Monteagle Elementary School
Student Handbook 2021-22
Phone: 931-924-2136 Fax: 931-924-2104
Principal- Veronica Rogers-Horton
Colors: Kelly Green and White
This handbook is an important source of information for each one of you. We have tried to anticipate what you will need to know or would like to know in order to make this year one that is both successful and stress-free. We urge both you and your parents to read this handbook and keep it for future reference. If you have any questions about the information it contains or would like to discuss any aspect of it, please see an administrator.
Learning is something you must actively participate in if you are to benefit from it. The role of a teacher and an administrator is to assist you in that effort. All of us have responsibilities in this school. We promise to make a good faith effort to accept ours, and in return, we ask each of you to do the following:
We sincerely hope that you have an enjoyable and successful year.
Faculty and Staff of Monteagle Elementary School
The Marion County Schools believe that every student will be given the opportunity to maximize his/her ability to learn. We recognize that education is fostered through cooperation between the teacher, student, parent, and community. To this task we commit ourselves to build an atmosphere for learning which will provide our students the opportunity to develop the self-esteem and skills necessary to continue individual growth and become productive members of society.
Every Child, Every Chance, Every Day!
Your journey of lifelong learning begins here.
Monteagle Elementary School Handbook
Table of Contents
Admission to MES Requirements……..……… Pg. 4
School Hours and School Days Policies…………. Pgs.4-5
Curriculum and Grading Policies………………….. Pgs. 6-7
Attendance Policies……………………….. Pg. 8
Cafeteria and Collection of Money………. Pg. 8
Extra Curricular Activities Guidelines……….. Pg. 9
School Wide Positive Behavior Support…….. Pg. 10
Code of Conduct for Students……………. Pgs. 11-12
OLWEUS Anti-Bullying Program Information….. Pg. 12-13
W.I.N. Time Guidelines……………. Pg. 13-14
Volunteers, Visitors, and Parental Involvement….. Pg. 14
Emergency and Medical Procedures……….. Pgs. 15-16
Federal, State, and Local Policies………………….. Pgs. 16-19
-Code of Conduct………………………….. Pgs. 19-21
-Family and Community Involvement…… Pgs. 21-25
-Dress Code…………………………………. Pgs. 25-26
-Field Trip Policy……………………………. Pg. 28-29
-Title IX and Child Abuse…………………… Pg. 29
-Attendance Contract……………………….. Pgs. 30
-School Year Calendar…………………….
Last page to be signed and returned to school:
Handbook Contract…………………………………. Pg. 31
Admission to Monteagle Elementary School
All students must provide proof of required immunizations. Kindergarteners must have all necessary paperwork present on the first day of school or the child will not be allowed to attend until such information is provided. A child must have attended kindergarten in order to be admitted to first grade. Admission will be denied to any student who has been expelled from another school (TCA 49-6-3501). We are required to serve students living in Marion County and within the city limits of Monteagle first and foremost, before allowing students outside these zones to register.
Marion County School System Non-Discrimination Policy Statement:
It is the policy of the Marion County School System not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational programs, or employment policies as required by Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title IX (1972 Educational Amendments), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is also the policy of this district that the curriculum materials utilized reflect the culture and racial diversity present in the United States and the variety of careers, roles, and lifestyles open to women as well as men in our society. One of the objectives of the total curriculum and teaching strategies is to reduce stereotyping and to eliminate bias on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, religion, and disability. The curriculum should foster respect and appreciation for the cultural diversity found in our country, and as awareness of the rights, duties, and responsibilities of each individual as a member of a pluralistic society.
Inquiries regarding compliance with Title VI, and VII, and IX or Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act should be directed to the office of the Director of Schools, Marion County Schools, 204 Betsy Pack Drive, Jasper, TN 37347, or the office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.
School hours are 7:50 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. Students are not allowed in the building before 7:00 a.m.
We ask that you please do not arrive before this time because there will not be anyone on duty to supervise the students. All students must go directly to their assigned areas. Grades 4-8 will be in the bus room in the gym, and grades K-3 will be in the auditorium. Students must be present and seated in their classrooms by 7:50 to NOT be counted tardy. Children are released at a staggered schedule beginning at 2:55 p.m. Car riders must be picked up by 3:05 p.m. or they will report to the principal’s office and their parents will retrieve them from there.
Tardies: If a child is tardy getting into the building after 7:50 am, the parent/guardian dropping the child off must come into the front office to sign the child into school.
Dismissal begins at 2:55 p.m. Students are dismissed from their classrooms, and should go immediately to their destination. Students are dismissed in this order: buses, back car and front car riders. Faculty and staff are assigned positions throughout the building to aid students in getting safely to their destinations.
There are no walkers from school; they ride the bus, ride with parents, or can ride bikes.
Short Days and Snow Days
Any school days disrupted (caused by snow, ice, plumbing, electrical problems, flooding, etc…) may be dismissed. In case of a shortened school day, parents of regular car riders will be notified by the Remind app. Please be sure to indicate an appropriate number where parents can be reached for such emergencies on the student data form. When school is canceled or delayed for weather, local radio stations and TV stations will air the information for closings and it will be announced on social media. IT IS CRITICAL THAT PARENTS KEEP US UPDATED AND INFORMED OF ADDRESS OR TELEPHONE NUMBER CHANGES!
Lost and Found
Students are not allowed to bring valuable or expensive items, large amounts of money, collectibles, trading cards, etc… to school. The school will not be responsible for these items in case of loss or theft. Coats should be labeled with the child’s name. All lost and found items should be turned in to the teacher or school office. If an item is not claimed within 2 weeks, the item is subject to be given away to the person who found it.
Playground and Gym Days
Each student is required by state regulations to participate in activities organized by the P.E. instructor unless there is a legitimate doctor’s excuse on file in the office. Please make sure your child is appropriately dressed on these days.
There are only 2 telephone lines available for school use. Office telephones are business phones and are not to be used to make arrangements to go home with friends or find out how the student is to find a way home that day. Written permission from both parties will be required if a student is riding home with another student. STUDENTS WILL NOT BE CALLED TO THE PHONE DURING THE SCHOOL DAY EXCEPT IN CASES OF EMERGENCY.
Curriculum/ Grading Procedures
Kindergarten – 3rd ELA-Amplify Core KnowledgeLanguage Arts & Ready Math
Cursive Writing will be taught in 2nd-4th grades and will continue to be used in grades 5-8
6th - 8th-MyPearsons/SAVVAS Learning Company
4th-5th grades ELA-EL Education/Open Up Resources
K -8th Grades Math- Ready Math
3rd-8th Science- Houghten Mifflin Harcourt/Think Central
3rd-8th Grades-Social Studies-Harcourt and Flexbooks for SS
^^Principal’s List Requirements (93-100) - Students must have a final class average in all classes of 90 or above for each nine weeks.
^Honor Roll Requirements (90 or above average)-Students must have a 90 or above average and every final class grade must be 85 or above for each nine weeks.
Report cards will be issued 4 times per year. At the end of each 9 week period report cards will be issued to the students. There will be progress reports issued for each student at the midpoint of each nine week reporting period. Parent and Teacher Conferences will be held two times per year and are scheduled for after school hours from 3:30-6:30 PM. Parents can also call and schedule appointments to see the teachers during their scheduled planning times. Every child needs to see the parents and teachers working as partners in collaborative ways.
F=59 or below
All students meeting the specified requirements will be recognized for Perfect Attendance, Honor Roll, and Principal's List.
*TCAP scores will count for 15% of 3rd-8th grade students’ grades.
Students will be issued a set of textbooks to use free of charge for the school year. No excuse will be accepted for damage or misuse of the books. If at the end of the year, the book is not in good condition to be used for next year, it will need to be paid for by the student. Textbooks are ultimately the responsibility of the students they are issued to and the student must take great care not to lose or damage the book.
Summer School and Retention Notice
If a student is failing more than 2 classes for the whole year, that is more than 50% of their educational courses and they will be retained. If they are failing 1 or 2 subjects, that is 25%-50% of their academics, they will be referred to summer school. If referred to summer school, they must complete and pass the course with a 70 average. Failure to complete assignments with a passing grade will result in retention.
Eighth Grade New Notes and Policies
1. The parents will be in charge of any fundraising that they deem necessary for the class. Neither the school nor the staff will be in charge of fundraising. If any money is collected, this will need to be kept in an account outside of the school.
2. If the class decides to have an 8th grade dance, this must be organized and paid for by the parents.
3. There will be an 8th grade Awards Night at the end of the year to celebrate the accomplishment of the 8th graders. This will be held in the gymnasium and will be arranged by the teachers, principal, and staff of MES. Parents will be responsible for the decorations for this event.
Attendance is a key factor in student achievement and therefore, students are expected to be present each day school is in session. Excused and unexcused absences are the only two (2) types of excuses recognized by the Marion County School System. Students and parents must accept full responsibility for regular school attendance. The school Pre-Truancy Review Board handles excessive or repeated unexcused absences and our secretary is also our Attendance Coordinator. She makes phone calls each day in regard to students who are absent. This is part of her job, and she must do this, even if parents send written notices about their child’s absences. Phone calls from parents do NOT excuse student absences.
- Board Policy on the Marion County Board of Education’s website.
- MES Attendance Contract (in Appendix)
Cafeteria Policies/ Money Guidelines
Lunch menus can be found on website at: www.marionschools.org
Breakfast and Lunch Prices
Visitor Breakfast $2.00
Visitor Lunch $3.75
Teacher/Staff Lunch $3.25
Teacher/Staff Breakfast $1.50
Student Breakfast/Lunch FREE
Due to Food Service regulations, FAST FOODS (This includes wrappers and containers from fast food chains) AND SOFT DRINKS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED in the school cafeteria.
Fees and Money Transactions:
Careful records will be kept of all money transactions. If a student fails to pay for pictures, lost library books, school sale items, or other fees owed to the school, all records will be held for an extended period of time.
Extra- Curricular Activities
Any student who has been suspended or has been placed in alternative school could forfeit the right to attend a field trip, and the principal has the discretion to make the final decision. The school has the right to impose any rules necessary to ensure the safety of the students. Any child absent from school on the day of the field trip will be counted absent.
All students must ride the bus to the field trip site. They are allowed to ride home with parents; BUT, parents must let their child’s teacher know and sign proper documentation before leaving with their child. NO SIBLINGS WILL BE PERMITTED TO ATTEND FIELD TRIPS WITH THE ASSIGNED GROUP, UNLESS THE SIBLING IS YOUNGER THAN SCHOOL AGE. ** (See Chaperone Guidelines for Field Trip)
****Other siblings are not permitted to attend field trips and ride on the buses provided.
Please see Field Trip Rules and Chaperone Guidelines in the Appendix for more information.
Sports Eligibility Policy
Believing that a strong extracurricular program is an important component of a well developed school program, the following will be required for athletic eligibility at the Monteagle Elementary School. Eligibility will be determined by examination of student progress reports at the midpoint of the 9 week grading period as well as their report card issued each 9 week grading period.
A player or cheerleader must attend school for at least half the day on a game day to be eligible to play or cheer that night. Excuses for the partial absence must meet current school policies. Coaches will check report cards and progress reports on a regular basis.
****All players and cheerleaders have their own participant contract which is provided upon trying out.
Beta Officer Election Rules and Regulations
Student Council Election Rules and Regulations
School Wide Positive Behavior Support
SWPBS is our School Wide Positive Behavior Support System. All students have the same 3 rules school-wide:
SWPBS is a systems approach to enhancing the capacity of schools to educate all children by developing research-based, school wide, classroom and individual discipline systems, while creating safer and more effective schools. Overall, the systems that are established are specific teaching of behavioral objectives, a system for dealing with behavioral violations, and a system for rewarding behavior for those who follow rules.
The process focuses on improving a school’s ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students. Rather than a prescribed program, SWPBS provides systems for schools to design, implement, and evaluate effective school-wide, classroom, non-classroom, and student specific discipline plans.
In a discipline system, the behavior that is expected of the student is clearly communicated to him/her and his/her parents at the beginning of the school year. The responsibilities of the classroom teachers and the administration are likewise clearly defined at the beginning of the year. There is nothing in the system which is not in the best interest of each student.
In summary, the discipline system attempts to establish a climate at our elementary school indicative of an academic facility, well disciplined, and concentrating on academic tasks. The system requires that students, teachers, administrators, staff members, substitutes, and parents cooperate and communicate to maintain this atmosphere.
STINGER BUCKS WILL BE USED IN GRADES 3 -8 and BUZZ BUCKS WILL BE USED IN K-2. An explanation of how these work will be discussed with students during the first week.
Student Code of Conduct
Please reference the Appendix and read the full Code of Conduct, including the disciplinary actions for each category of offences, and the county’s Dress Code Policy.
Personal Responsibility of Marion County School Students: As a student, you are expected to be aware of and to accept your individual responsibilities in the following areas:
Conduct at Games:
The fact that you are a member of Monteagle Elementary school makes you a representative of your school. People and students of this and other communities judge YOUR school by YOUR actions. This is particularly true of athletic events, assemblies, and the cheering section. It is very important than you conduct yourself in a courteous manner at all
When we have home ball games you may not leave and return to the game at a later time. Once you are in the gym you must stay in the gym area until the game is complete. Any student that does not abide by these rules will be asked to leave the school grounds. Students are to make arrangements for transportation before coming to the ball game.
Students must abide by the Acceptable Use Policy and Agreement when using the internet. This policy agreement must be signed by both student and parent. Any misuse of computers will result in disciplinary action and forfeit computer privileges. An Internet Agreement Policy will be included in registration folders. We have 2 computer labs set up for this school year, one in the regular computer lab location and an additional one in the lower hall. We have also added mobile units of Chromebooks that teachers use on a daily basis.
Students will be assigned a specific computer for use for each setting: both mobile labs and both computer labs. Each student will only be able to use the computer designated to him or her.
Elementary and middle school students are not allowed to use a personal device during the school day.
Unauthorized use or improper storage of a device will result in a violation of this policy and subject students to disciplinary action.
1st Offense the device will be confiscated and returned to the student at the end of the school day.
2nd Offense the device will be confiscated, and a parent/guardian must pick the device up from the school.
3rd Offense the device will be confiscated and considered defiance resulting in discipline of the student for a Category II Offense.
The Marion County Board of Education will not be liable for any devices lost, stolen or destroyed. Accountability and maintenance for the device will be the sole responsibility of the student, parents, or guardian.
Our school cares about the safety and well-being of our students. We want to make sure
our school is a good place for students to learn. To do this we are going to be using a program called the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) is one of the best-known bullying prevention programs. OBPP has been proven to prevent or reduce bullying. The goals of OBPP are to reduce bullying problems and prevent new bullying problems from happening. The program also works to make relationships better among students. The program is for all students, not just those who are being bullied or who are bullying others.
Parents and guardians play a key role in this program. Your child will be asked to tell
an adult at school and at home if he or she is bullied or sees bullying happening at
school. It will be very important that you take any bullying seriously and tell our school
staff. Our school staff members are being trained to deal with bullying situations when
we are told about them. We will also be having parent meetings where you can learn more about the program. We encourage you to come to these events as much as possible. Bullying should not be seen as “kids being kids” or something that students just need to deal with. Having a safe school experience is something that all students should be able to enjoy.
Counselors for students are available at the request of the teachers or parents. This is a free service provided by the system. For information, call the school office. Our school counselor is bound by confidentiality. Students can be referred to see the counselor, Natasha Clark, by their parents, teacher, or administration, but parents must agree before services can continue after the initial consultation. Natasha’s email is email@example.com
5th-8th Grade Behavior Plan-W.I.N.
What is it?
WIN stands for What's Important Now. This enhances the Stinger Bucks/Stinger Day for grades 5 through 8. It is a positive behavior support system in which our cornerstone rules of being "Ready," "Responsible," and "Respectful" will be emphasized. Students will be encouraged to make decisions that are best for them. Do I want free time, or do I need help from my teacher more today?
When will it occur?
WIN Period will coincide with lunch each Friday. Students will receive 30 minutes of lunch and 30 minutes of WIN time each Friday. Students may not request to shorten their 30 minutes of lunch to extend their WIN time, as it is state mandated that they have 30 minutes for lunch.
What will happen?
Each student will begin the year with a WIN card. This card gives him or her the privilege of free time each Friday after the lunch period. It will also serve as their proof of qualifying for WIN for that week, as they will have to present their card to the teacher in the free time area of their choice. This free time will include a choice of hanging out with friends, playing outside or in the gym, or receiving homework help. Students that have had an absence will be encouraged to use this time to complete make-up work to avoid getting behind.
However, this is a privilege that can be taken away. Your WIN card can be taken for the following reasons: classroom behavior, missing homework, missing class work, failure of a class, and office referrals. It will be taken a week at a time. It will not be able to be earned back until the following week. If a student has an absence and does not turn in make-up work by the end of the week, his or her WIN time will be taken for the next week to ensure that they do not get behind academically. If you have lost your WIN card, you will have to attend either a homework help session, work on make-up work, or attend detention.
Both the 5th through 8th grade teachers and the principal have the authority to take WIN period from the entire group. This will result in a study hall period for the remaining 30 minutes of the Friday WIN/Lunch period.
Visitors, Volunteers, and Parental Involvement
All visitors must report to the office for proper sign-in. We welcome any visitors to our school. If you are trying to visit a specific classroom, we can set this up through the office and the teacher. This includes local field trips.
Visitors to the School:
All persons, including former students who desire to visit during school hours for any purpose, shall first secure permission from the school principal or person designated by administration. All visitors must wear a visitor’s badge while on school property. ANY PERSON FOUND ON SCHOOL GROUNDS WITHOUT PERMISSION IS TRESPASSING AND IS SUBJECT TO ARREST BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES or the SRO (School Resource Officer).
We encourage volunteers to come to the school and assist us in a variety of ways in the classrooms, playground, and library or in other ways. We also encourage you to share your talent or special skill or career with classrooms as it relates to their curriculum.
For Parental Involvement Policies, please see the Appendix for Family and Community Involvement.
Emergency and Medical Procedures
Fire drills and other multi-hazard safety drills will be held monthly during the school year. The signal for multi-hazard drills will be announced on the public address system, originating from the main office. After the announcement, everyone should follow the appropriate drill instructions.
When the signal for multi-hazard drill is given, all work is to cease. In the case of a fire or evacuation drill, lights are to be turned off, and students are to leave the room in a quiet, orderly manner through the classroom outside exit door, or other nearest exit. All personnel and students are to move at least 100 feet from the building and remain in place until the signal is sounded for return to the building.
Multi-hazard drills are necessary safety precautions for the welfare of everyone. During the drills, everyone is to leave the building and assist in an efficient execution of the drill. Instructions for multi-hazard safety drills will be issued by the principal and members of the school multi-hazard safety team. We also participate and practice lockdown drills as well as earthquake drills.
If a student is required to take medication during school hours and the parent cannot be at school to administer the medication, the nurse or designated trained personnel will administer the medication in compliance with the school board policy (policy 6.405)
Tennessee School Boards Association Student Communicable Diseases Guidelines:
No student will be denied an education solely because of a communicable disease, and his/her educational program shall be restricted only to the extent necessary to minimize the risk of transmitting the disease. Parents or guardians of infected students shall inform appropriate school officials of the infection so that proper precautions for the protection of other students, employees, and the infected student shall be taken. No student with a communicable disease, which may endanger the health of either himself/herself or other individuals, will enter or remain in the regular school setting. If a school principal has reason to believe a student has a communicable disease, which may endanger the health of either himself/herself or other individuals in the regular school setting, the principal shall:
If the principal has reason to believe that the student has a long-term communicable disease, the principal must require confirmation from a physician or the County Health Department as to the student’s condition. If the student is confirmed to have a long-term communicable disease the principal shall refer the student for special education services. The principal may request that a physician or County Health Department conduct further examination and may request periodic re-examinations after the student has been readmitted to the school. The Board shall pay expenses incurred from examinations requested by school officials. The names of all students excluded from school under this policy will be forwarded to the office of the Director of Schools.
Tobacco & Alcohol Policy
Monteagle Elementary School is a tobacco-free school. No Tobacco or Alcohol is allowed anywhere on the W.E.S. campus at any time. Tobacco and Alcohol use are also prohibited on any school-sponsored field trips.
Federal, State, and Local Policies
Annual Notice to Parents
In compliance with state and federal law, Marion County school district will provide to each protected student with a disability without discrimination or cost to the student or family, those related aids, services or accommodations which are needed to provide equal opportunity to participate in and obtain the benefits of the school program and extracurricular activities to the maximum extent appropriate to the student’s abilities. In order to qualify as a protected student with a disability, the child must be of school age with a physical or mental disability which substantially limits or prohibits participation in or access to an aspect of the school program.
These services and protections for “protected students who disabled” are distinct from those applicable to all eligible or exceptional students enrolled (or seeking enrollment) in special education programs.
For further information on the evaluation procedures and provision of services to protected handicapped students, contact Becky Bigelow at 423-942-3434 ext. 207
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a federal law, requires that Marion County school district, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records. However, Marion County school district may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the district to the contrary in accordance with district procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow Marion County school district to include this type of information from your child’s education records in certain school publications. Examples include:
■ A playbill, showing your student’s role in a drama production
■ The annual yearbook
■ Honor roll or other recognition lists
■ Graduation programs
■ Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members
Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks. In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories — names, addresses and telephone listings — unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent.1
If you do not want the Marion County school district to disclose directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the district in writing by the last Friday in August. The Marion County school district has designated the following information as directory information: [Note: an LEA may, but does not have to, include all the information listed below.]
◆ Student’s name
◆ Telephone listing
◆ Electronic mail address
◆ Date and place of birth
◆ Major field of study
◆ Dates of attendance
◆ Grade level
◆ Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
◆ Weight and height of members of athletic teams
◆ Degrees, honors, and awards received
◆ The most recent educational agency or institution attended
1 These laws are: Section 9528 of the ESEA (20 U.S.C. 7908), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (P.L. 107-110), the education bill, and 10 U.S.C. 503, as amended by section 544, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 (P.L. 107-107), the legislation that provides funding for the nation’s armed forces.
Transfer Option for Students by Violent Crime at School
Under the Tennessee State Board of Education’s Unsafe School Choice Policy, any public school student who is the victim of a violent crime as defined under Tennessee Code Annotated 40-38-111(g), or the attempt to commit one of these offenses as defined under Tennessee Code Annotated 30-12-101, shall be provided an opportunity to transfer to another grade level appropriate school within the district.
Additional information regarding this option may be obtained by contacting Veronica Horton at 931-924-2136.
The Marion County School System complies with all federal and state rules and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, or disability. This holds true for all students who are interested in participating in educational programs and/or extracurricular school activities.
Section 504 provides that, “No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States…..solely by reason of his or her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” The school system has designated the following person to coordinate its efforts to comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Section 504 Coordinator
120 East Main Street
Monteagle, TN 37356
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
(ALSO LISTED IN POLICY SECTION)
Student offenses are in three categories as prescribed in board of education policy. Most of these are listed below. Administrators responsible for discipline will classify any offense not listed below unless directed by the Board of Education.
CATEGORY I -- Offenses to be administered by the school that may result in detention, loss of privilege, demerits, corporal punishment, or suspension due to severity of incident: if a student has more than 3 Category I offenses in a 9 week grading period, this will result in converting these infractions to a Category II offense by way of Defiance.
C101. Refusing to do assigned work
C102. Tardiness (class or school)
C103. Refusing to participate in required school activities (wellness activities, reading
C104. Minor violations of school or classroom rules
C105. Conduct which disrupts the peace or good order of the school or the learning environment
(impudence, profanity, disorderly conduct, and disregard for authority, etc.)
C106. Bus misbehavior
C107. Misbehavior for a substitute
C108. Dress code violation
C109. Unauthorized presence on another school campus
C110. Loitering (no student remains after last bus departs)
C111. In appropriate public display of affection
C112. Open food or drink in school without permission
C113. Unauthorized use/copy machine, computer, phone
C114. Possession of cell phone/communication device/camera/other unauthorized electronics
C115. Invalid immunization records
CATEGORY II – Offenses that may result in suspension or referral outside the school.
***If any student is placed in ISS or is in OSS, he/she will not be allowed to participate in ANY school function including field trips, athletic practices or contests, etc.
1st Time Category II Offense: 5 days suspension
2nd Time Category II Offense: 10 days suspension
3rd Time Category II Offense: Referral to board of Education for expulsion
C201. Fighting (both parties, unless one was attacked for no apparent reason)
C202. Use of foul or abusive language
C203. Disrespect to teacher/staff/peer
C204. Harassment (verbal or physical)
C205. Assault (verbal or physical)
C206. Use or possession of tobacco in any form
C207. Use or possession of any incendiary device (i.e., lighter, matches)
C208. Insubordination (not following a directive from a teacher, administrator, or other school
C209. Leaving school grounds or class without permission—including the lunch period
C210. Repeated refusal to do assigned work
C211. Chronic disruption
C212. Failure to provide correct identity/address
C213. Dishonesty (copying, cheating, forging signatures, etc.)
C214. Misuse/destruction of school property
C216. Sexual misconduct (see board policy)
C217. Participation in school disruption
C218. Receipt, sale, possession or distribution of stolen property (reported to legal authorities)
C219. Trespassing on school property
C220. Prescription policy violation
C221. Unauthorized possession or use of school keys
C222. Gambling (i.e. pitching pennies, dice or other activity)
C223. Computer hacking or tampering
C224. Stealing (may be reported to police)
C225. Bullying, threatening, hazing, or intimidating behavior
CATEGORY III – Offenses in this category are not automatically considered zero tolerance but will be treated as such by the principal unless there are extenuating circumstances.
C301. Pulling a fire alarm or otherwise causing one to sound when no fire or smoke is visible
C302. Possession or detonation of an incendiary or explosive material (firecracker of greater, as
well as, stink/smoke bombs, poppers, etc.)
C303. Destruction of school property
C304. Sexual harassment (as defined in school board policy)
C305. Inciting a school disruption
C306. Repeated violation of school rules
C307. Verbal or physical assault of a student
CATEGORY IV – There shall be zero tolerance for the following offenses and these offenses shall be reported to the Director of Schools and board for expulsion and also be reported to law enforcement officers.
C401. Possession/use of alcohol and/or other drugs (shall be reported to law enforcement,
pursuant to the provisions of T.C.A. 52-1439, as amended May, 1981)
C402. Possession/sale/distribution of drug paraphernalia (including rolling papers)
C404. Bomb threat
C405. Possession, sale, use, or distribution of alcohol, illegal drugs or controlled substances
C406. Possession and/or use of a weapon, any instrument used as a weapon to injure someone
intentionally, or any instrument or toy alleged to be a weapon.
C407. Indecent exposure
C408. Battery of a school employee
School administration may search any student, locker, car, and/or purse/book bag if there is any reason to believe the student may possess communication devices, any illegal drugs, alcohol, fireworks, weapons, other dangerous substances/objects, or stolen property. Parents and local law enforcement agencies will be notified if school officials find illegal material.
Cheating shall be defined as one or more of the following actions:
Family and Community Engagement Plan
Under the Federal Projects Director, with the assistance of the Family and Community Engagement Coordinator, the school system shall plan, design, and implement the Title IV program which includes the following:
• Parent input into the planning, design and implementation of the Title I program.
• Meaningful consultation of parents in the planning, design and implementation of the Title IV
• Activities and procedures for the involvement of parents that are of sufficient size, scope and
quality to give reasonable promise of substantial progress toward achieving the required goals.
To ensure that parents have an adequate opportunity to participate in the planning, designing, and implementing of the Title IV program, the Monteagle Elementary School shall:
1. Convene an annual meeting, to which all parents will be invited and encouraged to attend, to inform parents about Title IV.
• In the fall, all parents will be invited to attend the annual meeting which will be planned in
conjunction with open house.
• Title IV information will be given to each child at the beginning of the school year, Parent
• Conduct Fall and Spring Family and Community Engagement Advisory Meetings each year.
• Parent Night/Title IV Annual Meeting has been replaced by the Back to School Night
with opportunity for parents to have questions and comments.
2. Offer a flexible number of meetings.
• The minutes of the Title IV Annual meeting will be made available for those unable to attend.
• Parent Committees
• Advisory Meetings
• Meetings will be offered at various times according to the parental involvement survey results.
3. Involve parents in an organized, ongoing and timely way in the planning and improvement of the Title IV program.
• Parents will be asked to evaluate Title IV activities.
• Parents will be asked to discuss with a MES panel of staff members on ways to enhance and
grow our parental involvement .
• Parents will be part of the Advisory Committee.
• Parents will be surveyed in the fall to give input into the year's activities.
• Parents will evaluate the Family/Community Engagement program at the Spring
Family/Community Engagement Advisory meeting.
• A Partnership Promise Compact will be developed jointly with parents to help children achieve
the State’s high standards and distributed to all parents in the school.
• Parents will be a part of the school improvement committee.
4. Provide parents with:
Timely information about the program
• Flyers will be sent home informing parents of all the parent involvement activities.
*Check out the MES link from our school website.
*Parents will be notified of events by flyers, social media, emails, Remind and other news relating to school.
*Monthly event calendars
• Newsletters will be sent home with articles on parenting issues.
• If the school level plan is not satisfactory, parent comments will be submitted with the school
plan to the State Department of Education.
• The school performance will be included in the MES newsletter as well as posted on the school website.
•TNReady scores will be sent during the summer to the school and given out at the beginning of
the next school year.
• A mid-term progress report will be sent home to parents.
• Report cards will be sent home at the end of each grading period.
Opportunities for regular meetings to make suggestions, share experiences, and participate in decisions relating to the education of their children.
Timely responses to parents' suggestions
• MES will respond in a timely manner to parent questions and concerns.
• The teacher/Principal will be available to respond to parental concerns.
• Parent surveys will be taken into consideration.
5. Provide parent-teacher conferences at the elementary schools, at least twice annually (3:00-6:00 p.m.) during which the compact is discussed as it relates to the individual child's performance.
6. Provide frequent reports to parents on their child's progress
• TNReady scores will be sent at the end of the school year, if available. If not available, scores will be sent at the beginning of the next school year.
• A mid-term progress report will be sent home to parents.
• Report cards will be sent home at the end of each grading period.
7. Provide to parents reasonable access to staff and opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child's class and to observe classroom activities.
• Parents are encouraged to participate in the MES volunteer program.
• The school phone number will be included in the school handbook as well as the school website.
• Parents will be informed of the school's policy and procedures concerning classroom observations.
8. Provide to parents, who so desire, assistance in understanding such areas as, National Education Goals, State Curriculum Standards, state and local assessments, and how to monitor a child's progress.
• A brief description of the curricula being used will be sent home in the school handbook and posted to the school website.
• Report cards include a grading scale. K-2 has adopted standards based report cards.
We have added Tennessee standards to our curriculum.
• The Tennessee State Standards are available on the district website at: www.marionschools.org .
9. Provide help to parents in working with educators to improve the performance of their children.
• Various workshops will be offered through the Family and Community Engagement Coordinator.
10. Provide help to parents in learning how to participate in decisions relating
to the education of their children.
• Discuss parents' rights to be involved at the Title IV annual meeting.
• Discuss programs offered by Title IV at the annual meeting.
11. Provide materials and training for parents.
• Parents will be offered workshops and materials through the Title I Family and Community Engagement Coordinator. These are determined by parent response to a survey listing the workshops we have available.
12. Coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities with Head Start.
• The school will work with the Title IV Family and Community Engagement Coordinator to coordinate with Head Start, Pre-School, and Title IV.
13. Develop appropriate roles and encourage the formation of partnerships for local businesses and schools.
• MES will continue to develop relationships with community organizations and businesses in support of the school. Included in this list is Morton Memorial Church, Monteagle Sunday School Assembly, Citizen’s Tri-County, Mountain Valley, and Citizen‘s State Banks, Rotary Club, City of Monteagle, Mtn. Goat Market, Friends of South Cumberland Park, SCCF and many local restaurants.
14. Conduct other activities, as appropriate and feasible, such as parent resource centers and opportunities for parents to learn about child development and child rearing issues, that are designed to help parents become full partners in the education of their children.
• Provide resources through the Title IV Family and Community Engagement Coordinator.
15. Ensure, to the extent possible, that information to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities are sent in a language parents can understand.
• MES will provide foreign translations, where needed, of all information going home to parents.
• MES will work with the ESL Coordinator as needed.
• MES will, to the extent possible, provide opportunities for parents with disabilities.
• MES will meet the Federal Law Requirements
16. The school will work with the LEA to ensure requirements are met for homeless students and that homeless students receive the educational services to which they are entitled:
17. The school will work with LEA to ensure the requirements are met for migrant students and the migrant students receive the educational services to which they are entitled:
MES K-8 Dress Code:
All clothing shall be size appropriate. There will be no derogatory language on shirts. No open weave or fish net material, no clothes that bare the midriff. No cutouts, vinyl or leather clothing, no beach footwear, no long coats.
Students are asked to wear tennis shoes to help protect and keep our school’s flooring. This is a requirement on days your child will be in the gymnasium. This will cut down on black scuff marks on tile. This is your school where your child will spend his/her first nine to ten educational years. Encourage them to help keep it clean.
Backpacks with wheels are not allowed.
Marion County Schools Dress Policy:
The principals, designated by the Board of Education as the educational leaders of Marion County Schools are generally responsible for the attitude, manners, and conduct of the students and staff. Therefore, the principal, subject to confirmation by the Director of Schools and the Board of Education, has specific authority to determine a standard of dress and good grooming that will be compatible with a wholesome school situation. All students are expected to adhere to common practices of modesty, cleanliness and neatness; to dress in conformity with the accepted standards of the community; and to contribute in such manner to the academic atmosphere and not detract from it. No attempt will be made to dictate fashion styles as long as they are in keeping with Marion County Schools' policies. It should be noted, however, that it is the responsibility of the student and parent to adhere to the Dress Code. The Administrators of the Marion County Schools shall have the right to appraise any current fashion or fad and determine whether or not it is appropriate for school. Fashions that the principal deems a distraction to the educational process will not be allowed. In manners of opinion, the judgment of administrators will stand.
In order to provide a safe and secure school, strengthen the educational focus, and establish an orderly learning environment while preparing students for success in the professional workplace, students, parents and faculty at Marion County Schools have established the following standards for student dress and appearance.
(2) General Information
Students are expected to adhere to dress code at all times while on campus during regular school hours. The school staff will correct any fixable violations, with repeated violations possibly carrying disciplinary consequences. If a student arrives at school and cannot comply with the dress code, he/she will not be allowed to attend classes. The student will be isolated, and a parent called to bring appropriate clothing. If there is a question regarding a questionable item, please obtain clarification from the school administration before wearing the item.
(3) All Apparel:
• Must be size appropriate, and free from holes, rips, tears, cuts, or frayed hems.
• No article of clothing may be worn which implies or otherwise promotes alcohol, sex,
tobacco, drugs, violence, gangs, racial or offensive language. This includes belt buckles
• Extraneous zippers, metal studs, or dangling cloth strips are forbidden.
• Any item bearing the logo of any school other than the school the student attends is
strictly forbidden. College, military or professional sports team logos are acceptable.
• Solids and patterns are permitted.
No undergarments should be visible at any time.
(4) Bottom Wear:
Pants must be securely fastened about the waist and made of cotton, cotton/polyester,
twill or denim.
Shorts must be "Bermuda" length and skirts must be knee length.
Slacks, shorts or skirts will be worn at or above the hip point and be able to stay up
without a belt; NO undergarments are to be visible at any time.
Unacceptable items include (but are not limited to): gym shorts, tights or leggings (worn
as pants), yoga pants, sweat pants, jogging pants, nylon, spandex, and tight stretch pants.
(5) Dresses and Skirts
For female students, dresses or skirts are acceptable if they meet guidelines for
Dresses or blouses must have sleeves, no slender straps or tanks, no cold shoulders.
Shirts must have sleeves, cover midriff area, and have a modest neckline. Any style or
pattern is acceptable as long as it is modest and appropriate.
Unacceptable items include but are not limited to: items with a low neckline, made of
see- through material, shirts with cutouts, or jerseys unless issued by school.
Shirts must be worn under team jerseys.
Shoes must be worn at all times. House shoes or slippers are not allowed. Shoes must
have a back or heel strap and no flip flops.
Lightweight jackets including sweaters, vests, sweatshirts, or raincoats are permitted.
No long or trench coats are allowed. No exceptions.
Coats are not permitted to be worn in the school building (exception: when entering or
leaving the building or when there is a defect in the heating system)
Coats are defined as items that are normally associated with outdoor wear and/or worn
over indoor clothing for protection from outside elements.
Headwear is not to be worn by any student while in the school building.
This includes hats, ball caps, wool hats, beanies, bandanas, do-rags and skull caps.
Body piercing (except for the ear) that is visible is strictly prohibited. (no brow, lip, or
Gauges/industrials are not permitted in ears or any other area.
Large, long and/or heavy chains, studded or chained accessories are prohibited including
wallet or belt chains.
Sunglasses indoors are prohibited
(10) Special Situations
If a student cannot comply with the standardized dress code based on religious belief,
vertical disability or by the request of a doctor, a parent or guardian may write a letter
explaining the situation to the principal with a copy to the Director of Schools. Each case
will be evaluated on an individual case by case basis and if the parents and student are
not satisfied an appeal may be sent to the Director of Schools.
Field Trip Rules and Chaperone Guidelines-REVISED 07/1/16
The following rules are for anyone who may wish to attend or chaperone a MES field trip. Please read these guidelines and sign the chaperone consent form at the bottom of the sheet. Anyone who does not sign this sheet will not be allowed to attend a MES field trip.
Title IX and Sexual Violence
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. All public and private elementary and secondary schools, school districts, colleges and universities receiving any federal financial assistance (hereinafter “schools”, “recipients”, or “recipient institutions”) must comply with Title IX.
MES is in compliance with Tennessee child abuse laws. For questions or concerns, please
MARION COUNTY SCHOOLS
PASS(Plan of Attendance for Student Success)
School Attendance Contract
Date of Birth
Names of Parents/Guardians
THE STUDENT SHALL:
THE PARENT/GUARDIAN SHALL:
(a.) Provide school with written verification by doctor/medical advisor; OR
(b.) Send a parent note to excuse (5 per semester)
THE COUNSELOR AGREES TO:
TO THE STUDENT,PARENT(S)/ GUARDIAN(S):
I/ we agree to participate in the above agreement and understand that if I/we fail to abide by its terms, I/we can be referred to the Marion County Truancy Officer or Juvenile Court.
This contract was explained/ interpreted to PASS participants by: ________________________
Handbook Signature Page
Student Name (printed)
My homeroom teacher has read and reviewed the handbook with my homeroom class. I understand the school rules as set forth in the handbook.
Homeroom Teacher’s Signature
*This document should be kept on file by the homeroom teacher.
*Any and all regulations in this handbook may change in accordance with state and/or federal law or policy. The regulations are also subject to review and modification by MES administration and staff.