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What is a day like at Crismon?
Students arrive on campus after 8:05 and have a short morning recess and gathering time before the first bell at 8:20.
Classes line up at the first bell and head to their classroom. Attendance and announcements are completed and classes begin. A class typically has a 90 minute literacy block, math block, writing, Science or Social Studies lesson and a special class like PE, Music, Library or Computers. Classes will attend these throughout the day to maximize staff and resources.
Each class has web enabled computers in them and many staff utilize this technology to provide AR testing, video streaming for lessons, skill practice and research capabilities within their room.
Students have a morning recess and lunch break. Classes complete with a final bell at 2:55 and students walk, ride or bus home unless they are in an afterschool activity.
Arrival and Dismissal (Top)
Students are not allowed on campus before 8:05 unless prior arrangements exist for tutoring or club participation. Only students involved directly in the designated program may attend.
Students that are enrolled in KidsCorner arrive and attend that program until school begins each day.
Dismissal is at 2:55 daily (2:25 on Wednesdays) for all grades.
Please be on time to pickup your student. If you are going to be late, please call the office to let us know. Families need to establish a regular meeting place and route home for all students.
Please refer to the Elementary Students' Information and Guidelines Booklet given at the beginning of each school year to each family which outlines the state's mandatory attendance guidelines. You are responsible for notifying the school attendance office when your child will be absent for any reason. Letters regarding your child's attendance are sent as reminders during the school year after 5, 10, 15, and 18 absences - whether excused or unexcused. If a student exceeds the legal limit for attendance at any point in the school year, court action may be imposed to seek improved attendance from the family.
Tardies are also a part of the attendance record. Students are considered late if they arrive at school or class after the 8:25 bell.
Child Care Programs (Top)
Crismon has a daycare program provider for before and after school care. The program is Kids Corner and is run through Community Education.
Questions...Their number is 480-472-7250 or visit their site.
During the course of the year, different grade levels offer clubs to students to extend learning and create fun opportuniites for kids. Last year, book clubs, game clubs, technology and tutoring all offered services to students at Crismon.
Crosswalk Safety (Top)
Walkers and students who ride bikes or scooters to school are required to use crosswalks to safely enter and leave campus. Bicycle riders are encouraged to wear helmets and walk their bike to the edge of campus before riding home. All riders are expected to follow all traffic laws on their routes home.
Arrival is less hectic with different arrival times for families. Dismissal can be more difficult when everyone wants to be here at the same time and get as close to the front of school as possible. BE courteous and please follow the directions of staff to keep everyone safe.
All students are instructed with content lessons that are designed around the standards adopted by the Arizona Department of Education. This year new math standards are in place which may be different than skills your previous children worked on during that same timeframe.
Crismon teachers design classroom programs and policies that support their learning environment. Schoolwide, we follow district guidelines with respect to student dress, classroom, cafeteria and playground behavior expectations.
Early Release (Top)
Students are released each Wednesday 30 minutes earlier than a regular day. There will be specific days during the year when students will have either a 12:25 or 12:55 release time. These dates will be well publicized as we get closer on the calendar.
Field Trips (Top)
Zoos, camps, museums, plays, and concerts are just a few of the field trips scheduled throughout the year. School buses are used for transportation and funds for these events come from tax credit donations, and student council funds.
Fine Arts Classes (Top)
Fine Arts classes available include Music classes for students in Kindergarten through 6th grade, Band for 5th and 6th grades, and Strings in 4th, 5th and 6th grades.
Grades are assigned to all students, grades 1-6, on report cards, which are shared with parents in conferences scheduled each fall and winter. Parents receive a copy of the report card at the end of each marking period and should get progress reports at the mid-point of each grading period.
Health Office (Top)
Our Health Office is located in our central office to help students with specific needs during the school day. If your student has any medications they need to take during school hours, please make sure the contents come to school and are turned into the nurse immediately. All prescriptions need the original labeled bottle and the staff will help them get the meds as needed. If you have questions, please contact them directly so we can best meet your needs.
Homework is an integral component of the instructional day and is designed to reinforce skills taught. Each teacher determines the length of homework assignments. All of our students are encouraged to read and practice their math facts each evening.
Instruction comes from lessons built around the Arizona State Standards through the Arizona Department of Education. Teachers use adopted textbooks and materials in the core curriculum areas and also use a wide range of materials and technology resources to support their instruction. Please refer to the ADE website if you have questions about which standards are targeted to your student.
Kindergarten is offered as a full-day program from 8:25 to 2:55 each day. (8:25 to 2:25 on Wednesdays).
How do I know if my child is ready for Kindergarten?
In looking at students for school readiness, we find a few things to look for that typically predict a student is ready to spend a full day at school. If you are considering Kindergarten this year, evaluate how your child would do in these categories. If you feel reluctant, they would likely struggle and would benefit from a year of maturing and working to build these readiness skills.
know some letter and numbers
can use scissors
can separate from parent
can count 1-10
can hold a pencil
can tell another to meet their needs
use class items without putting them in mouth
listen to lessons in large group
respond to questions
identify at least the first letter of their name
keep hands, feet and teeth to self
answer to their name
Lunch Program (Top)
All families are encouraged to fill out a school lunch application form. Only one form is needed for all students that are in schools in MPS.
Juice, milk, and a choice of main entrée is offered to all students each day. All children may bring a sack lunch from home, or buy a hot lunch for $1.75.
Each student has an account to fund their food purchases. Funds must be deposited before there is a need for the student to purchase food items. MyLunchMoney.com is a fee based program to allow families to deposit funds from outside of school using debit or credit accounts.
Medication is administered by the school nurse/assistant only. The nurse is responsible for all students’ health records and needs. Please visit this web site for additional information:
Newsletters are sent each month for families to get information about our school and district. Please subscribe to our news feeds to get a notification sent when new letters are posted.
Students that attend on Open Enrollment must maintain a good attendance and discipline record.
Crismon has 2 distinct preschool programs for families. One is fee based and through Community Education. The other classes are designated by district asssignment for services to prepare students for Kindergarten placement.
Registration -Registering New Students (Top)
Registration at Crismon requires families to furnish the office staff with ...
To register please bring the following:
1. A certificate of live birth (county record)
2. A record of all immunizations
3. A document stating your current address (e.g. driver’s license, purchase or rental agreement, utility bill addressed to you)
The name/address of the previously attended school is also needed for us to complete a records request to transfer a student to our campus.
Specials Classes (Top)
All students attend Physical Education classes two times per week and Media Center instruction once per week. Library access for materials checkout is available during the regular school day.
Test sessions for state, district, and school exams are scheduled throughout the year. DIBELS, ACUITY, quarterly Benchmark exams are given to specific grade levels during the year. Stanford 10 and AIMS are given in the Spring to see how well we worked with your student during the year.
Uniforms/Dress Code (Top)
Uniforms are not required at Crismon. Students are expected to wear clothing that is not disruptive or inappropriate. District dress and grooming policies are issued at the beginning of the school year for families to review. Please refer to the school district's dress and grooming policies if you have any questions. Students that are in violation of this policy will be asked to change as a first offense.
All visitors are required to sign-in at the office and receive a pass before entering campus outside of arrival and dismissal times.
Volunteers are welcome to help in classrooms and to support programs on campus. Parents may volunteer within their child's class. Other family members that wish to volunteer and are not the direct parent of a Crismon student must complete a fingerprint clearance through both the school and district before being eligible to work in classes. Thank you for understanding and following this policy.