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Student Handbook

LIMESTONE TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY

 

 

 

STUDENT HANDBOOK

Mrs. Karen Biggs

Principal

4201 Walnut Creek Dr.

Sand Springs OK 74063

Telephone: 918-246-1560

Fax:  918- 246-1559

Discover Your Dreams

With Great Expectations

Limestone Technology Academy

School Motto:  Truth, Honor, and Pride in Limestone

School Mascot:  Lions

School Colors:  Blue and Gold

School Creed:  I am a Limestone student.  I believe this is my time and place and will live each day to the fullest. I am a bright child who is unique and special.  Yesterday’s failures are behind me. Today’s successes are before me.  I will make good choices and accept the responsibility for my behavior and its results.  I have Great Expectations for myself.  I accept the challenge to be the best that I can be.              

Limestone Mission Statement

We, the staff of Limestone Elementary, are committed to providing all students with the academic and behavioral skills to reach their fullest potential and to become responsible life-long learners.

Statement of Beliefs

We believe all children can learn.

We believe self-esteem is the key to student success.

We believe in high expectations for our students.

We believe in a climate of mutual respect.

Great Expectations

Limestone is a Great Expectation (GE)Model School.  Our staff motivates, inspires, and challenges students to achieve excellence in learning and living. Students experience Eight Expectations daily: Value one another, Use good manners, Cheer one another to success, Help one another, Recognize Effort, Encourage one another, Practice virtuous living, and will use Kind words.

Oklahoma Tiered Intervention System of Support

Limestone utilizes the OTISS model, as well as GE, to improve both academic and behavioral outcomes using tiers of research based interventions matched to the needs and levels of students. We identify students at risk for poor learning outcomes, monitor student progress, provide evidence-based interventions, adjust the intensity and nature of those interventions depending on a student’s responsiveness and may identify student with disabilities. We will ensure students experiencing difficulties (academically and behavioral) are provided timely, and appropriate, interventions. Our school will have 3 basic expectations: Be Responsible, Be Respectful, and Be Safe. 

ARRIVAL –DISMISSAL TIMES

The school day begins at 7:50 a.m. with Rise and Shine in the gym and ends at 2:30 p.m. Students should not arrive any earlier than is necessary.  Students will be allowed to enter the building at 7:15 a.m. at which time they will be supervised in the gym. Under no circumstances will a child be allowed to go to their classrooms until Rise and Shine has been dismissed. Students who arrive at their rooms after 7:55 are considered tardy. If your child is tardy, they must be escorted to the office with a parent, signed in by the parent or guardian and will be sent to class with a tardy slip for teacher records. We strongly discourage tardiness as it contributes to poor work habits and interrupts the school day.

Please call the school if your child is going to be absent or late. 918- 246-1560

Breakfast is served                               7:20-7:45

Rise & Shine                                         7:40

School Begins                                      7:50

Tardy Bell                                             7:55    .

Car Riders Leave                                   2:30   (released to gym until called)

Buses Leave                                            2:30 p.m.

Day Care & Bus Riders                          2:30 (released to North hallway)

Walkers & Bike Riders                           2:45  p.m. ( released to gym)

ATTENDANCE

Students are expected to be present and punctual for all classes throughout the year.  When sickness or family obligations necessitate an absence, the parents should call the office before 8:30 a.m. each day of absence. Office staff will be available to take the call after 7:15 a.m. at 918-246-1560. If the office is not notified of the absence, the school will call the parents to verify the reason for the absence.  When a student is absent, a parent may request assignments by calling the office before 9:00 a.m. Assignments and books may be picked up at the office after 2:00 p.m.  If a child is too sick to go outside, we consider them too sick to be at school. Students running a temperature of 100 degrees or more must be excluded from school. Children must be without fever for 24 hours before returning to school.  Make-up Work-Each student will be allowed one day for each excused day’s absence for all make-up work.

Students absent 10 or more days will have their name submitted to Sand Springs City Prosecutor’s office as a non-attending student. Fines can be $100 per day. (10 tardies/ or early departures = 1 absence)

BUS RIDER PROCEDURE

Students that are going to use the Sands Springs Public Schools transportation services must contact the transportation office each year to re-enroll. You may find out if your child qualifies and register them for services by call calling  918-246-1529. If you have concerns or additional questions, please call 918-246-1529.

BOOKS AND OTHER SCHOOL PROPERTY

Students are responsible for the care and condition of property assigned to them.  You must:

1.       Write your name inside the book cover and on personal items brought to school.

2.       You are responsible for handling your books in a manner that will not be destructive or damaging. Replacement costs are collected from those who have damaged or lost their textbooks or library book

SCHOOL MEAL PRICES- subject to change

                                            Breakfast                               Lunch

Elementary Students            $1.30                                     $2.15

Adult Staff                             $1.75                                     $3.25

Adult Guest                           $2.00                                     $3.50

Students (reduced)               $ .30                                      $ .40

 Free or reduced price meals are available for students who qualify under federal guidelines and applications may be made through the office. All families are requested to complete this paperwork so the school may receive additional federal monies for academic assistance as well as nutritional assistance. Any charges incurred before paperwork is submitted and approved will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

HOMEWORK

Homework is used primarily for reinforcement, make-up, and/or completion of unfinished classroom assignments. A student should strive to stay on task at school in order to complete classroom assignments.  Teachers may have planned activities during the year, which require some work to be done outside of class.  Homework is the student’s responsibility. Students may share this work with their parents and seek their help when needed. If a student cannot do the assigned work, he or she should check with the teacher the following day.

THE COUNSELOR

The counselor will be glad to work with you and your child to benefit from the educational atmosphere at the highest level of attainment possible. Classroom guidance will be scheduled to develop self-concepts, bullying and social skills.  The purpose of the elementary guidance program for Sand Springs Elementary Schools is to help prevent situations, which may result in problems. The services available throughout the guidance program include:  counselor and teacher consultation, testing, health issues, parent conferences, developmental counseling, student appraisals, behavior modification, school attendance, placement and evaluations. Counselor services are made available by referral and are kept confidential. You are invited to utilize your child’s elementary counselor. The counselor can help make school an enjoyable and rewarding experience for your child. IF your child is in need of more therapeutic counseling our school counselor will be more than willing to assist you with the necessary information.

NUISANCE ITEMS

Problems arise each year because students bring articles that are hazardous to the safety of others or interfere in some way with school procedures.  Game Boys or other electronic games, MP 3 players, iPads, iPods, cell phones, knives, matches, toy cars, water guns and collector cards are considered nuisance items and should not be brought to school. The school will not be held responsible for personal electronic devices brought to school.  It is against state law to have weapons on school grounds. 

PARTIES

We are allowed three school parties per year- Fall (October), Winter (December), and Spring (February). There is a minimal fee for parties to supply all students with the necessary items. Please note NO CHECKS for school parties will be taken.

Birthday parties are not allowed at school. Parents may bring a store bought item up for their child, but please note the teacher will disperse the item when it best fits his or her schedule. Invitations to a child’s birthday party are not to be given at school. MEDICATION

The Attorney General of the State of Oklahoma has, in opinion number 83-133, presented the schools some very exacting restrictions regarding administering medicine to students. The position of the Sand Springs Board of Education in the matter is that the Sand Springs Schools and its staff will comply with the law as interpreted by the Attorney General. The following restrictions shall be in effect:  (next page)

Non-Prescription Medicine-It is the policy of the Sand Springs Schools that personnel shall not administer any non-prescription medicines or drugs to students. In order for a student to receive non-prescription medications, a doctor’s written directive stating the name, amount frequency, and length of time it is to be given is required, and must be furnished to the school nurse or principal. The school may then administer a non-prescription medicine only for the time authorized by the physician.

Prescription Medicine

  1. A school nurse, administrator, or designated school employee may administer a prescription  medication if contained in the prescription vial which correctly states the name of the patient, name of the doctor, name of drug, and the amount and directions for administering. Authorizations shall be maintained on file in the office of the principal.
  2. Either parent or the person having legal custody or guardianship of the child must also authorize the school nurse, administrator, or designated school employee in writing to administer the prescription medication prescribed by the physician. In such a case, the school employee is deemed as acting in the place of the parent as defined in Title 10 O.S. 1981 Section 170.1 and that such medication is being administered under the specific direction of a physician. Authorization thus furnished shall be maintained on file in the office of the principal.
  3. Any school employee may, if they deem it advisable, refuse to honor a request to administer prescription medication and request that other arrangements are made by the parent and physician. Only one school week of medication shall be delivered on the first day of each school week. Medication bottles (empty) shall be returned home on the last day of each school week. No medication shall remain on the school grounds over the weekend or holidays.

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

Sand Springs Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex/gender, age, or disability in admission to its programs, services or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. The Sand Springs Public Schools also does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices. Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding the commitment may be forwarded to the designated compliance coordinator, Assistant Superintendent Rob Miller available at 918- 246-1400.

STUDENT GRADE REPORTS-Pre-K  THROUGH  FIFTH

Student grade reports will be issued at the end of each six-week period.

Pre-Kindergarten-Fifth Grade Grading Scale

P- Proficient                           85%- above- Mastery

WT- Working Toward              70%-84% - Working Toward

AC- Area of Concern              69%- below – Area of Concern

In addition, writing, art, music, physical education, Spanish, and computer literacy grades will be denoted according to grade levels. In all grades, if the student is considered for retention, the teacher will contact the parents or guardians and they will be asked to meet with the teacher, and school counselor or principal. At this time, parents will be asked to sign the Retention Agreement.

STUDENT DRESS CODE

General Dress Code Policy

  • Clothing should be of proper size, be clean, be in good taste, and appropriate for the school activity or setting.
  • Blouses, shirts, tank tops, halter-tops, fishnet tops, and tops of any type, if too revealing, are not considered appropriate school attire. Crop tops or any tops that expose the midriff are not acceptable. Shirts should not cover shorts where only the shirt shows.
  • Hats, caps, sweat bands, or bandanas will not be worn inside the building except for medical reasons.
  • Shirts, jewelry, or clothing, that displays any type of slogan promoting obscene, vulgar, or illicit behavior, is not permitted. Patches or monograms having one or more meaning, one of which is generally considered obscene or illicit are also prohibited.
  • Students must wear shoes while in school. Flip-flops are not allowed and sandals must have a back strap, for the safety of the children.  Tennis shoes are required on days a student attends physical education class. Healy skate shoes will not be allowed.
  • All students participating in approved school activities will be expected to comply with required dress and appearance regulations of the activity in which they are participating. Students who refuse to dress as required by the school or sponsor will not be permitted to participate in the activity or represent the school in any way.
  • The length of a skirt or dress must be in keeping with appropriate standards for classroom activity and in no instance shall it be more than four inches above the knee.
  • Female students are not allowed to wear make- up of any kind during the school day.
  • Sundresses or tops such as halter tops or items that show the entire shoulder area or backs are restricted. Girls in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade are required to have shoulder straps at least two fingers in width.
  • Shorts may be worn provided they are of a full cut, straight leg type, have a hem or finished look and are as long as the longest fingers when the arm is extended down the side of the leg. NO cutoffs (unless they are hemmed or rolled up with a finished look) are allowed. No jogging shorts, which feature a split on each side, short shorts or bicycle shorts will be permitted as acceptable school attire.
  • Thermal underwear may not be worn as an outer garment. Sundresses with spaghetti straps may be worn only if worn over a blouse, T-shirt, or shirt. Low cut dresses or dresses with no back will not be permitted.
  • Hair must be clean and neatly groomed and worn in a style that is not conspicuous or extreme. Mohawks or spiked hair will not be allowed. Any style, color or cut that would tend to disrupt the educational process or consistency of classroom decorum will be considered inappropriate.
  • If any unusual situation arises, which is not specifically covered in the above dress code, the Principal shall have authority to rule on the appropriateness of attire, and that ruling shall be final until the policy is revised or changed to cover the situation.

Enforcement of the Dress Code:

When a student wears unacceptable attire to school, that student’s parents will be contacted by phone call or note first telling the parent that the child’s dress is unacceptable at school, if a note is sent the note should be signed by the parent and returned to school. A second offense will result in the student being sent home to change clothing. The school will provide a change of clothing if warranted and clothes are available. Depending on the severity of the offense if the school is unable to contact the parents, the student may, depending on the age of the child or the situation, be removed from the classroom for the rest of the day.

PAYMENT OF DUES AND FEES-

The office and teachers are not allowed to accept checks for school parties or field trips (ONLY CASH). Checks that are written for fundraisers, agendas, yearbooks, t-shirts or other items may not be combined for payment individual checks or cash must be submitted.

USE OF TELEPHONE

The school phone is a business phone and it is not to be used by students except in the case of an emergency or with approval of the principal. Students will not be called to the phone unless it is an emergency. Students will not be allowed to use the phone to call home to go to another student’s house after school. Parents may leave a message concerning a change of transportation plans with the school secretary. Messages are sent to classes ten minutes before the dismissal bell. Students are strongly discouraged to bring cell phones to school, but if warranted the parent must make the teacher aware. Cell phone MUST be turned off when entering the school and may be turned back on when leaving the school. The school will not be responsible for lost or stolen phones.

VALUABLES

The school administrator and staff cannot be responsible for valuables that students bring to school. It is recommended that students leave all valuables at home. If special circumstances make it necessary for a student to bring substantial cash or other important items to school, registering them and leaving them in the school office can safeguard these items.

VISITORS

All visitors to the school are to report to the office before going anywhere else in the building. Please sign in and a visitor badge will be given to you to be worn while in the building. Children not enrolled are not allowed to visit the classroom. We want to know who is in our building for the safety of the children. Parents are always welcome and encouraged to visit the school. 24-hour notification must be given before visiting the classroom. Thank you for your cooperation with this matter.

DISCIPLINE

Guidelines for Success

*         Be Responsible

*         Always Try

*         Do Your Best

*         Cooperate With Others

*         Treat Everyone with Respect (Including Yourself)

 

 

 

Classroom Procedures

Each teacher will have a specific set of guidelines for their classroom and specific consequences. These will be sent home within the first week of school.

Common Area Procedures (Hallways, Restrooms, Assemblies, Playground, Passing Periods)

  • When students are in line in the hallway they will walk with their hands behind their back or at their sides.  They will maintain an appropriate personal space from walls and from each other.
  • During class time, students must have a pass to be in the hallways or bathrooms.
  • Treat everyone with dignity and respect.
  • If a staff member asks to speak with you, stop and talk with that person.
  • If a staff member requests that you correct a behavior, do what the staff member asks you to do.

If A Student Does Not Follow A Common Area Procedure, a Staff Member May:

  • Give a verbal reminder.
  • Use positive practice (for example practice walking to the designation rather than running).
  • Briefly delay the student (5-30 second delay to think about correcting their own behavior).
  • On the playground, the delay may be time spent on the bench and could be 5 to 20 minutes.
  • Write a “white slip” for parent and office notification-which is to be signed and returned the following day
  • Use principal referral for severe acts only.

Severe Acts

Students will be referred to the Principal for the following severe acts:

Illegal Acts—

  • Dangerous articles, weapons or explosives at school
  • Possession or use of tobacco products at school.  
  • Defacing property.
  • Physical, verbal harassment or bullying.
  • Continuation of classroom disruptions or defiance

Physically Dangerous Acts—Harm to self or others including but not limited to fighting, throwing objects,

                                                   biting, hitting, kicking or scratching.

Defiance—Overt and immediate refusal to comply with reasonable adult direction.

 

Inappropriate Language:  verbal or written

The seriousness and/or frequency of the inappropriate behavior will determine the consequences prescribed. The correction methods may consist of a parent call, parent conference, making financial restitution, cleaning items or facilities that were damaged, in-school suspension or out–of-school suspension.

 

Please note the starting and ending times for the school day. Supervision for students does not begin until 7:15 a.m. Students that continuously arrive early will be given a warning and parent contact will be made.

 

End of the Day Dismissal Procedures- The safety of our students is our number one concern; therefore the following expectations are set in place to aide in keeping all students safe.

 

Walkers- Walkers will be dismissed at 2:45 pm (with teacher supervision) and escorted from the gym to crosswalk. DO NOT HAVE YOUR STUDENT LEAVE AS A WALKER AND THEN PICK THEM UP IN A PARKED CAR!

 

Car Riders- The majority of our students are car riders. Students will be released from the gym individually and escorted out of the front entrance.

Parents/Guardians are requested to display a car rider tag with your child’s name for a smoother flow. Tags will be passed out at Meet the Teacher.  If you do not have a car rider tag, or need additional tags, please go to the the office or ask the duty teacher. Please display your tag EVERYDAY by hanging it from your rearview mirror. This will aide in a faster, smoother flow when calling and loading car riders. Your assistance with this is greatly appreciated.

 

 

We strongly advise that if you wish to pick your child up early that you contact the office at 918-246-1560 before 2:00 P.M. Repeated requests for early dismissal from the office impede the safety of our regular routines can cause students undue stress. The safety of our student body is our number one concern and we deeply appreciate your assistance in the matter.

 

Limestone faculty and staff care deeply about our students, their safety and success. We do encourage parents to keep in contact with us to form a productive educational bond for all students. If you do need to speak with your child’s teacher it is important that you call to schedule an appointment to meet with them or leave a message with the office so that they might contact you during their planning time. We also asked that if your child is a walker that you please wait outside for student dismissal in order to secure student safety with the masses of children exiting the building from the front entrance.

 

WE LOOK FORWARD TO A SUCCESSFUL YEAR!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parent/Student Signature Page

 

 

Please read, fill out, and sign. Have your child return this page to their teacher.

 

 

 

I have read the student handbook for Limestone Technology Academy.  After reviewing the discipline procedures for Limestone Technology Academy, I understand that suspension from school will only be used as a last alternative after all other steps have been initiated and there has been parental contact, or if my child’s behavior is of the most severe category to require immediate removal from the building.

 

 

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Student’s Name                                                                                   Grade

 

 

 

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Teacher

 

 

 

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Parent/Guardian Signature

 

 

 

________________

 

Date

 

 

A copy of this letter will be kept in the principal’s office.

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for your cooperation,

 

 

Karen Biggs, Principal

 

 

 

Limestone Technology Academy