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1 Family Handbook AND CALENDAR The Bellingham Promise Bellingham Public Schools Foundation Free/Reduced Meals Form Student Privacy Form Bus Information Student Housing Form 1

2 Sarah MacDonald, Community Transitions When I talk with families who have just moved to Bellingham from all over the country and world, as well as those who have grown up here, they especially appreciate that one of our core values in Bellingham Public Schools is that all children should be loved. As we send our kids off to school on Aug. 26, all of us as parents want our kids to feel loved, challenged and supported. I am pleased to share this Family Handbook and Calendar with you that represents The Bellingham Promise, our strategic plan, in action in our schools and community. We hope you appreciate the artwork and photos that speak to another belief that the whole child is important as we seek to develop knowledge, character and action THE BELLINGHAM PUBLIC SCHOOLS MOBILE APP AND SOCIAL MEDIA For ios and Android devices The mobile app for Bellingham Public Schools is free and easy to use! To get it, just search for Bellingham Public Schools in the Apple App Store or Google Play store. Like us on Facebook /2016 FAMILY HANDBOOK Follow us on for each student and graduate. In this publication, you can see that developing artists and performers is in full swing. The 180 days that our children spend with us each year is a tremendous opportunity to empower every child to discover a passion, contribute to their community, and achieve a productive and fulfilling life. On behalf of all our staff and Board of Directors, we wish you and your family a happy and successful school year. GREG BAKER Superintendent of Schools News Events Contact info Lunch menus Locations ANDROID APPLE CONTENTS Accessibility 15 Assessments 14 Attendance and Absences 7 Behavior Expectations 11 Bellingham Promise 18 Buildings and Grounds 8 Buses 3, Calendar/Important Dates 3, 16, 18-40, 55 Communicating with Families 6 Early Dismissal Days 18-38, 55 Emergency Information 6 English Language Learners 15 Family Access 6 Family Engagement 14 Family Resource Center 15 Feedback, Questions & Concerns 5 Food, Nutrition & School Meals Foundation 17 Free/Reduced Meals 46 Graduation Requirements 14 Health 8-9 Highly Capable Program 15 HIV/AIDS Prevention Curriculum 9 Homeless Support Program 15 Homework 14 Immunizations 9 Leadership 5 Medicine at School 8 Non-Discrimination 10 Online Learning 15 Performance Reports 15 Personal Property 12 Project Free Education 45 Release of Directory Information 12, 53 Release of Information to Military Recruiters 12, 53 Releasing Students 7 Report Cards & Student Progress 14 Safe Schools 11 School Board 5 School Kick-Off Events 3, 16 SchoolMessenger 6 School Start and End Times 3 School Supplies 45 Schools and Contacts 4 Section Sexual Harassment 12 Skyward 7, 14 Special Education 15 Starting School 6 Student Accident Insurance 8 Student Dress 11 Student Privacy 10 Student Records/FERPA 13 Student Housing Questionnaire 51 Student Rights & Responsibilities 10 Student Success Plans 14 Surveying of Students 13 Technology/Internet Access 10 Title I 15 Visit Our Schools 6 What We Teach 14 COVER ARTWORK: Jamen Zander, Grade 6, Whatcom Middle School

3 Ailey Kabela-Smith, Grade 1, Roosevelt Elementary School FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR GRADES 1-12 Wednesday, Aug. 26 FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN Thursday, Aug. 27 (half day schedule) Please check with your school for kindergarten entry conferences. First day of preschool will be Aug. 26; information will be mailed home. SCHOOL START AND END TIMES For early dismissal dates and times by grade level, please see the inside back cover. Elementary (Grades K-5) Start: 8:30 a.m. Dismissal: 3 p.m. Please check with your school if you are interested in before or after-school, on-site childcare provided by the YMCA. Middle Schools Start: 9:15 a.m Dismissal: 3:45 p.m. High Schools Start: 7:45 a.m. Dismissal: 2:15 p.m. Carden Tran, Grade 1, Cordata Elementary School Family Handbook and Calendar The Family Handbook contains annual notifications to families that are legally required by federal and state law. Thanks to the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation and support from the Whatcom Educational Credit Union, this edition includes a monthly calendar, plus a perforated color calendar on the inside back cover. As always, please check online for any calendar updates throughout the school year. Online Calendar and Important Dates Every school has an online calendar that is continuously updated. You can view a school s online calendar by visiting a school s website or bellinghamschools.org /calendars. When viewing the calendar, you can bookmark its location or create a shortcut on your desktop. SCHOOL KICK-OFF EVENTS Elementary ALDERWOOD Meet and Greet - 4 to 5 p.m. Aug. 24 Open House - 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 BIRCHWOOD Meet and Greet - 1:30 p.m. Aug. 25 Curriculum Night - 6 p.m. Sept. 24 CARL COZIER Meet and Greet - 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 25 Fall Open House - 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 COLUMBIA Meet and Greet - 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 25 Open House - 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Oct. 1 CORDATA Meet and Greet (class lists posted) - 2 to 3 p.m. Aug. 24 Fall Open House - Sept 9 Bus Routes Available August 17 Online Transportation is currently updating bus routes to safely serve students transportation needs and operate as efficiently as possible. Transportation uses a computerized system to update pick-up and drop-off times as well as bus stops. Eligible riders will receive a letter home the week of Aug. 17 when routes and stops are available online. Preschool and special education bus information will be mailed the week before school starts. Please check this information carefully. Your child s bus pick-up and drop-off time, as well as your bus stop, may have changed from last year. We kindly ask that you do not call Transportation prior to receiving the bus letter. This will allow staff to stay focused on completing this work for all district families. If you have trouble accessing your child s bus route information online, please contact Transportation at after Aug. 20. GENEVA Meet and Greet - 1 to 2 p.m. Aug. 25 Curriculum Night - Grades p.m. Sept. 3 Grades K-2-6:45 p.m. Sept. 3 HAPPY VALLEY Meet and Greet - 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Aug. 25 Curriculum Night for parents Grades :30 p.m. Sept. 17 Back to School Night for parents/student in Grades K-2-6:30 p.m. Sept. 24 LOWELL Meet and Greet - 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 25 Curriculum Night - Grades K-2, 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 Sept. 17 Grades 3-5, 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 Sept. 24 KICK-OFF EVENTS Continued on page 16 3

4 Elementary Schools ALDERWOOD Hollywood Ave. Janae Hodge, Principal BIRCHWOOD Pinewood Ave. Matt Whitten, Principal CARL COZIER Lincoln St. Eric Paige, Principal COLUMBIA Utter St. Julie Batten, Principal CORDATA Aldrich Rd. Micah Smith, Principal GENEVA Geneva St. Steve Ruthford, Principal HAPPY VALLEY th St. Karen Tolliver, Principal LOWELL th St. Mary Sepler, Principal NORTHERN HEIGHTS Magrath Rd. Pam Pottle, Principal PARKVIEW Coolidge Dr. Mylo Allen, Principal ROOSEVELT Yew St. Tom Gresham, Principal SILVER BEACH Academy St. Nicole Talley, Principal SUNNYLAND James St. Trina Hall, Principal WADE KING Yew Street Rd. Analisa Ficklin, Principal EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM Dupont St. Kristi Dominguez,... Director of Teaching and Learning FAMILY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM (K-8) th St. Kate Baehr, Principal COMMUNITY TRANSITIONS (ages 18-21) x 7197 Located at Bellingham High School Middle Schools FAIRHAVEN Park Ridge Rd. Robert Kalahan, Principal Greg Holmgren, Assistant Principal KULSHAN Kenoyer Dr. Dr. Meagan Dawson, Principal Michelle Abernathy, Assistant Principal SHUKSAN Alderwood Ave. Amy Carder, Principal Shari Walsh, Assistant Principal WHATCOM Halleck St. Jeff Coulter, Principal Ann Buswell, Assistant Principal High Schools BELLINGHAM Cornwall Ave. Jeff Vaughn, Principal Jeanette Grisham, Assistant Principal Ryland Huff, Assistant Principal OPTIONS Franklin St. Byron Gerard, Principal SEHOME Bill McDonald Pkwy. Michelle Kuss-Cybula, Interim Principal Dr. Nancy Barga, Assistant Principal Steve Rogers, Assistant Principal SQUALICUM E. McLeod Rd. James Everett, Principal Hkwauaquejol Q Hollins, Assistant Principal Dr. Linda Wise Miller, Assistant Principal YOUR SCHOOL BOARD Five community members elected by registered voters make up the Bellingham Public Schools Board of Directors. Strengthening connections with the community and focusing on policies that result in increased student achievement are two outcomes that the school board pursues through a policy governance model. Policy governance includes focusing on results or ends what students should know, understand and be able to do. By governing at this level, the school board holds the superintendent accountable for implementing the board s vision by monitoring results through the use of data, reports and focused discussions. This includes listening to the public through community linkages about goals, standards and progress. BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kelly M. Bashaw* Director Douglas W. Benjamin* Director Kenneth B. Gass* Director Camille Diaz Hackler* Director Steven H. Smith Director /2016 FAMILY HANDBOOK *Term expires Dec Olivia Monks, Grade 9, Sehome High School

5 Jessica Arellano, Grade 5, Alderwood Elementary School Central Services TO REACH MAIN LINE Reception SUPERINTENDENT Dr. Greg Baker Jonah Stinson School Safety and Emergency Management TEACHING AND LEARNING Dr. Michael Copland Deputy Superintendent Steve Clarke Assistant Superintendent Dr. Anda Adams Professional Learning Wendy Barrett English Language Learners, International Baccalaureate (IB) Charisse Berner Curriculum and Standards Dawn Christiana Highly Capable Program Kristi Dominguez , x4457 Early Childhood Mike Haberman Bethany Verner Special Education Stephanie Korn Title I/LAP, Visual/Perf. Arts, World Language Steve Morse Student Services, Counseling, Nursing Brian Rick Research and Assessment Jessica Sankey Wellness Keith Schacht Advanced Placement, AVID, Running Start Jeff Tetrick , x 7605 Career and Technical Education CAPITAL PROJECTS AND SCHOOL FACILITIES Ron Cowan Executive Director Curtis Lawyer Capital Projects Mike Anderson Buildings and Grounds COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS Tanya Rowe Executive Director EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY Kurt Gazow Executive Director FAMILY ENGAGEMENT Isabel Meaker Special Assistant to the Superintendent for Family Engagement FINANCE AND OPERATIONS Dr. Simone Sangster Assistant Superintendent Kathryn Weilage Business Mark Dalton Food Services Rae Anne Thon Transportation HUMAN RESOURCES Bob Kuehl Assistant Superintendent Nora Klewiada Executive Director Sylvia Miller, Grade 4, Birchwood Elementary School Feedback, Questions and Concerns Families who have feedback or concerns are encouraged to contact the person closest to the situation first to have their issue addressed most effectively and efficiently. Concerns about schoolrelated issues, including instruction and discipline, should be discussed with the person involved, such as the teacher. If families are unable to solve an issue at its point of origin, they should contact the following individuals in this order to resolve the concern at the next level: 1. Classroom teacher/individual 2. Principal/program director 3. Teaching and Learning/ Deputy Superintendent/ Assistant Superintendent 4. Superintendent 5. School Board of Directors The school board is committed to open governance and transparent communication that includes listening to students, staff, families and community members. The board provides several options for listening to community members, including several linkage sessions on a variety of topics each school year. To submit comments or information to board members electronically, please use the online Listening Post at bellinghamschools.org. See School Board. The district s Whom to Contact chart is located at the web address above. See Administration. 5

6 Aliya Strain, Grade 4, Columbia Elementary School Starting School Children attending kindergarten for the first time must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31. Families may request an evaluation to allow their children to enroll in kindergarten if they turn 5 in September. For more information, contact (360) Families should go to their neighborhood school to register for kindergarten. All elementary schools provide full-time kindergarten. Children entering first grade must be 6 years old on or before Aug. 31 or must have successfully completed an accredited kindergarten. When registering their children for any grade, families will need to go to their neighborhood school and bring documents showing their children s legal date of birth and proof of residence. Immunization records are also required. Families who are transferring their students from another school district will need the name and address of the former school to complete a form to request a transfer of school records. Visit Our Schools Families and community members are encouraged to visit our schools. We request that all visitors check in at school offices and follow school procedures. Guidelines for visitations to schools are available from school principals and are listed in policy 4200/4200P. Milena Matthews, Grade 8, Shuksan Middle School Communicating with Families As stated in The Bellingham Promise, authentic partnerships with parents/ guardians and students are essential to the success of our students and schools. Two-way communication is the foundation to this success. There are numerous ways to stay connected. Skyward is our student information system providing staff the ability to manage data, monitor student progress and communicate important academic information with students and families. Parent/guardians and high school students receive log-ins and passwords for Skyward Family Access, allowing access to schedules, course information and grades. In some schools, teaching staff have started using the message center to send reminders to students/families related to their courses. Please be sure to add your into your Skyward Family Access account. If you are unsure of your log-in or password, please contact your school office. SchoolMessenger is a quick alert messaging service in Bellingham Public Schools that is used for emergencies, weather-related closures/delays, attendance and general communications such as important school announcements and newsletters. SchoolMessenger enhances our ability to communicate regularly with parents using phone calls, and text messaging. The district can send general information or emergency messages to all families, and principals can send information to their school community. If your family is not receiving regular news from the district or the school, please go to bellinghamschools.org/ schoolmessenger for more information. To update your primary phone number, please contact your child s school. It is important that your school has up-to-date contact information to reach you regarding your child. District and school websites are a clearinghouse for information that students and families will find helpful. Be sure to bookmark these for frequent use. You will find forms, schedules, calendars, recent news and updates. Staying connected with teachers is also key to your student s success. The staff online directory can be found on the district homepage and on all school websites. Do not hesitate to call or teachers and support staff if you have questions. We also have a growing social media presence, so be sure to Like us on Facebook, follow us on and read the superintendent s blog. Emergency Information Severe weather or other emergencies may cause changes to the school day. When this happens, schools may need to close, start late or dismiss early. Plan in advance for such emergencies /2016 FAMILY HANDBOOK

7 Sky DuLong, Grade 10, Options High School Please ensure that your child s school has your family s current emergency contact information. We understand that decisions about school schedules and bus route changes have an impact on our families. We appreciate your patience during these situations. While we know that our students and families are best served when we are open, our main concern is the safety of our students and staff. Typically, decisions regarding schedule changes are made in the early morning before school. This allows for the most current weather information to factor into the decision. This information is communicated immediately, generally before 6 a.m. In severe weather or an emergency situation: Check the website: bellinghamschools.org; or Call for a recorded message. Tune to broadcast media, including: - KGMI Radio 790 AM - KAFE Radio FM - KOMO-TV Ch. 4 - KING-TV Ch. 5 - KIRO-TV Ch. 7 Make sure your communications preferences and contact information are current in SchoolMessenger. You must opt-in for Early AM notification by phone or text. If addresses are in Skyward Family Access, you will automatically receive an . For more information, go to bellinghamschools. org/schoolmessenger. For assistance, please contact your school secretary or call (360) Jack Clement, Grade 3, Northern Heights Elementary School Attendance and Absences Daily, on-time attendance is essential for success in school and is required by state law and district policy. Students should attend all scheduled classes unless officially excused. Absences, unless waived by the principal, require either a written/signed excuse or a phone call or from a parent/guardian within 48 hours. Medical, dental and legal appointments should be cleared with the principal or designee before the student leaves the building. Excused absences are determined by the principal and include: Illness, health condition, medical or dental appointment; Religious observance when requested by student s parent/guardian; Family emergency approved by the school principal; Disciplinary exclusion from class and short-term and long-term suspension (that do not result in loss of grades or credits or emergency expulsion); Appearance in court when required by state law; Family planned activity, preapproved by the principal; and a School-sponsored event/activity. The district is required to file a petition with the juvenile court for students who accumulate seven unexcused absences in a month or 10 in one year. The student will be ordered to attend school. The court may also order the parent/ guardian to provide community service at the student s school in lieu of a fine. A student who does not comply with a court order to attend school may be found in contempt of court and may be placed in juvenile detention or receive alternative sentencing from the court. Parents/guardians are notified by the school of any unexcused absences. Students are responsible for being on time to all classes. If tardiness becomes chronic or disruptive, school staff will try to correct the situation fairly and reasonably. Students and families share the responsibility for attendance and punctuality. Releasing Students Students will not be released from school grounds, any school building or school function during school hours except to an authorized person, according to district procedures. Before a student is released or excused, the person seeking to remove the student must present proof/evidence of authority to do so according to the principal s satisfaction. Exceptions will be made when protective custody is dictated by appropriate legal authorities and in specific legal circumstances, according to Washington state law RCW28A

8 Ainsley McBean, Grade 3, Silver Beach Elementary School Buildings and Grounds The health and safety of students and staff are paramount. The district manages vegetation and pests using a minimum of pesticides. The district uses physical, mechanical, cultural, biological and educational tactics as primary controls. Chemical controls are a last resort and the least toxic alternative is used. When pesticides are used, notification signs are posted at buildings 48 hours prior to pesticide use and for 24 hours after. Individuals wishing advance notification of pesticide use at any site may contact Building and Grounds. The asbestos notification requirement is in response to the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). The district has developed and maintains an asbestos management plan, including records of surveillance, training and abatement activities. Detailed reports of both pesticide use and asbestos records are available at Building and Grounds, 4060 Bakerview Valley Road, or by calling (360) Bellingham Public Schools maintains a Phase II Permit for Western Washington, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System and State Waste Discharge General Permit for Discharge from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewers in Western Washington. Please refer to the Buildings and Grounds website for contact information. Student Insurance Student accident insurance brochures are available at your child s school. This brochure provides information about student accident insurance for voluntary purchase. Please review this information carefully to decide if you need this medical insurance coverage for school-related injuries. The district does not provide accident/medical insurance for school-related injuries. For more information, call (360) Health Insurance The Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement (WAHA) is a non-profit community service that partners with the district to offer families free, impartial information on state and commercial health insurance. WAHA s Access Counselors can help families look at their options and complete applications for Apple Health for Kids (Medicaid). WAHA can help families review plans on the Exchange, including expanded Medicaid and subsidized commercial insurance. All WAHA services are free and confidential. Se habla espanol. For more information, visit whatcomalliance.org, hinet.org, or call (360) Students who participate in interscholastic activities and athletic programs are required to have a physical exam and provide proof of adequate health insurance before participating. Three options for health insurance are: 1. Insurance provided by the child s family (through employer private plans, etc.) 2. Free/reduced cost coverage (AppleHealth for Kids, call WAHA at (360) ) 3. Student accident insurance (brochures available at your child s school) Student Illness and Health Please keep children home when they are sick to protect them from other health problems and other students from exposure to an illness. If a child becomes ill at school, the school must know how to reach parents/guardians during the day. School nurses provide for assessment interventions and preventative screening in support of individual students. Parents may contact their school s nurse as needed. A mobile response team provides support to students and staff during times of crisis. Under the McKinney Vento Act, the district s liaisons support homeless students. Services in coordination with community agencies serve a wide variety of student needs. Medicine at School If a child requires oral medication, topical medication, eye drops, ear drops or nasal sprays both prescription and non-prescription during the school day, parents/guardians must return the completed district form to the child s school with written authorization and directions from a licensed healthcare provider. Forms are available at schools and on school websites under Families/ Health Information/Medication at School. School employees are not allowed to give medication to students except under very specific conditions and with appropriate training per policy Prescription medication must be provided in its prescription bottle with directions and non-prescription medication must be provided in the original manufacturer s container. The form and medication must be brought to school by a parent/ guardian. Under no condition should any type of medicine be sent to school with the student, in lunches or with the bus driver. Self-administration of medication is allowed for students in grades 6 12 in consultation with the school nurse /2016 FAMILY HANDBOOK

9 if certain conditions are met. Forms and guidelines are available at school. Students found with medication on them without self-administration forms on file in the office will be subject to discipline procedures in policy Health Conditions Prior to the first day of school and annually, parents/guardians of a child with a life-threatening health condition must provide the school nurse a copy of medication or treatment orders, and any necessary medication or equipment. The school nurse and the parent/ guardian will develop an Emergency/ Individual Health Plan (EHP/IHP). A life-threatening health condition is one that will put the child in danger of death during the school day or schoolsponsored activity if a medication or treatment order and an EHP/IHP are not in place. This includes children with conditions such as anaphylaxis to bee stings, severe food allergies, diabetes and other health conditions. A student who has an EHP/IHP also qualifies for Section 504 (see Section 504). If the child participates in school-sponsored activities, it is the parent s responsibility to notify the school nurse that the child is beginning the activity. The nurse will review the plan with the coach/advisor prior to the child beginning the actvity. Immunizations Before children can attend school, parents/guardians must provide proof of full immunization, proof that a schedule of immunization has begun or a certificate of exemption. Immunization must be provided against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, polio, mumps, measles, rubella, hepatitis B and varicella. Go to bellinghamschools.org/ immunizations for the most current immunization schedule. Students entering grade six must show proof of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccination. Two doses of varicella vaccine are required for grades kindergarten to grade 8. If a child has been exempted from a vaccine, s/he will be excluded from school in the event of an outbreak of that particular disease. Schools in Washington must make information available on Meningococcal and Human Papillomavirus disease to parents/guardians of all students entering grades 6 to 12. Read more about each of these diseases and prevention on your school s website under Families/ Health Information/Meningococcal Disease and Human Papillomavirus Information. This is also online at doh. wa.gov. Contact your school if you would like a printed copy of this information. Immunization Exemption Law A Certificate of Exemption (COE) form signed by the healthcare provider stating that the parent/guardian received information about the benefits and risks of immunization is now required for any type of exemption (medical, religious, or philosophical) request. The law also allows parents/ guardians to claim religious exemption without a healthcare provider signature if they demonstrate membership in a religious body that does not believe in medical treatment by a healthcare provider. HIV/AIDS Prevention Washington state law (RCW 28A / the AIDS Omnibus Act) requires school districts to provide HIV/ AIDS (human immunodeficiency virus/ acquired immune-deficiency syndrome) education to students in grades An informational parent meeting for families of students in grades 5 12 will be held at 7 p.m., Oct. 8 at the district office, 1306 Dupont St. Families will be provided an opportunity to learn about the curriculum and preview the curriculum material. If you plan to attend and need an interpreter, please call (360) For students to be exempt from the required participation in the AIDS prevention education, families must attend the informational meeting or review the curriculum materials in advance and formally submit an exemption in writing to the student s classroom teacher. Notification of Student Rights and Responsibilities Please see the online policies and procedures related to students rights and responsibilities: 3200, 3207, 3212, 3022 and 3700 at bellinghamschools.org/ administrativepoliciesandprocedures. Zoe Bartle, Grade 3, Sunnyland Elementary School 9

10 Clara Johnson, Grade 7, Whatcom Middle School Student Rights Students are entitled to express their opinions verbally, symbolically and in writing. Student expression may not contain language or ideas that one could reasonably assume will create hostility, violence or unlawful behavior; be libelous, slanderous, profane, vulgar or obscene; or materially or substantially interfere with the educational process. School officials may review school-sponsored student publications and presentations and exercise editorial control as these are not public forums. Student organizations are limited to students enrolled at school and are encouraged if they are consistent with the district s instructional program and have the principal s approval. School administrators determine the time and place of peaceful assembly on school grounds. Demonstrations that interfere with school or classroom operations are prohibited. Class attendance takes precedence over freedom to assemble. Commercial solicitation is not allowed unless authorized by the deputy superintendent or a principal. Distribution of unlawful materials on school property is prohibited. Students may be subject to discipline, suspension or expulsion/emergency expulsion for violating district/ school policies and rules. Procedures for appealing these actions are in policy 3200/3200P and Washington Administrative Code through 315. Student discipline will be administered fairly and equitably, and aligned with due process rights. Vanessa Loui, Grade 5, Carl Cozier Elementary School Non-Discrimination The district will provide equal educational opportunity and treatment for all students in all aspects of the academic and activities program without discrimination based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, honorably-discharged veteran or military status, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. The district will provide equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and all other designated youth groups. District programs will be free from sexual harassment. As required by law to ensure that there is equal opportunity for all students, the district will provide continuous notice of nondiscrimination, and will provide annual notice of the district s discrimination complaint procedures to students, parents and employees. The district will also conduct annual athletic evaluations and a student athletic interest survey at least once every three years to ensure that equal athletic opportunities are provided for male and female students. The compliance person for this policy is Title IX officer Steve Morse, (360) Student Privacy Students are free from searches of clothing and personal property by school officials unless there are reasonable grounds to believe that the search is necessary to maintain a safe and orderly school and school discipline. Student lockers, desks and other storage areas are district property and school officials retain the right to inspect these areas assigned to students. No right or expectation of privacy exists for any student concerning these areas, which may be inspected or searched by school authorities at any time without prior notice and without reasonable suspicion that the search will yield evidence of a student s violation of the law or a school rule. Any container(s) found as a result may be searched if there is reasonable suspicion that they contain evidence of a student s violation of the law or school rule. Such searches should take place in the presence of the student. The methods used must be reasonably related to the objectives of the search and not be excessively intrusive for the age and sex of the student, and the nature of the suspected infraction. School authorities may seize illegal items or possessions reasonably determined as a safety threat. Items that are used to disrupt or interfere with the educational process may be temporarily removed from student possession. These procedures are according to state laws RCW 28A , RCW 28A and RCW , 270, 280. Technology/ Internet Access All Bellingham students are provided access to computer systems, , and filtered Internet for educational purposes. These resources are an essential tool for student learning, research and curriculum access. To use this /2016 FAMILY HANDBOOK

11 Konnor Borego, Grade 2, Geneva Elementary School powerful resource, all students must: Follow school rules for behavior online; Comply with policy 2022/2022p; Obtain parent permission for access; Participate in yearly Internet safety and use trainings. Computer, file storage and resources are district property and carry no expectation of privacy. District staff audit and maintain these resources to ensure system integrity and confirm resources are used ethically and responsibly. Parents/guardians may choose to restrict their children s use of network resources by signing an optout form available at your school. Behavior Expectations Students are expected to act in ways that are not disruptive to their education or that of others. Disciplinary actions vary depending on the violation, but may include oral or written reprimands; written notification to families; restitution; suspension; expulsion; losing the privilege of attending districtsponsored events; loss of riding privileges on district transportation; loss of computer privileges; and loss of privileges to publicly represent the district. For a complete list of student responsibilities, sanctions and disciplinary procedures, see policy 3200/3200P. Copies of all policies and procedures are available at the District Office, our schools and online at bellinghamschools.org Teachers have authority to exclude a student from class (or the instructional Delaney Baker, Kindergarten, Wade King Elementary School activity area) if the student is disrupting the educational process or violating the school s rules and behavior standards. A teacher may exclude him/her for part of the day, the entire day or until the teacher has conferred with the principal. The teacher must attempt to correct the student before taking these actions, except in emergency circumstances as outlined in Washington Administrative Code Student Dress Students should come to school dressed appropriately. Appropriate dress and grooming are primarily the concern of individual students and their families. Students are not considered appropriately dressed or groomed if their appearance is disruptive to themselves or others, or if it interferes with health and safety. Safe Schools Maintaining safe learning environments for all students and staff is a priority. Students who use, possess or are under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances, or who possess drug-related paraphernalia, are subject to suspension or expulsion. Students who distribute, possess with intent to deliver or sell alcohol, unlawful drugs or controlled substances will be placed on emergency expulsion and either suspended for the remainder of the semester or required to get assessment and follow-up. School officials will immediately remove anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs from contact with other students and will notify the parent/guardian. Circumstances may require the assistance of law enforcement. Possession or use of tobacco products is not permitted in school buildings, on school property, in districtowned or contracted transportation, or at school-sponsored off-campus events, according to policy The district has no tolerance for weapons and expulsion is the presumptive appropriate sanction for violating this policy. Students in possession of a firearm as defined in RCW 28A , regardless of age, shall be subject to a mandatory expulsion for one year unless subsequently modified by the superintendent or designee. Law enforcement officials shall be notified of the action taken against a student found in possession of a weapon. The student s parents or guardians shall be notified in accordance with these procedures. Students at school-sponsored, offcampus events are governed by school district rules and regulations and are subject to the authority of school staff. The district is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, staff, volunteers and patrons that is free from harassment, intimidation or bullying, as outlined in state law RCW 9A.36080(3) and policy 3207/3207P. The district takes all complaints seriously and will investigate, as needed. Allegations of criminal misconduct will be reported to law enforcement. Certain personnel are required to notify law enforcement or Child Protective Services within 48 hours when they reasonably believe that a child has been abused or neglected, according to state law RCW , 11

12 Jazmin Triplett, Grade 11, Bellingham High School RCW and policy 3421/3421P. By doing so, they are protected from civil and criminal liability. Bellingham Public Schools has a Student Safety Tip Line, (360) Emergencies should be reported immediately to 911. Students, parents or other community members who have a concern about safety in Bellingham Public Schools or know something about a possible threat to safety that is illegal or could place someone in harm are encouraged to leave a message on this line. Messages on this line are checked Monday through Friday. If possible, please leave your name and phone number so that we may contact you, if needed. If you want to remain anonymous, we will keep all information provided on this line in strict confidence, unless required to disclose by law or for safety reasons. Sexual Harassment Students and staff are protected against sexual harassment by anyone in any school program or activity, including on school campus, on the school bus, or off campus, such as school-sponsored field trips. Sexual harassment is unwelcome behavior or communication that is sexual in nature when: A student or employee is led to believe that he or she must submit to unwelcome sexual conduct or communications in order to gain something in return, such as a grade, a promotion, a place on a sports team, or any educational or employment decision; or The conduct substantially interferes with a student s educational performance, or creates an intimidating or hostile educational or employment environment. Examples of sexual harassment include: Pressuring a person for sexual favors Unwelcome touching of a sexual nature Writing graffiti of a sexual nature Distributing sexually explicit texts, s, or pictures Making sexual jokes, rumors, or suggestive remarks Physical violence, including rape and sexual assault You can report sexual harassment to any school staff member or to the district s Title IX officer Steve Morse, (360) See policy 3207/3207P for more information. Personal Property Students bringing personal property on district property do so at their own risk. The district does not assume responsibility for lost, damaged or stolen property. Parking on district property is at the owner s/driver s own risk. The district does not assume responsibility for damage to or loss of privately owned vehicles or property in vehicles. Release of Directory Information Federal law allows school districts to release student directory information without family/student consent. Bellingham Public Schools defines this directory information as the student s name, photo, parent/guardian name, address, phone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, post high-school career plans, diplomas and awards, and most recent school attended. This information is typically released for use in district/school publications, including websites, and to print, broadcast and online news media when students receive awards or participate in school activities. Parent organizations also use the information to create school directories. The district allows families who do not want directory information released to complete the Opt-Out of Release of Student Directory Information form on page 53. Families must return this form to their school no later than Sept. 1, 2015 or within 14 days of receipt of this document. A copy of this form is kept at the school and will need to be updated annually. If we do not receive your completed form by this time, we will assume that you have no objection to the release of directory information. Release of Information to Military Recruiters (High School Only) In 2002, Congress amended the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, commonly known as No Child Left Behind, to require high schools to release their list of 11th and 12th grade students to military recruiters. However, families have the right to opt out. If you object to your high school student s information being included on the list given to military recruiters, please complete the opt-out form on page 53. Families must return the Opt-Out of Release of Student Directory Information form to their school by September 1, A copy of this form is kept at the school. If we do not receive your completed form by this time, we will assume that you have no objection to the release of this information /2016 FAMILY HANDBOOK

13 Surveying of Students At times, students may be asked to complete surveys/questionnaires to improve the operation or effectiveness of our district. All such surveys are anonymous and are in no way connected with a student or his/her records. Parents/ guardians will be notified if surveys contain controversial questions or when a personal interview is included. In such cases, parents/guardians or student (if 18 or older) may decline participation. The district must inform parents/ guardians whenever students will be surveyed in any of the following areas so that they can review the survey and have an opportunity to opt out, according to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment. Those areas are: political affiliations/ beliefs of the student/student s parent/ guardian; mental or psychological problems of the student/student s family; sexual behavior or attitudes; illegal, antisocial, self-incriminating or demeaning behavior; critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships; legally recognized privileges or analogous relationships such as those of lawyers, physicians and ministers; religious practices, affiliations or beliefs of the student/student s family; or income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program for receiving financial assistance under such programs). Student Records/FERPA Student records are confidential to protect the rights and privacy of both students and families. In most cases, parents/guardians have the right to refuse to permit a school to release information about their children. Federal law requires permission from a parent/ guardian or student (if 18 or older), before disclosing information, other than directory information, from student educational records. Further details can be found in policy 3231/3231P. Parents/guardians or student (if 18 or older) have the right to review any or all student records with the principal or designee within 45 days of submitting the request, according to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Please schedule an appointment with your child s principal if you wish to do so. To learn more about FERPA, go online to the U.S. Department of Education at ed.gov/ policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html. FERPA NOTICE, SECTION 512 IS REPRINTED BELOW: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age ( eligible students ) certain rights with respect to the student s education records. They are: 1. The right to inspect and review the student s education records within 45 days of the day the district receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the district records custodian a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The records custodian will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. 2. The right to request the amendment of the student s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Parents or eligible students may ask the district to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the district decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the district will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing. 3. Parents or eligible students have a right to inspect or review information including when the student is a dependent under IRS tax code, when the student has violated a law or the school rules regarding alcohol or substance abuse (and the student is under 21), and when the information is needed to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals. 4. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. Exceptions which permit disclosure without consent are: disclosure deemed by the district as necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals and disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the district as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or Ashley Anshus, Grade 6, Kulshan Middle School 13

14 Skye Davis, Grade 3, Lowell Elementary School support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the school board; a person or company with whom the district has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, hearing officer, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the district discloses educational records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. 5. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue S.W., Washington, D.C What We Teach Parents/guardians have the right to inspect any district instructional materials. Requests to review materials should be made in writing to the Department of Teaching and Learning, Bellingham Public Schools, 1306 Dupont St., Bellingham, WA or by calling (360) Graduation Requirements The district continually updates new graduation requirements based on state and district expectations to help ensure that students leave our schools qualified to imagine and pursue any future. All middle and high school families receive a Graduation and Course Planning Guide annually prior to course registration with graduation requirements and other important preparation information. To view the Graduation and Course Planning Guide, see Students, Graduation Requirements at bellinghamschools.org. Family Engagement and Reporting Student Progress Family engagement in student learning is essential for success. Our family engagement models at the elementary and middle school levels strive to have ongoing communication about a child s progress and performance through a variety of methods while preserving instructional time. This continuous communication could include conferences or meetings with parents, phone calls, , use of a class website, school events and curriculum nights all sorts of ways teachers might use to communicate and share student progress with families throughout the school year. For elementary and middle school students, staff will use a variety of methods to communicate with families throughout the school year and will hold conferences with families of students as needed. For high school students, staff will use a variety of methods to communicate progress with students and families throughout the school year as well. As part of the family engagement models, teams of educators representing each elementary and middle school have worked collaboratively to develop a standards-based grading and reporting system that is supported by the student information system known as Skyward. The reporting system continues to be refined to enhance and improve communication on student performances. Family members can also engage in our school system by serving on advisory committees at their school and at the district level. Families are also involved in providing input on decisions via opportunities on the district website to review and comment on district initiatives. Shared decision-making enhances educational opportunities for all students. Please visit bellinghamschools. org, click onadministration, then Committees, Task Forces and Groups for opportunities to become involved. Homework Teachers are encouraged to consider each child s needs and abilities when giving homework and assignments. This helps students extend what they learned in class and prepare for the next day s instruction. In the primary grades, most work is completed at school. However, all students are expected to practice reading and math on a regular basis. The amount of homework assigned may increase as students make progress in middle and high schools. Families can help with homework by restricting computer use, television and gaming until homework is completed during a regular study time. Students learn best when families are involved in their learning. Teachers can suggest strategies that families may use in working with their students at home and monitoring student achievement. Student Success Plans Every student in grade eight who did not meet standard on reading, writing or math state assessments in the previous year will have a Student Success Plan that is shared with families. These plans outline the student s progress toward meeting standards and offer recommendations to improve learning both in school and at home. Assessments Teachers use ongoing classroom-based assessments to personalize instruction, monitor student progress and measure achievement. Teachers use discussions, observations, presentations, performances, quizzes, tests and other tools to assess students understandings. Across our district, we use common interim assessments and annual state tests to provide information about student achievement and our instructional programs. These tests also help identify students who may benefit from additional interventions or enrichment. Schools in Washington use the Smarter Balanced tests in grades 3-8 and grade 11 to measure students progress toward college and career readiness in English language arts and math. In grades 5 and 8, our state uses the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) exams to measure progress in science. To meet graduation requirements, students in high school take a state End of Course (EOC) exam at the end of their Algebra 1 course and their Biology course. High school students may also retake Smarter /2016 FAMILY HANDBOOK

15 Balanced tests and access alternative assessments to show academic proficiency and meet their graduation requirements. District and School Performance Data Demographic information and academic achievement for the district and each school is available online at Special Education The district participates in Childfind activities to locate, evaluate, identify and support children ages birth through 21 who reside within district boundaries and are not currently receiving special education or related services. Families who are concerned that their child may be delayed in any area for which they may need special education services should call the principal at their neighborhood school or Special Education at (360) The district provides a full continuum of program options at no charge for eligible students in its jurisdiction, regardless of the nature or severity of the child s disability. Students receiving special education services are educated with students in the general education curriculum to the fullest extent possible and feasible. Section 504 Students who have a disability or a suspected disability within the definition of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are identified, evaluated and provided with appropriate services. Students may be disabled under this section even though they do not require services pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Please call Special Education at (360) Accessibility The district ensures that each program, service or activity, when reviewed in its entirety, is readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Some of our schools or programs are not accessible. Therefore, persons needing special accommodations should contact the school principal or Finance and Operations at (360) Family Resource Center The Family Resource Center is located at Carl Cozier Elementary School in Portable A. The resource center links local resources and human services to our families and addresses the needs of the whole child to promote student success. Services are free and confidential for basic needs such as food, clothing, housing; counseling services; emergency assistance; and employment or education opportunities. Homeless Support Program The Homeless Support Program is committed to ensuring that all children attending Bellingham Public Schools who are experiencing homelessness, have the opportunity to enroll in, attend, and succeed in school. For more information about the Homeless Support Program, please call (360) Title I Title I is a federally-funded program designed to support qualifying children in reading and math. In our district, we focus our support on reading. Trained teachers, instructional assistants and professional development materials are provided by Title I funds to qualifying schools. Based on their needs, children receive instruction to accelerate their learning. Families at Title I schools are invited to participate in the planning and evaluation of the program. Schools that receive Title I funds are Alderwood, Birchwood, Carl Cozier, Cordata, Roosevelt and Sunnyland. Parents/guardians may request the qualification of their child s teacher. English Language Learners and Migrant Educational Support Programs The English Language Learner (ELL) program is dedicated to building capacity at the district, school, and classroom level to ensure that ELL students will develop English language proficiency and content knowledge in an environment where linguistic and cultural assets are recognized as valuable resources for learning. The Migrant Education Program gives students educational support and provides many valuable resources for migrant students to be successful and healthy. For more information about these programs, please call (360) Highly Capable Program The Highly Capable Program provides services for qualified students in grades K-12. Highly capable students are students who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences or environments. Any student may refer themselves or be referred by a family member, staff member or community member. Referrals will be accepted Jan. 4 to Feb. 1. Referral forms are available at bellinghamschools. org/highlycapableprogram. Online Course Offerings Bellingham Virtual Learning (BVL) is a rigorous web-based educational program providing instructor-led online courses to middle and high school students. Courses are offered through a partnership with Spokane Virtual Learning (SVL). Students can take courses not available at their neighborhood school or that don t fit within their daily schedule. BVL is an ideal program for a motivated student who seeks the independence and flexibility of an online learning environment while still earning credit in Bellingham Public Schools. Grady Evans, Grade 2, Happy Valley Elementary School 15

16 SCHOOL KICK-OFF EVENTS Continued from page 3 Elementary NORTHERN HEIGHTS Meet and Greet 12 to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 25 Curriculum Nights - Grades Pre K-1-6 p.m. Sept. 23 Grades p.m. Sept. 17 Grade 4-6 p.m. Sept. 22 Grade 5-5:30 p.m. Sept. 10 PARKVIEW Meet and Greet - 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 25 Fall Open House - 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10 ROOSEVELT Meet and Greet - Noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 25 Fall Open House - 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1 SILVER BEACH Meet and Greet - 11 a.m. to noon Aug. 25 Curriculum Night Grade 1 and 2, 6 p.m. Sept. 2 Grade 3-6 p.m. Sept. 8 Grade 4-6 p.m. Sept. 9 Grade 5 5:15 p.m. Sept. 9 Kindergarten 6 p.m. Oct. 8 SUNNYLAND Meet and Greet - 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 24 Back to School Night - 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 WADE KING Meet and Greet - Noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 25 Curriculum Night - 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 10 Middle Schools FAIRHAVEN Grade 6 orientation CUBS, 12 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 20 New 7th and 8th grade orientation - 12 to 1 p.m. Aug. 21 Grade 7-8 Grizzly Grab schedule pick-up, Aug. 21 Last names A-L - 1 to 2 p.m. Last names M-Z - 2 to 3 p.m. Curriculum Night for all grades - 6 p.m. Sept. 9 KULSHAN 6th grade and new 7th/8th grade student orientation Last names A-J - 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 20 Last names K-Z - 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 20 Schedule pick-up for all students - 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 21 Fall Open House - 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 SHUKSAN Grade 6 student welcome and orientation - Last names A-L- 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 21 Last names M-Z - 1 to 2 p.m. Aug. 21 All grades receive schedules the first day of school Fall Family Night - 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 16 WHATCOM New grade 7 & 8 orientation - 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 21 Grade 6 orientation - 1:30 to 3 p.m. Aug. 20 Back-to-School Parent Night - 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24 High Schools BELLINGHAM Freshman and new student orientation - 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 24 Students in grades 9-12 can access schedules online in Skyward Aug. 24 Fall Open House - 6 p.m. Sept. 9 Senior meeting follows at 7:30 p.m. OPTIONS New and returning student/family open house - 6 p.m. Sept. 10 SEHOME Schedule pick-up, ASB cards, tours, pictures, in cafeteria Sophomores - 2 to 3 p.m. Aug. 19 Juniors - 3 to 4 p.m. Aug. 19 Seniors - 4 to 5 p.m. Aug. 19 Freshman and new student orientation - 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 19, in the gym Fall Open House - 6 p.m. Sept. 16 SQUALICUM All Squalicum students report to school by grades Freshmen - 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 20 Athletes - 10 a.m. Aug. 20 Sophomores - 12:30 p.m. Aug. 20 Juniors - 1:30 p.m. Aug.20 Seniors - 2:30 p.m. Aug. 20 Fall Back-to-School Night - 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21 Leah Anders, Grade 5, Happy Valley Elementary School /2016 FAMILY HANDBOOK Molly Mills, Grade 5, Northern Heights Elementary School

17 The Bellingham Public Schools Foundation (BPSF) partners with the community to help fund the best possible education for all students in Bellingham Public Schools. We are fortunate to live within a community that places a high value on quality education. This sense of pride in our local schools has been demonstrated through voter support of bonds and levies. The Foundation helps to bridge the gap between basic education funding and what is needed to meet the priorities of Bellingham Public Schools as defined in its strategic plan, The Bellingham Promise. Donors to the Foundation create opportunities for all students to develop their passion and reach their potential. Gifts provide resources for new programs, enrichment activities and supplemental materials. Currently the Foundation helps in these areas: School grants to bring innovative new ideas into classrooms. New materials and equipment to support great learning. Cross-district programs like Promise K to help close opportunity gaps. Advancing new music programs. YOUR GIFT. OUR KIDS. OUR FUTURE. Through the Promise campaign, we hope to continue to raise funds and support. All gifts matter, large or small, and together add up to the difference between a basic education and a great one. Aside from making a gift, the Foundation appreciates any support as a volunteer and as a champion of our cause. Like us on Facebook and talk us up. We thank you! LEARN MORE AT BPSF OFFICE (360) US AT 17

18 vision We, as a community, make a collective commitment to Bellingham s children. We will empower every child to discover and develop a passion, contribute to their community, and achieve a fulfilling and productive life. mission We collectively commit that our students are cared for and respected, and that they will graduate from our schools prepared for success in the global community. Each will be exceptional in his or her own way, with strong character, a passion for learning, and ready for the widest range of educational and vocational options to support a diversity of life choices. core We believe: all children should be beliefs loved, the whole child is important, every child can learn at high levels, early learning and development are critical, learning is lifelong and essential to a high quality of life, compassion and service build community, teaching children to do their best involves selfreflection and reaching higher, diversity enhances a strong and healthy community, and together we achieve more than alone. outcomes We develop students and graduates who are: readers and writers, scientists and mathematicians, historians and global thinkers, artists, performers and trades people, multilingual readers and speakers, skilled users of technology and information, leaders, collaborators and team players, dependable and responsible workers, confident individuals who continuously challenge themselves, respectful and compassionate humans, honest and ethical citizens who act with integrity, healthy, active individuals, critical thinkers and problem solvers, effective communicators, innovators and creators, and well-rounded community members engaged with the broader world. KNOWLEDGE CHARACTER ACTION key strategies Innovation and Flexibility We will accomplish this through: Early Childhood Education At all levels, but with particular attention to our middle and high schools, we promote innovation and flexibility to ensure we are meeting the needs of all students. Great Teaching with Strong Support We invest in a strong early childhood (prenatal to third grade) program because of its powerful long-term return for our students and community. A One Schoolhouse Approach We provide an equitable distribution of resources and services to ensure excellence for all. High quality instruction occurs in every classroom, every day, resulting in high levels of learning. This is supported by purposeful and ongoing professional development of all staff and effective leadership throughout the organization. Student, Family, and Community Engagement Authentic partnerships are essential in order to deliver upon our promise. We actively seek input from and work together with all stakeholders to cultivate both existing and new partnerships.

19 August2015 SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY JULY SEPTEMBER NO SCHOOL Teacher Workday NO SCHOOL Teacher Workday FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL GRADES 1-12 FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL KINDERGARTEN /2016 FAMILY HANDBOOK

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