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					SKYVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HANDBOOK WELCOME TO SKYVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL!
It is with great pleasure that we welcome students and parents to Skyview Elementary School at 668 River Road, Morgantown, WV 26501. We look forward to working with you to have a great school year. The following information describes many of our school level policies and procedures. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Our phone number is 304-284-2890.

ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL All bus students will be delivered/picked up at the designated area. Parents and other adults delivering or picking up students must use the provided car rider area. Parents that bring students after opening or picking up a student before the closing time must report to the office and sign the students’ In/Out sheet in the secretary’s office. Students should not arrive at school before 8:25 AM and should leave for home promptly at 3:30 PM. Parents can arrange for their child/children to be in the programs for before and after school care.

ATTENDANCE Regular attendance is one of the most important ingredients for success in school. There will be times, however, when a child must be absent for illness or another valid reason. Please call the school by 9:00 AM to notify us when you child is absent. When your child returns after an absence, a written note giving the reason for the absence must be sent to the teacher. If we do not receive a written note, county policy requires us to mark the absence unexcused. Students arriving between 8:40 AM and 10:30 AM will be marked tardy. After 10:30 AM the student is marked absent ½ a day. Acceptable excuses for absences are defined in state law. Excessive and/or unexcused absences will be reported to the county attendance director, as is required by state law. Your child will benefit greatly from your efforts to keep him/her in school.

ASSEMBLIES Assemblies are planned periodically as special events on the school calendar and may involve athletics, cultural presentations, and /or professional speakers. Students given the privilege of attending assemblies are expected to show especially good manners and appropriate behavior during the program.

BEHAVIOR Appropriate behavior in school is very important to ensure the safety and success of each student. Every student has the right to a safe and positive learning environment. Therefore, Skyview Elementary School has a Responsible Students Program that is taught and implemented. A handout describing the RSP is sent home the first day of school with every child so that you can read and discuss it together. The school rules are listed below. BE SAFE. BE RESPONSIBLE. BE RESPECTFUL.

To assist students and to keep parents informed, all students in grades K-5 will be given a School to Home folder containing a weekly planner, which is an outline of the week’s instruction, and a behavior report. Students in grades 3-5 will also be given an assignment book. The folder will be sent home at least once a week and individual teachers will let parents know when to expect the folders. Parents are to review the contents of the folder, sign in the appropriate place, make comments or ask questions, and return the folder to school the next day. The assignment book for grades 3-5 is to be taken home daily, as it will contain important homework information. This book will also include space for parents and teachers to write notes to one another. Students who obey the school rules will be entitled to participate in a special classroom reward. Through group games and other popular activities, the students will be recognized and reinforced for exhibiting respect and responsibility at school. We will appreciate your cooperation and support in providing a safe, positive learning environment for our students.

BREAKFAST/LUNCH Breakfast and lunch will be served daily. Students may purchase milk to have with lunches brought from home. This milk is sold for $0.25 each day and will be billed monthly. School breakfasts and lunches will be charged and billed by the month, also. Please see the prices listed below. Parents should receive a bill from Monongalia County Schools by the 5th of the month for meals eaten during the previous month. Payment is due within 10 days. An application for Free/Reduced price meals is included in your opening information. If you qualify, please complete one form per family, listing all of your children’s names, and return it to school as soon as possible. Even if you do not plan for your child to

purchase school meals at this time, please complete the form if you qualify. This application may be used at any time during the school year, and will also assist the school in qualifying for Federal services such as Title I. All free/reduced meal forms are confidential. 2nd Meals $1.10 $2.00

Paid Child’s Breakfast Child’s Lunch Adult Breakfast Adult Lunch $1.10 $1.50 $2.50 $3.25

Reduced $0.30 $0.40

BUS REGULATIONS Riding the school bus is a privilege. Please familiarize yourself and your child with the bus rules that are included in the opening information. Any student not following the bus rules may be suspended from riding the bus and parents must provide transportation during the suspension.

CHEWING GUM Chewing gum is not permitted inside the school building.

CITIZENS APPEAL PROCEDURES Forms for citizens to institute a citizen’s appeal for violation of state laws or policies of the West Virginia Board of Education are available in the school office. The address is Monongalia County Schools, 13 S. High Street, Morgantown, WV 26505, and the telephone number is 304-291-9210.

CLASSROOMS Children are assigned to classrooms for the upcoming school year in May, unless they arrive during the year. The WVEIS computer program is utilized, as well as additional

educator input. Classroom assignments for the next year will be written on report cards and mailed home at the end of the school year. Skyview Elementary School is very fortunate to have an outstanding staff of competent and nurturing teachers. Classroom assignments will not be changed after report cards are sent, unless it is the recommendation of the Student Assistance Team.

COUNTY POLICIES Monongalia County Schools policies that are frequently referred to are published in the first edition of the Quarter’s Worth. Please read and discuss these policies with your child and contact the school office if you have questions.

FIELD TRIPS Field trips are planned to enrich and enhance the instructional program. A field trip permission form will be sent home in the opening information to parents. Parents will be informed in advance of specific field trips as they occur. Due to safety concerns, inappropriate student behavior may result in the loss of field trip privileges. The teachers are responsible for arranging for chaperones. Only students in the classroom may attend and siblings may not participate.

FIRE/SAFETY DRILLS Fire and Safe Schools drills are held throughout the school year. All students and adults are required to leave the building in a quiet, orderly fashion during these drills. A Safe Schools Crisis Team exists that trains the staff and implements the Safe Schools plan.

GRADING AND REPORT CARDS Students in grades K-5 receive report cards four times yearly. Mid-term deficiency reports are sent home at the mid-point of each grading period. The Monongalia County School System grading scales and computer generated report cards are now being utilized. The Monongalia County grading system is described below. Kindergarten X = Observed most of the time / = Observed some of the time ~ = Improvement needed O = Outstanding S = Satisfactory N = Needs help

First Grade

Second through Fifth Grades

A = Outstanding (90%-100%) B = Above average (80%-90%) C = Average (70%-80%) D = Below average (60%-70%) E = Non-mastery (0%-59%)

4 Points 3 Points 2 Points 1 Point 0 Points

Progress in fine arts, physical education, and work habits/self management in grades 1 -5 are reported utilizing the following indicators: + = Consistently observed (strength) / = Showing progress - = Needs more time and practice

HOME AND SCHOOL FOLDER Your child is bringing home a folder that will be used as a communication tool during the school year. This folder will be sent home at least once a week and will contain classwork, homework, behavior reports, teacher notes, school newsletters, and other important pieces of communication. Parents are to review the material and sign and date the folder. Students are to return the folders to their teachers the next school day. Please assist us in making use of this valuable vehicle of communication.

HOMEWORK Homework is an extension of the school experience and is assigned to aid the student in accomplishing instructional goals and objectives. It may be either the completion of work started in the classroom or additional reinforcement of skills presented at school. The responsibility of homework assignments rests with the student. Please see the chart below for approximate time limits for daily homework. If you have any questions regarding homework, please contact your child’s teacher. Grades K-2 Grades 3-4 Grade 5 Not more than 30 minutes per day Not more that 45 minutes per day Not more than 60 minutes per day

INSURANCE Student Accident and Dental Insurance brochures are included in the opening information. If you wish to purchase this insurance, please make all checks payable to the insurance company and mail the form directly to the company. Please do not return the forms to school.

NONDISCRIMINATION CLAUSE Monongalia County Schools operates as an equal opportunity institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, religion, gender, marital or family status, age, or disabling condition in its activities, programs, or employment practices as required in Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. It is required that school systems observe practices and procedures, and provide working environments which are free from discrimination on the basis of disability. Therefore, Monongalia County Schools will follow administrative procedures which allow any individual, including a parent, student, or employee, to file a grievance if it is alleged that a policy, practice, procedure, or direct service provided by the school system has resulted in a violation of Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act. For information about your rights or the grievance procedure, please contact the Monongalia County School System at 13 S. High Street, Morgantown, WV 26501, 304291-9210.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT Skyview Elementary School strongly encourages all parents to be actively involved in the educational process of our students. In addition to keeping abreast of student academic and social progress, opportunities are provided for parents to be actively involved in the school. There is a parent organization which is a fundraising group that assists the school with finances, and many school needs are met through the efforts of this group. We also have a Local School Improvement Council that involves parents, school personnel, business representatives, and community members in the educational process. In addition, the Parent Volunteer Program is an excellent way for parents to become involved at the school and assist with activities and programs which greatly benefit the students. Information regarding opportunities for parent involvement at Skyview Elementary is included in the opening material, and we would like to encourage all of our parents to participate. We need your support!

PARTIES Classroom parties are scheduled for fall and for Valentines Day. The fall party is open to guests. The Valentines Day party is for Skyview students only and will occur on Valentines Day. Homeroom parents are responsible for organizing the parties.

SCHOOL NEWSLETTER A school newsletter, The Rocket Reporter is utilized to communication information on school activities and up-coming events. The school newsletter is sent home the first week of the month and you should contact your child’s teacher if you do not receive a copy. It is very important to keep informed of school related information.

SMOKING, DRUGS, AND ALCOHOL The use and/or possession of tobacco, drugs, or alcohol is prohibited on school property at all times, including evenings and weekends. Anyone who violates this law is subject to the provisions of the county tobacco and drug and alcohol abuse policies. Please help us set a good example for our students.

STUDENT DRESS School clothing should be appropriate for indoor and outdoor activities. Students should refrain from wearing any apparel which would be considered a health or safety hazard, or which interferes with learning. Also, students may not wear roller skates or roller blades to school. A copy of the Student Dress Code for Monongalia County will be included in the opening packet.

STUDENT RECORDS Student cumulative record folders are maintained on each student, and may be viewed upon request. Grades, attendance, health information, and directory information are included in each cumulative file. Confidential files are available for students who have been referred to the Student Assistance Team or who are eligible for special education services. Parents may review or obtain a copy of any records related to their child by making arrangements through the school office.

STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES The state of West Virginia publishes a handbook of students’ rights and responsibilities for all students. Copies of the handbook may be obtained through the school office.

TARDINESS Please see that your child arrives at school on time. Promptness to class is very important. Students who arrive after instruction is scheduled to begin must sign-in at the office and accumulated tardiness will count against student attendance. Students arriving between 8:50 AM and 10:30 AM will be marked tardy.

TELEPHONE CALLS If you find it necessary to call your child at school, a message will be taken and relayed to him/her. Students may not utilize cell phones, pagers, or any other electronic messaging device at school. If this equipment is brought to school, it must be kept in student backpacks and turned off at all times. Messages for teachers can be taken at any time; however teachers will not be interrupted during instruction to speak on the phone. Teachers may be contacted during planning time.

TRANSPORTATION CHANGES If there will be a change in transportation for your child, please send a written note to school. Transportation changes will be taken by phone for emergencies only. Please do not call the school regarding transportation changes unless it is an emergency. Students will be released to adults on the emergency form only, unless a written note is brought to school. VALUABLES Expensive and/or treasured items, such as CD players and electronic games, may be brought to school with teacher permission only. The school cannot be responsible for replacing items which are lost or damaged.

VISITORS When you enter the school, please sign-in at the office and obtain a visitor’s tag. This procedure has been established to ensure the safety of our students. Parents are welcome to observe in the classroom, however arrangements must be made in advance. It is the responsibility of the school to minimize interruptions to classroom instruction.

WEAPONS Weapons are not permitted at school. Children possessing dangerous weapons at school are subject to disciplinary action according to the Monongalia County Board of Education Dangerous Weapons Policy. Toy weapons are included in this policy and are not permitted.

We thank you for your support and wish each of our Skyview Elementary families a safe and successful school year!

SKYVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

HANDBOOK

2007-2008


				
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