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        Elmira Heights Central Schools

         2018 Calendar 2019

Superintendent’s Message
Table of Contents
Superintendent’s Message .................... 2

Board of Education ............................... 3

Strategic Plan ........................................ 4

School Day .......................................... 6

Directory ............................................... 8

District Information ....................... 10-12
      Meal Charge Policy
      School Closings
      Public Review of District Records
      Transportation Information
      Equal Opportunities
      Parental Involvement
      School Volunteers
      Use of School Facilities
      Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration

Student Attendance ............................. 14                      Respectfully,
                                                                         Mary Beth Fiore, Superintendent
Health and Safety Notices .................. 16
      Emergency Management Plan
      Asbestos                                                                          WE ARE ELMIRA HEIGHTS AND WE MATTER!
      Visual Inspection of Buildings
      Fire and Annual Structural Inspection
      Smoking Policy
      Emotional Screening

School Records ................................... 18
                                                                                                              OUR MISSION:
Health Services ................................... 20
                                                                           The Elmira Heights Central School District is an integral part of a nurturing,
Code of Conduct ............................ 22-26                 diverse community dedicated to meeting the needs of individual students in becoming
Bus Transportation.............................. 28                 contributing citizens by setting high expectations, promoting life-long learning and
                                                                            pursuing excellence in a safe and mutually respectful environment.


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                                                                       District Office
                                                                     Elementary School
                                                                       Middle School
                                                                        High School
(Code of Conduct cont.)                                                                           6.   Any unauthorized person on school property will be reported to the principal or his or her
                                                                                                       designee. Unauthorized persons will be asked to leave. The police may be called if the
Discipline of Students with Disabilities                                                               situation warrants.
         The full Code of Conduct contains provisions dealing with the discipline of              7.   All visitors are expected to abide by the rules for public conduct on school property con-
students with disabilities.                                                                            tained in the Code of Conduct.
                                                                                                  8.   All visitors are expected to abide by the Code of Conduct’s requirements prohibiting tobac-
Corporal Punishment                                                                                    co use within the Drug Free School Zone.
         Corporal punishment is any act of physical force upon a student for the pur-
pose of punishing that student. Corporal punishment of any student by any district                Public Conduct on School Property
employee is strictly forbidden. However, in situations where alternative procedures               All persons on school property or attending a school function shall conduct themselves
and methods that do not involve the use of physical force cannot reasonably be used,              in a respectful and orderly manner. In addition, all persons on school property or at-
reasonable physical force may be used to:                                                         tending a school function are expected to be properly attired for the purpose they are
     1. Protect oneself, another student, teacher or any person from physical injury.             on school property.
     2. Protect the property of the school or others.
     3. Restrain or remove a student whose behavior interferes with the orderly ex-               Dissemination and Review
                                                                                                      Dissemination of Code of Conduct
          ercise and performance of school district functions, powers and duties, if that
                                                                                                  1. Copies of a summary of the Code of Conduct will be provided to all students at
          student has refused to refrain from further disruptive acts.
                                                                                                      the beginning of each school year.
     The district will file all complaints about the use of corporal punishment with the
                                                                                                  2. Copies of the Code of Conduct will be available to all parents at the beginning of
     Commissioner of Education in accordance with Commissioner’s regulations.
                                                                                                      the school year.
Student Searches and Interrogations
          Student Lockers, Desks and other School Storage Places
          The rules in this Code of Conduct regarding searches of students and their
belongings do not apply to student lockers, desks and other school storage places. Stu-
dents have no reasonable expectation of privacy with respect to these places and school
storage places may be subject to search at any time by school officials, without prior
notice to students and without their consent. The District has the option of initiating an
unannounced canine search of any of its school buildings at any time of the day
throughout that school year.

Visitors to the Schools
The following rules apply to visitors to the schools:
1. Anyone who is not a regular staff member or student will be considered a visitor.
2. All visitors to the school must report to the office of the principal upon arrival at
    the school. There they will be required to sign the visitor’s register and will be
    issued a visitor’s identification badge, which must be worn at all times while in
    the school or on school grounds. The visitor must return the identification badge
    to the principal’s office before leaving the building.
3. Visitors attending school functions that are open to the public, such as parent-
    teacher organization meetings or public gatherings are not required to register.
4. Parents or citizens who wish to observe a classroom while school is in session are
    required to arrange such visits in advance with the classroom teacher(s), so that
    class disruption is kept to a minimum.
5. Teachers are expected not to take class time to discuss individual matters with                     The Board of Education will review this Code of Conduct every year
    visitors.                                                                                            and update it as necessary. For a complete copy of the Code of
                                                                                                             Conduct, please contact the District Office at 734-7114
                                                                                                                          or visit the district website at


                                                  2018-19 Board of Education
Board Members                                           Term Expires                              Board Meetings
Harry Blish, President                                      2021                                         The Board of Education generally meets in the Community
                                                                                                  Room at TAE the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Meeting
Lisa Benedict                                               2022                                  dates and sites are posted on the official school district web site
Christopher Callas                                          2022                                  www.heightsschools.com.
Michael Lepak                                               2019                                         The Board of Education is responsible for setting policy and
                                                                                                  conducting the business of the school district according to the laws of
Joseph Sullivan, Sr.                                        2020                                  New York State. The daily administration of the schools is delegated by
Andrew Willard                                              2023                                  the Board to the Superintendent of Schools, who works with building
Kristen Wolowitz                                            2019                                  principals and district office personnel in the management of the district.

Colleen Dengler, Board Clerk                                                                      Public Participation at Board Meetings
Megan Leach, Treasurer                                                                                    The Board of Education encourages public participation at Board
                                                                                                  meetings. There will be a specific agenda item at each Board meeting to
                                                                                                  provide an opportunity to address the Board. Preferably, when an
                                                                                                  individual or group wishes to present a matter to the Board of
                                                                                                  Education, a request should be made to the Superintendent for an
                                                                                                  opportunity to be on the agenda.
                                                                                                          Questions or comments concerning school staff members,
                                                                                                  students or any other individuals will not be acknowledged or discussed
                                                                                                  at Board of Education meetings. The Board cannot act or react without
                                                                                                  knowledge of all the facts and/or circumstances relevant to such matters.
                                                                                                  We encourage you to initially contact teachers, building principals or the
                                                                                                  Superintendent concerning such matters. Appropriate action will be
                                                                                                          The Board President is responsible for the orderly conduct of the
                                                                                                  meeting and will consider matters such as the time to be allowed for
                                                                                                  public discussion, the appropriateness of the subject being presented,
                                                                                                  and the suitability of the time for such a presentation. The Board as a
                                                                                                  whole will have the final decision in determining all such rulings.

                                                                                                   We will not tolerate any behavior or environment that is degrading or
Elmira Heights Central School District                                                               unsafe.
                                                                                                   We will always make decisions in the best interest of the student.

Strategic Plan                                                                                     We will always strive for quality and success.
                                                                                                   We will work collaboratively with all vested members of the commu-
                                                                                                     nity to maximize student potential.
                                                                                                   We will make communication a priority.
Mission Statement                                                                                  We will only employ and retain professional and dedicated individu-
The Elmira Heights Central School District is an integral part of a nurtur-                          als committed to the common mission of the district.
ing, diverse community dedicated to meeting the needs of individual stu-                           We will support decision-making processes and their outcomes to
dents in becoming contributing citizens by setting high expectations, pro-                           help ensure success.
moting life-long learning and pursuing excellence in a safe and mutually                          Objectives
respectful environment.                                                                            100% of the district will be committed to providing a safe, nurturing
Core Beliefs                                                                                         student centered environment.
We believe that…                                                                                   100% of students will achieve grade level proficiency, with a contin-
                                                                                                     ued goal of achieving mastery.
 Learners are our first priority.
                                                                                                   100% of students will graduate and become contributing members of
 All children have the right to learn.
                                                                                                     society through the pursuit of post-secondary education, military or
 Each child is unique and capable of reaching their potential.                                     the workforce.
 The development of the whole child is essential.                                                100% of Elmira Heights’ staff will be proficient in the use of technol-
 Excellence will always be pursued.                                                                ogy.
 Education is a process of continuous improvement.                                              Strategies
 The district will be proactive as well as reactive to educational and                           We will foster a learning environment that protects the safety of eve-
   societal needs.                                                                                   ryone.
 Everyone is entitled to and responsible for a safe, supportive and nur-                         We will ensure that all students have the opportunity to achieve their
   turing environment.                                                                               maximum potential and develop skills to be contributing members of
 All individuals will treat each other with courtesy and mutual respect.                           society.
 Community involvement is a partnership that is essential to success                             We will design and implement a curriculum that utilizes all resources
 Character and morals are cultivated through collaborative community                               and programs to achieve academic success and prepare students for a
   involvement.                                                                                      variety of postsecondary opportunities.
 Embracing diversity strengthens individuals and community.                                      We will develop a formal communication system to ensure all staff,
 Effective communication between all stakeholders is essential for                                 parents and community members can receive and respond to the in-
   success.                                                                                          formation they need to in a timely fashion.
 Students, parents, residents and the school district are vested mem-                            We will engage community resources that enhance and advance the
   bers in the educational community.                                                                school program.


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            June 2019
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       Sun                         Mon                            Tue                      Wed                                       Thu                                 Fri                                       Sat
                                                DISTRICT WIDE EARLY RELEASE TIMES (June 24)                                                                                                           1
                                                                                                                                                                                                      SAT Exam
                                                      Cohen Elementary School      11:00am
                                                      Thomas A. Edison High School 11:15am                                                                                                            8th Grade Class Trip
                                                      Cohen Middle School          11:30am
2                        3                                 4                       5                                 6                                       7                                        8
10am Brad Sanford        8:15am New Framework                                                                                                                5-8pm PFO Ice Cream                      ACT Exam
Race                     Regents Exam in Global                                                                                                              Social
                         History & Geography                                                                                                                 (Cohen Back Parking Lot)
                                                                                   7pm BOE Meeting                   7pm TAE Spring Concert
                         NYS Science Exam
                                                                                   (Community Room)
                         (Written) Grade 4&8

9                        10                                11                      12                                13                                      14                                       15
                                                                                                                     5:30pm Senior Athlete                   TAE Class Day                            Senior Class Trip
                                                                                                                     6:30pm All-Sports                       1:45pm Graduate
                                                           7pm PFO (COE Library)                                     Banquet (TAE Aud)                       Walk-through
                                                                                                                     7pm CMS Spring Concert                  (COE & CMS)

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Senior Class Trip        Senior Class trip                 9:30am PreK Ceremony    End of MP4 (COE & CMS)            COE Field Day                           CMS Class Day
                         End of MP4 (TAE)                                          COE Field Day                     (Rain Date)
                         TAE Last Day of Classes           NYS Regents Exams
                         TAE Local Exam Day                Begin                   7pm BOE Meeting
                         (attendance required)                                     (Community Room)
                                                                                   *if needed

23                       24                                25                      26                                27                                      28                                       29
                         8:15am Gr 5 Ceremony              CONFERENCE DAY          NYS Regents Exams End                                                     9am TAE Mandatory Grad
                         District Wide Early Release Day   (NO SCHOOL)                                                                                       Rehearsal
                         UPK-8 Last Day of School                                  June Regents Rating Day                                                   6pm Graduation Line-Up
                         6pm Grade 8 Celebration
                    30   (Cohen Aud)                                               Last Day for Teachers                                                     7pm TAE Graduation
(Code of Conduct cont.)                                                                           17. Lateness for, missing or leaving school/class without permission or excuse given
Certain events such as concerts and dances may have a special dress code. Students                    by a faculty member.
will be notified of those particular codes in time to prepare appropriately.                      18. Any willful act which disrupts the normal operation of the school community.
                                                                                                  19. Possession of tobacco or simulated tobacco products and smoking a cigarette,
Each building principal or his or her designee shall be responsible for informing all                 electronic/vapor cigarette, cigar or pipe, or using chewing or smokeless tobacco
students and their parents of the dress code at the beginning of the school year and any              on school premises (including buildings or grounds) or on a bus going to or from a
revisions to the dress code made during the school year.                                              school function or a school sponsored function.
Students who violate the student dress code shall be required to modify their appear-             20. Interfering with the teacher’s authority over the classroom.
ance by covering or removing the offending item and, if necessary or practical, replac-           21. Acting as a violent pupil.
ing it with an acceptable item. Any student who refuses to do so shall be subject to              22. Vandalizing school property or the property of a student or staff member.
discipline up to and including in-school suspension for the day. Any student who re-              23. Violating the civil rights of another student ((intimidation, hazing, etc.).
peatedly fails to comply with the dress code shall be subject to further discipline, up to        24. Violating the district’s dress code.
and including out of school suspension.                                                           25. Obstructing vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
                                                                                                  26. Misuse of Internet/Network systems per “Acceptable Use Regulations”.
Prohibited Student Conduct:                                                                       27. Unauthorized use of personal as well as school images including the posting there-
A student shall be subject to disciplinary action in relation to the following:                       of.
1. Being under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, drinking an alcoholic bever-               28. Unauthorized use of electronic devices.
    age or in possession of an alcoholic beverage on school premises (including build-            29. Conduct detrimental to school order.
    ings or grounds) or on a bus going to or from a school function or a school-                  30. “serious violent incident means an incident of violent criminal conduct that is, or
    sponsored function. Alcoholic beverages shall mean and include alcohol, spirits,                   appears to be, life threatening and warrants the evacuation of students and/or staff
    liquor, wine, beer, and cider having alcoholic content.                                             because of an imminent threat to their safety or health, including, but not limited
2. The use, possession, sale or gift of any drug, controlled substance, or look-alike                   to: riot, hostage-taking kidnapping and/or use or threatened use of a firearm,
    drug, including, but not limited to, marijuana or any instruments for the use of                    explosive, bomb, incendiary device, chemical or biological weapon, knife or
    such drugs, controlled substance or marijuana such as a pipe, syringe or other par-                 other dangerous instrument capable of causing serious injury or death.”
    aphernalia, while on school premises (including buildings or grounds) or on a bus             31. Trespassing on school property. Trespassing shall apply to any time the campuses
    going to or from a school function or school sponsored function. Exception is any                 are not available for normal student use. The district reserves the right to consider
    drug taken in accordance with a current prescription signed by a physician whom                   individual cases and times as needed.
    is to be taken by the particular student at the time in question.                             32. Truancy and tardiness to school.
3. Stealing, lying, cheating, plagiarism or other acts of dishonesty.
4. Verbal intimidation.                                                                           The range of penalties which may be imposed for the conduct set forth above is as fol-
5. Physical intimidation.                                                                         lows:
6. Hazing.                                                                                            1. Verbal warning;
7. Bullying.                                                                                          2. Written referral/Student Conduct Form;
8. Gang related activities.                                                                           3. Notification to parent (written, electronic or personal contact);
9. Unwanted contact that may or may not include sexual harassment.                                    4. Counseling;
10. Fighting or causing physical harm to another.                                                     5. Probation;
11. Disrespect toward a faculty member.                                                               6. Reprimand;
12. Possession or use of a dangerous instrument as defined on page 2.                                 7. Detention;
13. Failure to comply with the directions of a teacher, administrator or other school                 8. Suspension from transportation;
    employee.                                                                                         9. Suspension from athletic participation;
14. Engaging in acts of sexual harassment as defined in district’s sexual harassment                  10. Suspension from social or extracurricular activities;
    policy.                                                                                           11. Suspension of other privileges including use of computer/Internet systems.
15. Using in either words, clothing, or signs, profane, lewd, vulgar, abusive language                12. Exclusion from a particular class;
    or words which may incite or offend another person.                                               13. Involuntary transfer; or
16. Selling, using or possessing obscene material.                                                    14. Suspension upon instruction.
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          Sun                      Mon                         Tue                        Wed                                       Thu                                 Fri                                       Sat
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                                                                                 7pm BOE Meeting
                                                                                 (Community Room)

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                                                                                 6:30 Fall Sports Parent
                                                                                 Night (TAE Aud.)

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                           Fall Sports Begin                                     Last Day BOCES
                           (JV & Varsity)                                        Summer School

                                                                                 7pm BOE Meeting
                                                                                 (Community Room)
                                                                                 *if needed
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                           8am Kindergarten                                                                                                                  8am New Teacher
                           Screening                                                                                                                         Orientation
                           (by appointment)

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                           Modified Football Begins   8:00-2:00 Schedule         9am Kindergarten Orientation       8am Pre-K Screenings
                                                      Pick-up (Grades 10-12)     1pm Pre-K Orientation              (by appointment)
                                                                                 6pm Freshman Orientation
                           8:00-2:00 TAE Schedule     8am Pre-K Screenings       6pm Annual Inspection
                           Pick-up (Grades 10-12)     (by appointment)           7pm BOE Meeting
                                                      6pm CMS 6-8 Orientation    (Community Room)
                                                                                 *if needed
2017-18 School Day
Cohen Elementary                                                                                Thomas A. Edison
The school day for the elementary students:                                                     The school day for the high school students:
       7:45 – Student Arrival                                                                          7:55-8:10—Student Arrival (Breakfast Available @ 7:55)
       (Breakfast available @ 7:40)                                                                    8:15—Classes begin**.
       7:55 – Tardy Bell Rings                                                                                **Arrivals after 8:15 are considered tardy.
       8:15—UPK Drop-Off                                                                                      **Students arriving unexcused after 8:25 will be
       8:20—UPK Day Begins                                                                                    ineligible for after school activities on that day.
       2:15—UPK Dismissal                                                                              3:25—Dismissal
       2:45 – Dismissal                                                                                3:30—Buses Depart
Parents picking up students after school should wait at the bus port.                           Buses will arrive at TAE between 7:55 and
Teachers will bring out their bus students and parent pick up students at                       8:10. Students will be dismissed from the
dismissal time. Please be mindful that we must have all students loaded                         buses to go to EMM at 8:05.
onto buses and the buses leaving by 2:45.                                                       Morning announcements will be made during
If you would like to speak to the teacher, please do so after all students                      EMM. Students who attend the CTE/New Vi-
are dismissed or call for an appointment.                                                       sions programs at BOCES in the morning will
                                                                                                transfer after EMMK to the Bush campus and                                                                                       re-
Students walking home will be dismissed after the buses have left.                              turn at approximately 11:15. Afternoon CTE
                                                                                                students will leave after their lunch period and
                                                                                                return to TAE at approximately 2:20 for after-
Cohen Middle                                                                                    noon classes.
The school day for the middle school students:                                                  Athletic practices, tutoring, and all other extra-curricular activities may
       8:10 – Student Arrival                                                                   begin as soon as the coach/advisor is available after 3:25. It is expected
       (Breakfast available at 8:00)                                                            that all other students will leave the building unless they are under the
       8:15 – Classes Begin                                                                     direct supervision of a staff member.
       3:20 – Dismissal
Dismissal procedures will again begin with
bus students being dismissed first. Any stu-
dent who walks or gets picked up will be dis-
missed immediately after buses leave the school grounds. This will
alleviate several safety concerns that have come up due to the variation
of student departure methods.


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       Sun                    Mon                          Tue                           Wed                                    Thu                                    Fri                                           Sat
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                                                                                 NYS Math Exam (Gr 3-8)            NYS Math Exam (Gr 3-8)                  Senior Class Flower Sale                 SAT Exam
                                                                                 Junior Rotarian Silent Art                                                Fundraiser Ends
                                                                                 Auction Begins
                                                                                 7pm BOE Meeting
                                                                                 (Community Room)
                                                                                 Public Presentation
5                      6                        7                                8                                 9                                       10                                       11
                       TAE Purple Pinkie Week                                                                      6pm CMS National                        COE Purple Pinkie Day                    Senior Class Flower Sale
                       (Junior Rotarians)                                                                          Junior Honor Society                    (Junior Rotarians)                       Pick-Up
                                                                                                                   Inductions (Cohen Aud)                                                           (TAE Bus Port)
                                                                                                                                                           End of CMS/TAE Interim
                                                7pm PFO (COE Library)                                                                                      MP4

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                                                8am AP Calculus Exam                                               12pm AP Statistics Exam                 COE Career Day                           Junior Prom

                                                                                                                                                           3:30-5:30pm CMS
                                                                                 7pm BOE Meeting                   6-8pm TAE Gallery Night                 Dance (Outdoor Dance)
                                                                                 (Community Room)
                                                                                 *if needed

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                                                Budget Vote & BOE Elections      NYS Science                       NYS Science
                                                6pm District Arts Festival       Performance Exam                  Performance Exam
                                                (TAE Aud)                        (Grade 4)                         (Grade 4 & 8)
                                                Jr Rotarian Silent Art Austion

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                       MEMORIAL DAY                                                                                6pm TAE National Honor                  All Middle and
                       (NO SCHOOL)                                                                                 Society Induction                       Elementary School
                                                                                                                   (TAE Aud)                               Library Books Due
                       Elmira Heights Parade
Code of Conduct Summary
Introduction                                                                                   school function.
         This code applies to all students, school personnel, parents and other visitors       B. Student Responsibilities
when on school property or attending a school function.                                        All district students have the responsibility to:
Definitions                                                                                    1. Contribute to maintaining a safe and orderly school environment that is conducive
                                                                                                    to learning and to show respect to other persons and to property.
          “Disruptive student” means an elementary or secondary student under the              2. Be familiar with and abide by all district policies, rules and regulations dealing
age of 21 who is substantially interferes with the school personnel’s authority over                with student conduct.
the classroom on school premises or at school events.                                          3. Attend school every day unless they are legally excused and be in class, on time,
          “Violent student” means a student under the age of 21 who:                                and prepared to learn.
                                                                                               4. Work to the best of their ability in all academic and extracurricular pursuits and
     1. Commits an act of violence upon a school employee or attempts to do so.                     strive toward their highest level of achievement possible.
     2. Commits while on school property or at a school function, an act of violence           5. React to direction given by teachers and administrators and other school personnel
     upon another student or any other person lawfully on school property or                        in a respectful, positive manner.
     3. Possesses, while on school property or at a school function, a dangerous               6. Work to develop mechanisms to control their anger.
          instrument.                                                                          7. Ask questions when they do not understand.
           “Dangerous Instrument” means any instrument, article or substance,                8. Seek helping solving problems that might lead to discipline.
               including a “vehicle” which, under the circumstances in which it is             9. Dress appropriately for school and school functions.
               used, attempted to be used or threatened to be used, is readily capable         10. Accept responsibility for their actions.
               of causing physical injury, serious physical injury or death. Or as that        11. Conduct themselves as representatives of the district when participating in or at-
               term is defined in New York State Penal Law and 18 USC §921 for                      tending school sponsored extracurricular events and to hold themselves to the high-
               purposes of the Gun-Free Schools Act. (Refer to page 7 paragraph 4)                  est standards of conduct, demeanor, and sportsmanship.
     4. Displays, while on school property or at a school function, what appears to            Student Dress Code
     be a dangerous instrument.                                                                A student’s dress, grooming and appearance, including jewelry, make-up and nails,
     5. Threatens, while on school property or at a school function, to use a danger-          shall:
     ous instrument.                                                                           1. Be safe, appropriate and not disrupt or interfere with the educational process.
     6. Knowingly and intentionally damages or destroys the personal property of               2. Recognize that extremely brief garments such as tube tops, net tops, halter tops,
     any school employee or any person lawfully on school property or at a school                   spaghetti straps, plunging necklines (front or back) and see-through garments are
     function.                                                                                      not appropriate.
     7. Knowingly and intentionally damages or destroys school district property.              3. Ensure that underwear is completely covered with outer clothing.
     8. Commits any behavior that would require the district to complete a Violent             4. Include footwear at all times. Footwear that is a safety hazard will not be allowed.
     and Disruptive Incident Report (VADIR).                                                   5. Not include the wearing of hats in the classroom except for a medical or religious
                                                                                               6. Not include items that are vulgar, obscene, and libelous or denigrate others on ac-
                                                                                                    count of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or
Student Rights and Responsibilities                                                                 disability.
A. Student Rights                                                                              7. Not promote and/or endorse the use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs and/or en-
All district students have the right to:                                                            courage other illegal or violent activities.
1. Take part in all district activities on an equal basis regardless of race, color, creed,    8. Not be construed as intimidating (e.g. Gang wear).
     national origin, religion, gender, or disability.                                         9. Fit appropriately.
2. Present their version of the relevant events to school personnel authorized to im-          10. Skirts and shorts must be of modest length.
     pose a disciplinary penalty in connection with the imposition of the penalty.
3. Access school rules and, when necessary, receive an explanation of those rules
     from school personnel.
4. Protection under the Dignity For All Students Act which prohibit discrimination
and harassment against any student by employees or students on school property or at a                                                                                                                   (continued on page 24)

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                                                                              1st Day of School for                                                             TAE Picture Day                     ACT Exam
                         LABOR DAY                  CONFERENCE DAY            Students
                         (NO SCHOOL)                (NO SCHOOL)
                                                                              Modified XC Begins
                                                                              7pm BOE Meeting
                                                                              (community Room)

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                         TAE Senior Yearbook Ad                                                                    TAE Homecoming T-Shirt                       TAE Last Day to Drop                Sophomore Class
                         Sales Begin                                                                               Sale Begins                                  Classes                             Activity Night
                         COE PFO Fundraiser
                         COM Student Council        7pm PFO
                         Apparel Sale Begins        (COE Library)

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                                                                                                                                                                Apparel Sale Ends
                                                                              7pm BOE Meeting
                                                                              (Community Room)
                                                                              *if needed

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                                                                                                                   5:30pm CMS AIS Parent
                    30                                                                                             Information Meeting
                                                                                                                   (Cohen Aud)
District Directory
District Office…………………………… 734-7114                                                                                       School .......................................................... 734-7132
2083 College Avenue                                                                                                       100 Robinwood Avenue

Mary Beth Fiore ................................................ Superintendent of Schools                                Andy Lutz .................................................................................... Principal
Martha Clark .................................................................Business Executive                          Gretchen Smith................................................................. Dean of Students
Colleen Dengler ................. Superintendent Secretary/Board Clerk/Census                                             Kristin McNamara ....................................................................... Counselor
Kelly Buckley ............................................................... District Receiving/                         Kathleen Willis .............................................................................Secretary
........................................................................... Extra-Curricular Treasurer                    TBD............................................................. Cafeteria Manager (733-5854)
Erin Furstoss ........................ Human Resource Secretary/Health Insurance

Central Business Office ................... 795-5350/5353                                                                 Cohen Middle School ................................ 734-5078
Megan Leach— Treasurer…………………………………..Ext. 700.1294                                                                        100 Robinwood Avenue
Jennifer Martin – Payroll................................................... .. Ext. 700.1206
Joanne Swann – Accounts Payable ....................................... Ext. 700.1233                                     Dawn Hanrahan ........................................................... Principal/CSE Chair
Susan Michael – Purchasing Agent ....................................... Ext. 700.1284                                    Dan Crandall .................................................................... Dean of Students
Lindsey Tice—Internal Claims Auditor… ..... ……….……..Ext. 700.1218                                                         Kristin McNamara ....................................................................... Counselor
Kim Dykes—Tax Collector .................................................. Ext. 700.1209                                  Lori Andreine ............................................................. District Psychologist
Angela Rogers—Accountant/Grants ..................................... Ext. 700.1433                                       Leeann Lawrence ..........................................................................Secretary

Committee on Special Education............. 734-5078                                                                      Thomas A. Edison High School................... 733-5604
Dawn Hanrahan ……………………………… ............... ……Chairperson                                                                  2083 College Avenue
Leeann Lawrence ..........................................................................Secretary
                                                                                                                          Tom Boyanowski .......................................................................... Principal
                                                                                                                          Mike Bennett ........................................ Dean of Students/Athletic Director
Transportation ........................................... 739-1358                                                       Jackie Weaver ..........................................................District Social Worker
Todd VanHouten ................................................ Transportation Supervisor                                 Sheri May-Parsons ........................................................................Secretary
Maintenance .............................................. 734-7114                                                       H.S. Guidance Department .................................... 733-5604
Todd VanHouten ........................................................................... Facilities                     Deborah Howe-Tennant .............................................................. Counselor
                                                                                                                          Sheri May-Parsons ........................................................................Secretary

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Semi-Formal Dance
                                                                                                         7pm BOE Meeting
                                                                                                         (Community Room) Final
                                                                                                         Budget Adoption
                                                                                                         *if not completed

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                                                                                                         Fundraiser Begins
                                                                                                                                                  Release Day
                                                                                                         6pm Class of 2020 Student/
                                                                                                         Parent Info Night                        Parent/Teacher Conferences
                                                                                                         7pm BOE Meeting
                                                                    7pm PFO (COE Library)                (Community Room)
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                                 (NO SCHOOL)                                                             7PM BOE Meeting                                                                                                            Rummage Sale
                                                                                                         (Community Room)                                                                                                           (TAE Gym)
                                                                                                         BOCES Admin Budget

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                                                                                                                                   Cohen Elementary School      11:00am
                                                                                                                                   Thomas A. Edison High School 11:15am
                                                                                                                                    Cohen Middle School         11:30am
Health Services
Prescription Medicine                                                                                  · Prekindergarten/ Kindergarten and New Enters: please provide proof immunization to
                                                                                                       the health office when registering so the nurse can review the information and notify
     All medications, prescription or over-the-counter, must have a written medication                 you of any requirements not yet revived or completed.
order completed by the students physician or licensed health care provided. Parents/                   · Students 11 years old and entering 6th grade are required to have Tdap vaccinations:
guardians must also sign the medication order giving permission for the medication to be               10 year olds in 6th grade are in compliance until they turn 11 years old.
given at school. A new physicians order is required of each school year. The medications               · Students entering 7th grade are required to have Meningococcal
must be in the original container with the child’s name and same directions as the medica-             · Students entering grade 12 are required to have 2 doses of Meningococcal or 1 dose
tion order. Reminder if you need a bottle for home ask your pharmacist about providing                   if received at 16 years or older
you an extra-labeled bottle for the medication. In addition, any medication left in the
health office will be destroyed once all students are dismiss for the school year. Parents/
guardians are responsible for all medication transport; students are NOT allowed to carry
                                                                                                     Has your child been complaining of persistent itching of the head and back of the neck?
any medications to or from school. If your child is prone to headaches, menstrual cramps
                                                                                                After warm weather and playing with many other children, it is not uncommon to pick up
or pain, speak with your child’s physician about obtaining a medication order to help them
                                                                                                head lice. You should look for nits (egg cells – small white specks) that attach themselves to
maintain comfort throughout the school day buy doing this it may help reduce the number
                                                                                                individual hair shafts and are difficult to remove. If you suspect that head lice are present,
of absences from school.
                                                                                                check with your physician or pharmacist for the best treatment.
Health Examinations (NYS changes for 2018-19)                                                        During the school year, it is advisable to check your children once a week as lice are
                                                                                                always in the community and are more easily treated with early discovery. Please call the
     New York State law requires a current health examination form for all new enters to the school nurse if you have any questions. Students who have been found to have live head lice
school district and all students entering Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th or an extreme amount of nits will be sent home for an acceptable medical treatment and my
grade. An acceptable physical must have been performed with in the past 12 months as of         not return to school until the student has received proper treatment for the lice. Proper treat-
September 1 of the previous school year. The examination must be completed by a New             ment for head lice include over counter treatments such as RID/NIX or similar treatments
York State licensed physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner and a copy should be recommended by your physician or pharmacists. Home treatments are NOT an acceptable
provided to the school by the parent or the physician office. A copy of the health examina-     form of initial treatment unless the health office receives a medical note for your child physi-
tion must be provided to the school within 30 days from of the first day of school. Any stu- cian this include treatments of mayonnaise and mouth wash. A parent/guardian needs to
dent who is required to have a physical on file and does provide this information within 30     escort the student back to school and provide the health office with the information about the
days will automatically be scheduled to have a physical with the school physician unless the treatment used and be reevaluated by the nurse before they are able to return to class.
Health Office is aware of an upcoming appointment to have the physical examination com-
     Students may receive a health screening by the Health Office for hearing, vision, height,
                                                                                                  Prevent the Spread of Disease/Illnesses
                                                                                                     Hand washing is the first line of defense against the spread of illnesses and disease so en-
weight, blood pressure and Scoliosis. If the Health Office has any concerns in these areas,     courage your children to develop good hand hygiene this is important at all age levels. Here are
parents or guardians will be notified.                                                          some important health tips.
           Dental Health Certifications are also requested for those students in                       · Frequently wash hands with soap and water using a scrubbing action between hands,
                                    Pre-,K,1,3,5,7,9and 11.                                              fingers and nails
                                                                                                            · Coughing into your elbow or tissue and not your hands.
Immunizations Required by Law                                                                               · Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with bandages
     Immunizations are required for all students who attended school. The Health Office                     · STAY HOME: If your child has a temperature over 100 please keep them home until
needs to have a legal copy on file; a legal copy of immunizations can come from a physician                 they are clear of the temperature for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medica-
office that is signed by a licensed health care provider or from a state health department. All             tions. In addition, if your child has had vomiting, strep throat, flu, pinkeye, impetigo and
grade level immunizations are required by the first day of the new school year with an exten-               several bouts of diarrhea please keep them home until they either have been on an antibi-
sion of 14 calendar days for those students who were already entered into the district or a                 otic for 24hrs or free from symptoms.
prior NYS school and 30 days for those came from an out of state school with proof of an
appointment. The Department of Health has revised the regulations regarding immuniza-
tion requirements for school
     Please go to this web site for the most current requirements or contact your child’s
health care provider: https://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/immunization/
schools/ .Complete and current immunization records are required for admission to public
school and your child may be excluded from school if these are not provided.


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                            CMS Ski Club                6pm-7pm COE Open                                                 Senior Picture Make-Up                   End of CMS/TAE Interim               SAT Exam
                            Fundraiser Begins           House                                                            Day                                      MP1                                  1:30pm TAE
                                                                                                                                                                  6pm TAE Homecoming                   Homecoming Game
                            TAE Spirit Week                                          7pm BOE Meeting                     6pm-7pm TAE Open
                                                                                                                                                                  Pep Rally/Bonfire                    7pm TAE Homecoming
                                                                                     (Community Room)                    House
                                                                                                                                                                  (Oakridge Park)                      Dance

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                            (NO SCHOOL)                 5pm-8pm PFO Fundraiser                                                                                    (15 minutes early)
                                                        Drop-Off (COE Lobby)         5pm-8pm PFO Fundraiser
                                                        Senior Class Yearbook Sale   Drop-Off (COE Lobby)
                                                                                                                                                                  CMS Ski Club
                                                        7pm PFO (COE Library)                                                                                     Fundraiser Ends

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                            Sophomore Fundraiser                                                                         6pm CMS Family                           CONFERENCE DAY
                            Begins                                                                                       Basketball Game                          (NO SCHOOL)
                                                                                     7pm BOE Meeting
                                                                                     (Community Room)
                                                                                     *if needed

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                            Modified Winter Season      6pm-6:30pm COE AIS                                                                                        Sophomore Fundraiser                 ACT Exam
                            1 Begins                    Parent Information Night                                                                                  Ends

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District Information
                              MEAL CHARGE POLICY                                                        1. requiring that a student wear a wristband or hand stamp;
                                   (Required Notification)                                              2. require a student who cannot pay for a meal or who owes a meal debt to do chores or other
                                                                                                        work to pay for meals;
The provisions of this policy pertain to regularly priced school breakfast, lunch and snack (if         3. require that a student throw away a meal after it has been served because of the student’s
applicable) meals only.                                                                                 inability to pay for the meal or because money is owed for earlier meals;
                                                                                                        4. take any action directed at a pupil to collect unpaid school meal fees. The District will attempt
                                                                                                        to collect unpaid school meal fees from a parent or guardian, but shall not use a debt collector as
Free Meal Benefit: Free eligible students will be allowed to receive a free breakfast and lunch
                                                                                                        defined in section eight hundred three of the Federal Consumer Credit Protection Act, 15 U.S.C.
each day. A la carte purchases must be paid or prepaid.
                                                                                                        Sec. 1692a; or
Reduced Meal Benefit: Reduced eligible students will be allowed to receive a breakfast and
                                                                                                        5. discuss any outstanding meal debt in the presence of other students.
lunches at the established reduced meal rate. A la carte purchases must be paid or prepaid.
                                                                                                        F. Nothing in this plan is intended to allow for the unlimited accrual of debt.
Full Pay Students: Students will pay for meals at the school’s published paid meal rate each day.
                                                                                                        V. PREPAID MEAL ACCOUNTS:
                                                                                                        A.Students/parents/guardians may pay for meals in advance via PaySchools or with a check
                                                                                                        payable to Elmira Heights School Lunch Fund Further details are available on our webpage at
A. All students upon the student’s request, regardless of whether their parent or legal guardian has
                                                                                                        www.heightsschools.com . Funds should be maintained in accounts to minimize the
unpaid charges for school meals, and regardless of their ability to pay at the register, shall be
                                                                                                        possibility that a student may be without meal money on any given day. Any remaining funds for
provided with a school meal of the student’s choice, from the available reimbursable meal choices
                                                                                                        a particular student may/will be carried over to the next school year.
for that school day.
                                                                                                        B. Surplus balances will be rolled over for the student’s benefit for the following school year.
B. The District shall only be required to provide access to reimbursable meals, not a la carte
                                                                                                        C. Regarding refunds for withdrawn and graduated students, a written or e-mailed request for a
items, adult meals, or other items.
                                                                                                        refund of any money remaining in their account must be submitted. Full-pay students who are
C. Charging of items outside of the reimbursable meals (a la carte items, adult meals, etc.) is
                                                                                                        graduating at the end of the year will be given the option to transfer any balance to a sibling’s
expressly prohibited. All such items must be paid or prepaid.
                                                                                                        account with a written request. Reduced eligible students will have surplus money returned.
D. The student’s parent or guardian may provide written permission to the District to withhold a
                                                                                                        D. Unclaimed funds must be requested within one school year. Unclaimed funds will then
                                                                                                        become the property of the Food Service Program.
E. There will be no adult charging (employees, volunteers, or visitors) of school meals.
III. TRAINING:                                                                                          E. Collection of owed balances will follow the above procedures for unpaid meals.
                                                                                                        VI. ENROLLMENT IN THE FREE AND REDUCED PRICE LUNCH PROGRAM:
All staff responsible for serving students meals or collecting money for such meals will be trained
                                                                                                        A. At the beginning of each school year, the District shall provide a free, printed meal application
to ensure that the District’s procedures are carried out correctly. Such training shall include
                                                                                                        in every school enrollment packet, or provide in school enrollment packets an explanation of the
receipt and review of this plan at the time of the employee’s hire, and retraining as needed.
                                                                                                        electronic meal application process and instructions for how parents or guardians may request a
Training shall also include communication strategies to minimize stigma or embarrassment to
                                                                                                        paper application at no cost;
students denied a la carte items.
IV. MONEY OWED FOR UNPAID MEALS:                                                                        B. The District will provide assistance to families on request in completing an application for
A. Parents/guardians are responsible for meal payment to the food service program. Discreet             enrollment;
notices of low or deficit balances will be sent to parents/guardians at regular intervals during the    C. Where the District becomes aware that a student who has not submitted a meal application is
school year. Parents will be given notice of the negative balance on their student’s accounts with      eligible for free or reduced-fee meals, the District shall complete and file an application for the
weekly communications regarding the unpaid balance which may include auto-calls or letters.             student pursuant to Title 7, §245.6 (d) of the Code of Federal Regulations; and
B. The District will work with families, including developing a repayment schedule, where fami-         D. The District’s School Liaison for homeless, foster, and migrant students shall coordinate with
lies are unable reasonably to pay the entire amount of any unpaid balance in a single payment.          the nutrition department to make sure such students receive free school meals in accordance with
C. If a student is without meal money on a consistent basis, the administration will investigate the    federal law.
                                                                                                        VII. ANNUAL NOTIFICATION:
situation more closely and take further action as needed. If financial hardship exists, parents and
                                                                                                        The District will provide notice to all parents or guardians on an annual basis, prior to the opening
families are encouraged to apply for free or reduced price lunches for their child, if applicable.
                                                                                                        day of school, outlining the requirements of this policy. This policy shall also be published in an
D. When a student owes money for five or more meals, the District shall:
                                                                                                        appropriate school-based publication, and posted on the District’s website.
1. attempt to determine if a student is directly certified to be eligible for free meals;
2. make at least two attempts, not including the application or instructions included in a school
enrollment packet, to reach the student’s parent or guardian and have the parent or guardian fill
out a meal application; and
3. contact the parent or guardian to offer assistance with a meal application, determine if there are
other issues within the household that have caused the child to have insufficient funds to purchase
a school meal and offer any other assistance that is appropriate.
E. The District will not publicly identify or stigmatize a student who cannot pay for a meal or
who owes a meal debt by any means including, but not limited to:


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                                                                                                                                                                      Dr. Seuss Day                            7pm TAE Play
                                                                                                                                                                      Read Across America                      Performance
                                                                                                                                                                      End of CMS/TAE Interim
                                                                                                                                                                      7pm TAE Play Performance

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                              Spring Sports Begin                                                                               12:30/6pm COE Mini                    6:30-8:30pm CMS Dance                    SAT Exam
                              (JV & Varsity)                                                                                    Play (Kindergarten)

                                                                                          7pm BOE Meeting
                                                                                          (Community Room)

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                              7pm Twin Tiers Orchestra                                    12:30/6pm COE Mini                    COM Student Council                   CONFERENCE DAY
                              & CMS Band                                                  Play (Grade 1)                        Apparel Sale Ends                     (NO SCHOOL)
                              (Cohen Aud)

                                                             7pm PFO (COE Library)

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                              Modified Spring Sports         12:30/6pm COE Mini
                              Begin                          Play (Grade 2)
                                                                                          7pm BOE Meeting
                              Jr Class Fundraiser Begins                                  (Community Room)
                                                                                          Final Budget Review

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                                                                                          12:30/6pm COE Mini Play (G3)                                                Jr Class Fundraiser Ends
                                                                                          7pm BOE Meeting (Community
                                                                                          Room) Final Budget Adoption
                                                                                          *if needed                                                                  6pm CMS Talent Show
                         31                                                               7pm National Tech. Honor
                                                                                          Society Ceremony (TAE Aud)
School Records
                                                                                                            Notification of Rights for Parents and students who are 18 years of age The Family Educational Rights and
                                                                                                            Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age or older ("eligible students")
    Notice to All Parents and Eligible Students                                                             certain rights with respect to the student's education records. These rights are:
    (Required Notification)                                                                                 1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days after the day Cohen Ele-
                                                                                                            mentary School, Cohen Middle School or Thomas A. Edison High School receives a request for access.
      All parents and eligible students are hereby advised of their rights with respect to school           Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal a written request that identifies the rec-
    records as outlined in the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.                   ords they wish to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or
                                                                                                            eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
       Parents of a student under 18, or a student 18 or older, have a right to inspect and review
                                                                                                            2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student
    any and all official records, files and data directly related to their child or themselves. This        believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.
    includes all material that is incorporated into each student’s cumulative record folder and             Parents or eligible students who wish to ask the Cohen Elementary School, Cohen Middle School or Thom-
    intended for school use or to available parties outside the school system.                              as A. Edison High School to amend a record should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of
                                                                                                            the record they want changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the school decides not to amend the
      This information includes, but is not necessarily limited to, identifying date, academic              record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of
    work completed, level of achievement (grades, standardized test scores), attendance data,               the decision and of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information
    scores on standard intelligence, aptitude and psychological tests, interest inventory results,          regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the
    health data, family background information, teacher or counselor ratings and observations               right to a hearing.
    and verified reports of serious or recurrent behavior patterns.                                         3. The right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PII)
                                                                                                            from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without
       Parents and students are also entitled to an opportunity for a hearing to challenge the con-         consent.
    tent of such records to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in viola-
    tion of the privacy or other rights of students. This hearing will provide an opportunity for           One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate
    the correction or deletion of such inaccurate, misleading or otherwise inappropriate data.              educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the school as an administrator, supervisor,
                                                                                                            instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel)
    Any questions concerning the procedures for requesting such a hearing should be directed to             or a person serving on the school board. A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor out-
    the Superintendent of Schools.                                                                          side of the school who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise
                                                                                                            use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and mainte-
       Student records and any other materials contained in the cumulative record that are per-             nance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist; a parent
    sonally identifiable are confidential and may not be released or made available to persons              or student volunteering to serve on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or
    other than parents of students without the written consent of parents or students. There are a          a parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A
    number of exceptions to this rule, such as: other school employees and officials, or certain            school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in
    state and federal officials who have a legitimate education need for access to such records in          order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
    the course of their employment.                                                                         Upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district
                                                                                                            in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes of the
       In keeping with Section 438 (a) (5) (A) of the act, the School District defines the term             student’s enrollment or transfer.
    student “directory information” as follows: the student’s name, address, telephone listing,
    date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities        4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Co-
    and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and            hen Elementary School, Cohen Middle School or Thomas A. Edison High School to comply with the re-
                                                                                                            quirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA:
    awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by
    the student.                                                                                                                                                     Family Policy Compliance Office
                                                                                                                                                                      U.S. Department of Education
       The District may make public a directory of information for public disclosure of the above                                                                      400 Maryland Avenue, SW
    information unless the parents or students affected give written notice to the School District                                                                       Washington, DC 20202
    business office of their objection to the disclosure of such information as public information
    to the School District business office within 30 days of the date of publication of this notice.
      Any complaints may be filed with the United States Department of Education.

    Legal Notice
    (Required Notification)


                                                                                                                            October 2018                                                          December 2018

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                DISTRICT WIDE EARLY RELEASE TIMES (November 19 & 20)                                                                8th Grade Fundraiser                                                          SAT Exam
                        Cohen Elementary School      11:00am                                                                        Begins
                        Thomas A. Edison High School 11:15am                                                                        6:30pm TAE Winter Sports                                                      TAE Senior Class Craft
                         Cohen Middle School         11:30am                                                                        parent Night (TAE Aud)                                                        Fair (TAE Gym)

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                                TAE Picture Make-Up            CMS Picture Make-Up                                                                                          End of MP1 (All Schools)
                                Day                            Day

                                Winter Sports Begin                                          7pm BOE Meeting
                                (JV & Varsity)                                               (Community Room)

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                                VETERAN’S DAY                  COE Picture Make-Up Day       5pm-8pm PFO Candy                                                              8th Grade Fundraiser
                                (NO SCHOOL)                                                  Sale Pick-Up (CMS Café)                                                        Ends
                                                               5pm-8pm PFO Candy
                                                               Sale Pick-Up (CMS Café)
                                                                                                                                                                            6pm-8pm PFO Harvest
                                                               7pm PFO (COE Library)                                                                                        Hoedown (COE)

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                                District Wide Early            District Wide Early           THANKSGIVING RECESS                    THANKSGIVING RECESS                     THANKSGIVING RECESS
                                Release Day                    Release Day                   (NO SCHOOL)                            (NO SCHOOL)                             (NO SCHOOL)
                                Parent/Teacher                 Parent/Teacher                7pm BOE Meeting
                                Conferences                    Conferences                   (Community Room)
                                                                                             *if needed

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District Information
School Closings                                                                                  ority on school work and attendance, provide a variety of learning experiences, par-
     The primary consideration in a school closing is the safety of the students. Factors        ticipate on school committees, attend school activities and inform the school
relevant to safety include icy roads, reduced visibility, drifting snow, chill factor, flood-    regarding student needs and accomplishments.
ing, high wind and mechanical or health hazards at the school.                                        The Board encourages staff members to promote parental involvement by mak-
     In the event that school is closed or that there is a delayed opening because of an         ing efforts to welcome, include, inform and listen to parents.
emergency, please listen to local radio and TV stations for information. The Synervoice               If you are interested in serving on any shared decision making committee,
system will also be utilized to inform parents of emergency closings, when feasible.             please contact the District or building office.
This is an automated phone system that will communicate with each household.
     If we are required to release students early on an emergency basis, MS/HS students          School Volunteers Welcome
will be transported home first.                                                                       The Board recognizes the need to establish a school volunteer program to sup-
                                                                                                 port District instructional and extra-curricular activities. If you are interested in vol-
Public Review of District Records                                                                unteering in our schools, please see any building principal for a volunteer applica-
     As a public entity, the District opens its records for public review. The information       tion or download from the District website. Interested individuals may also refer to
available to you includes the financial records of the District, including annual audits;        Board of Education Policy 3150.
the budget, board minutes and policies;                                                              A copy is available upon request from any school office or the District office.
information on public health and safety, such as asbestos management plans, emergency
management plans and fire inspection reports; and many other documents of public           Community Use of School Facilities
record.                                                                                         The Board of Education supports and encourages the public use of school buildings
     If you wish to see information contained in the records of your District, contact the and grounds consistent with the state and federal law for adult education, discussion,
District Office at 734-7114 to file a Freedom of Information request.                      religious, civic, social, recreation, entertainment and other such purposes that promote
                                                                                           the welfare of the community. This includes use for registration and polling places for
Transportation Information Manual                                                          voters.
     The District has published a transportation information manual for parents and stu-        Applications for facility use should be directed to Todd VanHouten, Transportation
dents. These manuals are mailed to each family with a student in our schools. The pur- Supervisor/Facilities, Elmira Heights District Office, at 734-7114 ext. 2545. Applica-
pose of the manual is to ensure that the policies and guidelines of the District transpor- tions are also available on our website, www.heightsschools.com, or in any building
tation operation are known to all of our students and parents.                             office.
     If you do not receive a manual, one can be found through the District website,
www.heightsschools.com, or contact the Distr ict Office and one will be mailed to          Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration
you. If you have any questions about the District transportation operations, please call        Any resident child who will be four years of age on or before December 1 is eligi-
Todd VanHouten at the bus garage (739-1358).                                               ble for pre-kindergarten. Any resident child who will be five years of age on or before
                                                                                           December 1 is eligible for kindergarten. Documented proof of the child’s date of birth
Equal Opportunities                                                                        via a government issued birth certificate must be presented at the time of registration.
    Each individual should be given the opportunity to develop and achieve                 Students new to the district must register at the District Office. Documented proof of
knowledge, skills and values to the maximum extent possible. Therefore, the District       residency includes a lease agreement or mortgage contract and one other proof.
will foster a learner-centered environment that provides equal educational opportuni-
ties for all students.
     Educational programs and services will be designed to meet the varying needs
of all students and will not discriminate against any individual for reasons of race,
creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, origin, economic status or handicap.

Parental Involvement
    The Board recognizes parents/guardians as valued partners in the education of
our children. The quality of education is greatly enhanced when parents stay in-
formed of their students’ academic achievement and social growth, place a high pri-

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                            TAE Key Club Valentine                                                                        Builders Club Valentine              TAE Last Day to Drop                       ACT Exam
                            Gram Sale Begins                                                                              Sale Begins                          2nd Semester Classes

                                                                                  7pm BOE Meeting
                                                                                  (Community Room)

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                            TAE Student Council                                   TAE Key Club Valentine                  Builders Club Valentine              TAE Student Council
                            Fundraiser Begins                                     Gram Sale Ends                          Sale Ends                            Fundraiser Ends

                                                       7pm PFO (COE Library)

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                            MID-WINTER RECESS          MID-WINTER RECESS                                                                                                                                  7pm-10pm TAE
                            (NO SCHOOL)                (NO SCHOOL)                                                                                                                                        Senior Banquet
                                                                                  7pm BOE Meeting
                                                                                  (Community Room)
                                                                                  *if needed

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                            TAE Student Council                                   6:30pm Spring Sports                    COM Student Council
                            Faculty vs Senior                                     Parent Night (TAE Gym)                  Apparel Sale Begins
                            Basketball Game
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