New Vision Student Handbook 2016-17
New Vision School
Math, Science and Technology
“Where Learning is Electrifying!”STUDENT HANDBOOK2016-2017
705 Ayersville Road
Madison, NC 27025
New Vision’s Mission:
The staff of New Vision School of Math, Science and Technology is committed to providing a safe, stimulating environment in which all children can reach their full potential and become caring, responsible problem solvers in a 21st century world.Rockingham County Schools
New Vision School of Math, Science, & Technology Debbie Smith, Principal
705 NW Ayersville Rd. phone: (336) 548-4780
Madison, North Carolina 27025 fax: (336) 445-1905
WELCOMEto New Vision School ofMath, Science and Technology!
We are the Lightning Bolts!Albert Einstein said, "The important thing is not tostop questioning."
This year students will be encouraged to ask many questions.
It’s called Inquiry Learning and it is why, at New Vision, Learning is Electrifying!
Policies & Procedures for New Vision
On behalf of our staff, I want to welcome you and your child to the 2016-17 school year at New Vision School of Math, Science and Technology. The beginning of a new school year is always an exciting time for students and parents as you anticipate new teachers, classes, and a new curriculum.
In each school, there are policies and expectations that are set for the safety, well-being, and general operation of the school. I wanted to take a few minutes to review policies and procedures with our former students and parents and to clarify them for our new parents and students who may not be familiar with school expectations.
First of all, New Vision is a school that requires a transfer request, since it does not have its own school zone. As with any school where a student has requested a transfer, certain guidelines apply. (Policy # 4150) Requests for permission to attend a school outside a student’s assigned zone must be submitted each year to the Office of Student Assignment. This is usually completed in the spring of each year.
Transfer requests are approved through Central Office and are usually in place for the year. “Once a transfer has been approved, students who are transferred to a school other than their school of assignment who are involved in excessive discipline problems or who are excessively absent or tardy will be returned to their original school of assignment at the discretion of the principal with the approval of the superintendent.” It is, therefore, very important that all New Vision students maintain good attendance and outstanding discipline. We certainly want all our students to be successful at New Vision, but both attendance and discipline are dependent on our students with the support of their parents.
Our daily procedures are in place for the safety of our students, staff, and visitors. It is extremely important that all school policies and procedures are followed at all times for the successful operation of our school, as well. As we begin our new year, please respect the following:
- All students should be dropped off in the mornings between 7:10 and 7:25. Kindergarten and 5th grade students should be dropped off at the back entrance of the K/5 building. Please drop off at the curb only. Please remain in your car as your child is assisted by a staff member.
- All other students in grades 1-4 should be dropped off at the sidewalk below the gym. Please do not drop off students in front of the main school building.
- The front parking lot is NOT open to traffic from 7:00 to 7:30 a.m. or from 2:10 to 2:55 p.m.
- Students who are not in their classrooms by 7:30 a.m. are tardy. Parents must come to the main office to sign-in tardy students.
- DO NOT PARK OFF CAMPUS DURING AFTERNOON PICKUP. Please follow procedures and come through the pickup line. Parents who follow procedures will be given priority. If you park off campus and walk onto campus to pick up your child, you will have to wait until those following procedures have picked up their children. This is a safety issue and a matter of respect and courtesy.
- DO NOT PARK IN THE FRONT LOT DURING AFTERNOON PICKUP. Please come through the pickup line.
- STUDENTS WILL NOT BE CHECKED OUT AFTER 2:10 p.m. For most students the instructional day continues until 2:20. The last few minutes of the day are busy as students prepare for dismissal.
- Students will not be checked out from the hallway after school.
- When you are driving on the New Vision campus, please watch for pedestrians at all times.
- When you are preparing to enter the street from the school, please watch for walkers and joggers who may be coming down the public sidewalk in front of the school.
Thank you for your cooperation with these matters. We are very grateful to all of you who always show your appreciation and respect for our students, staff, and school.
As you read the following handbook pages, we hope that many of the questions or concerns that you may have will be clarified. If you have additional questions, please contact our office or your child’s teacher. We will do our best to answer your questions.
Again, I hope this is a wonderful year for our students and parents. We want parents to feel that you are a vital part of your child’s education, because you certainly are! We would love for you to volunteer in classes, help with special projects, become involved in our PTA, and so much more. Please let us know how you would like to be involved at New Vision.
Welcome to New Vision School of Math, Science and Technology, where Learning really is Electrifying!!
This Student Planner will be used by students almost every day. The Student Planner will be most valuable to parents as a tool with which to communicate with your child’s teacher. Please check your child’s planner each night for homework assignments and for notes from the teacher.
Parents may receive a monthly calendar of events or an occasional memo from the office, but for the most part, the Student Planner will keep parents up-to-date on daily communication, homework assignments, and on upcoming events. You will also receive information through our phone message system, so please make sure the office has your most current telephone number and contact information. Important reminders can also be found on the marquee in front of the school. Staff members may call or email parents with praise, concerns, or information.
Please note that messages left for teachers and students will be delivered,
but teaching and learning will not be disrupted to do so, except during emergencies.
Student Planners are most effective when parents check them
each night and respond to the teacher as needed.
Visitors and Guests
North Carolina schools require that all visitors sign in at the main office upon arrival to campus.
For the protection and safety of our students, any person visiting any building on campus,
including the South Wing, must FIRST come to the main office to sign in and receive a visitor or volunteer badge. Visitors should not be on the grounds of the campus, such as the playground, unless accompanied by a staff member.
Volunteers, prospective students, and lunch guests are welcome at New Vision. Please keep in mind that visits are not times for teacher conferences. Parent/Teacher conferences may be scheduled through a phone call, teacher email, student planner, or by a note to the teacher. Phone calls to teachers during instructional time will be forwarded to the teacher's voice mail, which is checked at the end of the day.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS!!!!
In order to checkout your child from school, a valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license, must be presented in the office each time your child is checked out.
This is Rockingham County Board policy.
Students cannot be checked out after 2:10 p.m. each day.
Students cannot be checked-out between 2:10 p.m. and regular dismissal
due to end of the day activities, preparation for dismissal, and student safety.
In order to checkout your child, you must come to the office to sign-out your child. Students will not be called to the office, unless signed out by a parent or guardian. Please do not call ahead and ask that your child be brought to the office before your arrival to campus. Students will be called from their classrooms once the parent has signed them out in the office.
7:30 a.m. - 2:25 p.m. Student School Day (Students are TARDY if not in class by 7:30 a.m. or if signed out before 2:25 p.m.)
7:05 a.m. - 3:05 p.m. Teacher and Assistant Working Hours
7:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. School Office Hours
Students should not arrive at school before 7:05 a.m.
There are no adults on campus to supervise students before 7:05 a.m.
Breakfast ends promptly at 7:25 a.m.
In order to eat breakfast, students should be in the cafeteria by 7:15 a.m.
PRINCIPAL Mrs. Debbie Smith
SECRETARY/ BOOKKEEPER Mrs. Jinny Elmore
SECRETARY/DATA MANAGER Mrs. Teresa Adams
SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER Mrs. Leslie Judkins
COUNSELOR Mrs. Sherika Scales
SCHOOL NURSE Mrs. Sharon EllisSCHOOL AGE CHILD CARE Mrs. Debbie Joyce
Our office staff will be happy to deliver important messages to students or to teachers.
We cannot interrupt instruction and student learning with phone calls to classrooms during the instructional day, however.
EMERGENCY contact information
The school must always be informed as to emergency contacts, phone numbers, etc. in case your child becomes ill or is injured at school. If you move or your information changes during the year, please keep your emergency contact information updated.
The decision to close school is usually made before 6:30 a.m. Local radio stations and TV channels 2, 8, and 12 post school weather related information. If you have given us a contact number, Alert Now will call your telephone with news of school closings and other important information. You may also call the Rockingham County Schools Weather Line at 623-1385. Please make arrangements and discuss with your child and the teacher how your child will be going home on inclement weather days that require early dismissal.
If students aren't here, they can't learn! Good attendance is a must for success, and it's the law (115C-378). Students must attend 1/2 of the school day (until 11:00 a.m.) to be counted present. Students should have a note on the day following an absence stating the reason they were not in school.
Parents wishing to pick up "make-up work" for a student who is absent must call the morning of the absence to request work. "Make-up work" may not be available before 3:00 p.m.
Excused absences include illness of student, doctor's appointment for student, death in the family, and educational travel (Educational Trip Request Form must be submitted and approved by principal at least 2 weeks prior to trip, maximum of 3 days excused per school year).
A doctor’s note is required in order for any absence to be excused after 10 absences.
School Tardiness and Early Check-Outs
***A valid photo ID is required when checking out any student.***
Students not in their classrooms at 7:30 a.m. are TARDY.
Excessive tardies or early check-outs can result in action from the school social worker.
After 7:30 a.m. a parent must sign in a student at the office.
Early check-outs are also considered as tardies.
Students who leave before 2:25 p.m. are missing part of the instructional day.
Students with excessive tardies will not be eligible to receive recognition for perfect attendance.Unexcused tardy procedures (RCS Policy):
Parents must sign in/ receive pass for student to enter class.
1-4 tardies/early dismissals- Parents receive reminder note.
5 tardies/early dismissals- Tardy procedure requiring parent signature will be sent home.
10 tardies/early dismissals- Contact by principal or school social worker with agreed upon interventions.
12 or more tardies/early dismissals- Student is ineligible for perfect attendance award; disciplinary action may be assigned by administration (i.e. ISS, after-school detention, silent lunch, etc.)
Attention All Car Riders !!!
For the safety of our students the most efficient and fair method for
student drop-off or pick-up is:
MORNING car riders:
Please do not park in the front parking lot or have your children enter the building through the front, main doors. You will be asking them to break a school rule.
Please do not park in the parking lot between the South Wing and Main building.
Do not ask your child to enter school through the doors at the Outdoor Learning Center.
You will be asking them to disobey school procedures. THE SIDE DOOR BY THE GYM IS THE ONLY ENTRY FOR CAR RIDERS, not in grades K or 5, until 7:30 a.m.
Kindergarten and 5th grade students are to be dropped off at the back Kindergarten entrance each morning, unless tardy.
All other students ride around the circle and get out at the walkway leading to the gym.
Do not drop your child off before 7:10 a.m. There is no supervision in the gym.
AFTERNOON CAR RIDERS:
Afternoon car riders are released after buses depart.
Students are to be picked up in cars at the curb by the sheltered walkway only.
Parents should remain in their cars and pickup from the car line.
Please do not park in the front parking lot or the South Wing parking lot during afternoon pickup.
Please pick up your child by driving through the car line to the pick-up area.
The front parking lot IS NOT open for thru traffic between 2:10 and 2:35 p.m.
The side doors by the gym are the only exit doors for car riders.
Students will be released when their names are called by staff on car duty.
We instruct our students on proper car rider procedures and stress the importance of everyone following the same rules.
Please help us to reinforce the life skills of patience and fairness by honoring car rider procedures.
Procedures and Consequences
Our students are expected to show respect for themselves and for others and to follow
school procedures when they are on the bus. Please encourage your child to make good
choices on the bus. Bus rules and consequences are strictly enforced at New Vision,
because our first priority is keeping children safe.
1. Students will show respect and will comply with bus drivers’ expectations and requests. NO EXCEPTIONS.
2. Hands, feet, and all objects will be kept to yourself.
3. All belongings will be kept in book bags or purses while on the bus. This means no books, photos, paper, writing utensils, toys, cards, etc.
are to be out on the bus.
4. Hands, feet, and all objects are to remain inside the bus windows and inside aisles at all times. Never yell out the window.
5. Students are to be seated with feet forward while on the bus.
6. Loud voices, noises, inappropriate language or gestures WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.
7. SILENT BUS - When the lights are on inside the bus, everyone must be silent.
First Offense - Written warning from principal,
parent signature required
Second Offense - 1-3 days bus suspension
Third Offense - 3-5 days bus suspension with option of long term suspension
Additional- Students may be long term or permanently suspended from riding a bus. Parents must assume all responsibility for daily
Please visit https://www.rock.k12.nc.us/busg to access important transportation information throughout the year.
*** Also see rules, guidelines, and procedures in “Bus Transportation” and “Code of Conduct” sections of Rockingham County Schools Student Handbook.
Lightning Bolts and Lunch
New Vision's dining room is a wonderful place to sharpen our social skills. Students are encouraged to focus on healthy food choices, clean up after themselves, and to be courteous, respectful "customers" in the dining room. Parents may sit at our visitors’ table with your child. We also have a Birthday Table for the birthday child, one friend and family members. Please do not sit at the birthday table, unless it is your child's birthday.
Carbonated drinks are not allowed at New Vision. Please do not bring carbonated drinks for snack or lunch.
Sorry, but we are not allowed to bring food from outside restaurants into our school cafeteria.
Student Dining Room Procedures
1. Wait silently in the serving line.
2. Purchase all items the first time through the line.
3. “Food for 10”- Eat silently for 10 minutes.
The lunch monitor will let you know when food for 10 is over.
4. “Birthday Table” – On your birthday choose 1 friend to eat with you.
5. “Parent Table” is reserved for the child and parent only.
6. Use good manners.
7. Use a “3 inch” voice.
8. Clean up after yourself
***Nutrition plays an important role in learning. When the brain is hydrated, it works more effectively. For this reason students are allowed to keep WATER ONLY in their water bottles in the classroom. ***
Why we are sold on “Procedures”
You'll be hearing this word often this year. We have established school wide, classroom, and bus expectations and procedures. Research tells us that if students know specifically what is expected of them, stress levels drop, students feel safer, and they are likely to become more engaged in their own learning. New Vision follows dining room procedures, guest procedures, hallway procedures, etc.
We know that the high expectations your child experiences at New Vision, in conjunction with your support and reinforcement at home, will create a school environment with fewer discipline issues.
One very important expectation is that our students complete and turn in homework as assigned by their teachers. Homework teaches students responsibility while giving them the opportunity to practice new skills. Sports, meetings, and uncertainty about assignments are not acceptable excuses for poor homework habits.
Students who do not turn in completed homework may be given time to complete their work while classmates with completed work enjoy some free time or a pre-planned activity. Students who fail to turn in homework may see a drop in grades, as homework reinforces skills taught in the classroom.
It is vital that parents read the Student Planner every night to check for homework assignments.
PLEASE REVIEW homework each night to make sure that all homework is complete, packed-up, and ready to be turned in the next day.
Student Behavior system
Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) is a research based, school wide student behavior program. In conjunction with the staff, the New Vision PBIS team developed clear expectations for students in all areas of the school. The staff participated in staff development activities and students are taught each expectation. New Vision’s PBIS program focuses on the positive behavior that we want students to practice. The program ensures that we are consistent with rules and consequences.
PBIS Motto (BOLTS):
Students are also taught voice levels that are used in various settings throughout the school. Students learn when and where a specified voice level should be used.
Level 0- Silent (Used in hallway)
Level 1- Whisper Voice
Level 2- Group Work Voice
Level 3- Presenter’s Voice
Level 4- Outside Voice
Students earn BOLTS tickets for positive behaviors. At the end of each 9 weeks, students who have earned a specified number of tickets are allowed to participate in special PBIS celebrations.
We ask that students not bring rolling book bags to school for several reasons. They can be a safety hazard in hallways. These bags are too large to fit into our storage “cubbies”. Smaller students are not able to lift these large bags and handle them safely. Teachers have assured us that students are not required to carry heavy amounts of materials home and back to school. Please help us by choosing small book bags instead of large rolling bags when purchasing school gear.
Rockingham County Schools
New Vision School of Math, Science, & Technology Debbie Smith, Principal
705 NW Ayersville Rd. (336) 548-4780
Madison, North Carolina 27025 fax: 548-4779
TO: New Vision Parents and Students
FROM: Debbie Smith
DATE: July 23, 2016
Please review the 2016-2017 New Vision Student Handbook and the 2016-2017 Rockingham County Schools Handbook. Please sign below, indicating that you have read the handbooks. If you have any questions, please give me a call at 548-4780.
Parent’s Signature Student’s Signature
PLEASE RETURN THIS SIGNATURE PAGE TO STUDENT’S TEACHER BY July 31, 2016.
If your child enrolled after the first day of school, please return this form to your child’s teacher no later than 10 days after the enrollment date.