Regional School District #6

Goshen Center School            James Morris School           Warren School

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Student/Parent Handbook

2015-2016



REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT #6

James Morris School

10 East Street, Morris, Connecticut 06763

(860) 567-7420

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August 2015

Dear Students and Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to the start of an exciting year full of great opportunities for your student to grow and develop academically and socially. So that it is clear what is expected from all students, I ask that you take some time to review this Student/Parent Handbook. Please read through this handbook with your child so that you both are aware of the many important policies and expectations. The handbook can also be found online at the school webpage within www.rsd6.org. It is possible that the handbook will be updated online during the course of the school year.

Once you and your child have read through this handbook, please remove this page, sign and date in the spaces below, and have your child return this document to his or her teacher by Thursday, September 10, 2015.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the handbook. The staff and I look forward to working with you in our efforts to provide the best possible academic and social environment for your student.

Sincerely,

KC Chapman

Principal

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

DISTRICT CONTACTS

CALENDAR

BOARD OF EDUCATION

THE SCHOOL DAY

SCHOOL HOURS

EARLY ARRIVALS AND MORNING DROP-OFFS

LATE ARRIVALS

PICK-UPS DURING THE DAY

PICKUPS AT DISMISSAL TIME

DELAYED OPENINGS

EMERGENCY / EARLY CLOSINGS / NO SCHOOL

SCHEDULED HALF-DAYS

WRITTEN NOTES

SCHOOL VISITORS

SCHOOL BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

OFFICE TELEPHONE USE

MORNING ROUTINES and ORGANIZATION

EMERGENCY DRILLS

ATTIRE (“Dress Code”)

Cold Weather Clothing

ELECTRONICS

LOST AND FOUND

ATTENDANCE

TRUANCY

CALLBACK SYSTEM AND REPORTING ABSENCES

SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION

COMMUNICATION

REGION 6 WEBSITE

WEEKLY SCHOOL NEWS (E-BLASTS)

PROGRESS REPORTS

CONTACTING A TEACHER

ACADEMICS

TRIMESTER DATES

SPECIAL SERVICES

INDEPENDENT LEARNING (“HOMEWORK”)

INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS

GENERAL AND VOCAL MUSIC

VISUAL ARTS

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

WELLNESS

SPANISH

LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER

MAKERSPACE

TECHNOLOGY and 21st CENTURY SKILLS

FIELD TRIPS

VOLUNTEERING FOR FIELD TRIPS

ASSESSMENT

OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS

PARENT / TEACHER ORGANIZATION

VOLUNTEERS and CHAPERONES

ROOM PARENTS/GUARDIANS

SCHOOL COMMITTEES

BEHAVIOR and DISCIPLINE

DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES

BULLYING

HEALTH

ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICINE

PETS IN SCHOOL

ASBESTOS

GREEN CLEANING PRODUCTS

SCHOOL RECORDS

NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT


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District Mission Statement:

To Prepare All Students for Learning, Living and Achieving

Learning Expectations:

Community and Civic Responsibility

Collaboration

Communication

Information Literacy

Problem Solving

Core Values:

Love of Learning

Integrity

Friendship and Respect

Educational Excellence

 

Motto:

Quality, Academics, Pride


DISTRICT CONTACTS

Edward Drapp, Superintendent of Schools (860)567-7400

Leslie Pescatore, Assistant to Superintendent (860)567-7400

Debra DeLisle, Human Resources Coordinator (860)567-6656

Scott Cleary, Business Manager (860)567-6655

Kevin Hollis, Director of Special Services (860)567-6642

Aita Hunt, Assistant to Director of Special Services (860)567-6642

Abbe Waldron, Chief Academic Officer (7-12) (860)567-7410

Amy Kennedy, Chief Academic Officer & Instructional Technology Specialist (K-6) (860)567-7400

Joanne Woodington, Language Arts Coordinator (860)868-2223

Robin Moore, Mathematics Coordinator (860)567-7420

John Threlfall, Director of Safety and Security (860) 567-7400

Fran O’Dell, Director of Facilities (860) 567-7400

Goshen

(860) 491-6020

Morris

(860) 567-7420

Warren

(860) 868-2223

Principal

Tracy Keilty

KC Chapman

Angela Rossbach

Administrative Assistant

Wanda Wiig

Heidi Varanko

Michael Gabriel-Deveau

Region 6 Preschool

Jacqueline Gray

Jessica Hodgkinson

Karen Brady

Kindergarten

Heather Mahar

Pam Phelan

Karen Brady

Grade 1

Nicole Colapietro

Tara Gleason

Tracy Barger

Sue Carpenter

Grade 2

Meghan Lafferty

Jean Leonard

Kathy Newton

Grade 3

Cheryl Martinelli

Tina Maritano

Beth Ulrichsen

Grade 4

Vanessa Spino

Missy Layman

Beth Ulrichsen

Grade 5

Kelly Grace

Jen Johnson

Holly Torrant

Heather Twyeffort

Grade 6

Sarah Miller

Carrie Maillet

Mary-Ellen Birdsall

Instructional Specialist

Madelyn Battistoni

Special Education

Jessica Perotti

Mike Wilhelm

Sharon Kozikowski

Christina Smith

Carol Leavitt

Literacy Specialist

Valerie Leifert

Barbara Connery

Joanne Woodington

Numeracy Specialist

Phil Pane

Robin Moore

Joanne Woodington

Social Worker & 504 Coord.

Kristin Lutz

Sarah Bolton

Steven Bagley

Paraprofessionals

Christina Albano,

Kathy Corsetti,

 Cindy Gelormino

Diane Machen,

Radolfo Ruiz

Renee Farrell,

Amanda Glover,

Deb Goepel, 

Amy Hofmann,

Karen Leite, Robin Moresi, Laura Murray,

Darlene Stansfield

Rebecca Barrett

Kathi Brown

Jane Dickinson

Nurse

Terri Truczinskas

Karen Prado

Shannon May-Vernali

Custodians

John Leary

Dave Spino

Bruce Richard

Anthony Beach

Scott Johnson

Anthony Beach

Cafeteria Manager

Patty Shepherd

Deborah King

Kelly Good

Spanish

Kathleen Ruiz

Rodolfo Ruiz

Art

Laurie Sweet

Music – General/Vocal

Sarah Bills

Health and Wellness

Alisa Wright

Music-Instrumental

Kara Cook

Library Media Specialist

Wayne Prescott

Physical Education

David Niek

School Psychologist

Kristin Lutz

Speech Pathologist

Elizabeth Domonell, Marci Sass

CALENDAR

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BOARD OF EDUCATION

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS

     WARREN                                     MORRIS                        GOSHEN

    Barbara DiNicola        Daniel Coutu        Nell Glass (Secretary)

    Richard Rebusmen                        John DeLello (Treasurer)             Chris Sanders (Chair)

                                           Heather Jones                        Craig Robillard (Vice-Chair)

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING SCHEDULE

All meetings begin at 7:00 P.M., unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 (District Office Conference Room)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 (District Office Conference Room)

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 (District Office Conference Room)

*Saturday, September 26, 2015 Board of Education Retreat Day

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 (Warren School)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 (Goshen Center School)

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 (James Morris School)

Monday, January 11, 2016 Budget Workshop (District Office Conference Room)

Wednesday, January 13, 2015 (District Office Conference Room)

Monday, February 8, 2015 Budget Workshop (District Office Conference Room)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 (District Office Conference Room)

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 (District Office Conference Room)

Monday, April 11, 2016 Budget Hearing (James M. Eisenhaure Auditorium - Wamogo)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 (Warren School)

Monday, May 2, 2016, 8:00 p.m.  Budget Meeting (James M. Eisenhaure Auditorium - Wamogo)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 (Goshen Center School)

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 (James Morris School)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 (District Office Conference Room)

THE SCHOOL DAY

SCHOOL HOURS

K – 6                8:55 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.                Pre-K, A.M.        8:55 A.M. – 11:35 A.M.

7-12 (Wamogo) 7:23 A.M. – 2:25 P.M.                Pre-K, P.M.        12:45 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.  (JMS & GCS)

EARLY ARRIVALS AND MORNING DROP-OFFS

The doors will be open and children will be allowed into school beginning at 8:50 A.M. As staff are preparing for the start of the school day, there is no supervision for students prior to 8:50 A.M.  

LATE ARRIVALS

Students arriving after 8:55 A.M. must report to the school office via the front entrance before going to their classroom.  Any student arriving after 8:55 A.M. will be considered tardy.

PICK-UPS DURING THE DAY

Parents/guardians should use the front entrance and report to the school office when picking up their child(ren) before regular dismissal time.  Whenever foreseeable, parents/guardians should send a written note to the classroom teacher that morning, indicating the time of pickup.  Students must be signed out from the office on the “Student Pickup/Sign Out Sheet”. Please make every effort to notify the school office by 2:00 P.M. if you have a change in your end of the day plans.

PICKUPS AT DISMISSAL TIME

To ensure the safety and security of all students and staff, we ask and expect that all visitors understand and abide by the following:


DELAYED OPENINGS 

Parents / Guardians will receive a message via the Region 6 SCHOOLMESSENGER automated system if the opening of school is delayed.  Delayed openings for Regional School District 6 (not individual schools) are announced on WZBG 97.3, WTIC 1080, WWYZ 92.5, and on TV Channels 8 and 30. School delays mean that school begins two hours later than usual, meaning that school will begin at 10:55 A.M. There is no morning preschool when school is delayed..  

EMERGENCY / EARLY CLOSINGS / NO SCHOOL

On occasion, school must be closed early due to inclement weather or other emergencies.  Most often, early dismissals will be at 1:25 P.M. and announced using local news and radio as well as our SCHOOLMESSENGER automated system.  It is very important to have an emergency plan in place and to discuss this with your child to make sure he or she knows what to do in case of an early dismissal.  It may be to your advantage to make arrangements with a neighbor or provide your child with a house key in case you are unable to be home when your child arrives.  An Emergency/Early-Dismissal form is sent home each fall to remind families of this important issue.  These forms are kept on file for quick reference in the event your child does not remember your family’s plan.

Should it become necessary to close school early on a day when parent/teacher conferences are scheduled, these conferences will not be held and will be rescheduled for a later date.  

All after-school activities are canceled when school is closed early.

SCHEDULED HALF-DAYS

K-6 dismissal on a scheduled half-day is at 1:25 P.M.  Please refer to the school calendar for regularly scheduled early-dismissal days.

Pre-K will dismiss at 10:30 A.M. on all early dismissal days. There is no P.M. preschool on scheduled half days.

WRITTEN NOTES

Children should bring in a written note from a parent or guardian for any of the following reasons:

A one-time “blanket note” can be written to cover recurring events such as Brownie or Scout meetings, sport practices, etc.

SCHOOL VISITORS

Regional School District No. 6 extends a warm welcome to parents/guardians and others to visit our schools and classrooms. At the same time, we must assure that our students, staff and visitors are safe, and that learning is not disrupted. We must always be aware of who is in the building and the reason for their visit. All RSD6 schools have a buzz-in intercom system for visitors to use. All school entrances will be locked at all times. We ask and expect that all visitors understand and comply with the following:

These protocols have been developed and shared to ensure clear expectations for all, and to provide a safe environment for our students, staff and visitors.

SCHOOL BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

Available Daily: Deli sandwiches, fresh-made salads, and alternate of the day, which will be manager’s choice.  Students no longer have to pre-order, they can make their choice when coming through the lunch line.  Also available daily is a fresh vegetable bar. Students can choose fresh vegetables instead of vegetable of the day.  Students have a choice of a variety of fresh fruit.  We offer low fat and fat free white milk, and fat free chocolate milk with all lunches

Student Lunch: $2.55                                Student milk: $.50

To pre-pay for lunch and breakfast, please go to www.mypaymentsplus.com.  If you have an account you can deposit funds into the meal account for just meals or the general account if purchasing snack and milk. If you do not have an account set up and you need the six digit ID# please call 860-567-7424 or email Deb King at dking@rsd6.org and she will be happy to help you. By using MyPaymentsPlus you are able to check up on what your children are eating and you earn bonus bucks for every $20.00 you deposit into your child’s account.

Students are not permitted to bring soda or candy to school.

RSD6 participates in the National School Breakfast Program.  This breakfast program is offered on a monthly basis to all students.  Those eligible for reduced lunches may purchase breakfast for a reduced price.  Students will be given a Breakfast Menu prior to the beginning of each month from which than can make their choices for that month.  

Free and Reduced Lunch Program - Families who qualify according to the State and Federal guidelines (forms are sent home at the beginning of the school year) can participate in the Free and Reduced Breakfast and Lunch Program.  

OFFICE TELEPHONE USE

The office telephone is for school business, and we discourage use of the phone by students requesting to call home.

MORNING ROUTINES and ORGANIZATION

Please help your child prepare for the day by establishing regular morning routines.  We also suggest that at night before going to bed, students organize and gather all belongings for the school day.

EMERGENCY DRILLS

Emergency drills are held at regular intervals, including monthly fire drills and periodic “lockdown” drills. Students are required to follow the directions given and posted in each classroom. For fire drills, at the first alarm, students will quietly walk to the designated exit and move to a previously designated point at least fifty feet from the building. For lockdown drills, students will quietly follow the supervising adult to a secure location.

ATTIRE (“Dress Code”)

The purpose of stressing appropriate clothing for students is to create an atmosphere at school that is conducive to learning. Students are expected to dress in a manner that will not interfere with instruction or endanger the well-being (physical, mental and emotional) of others and themselves.

Students who wear clothing that is deemed to be inappropriate for school or school related activities may be subject to administrative action. Students who fail to comply with expectations concerning attire will be subject to school discipline in accordance with the Board's policy on student discipline. Administrative action may include, but is not limited to, the following:

• request of student to change clothing

• request of parent to bring to school a change of clothing for student

• removal of student from class

School administrators, at their discretion, may make changes to the list above.

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Please Note:

Cold Weather Clothing

We try to hold recess outdoors whenever possible.  Students should wear appropriate clothing such as warm jackets or coats, hats, mittens/gloves and boots during cold and inclement weather.  Students without boots must stay on the blacktop area as long as snow covers the playground.

ELECTRONICS

Electronic devices such as cell phones and iPods are not to be used during school hours and must be kept in the student’s backpack in the off or silent mode.  

Audio/Video Recording Devices: Students shall not use any personal electronic devices to record audio and/or video or to take pictures in school unless directed by the classroom teacher as part of the curriculum and instruction. All other audio or video recording requires permission from school administration.

RSD6 students will have substantial access to electronic devices throughout the school day, as directed by the classroom teacher. However, if a student would prefer to use their own personal electronic devices (i.e. laptops, Chromebooks, iPads, e-readers) the child and parent should contact the school to discuss. The school is not responsible for lost or damaged items.

LOST AND FOUND

Clothing and personal items (e.g. lunch boxes, backpacks, etc.) should be labeled clearly with the student’s name or initials using a permanent marker to avoid lost and unclaimed articles.  Items found will be placed inside the back entrance.

ATTENDANCE

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

Attendance is governed by the Regional School District No. 6 “Attendance Policy” as follows:

Regular attendance is essential for an effective school experience and necessary for annual promotion.  The responsibility for regular attendance rests with the parent(s) or guardian(s).  The school will make every effort to keep the appropriate person informed in this most critical area and to assist whenever possible.  Regular attendance is essential to the educational process.  Excessive absences have adverse effects on education progress.  Students who are absent from class for any reason are deprived of a variety of educational opportunities, meaningful student-teacher interactions and learning experiences shared with their classmates. Teachers have traditionally attempted to provide opportunities for make-up work for class time missed; however, it is extremely difficult to reproduce or re-capture classroom activity.

Because teacher-student interaction is important to the instructional process, students will not be given work in advance for unexcused absences.  Students may be expected to complete a general assignment that is due upon return from their absence.  Students are also expected to consult with their teacher about makeup work to be done within a reasonable amount of time.  Failure to complete assigned makeup work may have a negative impact on the student’s performance and/or report card.  In extreme cases, failure to complete make-up assignments may jeopardize promotion to the next grade level.

TRUANCY

The State of Connecticut requires all schools to report students who have been truant. Truancy, according to Connecticut General Statutes, Sec. 193, is defined as:  

Any child age 5-18, inclusive, who is enrolled in public or private school and has four unexcused absences from school in any one month, or ten unexcused absences from school in any school year is considered Truant.

Excused Absences include

Personal Vacations:  While we understand the importance of family time, vacations taken during the school year that do not coincide with the Region 6 designated vacation closings are considered UNEXCUSED absences and may result in your child being reported to the state as truant.

CALLBACK SYSTEM AND REPORTING ABSENCES

To ensure the safety of our students, parents/guardians are requested to notify the school when a student is absent by calling 860-567-7423 before 8:55 A.M.  An answering machine is available 24/7 for your convenience.  If the school is not notified by a parent or guardian, the school nurse will call the parent’s/guardian’s home or workplace to inquire about the student’s absence or whereabouts.  

SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION

Bus transportation to and from James Morris School is provided through Regional School District No. 6 contract with All-Star Transportation (860 567-4237).  Children are assigned to a bus according to their home address.  

A note to the classroom teacher and/or bus driver is required if a change in the regularly assigned bus is necessary.


Behavior on the Bus

Transportation via school bus is a privilege. In accordance with Board of Education policy, school transportation privileges are extended to students conditional upon their satisfactory behavior on the bus. Students will be advised that they may be suspended from transportation services for unsatisfactory conduct (while awaiting and/or receiving transportation to and from school) that endangers persons or property or violates a Board policy or administrative regulation.

Inappropriate behavior includes creating a high level of noise, not sitting properly in one’s seat, holding or dropping items out of the window, or breaking any of the general school rules. Behavior that is considered by the driver or principal to be unsafe or inappropriate may result in consequences ranging from seat assignments, a phone call home, suspension, and/or loss of the privilege of riding the bus for a designated period of time. In the event that a student’s bus privileges are suspended, the parent/guardian is responsible for transporting the student to and from school.

COMMUNICATION

REGION 6 WEBSITE

In an ongoing effort to strengthen communication with parents and families, Region 6 uses a website: www.rsd6.org   We encourage all parents and guardians to use this tool to their advantage by checking the district, school and teacher webpages often.  Items such as weekly and monthly lunch menus, event calendar, newsletters, bus routes, handbooks, and notices will be posted on the website.  

Teacher Websites

All preK-6 teachers maintain their own webpages, which can be accessed through the STAFF DIRECTORY link of each school’s webpage at www.rsd6.org, then clicking on the teacher’s name.

WEEKLY SCHOOL NEWS (E-BLASTS)

Please register for our E-News to receive weekly information from the school principal.  This is the schools’ primary method of regular communication between home and school.  To register, go to www.rsd6.org, and click on “E-NEWS” at the top-right of the screen.

PROGRESS REPORTS

Progress reports are sent home three times per academic year: December, March and June

PARENT / TEACHER CONFERENCES

Twice a year, parents/guardians are given an opportunity to meet with their child’s teacher to discuss progress.  Parent/teacher conferences are typically held in October and March, with appointments scheduled on either one of two evenings or one afternoon.  On conference days, K-6 is dismissed at 1:25 P.M., and Pre-K is dismissed at 10:30 A.M. Should it become necessary to close school early on a day when parent/teacher conferences are scheduled, these conferences will not be held and will be rescheduled for a later date.  

Conference Dates:                 October 21-23, 2015                March 22-24, 2016

CONTACTING A TEACHER

So as to avoid surprises, parents/guardians and staff are encouraged to communicate as frequently as each deems appropriate. Due to the schedule and pace of the typical school day, teachers are generally not available to take phone calls during school hours. Parents/Guardians may leave a message for a teacher with the office, and the teacher will return the call at their earliest convenience.

Email is another sound option for home-school communication. Please note, however, that teachers are not always able to check their email during school hours. Therefore, urgent messages, including changes in dismissal plans, should be delivered via a telephone call to the office. Email is often ideally suited for non-urgent messages. Staff check their e-mails daily and will respond to parent questions within 24 hours, as long as it is not a weekend, holiday or vacation. Confidentiality is always a priority and therefore email may not always be the most appropriate method of communication for certain situations.  

If a parent/guardian wishes to meet with a teacher, he or she should call the main office and leave a message for the teacher to return the call, or email the teacher with the request for an appointment and some dates and times that work. Generally, the best time to meet with teachers is before school (e.g. 8:30 A.M.) or after dismissal (e.g. 3:35 P.M.).  Unscheduled visits to classrooms are not permitted.

LINES OF COMMUNICATION

If you have a question or concern about…                        Please contact the…

   or main office

   or PTO


ACADEMICS

TRIMESTER DATES

1st Trimester:                 September 2 to November 24

                        Dec. 4 - Progress Reports Go Home

2nd Trimester:                November 25 to March 11

                        March 18 - Progress Reports Go Home

3rd Trimester:                March 12 to Last Day of School

                        Progress Reports Go Home Last Day of School

SPECIAL SERVICES

A full range of Special Services is offered to children with diagnosed needs.  Programs include speech therapy and language instruction, physical therapy, special support for hearing impaired, learning disabled, and children with emotional needs.

INDEPENDENT LEARNING (“HOMEWORK”)

We believe that independent learning (“homework”) should be meaningful and empower children to explore and expand their learning outside of the classroom. As each child's educational needs, interests and situations at home are unique, we strive to balance curricular expectations with individualized challenges. Assignments may vary from student to student within the same grade and class to meet the academic needs of each student.

Guidelines for teachers are:

Guidelines for students are:

Guidelines for parents are:

INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS

All students in grades 4, 5 and 6 will have the opportunity to participate in the instrumental music program and receive small group or individual weekly instruction. All instrumental students will participate in a Concert Band, which holds concerts and performs at school events throughout the year.  Students may also audition for Jazz Band, which is open to 2nd and 3rd year players only, practices before school and can be joined through audition only. In late spring, our instrumental teacher demonstrates the various instruments to third-grade students.  Information on instrument rentals and lessons is sent home after this demonstration so that lessons can begin when school reopens in the fall.  Students who chose to participate in instrumental lessons assume full responsibility for class work missed during lesson time.

GENERAL AND VOCAL MUSIC

In addition to teaching basic skills, general music classes teach an appreciation of music by introducing students to music theory, history, elements, and style.  Students culminate their year by participating in one of a variety of performance-based activities.

VISUAL ARTS

Students in all grades are introduced to a variety of art mediums.  They learn and practice a variety of art mediums, develop 21st-century skills of perception and reflection, as well as learn and practice the basic skills and techniques associated with the visual arts.  Students also learn about famous artists and their styles of art.  We suggest students bring an old oversized T-shirt to school to be used as a smock during art class.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Physical education encompasses a wide variety of activities designed to increase activity levels and motor skills that will help each child remain active throughout his/her life.  The programs are presented in a non-competitive environment that encourages individual development.  Lace-up or Velcro sneakers are required for safety reasons.

WELLNESS

Our wellness program is focused on establishing healthy habits based on physical, social, and emotional well-being. Students engage in activities that use 21st-Century Skills to promote authentic, real world connections. Lessons vary between physical activity, hands-on experiences, research and reporting, as well as individual and group activities.

SPANISH

Elementary Spanish is part of the core curriculum for students in grades preschool through grade six, and provides academically enriching content for developing oral proficiency. Through this exposure, students develop at a young age the necessary skills to communicate in Spanish. All classes meet multiple times per week.

LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER

Students visit the library media center frequently to learn and utilize technology and discuss ideas.  The library media center contains a large collection of materials that have been carefully selected to support the curriculum and spark students’ interests. In addition to print materials, there are also many online resources available for student projects.  Students are responsible for returning library books and covering the cost if lost or misplaced.

MAKERSPACE

We are excited this year to provide every student in Region 6 with the opportunity to experience a makerspace - a community space in which our students come together to create, build, develop, design, experiment, share, communicate, demonstrate, discover, collaborate, produce, fix and problem-solve. A makerspace provides opportunities for all students to independently explore their interests, think critically and demonstrate their innovative ideas as well as digitally access resources from within our schools and across the globe to extend their learning and connect to authentic experiences.

The makerspaces connect and enrich learning in the classroom by supporting a personalized, student-centered approach. Students are encouraged to engage in challenging work that provides opportunities to learn new skills and work collaboratively to solve problems. The possibilities for student experiences in a makerspace are infinite. Students may experiment with coding, making videos, podcasts, creating music or create an original piece of art. If you are interested in supporting activities in the makerspace during the school day, please contact your building principal to find out how you can help.

TECHNOLOGY and 21st CENTURY SKILLS

Region 6 has wireless technology throughout our school, and each classroom is equipped with a SMART Board. Students have access to netbooks, Chromebooks and iPads, and teachers use these devices to provide students with digital-age learning experiences and assessments. In Region 6, we believe that all students need regular opportunities to utilize technology in order to develop skills that encourage creativity, critical thinking, productivity, and collaboration. Students at Region 6 regularly use technology to communicate their ideas and learning through classroom blogs and websites. They use web resources to conduct research and evaluate information and create presentations, animations, and videos using a variety of media-rich web tools and resources. Students also use digital technology to collaborate with teachers and peers and to demonstrate the safe and cooperative use of these tools.  In order for students to use the Internet and technology equipment at school, each student and his or her parent/guardian must sign an acceptable-use policy indicating they will use the Internet and equipment properly and follow school guidelines while doing so.  This contract is sent home at the beginning of each school year.

FIELD TRIPS

Parents will be notified in advance of all field trips.  A permission form must be signed by a parent or guardian and received by the classroom teacher before a student is allowed on a field trip.  For short walking trips, such as visiting the Town Library, parents will be asked to sign a “Walking Permission” form.

VOLUNTEERING FOR FIELD TRIPS

In accordance with District policy, chaperones are asked to fill out an application and provide a copy of a photo ID prior to volunteering.  Background checks are run on chaperones of overnight events.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment is an integral part of effective teaching. At the elementary level, we use the following types of assessments to measure student growth and achievement:


OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS

PARENT / TEACHER ORGANIZATION

The PTO serves the school community through its support of school enrichment programs.  PTO fundraising efforts have provided fiscal resources that have helped to enhance classroom programs.  The membership drive takes place in September of each year.  Every family is encouraged to participate in PTO sponsored activities.

2014-2015 PTO Officers

President                Jessy Barone

Vice-President             Laurie Bernardi

Secretary                Beth Ebner

Treasurer                (position open)

PTO Meetings are held at James Morris School, approximately every month.

VOLUNTEERS and CHAPERONES

James Morris School welcomes volunteers and the value they can bring to the educational experience of students. Examples of opportunities for volunteering include:

In accordance with District policy, volunteers are asked to fill out an application and provide a copy of a photo ID prior to volunteering.  Background checks are run on chaperones of overnight events.

ROOM PARENTS/GUARDIANS

At the beginning of the school year, classroom teachers may ask for volunteers to serve as “room parents/guardians”. The responsibilities of this role vary from classroom to classroom. However, in general, these individuals work directly with the teacher to organize and facilitate various classroom activities and events.

MAKERSPACE

If you are interested in supporting activities in the makerspace during the school day, please contact your building principal to find out how you can help.


SCHOOL COMMITTEES

Those individuals looking to work closely with the building principal may participate on the Principal’s Advisory Committee or Safe-School Climate Committee. Both committees meet for an hour at various points during the school year to hear from and contribute feedback to the principal. While the Advisory Committee may discuss a wide range of school related topics, the Climate Committee focuses exclusively on building and maintaining a safe, bully-free school climate. Please contact the principal for more information.

BEHAVIOR and DISCIPLINE

DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES

Students are expected to exercise good citizenship at all times while in school.  This includes respect for the rights of others and regard for personal and school property.  Students should strive to contribute to the climate of the school by being courteous and well-mannered.

All school district employees share responsibility for supervising the behavior of students to help them meet standards of conduct established by the Board of Education or the school administration. Discipline problems are normally dealt with at the level at which they occur (e.g. classroom, cafeteria, playground, bus, etc.) and include a discussion with the child about other choices that could have been made. Typically, parents/guardians will be notified in the event of a disciplinary issue via a phone call, note home, or email.

Each teacher shall have the authority to remove student from class when such student deliberately causes a serious disruption to the education process within the classroom. A student may be given in-school suspension, suspended, or expelled for one or more of the following behaviors or actions on school property, at school activities, or off school grounds:        

                

Please refer to http://www.policy.cabe.org/region6/ for additional details.


HALLWAYS

In order to ensure the safety of all students as well as to maximize the learning opportunities in classrooms, we ask that each child know and comply with the following expectations for traveling in the hallway:

As with any other school setting, all school rules apply, and consequences for inappropriate behavior may include removal from line, a phone call or note home, trip to the principal’s office, suspension, or expulsion, subject to the discretion of the school principal.

CAFETERIA

Lunchtime provides a wonderful opportunity for students to recharge and interact with peers in a non-academic setting. In order to ensure the safety of all students, we ask that each child know and comply with the following:

As with any other school setting, all school rules apply, and consequences for inappropriate behavior may include assigned seats, removal from the cafeteria, a phone call or note home, trip to the principal’s office, suspension, or expulsion, subject to the discretion of the school principal.

RECESS

Recess provides a wonderful opportunity for students to expend their energy in a fun and social manner, as well as to interact with peers in a non-academic setting. In order to ensure the safety of all students, we ask that each child know and comply with the following:

As with any other school setting, all school rules apply, and consequences for inappropriate behavior may include assignment to a designated area, a phone call or note home, trip to the principal’s office, suspension, or expulsion, subject to the discretion of the school principal.


BULLYING

The Board of Education (Board) promotes a secure and happy school climate, conducive to teaching and learning that is free from threat, harassment and any type of bullying behavior. Therefore it shall be the policy of the Board that bullying of a student by another student is prohibited.

The Board believes that a school environment in which students feel safe, supported, engaged and helpfully challenged is optimal for learning and healthy development. The Board seeks an environment in which students and adults feel socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically safe; an environment that is free of harassment, intimidation and bullying.

Definitions

“Bullying” means the repeated use by one or more students of a written, oral or electronic communication, such as cyberbullying, directed at or referring to another student attending school in the same school district or a physical act or gesture by one or more students repeatedly directed at another student attending school in the same school district that:

A. causes physical or emotional harm to such student or damage to such student’s property,

B. places such student in reasonable fear of harm to himself or herself, or of damage to his or her property, C. creates a hostile environment at school for such student,

D. infringes on the rights of such student at school, or

E. substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school.

Bullying shall include, but not be limited to, a written, oral, or electronic communication or physical act or gesture based on any actual or perceived differentiating characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, socioeconomic status, academic status, physical appearance, or mental, physical, developmental or sensory disability, or by association with an individual or group who has or is perceived to have one or more of such characteristics. (The student against whom the activity is directed must be attending school in the same district as the students engaged in the activity.)

Please refer to our website http://www.policy.cabe.org/region6/ for the complete policy. A copy may also be requested from the main office.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT (Policy 5145.5)

Regional School District #6 has a sexual harassment policy that is available upon request.

WEAPONS AND DANGEROUS INSTRUMENTS

Students shall NOT possess firearms, facsimiles of firearms, weapons, or dangerous instruments of any kind including martial arts weapons, on school grounds, school buses or in the school building.  Students shall not possess any of the above mentioned at any school related or sponsored activity away from the school facility.  Students who violate this policy will be subject to appropriate disciplinary measures according to Regional School District No. 6 policy, as well as possible law enforcement intervention.

HEALTH

ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICINE

IMPORTANT REMINDER!  Please notify the school office (860-567-7420) whenever there is a change in address, home phone number, cell number or emergency contact number.

PETS IN SCHOOL

Due to an increasing number of children with pet allergies and asthmatic/respiratory conditions, students may no longer bring “fur-bearing” pets to school for a visit. In accordance with BOE policy, no student shall bring any live animal, whether pet or wild, to any classroom without prior consent of the teacher and the Principal, in order to protect both the animal and the students. Teachers may bring and maintain goldfish or tropical fish in suitable bowls or tanks, but turtles, birds, snakes, or other animals which might present a health hazard shall not be allowed without the approval of the Principal, and then only for class observation and study for a limited period of time.

ASBESTOS

The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (Title 40 CFR Part 763.93 (g)(4)) requires written notification that the James Morris School has a Management Plan for the safe control and maintenance of asbestos-containing materials if present in the school building.  This management plan is available and accessible to the public in the school office.

GREEN CLEANING PRODUCTS

In accordance with Public Act No. 09-81: AN ACT CONCERNING GREEN CLEANING PRODUCTS IN SCHOOLS, no parent, guardian, teacher or staff member may bring into the school facility any consumer product which is intended to clean, deodorize, sanitize or disinfect. A guidance document, Green Cleaning Information for School Administrators, Staff and Parents, that provides more information can be found on the DPH School Environmental Health web page at: 

http://www.ct.gov/dph/lib/dph/environmental_health/eoha/pdf/green_cleaning_info_for_staff_parents_final.pdf 


SCHOOL RECORDS

Student records may be inspected and reviewed by a parent or guardian with a written request.  No student information can be released or made public without written consent from the parents or guardian.

NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

Regional School District No. 6 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Title IX Contact                                        Section 504 Contact

Christine Fenn, Counselor                        Jody Lambert

98 Wamogo Road, Litchfield, CT 06759                98 Wamogo Road, Litchfield, CT 06759

860-567-7400                                        860-567-7400