Parent Guide - Madison County School District

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					               The School District of Madison County
                                                                                 Superintendent of Schools
          Mission Statement
                                                                          Dear Parents,

                                                                          It is the mission of Madison County
                                                                          Schools to educate all students in a
    ViSion                                                                quality learning environment that
    The vision of Madison County School District is to successfully       ensures student success. Continuous
    educate all children to become lifelong learners and
    productive responsible citizens.                                      academic improvement is our top
                                                                          priority. We are focused on raising
    MiSSion                                                               student achievement and as a community; we each have an
    Our Mission is to educate all students in a quality, safe learning
    environment that ensures student success.                             important role to play in preparing our children for the future.

    BeliefS                                                               Our schools have many programs and activities that welcome
    • All students can learn                                              the support of parents. You, as parents, the school and your
    • The goal of our educational programs is to prepare students         child are a team that must work together for maximum positive
      to become contributing members of society.                          results. We want to challenge all students to realize their
    • Each student is a valued individual with unique physical,           greatest educational potential.
      social, emotional, and intellectual needs.
    • A safe and supportive learning environment promotes                 We have a close working relationship with our local
      student achievement.                                                community college, NFCC, and our foundation, the Madison
    • The success of our school system depends on the                     County Foundation for Excellence in Education. These are
      commitment of all staff (administrators, teachers, and support
                                                                          relationships that benefit our students directly. We also have
      staff) to high quality standards, expectations, performances.
                                                                          volunteers, mentors and business partners that work to enhance
    • Effective collaboration and communication with families as
      partners in the education of their children is essential to the     education in all the schools in our county.
      success of our school success.
                                                                          School safety is also a priority. We have taken proactive steps
    • Teachers, administrators, parents, and the community share
      the responsibility for advancing the school system’s vision         in adding safety cameras to school facilities and implemented
      and mission.                                                        fingerprinting and screening vendors, contracted services,
    • The development of a caring school community is a priority          employees, and others who are on campus while students
      for our school system.                                              are present. We have 2 School Resource Officers available to
    • Diversity enriches our school system through the recognition        provide prevention programs and security. Our School Board
      of the contributions of a variety of ideas, values, and cultures.
                                                                          continues to send a strong message to students that the threat
    • The development of the curriculum, design of instructional          of violence will not be tolerated on our campus.
      activities, and the use of assessment measures are focused on
      providing learning opportunities and feedback systems that
      enable students to achieve success.                                 Together we can make education in Madison County
                                                                          a positive, enriching experience for all of our children.
    • Students need to not only develop a deep understanding
      of essential knowledge and skills, but also need to develop
      the capacity to apply their learning, and to reason, solve          Sincerely,
      problems, and produce quality work.
    • The commitment of continuous improvement is expected                Lou S. Miller
      of all stakeholders of the school system to achieve the goal        Superintendent
      of enabling all students to realize their potential in a rapidly
      changing, diverse, global society.

Phone numbers                                                                                Table of Contents
                                                                                             Words Parents Need to Know...........................................4
District Administrative offices                                                              Promotion Requirements...................................................5
Numbers begin with (850) 973-5022 unless listed otherwise                                    Reporting of Progress ........................................................5
                                                                                             Teacher Qualifications.......................................................5
                                                                                             Parent Services ..................................................................5
  Mrs. Lou S. Miller .............................................................226
                                                                                             Family Literacy Services .....................................................6
Director of Teaching & Learning,                                                             Resources On The Internet ................................................6
  Mrs. Julia Waldrep ...........................................................224          Tutors .................................................................................6
Director of Federal Programs,                                                                Counseling Services ..........................................................6
  Ms. Gwen T. Hubbard .....................................................225               Mentoring ..........................................................................6
Director of Finance,                                                                         Academic Advisement/College Planning .........................6
  Mr. Andy Barnes ..............................................................248          Parent Participation Opportunities ...................................7
Director of Human Resources,                                                                 Student Academic Opportunities................................ 7-8
  Ms. Terri Garrett ...............................................................229       Educational Choices .........................................................8
Coordinator of ESE,                                                                          Exceptional Student Education (ESE) .......................... 8-9
  Mrs. Ramona Guess .........................................................315             Immunization Requirements ....................................... 9-10
                                                                                             Parent Self-Assessment Checklist....................................11
Coordinator of Assessment,
                                                                                             Kindergarten ....................................................................11
  Ms. Shirley Joseph...........................................................311
                                                                                             School Attendance Policies ...........................................12
Coordinator of Grants Management,                                                            Find Out If Your Child Is Learning On Schedule .............12
  Mrs. Cheryl James, Ed.D ..................................................246              What Tests Your Child Will Take .......................................12
Coordinator of Food Services,                                                                Elementary School ..........................................................13
  Mrs. Jan McHargue ..........................................................247            Middle School ................................................................13
Supervisor of Transportation,                                                                High School ....................................................................14
  Mr. Ivan Johnson ..............................................................241         District Level Of Performance .........................................15
Supervisor of Maintenance                                                                    Middle School Grade Placement ...................................15
  Mr. Tim Ginn..................................................(850) 973-5018               What Parents Need To Know About Title 1 ....................16
                                                                                             Title 1, Part C: Education Of Migratory Children .............17
                                                                                             Homeless Education Program.........................................17
District Departments/Services                                                                Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Choice.........................18
Numbers begin with (850) 973-5022                                                            Supplemental Education Choices ..................................18
                                                                                             Student Records..............................................................18
Advanced Placement Programs .................................Ext. 224
                                                                                             Religious Expression In Schools......................................18
Assessment, Testing ...................................................Ext. 311
                                                                                             Student Responsibility And Conduct .............................19
Budget & Finance .......................................................Ext. 248             Health Services................................................................19
Code of Student Conduct..........................................Ext. 225                    Non-Discrimination Policy (MCSB Policy 2.70) ...............19
Curriculum/Student Progression Plan..........................Ext. 224                        School Calendar 2008-09 .........................20 (back cover)
English Language Learners (ELL) .................................Ext. 225
Exceptional Student Education .................................Ext. 315
Equity & Compliance .................................................Ext. 311
FCAT/Florida Writes.....................................................Ext. 311
                                                                                             School Administrators
Food Services .............................................................Ext. 247
Homeless Education Assistance ................................Ext. 225                       Madison County High School,
                                                                                              Mr. Ben Killingsworth ................................... (850) 973-5061
Home Schooling ........................................................Ext. 315
Personnel ....................................................................Ext. 229       Madison County Central School,
Migrant Education Program ........................................Ext. 225                   Mr. Sam Stalnaker ............................................ (850) 973-5192
Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) .............................................Ext. 224               Pinetta Elementary School,
Parent Services ...........................................................Ext. 108          Mrs. Beth Moore .............................................. (850) 973-5028
Parent Resource Center...............................................Ext. 108                Greenville Elementary School,
School Choice ............................................................Ext. 225           Mr. Clifford Cooks............................................ (850) 973-5033
School Grades............................................................Ext. 311            Lee Elementary School,
Sunshine State Standards ...........................................Ext. 224                 Mr. Jack McClellan ........................................... (850) 973-5030
Title 1 ..........................................................................Ext. 225   Madison County Excel Alternative School,
Transportation ..............................................................Ext. 241        Mrs. Elizabeth Hodge ..................................... (850) 973-5054

                                            Words Parents need To Know
    Education Dictionary: The goal of this Parent Guide is to present      scholarships, accelerated learning, and related topics. It is
    in “parent friendly language” what you need to understand in order     reviewed annually by the School Board. The full plan is available
    for your child to be successful in school. We tried to take all the    in hard copy at every school or on the district website at
    educational terms out of our explanations, but found it not quite
    possible. Therefore, this page contains definitions for some of the
                                                                           Retention: This refers to students who do not move on to the
    terms that may be unfamiliar to you but are used in this guide.
                                                                           next grade level at the end of the year due to poor academic
                                                                           performance. For example, a 4th grade student who is unable at the
    Sunshine State Standards: In Florida, these standards are what
                                                                           end of the year to do 4th grade work is retained, or kept in 4th grade
    your child is expected to know at each grade level. Teachers are
                                                                           for another year.
    expected to cover this material. All report card grades are based
    on these standards. They are developed by the state and measured       Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP): AYP is the federal requirement
    by a test called the FCAT given to every public school student in      that measures the yearly academic progress of each student, school
    grades 3 through 10.                                                   and state in the country.
    Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT): The FCAT                 Deficiency: The student is unable to master academic
    is a series of tests given during a week in March to every public      requirements.
    school student in Florida who is in grades 3 through 10. During
                                                                           English for Speakers of Other Languages (ELL): Madison
    four days of testing, students actually take two different types of
                                                                           County Public Schools sometimes enrolls students who do not
    tests, each with a math and a reading section. There is a now a
                                                                           speak English as their first language. We know that these students
    science section of the FCAT, also.
                                                                           often require additional assistance and resources to improve their
    Exceptional Student Education Program (ESE): Through this              proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing English.
    program, students with disabilities (SWD) receive an education
                                                                           Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT): Also known
    designed through an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) to meet
                                                                           as the FCAT, this test is a series of tests given during the first two
    their specific needs. ESE students seeking a regular diploma take
                                                                           weeks in March to every public school student in grades 3 through
    the same tests and are graded on the same scale as other students.
                                                                           10. In many instances, the FCAT is one factor in determining a
    Individual Education Plan (IEP): This is a plan developed for          student’s promotion to the next grade.
    students with disabilities by a team of parents, educators, and a
                                                                           No Child Left Behind (NCLB): The comprehensive federal
    representative of the school district. The plan lists accommodations
                                                                           educational law that mandates student, school, district, and state
    the students will need. It also lists academic goals and teaching
                                                                           accountability. NCLB provides criteria for AYP, student testing,
    methods that best fit the child.
                                                                           and highly qualified teachers.
    Student Progression Plan: A long technical document
                                                                           Proficiency: The student has the skills, knowledge and motivation
    detailing federal, state, and local rules concerning attendance,
                                                                           to successfully master academic requirements and is performing at
    course of study, report cards, promotion and retention, testing,
                                                                           or above grade level.
    grading, academic standards, transfers, credits, honors, diplomas,

Promotion Requirements:                                                the community on each school’s progress as measured against its
                                                                       School Improvement Plan. These results are available on the Web
   In general, students at every grade level must meet the             site and are provided to each school in a form that can be copied
standardized expectations for student achievement as outlined in       and provided to parents.
Florida’s Sunshine State Standards. These standards, which are
very detailed, are available online . You may also call the Office
of Teaching & Learning at 973-5022, or your child’s school for         Teacher Qualifications
a copy. The Sunshine State Standards specify what each student         All teachers within Madison County Public Schools are required
is expected to learn, for each grade and each area of study. These     to hold or be eligible for a valid Florida Educator’s Certificate
standards give each school district a meaningful way to measure        or a Madison County certificate (such as a vocational area). In
academic performance and improvement against other school              some situations, teachers may be assigned to teach a subject that
districts in Florida and throughout the country. More importantly,     is not covered by their teaching certificate. This does not mean
it helps us to identify as soon as possible when a student is          that the teacher is not qualified to teach. Parents are notified in
struggling in some particular area and to help that student            writing when this occurs. Parents have the right to request and
improve through a variety of district resources and services. This     receive information regarding the professional qualifications of
information is very valuable in helping us continue to improve         their student’s classroom teachers and paraprofessionals. “Out-of-
education services to all children and families in our district.       field” teachers are required to obtain certification in that subject
   The school district also offers detailed information on required    area. Teachers providing services to ELL students are required
student achievement, program placement, promotions, retention,         to complete training and/or certification in ESOL. Parents are
exceptional student education, English language learners, and          notified by letter during each four-week period that their child is
other related topics in the Student Progression Plan, as required      enrolled in a class taught by an out-of-field teacher. You may call
by state law. The law was enacted by the Florida State Legislature     the school and ask for a copy of the information if you do not have
as the Educational Accountability Act of 1976 to establish testing     computer access. To find out the qualifications and certification
guidelines and standards to monitor and evaluate academic              status of an individual teacher, call Ms. Terri Garrett in the
performance in reading, writing, science, and mathematics for          Human Resources Department, 973-5022, Ext. 229.Pa
students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Madison County’s
Student Progression Plan, which is modified annually, is an
extensive document containing all of the school district’s academic
                                                                       Parent Services
guidelines and expectations. It is available online at www.madison.    “Parents, the Most Important School Supply” You may also call Mrs. Julia Waldrep, Director of             In May 2003, the Florida State Legislature passed the Family
Teaching & Learning at 973-5022, ext. 224.                             and School Partnership for Student Act, which requires all school
    At certain points in a student’s academic career, moving to the    districts to develop and disseminate a parent guide to student
next level depends on the student’s performance on the Florida         achievement. The guide is consistent with the guidelines developed
Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Third graders must               by the U.S. Department of Education, which provides information
pass the reading test to be promoted to fourth grade. High school      about student educational progress and how parents contribute to
students must pass the tenth grade reading and mathematics tests       student success in school.
by the end of their senior year in order to graduate. A complete         Research Shows That: Parents need to become involved early in
calendar of all standardized testing in the district is available on   their children’s education and stay involved throughout the school
our Web site. You may also call Ms. Shirley Joseph, Assessment         year. “In fact, many studies show that what the family does is
Coordinator, at 973-5022, Ext. 311.                                    more important to a child’s school success than how much money
                                                                       the family makes or how much education the parents have. By
                                                                       showing interest in their children’s education, parents and families
Reporting of Progress                                                  can spark enthusiasm in them and lead them to a very important
Every nine weeks during the school year, teachers evaluate             understanding that learning can be enjoyable as well as rewarding
the performance of each student and provide the results to             and is well worth the effort required,” according to the U.S.
parents as part of a student report card. Parents also may receive     Department of Education.
communication from a child’s teacher or school anytime during
the grading period whenever a student is not making adequate             When parents talk to their children about school, expect them
academic progress. In addition to report cards, parents also           to do well, help them plan for college or a career, and make sure
receive notification and explanation from the student’s school         that out-of-school activities are constructive; their children tend
of the results of all standardized tests, including the FCAT &         to do well in school and in life.
Stanford 10. Parents also are encouraged to speak and/or meet
with the child’s teacher(s), principal, and/or guidance counselor
to discuss overall academic performance and test scores at any
time there are questions or concerns. Call the school to arrange
such a conference. In addition, results are reported annually to

    family literacy Services                                             Tutors
                                                                           Students also may benefit from working with a tutor. Tutors are
    Key Things Parents Can Do To Make Sure Their                         volunteers who provide additional help with academic work. For
    Children Are Successful At School                                    information on tutoring options, contact your child’s school.
    • Make sure your child understands the importance of math in           In addition, children can get extra reading help online at:
      elementary school, and encourage your child to take more math, , a practice and skills reinforcement tool
      science and critical language courses in high school.              that is based on Florida’s Sunshine State Standards and operated
      Take Action!                                                       by the state. It is free of charge.
    • Encourage your elementary school child with his/her math
      homework. Remind him/her of the importance of learning math
      for success in high school, college and beyond.
                                                                         Counseling Services
                                                                            In order to reduce barriers to learning, each school in the
    • Learn your state’s math and science requirements for high school   Madison County School District employs at least one guidance
      graduation.                                                        counselor. Depending on the grade level, each counseling program
    • Encourage your child to take four years of math and four years     is designed to address skills such as study skills, test-taking skills,
      of science in high school, even if it is not required.             problem-solving, interpersonal and social skills, educational
    • Find out what kind of critical language courses your child’s       and career planning skills, self-esteem, self-knowledge, career
      school offers and encourage your child to take them.               awareness, employability skills, decision-making skills, conflict
    • Find out what AP courses your child’s high school offers.          resolution, communication skills, personal responsibility and
      If the school does not offer any, encourage it to do so.           financial assistance information for postsecondary education.
                                                                            School guidance counselors, teachers, staffing specialists, and
    • Encourage your child to take more Advanced Placement (AP)          the ESE social worker work cooperatively as members of school
      courses in high school.                                            based decision making teams to assure that students are receiving
    (Source: Florida Department of Education                             comprehensive services from professionals that are familiar
                                                                         with the students and the resources available in their school and
    Every Tuesday Night in October
                                                                         community. Either teachers or parents may initiate a request for
    MCCS – Media Center- 6:00 PM
                                                                         assistance for a child. Contacting the school to speak with a school
     Join us for information, prizes, refreshments and fun!!
                                                                         based administrator or school counselor is the best way to initiate
    For more information contact: Gladney Cherry 973-5022 ext. 314
                                                                         the process.
    In partnership with ESE, Reading First, Title I Parent Resource
    Center, Migrant Education Program and MCCS-PTO
                                                                           Mentoring programs for students are available at most District
                                                                         school sites. A variety of community agencies, parent volunteers,
                                                                         high school students and teachers participate to support
                                                                         mentoring efforts for students of all ages. For more information,
                                                                         call the school guidance counselor at your child’s school.

                                                                         Academic Advisement/
                                                                         College Planning
                                                                           In today’s world, students and their parents often must begin
                                                                         making preliminary decisions about college and careers as early
                                                                         as middle school. Guidance Services oversees academic counseling
                                                                         and college/career planning services for students throughout
                                                                         the district through programs available at Madison County
    Resources on The internet                                            High School.
       Madison County Public Schools maintains an extensive Web             Guidance counselors at Madison County Central School
    site of information and resources for parents, students, teachers,   and Madison Excel Alternative School are available to provide
    district staff, and the community, including this Parent Guide       parents and students with information on course selection, college
    and much more. We encourage parents to visit our Web site and        planning and applications, financial aid, other post-secondary
    explore the many resources available at: www.      education options, and careers. For information on academic,
       Our Web site is easily accessible from most home computers        college and career planning, call the school’s guidance counselor.
    and from the public computers located at all Madison County
    public libraries and churches with Internet capabilities.

Parent Participation opportunities                                     Title I Parent Resource Center, located at 177 Parramore Street,
                                                                       offers a variety of services to parents whose children attend any of
  Educators believe, and research shows, that when parents are         the district’s 5 Title I schools. For a list of upcoming classes, call
involved in their children’s schools, academic achievement goes        Mrs. Gladney Cherry at 973-5022, ext. 314 or Ms. Gwendolyn T.
up. Showing a strong interest in a child’s education is one of the     Hubbard at 973-5022, Ext.225.
most important things a parent, can do. Madison County Public
Schools provides a variety of ways in which parents can be actively    Adult Education
involved in school planning and decision-making, in fundraising,         Frequently, parents find that when they improve their own
and in supporting academic success.                                    education, it has an impact on their children’s academic success—
                                                                       from providing a role model for children to improving the parent’s
School/District Advisory Councils                                      ability to read with a child and help with homework to bettering
  Advisory councils for individual schools and for entire school       the family environment through improved job and life skills.
districts were created by the Florida Legislature in 1991 to play        A primary source for adult education classes is the Community
a vital role in the overall operation and success of public schools.   Education Department at North Florida Community College.
These advisory councils provide parents, students, faculty, staff,     Adult classes range from reading, typing, computers, General
and community and business members with an opportunity to              Equivalency Diploma (GED) preparation, to job skills and money
get involved with a school’s long-term mission and short-term          management. For a list of upcoming classes and sites, check the
objectives by participating in setting educational priorities and      Community Education website at www., or call NFCC
determining a school’s needs. School Advisory Councils must            at 973-2288.
include a majority of non-school employee members. Their
primary responsibility is to assist in preparing, evaluating, and
implementing the school improvement plan. They also play a role
in preparing school budgets and in reviewing school data that
can indicate planning directions for student success. Contact the
school for information about the School Advisory Council or a
copy of the council’s guidebook.

  School PTOs and the Madison County District Advisory
Council are involved throughout the year in many activities that
support the public school system and its students and families. In
addition to regular meetings that provide parents with a forum
for information and expressing concerns, the PTOs conduct
workshops for parents, teachers, principals, and students on
health, leadership, education, and parenting issues. They produce
a number of printed materials about topics of interest to parents.
They sponsor numerous school and district-wide service and
fundraising projects. Through PTO membership, parents can
have a direct impact on a child’s school and on the school district    Student Academic opportunities
as a whole. For information on PTO membership at your child’s
                                                                         Students who are ready for advanced academic challenges will
school, contact the school directly.
                                                                       find a number of opportunities in Madison County.
Volunteering                                                           Gifted Students
  Madison County Public Schools strongly encourages parents
                                                                         Students who are evaluated and found eligible for the gifted
to become school volunteers. As a school volunteer, parents can
                                                                       program receive specially designed instruction and services based
demonstrate the importance of school to their own children’s
                                                                       on an Educational Plan (EP) that is developed by a team which
while also having a positive impact on the learning environment
                                                                       includes the parent. Eligibility for the gifted program is based on
for many other children as well. Each school has its own unique
                                                                       IQ test scores and evidence of need for the services.
set of volunteer opportunities. The best way to learn about
volunteering at a school is to call that school directly.              Dual Enrollment
                                                                         Seniors can receive community college credit for certain courses
Parenting Classes
                                                                       taught on the high school campus. Community college dual
  Being a parent is challenging and complicated, and every parent
                                                                       enrollment credits are accepted at Florida public universities,
can benefit from learning more about supporting a child’s success
                                                                       but may not be accepted at private schools or outside of Florida.
in school. A variety of parenting classes are available through
                                                                       Consult with guidance counselors or the college to get additional
Madison County Public Schools. Call the school to find out about
PTO membership and contacts for that school. The district’s

    Advanced Placement                                                      Florida Virtual High School
      (AP) is a program of college-level courses and exams that               The Florida Virtual School is a statewide, Internet-based,
    give students the opportunity to receive advanced placement             program which offers a rigorous curriculum online. The award-
    and/or college credit. For more information regarding Advanced          winning program offers students a variety of course options,
    Placement, contact your high school’s guidance counselor.               including Advanced Placement courses and electives. Florida
                                                                            Virtual School provides free online classes and instruction to all
    Honors Courses                                                          public, private, and home school students in Florida. There are 75
      In high school, honors courses are classes that are more              courses at your student’s fingertips. All your student needs is the
    challenging than standard courses. No college credits are earned.       right attitude and access to a computer with Internet access. There
    For more information regarding honors courses, contact your             are over 6,900 students currently enrolled in 67 Florida counties.
    child’s high school guidance counselor.                                 Online learning provides students and families the flexibility
                                                                            to learn any time, any place, any path, and any pace. For more
    educational Choices                                                     information on the Florida Virtual School, go online to
      Public school choices: Parents of public school students have
    choices for their child’s education. These choices may include          Private Schools
    options such as: charter schools, magnet schools, alternative             Madison County Public Schools collaborates with private
    schools, special programs, advanced placement, dual enrollment,         schools to serve all students.
    early admissions, and the Florida Virtual School.

    John M. McKay Program for Students
    with Disabilities
      Florida’s school choice programs ensure that No Child
    Is Left Behind by allowing parents to choose the best
    educational setting—public or private—for their child. The
    McKay Scholarships Program also offers parents public school
    choices. A parent of a special needs child who wished to may
    choose to transfer the student to another public school. For
    more information, visit:

    Home Education
      Home Education is a parent-directed education alternative.
    Home Education allows the freedom to explore and learn at the
    pace of the individual student. A Home Education Program, as
    defined in Section 1002.01(1), F.S., is the “sequentially progressive
    instruction of a student directed by his or her parent or guardian.”    exceptional Student
    The Department of Education provides technical assistance,
    information and materials on home education to school districts
                                                                            education (eSe)
    and parents. For more information regarding home education,               An exceptional student is one who has special learning needs.
    contact Mrs. Julia Waldrep at 973-5022, ext. 224, or visit the          The special assistance received in school is called Exceptional
    Florida Department of Education’s website:                Student Education, ESE, or Special Education. Our goal is to
    For toll-free parent information, call 1-800-447-1636.                  provide every exceptional student with a free appropriate public
                                                                            education (FAPE), help them progress in school, access the
    Alternative Education                                                   general curriculum, and prepare for life after school.
      Madison County offers an alternative education program for              Once a student becomes eligible for ESE services, his or her
    academically at-risk or behaviorally challenged middle and high         Individual Educational Plan (IEP) for disabilities, or Education
    school students. For more information regarding alternative             Plan (EP) for gifted is developed.
    programs in Madison County, contact Julia Waldrep                         There are several diploma or certificate options available to
    at 973-5022, ext. 224. For more information, or to receive a course     students in ESE programs, ranging from a standard high school
    catalogue, visit:         diploma to a certificate of completion. By state law, a student with
                                                                            a disability must pass the FCAT to earn a standard high school
                                                                            diploma unless the student qualifies for a waiver.
                                                                              Students in the ESE programs are entitled to stay in school
                                                                            until they reach the age of 22.

  For questions, accommodations, complaints or appeals regarding       requirements governing presentation, student responses, physical
services in your child’s school, contact your child’s principal.       setting, and assistive technology. Please contact Shirley Joseph
For district policies and practices, contact Ramona Guess              at 973-5022, ext. 311 for additional information regarding test
at 973-5022, Ext. 315.                                                 accommodations for students with disabilities, or you may visit
                                                                       online the Florida Department of Education website at:
Pre-Kindergarten Program                                     
for Children with Disabilities
   Specially designed instruction and related services for pre-        Due process for ESE students
kindergarten children with disabilities, 3 through 5 years of age,       Parents of students with disabilities have the right to file request
is a part of the exceptional student education program offered         for a formal due process hearing to resolve disagreement about
through the local school district. Once a child is determined to       a students’ evaluation, eligibility, placement, services, or IEP.
be eligible, services must begin on the child’s 3rd birthday. Based    The specific steps are described in the Summary of Procedural
on the needs of the child, related services may include, but are       Safeguards for Students with Disabilities. A parent may also
not limited to, assistive technology, audiology, counseling, early     contact Ramona Guess at (850) 973-5022 for more information
identification and assessment, occupational therapy, physical          about due process and resolving disagreements.
therapy, psychological services, and school health services.

Section 504 Plan                                                       Be Sure to immunize for School
  Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil               Florida law requires student to show proof of required
rights statue that assures that students with physical or mental       immunizations or proper exemptions. Those who fail to meet
impairment that substantially limit a major life activity are          these requirements will be excluded from school until proper
provided with the same opportunity as other students to learn          documentation is provided.
at school. If you feel that your child may qualify for a 504 Plan,
                                                                       Immunization Requirements
please contact the school guidance counselor.
                                                                       Students entering, attending, or transferring to:
Testing Accommodations                                                 Preschool
for Students with Disabilities                                         • Four doses DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus)
  The philosophy of Madison County Public Schools is that all          • Three doses polio vaccine with the last dose
children should have every opportunity to develop to their highest     • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine given
potential. This philosophy also is part of several state and federal   • HIB (haemophilus influenzae type B)
laws applying to the public education of children with disabilities.   • Hepatitis B vaccine given in three shots
As part of Madison County Public Schools, the Exceptional              • Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccine or documented vaccine with the
Student Education Program (ESE) offers students and their                last dose given on or after the fourth birthday or a fifth dose is
families far more than just instruction. When required, students         required given on or after the fourth birthday or a fourth dose
benefit from occupational and physical therapists, guidance              is required on or after the first birthday vaccination for children
counselors, speech and language services, and assessment services.       under five over a sixth period
Specialized equipment is provided for those who require it. Each       • History of the disease on DOH 680 Form is required for
student in the ESE Program receives an individual education plan         preschool students
(IEP), which is reviewed and updated throughout the school year.       Kindergarten & Grades 1 Through 6
The plan also is used to report student progress and to describe       • Same as preschool, except no HIB
accommodations or modifications that are required to meet a            • Second dose of measles (preferably MMR)
standard or goal. Parents are always invited to IEP conferences        • Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccine or documented history of the
and parent input is essential to the decision making process.            disease on DOH 680 form is required for kindergarten through
Contact your child’s ESE teacher or guidance counselor at your           6th grade students. Each subsequent year, the next highest grade
school for more information.                                             will be in the requirement.
  Student progress is reported a minimum of every nine weeks,
                                                                       Note: A two dose vaccine requirement for Varicella (Chicken Pox) will
when report cards go out. The program also offers a wide range
                                                                       be required beginning with 2008-2009 school year for children entering
of tests to measure progress, including the FCAT, the Stanford
                                                                       Kindergarten. Each subsequent year thereafter, the next highest grade
10 Test, and others. Assessment tools specifically designed for
                                                                       will be in the requirement. Also, with the 2008-2009 school year, two
students with disabilities also are used.
                                                                       doses of MMR will be required for kindergarten through twelfth grade.
  When students with disabilities are administered standardized
tests, whether the FCAT or some other standardized test,               Seventh grade to twelfth grade
schools are required to provide the necessary accommodations           • Second dose of measles (preferably MMR)
for those students whose Individual Education Plan specifies           • Hepatitis B vaccine given in three shots
the need for such accommodations. The Madison County Public            • Tetanus-diphtheria (Td or Tdap) booster over
Schools Assessment Office provides each school with detailed             a six-month period
guidelines on allowable accommodation requirements, including

     Who Needs Proof of Immunization?
     All students entering, attending, or transferring into Florida
     schools must have a Florida Certificate of Immunization
     (DH Form 680 Part A) or an exemption on file at the school.

     Can A Student Enroll Without The Proper
     Students not presenting the required certification of immunization
     or exemption will be refused admittance to
                                                                          What Is Meningococcal Disease?
     school and referred to their physician or the Madison County
                                                                          (Excerpts taken from Meningococcal Disease In-short. http://www.cdc.
     Health Department for the proper documents.
                                                                          gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/mening/in-short-both.htm 9/11/07)
     Besides A Physician’s Office, Where Can My Child                     Meningococcal disease is a severe bacterial infection that can
     Receive The Required Immunizations?                                  cause meningitis, bloodstream infection and other localized
     Call the Madison County Health Department at 973-5000 for            infections. Although the disease is not common in the United
     information.                                                         States, in those who get it, symptoms develop and progress
                                                                          rapidly even leading to death in 24-48 hours. Symptoms may be
     What Are Acceptable Exemptions?                                      characterized by fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea, sore throat,
     • Permanent Medical Exemption—issued by physician
                                                                          mental status changes, bloodstream infection and rash.
     • Temporary Medical Exemption—issued by physician
       or authorized designee                                             Meningococcal disease is usually spread through direct contact
     • Religious Exemption—issued by health department                    with nasal or mouth discharge. There are two meningococcal
     • 30 School-Day Exemption for transfer students—                     vaccines available in the United States. Both vaccines can prevent
       issued by school                                                   certain types of meningococcal disease. For more information
                                                                          on who should or should not receive the vaccine, please consult
     What Is The Schedule Of Doses                                        with your physician or health care provider. Also, please visit the
     For The Hepatitis B Vaccine?                                         following website for additional information:
     After the initial dose, the second is given one month later. The     vaccines/pubs/vis/default.htm.
     usual interval between the second and third dose is five months.
     If a dose is given too soon it is considered invalid and another     NCLB, PIRC Parental Notification:
     dose will be required. Students must complete all doses or have an
     exemption in order to attend school.                                 The Florida Partnership for Family Involvement in Education has
                                                                          been awarded a Parent Information & Resource Center (PIRC)
     Is A Health Examination Required For All Students?                   grant from the US Department of Education. These federal funds
     Initial entrants into a Florida School (pre-kindergarten,            will assist all parents and schools in Florida.
     kindergarten, and transfer) need to present certification of a
                                                                          The goals are:
     school-entry health examination performed within one year prior
                                                                          1. Implement research-based parental involvement policies,
     to enrollment (date of entry) or submit an exemption.
                                                                             practices, programs and activities that are linked to improving
     What Are The Exemptions For A School-Entry                              academic achievement;
     Health Exam?                                                         2. Provide training, information and support services that
     Religious exemptions (only a written request required) and 30           strengthen the relationship between parents and schools in
     School-Day exemptions for transfer students are                         meaningful ways that improve academic achievement;
     permissible. For answers to additional questions call your child’s   3. Coordinate, collaborate and network to increase collaboration
     school or the Madison County Health Department at 973-5000              and coordination of efforts related to family involvement and
                                                                             academic achievement, and inform parents of the No Child Left
     Are Your Family’s Routine Immunizations Current?                        Behind Act.
     Infant immunizations should be completed by age 2. Adults
                                                                          for more information please contact:
     need immunizations too. For more information, please access the
     following websites:                                                  Sally M. Wade, Ed.D           Ivette Vaquer-Mendoza
                                                                          Project Director              Outreach Coordinator
                                                                                                                  Cathy Foss                    Kate Harding                                          Project Coordinator           Grants Manager

Madison County Parent                                                   Kindergarten
Self-Assessment Checklist                                               Agency for Workforce Innovation —
The Madison County Parent Self-Assessment is designed to help           Office of Early Learning
parents determine how involved they are in promoting a positive           The school readiness program serves children, ages birth to
education for their child. Please place a check by each response        5 years, whose family income does not exceed 150% of the
that you consider an area of need. This Self-Assessment is for your     federal poverty level. The local early learning coalitions may
use and is not to be returned to your child’s school.                   accommodate the needs of children for extended-day and
                                                                        extended-year services, pending available funding. The program
Focus On Attitude                                                       must prepare preschool children to enter kindergarten ready to
____ I stress the importance of education and doing one’s best in       learn by implementing a program of services that enhance the
     school to my child.                                                cognitive, social, and physical development of children.
____ I express my belief in my child’s ability to be successful.
                                                                        Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten
____ I help my child set short and long term educational goals.
                                                                          The Voluntary Pre-kindergarten (VPK) program is designed
____ I celebrate my child’s academic accomplishments.
                                                                        to prepare 4 year-old children in the State of Florida for
Focus On Academics                                                      kindergarten and lay the foundation for their educational
                                                                        success. The program allows a parent to enroll his or her
____ I support reading with age appropriate home activities.
                                                                        child in a free pre-kindergarten (PRE-K) program offered
____ I make sure that our home has a consistent time and place
                                                                        during the year before the child is eligible for admission to
     to do homework.
                                                                        kindergarten. There are two program options available to
____ I make sure that my child has access to materials needed to
                                                                        parents: the 540-hour school year program and 300-hour
     complete assignments.
                                                                        summer program. The program is offered by private providers,
____ I regularly discuss and ask to see work that my child is doing
                                                                        nonpublic schools, faith-based providers and public schools.
     in school.
                                                                        The Department of Education, the Department of Children
____ I attend workshops on helping my children at home.
                                                                        and Families, and the Agency for Workforce Innovation work
Focus On Behavior                                                       together to provide leadership and support to the local early
                                                                        learning coalitions, school districts, and providers to ensure
____ I monitor the Internet, e-mail, chat sites and computer            successful implementation of effective pre-kindergarten
     games used by my child.                                            education programs. Families may contact the local early
____ I monitor the television programs and videos viewed                learning coalition or visit the website (
     by my child.                                                       to apply for services.
____ I teach and reinforce positive behaviors such as respect for
     self and others, hard work and responsibility.
____ I am aware of and enforce school behavioral expectations.

Focus On Building Responsibility
____ I make sure that my child has a regular routine.
____ I encourage my child to accept responsibility for his/her
____ I make sure that my child is in attendance and on time to
     school each day.
____ I monitor and promote my child’s participation in
     extracurricular and after-school activities.

Focus On School/Home Connections
____ I communicate regularly with my child’s teacher in person,
     on the phone, by email or through writing.
                                                                        School Readiness
____ I prepare for and attend teacher conferences, Individualized       Who Goes To School? How To Enroll Your Child
     Educational Plans, Academic Improvement Plans, or other
     individualized student meetings.
                                                                        Pre Kindergarten Programs
____ I attend open house, science fairs, plays, musical events, class
                                                                        Leigh Sherrard McNutt ...............................973-5192 ext. 204
     trips, sporting events, curriculum nights, or other school
     activities at every opportunity.                                   Health Exams/Immunizations
____ I volunteer in the school setting when possible.                   Julia Waldrep ................................................973-5022 ext. 224

     School Attendance Policies:                                             How To find out if Your Child
     Your Child’s School                                                     is learning on Schedule
        Although most students start school when they enter                     Pay attention to what your child is learning in school. Look
     kindergarten, Madison County does have several pre-kindergarten         regularly at your child’s homework assignments and samples of
     programs for students as young as age 3. In order to enter              work they bring home. Ask your child’s teacher for a copy of the
     kindergarten, a child must have turned 5 on or before Sept. 1.          “syllabus” or outline of the course of study for the year or grading
        Enrolling in school for the first time is easy. All you need         period. Look at the schoolbooks that your child brings home.
     is proof of your child’s age, a medical examination, contact            When you visit your child’s school, look at the students’ work on
     information in case of emergency, and your address. In certain          the classroom walls.
     grades, including kindergarten, you will also have to provide              You can also look at the list of Florida Sunshine State Standards,
     documents showing that your child’s immunizations are up                which describe exactly what your child should be learning at
     to date.                                                                each grade level. The standards can be viewed at the Florida
        By law, children up to age 16 must come to school and parents        Department of Education web site at
     may be prosecuted if children don’t attend. Your child can’t succeed        If you have questions or concerns about what your child
     in school if he/she doesn’t attend regularly. Too many absences         is learning in class, make an appointment to meet with his
     could affect your child’s academic performance and prevent your         teacher. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you think your child
     child from moving on to the next grade.                                 is not being taught what is listed in the Florida Sunshine State
                                                                             Standards for their grade.

     What Tests Your Child Will Take
       You have heard a lot about the FCAT and the other “standardized” tests your child has to take at school. You may wonder why so
     much attention is being paid to these tests.
       The FCAT is only one of many standardized tests that your child will take during their school years. These tests are given for a
     variety of reasons. They help collect information on individual students as well as on entire schools. Here is a list and description of the
     standardized tests given to students in all Madison County Public School between kindergarten and fifth grades.

       Name of Test                          Grade                                 Purpose of Test

       DIBELS                                K-3                                   This test helps teachers select the best reading materials
                                                                                   for their students.

       SAT-10:                               K-3                                   To test students in reading and math. This test compares
       Stanford Achievement Test -                                                 scores of Florida students with those
       Reading and Mathematics                                                     of other students in the United States.

       FCAT: Florida Comprehensive           3-10                                  The FCAT consists of a number of tests, given to different
       Assessment Test                                                             grades. These include tests on reading and mathematics,
                                                                                   science and a test on writing. The other FCAT tests
                                                                                   measure how well students are meeting the Florida
                                                                                   Sunshine State Standards benchmarks.

                                                                           What Your Child Should Be Learning
                                                                           In Elementary School
                                                                              Every child in the State of Florida should be learning the same
                                                                           things in the same grades. The Florida Department of Education
                                                                           has created a list of learning goals for students in every grade. This
                                                                           list is called the Florida Sunshine State Standards. Schools are
                                                                           supposed to make sure that their teachers are teaching these skills
                                                                           in their classrooms. Here are some of the important skills outlined
                                                                           in the Florida Sunshine State Standards that your child should be
                                                                           learning at school between kindergarten and grade five.
                                                                              Writes stories, poems, letters and simple reports.
                                                                             Edit own writing, correcting spelling, grammar
                                                                             and punctuation.
                                                                             Read books, magazines and stories and is able
elementary                                                                   to explain what they have read.
                                                                             Listen to and understand stories, songs and poems.
  Throughout your child’s school years, he will take dozens
of standardized tests, including the Florida Comprehensive                   Learn to read a map, graph and table.
Assessment Test (grades 3-10).                                               Do hands-on projects in school such as creating simple models,
  Standardized tests show how your child is doing compared                   charts, books, and science experiments.
to others and tracks his progress over time. Your child’s teacher            Learn to apply math to the real world.
has all the testing records for your child and uses them to see if
                                                                             Study about other countries.
there’s a problem that requires additional help or a different way
of teaching. Tests also help teachers identify students’ strengths           Study the history of Florida and the United States.
in order to provide more challenging academic opportunities.                 Understand the basic structure of the U.S. Government.
Schools use testing results to develop school-wide plans for                 Use a computer for simple writing assignments
improving academic performance.                                              and educational games.

Middle School: 6th,                                                        How To Help Your Child Do Better
                                                                           • Require your child to read something that interests him for
7th, & 8th Grades                                                            30 minutes each day.
What Courses Your Child Will Take                                          • Involve your child in activities involving measurement where he
In Middle School                                                             must read and follow directions: cooking, building, assembling
                                                                             items, and programming equipment.
During the middle school years of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, students
have to complete specific courses in order to be promoted to high          • Provide a place and a time for your child to study every day.
school. These courses include three levels each of math, language          • Link privileges to performance.
arts, reading, science and social studies. Students also take electives.   • Poor performance at middle school is sometimes caused by poor
Students who have been retained or are in danger of retention may            attendance. If grades or test scores begin to dip, stay in close
take basic skills intensive courses instead of electives in order to         touch with school officials regarding tardiness or truancy.
catch up.
                                                                           • Attend the parent nights for your child’s grade level. Meet the
What Happens If Your Child Falls Behind?                                     teachers; ask them for an outline of what will be covered in
If your child is struggling to perform at his grade level in a               each course.
particular subject or fails a course, you will receive a letter asking     • Dump out the backpack every day to see what the school
you to come in for a conference. Parents of those students who               is sending home.
are still struggling at the end of the third nine weeks will receive       • Ask to see your child’s “Planner”, a tool for keeping track
a letter notifying them of the possibility that their children may           of assignments.
be retained at end of the school year. Parents who have been
                                                                           • Attend meetings of the School Advisory Council where parents
closely following their students’ academic progress will already be
                                                                             and teachers make budget decisions and plan ways to improve
communicating regularly with teachers and are unlikely to
                                                                             student performance.
be surprised.

       High School: 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th
       If your child has been educated in a Florida public school, he has probably taken the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test every
     spring since 3rd grade. All students, including ESE students, must pass the reading and math portions of the 10th grade FCAT in order
     to be eligible to receive a standard high school diploma. Beginning with the class of 2005, students must get a 300 in reading and a 300
     in math in order to pass the test. Those who don’t pass the 10th grade FCAT the first time, can retake it five more times while in high
     school or after completion of the senior year if necessary.

     What Courses Your Child Will Take In High School

                             GRADuATion CouRSe ReQuiReMenTS

                                   General Requirements for                      Standard College                            Career Prep Program
                                   High School Graduation                        Prep Program                                (3 year) (1003.429(1)(c) Florida Statues)
                                   (4 year) (1003.43 Florida Statues)            (3 year) (1003.429(1)(b) Florida Statues)

                                   4 Credits (major concentration in             4 Credits (major concentration in           4 Credits (major concentration in
      English                      Composition and Literature)                   Composition and Literature)                 Composition and Literature)

                                                                                 3 Credits at the Algebra I level or above
                                   4 Credits (one on which must be Algebra                                                   3 Credits (one of which must be Algebra
      Mathematics                  I or its equivalent
                                                                                 from the list of courses that qualify for
                                                                                                                             I or its equivalent)
                                                                                 state university admission

                                   3 Credits (two must have a lab                3 Credits in natural science (two must      3 Credits (two must have a lab
      Science                      component)                                    have a lab component)                       component)

                                   1 credit world history 1 credit American      3 Credits (1 in American History,           3 Credits (1 in American History,
      Social Studies               History ½ credit American Government          1 in world history, .5 in American          1 in world history, .5in American
                                   ½ credit Economics                            government, and .5 in economics)            Government, and .5 in Economics)

                                   Not required for graduation; required for     2 Credits or demonstrated proficiency
      Foreign Language             admission to state universities               in same second language

                                                                                                                             3 credits in sequential career vocational
      Practical Arts/              1 Credit practical arts career education or
                                   exploratory career education or 1 Credit
                                                                                                                             courses, 3 credits in certificate dual
      Performing Arts              performing fine arts or ½ of each
                                                                                                                             enrollment courses, or 5 credits in
                                                                                                                             vocational or career education courses

      Life Management              ½ Credit

      Physical                     1 Credit (including ½ credit of Personal
                                   Fitness and ½ credit of a physical
      Education                    education elective

                                                                                                                             2 credits unless 5 credits were earned as
      Electives                    7 ½ Credits                                   3 Credits
                                                                                                                             part of 5 vocational courses

      Total                        24 Credits                                    18 Credits                                  18 Credits

      GPA                          2.0                                           3.0                                         3.0

                                   Reading 300                                   Reading 300                                 Reading 300
      FCAT scores                  Math 300                                      Math 300                                    Math 300

     Retention: How to know if your child may be retained and what you can do
       If your child’s teacher believes that your child is falling behind and is in danger of being retained, you will be notified in writing by a
     letter asking you to sign it and send it back. This letter will ask you to call and set up a conference at a time convenient to you. At this
     time, school officials and parents will work together to determine where your child is having trouble and what can be done at home and
     at school to promote academic success. The school’s goal is to avoid retention by involving the parent and help the child catch up during
     the school year. Students performing below grade level will receive periodic progress reports and remediation opportunities will be

District level of Performance
  The district identifies the following areas to be used to
determine student progress.
  Overall student performance on state/district curriculum
content is based on proficiency and satisfactory completion of the
district adopted textbooks and supplemental materials approved
for the assigned grade level. Promotion, assignment, and retention
are based on the following:

1. Portfolio - Grade and Report Card Documentation
Evidence of student work will be kept as documentation of grades      Retention
reported on report cards. These will be used for parent conferences
and to provide additional information for monitoring the progress                           DIBELS 3rd Assessment Math
of students, Each portfolio will include but not be limited to:
                                                                       Kindergarten                           76
assessments (chapter tests, quizzes) class assignments, home work,
                                                                                          SAT 10 Reading            SAT 10 Math
2. Criteria for Mastery of Skills:
Criteria for mastery of Language Arts, Mathematics, and                  1st Grade               27                       39
Science Grade Level Expectations. Proficiency is the consistent          2nd Grade               32                       33
demonstration of an expectation and the persistent ability to
apply that skill by the student. Mastery of an expectation that the                    FCAT NRT Reading            FCAT NRT Math
student has demonstrated through test results should be recorded
at the end of each grading period to monitor progress.                   3rd Grade               45                      N/A
(1008.25(2) (b), Florida Statutes).

Promotion                                                             Middle School Grade Placement
Kindergarten                                                            Promotion, assignment or retention will occur at the completion
1. Have a minimum 60 yearly average in Reading, Language Arts,        of the regular school year, at the completion of summer school.
   and Math.                                                          The classroom teacher, in conjunction with the principal, has
2. Have a annual 70 yearly average in all subjects                    responsibility for determining each student’s performance and
   on the report card.                                                ability to function academically, socially and emotionally in
3. Have a composite score of 76 on the three areas tested (letter     the next grade level. School personnel will endeavor to achieve
   naming fluency, phoneme segmentation fluency, and nonsense         parental understanding and cooperation regarding a student’s
   word fluency) with a moderate risk or higher classification in     grade placement. However, the final decision for grade placement
   nonsense word fluency.                                             rests with the principal.
first and Second Grade
1. Have a 60 yearly average in Reading, Language Arts, and Math
                                                                        Students will progress from one grade to the next based
2. Have an annual 70 yearly average in all subjects
                                                                      upon proficiency in reading, writing, social studies, science, and
   on the report card.
                                                                      mathematics; attendance and behavior Promotion is defined by
3. Have a percentile rank as referenced on the chart
                                                                      the district as a 60 or higher average in on grade level classroom
   or higher in reading and math.
                                                                      work. (1008.25(1) Florida Statute). Middle school students are
Third Grade                                                           required to pass each academic class with 60 average or higher for
1. Score a Level 2 in reading on SSS FCAT, or the appropriate         the final end of the year grade and earn a yearly GPA and credits
   percentile rank or higher as listed on the chart above or higher   as outlined on the chart below to be promoted.
   in reading, or have documented portfolio data substantiating         With the implementation of the A++ legislation, beginning
   Level 2 work in reading.                                           with the 2006-07 school year, middle school students will need to
2. Have a 60 yearly average in each academic subject                  complete for promotion purposes:
   (reading, math, science, language arts, and social studies).
3. Have an annual 70 yearly average in all subjects                       3   Math courses
   on the report card.                                                    3   Language Arts courses
                                                                          3   Science courses
fourth and fifth Grade
                                                                          3   Social Studies courses
1. Have a 60 yearly average in each academic subject
                                                                         .5   Career Exploration course
   (reading, math, science, language arts, and social studies).
                                                                          5   Electives
2. Have an annual 70 yearly average in all subjects
   on the report card.

       These requirements will be imposed starting with the sixth                    End of Year Promotion             Mid Year Promotion
     graders in the 2006-07 school year.                                        Grade        Credits       GPA         Credits        GPA
     Students will move from one grade to the next after meeting the
     following requirements:                                                  9 - 10
                                                                                th    th
                                                                                                5           1.0           7           1.25

     1. 60 average or higher in the academic subjects (reading, language      10th - 11th      10           1.5           13          1.75
        arts, math, science, and social studies; and                          11 - 12
                                                                                th      th
                                                                                               17           2.0          20.5          2.0
     2. Meet the credits and GPA required on the following chart

         Move From           Credits Needed                GPA              What Parents need To Know
            6 to 7
             th     th
                                       6                    1.5             About Title 1
            7th to 8th                12                    1.75
                                                                            What Is Title 1?
            8th to 9th               17.5                   2.0               Title 1, Part A: Improving the Academic Achievement of the
     Workforce Preparation                                                    Title 1 is the largest federally funded program that helps schools
     Student’s successfully completing the FCAT requirements for            by allocating funds to eligible schools. The federal No Child Left
     graduation will meet the requirement of the school assessing the       Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 requires that Title I schools, those
     student’s preparation to enter the workforce. (1006.02(4) Florida      with high numbers of low-income students, make adequate
     Statutes)                                                              yearly progress (AYP) in the proficiency level of all students. AYP
                                                                            measures the progress of schools toward meeting state-identified
     Participation in Graduation Ceremonies                                 academic achievement standards in reading, math and writing.
       Students must have earned 24 credits (MCHS and EXCEL)                Measurement of AYP targets the performance and participation of
     before the end of the school year in which graduation is               various subgroups based on race, socioeconomic status, disability
     anticipated to be eligible for participation in the graduation         and limited English proficiency.
       Students must be enrolled at the school a minimum of 30 days         What Is The Goal Of Title 1?
     prior to the end of the school year to be eligible for participation     The goal of Title 1 is to make sure that all children have a
     in the graduation ceremony.                                            fair, equal and significant opportunity to obtain a high quality
                                                                            education and reach proficiency on challenging State Academic
     Promotion and Classification                                           Achievement Standards (Sunshine State Standards) and State
     A. High School Grade Classification                                    Academic Assessments (FCAT).
     1. Placement in grade 9 is dependent upon successful completion
        of grade 8. Students who are Administratively Promoted from         Title 1 Parent Resource Center
        8th grade will be placed at Madison County Excel School for           The District Title 1 Parent Resource Center provides
        the upcoming 9th grade year. Continuation is contingent upon        supplementary resources to teachers in the Title 1 schools to
        further evaluation.                                                 assist in their regular instructional strategies. Parents may come
     2. High school Algebra I or Spanish I credit may be awarded to         in and receive training on instructional materials used at school
        8th graders if 2 of the 3 criteria are met:                         to provide a home-to-school connection. This allows parents to
        (a) the student earned a “B” average or higher,                     help their children at home with their homework or provide extra
        (b) and the student scores a level 4 or higher on the FCAT, and     practice on skills they may need help with.
        (c) student makes an 80 or above on the comprehensive exam.           The Title 1 Parent Resource Center is staffed with a full-time
     3. All freshman entering Madison County High School are                Parent Liaison who is available to assist parents with selecting
        required to demonstrate reading and math competency. They           appropriate materials to be used with your child at home. Training
        may demonstrate competency through scoring a level 2 or             will be provided to parents on the use of these materials. The
        higher on the reading and math portions of the FCAT or by           Title 1 Parent Resource Center provides monthly parenting
        demonstrating mastery of the 8th grade reading and pre-algebra      activities for parents. Suggestions will be given to help parents
        standards on a Madison County High School designated exam.          effectively communicate between home and school. Continuous
                                                                            communication between the Parent Liaison, teachers, and parents
                                                                            will occur to ensure the supplemental materials are being used
                                                                              For assistance with materials to assist your child at home
                                                                            or more information, please call (850) 973-5608. The Title 1
                                                                            Resource Center is located at 177 Parramore Street.

Have You Reviewed Your Compact?                                            Title 1, Part C: education
  The Title I program has established an initiative for a teacher/
parent/student compact, which is used in all Title I schools. This         of Migratory Children
compact is an agreement that promotes positive communication
                                                                           What Does “Migratory” Mean?
and involves the teacher, parent and student in taking
                                                                             A child who is 3-22 years old who is, or whose parent, spouse,
responsibility for certain tasks.
                                                                           or guardian is a migratory agricultural worker, including a dairy
  Parents need to become involved early in their children’s
                                                                           worker, or a migratory fisher, and who in the preceding 36
education and stay involved throughout the school year. “In fact,
                                                                           months, has moved from one school district to another, in order
many studies show that what the family does is more important to
                                                                           to obtain, or accompany such parent, spouse, or guardian to obtain
a child’s school success than how much money the family makes or
                                                                           temporary or seasonal employment.
how much education the parents have. By showing interest in their
children’s education, parents and families can spark enthusiasm            English Language Learners (Ell)
in them and lead them to a very important understanding that                 ELL is a program available to students who do not speak
learning can be enjoyable as well as rewarding and is well worth           or write English well. The primary focus is to assist schools in
the effort required.                                                       making sure that English Language Learners (ELL) students
                                                                           receive understandable instruction and are successful in school.
                                                                             A toll-free Parent Hotline (800-206-8956) is available to
                                                                           directly assist parents and community members. Assistance is
                                                                           available in Spanish, French, and English.
                                                                             The Title 1 Parent Resource Center maintains and has available
                                                                           teacher, parent, and student Bilingual resource materials—Books,
                                                                           Videos, Audiotapes, CD’s and DVD’s in English and Spanish.
                                                                           Materials are available for loan for instruction, parent and
                                                                           student use.
                                                                             For more information, call the Federal Programs Office at
“Parents’ Right to Know”                                                   (850) 973-5022, Ext. 225
  Please be assured that Madison County Public Schools is
dedicated to providing the students of our County with a quality
education. Madison County Public Schools is also committed to              Homeless education Program
providing information to parents regarding their child/children’s          Every Child Has a Right to an Education
teacher and paraprofessional qualifications in a timely manner               The Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Education Assistance
upon request. As a parent of a student attending a Madison                 Act, otherwise known as Title X, Part C, of the No Child Left
County public school, you have the right to know the professional          Behind Act of 2001, and state law protect the rights of homeless
qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct your child.          children and youth to receive a free and appropriate public
Federal law allows you to ask for the following information about          education. Nearly everyone who is between the ages of 5 and 21
your child’s classroom teachers:                                           on September 1 of the school year and has not been expelled has
• Has the Florida Department of Education licensed or qualified            the right to attend school, even if they:
  the teacher for the grades and subjects he or she teaches?
• Has the Florida Department of Education decided that the                 • Lack fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence
  teacher can teach in a classroom without being licensed or               • Share housing (due to loss or hardship).
  qualified?                                                               • Live in hotels, motels, trailer homes, campgrounds, emergency or
• What are the teacher’s field of study and areas of certification?          transitional shelters, abandoned in hospitals.
• What are the qualifications of any teachers’ aides or similar            • Are awaiting foster care placement
  paraprofessionals who provide services to your child?                    • Have a primary nighttime residence not designed or ordinarily
                                                                             used as a regular sleeping accommodation.
  You will be notified in writing if your child has been assigned or       • Live in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, bus or
has been taught for more than four consecutive weeks by a teacher            train stations or similar settings.
who has not met the NCLB highly qualified criteria.                        • Are an unaccompanied youth (youth not in the physical custody
  If you would like to receive any of this information, please contact       of a parent or guardian).
your child’s school.                                                       • Are Migratory children who qualify as homeless because of their
  We are dedicated to meeting the educational needs of our students          living situation.
and are working hard to ensure that your child receives the best
possible education. Please feel free to call your child’s principal, Ms.
Terri Garrett, or Ms. Gwen Hubbard at 850-973-5022 if you have
questions or would like additional information.

     What Are Schools Required To Do?                                        Improvement with transportation provided. If no appropriate
     • The McKinney Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act                  school is available, they may go to a different district that agrees to
       outlines requirements for schools.                                    accept them.
     • Schools must keep children in the school of origin (the school          For more information, Contact Gwendolyn T. Hubbard,
       that the child or youth attended when permanently housed or           at (850) 973-5022 at (850) 973-5022, Ext 311
       last enrolled) to the extent feasible, except where contrary to the
       wishes of the parent or guardian. The child or youth’s right to
       attend their school of origin extends to the entire duration of
       homelessness or end of school year.                                   educational Services
     • Schools are required to immediately enroll children and youth           Supplemental educational services provide extra academic
       experiencing homelessness.                                            help (tutoring) in reading and mathematics for economically
     • Schools must ensure enrollment with full and equal opportunity        disadvantaged students in Title 1 schools. Supplemental services
       to succeed in school (e.g., Head Start, Even Start, preschool,        may be offered before or after school or on weekends.
       health care, dental, mental health, etc.).                              For more information, Contact Gwendolyn T. Hubbard
     Free And Reduced Lunch And Breakfast Program                            at (850) 973-5022, Ext 225.
       Public school children benefit from this federal program              What does a School Advisory Committee do?
     that provides nutritious meals at low cost. Free or reduced cost          The School Advisory Council sets up priorities and student
     breakfasts and lunches are available to homeless families under the     performance standards that serve as guiding principles for
     following conditions:                                                   everything the councils do. Simply put, the SAC’s job is to look
     • The family meets the definition of homelessness.                      at aspects of their school as suggested by the priorities and to
     • The family now receives food stamps or cash assistance (also          come up with a written plan for school improvement. The SAC
       known as Public Assistance, Welfare payments, or TANF).               must look at what is known about their school and decide which
     • The total household income falls below income guidelines.             areas need improvement. After conducting an analysis of student
     • The family houses a foster child, in which case the foster child      achievement and school performance data, the SAC must decide
       may be eligible, regardless of family income.                         which needs are most pressing and most important and develop
       For more information, contact Gwendolyn T. Hubbard,                   strategies for improving the areas most important to their school.
     your local school district Homeless Education Liaison at                  SAC members assist in the development, preparation and
     850-973-5022, Ext. 225                                                  evaluation of the results of the school improvement plan, and
                                                                             assist the Principal with the annual school budget. Each SAC
                                                                             receives funds that are used only at the discretion of the SAC.
     Adequate Yearly Progress                                                A part of the money is to be used for implementing the school
     (AYP) Choice                                                            improvement plan, which must include measurable performance
                                                                             indicators. Funding is allocated directly to the SACs, should be
        Adequate Yearly progress (AYP) measures the progress of all
                                                                             clearly earmarked for its use, and is not subject to override by the
     public schools and school districts toward enabling all students
     to meet the state’s academic proficiency standards. Schools
                                                                                Contact a school administrator for more information.
     and districts are evaluated for adequate yearly progress in order
     to receive federal funding for education. Federal law provides
     parents the option of choosing different schools for their children     Student Records
     if their current Title 1 school does not make adequate yearly             Parents or guardians have the right to view or request a copy
     progress (AYP) for two consecutive years. Madison County Public         of student records. The Principal or staff member will respond to
     Schools uses many of the options in this section to meet these          the request within 45 days. Each school notifies parents and adult
     requirements.                                                           students at the beginning of each school year of their rights to
        Low income students from Title 1 schools designated as not           inspect and review student educational records.
     making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for three consecutive
     years will receive supplemental education services (SES). A school
     with a grade of “F” or “D” within two years in a row (beginning         Religious expression in Schools
     with 2003 grades) puts a school in “school improvement”. The              The 1st Amendment gives students the right to religious
     Title 1 schools must also make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)           expression before, during or after the school day on the same
     with the subgroups of White, Hispanic, Black, English Language          terms and conditions that they may engage in other conversation
     Learners (ELL), and Students with Disabilities (SWD) students.          or speech during school activities or instruction.
     If a school is in “School Improvement”, those students can attend
     another public school within the district, which is not in School

                                                                         non-Prescription Medication (nPM)
                                                                            Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen may be taken by a student and
                                                                         carried on the student’s person provided the quantity is no more
                                                                         than one day’s dosage. A completed parent approval form must be
                                                                         on file at the school. The nurse shall administer all other NPM or
                                                                         principal’s trained designee and the remainder shall be locked in
                                                                         the nurse’s office. Also, a parent permission form is to be on file in
                                                                         the nurse’s office.
                                                                            NOTE: If a student is taking non-prescription medication that
                                                                         is prescribed by a physician, written permission must be on file in
                                                                         the nurse’s office signed by the doctor. The principal may authorize
                                                                         a student to carry an allergic reaction kit or asthma inhaler on
                                                                         his/her person when there is a signed permission form on file in
                                                                         the nurse’s office signed by the parent or legal guardian or the
                                                                         student’s physician.

                                                                         Common Health Topics
                                                                           All parents must complete the Emergency and Health
                                                                         Information form, which is sent home from school with students
                                                                         at the beginning of each school year. The following actions will be
Student Responsibility                                                   taken to address the most common health topics:
And Conduct                                                              Student Illness or Accident: Reasonable first aid shall be
  The policies for student conduct and responsibilities are outlined     administered and the parent or guardian will be notified
in the Student Code of Conduct and the Student Handbook.                 immediately.
Every student receives a copy of these two documents each school         Lice: Any student infested with head lice shall be excluded from
year. The documents contain information about student rights             attending school.
and responsibilities, attendance policies, discipline procedures, and
                                                                         Health Screenings: Health Screenings including vision, hearing,
details on academic performance expectations and evaluations.
                                                                         height and weight, and scoliosis are done as mandated by Florida
Both documents are available at all schools. The Student Code of
                                                                         Statutes. Parents will be notified of abnormal results.
Conduct is available at the District School Board Office and the
Federal Programs Office.
                                                                         non–Discrimination Policy
Health Services                                                          (MCSB Policy 2.70)
Administration of Medication                                               No person shall, on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age,
                                                                         marital status, disability, political or religious beliefs, national or
Prescription Medication (PM)                                             ethnic origin be excluded from participation in, be denied the
   Medication prescribed by a physician shall be given to the            benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education
school’s nurse or another staff appointed by the principal for           program or activity, or in any employment conditions or practices
administration at the beginning of the school day. Administration        conducted by this School District, except as provided by law. The
is discouraged unless a physician determines that the student’s          Equity Officer for the Madison County School District is Shirley
health needs require medication during school hours.                     Joseph. She may be contacted at 850-973-5022, ext. 311, email:
   Parents/guardians shall sign a permission form that is required
for proper administration of medication. The form is to be kept on
file in the nurse’s office. If the administration of the medication is
to last for more than two days, the physician’s signature is required
on the form. The permission form shall be updated every 90
days. Prescription medication (PM) must be kept in its original
   All prescription medication shall be delivered to the school’s
nurse with the following information:
1.   Student’s name
2.   Name of medication
3.   Date of prescription and name of pharmacy
4.   Specific instructions for administration
5.   Approximate duration of medication

School Calendar
 July 2008
           3 Independence Day Holiday
       7-24 Second Semester Summer School
 August                                                     Superintendent
      11-15 Teachers Return/Inservice/Work Days
                                                            Lou S. Miller
         18 First Day for Students
           1 Labor Day Holiday                              Board Members
         10 Early Release/Inservice                         Mr. Bart Alford
         17 Progress Reports Issued
                                                            Mr. Clyde Alexander
 October                                                    Ms. VeEtta Hagan, Chairperson
         16 End 1st 9 Weeks
                                                            Mr. Kenny Hall
         24 Report Cards Issued
         29 Early Release/Inservice                         Mrs. Susie Williamson
         14 Homecoming/Work Day                             informational Resources
         17 Progress Reports Issued
         26 Early Release                                   Available at Each School
      27-28 Thanksgiving Holiday                            (Ask the Principal or Media Specialist)
 December                                                   School Public Accountability Report (SPAR)
         18 Early Release                                   District Parent Involvement Policy
         19 Early Release/Last Day of 1st Semester
                                                            School Improvement Plans
         22 Winter Break Begins
                                                            School Parent Involvement Plan
 January 2009
           5 Teacher Inservice                              Code of Student Conduct
           6 Students Return                                Student Parent Teacher Compact
         13 Report Cards Issued                             District Strategic Plan
         19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday                 School Advisory Council Handbook
 February                                                   Limited English Proficiency Plan
           4 Early Release/Inservice                        School Technology Plan
           6 Progress Reports Issued                        Title I / LEA Plan
         16 President’s Day Holiday
                                                            District Safety Plan
                                                            K-12 Comprehensive Reading Plan
         13 End 3rd 9 Weeks
         24 Report Cards Issued                             Safe and Drug Free Plan
  30–Apr. 3 Spring Break                                    Student Progression Plan
 April                                                      School Choice Plan
         10 Good Friday Holiday                             Instructional Materials Procedures Manual
         15 Early Release/Inservice
         23 Progress Reports Issued
         25 Memorial Day Holiday
         27 Early Release
         28 Early Release/Last Day for Students
         29 Post Planning
           1 4 Day Work Week Begins
           2 Inservice
   15–July 2 First Semester Summer School

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