District Mission Statement:
As one of America's outstanding school districts, our primary mission is to provide opportunities for students to learn as they prepare for life in an information age. Students have access to comprehensive educational programs in which they are taught to become productive and successful. Basic skills and the ability to acquire knowledge are emphasized. Students are encouraged to develop a respect for themselves and others, and to become responsible citizens fully capable of exercising their right to self-determination in a free society.
The purpose of this handbook is to provide information to you about our school. We believe sharing this information will foster improved cooperation and understanding between home and school. Carefully read this handbook and discuss it with your family. If you have questions at any time throughout the school year or desire more information, please feel free to contact your child's teacher or the principal.
We look forward to working with you!
ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, AND DRUGS
All Mesa Schools' facilities are smoke free. The use or possession of alcohol, tobacco in all forms, or drugs other than those prescribed by a doctor are forbidden at school, on school property and at school functions. Violation of this policy by students will result in disciplinary action. Possession of alcohol and/or of a controlled substance may be reported to the local law authorities.
ARTICLES PROHIBITED AT SCHOOL
Items that are hazardous to the safety of others or that interfere with the learning environment are prohibited. A zero tolerance policy on dangerous weapons (real or toy) is in effect, i.e.: gun, knife, etc. Parents/guardians of students found to possess weapons, dangerous objects, or look-a-likes on school property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district shall be notified of the incident. Confiscation of the weapons or dangerous objects shall be reported to law enforcement officials and students will be subject to disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion.
Students will not be allowed to have electronic devices such as two-way radios, electronic games, radios, MP3 players, laser lights, toys, etc. in school. These cause interruptions and become a nuisance. If a student has a cell phone, we should not see it on campus. It should stay in the student's backpack until they are off campus. Primary students may bring toys for sharing if requested by the teacher. Students will assume responsibility for any money, valuables, or personal items brought to school.
Students are also not allowed to bring personal playground balls to school (footballs, soccer balls, basketballs etc). The only equipment allowed outside during recess will be supplied by the school.
Research has consistently shown that students who attend school regularly and on time experience more academic success. Please make every effort to ensure your child's prompt and regular attendance. Attendance is a shared responsibility and requires cooperation and communication among students, parents, and school personnel.
Students are expected to attend school regularly and to be on time in order to benefit from the instructional program, to develop workplace readiness skills of punctuality, respect, self-discipline, responsibility, and to keep disruption of the learning environment to a minimum.
State law requires that students be in school. Parents and students are encouraged to ensure an absence from school is a necessary absence. Please call the office 480-472-4300 by 9:00 a.m. if your child will not be attending school that day due to illness or if your child will be tardy. For the safety of your child, parents/guardians who have not called will receive a call from the office, even at work. You may leave a message on the school's voice mail if you are not able to call during school office hours. Students of compulsory attendance age, who fail to attend school or be schooled regularly, will be considered truant.
KINDERGARTEN - 6TH GRADE:
7:40 a.m. Classroom Doors open - bell
7:45 a.m. Bell
7:50 a.m. Announcements
2:15 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
Early Release 1:15 p.m. Wednesdays
CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY
Staff, students, parents, and community take great pride in our school and its appearance. We expect students to take care of school property including their desks, chairs, books, and school equipment. We do not tolerate vandalism. Your child may be asked to reimburse the school for any school property he/she may have damaged or destroyed.
Communication between home and school is very important. The teacher and the parent should not hesitate to contact each other about the progress of a student. By working together, the parent and teacher can help each student make maximum progress in school. MPS holds scheduled conferences for every child twice a year, in October and January.
At these conferences teachers and parents share important information about students, and their academic achievement. Parents, teachers or other school staff may request additional conferences.
CONTACTING YOUR CHILD AT SCHOOL
If you need to contact your child during the school day, you may telephone or visit the school office. If you have a change in procedures for the end of the day, please contact the main office. If we have any doubt about the authenticity of a phone call or changes for students, we may contact the parent to verify the change of plans. To prevent disruption of the class, the office will deliver a message to your student.
To make sure that all children learn how to leave the building safely when they hear the fire alarm, the school will conduct fire drills throughout the school year. Lock-Down procedures will also be practiced on a monthly basis. During Lock-Down, students are safely in classrooms with all doors locked and no one is allowed to open the door.
ENTRANCE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Children must be at least five years old on or before August 31 of the year they enroll in kindergarten. Evidence of age in the form of a birth certificate or other comparable evidence and a completed health and immunization certificate must be presented for the child to enroll. Further questions concerning enrollment may be directed to the school office.
Properly planned, well-conducted and carefully supervised field trips are a vital part of the curriculum. Student trips allow students to learn from firsthand experiences and observations. Field trips enable students to view the whole world as their learning environment. Parents will be notified of planned field trips. Chaperones will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. We do not allow siblings to attend the field trips so that adequate attention can be given to the students and their learning process.
It is the school's policy that students will not be permitted to leave school grounds for a field trip until a signed statement of permission from a parent is on file at school. A parent or guardian must sign a permission note for each field trip. Children are responsible for getting the information home and returned to school. All school rules apply for field trips.
It is the policy of the Mesa Schools to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from harassment. It shall be a violation of this policy for students to harass other students or staff, through conduct of a sexual nature or conduct, designed to reduce the dignity of that individual with respect to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, size, disability, marital status, or any other form of harassment. Violations of this policy and its procedures will be cause for disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. Students who believe they have suffered harassment shall report such matters in a timely manner to a teacher, counselor, or building administrator.
There is a positive correlation between homework and student achievement. Homework may be assigned at all grade levels. Homework is assigned in order to:
A) Enable students to learn more about a topic that has been presented in class
B) Provide students with essential practice in needed skills
C) Enrich and extend school experiences
D) Allow the teacher to provide for individual differences
E) Help develop good work habits and responsibility
F) Assist students in learning to make wise use of time
ILLNESS AND INJURY
If a student becomes ill or is injured at school, the student's parents/guardians will be notified as soon as possible. Emergency or minor first aid will be administered if a person competent to do so is available. In any event, ill or injured students will be turned over to the care of the student's parents/guardians or qualified medical personnel as quickly as possible. Parents/guardians who work or who are away from home must have a contingency plan for sick children. A health professional is available daily to assist with health concerns.
All medication must be left in the Health Office and dispensed in the Health Office. Medication must be sent in the prescription bottle as it came from the pharmacy with the student's name, name of medication, dispensing directions, and the doctor's name (ask your pharmacist for an additional container for school with the correct label). It is necessary for parents/guardians to complete a written, formal request. This medication permission sheet is available in the office. All medication will be kept in locked storage for safety purposes. Nonprescription medicine (i.e., aspirin, cough drops, cough syrup, cold tablets, aspirin, etc.) should be sent in an appropriate container labeled with the student's name and the name of the medicine. A medication permission sheet is also required for nonprescription medication. The school does NOT furnish any medication.
NEWSLETTERS AND COMMUNICATIONS
A newsletter called the TIGER TALES will be sent home the last week of the month. Please check your child's backpack daily as teachers may send home classroom newsletters, notes, etc. as the need arises. Please check our website www.mpsaz.org/adams/ for individual teacher and school updates. A connect-ed message will be made on a monthly basis to remind parents of upcoming events throughout the month.
PERSONAL ITEMS FROM HOME
To avoid damage, loss, theft, or disruption of learning, please do not allow your child to bring personal items including gum, candy, toys, money, electrical items or other items that are not needed at school.
PROGRESS REPORTS AND CONFERENCES
Progress reports are sent home four times a year. Parent-Teacher conferences in the elementary schools are held in October and January. However, you are encouraged to schedule a meeting with a teacher at any time during the school year. Teachers may also wish to meet with you at other times during the year to discuss concerns and progress.
A goal of the Adam's staff is to have an active PTA (Parent-Teacher Association). We wish to invite all parents/guardians to the PTA meetings. Information will be sent home and posted on campus. Please try to attend as many meetings as possible. Parental involvement models positive attitudes toward education. Help us make Adams better and better!
SCHOOL DAY AND WEDNESDAY EARLY DISMISSAL
School starts at 7:45 a.m. Children may enter classrooms at 7:40 a.m. Please arrange to have your child leave home so he/she arrives at school no earlier than 7:25 a.m. We do not have supervision on the playgrounds prior to 7:25. All students will have the opportunity to eat breakfast in the classroom before school starts. Wednesday Early Dismissal is at 1:15 unless otherwise communicated.
SCHOOL TELEPHONE USE
The office telephone is to be used for school business. Messages will be delivered to the student. Arrangements should be made and explained to children before coming to school regarding after school care, going to a friend's house, overnight guests, books, band instruments, lunch money, and other items needed for school. Teachers will not be removed from classroom instruction to answer the telephone except in the case of an emergency.
Parents are welcome to visit school. When a parent wishes to visit a classroom it is preferred that the teacher be notified ahead of time to confirm class schedules. For the safety of our students, visitors must check in at the office before proceeding to the classrooms. Any parent or visitor on campus from 7:45 until 2:00, needs to have a visitor's badge and be checked in at the front office. This is for the safety of all of our students. Occasionally a student will request that a former student, friend, or relative be allowed to visit school. Visits of this nature are not encouraged and must be granted permission by the principal.
SICK CHILD AT SCHOOL
When your child becomes ill at school, the school will contact you at the number we have listed. If a parent cannot be reached, other individuals listed as contacts will be contacted. For the child's safety, students will be released only to adults whose names appear on our contact list. It is very important that you notify school when emergency contact phone numbers are changed.
The staff of Adams Elementary School is eager to welcome you to our Adams team. It is only through teamwork that we can maintain a commitment toward educational excellence. With your support and positive cooperation, we can successfully meet the needs of the children attending Adams Elementary School.
Throughout the year, a continual effort will be made to maintain communication between home and school. If you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns; please contact us immediately at 480-472-4300. Open and consistent communication between home and school will provide a better education for our children.
STUDENT APPEARANCE AND DRESS
Student dress and grooming must be neat and in good taste so that each student shares in a positive, healthy and safe environment. A student's clothing often sets the stage for his/her actions, as well as that of other children in the school. Parents are encouraged to guide their children on their choice of clothes. Please do not send your child to school with clothing that is suggestive or attention getting. Skate shoes (wheelies) are not to be worn or brought to school. No spaghetti straps are allowed for any age student. Shorts/Skirts/Dresses must be at least to the child's fingertips.
Clothing making reference to alcohol, tobacco, or other illegal substances will not be worn in school.
If a student comes to school dressed inappropriately the school will either provide the student appropriate clothing or the parents/guardian will be asked to bring appropriate clothes to school for the student.
Students are to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with their age and grade level. For all students, this includes respect and consideration for others. This conduct is expected while on school premises, school buses and while attending or engaging in school activities on or off school property.
Students who exhibit inappropriate behavior in the opinion of the staff and/or administration, shall be subject to discipline. Inappropriate behavior includes behavior which disrupts or interferes with the educational program and the orderly and efficient operation of the school or the educational atmosphere. Appropriate disciplinary measures will be taken.
Threats: Threats of violence against another person will not be permitted. Threats that put another in fear of immediate serious injury will be taken seriously and may result in suspension from school.
STUDENT RELEASE AND ADULT VISITATION DURING SCHOOL HOURS
VISITOR AND STUDENT CHECK IN AND OUT POLICY at Adams School: All school visitors, including volunteers and parents, are to come directly to the office upon arrival and check in. You will be given a visitors pass. Please wear this pass during your visit.
If you are picking up your child other than the regular dismissal time, please come to the office. Office staff will call your student to the front office to check out and leave with you. This will minimize the disruption to the student's classroom. No student will be allowed to leave until the parent/guardian comes to the office to check out your child. We know this may be less convenient for you, but be assured we want school to be a safe environment for your child.
Students will be allowed to leave school grounds during school hours only with prior authorization from their parent/guardian. Approved reasons for a student leaving school during the school day include illness, family emergencies, medical appointments, religious instruction, classes off school grounds, and other reasons approved by the administration. Students leaving the building must sign in and out at the office. In the interest of our students' safety, parent/guardians are requested to report directly to the office when picking their child up rather than going to the child's classroom. You must also present an ID when picking up students.
USE OF BICYCLES, SKATEBOARDS, ROLLER BLADES, SCOOTERS
There will be no riding of bicycles on the playground or school campus during school hours. Bicycles are to be placed in the bicycle racks. The school is not responsible for damaged or stolen bicycles. We strongly encourage students to wear helmets if they ride bikes to school. Scooters are not to be ridden on the playground area or anywhere on campus. No skateboards, roller blades, skate shoes, or roller skates should be worn or brought to school. These guidelines are established for everyone's safety.