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For safety reasons, all visitors and volunteers must report to the school’s front office immediately upon entering the school.

Due to COVID-19, schools are currently minimizing volunteers/visitors in the classroom.

A visitor/volunteer is someone who is not a school employee or enrolled student and enters the school during operating hours. The school administration has the final determination on visitors/volunteers authorized to be at the school. When visiting, visitors/volunteers may go only to the approved area indicated as their destination when signing in at the front office. All visitors will receive an appropriate visitor’s badge, which is to be displayed conspicuously at all times while on school grounds. Any change to the designated location must be approved by the school’s front office before the visitor/volunteer can access a different location within the school. Upon finishing their visit, visitors/volunteers must check out at the front office, return the visitor’s badge, and exit the school. Parents are welcome to visit the school and classrooms to observe the school’s programs for brief periods of time that do not interfere with instruction. Approval by school personnel is required for this type of visitation.

Learn more about volunteering at your school's Get Involved page.

DoDEA school administrators, in partnership with sponsors/family members, students, and military leaders, promote communication through the establishment of school boards to address issues (school initiatives, procedures and policies) locally. This is a system-wide way for parents to get involved in their child’s local school. Consult your child’s school to learn more about school boards.

Learn more about School Boards at your school's Get Involved page.

Dear Parents,

We wanted to share the following additional information about Mahaffey. We realize that being new to a school or community brings many questions.  If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Arrival and Dismissal

Most of our students do take the bus to and from school.  It is important that students do ride the assigned bus and use the assigned stop. This bus information can be obtained by working with our school registrar.  

Some of our parents wish to drop students off in the morning.  Parents dropping off their students should enter off South Carolina Ave and come to the Southside of the building. (This is the side closest to Stryker Village.) Students will enter thought the main doors. Parents should then proceed by following the drive to the right and exiting out Stryker Village.    Parents picking up their students are asked to park on the Southside of the building. If needed, parents may form a single line in the drive. Please try and provide enough room for cars to pass on your right.  We have anticipated a greater number of parents wishing to pick up their children and have opened a second pick up lane in the parking lot area for parents of our 8th grade students and their siblings. Extreme caution is always needed when driving around the school as students will be walking in this area.  Areas are closely monitored by staff at arrival and dismissal to assist with student safety.

Dismissal is a very busy time of the school day. If a parent wishes to pick up their child, we ask that they arrive no later than 20 minutes prior to the end of the day.

Bicycle Racks

Students must place their bicycles in slots on a school provided bicycle rack. Students are not to leave their bicycles on the ground or park them in front of the exit doors. Students should not take up more than one space for their bicycle. Students are strongly encouraged to lock up their bicycles. The school is not liable for missing or stolen bicycles.

Walkers

Due to the heavy traffic on Screaming Eagle Blvd., we will not allow students to cross this busy road without an adult chaperone.  Walkers should exit the building with car riders and wait for staff to assist them in crossing the pickup area.

Classroom Assignment

Students are placed in classes based on their learning needs and the number of students already assigned to classes. An administrator is responsible for these decisions. Every attempt is made to maintain well-balanced and equitable groups. Name requests for teachers are not accepted. The school will do its best to match your child’s learning style with a matching teaching style. If you wish to discuss your child’s placement, please contact the school Principal.

On occasion, it becomes necessary to balance classes, and this may result in a schedule change for your child. Parents will be notified of any schedule change.

Communication

Parent/Student/Teacher Communication

Communication between parents, students and teacher is very important. DoDEA encourages video conferencing, face-to-face, or telephonic conferencing when possible. Teachers should avoid using personal email accounts. Communication should take place through official school email accounts.

Telephone Communication

To avoid disrupting instructional time, only emergency messages from parents will be delivered to teachers in classrooms. All other messages from parents will be sent to the teacher via email, which they may be able to receive when they do not have students. In addition, the school intercom system will not be used to deliver messages to students.

Due to classroom transitions throughout the school day, it is not always possible to relay phone messages to students. To avoid disrupting instructional time, only emergency messages will be delivered directly to classrooms. Please provide your child with transportation/pick-up instructions prior to start of school.

Extracurricular activities

All after school clubs and activities (i.e. intramurals, art, math counts, etc.) will normally meet only on days that the school follows a full day schedule, NOT on early release days. Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO) will be provided to students prior to meeting and is for those that are in after school clubs and activities only. There is an extra-curricular activity bus for students who participate in these activities. Notification of these activities will be published in the parent newsletter along with the day and time of the activity. In addition, due to unforeseen training, meetings, or teacher absences, an activity may be canceled without advanced notice. The sponsoring teacher will endeavor to notify students and parents of the canceled activity if time permits. If the activity is canceled at the last minute, students will be notified through the school intercom system at the end of the instructional day.

Sponsors of clubs and extracurricular activities determine academic and behavioral (disciplinary) requirements that students must meet to participate in school sponsored extracurricular activities or to hold a leadership position in a curriculum-related club, team or student organization.

At Fort Campbell, many of our students participate in competitive sports at the high school.

Parent Involvement

Research demonstrates that parent involvement is essential for student success. Although you may not become involved in all committees and support organizations in the school, we encourage the following activities for your parental support:

  • Join PTO and participate in meetings and activities
  • Have lunch with your child
  • Volunteer in your child’s classroom
  • Establish a daily study time at home (even when there’s not homework)
  • Ask about joining the Continuous School Improvement meetings
  • Keep informed of school events and activities by reading the School newsletter and the child’s grade level curriculum newsletter.
  • Communicate frequently with your child’s teacher. Prepare for and participate in parent-teacher conferences.

 

Parental Questions and Concerns

Parents who have questions and/or concerns are requested to resolve it at the most appropriate and immediate level. For typical classroom matters, the following procedures should apply in order as needed:

  • Step 1. The parent discusses the matter with the teacher.
  • Step 2. The parent and teacher meet with the principal if the matter is not resolved in step 1.
  • Step 3. Those matters which cannot be resolved at the school level are referred to the Community Superintendent’s Office, 270-439-1927

These procedures follow the correct chain-of-command/line of authority from teacher to principal to superintendent and focus on resolution at the lowest level. Parents are encouraged to seek immediate resolution of problems. Prompt action can frequently prevent complications and more serious problems later on.

Parent Teacher Organization

The PTO, an organization of parents and teachers, works for a better school environment by providing both financial and volunteer support for our school programs. The PTO sponsors a variety of activities such as book fairs, school pictures, the sale of school t-shirts and many other events. The Parent-Teacher Organization consists of the following positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. In addition, there are several committee coordinator positions that vary by the school PTO such as volunteer, spirit week, membership and box tops. If you are interested in volunteering, serving on the executive board, or being a committee coordinator, please contact the PTO. The School Office may assist you in this contact.

PTO Objectives

The PTO is a non-profit, non-partisan, and non-sectarian organization. It cooperates with the school to support the improvement of education in ways that will not interfere with the education of students or the mission of the school and does not seek to control school policies.

Specific objectives include:

  • Providing a medium for exchange of information among parents, teachers, and other interested groups. Encouraging and developing programs and activities, which serve to enhance the quality of student education.
  • Identifying and promoting opportunities for students to secure the highest advantage in their academic, physical, and social growth.
  • Encouraging and maintaining a working dialogue between members, the local educational school system, the local government, and the community at-large on matters affecting the general welfare and education of students. Membership is open to all parents and legal guardians of students attending the school as well as

Retention Philosophy

The following is an excerpt of an article, which appeared in the March 2008 issue of Educational Leadership as related to research on grade-level retention of students.

There is no educational research which indicates that retention is of value. Most educational research indicates that grade-level retention is a harmful practice when applied to many students.

Research does indicate that:

Low-achieving students do progress whether they are retained or promoted.

At the end of the repeated grade, retained students’ scores on achievement tests are somewhat lower in comparison to their counterparts who have moved to the next grade.

There is no evidence that promoting “underachieving and immature” students contributes to emotional and social problems, and there is no evidence that repeating a grade improves these problems.

Students who are far behind academically or who have social or emotional problems need special services and individualized educational plans of management as opposed to another year in the same grade. Fortunately, DoDEA is staffed with a large number of specialists to provide specialized and individualized educational services.

Rather than considering grade-level retention, efforts should focus on assuring that students who are markedly underachieving obtain the appropriate services. An individualized plan of management is essential for these students. The individual student program recognizes each student’s ability and level of achievement. Our school has a Student Support Team (SST) to work with teachers and/or parents making recommendations and suggestions for students to be more successful academically and/or behaviorally.

In rare cases, a parent may request consideration for the retention of a student. Documentation of resource utilization and intervention must be submitted with all retention requests. The SST will be utilized as a Placement Committee to make recommendations to the Principal who makes the final decision. The SST can also work closely with parents, teachers and the Special Education Child Study Committee (CSC) to determine through testing if the child needs special services should that be a conclusion of need.

School Pictures

The PTO schedules school pictures for all students within the first two months of school. Schedules, picture packages, and additional information are sent home with your child well in advance of school picture day. If you have a problem with your child’s photographs, please contact the school office and a contact name and number will be provided to you. The school is not responsible for the quality, misplacement, or services of school pictures.

Staff Development/Early Release

Teaching is a dynamic profession, therefore, teachers need to constantly receive in-service training to ensure that they are current and on the cutting edge of what is happening in the field of education. DoDEA incorporates in-service and staff development days throughout the school year. Training may be scheduled for a full day or on Early Release days. This time will give the teachers a block of time to meet and work on school improvement goals and other staff development training. These dates are noted on the school calendar as soon as planned and throughout the year in our school newsletters.

Enrollment

Proof of Eligibility: The sponsor does not need to be present at registration, as long as the parent or other adult registering the child has all the necessary paperwork, in accordance with DoDEA Regulation 1342.13, “Eligibility Requirements for Education of Elementary and Secondary School-Age Dependents in Overseas Areas,” September 20, 2006, as amended, and DoD Instruction 1342.26, “Eligibility Requirements for Minor Dependents to Attend Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS),” March 4, 1997. 

The following documents are necessary to complete the registration process:

  1. Proof of age;
  2. Medical records, including information on medical conditions, medications, and all dates and types of immunizations;
  3. Official documents to support eligibility (e.g., letter of employment, contract, permanent change of station [PCS] orders, etc.); and
  4. Proof of on-base residence (applies to students enrolling in DoD domestic schools).

Contact the registrar at your child’s school to update your child’s information or visit your school's registration page for more information on enrollment. 

In accordance with the policy stated in DoDEA Regulation 2095.01, “School Attendance,” August 26, 2011, as amended, school attendance is mandatory. All students are required to attend school to ensure continuity of instruction and that they successfully meet academic standards and demonstrate continuous educational progress. School attendance is a joint responsibility between the parent or sponsor, student, classroom teacher, school personnel, and, in some cases, the Command. Students with excessive school absences (or tardiness) shall be monitored by the Student Support Team to assist in the completion of all required work and successful mastery of course objectives.

Daily student attendance is identified based upon a quarter of the school day formula. Students will be identified as present or absent, based on the following criteria:

  1. Absent up to 25% of the school day = absent one-quarter of the school day
  2. Absent between 26%–50% of the school day = absent one-half of the school day
  3. Absent 51%–75% of the school day = absent three-quarters of the school day
  4. Absent 76%–100% of the school day = full-day absence

DoDEA considers the following conditions to constitute reasonable cause for absence from school for reasons other than school-related activities:

  1. Personal illness;
  2. Medical, dental, or mental health appointment;
  3. Serious illness in the student’s immediate family;
  4. A death in the student’s immediate family or of a relative;
  5. Religious holiday;
  6. Emergency conditions such as fire, flood, or storm;
  7. Unique family circumstances warranting absence and coordinated with school administration;
  8. College visits that cannot be scheduled on non-school days; and
  9. A pandemic event.

Unexcused absences may result in school disciplinary actions. An absence from school or a class without written verification from a parent or sponsor will be unexcused. Student attendance is calculated based upon the date of enrollment in a DoDEA school, which may occur anytime during the school year. Student attendance monitoring is designed to provide a continuum of intervention and services to support families and children in keeping children in school and combating truancy and educational neglect. Parents should notify the school of their child’s absence 30 minutes after the start of the school day.  Too many unexcused absences may trigger the Student Support Team to convene.

More about DoDEA Attendance Policy (dodea.edu/StudentServices/Attendance)

Please call the front office within 30 minutes of the start time when you know your child will be absent or tardy.

Appointments or Illness

Students will not be released from school on the basis of a telephone call. Parents must sign-out and sign-in their children when taking them to appointments and back to school. When students are sent home because of illness, they are to be accompanied by their parent(s) or authorized guardian/emergency contact.

Absence Notification

Parents are asked to call the front office when they know their child will be absent. The sponsor must provide the front office with a written explanation of each absence when the child returns to school. The sponsor's note, by itself, does not constitute an excused absence.

Parents will be informed of unexcused absences. Students will be required to make up all missed school assignments. Parents are strongly encouraged to work closely with their child's teachers to ensure all class assignments are completed in a timely manner.

Release of Students Policy

During the school day, students will be released only to a parent or to the person listed as the emergency contact on the registration form. The only exceptions will be:

  1. A signed note is received from the sponsor designating another adult to pick up the student or
  2. A military unit has designated someone to pick up the student when parents and emergency contacts could not be reached.

Students arriving to school late or being dismissed early from school are signed in and out through the front office. The time and reason for being absent from school is noted for accountability.

Students arriving at school after the instructional day begins are considered tardy. If you know that your child will be late arriving to school, please make certain that a note is sent explaining why they are tardy. A student who is tardy should report to the office for a late slip before going to his/her classroom. A signed appointment slip from the dentist or doctor may be used in lieu of a note from parents. Parents should come in to the office to sign in their child; or a signed note is requested from parents.

Students who are tardy due to government transportation are excused and will not need to obtain a late slip from the office. A tardy not properly reported by the parent or guardian is unexcused unless circumstances warrant otherwise. The classroom teacher will report students who are frequently tardy to the administration. Parents may be contacted if it is noted that a student has numerous unexcused tardies.

Students with more than 5 unexcused tardies and/or early dismissals and students with more than 7 unexcused absences may be referred to the Student Support Team (SST) and then to the Command if the problem is not resolved.

The Principal may authorize an accelerated withdrawal of a student who must withdraw from school 20 or less instructional days prior to the end of a semester, in accordance with Section 3.1.d, of DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1367.01, “High School Graduation Requirements and Policy,” [TBD]. Accelerated withdrawal will only be considered if the parent/sponsor presents PCS orders. The parent or sponsor must present verification of the date required for the student to depart from the school (e.g., PCS orders). All of the conditions of an accelerated study program outlined by the student’s teachers must be met prior to withdrawal in order for grades to be assigned and credit to be granted. Students who withdraw prior to the 20-day limitation of the accelerated withdrawal policy will receive “withdrawal” grades rather than final grades. In this case, the sponsor/parent should notify the school two weeks prior to the date of withdrawal.

Student Records

Parents may review their child's cumulative school records at any time, with the assistance of school personnel. School records may not be removed from the main office.

Change in Student Information

It is imperative we maintain accurate, up-to-date information on each student enrolled in our school. We request parents to notify us immediately if there is a change in any of the following information:

  • Home address
  • Home telephone number
  • Work telephone number
  • Emergency contact name and/or telephone number
  • Rotation date
  • Mailing address
  • Student health concerns/allergies
  • Student's Last Name
  • Email Address

We are legally required to maintain current orders or extension to orders in order to enroll or re-enroll all students.

Court Orders

Parents and/or guardians must supply the school with a copy of any type of court order that may affect the student (e.g., who is allowed to visit the child, who has legal custody, etc.). These orders will be maintained in the student's cumulative file. If any changes take place during the school year with the court order, the school must be notified immediately. Teachers will be notified of any restrictions that affect students in their classes.

Power of Attorney

If you will be TDY or on any type of leave while your child(ren) is/are attending school, please be sure to obtain a special power of attorney to be used in case of emergency, and inform the teacher and school office of the name, address, and telephone number of the person taking care of your child. In addition, please notify the School Nurse, so they will know whom to contact in case of emergency. The School Registrar will keep a copy of the power of attorney in your child's cumulative file for emergency situations.

Mahaffey Electives for 2021-2022

Fine arts


 Beginning Band (2021)- Beginning Band  is a 6th grade year-long class aligned to DoDEA College and Career Ready Standards Arts, CCRSA (National Core Art Standards, NCAS).  This course includes four artistic processes of creating, performing, responding and connecting and introduces students to the following: basic instrumental music techniques such as tone production, articulation, breath control, pitch discrimination; melodic and rhythmic concepts and patterns; sound practice skills and habits; solo, ensemble, and full group rehearsals; a variety of instrumental repertoire; experiences in performing; basic techniques for composition; basic understanding of repertoire selection; basic improvisation skills; simple ways to respond to music.

This class will include instruction on the following instruments - Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium/Baritone, Tuba, Percussion, and Bass Guitar.  Students who are willing to engage in private lessons or who already have prior experience with following instruments may join the class as well - Oboe, Bassoon, Guitar, Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano.

Intermediate Band (2021)-Intermediate Band is a 7th grade year-long class aligned to DoDEA College and Career Ready Standards Arts, CCRSA, (National Core Art Standards, NCAS). Intermediate Band M requires permission of the Band director, which might include audition. The course is designed for students with intermediate to advanced instrumental music skills and includes, but will not be limited to, the following content: intermediate to advanced level sight-reading skills; discrimination of achieving the essentials of unity, balance, and contrast in performing instrumental music; the study of all major and minor scales; the opportunity of performing a variety of good musical repertoire; and listening skills development.

This class will include instruction on the following instruments - Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium/Baritone, Tuba, Percussion, and Bass Guitar.  Students who are willing to engage in private lessons or who already have prior experience with following instruments may join the class as well - Oboe, Bassoon, Guitar, Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano. 

Advanced Band is an 8th grade year-long class aligned to DoDEA College and Career Ready Standards Arts, CCRSA  (National Core Art Standards, NCAS). Enrollment in the Advanced Band M course requires permission of the Band Director, and may require an audition. The course is designed to acquaint students with advanced instrumental music skills. The content includes four artistic processes of creating, performing, connecting and responding and is not limited to, but includes the following: the interpretation and analysis of musical scores; the application of musical nuances in playing from a score; independent performance of all major and minor scales; advanced rhythm patterns; performance as a soloist and in small and large group ensembles; a variety of music repertoire including style, periods, forms, electronic music; intermediate to advanced level sight-reading exercises; and introduction to computer/synthesizer musical composition.
This class will include instruction on the following instruments - Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium/Baritone, Tuba, Percussion, and Bass Guitar.  Students who are willing to engage in private lessons or who already have prior experience with following instruments may join the class as well - Oboe, Bassoon, Guitar, Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano. 

Beginning Chorus 8th  grade (year-long) is aligned to the DoDEA College and Career Ready Standards Arts, CCRSA (National Core Art Standards, NCAS) is designed to provide students  with experiences in the four artistic processes of creating, performing, connecting and responding to chorus. The students are introduced to the following vocal fundamentals of sight-reading vocal music, distinguishing and singing two and three-part music, singing with ensembles and chorus, studying intonation, singing a cappella, experiencing a wide variety of choral repertoire including secular and no secular music, singing with keyboard and other instrumental accompaniment, and singing in public performances and musical productions.

General music may be offered at each grade level as a semester course. This course is designed to introduce students to the four artistic processes of: creating, performing, responding and connecting. The content is aligned to the DoDEA College and Career Ready Standards Arts, CCRSA (National Core Art Standards, NCAS).

Art is offered at each grade level as a semester course.  This is a visual arts course which fundamentals of art will be experienced. The visual arts program is aligned to DoDEA College and Career Ready Standards Arts, CCRSA (National Core Art Standards, NCAS) and provides opportunities for a variety of experiences such as drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, and mixed media that can be used throughout life for communication, expression, and enjoyment. Students will build on art concepts introduced in elementary school, as the DoDEA visual arts standards are vertically aligned.

Intermediate Art: 3-Dimensional Art is a semester course offered to 7th grade students.  This course offers middle school students the opportunity to create three-dimensional works of art based on the DoDEA College and Career Ready Standards Arts, CCRSA (National Core Art Standards, NCAS). Students will acquire a broad knowledge of basic sculpting techniques using the additive, subtractive, modeling, and molding methods while applying the elements and principles of design to 3-D works of art. This course will develop students' understanding of organic and geometric forms, as well as the functional and expressive qualities of creating 3-D artwork using various materials, tools, and equipment. The attributes of three-dimensional pieces located in both architectural surroundings and natural outdoor spaces will be explored. Students must have completed the prerequisite of Fundamentals of Art or have teacher permission to enroll in this course. 

Commercial Art:  This semester course is open to students grades 8 who have completed the Beginning Art: Fundamentals of Art PREREQUISITE course.  It is aligned to DoDEA College and Career Ready Standards Arts, CCRSA, (National Core Art Standards, NCAS). This course explores commercial art principals and techniques and incorporates the elements and principals of art.   Students must have completed the prerequisite Beginning Art: Fundamentals of Art or have teacher permission to enroll in this course. 


Physical education (PE)


PE is offered at each grade level as a semester long course.  All students except for those with extenuating circumstances or involved in two other yearlong electives should take PE for at least one semester.  Students may request two semesters of PE.


 Physical Education grade 8 (semester) course is designed to fully enable eighth grade students to progress in the skill competencies and conceptual knowledge related to the movement and physical activity and personal and social needs of adolescents. Developmentally appropriate concepts of physical fitness, motor skill and personal and social development are included in this course. Students apply appropriate physical activity and fitness concepts to the development of a health-enhancing level of physical fitness. They apply basic biomechanical principles, tactical skills and strategies in modified sports and activities and demonstrate competency in critical elements of movement, dance and specialized sports. They understand the importance of rules and safety procedures and can define the FITT Principle as it relates to physical fitness development. Students design performance sequences and plan and monitor physical activities to improve performance.

 Physical Education grade 7 (semester) course is designed to fully enable seventh grade students to progress in the skill competencies and conceptual knowledge related to the movement and physical activity and personal and social needs of adolescents. Developmentally appropriate concepts of physical fitness, motor skill and personal and social development are included in this course. Students apply appropriate physical activity and fitness concepts to the development of a health-enhancing level of physical fitness. They apply basic biomechanical principles, tactical skills and strategies in modified sports and activities and demonstrate competency in critical elements of serving, bumping, dribbling, scoring, fielding, batting, and forehand and backhand striking. They understand the importance of rules and safety procedures and can define the FITT Principle as it relates to physical fitness development. Students plan ways to do physical activity as part of their daily routine.

 Physical Education grade 6 (semester) course is designed to fully enable sixth grade students to progress in their skill competencies and conceptual knowledge and understanding, related to the movement and physical activity and personal and social needs of adolescents. Developmentally appropriate concepts of physical fitness, motor skill and personal and social development are included in this course. Students apply appropriate physical activity and fitness concepts to the development of a health-enhancing level of physical fitness. They apply basic biomechanical principles, tactical skills and strategies in modified sports and activities and demonstrate competency in applying throwing, striking and hand-and-foot dribbling specialized skills. They understand the importance of rules and safety procedures and can define the FITT Principle as it relates to physical fitness development. Students plan ways to do physical activity as part of their daily routine.


Career Technical Education (CTE) 


CTE is an education pathway that provides students with the academic, technical, and real-world knowledge, skills and experience they need to be prepared for a variety of career options. 


Video Production is a semester course offered at 7th  and 8th  grade level and is designed to provide middle school students with exploratory and investigative activities dealing with camera functions, filming techniques, composition, non-linear/linear editing, and computer animation/graphics.

Yearbook is a semester class offered at 7th and 8th grade.  In this course students will gain skills in page design, advanced publishing techniques, copywriting, editing, and photography while producing a creative, innovative yearbook which records school memories and events. 


DoDEA World Language and Culture Program 


Students at Mahaffey in grade 8 may take a yearlong class of Spanish for high school credit.  Students in grade 6 and 7 may take a semester of Spanish to prepare them for a high school World Language Class and allow them to explore the culture.


Spanish I (year-long) course is designed to teach students in grade 8 the three modes of communication:  interpersonal, interpretative, and presentational which require development of the four basic language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Emphasis is placed on communication, the development of proficiency, and the integration of culture. The World Language Program is aligned to the National Standards in Foreign Language Education published by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language.

Spanish for 6th and 7th grade (semester)
This course is designed to introduce students the four basic skill areas: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Emphasis is placed on proficiency, communication and culture. The World Language Program is aligned to the National Standards in Foreign Language Education published by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Course Note: This course is not for high school credit.


Additional electives offered  


AVID is offered for 7th and 8th grade students. Students are selected for this class.  Interested students may request additional information. 
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) M (year-long) is an academic elective course that prepares students for college readiness and success. The rigorous college preparatory curriculum provided by the AVID Center includes tutor-facilitated study groups, motivational activities and academic success skills. Students participate in activities that incorporate strategies focused on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading to support their academic growth. Students use analog and digital binders and planners to organize materials and activities. Focused notetaking, goal setting and problem solving are weekly requirements.  Students learn about the requirements to be college ready and explore their academic interests and options. Students must meet AVID participation requirements, apply to participate and be accepted into the AVID College Readiness 
 
Creative writing is a semester which may be offered to 6th students. This course is aligned to College and Career Ready Learning Standards and designed to aid students in their creative expression through writing and its delivery.  Through the reading of and discussion around articles on the craft of writing and anchor pieces, students will evaluate the effectiveness of various forms of writing and be exposed to the creative process and structure required to write effectively. Students will apply the writing process to create publishable pieces.  Student will apply conventions, grammar, and usage of the English language will be applied appropriately.
Environmental Studies is a semester course which may be offered for our 6th grade students.   This class allows student to explore how naturally occurring and man-made processes contribute to environmental change. The course provides students a holistic understanding of environmental issues of local, national and global significance. Students focus on observational skills, environmental analysis, population dynamics, and interactions in communities and ecosystems. They will use science skills to gain an understanding of earth's history and how humans play a role in the health and well-being of our planet's life forms, habitats and natural resources.

Research is a semester course offered for our 6th grade students.  This course allows students to determine credible sources and provides opportunities to explore topics of interest.   Students learn how to develop a thesis statement and gather evidence to support their viewpoint.   Multimedia aspects will also be incorporated. 

Creative thinking may be offered as a special semester elective to our 6th grade students where the focus is on the development of innovative ideas and solving problems in areas of interest.  This course is standard in 7th and 8th grade.

Reading Lab is offered at each grade level and is aligned with College and Career Ready Learning Standards and designed for students in need of the strategic intervention necessary to experience accelerated improvement towards college and career readiness.  Students will receive instruction designed to build fluency, vocabulary, and decoding skills.  Students will transfer these skills to reading in the content areas (informational text) and literature. Assignments will require students to answer literal and inferential questions to increase comprehension. Writing will include tasks and assignments designed to improve students' ability to write coherent constructed responses that demonstrate reading comprehension.  This course is offered to those students whose academic performance shows the need for participation. Please request additional information regarding this course.

Math Support is offered at each grade level and is aligned with College and Career Ready Learning Standards and designed for students in need of the strategic intervention necessary to experience accelerated improvement towards college and career readiness. Students will receive instruction designed to build proficiency with ratios and proportions, number systems, geometry, expressions and equations, statistics and probability.    This course is offered to those students whose academic performance shows the need for participation. Please request additional information regarding this course


English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL)  


ESOL is offered at each grade level. The DoDEA community encompasses a diverse population; therefore, a program has been designed to increase English language proficiency for students who have a second language influence.  Please request additional information regarding this class.
 

 

High School Graduation

DoDEA accepts the official courses, grades and earned credits of middle school (grades 7–8) and high school (grades 9–12) students who transfer to a DoDEA school from other DoDEA schools or who earn course credits in an accredited non-DoD system (public or private), correspondence, online, and/or home-school program. The accreditation for the sending school or school system must be from one of the six U.S. regional accrediting associations, one of the U.S. state education agencies, or by a public- or state-supported system of accreditation for public or private education programs in a foreign nation, in accordance with Section 4.7, of DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1367.01. Please contact your child’s school for questions regarding course credit transfer process and approval.

Policy Reference:  DoDI 1342.29, “Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children,” January 31, 2017

Policy Reference:  DoDEA Procedural Guide 15-PGED-002, Graduation Requirements and Policy – Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children,” February 4, 2016

Report Card and Testing Information

At the beginning of each course or grade level, every DoDEA teacher shall make available information regarding grading policy and course requirements to parents and students. This information will be provided to parents and students by the end of the first month of the school year or by the end of the first month of the semester in the case of a semester course.

If any student demonstrates unsatisfactory progress or achievement, teachers must notify parents with enough time to correct the deficiency. Notification must occur as soon as unsatisfactory achievement is evident, and not later than the midpoint of the nine-week grading period.

Timely and accurate reporting of student progress shall be accomplished for students in grades 4–12, using the approved DoDEA Electronic Gradebook (EGB) System. All assignments (e.g., quizzes, tests, examinations, homework, speeches, etc.) that are used to assess and report student progress shall be promptly evaluated and/or graded, posted in the EGB, and returned to the student. The normal period of evaluation and posting should be no longer than ten calendar days from the day the assignment is collected, with reasonable exceptions for large projects. At a minimum, one assignment or grade should be recorded per week in the EGB System. To create an account and access the EGB System, please visit Gradespeed (dodea.gradespeed.net) for instructions.

A traditional letter grading system will be used for grades 4–12 report marks.

Grade Numerical Range Description

A

90 – 100

Excellent: Outstanding level of performance

B

80 – 89

Good: High level of performance

C

70 – 79

Average: Acceptable level of performance

D

60 – 69

Poor: Minimal level of performance

F (failing)

0 – 59

Failing (No credit awarded)

For purposes of calculating a student’s high school GPA, the following scales shall be used:

Unweighted Standard Scale Weighted Advanced Placement (with AP exam)

4.0

5.0

3.0

4.0

2.0

3.0

1.0

2.0

0

0

Questions and Concerns

Parents who have questions and/or concerns are requested to resolve it at the most appropriate and immediate level. For typical classroom matters, the following procedures should apply in order as needed:

  • Step 1- The parent discusses the matter with the teacher.
  • Step 2- The parent and teacher meet with the principal if the matter is not resolved in step 1.
  • Step 3- Those matters which cannot be resolved at the school level are referred to the Community Superintendent's Office.

These procedures follow the correct chain-of-command/line of authority from teacher to principal to superintendent and focus on resolution at the lowest level. Parents are encouraged to seek immediate resolution of problems. Prompt action can frequently prevent complications and more serious problems later on.

Homework is one means of developing the necessary skills of independent study and learning for present and future use. Homework promotes organizational skills and a sense of responsibility. It is also an opportunity for parents to become actively involved in their child's learning and for each child to reach his/her full potential. Through homework, students are given the opportunity to complete additional practice and application to strengthen skills; to expand and/or enrich regular class work; to complete work started in class; to make up work due to absence.

Teachers may assign homework as determined necessary to enhance student learning that is taking place in the classroom. Each child works at his/her own pace, so the amount of time needed to complete specific assignments may vary. The types of homework may vary to enable the student to have experience/practice in reading, writing, computational skills, and other subject areas during a given week. Frequency and length of assignments will be grade appropriate. At a very minimum, a child should read or be read to 15-20 minutes nightly

Students are responsible for ensuring that they:

  • Understand the homework assignment.
  • Take home all books and materials needed to do the assignment.
  • Complete the homework in the assigned format and turn it in when it is due.
  • Participate actively and cooperatively in the evaluation of their homework when appropriate.

Parents are encouraged to provide an environment which fosters the development of life-long learning skills.

This includes:

  • A quiet place to work.
  • Necessary materials.
  • A regular study time.
  • Review the student planner.
  • Encouragement and praise.

School Health Services

Your Community School Meals Program

The DoDEA Americas School Meals Program is dedicated to building student health and academic achievement in our communities. Daily access to nutritious foods is the foundation for students to reach their full potential.

  • Our program provides parents convenience and reduces stress by providing budget friendly meals that are nutritious, too!
  • School meals served during SY21-22 are free to all students in accordance with USDA guidance.
  • Our program is a participant of the USDA National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program ensuring the high standards of nutrition of served to your student.

Visit your school's School Meals Program page for more information and the latest school menus.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Students are expected to actively participate in the educational process, including school-sponsored activities in and outside of the classroom, as deemed appropriate. Students should bring to the attention of a school employee behavior or activities that may endanger the safety and well-being of themselves or others.

Students shall:

  1. Comply with policies, procedures and standards for student behavior;
  2. Refrain from conduct or behavior that is disruptive;
  3. Respect the rights and human dignity of other students and all school employees;
  4. Attend school and classes regularly, and punctually and make a conscious effort in all classes;
  5. Participate in and take advantage of educational opportunities provided by DoDEA schools;
  6. Assist school employees in operating a safe school by abiding by the laws of the United States, the local military installation, the host nation, and DoDEA policies, regulations, and procedures;
  7. Properly maintain school property and use school property and equipment for educationally authorized purposes;
  8. Promptly bring to the attention of a DoDEA school employee behavior or activities that may endanger the safety and well-being of themselves or others and to cooperate with school threat assessment procedures; and
  9. Promptly report to the DoDEA School Principal, or another DoDEA school employee, incidents or complaints, including, but not limited to, discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, or non-sexual harassment, based on race, sex, color, national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation or status as a sponsor, parent or legal guardian; intimidation, hazing, bullying (including cyberbullying), or retaliation against persons who report or participate in the investigation of such incidents herein.

Students are expected to dress in a manner that complies with the school’s dress code policy as directed in DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1353.01, “Students Rights and Responsibilities,” April 6, 2021. Please refer to your school’s Web site or school handbook for specific dress code policy.

DoDEA Fort Campbell Schools Dress Code

Personal appearance at school should be appropriate and not distract from the learning process. Any student who is not appropriately dressed may be sequestered until appropriate dress is acquired and worn. If necessary, parents will be notified and asked to bring a change of clothing for their child. Students may be subject to discipline for violating the dress code and/or refusing to cooperate with requests to bring the student into compliance. The administration reserves the right to make the final determination regarding the appropriateness of student attire.

Students must wear: Bottoms, Tops and Shoes

Bottoms:

  • Students may wear: fitted pants, skinny jeans, sweatpants, shorts, skirts, dresses, athletic attire, pants, ripped jeans, leggings and yoga pants as long as underwear is not exposed.
  • Students may not wear clothing that exposes genitals and buttocks.

Tops:

  • Students may wear clothing with commercial or athletic logos provided they do not violate the guidelines in the “Cannot Wear” section. Sleeveless tops are authorized as long as the top of the shoulder is covered. Hoodies are permitted, but the hood should not be over the head.
  • Students may not wear muscle shirts, tank tops, sheer or see-through tops, off-the-shoulder tops, spaghetti straps and shirts with cut out sleeves. Clothing must cover the chest, back, tops of shoulders and mid-section with opaque material. Shirt hems should be no shorter than hip/pockets.

Shoes:

  • Students may wear sandals, backless shoes and dress or athletic shoes.
  • Students must wear footwear at all times. Shoes must be secured around the ankle.  Students may not wear house shoes, slides or flip-flops. Footwear deemed unsafe will not be allowed during the school day; such as shoes with wheels or cleats.

Accessories:

  • Students may wear religious headwear and sun protective clothing, including but not limited to hats, for outdoor use during the school day while outside.
  • Students may not wear hats, scarves (worn as head coverings), bandanas, caps, or sunglasses inside unless for religious or medical purposes previously coordinated with the school administration.

Students cannot wear:

  • Clothing with violent language or images
  • Image or language with drugs or alcohol “or any illegal item or activity”
  • Hate speech, profanity, or pornography
  • Images and/or language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment
  • Helmets, hoodies, or headgear that obscure the face
  • Jewelry and accessories that pose a danger to student or others

Exemptions to dress code may be requested by a parent for religious or philosophical belief, disability, medical reason, or due to financial hardship. Dress code must be followed on special occasions (example - spirit days) unless specifically noted by administration. The administration reserves the right to make the final determination regarding the appropriateness of student attire.

School Security

Emergency school closure occurs when unforeseen circumstances such as broken water pipes, flooding, loss of power,severe weather, etc., warrant closure to be initiated during non-school hours. The decision to close the school is made through input from the administrators, our superintendent, and the Commander. An announcement of the closure will be broadcast on TV and/or radio, DNS, and through the base command units.

The DoDEA Notification System (DNS) allows for each school to contact all of their parents and/or staff with one phone message through an automatic dialing system. At the District level it allows a message to be sent to all parents and/or staff in the same method. This allows greater security and sharing of information with parents and staff. There is a Point of Contact (POC) at each location that has the necessary codes to access the system.

There are situations in which school may be canceled during school hours. Once again, this decision is made by the individuals stated above. Once the decision has been made to release students, staff members will alert all classrooms.Students who ride the bus will be released to board the bus at a set time. For those students who walk, ride a bike, or are picked up, they may be released once their parent/guardian has been contacted and agree with that process. If we are unable to reach a student's parent/guardian by the time teachers are released, the teacher will bring them to the office and the office staff will assist in contacting the parent. For these emergencies STUDENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO LEAVE SCHOOL GROUNDS WITHOUT THEIR PARENT/GUARDIAN BEING NOTIFIED. As stated before,please ensure all contact numbers are updated at all times with both your child's teacher and the school office.

In accordance with our antiterrorism/force protection plan, the school will be evacuated unless otherwise determined by the command and our district office. In cases where the school has to evacuate the premises due to any safety concerns,the students and staff will evacuate to designated locations away from the threat. If we have to leave the school area and/or send students home we will make every effort to contact each sponsor. During the time of any evacuation, all students will remain with their teachers. If information is received from our district office or from the Command Post to send students home, the school will then release the student(s) to the parent/guardian provided proper identification has been presented. We appreciate your cooperation during times such as these. Again, it is imperative that the school has updated contact information in case of any type of emergency. Please contact the school office to ensure all contact numbers are updated and current.

When hurricanes, snow or other severe weather conditions occur, it is sometimes necessary to cancel school, delay the opening of school, or dismiss classes early.

Before the School Day Begins

If it becomes necessary to cancel school due to inclement weather parents will be notified through our AdHoc system as well as listen to local radio or TV stations in the morning for information about school cancellation for the day.

After the School Day Has Begun

Once the school day has begun, every effort will be made to keep school in session for the entire day. Many of our children have two working parents, and we understand the problems that early dismissal might cause.

The decision to close school during the day is announced as soon as possible through our AdHoc system as well as on local radio and TV. It is important for parents to stay tuned to a local station if they suspect possible school closings.

Under the best conditions, it takes approximately two hours from the time an early dismissal decision is made until the last bus leaves a school. Children who ride a bus home from school, can expect to start arriving home any time from thirty minutes to over two hours after the dismissal decision is made. It is important for parents to discuss the possibility of an early closing due to inclement weather with their children. Establishing a plan for such occasions will help to eliminate confusion and worry for the child and will provide assurance for the parent and the school that the child is safe and secure.

The contact information on record with the school will be used for notifications. Please inform the school whenever your contact information changes.

Note: Your child's school may also notify you of important announcements using the AdHoc notification system.

School security is a national concern. Throughout the United States, youth crime and violence threaten to undermine the safety of our students' learning environment. Since the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) represents a cross-section of Americana, all partners in our community education process must understand and support the principles underlying a safe and secure learning environment as applied to creating a safe school. The underlying principles all relate to student rights to a safe and secure learning environment free from the threat or fear of physical violence; free from drugs, alcohol, weapons and other prohibited items; free from hazing, bullying or intimidation; and free from gang or criminal activity.

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) follows guidance for the Department of Defense and also issues instructions and policies concerning our schools. DoDEA Regulation 2051.1, Disciplinary Rules and Procedures outlines student conduct expectations and disciplinary consequences that may be invoked when the conduct of a student poses an immediate threat to his/her safety or the safety of others in the school. These student conduct expectations apply to student conduct that is:

  • related to a school activity while on school property
  • while en route between school and home, to include school buses
  • during lunch period
  • during or while going to or coming from all school-sponsored events/activities that affect the missions or operations of the school or district including field trips, sporting events, stadium assemblies, and evening school-related activities.

Violence, threats of violence, prohibited items, gang or criminal behavior, and bullying or intimidation will not be tolerated. Perpetrating a bomb threat or complicity in the act is grounds for expulsion. Additionally, local military regulations and laws may authorize criminal prosecution for such actions. Therefore, it is incumbent upon all community education partners - students, parents, military leaders, administrators, faculty and staff - to understand the serious nature of actions violating the principle student freedoms and the scope of authority over infractions as outlined in The DoDEA Disciplinary Rules and Procedures. The administration at each school is responsible for the management of student behavior.

Emergency Planning and Crisis Response (dodea.edu/Offices/Security/crisis-response.cfm)

Student Conduct and Discipline

Management of student behavior is a responsibility shared by students, sponsors/parents/guardians, teachers, and the military command and school communities in general, in accordance with DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1353.01, “Student Rights and Responsibilities,” April 6, 2021. Student behavioral management consists of teaching and reinforcing positive student attitudes and behaviors. Students shall treat teachers, administrators, and other school staff with courtesy, fairness, and respect; and teachers, administrators, and other school staff shall treat students with courtesy, fairness, and respect. All students will be disciplined in a fair and appropriate manner. School administrators shall operate and maintain a safe school environment that is conducive to learning. School administration will ensure prompt investigation and response to incidents or complaints involving students made by students, parents, teachers, or DoDEA staff members.

In accordance with the policy stated in DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1347.01, “Student Disciplinary Rules and Procedures,” April 7, 2021, discipline shall be progressively and fairly administered. Disciplinary actions include, but are not limited to, verbal reprimands, conferences, detention, time-out, alternative in-school placements, school service programs, community service and counseling programs. Other behavior management techniques will be considered prior to resorting to more formal disciplinary actions that remove a student from school for a suspension (short or long term). Long-term suspension or expulsion following a first offense may be considered when a student poses an immediate threat to his or her safety or the safety of others (e.g., offenses involving firearms or other weapons, fighting or violence, or the possession, use, or sale of drugs). Additional rules and procedures can be reviewed in DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1347.01.

In the wake of school violence throughout the world, it is important to analyze the causes of violence and implement preventive measures to assure that every student and adult will feel secure in the school environment. DoDEA implemented a system-wide Bully Prevention program as a part of the Safe Schools and Character Education program.

Stop Bullying now

Bullying is defined as a means to have power over another and it takes many forms: physical, verbal, and indirect such as gossip and isolation. Bullying leaves long-lasting scars for its victims. Bullies have a higher incidence of antisocial behavior, domestic violence and crime as adults. Society pays a heavy toll for tolerating bullying behavior and bullies.

In DoDEA schools and community, bullying will not go unchallenged and will not be tolerated. All students, staff members, parents and the community play vital roles to ensure our children are not bullied, do not act as bullies, and will not allow others to bully. Our schools have a moral obligation to provide our students and the school community with the proper information, prevention strategies, and defenses to create a safe, accepting and caring environment for all.

DoDEA Schools provide a warm and nurturing environment for students. Classroom instruction, student assignments, assessments, and homework are standards based. The focus is on ensuring that all students master DoDEA standards through differentiated instruction and best practices. Classroom instruction is developmental and engaging so students are successful. Instructional time is protected to maximize learning opportunities. It is imperative that students are on time and remain in school throughout the day to capitalize on all opportunities.

Animals or Pets

Per DoDEA regulation, before an animal or pet can be brought in to the school for any reason (to include bringing in pets when there are no classes in session), the animal or pet owner must first have written approval from the Principal. Animals that could cause injury or harm to any person, WILL NOT be brought to school. The pet owner will provide a copy of the Veterinarian certificate for the Principal and School Nurse prior to bringing the animal or pet into the school. A copy of this certificate must be kept in the classroom at all times and a copy retained by the School Nurse in an animal/pet veterinary clearance file. In addition, a copy will also be kept on file in the school office. Animals are visitors at our school, not residents. If your child has any animal allergies, please notify our School Nurse in the school Health Office.

Water Bottles

Students are allowed to use personal water containers (plastic only, please) in classrooms and other instructional areas as appropriate. Staff and administrators have the right and responsibility to check the contents of all water containers. Water bottles should be clearly marked with the student's name and teacher.

No food or drinks will be allowed in the hallways, playgrounds, or stage area.

Birthday Celebrations

Teachers typically acknowledge students' birthdays but do not hold parties for each student. If parents would like to acknowledge a student's birthday in the classroom it is suggested that they bring non-food items (pencils, erasers, etc.) or healthy pre-packaged treats, which would be distributed after lunch services. Homemade treats are not allowed due to health and allergy concerns of students. Please do not bring flowers, balloons, or other gifts to the school.

Deliveries

To avoid interruption of instructional time, flowers or other gifts will not be delivered to students. If we should receive a delivery for a student, we will notify the student's parent and hold it in the office until the end of the school day for the parent to pick up.

Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance or National Anthem will be incorporated into the morning announcements. Participation is not mandatory, but all students are expected to show respect.

The primary objective of school discipline is to maintain a safe and orderly environment that positively affects academic achievement. Discipline provides an opportunity for students to understand that inappropriate behavior results in appropriate consequences. These consequences are designed to keep the students academically involved. Exclusion from learning opportunities is a final disciplinary option. We believe it is imperative to provide students with feedback for their disruptive behavior and allow for planning to avoid future incidents of behavior.

Classroom Discipline

Each teacher has and enforces a classroom discipline plan. The steps of action are:

  1. Teacher counsels student
  2. Teacher and student conference
  3. Teacher contacts the parent
  4. Student may be  referred to the counselor
  5. Teacher and counselor may meet to develop behavior interventions
  6. Administration, teacher and counselor meet with parent and student

(Conferences, detentions, suspensions, or referrals are possible at any time depending on the disruptive behavior.)

Prohibited Items

Some items prohibited at school include, but list is not all inclusive:

  • Toys, electronics and other related toys, cards and games
  • portable communications devices
  • all audio devices including iPods and MP3 players
  • skateboards, scooters, roller blades, roller skates or heelys
  • chewing gum
  • cigarette lighters and matches
  • tobacco products; e.g., cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, smokeless tobacco, snuff
  • fireworks of any type
  • weapons and/or ammo (real or pretend)
  • laser light pointers
  • any device that disrupts the classroom environment

Cell phones may be brought to school but must be turned off and stored in the backpack or locker during the school day.  In cases of emergency, students may contact their parents by using the phone if the school office.

Technology

Each student, together with the student’s parent or guardian (if applicable), shall acknowledge and sign Form 700, “Use of DoDEA Internet and Use of Information Technology Resources,” before he or she is assigned a user account. In accordance with Enclosure 4 of DoDEA Administrative Instruction 6600.01, “Computer Access and Internet Policy,” February 16, 2010, the following are required of all students:

  1. Students shall use DoDEA information technology (IT) resources, including computers, electronic mail, and internet access, only in support of education and for research consistent with the educational objectives of DoDEA; 
  2. Students shall respect and adhere to all of the rules governing access to, and use of, DoDEA’s IT resources; 
  3. Students shall be polite in all electronic communication;
  4. Students shall use courteous and respectful language and/or images in their messages to others;
  5. Students shall not swear, use vulgarities, or use harsh, abusive, sexual, or disrespectful language and/or images;
  6. Students who misuse DoDEA IT resources are subject to disciplinary measures; and
  7. Students’ accounts will be deactivated upon transition out of a DoDEA school.

The signed agreement (Form 700) is to be retained in the administrative office at the student’s school for the duration of the student’s enrollment. A copy will be provided to the student and, if applicable, the student’s parent or guardian.

Use of personal social media between parents/teachers/students is discouraged.  The only acceptable form of social media communication between parents/teachers/students is through official school social media.

Student Transportation

Student transportation is defined as the transportation of students from their assigned bus stop to school at the beginning of their school day, during the mid-day and for return to their assigned bus stop at the end of the normal scheduled school day.  DoDEA principals are responsible for monitoring student loading/unloading zones when students are coming and going from school sites, including administering discipline.  A school bus or any device operating to provide student transportation will function as an extension of the school.  The walking distance for students in grade 6 and below should not exceed one mile from the student’s primary residence to the school or designated bus stop.  Students in grades 7–12 may walk up to 1.5 miles from their primary residence to the school or designated bus stop.  These distances may be slightly expanded or contracted to conform to natural boundaries such as housing areas or neighborhoods.  In locations having middle schools, which include grade 6 (i.e., grades 6–8), the walking distance criteria shall be the same as the criteria for grades 7–12.  

Transportation is not authorized to take students to their homes or to eating facilities for their mid-day meal.  No other transportation between the assigned bus stop and the school will be charged to commuting transportation unless stated in a special education student’s IEP and/or required by Section 504 guidelines.  “Curb-to-curb” only applies to students with disabilities who require such service as documented in the student’s IEP.  DoDEA District Superintendents, in coordination with the District Logistics Chief and the supporting military installation commanders, will establish a commuting area to determine eligibility for transportation of dependent students.

School Policies

Academics are not restricted to the classroom, but take place in the community as well. Therefore, study trips may be ongoing throughout the school year. A letter from your child's teacher, to include the date, time, and destination of the study trip, will be sent home the week prior to the planned trip. At various times during the school year, classes may take study trips as part of the instructional program. Study trips are considered part of the instructional day. Children MUST HAVE A PERMISSION SLIP SIGNED BY THE PARENT before they go on any trip leaving the school. If a parent does not want to send their child on a study trip, the teacher will make alternate arrangements for the child to attend another class for the period of the study trip or parents may elect to keep their child at home. Parents may attend the study trip with the child in these instances. Chaperones may not bring siblings/infants on a study trip. As an invited chaperone, one's responsibility must be to help supervise all the students in the classroom.

Guidelines for Chaperones

  1. All chaperones pay their way (entrance fees, transportation, if not DoDEA funded bus, etc.).
  2. Other younger/preschool age children in the family will not be allowed to accompany parents on a trip, as they tend to distract parents and students alike.
  3. Children from other classrooms will not be allowed to accompany their brothers/sisters on a study trip.
  4. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES ARE CHAPERONES TO SMOKE OR DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AT ANY TIME DURING A STUDY TRIP.
  5. Chaperones are required to accompany the class to and from the trip. Following the bus in their private vehicle is not close supervision.
  6. Chaperones may not transport their student or any other student to and from the study trip. Students are required to ride the bus to and from the study trip. Under no circumstances may a child be checked out from the study trip(with the exception of a bona fide emergency). The child MUST return to the school and then he/she may be checked out at that time.
  7. Chaperones must have an approved volunteer application on file prior to attending a field trip as a chaperone. Please allow 5 business days for processing of all volunteer request forms.

Teachers

To avoid disrupting instructional time, only emergency messages will be delivered to teachers in classrooms. All other messages will be placed in teachers' boxes or sent to the teacher via email, which they may be able to receive during the "Specials" period or at lunch.

To ensure the teacher receives the message, please call by 10:00 a.m. to allow the school office ample time to send the message. In addition, the school intercom system will not be used to deliver messages to students or to check your child out of the classroom unless there is an emergency approved by an administrator.

Students

Due to classroom transitions throughout the school day, it is not always possible to relay phone messages to students. To avoid disrupting instructional time, only emergency messages will be delivered directly to classrooms. All other messages will be sent to the homeroom teacher via email. The school office cannot guarantee delivery of phone messages to students received after 1:00 p.m. Please provide your child with transportation/pick-up instructions prior to start of school.

Arrival Procedures

  • Students should not arrive before 7:00 am unless they are eating breakfast in the cafeteria.
  • Students eating breakfast may go to the cafeteria at 7:00 am.
  • Students may enter the building at 7:00 am
  • Children arriving after 7:25 am are tardy and must report to the office for a pass.

Parking and Student Drop-off/Pick-up Policy

Parking is permitted in designated areas only. It is important to note and follow traffic patterns at all times.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures

  • Never drop-off students while stopped in the middle of passing traffic lanes.
  • Pay attention to the teachers and the students performing crosswalk guard duty, and follow their commands.
  • Drive forward all the way to the end of loading/unloading zone or to the car parked in front of you.
  • Make sure your children have their things prepared in advance for unloading. This will help us to speed up the process.
  • As soon as you are parked and are between LOADING/UNLOADING ZONE signs, quickly load/unload students.
  • Do not block the pedestrian crosswalk.
  • Load/unload the students on the passenger side of the vehicle.
  • Please yield to the vehicles passing on your right when you are pulling out after the drop-off.

Students may always share concerns with teachers, counselors or administration.  They may share concerns in writing or verbally.

Mahaffey does have a camera system. Students may be disciplined on evidenced gathered through this camera system.

Office of DoDEA Policy

The Policy Team of OPLP administers and operates the DoDEA Issuance Program, the Issuance Focal Point Working Group, and facilitates DoD-level issuance coordination for DoDEA.

Policy and Legislation