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           Home of the Cougars
             1735 North “D” Street
               Las Vegas, Nevada
                Phone: 799-7113
                 Fax: 799-0401

          Linda Gipson       Principal


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Principal’s Message

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to Kit Carson Elementary School. The
faculty and staff are happy that you have become a part of the Kit Carson family. We
are hopeful that this is a successful and exciting school year.

The Kit Carson student planner is designed to help children develop organizational
skills as they keep written records of daily, weekly, and long-term classroom
assignments and school events. I also hope that this planner will serve as a valuable
tool that will facilitate communication between parents and teachers, and help
parents provide better academic support at home.

I strongly urge your participation in all aspects of the school. Feel free to enjoy
classroom visits, attend at school functions, or become a parent volunteer. With your
regular participation, your child’s success is ensured. I look forward to working with


Linda Gipson

Parent Involvement Policy
Parents are their child’s first teacher. Even before learning to talk, children
understand hundreds of words heard in their everyday environment. Parents,
therefore, play a significant role in their child’s educational success. At Kit Carson,
we believe that a child’s learning is maximized when parents and schools work
together. When parents talk to their children about school and schoolwork, and
support their children with schoolwork, students are more motivated to do well in
school. It is the expectation of the Kit Carson staff that parents share responsibility
for their child’s education by doing the following:

   •   Provide a study time and a quite study area for their child at home.
   •   Assist their child with schoolwork and special projects.
   •   Read to their child.
   •   Attend monthly parent meetings and/or special events held at the school.
   •   Participate in parent-teacher conferences.
   •   Ensure that homework is completed and turned in on time.
   •   Visit their child’s classroom.

The Kit Carson staff is fully committed to maintaining open, two-way communication
between the home and the school. The staff will communicate frequently with
parents using weekly progress reports, student planners, telephone calls, school
newsletters, parent meetings, notes home, special events, and parent conferences.
For it is by working together that the child is most likely to reach full educational

                       Mission Statement

Working together, the staff, students, parents, and community of
Kit Carson Elementary School are dedicated to providing a positive,
risk free environment; which respects individual differences,
promotes cultural diversity, and prepares students with the skills
and confidence to become lifelong learners.

                        SCHOOL PLEDGE
               I am proud to be a Kit Carson Cougar.
                   I am caring, unique and great!
                      I work hard. I do my best,
                     And that you can’t debate!

                     Respect and understanding
                      Is what we need to show.
                        We’re all here to learn
                    And watch our futures grow.

                    We’re all in this together.
                         Unity is the rule.
                  We feel great about ourselves!
                 We’re the pride of Kit Carson School!

                        SCHOOL MOTTO
                “Achieving Starts With Believing”

School hours are from 7:40 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. each day. Students should NOT arrive
earlier than 7:20 a.m. or remain on the campus after 2:30 p.m. unless they are
participating in a supervised school sponsored or SafeKey program. Supervision WILL
NOT be provided for students who arrive before 7:20 a.m. or remain later than 2:30
p.m. These procedures are designed for the safety and well-being of your children.

Students enrolling in the Clark County School District for the first time must have
official documentation at the time of registration. Required documentation includes:
    • An original birth certificate
    • Two proofs of residence
    • Immunization record
    • Picture I.D. of parent/guardian (legal residence included)
    • Social Security Number (Optional)

It is imperative that the school office be notified immediately of a change of address,
home or work telephone number, or emergency information during the academic
school year.

According to the Family Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the parent/guardian is
permitted to inspect and review educational records relating to the student.

Nevada Law requires daily attendance by all students, ages 7-17. Parents are asked to
call the school before 7:30 a.m. to report a child’s absence. A note signed by a parent
or guardian should be written to the teacher when the child returns to school.

A student who arrives at school later that 7:55 a.m. will be recorded as “tardy” and
must report to the office for an “admit” slip. The school clerk is required to contact
parents of students who are absent. A Juvenile Court referral will be made for
students accruing large numbers of absences.

The release of students before the end of the school day is strongly discouraged in
that it interrupts the student’s instructional day. If a child needs to be released for a
doctor’s appointment, etc., the parent MUST report to the office to sign for the
student’s release. A picture ID is required to secure release. Students WILL NOT be
released to unauthorized individuals.

When it becomes necessary for a student to withdraw from school, the following
procedures must be followed:

•    Inform the office as soon as possible of the plan to withdraw the student(s).
•    Return all library books or pay for lost or damaged library books.

•   Returned all textbooks or pay for any lost or damaged textbooks.

Kit Carson Elementary School has been designated a Provision II school for the current
school year. Because of this designation, all students are entitled to free breakfast
and lunch. Students who choose to bring lunch from home may purchase milk at a
minimal fee. Breakfast service begins each day at 7:20 a.m. All breakfast service is
discontinued at 7: 35 a.m. Students reporting after 7:35 a.m. WILL NOT receive

It is the goal of the Kit Carson Elementary School staff to establish and maintain an
educational environment in which teachers can teach and children can learn with
minimal disruptions. Parents must emphasize the importance of appropriate behavior
and provide support for the school's expectations. Students are expected to monitor
their own behavior by making positive choices, and accepting consequences for poor

To promote a classroom environment that allows all children to reach their potential,
each teacher has developed a classroom management plan. The plan includes
classroom rules in addition to consequences for misbehavior. Consequences may
include the following:
        A verbal warning
        A time out
        A telephone call home
        A loss of privilege
        A parent conference
        A referral to the principal

The principal may enact any of the following consequences when students are referred
to the office for disciplinary reasons:
        A conference with the student
        A telephone call to the parent
        A loss of privilege/ lunch detention
        A requested parent conference
        A Required Parent Conference (RPC)
        Suspension from school

The Clark County School District insists that the dress and grooming of students are
within the limits of generally accepted community standards and that students be
required to show proper attention to personal cleanliness. School administrators have
the right to designate which types of dress, fashion, fads, or appearance disrupt or
distract from the educational program or may be a potential safety hazard. Students
attending Kit Carson Elementary School are:

    A.     Required to wear shoes with soles.
    B.     Prohibited from wearing crop tops (no skin showing between bottom of
           shirt/blouse and top of pants or skirts), strapless, low-cut clothing, clothing
           with slits, or tops and outfits that provide minimum coverage.
    C.     Prohibited from wearing spaghetti straps. All sleeveless shirts must have
           straps at least three inches wide and cover the shoulder.

    D.     Required to ensure that all shorts, skirts, and dresses be at least fingertip
           length. If shorts are worn, they must be hemmed and without fraying.
    E.     Prohibited from wearing headgear on campus except at authorized school
           activities where specific permission has been granted.
    F.     Prohibited from wearing slogans or advertising on clothing which by their
           controversial or obscene nature disrupt the educational setting.
    G.     Prohibited from wearing gloves, mittens, scarves, and headgear in the

Kit Carson Elementary School staff will comply with Clark County School District
procedures as delineated below when dispensing medication to students. Only the
School Nurse, First Aid Safety Assistant (FASA), or designated office personnel will
administer medication.

A parent or guardian requesting that district personnel assist with the self-
administration of medication by their child must provide to the school health office a
signed and witnessed Medication Release Form (CCF-643) and a copy of the
prescription order from an appropriate health care provider directing the use of the
medication by the student. Separate Medication Release forms, must be completed
for each required medication. Any change in type, frequency, or dosage of medication
will require a new Medication Release form and a new prescription. The parent or
guardian must bring the prescribed medication to the office with the container clearly
marked by the pharmacist giving the name of the child, dosage directions, name of
physician, and prescription number. Students in elementary grades may not
possess medication (prescription or non-prescription) on school property.

A student’s birthday is a special occasion; however, it is the school’s responsibility to
use instructional time wisely. The school recognizes each student’s birthday with a
monthly school-wide birthday celebration. Classroom birthday celebrations are,
therefore, prohibited. Please cooperate in this effort by NOT sending treats such as
cakes, cupcakes, etc., to school to celebrate your child’s birthday.

•   Weekly Progress Reports: Each teacher (K-5) sends a weekly progress report
    home for parents to review. The report addresses student academic and social
    progress. After the parent has reviewed the progress report with the child, it is to
    be signed and returned to the teacher.

•   Unsatisfactory Progress Reports: The Clark County School District requires that
    parents be notified of unsatisfactory progress. Teachers will send home
    unsatisfactory progress reports by the end of the fifth week of each trimester.
    This report must be signed and returned to the teacher. A conference may be
    requested by the parent or teacher to discuss the child’s progress.

•   Report Cards: Report cards are distributed at the end of each trimester (three
    times per year) for all students in grades K-5.

•   Reading Progress Reports: A special reading progress report will accompany the
    regular report card. The child’s reading teacher (which may not be the child’s
    homeroom teacher) will complete the reading progress report.

•   Each student will also receive a monthly reading report. The purpose of the
    monthly report is to inform parents of their child’s reading progress between
    reporting periods.

•   Student Planners: Each student is issued a student planner at the beginning of the
    school year to help facilitate home/school communication. Students will record
    daily homework assignments in the planner. Teachers will also write notes to
    parents in the “Teacher Comments” section. Teachers check planners daily for
    messages from parents.

Properly supervised and planned educational field trips are an important part of the
instructional program. A signed permission slip from a parent/guardian is required for
student participation and is included in the student enrollment packet each year.
Specific notice is sent home prior to each scheduled field trip.

Physical Education is an integral part of the instructional program. All children will be
required to participate unless a doctor’s statement is presented. If on a particular day
your child cannot participate, please send a signed note to your child’s teacher. A
note will be satisfactory for up to three (3) consecutive days. After that time, a
doctor’s statement is required.

Textbooks are furnished to your child by the school system on a loan basis. Library
books are also available on loan. Both should be treated as borrowed property.
Students must pay for lost or damaged textbooks and library books.

When your child is absent from school and needs his/her homework assignment, please
call the school office in the morning. The homework assignments can be picked up in
the school office at the end of the day or sent home with another child, if requested.

We welcome your request for parent conferences. It is very important that you know
what is going on with your child at school. Please schedule all conferences by calling
the school office at 799-7113. The office staff will assist you in arranging a
conference with your child’s teacher. Teachers will also call during the year to
request that you come to school for a conference. As your child’s progress is
extremely important, please make every effort to come to the school when requested.

Please label, all coats, jackets, hats, gloves, lunch pails, book bags etc., with the
child’s first and last name so that lost items may be returned to the owner. Lost and
found articles may be retrieved from the multipurpose room. Students may claim lost
items daily before school, during lunch, or after school. Toys, miniature video
games, walkmans, radios, portable CD players, balls, bats, etc., are prohibited.

Family Support Team: Students experiencing problems in school may be referred to
the Family Support Team for assistance. Difficulties may be related to academics,
attendance, behavior, etc. The Family Support Team is made up of staff members

who work with the child’s parents to develop and implement interventions to ensure
the child’s future success.

Special Education: Students who have gone through the school’s intervention team
and for whom academic and behavioral interventions have been unsuccessful may be
eligible for special education services. To qualify for these services, students are
tested by the school psychologist with written parental consent. The psychologist
then meets with the parents and the school’s multidisciplinary team to discuss testing
results as required by law. Written parental permission is required for students to
receive special education services. An individual education plan is developed to
outline specific goals and strategies for student success.

ELLP (English Language Learners Program): Students who come to school with a first
language other than English may qualify for specialized services. At Kit Carson, these
students are placed with teachers who have received training in language acquisition
strategies. All teachers at Kit Carson are encouraged to have a TESL endorsement.

G.A.T.E. (Gifted and Talented Education): Students grades 3-5 may qualify for the
G.A.T.E. program. This program offers higher-level thinking and problem solving
skills. Students are identified for this program through parent and teacher referrals
and subsequent testing. Students are enrolled in regular classes and attend classes
with a G.A.T.E. teacher several times each week during the school day.

Speech: Speech/language therapy is offered through a referral process. The parent,
teacher, speech pathologist and other pertinent staff meet to plan and implement
appropriate services based on speech/language assessments.

Tutoring Program: Beginning at first grade, students may receive individual tutoring
for 20 minutes each day. This one-to-one tutoring is designed to provide extra
assistance to students before they fall behind. It is provided during the regular
instructional day and is a component of the Success for All reading program.

Student Banking: Students may participate in a savings program through a school
partnership with Washington Mutual Bank. The program is designed to teach students
the fundamentals of banking and to encourage them to save for the future. Deposits
may be made once each week at the school or at any time at Washington Mutual Bank.
Withdrawals may only be made from Washington Mutual Bank. Participation in the
school banking program is voluntary.

Safekey: Safekey is an after care program offered through the City of Las Vegas Parks
and Recreation Department. Safekey students are housed in the Kit Carson
Elementary School multipurpose room immediately after school and may be picked up
as late as 5:30 p.m. The program offers snacks, homework time, and supervised play.
There is a fee for the program. For additional information call 229-2526 (Safekey
Office) or 799-7113, Extension 4030. The Kit Carson Safekey office is open after 2:30

                    Clark County School District
                     Calendar for 9-Month Schools


August 29         Classes Begin
September 5       Labor Day (No School)
October 28        Observe Nevada Day (No School)
October 31        District-wide Staff Development Day (No School)
November 11       Observe Veterans Day (No School)
November 23       End of First Trimester Report Period
November 24, 25   Thanksgiving Break (No School)
December 16       Begin Winter Break
[End of Day]


January 3         Classes Resume
January 13        District-wide Staff Development Day (No School)
January 16        Observe Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday (No School)
January 24        Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences
January 25        Parent-Teacher Conferences (No School)
February 20       Observe President’s Day (No School)
March 27          District-wide Staff Development Day (No School)
March 10          End of Second Trimester Report Period
April 7           Spring Break Begins (No School)
[End of Day]
April 17          Classes Resume
April 28          Take our Sons and Daughters to Work Day
May 26            District-wide Staff Development Day (No School)
May 29            Memorial Day (No School)
June 8            End of Third Trimester/ End of School Year


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