TOM MCCALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - STUDENT HANDBOOK 2018-2019 - THE MUSTANG MOTTO
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Tom McCall Elementary School The Mustang Motto: Be Respectful Be Responsible Be Safe Student Handbook 2018-2019 Drew Frank, Principal 1200 NW Upas Ave, Redmond, OR 97756 541.526.6400 http://mccall.redmond.k12.or.us/ fax 541.526.6401
Tom McCall Elementary Operating Principles “Giving our students both roots and wings.” Teamwork Through a focus on teamwork we foster a clear sense of purpose that is shared by teachers, parents and students. We value partnerships and encourage the involvement of volunteers and the community. We support and nurture a culture of shared leadership and collegiality. We Prioritize Student Success We model the belief that all children are capable and work to build upon their individual strengths. We motivate and challenge all students to succeed. We create an environment where students are empowered, have ownership and a voice. A Strong Instructional Program All staff share responsibility for student outcomes. Curriculum is tied to standards and is delivered in both traditional and innovative ways to motivate and accommodate the individual needs and interest of our students. We use student achievement data to improve our instruction. We Are Learners Staff and students are engaged and excited about learning. We respect and support each others’ passions. We practice reflective thinking with a purposeful intent toward growth and improvement. Diversity / Individuality is Valued We strive to create an inclusive environment. We welcome diversity and differences and view them as strengths. We respect one another as individuals and work with students, staff and families from a capacity perspective. A Safe and Happy School Climate We create an environment that is welcoming, nurturing and safe where mind work and heart work occur concurrently. Positive citizenship skills are modeled, taught and reinforced throughout the school; expectations are consistent. Relationships are built on good communication, trust and mutual respect among staff, students, parents and community members. We value a beautiful school environment where student art and work adorns the walls and a connection with our natural environment is evident. We Enjoy Our Work We are cohesive, energetic and positive; we laugh and create a joyous environment.
TOM McCALL STUDENTS ARE: Respectful, Responsible, Safe As staff and parents of Tom McCall Elementary students, our primary goal must be to provide a safe and happy school environment where students feel secure, comfortable and can do their best learning. In order to achieve this goal, we must provide the guidance and support necessary for students to make respectful, responsible, and safe choices. This begins with an understanding of school and district expectations regarding safe and positive behavior at school. When students understand the expectations and possible results of poor decision making, they are capable of taking ownership over their daily decisions and contributing to a safe and happy school environment. We also believe that teaching about and rewarding good behavior is an important component to student success. The guidelines and expectations listed in the following pages, are designed to insure student safety and to create an environment where all students’ learning can be maximized. The support and encouragement of parents and staff is crucial to this goal. SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS AT TOM McCALL. . . Behave in a manner consistent with our Citizenship skills. Solve problems in a positive way and consider the safety of themselves and others in their decision-making. Respect the learning environment and behave in a way that enables other students to learn and interact without disruption. Take responsibility for their own behavior and the consequences that result from the choices they make.
COMMON COURTESY RULES ... Things You Should Know 1. Clothing Guidelines: Students should come to school dressed appropriately with consideration of modesty, the weather and activities they will be doing: Half shirts: (showing the stomach), halter, or see-through tops are not allowed. Sleeveless tops can be worn if they are modest (in other words no undergarments or private anatomy parts can be seen). Shorts, skirts or dresses that are shorter than the student’s fingertips when arms hang naturally at their sides are not allowed. As students go about the normal activities of the day (sitting, bending, playing, etc.) their modesty should not be compromised. Clothing that refers to alcohol, drug or tobacco use is not allowed. Inappropriate, disrespectful or suggestive sayings are also not allowed on clothing worn at school. For Safety reasons, wallet chains and dog collars are not allowed at school. Shoes: Open-toed shoes can be a safety hazard when students are playing actively at recess or in P.E. Tennis shoes are required for P.E. activities. Students who wear open- toed shoes will need to exercise caution while choosing play activities at recess. Heely’s (i.e. shoes w/wheels) are prohibited. Wheels must be removed while at school. Flip Flops: We encourage students NOT to wear them to school. If they do please make sure they have extra shoes for PE and outside recess. If they break while at school, parents will be asked to bring other shoes. 2. GUM is not allowed at school except by special permission from the teacher. 3. Toys may be brought for sharing in the classroom, but do not belong on the playground or in the bus lines. Sports equipment is allowed but must be used inclusively and the school will not accept responsibility for loss or damage of personal toys and sports equipment at school. 4. We strongly discourage tattoos or any writing on the skin. Tattoos or writing which are inappropriate must be removed by the student. 5. For health reasons, spitting is not allowed anywhere on the school grounds. 6. Students can demonstrate respect for their school by helping to keep it clean and reporting any vandalism they witness. 7. Cell Phones: Student cell phone use is prohibited during school hours. If parents authorize their child to carry a cell phone, it must be turned off and kept in a backpack while at school. 8. Hand-held Electronics: The same policy as #7 applies to other hand-held electronics (games, MP3 players; etc). The school accepts no responsibility for lost or damaged electronics.
Citizenship Expectations for Tom McCall Elementary Students By Area in School The Mustang Motto: Be Respectful Be Responsible Be Safe
Be Be Be Respectful Responsible Safe Playground - Line up quietly - Line Up quickly -Stay within - Hands to yourself - Proper use of boundaries Equipment - Follow game rules - Return Equipment - Use Restroom Pass Office - Quiet voices - Use front office Bring an office pass - Wait to be helped doors Bathroom - Quiet voices - Paper towels in - Wash hands with - Respect privacy garbage soap - Keep water in sink - No writing instruments Hallways - Quiet voices - Walk on right-hand - Don’t cut corners - Hands off the walls side - Walk in the halls - Stay with your line Library/ - Listen to directions - Return on time - Push chairs in - No food policy - Take care of books - Move & work Computer - Use quiet voices & equipment carefully *no poster - Sign Internet user - Follow proper policy procedures - Clean up after - No tipping chairs yourself - Use shelf markers - Follow lab rules Bus Lines - Hands to yourself - Manage your - Walk to & from line - Appropriate voices belongings - Walk your wheels - Walk next to wall - Don’t walk between buses - Wait for adult to cross Front - Don’t stand on/in - Manage your - Don’t walk between planters belongings cars Dismissal - Walkers leave for - Walk your wheels home - Wait for adult to cross - Wait on sidewalk Gym - Take care of - Enter & exit - Follow directions equipment carefully (walking) - Use equipment *no poster - Respect others’ - Come prepared to appropriately space participate - Move carefully Breakfast - Quiet voices - Manage your food - Clean up your spills - Good Manners - Clean up your area - Walk, don’t run - Appropriate - Stay seated until Conversation finished Cafeteria - Quiet voices - ABC Order - Eyes forward - Say - State first & last - Both hands on tray “Please”/”Thank You” name - Walk in the hall - Wait your turn - Take what you can eat
Be Be Be Respectful Responsible Safe Assemblies - Hands & feet to - Stay in your place - Manage your space self - Sit criss-cross - Be a good listener - Appropriate applause Safety - Listen to adult - Follow directions - Walk/move quickly - Take drill seriously - Listen for & carefully Drills - Stay with your directions - Be quiet *no poster adult supervisor - Learn from the drill - Stay in your and honor the assigned area seriousness Community - Appreciate others’ - Clean up after - Move & work work with your eyes yourself carefully Space - Use appropriate - Communicate use of - Use furniture as it (in wings) voice/volume community area is intended to be *no poster -Respect the - Know the rules and used activities of other boundaries around - Keep common classes the equipment and walkways clear - Don’t interrupt respect them working groups - Do your assigned work Classroom To be determined by classroom teacher and students
Tom McCall School-Wide Positive Behavior Support and Discipline Policy Our goal is to provide a safe and pleasant school environment for students. School personnel will provide the necessary support and guidance that will encourage students to practice our three citizenship skills of RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY and SAFETY. Students will be taught school expectations, positive problem-solving skills and disciplinary consequences at the beginning of the year with follow-up trainings throughout the year. With this knowledge, students are expected to assume increasing responsibility for their own behaviors and to take ownership of their daily decisions. Irresponsible student behavior can be defined as either minor or major behavior problems. BULLY PREVENTION Redmond School District adopted the program, EXPECT RESPECT as our main Bully Prevention curricula in the 2014-2015 school year. EXPECT RESPECT is a program created by the professionals with the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports out of Eugene, Oregon. There are five main student objectives of the EXPECT RESPECT program. They are: 1. Students will discriminate respectful from nonrespectful behavior. 2. Students will use a 'stop' phrase if someone is not respectful to them. 3. Students will use a 'stop ' phrase and remove a recipient if they are a bystander (physically or virtually). 4. Students will use a 'stop strategy' (stop what you are doing, take a breath, move on, or decide the problem is not worth making bigger) when they are asked by another student. 5. Get help from an adult safely, if someone ignores their stop phrase and continues the disrespectful behavior. Adults will: 1. Discriminate respectful from nonrespectful behavior. 2. Label and interrupt nonrespectful student behavior when encountered. 3. Teach the five core student skills. 4. Mediate conflict if presented with a problem situation: a. Did the reporting student deliver the stop signal? b. Did the perpetrating student 'stop' when signaled? c. Protect the safety of all. 5. Collect and use information to continually improve the social climate of the school. MINOR BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS These are small discipline problems which will be handled by the staff member on duty at the time of the problem (e.g. not following game rules at recess, or running in the hallway). Classroom teachers will have a plan to handle all minor problems that occur in their classrooms. Mustang Mishaps (see next page) will be used to track and communicate about minor behavior problems. At the discretion of a supervising staff member, students who are involved in repeated minor problems could receive a Discipline Referral (see next page). MUSTANG MISHAPS Mustang Mishaps are given for most minor problems; it is the way we keep track of student behavior choices. Students who make poor choices could earn a Mustang Mishap but they will usually be given a warning about what behavior they need to change before receiving one. Classroom teachers and the Principal keep Mustang Mishaps and use them to track and communicate about student behavior. We understand that it is perfectly normal for students to make poor choices occasionally. Parents will be contacted by the teacher if their child receives a Mustang Mishap. Although Mishaps are usually for minor problems, we believe that parents play an important role in helping to support positive citizenship at school. Communicating with you about even minor problems, helps you to partner with us in supporting your child’s positive citizenship at school. Major Behavior problems are dealt with through Discipline Referrals which are sent home (see next two pages).
REWARD FOR POSITIVE BEHAVIOR We give lots of verbal positive reinforcement for students who demonstrate good Citizenship Skills. In addition, every six weeks students without any Mustang Mishaps receive a Citizenship Certificate. Mustang Mishaps are erased every 6 weeks so students can begin with a fresh start. Mustang Memos are given to students who are observed practicing one of our Citizenship Skills. Mr. Frank and Mrs. Von Seggern will be giving out Mustang Marshal Awards to kids who are being upstanders. An upstander is someone who stands up for themselves and others! These go into a weekly drawing for a prize. They will also be used to draw for larger prizes throughout the year. Individual classrooms will have their own systems for supporting positive behavior. MAJOR (SERIOUS) BEHAVIOR RULES “The Big 9" The following serious behaviors are unacceptable at Tom McCall School and have been explicitly defined and discussed to every class by Mr. Frank and Mrs. Andrews. They compromise student safety and learning: Fighting/Violence Profanity/Obscenity/Name Calling Vandalism Stealing Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco Disrespect/Harassment/Relationship Issues/Threats Insubordination (refusing to follow adult directions) Weapons (including look alikes) Repeated Minor Problems We do not allow ‘boyfriend/girlfriend’ talk and related behaviors We do not attempt to list every behavior because we expect common sense and conscience to be a student’s major guide. If a student destroys school property, writes on walls, leaves the playground, or some other obvious violation of trust or safety, it WILL NOT BE ACCEPTABLE to say, it was not listed in this book, therefore, I did not know it was a rule. * See also, Redmond School District Student Rights and Responsibility Handbook on the district website CONSEQUENCES All severe behavior problems will be sent to the Principal. Some examples of consequences for these behaviors are: Phone Call to Parents Discipline Referral Form to Parents Parent Conference Recess Time Out In-School Suspension Out-of-School Suspension Expulsion
Any work that a student misses due to In-School or Out-of-School suspension must be made up at home. The principal will call the parents and fill out a Discipline Referral form and send it home with the student to be signed by the parent. The signed form must be returned the following day before the student will be allowed back into class. SAMPLES OF: Mustang Mishap Student Name: _____________________ Incident Date: __________Time:_______ Referrer Staff:______________________ Homeroom Teacher: ________________ Activity After School AM Bus AM Class AM Recess Assembly Before School Extra-curricular ActivityLunch Passing PM Bus PM Class PM Recess Location Assembly Bathroom/Restroom Bus/loading zone Cafeteria Classroom Commons Computer Lab Field Trip Gym Hallway Library Off-Campus Office Playground School Parking Lot Time out Room Marvelous Mustang Memo Minor Problem Behavior Defiance/Non-compliance Disrespect Disruption _______________________ demonstrated Inappr. Language Physical Contact Property Misuse Respect Major Problem Behavior Responsibility Abusive Language Defiance/Non-compliance Disrespect Disruption Fighting Forgery Safety Harassment: Bullying Inappr. display of affection Lying/Cheating Physical Aggression Theft in the following way:________________ Threat/Intimidation Vandalism Weapon __________________________________ Motivation __________________________________ Obtain Adult Attention Obtain Peer Attention Obtain Item or Activity Gain Control Avoid Adult __________________________________ Avoid Peers Avoid Task/Activity Avoid Situation __________________________________ Seek Revenge Self Expression Unknown Motivation Reporting Staff: Consequences Conference w/student Individualized instruction In- ---------------------- School Suspension Loss of Privileges Out of school suspension Parent Contact Student: ________________________ Safe School Assessment Suspension from BUS Time in office Time out/detention Teacher: __________________ _______
Facts Parents Should Know ABSENCES If your child is absent from school, for any reason, please call the office and let us know why ahead of time. If we do not hear from you, a district wide computerized call system will generate a phone call. Upon returning to school, a note explaining the absence is requested if we have not already talked to you about the absence. Excessive absences interfere with your child’s success in school. Unless children are ill or in a contagious state, attendance on a regular basis is most beneficial to a student’s learning. To develop responsible habits, students should arrive at school on time (no later than 9:00am). After 2 days of consecutive absences you may call the office or your child’s teacher and request any work being missed. This work can be picked up in the office after school, between 3:35 and 4:30 or the following day, whichever is most convenient. ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAMS In accordance with OAR 581-22-317, Redmond School District offers alternative education to students enrolled in the district who may benefit educationally in an alternative program. The district shall grant credit for work satisfactorily completed in an alternative education program as defined in ORS 339.605 and 339.615, and as set forth in school board policy. ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE We ask that students arrive at school no earlier than 8:40 a.m. There is no supervision prior to this time. Our first bell rings at 8:55 and students should be in the seats and ready to start their day at 9:00 a.m. Children who arrive before 8:55 will wait on the primary (north) playground until the first bell rings. Supervision and breakfast service begin at 8:40 a.m. School dismisses at 3:35 p.m. except on School Improvement Wednesday, dismissal is at 2:35 p.m. If your child must leave before the usual dismissal time, we ask you to send a note to the office. Your child must be picked up and signed out at the office. Children are expected to go directly home after school unless they are attending meetings or are detained by school personnel. There is no playground supervision after 3:35 p.m. Students should return to school premises only if they are participating in a scheduled after school activity or by parent permission. Parents are responsible for transportation and reminders to their child of after school activities located on school grounds, but not sponsored by the school. ATTENDANCE Consistent attendance is an important factor to a child’s success in school. Consequently, we keep track of attendance. We will notify you with a reminder if we have concerns about your child’s attendance pattern. If the inconsistent attendance continues, you will receive a more detailed letter requesting a meeting to set up a plan to improve the attendance. Below is information regarding the state compulsory attendance regulations. If your child is attending Tom McCall on a transfer request, poor attendance can result in the termination of agreement. All students between the ages of 7 and 18, who have not completed grade 12 (the requirements for a Certificate of Initial Mastery and/or Certificate of Advanced Mastery), are required to attend school unless otherwise exempted by law. School staff will monitor and report violations of the state compulsory attendance law. Any parent who fails to send a student to school within three (3) days of notification by the district that their student is not complying with compulsory attendance requirements may be issued a citation by the district for the student’s failure to attend school.
BICYCLES, SKATEBOARDS, ROLLER BLADES AND SCOOTERS Riding a bicycle, a skateboard, scooter or ROLLER BLADES to school is both a privilege and a responsibility. Students are required to wear helmets and must walk onto and off of school property. Bicycles must be kept in the bicycle rack and it is the student’s responsibility to lock his/her bicycle. The school does not assume responsibility for damaged or stolen property. Skateboards and scooters should be carried in and out of the school building and gated areas. Skate-shoes (“Heelies”) must be converted to regular tennis shoes while at school (i.e. wheels must be removed when the student arrives at school and kept in their backpack). BUS RULES Students are allowed to ride the bus to and from home only. Bus passes will not be issued to accommodate daycare situations, sleepovers or playdates. Parents are responsible for arranging appropriate transportation. Your student is expected to follow the rules distributed by transportations services. If your child has difficulty following the rules, bus-riding privileges can be lost. CHILD DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST / COUNSELOR Wendy Von Seggern (email@example.com) is our Child Development Specialist. Mrs. Von Seggern works as a counselor with students in small groups, individually and in the classroom setting. She is available for parent consultations. Our emphasis is always to support the home environment and provide a strong connection between home and school. CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS Your child’s teacher will provide you with the classroom expectations. These rules are designed to allow the teacher and students to work without disruption toward accomplishing our most important goal, educating all children. Students and teachers alike have a right to work in a climate of respect, order, structure and safety. CLASSROOM VISITS In an effort to protect instructional time and focus in the classroom, we ask parents to deliver information and/or materials and/or lunches to the office and we will make sure they get to the classroom in a timely manner. The same is true for phone calls…unless there is an extreme emergency, we will pass along information to students and teachers during natural break times. DISMISSAL / DROP OFF AREAS AND PROCEDURES The earliest drop off time for school in the morning is 8:40 a.m. Our dismissal bell rings at 3:35 p.m. We ask that all parents dropping off and/or picking up students do so at the front of the school off of Upas Ave. Students can be dropped off anywhere along the passenger curb. This area can get very crowded to we ask for your patience to ensure student safety. The front curb is for drop off and pickup only…please do not leave your car unattended at the red curb (this is a fire lane, unattended cars may be ticketed). Students arriving late need to use the front entrance of the building, check in and pick up a tardy slip. For safety/security reasons all other doors aside from the front entrance to the building will be locked and not opened after this time. EMERGENCY CLOSURE If school is to be closed because of bad weather or some other emergency situation, the school district will notify the local radio and T.V. stations. The school district will also call all families using the autodialer system. If you have a question about closure, please check the District’s website (www.redmond.k12.or.us), call the District Office (923-5437), the Transportation Department (923-4891) or your school office (526-6400) before sending your child to school. In the event of a school evacuation, Redmond School District policy states that students will be transported to the Deschutes County Fairgrounds. Parents can contact the District Office to confirm the evacuations and children can be picked up at that location.
EXEMPTIONS In accordance with OAR 581-22-415, Redmond School District may excuse students from a state required program or learning activity, where necessary, to accommodate students’ handicaps or religious beliefs. If you chose to exempt your child from any learning activity, you will need to complete the appropriate forms, which can be obtained from the school office. F.A.N. (Family Access Network) If it is difficult for you to supply your child with needed apparel or school supplies, please contact our school F.A.N. Advocate, Jennifer Summerton. We have these items available in our School Clothing and Supply Bank. Deschutes County offers the following services at free or low cost: ° Health/Dental Services ° Parenting Classes/Books ° Respite Care ° Counseling Services ° Drug/Alcohol Prevention ° Child Development ° Job Skills Programs ° Volunteer Opportunities ° Child Care ° Self-help ° Recreation Please contact your school office for information and direction. FAMILY EDUCATION RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT Current Oregon law allows the release of “Directory Information” (see definition below) of a student through publication in a newspaper, parent newsletters, school handbook, or other recognized media forms without prior permission from the student’s parent/guardian (or, if the student is 18 years of age or older). If the parent/guardian (or student is 18 years of age or older) wish to keep the information confidential, he/she must contact the school the student attends, either by phone or in writing, and direct the school to keep directory information confidential. Directory information is defined as the student’s name; address; telephone number; name of parent/guardian; picture; date and place of birth; major field of study; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; weight, height, and year in school of members of athletic teams; dates of attendance; degrees and awards received; and, the most recent previous school attended by the student. The school district does not distribute a student directory information to the general public. FOOD PRODUCTS FOR THE CLASSROOM Food products for classroom functions must be prepared by a licensed production kitchen or bakery and should be brought to school in sealed containers. HEALTH INSTRUCTION An age-appropriate plan of instruction for grades K-5 has been included as part of the district’s health curriculum. Any parent may request that his/her student be excused from any portion of the instructional program required by Oregon law by notifying the child’s teacher in writing. HEALTH SERVICES The School Nurse, Kim Kirk, is scheduled to be at Tom McCall approximately five half days each week. She will be at Tom McCall on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons and Tuesday and Thursday mornings. You may contact her by calling the school office, 526-6400, ext. 4718. It is always best if medication can be given at home. District policy states that we may dispense prescription medication at school only with a physician’s order and signed parental authorization. Over-the-counter medications (such as cough drops and Tylenol) may be dispensed only with a properly completed note outlining specific instructions from the parent. ALL medications (prescription and OTC) must be in the original container and accurately labeled. These medications must be maintained and dispensed in the office.
Medications containing alcohol will not be dispensed. If your child is prescribed an antibiotic to be taken 3x per day, give it in the morning, after school and before bed. If it is 4x per day, we can give the noon dose at school. If your child receives a minor injury at school, we will care for her/him here at school. If the injury is more serious, we will notify you, the parents. It is very important that we have up-to-date information on your child’s emergency card. If we cannot reach parents, we will call the other numbers you list in case of emergency. If we can’t reach anyone, an ambulance will be called if deemed necessary. Children who are ill with a contagious disease should be kept at home. This includes severe colds or flu. If your child’s temperature is 100 degrees F or above, or is vomiting, your child must stay at home or will be sent home. In some cases, such as impetigo or scabies, your child needs to be treated by a physician before they can return to school. If a child contracts head lice, they may return after their hair has been treated and they are free of live lice. When your child returns to school after being ill, please send a note or call the school explaining his/her absence and any activity limitations. Indoor recess may be permitted, if weather is inclement, until your child is recovered. In general, however, outdoor recess is important to your child’s health as it provides physical exercise and fresh air; children should come adequately dressed for the weather. HOMEWORK POLICY ➔ Classroom teachers will communicate homework expectations to parents and students at the beginning of the school year. ➔ While all students will receive a modest amount of homework, individual classroom homework practices may vary. Some classrooms may give nightly homework while others may assign a weekly homework packet. ➔ The amount and type of homework will depend on the students’ developmental level and special circumstances. ➔ Homework at all grade levels will include a focus on reading. ➔ Intermediate grades may require a parent signature for completed homework as a preparation for Middle School. ➔ Students will be accountable for completing and returning their homework and will receive a mark for homework on their report cards. LUNCH AND BREAKFAST PROGRAM Our District offers students both a breakfast and lunch meal service. All students will have computerized meal accounts and will be charged according to their household meal benefit qualification. Deposits of any amount will be accepted and deposited to the student’s individual account. Deposits may be made before school or properly marked and dropped off in the office or online via the District website www.redmond.k12.or.us. The students account will be charged $1.75 for each breakfast purchased and $2.85 for each lunch purchased. When the account runs low a reminder note will be sent home with the child. If the account remains delinquent, a letter will be mailed home from our district office Nutrition Services Department. The meal programs are regulated by state and federal guidelines. Students may be eligible to receive school lunch and/or breakfast for free or at a reduced price. If you would like to apply for either the Free or Reduced meal benefits, please complete and return an application to the Nutrition Services department or drop one off with the school secretary. Applications for meal benefits are available through the school office or at the District Office located at 145 SE Salmon DR. Redmond, OR 97756 or online at http://www.redmond.k12.or.us/. Milk/juice is included with both the breakfast and lunch meal. Milk/juice is also available for purchase during meal service times at $.50 a carton (soy milk $1.25).
Charges- Board policy states that one meal charge is allowed as a courtesy to all students with insufficient fund. Upon charging, students may be given a charge notice to take home as a reminder the account requires reimbursement. Monthly Newsletter On the first day of each month the school newsletter will be posted to the Tom McCall web page and sent to families via email as a PDF attachment. These communications are a great source of information regarding upcoming events, days off, what’s going on and when, and general information. If you cannot receive the newsletter via email please let your student’s teacher know so a paper copy can be printed for you. PARENT-TEACHER CONNECTION (PTC) This group, comprised primarily of parents and school staff meets once a month to coordinate activities that support our school (e.g. Fundraisers, Family Activity Events, Spirit Wear Sales, etc.). Anyone is welcome and there are no membership dues. We strongly encourage you to get involved…it is a great way to offer support to our developing school community. For updates and information about our PTC meetings and activities see: Our Facebook page, school newsletters, our school website, the bulletin board in our front entryway or special fliers that come home. PARENT VOLUNTEERS We welcome and encourage parent volunteers! We strongly encourage volunteering as part of our team effort in the education of our students. All volunteers must have a completed Volunteer Application form and have background clearance on file in the office prior to volunteering in a classroom. Each volunteer needs to sign in and out in the office and wear a Volunteer Button while in the building. PARTY INVITATIONS To avoid hurt feelings, parents are encouraged to distribute party invitations outside of school or invite all class members. PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND ARTS Your child will be participating in Physical Education each week under the direction of Christa Deckrow, our P. E. Specialist. Students need to wear clothing that is appropriate for physical activity and a sturdy athletic shoe on those days. Shoes should tie securely and not leave marks when scuffed. These shoes may be worn to school or a pair may be kept in their classroom cubby. Physical activity is important to the well being of all children. Students will be expected participate in Physical Education unless there are extenuation circumstances which have been approved ahead of time. PERSONAL ITEMS Personal items brought from home for sharing are the sole responsibility of the student and their parents. Students should not bring toys from home for play purposes. Please discuss this with your children and be sure that items brought are somehow marked with their name. PET POLICY Redmond School District has revised its Pets-In-School Policy. To prevent injury to students or staff, all visiting pets (e.g. for classroom sharing) must have proof of current vaccinations and must be transported to and from the classroom in a secure container. All visits must be pre-arranged and approved. Your child’s teacher will give you more specific information regarding pets at school. Please also be aware of safety issues related to pets around students during before/after school drop off.
PICTURES School pictures are taken once a year in the fall. Our practice is for all students to have their photo taken for classroom composite and for our student information system, even if parents are not purchasing a picture package. RECESS Students will be expected to participate in all recesses. Exceptions to this expectation will be made only upon receipt of a written note from the parent requesting otherwise and detailing the illness or injury. Therefore, students need to arrive at school with appropriate attire (e.g. coats, hats, scarves, mittens, boots, etc.). SAFETY DRILLS How do we keep our students safe? Redmond School District has adopted unified protocols to practice and follow in case of emergency. The “i love u guys” program provides a Standard Response Protocol (SRP) that is used across the district. All Redmond Schools practice emergency responses or drills on a monthly basis. Teachers have are led through a review of the protocols during our back-to-school inservice and during our first Staff Meeting. During school hours all doors are locked except for the one, main door in the front of the school. All visitors must proceed through the office to be checked in and issued a Visitor’s Badge. We have cameras stationed at nine different angles throughout the school and they are monitored by our secretary. Our secretary has panic buttons that when pushed will alert our local responders. All interior, classroom doors are “roped” for a quick-drop response. Our WatchDOGS Program adds an additional layer of perimeter patrol. Our School Resource Officer frequents the school to provide a law enforcement presence. SERVICE CLUB/LEADERSHIP/MORNING NEWS We believe it is important to promote student leadership, creativity and responsibility…especially for our intermediate students. Service Club (for 5th grade) provides opportunities for 5th graders to help out in their school through a service job (e.g. helping tutor younger students, helping with special projects, helping set up equipment and keep it organized and maintained, etc.) Mustang Media (5th grade): Each week our 5th grade students produce a Media Broadcast on television (Mustang Media). Each classroom gets the opportunity to be involved in this exciting project. Leadership (4th-5th grade): We have started a Leadership Club for students interested in leadership and contributing great ideas to improve their school. More information to come.
SPECIAL EDUCATION The Educational Resource Center (ERC) offers assistance to students tested and identified as eligible to receive services in language arts and/or math. This may be on an individual or small group basis. The child’s teacher, ERC specialists, Laura Miller or Jessica Jern and other specialists (if applicable) and the parent will work together to determine eligibility and develop a plan for each student. Please do not hesitate to stop by our classroom to join in on the fun, we are located in the Forest Wing, RM B1. The Life Skills Classroom (ILS) supports students with special needs using multi-sensory teaching techniques, curriculums and individualized teaching programs. The Life skills students spend about half of their day in the Life Skills classroom and the other half in the general education classrooms sometimes with extra adult support and sometimes on their own. The goal of the life skills classroom is to teach students life skills that enable them to be independent as adults. We strive to provide a program in which every student is an active part of the whole school community and successful in their learning. Abby Graves, ILS teacher oversees this program. SPEECH AND LANGUAGE Our Speech Pathologist, Amanda Graybill, works with individual students who have specific speech and language needs. She also conducts hearing testing for our students. Referrals are made on the basis of teacher and/or parent concerns. STUDENT RECORDS When withdrawing a student, school personnel, their teacher and office secretary should be notified in advance so that transfer documents can be prepared. In accordance with the State of Oregon and the Federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 you have the right to review the educational records, request an amendment of specified contents of the education records pursuant to Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR)581-21-300 if you believe that the contents are inaccurate, misleading or in violation of the privacy or other rights of the student; and request a hearing pursuant to OAR 581-21-310 if you request an amendment to the education records and the amendment is not made by your former school. The hearing will be conducted pursuant to OAR 581-21-320. STUDENT SAFETY The safety of your child at school is our top priority. Listed below are a few rules and procedures that will help keep students safe at Tom McCall Elementary School: ✰ Parent drop off and pick up takes place in the front of the school, located off of Upas Ave. Students should be dropped off at a curb only (you can use the entire curb ... even the area in front of the middle school). ✰ Please DO NOT double park. This causes traffic jams and requires students to walk through the parking lot to get to the curb. You may park in the parking lot area and walk students to the curb or into the building using the cross walk. Students are not to walk through the parking lot unattended. ✰ All adults coming into the building or onto schools grounds need to use the front entrance and check in at the school office. Once you have clearance to be in the building, you will be issued Visitor or Volunteer passes or children will be called to the office. ✰ Please drive slowly on 10th and Upas Streets and in our parking lots. Watch for students who are walking or riding bikes/skateboards or scooters to and from school. ✰ A crossing guard is stationed on 10th Street at the rear, staff parking lot exit (the south opening) before and after school. Please encourage your children to use this cross walk, taking advantage of
the crossing guard if they need to cross 10th Street. Sometimes this results in a slightly longer walk, but the added safety far outweighs any inconvenience. ✰ All external doors are locked at 8:55 a.m. and will remain locked with the exception of the main entrance located at the front of the school off of Upas Ave. ✰ Students are held accountable for safe choices at school. There will be disciplinary consequences for students who deliberately compromise the safety of other students and/or the learning environment. ✰ Parents - please update the office and your child’s teacher about any changes in how your child gets home, contact information and any custody agreements or legal issues that could impact your child’s welfare here at school. If the regular routine for how a child gets home (e.g. rides the bus or get picked up) changes, we need to know as soon as possible. Parents can do this by sending a note with their child or by calling school before 3:00. If no note is received and/or we are unable to reach anyone, the normal routine will be followed. ✰ Parents who intend to pick their child up early must come into the office and sign their child out. We will not release students to parents waiting in the car. TAG - Identification of Talented and Gifted Students In order to serve academically talented and gifted students in grades K-12, including talented and gifted students from such special populations as cultural and ethnic minorities, the disadvantaged, the underachieving gifted and disabled learners, the district will identify students based on: 1. Behavioral, learning and/or performance information; 2. A nationally standardized mental ability test for assistance in identifying intellectually gifted students; 3. A nationally standardized academic achievement test for assistance in identifying academically talented student. Once identified, an Individual Learning Plan will be developed in cooperation with the classroom teacher, the parents and the student. This plan will detail any modifications to the students’ learning that will help support and enhance areas of giftedness. TECHNOLOGY/ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION The Redmond School District will provide students with access to the district’s electronic communications network. This network includes communications between all the district’s local area networks and internet access. Students have the right to use the district’s network for educational purposes including classroom activities and professional or career development. Internet use is supervised and a filter is in place. Inappropriate conduct on the internet will result in the student losing their internet privileges. If a parent/guardian does not want their child to use the internet, they must notify the school in writing. VISITATIONS/VOLUNTEERING We welcome parent volunteers and visitors. All volunteers and visitors must check in at the office before going into the school (this includes parents who are walking kids to classrooms). A visitor button will be issued and returned at the time of your departure. In accordance with District policy, except for lunch and volunteering, visits from siblings, friends or other relatives are not allowed as this can be disruptive to the educational process.
HAVE A QUESTION, CONCERN, OR PROBLEM? Phone numbers you need to know: Tom McCall School Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 526-6400 Tom McCall School FAX. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 526-6401 Redmond School District Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 923-5437 (KIDS) RSD Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 923-4891 RSD Nutrition Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 923-8238 Principal: Drew Frank firstname.lastname@example.org Counselor: Wendy Von Seggern email@example.com School District website: www.redmond.k12.or.us Tom McCall Website: www.mccall.redmond.k12.or.us DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF Superintendent . . . . Mike McIntosh Executive Assistant to Superintendent . Gina Blanchette Executive Director of Student Services . Martha Hinman Director of Student Services . . . Kira Fee Director of Human Resources . . . Lynn Evans ELL Coordinator . . . . Brittaney Cocciolo BOARD OF DIRECTORS Travis Bennett Rick Bailey Johnny Corbin Tim Carpenter Sean Hartfield
Tom McCall Elementary School 2018 - 2019 Staff Assignments Principal – Drew Frank Secretaries – Crystal Downing and Toni Selk 1st GRADE Computer/Technology Kim Bain Lynnette Konop Physical Education Catherine Cron Christa Deckrow Suzanne Stampke Custodial Ka’anoi Zuttermeister Yesi Meraz Psychologist Corey Ryder Sarah Stalberg 2nd GRADE Aaron Alldredge ELL Nikki Ellerman Special Education-ERC Tim Trijillo Laura Miller Terri Osborne Jessica Jern Anne Perkins F.A.N Advocate Jill Chase, Instr. Assist. Jennifer Summerton Dana Porch, Instr. Assist. 3rd GRADE MacKenzie Durham Allison McGranaghan Educational Assistants Special Education-ILS Abby Corliss Michelle Moran Connie Landry Chanie Skinner Literacy Support 4 th GRADE Speech Pathologist Specialists Amanda Graybill Shelly Bornfleth Deborah Moucheboeuf Alan Vellutini Keri Reiss Gianna Zappittini Title I Amber McLoud Library Heidi Ewert 5th GRADE Amy Skeen Beth Pengra, Ed. Assist. Dawn Alexander Margaret Cobb Nurse Chris Goede Kim Kirk Alex Spreier Counselor Nutrition Services Brooke Coker Wendy Von Seggern Melissa Pepperling
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