JIM NED LAWN ELEMENTARY 2009-2010 It’s great to be a Jim Ned Indian! P.O. Box 118 Lawn, TX 79530 583-2256 or 583-2247 Fax: 583-2679 Glenda Bowden Traci Bryant Linda Reese Dr. Brant Myers Principal Secretary Counselor Superintendent Principal’s Message Dear Parents/Guardians and Students, Welcome to Jim Ned Lawn Elementary! We are proud of our past accomplishments and especially proud of our designation as a No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School. This national award is given to a selected number of high performance schools each year, and we are now a part of an elite group. We will continue to work to ensure that we continue to be a school to be proud of. Thank you in advance for your help and support during the 2009-2010 school year. We will use the theme of 3Rs this year (Respect for self, Respect for others, and taking Responsibility for all your own actions). Students will need your encouragement and assistance as the learning proceeds. We want students, parents, and the community to be proud of the Jim Ned District and of Lawn Elementary. By working together we can help all our students reach their full potential. We will continue to emphasize teamwork because we know that Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM). Please be a strong member of our TEAM. Parent volunteers are always needed. If you can volunteer one or more days per month, please contact your child’s classroom teacher to arrange a schedule. We can especially use volunteers on Wednesdays for assistance with our Reading Counts program. Contact Terri Raymond, librarian, if you wish to help with Reading Counts. Also, please try to attend as many TAP (Teachers and Parents) meetings as possible. Please be as involved as possible with your child’s school. To stay current on happenings at Lawn Elementary, check the school web site: http://jimned.region14.net/webs/lnhome/home/htm. Use the web site to communicate with your child’s teacher (or any other faculty or staff member). Newsletter information, school lunch menus, and an activity calendar are also available on this site. The pages of this handbook are filled with important information regarding school policy and procedures. Please become familiar with the contents. If you have any questions, please call the school office at 583-2256 or 583-2247. Open and clear communication between school and home is essential to the success of our educational program. I am looking forward to your joining the TEAM! Sincerely, Glenda Bowden, Principal Jim Ned Lawn Elementary Jim Ned Lawn Elementary School Teacher-Parent-Student Compact Teacher Pledge 1. We will endeavor to see that each child has a positive school experience each day. 2. We will show respect by treating each child with dignity; sincerely taking the time to know each child. 3. We will be responsible for our students’ education by maintaining high standards and encouraging each student to reach them. 4. We will share the “good news” often with our students’ families, celebrating their efforts and successes. 5. We will give you timely reports on your child’s progress and discuss with you what you can do to help us improve your child’s learning. 6. Parents are an important part of the educational process and are always welcome to visit. We will make ourselves available for scheduled conferences. Parent Pledge 1. I will do all I can to see that my child attends school and is on time each day, unless he/she is ill. 2. I will communicate to my child that I expect him/her to be self-disciplined and to give others the same respect he/she expects from them. 3. I will set high goals with my child, motivate with praise, and encourage him/her for making the effort even if the outcome is not always successful. 4. I will spend time listening to and talking with my child on a one-to-one basis each day. 5. I will ask my child if he/she has homework each day and review it with him/her when it is completed. 6. I will show respect for my child’s education by frequently telling him/her that education is important. 7. I will visit my child’s school to conference with his/her teachers; to get involved as much as possible; and to learn what the school is trying to do for my child. Student Pledge 1. I will enter my school and my classroom ready to perform the tasks that my teacher asks of me. 2. I will come to school on time every day, unless I am ill. 3. I will show respect by responding politely to adults and classmates. 4. I will not disturb my classmates. 5. I will be responsible by doing my best. 6. I will complete all homework, make sure I understand the assignment before I leave school, and have someone at home look at it when I am finished. 7. I will read something every day. ATTENDANCE Each minute of the school day is a valuable learning experience. With that in mind, we request that students be in attendance and on time each day. Official attendance is taken each day at 9:30. If your child is ill and unable to attend school, please call the school secretary (583-2256 or 583-2247) the morning of the absence. Doctor/dentist appointments within the school day do not count as an absence for state attendance purposes if the child attends school a portion of the day and brings a note from the doctor. Please help us with this important documentation because this affects our school funding. Exemplary and honor attendance: Students who are in attendance each day, all day long will have their pictures displayed on a bulletin board in the hallway. At the Awards Assembly (May 25, 6:45) students who have exemplary attendance (every day, all day long) as well as students who have honor attendance (present each day at attendance time) will be recognized. Compulsory attendance: The state compulsory attendance law requires students to attend school and district required tutorial sessions unless the student is otherwise legally exempted or excused. To receive credit in a class, a student must be in attendance for at least 90% of the days the class is offered during a semester. A student who is in attendance less than 90% of the days the class is offered in a semester shall not be given credit for the class unless the attendance committee finds that the absence(s) are the result of extenuating circumstances. Make-up work: Students who have been absent for any reason are encouraged to make up the work missed within the time given. Failure to make up work will result in academic penalties. A student will have the number of days absent plus one more day to make up the work missed due to the absence. It is the responsibility of the student, not the teacher, to get assignments and then turn in all make up work when absent. Tardy: A bell will ring at 7:55 to signal students to move from play areas to the classroom. A second bell will ring at 8:02 to signal announcements. Any student not seated at 8:02 will be considered “tardy”. Students coming to class late disrupt classroom routines, and teachers lose valuable class time getting students back on task. After the third tardy of a six weeks, the student will serve lunch detention for each subsequent tardy during that six weeks. Please note that “being tardy to class” is listed as a Level I Offense in the Student Code of Conduct. (If your child is riding a bus that arrives late, no penalty will be assessed on that day.) School day: The school day begins at 7:55 and ends at 3:15. Buses will leave at 3:17 p.m. If you need to take your child early, please sign them out in the office. We will then send for your child or will give you a signed memo for the teacher to indicate that the student has been signed out in the office. If you bring your child to school late, please come to the office to sign them in. ACADEMICS Homework/Class work: Homework and class work are a part of school. Your child’s teacher will have some type of homework as a regular part of the program. This may or may not be written work, but it is assigned as an extension of the classroom. Please monitor your child’s homework. Help when help is needed, but always encourage the child to do as much of his/her own work as possible. Homework is a part of the student’s learning experiences. Class room teachers will provide a homework policy for their grade level. Visit with your child’s teacher about what type of homework to expect and how you can assist. Any work (homework or class work) not turned in when assigned will be considered “late” and will not receive a grade higher than 70. Students in 2nd grade through 5th grade will be issued a daily planner. Please use this to stay informed of homework assignments. Use the web site (See address in Principal’s Message.) for information. If you have an email address, please be sure the office and the teachers have the address for quick communication. Update new addresses and new phone numbers in the office as soon as possible. Call the school to schedule a conference with your child’s teacher as needed. Communication between parents and teachers is essential. Make up work: Students who have been absent for any reason are encouraged to make up the work missed within the time given. Failure to make up work will result in academic penalties. A student who is absent will have the number of days absent plus one more day to turn in work missed during the absence. It is the responsibility of the student, not the teacher, to get assignments and then turn in all make up work when absent. Student Success Initiative: The Student Success Initiative (SSI) was created by the Texas Legislature to ensure that all students receive the instruction and support they need to be successful in reading and mathematics. Under the SSI grade advancement requirements, students are required to meet the passing standard on the Grade 5 TAKS reading and mathematics tests to be promoted to sixth grade. The requirements also apply to students served by special education who may take the TAKS-M. Students have three opportunities to meet the passing standard on each of the tests and will receive additional instruction after each testing opportunity on which they do not meet the standard. A grade placement committee, consisting of the principal, teacher, and parent/guardian, meets when a student has not met the passing standard after two testing opportunities and decides the most effective way to support a student’s academic success. A student who does not meet the passing standard after three testing opportunities is automatically retained; however, if the parents appeal the retention, the grade placement committee may choose to promote the student if all members agree that the student is likely to perform on grade level with additional instruction. TEST DATES TAKS TAKS-M March 3 (Wednesday) Grade 4 writing Grade 4 writing April 6 (Tuesday) Grade 5 mathematics Grade 5 mathematics April 7 (Wednesday) Grade 5 reading Grade 5 reading April 27 (Tuesday) Grade 3 mathematics Grade 3 mathematics Grade 4 mathematics Grade 4 mathematics April 28 (Wednesday) Grade 3 reading Grade 3 reading Grade 4 reading Grade 4 reading April 29 (Thursday) Grade 5 science Grade 5 science May 18 (Tuesday) Grade 5 math retest Grade 5 math retest May 19 (Wednesday) Grade 5 reading retest Grade 5 reading retest June 29 (Tuesday) Grade 5 math retest Grade 5 math retest June 30 (Wednesday) Grade 5 reading retest Grade 5 reading retest Textbooks: Students will have a variety of textbooks depending on the grade level. These textbooks should be covered at all times. Students who lose or damage a textbook during the year must pay to replace the book or for the damages to the book. Library books: We are proud of the number of library books that we have in our library. We continue to add new books each year. Students may check out two books from the library for a one week period. These books should be returned before others are checked out. Lost or damaged books must be paid for at the replacement cost. Honor roll: A student will be recognized on the “A” honor roll if all averages for the six weeks are 90 or above. Students with all six weeks averages of 80 or above, but who do not qualify for the “A” honor roll will be recognized on the “A-B” honor roll. Report cards: Written reports of student’s grades and absences shall be issued to parents at least once every six weeks. At the end of the first three weeks of a grading period, parents will be notified if the student’s grade average is near or below 70. If a student receives a six weeks grade of less than 70 in any class or subject, the parent will be requested to schedule a conference with the teacher of that class or subject. After school tutoring: After school tutoring will be available for students who are recommended by the classroom teacher as needing assistance. The tutoring will be held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons immediately after school and will begin after the first six weeks. Students of the Month: Each month two students from each grade will be chosen by teachers to be honored as “students of the month.” These students will be chosen based on the 3Rs (Respect for self, Respect for others, (taking) Responsibility for all your actions). Office aides: Fifth grade students will serve as office aides during the year. These students will be recommended by the teachers based on the student’s responsibility and dependability. Students will submit an application and be interviewed by the principal and/or counselor. Science Fair/PE Program: The PE program/science fair is planned for Thursday, January 28. Science fair is an enrichment opportunity for all students, kindergarten through fifth grade. Students in the gifted/talented program and all fifth graders are required to enter a project in the science fair. Begin brainstorming about possible projects. HEALTH Medication: Any medication that students must take at school must be sent in the original container with the child’s name and instructions for times and amounts on the container. If the pill needs to be halved, this must be done before the pills are sent to school. All medication (including Tylenol, Motrin, etc.) must be brought to the office and will be dispensed from there. We can only give medication according to the prescription guidelines. Physical education: Each child will have physical education class each day. The emphasis will be on healthy bodies through fitness and nutritional eating. Sneakers must be worn in PE, Communicable diseases: Parents of students with a communicable or contagious disease are asked to telephone the school nurse or principal so that other students who have been exposed to the disease can be alerted. Convalescing students are not allowed to come to school until the disease is no longer contagious. Immunization: All students must be immunized against certain diseases or must present a certificate or statement that, for medical or religious reasons, the student should not be immunized. The immunizations required are diphtheria/tetanus, polio, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella). The school nurse can provide information on the required doses of these vaccines. LUNCH PROGRAM Lunches: We will follow the guidelines for school lunches as required by the USDA. These guidelines eliminate FMNV (foods of minimal nutritional value) from school lunch menus. These eliminated foods include sodas, chewing gum, and candies. We will work to provide nutritious lunches for your child. For more information, visit www.squaremeals.org. Price: Regular price student lunches are $2.00 and breakfasts are $1.00. Guest lunches and adult lunches are $2.75. Any guest who wishes to eat in the school cafeteria may pay for the lunches in the cafeteria. Reduced price or free lunches and breakfasts are also available for students whose families meet income guidelines for the Federal lunch program. Please complete the application for free/reduced lunches and return to the office as soon as possible. Lunch payments: Breakfast/lunch charge statements will be sent home each Friday. Students will be allowed to charge no more than 10 lunches. Please keep your child’s cafeteria account current. When you send money with your child, please send a check with the child’s name on the memo line or send cash in an envelope with the amount and the child’s name on the outside. The checks or envelopes may be given to the homeroom teacher or to the school secretary. Please do not send loose cash/change. At the end of the six weeks grading period, report cards of students with lunch charges will be held until payment of the charges. SAFETY Before school: A paraprofessional is on duty each day beginning at 7:30. Please make sure that your child does not arrive at school before this time. Students who arrive before 7:40 should report to the cafeteria; not to the classroom. Students should not be in the hallways before 7:55 a.m. Breakfast will be served beginning at 7:30. At 7:40 students who are finished with breakfast will be taken to playground areas by the aides on duty. After the 7:55 bell rings to signal the move toward the classrooms, all exterior doors to the building will be locked, and the only entrance will be through the doors near the office. If your child is late in arriving to school, please accompany him/her to the office to sign in. This is to ensure the safety of our students. Emergency drills: Students, teachers, and other district employees will participate in frequent drills of emergency procedures. When the alarm is sounded, students must follow the direction of teachers or staff quickly and in an orderly manner. Locker: Lockers remain under the jurisdiction of the school, notwithstanding the fact that they are assigned to individual students. The school reserves the right to inspect all lockers. Students have full responsibility for the security of lockers. Searches of lockers may be conducted at any time there is a reasonable cause to do so whether or not the students are present. Visitors: Visitors are required to check in at the office and to wear a visitors’ badge while on campus. Visitors will be expected to conduct themselves according to the rules for students. Students absent from their own school may not visit another. The principal may request identification from any person on school property and may ask any person not having legitimate business to leave. Buses: The Jim Ned District operates a number of buses for the convenience of those pupils who live more than two miles from the school. Certain laws and regulations govern the operation of the buses. The school authorities make every effort to provide safe, punctual, comfortable, and orderly transportation for every pupil entitled to transportation. Safety on the buses is our first consideration. Therefore, an important safety factor is the disciplinary order maintained on the bus. Pupils are considered at school when they get on the bus in the morning and until they get off in the afternoon. Bus drivers have the same authority as classroom teachers to correct and discipline bus riders. Pupil disorders on a bus could be the cause of a tragedy. Parents are therefore requested to give their fullest cooperation. Students who fail to obey the rules will be dealt with in the following manner: 1) Driver to complete a bus conduct report, change seat, and detention issued by the principal. 2) Punishment as a Level II offense or lose bus privileges up to five days. 3) Removal from the bus for up to ten days. 4) Removal from the bus for the remainder of the year (or other options at the discretion of the principal). CONDUCT Students are responsible for conducting themselves properly, in a manner appropriate to their age and level of maturity. Student responsibilities for achieving a positive learning environment at school or school related activities shall include: 1) Attending all classes daily and arriving on time. 2) Being prepared for each class with appropriate materials and assignments. 3) Being properly dressed. 4) Showing respect for others. 5) Behaving in a responsible manner. 6) Paying required fees and fines, unless they are waived. 7) Refraining from violations of the Student Code of Conduct. 8) Obeying all school rules, including safety rules. Discipline: Most discipline problems will be handled by the teachers. Each teacher has a classroom discipline plan. After the student has moved through the classroom discipline plan, he/she will be sent to the office. The following steps will be used in the office: 1) Lunch detention (1 to 5 days depending on age) 2) ½ day in school suspension (ISS) or 1 swat 3) 1 day ISS or 2 swats 4) 2 days ISS and parent conference 5) 3 days ISS and parent conference 6) 5 days ISS and parent conference 7) 10 days ISS and parent conference 8) Suspension or Alternative Education Program (AEP) This discipline ladder is a general guideline. Please understand that each incidence of misbehavior will be judged based on severity and number of occurrences. The principal will use her professional judgment and discretion to determine what type of discipline is necessary to maintain a safe and orderly environment for all students. Continued discipline problems in the cafeteria or on the playground will also count toward steps on the discipline ladder. Discipline is also discussed in the Student Code of Conduct. Dress code: The Jim Ned CISD dress code is established to teach grooming and hygiene, instill discipline, prevent disruption, avoid safety hazards, and teach respect for authority. Students should be dressed and groomed in a manner that is clean and neat and that will not be a health or safety hazard to themselves or others. The District prohibits any clothing or grooming that in the principal’s judgment may reasonably be expected to cause disruption of or interference with normal school operations. The District prohibits pictures, emblems, or writings that are lewd, offensive, vulgar, or obscene, or that advertises or depicts tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, drugs, or any other substance prohibited under policy FNCF(L). The student and parent may determine the students’ personal dress and grooming standards, provided they comply with these general guidelines and the District’s dress code for students in the student handbook. If the principal determines that a student’s grooming violates the dress code, the student shall be given an opportunity to correct the problem at school. If not corrected, the student shall be assigned to in-school suspension for the remainder of the day or until remedied. Repeated offenses may result in more serious disciplinary action. Appropriate disciplinary procedures shall be followed in all cases. Students attending scheduled trips are expected to comply with current dress code regulations. The principal, in cooperation with the sponsor, coach, or other person in charge of an extracurricular activity, may regulate the dress and grooming of students who participate in the activity. Students who violate these standards may be removed or excluded from the activity for a period determined by the principal or sponsor and may be subject to other disciplinary action. GIRLS 1. Length of clothing shall preclude indecent exposure when the student is sitting, standing, or performing any normal school activity. Garments worn must be hemmed and within 3.25 inches (credit card length) from the top of the knee cap. Biker shorts, wind shorts, or frayed clothing are not allowed. Pants must be worn in an appropriate manner (maintained at the waistline). 2. See-through blouses, bare midriffs, or low-cut attire are not permitted, and there will be No visible cleavage. 3. Jeans will not have any holes and must be worn in an appropriate manner (maintained at the waistline). 4. Shirttails are to be worn according to design. 5. Footwear shall be a part of the regular attire. House shoes are not allowed. 6. Strapless or spaghetti strap garments, tank tops, Racer-back, muscle shirts, mesh tops or altered dresses or pants with slits, and any other garments revealing the midriff is not permitted. 7. Girls’ hair shall be styled and worn so that the eyes are visible. Excessive or distracting make-up or hair color is not permitted. Hair color must be of naturally occurring color in the human genome. Other hair color such as purple, green, etc. are distracting and a violation of the dress code. 8. Makeup and jewelry shall be in good taste and not disruptive. They shall not constitute a safety hazard or distraction to others. Visible body- piercing adornments are allowed on the ears only. Ear gauging in not permitted. 9. Explicit or insinuative apparel that is distracting, vulgar, or that advertises alcoholic beverages, tobacco, drugs, sex, or violence is prohibited. 10. Wearing hats/caps in any school building during school is prohibited. BOYS 1. Length of clothing shall preclude indecent exposure when the student is sitting, standing, or performing any normal school activity. Garments worn must be hemmed and must be within 3.25 inches (credit card length) from the top of the knee cap. Biker shorts, wind shorts, or frayed clothing are not allowed. Pants must be worn in an appropriate manner (maintained at the waistline). 2. Jeans will not have any holes and must be worn in an appropriate manner (maintained at the waistline). 3. Shirttails are to be worn according to design. 4. Tank tops, muscle shirts, or mesh shirts are not to be worn. 5. Neck opening on any type shirt may not exceed the 1st button below the collar button of a dress shirt. 6. Earring(s) and/or visible body-piercing adornments are prohibited at school or school sponsored activities. 7. The hair shall be neat, clean, well-groomed and shall not exceed the base of the collar on a regular dress shirt, or may not extend below the base of the ear (hair and/or side burns), not below the eye brows in front. Hair shall not be tucked, tied, braided or cut in a Mohawk. Hair style shall not be distracting by style and/or color. Hair color must be of naturally occurring color in the human genome. Other hair color such as purple, green, etc. are distracting and a violation of the dress code. 8. Beards and mustaches (facial hair) are not permitted, and regular shaving is a must. 9. Explicit or insinuative apparel that is distracting, vulgar, or that advertises alcoholic beverages, tobacco, drugs, sex, or violence is prohibited. 10. Footwear shall be a part of regular attire. House shoes are not allowed. 11. Wearing hats/caps in any school building during school is prohibited. At the campus level, we have also found that sneakers with “rollers” are a distraction in the classroom and a safety issue in the gym. Please do not let your child wear these shoes to school. Although sandals may be worn to school, sneakers are necessary for PE. MISCELLANEOUS Lost and found: Each year students misplace coats, lunch boxes, etc. on a regular basis. Please put the student’s name in these items so that the lost item can be returned to the owner. Items not claimed at the end of the school year will be donated to charity. Toys: Please do not allow your child to bring toys to school without the written invitation from the teacher (for show-and-tell or other projects).