REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT No. 6

Goshen Center School                  James Morris School                Warren School

50 North Street                                       10 East Street                                      21 Sackett Hill Road

Goshen, CT 06756                               Morris, CT 06763                                      Warren, CT 06754

Tracy Keilty, Principal                               KC Chapman, Principal                              Angela Rossbach, Principal

August 2018

Dear 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, we 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(ren) have read through this handbook, please remove this page, sign and date in the spaces below, and have your child(ren) return this document to school by Thursday, September 6, 2018. (Please Note: One form can be returned with signatures from all students in the same family).

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

Sincerely,

Tracy Keilty, KC Chapman, and Angela Rossbach

Region 6 Elementary Principals

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Regional School District No 6

Warren School         James Morris School           Goshen Center School

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Student/Parent Handbook

2018-2019



Table of Contents

RSD6 Mission, Learning Expectations, Core Values, and Motto        6

DISTRICT CONTACTS        7

BOARD OF EDUCATION        9

THE SCHOOL DAY        10

SCHOOL HOURS        10

EARLY ARRIVALS AND MORNING DROP-OFFS        10

LATE ARRIVALS        10

PICK-UPS DURING THE DAY        10

PICKUPS AT DISMISSAL TIME        10

DELAYED OPENINGS        10

EMERGENCY / EARLY CLOSINGS / NO SCHOOL        11

SCHEDULED HALF-DAYS        11

WRITTEN NOTES        11

SCHOOL VISITORS        11

ATTENDANCE        12

CALLBACK SYSTEM AND REPORTING ABSENCES        12

TRUANCY        13

PREKINDERGARTEN PROGRAM        13

ELIGIBILITY        13

PRESCHOOL TUITION 2017-2018        14

TRANSPORTATION        15

SCHOOL BREAKFAST AND LUNCH        15

OFFICE TELEPHONE USE        16

MORNING ROUTINES and ORGANIZATION        16

EMERGENCY DRILLS        16

ATTIRE (“Dress Code”)        16

COLD WEATHER CLOTHING        16

LOST AND FOUND        16

SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION        17

COMMUNICATION        17

REGION 6 WEBSITE        17

Teacher Websites:        17

WEEKLY SCHOOL NEWS (E-BLASTS)        17

CONTACTING A TEACHER        18

ACADEMICS        19

PROGRESS REPORT TRIMESTER DATES        19

SPECIAL SERVICES        19

INDEPENDENT LEARNING (“HOMEWORK”)        19

INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS        20

GENERAL AND VOCAL MUSIC        20

VISUAL ARTS        20

PHYSICAL EDUCATION        20

WELLNESS        20

SPANISH        20

LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER        21

ASSESSMENT        21

POSTING OF STUDENT WORK        21

ELECTRONICS        22

TECHNOLOGY and 21st CENTURY SKILLS        22

Code of Conduct for Responsible Use of Technology Grades K-2        22

Code of Conduct for Responsible Use of Technology for Grades 3-6        23

FIELD TRIPS        24

OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS        24

PARENT / TEACHER ORGANIZATION        24

VOLUNTEERS and CHAPERONES        24

ROOM PARENTS/GUARDIANS        25

SCHOOL COMMITTEES        25

BEHAVIOR and DISCIPLINE        25

DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES        25

BULLYING        27

SEXUAL HARASSMENT (Policy 5145.5)        28

WEAPONS AND DANGEROUS INSTRUMENTS        28

HEALTH        28

ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION        28

PETS IN SCHOOL        29

ASBESTOS        29

GREEN CLEANING PRODUCTS        29

SCHOOL RECORDS        29

NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT        29

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RSD6 Mission, Learning Expectations, Core Values, and Motto

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

Chris Leone, Superintendent of Schools (860)361-9012

Christine Escobar-Cantu, Assistant to Superintendent (860)361-9012

Amy Kennedy, Director of Technology, Assessment & Instruction (860)567-6641

Debra DeLisle, Human Resources Coordinator (860)361-9022

Jeremiah Sattazahn, Business Manager (860) 361-9014

Leslie Pescatore, Business Specialist (860)361-9031

Debra Foley, Director of Special Services (860)567-6642

Liz Carlson, Assistant to Director of Special Services (860)567-6642

John Threlfall, Director of Safety and Security (860)567-7410

Robin Moore, K-12 STEM Coordinator (860)567-7420

Goshen

(860) 491-6020

Morris

(860) 567-7420

Warren

(860) 868-2223

Principal

Tracy Keilty

KC Chapman

Angela Rossbach

Administrative Assistant

Sherri Contadini

Maria Palheiredo

Susan Cupo

Preschool

Jacqueline Gray

Jessica Hodgkinson

Karen Brady

Kindergarten

Jen Johnson

Emily Stocker

Pam Panasci

Grade 1

Tara McMahon

Sarah Miller

Tracy Barger

Kathy Newton

Grade 2

Cheryl Martinelli

Jean Leonard

Grade 3

         Julie Quinn

Heather Mahar

Beth Ulrichsen

Grade 4

Kass Scozzafava

Tina Maritano

Grade 5

      Vanessa Spino

Holly Torrant

Mary-Ellen Birdsall

Grade 6

Kelly Grace

Phil Pane, Valarie Leifert

Carrie Maillet

Library/Makerspace

Jennifer Fodor

Special Education

Bethany Cassidy

Jessica Perotti

Barbara Connery

Sharon Kozikowski

Krystal Wall

Christina Smith

K-12 STEM Coordinator

Robin Moore

School Psychologist &

504 Coord.

Kristin Lutz

Gina Fleming

Gina Fleming

Paraprofessionals

Christine Albano,    Kathy Corsetti, Kristen Edwards, Renee Farrell, Lisa Galinski, Jane Dickinson

Jody Dodge,

Amanda Glover,

Deb Goepel,

Amy Hofmann,

Robin Moresi, Laura Murray, Rebecca Ventura

Kathi Brown

Nurse

Terri Truczinskas

Karen Prado

Michele Ferrer

Custodians

John Leary

Gary Michaels

Bruce Richard, Bob Drapp, Fran O’Dell

Tom Medonis

Fran O’Dell

Cafeteria Manager

Salli Szczesiul

Tina Radwan

Kelly Good

Spanish

Kathleen Ruiz

Art

Laurie Sweet

Music – General/Vocal

Sarah Bills

Health and Wellness

Alisa Wright

Music-Instrumental

Caitlin Yovino Serpliss

Physical Education

Andrew Gauvain

Speech Pathologists

Elizabeth Domonell, Marci Sass


BOARD OF EDUCATION

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS

    WARREN                                     MORRIS                                      GOSHEN

    Barbara DiNicola        Daniel Coutu                 Nell Glass (Secretary)

    Richard Rebusmen (Treasurer)                Heather Connor (Chairman)                     Craig Robillard

    Douglas Winkel                        Christine Lauretano (Vice-Chairman)    Chris Sanders

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING SCHEDULE

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

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING SCHEDULE

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

Monday, July 16, 2018 (Wamogo Media Center)

Monday, August 27, 2018 (District Office Conference Room)

Monday, September 17, 2018 (Wamogo Ag Sci, Room 607)

Monday, October 15, 2018 (Warren School)

Saturday, October 27, 2018 Board of Education Retreat (Library Media Center)

Monday, November 19, 2018 (Goshen Center School)

Monday, December 17, 2018 (James Morris School)

Monday, January 7, 2019 (Wamogo Media Center)

Monday, February 11, 2019 (Wamogo Media Center)

Monday, March 11, 2019 (Wamogo Media Center)

Monday, April 8, 2019 (Warren School)

Monday, April 22, 2019 Budget Hearing (James M. Eisenhaure Auditorium - Wamogo)

Monday, May 6, 2019, 8:00 p.m.  Budget Meeting (James M. Eisenhaure Auditorium - Wamogo)

Monday, May 13, 2019 (Goshen Center School)

Monday, June 3, 2019 (James Morris School)


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. – 2:02 P.M.                Pre-K, P.M.        12:50 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.  (GCS only)

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.  For safety reasons, elementary school students should not be left unattended outside the entrance before the schools open.

LATE ARRIVALS

Students arriving after 8:55 A.M. must be accompanied into the building by an adult and must sign-in at the main 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 student 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 at GCS:

Morning Pre-K 8:50-10:50
Afternoon Pre-K 11:25-1:25

Pre-K at JMS and WS:

Regular dismissal time

WRITTEN NOTES

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

A “blanket note” can be written to cover events such as Brownie or Scout meetings, sport practices, etc. (dates must be included).

Notes must include:

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.

ATTENDANCE

CALLBACK SYSTEM AND REPORTING ABSENCES

To ensure the safety of our students, parents/guardians are requested to notify the school office when a student is absent before 8:55 A.M. 

GCS: 860-491-6020                        JMS: 860-567-7420                Warren School: 860-868-2223

          gcs@rsd6.org                                  jms@rsd6.org                              ws@rsd6.org                                                 

An answering machine is available 24/7 for your convenience. You may also notify us by email on the designated attendance email address listed above. If the school office 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 ATTENDANCE

Attendance is governed by the Regional School District No. 6 “Attendance Policy” (revised and adopted February 2, 1996) 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.

PREKINDERGARTEN PROGRAM

ELIGIBILITY

Children are eligible for the district prekindergarten program if they:

PRESCHOOL TUITION 2018-2019

Schedule

Annual

Rate

Monthly

Rate

Students Who Qualify for Husky B or Reduced Lunch

Students Who Qualify for Husky A or

Free Lunch

Two half-day sessions per week

$792.00

$79.20

$39.60/month

$396.00/annual

$0

Three half-day sessions per week

$1,188.00

$118.80

$59.40/month

$594.00/annual

$0

Five half-day  sessions per week

$1,980.00

$198.00

$99.00/month

$990.00/annual

$0

There is a 10% discount for each additional child in the preschool program.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Payment Due Date

For Month

August 18

September

September 10

October

October 10

November

November 10

December

December 10

January

January 10

February

February 10

March

March 10

April

April 10

May

May 10

June

Tuition is divided into 10 equal payments due the first of each month,

OTHER:

TRANSPORTATION 

Transportation is provided to the morning prekindergarten program, per parent choice, for students who reside on the regular bus routes that terminate at the Warren, Morris or Goshen prekindergarten locations. At this time, transportation to and from morning prekindergarten is also offered for three-year-old students from Warren attending the prekindergarten located in Morris. Parents/caregivers are responsible for picking up their children upon dismissal from the morning prekindergarten sessions. Transportation is provided home from the afternoon prekindergarten program in Morris and Goshen, per parent choice, for students who reside on the regular bus route.  Parents/caregivers are responsible for dropping off their children for the afternoon prekindergarten sessions located in Morris and Goshen.   

Specialized transportation is provided for prekindergarten students as specified in IEPs. The transportation company does not allow for the use of car seats. For students with IEPs, the PPT will determine if safety seating is required. If safety seating is required, parents/caregivers are responsible for loading and securing their child into the safety seating or unloading their child from the school bus. Children will be returned to school if there is not an adult present in the home during drop-off times. Parents/caregivers are then responsible for picking up their children at the school. Please contact the school’s administrative assistant if you are moving to a new address. 

SCHOOL BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

RSD6 participates in the National School Lunch & Breakfast Programs.  Menus are sent home prior to the beginning of each month & are available on the website.  

 

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

 

Available Daily: Sun Butter & Jelly Sandwich, Bagel & Yogurt or Cereal & Yogurt Meal. Students can choose fresh vegetables instead of vegetable of the day.  Students have a choice of a variety of fruit. We offer low fat and fat free white milk and fat free chocolate milk with all meals.

 

Student Lunch: $2.80       Reduced Lunch: $ .40       Breakfast: $1.85       Reduced Breakfast: $ .30                 

Student milk: $.50       Student snacks: $.75 to $1.00

 

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 the school or e-mail the Cafeteria Manager and she will be happy to help you. By using MyPaymentsPlus you are able to check up on what your children are eating.

 

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

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.

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.

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.  Clothing found will be placed inside the school’s lost and found box. Items of value will be placed in the school office. At the end of the school year, all unclaimed items will be donated.

SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION

Bus transportation to and from school is provided through the 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.

Bus Drop-Off

If an adult is not there to meet the bus, the student will remain on the bus and will be returned to school. The student must then be picked up immediately by the parent or legal guardian.

Students in grades five through twelve will be dropped off independently without adult supervision.

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 volume, 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)

The schools’ primary method of regular communication between home and school is our e-blast. You should automatically receive this through the email account that you have registered with the school. If you would like to register a new email account, please contact the school office to register  your email address.

PARENT / STUDENT/ 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.  The half-day schedule is followed on conference days. 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 17-19, 2018                March 20-22, 2019

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 by calling the school office. 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

PTO, or After School Arts Program (WS)


ACADEMICS

PROGRESS REPORT TRIMESTER DATES

1st Trimester:                 August 29 to November 30

                        Dec. 7 - Progress Reports go home

2nd Trimester:                December 3 to March 8

                        March 15 - Progress Reports go home

3rd Trimester:                March 11 to Last Day of School

                        Progress Reports go home on the 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, occupational 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. Practices are 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 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. 

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.

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:

POSTING OF STUDENT WORK

Posting of Student Work/Photographs

The schools in Region 6 regularly use and display photographs and videos of students and student work for educational purposes and to encourage strong partnerships with families and communities. Examples may include photos and video clips of school functions such as music concerts and sporting events. Student work and photos may be featured on bulletin boards, district websites, and in publications such as a school or district newsletter.

The District has an obligation to protect student safety and to balance this with the need for open communications when using the Internet when posting student work and photographs. Therefore, the following guidelines have been established to fulfill this obligation.

Guidelines:

● Student images without names may be displayed on publications and district

websites.

● Only first names may be used in the posting of student work.

● Under no circumstances should any personally identifiable information be made public on the Internet. Personally identifiable information is any information that can be used to identify, contact, or locate an individual, either alone or combined with other easily accessible information. Some examples include a student’s full name, home address, and phone number.

It is recognized by the Board that there may be circumstances where it might be appropriate or desirable to display on a district website or in a district publication a student’s photograph with the full name such as for student accolades or awards. Publishing this level of information requires written permission from the parent or guardian.

A parent or guardian who does not want their child’s video, photograph, or student work posted is encouraged to contact the school for an opt out form.

ELECTRONICS

As use of technology continues to grow as an element of the Region-6 educational experience, students are using headphones/earbuds more often each year. For sanitary reasons, as well to recognize individual students' personal preferences around comfort and style, all students are required to bring their own headphones/earbuds in a ziplock bag to school this year. Please put his/her name on the bag as well as the headphones or earbuds.

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.

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.  Violation of the terms of the contract can include loss of technology privileges and/or disciplinary or legal action. This contract is sent home at the beginning of each school year.

Code of Conduct for Responsible Use of Technology Grades K-2

Students in Region 6 will maintain the highest standards of behavior when using technology and strive to embody the qualities of  a 21st century digital citizen. A responsible digital citizen will demonstrate respect for self and others, stay safe online, protect private information, and stand up to cyberbullying.

The internet is where I learn and play,
but I have to be careful everyday.

So I pledge to be safe online

and follow these rules all of the time.

  1. I will tell my trusted adult if anything makes me feel sad, scared, or confused and stick to sites that are safe and approved by my teacher.

  1. I will ask my trusted adult before sharing information like my name, address, and phone number.

  1. I won’t meet face-to-face with anyone from the internet.

  1. I will always use good manners and not be rude or mean online.

  1. I will hold, carry, and use my school device carefully to protect it from damage.

Code of Conduct for Responsible Use of Technology for Grades 3-6

Students in Region 6 will maintain the highest standards of behavior when using technology and strive to embody the qualities of  a 21st century digital citizen. A responsible digital citizen will demonstrate respect for self and others, stay safe online, protect private information, and stand up to cyberbullying.

Be kind and respectful

Be thoughtful and careful

Explore, Research, and Give Credit when Credit is Due

Be Resourceful and Efficient

Take care of the device

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. Parent chaperones will need to fill out the Tier I volunteer application and provide a copy of a photo ID prior to volunteering. Volunteers wishing to chaperone overnight events must fill out the Tier II volunteer application. 

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 and field trips.  The membership drive takes place in September of each year.  Every family is encouraged to participate in PTO sponsored activities.

GCS PTO Officers

President                       Megan Cardinal        

Vice-President             Tiffanie Meehan

Secretary                TBD

Treasurer                Ashley Marchand

JMS PTO Officers

President                Jessy Barone

Vice-President             Laurie Bernardi

Secretary                Margie Groht

Treasurer                (position open)

Friends of Warren School PTO Officers

President                Liz Horn

Vice-President                Stephanie Curtiss

Secretary                Meghan Knowles        

Treasurer                 Tiffany Parkhouse

PTO Meetings are held at each school, approximately once each month.

VOLUNTEERS and CHAPERONES

Our schools actively welcome volunteers and the value they can bring to the educational experience of students. Examples of opportunities for volunteering include:

In accordance with District policy, chaperones are asked to fill out the Tier I volunteer application and provide a copy of a photo ID prior to volunteering.  Volunteers wishing to chaperone overnight events must fill out the Tier II volunteer application. 

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.

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. 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 of 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 walking laps around the blacktop, 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 the rsd6 website 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 MEDICATION

IMPORTANT REMINDER!  Please notify the school office 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 each 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.

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

Debra DeLisle                                        Debra Foley

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

860-567-6656                                        860-567-6642