2018-2019 Field Student-Family Handbook
A+ School of Excellence TM
Eugene Field Elementary School
2325 E. Adobe Street
Mesa, AZ 85213-6799
Principal Scott Cumberledge
Phone 480-472-9800 Fax 480-472-9819 www.mpsaz.org/field
Eugene Field has rightly earned the distinction of being the “poet of childhood.” Born in St. Louis in 1850, Field rapidly put to good use his knack of humorous verse, and after his migrations to three different schools of higher learning, he settled down to the quiet art of comic journalism.
All throughout his life, Field was loved by children. His whimsy and childlike humor drew children to him immediately and he loved them in return. He used many actual experiences with for the foundation of the poems in POEMS OF CHILDHOOD; His “Little Boy Blue” was written after the death of his oldest son and it is said to be his most famous poem.
Children and grown ups alike will forever cherish the legacy left us by a man who in his maturity still had the grace and wit to remain eternally youthful.
POEMS OF CHILDHOOD
Airmont Publishing Co., Inc., 1970
This handbook has been prepared with input from Field School Staff, Field School Improvement Advisory Council, and Field Student Council. The purpose is to provide the information most frequently requested by Field students and their families in a single reference. The items are listed alphabetically. Additions, changes and deletions to this handbook may occur at anytime during the school year. In the event of any revisions, a memo will be sent to families.
Detailed information about Mesa Public Schools’ Policies and Regulations can be found at http://www2.mpsaz.org/parents/resources.
Any student ill or suspended from school for the day is not eligible to participate in any after-school activities that day.
ALC (Alternative Learning Center)
In order to protect the learning environment for all, students who continuously misbehave and do not respond to classroom and school guidelines will be assigned to an Alternative Learning Classroom. Field will have an ALC room on our campus this year. Other Mesa Public Schools will utilize this program on our campus.
The purpose of assignment to an ALC is to avoid out of school suspension.
Animals in the School
The following guidelines apply to animals in classrooms and other school facilities:
1. Live animals in the classroom must have direct relevance to the objectives of the instructional program. Students may bring pets to a classroom briefly for “show and tell” or a similar event.
2. Prior to allowing a student to bring a pet to a classroom for “show and tell” or similar events, the teacher must notify the principal and be certain that students and school personnel that will have contact with the animal are not allergic.
3. Animals shall not be transported on school buses.
ARRIVAL ON CAMPUS
7:50 Multi-Purpose Room opens for those students that are having breakfast on our campus.
8:10 Students who do not come for breakfast at school may arrive on campus and report to their
8:20 Classrooms open
8:25 Tardy Bell Rings
Supervision of students begins at 8:10 A.M. when students are to report to the outside of their classroom doors. Students that are participating in the breakfast program are allowed to arrive at the Multi-Purpose at 7:50 A.M. at which time the doors will open. There is no supervision of students before 8:10 A.M. outside of the breakfast program. This is a safety issue and needs to be respected. Students that arrive too early will be seated on the benches in front of the office.
Students are required by state law to attend school. Students leaving school grounds prior to the end of the school day must be signed out in the office. They may be marked absent; depending on the time signed out. (ARS 15-802) Students arriving after 8:25 a.m. are considered tardy. Students will be given a “tardy” slip. If you have a student with unusual circumstances, please let the office and the teacher know. See also: MPS “Information and Guidelines.”
Bicycles may be ridden to and from school by students in grades 3 and up if they live within walking distance. A parent or responsible adult must accompany younger children. Bicycles are to be walked on campus. Bicycles are never to be ridden through irrigation water or around classrooms, even after hours. It is the responsibility of the student and his/her family to provide a lock and to keep the item locked in one of our 2 fenced areas. Field has added a skateboard rack in each of the fenced areas. A lock will be needed for this also. Students who approach and leave school from the west should use the bike rack on the southwest side of campus. Students who come and go from the east should use the bike rack on the northeast corner of the campus. Field School is not responsible for lost/stolen bicycles/scooters/skateboards.
Buses are provided for students living within our attendance area and south of University Drive. Students are not to walk or ride bikes across University Drive and the school will not grant permission to do so. All students who ride buses to school should also ride them home after school. Parents who wish to pick up their children must notify the school in writing. Bus riding is a privilege, which may be revoked for disobeying bus safety rules. Behavior on the bus during trips to and from school, and to school-sponsored events is under the same guidelines as behavior in the classroom. Twice each year, students practice a bus evacuation safety drill.
Field encourages all families to apply for the “Free or Reduced Breakfast/Lunch program. An application is available in the office or you may apply at mpsaz.org/food. Students who bring money will give their money to their teacher, who will put it in an envelope and send it to the office each morning. You may also use myschoolbucks.com or call them at 1-800-479-3531. The cafeteria allows only one grace punch. A peanut butter sandwich and milk will be offered to students who do not have lunch money. Respectful behavior is expected in the cafeteria. This means talking in quiet voices, cleaning up after eating, and respecting others. Please remind your child of the importance of eating lunch, and that they are required to stay seated a minimum of 10 minutes. See also: MPS “Information and Guidelines.”
Field Elementary Lunch Schedule 2015-2016 by grade will be sent home with students.
Cameras are allowed only with the permission of both the parent and the teacher. The student must also have the permission of those being photographed before taking a picture.
Cell phones are allowed on campus. The policy at Field is that all electronic devices including phones are to be turned off and stored in the students backpack. The exception to this policy is if the teacher gives the student permission to use the device for research purposes. See also: MPS “Information and Guidelines.”
CHILD ABUSE REPORTING
See MPS “Information and Guidelines.”
CHILD CUSTODY ISSUES
It is the responsibility of the custodial parent to provide the school with any relevant paperwork. See also: MPS “Information and Guidelines.”
Students walking or riding bikes to or from school are expected to use marked crosswalks. There are crossing guards at the school entrance, at 24th and Adobe and at 25Th and Adobe.
Field follows the MPS curriculum, which is aligned with the Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards and related performance objectives. (ARS 15-701) Curriculum for each grade level is shared with parents on Curriculum Night which is scheduled for August 27, 2015. Parents are encouraged to contact the classroom teacher if questions about curriculum arise. (See http://www2.mpsaz.org/curriculum)
DETENTION WITHIN CLASSROOM
Teachers and school administrators may detain students during break times and after school to make up work or for disciplinary reasons. A student will not be denied the privilege of eating lunch. Detention shall not exceed one hour per day. (District Code JGB)
If a student in grades 1 through 6 will be detained after school, the teacher or administrator will give the parent or guardian at least one day's prior notice to make arrangements for transportation from school to home. The names of such students will be submitted to the office of the principal before the close of the school day when the detention will occur.
Field Elementary School and the School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) believe that to achieve high standards of academic performance, a safe and orderly environment must be maintained. We also believe that parental involvement in a child’s education, including reinforcing proper behavior, is essential. Parents are asked to read and discuss the discipline code and behavior matrix with their child.
The following code of student conduct was developed by parent and faculty representatives of Field School SIAC and was most recently revised in the spring of 2014. It was written to explain inappropriate behavior and to provide a means to communicate expectations and behavior concerns with parents.
Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, in an effort to continue to improve our school climate, our staff has worked together to implement a framework called Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS). This is based on our three basic rules of Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible. We have created a matrix of just what this behavior would look like for students when they are in their classroom, in the cafeteria, in the fields at recess, and at gym. Posters of this behavior are in these areas and teachers have committed to teaching their students the positive behaviors they are expected to demonstrate at school.
grade level is implementing a behavior management system for their grade level
to use to ensure consistency. Student misconduct is divided into major and
minor offenses. Minor offenses are handled by the classroom teacher, and major
offenses are referred to the office. Students will be held accountable for good
behavior demonstrated everywhere and negative behavior will not be ignored. We
will work to help students modify negative behaviors with program
interventions. If the interventions are not successful, there will be
consequences for their behavior.
Additional classroom rules will be implemented by the teacher. A copy of the expectation matrix should be sent home to parents, on file in the office, and posted in the classroom.
Teacher managed behaviors
-Student engages in brief or low intensity failure to respond to adult requests. Staff makes request, Student says “No, I don’t want to” Failure to serve teacher assigned detention, Leaving the classroom without permission., running, refusing to clean up
-Eating other than at snack time, Student engages in low intensity but disruptive behaviors such as rocking, leaning in seat, tapping pencil, making noises, out of line, yelling (Example, waiting outside lab) Throwing objects (food, “tossing” a pencil/eraser in class etc).
Using unkind words, swearing, put-downs, teasing
Unprepared for class
Student does not have needed materials ready for class (books, writing utensil, homework, homework folder/agendas)
Inappropriate technology use
-On playground, facebook, games other than approved, etc. (Serious offenses on OMB list), Electronic devices/cell phones (visible and/or on)
Cheating, forging signatures, false reporting (tattling), Lying
The student engages in minor acts of stealing. Example- student takes a pencil from another student
Destruction of property
Student writes on desk, or walls, breaking another person’s crayon or pencil, writing in books, ripping a book.
Not keeping hands, feet, and objects to self
Biting, roughhousing, pushing in line.
Office Managed Behaviors
Weapon/Explosive device, Imitation Weapons, Imitation Drugs, Drug Paraphernalia, OTC Medication, Controlled Substance, Tobacco, or Alcohol
Fighting, physical contact, physical and/or verbal intimidation, threats of bringing/using weapons
Threats, intimidation either verbal or written, obscene or threatening gestures, or inappropriate sexual comments or actions. Extortion
Repeated, unwanted harassment and/or repeated unwanted instances of verbal, physical, or emotional threats, name calling, put downs and intimidation
Inappropriate Technology Use (more serious)
Inappropriate sites, sexting, unauthorized downloads,
Stealing from staff, stealing an object or objects with monetary value from anyone on campus.
Destruction of Property
Flooding bathroom, causing doors to break by hanging on them, extensive graffiti on walls, desks, books. Intentionally destroying school property
Leaving the Classroom without Permission
Adult gives direction to stay in class and student continues to leave. Student attempts to leave school.
Chronic Violation of Teacher Managed Behaviors
4 separate Minor Incident Reports FOR THE SAME EXPECTATION will result in an Office Discipline Referral.
Teachers will post the Expectation Matrix in their classrooms.
All classrooms follow PBIS expectations. In addition teachers establish a structured and organized classroom where expectations are well defined and students are aware of the guidelines. Guidelines are to be sent home to parents, posted in the classroom, and kept on file in the office. Acts of physical or verbal abuse are not permitted. Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated.
Students are to follow their parent’s directions and leave campus immediately after dismissal, unless participating in a supervised activity. They are to go home (or to daycare) as directed by their parents. Parents are asked to fill out the form, “Where does your child go after school?” at the beginning of the school year. Please send a note to your child’s teacher if you are changing the usual routine, whether your child walks or rides the bus. Students are not allowed to call home at the end of the day to make changes to their parent’s plans.
Following Mesa Public Schools policy JFCA-R students must comply with the following dress standards at school and school events.
· Jeans, pants and trousers must be worn at the waist area and must not drag excessively on the ground.
No sagging is allowed.
· Clothing must cover the abdomen, back, buttocks, chest and genital areas. Tops that expose cleavage
are prohibited. When standing, tops must completely cover the midriff to the skirt, shorts or pants.
See-through clothing is prohibited.
· Skin-tight outer clothing, such as spandex, is prohibited unless it is worn for a school-sponsored extracurricular activity (for example, dance or wrestling).
· Tube tops and halter tops are prohibited. Tank tops and other sleeveless tops are permitted only if the straps are wider than one and one-half inches and the armholes are no lower than two inches from the armpit.
· Shorts must have at least a two-inch inseam and extend to the tip of the student’s fingers.
· Dresses and skirts must extend at least one inch beyond the tip of the student’s fingers.
· Clothing or attire by which an adolescent female student does not wear a bra or underwear, wears a bra or other garments as outerwear, or wears clothing in a manner such that underwear is visible through outerwear is prohibited.
· Clothing or attire by which an adolescent male student does not wear underwear, wears underwear as outerwear, or wears trousers or shorts so that underwear is visible is prohibited.
· Pajamas and other sleepwear are prohibited.
· Bandannas, hairnets and do-rags are prohibited.
· Jewelry and accessories with studs, spikes, sharp objects or heavy chains are prohibited.
· Sunglasses may be worn indoors only if there is a medical need to wear them.
· Hats or other head apparel may not be worn inside school buildings unless for religious, medical or safety purposes. Students will not be prohibited or discouraged from wearing hats or other clothing designed to reduce sun exposure while outdoors.
· Trench coats and other oversized clothing that can conceal contraband are prohibited.
· Footwear must be worn at all times. Shoes, such as “wheels in the heels,” that pose safety hazards and shoes, such as cleats, that may damage flooring are prohibited.
· Safety dress requirements for specific classes must be followed.
If a student comes to school wearing something which violates these dress standards, School Board Policy states the student may be asked to do one of the following:
* Turn the inappropriate clothing inside out
* Change into clothing that may be provided by the school
* Have other clothing brought to school
* Remove the accessory
Repeat violations of the dress and grooming standards will be dealt with according to the school disciplinary guidelines.
Please review these guidelines when purchasing clothing to be worn at school.
Simple test for modest clothing: Have your child act out the rhyme “Head, shoulders, knees, and toes”. If he/she can not touch these parts of his/her body without showing undergarments, he/she is NOT dressed appropriately for school.
DROP OFF AND PICK UP OF STUDENTS
Our school is designed so kids and cars don’t have to share the same space. Students coming to school from the south can just walk across the back field. Students coming from the west enter along the wall on the far west side and cross the staff driveway at a marked crosswalk, either at the front near B building, or through the bike rack near E building. Students entering the campus from the east enter the campus through the east bike rack gate. There are crossing guards in both locations. Please see the appendix for map and parent procedures.
NEW Parents may pick up their child before the end of the school day. The designated emergency contacts can only pick up if we have called them to do so. The emergency contacts may not pick-up students early unless we receive a phone call from the parent. If you would like you may give us a written permission that the emergency contact may pick up at any time.
DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
Alcohol and other drugs are not allowed on any campus at any time. All public facilities in the city of Mesa are to be “smoke free”. Smoking is not allowed anywhere on a public school campus at any time.
Student travel shall relate to state standards and to the educational goals and objectives of the district. Written notification will be given to parents/guardians if travel is to another facility within the district. Written permission shall be obtained from parents/guardians before a student may participate in local travel, except to another district facility as noted above. Students who do not return permission slips will not go. We want to provide a safe learning environment for all while on a field trip, so students whose behavior on our school campus is not respectful and reliable will not participate. See also: MPS “Information and Guidelines.”
FIELD SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT ADVISORY COUNCIL (FSIAC)
The purpose of the Field School Improvement Advisory Council (FSAIC) is to increase communication between the school and its constituents. The SIAC will work for the improvement of Field School.
The council will meet on a scheduled basis, or as needed. Meetings will be open to the public.
The SIAC will operate within MPS Policy, Arizona Revised Statutes and federal guidelines. The Advisory Council will focus on the Title I School Continuous Improvement Plan (SCIP) and may be involved with other areas that work for the improvement of Field School without conflicting with district, state or federal regulations.
Harassment of any kind of or by students is prohibited and shall not be tolerated. This includes bullying, intimidation, sexual harassment, and racial or ethnic intolerance. See also: MPS “Information and Guidelines.”
Prescription medications must come to school in the original container from the pharmacy with the prescription on the bottle. All over the counter medications must also be in the original container. A signed parent permission form is required for all medications given at school. All medications must be kept in the health office. Children are not to carry medications with them during the school day. If your child has a temperature over 100 F, is vomiting, has diarrhea, an uncontrolled cough, or appears too ill to concentrate on his/her work, please consider his/her welfare and the welfare of the class and do not send him/her to school. If your child does contract a communicable disease such as chicken pox or strep throat, please call the health office and let us know. We can then alert other parents to be on the watch for signs and symptoms in their children. See also: MPS “Information and Guidelines” ‘Medication and Dietary Supplements’.
Field Staff believes that homework increases communication between home and school, helps students prepare for higher education, fosters self-discipline, encourages a positive work ethic, reinforces essential skills, provides an opportunity for parents to be involved in remediation and/or enrichment exercises with their children and has adopted the following guidelines. See also: MPS “Information and Guidelines.”
- School work (unfinished classroom work, graded or non-graded) that is sent home to be completed is appropriate.
- Homework that provides enrichment of basic skills (math facts, spelling words, reading: all for enrichment purposes and is not graded and may contain challenge papers and assignments) is encouraged.
- Class projects (graded, long-term, that parents can work together with their children, in which competition is eliminated and self-evaluation and peer-evaluation are emphasized) are appropriate.
- Homework that is an extension of, reinforces, or prepares a student for concepts taught in the classroom is up to the discretion of the classroom teacher. Such work will be graded to the extent necessary to provide appropriate and relevant feedback to the student.
- Homework will not be assigned on Friday due the following Monday. The intent is to protect family time on weekends. In the case that a child chooses to wait until the last minute on a long-term assignment, work may be done on the weekend.
- Homework is encouraged but not required, and may be assigned as deemed appropriate by the teacher according to grade level. There should be classroom consequences for unreturned work.
Suggested average times:
K-1 15 minutes
2-3 30 minutes
4-5 45 minutes
6th 1 hour
HOMEWORK/ASSIGNMENT MAKE-UP OPPORTUNITIES
Students who miss assignments as a result of excused absences shall be allowed to make up those assignments without penalty. Schools shall not reduce grades for misconduct unrelated to academic performance. Therefore, students under short suspension shall be allowed to make up class work assigned during the period of suspension.
· It shall be the responsibility of the student to arrange for make-up assignments.
· If the teacher is unable to give the student the original assignment as make-up work, then a different but comparable assignment shall be given.
· Generally, students shall have as many school days to make up homework and tests as days they were consecutively absent.
· If make-up assignments are not submitted within the designated time periods, the teacher shall generally issue no credit for the assignment. Valid extenuating circumstances may allow for an extension of make-up assignment deadline.
· In situations that involve the student being absent for more than three (3) days due to accident or illness, or more than one week for other reasons (i.e., vacation, etc.), parents or guardians may ask that the school office request that teachers send the required number of assignments to the office. These homework assignments may be picked up by the parent or guardian or sent home with a friend. Whenever possible, parents or guardians should give the office forty-eight (48) hours notice of their homework requests.
LOST AND FOUND
Smaller items, such as keys, jewelry, and money, will be kept in the office for identification. Other items will be placed in the lost and found area in the multipurpose room. Items left in lost and found for long periods of time are sent to a charity.
The grading periods for students in the elementary schools will be every nine weeks. Parents are encouraged to call the child’s teacher if there are concerns, and not wait for the next written report. Parent-Teacher conferences will be held after the first and second nine-week periods. A mid-term report will be sent home half-way through the 9 week grading period.
PARENT INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Parents are strongly encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education. Our staff continues to provide evening forums for parents. Please check the school calendar on the school web site at http://www.mpsaz.org/field/calendar.
Fall, Winter Holidays, and Valentine's Day parties may occur at the discretion of the classroom teacher. Teachers should make sure parents are aware of such parties and respect their right to remove the child from school during those times. Care should be taken to respect cultural differences. Costumes, if used, must be safe and must follow the classroom teacher’s guidelines. Birthday parties may be held the last 20 minutes of the day. All treats brought to school by students should be store bought items. No homemade food items may be distributed to students. No gum is allowed during party celebrations.
PERMISSION TO LEAVE GROUNDS
Because of the prevalence of crime these days, district policy requires that students get clearance through the office prior to leaving the campus. Please come to the school office and sign him/her out in the early dismissal notebook. We will call for your child to meet you in the office. We cannot excuse children on an oral request from the child. No child will be released to a person not listed on the emergency card.
PICKING UP STUDENTS IN THE PARKING LOT
Our parking lot is designed for the safety of our students. Please do not leave vehicles unattended and be aware of students crossing in designated areas.
Students are supervised while on the playground for recess for their safety. There is no supervision before or after school, so students are not to use the equipment or linger on the playground at these times. Students may return to campus after 4:30 to play only with their parent’s permission and supervision. “Recommended Safety Rules for the Use of Specific Pieces of Playground Equipment” appears in the appendix. Shoes are always required on the playground. Closed-toe/closed heeled shoes are necessary to use playground equipment.
Safety Rules for Playground
1. Field students play safely. Roughhousing, fighting, play –fighting or wrestling are not allowed
2. Games or horseplay such as tag, king of the mountain, etc., may not be played on or around playground equipment.
3. Throwing of rocks, sand or any type of debris on the playground or on an apparatus is not allowed.
4. Field students do not remove sand, tanbark or other material, which has been placed as a landing surface under equipment.
5. Field students do not use playground equipment when it’s wet.
6. Field students do not use equipment unless a supervisor is present.
7. Field students take turns in using various units of equipment.
8. Field students stay out of the danger zones of equipment when others are using it.
9. Only those using or waiting to use equipment to be within the equipment area.
10. Field students do not hit, kick, or throw balls near buildings or large groups of children.
11. Field students wear shoes at all times.
12. No hard balls or any kind of bats allowed on playground.
13. No hard Frisbees, boomerangs, electronic games, radios, headphones, play weapons; violence-oriented action figures, etc. are allowed at school.
Safety Rules for the Use of
Specific Pieces of Playground Equipment
1. Sit, do not stand or kneel.
2. Hold on with both hands.
3. Do not push anyone else in a swing and do not allow anyone to push you.
4. Only one person allowed in a swing at a time.
5. Come to a stop before leaving the swing; do not jump off.
6. Do not climb or play on the frames.
7. No twisting or throwing swings over bars.
8. Students waiting for turns slowly count to 100.
9. Do not lean back and swing so that the head is near the ground.
10. Do not play tag between moving swings
1. Climb the steps to the slide one at a time and keep a safe distance behind the person ahead of you.
2. Be sure the slide is clear before starting down.
3. Slide one person at a time, sitting up, feet first.
4. Get away from the foot of the slide as quickly as possible.
5. Do not climb up the sliding surface or frame of slide.
6. No playing allowed at the bottom of the slides.
Climbing Structures - Horizontal (Twirling) Bars & Ladders
1. Grip the bar securely.
2. All students start at the same end of the equipment and move in the same direction.
3. Keep a safe distance behind the person ahead and watch for swinging feet. Do not wrap legs around another person while hanging from the bars.
4. Refrain from any kind of speed contests on the equipment or from trying to cover large distances in a single move.
5. Know how to drop - landing on feet with knees slightly bent.
6. Don't jump off the top.
7. Bars are NOT for sitting or perching.
8. No unsafe drops such as Jeannie Drops, etc. are allowed.
9. Students with flip-flops, open-toe/open-back shoes or sandals may not use any climbing equipment.
Softball Games are allowed only when teacher supervised.
State law requires time be set aside for those who wish to pledge allegiance to our flag. Mesa Public School's policy also assures a time for a moment of silence to be held during the first class of each day. Intermediate students will recite the following passage from the Declaration of Independence, according to ARS 15-203.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”
The records of the school concerning an individual student should be used only for the promotion of the welfare of the student. Student's records and names shall not be made available to outside persons or agencies, unless written permission has been granted by the parent.
Progress reports are provided during each grading period. For specific questions please ask your child’s teacher. Please see MPS “Information and Guidelines”, ‘Grading Process’ for more information.
Anything labeled “Keep out reach of children”, or “Not recommended for children” are not to be brought to school. Items such as whiteout, which contains a dangerous inhalant, and Binaca, which has a high concentration of alcohol, are not allowed at school. Any weapon or representation of a weapon, or any dangerous instrument is not allowed at school.
PROMOTION AND RETENTION OF STUDENTS
Teacher recommendations for promotion will be based on the following criteria:
· The district's promotion and retention policy is based on the premise that students should possess minimal competencies at each instructional level in order to be promoted. Without minimal grade level competency and the skills necessary to be successful at the next instructional level, social promotion will only compound a student's academic problems.
· It is generally held that for a student to be successful in school there must be minimal competency of the basic skills in reading, math and writing. Therefore, the district places emphasis on the basic skills competencies, especially in the primary grades. In making promotion/retention decisions, consideration is also given to developmental factors affecting learning and classroom success.
· For a student having difficulty in the classroom, retention should not be the first recourse. For a variety of reasons, some students may require more than the usual amount of time to develop their educational potential. Alternative instructional methods and materials and/or additional services may be necessary. For students experiencing difficulty, including those who may be retained, an individual plan for remediation should be developed to focus on the areas of deficiencies while maintaining other skill competencies.
· A decision to retain a student should not be a last-minute decision, nor should it be a decision made arbitrarily or without standards. These standards have been developed to provide each student with the maximum opportunity to succeed in school. Promotion is based on classroom teacher recommendation and student competency of grade-level skills. In arriving at a final recommendation, teachers and principals will consider multiple factors which contribute to the success of promotion/retention decisions. These factors include the age of the student, level of social/emotional development, educational history and parental support.
· When retention is recommended, modifications of materials and methods should take place. If retention is to occur, it should occur in the earliest possible years and generally no more than once during the elementary school experience. Students who have been retained once and continue to have difficulty meeting standards will be referred for evaluation.
· Parents or guardians, students and teachers will be made aware of the promotion and retention standards. Parents and guardians do not have the legal authority to overturn the decision of the teacher. A.R.S. §15-521 states that every teacher will make the decision for promotion or retention of students on the basis of prescribed criteria. If parents or guardians choose not to accept the decision, they may appeal through the normal appeal process.
The following criteria will be considered for promotion:
1. Demonstration of appropriate developmental and classroom learning skills
2. Demonstration of proficiency of the Arizona academic standards for the corresponding grade level
For graduation, students must have earned a minimum of 21 course credits and have met the minimum competency of “meets” or “exceeds” achievement levels on the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS-dpa).
Special education students are expected to meet promotion standards as addressed in their Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).
Promotion or retention recommendations for special education students will be determined by the IEP team based on consideration of the following:
a. Present level of functioning
b. Extent of achievement of goals as stated in the IEP
c. Degree to which student approaches grade level curriculum standards or individual expectancy levels
(For timelines and specific guidelines, please refer to Student Services procedure, "Promotion and Retention of Special Education Students.")
English Language Learner (ELL)
For monolingual and limited-English proficient students, the decision to promote or retain will be by teacher evaluation and recommendation based on:
a. Present level of functioning in English as measured by a language assessment tool
b. Extent of competency of annual goals and objectives as stated in student's educational plan
c. Extent of proficiency of Arizona academic standards in math, reading and writing in accordance with their demonstrated abilities. Expected level of competency should be stated in student's educational plan.
Reference to ELL programming will be placed in student’s permanent files.
Promotion and Retention Timeline – Elementary
By the End of Based on classroom performance and ongoing assessment, students whose
January progress indicates that they may not meet promotion standards by the end of the year will be identified by teachers and discussed with principals. Parents or guardians of these students will be given initial written notification of concern [see sample letters IKE-R-F(1) and IKE-R-F(2)]. Information regarding student progress will be recorded on a copy of the MPS Record of Student Progress and Grade Placement [see form IKE-R-F(3)] and shared with parents of guardians during a scheduled conference. Goals will be set for the remainder of the year.
In the case of students transferring to a school after the end of the first quarter, parents or guardians will be notified of any academic concerns as soon as possible. In some cases, this notification may occur later than the end of January.
February – April
Throughout the second semester, the student’s progress toward meeting the Arizona academic standards and levels of developmental and classroom learning skills will be monitored. Information regarding student progress will be provided to the student’s parents or guardians.
Final assessment of grade level Arizona academic standards will be completed. Teachers will conference with parents or guardians to review the student's comprehensive performance and the teacher’s final decision regarding the student’s grade level placement for the next school year.
If the parents or guardians do not agree with the decision, they may appeal through the normal appeal process involving the school principal and the Governing Board as outlined in Governing Board Policy IKAAA, Reviewing Grading Decisions.
If retention was decided in May, the parents or guardians have the option of enrolling the student in a prescriptive summer school program or securing private tutoring to remediate skills not mastered as measured by district assessments.
Parents or guardians may request a reassessment following summer remediation. Prior to the start of the school year, a meeting (parents or guardians, principal, teacher/resource teacher) will be held to reevaluate the progress of the student and to make a decision as to grade placement based on available data and the prescribed criteria.
The Field Parent Teacher Organization objectives are:
- To promote quality educational and cultural experiences for children.
- To provide information on issues affecting education so as to effectively participate in school decisions at all levels.
- To encourage support of and participation by parents in the school’s educational programs.
- To provide school functions for the purpose of promoting camaraderie among parents, students, and teachers.
- To operate completely as a non-purpose organization. This organization is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of section 501-(c) (3) of the internal revenue code.
Every parent/guardian of a Field student is a member of the PTO. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
RAINY DAY SCHEDULE
Rainy day schedules will be announced over the P.A. system when in effect. If it is raining before school, classroom doors are opened at 8:10. Taking attendance is delayed until 8:30, if necessary. Additional staff is on duty in the front parking lot. Parents are reminded to pull forward as far as possible to let children out.
REPORTING CHILD ABUSE/NEGLECT
Any school official or employee who has reasonable cause to know or suspect that a child has been subjected to abuse or neglect, or who has observed that a child has been subjected to abuse or neglect, or who has observed a child being subjected to circumstances or conditions that would reasonably result in abuse or neglect, shall immediately report or cause a report to be made to Child Protective Services as required by law.
RESOURCES IN THE COMMUNITY
There are many resources available when families need assistance. The counselor keeps up-to-date information regarding the community resources.
Respect is undoubtedly the most important word at Field. Everyone, students and staff alike, is expected to show respect for self and others. The questions, “Was that behavior helpful, or harmful? What do you need to do to make it helpful?” are used to help children determine if their behavior showed respect.
Classrooms may set up their individual reward programs.
School wide awards include:
- Soar to Success Cards – Cards may be given by any school personnel. Homeroom teachers will collect the cards and conduct a drawing. Cards are then put in the grade level box and a weekly drawing is done. At the end of the month all grade level boxes are combined for a “Grand Prize” award.
A full time security monitor serves both Field Elementary School and Poston Junior High campuses. The monitor will assist Field Elementary support staff as necessary but primarily serves the students of Poston Junior High. He/she will also be available during school hours for serious offenses (fighting, vandalism, etc.).
STAFF AND STUDENT PROTECTION (District Code GBEA)
No person shall intimidate, threaten or physically assault an employee performing employment duties on district property or at district functions.
During the course of employment duties, an employee may respond to a person doing or threatening physical injury to the employee or other person(s) by any of the following responses:
· Verbal order to stop,
· Verbal order to leave,
· Call to local law enforcement officials, and/or
· Use of reasonable and appropriate physical force and/or restraint as provided below.
Reasonable and appropriate physical force and/or restraint may be used when immediately necessary for defense or protection of self or others. Whenever reasonable to do so, the employee should give verbal order to stop and/or leave before using physical force and/or restraint. "Physical Force and/or restraint" means an act of force or restraint used upon or directed toward the body of another person but does not include deadly physical force.
Field School’s Student Council is comprised of fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students. At the beginning of each school year, there is an assembly or a video for all the fourth, fifth, and sixth grade classes. The students learn about the role and function of Student Council. The requirements for being a classroom representative are explained. Students are given an opportunity to complete an application form to be a room representative. Each classroom teacher collects the applications for his/her class. Each class then holds an election selecting three representatives.
Classroom representatives are expected to attend and participate in meetings.
Student Council officers are elected at the end of each school year for the following school year. There is an assembly or video for all fourth and fifth graders to learn about the requirements for running for office and the job responsibilities. Students are given an opportunity to complete an application to campaign for office. The completed applications are given to one of the Student Council sponsors.
Fourth graders may campaign for the office of Vice-President or Treasurer. Fifth graders may campaign for any one of the four offices, President, Vice-President, Secretary, or Treasurer. Students are given a poster board to make a campaign poster that is displayed in the cafeteria. Students must turn in a campaign poster in order to have their name placed on the ballot.
All candidates must prepare a speech to be video taped and shown to the third, fourth and fifth graders. Each speech must be at least 90 seconds in length, but may not exceed two minutes. After the speeches are shown, the students in 3rd-5th grade will vote. The votes are tallied and the winners are announced at the end of the day.
Student Fees and charges (District Code JN)
Students and their parents or guardians are financially responsible for loss or damage to school property, including textbooks and other instructional materials, library books, and musical instruments.
The Superintendent may adopt administrative regulations to implement this policy.
Student insurance will again be available for you to purchase if you so desire. Information is available in the office concerning coverage for the school day or for 24 hours. It is not compulsory, but we urge you to take it so your child will be covered for any accident. The school district does not carry accident insurance on the individual child.
Each classroom has a phone and students are allowed to call home when necessary at the discretion of the classroom teacher. The phones do not ring into instructional areas during the school day, but go directly to the teacher’s voice mail. Teachers check their messages before lunch and before the end of the school day. If you need to get an emergency message to your child, please call the office.
In addition to classroom testing, students will be tested quarterly using DIBELS What is DIBELS? The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills is a formative early literacy assessment created by Dr. Roland Good and Dr. Ruth Kaminski. At Field DIBELS is used to assess kindergarten through sixth grade students as an indicator of reading difficulty, and/or to monitor student progress and guide instruction. DIBELS results can be used to evaluate individual student development, as well as to provide feedback on
effectiveness of instruction. (https://dibels.uoregon.edu/)
CRT - What are CRT's? Criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) are written according to specific predetermined criteria and are intended to measure how well a person has learned a specific body of knowledge and skills. Criterion Referenced Test is used by Mesa Public School’s district wide to assess what your child has learned throughout the year. 1st and 2nd grades have CRT testing. (http://www.mpsaz.org/research/testing/)
AZELLA – All students with a primary language other than English are administered the Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA) to determine their level of English language proficiency. If a student achieves an "Overall Composite Proficiency Level" score of "Pre-Emergent, Emergent, Basic, or Intermediate" on the AZELLA, the student qualifies, with parental consent, to be placed into a language program. This student is referred to as an
English Language Learner (ELL) student. (http://www.azed.gov/english-language-learners/)
Field receives additional supplemental funds through a Title I grant from the federal government to provide extra supplementary services for all of our students. Your children will benefit directly or indirectly from this extra help. At Field these funds along with other federal resources will be consolidated to support schoolwide positive changes. Funds can be used to:
· Hire instructional personnel to assist teachers within the classrooms
· Provide training for staff and teachers
· Provide additional instructional materials and technology
· Ensure high-quality Schoolwide Programs
· Increase parent involvement participation
We are pleased to have these funds to provide high quality instruction for all children. Title 1 FAQ’s see appendix.
Toys may NOT be brought to school. Trading cards of any kind are not allowed.
It is the responsibility of parents in the state of Arizona to send their children to school, unless they are being home-schooled. Regular attendance is very important to the success of a child’s education. In the event of excessive absences, parents will be contacted before any formal action is taken. Please notify the office of all absences. Our attendance line may be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 472-9800 press 2.
It is very important that we have current, accurate information on school records. If you move, change jobs, get a different phone number, please, inform the office. Under Emergency Medical Information you are asked for the names of two people who could assume temporary responsibility for your child if you cannot be reached. It is important that this information is up-to-date with current phone numbers.
Videos may be shown to students under the supervision of a teacher during a course, class, or extracurricular or school-sponsored activity if:
· The content of the video is appropriate for viewing by students;
· The use of the video is appropriate for the course, class, or activity; and
· The showing of the video will not violate the rights of the video’s copyright owner.
The Superintendent is authorized and directed to adopt administrative regulations for the appropriate use of videos, including the use of videos as a form of instruction and as a form of entertainment or reward during school or school-sponsored activities.
All visitors to the campus are required to check in through the office and wear a nametag while on campus. Visitors to classrooms are asked to make arrangements with the teacher ahead of time. Visitors whose presence interferes with instruction or safety will be asked to leave. Children not enrolled at Field are invited to visit during community events under the supervision of their parents. Students not registered at Field are not allowed on our campus during school hours. Family visitors that are school age are not allowed to be present in the classroom or playground.
VOLUNTEERS (District Code IICC-R)
The Governing Board recognizes that volunteers make many contributions to the students and educational programs in the district. A volunteer program subject to suitable rules, safeguards and regulations is approved by the Board. The Superintendent will develop administrative regulations which will be used to promote the use of volunteers and to guide the day-to-day activities.
The district will promote appropriate recognition of volunteer services on a monthly or annual basis.
Parents, guardians and other adults may serve as school volunteers and may provide other types of volunteer services to the district. Requests to serve as a volunteer will be made directly to a school principal or other district administrators.
No person will be permitted to serve as a volunteer if:
· The person has been convicted of, pled guilty or no contest to, or admitted the commission of a felony.
· The person has been convicted of, pled guilty or no contest to, or admitted the commission of a misdemeanor criminal violation that, in the judgment of the district, creates a reasonable inference that the applicant may not be suitable to work with children.
· The person is a registered sex offender or is required to register as a sex offender.
· The person’s conduct or demeanor creates, in the judgment of the district, a reasonable inference that the applicant may not be suitable to work with children, or the applicant’s presence at school may create a controversy or disruption that would detract from the school’s educational mission.
Administrator approval and screening by the Human Resources Department are required for anyone who wishes to volunteer, but is not a parent or guardian of a student attending school where the volunteer service would occur. To refer an individual for screening, the administrator must sign A Volunteer Program application form (IICC-R-F) and give it to the applicant to take to Human Resources.
Upon referral from a school or department, the Human Resources Department will screen any applicant who is not a parent or guardian of a student attending the school where volunteering. The screening services provided by the Human Resources Department will consist of the background and fingerprint checks that are routinely performed for new non-certificated employees.
The Human Resources Department will notify the school or department when the applicant is clear to begin service. A volunteer must not begin service until cleared.
General Guidelines for Volunteers
The district will not use volunteers to replace paid school staff members. Volunteer service will be used to supplement the services provided by district employees.
· Volunteers must comply with all district policies applicable to the conduct of employees while on duty. Each volunteer will receive a copy of the district’s Volunteer Handbook before the volunteer begins service.
· Volunteers, in all instances, must work under the direct supervision of school personnel. When volunteers work directly with students, the activities must be under the direct supervision of a teacher or administrator. “Direct supervision” means under the direction of and, except for brief periods of time during a school day or a school activity, within the sight of a certificated employee when providing direct services to students.
· School staff will not request or allow volunteers to supervise students in the absence of a teacher, provide the curriculum or the teaching plan, diagnose student needs or evaluate achievement, counsel or discipline students, or contact the parent/guardian regarding students’ academic performance or conduct.
· Volunteers will not have access to student cumulative records.
Additions, changes and deletions to this handbook may occur at anytime during the school year. In the event of any revisions, a memo will be sent to families.
Title 1 Information/FAQ
What is Title 1?
In October 1994, the Improving Arizona’s Schools Act was signed into law. This authorized funding for K – 12 programs for qualifying schools. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Education and is administered through the AZ Department of Education. There are rules and guidelines schools must follow. Monitors from both agencies visit us to ensure guidelines are being met.
Qualifying schools are those that have 35% or more students qualifying for free or reduced lunch. Field has 72%. In the Mesa District, 53 of the 57 elementary schools are Title 1.
What is the Purpose of Title 1?
Title 1 provides services to assist teachers in helping their students learn the MPS curriculum objectives for their grade level and the AZ state Academic Standards.
Can every student be served?
That depends on the form of assistance being offered through Title 1 at that grade level.
What are the benefits of being in the Title 1 Program?
Most importantly, identified children will be receiving individual and/or small group instruction in addition to regular classroom instruction. The instructional assistants and teacher meet regularly to discuss each student and plan instruction together. Under the No Child Left Behind Act, instructional assistants must have an Associates Degree, two years of college completed, or must pass the Para-Professional Assessment.
How is the Title 1 funding being spent at Field?
- Instructional assistants to assist students as directed by teachers
- A computer lab technician
- Funding after school programs/curriculum clubs
- Classroom supplies, instructional kits, software, etc…
- Media Center books and software
- Extra planning time for teachers
- Clerical assistance in the attendance office
- Education Conferences and Professional Development opportunities for teachers
- Tuition-free summer school program