weigh the long-term benefits
and consequences of each personal, social or academic choice.

Represent our community 24-7-365. Chávez Prep scholars represent our school from the
moment they leave their homes in the morning to the moment they return home in the evening.
Public behavior not befitting of a Chávez Prep scholar will not be tolerated. Chávez Prep
scholars are expected to represent our community in their neighborhoods, on public
transportation, and throughout the District of Columbia at all times.


Infractions of the Code of Conduct

Chavez Prep teaches that good things happen to those who make good choices. Any Chavez
Prep student who chooses to violate our Code of Conduct will be held accountable for his or her
choices. Infractions may occur in school, on school grounds, at school-sponsored activities, or in
transport (vehicular or pedestrian) to or from school.

The school will deliver consequences proportional to any infraction of the Code of Conduct that
shall be subject to the discretion of the principal and the administrative team. Consequences
include, but are not limited to: demerits, detention (detention is conducted during the lunch and
recess period), service to school, loss of school cultural privileges, homework center, Friday
extended detention, Saturday clean-up, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, and/or
expulsion.

The following list of potential infractions of the Code of Conduct is not exhaustive, but it provides
many examples of intolerable behavior. In addition, we expect our students to adhere to the rules
and procedures established by individual classroom teachers. Repeated infractions resulting in
demerits and/or detentions may lead to suspension and repeated suspensions may lead to
expulsion. Suspended students may be required to attend classes “on the bench,” but they will
not be entitled to participate in school extra-curricular or cultural activities. Egregious infractions
of the Code of Conduce may lead to immediate expulsion.

Infractions of the Code of Conduct include, but are not limited to:

Disruption
     Arriving late to school or to class.
     Cutting school, class, detention, homework center, or mandatory school event.
     Misbehaving in transit (vehicular or pedestrian) to school.
     Trespassing onto properties adjacent to Chavez Prep.
     Moving throughout the Bruce building without permission and / or supervision.
     Disrupting the flow of student traffic into or throughout the building.



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       Violating the Dress Code.
       Chewing gum.
       Consumption of any food or beverages (apart from non-flavored water) outside of
        designated meal or snack times.
       Inappropriate (i.e. non-academic) use of computer technology or other school-purchased
        media.
       Talking in the hallway.
       Disrupting class.
       Arriving to class unprepared.
       Failing to complete homework.
       Cheating, Plagiarism, and/or copying others’ work.
       Failing to submit a required signature (i.e. on progress reports, permission slips, etc).
       Forging a signature.
       Lying to a staff member.
       Being disrespectful to a staff member.
       Being disrespectful to a student.
       Use of counter-productive material in school building (cell phones, other electronics, etc).
       Gambling.
       Misbehaving in school common areas.
       Inappropriate behavior while representing Chavez Prep at an off-campus, school-
        sponsored event.
       Inappropriate behavior during recess.

Physical damage or threat of physical damage
    Causing bodily harm.
    Committing assault or assault and battery.
    Fighting, play fighting, or unwanted physical contact.
    Threatening physical posturing.
    Setting off a fire alarm or making a threat.
    Proclamation of gang membership.
    Engaging in sexual activity, sexually suggestive activity, or inappropriate touching.
    Arson.

Weapons
    Possession or use of a firearm.
    Possession or use of a mock firearm.
    Possession or use of a knife or possession or use of a mock knife or other sharp object
    Possession or use of a weapon, mock weapon or other dangerous object.

Controlled substances
    Use or possession of drugs or alcohol, including tobacco.
    Selling or transporting drugs or alcohol, including tobacco.
    Use of or possession of prescribed medications outside of the direct supervision of
        accredited school staff. Students may not be in possession of prescription or over-the-
        counter medications. The school will distribute necessary medicine to any student with a
        proper doctor signed Medical Authorization Form.

Harassment and Violations of Civil Rights
    Violating the civil rights (as defined by U.S. and District of Columbia law) of others.
    Sexual harassment (as defined by U.S. and District of Columbia law).
    Association with organizations that infringe upon, or threaten, the rights of others (i.e.
       gangs).
    Abuse or use profane use of language or intimidation.



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Theft or vandalism
     Theft, loss, or destruction of school property or personal property.

A failure to comply with school-imposed consequences, or repeated violations of the Code of
Conduct can lead to suspension and/or expulsion. Students who have earned two suspensions
in the course of the year will sign a behavior contract with the school. Failure to follow the agreed
behavior contract can lead to an expulsion.

Procedures for Middle School Disciplinary Action

Homework Center

Any Chavez Prep student who does not satisfactorily complete a homework assignment for any
class will be required to attend Homework Center during lunch. Any assignments completed at
this time will be submitted to the appropriate teacher for a grade not to exceed 50%. If an
assignment is not completed on a Friday, then the offending student will receive retribution in the
form of a “no credit” designation and a deduction of 5 prep points.

Students who are tardy to school in the morning will have to stay in Homework Center during
lunch and serve a detention after school. Students who have mandatory tutoring or enrichment
will serve the detention 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm.


Demerits and detention

If a student commits an offense that justifies the assignment of demerits, detention, Friday
extended detention, or school service/cleaning, then she or he is subject to the following:

           The action will be addressed by a staff member, who will issue an appropriate and
        proportional consequence.

            When necessary, a student is removed from class. He or she will report to the Vice
        Principal’s office. Each child removed from class will be required to reflect on the
        behavior that led to his or her removal. The student will not be expelled from class
        without an incident report and some class work. If a student is removed from more than
        one class on any given day, then he or she will be suspended from school for the rest of
        that school day.

            A student must serve a detention during the scheduled lunch/recess block for every
        three demerits that he or she receives in one week.

           If a student receives 9 or more demerits in a week, then he or she must serve an
        extended Friday afternoon detention from 2:30 to 4:30.


    Demerits will be assigned to students who commit the following breaches of the Code of
    Conduct:
                 Late to Class
                 Failing to meet uniform specifications
                 Being unprepared (materials)
                 Being in hall without pass
                 Generally unprepared



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                Refusing to do class work (including Daily Drill, Warm-up, and SIR)
                Talking out of turn
                Choosing not to follow directions/procedures
                Addressing adult inappropriately (anything other than Mr., Ms. or
                Mrs., Dr. _______)
                Choosing not to cooperate with classmate(s)
                Putting one's foot or feet on chair or desk
                Behaving improperly in line
                Misbehavior at recess
                Making inappropriate noises (i.e. sucking teeth)
                Poor attitude
                Generally disrespectful

                Being disengaged during lesson
                Not tracking speaker
                Off task during independent or group work
                Displaying poor posture
                Passing notes
                Doing hair, make up or other grooming

                Unprofessional in hall (loitering, walking slowly, unprofessional with
                pass)
                Gum (chewing, distributing, or possession)
                Being out of seat without permission
                Misusing personal or school resources
                Lack of organization
                Unprofessional presentation of uniform
                Intentional misuse of recess facilities

The following breaches of the Code of Conduct merit an automatic detention:

                 Disrespect to peer
                 Discernable play fighting
                 Disrespect to property
                 Disrespect to adult
                 Responding to consequence inappropriately (smacking lips,
                 mumbling, physical display)
                 Refusing to respond to staff member or follow specific
                 direction
                 Arriving to school out of uniform.
                 Directing low-level profanity or insults at other individuals or
                 groups (e.g., “shut-up,” “damn,” etc.)
                 Use of inappropriate language (including, but not limited to:
                 swearing, derogatory remarks, or sexually explicit
                 language).
                 Making inappropriate contact (incl. kiss, hug, “playful”
                 bumping, accidental trip etc.)
                 Talking with students “on the bench”
                 Horse playing or engaging in physical contact that causes a
                 disruption
                 Throwing items inside building
                 Use of elevator or other building facilities without
                 permission


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                  Taking library book without permission from teacher
                  Sleeping or attempting to sleep in class
                  Using a cell phone, pager, or other electronic or
                  communication device
                  Habitual tardiness to class (more than one time a week)
                  Consumption of food or beverage outside of meal time (non-
                  flavored water excluded)
                  Leaving classroom without permission
                  Other unacceptable behavior

A student who is not in full school uniform by 7:50 will not be allowed into class. If he or she is
missing one or more pieces of the uniform, the he or she will be held out of class in the main
office until his or her parents are contacted and arrangements are be made for the student to get
that piece or pieces. Chavez Prep students will not be allowed to class without a uniform.

We reserve the right to hold students who were tardy to school in the main office until the
changing to the next academic period. Students who arrive at school after 7:50 without a signed
note from their parent or guardian will receive an automatic detention.

Students “on the bench”

We want our students in school learning. If the administration determines that a student in
violation of the Code of Conduct does not present a direct or tangential threat to students or staff
in the school, then he or she may be assigned to an in-school suspension. Students serving
suspensions in-school are referred to as students “on the bench.” These students:

       Attend all classes, but do not participate orally or as a member of group learning
        activities. Students “on the bench” may raise their hands to get help from their teachers,
        but they complete all of their assignments independently.
       Do not attend school cultural events or field trips.
       Wear a different uniform to school (Chavez Prep logo is covered by name tag).
       Complete all homework and class assignments as normally expected.
       Eat lunch away from their peers.
       Lose their right to recess.

Students can be placed “on the bench” for breaches of the Code of Conduct that do not pose a
direct threat to others. These infractions include, but are not limited to:

       Gross disrespect of a fellow student
       Gross disrespect of faculty, staff, visitor, or school transportation provider
       Habitual sleeping in class (more than 1 time a week)
       Disruptions of learning
       Cutting class
       Chronic tardiness
       Average more than 9 demerits a week for three consecutive weeks
       Acquire 15 or more demerits in any given week

Students serving “on the bench” will stay on the bench until 3 consecutive “good” school days
have passed. A “good” school day is a day in which a child has earned no more than 2 demerits
and no automatic detentions. In order to be welcomed fully back onto the Chavez Prep team, he
or she must make a formal statement of apology to and receive forgiveness from, his or her
house classmates. This statement must also include a plan for improved behavior.

Parents will be contacted in all occasions when a child is placed “on the bench.”



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Students who reset twice while “on the bench” will be suspended out of school for three days.
When the student returns, he/she will issue an apology and then be accepted back on the team.

Students who are “on the bench” twice in one quarter will sign a behavior contract with the
school. Failure to follow the terms of the behavior contract can lead to an expulsion from Chavez
Prep.

Removal from class

If a student provokes a disruption to the learning environment of any class, then he or she may be
removed from class. The student will be sent to the Support Center with the objective of
reconciling the student’s inappropriate behavior. The teacher who removed the child will contact
the child’s parents and we will attempt to get the child back into his or her class.

If a child is removed from more than one class on any given school day, then Chavez Prep
reserves the right to suspend the child for the remainder of that school day. We furthermore
reserve the right to mandate a meeting with the child’s parent before that child is allowed back
into class.

Saturday Detention:
Saturday Detention is held from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm. Students will reflect on their behavior
and do acts of community service during this time.


Procedures for Ninth Grade Academy Disciplinary Action

The ninth grade students have been exposed to the demerit and prep point system throughout
their middle school time at Chavez Prep. The discipline procedures used in ninth grade are
scaffolded to allow the ninth graders to achieve full independence for accepting responsibility for
their actions. This skill will allow them to be successful for the rest of their high school
experience.

Ninth graders begin every Friday with 10 Citizenship Credits. In order to earn the privilege for
unaccompanied off-campus lunch, a ninth grade student must end the week with 7 or more
Citizenship Credits. A student can lose a Citizenship Credit for the following infractions of the
Code of Conduct.

                 Late to Class
                 Incomplete or Missing Homework
                 Unprepared for class
                 Refusing to follow directions/procedures
                 Disrespectful conduct (actions, noises, remarks)
                 Unprofessional in hall (loitering, walking slowly, unprofessional with
                 pass)
                 Gum (chewing, distributing, or possession), candy, soda
                 Use of electronic devices without permission
                 Unsupervised presence in Bruce building
                 Failing to meet uniform specifications
                 Failure to re-direct oneself after repeated warnings
                 Unprofessional decoration or class materials or lockers


Scholarship Prep:
Ninth grade students who have grades which drop below an 80% will stay for mandatory help
with their homework during Scholarship Prep. The students will be required to attend Scholarship


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Prep until their grades go above an 80%. Scholarship Prep is optional for students who have an
80% average or higher in their classes.

Removal from class
Ninth grade students who are removed from class after the teacher has used a variety of
strategies to re-direct the student will be sent home for the remainder of the day.

Friday Extended Detention:
Students who lose all of their citizenship points will have Friday Extended Detention from 2:00 pm
until 4:45 pm. Students who earn two Friday Extended Detentions in the course of the week will
earn Saturday Detention.

Saturday Detention:
Saturday Detention is held from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm. Students will reflect on their behavior
and do acts of community service during this time.

Procedures for Out of School Disciplinary Actions

Short-term suspensions

If a student commits an offense that calls for short-term suspension (fewer than 5 days) then she
or he is subject to the following:
      The student is held in the office under the supervision of an administrator.
      The principal, and/or vice principal addresses the conduct and assigns an appropriate
         and proportional response.
      A parent or guardian is contacted by the principal and/or vice principal.
      The parent or guardian may be required to meet with an administrator regarding the
         student’s behavior prior to the student’s return to school.

Students can receive short-term suspensions for violations to the Code of Conduct that include,
but are not limited to: cheating; gambling; abusive of school property; intimidation; harassment;
inappropriate behavior while traveling to and from school; blatant disrespect to the classmates or
school staff; poor behavior at events or on field trips; possession of tobacco products and/or
tobacco paraphernalia (eg lighters etc); verbally or physically threatening actions towards staff
member(s), student(s), volunteer(s), neighbor(s) or guest(s); proclamations of gang activity.

Long-term suspensions

If a student commits an offense that necessitates a long term, out-of-school suspension (5 or
more days), the following steps are taken:
      The student is held in the office under the supervision of an administrator.
      The principal, and/or vice principal addresses the conduct and assigns an appropriate
         and proportional response.
      The parent or guardian is notified by an administrator.
      If the suspension is to last more than 5 days, then the parent may exercise due process
         and contest the suspension. A hearing to be presided by a member of the Chavez
         Schools Department of Student Support Services time will be established. If the parent or
         guardian accepts the right to a hearing, then a hearing date is set. The student and his
         or her parent or guardian are notified of charges and evidence, the date time and place of
         the hearing, a notice of the right to be represented by legal counsel and the right to
         present evidence.
      After the hearing, the hearing officer issues a written decision to be sent to the student,
         and his or her parent or guardian. The decision will also be placed in the student’s
         permanent record.




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       The parent or guardian may be required to meet with an administrator regarding the
        student’s behavior prior to the student’s return to school.

Students can receive long-term suspensions for violations to the Code of Conduct that include,
but are not limited to: cheating, sexual harassment of a staff member(s) or student(s), male or
female; use of physical violence –actual or attempted- against a student(s), staff member(s),
volunteer(s), or guest(s); theft of school records (physical or electronic); inappropriate behavior
while traveling to and from school; providing access to school to guests without school
permission; sending threatening e-mails or any written material with the intent or threat to do
bodily harm; or gang-affiliated activity.

Any student who serves a short or long term suspension or time on “the bench” will be expected
to issue a formal apology statement to the members of his or her house. The student will not be
allowed to represent the school in uniform again until the community (both teachers and students)
determines that he or she is ready to return.

Expulsion

If a student commits an offense that necessitates expulsion from school, the following steps are
taken:
      The student is held in the office under the supervision of an administrator.
      The principal, and/or a member of the administration, addresses the conduct and assigns
         an appropriate and proportional response.
      The parent or guardian is notified by an administrator.
      The parent has a right to request an expulsion conference and if need be, an expulsion
         hearing under the auspices of a hearing officer.
      If the parent or guardian accepts the right to a hearing, then a hearing date is set. The
         student and his or her parent or guardian are notified of charges and evidence, the date
         time and place of the hearing, a notice of the right to be represented by legal counsel and
         the right to present evidence.
      After the hearing, the hearing officer issues a written decision to be sent to the student,
         and his or her parent or guardian. The decision will also be placed in the student’s
         permanent record. .
      When a child is expelled, Chavez Prep will maintain the student’s files and assist the
         families in transfer attempts.


Chavez Prep reserves the right to expel any student who:
    Is found on school premises or at school-sponsored or school related events in
       possession of a dangerous weapon including, but not limited to, a knife or a gun.
    Is found on school premises or at school-sponsored or school related events in
       possession of a decoy or model weapon including, but not limited to, a knife or a gun.
    Is found on school premises or at school-sponsored or school related events in
       possession of, or under the influence of, controlled substances including, but not limited
       to: alcohol, marijuana, cocaine or heroin.
    Engages in a physical altercation with another student(s); staff member(s); volunteer(s);
       or guest(s).
    Assaults a staff member on school premises or at a school-sponsored or school related
       event.
    Is charged or convicted of a felony.
    Is conducting in gang-related affairs in school or at a school-sponsored or related event.
    Has served more than two suspensions.

Searches



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Chavez Prep reserves the right to conduct searches of students and their property, including
backpacks. Searches will be conducted so as to respect the privacy and interests of students to
the fullest degree possible, but will balance such concerns with its predominant interest in
maintaining student safety and discipline. Such searches will take place in the presence of a
school administrator and at least one other staff member. The parent(s) or guardian of a
searched student will be notified as soon as possible to inform them that a search is about to or
has just occurred. Should a student refuse to cooperate with a search request, the school will
confiscate the property in question. School lockers and desks, which are assigned to students for
their use, remain the property of Chavez Prep and students should, therefore, have no
expectation of privacy in these areas. Such areas are subject to searches by school officials at
any time.



Confiscated Items

If an electronic device or other prohibited item is confiscated from a student, then the item will be
held in the Principal’s office until the student’s parent comes to the school to meet with the
Principal and retrieve that item.

If an item is confiscated for a second time, then it will be held in the Principal’s office until the end
of the school year.


Middle School Dress Code

Chavez Prep enforces a strict dress code to ensure that our scholars spend their time focused on
academic achievement and not on fashion. Chavez Prep students must follow the dress code
every day that they come into school.

The required Chavez Prep Middle School Uniform is:
    Black Polo-style shirt with Chavez logo.
    Khaki pants with plain black or brown belt thread through belt loops.
    Completely Black shoes or sneakers, fully laced and tied.
    Black or white socks without patterns

The required uniform for Chavez students “on the Bench” is:
    Black Polo-style shirt with label covering Chavez logo
    Khaki pants with plain black or brown belt thread through belt loops.
    Black shoes or sneakers, fully laced and tied.

In addition, students may choose to wear:
     Khaki shorts with plain black or brown belt or khaki skirt. Must be longer than the tip of a
        student’s middle finger when arms and hands are dropped straight to a student’s side.
        May not be excessively tight.
     A long sleeve tee shirt under the uniform shirt. This shirt must be a plain black or white
        shirt.
     A Chavez Prep long sleeve uniform shirt.
     Necklaces that are religious in nature (must be tucked into shirt).
     Other articles that are religious in nature (i.e. head scarves, yarmulkes)
     Earrings that are smaller than a quarter.
     Simple watches (without game functions or other extraneous noises)

Chavez Prep students may NOT wear:
    Jeans.



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       Pants or shorts that are cut or with frilled bottoms.
       Any clothing with holes.
       Socks with patterns that are colors other than black or white.
       Open-toed shoes.
       Hats
       Chains that are not religious in nature.
       Any other jewelry.
       Make-up.


Ninth Grade Academy Dress Code

Chavez Prep enforces a strict dress code to ensure that our scholars spend their time focused on
academic achievement and not on fashion. Chavez Prep students must follow the dress code
every day that they come into school.

The required Chavez Prep Ninth Grade Uniform is:
    White Polo-style shirt with Chavez Prep logo.
    Khaki pants with plain black or brown belt thread through belt loops.
    Completely black shoes or sneakers, fully laced and tied.
    Black or white socks without patterns
    Optional black sweater vest with Chavez Prep logo

In addition, students may choose to wear:
     Khaki shorts with plain black or brown belt or khaki skirt. Must be longer than the tip of a
        student’s middle finger when arms and hands are dropped straight to a student’s side.
        May not be excessively tight.
     A long sleeve tee shirt under the uniform shirt. This shirt must be a plain white shirt.
     A Chavez Prep long sleeve uniform shirt.
     Necklaces that are religious in nature (must be tucked into shirt).
     Other articles that are religious in nature (i.e. head scarves, yarmulkes)
     Earrings that are smaller than a quarter.
     Simple watches (without game functions or other extraneous noises)

Chavez Prep students may NOT wear:
    Jeans.
    Pants or shorts that are cut or with frilled bottoms.
    Any clothing with holes.
    Socks with patterns that are colors other than black or white.
    Open-toed shoes.
    Hats
    Chains that are not religious in nature.
    Any other jewelry.
    Temporary Tattoos.
    Writing on the skin.


Attendance

Attendance is crucial to student’s success at Chavez Prep. Students cannot master the content
and skills of our rigorous academic program without being here every day. To that end, we have
very clear attendance requirements. Students MUST bring in a note after each day they are
absent. The note must include:
     The date of the absence


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       The reason for the absence
       A phone number where a parent or guardian can be reached
       The parent/guardian signature

Excused and unexcused Absences

We realize that there are times when students will not be in school, but Chavez Prep strongly
believes that your student’s education should be his or her priority. Chavez Prep will only count
as excused the following reasons for absence from school:
     A note explaining an illness or injury that prevents the student from attending school
     A death in the immediate family or other significant family crisis
     Religious holidays
     Suspension from school

All other absences will be unexcused. Students who have more than ten absences, excused or
unexcused, during the school year will be subject to serious consequences up to and including
notification of proper authorities and retention in the current grade.

Parents will be contacted any time a student is not in school. An absence will be applied to a
child’s attendance record every time he or she is tardy to school 3 days. A letter from the vice
principal of student support will be sent home after three absences.

After 5 absences, a meeting will be arranged between the school and the family. If a child has 7
absences, he or she will be referred to the Student Support Team and an attendance plan will be
drafted for the child. If a child is absent 10 times, then Chavez Prep reserves the right to retain
that child in his or her current grade level. Parents of students who are absent 10 times will
receive a letter from the school informing the family of the school’s legal obligation to contact
Child Protective Services should the child be absent for 15 days of school. Chavez Prep will
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contact C.P.S. on the day of a child’s 15 unexcused absence.

If a child is absent for 20 days from school, a home visit will be arranged.

It is the responsibility of everyone in our community – students, parents, teachers and staff – to
make sure that our students are getting to school on time every day.




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2010 – 2011 CHAVEZ PREP DAILY MIDDLE SCHOOL SCHEDULE


                       MONDAY - THURSDAY                           FRIDAY
            TIME                   CLASS                  TIME                  CLASS
            7:20-    Student Arrival; Breakfast Served;   7:20-    Student Arrival; Breakfast
            7:50     Homework Submission                  7:50     Served; Homework Submission
            7:50-    Daily Drill                          7:50-    Advisory
            8:00                                          8:15
            8:01-    Class 1                              8:15-    Class 1
            8:56                                          8:55
            8:57-    Class 2                              8:56-    Class 2
            9:52                                          9:36
            9:53-    Study Break                          9:37-    Study Break
            10:04                                         9:47
            10:05-   Class 3                              9:48-    Class 3
            11:00                                         10:28
            11:01-   Morning Business and                 10:29-   Class 4
            11:06    Announcements                        11:09
            11:07-   Lunch and Recess or Lunch            11:09-   Morning Business and
            11:53    Detention                            11:14    Announcements
            11:55-   Silent Independent Reading           11:15-   Lunch and Recess or Lunch
            12:15                                         11:50    Detention
            12:17-   Class 4                              11:50-   Silent Independent Reading
            1:12                                          12:05
            1:13-    Class 5                              12:05-   Class 5
            2:08                                          12:45
            2:09-    Study Break                          12:45-   Class 6
            2:19                                          1:25
            2:20-    Class 6                              1:26-    Study Break
            3:15                                          1:36
            3:16-    Class 7                              1:37-    Class 7
            4:11                                          2:17
            4:11-    Daily De-brief                       2:27-    Daily De-brief
            4:25                                          2:30
            4:25-    Activities /                         2:30-    PREP Block
            5:00     Homework Center                      3:15
                                                          2:30-    Friday Extended Detention
                                                          4:30




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2010 – 2011 CHAVEZ PREP DAILY NINTH GRADE ACADEMY SCHEDULE


                         MONDAY - THURSDAY                           FRIDAY
               TIME                   CLASS                   TIME                 CLASS
             7:20-7:50    Student Arrival; Breakfast       7:20-7:50   Student Arrival; Breakfast
                          Served; Homework Submission                  Served; Homework Submission


             7:50-8:00 Daily Drill                         7:50-8:15   Advisory


             8:01-9.01   Class 1                           8:16-9:11   Class 1


             9:03-       Class 2                           9:13 -      Class 2
             10:03                                         9:58
             10:05 -     SAT Prep/Announcements/           10:00 -     SAT Prep/Announcements/
             10:20       Snack                             10:15       Snack


             10:22-      Class 3                           10:17 -     Class 3
             11:22                                         11:12
             11:24-      Class 4                           11:14 -     Class 4
             12:24                                         12:09
             12:26 -     Lunch and Recess                  12:11 -     Lunch and Recess
             1:00                                          12:50
             1:02 -      Public Policy Today               12:52 -     Class 5
             1:22                                          12:47
             1:24 -      Class 5                           12:49 -     Class 6
             2:24                                          1:44
             2:26 -      Class 6                           1:44 -      Daily De-brief and Weekly
             3:26                                          2:00        Shout-Outs

             3:26 -      Daily De-brief                    2:00 –      Scholarship Prep
             3:35                                          3:00
             3:35 -                                        2:00 -
             4:20                                          5:00
                         Scholarship Prep                              Detention

School Closings and Delays

In extreme weather situations, the Chávez Schools follow the DCPS closing / delay schedule. If DCPS is open, then
Chavez Prep is open. If DCPS is closed, then Chavez Prep is closed. If DCPS has a one- or two-hour delay, then
Chavez Prep has a one- or two-hour delay.

A one hour delay means that doors open at 8:20 and class begins at 8:50. A two-hour delay means that doors open at
9:20 and class begins at 9:50.
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IMPORTANT DATES
       DATES TO NOTE                           DAYS SCHOOL IS CLOSED                  PARENT MEETING TIMES

       Monday, Aug 23: First Day of School     Monday, September 6: Labor Day         8/17 or 8/18 or 8/19 5:30-700
                                                                                      Mandatory Family Orientation
       9/1 – 9/3: Back to School Book Fair     Monday, October 11: Columbus Day
                                                                                      Tuesday, August 31 5:30-7:00
       Friday, October 8: MS Harvest Dance     Friday, Oct 22: Teacher Work Day       Back-to-School Night

       10/18 - 10/20: First Quarter Exams      Tuesday, Nov. 2: P/T Conferences       Wednesday, September 8 8:00 – 8:45 am
                                                                                      Principal’s Coffee
       Tue 11/2: Report Cards Available        11/24 – 11/26: Thanksgiving Holiday
                                                                                      Tuesday, October 5 5:30-7:00
       12/9 – 12/14: Winter Book Fair          Mon 12/20 – Fri 1/3: Winter Break      Family Night: School Reading Night

       1/17 – 1/20 Second Quarter Exams        Monday, Jan 3: Teacher Work Day        Friday, November 2 8:00 – 5:00
                                                                                      Parent – Teacher Conferences
       Tuesday 1/25: Report Cards Available    Fri, January 21: Teacher Work Day
                                                                                      Monday, November 16 5:30-7:00
       Wednesday, Feb 16: Valentines Dance     Thursday, Feb 17: Teacher Work Day     Family Night: Teen Health

       3/21 – 3/24: Third Quarter Exams        Feb 18-21: Presidents Day Break        Friday, December 10 5:00-8:00
                                                                                      Holiday Potluck Dinner
       Tues 3/29: Report Cards Available       Friday, March 25: Teacher Work Day
                                                                                      Wednesday, Jan 5 8:00 am – 8:45 am
       4/5 – 4/14: DC-CAS Exams                Fri 4/15– Fri 4/22: Spring Break       Principal’s Coffee

       Fri, April 8: MS Spring Fling Dance     Monday, May 30: Memorial Day           Tuesday, Jan 11 5:30-7:00
                                                                                      Family Night: Dealing with Peer Pressue
       5/10 -5/13: Spring Book Fair
                                                                                      Friday, Feb 4 3:30-5:30
       6/13 – 6/15: Final Exams                                                       Parent – Teacher Conferences

       Thursday, June 16: Last Day of School                                          Tuesday, Feb 8 5:30-7:00
                                                                                      Family Night: Goal Setting w/ Children
       Thursday, June 16: MS Prep Fiesta
                                                                                      Thursday, March 9 5:30pm–7:00 pm
       Fri 6/16: 8th Grade Dinner Dance                                               Family Night: Public Policy

       Fri 6/16: 9th Grade Class Trip                                                 Wednesday, March 23 5:30-7:00
                                                                                      Family Night: Testing & Preparation
       6/18 – 6/20: Prep Quest
                                                                                      Friday, April 1 3:30-5:30
       Tues 6/21: Promotion Reception                                                 Parent – Teacher Conferences
       (for 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Students)
                                                                                      Monday, May 23 5:30-7:00
       Wed, June 22: Promotion Ceremony                                               Family Night: Planning for Summer
       (for 9th Grade Students)
                                                                                      Wednesday, June 1 8:00–8:45
                                                                                      Principal’s Coffee

PROGRESS REPORTS

Chavez Prep issues academic progress reports to each student’s family every two weeks. Your child will be given a progress
report on the following days during their advisory class. Parents need to detach the receipt, sign it, and send it back to Chavez
Prep with their students on the following Monday. If a child does not have a signed progress report receipt, then he or she will
have to stay in Homework Center until 5:00. Progress Reports will be distributed on the following days:

Friday, September 10; Friday, September 24; Friday, October 8; Friday, November 12

Friday, December 3; Friday, December 17; Friday, January 14; Friday, February 4; Friday, February 25
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Friday, March 11; Friday, April 8; Friday, May 6; Friday, May 20; Friday, June 4
SCHOOL POLICIES

School Breakfast and Lunch Policy

The school will adhere to applicable District and federal regulations for nutrition programs and food services. The
school has limited kitchen facilities and we have arranged for a caterer to bring in lunches and breakfast each day.

The school participates in the National School Lunch Program, which provides free or reduced price lunches to eligible
students. At the beginning of the school year, each family will be mailed an application and instructions for the
program.

Breakfast is served each day between 7:20 AM and 7:45 AM. After receiving their breakfast, students should proceed
promptly to their house. No breakfast will be served after 7:45 AM.

For lunch, students may either purchase lunch from the school or bring their own lunches from home. Since school
lunches are prepared off-site, the school must have an accurate number of meals that students wish to order, and must
place that order with the caterer one week in advance of the meal. So, if a student wants to eat the school lunch at any
time during any given week, then he or she must have paid the main office for those lunches by the close of business on
Friday of the previous week.

A school meal menu will be available on a month-to-month basis. Parents may pick up copies of these menus in the
main office. They will be posted throughout the school and easily accessible for our students.

Ninth graders who have shown excellent citizenship and academics will receive a permission slip on Thursday nights
for permission to leave Chavez Prep for lunch unaccompanied by an adult. This privilege will be lost if the student
arrives late for Public Policy Today.

Snacks

Food is not permitted in the classrooms outside of designated lunch or breakfast times. But, students may snack off of
our approved snack items list during their AM and PM study breaks. The following items are approved for student
snacking: Fruit, vegetables, crackers, hummus, sandwiches (peanut butter and jelly, ham and cheese, etc), granola bars,
juice, cheese, cheese spreads, bagels, popcorn, cereal, trail mix, nuts, bread, muffins, yogurt, and pretzels.

Candy, soda and gum are prohibited at Chavez Prep at all times.

Visitors

Chavez Prep invites families and the public to visit our school. In order to ensure to ensure the safety of the learning
environment, all visitors must report to the main office. Chavez Prep reserves the right to deny entry to anyone whose
presence might endanger the safety of its students and staff or disrupt the learning environment. Visitors are
encouraged to make an appointment with Ms. O’Flaherty before their visit.

Dismissal

Students are not allowed to stay inside the Bruce building unless they have an afternoon obligation such as mandatory
tutoring, enrichment, or detention. Students are expected to walk home immediately after dismissal and may not loiter
on school grounds. Students waiting to be picked up must sit on the wall in front of the school facing Kenyon St. In
the event of rain, students must stand with their heals to the back of the wall.
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Student Health: Medication

The Support Center will administer medication to students who require it during the school day. If a student requires
medication while in school, the school must have on file an Authorization to Dispense Medication form, filled out by
the student's physician. No student is allowed to bring medication to the school without the school administration's full
knowledge. Students who have provided the school with medication dispensation authorization forms should bring the
medication to the school on the first day, or contact the school to make other arrangements.

This requirement applies to all medication, including Tylenol, aspirin, and asthma inhalers. If a student needs to take
Tylenol or aspirin during the school day, the student must have on file the authorization signed by his or her physician
and a parent or guardian, giving the school permission to administer the medication during the school year. In addition,
each day the student needs the medication, he or she must bring the medication and a note from a parent or guardian: 1)
giving the main office staff permission to administer the Tylenol or aspirin; and 2) informing the main office staff when
the child was last given the Tylenol or aspirin. If such authorization is not on file, the parent or guardian of the student
must come to the school to administer the Tylenol or aspirin directly. If a student needs to have an asthma inhaler with
him or her at school, the student must provide the school nurse with the order from his or her physician stating that the
student needs to carry the inhaler. The order must also be signed by a parent or guardian, and the student must provide
the nurse with a second inhaler that will be kept in the nurse's office.

Student Health: First Aid

Minor accidents, cuts, scrapes, and bruises will generally be treated at the school by selected teachers and
administrators. The school is not equipped to handle medical services beyond basic first aid. In the event that a child
requires emergency medical care, a parent or guardian will be notified as soon as possible. If a parent, guardian, or
other emergency contact cannot be reached, the school may need to initiate medical treatment.

Student Health: Illness

The school requests that children do not come to school if they are ill. If school staff believes that a child needs to see a
doctor, is contagious, increases the risk of illness to other children, or requires prolonged individual staff attention that
interferes with the safety and regular functioning of the classroom, the school will contact families and ask them to pick
up and take their child home. Parents will be contacted if a child has a moderate to high fever; is experiencing
vomiting or diarrhea; shows signs of contagious diseases; and/or has an illness that prevents the child from
participating in activities.

Student Health: Pregnancy and Parenthood

Chavez Prep does not have child care facilities on site and students who have children will not be allowed to bring their
children to school.

We will not allow any student to disrupt our leaning environment. Policies that have been established by the school
will be applied to students consistently and without regard to pregnancy if or when that should occur.

Chavez Prep offers a course of independent study not to exceed thirty calendar days to students who are pregnant.
Those students and families will need to meet with the school to discuss these arrangements.

Anti-Discrimination Policy

Chavez Prep does not discriminate in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its services, programs and
activities, on the basis of race, color or national origin, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
(Title VI); on the basis of sex, in accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; on the basis of

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disability, in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and Title II of the Americans
with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA); or on the basis of age, in accordance with the Age Discrimination in Employment
Act of 1974 (ADEA).

 In addition, no person shall be discriminated against in admission to Chavez Prep on the basis of race, sex, color,
creed, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, age, ancestry, athletic performance, special need,
proficiency in the English language or a foreign language, or prior academic achievement.

Finally, no person shall be discriminated against in obtaining the advantages, privileges or access to the courses of
study offered by Chavez Prep on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation. Chavez
Prep does not discriminate in making employment decisions based on race, religion, creed, national origin, political
affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, veteran status, color, age, genetics or disability, as prohibited by federal laws.

Complaints

The District of Columbia Public Charter School Board has established the following procedures for resolving conflicts
between parents and charter schools.

Communicate directly with school staff and school leadership. Parents or community members should first attempt to
address their concerns with the established leadership within the school. Chavez Prep families are always welcome to
contact the principal if they feel that a member of the Chavez Prep staff is being unresponsive to the needs of their
children.

Contact the Cesar Chavez Board of Trustees. If the principal is unresponsive, then parents should address their
concerns with the school's Board of Trustees. If the school does not provide the contact information for the Board chair
or parent representative, that information may be obtained from the PCSB.

Contact the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board. If the school's Trustee Board is unresponsive, the
parent should then contact the PCSB. Parents will be asked at that time to document (notes from conversations, emails,
correspondence) their communications with school leaders and the Trustee Board. PCSB staff will immediately contact
the school to get input from the appropriate school personnel, and will determine if further PCSB action is required.
PCSB staff will immediately inform the parent or community member of the PCSB's determination.

For more information on this process: please see www.dcpubliccharter.com/community/complaints

Student Information

It is crucial that the Chávez Prep has updated information on all students at all times. At the beginning of the school
year, students must have proof of residency and immunization/health forms on file. In addition, proof of residency
forms need to be updated periodically. Staff members will be sending letters home and/or calling when forms need to
be updated. Students who do not have these items in their file will not receive a schedule nor will they be permitted to
attend class until they bring the items to the main office.

If a family should move during the school year, it is important that the student’s files are updated. Families who move
must submit new contact information to the main office staff.

Uniforms

Uniform shirts cost between $13.50 - $15.50 and are ordered directly through Campus Outfitters beginning on July1,
2010. Parents/Guardians needing access to internet to make the orders may use a computer in the Main Office during
office hours.


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Evacuation Procedures

Chavez Prep will conduct regularly scheduled practice evacuations (fire drills) to prepare for a fire or another
emergency. It is important that all individuals present in the building (students, staff and guests) faithfully follow the
directive of the evacuation plan. The Bruce School building is much larger than any site Chavez Prep has occupied
before and an efficient evacuation is necessary.

Students must stay with their teachers at all times when they are outside of Chavez Prep during a school day. This
policy is just as applicable on a field trip as it is during a practice evacuation.

Students, staff and guests on the North End of the East Building will descend or ascend the North stairwell and exit out
of the main entrance to Chavez Prep on Kenyon Street. They will turn right on Kenyon and walk as a group Eastbound
in the direction of Georgia Avenue. The first group that gets to Georgia Avenue will stop there to begin the queue. All
other groups will stop when they reach the end of the queue. This evacuation procedure is applicable to students, staff
and guests in the Library, the Xanadu and Machu Picchu bathrooms, the, the main office, the copy room, Georgetown
House, McDaniel House, the Principal’s Office, the Northern Vice Principal’s Office and the Business Manager’s
office.

Students, staff and guests on the South End of the East Building will descend or ascend the South stairwell and exit out
of the rear entrance facing the parking lot. They will turn left and head out of the parking lot onto Kenyon Street. They
will turn right on Kenyon and walk as a group Eastbound in the direction of Georgia Avenue. The first group that
arrives at the intersection at the Southwest corner of Kenyon Street and Georgia Avenue will stop there to begin the
queue. All other groups will stop when they reach the end of the queue. This evacuation procedure is applicable to
students, staff and guests in the first floor Teacher Work Room, Hobart and William Smith House, the Business
Manager’s Office, the Southern Vice Principal’s Office, and Duke House.

Students, staff and guests on the First Floor of the West Building will head directly out the doors on the side of the
building facing Sherman Avenue. They will walk down the steps outside of the building and turn left onto Sherman
Avenue. They will walk Southbound on Sherman as a group in the direction of Irving Street. The first group that
arrives at the intersection on the Northeast corner of Sherman Avenue and Irving Street will stop there and begin the
queue. All other groups will stop when they reach the end of the queue. This evacuation procedure is applicable to
students, staff and guests in Howard House, Maryland House, and the Community Multi-Purpose Room.

Students, staff and guests in the Computer Lab will ascend the staircase in the corridor of the West building facing
Sherman Avenue and will head directly out the doors on the side of the building facing Sherman Avenue. They will
walk down the steps outside of the building and turn left onto Sherman Avenue. They will walk Southbound on
Sherman as a group in the direction of Irving Street. The first group that arrives at the intersection on the Northeast
corner of Sherman Avenue and Irving Street will stop there and begin the queue. All other groups will stop when they
reach the end of the queue.

Students, staff and guests on the Second and Third Floors of the West End of the West Building will descend the
staircase in the in the corridor of the West building facing Sherman Avenue and will head directly out the doors on the
side of the building facing Sherman Avenue. They will walk down the steps outside of the building and turn left onto
Sherman Avenue. They will walk Southbound on Sherman as a group in the direction of Irving Street. The first group
that arrives at the intersection on the Northeast corner of Sherman Avenue and Irving Street will stop there and begin
the queue. All other groups will stop when they reach the end of the queue. This evacuation procedure is applicable to
students, staff and guests in George Washington House, Tulane House, George Mason House, and the Science Lab.

Students, staff and guests on the Second and Third Floors of the East End of the West Building will descend the central
staircase to the first floor. When they get to the first floor, they will head directly out the doors on the side of the
building facing Sherman Avenue. They will walk down the steps outside of the building and turn left onto Sherman
Avenue. They will walk Southbound on Sherman as a group in the direction of Irving Street. The first group that

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arrives at the intersection on the Northeast corner of Sherman Avenue and Irving Street will stop there and begin the
queue. All other groups will stop when they reach the end of the queue. This evacuation procedure is applicable to
students, staff and guests in Virginia House, American House, the Katmandu and Timbuktu bathrooms, the Social
Worker’s Office, the Australia Rooms, and North Carolina House.

A Chavez Prep Vice Principal will be in charge of each evacuation queue. In the event of an emergency, the Principal
will contact each queue via the appropriate Vice Principal will appropriate instructions. A drill will be declared over
after attendance is taken and each Vice Principal contacts the Principal with the final count.

After School Program

Mandatory tutoring services will be conducted after school each day from 4:25 to 5:00. Teachers or other staff
members may choose to sponsor regular or special after school clubs or activities. In any event, notification will be
sent home with students who wish to participate in our after school programming.

A student who has earned three (3) demerits over the course of a week will serve a thirty minute detention after
dismissal. A student who has mandatory tutoring will serve his/her detention from 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm. Any student
who serves a detention is ineligible to participate in enrichment activities on the date of the detention.

Students who do not have to attend mandatory tutoring, enrichment, or detention must leave Chavez Prep immediately
after dismissal. All other students must leave Chavez Prep at 5:00 or 5:30 if they have detention. Parents need to recall
that our regular dismissal time is at 4:25 on Monday-Thursday and at 3:15 on Friday.

Chavez Prep closes at 5:30 pm. Students are not allowed to stay on the school grounds unless special arrangements
have been made by a staff member. Parents will be notified in all such cases. Chavez Prep reserves the right to assign
a fee to families of children who stay on school grounds without permission past 5:30 pm.

Family Involvement

A Chavez PREP Check will be issued at the end of each week so students are informed about the behavior displayed by
their children. Parents should make it a habit to inquire their students about these PREP Checks.

Academic Progress Reports will be sent home every two weeks in order to keep parents informed of their children’s
standing in each class.

We require all parents to visit the school at the end of each academic quarter to receive student report cards.

Chavez Prep will conduct monthly Family Nights, where parents and teachers will discuss literacy and reading
instruction. This will also afford parents the chance to get involved in school programming.

Parents will be formally invited to attend parent conferences or open houses at the school. These meetings allow
parents to meet with individual teachers and to come to the school to see student work. These meetings will be
conducted each month

Chavez Prep families may call the school at any time with any questions about our school or our programs. If the
school calls a student’s parent or guardian for whatever reason, we ask that the call is returned within a time frame of
two hours.

Chavez Prep teachers make frequent calls to the families at home. Parents should use this as a venue to ask questions
and clarification about issues affecting their students. This is also an opportunity by which parents can stay informed
of their student’s ongoing academic record and information regarding their behavior at school.


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Parents need schools to assist with the rearing of children just like schools need parents to assist with the educating of
children. We are all working towards the same goal of preparing our scholars for success in college and life.




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