- School Schedule
- Cafeteria – Breakfast and Lunch Services
- Attendance and Tardies
- Lost and Found
- School Counselor and Social Worker
- Dismissal Procedures
- Health Services
- Student Dress Code
- Curriculum Expectations of Teachers
- Co-Curricular Activities at Kenilworth Elementary
- Expectations of Our Learning Community
- Student Placement/Assignment
- Promotion and Retention
- Field Trips
- Defining Discipline
- Purpose of a District/School-Wide Discipline Plan
- Steps in Kenilworth Elementary School Wide Discipline Plan – Procedures for Problem Behaviors
- Level 1 Infraction: Defined
- Level 2 Infraction: Defined
- Due Process Hearing
The faculty of Kenilworth School believes the purpose of education is to insure each student develops his/her physical, intellectual, emotional and social capacity. Our school helps every child pursue and foster her desirable aptitudes to cultivate the habit of critical thinking, to gain command of the integration of knowledge and skills, and to appreciate and desire worthwhile activities.
The staff endeavors to help each child recognize and realize her potential. To do this, the school must have an understanding of each child. The faculty not only uses its professional skills, but also calls upon resource personnel and parents to provide for the needs of each child.
In order to attain our philosophy, we believe each child should:
- Develop competence in the basic learning skills.
- Develop the intellectual skills of rational thought and creativity.
- Acquire the knowledge of science, math, reading, and technology.
- Establish personal standards of ethical behavior and moral choice.
- Participate as a responsible family member and citizen.
- Develop a positive and realistic concept of self and others.
- Practice sound habits of personal health and physical fitness.
- Obtain an understanding and appreciation of democracy and the larger world around them.
Beliefs and Values that Guide Our Mission
- All students will learn – Our students are capable of high academic achievement. Our educational team will maintain high academic standards for all students.
- All stakeholders are excited about and committed to teaching our students – Everyone will maintain an environment that will foster high academic standards, positive reinforcement, and a high degree of professionalism for the benefit of our students.
- All stakeholders share an interest in increasing student academic and behavioral growth – Everyone within our learning community will take ownership of their academic/behavioral activities.
- All stakeholders will create a safe and orderly learning environment – Students and faculty will be provided with a safe and orderly learning environment. Respect for education will be appreciated by ALL.
- All stakeholders will collaborate to ensure student success – Our educational team will work together to develop structures that will enhance student achievement and increase their understanding of the larger world around them.
All students will attend classes according to the following schedule:
- Pre-Kindergarten Classes: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
- Kindergarten – Eighth Grade: 8:00 am – 3:10 pm
Early Dismissal Days
Throughout the school year, “Early Dismissal Days” are used for professional development for district employees and parent/teacher conferences (District Calendar). Student dismissal will take place after lunch has been served.
Early Dismissal Schedule
- Pre-Kindergarten Classes: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
- Kindergarten – Eighth Grade: 8:00 am – 1:15 pm
Playground Duty Before School Hours
Playground supervision begins at 7:45 am. For safety reasons, students who are not enrolled in morning PEER are not allowed on campus prior to 7:45 am due to safety reasons. Thank you for your cooperation.
Cafeteria – Breakfast and Lunch Services
In order for your child to be served breakfast and lunch, it will be your responsibility to properly complete and sign all of the necessary paperwork related to our school meal program. This information will be distributed during the first day of school. Please return paperwork to the Kenilworth Elementary Main Office as soon as possible.
Breakfast will be served to our students from 7:30 am to 8:00 am.
- Kindergarten: 11:00 am – 11:35 pm
- First Grade: 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
- Second Grade: 12:05 pm – 12:40 pm
- Third Grade: 11:35 am – 12:10 pm
- Fourth Grade: 11:50 am – 12:25 pm
- Fifth Grade: 10:50 am – 11:25 am
- Sixth Grade: 11:45 am – 12:20 pm
- Seventh (L) and Eighth (C) Grades: 11:00 pm – 12:30 pm
- Seventh (V & B) and Eighth (M) Grades: 12:20 pm – 12:55 pm
*NOTE: The school meal program is intended for elementary school children only.
Attendance and Tardies
Attendance is one of the most significant requirements for student success. We need your daily support ensuring your child’s attendance at school and in ALL daily classes. Therefore, we urge parents to send their children to school every day unless they are ill or an emergency arises. Please remember the following:
- If your child is absent, please call the Kenilworth Elementary Main Office at (602) 257-3889 BEFORE 8:00 am the day of the absence or the day before in order to inform the school of the status of your child.
- As required by law, when a student returns from an absence he/she must bring a written note signed by the parent/guardian explaining the absence with 48 hours of the absence. This note must be given to the teacher or the front office.
- Students who miss school with unverified absences will receive a letter from the (Court Unified Truancy Suppression (C.U.T.S.) Direct Cite Program which could result in a court hearing and/or a fine for the parent/guardian (Please see attached C.U.T.S. Letter). Students who have 10 consecutive and unverified absences will be withdrawn.
- If your child arrives after 8:00 am, the student must report to the main office and obtain a Tardy Pass. She will not be allowed to enter her classroom unless she has received a Tardy Pass.
- Tardiness is disruptive to the learning process and has a negative effect on the class.
Conference with Parents
Teachers will schedule conferences with parents of children who are having any type of difficulty at school. These conferences will be scheduled during planning time, before school, or after school. In case parents call the school requesting a conference, our Office Manager or Assistant Office Manager will notify the teacher. The teacher will then be responsible for scheduling a time.
The principal will be available to assist in any conference as her schedule permits. Teachers should keep careful records, documentation, and place samples of student’s work in her file so that when conferences are desired you will have examples of work. This helps the teacher and the parents to evaluate the growth and progress of the student.
Parent Visits During School Day
All parents are to report to the Main Office to sign in and receive a visitor’s pass. Parents are to report to the office if they need to check out a student during the school day. Teachers plan conferences before school, after school, or during planning times.
Custodial and Non-Custodial Parents
Kenilworth Elementary School will remain neutral (will not choose sides) between parents who are involved in a legal action affecting the family, unless otherwise directed by a court order. It is the responsibility of a student’s parent to notify us of any court order. If there are restrictions regarding visitation or exchange of information by the noncustodial parent, we need a certified copy of current court orders on file in the main office.
Please be sure all legal paper work is current before you ask for restrictions to be placed on the non-custodial parent. For the safety of the student, we ask for written permission from the custodial parent in order for a student to be released from school to the non-custodial/joint custodial parent.
Lost and Found
Kenilworth Elementary School cannot be responsible for money or valuable items (ex: CD players, MP3 Players) that are lost or damaged. Students should not bring such items to school. Children’s clothing, footwear and possessions should be clearly marked with their first and last names. Unclaimed clothing, lunchboxes, etc. will be placed in the lost and found box in the near the Main Office. Parents and students are encouraged to check the box periodically. Items not claimed will be given to outside agencies.
School Counselor and Social Worker
Our social worker works with all students, school staff, families and community members as an important part of the education program. School counseling is an essential component of Kenilworth Elementary, supporting academic success for each student. It is based on the belief that each student possesses intrinsic worth and specific rights, and is capable of personal growth, lifelong learning and self- direction.
Teachers will begin to dismiss there students in a staggered fashion. The first wave will take place at 3:05 pm. The next will take place at 3:10 pm.
- There are three dismissal groups: Bus Riders, Walkers and Pick-Ups. They will be guided to their designated dismissal location by the Kenilworth duty staff.
- The designated dismissal location is as follows:
- Bus Riders: Students line up in front of the building in their designated line color (Blue, Green, Red and Orange-east side of the building near the flag pole and the front stairs)
- Walkers: Are guided out of the main front doors (east side) and will be directed off campus.
- Pick-Ups: Are guided out of the north doors (near the downstairs computer lab) and are directed to rally within the black gated area. While waiting in the black gated area, students are escorted to their designated car by a Kenilworth duty staff member.
NOTE: Please do not park along Culver Street during dismissal times. This creates a severe traffic issues that impact the flow of traffic and student safety. Thank you for your cooperation.
Students who have not been picked up by 3:25 pm will be directed to go to the main office in order to call their parent/guardian.
School Bus Safety Tips
As a parent, you can help ensure our students arrive to and from school safely each day by practicing the following school safety tips:
- Be sure your child arrives at the bus stop 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
- When the bus approaches, remind your child to stand at least 5 giant steps (ten feet) away from the curb and line up away from the bus.
- Never run after the school bus if it has already left the bus stop.
- Never run in front or behind the school bus to pick up something that your child dropped or forgot.
- Make sure you tell your child never to get on the bus until it has completely stopped.
- After the bus stops and the door opens, take firm hold of the handrail and get onto the bus.
- Never push another student while getting on or off the bus.
- All students riding the bus should go directly to a seat and sit quietly. This allows the bus driver to concentrate on driving safely.
- Students should never place any part of their bodies through the bus window.
- When outside of the bus, make sure your child is aware of the danger zones and is always within sight of the bus driver. The Danger Zone is a 10-foot wide area on all sides of a school bus — an area where children are in the most danger of being hit.
Behavior on Buses and other District Vehicles
Students are expected to follow all District polices for riding school transportation. Students will lose bus-riding privileges after repeated minor safety and behavior violations, or after a major disciplinary problem while riding the school bus. Students who live outside the boundaries of the Phoenix Elementary School District #1 are not provided with District sponsored transportation. Out of district students must have transportation arranged and managed by their parent/guardians.
NOTE – All District students who have lost their bus riding privileges must make their own arrangements for transportation.
Our school nurse is available five days a week to provide services. Parents/guardians are encouraged to notify the nurse of any disability or special health needs that may require accommodations at school.
First Aid-Emergency Care
The nurse provides first aid and emergency care for students who become ill or injured during the school day. If your child is too ill to remain in school, parents are expected to make arrangements to pick up the student. Staff members are not permitted to transport students. In case of a serious illness or injury, an ambulance will be called to transport the student to the nearest hospital.
When to Keep Your Child at Home
It is important to maintain a healthy environment in the classroom to protect students. A child will be readmitted to school after obtaining appropriate therapy for the following conditions:
- Strep throat, scarlet fever, impetigo, ringworm, pinworm, conjunctivitis (pink eye).
- Chicken Pox
- Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Meningitis: Require a physician’s note to return.
- Head Lice
Whenever possible, all medication required by students should be administered at home. The school nurse may administer medication only when a physician’s written order and parent’s written permission are supplied. The medication in its original labeled container must be delivered by the parent/guardian to the principal or school nurse. Medication must not be sent to school in a student’s book bag. Medication authorization forms can be obtained from the school nurse.
Allergies to Insects/Food
Parents/guardians of students with known bee allergies or life threatening food allergies must alert the school nurse, provide necessary medication and have a physician complete a medication authorization form with instructions for emergency treatment.
Asthma Inhalers & EpiPens
Medication authorization forms must be completed and kept on file in the nurse’s office. The physician should indicate on the form if the child may carry the medication and self-administer. Self-administration of medication is permitted for emergency medication only.
Student Dress Code
Teachers and Staff have the responsibility to protect the health and safety of students and to maintain proper and appropriate conditions that promote learning. Based on the belief that our school is a place of respect and honor where students are learning both academic and social skills, Kenilworth Elementary requires that all students dress appropriately.
As a result, no student shall attend school dressed in a manner which is plainly offensive to others or is likely to cause disruption.
The principal shall prohibit any clothing, jewelry, similar attachments, or accessories, which have a substantial and material disruptive effect on the school atmosphere or represents a clear safety concern for students or staff.
School clothing should be appropriate as to time, place, and weather conditions. Any form of dress or appearance that disrupts or distracts from the purpose of school considered contrary to good hygiene, or that threatens the safety of one’s self or others will not be permitted.
- Students shall wear appropriate clothes and footwear and groom themselves for school in a manner that does not offend the common rules of decency or distract from any phase of the educational program. Appropriate dress is clothing that covers the body sufficiently so as not to attract excessive attention to one’s self.
- Any article of clothing, footwear, jewelry, or other accessory that suggests, identifies, or otherwise promotes “gang” related activities or promote subversive activities will not be permitted.
- Messages on clothing, jewelry, and personal belongings that relate to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sex, vulgarity, violence, or that represent gang activity or membership, or that advertises obscenities, or that reflect adversely upon persons because of their race, sex, color, creed, national origin, or ancestry is not permitted.
- For health and safety purposes, appropriate footwear must be worn at all times. Bare feet are not acceptable. Flip Flops are dangerous; therefore are unacceptable in an elementary school setting. Sport shoes with cleats are not acceptable for inside wear.
- Hats, visors, bandannas, and sunglasses (unless required by a physician) may not be worn inside the building.
- Shorts, dresses, and skirts must be of appropriate length. Traditionally, the hem of the garment must hang below the extended fingertips when standing. Athletic and cheerleading uniforms, which do not meet the criteria established above, may not be worn during classes.
- No undergarments should be readily visible or worn as outer garments.
- Strapless tops, tops with “spaghetti” straps, traditional tank tops with narrow straps and cut-away underarms, tube tops, bare back or bare midriff style, mesh or “fish net” style apparel are not permitted. If sleeveless garments are worn, underwear may not be readily visible.
- Accessories typically referred to as “animal jewelry” such as heavy chains, dog collars, or spiked collars are not permitted.
- Clothing usually worn outdoors such as heavy coats, raincoats, jackets, or gloves should not be worn during class instructional time under normal circumstances.
- Clothes with holes exposing underwear are not permitted.
- T-shirts, articles of clothing, and badges or buttons that have writing, symbols or slogans encouraging the use of alcohol, drugs, sex, profanity, vulgarity, violence, promotion of racial prejudice, or subversive activities may not be worn. Decisions regarding the appropriateness of clothing, footwear, hair, and accessories will be made by the principal. Initially, items deemed inappropriate will be called to the attention of the parent or guardian for corrective action. Students may be required to call home for a change of clothing. Repeated violations of the dress code may result in further disciplinary action.
- Thinking Maps: Thinking Maps are used by students for constructing knowledge: for improving the basics of reading, writing, and mathematics as well as for problem-solving and the development of higher-order thinking abilities. Kenilworth Elementary will continue to fully implement Thinking Maps across all disciplines. This will be evident within teacher lesson planning and will be translated into student work.
- Literacy Instruction is 90 minutes a day: Instruction is explicit and systematic and includes comprehension strategies, fluency practice, word study skills, and vocabulary development.
- Math Instruction is 80 minutes a day: Kindergarten-5th grade Investigations is fully implemented while 6th-8th grades use the district adopted math curriculum.
- Science Instruction: is taught regularly, in a hands-on manner in order to develop the scientific inquiry process for students.
- National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)
- Robotics Club
- Traveling Senators (An International Travel Program for Kenilworth Students)
- Taiko Drums (Traditional Japanese Drum Team
- Ballet Folklorico
- Irish Step Dancing
- Student Council
- Law Club
- K-Kids (Sponsored by Camelback Kiwanis Club)
- Off Site After School Tutoring (Sponsored by the Salvation Army and Arizona State University)
- On Site Tutoring
- Homework Club
- Math Club
- Industrial Arts – Wood Shop
- Athletics: Basketball (Boys and Girls), Fast Pitch Softball, Flag Football, and Soccer (CO-ED)
- Recognize that the education of their children is a joint responsibility of the parents and guardians and the school community.
- Send their children to school ready to participate and learn.
- Ensure their children attend school regularly and on time.
- Insist their children be dressed and groomed in a manner consistent with the student dress code.
- Help their children understand that in a democratic society appropriate rules are required to maintain a safe and orderly environment.
- Know school rules and help their children understand them.
- Convey to their children a supportive attitude toward education and Kenilworth Elementary School.
- Build positive relationships with teachers, other parents, and their children’s friends.
- Help their children deal effectively with peer pressure.
- Inform school officials of changes in the home situation that may affect student conduct and performance.
- Provide a place for study and ensure homework assignments are completed.
- Initiate parent conferences as necessary as a way to resolve problems.
- Promote a safe and orderly and stimulating school environment, supporting teaching and learning.
- Ensure that students, staff, and parents have the opportunity to communicate regularly with the administrative staff.
- Evaluate, enhance and support all instructional programs on a regular basis.
- Support the development of, and student participation in, appropriate co-curricular activities.
- Be responsible for enforcing the District/School Wide Discipline Plan and ensuring that all cases are resolved promptly and fairly.
- Ensure regular communication with supportive community agencies and law enforcement officials.
- Initiate teacher/student/counselor conferences as necessary and parent conferences as a way to resolve problems.
- Maintain a climate of mutual respect and dignity, to strengthen each student’ self-esteem and promote confidence to learn.
- Be prepared to teach.
- Demonstrate interest in teaching and concern for student achievement.
- Know school rules, and enforce them in a fair and consistent manner.
- Communicate to the students and parents
- Class objectives
- Marking/grading procedures
- Assignment deadlines
- High expectations for students
- Classroom/Grade level discipline plan
- Communicate regularly with students, parents, other teachers, and appropriate staff concerning student growth and achievement.
- Initiate parent conferences as necessary to resolve problems.
- Assist students in coping with peer pressure and emerging personal, social and emotional problems.
- Initiate teacher/student/counselor conferences as necessary and parent conferences to resolve problems.
- Review with students their educational progress and career plans.
- Report information to a school administrator to facilitate a safe, orderly school environment.
- Encourage students to benefit from the curriculum and extracurricular programs.
- Participate in crisis management.
- Refer students and/or parents to appropriate human services agencies outside of school.
- Assess student social and emotional behaviors.
- Work hard toward personal growth.
- Be honest with themselves and others.
- Show respect for fellow students, teachers and all District staff.
- Perform all assignments to the best of their ability.
- Consider their education as preparation for the future.
- Obey all school rules and regulations.
- Respect public and private property.
- Attend school regularly and on time.
- Develop high moral standards and the courage to live by them.
- Strive for mutually respectful relationships with teachers and comply with the requests of teachers, administrators, and other District staff.
- Take full advantage of educational opportunities available at school.
- Learn and practice civic responsibility.
- The homework guidelines for Kenilworth Elementary School are the result of the collaborative efforts of parents, teachers, and administrators. The guidelines are based on current research, parent and teacher input.
- Teachers assign homework for a variety of reasons, including:
- To help students understand skills/concepts currently being learned.
- To help students review prior skills/concepts learned.
- To assess student understanding.
- To instill good study and work habits.
- To develop independence and responsibility.
- To help students learn how to research and use information.
- To provide an important communication link between school and home that shows parents what children are learning.
- Parents should offer supportive guidance and feedback as needed. Homework should never be completed by an adult. If your child is having difficulty completing homework, please contact your child’s teacher. Kenilworth teachers are committed to ensuring that every child’s homework experience is worthwhile and successful.
- Kenilworth teachers have the following expectations regarding the quality of completed homework assignments for all students:
- Homework should be completed neatly and legibly.
- Homework should demonstrate that it was completed with care, accuracy, and pride.
- Homework should be completed to the best of each student’s ability.
- Homework should be returned to school on time.
- Attendance: Students are expected to be in compliance with the Kenilworth Elementary attendance policy.
- Assessment Data
- Progress Reports/report cards.
- Teacher recommendation (e.g. Teacher Assistance Team-TAT)/parental involvement
- Previous retention/intervention
- Placement, promotion, or retention shall be made in the best interest of the student after a careful evaluation of the alternatives.
- The school will consider the student’s achievement, needs, the student’s age, and her social and emotional maturity
- In all instances of possible retentions, the pupil’s parents or guardian must have been informed throughout the year of the pupil’s lack of progress. This should be documented by report cards, letters, phone logs, etc.
- Retention should be considered only for children who will be the most likely to profit and achieve greater education opportunities.
- Retention is NEVER to be used as a punishment.
- Retention is never to be used to supplant other educational services (e.g. Special Ed.).
- Retention decisions will be based on the findings of the classroom teacher, principal, and the parent.
- Discussions about possible retentions should begin with the principal and parents as soon as the classroom teacher observes weaknesses, difficulties, and/or deficiencies. No student will be required to spend more than one additional year in the primary grades and one additional year in the intermediate grades. Decisions regarding retention are to be made by the elementary professional staff along with the student’s parents or guardians.
- Maintain a safe environment
- Promote an orderly environment
- Maintain a productive environment
- Teach students to exercise self-control
- Provide consistent and equitable standards
- Teach replacement behaviors
- Enforce consequences
- Sustain the right to a quality school environment for all students
- The level of the referable offense will be based on the Kenilworth Elementary-School Wide Discipline Matrix. Once it is determined that the offense is minor, it will considered a Level 1 Offense:
- The teacher will problem solve with the student in order to work through the issue at hand. Together, both will find a solution to address the problem behavior.
- At this point, the teacher will remind the student of classroom/grade level rules and expectations and the appropriate consequence as determined by the grade level discipline plan.
- The teacher will document the offense on the Disciplinary Incident Referral. The offense will be marked accordingly on the Level 1 Offense portion of the form.
- The teacher will contact the parent with a phone call on each Level 1 offense. The time, date and contact name will be documented on the Discipline Referral Form.
- The teacher will then implement the appropriate classroom/grade level consequence for the student.
- If the student has reached 4 Level 1 referrals, he/she will be referred to the main office as a Level 2 offender. A referral of the Level 2 offense will be forwarded to the main office for administrative intervention.
- One parent conference must be scheduled by the classroom teacher before 4 Level 1 Offenses can change to a Level 2 Offense.
- The teacher will forward the copies of the student’s previous referrals to the administrative staff.
- The administrative staff will contact the parent for a meeting concerning the problem behavior. It will be at this point where the administrative staff will communicate with the parent and the student the consequences associated with a Level 2 Offense.
- Administrative staff will implement the appropriate consequence for the student based on the Kenilworth Elementary School Wide Discipline Matrix.
- Once a reasonable amount of time has been given to the established intervention/prevention and the problem behaviors have not changed, it is the discretion of the administration to request a long term suspension with referral for alternative placement.
- The level of the referable offense will be based on the Kenilworth Elementary-School Wide Discipline Matrix. Once it is determined that the offense is major, it will considered a Level 2 Offense:
- The student is escorted or sent to the office immediately. If the student refuses to go to the office, the teacher will contact the administrative staff or the SRO for assistance. NOTE: A student can be brought straight to the office in an emergency situation.
- The referring teacher/staff member will document the offense on the Disciplinary Incident Referral. The offense will be marked accordingly on the Level 2 Offense portion of the form.
- The administrative staff will problem solve with the student in order to work through the issue at hand. Together, both will find a solution to address the problem behavior.
- At this point, the administrative staff will review the rules and expectations and the appropriate consequence as determined by the District and Kenilworth Elementary School Wide Discipline Matrix.
- Parents will be notified via a telephone call (or by written notification if contact is not made by phone).
- The administrative staff will then implement the appropriate consequence for the student based on the District and Kenilworth Elementary School Wide Discipline Matrix.
- The administrative staff will document, file, and enter the data into Genesis.
- The administrative staff will give feedback and update the teacher via email response and will leave a copy of the Discipline Referral Form within their mailbox with a detailed description of the consequence rendered.
- Once a reasonable amount of time has been given to the established intervention/prevention strategies and the problem behaviors have not changed, it is the discretion of the administrative team to request a long term suspension with referral for alternative placement.
- INAPPOPRIATE LANGUAGE
- PHYSCIAL CONTACT
- DEFIANCE OF AUTHORITY
- DRESS CODE VIOLATION
- DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY
- DISORDERLY CONDUCT
Curriculum Expectations of Teachers
Teachers are expected to follow the District adopted curriculum and complete instruction of all required expectations for your appropriate grade level during the year. Lesson plans will be randomly checked by the building principal every week.
Our students develop and enhance their skills in mathematics, science, social studies, health, and language arts. Our school curriculum follows a plan developed by teachers and administrators district wide and aligns with Arizona State Standards. Our goal is to ensure all students have comparable preparation to be successful in elementary school and beyond.
All children participate in physical education, music, technology integration and art and throughout the week. The enrichment program includes all students. The classroom curriculum is supported and extended through whole class enrichment projects. Small group and one-on-one enrichment opportunities are also scheduled and further challenge students identified by the classroom teacher.
Identified children receive support to assist them in their learning. They may have scheduled time with our special educators, educational resource instructor or speech and language pathologist. Instructional Assistants (IA) may also work with a student to meet their needs. Every effort is made to provide instruction within the classroom setting, but some instruction may take place in another locations.
Use of Core Curriculum
The Arizona Academic Standards drive our instruction. It is an expectation that the teaching staff of Kenilworth Elementary use the standards to plan, instruct and assesses student progress. The core curriculum is used in science (FOSS) and reading/spelling/language (Harcourt) as the primary source to support the standards. We are expanding our utilization of Investigations (K-5) and retaining our usage of the district adopted math curriculum in 6th-8th grade (MacDougal-Littell).
Co-Curricular Activities at Kenilworth Elementary
Kenilworth Elementary offers several co-curricular activities for our students. They are:
Expectations of Our Learning Community
The relationship between parents, students, teachers, and the principal is a partnership. In order to ensure that all students are successful we must all share in the responsibility for building and strengthening our learning community. We hold these expectations
ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS ARE EXPECTED TO:
MR. FLORES IS EXPECTED TO:
ALL TEACHERS ARE EXPECTED TO:
THE SOCIAL WORKER AND RESOURCE STAFF ARE EXPECTED TO:
STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO:
Homework is an important component of our instructional program. It is intended to reinforce and review concepts learned at school. We ask that parents/guardians take an active role by providing each child with a quiet area in which to complete homework assignments and also by reviewing assignments with children. Please check with your child’s teacher to see what supplies may be needed at home to complete homework assignments.
During a child’s absence, teachers are happy to provide assignments upon request. We do need advance notice in order to ensure each teacher time for collection of materials. Any request for homework assignments should be made by 8:00 am. The office will ensure that your child’s teacher receives this request.
Kenilworth Elementary Homework Guidelines
It is recommended that students in kindergarten and first grade read with an adult every evening. These kindergarteners and first graders will occasionally receive a homework assignment to complete with adult support. Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade can usually expect to receive homework assignments Mondays through Thursdays, as well as recommended reading.
Students are assigned particular classroom teachers based upon what is thought to be an appropriate placement by school officials. Parents wishing to request a change in a student’s placement must be in writing and given to Mr. Flores. All necessary changes will be made after the first two weeks of school. A change of a student’s class placement later in the school year is discouraged.
Promotion and Retention
Students will be expected to show continuous growth in her core curriculum classes. If a student does not make significant progress in these areas, the following indicators will be utilized in determining grade placement for the next school year:
Parents are to receive written notification of any trip their child’s classroom is sponsoring. Parent permission forms for field trips must also be returned to the school before the scheduled field trip. No child may attend any trip for which her form has not been returned.
All children are expected to go outside during their scheduled recess except in inclement weather when all pupils remain inside. Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather conditions. It is our policy that if a child is well enough to attend school, the child is well enough to play outside at recess. Should a parent request that a child remain inside for health reasons, the parent is expected to present the school a statement from the child’s doctor.
Discipline is a process that uses teaching, modeling, and other appropriate strategies to maintain the behaviors necessary to ensure a safe, orderly, and productive learning environment by changing unacceptable behavior to acceptable behavior.
Purpose of a District/School-Wide Discipline Plan
Steps in Kenilworth Elementary School Wide Discipline Plan – Procedures for Problem Behaviors
Observed Problem Behavior: Is the Infraction Minor (Level 1) or Major (Level 2)?
Level 1 Infraction: Defined
An infraction that is handled in the environment in which they occur (i.e. classroom, media center, cafeteria, etc.). These infractions include:
- A Level 1 Offense is considered a minor infraction and will be handled by the classroom teacher, coach, and instructional assistant and other classified staff.
- NOTE: Please see School Wide Discipline Matrix for the definitions of Level 1 Offenses
- Consequences are based on the agreed upon classroom/grade level discipline plans.
- Parents must be contacted via telephone call on each Level 1 Offense. If a student’s home telephone number is not in service or has changed, please contact the Main Office.
- Written notification to parents of Level 1 Offenses is acceptable ONLY if a reasonable effort has been made to speak with the parent.
- Parents and students must know teacher and staff members expectations and procedures.
- Teacher/instructional assistant/staff member must document unacceptable behaviors and consequence imposed, trying several strategies/interventions to stop the inappropriate behavior.
- Teacher/instructional assistant/staff member utilize the District and Kenilworth Elementary Discipline Referral Forms.
- After a student has received 4 Level 1 referrals, it will be classified as a Level 2 Offense
TWO parent conferences must be scheduled by the classroom teacher before 4 Level 1 Offenses can change to a Level 2 Offense. This can be done in person or by phone.
Level 2 Infraction: Defined
An infraction that requires a referral to the office where the administrative staff or designated person(s) can intervene and determine an immediate consequence for negative behavior. These infractions include:
- PHYSICAL ASSAULT
- DISCRIMINATION/HARASSMENT/SEXUAL HARASSMENT
- GANG ACTIVITY
- DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY
- ALCOHOL-DRUGS (Possession or Use)
- ALCOHOL-DRUGS (Providing/Selling)
- PORNOGRAPHY/INDECENT MATERIAL
- TOBACCO VIOLATION
- WEAPON VIOLATION
- ABUSIVE LANGUAGE
- DEFIANCE OF AUTHORITY/DISRESPECT
- DISORDERLY CONDUCT
- A Level 2 Offense is considered a major infraction and will be immediately referred to the office for administrative intervention.
- NOTE: Please see School Wide Discipline Matrix for the definitions of Level 2 Offenses
- Consequences are as follows:
- Detention (Lunch, After School)
- In School Suspension (ISS)
- Out of School Suspension (OSS)
- Long Term Suspension with Referral for Alternative Placement
- These offenses require an immediate office referral and may involve our School Resource Officer (SRO) and other law enforcement agencies. These offenses may immediately result in an Out-of-School Suspension or other consequence at the discretion of the administrator.
- A student can be brought straight to the office in an emergency situation.
- Parents will be notified via a telephone call or by written notification if contact is not made by phone.
- Under certain circumstances, a parent meeting with the administrative staff will be required BEFORE a student can return to class.
- After a student has received 4 Level 1 referrals, it will be classified as a Level 2 Offense
- Teachers will document ALL Level 1 Offenses and keep them within the classroom.
- All teachers will be provided with a portable file case in order to organize their Level 1 Referrals.
- Teachers will make copies of ALL Level 1 referrals. Once a student has reached 4 Level 1 referrals, the teacher will forward the copies to the administrative staff.
The documentation will be shared with the parent during the required meetings and/or phone conference.
Due Process Hearing
If there is a consistent pattern of behavior by a student that is detrimental to the learning process, Mr. Flores will request a due process hearing which will take place at the District Office. The purpose of the hearing is to determine if there is a cause of action and could potentially determine the next phase in the educational experience of a student. This process will take place when ALL interventions and prevention strategies have been exhausted at Kenilworth Elementary. However, a due process hearing can be initiated immediately if a student commits a severe act