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Student/Parent Handbook

When you do good things, good things happen!

Twitter: @OrozcoAcademy

(773) 534-7215

(773) 534-7329 (fax)

Efraín Martínez


Brennen Humphrey

Assistant Principal 

Principal’s Message        2

Vision        2

CIWP Priorities        2

Allergy/Asthma Policy        2

Attendance, Absences and Tardies        2

Bullying Policy        3

Calendar        3

Cellphones        4

Discipline        4

Early Dismissal        5

Emergency Drills/Evacuation Plan        5

Entrance/Dismissal Procedures        6

Evaluation of Student Progress        6

Fidget Spinners        6

Graduation Requirements for 8th Grade        6

Health and Wellness        6

Important Contact Info        7

Local School Council        7

Lockers        7

Lost Books        7

Lost/Found        7

Medications & Medical Exclusions        7

Meeting with Teachers: 2-Way Communication        8

Minimum Health Requirements        8

Parental Involvement        8

Parties        9

Pictures/Video        9

Principal’s List and Honor Roll        9

School Activity Fees        9

School Office Hours        10

School Rules        10

Sexual Health Education        10

Social Media        10

Uniform Policy        10

Who Should I Ask        11

Principal’s Message

Dear Orozco Family:

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! I hope you all had a wonderful summer with family and friends. Please know Ms. Humphrey and I have been working and planning during the summer, our maintenance staff has been doing a fantastic job cleaning and doing repairs and our teachers and staff have been busy developing their units for the year.

This document is one of several ways we will communicate with you. It contains information regarding school rules and policies, so please keep it handy. A copy is being sent home and you can always access it in our new website

The teachers and staff at Orozco Academy are looking forward to working with you to provide the best education possible for your child. For this reason, it’s imperative that we work together and we do appreciate that support.

It’s a great honor to serve the entire Orozco Community and I’m looking forward to working with you towards a collective growth mindset based on excellence and well being. And please, remind your children every day: when you do good things, good things happen!


Efraín Martínez



Orozco students are inspired to become reflective, innovative, and compassionate leaders, part of a rich mosaic in the changing world.

CIWP Priorities

As a school community, we strive to continually improve. We have four focus areas:

Allergy/Asthma Policy

Please ensure the required forms are updated annually and any necessary medication or devices are available to your child during the school day. See the school nurse for other details regarding this policy. Out of consideration for students with allergies, please do not send any food or treats for sharing to your child’s class without checking with the teacher.

Attendance, Absences and Tardies

Bullying Policy

“Bullying” means any severe or pervasive (repeated over time) physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student or students, that has or can be reasonably predicted to have one or more of the following effects:

  1. placing the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student's person or property;
  2. causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student's physical or mental health;
  3. substantially interfering with the student's academic performance; or
  4. substantially interfering with the student's ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.

The Board asks every Chicago Public School (“CPS”) student, with the support of his/her parent(s), guardian(s) and the adults at school, to commit to the following principles, which will apply to everyone on school property and at school-related activities:

Reports of possible bullying can be made through completing a “Possible Bullying Documentation Form”, which is available in the Main Office. A report should be given as quickly as possible to the Principal or Assistant Principal. Investigation of a bullying incident will be initiated within five school days of receipt of a report and completed within 10 school days.

The Principal/Designee shall report to the parent/legal guardian of all involved students, via telephone, personal conference and/or in writing, the occurrence of any alleged incident of bullying, and shall document these notifications in the Incident Report in IMPACT. When the investigation is complete, the Principal/Designee shall notify the parents/legal guardians of all students involved of the outcome of the investigation. Parents/legal guardians of the students who are parties to the investigation may request a personal conference with the Principal/Designee to discuss the investigation, the findings of the investigation, the actions taken to address the reported incident of bullying, and any resources available in or outside the school to help the students address the underlying reasons for the bullying (see “Referrals” section below).        


It’s important that you are informed of the Chicago Public School’s Calendar and Orozco’s Calendar. You can have access to both calendars visiting and

Classes begin on September 5th, 2017

Classes end on June 18th, 2018

No School:

September 4 - Labor Day

No School:

October 9 - Columbus Day

No School:

Nov. 23-24 - Thanksgiving Holiday

No School:

Winter Break - Dec 25 -Jan. 5

No School:

January 15th - ML King Day

No School:

February 19th - President’s Day

No School:

March 26-30 - Spring Break

No School:

May 28th - Memorial Day

Quarter 1 ends November 2

Quarter 2 ends February 1

Quarter 3 ends April 12

Quarter 4 ends June 18

Progress Reports:

Q1: October 6

Q2: February 1

Q3: March 9

Q4: May 18

Report Cards:

Q2: February 9

Q4: June 18

Parent-Teacher Conference Days

Q1: November 15

Q3: April 18

No School on School Improvement Days:

November 3, February 2, April 13, June 19


Since many of our students ride the bus or walk by themselves, we understand the need of students to have a cell phone. The following is Orozco’s cell phone policy:


Every student will receive a copy of the School Code of Conduct (SCC) at the beginning of the year. The SCC is also available on the CPS website. Parents, please review the SSC with students so everyone is familiarized.

Orozco handles discipline using restorative practices in alignment with the CPS Student Code of Conduct. Our Youth Intervention Specialist will work closely with all matters of discipline including detentions. Detentions occur on Fridays (3:00 PM-4:00 PM and/or 4:00 PM-5:00 PM) and may be assigned based on the level of misconduct per the SCC. Inappropriate actions are classified as follows:

Group 1: Inappropriate Behavior (e.g. leaving the classroom without permission, disruptive behavior, failing to attend class, persistent tardiness, use of cellphones, etc.). Available interventions and consequences include communications with parents, restorative responses and detention (lunch and after school on Fridays).

Group 2: Disruptive Behavior (e.g. leaving the school without permission, minor physical actions, profane language or gestures, possession or tobacco, lighters or other products, disregard of instructions from personnel, downloading non-educational materials, etc.). Available interventions and consequences include communications with parents, restorative responses and detention (lunch and after school on Fridays), in-school suspension.

Group 3: Seriously Disruptive Behavior (e.g. second or more violations of Group 1 or 2, disruptive behavior on the school bus; fighting, harassment, discrimination, forgery, plagiarizing, display of gang affiliation, bullying behaviors, use of technology [in or out of school] to harass or bully others, etc.). Available interventions and consequences include communications with parents, restorative responses and detention (lunch and after school on Fridays), in-school suspension, out of school suspension.

Group 4: Very Seriously Disruptive Behavior (e.g. false activation of fire alarm, extortion, assault, vandalism, battery, fighting, theft, possession, use, sale of fireworks, trespassing, possession of dangerous objects, use possession of alcohol, etc.). Available interventions and consequences include communications with parents, restorative responses and detention (lunch and after school on Fridays), in-school suspension, out of school suspension.

Group 5: Most Seriously Disruptive Behavior (aggravated assault, burglary, theft, intimidation, gang activity, sexual conduct, illegal behavior, harassment, false activation of fire alarm, battery, use of technology to threatened or harass others, vandalism, consensual sexual activity, possession or use of illegal drugs or look-alikes, participating in mob action, repeated offenses of group 4, etc.). Available interventions and consequences include communications with parents, restorative responses and detention (lunch and after school on Fridays), in-school suspension, out of school suspension, request for expulsion hearing.

Group 6: Illegal and Most Seriously Disruptive Behavior (use or possession of firearm or destructive device, arson, bomb threat, robbery, sale, distribution or intent to sell or distribute illegal substances or look-alikes, sex acts, aggravated battery, murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, theft, etc.).  Available interventions and consequences include communications with parents, restorative responses and detention (lunch and after school on Fridays), in-school suspension, out of school suspension, request for expulsion hearing.

Early Dismissal

Students are expected to be at school every day. Students who are not consistently in class or are consistently tardy risk failing their courses due to absences. Please come into the office and request an early dismissal for your child. Parent/guardian/designated adult must sign students out in the office. Please update your emergency information as needed. Students must never leave unescorted. Students are marked ½ day absent for early dismissal before 2:00 PM.

No early dismissals after 2:45 PM as school staff begin preparation for regular dismissal at this time. Early dismissals will count against perfect attendance.

Emergency Drills/Evacuation Plan

Each year, we conduct emergency  drills (fire, shelter in place, lockdown, etc.) as required by the District. If emergency conditions ever dictate evacuating the building and relocating, all children and staff will walk to Harrison Park (1824 S Wood St, 312-746-5491). Parents will be notified as soon as circumstances permit.

Entrance/Dismissal Procedures

Students should enter and exit school at their designated door. Doors open at 7:30 AM and close at 8:10 AM. At 8:10 AM, tardy students should report to the main office.



Evaluation of Student Progress

In grades 1-8, the marking symbols A, B, C, D, and F are used to indicate the child’s progress, achievement, and effort in each subject. Classwork, daily homework and projects must be submitted on the date due.

A (90-100), B (80-89), C (70-79), D (60-69), F (50-59)

Fidget Spinners

The use of fidget spinners are prohibited on school grounds. If a child’s pediatrician has determined a fidget spinner as an accommodation for ADD/ADHD, then they may bring a note from their doctor.

Graduation Requirements for 8th Grade

For a student to be eligible to graduate, students must meet all eligibility criteria set forth by the Chicago Public Schools including attendance, grades in reading and math, and NWEA test scores. Participating in Orozco’s graduation is more than a right; it’s a symbol that the student met or exceeded our expectations for academics and citizenship.

Health and Wellness

Orozco is a CPS Healthy School. To support the Wellness Policy, please refrain from bringing cake, candy, or other sugary treats for school events or your child's birthday.  A list of approved Healthy Snacks can be found here: 

There are two days per year (Halloween and Valentine’s Day) on which members of the school community are allowed to bring food (including candy) for celebrations. Please ensure that all food items are commercially produced and individually wrapped for easy and sanitary distribution. Homemade items or portions of a larger commercially-made item (like a cake) are not allowed. All items brought should be nut-free to avoid possible allergic reactions and contamination.

Important Contact Info

Orozco Academy’s Office: (773) 534-7215

Orozco Academy’s Fax: (773) 534-7329

Orozco Academy’s Website: 

Twitter: @OrozcoAcademy

Network 7 Office: (773) 535-7100

CPS Central Office: (773) 553-1000

Local School Council

Orozco Academy’s Local School Council (LSC) is responsible for three main duties:

  1. Approving how school funds and resources are allocated
  2. Developing and monitoring the annual School Improvement Plan
  3. Evaluating and selecting the school’s principal

The LSC consists of 6 parents, 2 community members, 2 teachers, 1 non-teacher staff and the Principal. Every member of the school community is invited to meetings. Dates and agendas are to be posted on school’s doors. For contact information on Orozco’s LSC elected officials, please visit our website


Middle school students will have access to their own locker, which will be assigned by their homeroom teacher. Students may go to their locker, under teacher supervision, at the following times: arrival, lunch and dismissal time. If a student brings a cell phone to school, it should be stored inside the book bag. Book bags should be stored in locker.

The student fee covers the cost of the locks, however, if a student misplaces his/her lock, he/she must purchase a new one from the school. We strongly encourage students not to share their combination with any other students.

Lost Books

Books are assigned to students by numbers at the beginning of the school year. Each student is responsible for the care and protection of all books. Students will be charged a fee for damage beyond normal wear. If a book is lost or stolen, the student will be charged for the replacement value of the book. If the book is found and returned in a good condition, the student’s money will be refunded. Report cards will not be issued from the office at the end of the school year for any students owing money for lost or damaged books.


Personal belongings should be labeled with the child’s name. Lost items are stored in the office for a short while. Unclaimed items are eventually donated.

Medications & Medical Exclusions

CPS strongly recommends that medication be administered at home. In cases where it must be administered in school, the parent must be in communication with the school’s nurse. No child is allowed to take any medication without proper authorization from the parent. Please know that the only staff allowed to administer any medication is the nurse.

Children with signs of a contagious disease, may be excluded from school.

Meeting with Teachers: 2-Way Communication

At Orozco, we expect both parents and teachers to communicate with one another to support the academic, social, and emotional development of your student. Two-way communication requires teachers to communicate with parents and parents to communicate with teachers. Please keep the communication lines open! Our staff appreciates your insights, suggestions and support to continually improve the educational experience for each and every Orozco student. Throughout the year, the school staff will communicate in a variety of ways, such as: sending home notes through student backpacks, phone calls home, and updates on the school Twitter account and website.

At the start of the school year, we encourage you to talk with your child’s teacher about the best way for you and the teacher to communicate (phone call, text message, e-mail, letter in backpack, etc.). All staff members’ e-mails addressed can be found on our school website:  We encourage parents to schedule meetings by e-mailing the teacher directly.

Throughout the school year, there will be a number of opportunities for parents and teachers to get to know one another and to communicate in person about student’s progress, such as fall Open House and parent-teacher conferences. If you cannot attend these events, please let your child’s teacher know so that alternative arrangements can be made.

Additionally, parents can monitor student’s grades and attendance in “real time” on Parent Portal. We encourage parents to check parent portal on a weekly basis. If you need assistance registering for Parent Portal, please see Ms. Barragan or Manuel Gonzalez.

To meet with a teacher, a parent should:

-Email the teacher directly (all email addresses are in our website)

-If parent is not satisfied with the outcome of the meeting, the Parent may request a mediation meeting between the parent, the teacher and the Principal or Assistant Principal.

Minimum Health Requirements

Students entering school for the first time at any grade level and students entering kindergarten or 6th grade are required to have an updated physical exam and a complete immunization record on file including a Tdap vaccine for 6th graders. Students who are out of compliance with this mandated state requirement may be excluded from school. Also required is a dental health exam for all students entering kindergarten, 2nd grade or 6th grade and an eye exam for kindergarteners and students enrolling in CPS for the first time.

Parental Involvement

Orozco Academy believes in strong parental input, involvement and support. Parents should feel free to contact their child’s teacher or the main office when they have questions or concerns. We are committed to becoming a partnership school, where parents and teachers are partners in supporting the academic, social, and emotional growth of students. We welcome parents/guardians/families as partners in the education of our students.

What are a few ways I can support my child’s learning, at school?


Volunteer at Orozco! We appreciate families coming into our school community to help teachers, students, and support staff. If you have free time and would like to volunteer your time please contact your child’s teacher or our Bilingual Coordinator, Ms. Bazan, directly.


Below are a few ways to support your child’s learning at school:

What are a few ways I can support my child’s learning, at home?


Parents are a child’s first teacher. Beyond the school day, children are continuing to learn at home.


Below are a few ways to support your child’s learning at home:


Classroom parties are scheduled by teachers and the administration. CPS policy requires that only purchased, commercially wrapped items may be served to students for such celebrations. In consideration for students with allergies, please check with the teacher before sending any items to school to be shared.


Please be aware that pictures/video of students are taken by staff by on many occasions to document and celebrate events and achievements.

Principal’s List and Honor Roll

Principal’s List: All A’s in all subjects and zero SDRs.

Honor Roll: All B’s or higher in all subjects and good discipline record.

School Activity Fees

In order to support your child’s education, Orozco requests parents to support the school with a $30.00 school fee (for technology and school activities). In order to accommodate families with multiple children, please see the fee scale below.

$30.00 fee per student K-8th grade

If you have any questions about the school activities and technology fees, please do not hesitate to meet with the Principal to discuss this important issue.

School Office Hours

The school’s office opens at 7:45 AM and closes at 3:30 PM.

School Rules

At Orozco, we expect all students to uphold our school-wide expectations of “R.O.A.R”. Orozco students are:

Additional Expectations:

Sexual Health Education

All students in grades K-8 will receive Sexual Health Education as part of the CPS Sexual Health Education Policy. A copy of the detailed Scope and Sequence for the curriculum is available on the CPS website (

Social Media

Orozco Academy uses social media to showcase the great work of students, community and staff.

In light of recent events, please be aware of your child’s online activities outside of school. Do keep in mind that any inappropriate act that brings consequences into the school are considered offenses per the Student Code of Conduct. An open communication with your child, including access to all of their social media accounts, will ensure their safety and the safety of others.

Uniform Policy

All students are expected to enter the building in full uniform everyday. The uniform consists of the following:

PK - 5th Grade

Preschool through 5th grade students wear the same uniform as described above with two exceptions:

Note: Orozco Academy reserves the right to update the uniform policy with or without notice.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Who Should I Ask

At times, you might have questions about Orozco Academy. Below is a quick list of common topics and to whom you should direct your questions.


Staff Member


Ms. Reyna Jimenez (Clerk ) or

Ms. Adrianna Barragan (Assistant Clerk)

My child will be absent or late.

Ms. Adrianna Barragan

I have concerns about my child’s social adjustment

Your child’s teacher(s)

My child has an IEP or 504 Plan.

Ms. Annie Cacchione (School Counselor)

I have questions about my child’s academic progress

Your child’s teacher(s)

I have questions about school activities (permission slips, field trips, etc.)

Your child’s teacher(s)

I have questions about applying to high school.

Ms. Annie Cacchione (School Counselor)

I have overall concerns

Your child’s teacher(s)