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General Information

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.

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.

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 the DoDEA SIS Gradebook 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

For grades K–3, achievement codes rather than letter grades will be used.

Code Description

E

Exceeds grade-level expectations: Student exhibits the skills/behaviors independently without teacher support.  Students at this level are exceeding the grade-level standards.

M

Meets grade-level expectations: Student exhibits the skills/behaviors independently with minimal teacher support.

S

Steady progress towards grade-level expectations: Student exhibits the skills/behaviors with teacher guidance and support.

L

Limited progress towards grade-level expectations: Student exhibits the skills/behaviors in isolated or rare instances, or with a great deal of support.  The performance is inconsistent and below the normal range of expectancy for a student at this grade level.

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

The DoDEA School Meals Program (SMP) supports academic achievement by providing nutritious meals to your students through the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.  

  • The School Meals Program is a budget friendly and convenient program for parents that can save time, energy, money and reduce stress.  
  • Households must reapply every school year for free and reduced-price meals, beginning no earlier than July 1st.
  • All meals must be paid for in advance or at the point of sale.
  • A best practice is to fund your child’s account every pay day through the next pay day.

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.

Purpose: The purpose of the dress code is to ensure the safety of students, minimize disruptions and distractions that can be caused by inappropriate attire, and promote a united and orderly learning environment; while ensuring that students are permitted their right to freedom of speech.

Guidelines:

Clothing, jewelry, and accessories that promote illegal activity, or that are decorated with lewd, vulgar or obscene illustrations or language are not allowed. Clothing suggestive of: illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, tobacco products, alcohol, sex, violence, hate speech, gang symbols, gang affiliation, obscenities, or lewd , vulgar or obscene language are specifically prohibited. The School Principal may exercise broad discretion in determining what is considered to be offensive.

Accessories

  • Hats, scarves (worn as head coverings), bandanas, caps, rakes, picks, combs, or sunglasses may not be worn inside the school unless for religious or medical purposes previously coordinated with the School Principal.
  • Dangerous jewelry such as dog collars, fish hooks, wallet chains, belt chains, spike jewelry or chains larger than 1/4 inch diameter are not allowed.

Pants

Pants must conform to the following:

  • Leggings and spandex may only be worn under shorts, skirts, skorts, or dresses, and not alone.
  • Pajamas, sweat pants, flannel pants and lounging pants are not allowed.
  • Sagging pants or visible underwear are not allowed. Pants that drop below the waist are not permitted.
  • Designer jeans purchased with small rips or tears in pants are permitted. Rips and tears above the knee is permitted only if student wears leggings underneath the jeans.

Shorts/Skirts/Skorts/Dresses

  • Must clearly exceed the length of student’s fingertips when extended.
  • Be composed of nontransparent material at least to length of student’s fingertips when extended.
  • Nightgowns are not permitted.

Shirts/Blouses/Tops

All shirts must meet the following criteria:

  • All blouses and dresses must cover the tops of the shoulder; undergarments should not be visible.
  • Muscle shirts, tank tops, sheer or seethrough tops, off-the-shoulder tops, spaghetti straps and shirts with cut out sleeves are not permitted.
  • Low cut shirts revealing cleavage are not permitted.
  • The back, shoulders, and midsection of the body are to be covered at all times. Shirt hems should be approximately at the hip/pockets.

Footwear

  • Footwear must be worn at all times. Shoes may be sandals, dress or athletic.
  • House shoes, flipflops and shoes with heels higher than 2 inches are not permitted. Any other footwear deemed unsafe will not be allowed during the school day; such as shoes with wheels or cleats.

Outerwear

  • Jackets, coats, pullovers, and sweatshirts with and without hoods may be worn. Hoods must be down at all times. This practice will be reviewed in January 2017 to determine compliance. If it is determined that students are continuously being corrected by teachers for wearing hoods during the school day, the dress code will be amended and hoodies will not be permitted for the remainder of the school year.
  • Trench coats that extend below the knee may be worn to school, but must be placed in the student’s locker prior to the tardy bell for first class period, and may not be worn until after the last class period of the day.

Book Bags

  • Book bags are permitted.
  • Book bags with wheels are not allowed.

Enforcement

The school administration shall have the right to evaluate any clothing to determine its acceptability within the guidelines of the dress code. Administrators shall also have the right to make an interpretation on the decency and appropriateness of any garment. The administration recognizes the inconvenience involved for parents to bring corrective clothing to school during the day; however this may be required if the student is unable to correct the infraction with alternate clothing.

  • It is the responsibility of the student to be knowledgeable of and comply with Ft Knox Schools’ dress code.
  • It is the responsibility of the parent to ensure that the dress code is observed.
  • It is the duty of the teacher to ensure that the dress code is enforced fairly and consistently.
  • It is the final decision of the administration to deem what meets or does not meet dress code.

Consequences

Violations corrected prior to the tardy bell for their first class will not count as a dress code offense. Students found in violation of the policy after the tardy bell for their first class will be sent to Administration, who will evaluate the violation and instruct the student on correction of the violation. Students will be returned to class as quickly as possible and care will be taken to minimize time away from classroom instruction as a result of dress code violations.

  • 1st Offense: Correct the infraction and parent notification. If the student is not able to correct the dress code infraction, parents will be contacted to bring alternate clothing. Depending on the violation, students may be placed in inschool- suspension (ISS) until the parent is able to bring alternate clothing.
  • 2nd Offense: Correct the infraction, parent notification, and detention. If the student is not able to correct the dress code infraction, parents will be contacted to bring alternate clothing. Depending on the violation, students may be placed in ISS until the parent is able to bring alternate clothing.
  • 3rd and subsequent Offenses: Correct the infraction, parent notification, and student may receive in school or out of school suspension or a combination of both. If the student is not able to correct the dress code infraction, parents will be contacted to bring alternate clothing

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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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 birthday invitations, 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.

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 Procedures

Use of Equipment

Parents should be aware that not all playground equipment is appropriate for all children who may use the playground. Parents and supervisors should look for posted signs indicating the appropriate age of the users and direct children to equipment appropriate for their age. Toddlers and preschool-age children require more attentive supervision than older children; however, one should not rely on supervision alone to prevent injuries.

Because all playgrounds present some challenge and because children can be expected to use equipment in unintended and unanticipated ways, adult supervision is highly recommended. A playground should allow children to develop gradually and test their skills by providing a series of graduated challenges. The challenges presented should be appropriate for age related abilities and should be ones that children can perceive and choose to undertake. Toddlers, preschool- and school-age children differ dramatically, not only in physical size and ability, but also in the intellectual and social skills.

Our playgrounds are closed to the public when school is in session.The playground equipment is appropriate for children attending the school. We also ask that all children be supervised at all times. Safety shall always be the prime consideration when children are playing. Any situation or activity that poses a hazard will be stopped. Children are expected to use our playground equipment for the purpose it was intended. Consequences of breaking the playground rules may lead to restriction of playground activities or stronger disciplinary action if the behavior is severe or persistent.

  1. Children should play in a safe and friendly manner. Children may not throw objects (sticks, rocks, dirt, etc.), call others names, argue, or play in a manner that is too rough. "Play fighting" typically results in real fighting and is prohibited. The school will not support "hitting back". When two children fight at school, both will be considered wrong. Adults are present in all school situations and should be used as a means of intervention before a fight occurs.
  2. Children should play only in designated areas and obtain permission from the playground supervisor in order to leave for any reason.
  3. Walk to the playground on the sidewalk in an orderly, quiet manner. This is necessary because you will pass classrooms that are in session. Use only "whisper" voices until you get to the playground. Students must use the sidewalks around our building for safety purposes and to save our grass. We want to keep our school campus looking great!

Playground Behavior Expectations

  • Be willing to try new things
  • Use encouraging word if someone finds an activity hard
  • Walk quietly and orderly as they exit and enter the building
  • Include everyone in play
  • Apologize for accidents
  • Show good sportsmanship
  • Actively engage in play and activities
  • Line up quickly and quietly
  • Take turns and share
  • Take care of equipment and clean up when play is over
  • Stay in approved areas
  • Leave sticks, rocks, mulch, and dirt on the ground
  • Wear proper shoes

Children's use of the playgrounds after school hours is only permitted under the supervision of parents.

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.

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.

Email

DoDEA encourages all email communication to take place through official school email accounts. Please correspond with teachers through their DoDEA email accounts, not through the DoDEA SIS  Gradebook.

Cell Phones

Cell Phones are not allowed in the classrooms. Cell phones must remain off and in a student’s locker during the school day. If a cell phone is brought to class, the teacher will take it and send it to the office.

  • 1st Offense-Warning and student can pick up the phone at the end of the school day.
  • 2nd Offense-A parent is called to pick up the phone from the office. Phone will remain in the office until a parent sign for it.
  • 3rd Offense-A parent is called to pick up the phone from the office and a detention is issued to the student.

Telephone

Teachers: To avoid disrupting instructional time, only emergency messages from parents will be delivered to teachers in classrooms. All other messages from parents will be placed in teachers’ boxes or 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 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.


Social Media

Use of personal social media between parents/teachers/students is discouraged, other than official school social media communication.

School newsletters are published throughout the school year. The school office will email the newsletter to all parents whose correct primary email address is on file in the school office. The school newsletter is emailed in a PDF format. Your computer will need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in order to view the newsletter. You can obtain this program (if you do not already have it installed on your system) on the Internet for free. If you are unable to or have difficulty opening the newsletter, the office will print a copy for you. The purpose of our school newsletter is to inform our parents, teachers and general military support of upcoming events and activities taking place in our educational system. Please keep an accurate email address on file in the school office.

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 at school with your child.
  • Have lunch at school with your child regularly.
  • Volunteer in your child’s classroom.
  • Establish a daily study time at home (even when there’s no homework).
  • Join the faculty for our School Improvement Leadership Team meetings.
  • Keep informed of school events and activities by reading the School newsletter and your child’s classroom newsletter.
  • Communicate frequently with your child’s teacher.
  • Prepare for and participate in parent-teacher conferences.
  • Ensure your child has a well-balanced breakfast and comes to school with completed homework, lunch money and school supplies.

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 ext. 5002

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 Conferences

We encourage parents to meet with their child's teacher for parent-teacher conferences. Parent-teacher conferences are held at the end of the first grading period. Report cards are distributed to parents during the conference. Conferences to discuss concerns, questions, and student progress may be scheduled at any time during the school year. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher as soon as questions arise. Requests for conferences may also be left at the school office for delivery to the teacher.

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, school t-shirts sales 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.

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 school staff. Contact the school for membership information.

 

Per our regulations, ALL visitors to the school must present their ID card at the front office and sign-in to the school.

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, not the child’s teacher.
On occasion, classroom size may grow beyond an expected or desirable student-teacher ratio. When this occurs efforts will be made to balance classes, and this may result in a schedule change for your child. Parents will be notified of any schedule change.
 

Art Program

The Art Program has four primary goals:

  • Create Works of Art - Refers to the creating of art work, art vocabulary, skills development and learning about the elements and principles of design.
  • Demonstrate Aesthetic Perception - Focus upon acute awareness, well-developed observation, appreciation and taste, sense of beauty, intuitiveness, insight and comprehension.
  • Develop Knowledge of Art Heritage - Delineates the expected outcomes of learning about cultures, individual artists, art masterpieces and art careers.
  • Utilize Critical Judgment of the Visual Art - Refers to the recognition of difference, evaluation, and analysis, comparison, appraisal, discrimination and wisdom in artistic choices.

These goals, through which the learning outcomes of the art program are determined, are aligned with the DoDEA K-12 Visual Arts Standards and the National Standards for Visual Arts Education.

Music Program

The DoDEA Music Education Program for kindergarten through twelfth grade has four major goals

  • Participate in Various Forms of Musical Expression - The experiences of singing, playing, listening, moving to, and creating music lead to an understanding of musical concepts.
  • Demonstrate an Understanding of Musical Concepts - To translate or articulate the unique language of music, one should be able to use the vocabulary and notation of music.
  • Display an Awareness of the Interrelationship between Music and Society - Music is a vital part of any society's heritage. Hearing and performing a variety of diverse music helps one to understand the role music has played and continues to play in the lives of all people.
  • Display an Understanding and Appreciation of Music as an Art Form - Music evokes intellectual, aesthetic, emotional, and physical responses. One learns to be sensitive to the power and beauty of music alone and in its interaction with other art forms.

These goals, through which the learning outcomes of the music program are determined, are aligned with the DoDEA K-12 Music Education Standards and the National Standards for Music Education.

Physical Education Program

The Physical Education Program ensures all K through 5 students are provided the opportunity to participate in a structured physical education program. The DoDEA Physical Education program for kindergarten through fifth grade has three (3) major goals:

  • Personal and Social Development Skills - Students apply responsible personal and social development skills in the Physical Education setting. They learn to perform activities safely, follow the rules of the class and game, as well as display behaviors that are age appropriate and supportive.
  • Motor Skills and Movement Patterns - Competency in motor skills and movement patterns is needed to perform a variety of physical activities. The ability to apply movement skills in sequence from simple to more complex will help build a foundation for the other skills to be learned and will assist the student to be successful in future physical activities.
  • Physical Activity and Fitness - A physically active lifestyle is essential to maintaining a health-enhancing level of physical fitness. Students participate regularly in activities that develop cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, and aerobic capacity. These activities enhance and support the acquisition of lifetime skills.

We ask that the following guidelines be followed:

  • Wear proper physical education attire, shoes included.
  • Have a pair of athletic shoes to be used only for PE.
  • Always cooperate with the teacher and other students.
  • Be prepared to exercise and have fun.

If the student cannot participate for one or two days because of illness or injury, the parent/guardian must write a note stating the reason. Students unable to participate in PE for an extended period are required to have a note from a doctor stating the reason for the limitation or exemption from PE and the period of time the student cannot participate. Students must drink adequate fluids before PE Class. All injuries occurring in Physical Education must be reported immediately to one of the PE teachers, who will decide if the child should go directly to the School Nurse. The PE teacher will inform the class room teacher.

English as a Second Languages (ESL)

DoDEA Regulation 2440.1 - English as a Second Language Programs, March 2007

An English language learner (ELL) is a student identified as one who is in the process of acquiring English as an additional language. In accordance with the policy stated in the DoDEA

Regulation 2440.1, “English as a Second Language Programs,” March 16, 2007, DoDEA’ s ESOL Program is a language acquisition program designed to teach ELLs social and academic skills as well as the cultural aspects of the ELLs to succeed in an academic environment. It involves teaching, listening, speaking, reading, writing, study skills, content vocabulary, and cultural orientation at appropriate developmental and proficiency levels with little or no use of the native language. ESOL instruction is in English and can be provided in a variety of settings and program configurations. The amount of instruction given will vary according to the student's needs and classification. ELLs are involved in mainstream classes during the day.

Gifted Education Programs

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) provides exemplary educational programs that inspire and prepare all students for success. The goal of the DoDEA Gifted Education program is to identify students with high potential and exceptional performance and to offer challenges that match their strengths and needs.

Services are provided because identified students have a documented need for differentiation and challenge in their instructional program. This differentiation provides daily academic challenge and social-emotional support to ensure continued intellectual growth and development. The DoDEA schools determine the most effective methods to meet the needs of students identified for gifted education services. Schools consider individual strengths in matching student to services because each student has a unique profile of strength.

Students who perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment have learning needs which require differentiated learning experiences. Such experiences are those in which the content, strategies, and expectations of student performance have been adjusted to be appropriate for students identified for gifted services.

Special Programs for Children with Disabilities:

Child Find

The purpose of Child Find is to identify children in the community, age 3-21, who may have a disabling condition such as physical, social emotional or cognitive processing difficulties (PSCD). Once located, these students are screened and assessed to determine the nature and extent of special services needed and appropriate placements may be made using available resources. Referrals can be made to the school office for the Child Study Committee (CSC) to contact you.

Special Education Services

DoD Manual 1342.12 – Implementation of Early Intervention and Special Education Services to Eligible DoD Dependents, June 2015

Special education is considered specially designed instruction, which is provided at no cost to the parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability, including instruction conducted in the classroom, home, hospitals and institutions, and in other settings, as well as instruction in physical education. In accordance with the policy stated in the Department of Defense

Instruction 1342.12, “Provision of Early Intervention and Special Education Services to Eligible DoD Dependents,” June 17, 2015 the law requires school districts with students with disabilities to be provided reasonable accommodations to allow access to educational programs and associated activities to the same extent as students without disabilities. Please contact your child’s school for specific details relating to your child if you would like to discuss eligibility requirements.

Students with Disabilities

DoDEA Administration Instruction 2500.14 - 2500.14 - Nondiscrimination and 504 Accommodation on the Basis of Disability in DoDEA Conducted Education Programs and Activities. April 2012
DoDEA Regulation 2500.10 – Special Education Dispute Management System, August 2001

A student with a disability, or who has a record of a disability, or is regarded as having a disability, shall not be excluded from participating in, or be denied the benefits of, any DoDEA education program or activity or be subjected to discrimination based solely on a disability. In accordance with Enclosure 3 in the DoDEA Administrative Instruction 2500.14,

“Nondiscrimination and 504 Accommodation on the Basis of Disability in DoDEA Conducted Education Programs and Activities,” April 29, 2009, as amended students with disabilities shall be provided a free and appropriate education in the least restrictive environment at no cost to the parents. Disability services that students may be eligible for include speech-language pathology; audiology services; interpreting services; psychological services; physical and occupational therapy; recreation including therapeutic recreation; social work services; school nurse services designed to enable a child with a disability; counseling services including rehabilitation counseling; orientation and mobility services; and medical services for diagnostic or evaluative purposes. Please contact your child’s school for specific details relating to your child. In accordance with Section 5 in the DoDEA Regulation 2500.10, “Special Education Dispute Management System,” August 28, 2001 either the parent or the school may request mediation to resolve a disagreement concerning a child’s individualized education program, including the delivery of medically related services.

DoDEA recognizes that rewarding outstanding student achievement and performance is an integral part of the education process and that providing incentives and awards enhances student self-esteem and promotes the goals and mission of DoDEA.

A school awards program may include recognition in a number of areas, e.g., achievement or performance in academics, athletics, school activities, attendance, citizenship, leadership, service, or any other activity deemed worthwhile by the school.

The provision of awards and incentives is the responsibility of the local school. The history, traditions, and current needs of each school should determine the number and nature of the awards given to students. Schools should establish, in writing, the criteria and process for selecting recipients for each award given. The award program should be reviewed at least every two (2) years by the principal in conjunction with parents/sponsors, teachers, and students. The final authority in determining the number, type, and recipients of school awards is the principal.

HONOR ROLL: Students in grades 5 & 6 earning A’s and B’s in the areas of Language Arts (Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening), Math, Science, and Social Studies, qualify for the Honor Roll. These students will be honored with a certificate of achievement following the issuing of report cards on a regular school day.

PRINCIPAL’S HONOR ROLL: Students in grades 5 & 6 earning academic excellence by making all A’s in the areas of Language Arts (Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening), Math, Science and Social Studies, qualify for the Principal’s List. These students and their parents will be honored following the issuing of report cards on a regular school day.

Books on Loan

Textbooks and/or workbooks are furnished without charge. Sponsors are responsible for payment in case of loss or damage to textbooks, musical instruments, workbooks, library books, science equipment, audio-visual equipment, computer equipment, or other school property.

Parents may request to borrow books. The request MUST first go through an administrator for approval. Once the request is approved, supply personnel will prepare the proper documents for the parent’s signature. This document will note the book(s) being checked out from the school. They return date will depend on the request and the books on loan. If the book(s) is/are lost or damaged, parents will be responsible for replacing the book.

Care of Books and Materials

Textbooks and educational supplies are issued to students for their use. Students are responsible for the proper care and return of these materials. Parents are encouraged to help by placing book covers on the books. Payment for lost or damaged books will be required in the following manner:

  • New - 100% of cost
  • Good - 75% of cost
  • Fair - 50% of cost


Any student who willfully cuts, defaces, or otherwise damages any property, real or personal, may be suspended from school. Sponsors will be liable for all school damages. Report lost or damaged materials to the supply office within one week of occurrence. Payment is made at the front office by money order, made payable to Treasurer of the United States, NOT to the school.

Schools are responsible for procuring certain supplies. School supplies are available through military exchanges as well as commercial vendors. Parents may wish to purchase supplies after teachers have sent requests for any additional supplies home at the beginning of the school year. Copies of the proposed list of supplies are available in the school office or at any of the base exchanges. The School Supply List also appears in Appendix A.

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.

The purpose of the Information Center is to support the entire school curriculum and to reflect the philosophy, goals, and objectives of the school. The Information Center provides support in intellectual and physical access to information as well as providing students opportunities to expand their world by using various media and technology resources.

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. These days are over and above the 180 instructional days in the school calendar. 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. Parents are always welcome and invited to attend these staff development/in- service training sessions. These dates are noted on the school calendar as soon as planned and throughout the year in our school newsletters. At various times throughout the year, additional staff development/in-service days may be scheduled. We will notify parents of these dates as they are announced through our school newsletter.

All articles found at school are to be turned to the office, or the classroom teacher. Items, such as jewelry or money, must be turned into the school office to be claimed. Unclaimed articles will be donated to charity, after a reasonable amount of time. Students may check the lost and found area in the office for lunch boxes, articles of clothing, and other items.

Parents and other responsible adults are always welcome at school. If you know in advance that you will be visiting your child’s classroom, we encourage you to notify your child’s teacher ahead of time so they are prepared for your visit. We do not allow students to bring friends or other non-registered students to school due to liability and space restrictions. In addition, parents may not bring younger siblings, other children, or babies with them when they visit or volunteer in a classroom. This can be a serious distraction from the learning environment for all students.

DoDEA policy mandates use of visitor badges and positive identification of all visitors and contractors. In compliance with this policy, upon arrival, ALL visitors are required to come to the school office, sign in, show identification, and receive a visitor’s badge. All visitors MUST sign out and return the visitor’s badge upon leaving the building.

Access to Facilities

Schools shall allow equal access to school facilities being used for student sponsored non-curriculum related activities, if a school allows any such group access to its facilities.

Intermediate School Supply List

5th Grade:

  • 5 12-pack pencils (Ticonderoga Preferred)
  • 3 Rubber erasers/Pencil top erasers
  • 1 Scissors
  • 2 Highlighters (any color)
  • 1 pack Colored pencils
  • 1 pack Crayons
  • 1 package of White Board Markers
  • 4 Glue Sticks
  • 6 Pocket folders-no prongs (6 colors)
  • 2 Pocket folders-with prongs (2 colors)
  • 4 Composition books (lines only)
  • 1 Loose leaf paper (wide ruled)
  • 1 pencil pouch 1 Book bag or backpack
  • Headphones/Earbuds (No Bluetooth)
  • Water bottle (bring daily)
  • Gym shoes (PE/Health days)
  • School Agenda will be provided

6th Grade:

  • 1-1 ½ inch binder for math
  • 2 composition notebooks (1 for social studies & 1 for science)
  • 4 plastic pocket folders (1 for each subject)
  • 1 pencil pouch with a standard/metric ruler, pencils, colored pencils,
    erasers, and scissors
    (Please note that pencils and erasers will need to be replenished
    throughout the year.)
  • 2 packets of loose leaf paper (Please note that paper will need to be
    replenished throughout the year.)

6th Grade Bell Schedule:

Period Regular Schedule Period ERD
1st Period 8:30-9:40 1st Period 8:30-9:35
2nd Period 9:43-10:58 2nd Period 9:38-10:33
3rd Period 11:01-12:31 3rd Period(Recess) 10:36-11:46
4th Period 12:35-1:35 4th Period(Lunch) 11:50-1:20
Lunch 12:35-1:35 5th Period 1:25-2:30
5th Period 1:38-2:38    
6th Period 2:41-3:15    
       

5th Grade Schedule ELA

Period M, T, W, and F Period Thursday
Homeroom 8:20-8:35 Homeroom 8:20-8:30
ELA Block 1 9:05-11:20 ELA Block 1 8:30-10:30
Recess 11:20-11:35 Lunch 10:30-11:00
Lunch 11:35-12:05 Recess 11:00-11:15
Specials 12:05-12:50 Specials 11:15-12:00
ELA Block 2 12:55-3:15 ELA Block 2 12:00-2:00

5th Grade Schedule Math and Science

Period Regular Schedule Period ERD
Homeroom 8:20-8:30 Homeroom 8:20-8:30
Math Block 1 8:35-9:35 Math Block 1 8:35-9:35
Math Intervention 1 9:55-10:05 Science Block 1 9:40-10:15
Recess Block 1 10:05-10:20 Recess 10:15-10:30
Science Block 1 10:25-11:00 Switch 10:30
Switch 11:00 Science Block 2 10:30-11:05
Lunch 11:05-11:35 Recess Block 2 11:05-11:20
Recess Block 2 11:35-11:50 Lunch 11:20-11:50
Math Intervention 2 11:50-12:25 Specials  12:05-1:05
Math Block 2 12:30-1:30 Math Block 2 1:10-2:30
Specials  1:35-2:35    
Science Block 2 2:40-3:15    

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.

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