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Monkton Central School Family Handbook


TABLE OF CONTENTS 2012-13 ANESU School Calendar Table of Contents Letter from the Principal Staff Directory……………………………………………………………………………………... Contact Information School hours, Dropping Off, Picking Up Students Bicycle Riders Early Pick Up Student Attendance and Tardiness Parental Requests for Staying in From Recess Delayed Start School Closings Transportation To and From School School Breakfast and Lunch Snacks in School Pets in School Dress Code Special Clothing Lost and Found Home/School Communication Homework Action Plan Standardized Assessments Support Services for Students School Wide Expectations Placement of Students Health Guidelines and Services PTO Extra Curricular Activities After School Program School Board Meetings Emergency Information Directory Information Instrumental Music School Volunteers Field Trips Kindergarten Registration Pre-School Screening and Essential Early Education Program School and Bus Evacuation Drills Parental Rights Staff Qualifications Use of School Facilities Pictures/Videotapes of Students Parent Teacher Conferences Notice of Nondiscrimination Harassment Participation of Home Study Students School Policies


Monkton Central School 1036 Monkton Road No. Ferrisburg, VT 05473 Susan Stewart Principal September 2012 Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians, Welcome to the 2012-13 school year! The school has been cleaned up, rearranged and we are ready to begin again. I hope this school year has been and will continue to be a rich one for you and your children filled with exciting learning opportunities, personal growth and satisfaction. Targeting and meeting learning goals is hard work, and the Monkton educational community is busy implementing strategies to make sure that academic and social learning opportunities are challenging, meaningful and engaging for all students. We are working together to ensure that the school and classroom environments are respectful and supportive. Children learn best when the school and family are partners in their education. I know that Monkton Central School has a strong reputation for having successful school and home partnerships. We continue to welcome your involvement in your children’s schooling; we encourage you to visit and take an active role in school activities. If you would like to visit your child’s class or volunteer on a regular basis, please call your child’s teacher, or call me, to set this up. I hope this handbook will provide some basic information about the school and its staff, schedule and practices. If you have questions or concerns at any time, please do not hesitate to call me (453-2314 ext. 11) or send me an email ( You may also ask questions of Cindy Castle, our secretary ( Again, welcome to the 2012-13 school year at Monkton Central School. We look forward to working with you to help your child to participate successfully in a great year of learning! Sincerely,

Susan Stewart Principal (principal) (secretary)


Addison Northeast Supervisory Union Superintendent’s Office 453-3657 David Adams………………………………………………………………….. Superintendent Nancy Cornell………………………………………………………Associate Superintendent Susan Bruhl…………………………………………………..…Special Education Coordinator

Monkton Central School Board of Directors Dawn Griswold, Chair Robert Radler, Vice Chair Jennifer Stanley Kristin Blanchette Marikate Kelley Regular School Board meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM. The meetings are held at Monkton Central School. These meetings are open to the public. All are welcome to attend.

Important Contact Information Bus Transportation: Bet Cha Transit 388-7800

NEW School Mailing Address: Monkton Central School, 1036 Monkton Road, No. Ferrisburg, VT 05473

Employee Email Address Formula: first initial, last name EXAMPLE: Susan Stewart = School Web Address:

School Telephone:



fax #453-6123


Staff Directory Classroom Teachers Caitlin Leggett Lydia Davison Suzy Way Barbara Yerrick Stacy Carter Laura Sturtevant Virginia McLane Kelly Pierpont Lauren Fereshetian Kevin Grace Sue Foley Specialists Melanie Bouchard Sandra Dahl Michaela Granstrom Brian Godfrey Ann Fisher Stephanie Murray Holly Esterline Special Educators Chris Duca Valerie Calzini Ashley Kossick


Voice Mail Extension

K K 1-2 1-2 1-2 3-4 3-4 5-6 5-6 job share 5-6 job share 5-6

20 36 27 14 15 26 18 21 19 19 24

School Based Clinician Music Art Phys. Ed.

17 37 37 31 51 23 34

Counselor Literacy Interventionist


Speech & Language Pathologist Educational Assistants Elaine Charpentier Lillian Cota Shelly Cota Bonnie Huizenga Dwight Irish Anne Marie Letourneau Nancy Perlee Jodi Rotax Sheri Smith

25 25 36

Custodial Staff Steve Raymond Brian LaRock Kitchen Staff Heather McConville Debbie Preston Health Office Hilary Mack Administration Susan Stewart Cindy Castle

Facilities Manager Custodian

33 33

Food Service Manager Food Service

30 30

Nurse (part time)


Principal Secretary

11 10


School Hours 7:45 AM buses arrive; students assemble outside the doors of the gymnasium 7:55 AM Doors open. Students go to classrooms 8:00 AM School Start Time. Students who arrive after 8:00 AM will be marked tardy. 3:00 PM Students attending the After School Program and parent pickup are dismissed. 3:10 PM Students are dismissed for buses. DROPPING OFF AND PICKING UP YOUR CHILD Students who walk to school or those who are dropped off should NOT arrive before 7:55. Parents who drive their children to school should use the lower part of the parking lot to drop off their passengers. No vehicles are allowed in the bus zone between the hours of 7:40 8:10 a.m. and 2:50 -3:20 p.m. The bus zone is the area from the break in the median toward the school. Please do not park in this area. For students’ safety, and for ease of traffic flow, please pull your car as far forward as possible along the sidewalk when dropping off your child in the morning. This is a drop off area only. Please do not leave your car unattended. If you are coming in to the school, please park in the lower lot. We also appreciate that you do not block the buses anywhere along their exit route to the road. Thank you for your help. Parents picking up students at regular dismissal time should wait outside or in the foyer (limited space) until students are dismissed to load the buses. To insure the safety of students, please be sure you have informed the front office if you are picking up your child. If a child is expecting to be picked up but no adult is waiting, the child will go back into the school with the teacher and will wait in the After-School Program. The After School Program will assess a fee to the family for this service. BICYCLE RIDERS Children who ride their bicycles to school must place their bicycles in the rack next to the out building on the west end of school (‘The Trailblazer’) immediately upon arrival at school. For safety reasons, they may not ride around the school grounds on school days. Students may board their bicycles for the ride home after all the buses have left. Students must wear a helmet on school grounds. EARLY PICK UP FROM SCHOOL Students who leave before 3:00 PM need a signed note. When you come to get your child or children, please let Cindy Castle (at the front desk) know you are here and be sure to sign your child out in the office before you leave with him or her. Your children’s safety is our


highest concern. Our procedures are to help us know where your children are at all times. STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND TARDINESS Attendance Education is the most important gift that we can give to our children and regular attendance is essential to academic and social success. If it is necessary for a child to be absent, please call the school (453-2314) to let us know. When your child exhibits any of the symptoms listed below, please keep him/her home from school: • Temperature over 100 degrees • Sore throat • Ear ache • Stomach ache or diarrhea • Head lice • New skin rash • Aches all over As per School Board Policy, we will contact you if your child has missed several days of school to discuss concerns. Our truancy officer is Darrell Duffy. Tardiness Students are expected to arrive at school by 8:00 AM. Students who arrive at school after 8:00 AM will be recorded as tardy and must stop in the office for a tardy slip. PARENTAL REQUESTS FOR STAYING IN FROM RECESS OR PHYSICAL EDUCATION Request from parents to keep children indoors and inactive during recess or P.E. classes will be handled in the following manner: •

When children return to school from an illness, they are usually able to resume full participation in all school activities. Under special circumstance, parents may submit a written request to limit a child’s activities for one day. This will allow time for the parent/guardian to consult a doctor regarding a condition that may limit participation.

For continued limited participation in some activities, please provide the school with a written statement from the family doctor. SCHOOL CLOSINGS

Delayed Start If a 2-hour delay is in place, buses will be 2 hours later than the usual pick up time. The dismissal time does not change on days that have a delayed start of school. We notify families of delay via our Alert Now automated messaging system. For this reason we must have a current phone number for families at all times. You may also find this information on a local television or radio station. School Closings Staff, parents, and students are notified via the AlertNow System when school is closed. The determination to close school is made by the superintendent. You can also get this information from local radio and television stations. In addition, there will be a note about school closings on the website. Early School Closing In the event that school is recessed prior to the regularly scheduled closing time, parents will be alerted via the AlertNow system. Please be sure to keep your contact information current for this purpose.


TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM SCHOOL Riding the Bus: Students will be assigned to a specific bus and picked up and dropped off at designated stops. It is important to be at the bus stop on time! School buses will stop at all scheduled stops. Please be sure your child is waiting at the stop 5 minutes before the scheduled time. Just as we do, buses sometimes arrive at their destination a little earlier or later than planned. If you want your child to be dropped off at a destination other than his/her daily destination or if your child is going to ride a bus other than his or her regular bus, please send in a note to your child’s teacher. The child will need a note signed by you in order for us to advise the bus driver to drop off your child at the desired location. Sample Bus Note:_ _________________has permission to ride on the ______________ bus today,______________ (student’s name) (color) (date) to __________________________. Signed _____________________________ (friend/sitter's name) (parent/guardian) Safety rules for Bus Riders The driver of the bus is the person immediately responsible for the safety and welfare of the students while boarding, riding or departing from the bus. The opportunity for bus transportation is a privilege requiring good conduct and courtesy from all students. Our school rules and the safety guidelines below, should guide student behavior Our school wide expectations for students to take responsibility for respectful behavior extend to bus rides as well. Our expectation is that students show respect for themselves, for others, for learning, and for the environment. Expections Bus Behaviors Respect Yourself Walk to the bus. Choose a seat where you will be well behaved. Keep your body safe. Be polite. Watch for your stop. Respect Others Use a quiet voice. Be kind and polite. Stay facing forward in your seat. Hold your backpack on your lap. Respect Learning Consider asking your friends what they are reading. Be curious. Find out what is going on in other people’s classrooms. Respect the Environment Sit appropriately with your feet on the floor. Take care of the bus. Save food, drink and candy for home. Disruptive or unsafe bus behavior may be documented by the bus driver. Parents will be notified. Any student who engages in behaviors that create safety hazards while waiting for the bus or while riding on the bus will be denied bus privileges.


Monkton Central School Food Service Program Heather McConville, Manager, and Deb Preston The Monkton Central School Food Service Program is part of the Addison Northeast Foodservice Cooperative. As a cooperative our mission is to enhance student’s education and ability to learn by preparing and serving healthy, delicious, and attractive meals to students every day. Like our students, our program is learning and growing. We are developing healthy recipes and menus with an emphasis on fresh foods especially fruits and vegetables, sometimes from our wonderful school garden. We are focusing on whole grains and baking more with whole wheat flour which we buy locally. We are working towards making meals that meet students’ likes and interest as well as their nutritional needs and need to learn about healthy food in order to grow and thrive. Our meals meet Federal nutrition guidelines based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and this year we will be working towards the nutrition guidelines outlined by the Healthier US School Challenge. We serve breakfast and lunch and are working to develop a healthy snack program as well to be offered to students during the mid morning break. BREAKFAST A buffet style breakfast is served in the cafeteria each morning from 7:45 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. and is designed to meet the needs of students who do not want to eat at home first thing in the morning but need to start their day well nourished. Any student can come to the cafeteria before class and enjoy breakfast with friends. Breakfast price is $1.50, or Free for students eligible for Free or Reduced meals. LUNCH Lunch is served to grades 3-6 from 11:30 until 11:55 and to grades K-2 from 11:55 until 12:20. Once again we provide a freshly prepared meal consisting of a main meal/protein, at least one and often two vegetable choices, a fruit, a grain or bread, and milk. The lunch price is $2.50; free for students eligible for free meal benefits; or $.40 for students eligible for reduced meal benefits. PAYING FOR MEALS We use an electronic Point of Sale system which will record sales and deposits in students’ accounts at the Point of Service – the lunch line. Students can simply sign up for lunch during attendance in the classroom each morning so we can plan to make enough food. When students go through the lunch line to get their meal, they will enter a PIN number that we will assign to them on the first day of school. Once they enter their PIN number they will be charged for the meal. We can also use students’ names when they cannot remember their PIN but using the PIN number allows the students to have greater independence and the lines will move faster. Payment for meals and snack milk will also be made through this system. Our program can be most effective and efficient when parents pre pay for student meals as much in advance as possible – monthly or weekly. Daily payment is not recommended. Checks should be made out to the “Monkton Central School Food Service Program” and can be given to the food service staff, the main office, or your child’s teacher at any time. Please put any cash payments in a sealed envelope which is clearly marked with your student’s name. ON-LINE PAYMENT We offer an on-line payment system that parents can sign up for on the internet. If you have internet access you will be able to make payments to your child(ren)’s account at any time.


There will be simple instructions for this program available to you on the ANESU website, in the main office, or from the food service program coordinators. CHARGING FOR MEALS Charging meals (buying a meal without having money in the account) really hinders the successful operation of our program and although we will never allow a student to go without a meal, we will want to discuss any overdue balances with families right away. Families with balances due at the beginning of the year from the previous year are expected to pay the balance before the student purchases meals. Our staff will not discuss meal payment issues with students. if there are questions or issues about meal payment the food service manager will call you or send a note home. FEDERAL FREE AND REDUCED MEAL BENEFITS We encourage families to apply for Federal School Meals Benefits. These benefits help families provide nourishing food to students through the school meals program. In addition, our school can benefit through other programs that are linked to participation in school meals. All applications can be dropped off in the main office (in a sealed envelope) and will be processed quickly through our ANESU Food Service Cooperative Office by one person. Your information is kept completely confidential. You will be notified of your student’s status within 5 days of receiving the application. Information and applications are sent home at the beginning of the school year and are always available in the main office or the food service program. You can apply for these benefits at any time throughout the year in order to accommodate changing family situations including the addition of a family member to the household, or the loss of employment for one or more family members. PARENTS We love to have parents come for lunch with their children. All we need is some advance notice so we will have enough food. This is a nice time to share with your student at school and we are always happy to have parent participation and feedback in our program. Adult meals cost $4.50. FOOD AND NUTRITION EDUCATION We will be working throughout the year with the ANESU Healthy Food Educator, Kristen Andrews, and also with classroom teachers and the school nurse to bring food and nutrition education to your student(s) through hands on classroom activities, some cooking and food exploration, and taste tests in the cafeteria from time to time. FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLE GRANT We are happy to announce that all the schools in the Addison Northeast Food Service Cooperative were awarded Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grants this year which will give us the opportunity to provide free snacks to student about three days a week throughout the year. These snacks will all be fresh fruits and vegetables and will be accompanied by a short educational program. We are excited about another year serving your children and we hope that you will encourage your students to eat meals at school. Please feel free to contact us anytime with any concerns, ideas, or input. Heather McConville, Manager, and Deb Preston, 453-2314 ext 30 Kathy Alexander, Director 453-2333 ext 1004. SNACKS IN SCHOOL Students are encouraged to bring healthy snacks to school. Learning is hard work and nutritious snacks help children throughout their day. The best snacks for helping people achieve peak learning performance are low in fat, salt and added sugars. Good snack


ideas include hard boiled eggs, low sugar/low fat muffins, bagels, high protein “ants on a log” (celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins), fresh fruit, cheese and whole grain crackers. Sharing and trading of snacks is not permitted. PETS IN SCHOOL Pets are not allowed in the school building without prior approval from the principal as recommended by the Vermont Department of Education. DRESS CODE Student clothing must be comfortable, appropriate for the work of active learning, and nondisruptive to the educational environment. Articles of clothing (including hats and backpacks) that advertise alcohol, drugs, or tobacco products or are sexually suggestive or obscene are not allowed. The following articles of clothing are deemed disruptive or offensive: roller sneakers, halter tops, short-skirts, micro-mini shirts, spaghetti straps and clothing which bare midriffs, shoulders and underwear (bras and boxer shorts). In general, when it is warm out we want students to be cool yet covered. If your child comes to school with inappropriate clothing, s/he will be asked to change into appropriate clothes that the school will provide if necessary. The Dress Code applies to all students K-6. Please help us maintain a positive learning environment by making sure that your child comes to school dressed appropriately.

SPECIAL CLOTHING During the winter months, students should be adequately dressed for the snow and cold weather. Winter boots, heavy jackets, and snow pants are expected. All children are required to play outside during recess times, however, children will not be allowed to play in the snow during recess unless they are properly clothed. Students are not to wear hats in school. Students may be asked to bring an old shirt to wear as a painting smock. Students must have sneakers for physical education classes. Their experiences and skill development may be greatly hindered by improper footwear. LOST AND FOUND Please mark each student’s clothing with his/her name in order that it can be easily identified. Items are located in the Nurse’s Office. Items not claimed within a month will be donated to charity. HOME/SCHOOL COMMUNICATION Children learn best when home and school communicate respectfully and frequently. We encourage you to communicate with your teachers by email, notes, telephone, and in conferences. If you call during class time, your call will most likely be transferred to the teacher’s voicemail so as not to disrupt your child’s class. Teachers check their voicemail and their email regularly and will get back to you in a timely manner. If you have information that must get to the teacher right away please give it to Cindy Castle at the front desk.

Please keep your classroom teacher informed of issues large and small regarding your child. If there are any changes in the routines, expectations or health of the family, this can become evident in a child’s behavior. It is helpful for the teacher to know when a student is experiencing unusual circumstances.


If you have a question or concern regarding your child or your child’s classroom, please talk first with the teacher. Should you have further questions then please bring your concerns to the attention of the Principal. Should your concerns continue after this level of discussion, you are encouraged to bring them to the attention of the Superintendent. Students may use school phones to call home only in case of emergency. Students are not permitted to call home to arrange play dates while at school.

HOMEWORK Homework should foster the connection between home and school by engaging the family in their child’s learning. Success with homework helps build confident learners. Teachers are regularly monitoring the amount of homework they give, the purpose of the homework, and the amount of time it takes a child to do the homework assignments. Parent input is also welcome in this reflective process. Homework is also used to reinforce new skills that are taught in the classroom while also providing the opportunity for a child to practice those skills at home. Supporting Homework at Home Sometimes families wonder how much time their child should spend on homework. This is a tricky question and is dependent on distractions, content and so on. Basic guidelines are that children in the primary grades should not spend more than 30 minutes on homework. Students in grades three and up will likely spend up to 60 minutes on homework daily. Our expectation is that unless a conversation takes place between the student, parent and teacher about particular assignments, all students will complete assigned homework. Most families benefit from designating a time of day that works best for students to compete their homework and making that part of the daily routine. For some families this means the student gets home, has a snack and gets right to it. After some play time, or after school activities may be better for other students and families. Some students work well at the kitchen table or counter while parents prepare dinner. The main thing is that once a family establishes a time and a place where students are expected to do their homework consistently, things seem to move forward easily. It is good to avoid times when children are too tired-like right before bedtime. Another kind of homework Your interest in your child’s day at school and any work they may be doing at home reinforces and extends their learning and thinking. It can also be a great motivator for continued learning. One of the most important things you can do is simply ask your child about his or her day at school. Try one of these openers: • Tell me about the most interesting (hardest, funniest, weirdest) thing you learned or did or thought about at school today. • What would you like to learn more about? • What did you do really well? What would you do differently if you had the chance? ACTION PLAN Each year our work is guided by our school Action Plan and The Common Core, and the ANESU Power Standards. This is what helps us attain our vision for students, staff and the school community. In our action plan we design our work according to our intended outcomes. Our staff development, professional goals and much of our collaborative work


should serve the goals of the Action Plan. Ours is a three year action plan and we are in year two. Our goal areas are in the areas of Literacy, Technology Integration and School Culture. We also have a Math Action Plan. Components of each of these areas have been addressed school wide in the past. We shall build on and extend that work to bring continuous learning and improvement to the students and staff of Monkton Central School. The curricular areas not mentioned on the action plan are also being addressed but are not a focus of our school wide collaborative work. STANDARDIZED ASSESSMENTS The Addison Northeast & the VT Comprehensive Assessment tools include: Primary Observation Assessment given to all students K-2 (Testing Sept., Dec., & May) NECAP Reading & Math Grades 3-8 , October 9– October 18 NECAP Writing Grade 5, October 9 – October 18 NECAP Science Grade 4, May ANESU Technology Performance Tasks Grade 1-6, May 2013 ANESU Social Studies Performance Tasks Grade K-6 TBA ANESU Grade 3 & 6 Math Assessment May 2013 Formative and summative assessments are done by classroom teachers to inform their instruction. SUPPORT SERVICES FOR STUDENTS Monkton Central School provides a continuum of support for students with academic or social/emotional needs. Educational Support System The Vermont State Department of Education requires that each public school develop and maintain an educational support system for children who require additional assistance in order to succeed or be challenged in the general education environment. At Monkton, the Educational Support Team (EST) meets once a week to help classroom teachers strategize to meet the unique needs of particular students who are making limited progress. The team includes teachers, the school counselor, an administrator, and other people who are closely involved with the student or provide a particular expertise. Parent input is important to the success of this team. Communication between the parent and the teacher may take place before and after the EST meeting. An EST meeting frequently results in an EST plan. When the classroom accommodations are not enough for the student to make adequate progress, behaviors impact performance or scores are significantly low, the EST team meets to discuss instructional options. Instructional support will be scheduled and designed based upon documented need. The plans are reviewed on a regular basis. If the data over time shows that the student is not making adequate progress, the plan is adjusted. The person making a referral (parents, teachers, or staff) completes an EST referral form and submits it to the EST contact person, or to the Principal. Referral forms are available in the main office. Please call the Principal if you have any questions about Monkton’s Educational Support Team.

Special Education Special Education is provided for children who need specialized instruction because of a determined disability that has an adverse effect on their learning. A comprehensive evaluation, as outlined by law, is used to determine a child’s eligibility for Special Education. Students who are found eligible for Special Education are offered services as determined by an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team. At the minimum, an IEP team includes a


student’s classroom teacher, a special educator, a parent and an administrator. Decisions regarding the services that are included in an IEP are made by this team using a process that is specified by law. SCHOOL WIDE EXPECTATIONS: Respect for Ourselves, Respect for Others, Respect for Learning, Respect for the Environment Our vision is to create a positive learning environment wherein students and staff believe in themselves and each other. We believe in a Positive Discipline model. Our approach

is based on the principles and practices of the Responsive Classroom. RC offers a set of seven principles and countless practices that foster the social curriculum as well as the academic curriculum. In schools, the social curriculum is important in addition to the academic curriculum. When we teach specific social skills, we teach our expectations for behavior explicitly and clearly so that we can expect to see the behaviors that follow the four school rules: Respect for self, respect for others, respect for learning and respect for the environment. We will be engaging in specific activities to build the skills that are needed to behave respectfully throughout the school day. We have focused on positive language, engaging activities and restructuring some of our routines. We think that by teaching the behaviors we want, recognizing them when we see them and redirecting students when we don’t see behaviors we want, we shall be able to help students learn important skills. We strive to provide a place where students and staff learn and work together in a safe environment. We know that students will experiment with rules and test limits as a normal part of their development. When this happens we will respond in ways that will • help students recognize, fix and learn from their mistakes • help students internalize the rules so they will develop self control • balance the needs of the group with the needs of each individual • help students repair and maintain relationships when they hurt each other’s feelings We strive to teach students skills to avoid or replace negative behaviors. The consequences for unexpected behavior depend upon the nature, context, severity and frequency of the student’s misbehavior. Possible consequences range from a classroom time, time out in a ‘Buddy Classroom”, to a suspension from school in extreme cases of unsafe behaviors. They also could include a loss of privilege and a restoration of damaged property. This wide range of consequences allows us to respond most appropriately with students within the contexts of different situations. If a child is unable to make appropriate choices with the help of the classroom teacher or support staff, the child is referred to the Principal or the school counselor. If a child continues to demonstrate that s/he is unavailable for learning, the parent/guardian will be notified. Physical aggression is when a student willfully uses his/her body or an extension of his/her body to hurt or seriously frighten someone else. When there is an incident of physical aggression, the parent/guardian will be notified immediately to come to school and take his/her child home. A re-entry meeting will be held the following school day with the principal (or designee), parents, student and other individuals as necessary (school counselor, classroom teacher, etc.) All complaints of Bullying, as outlined in ANESU Policy: Prevention of Bullying of Students, should be reported to Principal Stewart or School Counselor Ann Fisher.


PLACEMENT OF STUDENTS It is the philosophy of the staff at Monkton Central School to provide the highest quality education to every student. As defined in the Addison Northeast Mission Statement, “children learn best when their individuality is respected and when the home and school cooperate to provide an environment which is nurturing, safe and supportive.” Instructional placement decisions, therefore, must take into consideration the unique attributes of each child and the sum total of a classroom of those particular students. We seek balanced classrooms where each student can reach his/her highest potential. In addition, instructional placement decisions shall be made without regard to sex, race, religion, creed, age, handicap or national origin. The determination of educational placement belongs to the School Board under the power of the board of school directors as defined in 16 VSA 563. Through defined procedures, the Board has delegated placement responsibilities to appropriate school staff. Placement decisions include promotion, retention, and choice of teacher, room placement, special education placement, kindergarten entry or any program selection decision. Placement Criteria Students will be placed in the appropriate grade level, classroom setting or program based teacher judgment, academic performance, educational records, social, emotional and physical needs of the student; student/teacher ratio, class dynamics and parent input about how the child learns best. Retention Procedures Retention of a student will be supported only in very rare cases in which no other effective means of meeting a child’s needs has been successful. In the consideration of retention, the procedures will indicate the following: 1. Establishment of a team to determine retention/promotion of an individual child. The team will include the student’s EST or IEP Team. 2. Initial conferences regarding retention with parent/guardian would occur in the spring, no later than June 1st. 3. Formal meeting with the team to make a final retention/promotion decision no later than June 1st. In cases where a consensus of the team cannot be reached, school personnel will make the final decision. Parents of the student may appeal a placement decision to the Superintendent of Schools. The Superintendent will initiate a review of procedures and conclusion of the team and either endorse or reverse the decision of the team. In some cases, the Superintendent may require that the team consider additional information in reconsidering its decision.

HEALTH GUIDELINES AND SERVICES Illness at School Children learn best when they are in good health. If your child has a temperature of 100 degrees or greater s/he should stay home from school. If your child has been vomiting within the previous twenty-four hours or suffering from an outbreak of diarrhea s/he should likewise remain at home. If a child becomes too ill to stay at school, the parents/guardian will be contacted to come pick their child up in a timely manner.


Prescription Medication Dispensing of prescribed medication to any student at school or on school grounds will be in accordance with the following guidelines: A student’s first dose of any new medication will be first given at home. Medication may be given by the school nurse or by an appropriately trained administrative designee upon written orders from a physician and upon written request of a student’s parent or guardian that the school district comply with the physician’s order. The physician’s orders must detail the name of the drug, dosage, time interval the medication is to be taken, diagnosis and reason for being given. These conditions must be provided annually. Medication that is to be administered at school must be brought to school in a container labeled by the pharmacy or physician and delivered directly to the school nurse (Hilary Mack), Cindy Castle or the principal. All medication must be delivered by the parent or guardian. Medications will be kept in the school health office in a secure, locked storage place. Non Prescription Medication Non-prescription medication must be accompanied by a written request from the parent or guardian of a student bringing such medication to school. Such requests need to be updated annually. Medication must be left in the custody of the school nurse. Head Lice Procedure The Vermont Department of Health has recently revised the recommendations when head lice are detected in schools. These revisions reflect the current research and standards of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Association of School Nurses. The recommendations outline: 1. General information on identification and causes of head lice 2. Treatment recommendations 3. Prevention measures 4. Management of outbreaks The changes in the recommendations that will affect you deal with the management when head lice are detected at school. They are different from the past. They are the following: 1. A child who is identified at school with active head lice infestation by the school nurse or delegate may remain in the classroom until the end of the day, but discouraged from close contact with others. We seek to maintain confidentiality. The school nurse or a delegate will make contact with the family to let them know about the infestation, and share appropriate instructions to promptly treat, including checking household contacts. 2. A student should be allowed to return to school after proper treatment which has been confirmed either verbally or in writing by the parent/guardian. This student should not be prevented from returning to school because of the presence of nits. 3. Any individual student complaining or experiencing any signs of head lice can be checked by the school nurse or delegate at any time. Entire classroom checks or routine screening for head lice has not been found to be an effective practice (Vermont Department of Health). If you treat your child for lice, please remove the nits in the days after initial treatment, as this will avoid further confusion about whether a re-infestation has occurred. The incubation period is two weeks; any nits left on the hair shafts are likely to hatch. Hearing Tests 16 V.S.A ss1053 requires schools annually to test the hearing of students in the first, second, third, fifth, seventh and ninth grades. Parents are permitted to opt their children out of such tests prior to the testing sessions.


MONKTON CENTRAL SCHOOL PTO The Monkton Central School PTO is an active, supportive group whose purpose is to provide every child with advantages, in all aspects of their education. The PTO’s goal is to support the educational experience of the children at MCS, through fundraising and volunteer involvement. We seek involvement of all parents, and create a sense of community with teachers. We believe that a strong PTO ensures a better school environment for all children. Please get involved--taking part can make a difference for your child! You choose your level of involvement. It is a POWERFUL tool! The PTO holds monthly meetings; the dates and times of the meetings can be found in the school newsletter or on the front foyer bulletin board. All parents and teachers are welcome. If you would like more info about the PTO, please contact Kristen Blanchette. EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, DURING AND AFTER SCHOOL The PTO frequently offers afternoon activities for students. Activities may include chorus, sports, crafts, and so on. We need coaches or leaders to run these programs. If you would like to offer an activity, please contact the PTO or the school. These activities are funded in part by EPSDT money.

MARY JOHNSON CHILDREN CENTER AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM The Mary Johnson Children Center (81 Water Street, Middlebury) runs an after-school program from 3:10 - 5:30 at Monkton Central School. This is not a Monkton Central School program, so please call Anne Gleason at 388-2853 for more information. SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS

Regular School Board Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 7 PM at MCS or at Mt. Abraham. If a meeting is rescheduled or a special meeting is necessary, that change will be posted on School/Community bulletin board outside the office at school. EMERGENCY INFORMATION It is most important that we know what to do in case of an emergency. This information is at the bottom of the Student Information Form. Please send the Student Information Form in by September 7th. Also, please keep the office informed if there is a change in your physician, work or home phone numbers, or any other change pertaining to the welfare of your child. This will enable us to contact you or your physician in case of an emergency regarding your child. The home phone number provided is the one that will be called by Alert Now. Publicity Throughout the school year, students may have their picture taken and/or their names published by the local newspaper, etc. Information of names, grade level, and your child’s teacher will be given in these situations. If you choose not to have your child’s picture or name published in this way, please contact the office by September 21, 2012. INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC Monkton Central School provides students with an instrumental music program for grades 4-6. Rental of instruments is the responsibility of the parents. We ask that all children make a commitment to practice and participate in the instrumental music program if they sign up. Lessons are scheduled in small groups once a week during the school day. Those families who qualify for the 'free/reduced' cost meal program, may apply for the free use of a school owned instrument. Not all instruments are available. These


instruments have been purchased with money from the Marshall Trust, left to the school for this purpose. If interested, please contact Mrs. Dahl for further information. The instrumental music program will send home progress notes each marking period for your information. SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS We welcome parents and community members as volunteers in any of our classes. This is a great way to connect students with the broader community of which they are members. It is also a sure way for parents to gain an understanding of their children’s school life. If you are interested in volunteering in the school, you must read and agree to procedures to protect students’ right to privacy and the integrity of MCS’s educational programs. If you have an interest in volunteering at MCS, please contact the office, your child’s teacher, or the Principal. FIELD TRIPS As part of the educational program of the school, field trips may be taken to enrich the experience of the children. Such trips are carefully planned and supervised by teachers. During the year, advance notice will be sent to parents stating the field trip, times, places and special lunch or clothing needs. Walking trips and other nearby activities are considered a regular part of the school program; special notices need not be sent home for these activities, i.e., Fine Arts Festival, etc.) They are however, noted in the weekly newsletter. KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION In the spring of each year, the school schedules a day for Kindergarten registration. Parents of children who will be entering Kindergarten the following September are asked to come with their child to register and be part of the screening process. A birth certificate and immunization records are required for registration. Parents will be notified through the local newspaper and by mail of the registration times. There is no school for current Kindergartners on the day of the screenings. PRE-SCHOOL SCREENING & ESSENTIAL EARLY EDUCATION PROGRAM Pre-school screenings are held in the spring for any Monkton children ages 3 - 5 that have not previously been screened. Please call the Essential Early Education Program at 4533674 to schedule an appointment or for any information about the program. SCHOOL AND BUS EVACUATION DRILLS Preparedness is an objective of education in all phases of school life. To this end, fire drills will be held each month. Additionally, we have adopted a Safe School Protocol, which may require evacuation of the building. This protocol was developed by the faculty and staff. As a group we discussed several scenarios that would call for student evacuation, school lock down, or clear the halls procedures. Bus evacuation drills will take place at least twice each year to teach children the safety procedures. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Principal.


Report Cards Report cards will be issued three times per year: November 20, March 8, and the last day of school. A child’s progress toward grade level expectations will reflect the child’s ability, performance, and placement level. Please sign the envelope the report card comes in and return it to the school with your child the following school day. This way we know that


you have seen your child’s report card.

Students’ Permanent Records Parents and guardians have a right to access, review, and seek amendments to their children’s records, subject only to reasonable regulation as to time, place, and supervision. To safeguard student’s privacy and confidentiality, individual student records are kept in the school’s main office in a locked file. Access to a student’s file is limited to those who need to see records in order to support student learning and to other individuals who have signed parental permission to see the records. For copies of the MCS Board of Director’s policies regarding Parental Rights and Student Records, please contact the main office or look on line. STAFF QUALIFICATIONS The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) gives parents and guardians the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of their child’s teacher, including • Whether the teacher has met state licensure requirements for the grade levels they are teaching. • Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency license. • The college major and/or graduate certification or degrees held by the teachers. • Whether their child is provided services by para-professionals, and if so, their qualifications. If you have questions about any of the above, please call the Principal. USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES FOR NON-SCHOOL RELATED ACTIVITIES Groups or individuals interested in using the Monkton Central School facility must agree to the terms outlined in the Facilities Use Policy available in the main office or on line. The policy is used to outline expectations, determine costs, etc. It serves as a contract for the use of the building. all requests for building use are subject to Principal approval. PICTURES/VIDEOTAPES OF STUDENTS Please send us notice (as per FERPA) if you do not want your child photographed or videotaped. This notice was to have been filed in writing, in the office by September 22, 2011, as noted in September newsletters. PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES Parent teacher conferences are held in November and March. If you wish to meet with your child’s teacher at another time, a mutually convenient time will be arranged by the parent/guardian and the teacher. NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION The schools of the Addison Northeast School District are hereby notified that this District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the Addison Northeast School District's compliance with regulations implementing Title IX, or Section 504 is directed to contact the Superintendent of Schools, 10 Orchard Terrace Park, Bristol, VT 05443, (802) 453-3657. The Superintendent has been designated by the Addison Northeast School District to coordinate the District's efforts to comply with the regulations implementing Title IX and Section 504. HARRASSMENT All people associated with Monkton Central School including, but not limited to, the school board, administration, staff and students shall conduct themselves at all times so as to provide an atmosphere free from unlawful harassment. Any person who engages in unlawful harassment while acting as a member of the school community will be deemed in


violation of this policy and appropriate disciplinary measures shall be taken.

PARTICIPATION OF HOME STUDY STUDENTS IN SCHOOL PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES In accordance with Act 119 of the 1998 Vermont legislative session, it is the policy of Addison Northeast Supervisory Union and its member school districts to encourage home study students to participate in courses, programs, activities and services, and use school educational materials and equipment. Close communication between home study students and their local public schools is encouraged to promote the benefits of joint participation. ANESU and its member school districts recognize that some families believe home schooling is the best educational format for their children. ANESU and its member school districts believe that home study and fully enrolled students can benefit from participating together in school activities and programs and strive to provide educational services in ways that are consistent with the needs of both fully enrolled students and home study students. It is the primary goal of the school to provide educational services to the children of Monkton. SCHOOL POLICIES All Monkton Central School Board policies are available on line through the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union web site: The direct link to these policies is: nkton%20Policies%20&%20Procedures/Monkton%20Other%20Policies%20and%20Procedures %20Index.htm


Monkton School Handbook  

Monkton Central School's yearly handbook

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