CENTERVILLE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
“WHERE EVERYONE IS SOMEONE”
Welcome to Centerville Intermediate School! In this handbook, you will find information regarding the school and its day-to-day operation. Please read this information carefully and refer to it for school policies and procedures. If at anytime you have questions or concerns, please contact us. On behalf of the faculty and staff, we hope you have an enjoyable learning experience with us this school year!
Alicia Spears, Principal Kathy Brown, Assistant Principal
MISSION STATEMENT AND BELIEFS
“Where Everyone Is Someone”
Our mission is to create an atmosphere where every child is valued and nurtured toward success.
At Centerville Intermediate we believe that:
CENTERVILLE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL MOTTO
I CAN! I WILL! I DO!
I can… be successful today!
I will… overcome the challenges I face today!
I do… accept responsibility for myself today!
THE SCHOOL DAY
School Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Parents must pick up students by 3:30 p.m. If you are unable to arrive by this time, please make other transportation arrangements for your child.
The cafeteria staff at CIS strives to provide attractive and nutritious meals while meeting the Federal Guidelines and Regulations of the National School Lunch Program. Breakfast and lunch are offered daily.
Any questions concerning our breakfast or lunch programs should be directed to the cafeteria manager at 729-1822.
Classes will begin at 8:00 a.m. For those students who are car riders, we ask that they arrive at school no earlier than 7:15 a.m. Please do not leave students unattended in front of the school. Students should remain in the cafeteria until the 7:30 bell. Students arriving after 8:00 must report to the office. Parents are required to sign the student in for the day. The attendance computer program automatically counts that student absent for the number of minutes not at school. These tardies will accumulate to a day’s unexcused absence and may affect perfect attendance.
The car riders will be dismissed beginning at 2:45. Parents should form a line directly in front of the school and wait for your student. Please remain in your vehicle. If you need to enter the building, please do not park in the car rider line. Bus students will begin dismissal at approximately 3:05. If you have not picked your student up when buses arrive, please do not enter this area. Your child will meet you at the 4th grade wing end of the building (far side of the cafeteria). Thank you for your assistance!
To ensure the safety of all students, any parent, family member, or other visitor entering the school must report to the office to receive a visitor pass. Make sure to have a photo I.D. available. Instructional time is very important for the success of each student. Uninterrupted instruction time will be highly promoted throughout the school year. Please arrange any visits for parties or other special occasions with your child’s teacher prior to the visit. If you wish to meet with a teacher regarding your child’s progress, please make arrangements with the teacher prior to your visit.
WITHDRAWAL OF STUDENTS
If you are moving or withdrawing your child from school, please come by the school office a few days prior to the withdrawal date. Return all school or library books and pay all fees before leaving. Your child’s new school will request student records. Records will be withheld if our school has not given full clearance.
STUDENT INFORMATION FORM
During the first week of school your child’s teacher will send home an information sheet for you to complete. This information is kept in the school office in case of an emergency. Please make sure all telephone numbers and addresses are accurate and clearly written. Remember to put the name and telephone number of a person who can be contacted in case you can not be reached. Notify the school, if you have a change of address or phone number during the school year. It is very important that our records are kept up to date!
TOYS/CELL PHONES ARE PROHIBITTED
Cell phones are not permitted by students at school. This is a violation of the Hickman County School Board Policy. The consequences included in the school board policy will be enforced.
CELL PHONE VIOLATIONS
FIRST OFFENSE: Phone confiscated and not released to parent until the end of the school day. As a condition of release, parent signs form acknowledging punishments for further cell phone violations.
SECOND OFFENSE: Phone confiscated and not released to parent until end of last school day of current grading period.
THIRD AND SUBSEQUENT OFFENSES: Phone confiscated and not released to parent until end of last day of the current school year.
Electronic games, footballs, and other toys which could be a detriment to learning are NOT allowed at school. These items will be confiscated. A parent can retrieve the item or it will be returned to the student the last week of school.
** From time to time, electronics will be allowed as a reward. You will receive notification from your child’s teacher for these days.
HICKMAN COUNTY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE POLICY
Attendance is a key factor in student achievement and academic success. Therefore, students, parents/or guardians are expected to assume the responsibility of attending each day that school is in session. The official school day for students begins at 8:00 a.m. and continues until 3:00 p.m. unless so noted on the board approved school calendar.
After a total of three (3) parent notes or five (5) absences per semester, subsequent absences will require documentation from an official of professional source.
Absences shall be classified as either excused or unexcused as determined by the principal or his/her designee. Excused absences shall include:
EXAMPLES OF UNEXCUSED ABSENCES ARE BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
If a student is absent from class, a parent or guardian must provide the principal’s office with a written explanation of the child’s absence. Written explanation of absences must be made within three (3) school days of the student’s return. Any absence for which a written explanation is not provided will be considered unexcused.
Truancy is defined as an absence without adequate excuse for an entire school day, a major portion of the school day, or the major portion of any class during the school day for which a student is scheduled. Students who accumulate five (5) unexcused absences will be reported to the principal or designee who will, in turn, provide written notice to the Director of Accountability. The student and parents/guardians will receive a written notice from the school regarding the mandatory school attendance law in Tennessee and will appear before the Truancy Council. Failure to comply with the written notice within three (3) days of receiving such notice will result in the filing of a petition in juvenile court. A written notice will be issued each time a student accumulates five (5) unexcused absences.
The Truancy Council, under the direction of the Director of Accountability, will convene weekly to hear truancy issues with the students and their parents/guardians. The council will establish a plan of recommendations for improving attendance and establish consequences should absenteeism continue to be an issue.
All missed class work or tests (whether excused or unexcused absence) may be made up provided the student makes the request immediately upon returning to school and provided instruction time is not taken from other students. A grade of incomplete will be received for any work missed until work is completed. A student may have up to 3 days to make up work from a single absence and up to 5 days to make up work from an absence longer than a single day.
TARDIES AND EARLY DISMISSALS
Chronic tardiness and early dismissals are considered to be attendance issues. Students demonstrating an unusual attendance pattern can be required to appear before the school attendance committee. A continued practice of tardiness/early dismissals may require appearing before the Truancy Council. We encourage you to try to schedule your child’s doctor and dental appointments around school hours. If this is not possible, you must come to the office and sign your child out. Each time a student is dismissed before 2:45 p.m., the attendance computer program automatically counts that child absent from school for the number of minutes the child is signed out early. These accumulate to a day’s absence and may affect perfect attendance.
*When signing out a child please have a photo I.D. ready.
The basic grading system for subject area grades is expressed by numerical value. The numerical values are equivalent to the following letter grades:
F= Below 70
Grades given at the end of each nine-week period will be determined from daily work, oral and written assignments, and tests. Semester grades will be determined by an average of grades for each of the nine-week periods. The final grade for the year will be determined by averaging the two semester grades. Achievement tests will count fifteen percent (15%) of the final grade in the spring semester for grades three through eight (3-8) in the subject areas of mathematics, reading/language arts, science and social studies.
Formal report cards containing an evaluation of student progress, and attendance are sent home each nine weeks. They are to be signed by the parent/guardian and returned to the teacher within a reasonable amount of time. At the end of the school year, if your child has any outstanding balances with the school, the report card will be held in the front office until all debts are paid. The report card provides one means of communication between you and the teacher. There will also be two Parent/Teacher conferences throughout the year, in the fall and spring. Please use this opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher. However, if additional conferences are needed please contact the teacher for a good time to meet.
PROMOTION AND RETENTION POLICY
The Hickman County Board of Education expects students to meet grade-level standards and progress through each grade within one school year. To accomplish this, instruction shall be focused on the Tennessee Curriculum Standards. Instructional methods should accommodate the varying needs of individual students and include strategies for addressing academic deficiencies. Schools and parents should form partnerships that involve parents in their child's education in order to promote student learning and encourage shared responsibility among students, parents, and staff. Meaningful communication between parents and the school is in the best interest of the students.
Students not making adequate progress in meeting grade level standards will be identified as early in the school year and in their school career as practicable.
The primary measure of student achievement should be the determination of mastery of the objectives and accomplishments as set forth in the Tennessee Curriculum Standards. However, factors which must be considered in promoting or retaining a student include the child's ability level, achievement, and maturity.
AUTHORITY FOR RETENTION DECISIONS
Retention decisions may be made when; in the judgment of the teacher, parent/guardian, and principal such retention is in the best educational interest of the student. The ultimate authority rests with the principal when there is a dispute over whether the student should be retained.
Official written notification of student progress is made by signed and returned progress reports. Parents shall be notified by the teacher(s) in writing of the need to schedule a conference to discuss a student's need for improvement if a student's academic performance puts him/her at risk of repeating a grade or course. Teachers must request a meeting with the parents of students who are at risk of not meeting the standards of promotion no later than the end of the third nine weeks for students in grades in K-8.
PROMOTION STANDARDS FOR GRADES K-5
Students will normally progress annually in sequential order from grade to grade. The professional staff will place students at the grade level best suited to them academically, socially and emotionally. Retentions may be made when, in the judgment of the teacher, such retentions are in the best interest of the students. Decisions to retain are subject to review and approval of the principal after consultation with the teacher. However, no student enrolled in the third grade shall be promoted unless the student has shown a basic understanding of curriculum and ability to perform the skills required in the subject of reading as demonstrated by the student’s grade or standardized test results. This requirement shall not apply to students who are participating in a Board approved research-based intervention prior to the beginning of the next school year or to students who have IEPs. For more information on retention/promotion, please see Board Policy 4.603
Homework contributes to the development of independence and responsibility on the part of the student. Students are given homework based upon their ability and educational program to which they are assigned.
Purposes of Homework:
All homework should be completed daily. Parental monitoring of homework is encouraged; however, students are to complete assignments with minimal assistance from parents. This allows the student to reinforce skills which were taught that day. Each student will be given an assignment book which will be used daily and should be initialed by the parent each night.
Grades 3 and 4 - If necessary, homework should not exceed thirty (30) minutes per day.
Grade 5 - If necessary, homework should not exceed ten (10) minutes per subject or forty-five (45) minutes per day.
If your child is spending excessive amounts of time on homework, please request a conference with the teacher. This could signify the student is having difficulty comprehending subject material or is not using class time wisely.
STUDENT DRESS CODE
Good taste and normal standards of community shall be maintained in dress and grooming of students. Student dress will not be detrimental to the educational environment or public image of the school. Any form of hair style/color or dress which is considered contrary to the good hygiene, distractive or disruptive in appearance, and detrimental to the purpose or conduct of the school will not be permitted. Facial piercings are not permitted.
Included as disruptive are the following:
*excessively tight clothing
*clothing bearing obscene words or pictures
*clothing bearing endorsements for alcohol or tobacco products
*undergarment worn as outer garment
*pajamas may not be worn to school
*inappropriate pant length (pants should not be touching floor)
*hats or bandanas of any kind
7. Appearance, including dress, make-up, and hairstyles, deemed disruptive to the educational process will not be permitted.
To help students understand the importance of appropriate appearance at school, we ask that all family members visiting the school or attending school functions comply with the dress code. Your support is appreciated.
School Wide Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is a proactive, team-based framework for creating and sustaining safe and effective schools. Emphasis is placed on prevention of problem behavior, development of social skills, and the use of data-based problem solving for addressing existing behavior concerns. School-wide PBS increases the capacity of schools to educate all students utilizing research-based school-wide, classroom, and individualized interventions. School-wide Positive Behavior Support is a prevention model. It is based on the premise that all students can benefit from well implemented, evidence-based practices for improving student behavior. At CIS we strive to conduct discipline in a positive manner. We believe that good behavior can be achieved through praise and rewards rather than punishment. Students that follow the school wide behavior expectations can look forward to reaping the rewards of their hard work and thoughtfulness toward others. Inappropriate behavior, however, will lead to punishment.
Discipline Reports will be given for:
All discipline reports given will be documented, with copies given to:
Classroom and Enrichment teachers are allowed to issue discipline reports for infractions occurring while students are under their supervision. Teacher assistants and substitute teachers are urged to seek the assistance of a teacher in that grade level if a discipline problem warrants a discipline report.
In an effort to control problem behaviors, we will utilize In-School Suspension, After-School Detention, and Saturday School. These programs will be used as follows:
Some behaviors may warrant immediate assignment to any of the above programs as determined by the severity of the behavior at the discretion of the principal.
Parents of students that persist in violating school rules and the discipline policy may request corporal punishment for their child. The principal or assistant principal will paddle a student only with a signed permission form stating that they may do so.
Students will be rewarded for good behavior through a variety of ways:
-9 Weeks Reward Activities
- Bulldawg Buck Redemption Days/Drawings
Everyone at Centerville Intermediate School is committed to making our school a safe and caring place for all students. We will treat each other with RESPECT and we will refuse to tolerate bullying in any form at our school.
Our school defines bullying as an imbalance of power between the student who bullies and the targeted student. The actions are malicious, mean, hurtful and often repeated. In peer violence, the students in conflict are equally matched in power; but with bullying, those who bully repeatedly engage in conflicts that they are sure to win.
The imbalance in power might be due to physical strength, physical size, intelligence, economic standing, ethnicity, and social skills. Bullies need to assert their power by subduing their victims, and show little empathy for their victims.
BULLYING BEHAVIOR CHART
Harm to another’s body or property
Harm to another’s self-worth
Harm to another’s group acceptance
Expressing physical superiority
Making threatening gestures
Taking small items from others
Teasing about possessions, clothes
Saying someone has germs or is unclean
Giving dirty looks
Holding nose or other insulting gestures
Teasing publicly about clothes, looks, etc.
Passively not including in group
Playing mean tricks
Threatening physical harm
Blaming targeted student
Tripping or causing a fall
Harassing with phone calls
Insulting intelligence, athletic ability, etc.
Defacing personal property, clothing, etc.
Insulting race, gender
Undermining other relationships
Making someone look foolish
Excluding from the group
Making repeated and/or graphic threats
Biting, physical cruelty
Frightening with phone calls
Challenging in public
Destroying personal property or clothing
Threatening total group exclusion
Arranging public humiliation
Total group rejection/ostracizing
In order to ensure a safe and secure learning environment, the following offenses will not be tolerated:
WEAPONS & DANGEROUS INSTRUMENTS
Students shall not possess, handle, transmit, use or attempt to use any dangerous weapon in school buildings or on school grounds at any time, or in school vehicles and/or buses or off the school grounds at a school sponsored activity, function or event.
Dangerous weapons for the purposes of this policy shall include, but are not limited to a firearm or anything manifestly designed, made or adapted for the purpose of inflicting death or serious bodily injury or anything that in the manner of its use or intended use is capable of causing death or serious bodily injury.
Violators of this section shall be subject to suspension and/or expulsion from school.
Firearms (as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 921)
In accordance with state law, any student who brings or possess a firearm on school property shall be expelled for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year. The Director of Schools shall have the authority to modify this expulsion requirement on a case-by-case basis.
In accordance with state law, any student who unlawfully possesses any drug including any controlled substance or legend drug shall be expelled for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year. The Director of Schools shall have the authority to modify this expulsion requirement on a case-by-case basis.
In accordance with state law, any student who commits battery upon any teacher, principal administrator, any other employee of the school or school resource officer shall be expelled for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year. The Director of Schools shall have the authority to modify this expulsion requirement on a case-by-case basis.
When it is determined that a student has violated this policy, the principal of the school shall notify the student’s parent or guardian and the criminal justice or juvenile delinquency system as required by law.
HICKMAN COUNTY BUS DISCIPLINE
Bus riding is a privilege which may be revoked. Parents and guardians are urged to appreciate the disciplinary policies and help teach your child proper behavior on the school bus. A bus discipline form will be sent home at the beginning of the year. Please review the policies with your child, sign and return to school. Please note: Students who are suspended from the bus must be picked up by 3:30 p.m.
A part-time school nurse is employed by the Hickman County School System. The nurse provides state mandated health services such as vision, hearing, and maintenance of health records and immunizations. On an annual basis, 4th grade students will receive a vision and hearing screening. You will be notified of any deficiencies in these vision or hearing exams.
The school nurse also provides routine classroom health checks and makes contact with parents regarding any health issues. She cares for students with injuries or illnesses that occur at school.
Although a part-time nurse is on staff at Centerville Intermediate, she may not take responsibility for evaluating signs of illness or injury that have occurred at home. These should be referred to your family doctor or an emergency room. A child who has been vomiting or who has diarrhea, or fever (100+ degrees), should remain at home until symptoms are absent for 24 hours.
Please, inform the school of any medical problems your child may have such as allergies, asthma, heart murmurs, seizures, etc. Please provide the school with a current phone number and emergency numbers. This information should be completed on the student registration form on the first day of school. Notify the school of any changes throughout the school year.
If your child becomes ill or is injured while at school, every attempt will be made to contact you. In emergency situations, 911 personnel will be contacted. If a student requires transportation to a hospital from school and the parent is not available, school personnel will accompany the child to the hospital and remain until a family member arrives.
POLICY ON ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION
The Hickman County School System has updated the policy on administration of medications. The following recommendations are from the legal counsel for the TN Department of Education.
School office staff may administer prescription medication to students under the following circumstances:
School system personnel may administer non-prescription medications under the following circumstances:
NO MEDICATION IS TO BE BROUGHT TO OR TAKEN FROM SCHOOL ON SCHOOL BUSES!
HICKMAN COUNTY SCHOOLS
TRANSPORTATION AND DISPOSAL OF MEDICATION POLICY
In an effort to ensure the safety and well being of all students, no medications, except inhalers or other medications, which a physician has indicated in writing, should be kept on a student’s person, may be transported on school buses. Parents must make arrangements for delivery of medications to the school their child attends.
In the event that medication is sent to school on a bus in violation of this policy, the following procedure will be utilized:
Notification will be provided to the parent one week prior to the end of the school year that unused medication is remaining at school. If a parent does not pick up the remaining medication, disposal will occur at the end of the school year. Appropriate school personnel will be trained annually in disposal procedures. Documentation shall occur regarding disposal of all medications.
Please note: All over-the-counter medications, including cough drops, are to be brought to school by the parent and proper paperwork completed.
PEDICULOSIS (HEAD LICE)
School systems serve as a focal point for transmission of various communicable conditions, including head lice infestation. It is the goal of the school system to diagnosis these cases as quickly as possible and instruct the parents in proper treatment to minimize and control head lice in schools.
Diagnosis of head lice (pediculosis) is made by direct inspection of the hair and scalp for the presence of crawling lice or brown nits.
Upon detection of head lice, a standard letter should be sent home with the student explaining treatment of family and home. Treatment is accomplished by use of a pediculicide which is an insecticide or chemical that kills head lice. Several over-the-counter preparations are available but Nix creme rinse is the only preparation that is reported to be an ovicide (kills eggs) as well as the lice. The other preparations
must be followed by a second application within 7 -10 days since incubation eggs can produce lice resulting in re-infestation. Nix users should be rechecked for live lice in 7 - 10 days.
1. Any carpet in rooms should be vacuumed daily.
2. Mats, pillows, towels, etc. should be assigned to students and stored separately and not stacked together.
3. Head phones in learning stations should be cleaned thoroughly between uses. Wiping vigorously with a disposable towel or alcohol swab should be sufficient.
4. Educating students about head lice and how they are spread should be undertaken. Stressing the importance of limiting the exchange of personal items is essential.
5. Fumigation of schools, buses, and homes should NOT be done since this practice has not been proven effective.
6. Students returning to school for re-admission should be examined by a staff member. If a student has not been satisfactorily treated or if nits are present re-admission should be refused. All students re-entering school should be re-screened for LIVE LICE in 7-10 days. Those who use a non-NIX product (non-ovicide) must show proof of treatment within 7-10 days in order to prevent continuing infestation.
ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
A “No-Nit’ Policy will be enforced. Students with nits (eggs) present in the hair will not be allowed to attend school. On the first occurrence parents must present box, boxtop, or label for proof of treatment upon child’s return to school. On second occurrence a parent must accompany child to school and present a note from physician or health department nurse that the child has been seen and is free of lice/ nits. On third occurrence a referral will be made to the Truancy Council for review and consideration of petition to the Juvenile Court of Hickman County.
Snacks can make a positive contribution to a child's daily diet and nutritional health needs, especially if the emphasis is on serving snacks from home that are low in fat and sugar content. A list of healthy snacks can be provided through our Coordinated School Health Office at your request.
Students have access to cool, fresh water at all times at school. Low fat milk, skim milk and 100% fruit juice are the drinks of choice when brought from home. Students should not bring soft drinks, sodas, energy drinks, sweet and caffeinated drinks for snack or lunch.
***Each student and parents/guardians are required to sign agreeing they have read and understand the student handbook.
I have read and understand my student handbook. I will abide by the expectations matrix each day I am at school. I realize that Centerville Intermediate School teachers and staff want me to be the BEST student I can be.
_____________________________________________ _____________________ ________________ Student Signature Date Teacher initials
I have read and understand the Centerville Intermediate School Student Handbook. I will encourage my child to abide by the expectations matrix each day they attend school. I realize that Centerville Intermediate School teachers and staff have my child’s BEST interest at heart.
___________________________________________ __________________ ________________
Parents/Guardians Signature Date Teacher initials
Centerville Intermediate School
110 Mary Field Ave
Centerville, TN 37033
The Hickman County School System does not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices on the basis of race, sex, national origin, religion, creed, age, marital status, or disability as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. All necessary accommodations are made for equitable participation by constituents without regard to race, gender, disability, economic status, or special needs as required by Section 427 of the General Education Provision Act & P.L. 107-110 NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND.
Tennessee Department of Education Contact Information
Answers to many questions and much helpful information may be obtained from the State Department of Education by calling 1-888-212-3162 or visiting http://www.state.tn.us/education/speced/index.htm.
Legal Services Division
Division of Special Education, Tennessee Department of Education
710 James Robertson Parkway
Andrew Johnson Tower, 5th Floor
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0380
Fax: 615-253-5567 or 615-532-9412
West Tennessee Regional Resource Center
100 Berryhill Drive
Jackson, Tennessee 38301
East Tennessee Regional Resource Center
2763 Island Home Blvd.
Knoxville, Tennessee 37290
Child Advocacy Group Contact Information
In addition to the state and local resources available to parents and children, there are many agencies and organizations that offer support, information, training, and help in advocating for persons with disabilities in Tennessee.
A few of these organizations are listed below:
The ARC of Tennessee
44 Vantage Way, Suite 550
Nashville, Tennessee 37228
Support and Training for Exceptional Parents (STEP)
712 Professional Plaza
Greeneville, Tennessee 37745
Tennessee Protection and Advocacy (TP&A)
416 21st Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee 37212
Tennessee Voices for Children
1315 8th Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
These are but a few of the organizations available to help with information, training, and advocacy. For a more extensive list visit the Tennessee Disability Services-Disability Pathfinder Database:
On the web page, select your “county: and the “service” you desire from the drop down lists and click “submit.”
This information is provided as a service to individuals seeking additional avenues for help and information. The Department of Education does not intend this as an endorsement or recommendation for any individual, organization, or service represented on this page.