1 Rocky Hill Elementary School Student/Parent Handbook Stephanie Verners, Principal Melinda Gosvener, Assistant Principal WEBSITE: ADMINISTRATION Renée Whitson, Superintendent Laurie Goodman, Deputy Superintendent Dawn Riccoboni, Business Manager George Eddy, Technology/Student Achievement BOARD OF TRUSTEES Nancy Becker Dwayne Faulkner Teresa Cole Dean Sutton Mark Hellwig
2 TABLE OF CONTENTS SCHOOL STAFF... 3 DAILY SCHEDULES/BELL SCHEDULES... 4 FOGGY DAY SCHEDULE... 5 ATTENDANCE... 6 Attendance/Tardies Independent Study Withdrawal from School SCHOOL SAFETY... Supervision School Emergency Procedures STUDENT GRADES... Report Cards Owes List Progress Reports Good Study Habits Honor Roll Makeup Work Homework Policy SPECIAL PROGRAMS... Gifted and Talented Education Migrant Education Special Education Special School Activities GENERAL INFORMATION Cafeteria District Notice of Complaint Procedure Change of Address/Phone Number Textbooks Lost and Found Visitors on Campus School Library Classroom Observation Telephone/Cell Phones Parent/Teacher Conferences SCHOOL RULES & CONSEQUENCES Playground/Game Rules Bike Riding Personal Property Skateboards/Roller Blades After-School Assignments Lunch Passes CHOOSING YOUR CHILD'S SCHOOL REPORTING OF CHILD ABUSE TOBACCO-FREE SCHOOLS/SMOKING Attachments Dress Code Sexual Harassment Notice of Pesticide Application No Child Left Behind Parent Notifications
3 ROCKY HILL SCHOOL STAFF GRADE 3 Mrs. Rachel Burke Mrs. Nancy Ferguson Mrs. Sofia Hernandez Mrs. Cassie Hulsey Mrs. Michele Lamb Mrs. Leti Robles Mrs. Darcelle Snodgrass Mrs. Annie Speck GRADE 4 Mrs. Betsy Bentley Mrs. Laura Johnson Ms. Amy Merrill Mrs. Margaret Stout Mr. Stan Rodriguez Mrs. Neva White Mrs. Nancy Winningham GRADE 5 Mr. Stan Dillon Mr. Dave Herndon Ms. Katrina Lewis Ms. Hannah Mendoza Mrs. Tina Paschall Ms. Amanda Renteria Ms. MaryHelen Rodriguez SUPPORT STAFF Mr. Jason Black, Music Mrs. Jessica Bradshaw, Reading Specialist Mrs. Diana Britten, RSP Mr. Jim Mercer, RSP Mrs. Judee Pinkham, Reading Specialist Ms. Deidra Owens, Speech & Language Mr. Russ Carr, Physical Education CLASSIFIED STAFF Barbara Sally, Office Manager Connie Chavez, Office Specialist Janis Macaulay, Librarian Dave Makoff, Custodian Kevin Peterson, Night Custodian Jesus Vasquez, Night Custodian Aaron Bowman, Yard Supervisor Beth Eggleston, Yard Supervisor Terry Gardner, Spec Program Aide Brent Long, Technology Chano Luevano, Migrant Debbie Montgomery, Paraeducator August Moran, P.E. Aide Thomas Thompson, Yard Supervisor Jenn Ward, ABA Brenden Watson, ABA Amy Wilson, ABA Joanna Woodyatt, ABA
4 ROCKY HILL SCHOOL ROOM NUMBERS & ADDRESSES ADMINISTRATION Stephanie Verners Mindy Gosvener GRADE 3 Rachel Burke Room 402 Nancy Ferguson Room 304 Sofia Hernandez Room 301 Cassie Hulsey Room 401 Michele Lamb Room 302 Leti Robles Room 403 Darcelle Snodgrass Room 303 Annie Speck Room305 GRADE 4 Betsy Bentley Room 606 Laura Johnson Room 603 Amy Merrill Room 602 Margaret Stout Room 605 Stan Rodriguez Room 604 Neva White Room 601 Nancy Winningham Room 608 GRADE 5 Stan Dillon Room 502 Dave Herndon Room 503 Katrina Lewis Room 406 Hannah Mendoza Room 405 Tina Paschall Room 407 Amanda Renteria Room 504 MaryHelen Rodriguez Room 501 SUPPORT STAFF Shandee Bayne Room 300 Jason Black Band Room 702 Jessica Bradshaw Room 505 Diana Britten RSP, Room A/B Russ Carr P.E. Jim Mercer RSP, Room 500 Deidra Owens Speech, Library Judee Pinkham Reading Specialist, Room 305
5 ROCKY HILL SCHOOL Instructional Minutes Grade 3 Regular Day Grade 4 Regular Day Grade 5 Regular Day 8:00 AM - 9:25 AM = 85 8:00 AM - 9:55 AM = 115 8:00 AM - 9:40 AM = 100 9:40 AM - 10:55 AM = 75 10:10 AM - 11:20 AM = 70 9:55 AM - 11:45 AM = :40 AM - 2:52 PM = :05 PM - 2:52 PM = :30 PM - 2:52 PM = x 136 = 47, x 136 = 47, x 136 = 47, Minutes per Day x 136 Days = 47,872 Minutes Grade 3 Collaboration Day Grade 4 Collaboration Day Grade 5 Collaboration Day 8:55 AM - 9:25 AM = 30 8:55 AM - 9:55 AM = 60 8:55 AM - 9:40 AM = 45 9:40 AM - 10:55 AM = 75 10:10 AM - 11:20 AM = 70 9:55 AM - 11:45 AM = :40 AM 2:52 PM = :05 PM 2:52 PM = :30 PM 2:52 PM = x 36 = 10, x 36 = 10, x 36 = 10, Minutes per Day x 36 Days = 10,692 Minutes Grade 3 Conference Grade 4 Conference Grade 5 Conference and Minimum Day and Minimum Day and Minimum Day 8:00 AM - 9:25 AM = 85 8:00 AM - 9:55 AM = 115 8:00 AM - 9:40 AM = 100 9:40 AM - 10:55 AM = 75 10:10 AM - 11:20 AM = 70 9:55 AM - 11:45 AM = :25 AM - 12:15 PM = 50 11:50 AM - 12:15 PM = x 8 = 1, x 8 = 1, x 8 = 1, Minutes per Day x 8 Days = 1,680 Minutes TOTAL INSTRUCTIONAL MINUTES = 60,244 MINUTES Total Instructional Minutes = 60, 240 STATE REQUIREMENT= 50,400 MINUTES Buses leave 5 minutes after class is dismissed. A note from parents is required if a student is to remain after school to help a teacher. No playground supervision is provided after dismissal time
6 FOGGY DAY SCHEDULE Media will announce the Foggy Day Scheduling for the Exeter Public Schools District by indicating one of the plans listed below, using only the letter designation such as Plan "A" - "B" - "C". Parents and students should be familiar with these plans. Parents are urged to use caution in determining how conditions affect their student s method of getting to and from school. Parents may opt to send K-12 students after the fog has lifted. Students will not be penalized if tardy due to the fog. PLAN "A" **ALL CLASSES START ON TIME** When this announcement is made, it will indicate: 1. Ground fog exists in certain isolated areas throughout the Exeter Public Schools Districts. 2. Bus transportation and classes will start on regular schedule. PLAN "B" When this announcement is made, it will indicate: 1. Bus transportation will be delayed by one and one-half hours. 2. Cross town buses will run twice - 7:30 A.M. and 9:00 A.M. 3. Classes will start on regular schedule. 4. Changes, if necessary, will be announced at approximately 8:30 A.M. PLAN "C" When this announcement is made it will indicate: 1. All morning bus routes will be canceled. 2. Cross town buses will run twice - 7:30 A.M. and 9:00 A.M. 3. Classes will start on regular schedule. 4. Buses will be dispatched on all school-to-home routes on the regular day schedule. RADIO AND TELEVISION STATIONS USED TO ANNOUNCE PLANS ARE AS FOLLOWS: KTHX - Dial AM 1400 KMJ - Dial AM 580 KJOP - Dial AM 1270 KXEX - Dial AM 1550 KJUG - Dial FM KSEQ - Dial FM 97.4 KMPH - Dial FM KVPT - TV Channel 18 KFSN - TV Channel 30 KSEE - TV Channel 24 KGPE - TV Channel 47 KMPH - TV Channel 26
7 ATTENDANCE SCHOOL ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED FOR ALL CHILDREN AGES SIX THROUGH EIGHTEEN. The vision of Rocky Hill Elementary School is to provide its students with a successful school experience. It is vitally important that all students attend school daily so that they may progress educationally, socially, and emotionally. Children that have erratic attendance, missing many days of school, fall behind their classmates in school achievement. These students then have the burden of making up for missed instruction in addition to staying on level with the current instruction. Because of this double burden, poor attendance often finds the students becoming more and more frustrated with school. Soon it is no longer a good place to be. Rocky Hill Elementary School asks for your help in making the school experience a successful one for your child. Please make daily school attendance your priority. Absences A student's absence from school shall be considered excused when it is due to: 1. personal illness 2. quarantine under the direction of a county or city health official 3. medical, dental, or optometry services (schedule such appointments before or after school if at all possible) 4. participation in religious instruction or exercises (within limitations) 5. attendance at funeral of immediate family member. All other absences are unexcused. Any tardy over 30 minutes, except for medical reason, is also unexcused. In addition, if your child has three unexcused or unverified excused absences and/or tardies, he or she will be considered truant. After four more unexcused or unverified excused absences or tardies, you could find yourself before the SARB committee or judge paying a fine. Many parents are unaware that going out of town with their children during school is an unexcused absence, as are family emergencies. Please plan ahead when possible to avoid excessive absences. Please contact your school s office if your child must be absent for an extended period of time. A student with a temporary disability which makes attendance in the regular day class impossible or inadvisable shall receive individual instruction (which will be provided by the district) either in the student s home or in a hospital or other residential health facility. We recognize that students may be absent for legitimate personal reasons not previously listed, including family emergencies, and shall honor a parental request for such absences, but cannot, under law, officially excuse the student. Reasons for student absence other than those listed, are considered unexcused. Chronic absenteeism may be referred to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) for further action. PARENTS OR GUARDIANS ARE RESPONSIBLE TO SEE THAT SIGNED, DATED NOTES EXPLAINING ALL ABSENCES ARE PROVIDED ON THE DAY FOLLOWING THE ABSENCE. IT IS OUR DISTRICT S POLICY THAT WE MAY REQUIRE A DOCTOR S NOTE FOR THREE OR MORE CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF ABSENCE, OR, IF WE FEEL THAT YOUR CHILD IS ABSENT EXCESSIVELY (OVER 10% OF SCHOOL DAYS), WE CAN REQUIRE A DOCTOR S NOTE OF EVERY ABSENCE.
8 Independent Study Independent Study is necessary at times for parents to take their children out of school due to vacations or family business. We have established an Independent Study Program which will help to prevent children from falling behind. If you know that your child will have to be out of school (minimum of 5 days; maximum of 10 days), please contact your child's teacher and the school office in advance for information on the Independent Study Program. Allow at least 3 days notice for the teacher to put work together for your child. Tardies Students are to report to school on time. If circumstances occur, causing students to be tardy, parents are required to provide a note explaining the tardy. (Tardies are excused for the same reasons as excused absences.) Students will serve noon detention when they have received their 4 th unexcused tardy and for each tardy thereafter. Students with chronic tardies may be referred to the School Attendance Review Board for further action. THE SCHOOL ATTENDANCE REVIEW BOARD (S.A.R.B.) WHAT IS IT? California law says that students between 6 and 18 must attend school. They must attend regularly and arrive on time. What happens during the school year when your child has: 1. 3 rd un-excused absence/ 3 rd truant tardy (You will receive 1 st S.A.R.B. letter.) 2. 4 th un-excused absence/ 5 th truant tardy (You will receive 2 nd S.A.R.B. letter.) 3. 6th un-excused absence/ 7 th truant tardy (You will receive 3 rd S.A.R.B. letter.) **A truant tardy is 30 minutes or more without a valid excuse. Your 3 rd letter makes the attendance problem a legal problem! What are the results? 1. Your student s attendance can be monitored for the rest of his/her public education life. 2. You may be required to sign a contract. 3. You may be required to appear in court. 4. You may be fined. 5. You may have to do community service. Withdrawal From School According to Education Code: 48904, all fines and charges must be paid and books returned before students' records will be sent to the new school. Parents withdrawing students from school should contact the school office as soon as they are aware that the withdrawal will take place. Student records will only be forwarded to other schools when requested by the school to which the student has transferred. School Health Clerk Rocky Hill School has a health clerk on duty. The health clerk's station is an emergency station. If students become ill or are injured at school, they are to obtain a pass from their teacher or yard supervisor and report immediately to the nurse. Students are not to leave school under any circumstances without
9 permission from the health clerk or office. Students will be allowed to go home only if parents are contacted and pick student up or an assigned adult picks them up. Students who plan to leave school for an appointment must bring a note from their parents and report to the office to receive a passport before leaving. According to new policies of this district, based on state mandates, no medication (including over-the-counter) can be administered to a child without a physician s order. This will include Tylenol for headaches, cough drops, and even Calamine or Benadryl lotion for bee stings or bug bites. All said medication may be administered upon written request from the parent, as well as a signed statement from a physician stating dosage and time for administration. In order for any medications to be given at all the school sites the following requirements must be met: The School Medication Form may be obtained from the office or from the health clerk. Parent or guardian signature on the In School Medication Form indicating the desire that the school district assist the student in matters set forth in the physician s statement. A written statement from the physician detailing the method, amount, and time schedules by which such medication is to be taken. Parents or guardians must provide the medication in a container labeled by a California pharmacist or, in the case of an over-the-counter medication, in the original container and should deliver the medication to the school personally or send it with a designated adult. School personnel will not assist in injections, unless they are emergency injections for bee stings, anaphylactic shock or life-threatening diabetic reaction. Required consent forms must be signed by parent and physician and appropriate personnel must be trained in the procedure by the school health clerk. Because of the potential complications, parents of students who need other types of injection medication must make arrangements for this type of medication outside the school setting. Students who need medication while at school may carry emergency medication (such as asthma inhalers, insulin, severe allergic reaction kits, and anti-convulsive) and self-administer such medication under the supervision of school personnel, provided the following: the student is physically, mentally and behaviorally capable, in the written opinion of the parent, physician, and the school health clerk, to assume that responsibility and has been adequately instructed at home; the medication is necessary to the student s health; the student has successfully demonstrated self-administration of the medication to the health clerk; supervision is provided by the school health clerk, when available, or by designated school personnel. These mandates will not deter the health clerk or any other school employee from administering appropriate first aide. In many instances the best medical treatment involves ice packs, washing area with antibacterial soap, and a bandage, all of which are provided by the health clerk. Any more serious injury or illness always requires parent contact.
10 SCHOOL SAFETY Exeter Union Elementary School District and the staff of Rocky Hill School are charged with maintaining a school climate that is safe and nurturing for all students. To this end, district and school safety policies have been established. We ask that parents encourage their students to observe these rules so that all families of Rocky Hill Elementary can feel that their children are truly safe. Supervision Students shall be under the supervision of the school authorities from the time they leave home in the morning until they return to their homes in the afternoon. Students shall be under the school's supervision at all school-sponsored functions such as athletic contests, class parties, field trips, etc. Once students have entered the school grounds, they may NOT leave campus for any reason during the school day without parent and office permission. Once students have left campus after school, they may not return to campus before 4:30 P.M. without parental and school permission. NOTE: Parents are responsible to notify the school (in writing) giving their permission for their child to leave school any time during the school day. This includes going home for lunch. NOTE: Parent s must notify the school (in writing or by telephone) giving their permission for their child to walk or ride home after school with anyone other than those listed on their student information card. Emergency Procedures At least one drill is held each school month (fire drill, imminent danger, earthquakes). During the drill or in case of a fire or emergency, the signal to evacuate the building will be a continuous sounding of the fire alarm. There is an evacuation plan posted in each room which shows the procedure route of evacuation for that particular room. In the case of an alarm, students are to walk without talking, to the fire exit area designated for their rooms. Civil Defense Plans Plan A Plan B Plan C (4-6 hour warning) - Children will be sent home by normal transportation in the same plan as used on minimum school days when all children leave school at one time. (1 hour or less) - Children will be taken by bus to the Exeter Citrus Association Packing House. Control of the children will revert to the proper Civil Defense authorities. (no time) - Children will be safeguarded as much as possible at school until Plan A or Plan B can be put into effect.
11 STUDENT GRADES Support and cooperation between the home and the school is such an important element in the promotion of educational excellence and individual feelings of success. Our intention at Rocky Hill School is to keep parents informed as to their student's progress. Report cards are issued at the end of each trimester (end of each third of school year). Between grading periods, you may want to discuss your student's progress. We encourage you to contact your child's teachers by calling the office and leaving your name and phone number so that they can speak to any of your concerns. Report Cards Report cards are issued three times a year. Grades are based on achievement and progress in subject areas. Report cards will be mailed approximately one week after the end of each trimester. Methods of Grading for Grades 3 rd, 4 th, and 5 th A B C D F P INC E produces markedly superior work produces excellent work demonstrates satisfactory work needs to improve progress in work demonstrates little or no progress in work pass (used in pass/fail classes only) incomplete (grades must be made up by the end of the second week of the following quarter. All assignments not turned in by the end of this time will automatically receive F's and will be average in with the rest of the grades earned in that class during the quarter.) (Excellent), S (Satisfactory), or U (unsatisfactory) will be given by the Music/Band teacher and the P.E. teacher Honor Roll Each trimester, students with a grade point average of 3.45 (and no F's or D's) on a 4 point scale are named to the Honor Roll. Special recognition will be given to these students during awards assemblies and through publication of their names in The Sun Gazette. (Exeter Public Schools, Administrative Regulation 5121) Progress Reports The purpose of the progress report is to keep parents informed of their student's progress in class work. Progress reports are sent by the teacher for very good achievement for very poor achievement. A parent may ask for a progress report at any time by making a request directly to the teacher or through the office. Owes List Report cards will be issued on the stated dates unless students owe money to the cafeteria, library, etc. Once fines are paid, report cards will be issued. Make-up Work Students who have been absent from school are responsible for making up missed work. When a student is absent two or more days, homework should be collected from teachers upon return from absence. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE OFFICE TO REQUEST WORK FOR ONE DAY OF ABSENCES.
12 If students are absent two or more days, parents may contact the school office and request that work be gathered from teachers. One working day should be allowed for the gathering of materials. Upon returning to school after excused or un-excused absences, students have a very limited time in which to turn in all makeup assignments. Please work with your teachers to establish a due date. Then make sure that all work is completed and given to your teacher by agreed upon date. Students who are truant ("cuts school") lose makeup privileges. This is also true of tardy students who do not bring a tardy clearance note from home. Homework Policy Rocky Hill School hopes that as its students complete their education, they will have developed, through the aid of their teachers and the encouragement of their parents, the qualities of true independent learners. One way in which a student becomes a successful, independent learner is through the development of a homework "habit" which establishes homework as an important, expected part of school. Students, teachers, and parents should recognize all homework assignments are of value in providing students opportunities to: 1. Maintain or improve skills learned in the classroom. 2. Extend and enrich their knowledge and interests. 3. Learn to properly budget and use their time. 4. Organize their materials. 5. Develop independent study habits and skills. 6. Develop responsibility for completing an assigned task and returning it to school on time. 7. Apply careful consideration to the important task of becoming an informed member of the community. Study Habits Keep a good attitude about studying. Picture in your mind the results: happy parents, appreciative teachers, great report cards, and pride in yourself. Have a sturdy binder to keep class notes and assignments in good order. Make sure you understand the assignment each teacher makes. Then write it down. Make sure that you take home your class notes and any textbooks that you may need to complete the assignments. Have a place at home where you can study without interruptions. Remember, the school and local libraries are there for you. Set aside time each day for studying. Get your hardest work out of the way by doing it first. Don't neglect the easy work. Keep your work up to date. Organize your studies so that you don't have too much work one night and none the next. Try not to "cram" before tests. Spend a few minutes going over each subject every night. What you have learned will "stick" with you better. Studying with friends can be helpful, as long as you study! Have faith in your ability. Always do the very best that you can. Think how proud you will be of yourself and of the positive effect that you could have on others.
13 SPECIAL PROGRAMS In an effort to meet each student's needs, Rocky Hill Elementary School offers several special programs in addition to the regular school curriculum. Gifted And Talented Education The purpose of the Exeter Union Elementary School District GATE program is to meet the education needs of identified students by providing a more challenging course of study than the base district curriculum, research and investigation opportunities, guidance and encouragement in the development of leadership, and opportunities for students to share their abilities in the service of others. Migrant Education The Migrant Education program offers instructional, health, and counseling services at Rocky Hill School to students whose parents are migrant farm workers. These services are in addition to all the services provided by the school itself. Resource Specialist Program Students who require extra help are serviced by the Resource Specialist Program. Such students are generally recognized by the classroom teacher who refers them to the Teacher Assistance Team for assessment and special program placement when disabilities are confirmed. Parents are informed about, and involved in, this program. An Individual Education Plan is developed for each student admitted into the Resource Specialist Program. Speech & Language Therapy This program is designed to identify and assist children with speech problems, such as articulation, stuttering, voice and language development. Children with suspected problems are referred to the Teacher Assistance Team by teachers or parents. Such a child is then tested and placed in the Speech Therapy program if a problem is discovered. Psychological Services The psychologist provided by the district counsels teachers, works with parents on child management, administers psychological tests, and assists in evaluating the special educational needs of students. Most of those services are performed in conjunction with the psychologist's participation on the Teacher Assistance Team. Anyone desiring these services should contact the principal, or a teacher. Counseling Services The therapist provided by the district assists students, parents, and staff in determining ways to help students modify behavior so that they can become more successful academically and socially. Students may be referred by parents and/or staff for these services. Parent approval is required.
14 Assemblies/Special School Activities SPECIAL SCHOOL ACTIVITIES Special school assemblies and activities are a privilege provided regularly for all Rocky Hill students. Rocky Hill School holds monthly assemblies to recognize students for Citizen of the Month (CHARACTER COUNTS!) and Teacher Choice Awards. Parents are invited to all assemblies and special activities. Announcements about these are made periodically through school newsletters, on the marquee, and messages sent by Connect Ed. Students who violate school rules or misbehave in class may be denied the privilege of participating in these events. Students who have been suspended (including in-house suspension or sent home for the remainder of the day because of inappropriate behavior) may not attend after-school activities during this time). GENERAL INFORMATION Dress Code Research has shown that student dress and appearance affect student attitudes and conduct. These guidelines are intended to define appropriate student attire and personal grooming. (BP : Attachment A) Cafeteria Rocky Hill School participates in the federal breakfast and lunch program. Breakfast is free for all students. All students will receive applications for free or reduced meals. Parents are encouraged to fill out the forms and return them as soon as possible. District policy requires that Rocky Hill School not allow students to charge their lunches. The cost of a student lunch is $1.50 (reduced, 60 ). Breakfast is free to all students. (reduced, 25 ). Change Of Address/Phone Number Please notify the office if you move or change your phone number. Lost And Found If articles (such as books, pencils, pens, jewelry, money, personal belongings, etc) are found on the school grounds they should be brought to the office. Lost clothing and lunch boxes are outside the multi-purpose room. Unclaimed clothing or lunch boxes are donated to a charity at the end of each trimester. If your child has lost an article of clothing or a lunch box, please check immediately for the items. School Library We encourage the use of the library at every opportunity. Students may check out books for a two week period. Fines are charged for overdue materials and students will be charged the cost of the book if the book is lost. All fines must be paid each trimester before report cards will be issued. Telephone The telephone in the office is a business phone and is not to be used by students except in case of an emergency.
15 Cellular Phones Although students are allowed to be in possession of cellular phones while on the school campus, the phones are not to be use. Phones are to be turned-off at all times and may not be used at any time while the student is on the school property (i.e., campus, bus, etc.) or at a school function. (If the student is found to be in violation of this policy and uses his/her cell phone, or the cell phone rings while the student is on campus or the school bus, the cell phone will be taken from the student and held until the end of the school year or such other time when the administration allows parents to come to the school to claim it.) District Notice Of Complaint Procedure The district has a primary responsibility to ensure compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. The district will investigate complaints alleging failure to comply with these laws. We will seek to resolve these complaints while ensuring that complainants are protected from retaliation. If you believe a state or federal law has been violated, you may file a written complaint describing the failure with the district's compliance officer, the Superintendent, 134 South E Street, Exeter, A Uniform Complaint Procedure is included in the student packet. After the local investigation, you may appeal to the California Department of Education. Some complaints may involve civil law remedies, direct State intervention or the withholding of funds from the district if we fail to comply with the law. Textbooks All textbooks are furnished by Rocky Hill School free of charge unless the book is lost or damaged. Students are required to pay for lost or damaged books. Failure to do so by the end of the grading period will result in the student's name being placed on the owes list. Students will not receive report cards if on the owe list. Unfortunately, textbooks may sometimes be taken. If your book is taken, please report it to your teacher as soon as it happens so that you will not be charged for the book and so that you may obtain another textbook (if available) as a replacement. If you wait until the end of the school year to report a book that was taken earlier in the year, you will be responsible for paying for the book. (BP : Attachment B) Visitors On Campus Parents and guests are always welcome to visit Rocky Hill School. If you wish to meet with your child's teacher or administrator you must contact the school for an appointment in advance. Parents/Visitors without appointments may find that the person they need to see is already scheduled. At 8:00 A.M., all gates are locked, and you must report to the office to obtain a visitors pass to enter the school campus. School Volunteers Classroom volunteers are welcome at Rocky Hill. However, for the safety of our students, all regular classroom volunteers and field trip chaperones must have the following completed by October 30, 2010 Volunteer Form filled our Proof of TB test within the last 4 years Copy of driver s license or picture ID copied at the school office Fingerprints (through the district office) Classroom Observation Parents are always welcome to observe in the classroom. Please follow these guidelines. Give the classroom teacher at least one day's notice of your visit. Limit your stay in the classroom to twenty minutes unless the teacher has agreed to another time limit beforehand. Do not talk to students in the classroom. Do not use classroom time for discussions with the teacher. Arrange to meet with the teacher at a later time if you would like to discuss aspects of the classroom program.
16 Parents may also be asked to participate in a two-hour time of "shadowing;" that is to sit with their child in class because of continued misbehavior or refusal to do class assignments. It is possible that parents may need to "shadow" up to five times in one year. After School Assignments State law allows school districts to keep students after school up to one hour for disciplinary or academic purposes. No student will be required to remain after school on the day the assignment is made unless a parent has been notified. Parents will be notified anytime a student is required to remain after school. Personal Property Playground balls and other equipment, toys, electronic games, radios, tape recorders, walk-mans, cameras, expensive watches and jewelry, and large sums of money ARE NOT to be brought to school. ROCKY HILL SCHOOL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR SUCH ITEMS. Protect what is important to you...don't bring it to school. Consequences are: First offense: Second offense: Third offense: Item is taken away and returned at the end of the day Item is taken away and parents need to come to school to retrieve item. Item is taken away and is kept until end of year at which time parent must come to school to retrieve item. Bike Riding Students may ride bikes to school. A bike rack is provided for the students' use. ALL BIKES MUST BE LOCKED. This adds protection against unnecessary borrowing or theft. Do not loan your bike or borrow a bike at anytime while at school. Please, do not loiter near the bike racks. Bikes may not be ridden anywhere on the school grounds or hallways. Students are to walk bikes on and off campus. Anyone riding a bike on campus will have it taken to the office. A parent will be required to pick up the bike. For students' safety, students are required to wear helmets while riding to and from school. It s the law. Skateboards/Roller Blades For the owner's and other's safety, and for the protection of school property, SKATEBOARDS, ROLLER BLADES, ROLLER SHOES ARE NOT TO BE BROUGHT ONTO THE SCHOOL GROUNDS AT ANY TIME. Skateboards/Roller blades brought onto the school grounds will be kept in the classroom. A parent will be required to pick them up. Lunch Passes Students may leave campus for lunch for the following conditions only: Student has written permission from their parents allowing this. A note must be sent on a daily basis or one note may be sent to cover a specific period of time during the year. Student has written permission to go to lunch with another student and parent. NOTE: Students may not leave campus for lunch to go to a restaurant, store, or another student's home unless accompanied by their parents. If special circumstances exist, contact the school office as soon as possible.
17 Parent/Teacher Conferences Parents or guardians will be asked to attend at least one or more parent/teacher conferences during the school year to discuss your child's progress. These conferences are very beneficial. Conferences help us work with your child and provide you with information concerning his or her school life. Please make every effort to attend these conferences when they are scheduled, or make an appointment to meet with the teacher whenever necessary. PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE SCHEDULE FOR September 19-20, 2011 February 27-28, 2011 September 22 & 26, 2011 ROCKY HILL SCHOOL RULES AND CONSEQUENCES Students need consistent feedback on their performance. Clear, consistent feedback keeps students aware of the borderline between acceptable and unacceptable behavior. Even though students receive positive feedback, there are instances when disciplinary action must be taken. These actions are not solely for punishment. Rocky Hill's Disciplinary Action Plan is also to educate the students about appropriate behavior and responsibility for actions. Rocky Hill School's Discipline Plan will never be truly successful without your support and help. Therefore, one step of the discipline plan is a parent contact either by phone or mail. In this way, we will keep parents informed of possible discipline problems. Together we can help our students improve their behavior and become more responsible, successful students. ALL STUDENTS WILL FOLLOW THESE RULES: Be Courteous, Respect People and Their Property, Respect Rocky Hill School Property. Playing for "keeps" (trading, gambling, betting, etc.) is inappropriate at school. Gum, seeds (in shells), and any snack food items that can cause our school to become littered should not be brought to or eaten at school. Marking on or damaging school equipment and property shows disrespect for your school. If you mark on or damage school equipment or property, you will clean it up and/or pay for damages. Candy, as a part of lunch (dessert) is permissible. Foul language is inappropriate and is not allowed at school. Be Prepared, On Time, and Ready to Work. Obey All Directions When They Are Given. Accept Responsibility for Your Own Learning and Behavior. Stay in the supervised, designated areas when not in class. Do note ride bikes on campus at any time. Do not bring or ride skateboards, roller blades on campus at any time. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself. Aerosol cans of paint, hair spray, etc. are not permitted at school unless approved for special activities which will be supervised. Any items the school staff may deem to be unsafe may not be brought to school.
18 Consequences for Good Behavior Students with good behavior on the playground and in class will receive: A positive referral Letter home to parent Hawk Cards Consequences of Poor Behavior Any or all of the following consequences may apply depending on the severity of the problem. Call to parents Conference with parent Student sent home for the remainder of the school day 0-5 day suspension Restriction from school activities (i.e., field trips, assemblies), special activities, etc.) Expulsion PLAYGROUND RULES 1. Follow the directions of the yard supervisors and teachers. 2. Use equipment properly. 3. Play safely. Nothing should be thrown except things that are made to be thrown! 4. Play in assigned areas only. 5. Stay on the playground unless you have permission to leave. 6. When the bell rings, stop and wait for the signal to walk to your line or class. 7. No food on the playground except in designated area. Food may be eaten at the tables in front of the playground bathrooms. Remember to dispose of your trash in the trash cans. 8. No sitting on equipment to visit. IF THERE IS A DISPUTE DURING ANY GAME, THE PLAYERS INVOLVED MUST RESOLVE IT BEFORE THOSE WAITING IN LINE CAN COUNT TO 10 (ONE MISSISSIPPI, TWO MISSISSIPPI, ETC.), OR THEY ARE OUT AND THE NEXT PLAYERS WILL TAKE THEIR PLACES. (IN TETHERBALL, THE PLAYER HOLDING THE BALL WILL RESUME PLAY BY BOUNCING THE BALL OFF THE POLE). IF PROBLEMS PERSIST, YARD DUTY PERSONNEL WILL REMOVE THE BALL FROM THE GAME FOR THE REMAINDER OF THAT RECESS. ALSO, THERE WILL BE NO CUTTING IN LINE OR SAVING PLACES (LEAVE THE LINE, LOSE YOUR PLACE). How to Use Playground Equipment SWINGS Swing up and back (no spinning or twisting). Don't jump out of the swings. Stand behind the person swinging or on the cement border. Your turn will begin after you have counted 50 Mississippi full swings. CLIMBING EQUIPMENT Keep both hands on bar while spinning. No stunts. One person at a time. Each person gets one turn. No jumping off of the climbing equipment. MARKED FIELDS Games are to be played within the boundaries provided. If you are not playing the game, stay out of the area.
19 The following specific playground procedures are important for you and your student to review: 1. Break is a time for getting drinks and using the bathroom. NO DRINKS OR BATHROOM USE AFTER THE BELL HAS RUNG. 2. Physical contact is not allowed at any time (hitting, kicking, tripping, contact sports, play fighting...). 3. All games will be open to any person wishing to join during free play periods, such as recess time. 4. All playground equipment is to be used appropriately so that students are not injured. 5. Baseball bats and hard balls are not to be used during break time. 6. No student is to leave the playground without the supervisor's permission. 7. Do not run on the blacktop. You MAY RUN on the GRASS AREA. BOUNDRIES 1. The backstops should only be used for organized games. 2. Students may not go further than the drinking fountain unless they are using the backstop for an oganized game. 3. The grass area within these boundaries may be used for various student activities. PLAYGROUND "GOOD CITIZENSHIP 1. Be a good sport at all times...no foul language or name calling. 2. Don't interfere with or run through other games. 3. Do not kick the red balls at any time. 4. Do not kick any ball on the blacktop. 5. Do not run on the blacktop. 6. You may not save places in line. 7. Do not push or shove in line. You will be removed from the line. 8. Tell a yard supervisor when someone is bothering you or when you feel unsafe. This is not considered "tattling"--these adults are there to keep you safe, so let them help you! BASKETBALL 1. Half court only players in at a time 3. No tripping, kicking, or jumping over opponent s back. 4. No slapping ball out of opponent s hands. 5. No traveling or double-dribbling. TETHERBALL A player may win up to 3 games--then they must stop playing and go to the end of the line. The first person in line is the server (choice of sides)--second person is receiver (choice of direction). The ball may only be hit with the hands (open palm only). The ball may not be served with any rope wound around the pole (no wind-ies ). The ball may not be caught or held or stopped (no hold-ies ). The rope may not be hit or grabbed (no rope-ies ). No double hitting. Players may not step on or across the dividing line. Players may not touch the pole during play. No friendships (play to win). There will be no interference from outside the circle (only 2 people allowed in circle). For each successive game, the newcomer will serve.
20 FOUR SQUARE A PLAYER MAY NOT: 1. Hold the ball. 2. Step into another square until after the ball has been hit (follow-through). 3. May not hit the ball with any part of the body except the hands (or be hit by the ball). 4. Hit the line with the ball (you will be judged out). A PLAYER MAY: 1. Hit the ball only one time. 2. (Must) hit the ball with palms up. SOCCER Any violation of rules #1, 3, 4, and 5 will result in the game being stopped! 1. No tripping. 6. No jumping at an opponent 2. No holding the opponent. 7. Players may not pick up ball and run with it. 3. No kicking the opponent. 8. Players must kick ball with side of foot. 4. No pushing the opponent. 9. Hands may not be used. 5. No striking or attempting to strike another opponent.. DODGE BALL 1. Ball must hit player below the waist. 2. Thrower must have both feet behind the circle. FOOTBALL (*Game will be stopped if any of these rules are broken!) 1. Two-hand tag only 3. No dog piling 2. No tripping 4. No tackling HULA HOOPS 1. No throwing the hula hoops in the air or between people. (Even to practice back spinning.) 2. No pulling (tug-o-war) or bending the hula hoops. 3. You may use the hula hoops around your middle, legs, arms or neck. 4. Hula hoops may be rolled across the ground between two or more people. 5. Count to 50 Mississippi for the next player to begin. HOPSCOTCH Each player has a small, flat marker. The first player throws his/her marker into square 1 then hopes into squares 2 and 3 making sure not to step into square 1. Player then jumps into squares 4 and 5 with one foot in each square at the same time. The player then hops into square 6 and then into squares 7 and 8 with one foot in each square. Player then turns around and returns in reverse order to square 2. Continue the turn by balancing on one foot and bending forward to collect the marker, jumps through square one and out. The player then throws the marker into square 2 and continues turn unless they miss in which case, they must place their marker to the side in that square and wait in line until it is their turn again. BEGIN EACH TURN WHERE YOU MISSED BEFORE. When it is your turn again, you must play that square again and cannot advance until you successfully complete that square s sequence. The game continues until a player s marker has advanced one space each time reaching square 8 and returning in reverse order to square 1. The first player to finish the game after everyone has had a turn is the winner. You miss a turn if: 1. You step on a line. 4. Your other foot touches the ground. 2. Your marker lands on a line. 5. Your marker lands outside the square. 3. You play out of turn.