UINTA MEADOWS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENT - PARENT HANDBOOK- 2016-2017
Uinta County School District #1
90 Cheyenne Dr. Evanston, WY 82930 (307) 789-8098
Principal, Jerrod Dastrup
Message from the Principal
Welcome to Uinta Meadows Elementary! We look forward to an exciting and fulfilling school year. With your child’s education being our highest priority, we take pride in providing your child with the best possible educational program. Our highly qualified staff is dedicated to providing opportunities for all students to learn and achieve their full potential. Together with your support, we will accomplish this mission.
The purpose of the Uinta Meadows’ Parent/Student Handbook is to acquaint you with some of the beliefs, procedures, and policies of Uinta Meadows Elementary. Please read and become familiar with the contents, and keep this handbook readily available, as a reference, during the school year. If however, you have any question or concerns that are not addressed, you have a standing invitation to visit or call any time.
At Uinta Meadows, we believe that communication and cooperation between home and school are essential elements for a successful school experience that promotes optimal student learning. Parents are encouraged to visit our school, maintain regular contact with your child’s teacher, attend parent meetings, and attend regularly scheduled conferences. We also have a wonderful PTA that offers many volunteer opportunities, and they are always looking for additional members!
As your principal, I am always available to meet with you regarding your child. Please feel free to contact me at any time. We are partners in the education of your child, and by working together we can make this a successful year.
Jerrod Dastrup, Principal
We commit to the individual flight of each Eagle, taking them to new heights, and helping them soar to their own success.
UME staff will collaborate as professionals to create a culture of trust where personalized learning maximizes growth for all students.
UCSD #1 VISION
Our vision is that all students are prepared to meet the demands of 21st century citizenship, careers and postsecondary education.
UCSD #1 MISSION
Our mission is to provide powerful instruction that is relevant and challenging. We commit to provide daily experiences that prepare students for the 21st century, build positive relationships, and encourage maximum student effort.
Accountability, Respect, Responsibility, Trustworthiness and Caring
Uinta Meadows Cheer
Uinta Meadows is my school! Where ____graders rule!
Here we learn to read and write. Here we never, ever fight.
We build each other up!
Everyone is kind! Mathematicians we are,
and authors we will be.
We each will give our very best, with college as our goal.
Attendance, PAWS and reading scores, will be our teacher’s prize.
UINTA MEADOWS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RULES
THE THREE B’s
All visitors to Uinta Meadows Elementary are required to check in at the office. This is for the safety and security of all students and staff. Parents are encouraged to be involved in their child’s education and to visit school often. Parents wishing to spend time with their child at school are asked to make other arrangements for small brothers and sisters.
Parents who wish to discuss their child’s progress are asked to make an appointment with the teacher for a conference. Time cannot be taken from class instruction to hold a parent conference for an individual child. Since the primary focus of Uinta Meadows Elementary teachers is to meet the educational needs of UME students, attendance by friends and relatives of students is not allowed. We ask all parents to respect the learning environment of the classroom. At the end of the school day we ask parents to wait in the upstairs lobby to meet students and not be in the halls or downstairs.
Parents taking students out of school during the school day are asked to sign a checkout log in the office. This is required to protect the children from unauthorized persons taking them out of school. Office personnel will call the classroom for the child while the parent is completing the log. This will reduce classroom interruption as well as allowing the parent and student to be on his/her way quickly. If a student is checked out during recess time, this should be done through the office only. Parents returning students to school during the school day are asked to sign a check-in log in the office. This is required as a backup for attendance count.
School to Parent Communication
We utilize our UME Facebook page and Alert Solutions 2, which contacts parents via email, phone and text message. Our school website and calendar is consistently updated with all pertinent information. The school frequently sends notes and bulletins to parents and guardians. Please ask your child and check backpacks frequently for notes of interest. Occasionally, parents are asked to sign or to fill out forms that are required for routine records at school. Please return any such forms promptly to avoid loss or omission of pertinent information. School information is also posted on the District website. Please check often for important messages.
In the event of a blizzard or other emergency, which may threaten the safety or health of students, the decision to dismiss or cancel school will be made by the superintendent. Every effort will be made to inform parents of emergency decisions via local radio stations and calls to all families in PowerSchool
On rare occasions, Evanston receives an exceptionally heavy nighttime snow. If the storm continues into the morning, hazardous road conditions interfere with school buses transporting students, parents driving their students to school, students driving to school, and employees being able to get to school on time. If such conditions exist, we would declare a “Delayed Start” snow day rather than closing school for a full day.
If a “Delayed Start” day is announced, all school starting times and bus schedules would be moved back exactly two hours. For example, if your bus pickup is at 7:30 a.m., the bus will arrive at the pickup location at 9:30 a.m. Starting times for the schools on a “Delayed Start” schedule are listed below.
Delayed Start Schedule
Starting and Ending times
Evanston and Horizon High School 10:10 a.m. – 3:10 p.m.
Davis and Evanston Middle School 9:50 a.m. – 2:54 p.m.
Elementary Schools 11:05 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.
UCSD #1 will use a calling system called “Code Red” and the district’s Powerschool to notify parents. Once a decision is made by school officials about school closure or a delayed start, the system will notify all parents and guardians through the emergency phone numbers and email accounts provided to the schools at the beginning of the school year. Both systems can make al of these calls and send text messages in a matter of minutes. A delayed start gives us another way to keep students in school and manage the severe weather
Weather and Recess
The length of recess periods will be adjusted for changes in weather. On days when the temperatures and/ or wind chill are so low as to pose health and safety problems (generally ten degrees or lower including wind chill factor), or when it is raining heavily, students will remain indoors. Duty teachers will supervise students outside their classroom while they participate in appropriate indoor activities. Students should dress appropriately for possible weather changes.
Students are expected to play outside during all recesses. Students unable to be outside report to the cafeteria. Parents are asked to dress their children appropriately for the often sudden and extreme Wyoming weather changes. Children’s outerwear (coats, gloves/mittens, hats, boots, snowsuits/pants, etc.) should be labeled to aid in the return of lost or misplaced items.
Student dress should not distract from the learning environment. If a problem arises in this area, parents will be contacted.
Uinta Meadows Elementary is not responsible for children’s personal items. Students should only bring items to school that are a necessary part of the educational program. Parents are urged to label their child’s coats, hats, gloves/mittens, boots, lunch boxes, backpacks, etc. Students riding bicycles to school are required to park them during the day. Bike racks are provided and locks are recommended. As a safety precaution, students are asked to “walk” bicycles while on school grounds. Skateboards, heelies, skates, and roller blades are not permitted at school. Students are also asked not to bring radio-controlled cars, electronic games or other electronic devices including iPads, iPods, etc. to school. Students bringing these items to school will be asked to take them to the office for safekeeping until school is dismissed. Cell phones may be brought to school for after-school or emergency use only.
Please keep the UME office and your child’s teacher current on telephone or address changes as well as persons to call in case of emergency. We often need to contact parents directly and urgently. We also need two emergency contact numbers on file at school in case we are unable to reach you.
Legal Custody of Students
A LEGAL DOCUMENT signed by the court is required to support any questions of custody between divorced or separated parents. Unless we have the document on file, or the principal is informed otherwise, either natural parent is considered to have the right to request an early dismissal of a student.
Administering Medication to Students
In compliance with Wyoming statutes and according to accepted professional practice, the Board of Trustees of Uinta County School District Number One has established a policy regarding the administration of medication at school. The Board of Trustees in adopting this policy establishes the following:
* Medications should be administered at home if possible.
* The school will not furnish any medications.
* If medication of any type (including over-the-counter medication) must be taken at school, written instructions from the parent/guardian on a specific Parent Authorization to Administer Medication form
will be given to the school regarding the medication, dose, frequency, and duration.
* In addition to the above authorization form, a licensed medical practitioner shall give their written instructions to include medication name, dosage, and time of administration for a student to receive pre-
scription medication at school.
* The prescription must be brought to school in a container properly labeled by a pharmacist or physician. Non-prescription medication must be in the original container.
* Any medication administered cannot exceed the recommended dosage, time interval, or directions listed on the container unless specifically ordered in writing by the physician.
* The medication shall be kept in a locked place and records shall be kept on medications administered. The individual who administered the medication must sign the record.
* Medication may only be administered by the school nurse, the building administrator, or a professional staff member specifically designated by the building administrator.
* Any staff member may refuse to administer any medication.
* All medication authorizations will expire on the last day of the school year in which it was executed. Medication not picked up by the last day of the school year will be discarded.
* SPECIAL NOTE: parents are asked to instruct children not to “share medication” with friends.
The assigned bus driver will inform students who ride a regular bus route of behavior expectations. Parents are encouraged to discuss these expectations with their children.
Bus students are expected to take the opportunity to get on their bus as soon as the dismissal bell rings. If for some reason a student does miss the bus, he/she should report immediately to the office. Students who know in advance that they do not plan to ride the bus on a particular day should notify the driver. If a student plans to ride the bus to the house of a friend, relative, or child care giver, written permission is required before the child is allowed to board the bus.
All elementary schools are on a nine-week system for reporting student progress to parents. Formal parent/teacher/student conferences will be scheduled and parents will be contacted in advance to arrange an appointment for their child’s conference. Conferences for the 2016-2017 school year will be held November 3 and 4, March 23 and 24. UME asks parents to not bring siblings to conferences. We want each conference to be personal. Report cards will be given to parents at conferences or sent home with the students the week following the end of the nine-week period and on the last day of school. Parents should feel free to contact their child’s teacher at any time to schedule a conference. Parents and/or legal guardians have the right to a copy of the student cumulative file information upon request during school hours. The District’s Powerschool program has stored grades for students that parents may view using the District’s web site.
Homework can be one appropriate means of practicing or applying learned concepts and skills. Therefore, if homework is assigned by a teacher, it will have a definite purpose. Parent supervision of and assistance with homework is greatly appreciated. Parents having concerns about homework should feel free to contact the teacher or principal. All students are encouraged to read at least 20 minutes every night.
Students who are absent from school are required to make up work assigned during their absence. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain makeup work assignments from his/her teacher immediately upon return to school. For an excused absence, a student will be allowed equal time to the day(s) missed. Exceptions may be permitted depending upon the circumstances of the excused absence and/or the type of assignment made. No deduction from grades is to be made for an approved absence, provided the work is made up within the allotted time.
Uinta County School District Number One will provide homebound instruction for children who are absent from school for more than five consecutive school days due to an injury or illness requiring hospitalization or home confinement. The parent must provide the school with a written approval of the doctor treating the child. This documentation should specify that the child would be unable to attend school for a specified length of time, and that the child is capable of receiving home instruction. Forms for physician can be obtained at the school office.
A student accident insurance program at a minimal cost to parents is available for all students on a voluntary basis. For further explanation of this student policy, please see the insurance brochure. Application forms and information brochures are sent home with your child and are available at the school office.
Health Screenings/ General Student Health
The school nurse completes a general health screening on all kindergarten, first grade, third grade, and fifth grade students. This screening includes vision, hearing, height, weight, and dental. Fifth grade students’ blood pressure is also checked. Any areas of concern will either be rechecked within a few weeks or referred to the parents for further medical intervention or treatment.
Any health problems will be referred to the school nurse. She maintains a health record on each student including immunization records. Please do not send an ill child to school. If a child is well enough to attend school, it is assumed he/she is well enough to participate in all school activities including recess and physical education. All children will go outside for recess and participate in physical education unless a parent calls to excuse them or they provide a doctor’s excuse as to why they should not participate. If a child becomes ill while at school, a parent or guardian will be notified and asked to come to school to get the child. In the event that a parent or guardian cannot be reached, the emergency contact person will be notified.
Uinta Meadow’s Reading Initiative
As Uinta Meadows Elementary continues the Reader’s Workshop instructional approach this year we are asking parents to support us in the following areas;
The Student is Responsible for:
The Teacher is Responsible for:
The Principal is Responsible for:
The Parent is Responsible for:
Parent Involvement Policy
Whereas a parent’s enthusiastic and consistent encouragement of a child’s educational achievement is the foundation upon which the child’s social, emotional and academic growth and health are dependent, and in order to maximize a child’s educational experiences and achievement, a parent must commit to be involved in the child’s education. Therefore, the Uinta Meadows Elementary Parent Teacher Association endorses and encourages all parents to commit to the following Parent Involvement Policy.
* Involvement in planning, review, and improvement of educational programs, including participation in joint development of school parental involvement policy and school wide programs.
* Interest and involvement in the classroom, with teachers and student.
* Interest and involvement in the playground and recreational activities.
* Interest and involvement in the Media Center.
* Interest and involvement with after-school enrichment activities.
* Attendance at programs and meetings in which the school will share: (1) the overall school performance profiles: (2) test results with parents: (3) a description and explanation of curriculum and its implementation at the school: (4) the forms of assessment used to measure student progress: and (5) levels students are expected to meet.
* Attendance at regular meetings to formulate suggestions, share experiences with other parents and participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their child. Parents will be provided timely responses to suggestions.
* Interest and involvement with homework
* Interest and involvement with special projects and activities.
* Reading to your child and/or encouraging reading by the child.
* Encouraging your child to enjoy schoolwork.
* Discussing school, schoolwork and friendships.
III. Parents should oversee the safety of their child’s school and Community by supporting and participating in:
* Drug free schools - demonstrating support for tobacco - free campuses and environments.
* Efforts to make and keep schools and the community safe havens for children.
* Monitoring playgrounds.
* Knowing where your child is and who your child is with, always.
* Attending parent-teacher conferences.
* Taking an active part in Parent Involvement Committees (PTA).
* Monitoring Board of Trustees actions and effects on your child’s school.
* Communicating with the Board of Trustees and administration on issues that affect your child.
* Communicating high expectations for your child’s success.
* Teaching your child to be an optimistic thinker.
* Directing your child toward a peer group that values achievement and the positive.
* Setting boundaries, communicating clear expectations and providing consistent and fair consequences for good and not-so-good behavior.
* Showing enthusiasm for what your child is learning at school.
* Encouraging your child’s curiosity, persistence, and independence.
An active parent group (PTA) meets on a regular basis in support of Uinta Meadows Elementary families. Parents meet every month to discuss the needs of the UME educational community and they encourage active parent participation. Parents are encouraged to participate with the PTA and at all parent meetings. If you have any questions, please contact the principal at school—-789-8098.
Uinta Meadows Elementary is a place of teaching and learning. It is essential that we maintain an orderly environment based upon respect for all. Each person is responsible for his/her own behavior. We have high expectations of all students. We believe that all students can learn to accept the responsibility for his/ her actions and behave appropriately. Learning how to make correct choices is the desired outcome of every discipline experience.
All teachers are responsible for enforcing student rules of conduct and are the first person responsible for discipline of their assigned students. Each teacher will inform students and parents of classroom rules and consequences at the beginning of each school year. As new students join the group, these expectations will be conveyed. Teacher consequences may include recognition for appropriate behavior, individual discussions with students, contact with parents, or loss of privileges.
It is the responsibility of the principal to assist and support teachers/staff in all reasonable efforts to maintain discipline in the classroom as well as in the lunchroom and on the playground. The principal will handle severe discipline problems or those “going beyond” the classroom discipline plan as well as referrals by duty supervisors/teachers.
If a student is referred to the Principal because of behavioral infractions, the Principal may:
*Counsel/Discuss inappropriate behaviors with the child
* Ask the student to call his/her parents and discuss the behavior
* Conference with the child’s parent
* Conference with the child and teacher to devise a plan
* Assign logical consequences for the child’s behavior at each step above, including:
o Verbal or written apologies
o Loss of privileges
o Written behavior plan
o Assignment of school after school
o In-school suspension time
o Out-of-school suspension
o Assignment of school service to occur during or after school hours.
Uinta Meadows Elementary encourages communication between home and school when students receive behavioral consequences. It is by working together that a strong partnership to support your student will be maintained. Please don’t hesitate to call if questions arise about consequences or if you wish to be contacted each time your child receives a school consequence.
Uinta County School District Number One does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its educational programs or activities. Inquiries concerning Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act may be referred to the Uinta County school District Number One Human Resources Office, 537 Tenth Street, Evanston, Wyoming 82930, (307) 789-7572; or the Wyoming State Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights Coordinator, 2nd Floor, Hathaway Building, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002-0050, (307) 777-6189.
BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PROGRAMS
Uinta County School District #1 and all elementary schools have a breakfast and lunch program available to all students. Meal tickets may be purchased each morning in the cafeteria from 8:30 - 8:50 a.m., or at the office during the remainder of the school day.
Meals are available for a reduced price or free for students of families meeting the income guidelines. Applications are sent home with every student at the beginning of the school year and are available in the school office.
Parents are encouraged to purchase school meals in weekly or monthly quantities. The use of breakfast and lunch meal tickets is maintained on a computer and parents will receive a reminder when their child needs to purchase additional meals. One challenge for us at UME is keeping lunch balances current. Please help us by not allowing your child’s lunch account to go deficit more than one week.
Parents are invited to visit our school often and have breakfast or lunch with their children. Parents are asked to notify the office in advance when planning on eating at school so that the extra meal(s) can be ordered from the Central Kitchen. Parent meal reservations and meal purchases can be made in the morning of the requested lunch or the day before the requested breakfast. Parents may also call in a meal reservation. Meal ticket purchases can be made in the office a few minutes before the meal, or may be paid directly in the cafeteria.
Students going home for lunch are required to have a signed parent permission form on file in the Uinta Meadows Elementary office. The teacher and/or principal may require parents to periodically update this permission. Students not wishing to participate in the school lunch program or not wishing to go home are invited to bring a sack or boxed lunch and dine in the cafeteria. They may purchase milk to supplement their lunch for $.30 per carton. Meal prices are as follows:
Breakfast - $1.50 per meal
Breakfast Reduced - $.30 per meal
Visitor Breakfast - $1.75
Lunch - $2.30 per meal
Lunch Reduced - $.40 per meal
Visitor Lunch - $3.75 per meal
9:00 First Bell
9:05 School Begins
1/2 DAY SPECIALS SCHEDULE
Parents are asked NOT to drop children off at school grounds before 8:35 a.m., as there is no adult supervision before this time.
Children must go home immediately after school dismissal unless they are involved in an after school activity. There is only adult supervision on the playground until the buses have loaded and left the school.
Limitation of Absences/Parent Notification
Regular and consistent attendance by students is critical to fully take advantage of the educational program. State law makes parents responsible for their child’s school attendance, and it is the responsibility of every student to keep absences to an absolute minimum. Frequent absences disrupt the education of the absent student as well as fellow students. Everyone loses when someone is not present because students learn from the discussion, views, and experiences of fellow students. We encourage parents to send their child to school every day. Please reference Wyoming State Statute—-compulsory attendance. File: JED-R: Revised-05/22/07
* Ninety percent (90%) attendance is required at the elementary schools. The total number of excused and unexcused absences shall be limited to ten (10) per semester.
* Parents will be notified in writing when a student has acquired five (5) absences and ten (10) absences.
* Upon reaching ten (10) absences in the semester, the student and his/her parents will be asked to attend a conference with the principal to develop a plan for improved attendance.
* If habitual absences continue, the Uinta Meadows Elementary principal will enforce the state statute on truancy and a letter will be sent to the parents as well as the Uinta County Attorney’s office.
Parents are asked to call the UME office (789-8098) if their child is going to miss school or is ill. If a telephone is not available, a signed and dated note on the day the child returns to school will be acceptable. School personnel will call home each time a child is not in school. Absences not excused in a timely manner by a parent telephone call or note will be considered unexcused.
Arriving Late for School
Any student arriving late for school must check in at the office for attendance, lunch count, and to obtain a classroom late pass. Parents are asked to send a note or make a telephone call to excuse a tardy.
Out of Boundary Attendance
Students are expected to attend the school that has been designated by the UCSD#1 boundary map. The priority for each elementary school is to serve students (within the designated boundaries) with the best education possible. One way to do that is to keep class size small. It will be the decision of the principal to accept out of area students. That decision will be made according to enrollment numbers. Many times that decision cannot be made until August/ September when school has begun. Parents are encouraged to contact the principal one week before school starts to be considered for out of area attendance. Parents will write a short letter of request to the principal requesting out of area attendance with one of the above reasons. Because transportation can become a conflict, (student attendance, tardiness, behavioral concerns, or being picked up later than ten minutes after dismissal), the principal can transfer the student to the “area” school where the residence has been determined. The purpose for any action—quality education.
The expectation of safe, orderly, and appropriate behavior applies to the school/playgrounds before school and during recesses. The school/playground areas are supervised in the morning from 8:30 a.m. until the stu- dents are admitted to the building, during recesses and for a short period after school. Students are not to be at the school/playground before 8:35 a.m. and after 3:40 p.m., as no adult supervision is available before and after either of these times. Any student leaving the playground to see the nurse or use the restroom must have permission from a playground supervisor. Once at the school or on the playground, children are not allowed to leave for any reason unless given permission from a supervisor. Students eating school breakfast are expected to go to the playground area as soon as completing their meal.
In compliance with Wyoming School Immunization Law and Uinta County School District Number One Board of Trustees policy, any student enrolling initially or transferring from an out-of-district school shall provide within thirty (30) calendar days a record of immunization against vaccine preventable diseases as designated by the state health authority. Students who have not received the required immunizations within thirty (30) calendar days of enrollment will be excluded from school attendance. Exemptions are allowed for documented medical or religious reasons and may be obtained only from the state or county health officer.
When your child has a birthday, we would ask that no invitations be distributed here at school. Even in the most ideal situations, we have students who get their feelings hurt. I would also ask, where possible, you have your child donate a book to the school on their birthday. We also invite parents to join their child for lunch on their birthdays. Just call ahead so we know you are coming. Sending birthday treats is a parent/ child decision.
Telephone Use/MessagesStudents may only use the school telephone to call parents concerning important, school-related matters. Students may use the telephones in their classrooms. Students will not be taken out of class to accept a telephone call. A message will be taken by office personnel and forwarded to the student. Students may not use the phone to make “social” or after-school arrangements with friends. Please make sure these arrangements are taken care of at home. Students are allowed to use cell phones after school hours.