Donegal Intermediate School 

Parent & Student Handbook

Donegal Intermediate School

1177 River Road

Marietta, PA 17547


Updated: August 2018


Table of Contents

Page #

Description

STAFF INFORMATION

4

Principal’s Message

5-7

Professional Staff

7

Office Staff

8

Support Staff

8

Custodians

9

Cafeteria Staff

ENTERING DONEGAL INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

10

Secured Entrance to the Building

10

Volunteers to the Building

DAILY SCHEDULE & EARLY DISMISSAL

11

Daily Schedule

11

Early Dismissal Dates

11

Cycle Days

INCLEMENT WEATHER & MAKE-UP DAYS

12

Inclement Weather Communication

12

Possible Make-up Days for School Closings

ATTENDANCE INFORMATION

13

Details related to Student Attendance

CAFETERIA INFORMATION

14

Meal Prices

14

Traditional Payment

14

Online Payment

14-15

Free or Reduced Lunches

15

Contact Information

FOOD SAFETY

16-17

Board Policy 209.1

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

18

District Policy

18

Here At DIS

ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL PROCEDURES

19

Student Arrival

19

Student Dismissal

19

Change of Transportation Procedures

20

Regularly Scheduled Alternate Transportation

20-21

Student Bus Conduct

MULTI-TIERED SYSTEM OF SUPPORT (MTSS)

22

MTSS Introduction

SCHOOL-WIDE POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SYSTEM (PBIS)

23

Introduction to PBIS

23

Student Rewards

24

PBIS Behavior Matrix

STUDENT DRESS CODE

25

Student Dress Expectations

SCHOOL COUNSELORS

26

Letter of Introduction

SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES

27

Individual with Disabilities Act (rev.1997)

PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION (PTO)

28

Introduction

28

Year-Round Fundraisers

28

Additional Fundraisers

28-29

Events

29

Meetings

29

PTO Leaders & Contact

Dear Parents and Students,

 

Welcome to an exciting 2018-2019 school year at Donegal

Intermediate School.

 

Donegal School District’s mission is:

“Developing each learner as a productive

  citizen who thoughtfully meets personal,

  community, and global challenges.”

 

At Donegal Intermediate we fulfill the district mission by providing the opportunity for each child to meet his/her potential in a child-friendly, safe environment.

 

We provide this handbook in order for you to understand our everyday practices and procedures.  These pages contain information about our school.  Please keep it handy for future reference.  The Donegal School District Calendar/Handbook also includes details of the services we provide as well as the DSD website (http://www.donegalsd.org).

 If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call the school from 7:45AM until 3:45 PM.  We are always happy to hear from you.

 

Sincerely,

Clare M. Reich, Ed.D.

Principal

clare.reich@donegalsd.org

717-426-1561

 

STAFF INFORMATION

Professional Staff

Administration

Dr. Clare Reich

Principal

Mrs. Stephanie Gooding

Assistant Principal (Grades 3 & 4)

Mr. Gary A. Thrush

Assistant Principal (Grades 5 & 6)

School Counselors & Services

Mrs. Mary Lynam

School Counselor (Grades 3 & 4)

Mrs. Lisa Conner

School Counselor (Grades 5 & 6)

Mrs. Christina Helfrick

Social Worker

Mrs. Heidi Stewart

Nurse

Mr. Drew Hunter

Mr. Tanner Carman

School Psychologist

School Psychologist Intern

Grade 3 Teachers

Room #

Grade 4 Teachers

Room #

Mrs. Kristi Blauch

D101

Mrs. Brittany Herr

E108

Mrs. Becky Gerhart

D140

Mrs. Carrie Haak

E120

Mrs. Mandy Hott

D102

Mrs. Julie Heffner

E106

Ms. Elizabeth Haldeman

D119

Mr. Rod Hess

E124

Mrs. Colleen Smith

D120

Mrs. Joanne Marrs

E110

Mrs. Julie Miller

D106

Mrs. Hillary Mock

D110

Mrs. Linda Painter

D105

Ms. Laura Mosca

E122

Mrs. Melissa Ross

D139

Mrs. Lauren Pogue

E104

Mrs. Amy Spencer

D104

Mr. Vaughn Stauffer

D111

Mrs. Michele Witman

D135

Grade 5 Teachers

Room #

Grade 6 Teachers

Room #

Mrs. Andrea Bachert

A141

Mrs. Deanna Clayton

B125

Mrs. Rachel Bailey

A130

Mrs. Michelle Dunn

B126

Ms. Lauren Brubaker

A104

Mrs. Krissy Kimbark

B124

Mrs. Michelle Myers

A127

Mr. Phil Koser

B114

Mrs. Lindsey Elias

A102

Ms. Shannon Philips

B105

Mrs. Ronna Gall

A101

Ms. Stacy Lindemuth

B101

Mrs. Jean Knisley

A103

Mrs. Allison Pizzoli

B104

Mrs. Christina Martin

A100

Mrs. Tracy Splain

B119

Mr. Seth Weidle

A128

Mrs. Sara Staab

B122

Mr. Matthew Zoeller

A132

Additional Teachers

Ms. Whitney Bowers

D112

Reading Specialists

Mrs. Christina Santoleri

B127

Mrs. Michelle Sosnoski

A133

Mrs. Kathleen Stehman

E127

Mrs. Heather Crawford

A113

Learning Support

Mrs. Colleen Fisher

E118

Mrs. Abi Fried

D100

Ms. Kim Griest

A123

Ms. Betsy Arends

B116

Ms. Jessica Swingle

D109

Mrs. Kara Werner

B121

ESL

Mrs. Sarah Lawrence

B148

Gifted Support

Ms. Anikka Brill

D134

Speech

Mrs. Tami Armstrong

Gym / C144

Physical Education

Mrs. Sherrie Witmer

Gym / B115

Mrs. Nicole Shoemaker

A140

STEM

Mrs. Gina Diaz-Perez

A114 / D148

Art

Mrs. Hollie Mendenhall

B140

Music

Mrs. Meagan Caterbone

B147

Instrumental

Mrs. Lisa Houser

B143 / C153

Mrs. Margaret Kramer

Music

Strings

Mr. Andrew Wulfkuhle

A136

Library

Office Staff

Ms. Lisa Bates

Building Secretary

7:45 AM - 3:45 PM

Mrs. Megan Echterling

Receptionist & Secretary

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Mrs. Ashley Davies

Attendance Secretary

8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Ms. Suzanne Thomas

Nurse Assistant (M, W, F)

8:45 AM - 3:30 PM

Ms. Jodi Wissler

Nurse Assistant (T, Th)

8:45 AM - 3:30 PM

IU 13 Staff

Megan Wagner

Teacher

Life Skills Class

Room D136

Paraprofessional

Shannon Herr

Personal Care Assistant

Amy Stover

Teacher

Autistic Support Class

Room D147

Deb Rohrer

Paraprofessional

Jennifer Diffenderfer

Personal Care Assistant

Jessica Falcone

Personal Care Assistant

Ezar Carr

Lead Custodian

Joe Helmick

Day Custodian

Terry Brosey

Night Custodian

Cheryl Parish

Night Custodian

Maria Tellez

NIght Custodian

Mark Wilcox

Night Custodian

Cafeteria Staff

Kay Lambert

Manager

Heidi Warfel

Head Cook

Amanda Ineich

Cook

Sabrina Bleecher

Cafeteria Assistant

Christine Eby

Cafeteria Assistant

Barbara Neideigh

Cafeteria Assistant

Kristina O’Donnell

Cafeteria Assistant

Carol Shadle

Cafeteria Assistant

Tanya Jasso

Cafeteria Assistant

ENTERING DONEGAL INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

 

Secured entrance to the building

 

Volunteers to the building

Donegal School District recognizes that volunteers can make valuable contributions to the educational program. Volunteer paperwork is available in the DIS office.  The board established two levels for volunteers:

  1. An independent volunteer provides support to students outside the direct supervision of a district employee.
  1. An assistive volunteer provides support for students under the direct supervision and presence of a district employee.

 

Requirements for Assistive Volunteers

  1. Complete a DSD Volunteer Application Form
  2. Act 24/PDE—6004 Form—Arrest/Conviction Form

 

Requirements for Independent Volunteers

  1. Complete a DSD Volunteer Application Form
  2. Act 24/PDE—6004 Form—Arrest/Conviction Form
  3. PA Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151 of 1994)
  4. PA Child Abuse History Clearance
  5. FBI Clearance
  6. TB test (if with students 10 hours or more per week)

DAILY SCHEDULE & EARLY DISMISSAL

Daily Schedule

8:45 AM

All students are permitted to enter the building and should report to their classrooms and/or breakfast.

9:00 AM

School begins.  All students should be in their classrooms, seated, and prepared to learn.

11:15 AM – 1:30 PM

Student lunch periods

 

3:30 PM

Student dismissal

 

Early Dismissal Dates

Cycle Days

The schools within the Donegal School District follow a six day cycle schedule.  A six day cycle schedule assigns classes around 6 days instead of the normal 5 day school week (Mon-Fri).  Cycle days are not missed but pushed back to the next available day. The cycle day schedule preserves students’ special classes in the event of a holiday or a day off due to inclement weather.

INCLEMENT WEATHER & MAKE-UP DAYS

Inclement Weather Communication

In the event of severe inclement weather, the Donegal School District contacts radio and TV stations to announce school closings and delays.  In addition, Donegal also uses an automated phone system to contact all parents at your home phone number.  Please make sure to keep your phone number updated so that we are able to make this contact.  In addition, as a special service, WGAL’s website (www.wgal.com) offers a text alert for inclement weather delays and cancellations.

 

In the case of unplanned early dismissals, parents are reminded to make arrangements early in the school year to accommodate children being home earlier than usual. Donegal Intermediate School utilizes an automated emergency call system (Alert Now) which will phone parents who have numbers listed with us.

 

Possible Make-up Days for School Closings

 

              

              

ATTENDANCE INFORMATION

1. Illness                                        4. Student attendance at court

2. Quarantine                                5. Death in family

3. Recovery from accident                        6. Family Educational Trips and/or  
                                                       Educational Trips

CAFETERIA INFORMATION

Meal Prices          

     

Breakfast

Lunch

Full Price

$1.00

$2.00

Reduced Price

$.30

$.40

Traditional Payment

Cash or checks can be made payable to DSD Food Services Dept.  Send the payment to school with your child in an envelope marked with your child’s FIRST and LAST name on the front.

Online Payment

Use EZSchoolPay (www.ezschoolpay.com) to manage your child’s meal account.  You can access this website to check their account balance, view meal activity, receive low balance alerts at home, and make credit/debit card payments directly into your child’s school meal account.  All services are free, with the exception of except making credit/debit card payments; a fee of $2.85 per transaction is charged.  Online meal payments are available to your child within 10 minutes of entering a payment.

Visit EZSchoolPay.com today to create your account. You will need:

  1. The zip code of your child’s school
  2. Your child’s student ID number (call Shelby Nelson @ 717-492-1223)
  3. Your child’s last name

Free or Reduced Lunches

If your child(ren) were on the free/reduced meal program last year, they are automatically on the program during August and September only.  We must receive a NEW application by October 1, or the the meal benefits will automatically be discontinued.

Application Procedure:

Contact Information

Donegal School District Food Services Director: Kelly Price

Phone: 717-492-1221

Email: kelly.price@donegalsd.org

Donegal Intermediate School Food Services Manager: Kay Lambert

Phone: 717-426-1454

Email: kay.lambert@donegalsd.org

Free & Reduced Meal Applications: Shelby Nelson

Phone: 717-492-1223

Email: shelby.nelson@donegalsd.org

 

 


FOOD SAFETY

 

Board Policy 209.1

This regulation is to clarify the specific regulations that will be followed in order to help create “a healthy school environment.”

  1. Identification of students with food allergies; nurse is responsible
  2. Development & implementation of individual written management plans; nurse is responsible
  3. Medical protocols; nurse is responsible
  4. Development of a comprehensive and coordinated approach to creating a healthy school plan

For our food allergy students, a health plan meeting will be scheduled by the nurse to discuss the individual health plan for the child:

  1. Peanut-free placemat to be used in the dining hall or use of the peanut free table.  This will be a parent decision.  If parent chooses the placemat, the placemat will have the child’s name, allergy, and be housed in the dining hall.
  2. Letter to all children in team that has a classmate with a food allergy.
  3. Nurse talk with students in class about a classmate with a food allergy.
  4. Parent provides extra snacks to teacher for a child with a food allergy.


ELECTRONIC DEVICES

District Policy

Cellular phones are to be turned off and out of sight during school hours, unless being used as part of an instructional activity supervised by the teacher.  If the teacher has granted permission for cells phones and/or electronic devices to be used during instructional class time, the cell phone or electronic device must be visible on the
desk top.

The District will not be responsible for electronic devices lost, stolen, or damaged.  Electronic devices that cause interruptions in the educational process may be taken by teachers and turned into the office.  These will be available for students or parents at the discretion of the administration.  Any device that may pose a safety hazard will be returned only to a parent.  Illegal materials will be turned over to the police.

Cell phones may not be used or visible during non-instructional time, such as in the restroom, nurse’s room, dining hall, recess, and/or hallways.

Electronic devices for reading may be used in non-instructional areas, as appropriate, when permission is granted by the classroom teacher.

Here at DIS

If a student is found in violation of this procedure, the following actions may be taken:

  1. 1st offense: Phone is confiscated until the end of the day by the classroom teacher and log entry is submitted in PowerSchool.
  2. 2nd offense: Phone is confiscated and turned into the office for pick up by a parent.  Teacher will call the parent and complete a log entry in PowerSchool.
  3. Administrators will determine and log respective consequences for repeated offenses.


ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL PROCEDURES

 

Student Arrival

 

Car Riders

Walkers

The courtyard is closed before school and will not be available to students.

 

Student Dismissal

Walkers

 

Car Riders

Early Dismissals

 

Change of Transportation Procedure

  1. Please send a note to school on or before the day of a transportation change.
  2. If you need to make a change after the start of the school day, notify the office
    by 2:00 PM.
  3. Bus Students are only permitted to ride on their assigned bus.

*NO BUS TRANSPORTATION CHANGES are permitted.

 

Regularly Scheduled Alternate Transportation

Students will be picked up and discharged at the same regular location every day. This procedure helps maintain the safety of our students. A variation may occur if the change meets all of the following criteria:

If an emergency situation arises, contact your building principal to discuss the emergency situation.

Any changes to a student's transportation schedule, such as change of address or custody should be reported to the school office on the appropriate forms. Alternate transportation request forms should be presented to the transportation coordinator at the district office. These forms can be found in the office of each school or on the district website.

Student Bus Conduct

Students are responsible for their behavior on the school bus and at the bus stops and parents are asked to explain the importance of proper bus behavior to their child(ren).  Bus and Bus Stop Expectations are outlined in the Transportation Manual, available on the district website.  

Misbehavior can result in the bus driver being distracted and such distraction could endanger the lives of all students being transported. Therefore, inappropriate behavior will be submitted by the driver to the building administrator and disciplinary action may be taken.

 

Violations of Bus Expectations:

 

 

MULTI-TIERED SYSTEM OF SUPPORT (MTSS)

Introduction 

MTSS is a systemic approach to providing high-quality, enriching instruction to students while addressing the individual needs of the students in the areas of Reading and Math.  Teachers using the MTSS framework utilize a tiered approach when addressing the strengths and needs of the students within the classroom.  The tiers within the MTSS framework are fluid and students are progress monitored on a regular basis to determine movement within the tiered system.  The goal of the MTSS framework is to promote academic student growth by pinpointing these needs and providing intensive interventions within the classroom setting.  Below is a brief description of each tier within the system.

 

Tier 1

Students that are within the first tier (Tier 1) are achieving both academic and behavioral success through high-quality core instruction with in-class interventions that are differentiated.  This tier normally contains about 80% of the class.

 

Tier 2

Students that are within the second tier (Tier 2) are receiving all of the Tier 1 services but need an additional layer of support to achieve academic or behavioral success.  For example, a student might be struggling in reading due to a need in their reading fluency.  In this example, an additional layer dealing only in fluency would be added to their core instruction to aid in the success of the student.  This tier normally contains about 15-18% of the class.

 

Tier 3

Students that are within the third tier are receiving all of the Tier 1 and Tier 2 services but require an additional layer of support to increase their level of success and further address their learning needs

SCHOOL-WIDE POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SYSTEM (PBIS)

Introduction to PBIS

Donegal Intermediate School utilizes a School-Wide Positive Behavioral System.  This system has been designed to reinforce consistent school-wide expectations in six school-wide environments: the classroom, hallways, cafeteria, restrooms, during arrival/dismissal, and at recess.  Students are taught the behavior expectations for the environments and rewarded for consistent positive behavior.  The School-Wide Positive Behavioral System is centered around 3 expectations:

I  will be respectful.              

I will be responsible.

I will be safe.

 

Student Rewards

Students are rewarded for their positive behavioral efforts in a variety of ways that include but are not limited to: classroom rewards, school-wide celebrations, individual awards (starfish tickets), and golden lunchboxes in the cafeteria.


PBIS Behavior Matrix

STUDENT DRESS CODE

Student Dress Expectations

Student dress and general appearance is a shared responsibility among students, parents/guardians, and the school.  Students at DIS are expected to dress in a manner that is supportive of a positive learning environment that is free of distractions and disruptions.

Students wearing prohibited attire will be asked by their teacher to change at the guidance or nurse’s office.  The classroom teacher will log this in PowerSchool.

The following guidelines will apply:

  1. Shoulder coverings must be at least two inches in width.  No muscles shirts,   spaghetti strap shirts, tube tops, or off the shoulder shirts are allowed.  A student’s abdomen, back, cleavage, and undergarments should not be exposed.
  2. The length of skirts, dresses, and shorts shall reflect modesty.  Length should reach a minimum of mid-thigh.
  3. Pants should be of appropriate size and fit.  No leisure wear or sleepwear including slippers may be worn.
  4. Articles of clothing or personal items that exhibit advertising signs, symbols or slogans of alcohol, drugs, weapons, or tobacco products, violence, or sexual connotations are not considered appropriate.
  5. Hats, head scarves, hoods, skullcaps, and sunglasses may not be worn inside the building.
  6. Safe footwear shall be worn at all times.  Flips flops may not be worn at school.

SCHOOL COUNSELORS

 

Hello DIS Families!

As school counselors, we are here to help all children with their feelings, friendships, and behaviors and ultimately to help them be successful in school.  We do this by providing classroom lessons, small groups, and individual counseling.  We also consult with school staff, parents, and community agencies to help address children’s emotional, social, and behavioral needs.

We provide comprehensive programs that include prevention, as well as intervention, to help kids learn and be successful in the areas of academics, personal-social skills, and career preparation.  Kids will see us often in their classrooms and around the school.  They can ask us for help any time by speaking with us or leaving us a note.  You can do the same. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your child.  You can reach us by calling school at 717-426-1561 or emailing us.

We look forward to supporting your child(ren) this school year!

Sincerely,

Mary Lynam (Grades 3 & 4)        Lisa Conner (Grades 5 & 6)

mary.lynam@donegalsd.org        lisa.conner@donegalsd.org

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES

The Donegal School District is in compliance with the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (rev. 1997) and Chapters 14/342 (Regulations and Standards) of the Pennsylvania School Code.

 

PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION (PTO)

Introduction

The PTO's role is to support the school and its students through its fundraising and volunteering efforts, in addition to special events throughout the school year.  The fundraising activities support field trips, assemblies, and additional educational programs that the school or faculty may need to enhance student learning experiences.  If you are interested in helping this organization, please contact the members of our PTO (listed below).  You are also encouraged to attend the monthly meetings.  See the schedule of meeting below.

Be a LIFESAVER

Join the PTO crew        

 

DONEGAL INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL PTO

2018-2019 Events & Fundraisers

 

YEAR ROUND FUNDRAISERS:

·         Box Tops:  Collection dates 10/12, 2/8, 5/17

·         Giant A+ Rewards

·         Darrenkamp’s Rewards

 

FUNDRAISERS:

·         Spirit Wear Sales—August; Orders due September 16th

·         Scholastic Book Sale—September 24th through October 1st 

·         Kids Stuff Coupon Books/Scripps Gift Cards- October

·         Monthy Restaurant Night—October through April

·         Fundraisers specifically for Field Trips—November

·         Spirit Wear Sales—January/February

·         Hersheypark Tickets—April/May

*Additional fundraisers may be held if needed

EVENTS*:

·         Pot Luck Supper—September 25th 5-7 PM

·         Scholastic Book Fair Family Night- September 28th 5-7 PM

·         Book Bingo—October 2nd

·         Teacher Conference Meal—November 19th

·         Craft Night—December

·         Talent Show—January

·         Basketball Dunks with Dads—February

·         THON—March (Teacher lead)

·         Move with Mom—April

·         Rita’s Night—May

*Events/Dates subject to change

PTO MEETINGS:

·         September 18th, October 16th, November 13th, December 18th, January 15th, February 19th, March 19th, April 16th, May 21st 

·         All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. in the DIS Library

 

CREATIVE CAFÉ DATES:

·         October 4th: Grades 5 & 6

·         October 5th:  Grades 3 & 4

·         January 10th:  Grades 5 & 6

·         January 11th:  Grades 3 & 4

·         May 9th:  Grades 5 & 6

·         May 10th:  Grades 3 & 4

 

 

OFFICE MAX GIVE BACK TO SCHOOL PROGRAM:

·         We can earn 5% merchandise certificate on each eligible purchase quarterly (PTO goes through A LOT of tape!)

·         School ID:  70086992

·         Available for in-store & online eligible purchases

·         To see eligible purchases visit: https://www.officedepot.com/fm/files/od/promo/2018/week_1/gtbs/0118_qualifyingproducts.pdf

 

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Erica Garber- President                          garberfamily4@aol.com                         717-201-5782

Amy Miller- Vice President                     abcmiller@embarqmail.com                  717-471-8324

Erin Cramer- Secretary                          erinecramer717@gmail.com                  717-426-3718

Hollie Shelton- Treasurer                        holliejshelton@gmail.com                       410-917-9539

DIS PTO Board                                       dispto2000@gmail.com

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Don’t forget to fill out your volunteer contact form!

Events & Fundraisers are offered, sponsored, and endorsed by Donegal Intermediate School PTO.