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									TEACHER HANDBOOK
            2012-2013




WEST TALLAHATCHIE SCHOOL DISTRICT
                                                          TABLE OF CONTENTS

Administrative Staff .............................................................................................................................. 4

Announcements .................................................................................................................................. 19

Attendance.......................................................................................................................................... 20

Attitude .......................................................................................................................................... 12-13

Board of Trustees .................................................................................................................................. 4

Buddy Teachers ................................................................................................................................... 20

CD/Movies........................................................................................................................................... 18

Classroom Cleanliness......................................................................................................................... 18

Classroom Disruptions ........................................................................................................................ 22

Classroom Management ..................................................................................................................... 20

Classroom Management Techniques............................................................................................. 21-22

Consequences ..................................................................................................................................... 16

Custodial Services ............................................................................................................................... 26

Deterants to Classroom ...................................................................................................................... 22

EEF ....................................................................................................................................................... 27

Effective Classroom Management ...................................................................................................... 22

Employee Dress Standards ............................................................................................................ 25-26

Enforcement of Student Rules ............................................................................................................ 19

Goals ................................................................................................................................................... 10

Greetings from the Superintendent ..................................................................................................... 9

Grading System .............................................................................................................................. 23-25

Handling Finances and Purchases ....................................................................................................... 27

Inability to Work ................................................................................................................................. 16

Intercom.............................................................................................................................................. 18

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Lesson Plan Requirements ....................................................................................................... 11, 17-18

Mailboxes ............................................................................................................................................ 20

Mission Statement .............................................................................................................................. 10

Pre-Test ............................................................................................................................................... 20

School Correspondence ...................................................................................................................... 19

School Function................................................................................................................................... 19

Selling .................................................................................................................................................. 19

Sexual Abuse of Students.................................................................................................................... 17

Sexual Harassment by Employees ...................................................................................................... 17

Supervision of Students ...................................................................................................................... 18

Tardies................................................................................................................................................. 20

Teacher Requirements ........................................................................................................................ 14

Teacher Visibility ................................................................................................................................. 19

Telephone Log ..................................................................................................................................... 21

Use of Cellular Phone ......................................................................................................................... 16

Violations ............................................................................................................................................ 17

Vision................................................................................................................................................... 10

What’s New? ......................................................................................................................................... 8




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               West Tallahatchie School District
                     STAFF HANDBOOK
                                2012-2013
                             Board of Trustees

                       Mr. Charles George, President
                      Mr. Arthur Sturdivant, Secretary
                      Ms. Lucinda Berryhill, Member
                          Dr. Tracy Mims, Member
                     Mrs. Cora Hooper-Towers, Member
                        Mr. Robert Tyner, Attorney

West Tallahatchie School District Central Office Administration & Staff
                        Telephone: (662) 375-9291
                           Fax: (662) 375-9294
                     Website: www.westtallhatchie.net

        Dr. Pallascene B. Cole, Superintendent of Education (Ext. 202)
                    Mary Small, Executive Secretary (Ext. 202)
            Donald Jackson, Director of Federal Programs (Ext. 206)
  Eddie McCord, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (Ext. 213)
    Hull Franklin, Director of Career & Technical Education/MSIS (Ext. 212)
        Scott Little, District Special Education Lead Teacher (645-7539)
   Sherry Ellington, Coordinator of RTI and Teacher Support Team (Ext. 211)
                Vera Kemp, Interim Business Manager (Ext. 209)
               Temeka Jones, Interim Accounts Payable (Ext. 220)
              Marilyn Gibbs, Federal Programs Secretary (Ext. 217)
                Sherri Hilliard, Technology Coordinator (Ext. 215)
                Bertha Jones, Food Service Supervisor (375-9331)
  Marvin Watson, Director of Maintenance and Custodial Services (645-3459)
               Ellis Johnson, Maintenance Supervisor (645-4105)
             Henry Hampton, Transportation Supervisor (375-8778)




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                       WEST TALLAHATCHIE SCHOOL DISTRICT
                               SCHOOL CALENDAR
                                   2012-2013




July           4       Office Closed
               5       Office Re-Opens
               12      Board Meeting @ 6 p.m. (Central Office)
               29      New Teachers’ Orientation

August         3-5     Teachers’ Workday
               8       First Day for Students
               9       Board Meeting @ 6 p.m. (Central Office)
               29      Open House/Get Acquainted Night – RHB
               30      Open House/Get Acquainted Night – WTHS
               31      Open House/Get Acquainted Night – NDAS

September      5       Labor Day Holiday (No School)
               6       Classes Resume
               8       Progress Reports Sent Home
               13      Board Meeting @ 6 p.m. (Central Office)
               14      English II Writing (Retest)
               15      English II Writing Make-up
               19      English II (Retest)
               20      Algebra I (Retest)
               21      U. S. History (Retest)
               22      Biology I (Retest)
               23      SATP Make-Up
               30      Family Academic Exhibition Day (No School)

October        1       Parent/Community Festival
               5-7     Nine Weeks Exams
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                                                                        Board
Meeting @ 6 p.m. (Central Office)
              17      Parent Report Card Day (12:00-7:00) (No School)
              18      Classes Resume
              21      Homecoming (Early Release Day)

November       8       Board Meeting @ 6 p.m. (Central Office)
               10      Progress Reports sent Home
               21-25   Thanksgiving Holiday
               28      Classes Resume



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December   1       English II Writing (Retest)
           2       English II Writing Make-up
           5       English II (Retest)
           6       Algebra I (Retest)
           7       U. S. History (Retest)




           8       Biology I (Retest)
           9       SATP Make-Up
           13      Board Meeting @ 6 p.m.
           14-16   Nine Weeks Exams (December 16th, Early Release Day)
           19-30   Winter Holiday

January    3       Teachers’ Professional Development Day
           4       Students Return
           10      Board Meeting @ 6 p.m. (Central Office)
           12      Report Cards Sent Home
           16      Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (No School)
           18      Classes Resume

February   2       Progress Reports Sent Home
           14      Board Meeting @ 6 p.m. (Central Office)
           20      Early Release Day
           21      Classes Resume

March      1       Mississippi Writing Assessment Grades 4 & 7
           2       Mississippi Writing Assessment Make-up
           7-9     Nine Weeks Exams
           12-16   Spring Break
           13      Board Meeting @ 6 p.m. (Central Office)
           18      Classes Resume
           21      English II Writing (Retest)
           22      English II Writing Make-up
           23      Parent Report Card Day (Inclement Weather Make-up Day)
           26      English II (Retest)
           27      Algebra I (Retest)
           28      U. S. History (Retest)
           29      Biology I (Retest)
           30      SATP Make-up

April      6       Good Friday (No School)
           9       Easter Monday (No School) (Inclement Weather Make-up Day)
           10      Classes Resume
           19      MS-CPAS2
           19      Progress Reports Sent Home
           20      MS-CPAS2

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              23      60% Day

May           1       U. S. History (Primary Administration)
              1       Grades 5 & 8 Science
              2       Science Make-Up

              2       Algebra I (Primary Administration)
              3       English II (Primary Administration)
              4       Biology I (Primary Administration)
              4       Parent Banquet
              7       SATP Make-up
              8       MCT2 Language Arts: Reading
              8       Board Meeting @ 6 p.m. (Central Office)
              9       MCT2 Language Arts: Writing
              10      MCT2 Mathematics
              11      MCT2 Make-up
              11      Class Night (WTHS)
              14-15   Senior Exams
              19      WTHS Graduation
              20      WTHS GED Options Program Graduation
              22-24   Final Exams (May 24th Students’ Last Day)
              25      Teachers’ Last Day
              28      Memorial Day


        Grading Period                        Dates                       Attendance Days
       First Nine Weeks          August 8th – October 7th            43 Days
      Second Nine Weeks          October 10th – December 16th        44 Days
        First Semester           August 8th – December 16th          87 Days
       Third Nine Weeks          January 4th – March 9th             47 Days
      Fourth Nine Weeks          March 19th – May 24th               46 Days
       Second Semester           January 4th – May 24th              93 Days
              Year               August 8th – May 24th               180 Days

    School Month            Ending Date                    Teacher Days          Student Days
Month 1                 September 30th               41                    38
Month 2                 October 31st                 21                    20
Month 3                 November 30th                17                    17
Month 4                 December 16th                12                    12
First Semester                                       91                    87
Month 5                 January 31st                 20                    19
Month 6                 February 29th                21                    21
Month 7                 March 30th                   17                    16
Month 8                 April 30th                   19                    19
Month 9                 May 24th                     19                    18
Second Semester                                      96                    93
Total # of Days                                      187                   180
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BOARD APPROVAL DATE: _________6-12-12_________________


                                    What’s New?




              Posted Elementary, Middle and Secondary Selection Forms


                                    Grading Scale


                                 Professional Ethics


                            Student Exemption Guidelines


                               Destination Graduation


                       Common Core Standards Implementation


                                       SAM7
                          Active Parent Link (online grades)




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                                West Tallahatchie School District
                                    OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT


PALLASCENE BRIGHT COLE, Ed.D.                                         Phone: 662-375-9291
       Superintendent                                                   Fax: 662-375-9294




Dear Colleague,

       Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year. I am honored to serve as superintendent.
We have been working very hard to situate ourselves to improve our support services to
assure that you have what you need to positively affect student performance.

      I want to extend a special welcome to all new employees. I hope your tenure with
West Tallahatchie School District is an enjoyable experience.

       I want to commend returning staff on accomplishments made this past year. Even
against the odds and many challenges, you assured teaching and learning occurred. I
applaud you for all efforts rendered.

        This year is our year to become a High Performing School District. Again, we will be
asking you to extend yourself and go beyond the call of duty in assuring that no student is
left behind. Rest assured, I will be supporting and encouraging you all the way, because
the power of learning happens in the classroom!

        Some important policies/issues that need to adhered:
            Professional Ethics and Standards Policy
            Internet Use Policy
            Common Core Standards Training and Implementation

        The West Tallahatchie School District Staff Handbook has been compiled to supply
employees with pertinent information to help staff become familiar with district policies,
school rules and other expectations for excellent performance.

        Best wishes for excellent performance in the classroom.


Pallascene B. Cole, Ed.D., Superintendent




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                                        Our Vision

Our vision is to provide a nurturing and stimulating environment where children will have a quality
                           education in order to reach their full potential.




                                         Our Goals
                                   Increase student achievement
                                   Increase parental involvement
                                    Increase graduation rates
                                     Decrease dropout rate



                                  Mission Statement
      The administrators, faculty, and staff of the West Tallahatchie School District mission is
to educate students to become productive citizens actively contributing in an ever-changing
                                    technological society.




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                                            LESSON PLANS


District:    West Tallahatchie School District
Section:     I - Instructional Program
Policy Code: IKI - Lesson Plans
Policy:

LESSON PLANS Each teacher must make lesson plans in advance. A substitute teacher must have
information to carry on a teacher’s work during any period of absence. The principal should have a
planned system for supervising the planning process and for ensuring compliance with this policy.

Effective lesson plans should reflect long-range planning as well as immediate objectives of instruction.
Lesson plans should provide a stimulus for effective teaching; provide for the most efficient and
beneficial use of student time; establish general and specific objectives; indicate specific materials to be
used in the learning process; and serve as a guide for a substitute teacher. The unit approach is
encouraged in the preparation of lesson plans, requiring closely correlated daily lesson directed toward
broad objectives to be achieved over a specified time. Isolated and incidental teaching without long-range
planning should be rejected by the effective teacher.

A minimum outline that should appear in all lesson plans includes an abbreviated statement of the
objective, the teaching process that will be used, the test, or other items as directed by the administration,
and any enrichment activities that will be used. To accommodate different levels of student learning,
plans should include activities for differentiated instruction, academic interventions, small group
activities, or enrichment activities. Lesson plans must be current and displayed so they are readily
accessible by classroom observers.ALL LESSON PLANS MUST BE SUBMITTED ON THE
APPROVED DISTRICT TEMPLATE.



Exhibits:
Regulations:
Adopted Date:                       12/13/2011
Approved/Revised Date:              12/13/2011




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                                        Attitude
As you embark on your teaching career, begin your preparations with a review of your attitude:

                                   Your Attitude as a Teacher

If you think you will succeed, you will. If you think you will fail, you will.
Attitude becomes everything. As the illustration below depicts, your attitude will impact your
future in the classroom.

Begin by expecting success. Your quest to learn will guide you in becoming an efficient and
effective teacher.
                                     LOOK AT YOURSELF!
                                    Look carefully at your:
                                           • Attitude
                                       • Self-confidence
                                             • Voice
                                         • Enthusiasm
                                       • Sense of humor
                                    • Personal appearance
                                           • Fairness
                                          • Optimism
                                      • Own promptness
                                            • Values
                              Students learn what YOU see there!
                                     Essential Questions?
                          Why did I choose teaching as a profession?
                              What are my abilities as a teacher?
                                            Personal
                                          Reflections:
                                           ATTITUDE
                                   1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5
                                                =
                                              100%


                              Your Attitude about Your Students

Your expectations for the success of your students will determine the success of your students.
If you expect very little from your students, that is exactly what you will get. Teachers who

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begin the year by setting very high expectations for their students are rewarded with students
who strive to achieve.
Larry Lezotte said, “The parents are sending us the best kids they have. They are not keeping
the good ones home.” Nor are they putting the best kids in the classroom down the hall, nor in
the school on the other side of town. Your parents are sending you their child with such pride
and joy. Your first priorities are to look for the best in each child, expect the best from each
child, and plan for the best. As you prepare for your first day with students:
              �� Review what you will say to your students as they enter your door
               to let them know you are expecting them to be successful in your
                                          classroom.
            �� Inspect your classroom to see what visuals you have displayed that
                      reflect high expectations for student achievement.
      Example: Displayed in bold letters is the saying, “The only DISABILITY in life is a BAD
                                            ATTITUDE.”
                �� Plan your first communication that you will send home to let
                parents know that each student will succeed in your classroom.

                                   ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS:
What are your expectations for your students?
How will you let your students know you believe in them?

                                      Personal Reflection:
It matters not what you think I am, or what I think I am. What matters is what I think you think I
am.


                                     CLASSROOM DISRUPTIONS
Even with the very best classroom discipline plan and strong classroom management skills,
there will be times when there will be disruptions in your classroom that must be addressed so
that you may refocus your energies on instruction. The key is to deal with these disruptions
quickly and with as little distraction to your students as possible.

�� Disruptive Student – If a student is causing difficulties in your classroom, DO NOT STOP THE
LESSON to deal with the student. Instead, using low key interventions to remind the
student of your expectations: �� Whiteboard/Transparency – Write the student’s name
where he/she can be reminded to get back on task. �� Move the Marker – Many teachers use a
discipline plan that provides for a visual marker for each child (a clothespin on a chart with
green, yellow, or red color markers; a shape with each child’s name on it that can be moved
when a child is not on task or disruptive, etc.) �� While still teaching, move close to the student
causing the disturbance. If a student continues to be off task or disruptive, assign your


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class a task that is part of your lesson (think about…, write down …, read the section on…) while
you deal with the student. The student may need to be gently reminded of your expectations,
moved to a designated place in your classroom, or to another teacher’s classroom until he/she
is ready to cooperate. �� Unscheduled Visitors at your door or in your classroom – If an
unscheduled visitor comes to your door or in your classroom, try to quickly access why they are
there without interrupting your classroom instruction. Many teachers encourage parents to
come and visit in their classrooms or offer assistance on a regular basis. Have a procedure in
place that is communicated to your parents to let them know what you would like for them
to do while they are in your classroom. If a parent comes to your door wanting to conference
with you, remind them that you will be glad to schedule a time to meet with them, but your
time with students must be given priority. It is often easy for a spontaneous parent conference
to take ten to fifteen minutes of precious classroom time. Professionally and tactfully
communicate that conferencing is important, but must be scheduled so as to not short-change
your students.




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                               TEACHER REQUIREMENTS



1.   Set high expectations for all students.
2.  Be present and on time for work each day (sign in by 7:30 a.m.).
3.  Remain at work until 4:00 p.m.
4.  Stand outside of your doorway during class changes.
5.  Instruct students to walk quietly to the right side of the halls.
6.  Perform an accurate roll check each day during each period.
7.  Post and explain classroom rules and consequences regularly.
8.  Engage students in meaningful lessons for the full period of instruction. This will lessen
    discipline problems.
9. Write objectives and homework assignments on the board daily.
10. Remain in your classroom at all times. If you must leave, get someone to supervise
    your class.
11. Keep students in class. Write them a hall pass if they must leave the class for any
    reason.
12. Handle minor infractions (warning, parent conference, etc.).
13. Be firm, fair, consistent, and caring when administering discipline.
14. Major infractions must be written up on a discipline referral form and sent to the office.
15. Escort your students to the cafeteria and to assembly programs. Sit with or stand near
    them and supervise their behavior at all times.
16. Be respectful and professional when dealing with colleagues, students, and parents.
    Never lose your cool.
17. You have the authority to correct any and all students, whether you teach them or not.
18. Be attentive, present and on time for faculty meetings, staff development, and open
    house.
19. Use planning time for classroom preparation.
20. Turn in lesson plans on time.
21. Be cooperative and assist wherever needed.
22. Be professionally dressed and prepared for class daily.
23. Address students by the name that appears on your class roster. Do not call students by
    any other name.
24. Treat everyone as you would like to be treated.




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              CONSEQUENCES FOR TEACHERS NOT FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS



First Offense—Verbal Warning



Second Offense—Conference with Principal and written reprimand



Third Offense—Corrective Action/Work Improvement Plan



Fourth Offense and Thereafter—Recommendation for suspension without pay and/or
 termination.


                                       INABLILITY TO WORK



When it is necessary for a teacher or staff person to be absent from work, it is your
responsibility to notify the office or principal. If possible, notification must be done the day
before or by 6:00 a.m. on the day in question. You may contact the principal or the secretary.



                             USE OF CELL TELEPHONES BY TEACHERS

The Board of Trustees of the West Tallahatchie School District believes that the school district
was created for the primary purpose of effectively educating the children attending school
within the school system. The Board further believes that to accomplish this mission, it is
imperative that classroom instructional time be protected. Therefore, any activity that
distracts the teacher from his or her ability to utilize the entire class period for instructional
purpose is prohibited. Specifically prohibited is the use of cell telephones by teachers during
class time. Teachers are prohibited from calling or texting students.



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                                                 VIOLATIONS

Alleged violations of this policy shall be discussed in a conference between the employee and
the building principal. If the principal finds the violation(s) to be factual, the principal shall issue
a written reprimand to the employee(s) involved. This reprimand shall become a part of the
employee’s personnel file. Repeated violations may result in non-renewal of an employee’s
contract or dismissal. (CROSS REF.: POLICY IB – INSTRUCTIONAL GOALS)


                               SEXUAL HARASSMENT BY EMPLOYEES

Employees shall not engage in any type of conduct that sexually harasses students or other
employees, including applicants for employment. An employee who engages in any sexually
oriented conversations, activities, contacts, or other conduct of a sexual nature with a student
commits sexual harassment of the student. Regardless of the student’s age or the consent of
either the student or the student’s parent, employees are prohibited from dating or courting
students. An employee who engages in unwelcome sexually oriented conversations, activities,
or contacts with another employee commits sexual harassment of the employee if submission
to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s
employment, if submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for employment
decisions affecting the individual, or if such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably
interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or
offensive working environment. (GACN SEXUAL HARASSMENT)


                                    SEXUAL ABUSE OF STUDENTS

Employees shall not engage in any type of conduct that sexually abuses students. Sexual abuse
includes, but is not limited to, fondling, sexual assault, or sexual intercourse. In addition to
being terminated from employment, any employee who sexually abuses a student shall be
reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency for criminal prosecution and to the
Commissioner of Education for appropriate sanctions. (GACN SEXUAL HARASSMENT)



                                   LESSON PLAN REQUIREMENTS

     Reflect of two weeks instruction
     Write in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the district (Lesson Cycle—
      Introduction, Work Period and Closing.
     Write in a manner that a substitute could follow.

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      Write in behavioral and measurable formats.
      Type all lesson plans.
      Include copies of any assessments.
      E-mail lesson plans to the principal or designee.



The methods for instruction should be detailed. Instructors who plan every activity carefully
and engage students in meaningful activity for the entire class period have proven to be
successful instructors. BE CREATIVE!!!

All teachers must submit lesson plans. Lesson plans must be submitted on time (No excuses).
Please have a copy of your weekly plans placed on the right corner of your desk (Appendix J).



                                   CLASSROOM CLEANLINESS

All teachers are required to make sure that their classrooms are left in an orderly fashion. Do
not take instructional time for students to sweep your floor. Custodial staff will only be
responsible for cleaning classrooms (sweeping, emptying trash, mopping, and waxing).



                                  SUPERVISION OF STUDENTS



All teachers are responsible for all students and are required to have these students under
supervision at all times. Once students enter your classroom, you are held responsible for
those students. TEACHERS ARE STRICTLY REQUIRED NOT TO LEAVE ANY GROUP OF STUDENTS
UNSUPERVISED AT ANY TIME; NO EXCEPTIONS!!!



                                      CDS/DVDS/MOVIES

The principal must approve all videos prior to showing them to the students. No Exceptions!!!



                                           INTERCOM

All announcements must be pre-approved by the principal. No one is to announce anything
over the PA system unless he/she has approval from the principal.




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                                      ANNOUNCEMENTS

All announcements for the day should be in the main office by 7:50 a.m. each day. Only
emergency announcements will be made via the school’s intercom system.



                                 SCHOOL CORRESPONDENCE

The principal must approve any correspondence that is affiliated with the school.

                                           SELLING

No one is to sell any items during the regular school hours. Items for sale must be approved by
the Superintendent and the Board of Trustees. Remember, the school is the leading voice in
providing an environment that is healthy for our students.



                                     SCHOOL FUNCTIONS

The principal must approve all school-related functions, other than those that are regularly
scheduled. Request must be made to the principal in a timely fashion.



                                      TEACHER VISIBILITY

Teachers should stand in the hall way outside of their classroom door during the changing of
classes. Teachers who do not have a class should patrol the hallway during the changing of
classes.

                                         HALL PASSES

Teachers must provide hall passes for any student that exits the classroom before class is
dismissed. Any student entering your classroom should have a pass from the office or another
teacher.



                              ENFORCEMENT OF STUDENT RULES




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Teachers are held responsible for knowing the rules and regulations of the district and the
school. Therefore, you should be knowledgeable of the rules outlined in the student handbook
and classroom rules. All rules outlined in the Student Handbook will be strictly enforced.




                                        EATING IN CLASS

Eating in the classroom is prohibited at all times. Students should not be allowed to eat during
instructional time.

                                         ATTENDANCE

Teachers are required to take attendance on a daily basis. Please follow the steps listed below
when taking attendance:

       1.    Check the roll daily.
       2.   Attendance taken promptly once the students have entered the class.
       3.   Students should not complete an absentee slip.
       4.   Students coming to class late should be recorded as tardy.
       5.   **Students are not allowed to enter attendance into SAM7**

                                            TARDIES

Students are allowed to accumulate three (3) tardies before they are sent to the office. Please
keep a record of student’s tardies. Those students who have accumulated tardies should be
reminded on a daily basis. Once the fourth tardy has been accumulated, please send the
student to the office.



                                           PRE-TEST

All teachers are required to administer a pre-test. Results from the pre-test should not be
counted against the students in your classes.



                                          MAIL BOXES

Please check your mailbox on a daily basis. Check your mailbox when you get on campus and
before you leave campus each day. There may be important information placed there.



                                       BUDDY TEACHERS


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New teachers will be paired with a buddy-seasoned teacher. The buddy-seasoned teacher is
responsible for introducing the new teacher to the faculty and staff, giving a tour of the
building, showing where to find supplies in the building available for teacher use, helping locate
all textbooks, workbooks, and teacher supplies. The buddy-seasoned teacher will assist the
new teacher in developing sample lessons and completing lesson plans.



                                  CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT

Each teacher is responsible for managing his or her classroom. Your classroom cannot be
managed from the principal’s office or assistant principal’s office. Once students are in your
classroom, you are responsible for the following:

    Classroom Organization
         o Rules and procedures should be developed in conjunction with teaching
            strategies that help students meet their personal and academic needs.
    Communication
         o Effective communication is the foundation for good classroom management.
    Monitoring Students
         o Often misbehavior occurs because students find “acting out” more interesting
            than a boring lesson or more rewarding than another failure experience.
            Students may also misbehave when they are not involved in the learning
            process, do not understand the task, or cannot obtain assistance when it is
            needed.
    Delivery of Instruction
         o The quality of instruction is a key factor in influencing student’s behavior and
            achievement. Response to student misbehavior is most effective when it
            maintains or enhances the student’s dignity and self-esteem and encourages the
            student to be responsible for his or her own behavior.




                                        TELEPHONE LOG

When a parent is called, do not forget to log in the information. Log in sheets are located under
each telephone in the principal’s and assistant principal’s offices. If you are using your personal
             cellular telephone, please keep a log located within the classroom.



                           CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES

Twelve (12) steps teachers can take at the beginning of the year to promote effective classroom
management.

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       1.   Develop a set of written expectations you can live with and enforce (3 to 5 rules).
       2.  Be consistent. Be consistent. Be consistent.
       3.  Be patient with yourself and with your students.
       4.  Make parents allies. Call early and often. Use the word “concerned”. When
           communicating a concern, be specific and descriptive.
       5. Do not lecture too much. Use the first 15 minutes of class for lectures or
           presentations.
       6. Break the class period into two or three different activities.
       7. Begin at the very beginning of each class period and end at the very end.
       8. Keep all students actively engaged (meaningful activities). For example, while a
           student does a presentation, involve other students in evaluating the student.
       9. Discipline individual students quietly and privately. Never engage in a disciplinary
           conversation across the room.
       10. Keep your sense of perspective and your sense of humor.
       11. Know when to ask for help.



                                   EFFECTIVE CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT


All teachers are expected to maintain order and discipline in their classrooms. The classroom
teacher should handle all minor infractions:

            1.    Post classroom rules (3 to 5 rules).
            2.   Teach the rules on the first day and on a regular basis.
            3.   Explain the consequences of breaking the rules.
            4.   Follow-through with the consequences when the rules are broken. No
                 exceptions.
            5.   Model the desired behavior.
            6.   Institute a positive behavior reward system
            7.   Be firm, fair, consistent, and caring when disciplining students.
            8.   Begin the first day exactly the way you want to end the last day.



                            DETERANTS TO CLASSROOM DISRUPTIONS

            1.   Teach interesting and exciting lessons from the beginning to the end.
            2.   Actively engage the student in the learning process.
            3.   Use variety in your teaching strategies.
            4.   Provide good transitions from lecture to classroom activities.



                             MEANS OF DEALING WITH DISRUPTIONS

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       1. Address the disruption immediately using direct eye contact.
       2. Be firm and respectful. Say what you mean.
       3. For minor disruptions use the following: warning, informal private conferences,
          parent contact, and referrals sent to the assistant principal’s office.



                                      GRADING SYSTEM


The school session is divided into two semesters. Each semester is further divided into two (2)
nine weeks terms for a total of four (4) nine weeks terms for the year.




                                       GRADING SCALE


                             A      90-100         Excellent

                             B      80-89          Good

                             C      70-79          Average

                             D      65-69          Below Average

                             F      64 and below Unsatisfactory

                             I      Incomplete



                                      GRADING POLICY

TO AVERAGE GRADES:


For Nine Weeks: Daily Grades (including tests) count three (3) times; Nine Weeks test counts

                  one (1) time;



For Semester:     Add two Nine Weeks and average by dividing by two (2).



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For Year:           Add two (2) semester averages and divide by two (2).



                                             GRADING


Promotion and retention will be based upon a students’ mastery of the state required
competencies from the Mississippi Curriculum Frameworks and the subject matter contents
with an average of 65 or above in each class. Students must master 65% of the competencies
and skills with a 65% minimum grade average.

Teachers will record students’ grades in his/her district issued grade book and into SAM7. A
manual grade book must be maintained at all times in case of a system failure. Grades will be
recorded from daily lessons, special projects, students’ self-assessments, class participation,
etc. The following guidelines should be followed:

            a. There shall be four (4) grading periods of nine-weeks duration.


            b. A minimum of three major tests shall be recorded for each student in each
               academic course in grades 7-12 during each nine-weeks grading period, unless
               the principal grants written permission. Grades are also recorded for weekly
               assignments.

            c. To be exempted from exams at the end of each nine weeks or semester is an
               earned privilege. Students eligible for exemption(s) from a test(s) will have the
               option to take an exam to improve grade in each subject. If the nine weeks grade
               is lower, the average will remain the same. Students will have a new chance for
               test exemption each nine weeks (See Appendix B.)

            d. Students with a current eligibility in special education and a current Individualized
                Education Plan (IEP) on file will receive grades reflecting the student’s
                achievement on the instructional level on which he/she is functioning. All
                persons involved in reporting and using these grades will clearly understand that
                a high grade does not necessarily mean that a disability no longer exists. A high
                grade will accurately reflect that, based on what is expected of the student with a
                given disability, he/she is performing well.


            e. Each special education student must demonstrate mastery of 80% of the total IEP
               objectives to be promoted to the next grade level. Upon enrollment in the ninth
               grade the student and parent should be informed of graduation options available


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              for that student. The parent shall decide which option, certificate or diploma,
              his/her child will take.


          f. If it is obvious that the student with the disability cannot function socially,
              emotionally, or educationally in an academic class, the student should be
              removed from that class and placed appropriately. If this does occur, the
              “Written Prior Notice for IEP’s will be revised. If a special education student is
              retained, all federal/state age guidelines will be followed.




                                EMPLOYEE DRESS STANDARDS


Listed below is a summary of the Employee Dress Guidelines for the West Tallahatchie School
District and should be followed by all employees who are working in the district unless
otherwise advised by school or school district personnel. The West Tallahatchie School District
is responsible for educating children to prepare them for successful and useful roles in our
society. It is the responsibility of all employees to serve as role models for students and to
present a positive, professional image in language, behavior, and dress. Appropriate dress is a
rational means of promoting respect for authority, traditional values, and discipline. All
personnel working within the schools shall dress during the instructional day in accordance with
the following guidelines:

Male: dress shirt or sport shirt with collar, polo shirt, sweater, slacks, and shoes (except
sandals) with socks.

Female: slacks, skirts of modest length, dresses, jumpers, sweaters, polo shirts. Shirts or tops
without collars are acceptable as long as they complement other attire being worn and are not
overly casual. Capri pants must be worn with appropriate shoes.

Shoes: Personnel should wear shoes that provide support and protection. While athletic-type
shoes are not preferred, they are acceptable if they complement the other attire being worn.
Female staff members may, when appropriate, wear sandals. However, beach-type shoes, such
as flip-flops, shower shoes, and plastic shoes are not appropriate at any time.

Inappropriate dress or personal grooming includes, but is not limited to:

 Denim jeans of all colors
 Denim jeans that are too tight or that have been altered in any manner that is inconsistent
  with this policy when allowed on spirit days

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 Leggings, tights, (except under skirts, dresses, jumpers)
 Warm-up pants/suits, sweat or tee shirt, overalls
 Work clothes (except for specific assignments on or work days as pre-approved by school
  principal
 Clothing or accessories with slogans that are suggestive of drugs, alcohol, sex, or obscenities
  or casinos
 Provocative clothing (thin straps, tube tops, low necklines, low backs, strapless, too tight,
  too short, midriff revealing, see-through, etc.)
 Display of controversial tattoos and body piercing (eyebrow, nose, tongue) that are
  disruptive to the teaching/learning process, male earrings
 Hair wrapping or curlers or any type


Teacher Workdays, Outings, Field Trips, and Staff Development Days: Inquire about the dress
that is appropriate on these special days if you are to be present. For further identification,
please consult your school administrator. However, a good rule of thumb to follow would be: If
the thought crosses your mind that your dress may not be appropriate, it probably isn’t.



                                       Custodial Services
        The service of a custodian is available for maintaining the school building. They have
been given a schedule, which provides for the cleaning of all rooms every day. Teachers can
help in the maintenance job by encouraging the students to keep the building clean and in good
repair. Students observed damaging the school property or being careless about the use of the
waste can, etc., should be corrected on the spot. These students will be called upon to make
good the damage done.

        Teachers may also help in the job of maintaining the school building by periodically
checking all furniture in their respective rooms. If there is any looseness of parts, notify the
office so that corrections can be made before the piece of furniture actually comes apart.
Teachers are also asked to close all windows, and turn off the lights and air conditioner when
they leave at the close of the day. If repairs are needed, please complete a maintenance report
that may be obtained from the principal’s office.




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                            HANDLING FINANCES AND PURCHASING

Collecting monies from students. All funds collected from students or on behalf of the school
must be receipted through the principal’s office. STAFF SHOULD NOT TAKE FUNDS OFF
CAMPUS OR TAKE HOME. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Soliciting the public for school projects. The West Tallahatchie Board of Trustees prohibits
employees asking students to solicit funds from the public. If this practice is observed, staff can
face serious consequences.

NO SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPLOYEE IS ALLOWED TO PURCHASE FOR THE DISTRICT WITH CASH.



                        EEF PURCHASES/ORDERING TEACHER SUPPLIES

Each school year, with the exception of federally funded employees, each teacher, counselor,
and librarian is allotted an amount for supplies to be with Education Enhancement Fund (EEF)
monies. Teacher Assistants do not receive an EEF allotment nor do administrative staff.

EEF expenditures are allowed only for supplies, including materials and software, and
equipment. EEF expenditures must be based on a spending plan developed by teachers.

If funds are not spent during the year, remaining funds may be EXPENDED TO ENHANCE THE
LIBRARY.

Teachers may pool their EEF funds to purchase larger items for instructional (sharing) use. A
spending plan must be presented, documented and approved by school principal.

According to Senate Bill 2761-School District Procurement Efficiency Commission- The
Department of Finance and Administration has adopted purchasing regulations regarding the
use of procurement cards by school districts and teacher supply funds and to issue
procurement cards to teachers on annual basis for the purchase of said instructional
materials.




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                                         APPENDIX A:

         Mississippi Educator Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct

   NOTE: THE WEST TALLAHATCHIE SCHOOL BOARD HAS APPROVED THE
        CODE OF ETHICS AND STANDARDS OF CONDUCT TO COVER
    CERTIFIED, NON-CERTIFIED, SUBSTITUTES, AND VOLUNTEER STAFF
                                            MAY 2011

Each educator, upon entering the teaching profession, assumes a number of obligations, one of
which is to adhere to a set of principles which defines professional conduct. These principles are
reflected in the following code of ethics which sets forth to the education profession and the
public it serves standards of professional conduct and procedures for implementation.

This code shall apply to all persons licensed according to the rules established by the Mississippi
State Board of Education and protects the health, safety and general welfare of students and
educators.

Ethical conduct is any conduct which promotes the health, safety, welfare, discipline and morals
of students and colleagues.

Unethical conduct is any conduct that impairs the license holder’s ability to function in his/her
employment position or a pattern of behavior that is detrimental to the health, safety, welfare,
discipline, or morals of students and colleagues.

Any educator or administrator license may be revoked or suspended for engaging in
unethical conduct relating to an educator/student relationship (Standard 4).
Superintendents shall report to the Mississippi Department of Education license holders
who engage in unethical conduct relating to an educator/student relationship (Standard 4).

                                    Code of Ethics Standards

Standard 1: Professional Conduct
An educator should demonstrate conduct that follows generally recognized professional
standards.

1.1.   Ethical conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

    1. Encouraging and supporting colleagues in developing and maintaining high standards
    2. Respecting fellow educators and participating in the development of a professional
       teaching environment
    3. Engaging in a variety of individual and collaborative learning experiences essential to
       professional development designed to promote student learning
    4. Providing professional education services in a nondiscriminatory manner


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    5. Maintaining competence regarding skills, knowledge, and dispositions relating to his/her
       organizational position, subject matter and pedagogical practices
    6. Maintaining a professional relationship with parents of students and establish appropriate
       communication related to the welfare of their children

1.2.     Unethical conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

    1.   Harassment of colleagues
    2.   Misuse or mismanagement of tests or test materials
    3.   Inappropriate language on school grounds or any school-related activity
    4.   Physical altercations
    5.   Failure to provide appropriate supervision of students and reasonable disciplinary actions

Standard 2. Trustworthiness
An educator should exemplify honesty and integrity in the course of professional practice and
does not knowingly engage in deceptive practices regarding official policies of the school district
or educational institution.

2.1.     Ethical conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

    1. Properly representing facts concerning an educational matter in direct or indirect public
       expression
    2. Advocating for fair and equitable opportunities for all children
    3. Embodying for students the characteristics of honesty, diplomacy, tact, and fairness.

2.2.     Unethical conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

    1. Falsifying, misrepresenting, omitting, or erroneously reporting any of the following:
           1. employment history, professional qualifications, criminal history,
               certification/recertification
           2. information submitted to local, state, federal, and/or other governmental agencies
           3. information regarding the evaluation of students and/or personnel
           4. reasons for absences or leave
           5. information submitted in the course of an official inquiry or investigation
    2. Falsifying records or directing or coercing others to do so



Standard 3. Unlawful Acts
An educator shall abide by federal, state, and local laws and statutes and local school board
policies.

3.      Unethical conduct includes, but is not limited to, the commission or conviction of a
felony or sexual offense. As used herein, conviction includes a finding or verdict of guilty, or a
plea of nolo contendere, regardless of whether an appeal of the conviction has been sought or


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situation where first offender treatment without adjudication of guilt pursuant to the charge was
granted.

Standard 4. Educator/Student Relationship
An educator should always maintain a professional relationship with all students, both in and
outside the classroom.

4.1.     Ethical conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

    1. Fulfilling the roles of mentor and advocate for students in a professional relationship. A
       professional relationship is one where the educator maintains a position of
       teacher/student authority while expressing concern, empathy, and encouragement for
       students
    2. Nurturing the intellectual, physical, emotional, social and civic potential of all students
    3. Providing an environment that does not needlessly expose students to unnecessary
       embarrassment or disparagement
    4. Creating, supporting, and maintaining a challenging learning environment for all students

4.2.     Unethical conduct includes, but is not limited to the following:

    1. Committing any act of child abuse
    2. Committing any act of cruelty to children or any act of child endangerment
    3. Committing or soliciting any unlawful sexual act
    4. Engaging in harassing behavior on the basis of race, gender, national origin, religion or
       disability
    5. Furnishing tobacco, alcohol, or illegal/unauthorized drugs to any student or allowing a
       student to consume alcohol or illegal/unauthorized drugs
    6. Soliciting, encouraging, participating or initiating inappropriate written, verbal,
       electronic, physical or romantic relationship with a student.

Examples of these acts may include but not be limited to:

            1. sexual jokes
            2. sexual remarks
            3. sexual kidding or teasing
            4. sexual innuendo
            5. pressure for dates or sexual favors
            6. inappropriate touching, fondling, kissing or grabbing
            7. rape
            8. threats of physical harm
            9. sexual assault
            10. electronic communication such as texting
            11. invitation to social networking
            12. remarks about a student’s body
            13. consensual sex



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Standard 5. Educator Collegial Relationships
An educator should always maintain a professional relationship with colleagues, both in and
outside the classroom

5.      Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to the following:

     1. Revealing confidential health or personnel information concerning colleagues unless
        disclosure serves lawful professional purposes or is required by law
     2. Harming others by knowingly making false statements about a colleague or the school
        system
     3. Interfering with a colleague’s exercise of political, professional, or citizenship rights and
        responsibilities
     4. Discriminating against or coercing a colleague on the basis of race, religion, national
        origin, age, sex, disability or family status
     5. Using coercive means or promise of special treatment in order to influence professional
        decisions of colleagues

Standard 6. Alcohol, Drug and Tobacco Use or Possession
An educator should refrain from the use of alcohol and/or tobacco during the course of
professional practice and should never use illegal or unauthorized drugs

6.1.    Ethical conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

     1. Factually representing the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drug use and abuse to
        students during the course of professional practice

6.2.    Unethical conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

     1. Being under the influence of, possessing, using, or consuming illegal or unauthorized
        drugs
     2. Being on school premises or at a school-related activity involving students while
        documented as being under the influence of, possessing, or consuming alcoholic
        beverages. A school-related activity includes but is not limited to, any activity that is
        sponsored by a school or a school system or any activity designed to enhance the school
        curriculum such as club trips, etc. which involve students.
     3. Being on school premises or at a school-related activity involving students while
        documented using tobacco.

Standard 7. Public Funds and Property
An educator shall not knowingly misappropriate, divert, or use funds, personnel, property, or
equipment committed to his or her charge for personal gain or advantage.

7.1.    Ethical conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

     1. Maximizing the positive effect of school funds through judicious use of said funds
     2. Modeling for students and colleagues the responsible use of public property

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7.2.   Unethical conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

    1. Knowingly misappropriating, diverting or using funds, personnel, property or equipment
       committed to his or her charge for personal gain
    2. Failing to account for funds collected from students, parents or any school-related
       function
    3. Submitting fraudulent requests for reimbursement of expenses or for pay
    4. Co-mingling public or school-related funds with personal funds or checking accounts
    5. Using school property without the approval of the local board of education/governing
       body

Standard 8. Remunerative Conduct
An educator should maintain integrity with students, colleagues, parents, patrons, or businesses
when accepting gifts, gratuities, favors, and additional compensation.

8.1.   Ethical conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

    1. Insuring that institutional privileges are not used for personal gain
    2. Insuring that school policies or procedures are not impacted by gifts or gratuities from
       any person or organization

8.2.   Unethical conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

    1. Soliciting students or parents of students to purchase equipment, supplies, or services
       from the educator or to participate in activities that financially benefit the educator unless
       approved by the local governing body.
    2. Tutoring students assigned to the educator for remuneration unless approved by the local
       school board
    3. The educator shall neither accept nor offer gratuities, gifts, or favors that impair
       professional judgment or to obtain special advantage. (This standard shall not restrict the
       acceptance of gifts or tokens offered and accepted openly from students, parents, or other
       persons or organizations in recognition or appreciation of service)

Standard 9. Maintenance of Confidentiality
An educator shall comply with state and federal laws and local school board policies relating to
confidentiality of student and personnel records, standardized test material, and other
information covered by confidentiality agreements.

9.1.   Ethical conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

    1. Keeping in confidence information about students that has been obtained in the course of
       professional service unless disclosure serves a legitimate purpose or is required by law
    2. Maintaining diligently the security of standardized test supplies and resources

9.2.   Unethical conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:


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      1. Sharing confidential information concerning student academic and disciplinary records,
         health and medical information family status/income and assessment/testing results
         unless disclosure is required or permitted by law.
      2. Violating confidentiality agreements related to standardized testing including copying or
         teaching identified test items, publishing or distributing test items or answers, discussing
         test items, and violating local school board or state directions for the use of tests
      3. Violating other confidentiality agreements required by state or local policy

Standard 10.        Breach of Contract or Abandonment of Employment
An educator should fulfill all of the terms and obligations detailed in the contract with the local
school board or educational agency for the duration of the contract.

10.      Unethical conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

             o   Abandoning the contract for professional services without prior release from the
                 contract by the school board
             o   Refusing to perform services required by the contract.




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                                              APPENDIX B:

                                     West Tallahatchie School District

                                                Grades 5-12

                            2012-2013 Testing Exemption Policy
Overview

To be exempted for exams at the end of each nine weeks, or semester is an earned privilege.

Students eligible for exemption(s) from a test(s) will have the option to take an exam to improve
grade in each subject. If the nine weeks grade is lower, the average will remain the same. Students
will have a new chance for test exemption each nine weeks.

All absences will be counted except for approved absences that are school related (extra- or
co-curricular) activities. Late buses will NOT be counted as tardies.

                            STUDENT/PARENTS REPONSIBILITIES
Students and parents will be totally responsible for authentic documentation when ill, bereaved, or
tardy. Students arriving late will responsible for reporting present. No make-up documentation
will be granted.

Principal/Assistant Principal/Designee will announce subject exemptions on the Friday before nine
weeks/semester exams.

                                 Nine Weeks Exemptions (Per Subject)

            Attendance                     Positive Behavior Status             Average
   No absences (no more than 3             No disciplinary referrals             85-90
    tardies) during nine weeks
1 absence (no more than 2 tardies)         No disciplinary referrals              90-95
        during nine weeks
    2 absences (no more than 2             No disciplinary referrals             95-100
    tardies) during nine weeks

                                 Year-End Exemptions (Per Class)

          Attendance                     Positive Behavior Status               Average
          1 absence                      No disciplinary referrals               85-90
  ( no more than 3 tardies)
     for second semester
          2 absences                     No disciplinary referrals               90-95
  (no more than 2 tardies)
     for second semester
          4 absences                     No disciplinary referrals               95-100
  (no more than 2 tardies)
     for second semester

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                                       APPENDIX C:


           THE GREAT TEACHERS AND LEADERS INCENTIVES GRANT



Individual and group awards will be given for the best performance in the following areas:
     Best performance on Accelerated Reader by grade (K-12) as of the end of May
     Best performance on MCT2 by grade (3-8);
     Best performance on SATP2 by subject area;
     Best performance by teacher (one for MCT2; one for SAPT2) – 2 awards;
     The highest achieving school award (including NDAC) –highest QDI, attendance and
       team building. Note classified staff will benefit from the school award too.




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                                      APPENDIX D:



                     STAFF RESPONSIBILITY IN USAGE AND
                   MONITORING OF UNAUTHORIZED WEBSITES


Staff and students are prohibited from surfing on unauthorized websites. This is a breach
of technology policies, illegal in nature, and is detrimental to district funding and
educational goals.

Frequently, the state and district technicians monitor in-district computerized systems and
can identify specific individuals, classrooms, workstations, and laboratories breaching
technology policies.

PERSONNEL SUPERVISING STUDENTS WILL BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR
ADHERING TO ALL TECHNOLOGY POLICIES WHEN STUDENTS ARE USING
SAID EQUIPMENT.

Continued lack of monitoring of students on technologies and/or engaging in these
practices is considered unethical conduct (see Mississippi Educator Code of Ethics and
Standards of Conduct, Standard 9.2) and subject to serious consequences.




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                                           APPENDIX E:

                                      State Board Policy #4300

                                      Intervention Process


  MDE shall require an instructional model designed to meet the needs of every student. The
  model shall consist of three tiers of instruction.

          Quality classroom instruction based on MS Curriculum Frameworks/Common Core
Tier 1:
          Standards
Tier 2:   Focused supplemental instruction
Tier 3:   Intensive interventions specifically designed to meet the individual needs of students

  Teachers should use progress monitoring information to (a) determine if students are making
  adequate progress, (b) identify students as soon as they begin to fall behind, and (c) modify
  instruction early enough to ensure each and every student gains essential skills. Monitoring of
  student progress is an ongoing process that may be measured through informal classroom
  assessment, benchmark assessment instruments and large-scale assessments.

  If strategies at Tiers 1 & 2 are unsuccessful, students must be referred to the Teacher Support
  Team (TST). The TST is the problem-solving unit responsible for interventions developed at
  Tier 3. Each school must have a Teacher Support Team implemented in accordance with the
  process developed by the Mississippi Department of Education. The chairperson of the TST shall
  be the school principal as the school's instructional leader or the principal's designee. The
  designee may not be an individual whose primary responsibility is special education.
  Interventions will be:

         designed to address the deficit areas;
         research based;
         implemented as designed by the TST;
         supported by data regarding the effectiveness of interventions.

  After a referral is made, the TST must develop and begin implementation of an intervention(s)
  within two weeks. No later than eight weeks after implementation of the intervention(s) the TST
  must conduct a documented review of the interventions to determine success of the intervention.
  No later than 16 weeks after implementation of the intervention(s), a second review must be
  conducted to determine whether the intervention is successful. If the intervention(s) is
  determined to be unsuccessful, then the student will be referred for a comprehensive assessment.

  In addition to failure to make adequate progress following Tiers 1 and 2, students will be referred
  to the TST for interventions as specified in guidelines developed by MDE if any of the following
  events occur.

  A. Grades 1-3: A student has failed one (1) grade;
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B. Grades 4-12: A student has failed two (2) grades;
C. A student failed either of the preceding two grades and has been suspended or expelled
   for more than twenty (20) days in the current school year; OR
D. A student scores at the Minimal level on any part of the Grade 3 or Grade 7 Mississippi
   Curriculum Test.
Referrals to the Teacher Support Team must be made within the first twenty
(20) school days of a school year if the student meets any of the criteria A-D
stated above.




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                                         APPENDIX F:



                 INCENTIVE FOR DECREASING THE DROPOUT RATE



Each class will be represented by a colored t-shirt that will depict the student’s graduation year.
The t-shirt will be worn as an incentive for decreasing the district’s dropout rate. Each grade will
choose a color that will represent the whole group of students within that grade level.




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                                    APPENDIX G:




   HB1170 – District Authority in Flexibility of Salaries – This bill give districts
    authority in reducing salaries supplements or staff furloughs;

   Students’ Rights to Learning Accommodations –If a student is failing or retained,
    there must be sufficient documentations (with parental involvement) that the
    student went through the three tiers (Teacher Support or Response to Intervention);

   Stature on Bullying – If a student confides that he/she is being bullied, just like
    abuse, IT MUST be written up and reported to the principal/supervisor. All cases
    MUST be investigated;

   Examples of bullying. Bullying can be done electronically/physically/mentally. Cases
    like hostile environment, patterns of inflictions, hazing, fear related activities or
    threats on Facebook or related. Please inform students that the school can
    investigate bullying activities that are conducted off campus;

   Teacher-Student Social Relationship. STAFF IS PROHIBITED FROM TEXTING
    STUDENTS in any way. The Attorney General strongly recommends that staff
    refrain from communicating with students by texting.

   Common planning times, team building, literacy building, mentoring, building
    professional learning communities, and increased efforts for teaching and learning
    and;

   Dress Code. Our students must adhere to school uniform policies within the
    district, thus, it is expected that we cannot legislate or monitor adherence to dress
    codes for students unless we are modeling the same for ourselves. All staff is
    expected to dress professional at all times. No jeans (denim) are allowed. No
    exceptions.

   Identification Badges. Staff is expected to adhere to the policy of wearing
    identification badges at all times.




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                      APPENDIX H:



          West Tallahatchie School District
                 Anti-Bullying Policy
          Board Approved October 12, 2010
THE SCHOOL BOARD OF WEST TALLAHATCHIE SCHOOL DISTRICT
IS COMMITTED TO PROTECTING ITS STUDENTS, EMPLOYEES, AND
APPLICANTS FOR ADMISSION FROM BULLYING, HARASSMENT, OR
DISCRIMINATION FOR ANY REASON AND OF ANY TYPE. THE WEST
TALLAHATCHIE SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES
BELIEVES THAT ALL STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES ARE ENTITLED
TO A SAFE, EQUITABLE, AND HARASSMENT-FREE SCHOOL AND
WORK EXPERIENCE. BULLYING, CYPER-BULLYING BY TEXTING
OR ELECTRONIC USE, HARASSMENT, OR DISCRIMINATION WILL
NOT BE TOLERATED AND SHALL BE JUST CAUSE FOR
DISCIPLINARY ACTION. THIS POLICY SHALL BE INTERPRETED
AND APPLIED CONSISTENTLY WITH ALL APPLICABLE STATE AND
FEDERAL LAWS. DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT THIS POLICY
CAN BE FOUND ON FILE AT THIS SCHOOL SITE, THE
SUPERINTENDENT’S OFFICE OR THE DISTRICT WEBSITE AT
WWW.WESTTALLAHATCHIE.NET

ALL DISTRICT FACULTY AND STAFF ARE REQUIRED AND MUST
REPORT, IN WRITING ANY ALLEGATIONS OF BULLYING OR
VIOLATIONS OF THIS POLICY. ANY CREDIBLE INFRACTION OF
THIS POLICY IS SUBJECT TO INVESTIGATION WHICH COULD
RESULT TO SEVERE PENALTY.

FOR DETAIL DESCRIPTORS OF THE ANTI-BULLYING POLICY, SEE
THE WEST TALLAHATCHIE SCHOOL DISTRICT E-POLICY ON ANTI-
BULLYING STANDARDS.




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                                         APPENDIX I



                         EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT



        Section G of the Personnel Policy (E-Policy) can be viewed on line at
http://wtallahatchie.msbapolicy.org. Also, a copy of the policy has been placed in each library
as a resource guide.




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