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2017-2018 Blount Elementary Student Handbook

 

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2017-2018                                                                                             Room/Section No. ____

 

Notice Of Receipt

To be signed and returned immediately

 

I, __________________________________, a student enrolled in Blount Elementary School and my parent have read or have read to us the Blount Elementary School Handbook and Calendar.  We understand that these guidelines and procedures apply to all students and parents at Blount Elementary School and at activities sponsored by school officials.

(Student’s Signature)_________________________________________Date______________________________

(Parent’s Signature)__________________________________________ Date______________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents,

     Welcome to Wynton Blount Elementary School.  This student handbook/calendar has been prepared so that we may have better communications and understanding between school, students and parents.  With mutual understanding about school programs and operations together we can ensure a rewarding and enriching educational experience.

     On behalf of the faculty and staff, I would like to invite you to visit our school, volunteer when possible, and become an active member of our PTA. 

     We are so excited to have you and your child/children with us at Blount Elementary and look forward to a great year.

Sincerely,

 

 

Mona Green

Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents/Guardian:

 

Montgomery Public Schools (MPS) is committed to providing the highest quality of education to every student.  To meet that goal, MPS adopted two fundamental frameworks: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Response to Instruction (RtI).  PBIS is a proactive approach to establishing behavioral supports to address psychological, social and emotional needs. RtI is a multi-tiered approach to providing core instruction to all students in addition to identifying and supporting students with learning and behavior needs.  Both frameworks provide early, systematic and intensive assistance to students who are at risk or already underperforming.  Interventions will include but not be limited to specialized, research-based teaching and behavior strategies provided in both the classroom and small group settings.  

 

According to the Alabama Administrative Code, all public schools in Alabama are required to implement the Problem Solving Team (PST) model. The PST process is designed to guide general education intervention services for all students who have academic and/or behavioral difficulties.  The PST will review student data regarding the need for assistance, monitor progress being made by students, inform parents of plans of action, and make recommendations for changes to interventions.

 

Based on initial screening results and other academic data, if it is determined that your child would benefit from assistance or intervention, he or she will be provided tiered support as needed.

 

MPS utilizes a three-tiered approach to instruction/intervention:

 

  • Tier 1 – Classroom teachers will use a variety of instructional strategies and positive behavioral supports within the core curriculum to address individual instructional needs
  • Tier 2 – Based on assessments, discipline, grades, attendance and other data, students who are unsuccessful with Tier 1 will be provided additional research-based interventions 
  • Tier 3 – Students who continue to misbehave or struggle in Tier 2 will be referred to the PST and receive more intensive interventions. 

 

Respectfully,

Bridgette Johnson

Bridgette Johnson, RtI Coordinator

Montgomery Public Schools

(334) 223-684

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLOUNT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

SCHOOL-WIDE DISCIPLINE PLAN

2017-2018

 

 

 

The staff at Blount Elementary School is committed to providing a wonderful educational experience for our students.  We ask that parents support our efforts as we implement a plan that provides consistency for all grade levels.  It takes a village to raise our children and a good plan to be successful.  Have a great school year!

 

CODE OF CONDUCT:

 

  • I am respectful
  • I am responsible
  • I am safe
  • I am prepared
  • I am learning

 

THEREFORE:

 

  • I will respect myself, others, and the environment
  • I will cooperate with my school family
  • I will work conscientiously so that my teachers can teach and others can learn
  • I will make choices that do not endanger myself or others

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Montgomery Public Schools

2017-2018 School Calendar

 

 

Important Dates

First Day for Students                                                                    August 10, 2017     

End of First Nine Weeks                                                           October 7, 2017                              

End of Second Nine Weeks                                                      December 16, 2017

End of Third Nine Weeks                                                          March 10, 2018

End of Fourth Nine Weeks                                                        May 25, 2018

Last Day for Students                                                                 May 25, 2018

Last Day for Teachers                                                                 May 29, 2018

                                      

Report Card Dates                                                            Professional Development Days (Teachers Only)

October 13, 2017                                                                              August 3-9, 2017

January 5, 2017                                                                                 October 10, 2017

March 16, 2017                                                                  January 3, 2018

May 25, 2017                                                                                      March 27, 2018

                                                                                                                April 17, 2018

                                                                                                                May 26, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                               

School Holidays

Labor Day                                                                                    September 5, 2017                                                        

Veteran’s Day                                                                             November 11, 2017                                                                 

Thanksgiving Break                                                                   November 21-25, 2017                                                             

Winter Holidays                                                                                         December 19 – January 2, 2018 

King/Lee Birthday                                                                      January 16, 2018

President’s Day                                                                          February 20, 2018

Spring Holidays                                                                          March 20-24, 2018                                                                                  

Assessment Window

Grades K-5

Assessment

August 22- September 2, 2017

K-2

DIBELS NEXT

August 22- September 6,2017

3-8

Scantron Performance Series

September 26 – October 7, 2017

K-8 Reading And Math

Scantron Achievement Series

December 5 – December 16, 2017

K-8 Reading and Math

Scantron Achievement Series

January 4- January 19, 2018

3-8 Reading and Math

Scantron Performance Series

January 9-23, 2018

K-2

DIBELS NEXT

To Be Determined by NAEP and

School

Selected Schools and Grades

Only

NAEP

February 6 – March 3, 2018

K-8

ACCESS 2.0

 

February 27– March 10, 2018

K-8

Scantron Achievement Series

March 6 – March 10, 2018

EL Population K-8

Alternate Access 2.0

All Paper-Based

April 12-13 2018

3-8 Paper-Based Test (Math and Writing)

ACT Aspire

April 18-May 2, 2018

3-6 Reading English and Science

 

ACT Aspire

May 7, 2018 (Deadline)

Special Population 3-8

Alabama Alternate Assessment (AAA)

May 1-19, 2018

3-8 Reading & Math

Scantron Performance Series

May 1-12, 2018

K-2

DIBELS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Montgomery Public Schools

2017-2018 Student Assessment Calendar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elementary Contact Information

School Office  244-0078

School Fax      244-0237

 

 

School Personnel

 

Mona L. Green                        Principal                                                         

Holly Harris                            School Secretary                                             Trish Overseen               Bookkeeper

Jessie Shephard                       Lunchroom Manager                                       Vicky Moore                   School Counselor/504            

Brenda Morris                         Media Specialist                                              Tiffany Adams                Special Education Facilitator 

Daniella Kovac                       ESL Facilitator

Missy Morgan                         School Nurse                                                   Alicia Petreit                   QUEST Program                                  

Lori Galluzzi                           Kindergarten Teacher                                     Michelle Donaldson        Kindergarten Teacher

Hillary Myrick             Kindergarten Teacher                                     Jessica Ebert                     First Grade Teacher

Courtney Mayhew                  First Grade Teacher                                        Mila Stevens                     First Grade Teacher           

Kristin Thomas                        First Grade Teacher                                         Eloise Barlow                 First Grade Teacher

Angela Lambert                      Second Grade Teacher                                 

Yolanda Henderson                Second Grade Teacher                                     Margaret Huffman           Second Grade Teacher

Teresa Deloney                       Third Grade Teacher                                        Clayton Royal                 Third Grade Teacher           

Amy Thornhill             Third Grade Teacher                                        Angela Hampton              Third Grade Teacher                                       Jamie Gates                              Fourth Grade Teacher                                      Elizabeth Martin              Fourth Grade Teacher                                      Cynthia McTier                      Fifth Grade Teacher                                         Sarah Fancher                  Fifth Grade Teacher

Melissa Grantham                   Special Education Teacher

Lacey Mims                            Special Education Teacher                              Lisa Hester                       Speech Pathologist

Gloria Pickett                          Special Education Teacher                              Timothy Combs               Special Education Aide

Jared Grant                             P. E. Teacher                                                   Clint Darby                       Art/Music Teacher

Shannon Martin                      Technology Coordinator                                 Shirley Nance                   Special Education Aide

Janetta Belser                         Special Education Aide                                  Betty Flynn                        Special Education Aide

Katie Layman                         Special Education Aide                                  Ruby Dill                          Special Education Aide

William Lewis                         Custodian                                                        Latrisha McCall               Custodian                         

Monique Howard                    Custodian                                                       Jerry Smith                       Lunchroom

Kim Frazier                               Lunchroom                                                     TBD                                 Lunchroom

Kurtrina Smith                         Lunchroom                                                     Kayla Bradford                 Lunchroom           

 

 

 

 

Blount Parent/Student Handbook

The Blount Parent/Student Handbook is a guide to specific procedures related to Blount Elementary. System goals and policies will be addressed in the Montgomery Public Schools Code of Student Behavior.

 

Daily Schedule

            7:30am                                    Supervision of students begin (NO STUDENT DROPOFF BEFORE 7:30)

            7:50am                                    Students admitted to classrooms

            8:10am                                    Tardy bell - school begins

            3:10pm                        Bus dismissal

            3:10pm                        Car riders

General Information:

Absences

State law and district policy set specific rules for excused and unexcused absences. A note is required for each absence and should be sent to school no later than the student’s third day back.

Excused Absences are:

  • the written excuse from a physician, dentist, or other recognized licensed/certified medical practitioner, or written note from a parent explaining the reason for absence. 
  • due to serious illness or death in the student’s immediate family.
  • due to the observance of a recognized religious holiday of the student’s faith.
  • a consequence of participation in school related activities that have received prior approval of the principal or designee.
  • The principal or designee must approve all travel plans in advance in order for the absence to be considered for excuse.

 

Unexcused Absences are any absence that does not have prior approval, written notification from physician/dentist or legal guardian explaining the reason for absence.

                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast/Lunch Program

An excellent breakfast and lunch is served daily.  One breakfast and one lunch meal will be served to all students at no charge regardless of the eligibility status.  Additional student meals will be charged the normal price of $1.00 for student breakfast, $1.75 for Elementary student lunch, and $2.00 for Junior and High School student lunch.  A la carte item prices will also remain the same. No outside food or beverages (I.e. McDonald’s, Subway, etc.) may be brought to school for consumption. Carbonated beverages are not allowed.

       

Bus Transport

 

Students shall conduct themselves in an orderly and respectful manner.  Students should behave respectfully just as they would in the classroom.  The driver is in charge of the school bus in the same manner as a teacher is in charge of a classroom.  The bus drivers’ instructions are to be followed.  Failure to do so endangers the driver and students.

 

For the safety of everyone on the bus, students must:

  1. Be on time at the bus stop.
  2. Respect the property of others at all times including the bus and property at and around the bus stop.
  3. As the bus approaches, students will form a single line and stand still.  The bus must come to a full stop. The doors must open before students move toward the bus.
  4. Enter the bus in an orderly manner – no crowding or pushing.
  5. Remain seated while the bus is in motion.  Do not interfere with other passengers.
  6. Quiet conversation is encouraged but loud talking, shouting or yelling will not be tolerated.
  7. People in other vehicles or walking along the street or road should not be harassed by school bus passengers.
  8. No items shall be thrown from bus windows.
  9. Appropriate language should be used.  Students will not use profanity on the bus.
  10. Students will get on/off the bus at the regularly scheduled stops.  Do not request special consideration.
  11. Alabama law requires that all packages, book bags, projects, band instruments, etc. transported on a school bus must fit under the seat.  Any item too large to be stored under a bus seat will not be transported on a school bus.

 

 

Riding the bus is a privilege and loss of bus transportation may occur if bus rules are not followed.

Montgomery Public Schools will address bus misbehaviors through the Code of Student Behavior and the official School Office Referral Form.  Principals will handle misbehavior on school buses in the same manner as in-school office referrals.  Bus drivers will submit a fully-completed written office referral.  Principals and other administrators will review and assign consequences for bus misbehavior as prescribed by the Code of Student Behavior. (Refer to MPS Code of Behavior for consequences)

 

Car Riders

Car riders will be dismissed at 3:10 pm. Parents are asked to place a large sign in the right front window with the child's last name, grade, and teacher's name. Children will remain in their classroom and will be supervised by teachers from dismissal until 3:20 pm. Car riders must be picked up by 3:20 pm.

 

Cell Phones

Students are not permitted to use a cell phone or any electronic device in school. This includes, but is not limited to an IPhone,

Blackberry, Smartphone, Apple Watch or other adapted PDAs or electronic devices. Principals have the authority to allow the use

of cell phones and electronic devices for instructional purposes during class, however that permission must be granted before

students are allowed to openly display cell phones or other electronic devices in class/school. Unless otherwise stated, cell phones

and other electronic devices are to be out of view and not in use while students are in the school building, in classes that may be

held outside of the building and on school sponsored field trips. If a cell phone rings or beeps in class/school, it is considered being

in use. Therefore, it is advised that student phones remain off while in the school building. Students assigned to behavior

alternative sites are to adhere to the MPS Cell Phone Usage Policy.  Confiscated items will be logged in by school administration and kept in a secure place until parents are notified and come to the school to pick up the cell phone. School officials accept no responsibility for safeguarding confiscated items or for loss or damage to confiscated property.

Consequences

Confiscate device on all offenses

Third Offense: May be upgraded to a B offense.

If a violation of this rule also violates other Class B and/or C offenses, other consequences will be imposed.

 

 

Change in Transportation

Any change in a student’s method of transportation must be noted in writing before 2:00 pm (i.e. car rider for a particular day instead of bus and vice versa).

 

Chaperone Guidelines

1. Chaperones must be a child’s legal guardian or grandparent.

2. Chaperones should not bring other siblings on the field trip.

3. Chaperones must meet and depart from time and place specified by the teacher.

4. Chaperones should notify teachers early if unable to attend.

5. Chaperones are expected to dress appropriately for the trip.

6. Chaperones must stay with the group of students assigned.

7. Chaperones are not allowed to ride MPS buses.

8. Chaperones must have a background check. (Background forms will be sent home.)

 

Delivery of Items to Students

Flowers, balloons, and other similar items will not be delivered to the student's classroom. These items will be kept in the office until the end of the day. Bus rider parents will be responsible for the pick-up of delivered items.

 

Discipline

Matters of discipline will be handled in a calm, reasonable manner.  Teachers will take appropriate/necessary corrective actions. However, when a student's behavior affects other students, the teacher or principal will adhere to the MPS Code of Student Behavior for Class A Infractions.

 

Dress – Uniform Information

 Blount Elementary dress code for the 2015/2016 school year coincides with Montgomery Public School’s policy. Please read this policy in its entirety. With any purchases, please accommodate for growth throughout the year.  We appreciate your cooperation; the dress code continues to make a positive impact on the overall appearance and behavior at Blount.  The dress code will be strictly enforced.  Students who are not in uniform will be asked to call parents for a change of clothes. There are consequences for students not wearing uniforms.

 

First violation- Parent will be contacted and required to take corrective action. The parent will be asked to bring appropriate apparel/shoes to school.

Second violation- Student will receive a one-day detention and/or In school Suspension. The parent will be asked to bring appropriate apparel/shoes to school.

Third or subsequent violations will be upgraded to B10: Persistent/Willful Disobedience and consequences will be issued accordingly.

 

 

The uniforms will consist of the following:

 

  • Solid navy or khaki shorts, pants, skorts/skirts or jumpers.  For girls, we have an option of a plaid jumper (Style #194, Color #76) and plaid skort (Style #104, Color #76).  It may be purchased through Buckhead Uniforms* (see information below).  No other plaid is permitted.
  • Red, white or navy blue (solid, no stripes or prints) “polo” shirts.  Girls may also wear the shirts with the “Peter Pan” collar.  Turtlenecks are fine during cold weather.
  • Shirts must be tucked in at all times and appropriately buttoned.

     

  • Students are to wear clothing that fits properly. Clothing must be clean with no open holes above the knee. No shredded clothing will be allowed. Oversized or undersized clothing, including skirts, blouses, dresses, pants, or shirts will not be allowed. No clothing shall be worn inside out; suspenders/braces shall be fastened and belts buckled. Pants must be worn at the waist (no sagging).
  • Shorts, skorts/skirts or jumpers must be no higher than two (2) inches from the crease of the back of the knee.  Shorts may be worn under skirts and jumpers.
  • Jumper-style uniforms must be worn with a uniform shirt/blouse.
  • Insignias, buttons, and clothing which promote alcohol, tobacco, drugs, vulgarities, violence, illegal activity, or are demeaning to other persons, may not be worn at school
  • Jackets, sweaters and sweatshirts worn within the classroom should adhere to the school colors (solid red, white or navy blue).  No apparel with writing or team logos is permitted in the classroom.  Only the Blount logo is permitted.

      Dress – Uniform Information Continued

  • Tennis shoes (no specific brand) are preferred, but any shoe must completely cover the foot and have a flat heal.  The “Heeley’s”, or any sneakers with wheels, are prohibited. No clogs, “Crocs”, flip flops or sandals are permitted.
  • Fridays will continue to be “Spirit Day”.  Plain denim jeans may be worn with a uniform shirt or Blount t-shirt.  Shirts must be tucked in.
  • For safety reasons, visual piercing jewelry will be limited to ears only. Hoops larger than one inch (1”) will not be allowed. Jewelry, which includes long necklaces, accessories with spikes or chains, heavy medallions, removable dental grills, heavy bracelets, and large finger rings, will not be allowed.

*Rolling book bags will be permitted for students in grades 3-5. Book bags must be small enough to fit in each student’s locker. Suitcases and rolling handbags are not permitted.

 

 

 

Check In-Check Outs

When it is necessary for students to be dismissed early from school, a note should be sent to the teacher indicating the time for dismissal. The parent/guardian or designated person must come to the office, present a photo id, and sign the student out. Last early dismissal is at 2:45 pm. In case of emergency, when a note is not sent, the parent/guardian or designated person may come to the school office and make arrangements for dismissal. 

Field Trips

Educational field trips are planned to provide experiences with subjects studied in the classroom. Students are required to have written permission from a parent or guardian prior to going on field trips. This must be the MPS permission slip. All trips are chaperoned by school personnel who may be assisted by parent volunteers. If a bus is used for transportation, a fee may be charged to cover the expense. Field trip money will not be refunded if less than $5.00 or if advance payment is required from the establishment, regardless of the cost.

 

Fundraisers

Do not send students unaccompanied door to door for fundraising purposes. We realize that fundraising is needed but please have an adult accompany the student / students.

 

 

Gifted Program

Gifted students are those who perform at high levels in academic and/or creative fields when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment. These students require services not ordinarily provided by the regular school program. Students possessing these abilities can be found in all populations, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor.

A student may be referred for the gifted program by teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self, or other individuals with knowledge of the student’s ability. Additionally, all second grade students at traditional schools will be observed as potential gifted referrals. For each student referred, information is gathered in the following three areas:

1. Aptitude. Assessed through an individual or group test of intelligence or creativity.

2. Characteristics. A behavior rating scale designed to assess gifted behaviors is completed by a classroom teacher.

3. Performance. At least three indicators of performance at a gifted level such as achievement test scores, grades, products, work samples, and/or portfolios. The scores from the assessments/items used are entered on a matrix where points are assigned according to established criteria. The total number of points earned determines if the student qualifies for gifted services.

 

Gifts to Teachers

Money may not be collected from students to purchase gifts for teachers or student teachers.

 

Gifts and Birthdays (Students)

 

Individual birthday celebrations are not allowed.  Please do not bring cupcakes and similar items for celebrations.  We will recognize birthdays at school. We encourage parents to donate a book to the school Library Media Center through the Birthday Book Club. Please see the media specialist for details.

Birthday Invitations should not be passed out at school.  Your classroom directory can be used to notify parents regarding birthday celebrations.

 

Guidance Counselors

Guidance counselors help students to better understand and accept their own individuality and aid them in relating to others both in the classroom and socially. Counselors also work with faculty members to plan appropriate guidance programs and with parents to support individual students at home.

 

Homework

The amount and frequency of homework assigned varies among grade levels and subjects taught. Procedures for homework have been established for the school that will help parents know what to expect. A copy of these procedures will be given to students at the beginning of the year. If you have any questions, at any time about homework, you may call the teacher through the school office. A mandatory reading log and 20 minutes of reading per night is required for all grade levels. Homework may be counted as part of a daily grade.  (No more than 5%)

 

Library Media Center

Students may visit the library media center at any time during the day. The media specialist and the classroom teacher will work together to provide instruction in research skills and library skills.

 

 

Lost and Found

Articles are kept in the cafeteria for one month. Please check the boxes for missing items. Unclaimed items are donated to charity at the beginning of each month.

 

Lunch Program

Parents and grandparents are always welcome to eat with their children unless space becomes an issue. The cost for guests to eat lunch is $3.75. No outside food or beverages (I.e. McDonald’s, Subway, etc.) may be brought to school for consumption. Carbonated beverages are not allowed.

 

 

Money at School

Whenever possible, payments should be made by check for food services, school pictures, PTA purchases and the like. However, sometimes students wish to bring money (cash) to school for specific purposes such as for purchasing school supplies at the school store. All students, especially young children, should place such money in an envelope with her or his name written on it as well as the amount enclosed and its purpose. Neither the teacher nor the school can be responsible for lost or misplaced money.

 

Parental Involvement

Parents & grandparents are encouraged to become involved with the Blount Elementary school program. Please contact the school for more information. 

 

Parent's Address/Telephone Number

The school office must have a telephone number at which parents can be reached during the school day, even if that number is unlisted. This is particularly important when emergencies occur. If the number is unlisted, the office staff should be told that the number is to be used only by authorized persons and not given out. Please notify the office when changing address, telephone number or place of employment. 

 

 

Parent Notes Required

The school requires notes from parents explaining the following:

absences

request for early dismissal

requests to miss recess or physical education (Dr.’s excuse required if request goes beyond 3 days)

permission for field trips - MPS Form

permission to go home with another student (by car or by day care only)

changes in usual method of transportation home

authorization to administer prescription medicine - MPS Form

allergic reactions (insects, milk, food)

specific medical treatment or special health needs

 

Parties

Two parties will be held each school year, Christmas and Valentine's Day. All parties will start at 1:30 pm and end at 2:15 pm to allow for clean-up and pack up.

 

Pictures

Individual pictures are made during the year. A convenient package is provided for the student to purchase. The school receives a percentage of all sales and the money is used to support school programs.

 

Release of Student Information

The school may receive requests for information on students enrolled or may wish to use student names in news releases. Information released on students may include the student's name, grade level, school to which assigned, years of attendance at the school, awards received, and participation in officially recognized activities and sports. Student or class photographs may also be taken to accompany a news release or news article or program. This information will be released, unless a parent indicates in writing that parental permission must be obtained first. Parents wishing to make this request must contact the school office within 15 days of registering their children. Under certain situations student information may be released with or without parental consent. At the official request of law enforcement officers, a student's address, telephone number and date of birth may be released. Also, release of information to emergency workers is permitted if necessary to protect the health or safety of student or other persons.

 

 

 

Report Cards and Conferences

Report cards are issued every 9 weeks. Open communication between parents and teachers is essential to students' school achievement. You should request a parent - teacher conference whenever you believe there is a need. Please call the school office to make arrangements for a time convenient to both you and the teacher so the daily instructional program will not be interrupted.

 

Returned Checks

A $15.00 service charge will be activated on all returned checks.

 

Speech, Hearing and Vision Testing

District personnel, according to AL Department of Education guidelines, conduct tests for speech, hearing, and vision. Parents or teachers may make request for specific tests.

 

Student Records

Information contained in a student's permanent record is treated confidentially, with access limited by federal guidelines and board policy. Parental review of a child's records is permitted. 

 

Tardiness

Students arriving after 8:10 a.m. must report to the office to sign in before going to class. Students must be signed in by a parent/guardian when tardy. 

 

 

 

Testing Program

Elementary school students are required to participate in the following state and district testing programs:

 

DIBELS NEXT                                                                                               Grades K -1

Scantron Assessment                                                                                 Grades 3-5 (Grades 1 &2 – Optional)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visitors

SCHOOL VISITORS (BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICY)

Parents/guardians and community members are invited and encouraged to visit the school. To ensure the safety of students, staff

and visitors, ALL PERSONS (PARENTS, COMMUNITY MEMBERS, VOLUNTEERS, BOARD EMPLOYEES, ETC.)

VISITING THE SCHOOL ARE REQUIRED TO ENTER THROUGH THE DESIGNATED MAIN ENTRANCE TO SIGN

IN AT THE SCHOOL OFFICE AND PRESENT PROPER IDENTIFICATION, INCLUDING AT LEAST ONE PHOTO

ID. A visitor’s pass will then be issued by office personnel. All school visitors must comply at all times with Board of Education

policies, administrative rules, and school regulations. Any person entering a Montgomery Public School building is subject to a

routine hand-held search or walk through a metal detector. This is to include any school sponsored activity on or off school property,

and non-school sponsored activities on school property.

1. Parents/guardians are asked to plan any visit so that they arrive at the beginning of classes. The purpose of the visit is to observe.

Therefore, parents/guardians should not interact with their child, other students, and/or attempt to have a conference with the

teacher.

2. Principal and school administration will reserve the right to limit the number of visitors to a classroom. More than one visitor

or a parent with other children could distract students and hinder the learning process.

3. Students on suspension from any schools are not allowed on campus and will be considered trespassing.

4. Students from other schools will be allowed on campus only with the permission of school administration.

5. Parent/guardian/advocate Conferences with the Teacher and/or Principal

a. All conferences must be scheduled in advance.

b. Mutual courtesy and respect should be shown during the conference. Visits may be prohibited at certain times such as

the first and last weeks of school, immediately before or after vacations or other breaks and while standardized testing

or other assessments are being conducted

c. Conferences can only be held with a parent/guardian/advocate. Parents/guardians must notify the principal in advance

if they are requesting that additional persons attend. The principal will have the final decision whether or not additional

persons may attend the conferences. If special accommodations are needed for a conference, call the school to make

arrangements prior to visit.

6. Disruptive Visitors ─ Montgomery Public Schools expects mutual respect, civility and orderly conduct from all individuals on

school property or at school sponsored activities, no matter his or her status or the purpose of his or her presence. Any person

who becomes physically or verbally disruptive on school property may be subject to criminal prosecution as well as

termination of visiting privileges. Disruptive conduct includes, but is not limited to, using a raised voice, using profanity,

uttering verbal or written threats or employing threatening gestures or otherwise engaging in an action deemed inappropriate

by the building administrator. In the event a person visiting school property is deemed to be disruptive, that said person will be

 instructed to leave school property and law enforcement may be called for assistance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2017-2018                                                                                             Room/Section No. ____

 

Notice Of Receipt

To be signed and returned immediately

 

I, __________________________________, a student enrolled in Blount Elementary School and my parent have read or have read to us the Blount Elementary School Handbook and Calendar.  We understand that these guidelines and procedures apply to all students and parents at Blount Elementary School and at activities sponsored by school officials.

(Student’s Signature)_________________________________________Date______________________________

(Parent’s Signature)__________________________________________ Date______________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents,

     Welcome to Wynton Blount Elementary School.  This student handbook/calendar has been prepared so that we may have better communications and understanding between school, students and parents.  With mutual understanding about school programs and operations together we can ensure a rewarding and enriching educational experience.

     On behalf of the faculty and staff, I would like to invite you to visit our school, volunteer when possible, and become an active member of our PTA. 

     We are so excited to have you and your child/children with us at Blount Elementary and look forward to a great year.

Sincerely,

 

 

Mona Green

Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents/Guardian:

 

Montgomery Public Schools (MPS) is committed to providing the highest quality of education to every student.  To meet that goal, MPS adopted two fundamental frameworks: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Response to Instruction (RtI).  PBIS is a proactive approach to establishing behavioral supports to address psychological, social and emotional needs. RtI is a multi-tiered approach to providing core instruction to all students in addition to identifying and supporting students with learning and behavior needs.  Both frameworks provide early, systematic and intensive assistance to students who are at risk or already underperforming.  Interventions will include but not be limited to specialized, research-based teaching and behavior strategies provided in both the classroom and small group settings.  

 

According to the Alabama Administrative Code, all public schools in Alabama are required to implement the Problem Solving Team (PST) model. The PST process is designed to guide general education intervention services for all students who have academic and/or behavioral difficulties.  The PST will review student data regarding the need for assistance, monitor progress being made by students, inform parents of plans of action, and make recommendations for changes to interventions.

 

Based on initial screening results and other academic data, if it is determined that your child would benefit from assistance or intervention, he or she will be provided tiered support as needed.

 

MPS utilizes a three-tiered approach to instruction/intervention:

 

  • Tier 1 – Classroom teachers will use a variety of instructional strategies and positive behavioral supports within the core curriculum to address individual instructional needs
  • Tier 2 – Based on assessments, discipline, grades, attendance and other data, students who are unsuccessful with Tier 1 will be provided additional research-based interventions 
  • Tier 3 – Students who continue to misbehave or struggle in Tier 2 will be referred to the PST and receive more intensive interventions. 

 

Respectfully,

Bridgette Johnson

Bridgette Johnson, RtI Coordinator

Montgomery Public Schools

(334) 223-684

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLOUNT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

SCHOOL-WIDE DISCIPLINE PLAN

2017-2018

 

 

 

The staff at Blount Elementary School is committed to providing a wonderful educational experience for our students.  We ask that parents support our efforts as we implement a plan that provides consistency for all grade levels.  It takes a village to raise our children and a good plan to be successful.  Have a great school year!

 

CODE OF CONDUCT:

 

  • I am respectful
  • I am responsible
  • I am safe
  • I am prepared
  • I am learning

 

THEREFORE:

 

  • I will respect myself, others, and the environment
  • I will cooperate with my school family
  • I will work conscientiously so that my teachers can teach and others can learn
  • I will make choices that do not endanger myself or others

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Montgomery Public Schools

2017-2018 School Calendar

 

 

Important Dates

First Day for Students                                                                    August 10, 2017     

End of First Nine Weeks                                                           October 7, 2017                              

End of Second Nine Weeks                                                      December 16, 2017

End of Third Nine Weeks                                                          March 10, 2018

End of Fourth Nine Weeks                                                        May 25, 2018

Last Day for Students                                                                 May 25, 2018

Last Day for Teachers                                                                 May 29, 2018

                                      

Report Card Dates                                                            Professional Development Days (Teachers Only)

October 13, 2017                                                                              August 3-9, 2017

January 5, 2017                                                                                 October 10, 2017

March 16, 2017                                                                  January 3, 2018

May 25, 2017                                                                                      March 27, 2018

                                                                                                                April 17, 2018

                                                                                                                May 26, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                               

School Holidays

Labor Day                                                                                    September 5, 2017                                                        

Veteran’s Day                                                                             November 11, 2017                                                                 

Thanksgiving Break                                                                   November 21-25, 2017                                                             

Winter Holidays                                                                                         December 19 – January 2, 2018 

King/Lee Birthday                                                                      January 16, 2018

President’s Day                                                                          February 20, 2018

Spring Holidays                                                                          March 20-24, 2018                                                                                  

Assessment Window

Grades K-5

Assessment

August 22- September 2, 2017

K-2

DIBELS NEXT

August 22- September 6,2017

3-8

Scantron Performance Series

September 26 – October 7, 2017

K-8 Reading And Math

Scantron Achievement Series

December 5 – December 16, 2017

K-8 Reading and Math

Scantron Achievement Series

January 4- January 19, 2018

3-8 Reading and Math

Scantron Performance Series

January 9-23, 2018

K-2

DIBELS NEXT

To Be Determined by NAEP and

School

Selected Schools and Grades

Only

NAEP

February 6 – March 3, 2018

K-8

ACCESS 2.0

 

February 27– March 10, 2018

K-8

Scantron Achievement Series

March 6 – March 10, 2018

EL Population K-8

Alternate Access 2.0

All Paper-Based

April 12-13 2018

3-8 Paper-Based Test (Math and Writing)

ACT Aspire

April 18-May 2, 2018

3-6 Reading English and Science

 

ACT Aspire

May 7, 2018 (Deadline)

Special Population 3-8

Alabama Alternate Assessment (AAA)

May 1-19, 2018

3-8 Reading & Math

Scantron Performance Series

May 1-12, 2018

K-2

DIBELS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Montgomery Public Schools

2017-2018 Student Assessment Calendar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elementary Contact Information

School Office  244-0078

School Fax      244-0237

 

 

School Personnel

 

Mona L. Green                        Principal                                                         

Holly Harris                            School Secretary                                             Trish Overseen               Bookkeeper

Jessie Shephard                       Lunchroom Manager                                       Vicky Moore                   School Counselor/504            

Brenda Morris                         Media Specialist                                              Tiffany Adams                Special Education Facilitator 

Daniella Kovac                       ESL Facilitator

Missy Morgan                         School Nurse                                                   Alicia Petreit                   QUEST Program                                  

Lori Galluzzi                           Kindergarten Teacher                                     Michelle Donaldson        Kindergarten Teacher

Hillary Myrick             Kindergarten Teacher                                     Jessica Ebert                     First Grade Teacher

Courtney Mayhew                  First Grade Teacher                                        Mila Stevens                     First Grade Teacher           

Kristin Thomas                        First Grade Teacher                                         Eloise Barlow                 First Grade Teacher

Angela Lambert                      Second Grade Teacher                                 

Yolanda Henderson                Second Grade Teacher                                     Margaret Huffman           Second Grade Teacher

Teresa Deloney                       Third Grade Teacher                                        Clayton Royal                 Third Grade Teacher           

Amy Thornhill             Third Grade Teacher                                        Angela Hampton              Third Grade Teacher                                       Jamie Gates                              Fourth Grade Teacher                                      Elizabeth Martin              Fourth Grade Teacher                                      Cynthia McTier                      Fifth Grade Teacher                                         Sarah Fancher                  Fifth Grade Teacher

Melissa Grantham                   Special Education Teacher

Lacey Mims                            Special Education Teacher                              Lisa Hester                       Speech Pathologist

Gloria Pickett                          Special Education Teacher                              Timothy Combs               Special Education Aide

Jared Grant                             P. E. Teacher                                                   Clint Darby                       Art/Music Teacher

Shannon Martin                      Technology Coordinator                                 Shirley Nance                   Special Education Aide

Janetta Belser                         Special Education Aide                                  Betty Flynn                        Special Education Aide

Katie Layman                         Special Education Aide                                  Ruby Dill                          Special Education Aide

William Lewis                         Custodian                                                        Latrisha McCall               Custodian                         

Monique Howard                    Custodian                                                       Jerry Smith                       Lunchroom

Kim Frazier                               Lunchroom                                                     TBD                                 Lunchroom

Kurtrina Smith                         Lunchroom                                                     Kayla Bradford                 Lunchroom           

 

 

 

 

Blount Parent/Student Handbook

The Blount Parent/Student Handbook is a guide to specific procedures related to Blount Elementary. System goals and policies will be addressed in the Montgomery Public Schools Code of Student Behavior.

 

Daily Schedule

            7:30am                                    Supervision of students begin (NO STUDENT DROPOFF BEFORE 7:30)

            7:50am                                    Students admitted to classrooms

            8:10am                                    Tardy bell - school begins

            3:10pm                        Bus dismissal

            3:10pm                        Car riders

General Information:

Absences

State law and district policy set specific rules for excused and unexcused absences. A note is required for each absence and should be sent to school no later than the student’s third day back.

Excused Absences are:

  • the written excuse from a physician, dentist, or other recognized licensed/certified medical practitioner, or written note from a parent explaining the reason for absence. 
  • due to serious illness or death in the student’s immediate family.
  • due to the observance of a recognized religious holiday of the student’s faith.
  • a consequence of participation in school related activities that have received prior approval of the principal or designee.
  • The principal or designee must approve all travel plans in advance in order for the absence to be considered for excuse.

 

Unexcused Absences are any absence that does not have prior approval, written notification from physician/dentist or legal guardian explaining the reason for absence.

                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast/Lunch Program

An excellent breakfast and lunch is served daily.  One breakfast and one lunch meal will be served to all students at no charge regardless of the eligibility status.  Additional student meals will be charged the normal price of $1.00 for student breakfast, $1.75 for Elementary student lunch, and $2.00 for Junior and High School student lunch.  A la carte item prices will also remain the same. No outside food or beverages (I.e. McDonald’s, Subway, etc.) may be brought to school for consumption. Carbonated beverages are not allowed.

       

Bus Transport

 

Students shall conduct themselves in an orderly and respectful manner.  Students should behave respectfully just as they would in the classroom.  The driver is in charge of the school bus in the same manner as a teacher is in charge of a classroom.  The bus drivers’ instructions are to be followed.  Failure to do so endangers the driver and students.

 

For the safety of everyone on the bus, students must:

  1. Be on time at the bus stop.
  2. Respect the property of others at all times including the bus and property at and around the bus stop.
  3. As the bus approaches, students will form a single line and stand still.  The bus must come to a full stop. The doors must open before students move toward the bus.
  4. Enter the bus in an orderly manner – no crowding or pushing.
  5. Remain seated while the bus is in motion.  Do not interfere with other passengers.
  6. Quiet conversation is encouraged but loud talking, shouting or yelling will not be tolerated.
  7. People in other vehicles or walking along the street or road should not be harassed by school bus passengers.
  8. No items shall be thrown from bus windows.
  9. Appropriate language should be used.  Students will not use profanity on the bus.
  10. Students will get on/off the bus at the regularly scheduled stops.  Do not request special consideration.
  11. Alabama law requires that all packages, book bags, projects, band instruments, etc. transported on a school bus must fit under the seat.  Any item too large to be stored under a bus seat will not be transported on a school bus.

 

 

Riding the bus is a privilege and loss of bus transportation may occur if bus rules are not followed.

Montgomery Public Schools will address bus misbehaviors through the Code of Student Behavior and the official School Office Referral Form.  Principals will handle misbehavior on school buses in the same manner as in-school office referrals.  Bus drivers will submit a fully-completed written office referral.  Principals and other administrators will review and assign consequences for bus misbehavior as prescribed by the Code of Student Behavior. (Refer to MPS Code of Behavior for consequences)

 

Car Riders

Car riders will be dismissed at 3:10 pm. Parents are asked to place a large sign in the right front window with the child's last name, grade, and teacher's name. Children will remain in their classroom and will be supervised by teachers from dismissal until 3:20 pm. Car riders must be picked up by 3:20 pm.

 

Cell Phones

Students are not permitted to use a cell phone or any electronic device in school. This includes, but is not limited to an IPhone,

Blackberry, Smartphone, Apple Watch or other adapted PDAs or electronic devices. Principals have the authority to allow the use

of cell phones and electronic devices for instructional purposes during class, however that permission must be granted before

students are allowed to openly display cell phones or other electronic devices in class/school. Unless otherwise stated, cell phones

and other electronic devices are to be out of view and not in use while students are in the school building, in classes that may be

held outside of the building and on school sponsored field trips. If a cell phone rings or beeps in class/school, it is considered being

in use. Therefore, it is advised that student phones remain off while in the school building. Students assigned to behavior

alternative sites are to adhere to the MPS Cell Phone Usage Policy.  Confiscated items will be logged in by school administration and kept in a secure place until parents are notified and come to the school to pick up the cell phone. School officials accept no responsibility for safeguarding confiscated items or for loss or damage to confiscated property.

Consequences

Confiscate device on all offenses

Third Offense: May be upgraded to a B offense.

If a violation of this rule also violates other Class B and/or C offenses, other consequences will be imposed.

 

 

Change in Transportation

Any change in a student’s method of transportation must be noted in writing before 2:00 pm (i.e. car rider for a particular day instead of bus and vice versa).

 

Chaperone Guidelines

1. Chaperones must be a child’s legal guardian or grandparent.

2. Chaperones should not bring other siblings on the field trip.

3. Chaperones must meet and depart from time and place specified by the teacher.

4. Chaperones should notify teachers early if unable to attend.

5. Chaperones are expected to dress appropriately for the trip.

6. Chaperones must stay with the group of students assigned.

7. Chaperones are not allowed to ride MPS buses.

8. Chaperones must have a background check. (Background forms will be sent home.)

 

Delivery of Items to Students

Flowers, balloons, and other similar items will not be delivered to the student's classroom. These items will be kept in the office until the end of the day. Bus rider parents will be responsible for the pick-up of delivered items.

 

Discipline

Matters of discipline will be handled in a calm, reasonable manner.  Teachers will take appropriate/necessary corrective actions. However, when a student's behavior affects other students, the teacher or principal will adhere to the MPS Code of Student Behavior for Class A Infractions.

 

Dress – Uniform Information

 Blount Elementary dress code for the 2015/2016 school year coincides with Montgomery Public School’s policy. Please read this policy in its entirety. With any purchases, please accommodate for growth throughout the year.  We appreciate your cooperation; the dress code continues to make a positive impact on the overall appearance and behavior at Blount.  The dress code will be strictly enforced.  Students who are not in uniform will be asked to call parents for a change of clothes. There are consequences for students not wearing uniforms.

 

First violation- Parent will be contacted and required to take corrective action. The parent will be asked to bring appropriate apparel/shoes to school.

Second violation- Student will receive a one-day detention and/or In school Suspension. The parent will be asked to bring appropriate apparel/shoes to school.

Third or subsequent violations will be upgraded to B10: Persistent/Willful Disobedience and consequences will be issued accordingly.

 

 

The uniforms will consist of the following:

 

  • Solid navy or khaki shorts, pants, skorts/skirts or jumpers.  For girls, we have an option of a plaid jumper (Style #194, Color #76) and plaid skort (Style #104, Color #76).  It may be purchased through Buckhead Uniforms* (see information below).  No other plaid is permitted.
  • Red, white or navy blue (solid, no stripes or prints) “polo” shirts.  Girls may also wear the shirts with the “Peter Pan” collar.  Turtlenecks are fine during cold weather.
  • Shirts must be tucked in at all times and appropriately buttoned.

     

  • Students are to wear clothing that fits properly. Clothing must be clean with no open holes above the knee. No shredded clothing will be allowed. Oversized or undersized clothing, including skirts, blouses, dresses, pants, or shirts will not be allowed. No clothing shall be worn inside out; suspenders/braces shall be fastened and belts buckled. Pants must be worn at the waist (no sagging).
  • Shorts, skorts/skirts or jumpers must be no higher than two (2) inches from the crease of the back of the knee.  Shorts may be worn under skirts and jumpers.
  • Jumper-style uniforms must be worn with a uniform shirt/blouse.
  • Insignias, buttons, and clothing which promote alcohol, tobacco, drugs, vulgarities, violence, illegal activity, or are demeaning to other persons, may not be worn at school
  • Jackets, sweaters and sweatshirts worn within the classroom should adhere to the school colors (solid red, white or navy blue).  No apparel with writing or team logos is permitted in the classroom.  Only the Blount logo is permitted.

      Dress – Uniform Information Continued

  • Tennis shoes (no specific brand) are preferred, but any shoe must completely cover the foot and have a flat heal.  The “Heeley’s”, or any sneakers with wheels, are prohibited. No clogs, “Crocs”, flip flops or sandals are permitted.
  • Fridays will continue to be “Spirit Day”.  Plain denim jeans may be worn with a uniform shirt or Blount t-shirt.  Shirts must be tucked in.
  • For safety reasons, visual piercing jewelry will be limited to ears only. Hoops larger than one inch (1”) will not be allowed. Jewelry, which includes long necklaces, accessories with spikes or chains, heavy medallions, removable dental grills, heavy bracelets, and large finger rings, will not be allowed.

*Rolling book bags will be permitted for students in grades 3-5. Book bags must be small enough to fit in each student’s locker. Suitcases and rolling handbags are not permitted.

 

 

 

Check In-Check Outs

When it is necessary for students to be dismissed early from school, a note should be sent to the teacher indicating the time for dismissal. The parent/guardian or designated person must come to the office, present a photo id, and sign the student out. Last early dismissal is at 2:45 pm. In case of emergency, when a note is not sent, the parent/guardian or designated person may come to the school office and make arrangements for dismissal. 

Field Trips

Educational field trips are planned to provide experiences with subjects studied in the classroom. Students are required to have written permission from a parent or guardian prior to going on field trips. This must be the MPS permission slip. All trips are chaperoned by school personnel who may be assisted by parent volunteers. If a bus is used for transportation, a fee may be charged to cover the expense. Field trip money will not be refunded if less than $5.00 or if advance payment is required from the establishment, regardless of the cost.

 

Fundraisers

Do not send students unaccompanied door to door for fundraising purposes. We realize that fundraising is needed but please have an adult accompany the student / students.

 

 

Gifted Program

Gifted students are those who perform at high levels in academic and/or creative fields when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment. These students require services not ordinarily provided by the regular school program. Students possessing these abilities can be found in all populations, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor.

A student may be referred for the gifted program by teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self, or other individuals with knowledge of the student’s ability. Additionally, all second grade students at traditional schools will be observed as potential gifted referrals. For each student referred, information is gathered in the following three areas:

1. Aptitude. Assessed through an individual or group test of intelligence or creativity.

2. Characteristics. A behavior rating scale designed to assess gifted behaviors is completed by a classroom teacher.

3. Performance. At least three indicators of performance at a gifted level such as achievement test scores, grades, products, work samples, and/or portfolios. The scores from the assessments/items used are entered on a matrix where points are assigned according to established criteria. The total number of points earned determines if the student qualifies for gifted services.

 

Gifts to Teachers

Money may not be collected from students to purchase gifts for teachers or student teachers.

 

Gifts and Birthdays (Students)

 

Individual birthday celebrations are not allowed.  Please do not bring cupcakes and similar items for celebrations.  We will recognize birthdays at school. We encourage parents to donate a book to the school Library Media Center through the Birthday Book Club. Please see the media specialist for details.

Birthday Invitations should not be passed out at school.  Your classroom directory can be used to notify parents regarding birthday celebrations.

 

Guidance Counselors

Guidance counselors help students to better understand and accept their own individuality and aid them in relating to others both in the classroom and socially. Counselors also work with faculty members to plan appropriate guidance programs and with parents to support individual students at home.

 

Homework

The amount and frequency of homework assigned varies among grade levels and subjects taught. Procedures for homework have been established for the school that will help parents know what to expect. A copy of these procedures will be given to students at the beginning of the year. If you have any questions, at any time about homework, you may call the teacher through the school office. A mandatory reading log and 20 minutes of reading per night is required for all grade levels. Homework may be counted as part of a daily grade.  (No more than 5%)

 

Library Media Center

Students may visit the library media center at any time during the day. The media specialist and the classroom teacher will work together to provide instruction in research skills and library skills.

 

 

Lost and Found

Articles are kept in the cafeteria for one month. Please check the boxes for missing items. Unclaimed items are donated to charity at the beginning of each month.

 

Lunch Program

Parents and grandparents are always welcome to eat with their children unless space becomes an issue. The cost for guests to eat lunch is $3.75. No outside food or beverages (I.e. McDonald’s, Subway, etc.) may be brought to school for consumption. Carbonated beverages are not allowed.

 

 

Money at School

Whenever possible, payments should be made by check for food services, school pictures, PTA purchases and the like. However, sometimes students wish to bring money (cash) to school for specific purposes such as for purchasing school supplies at the school store. All students, especially young children, should place such money in an envelope with her or his name written on it as well as the amount enclosed and its purpose. Neither the teacher nor the school can be responsible for lost or misplaced money.

 

Parental Involvement

Parents & grandparents are encouraged to become involved with the Blount Elementary school program. Please contact the school for more information. 

 

Parent's Address/Telephone Number

The school office must have a telephone number at which parents can be reached during the school day, even if that number is unlisted. This is particularly important when emergencies occur. If the number is unlisted, the office staff should be told that the number is to be used only by authorized persons and not given out. Please notify the office when changing address, telephone number or place of employment. 

 

 

Parent Notes Required

The school requires notes from parents explaining the following:

absences

request for early dismissal

requests to miss recess or physical education (Dr.’s excuse required if request goes beyond 3 days)

permission for field trips - MPS Form

permission to go home with another student (by car or by day care only)

changes in usual method of transportation home

authorization to administer prescription medicine - MPS Form

allergic reactions (insects, milk, food)

specific medical treatment or special health needs

 

Parties

Two parties will be held each school year, Christmas and Valentine's Day. All parties will start at 1:30 pm and end at 2:15 pm to allow for clean-up and pack up.

 

Pictures

Individual pictures are made during the year. A convenient package is provided for the student to purchase. The school receives a percentage of all sales and the money is used to support school programs.

 

Release of Student Information

The school may receive requests for information on students enrolled or may wish to use student names in news releases. Information released on students may include the student's name, grade level, school to which assigned, years of attendance at the school, awards received, and participation in officially recognized activities and sports. Student or class photographs may also be taken to accompany a news release or news article or program. This information will be released, unless a parent indicates in writing that parental permission must be obtained first. Parents wishing to make this request must contact the school office within 15 days of registering their children. Under certain situations student information may be released with or without parental consent. At the official request of law enforcement officers, a student's address, telephone number and date of birth may be released. Also, release of information to emergency workers is permitted if necessary to protect the health or safety of student or other persons.

 

 

 

Report Cards and Conferences

Report cards are issued every 9 weeks. Open communication between parents and teachers is essential to students' school achievement. You should request a parent - teacher conference whenever you believe there is a need. Please call the school office to make arrangements for a time convenient to both you and the teacher so the daily instructional program will not be interrupted.

 

Returned Checks

A $15.00 service charge will be activated on all returned checks.

 

Speech, Hearing and Vision Testing

District personnel, according to AL Department of Education guidelines, conduct tests for speech, hearing, and vision. Parents or teachers may make request for specific tests.

 

Student Records

Information contained in a student's permanent record is treated confidentially, with access limited by federal guidelines and board policy. Parental review of a child's records is permitted. 

 

Tardiness

Students arriving after 8:10 a.m. must report to the office to sign in before going to class. Students must be signed in by a parent/guardian when tardy. 

 

 

 

Testing Program

Elementary school students are required to participate in the following state and district testing programs:

 

DIBELS NEXT                                                                                               Grades K -1

Scantron Assessment                                                                                 Grades 3-5 (Grades 1 &2 – Optional)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visitors

SCHOOL VISITORS (BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICY)

Parents/guardians and community members are invited and encouraged to visit the school. To ensure the safety of students, staff

and visitors, ALL PERSONS (PARENTS, COMMUNITY MEMBERS, VOLUNTEERS, BOARD EMPLOYEES, ETC.)

VISITING THE SCHOOL ARE REQUIRED TO ENTER THROUGH THE DESIGNATED MAIN ENTRANCE TO SIGN

IN AT THE SCHOOL OFFICE AND PRESENT PROPER IDENTIFICATION, INCLUDING AT LEAST ONE PHOTO

ID. A visitor’s pass will then be issued by office personnel. All school visitors must comply at all times with Board of Education

policies, administrative rules, and school regulations. Any person entering a Montgomery Public School building is subject to a

routine hand-held search or walk through a metal detector. This is to include any school sponsored activity on or off school property,

and non-school sponsored activities on school property.

1. Parents/guardians are asked to plan any visit so that they arrive at the beginning of classes. The purpose of the visit is to observe.

Therefore, parents/guardians should not interact with their child, other students, and/or attempt to have a conference with the

teacher.

2. Principal and school administration will reserve the right to limit the number of visitors to a classroom. More than one visitor

or a parent with other children could distract students and hinder the learning process.

3. Students on suspension from any schools are not allowed on campus and will be considered trespassing.

4. Students from other schools will be allowed on campus only with the permission of school administration.

5. Parent/guardian/advocate Conferences with the Teacher and/or Principal

a. All conferences must be scheduled in advance.

b. Mutual courtesy and respect should be shown during the conference. Visits may be prohibited at certain times such as

the first and last weeks of school, immediately before or after vacations or other breaks and while standardized testing

or other assessments are being conducted

c. Conferences can only be held with a parent/guardian/advocate. Parents/guardians must notify the principal in advance

if they are requesting that additional persons attend. The principal will have the final decision whether or not additional

persons may attend the conferences. If special accommodations are needed for a conference, call the school to make

arrangements prior to visit.

6. Disruptive Visitors ─ Montgomery Public Schools expects mutual respect, civility and orderly conduct from all individuals on

school property or at school sponsored activities, no matter his or her status or the purpose of his or her presence. Any person

who becomes physically or verbally disruptive on school property may be subject to criminal prosecution as well as

termination of visiting privileges. Disruptive conduct includes, but is not limited to, using a raised voice, using profanity,

uttering verbal or written threats or employing threatening gestures or otherwise engaging in an action deemed inappropriate

by the building administrator. In the event a person visiting school property is deemed to be disruptive, that said person will be

 instructed to leave school property and law enforcement may be called for assistance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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