CENTERTON ELEMENTARY STUDENT HANDBOOK
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU READ THE HANDBOOK AND DISCUSS IT WITH YOUR CHILD. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO COVER ALL SERVICES, PROCEDURES, AND POLICIES. PLEASE REFER TO OUR BI-MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR CHANGES. Our school district policies are available at website http://msdadmin.scican.net/ and our Centerton website is http://msdadmin.scican.net/firecrackers/
Please contact the school if you have any questions or need clarification about the handbook.
SCHOOL SAFETY IS OUR TOP PRIORITY.
CENTERTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
6075 HIGH STREET
MARTINSVILLE, INDIANA 46151
PRINCIPAL - Debbie Lipps
TABLE OF CONTENTS
WELCOME / SCHOOL BOARD AND ADMINISTRATION 3
SCHOOL LISTINGS AND CENTERTON TEACHING STAFF 4
NON-CERTIFIED STAFF AND CENTERTON STAFF 5
ELEMENTARY CALENDAR 6
DAILY SCHEDULE 7
MISSION STATEMENT 8
CENTERTON VISION AND STUDENT RELEASE 9
CHARACTER COUNTS 10
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE / EMERGENCY AND WEATHER CLOSINGS 11
SCHOOL SAFETY AND SECURITY
VISITING THE SCHOOL / ADDRESS AND PHONE CHANGES 12
SCHOOL CLOSINGS / SCHEDULE CHANGES / ATTENDANCE 13
ATTENDANCE / BUS REGULATIONS 14
BUS DRIVERS / DISCIPLINE 15
SKYWARD FAMILY ACCESS / TELEPHONES / HOMEWORK 16
BOOKS / BOOK RENTAL / PROMOTIONS AND RETENTIONS 17
REPORT CARDS AND MIDTERMS DATES / STUDENT RECORDS 18
REPORT CARDS / EVALUATION REPORT AND CONFERENCES 20
YMCA / AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES / FIELD TRIPS 20
EMERGENCY INFORMATION / CLINIC 21
MEDICATION / IMMUNIZATIONS 22
INSURANCE / PHYSICAL EDUCATION / ACCIDENTS 23
INTERNET PHOTOS / BULLYING / 24
SUSPECTED ABUSE OR NEGLECT/CRIMINAL HISTOR Y 25 HELPING YOUR CHILD 26
DRESS TO LEARN / ARTICLES BROUGHT TO SCHOOL 27
CITIZENSHIP / CURRICULUM 28
AUTHORITY OF SCHOOL OFFICIALS / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY 29
PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES 29
WITHDRAWAL OF STUDENT / PTO / SAFETY DRILLS 30
MISCELLANEOUS ACTIVITIES / BREAKFAST AND LUNCH 31
TREATS / CENTERTON GOALS / OPPORTUNITIES TO VOLUNTEER 32
FORMS ATTACHED TO END OF BOOKLET 33
Welcome to Centerton Elementary School! We are looking forward to an exciting, enjoyable, and successful year. This handbook has been prepared so there will be a clear understanding between school and parents/students. Please take time to read the handbook thoroughly. We ask for your cooperation so that we may provide your child with a rewarding and enriching educational experience.
On behalf of the faculty and staff, I would like to extend an invitation for you to visit our school, attend our many school events, and become an active member in our PTO and volunteer program. We are very happy to have you and your child with us at Centerton Elementary!
Debbie Lipps, Principal
MSD OF MARTINSVILLE
460 S. MAIN ST.
MARTINSVILLE, IN 46151
BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES:
Mrs. Beckie Weddle
Mrs. Stephanie Fraker
Mr. Ken Costin
Mrs. Tammy Hamilton
Mr. Steve Brock
Board Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 P.M.
Superintendent-Dr. Ron Furniss
Assistant Superintendent for Business-Mr. Randy Taylor
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction-Dr. Jerry Sanders
Director of Food Service-Mr. Kurt Bodell (765-349-4452)
Director of Maintenance-Mr. Sam Arnes, (765-342-7896)
Director of Transportation-Mr. Dennis Mills, (765-342-4376)
Director of Special Education-Mr. Don Adkins, (765-342-4376)
School: Principal Phone
Brooklyn Elementary Mrs. Melody Meyer 317-831-2150
Centerton Elementary Ms. Debbie Lipps 317-831-3410
Central Elementary Mr. Peter Jochim 765-342-6611
Green Twp. Elementary Mr. Roger Cazee 765-342-0505
Paragon Elementary Miss Dru Voiles 765-537-2276
Poston Road Elementary Mrs. Jill Vlcan 765-342-8408
Smith Elementary Mrs. Jan Gearhart 765-342-8488
South Elementary Mr. Mike Bodine 765-349-1486
East Middle School Mr. Eric Bowlen 765-342-6675
Assist. Mr. Kyle Stout
West Middle Mrs. Suzie Lipps 765-342-6628
Assist. Mr. Phil Deckard
Martinsville High School Mr. Don Alkire 765-342-5571
Assist. Mr. Jeff Racy
Assist. Mr. Fred Kutruff
Assist. Martin Woody
CENTERTON ELEMENTARY TEACHING STAFF
Miss Aryn Brummel 4th Grade
Mrs. Stephanie Manley Kindergarten
Miss Paige Caskey 2nd Grade
Mrs. Tamara Cheesman Physical Ed
Mrs. Vicki Dailey 3rd Grade
Mrs. Debbie Dickerson Resource
Mrs. Terrie Haniford Music
Mrs. Juliana Burrell Art
Mrs. Sandy Garrard Physical Ed
Mrs. Debra Meyer 3rd Grade
Mrs. Michelle Furniss Speech
Mrs. Karen Stine 5th Grade
Mrs. Susie Taylor 2nd Grade
Mrs. Jennifer Teare 4th Grade
Mrs. Annette Rohlman Nurse
Mrs. Paige Caskey 2nd Grade
Mrs. Sarah Wells 1st Grade
Mrs. Susan Wilson 1st Grade
Ms. Debbie Lipps Principal
Mrs. Jessica Davis Kindergarten
CENTERTON ELEMENTAY NON-CERTIFIED STAFF
Mr. Steve Candler Custodian
Mrs. Sandy Cook LD Aide
Mrs. Ellen Coomer Cafeteria Manager
Mrs. Teri Diseroad Family Services
Mrs. Alane Harper Intervention Aide
Mr. Bryan Heckert Custodian
Mrs. Sandy Hovious Secretary
Mr. Jon Harper Head Custodian
Mrs. Paula Wildt Librarian
Mrs. Sandy Hovious Secretary Mrs. Michelle Furniss Speech/Language
Miss Stephanie Manley Kindergarten Ms. Juliana Burrell Art
Mrs. Sarah Wells First Mrs. Terrie Haniford Music
Mrs. Susan Wilson First Mrs. Sandy Garrard P.E.
Mrs. Susie Taylor Second Mrs. Tammy Cheesman P.E.
Miss Paige Caskey Second Mrs. Paula Wildt Librarian
Mrs. Deb Meyer Third Mr. Jon Harper Head Custodian
Mrs. Vicki Dailey Third Mrs. Ginny Errett Technology
Mrs. Jennifer Teare Fourth Mr. Bryan Heckert Custodian
Miss Aryn Brummel Fourth Mrs. Mary Ellen Coomer Cafeteria Manager
Miss Kari Swartz Fifth Mrs. Annette Rohlman Nurse
Mrs. Karen Stine Fifth Mrs. Terri Diseroad Family Service Coordinator
Mrs. Sandy Cook LD Aide Mrs. Alane Harper Remediation Aide
Mr. Steve Candler Custodian
AUGUST 13 SCHOOL BEGINS
SEPT.2 LABOR DAY NO SCHOOL
OCT. 17 PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES (NO SCHOOL)
OCT. 18-21 FALL VACATION (NO SCHOOL)
OCT. 16 END OF FIRST NINE WEEKS
NOV. 28-29 THANKSGIVING VACATION (NO SCHOOL)
DEC. 23 WINTER VACATION (NO SCHOOL)
JAN. 6 RECONVENE
JAN. 9 END OF SECOND NINE WEEK/FIRST SEMESTER
JAN. 10 RECORDS DAY (NO STUDENTS)
JAN. 20 MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY (NO SCHOOL)
FEB. 17 PRESIDENT’S DAY (NO SCHOOL)
MAR. 14 END OF THIRD NINE WEEKS
MAR. 24 SPRING BREAK (NO SCHOOL)
MARCH 31 RECONVENE
APRIL 11 POSSIBLE SNOW DAY
APRIL 25 POSSIBLE SNOW DAY
MAY 16 POSSIBLE SNOW DAY
MAY 26 MEMORIAL DAY (NO SCHOOL)
MAY 29 END OF FOURTH NINE WEEKS
MAY29 FINAL STUDENT DAY
MAY 30 RECORDS DAY (NO STUDENTS)
JUNE 1 COMMENCEMENT
The purpose of the school board approved handbook is to acquaint the students and parents of Centerton School with the school’s program, services, procedures and policies. Through an understanding of the regulations that keep the school functioning efficiently and an awareness of the opportunities offered at Centerton School for growth and development, a firm understanding will be established among the school administration, staff, and students. It is very important that you discuss the handbook with your child.
8:40 Teachers Arrive
8:40 – 8:55 Breakfast will be served
8:50 Students Arrive
9:00 Classes Begin
11:30 Kindergarten lunch first and then Recess
11:30 Recess first and then lunch – Grades 1-2
12:30 Recess first and then Lunch – Grades 3, 4,5
2:00 – 2:15 Grade 1-2 Recess
3:10 Walkers Dismissed
3:20 Bus Students Dismissed
3:25 Bus Depart
3:40 Teachers Leave
4:00 Office Closed
KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM SCHEDULE
2 HOUR DELAY SCHEDULE
BREAKFAST IS NOT SERVED ON A 2 HOUR DELAY.
CENTERTON- A GREAT PLACE TO BE
The students at Centerton are very fortunate to attend a school that has a safe and nurturing environment. The staff is very proud of our 4 Star School Awards. It reflects the dedication and high expectations of our staff, parents, and students. Centerton can attribute much of its success to the dedication of parent volunteers.
Because of the commitment we have from our parents, we are able to offer the students a variety of academic programs. Our teachers work hard to train in technology, curriculum development, mastery learning, thematic assessment, and integration, along with different learning styles. Parents, staff and students are committed to excellence.
The Metropolitan School District of Martinsville commits itself to producing and maintaining an educational environment in which each individual student and employee:
· owns the responsibility for actively participating in teaching and learning;
· promotes the positive growth of self and others;
· displays confidence in his/her talents and exhibits pride in accomplishments;
· strives to achieve his/her personal best routinely;
· models human dignity and respect by demonstrating caring, fairness, honesty, and integrity in his/her relationships with others;
· develops a vision of his/her personal future, identifies the requirements, masters the skills, and meets the challenges and standards necessary for achieving that future.
It is expected that each individual will be known by others for the quality of his/her character, commitment, and competence.
The Centerton School Staff is committed to helping students reach their full potential through a variety of learning experiences that enhance the application of knowledge and the use of technology to successfully meet the demands of daily living. We believe that the development of the unique potential of each student is the overriding mission of the school. To optimize student achievement, the planning and teaching process is driven by the Indiana State Standards and required proficiencies. By incorporating the Six Pillars of Character, Centerton develops a social awareness that reflects respect and compassion, and shapes the emotional growth of the students. These are critical components of our commitment. Of primary importance is the realization that learning occurs continuously and is a lifelong process. The Centerton School staff, working as a team with the family and community, will strive to provide our students with the active learning environment necessary to acquire the knowledge and to master the skills necessary for lifelong success.
Centerton School strives for excellence in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Our positive learning environment allows us to consistently meet or exceed student achievement goals for all students. Our partnership with out parent and community creates an educational experience that produces successful and competent citizens of the global community
Definite procedures are followed to assure the safety of children who are released during the day.
1. Written parental permission should be sent to the teacher stating the requested time of release.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: IF ANY PERSON OTHER THAN THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN IS TO PICK UP THE CHILD, THE SCHOOL MUST HAVE A STATEMENT FROM THE PARENT SPECIFYING THE NECESSARY INFORMATION. Please do not leave messages on the office voicemail after 3:00 regarding changes in pickup arrangements for that day.
2. If a student needs to be dismissed early for medical or emergency reasons, the parent or
guardian must come to the office and sign out the child. All children must be signed out in the office. Children will remain with the teacher until notified by the office personnel.
Our school corporation utilizes the Six Pillars of Character as designated in the Charter Counts program. Those pillars are listed below. It is important that parents are familiar with these common terms so that reinforcement of character building can occur at home and school.
PILLARS OF CHARACTER COUNTS
Tolerance and Acceptance
Concern for Others
Do Your Share Respect
Authority and the Law
Classes will begin at 9:00 A.M. Walkers should arrive at school no earlier than 8:40 A.M. Breakfast begins at 8:40 A.M.
Dismissal time is 3:20 P.M. All children are to be out of the building by 3:30 P.M unless enrolled in YMCA childcare or teacher directed activities.
If you are picking up your child after school, please wait until the buses in front of the school have left before you get in line for pick up. We will send your child out to your vehicle. Parents may also park at the church and walk over to the school. Please do not park in the grass. You also may wait by the office to pick up your child after parking in the school’s parking lot at the side of the building.
With written permission from parent/guardian, students are permitted to ride their bikes.
The school corporation will use the School Messenger Service that allows voice messages to parents/and or guardians. Messages are scheduled for delivery to alert parents and students regarding absence, events, emergencies, and other important issues. Parents and students will also be informed by local radio station WCBK 102.3 FM and local television stations.
WINTER WEATHER REMINDER
We will begin driving roads about 4:00 a.m. and if a decision is made to close or delay the opening of our schools, we will make every effort to make that announcement by 6:00 a.m. WCBK can be heard at 102.3 FM or 1540 AM on the radio and is our official radio station for school closing notices. Every effort will also be made to get our school information on Indianapolis television stations.
Safety is a prime concern at Centerton Elementary. The school safety plan is updated annually and addresses everyday safety as well as emergency situations. We ask parents to support our efforts to try and provide a safe environment by reinforcing school rules with their children regarding behavior at school, on buses, and walking to and from school. We beseech parents to follow safe driving practices around our school. Watch for children when you enter the school zone. Please park in the parking lot. The front of the building is for emergency use only. We ask that parents always wait for buses to load and unload. Do not park between the buses.
Student projects should be able to sit comfortably with the child on the bus. If there are any materials that have sharp edges or could be dangerous to transport on the bus, please bring your child to school as a safety precaution.
Students are allowed to ride bicycles to and from school with written permission. We do ask that you teach them proper bicycle safety before you allow them to ride to school. We suggest that you have a lock for the bicycle. Please do not allow your child to ride double. We require a letter from the parent(s) granting permissionfor the child to ride a bike to school.
All doors are locked 24 hours a day. Please come to the front door. To the right of the front door is a brown box with a button on it. Please stand in front of that brown box and press the button. Our doorbell will ring and your picture will appear. We will ask your name and unlock the door. We may ask for your ID and nature of your business. We appreciate your patience and help keeping our children safe.
It is the policy of the board of school trustees that video surveillance cameras may be used on school buses for the purpose of improving safety and discipline. Security cameras are also in place throughout the building and school grounds.
Parents/Guardians are always welcome at Centerton Elementary School. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to attend special assemblies and activities. ALL VISITORS MUST REPORT TO THE OFFICE TO CHECK IN AND OBTAIN A PASS BEFORE VISITING ANY PART OF THE SCHOOL. Visitor nametags, provided in the office, are to be worn by all visitors in the building. As visitors leave the building, they must stop by the office and sign out. These are required safety procedures for Centerton Elementary.
1. Please avoid visiting just before a holiday or the last week of school. Always call and make an appointment to visit.
2. Conferences should be arranged in advance, and at a time when the teacher does not have a child or children in the classroom, or is not on duty elsewhere.
3. From time to time, your child may bring home notes or newsletters from school. All these are important to the student as well as to parents. Please be sure to read the newsletter carefully. Teacher letters are sent home every 9 weeks.
We really enjoy having families visit for lunch. Please observe all the visitor guidelines to insure the safety of all of our children. The aides have a tremendous responsibility.
Please park in the side parking lot. The front of the building is for school personnel and emergency vehicles. My vehicle is parked in front to prevent semis and dump trucks from turning around in our lot. During drop off and pickup of students it ensures only one lane of traffic. Thanks for helping to keep our students safe.
Please notify the office immediately if your address or home or work phone number changes. It is vital that the emergency care card and mass phone system information remain current. In most situations, you will receive an automated phone call. Our district will often call your number to let you know emergency info. They will leave a message. If your address or phone number has changed, you can go on our school website and email Sandy Hovious, our secretary. Just let her know of any changes.
Parents should make advanced preparations for children in the event of emergency school closings. Please listen to local radio WCBK (102.3 FM) station and television stations for announcements about school closings, delayed openings, or early closings. AVOID CALLING THE SCHOOL FOR THIS INFORMATION. During the school year, if it is necessary to either dismiss school early or delay dismissing because of severe weather, we will announce on WCBK (102.3 FM). Be alert of possible delays.
Please return the emergency weather information sheet to your child’s teacher. We will follow your directions.
Children are expected to remain at school throughout the school day unless the school office receives a note or telephone call. Parents arriving to pick up children before dismissal are required to come to the school office and sign your child out. Please make arrangements for after school activities before your child comes to school. We will not allow a child to leave the building without your permission. The school must have a note or phone call from the parent if transportation changes. Please do not leave messages on the office voice mail after 3:00 for transportation changes. Students will not be allowed to use the phone to make arrangements.
Attendance is mandatory by law and is vitally important for the education of our students. All children are expected to be in attendance each day unless they are ill or a family emergency arises. Please remember that a written note or phone call explaining the absence is required after a student has been absent. We realize that there will be instances when your child may be tardy, but please avoid this whenever possible. Tardiness interrupts your child’s instructional time. A phone call or note should accompany your child to explain the reason for his/her tardiness. After 12 days, students must have a doctor’s statement for all future absences. Please call before 9:00 a.m. if your child will be absent.
Students are responsible for making up work missed due to absences. It is the student’s responsibility to do so within a reasonable time. For extended absences, the classroom teacher should be contacted for assignments and arrangements need to be made to pick up materials and books. Please do not interrupt the teacher during class time. Make up for vacation will be given after a student returns.
Excessive unexcused absences or tardiness will be reported to the truant officer. We will attempt to call your home if we have not heard from you concerning your child’s absence.
1. Call the school as soon as possible, informing us that your child is going to be late.
2. Bring your child in as soon as possible, as teachers start their lessons as early as 9:00 a.m.
3. Sign your child in at the office, with an explanation for the tardy.
4. Make a lunch choice to be added to the lunch count.
**A number of unexcused or questionable absences and tardies for any child are reported to our district attendance officer. Daily records are kept on all students and weekly reports are made.
GUIDELINES FOR ABSENCES AND TARDIES
Tardy- Student is not present in school at 9:00 a.m. and arrives any time before 12:15 p.m.
Half Day Absent- Student is not present in school at 9:00 a.m. and arrives any time after 12:15 p.m.
Half Day Absent- Student is present in school at 9:00 a.m. and leaves school any time before 12:15 p.m. for the rest of the day.
Tardy- Student is present in school at 9:00 a.m. and leaves school any time after 12:15 p.m. for the rest of the day.
AGE OF ATTENDANCE
Children who are five (5) years of age on or before August 1 are eligible for kindergarten. Children who are six (6) years of age on or before August 1 are eligible for first grade. Once enrolled, students are responsible to all compulsory attendance laws of the State of Indiana.
Students are assigned to ride school buses that will pick them up and drop them off in close proximity of their homes. Buses will not cross transportation zones. Parents must provide transportation for those children leaving the school transportation zone; therefore, if your child attends a nursery (babysitter) outside the zone in which you live, you must provide transportation.
Students are not allowed to ride a bus other than their assigned bus unless a written request is received from the parent or guardian stating their permission to do so. This applies only to those students riding buses within the same transportation zone.
The bus driver has guidelines and will review them with children. No live animals or glass containers are allowed on the bus. If an item is large or unusual, check with the bus driver.
BUS DRIVERS AND NUMBERS
BRANDY ARTHUR BUS #53 765-349-2128
JOHNNY BARNES BUS #21 765-792-0057
KRISTINE BURNS BUS #22 317-626-4158
RAY COOPER BUS #20 765-537-9049
WILMA HODGE BUS #23 765-342-9845
KATHY WALDEN BUS #24 765-342-
JENNIE WHITTLE BUS # 6 317-440-8331
LINDA MERHINGER BUS #58 765-349-1009
TRANSPORTATION OFFICE 765-342-5597
Transportation Director – Mr. Dennis Mills
In order to guarantee all students in our school the excellent educational climate they deserve, no student will be allowed to prevent a teacher from teaching or classmate from learning. Students will not be allowed to engage in any behavior that is not in his/her best interest or in the best interest of others. The MSD of Martinsville has defined the rights and responsibilities of students in Student Responsibilities and Rights. This document outlines the basic rules of conduct and disciplinary procedures for Centerton School students. Copies of this document are sent home.
SKYWARD FAMILY ACCESS
Family Access allows teachers, administrators, and parents to communicate via Internet on important issues such as attendance, grading, discipline, and food services. If you are interested in participating and you have access to the Internet, you will be assigned a user name and password. To obtain a user name and password you will need to fill out an application form at the Superintendent’s Office, located at 460 S. Main St., Martinsviille. The form needs to be filled out in person and a photo ID will be required for the protection of our students. Please call Nancy Brosman at 765-342-6641, ext. 3, if you have any questions.
Our school phone is a business phone. Please handle all pick-up or other arrangements with your child before he/she comes to school. Students should ask to use the telephone only in case of an emergency. The office or classroom teacher must grant permission. Arrangements for after-school activities should be made before coming to school. Students will not be permitted to call home for homework that they have forgotten to bring to school. Parents are encouraged to call their child’s teacher at a time when classes are not in session or leave a message.
It is extremely important for us to have a telephone number on the registration card so that we can reach you in case of an emergency. If you do not have a telephone, please use a telephone number of a close friend, relative, or neighbor. Students are not to bring cell phones or pagers to school.
Homework is considered to be a time for skill practice, enrichment, or more in-depth attention to a given unit of study or subject area. Rules concerning homework cannot be made since individual teachers may vary slightly in assignments. However, efforts are directed by the teacher to establish uniformity for each grade level possible. Responsibility for homework should gradually increase for grades 1-5.
Textbooks and library books issued to you are the property of Centerton School. They should be used with care and returned in good condition. Students are responsible for books that are lost, stolen, or damaged
BOOK RENTAL AND SUPPLY FEES
The instructional materials fee for elementary children is established by the Metropolitan School District of Martinsville Board of School Trustees. Payments may be made using cash or checks. Checks should be made payable to Centerton Elementary School. Fees are paid at time of registration. Forms for textbook assistance will be distributed at registration and /or upon request. Please contact the office if you want to be on a payment plan.
Whenever it appears that a student will benefit from another year at the same grade placement, parents will be informed of the student’s specific academic needs by the teacher. The end of the third grading period or first half of the final grading period the teacher will communicate to the parent written notification regarding the possibility of retention.
REPORT CARD DATES
October 16, 2011
December 21, 2012
March 15, 2012
May 30, 2012
September 19, 2011
November 21, 2011
February 13, 2012
April 24, 2012
All student records maintained by the school are open for review by the child’s parent or guardian. These records may not be released to anyone outside the school without written permission from the parent or guardian. If you wish to review your child’s records, please contact the school and set up an appointment.
Kindergarten students receive their report cards every 9 weeks.
If you have questions, please call us. We are here to help you and your child.
STUDENT EVALUATION REPORT AND CONFERENCES
Students are evaluated with the symbols “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” “F.” The symbols indicate the student’s performance on tasks related to the development of the skills and mastery of objectives. A plus (+) sign used with a letter grade indicates the student is approaching the next higher grade in that subject. A minus (-) indicates that the student is approaching the next grade lower.
B-Above Average (94%-88%)
D-Below Average (74%-70%)
F-Failing (69% and below)
Special Classes, Subjects, Effort, and Citizenship will be graded with the following scale:
If your child is on a revised grading scale, the classroom teacher will notify you.
The YMCA will offer childcare for Centerton students before school and after school. Please contact the YMCA if you are interested in enrolling your child at 765-342-6688. The YMCA program is located on the stage in the gym.
Children are required to provide a one-time permission slip for the school year. Scouts and other non- sponsored school activities are the responsibility of the leader and parent. The school must be notified in writing of any changes made by the leader and parent.
Oral medication is administered in the clinic and the office. The following guidelines must be observed:
It is mandatory that your child has an adequate certification of immunizations on file in the school office. Please keep your child’s immunization record up-to-date. Failure to do so may lead to suspension or expulsion from school.
The school cannot administer medicine; including aspirin, unless a note indicating the time the medication should be given and the dosage accompany it. All medication must be in the original bottle and the medication, along with a note stating we are allowed to give your child the medicine. Pharmacists will provide you with two containers so that one can be sent to school. All over the counter medicines must be age appropriate as noted on the container. Medication must be brought to the office or clinic and never left in the classroom, on the teacher’s desk, or in the student’s lunchbox or backpack. A note is needed for students to bring medication home from school.
A new law, effective July 1, 2005 states that if the parent/guardian signs the form stating the student may take a medication home, then this is allowed. No student shall be allowed to carry medications at school except when the following conditions are met: Students with chronic conditions or medical conditions that may require emergency administration of medication (epipens, inhalers, and glucagons) may carry the medications with them after meeting the following conditions:
a) The student has been instructed in how to properly use the medication; and
b) The nature of the medical condition requires emergency administration of the medication.
These authorizations must be filed each year.
The school nurse’s responsibilities are designed to promote the physical, emotional, and mental well being of each child. This is done through:
Visits to Bradford Woods while fifth graders are camping
Basic aide training (BAT) for fourth grade
Managing the school’s clinic
A clinic is located next to the school office area for children who become ill or injured at school. Children must obtain a pass from a staff member to be admitted to the clinic except in case of an emergency.
At the beginning of each school year an application for low-cost medical insurance will be provided for your student. The school does not carry medical insurance on the students. Hopefully, nothing will happen to your child that requires medical expenses, but we cannot guarantee this. If you do not have a family plan that covers medical expenses for your child, you may wish to consider this low-cost insurance or check with our Family Service Coordinator to see if you qualify for Hoosier Health Wise insurance, provided by the state.
Students participate in physical education two times a week with our physical education teacher. Students must have proper footwear. Students may wear tennis shoes to school or bring them to school and change when they go to class. Platform and sandal type tennis shoes, dress shoes, baggy pants, and dresses are not appropriate items to wear to P.E.
If, for any reason, it is necessary to restrict your child’s participation in the P.E. program, you must send a written explanation to school stating the specific health problem. This will enable the P.E. teacher to adapt activities to fit your child’s need and capabilities. If the health problem is long-term, a physician’s statement is required.
Any student who is injured at school, on the school bus, or while participating in any school authorized activity, should report the accident to the teacher, activity supervisor, school nurse, secretary and/or principal.
When a student has an injury or illness that may require immediate treatment, the parent will be notified at home or at work. If parents cannot be notified in a reasonable amount of time, advice may be sought from the emergency contacts listed on the student emergency card. Parents are responsible for making certain all contact information is kept current, and should notify the school of any changes in information.
Our web pages are about our schools, students, and staff. We are requesting students and parents to notify the school if you do not want your photo images, including group photos, displayed on our web site. Student names will not be used to identify photos. You are encouraged to visit our web sites or school to view any of our web site contents. Please contact your school for a form.
Students may use the computer to research information. If a student is obtaining information that is inappropriate or is changing settings on a computer, then the student may forfeit computer privileges.
Bullying is not permitted. It is defined by the Act as “overt, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications transmitted; physical act committed; or any other behaviors committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the other student”.
The bullying rule must apply when a student is on school grounds immediately before or during school hours, immediately after school hours or at any other time when the school is being used by a school group; off school grounds at a school activity, function or event; or using property or equipment provided by the school.
Refer to the School Board policy on discipline.
SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT
Under Indiana Code, 1971, 2-3-4.1-2 Subsection A, “It shall be the duty of any person who has reason to believe that a child has had physical or emotional injury inflicted upon him other than by accidental means by a parent or other persons responsible for his/her care, to report such information to the County Department of Public Welfare or to the proper law enforcement agency.”
It shall be the policy of the Metropolitan School District of Martinsville to cooperate in neglect by reporting suspected cases to duly constituted authorities. Any doubt about reporting a suspected situation should be resolved in favor of the child. Guidelines have been developed to provide direction for staff members in reporting suspected child abuse cases. To maintain awareness on the part of all staff members, periodic staff development on the subject of Child Abuse shall be provided.
Immunity: Under the Indiana code, any person who reports suspected child abuse, in good faith, is immune from civil liability or criminal penalty. However, a conscious failure to report suspected child abuse constitutes a misdemeanor.
Validation: Validation of suspected abuse is the responsibility of the Morgan County Department of Public Welfare.
CRIMINAL HISTORY INFORMATION
To help ensure a safe environment, it is the policy of the M.S.D. of Martinsville to require each individual hired for employment to submit to the School Corporation a copy of the individual’s limited criminal history. The limited criminal history submitted to the Corporation must be no more than three (3) months old. The school corporation may also request a national criminal history background check of each applicant. If the school corporation makes such requests, the applicant will be required to provide a written consent to the school corporation to obtain such a request.
For purposes of this policy, “applicant” means any individual who is applying for employment with the school corporation and/or seeking to enter into a contract to provide services to the school corporation and that individual is likely to have direct, ongoing contact with children as a result of the individual’s position. The term includes but is not limited to volunteers, bus drivers, lay coaches, and present employees who are applying for other positions within the Corporation.
Each applicant interviewed will be questioned about the applicant’s limited criminal history, if necessary. Failure to answer honestly any questions related to the limited criminal history may be cause for termination of the applicant if eventually hired.
If an individual applying for a non-certified position has an application on file with the M.S.D. of Martinsville and the application has been on file for more than six (6) months, at the time the individual is hired by the M.S.D. of Martinsville, the applicant will be required to submit an updated limited criminal history at the time of hiring.
Each individual who is hired by the M.S.D. of Martinsville for a non-certified position at the time of hiring will be required to do the following:
All costs of obtaining the limited criminal history are the responsibility of the applicant or employee.
Any entity which has a contract to provide services to the M.S.D. of Martinsville and whose employees have direct, ongoing contact with children when performing those services for the school must provide to the M.S.D. of Martinsville limited criminal histories for such employees. The entity and/or the entity’s employees are responsible for histories for such employees. The entity and/or the entity’s employees are responsible for all costs associated with obtaining the limited criminal histories. Any individual who is working for such an entity may also be required to provide the individual’s limited criminal history to the school corporation upon its request to do so or to provide consent to the school corporation for it to request a limited criminal history of the individual.
Any information obtained from a limited criminal history is confidential and shall not be released or disseminated.
All school employees and individuals or entities that have contracts for services with the M.S.D. of Martinsville are required by state law to report convictions of certain crimes enumerated in state law to the school district. The superintendent or designee is responsible for implementing regulations to notify the employees, including volunteers, and the entities for contracted services of this duty. In addition to the crimes listed in the state law, the notice shall also include the convictions of the “attempted” crimes listed in the law.
Parents can do their part to improve homework when they:
1. Cooperate with the school to make homework effective.
2. Provide your children with suitable study conditions (desk or table, lights, books and supplies).
3. Reserve a time for homework and TURN OFF THE TELEVISION.
4. Encourage your children but avoid undue pressure.
5. Show interest in what your children are doing but do not do the work for them.
6. Understand the school expects homework to be completed and returned.
Children will improve their study habits by observing the following:
1. Be sure you understand each assignment.
2. Form the habit of using a certain time and place for study.
3. Study conditions should include good lighting, ventilation, and quiet.
4. Have necessary materials at hand.
5. Try to develop the skill of working independently.
6. Spend enough, but not too much time on each subject.
Please label outer clothing and lunch boxes with your child’s name so lost items can be returned to your child. All lost and found and confiscated items will be held at the school for 30 days. Your child is responsible for letting you know that items were taken or lost. It is then the parent’s responsibility to contact the school and pick up these items within the 30-day time period. Those not claimed within this time period will be used in the school’s clinic or donated.
DRESS TO LEARN
Proper dress at all times is encouraged. We consider proper dress to mean: For girls: dresses, slacks, jeans or shorts. For boys: slacks, jeans, or shorts. We encourage students to look neat in their dress. The way we dress is the way we act. Short shorts, halter-tops, and net shirts are not permissible. Shoes should be appropriate for safety and comfort. No flip flops are allowed to be worn on recess. Students may wear them to school, but they must have shoes with straps for recess. Please make sure that shirts and tops with “sayings” printed on them are in good taste. No alcohol, drug, tobacco, gang symbols, satanic symbols, or inappropriate language or pictures are permitted. Any attire that disrupts the educational process such as clothing that does not fit appropriately, underwear exposed, spaghetti straps, midriff showing and hats in the building are not permitted. Hip hops or low riding pants are not appropriate. Each year style changes. We ask that you use good judgment in selecting school clothes for your child. We will contact you to bring suitable clothing if what your child is wearing disrupts the education process or puts them at a safety risk.
Electronic games, CD players, headsets, radios, toys, and large amounts of money should not be brought to school. The school will not assume responsibility for these items.
NOTE: NO WALKMANS, VIDEO GAMES, POKEMAN CARDS, CD PLAYERS, LASER PENS, CELL PHONES, PAGERS, OR PLAY WEAPONS AT SCHOOL OF ANY KIND! No trading or selling of any kind is permitted on the bus or at school.
According to the school board policy (5114.1 Non-school use of the telecommunication equipment) Cell phones and other electronic devices (IPODS, CD PLAYERS, ETC. ARE NOT TO BE USED DURING SCHOOL HOURS. IF THESE ELECTRONIC DEVICES ARE BROUGHT TO SCHOOL THEY MUST REMAIN OFF AND IN THE CHILD’S BACKPACK DURING THE SCHOOL DAY. ANY OF THESE DEVICES THAT ARE FOUND TURNED ON OR OUT OF A CHLD’S BACKPACK WILL BE BROUGHT TO THE OFFICE AND WILL REMAIN IN THE OFFICE UNTIL A PARENT OR GUARDIAN CAN COME TO PICK IT UP. )
It is each student’s responsibility to display qualities of good citizenship. Your best conduct is expected in the halls, in the cafeteria, on the playground, in the classroom, or outside school grounds. Centerton School teachers want students to become good citizens. Expect teachers to remind students of their mistakes. They will give special emphasis to honesty, morality, and courtesy. Obedience to law, respect of our country’s flag, appreciation of the constitution of the United States, respect for parents and home, and recognition of the dignity and necessity of honest labor are characteristics desired and expected of all our students.
The United States flag shall be displayed in each classroom of every school in the district. There will be a moment of silence in each classroom every day.
Centerton Elementary curriculum focuses on Indiana State Standards, Benchmark, and Grade level expectations. It is clearly defined what every student should know and should be able to do. Our teachers incorporate different strategies and learning styles to enable our students to meet the minimum state standards. We go beyond the state requirements. Our goal is to produce bright, high-achieving students whose self-esteem and confidence are built upon authentic academic success. Our goal as a staff is to reach and exceed every student’s potential. It is the responsibility of the student to take advantage of the learning opportunities provided them. The extent to which our students succeed is directly related to the extent of their parent’s support. Your active participation in the education of your child is welcomed and strongly encouraged.
Students participate in physical education two times a week with our physical education teacher. Students must have proper footwear. Students may wear their tennis shoes to school or bring them to school and change when they go to P.E. Platform and sandal type tennis shoes, dress shoes, baggy pants, and dresses are not appropriate items to wear for P.E. Girls wearing dresses must wear shorts under their dress to participate.
If, for any reason, it is necessary to restrict your child’s participation in the P.E. program, you must send a written explanation to school stating the specific health problem. This will enable the P.E. teacher to adapt activities to fit your child’s needs and capabilities. If the health problem is long-term, a physician’s statement is required.
Indiana Statutes delegate specific authority and responsibility to school officials concerning the control and discipline of students. A school principal or his/her designee has the authority, by law, to administer corporal punishment to students. School principals also have the authority to suspend students from school and/or from riding a school bus, and to recommend for expulsion those students who seriously disrupt the school environment or create an unsafe atmosphere.
Students of the MSD of Martinsville Schools are subject to the code of student conduct during the time they are being transported to or from school or a school sponsored activity, during the time they are attending school and during the time they are on school premises (Code of conduct is sent home for you to sign that you have read it).
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Indiana Civil Rights Laws (IC 22-9-1; IC 22-9-5; IC 22-9.5-1) state that it is the public policy of the State of Indiana to provide all of its citizens equal opportunity and that it is unlawful to discriminate in the areas of employment, real property, education, accommodation or credit on the basis of: Race, National Origin; Religion, Ancestry; Color; Sex; Familial Status (housing); or Disability.
Communication is an essential part of the educational program. We feel it is very important for parents to keep in close contact with their child’s teacher concerning his/her progress.
Please remember to schedule a conference in advance for a time that is convenient for all. i.e. before or after school, during teacher planning periods, etc.
If you are withdrawing your child from school, please call or come by the school a few days prior to the withdrawal date. This will give ample time to complete the necessary paperwork, etc. Your cooperation is always greatly appreciated.
PARENT-TEACHER ORGANIZATION (PTO)
PTO will be organized the first month of school. PTO will encourage families to help their children, their school, and the community. Board meetings will be posted in the newsletter.
The officers and staff welcome everyone to attend all programs and be an active P.T.O. member.
The President provides overall leadership to the organization besides presiding at all executive board meetings and P.T.O. meetings.
The Vice-President will serve as President in his/her absence. Also this office may serve in any other capacities as needed.
The Secretary will keep record of all executive board meetings and P.T.O. meetings. This office may also serve other functions.
The Treasurer receives all monies collected by the organizations. He/she maintains accurate records of receipts and expenditures and reports at each executive board meeting and P.T.O. meeting as to the organization’s financial status.
The President and school principal appoint standing Committee Chairpersons. The function of these committees is to promote the objectives and purposes of the organization.
Safety drills are necessary for the safety of the student, staff, and faculty. Everyone should know the specific directions for reaching a point of safety from those areas of the school building in which he or she may be. Specific information is posted in each room.
Drills are practiced throughout the school year for the safety of all people in the building. If you are at school when a drill is being practiced please participate.
There are many activities that our students are involved in at Centerton School. However, not all of the activities are included here.
· BRADFORD WOODS – This is a planned program for fifth grade students. This experience provides opportunities to develop an appreciation of the natural forest and a science oriented outdoor program.
· PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES – This is usually held in the fall. By making an appointment with the child’s teacher, the parent may discuss his or her progress, receive report cards, and discuss any matter pertaining to the child. Conferences can always be scheduled anytime during the year.
· SUPPER/PARENT/GRANDPARENT NIGHT & BOOK FAIR – This special night is set aside to recognize parents and grandparents while also allowing the students to examine and purchase books of their own choice.
Centerton Elementary offers a daily school breakfast and lunch program for all students. A monthly menu will be sent home with each student. Parents may prepay for their child’s meals.
During the first week of school, all children will be given an application for free and reduced lunches to take home to their parents. Only those who wish to apply need to return the forms. Please keep in mind; we are required to provide every parent with the opportunity to apply.
Lunches – Students may purchase lunch in the cafeteria or bring their lunches from home. The cost of a student school lunch is $2.00. Additional milk is $.50. Write one check for every student in the family even if they attend different schools within the district. Parents can deposit any dollar amount into the family account. Each student will have a “private” pin number. Parents can request an itemized statement of the family account.
Lunch charges are available for students who do not have money on a particular day. Please send the payment to the cafeteria the next day. Children are allowed a maximum of 3 charges. Milk without a lunch or extra milk cannot be charged.
Breakfast – Breakfast is available to all children and will be served from 8:40 – 8:55. The cost of a school breakfast is $1.25. Students may not charge breakfast. All students will be in class at 9:00. No late breakfast will be served.
You are invited to eat with your child. Please call the office by 10:00 a.m. so we may have an accurate count. The cost for an adult lunch is $2.75. Remember to sign in at the office when you arrive.
All treats brought to children from home must be commercially prepared. This is a safety issue. Please do not bring drinks. All items need to be easily dispersed and already divided. Teachers do not provide plates, napkins or silverware! Please notify the teacher ahead of time so she can plan the day.
Invitations to parties are not to be brought to school unless all children in the class are invited. Many bus drivers will not allow balloons on the bus for safety reasons.
· All students at Centerton School are provided with many opportunities for success and recognition in a warm, loving, and supportive environment.
· Student’s benefit from full use of community resources.
· Critical thinking skills are developed, reinforced, and stressed within every grade through a variety of instructional activities.
· An adequate supply of computer programs, manipulative, and visual aids are provided to match grade level objectives.
· In order to enhance student learning, time will be made available during the school day for teachers and support staff to discuss instruction, evaluation, and implementation of programs.
PTO MEETINGS – Our first meeting is always a brief introduction at our annual Open House. It is followed by opportunities for the family to visit the classroom, Girl Scout and Cub Scout sign-up, and parents to volunteer for committees.
Our regularly scheduled PTO meetings are held in the library. Everyone is invited.
ROOM MOTHERS – The headroom mother will send out sign-up letters for parents to help with parties. We provide ISTEP, Halloween, and Valentine snacks. Student’s parents provide the snacks for Christmas parties (all food must be commercially purchased to protect the health and safety of the students).
ACCELERATED READER/ROCKET READER IN READING – PTO furnishes all incentive prizes for the program. This program is available in grades K – 5.
PTO ELECTIONS – A form is sent out to every parent in the spring asking for names. Offices include president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and parliamentarian. Volunteers to chair committees are also solicited at this time.
SPIRIT DAY – On certain days, usually Fridays, we have Artesian Day, Colts Day, Pacers Day, etc. Students wear their favorite shirt.
FORMS ATTACHED AT THE END OF THE BOOKLET
AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
ASBESTOS AWARENESS NOTIFICATION
PARENT/STUDENT ATHLETES (INSURANCE)
DISPLAY OF UNITED STATES FLAG
INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE
MOMENT OF SILENCE
NOTIFICATION OF RIGHTS UNDER FERPA
PEST CONTROL GUIDELINES
VOLUNTEER POLICY (BACKGROUND CHECKS)
This document is just a partial list of forms sent home to parents/guardians.
This document is just a partial list of forms sent home to parents/guardians.