School Handbook

Newport/Plymouth School

 

Newport Elementary School

Parent/Student Handbook

*RSU #19 School Board Policy or decision will replace any statement in the school handbook.

2014-2015

 

 

Welcome

The staff of Newport Elementary School would like to welcome you and your children to a new school year.  Newport Elementary School is a member of RSU #19, which includes the towns of Corinna, Etna, Dixmont, Hartland, Newport, Palmyra, Plymouth, and St. Albans.

Newport Elmentary School is a community school of approximately 350 students Kindergarten through grade four.  Our goal for the Newport Elementary School is to make our school community even stronger. We are proud of our students and positively recognize learning and social behaviors.  

Not only do we provide learning opportunities for children, teachers meet each week with their grade level teams working together to ensure that all children are learning and growing. During these Professional Learning times, teachers design learning objetives and asses current learning so they can set learning goals for students.

At school you'll meet your child's classroom teacher, and also our specialists for music, physical education, and library. The Title 1 program supports our classrooms, as does Special Education. Our school nurse cares for and educates students and staff on the link between healthy bodies and academic achievement.

Everyone at the school--teachers, educational technicians, custodians, kitchen staff, and ­office personnel, comes to school every day with the goal of providing our young students with the high-quality education they deserve.

Behavioral Expectations

Be Safe * Be Respectful * Be Responsible

Behavioral expectations are taught the same way any core curriculum subject is taught.  "Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible" are taught and recognized in such a way so that students understand what these behavioral expectations look like, sound like, and feel like in all the non-classroom areas.

At the beginning of each school year, students are explicity taught the school expectations.  This is done by having all students help create indicators that explain what it means to Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible in all areas of the school.  For example, students will walk the halls and create explanations for How to Be Respectful in the hallway - they might say "Smile and Wave" to people passing by you.

In addition to teaching expectations, there are also some procedures that are taught.  "Two will do" is a reminder taped to the paper towel dispenser to remind students that only two paper towels are needed to thoroughly dry their hands. 

The next time you are in the school, look for posters in various spots of the school that explain and show these behavioral expectations. 

 

School Wide Behavior Matrix

 

School

Expectations

Hallway

Playground

Cafeteria

Bathroom

Classroom

Bus

 

Safe

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Walk

- Stay in your line

- Keep your back pack zipped up

- follow safety rules

- stay within boundaries

- eat your own food

- stay in your own space while waiting in line and while eating

- stay seated until you are dismissed

- stay on the correct side of the stairs; one step at a time

- keep water in the sink

- keep hands and feet in own space

- walk

- clean up own mess/trash

- keep feet on the floor

- stay in your personal space

- walk

- use material or equipment appropriately

- sit back in your seat

- stay seated

- backpack in lap

- feet on floor

- stay in your personal space

- follow safety rules

 

Responsible

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- go directly to where you need to be

- follow directions

- stay to the right

- dress appropriately for the weather

- be a problem solver

- tell an adult if you see an unsafe choice

- line up when the signal is given and use a level 1 voice

- follow directions

- make room for all of your friends at the table

- be a problem solver

- clean up your space

- follow directions

- get your straw and napkin BEFORE sitting down

- use the bathroom and go back where you need to be

- use 1 pump of soap; 2 pumps of towels

- turn off faucet when finished

- use a reasonable amount of toilet paper

- leave belongings in backpack or classroom

- clean up after yourself

- follow directions and classroom routines

- do quality work

- be a problem solver

- get on and off bus carefully

- follow directions

- be a problem solver

- remember your things; keep track of your belongings

 

Respectful

 

 

 

 

 

 

- enjoy the artwork; look with your eyes only

- stay in your personal space

- voice level 0 or 1

- use kind language

- take turns

- be a good sport

- respect nature

- follow game rules

- voice level 0-3

- use good manners

- raise your hand if you need an adult’s help

- wait patiently and quietly in line

- voice level 0 or 1

- voice level 0 or 1

- wait for the door to open; respect other people’s privacy

- flush and wipe seat

- check to see if anyone is in there before shutting off the light

- work cooperatively

- listen carefully while others speak

- be considerate

- show kindness to others

- voice level 0, 1, or 2

- wait your turn to talk

- use kind language

- voice level 0 or 1

- leave other people’s belongings alone

Because a safe and positive school climate is necessary for student learning, disruptive, disrespectful, assaultive, unsafe, or bullying behaviors will not be tolerated at school. Consequences for such incidents may include, but are not limited to, loss of privileges, parent-student-staff member meetings, and both in and out-of-school suspensions.

 

 

Levels Of Behavior

 Meeting Expectations Level 1 Level 2 Level3
Safe, Responsible and Respectful Choices
  • Interrupting
  • Showing Frustration and/or anger
  • Negative actions or words
  • Not cooperating
  • Inappropriate language
  • Physical contact/aggression(non serious but inappropriate)
  • Defiance/Disrespect/Non-compliance(brief or low intensity, failure to respond to respect)
  • Disruption(low intensity but inappropriate)
  • Property misuse
  • Repeated Level 1
  • Abusive/Inappropriate/Profane language
  • Fighting
  • Physical aggression(actions involving serious physical contact where injury may occur)
  • Defiance/Disrespect/Insubordination/Non-Compliance(refusal to follow direction/socially rude interaction)
  • Disruption(sustained interruption)
  • Harassment/Bullying
  • Lying/Cheating
  • Property damage/Vandalism
  • Use/Possession of Weapons
  • Theft
  • Repeated Level 2

 

Levels of Consequences

Safe, Responsible, Respectful ChoicesLevel 1Level 2Level3
  Teacher Teacher/Administrator Administrator
Participating in all regular classroom and school activities
  • Stop & Think
  • Find another space\Take an approved break
  • Conflict resolution
  • Adult help
  • Verbal redirection
  • Classroom management

 

  • Loss of privilege/recess
  • Reflection/Individualized Instruction
  • Conference with student
  • Time away from activity
  • Parent Contact/Teacher
  • Restorative Actions/Restitution
 
  • Reflection/Individualized Instruction
  • Time in Office
  • Parent Contact
  • Conference with student/Teacher
  • Restorative Actions/Restitution
  • Reflection Room
  • Loss of other privileges
  • In-school suspension
  • Out of school suspension
  • Other(to be determined by administrator)

 

Harassment Policy

RSU 19 has a strict Harassment Policy to which all students and adults are required to adhere. Infractions of this policy may result in severe consequences through the school and/or the legal system. The Affirmative Action Officer for the District is Mary Nadeau. She may be reached at 368-4354.

Student Hazing and Endangerment

Maine statute defines hazing as “any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health of a student enrolled in a public school.” It is the policy of the Board of Directors that injurious hazing activities of any type not be tolerated.

Newport/Plymouth School Newsletter

Each week, the newsletter page of our webite is updated with school news and important upcoming events. We encourage you to review this newsletter for any information relating to your child and his/her school experience.  Add our website http://www.rsu19.org/index.php?id=106 to your favorites and check back often!

 

The Newport/Plymouth PTO

Your membership and participation are encouraged in the Newport/Plymouth PTO, an active organization supporting Newport/Plymouth School. The work they did last year was sensational!  Meeting times for the 2012-2013 school year will be on the first Monday of every month beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the school library.

 

School Hours

School is in session from 7:55 am. until 2:45 p.m., the time when our walkers are dismissed; bus students are dismissed around 3:00. The school office is open from 7:30 to 3:30 during the school year. If you have questions or concerns, you are encouraged to stop by or call 368-4470.

 

Arrival of Students in the Morning

A student who needs to be dropped off at school from 7:45 to 8:10 must be dropped off in the Parent/Visitor Parking Lot or at the designated crosswalk on Elm Street. Please do not drive cars in the driveway during this time or leave students at the entrance to the driveway used by the buses; students are exiting the buses and entering the buildings in this area.

Students who walk, ride with parents, or ride their bicycles should not be at school until 7:45. Students arriving too early may not be supervised by an adult or be able to gain entrance to the building. Students arriving late (any arrivals after 8:10 are considered tardy) must sign in at the office before going to class, and students being dismissed early for the day are to be signed out by a parent or guardian.

 

Parking Lot and Driveway Safety

Please always remember that during our busiest times - at the beginning and at the end of the school day - both the driveway and the parking areas are heavily congested. It is most important to strictly follow speed limit and one-way traffic signs, to be constantly alert to children darting out in front of your vehicle, to park so as not to block cars or buses, and to be respectful of others in this often chaotic process.

 

Student Dismissal/Early Dismissal

Students will not be dismissed during the day without signed authorization from a parent or guardian.  If situations arise that change your child’s dismissal destination, please call the office before 2:30.

If for any reason someone needs to pick up your child earlier than our daily release time, please call, write a note, or come in to the office to have the student dismissed.

If a student is going to be picked up by someone not on the student’s emergency form, the parent must send a note to school; include the name of the person picking up the student as well as the time and date of that pick-up.  During homeroom, the student will give the note to the teacher who will send it to the office.

When inclement weather arrives, the opening of school may be canceled for the day, delayed by one hour for the day, or dismissed early for the day.  It is recommended that you listen to a local radio station or watch a local TV station for any announcement during stormy weather.  They do an excellent job in making these announcements as soon as they are notified.

Early dismissal is sometimes more difficult to deal with since parents are not at home and do not hear the early dismissal announcement. It is important that your child does not go home to an empty house, especially during stormy weather, and the school needs to know where your child should go if early dismissal occurs.  Therefore, before inclement weather arrives, an early dismissal form should be completed by parents; these forms may be found on the back of the emergency forms.   

 

Attendance

Students who are absent from school are required to bring a written excuse signed by a parent/guardian to school the following day. Without this written communication from you, your child’s absence will be considered unexcused. If family vacations or other absences are planned while school is in session, parents should notify the teacher and/or principal in advance, so the absence is excused and so arrangements for make-up work can be made. According to Maine State Law, students who have more than ten (10) unexcused absences are truant. A student’s truancy may lead to meetings with RSU 19 administration, reports to outside agencies, or assessed fines.

 

Visiting the School

Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit school. Classroom visits and volunteering in a classroom can be especially meaningful for parents, students, and teachers. We would love to see you here.

To protect the school from unauthorized visitors after the start of the school day, some doors will be locked. At all times, parents/visitors, including volunteers, must check in at the office. This policy helps to ensure the safety of the students, faculty, and staff; so, please understand this when you are asked to check in at the office before visiting.

Paperwork

At the beginning of each school year, parents are usually overwhelmed by the amount of paperwork children bring home. This is understandable; however, it is imperative that you read, fill out, sign, and return all the forms. If you should have any questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to give the office (368-4470) a call.

 

Emergency Forms

Completed Emergency Forms are a necessity for the office. When sickness or injury occur, the school must be able to locate the responsible parent/guardian. Without correct and current information, valuable time could be lost. Notify the office of any changes throughout the year.

If you have a change in phone number or address, it is very important to update the school of this change.

Once again, please return all forms to the school office; and if you need assistance, stop by or give us a call at 368-4470.

 

Accident/Illness

When a student is injured or becomes ill at school, he/she is to report to his/her teacher. The teacher will send the student to the office, and the parent (guardian) will be called if necessary. Please know that sometimes this is a “judgment call.” A bump or a bruise may signal no real problem and yet other times it may warn of a more serious injury. When a student does not call attention to a bump or bruise or does not indicate that he or she is in pain, we may not know there is a problem. Please be sure you have completed the section of the “Emergency Information Card” that advises us of how you want us to deal with such situations, including the person whom we should call if you are not available. The seriousness of some injuries and illnesses are not obvious until several hours after their onset, so the student’s teacher or an office staff member may inform the parent (guardian) of a seemingly simple injury or brief illness just as a precaution. We would prefer to err on the side of caution.

 

Medications

Any and all medications for students must be brought to the office by a parent. Students are not allowed to bring medications to school. Parents/guardians are required to submit the proper forms before medications can be administered through the office. The school nurse and the school office keep a file of all medications that are administered at school. It is the parent’s responsibility to insure that the nurse and office have current information to insure the well being of the child.

 

Lunch/Breakfast Applications

Applications for free or reduced hot lunch and breakfast must be filled out by all families since federal funds for many of our programs are determined by the number of eligible participants. “Family” refers to all members residing in the house. Please include all children on one form and return it to the office. We will supply the necessary information to the other schools. Whether your child wishes to eat hot lunch or not, please fill out the form and return it to school. Keep in mind that you will remain on the same status as last year until your new application is processed. New applications must be filed each year.

We offer a breakfast program for all students. Breakfast is served from 7:30-8:00. Accommodations will be made for bus students who arrive late. Breakfast also will be served on days when school opens late. Please pay for students’ meals on a weekly basis on the first day of the school week. Prices as of last year and subject to change are as follows:

 LunchBreakfast
Full Fare$2.35 ($11.75 Weekly)Free
Reduced$0.40 ($2.00 Weekly)Free
 Milk is $0.35 

The easiest and best way for us to receive this money is by CHECK made payable to Newport Elementary School or RSU 19 Lunch Program. Please list the name of your child/children on the check. Your canceled check is your receipt.

 

Students and Money

It is sometimes necessary for students to bring money to school. However, lost or stolen money is not the school’s responsibility, and students are encouraged not to bring more than needed and not to leave it in their desks, book bags, etc. It is suggested that any money you send to school with your child be put in an envelope marked for its intended use. The office staff is happy to hold money for safe keeping at any time.

 

Bus Transportation Rules

School bus transportation is a privilege that may be withdrawn for inappropriate behavior. Students must ride the bus to which they are assigned and will not be permitted to ride an alternative one without written permission from a parent or guardian. Students will only be allowed off the bus at school, home, or locations requested in writing by parents/guardians.

The bus driver is incomplete charge of the bus and its occupants at all times. Students riding the bus must complywith the requests of the driver, or privileges to ride may be suspended.

 

School Property

Students who are enrolled at the Newport School shall be held responsible for the care of all books, equipment, and other supplies which are issued for their use. Students or their parents will be required to reimburse the school for lost, destroyed, or damaged books, equipment, and other supplies.

 

Personal Property

Students are encouraged not to bring personal property to school unless it has been requested by a teacher or is needed for instructional purposes. Neither the school nor its personnel will be held responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged property of students.  Please do not send trading cards, cars, these are examples of toys that cause distractions to the classroom environment.

 

Flower and Balloon Deliveries

Because many children and some staff are allergic to flowers, any deliveries will be held at the office until the end of the day. Further, because of the potential disruption that balloons can cause within a classroom, they too will be handed out to a student at day’s end.

 

Party Invitations

If students do not have an invitation for all classmates, they will not be allowed to hand out party invitations at school. While we do our best to be cooperative and helpful in personal non-school and community events, we will not willingly play a part in making any child feel left out or unpopular. There’s too much of that happening in the world that we cannot control. Further, because of federal confidentiality laws, we cannot give out the addresses or the phone numbers of our students’ parents.

 

Library/Media Centers

Our library offers a variety of materials for students and teachers and is open for student use during each school day. The elementary students have an instructional library period each week at which time they are taught the use of the library as well as various research techniques.

The library offers the opportunity for students to check out books, and they will be held responsible to insure that the books are returned on time and in acceptable condition. Students and their parents will be held responsible for lost or damaged books and will not be allowed to check out additional materials until restitution is made.

Computers are available for use by all students in the library and in the classroom. Students must follow the RSU 19 Acceptable Use Policy and have parental permission.

 

Acceptable Dress

Well-dressed and groomed students tend to have a better attitude toward school and their fellow students. It is important that they dress neatly and in good taste at all times. The following guidelines are enforced for the health and well being of all:

  • Footwear of some kind must be worn. Sneakers are to be worn during physical education classes and all other activities in the gym.
  • Clothes must be clean and neat and meet reasonable standards of hygiene and social conduct.
  • The following are examples of prohibited clothing: swim wear, ripped or shredded clothing, decorations or designs advertising drugs, alcohol, or tobacco, decorations promoting violence, sexual connotations, obscenity, or the occult, any clothing not covering the student appropriately such as belly shirts, net mesh, or spaghetti straps.

 

Bicycles

Students may bring bicycles to school at their own risk and as long as they follow these rules. Bicycles are to be parked in or near the bike rack when students arrive at school. Students must follow good bicycle safety practice to and from school. Students must walk their bicycles down the school walkway to the sidewalk-NOT in the driveways or parking lots.

 

Telephone Use

The school telephone is for business use; therefore, students are discouraged from using it except for emergency situations. Making after school plans with friends and retrieval of forgotten homework or sneakers are not good reasons for using the telephone.

 

Dressing for the Weather/Recess

Students should be dressed for the weather. Cold and windy days warrant warm jackets, and winter weather warrants hats, boots, mittens, snow pants, and jackets. Recess is a regular part of the school day, and students will be expected to participate. If the temperature, including the wind chill factor is above 10 degress; we will have outside recess.  If for some reason you do not wish your child to participate in recess, a signed note from a doctor will be required. Usually, it is more healthful for children to get fresh air once or twice a day.

 

Voice Mail/E-Mail

Each teacher at has voice mail which can be activated by following the menu options during after hours. If you would like to leave a message for a particular teacher before 7:00 AM or after 3:30 PM, simply follow the recorded options. The office has that option as well. Each teacher has an e-mail address. You may leave mail for any teacher by typing his/her address as follows:

ateacher@rsu19.org

Substitute the teacher's first initial and last name for “ateacher”.  If you have difficulty, call the office at 368-4470.