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DES Student Handbook

 

Dixon Elementary School Student Handbook

2017/2018

 

Glenn Reed, Principal

Corinne Edwards, Assistant Principal

Amy Parker, Receptionist

Cynthia Shepard, Secretary/Treasurer

Nora Sanders, Data Manager

 

130 Betty Dixon Road

Holly Ridge, NC 28445

Phone: 910-327-2104

Fax: 910-327-3336

 



Principal's Message

 

The faculty and staff of Dixon Elementary School welcome you to the best school in Onslow County!  We look forward to a fun-filled year of learning as we begin the 2017-18 school year.  This year Dixon Elementary will host a guest teacher from China.  Her name is Yan Song, and she is eager to begin introducing the Chinese language and culture to our students.  Dixon Elementary is an environmentally-conscious school, and we are proud of our students' recycling efforts.  Dixon students also support The Wounded Warrior Project and Special Olympics service learning projects.  At Dixon Elementary, we are proud of our Cultural Arts Program, Odyssey of the Mind Team, Chess Team, Math Counts Team, Girls on the Run, STRIDE, and many new clubs starting this year as we implement the Leader in Me program.

 

Dixon Elementary's has a rigorous curriculum based on the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.  You may view the North Carolina Standard Course of Study at www.ncpublicschools.org/curriculum.  Our teachers continue to implement innovative strategies, such as; Singapore Math strategies, Leader in Me, global education, and differentiation through foldables and notebooking, to support students in achieving the high standards set by Onslow County Schools, the state of North Carolina, and the No Child Left Behind Act.  Each classroom at Dixon Elementary is equipped with 21st century technology tools to enhance instruction and learning.

 

It is important that students, parents and school staff understand and support procedures to meet these high expectations.  Please read and discuss the information in this section with your child and talk to your child's teacher or the administration if you have any questions or concerns.  You and your child will also receive the Onslow County Schools' Board Policies and Procedures Manual which outlines the Onslow County Board of Education's policies regarding student behavior and school bus safety.  In the fall of 2009, Onslow County Schools adopted policy 1710/4021/7230:  PROHIBITION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION, BULLYING

AND HARASSMENT.   The board believes that all students should be free of unlawful discrimination, bullying, and harassment, as a part of a safe, orderly and inviting working and learning environment.  The board commits itself to nondiscrimination in all its educational activities. The Board expressly prohibits unlawful discrimination, bullying, or harassment, including on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, religion, age or disability. The board also prohibits retaliation against a student who has exercised any rights made available through state or federal law. Any violation of this policy is considered a serious violation and appropriate action will be taken in response to a violation.  Please review this policy in its entirety in the Onslow County Schools' Board Policies and Procedures Manual.

 

Parents, you are encouraged to visit the school often; volunteer and learn how to support your child in their academic success. Once again, we look forward to another exciting year, working with you and your child to continue Dixon Elementary School's tradition of being a great place to learn and grow! 

 

Sincerely,

 

Glenn Reed

Principal

 

Onslow County Schools' website is http://onslowcounty.schoolinsites.com/ and Dixon Elementary's website is http://dixon.nc.oce.schoolinsites.com/.

 

 

            

 

 

 

 

 

 Dixon Elementary School Goals

 

  1. Dixon Elementary School students will have a personalized education and graduate from high school prepared for work, further education and citizenship.
  2. Dixon Elementary School students will have access to excellent educators every day.
  3. Dixon Elementary School will have up-to-date, effective and efficient financial, business, and technology systems to serve its students, parents and educators.
  4. Dixon Elementary School students will be healthy, safe, and responsible.

 

General School Information

 

Telephone Directory

 

Office:  327-2104

Cafeteria:  327-2426

Dixon Area Bus Coordinator (Lisa Huffman):  347-6708

Onslow County Board of Education:  455-2211

Onslow County Schools' Information Line:  989-2211

 

School Hours

 

The school day begins at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 3:25 p.m.  The building will be opened to students at 8:25 a.m.  Students may not be dropped off prior to 8:25.  This is part of our safe schools plan.  There is no adult supervision of students until 8:25.  Children are not to exit vehicles in the drop-off lane until Dixon Elementary staff members are stationed out front.  Staff members are on duty to assist with car movement through this lane.  Students arriving at 8:25 report to the cafeteria if they would like to eat breakfast, or they are to go directly to their classrooms.  There is no parking permitted in the drop-off lane.  Parents who wish to walk their child into the building must park in the front parking lotStudents may not be dropped off in the parking lot.  Students arriving at school later than 8:45 a.m. must be brought to the office and signed in by their parent/guardian.  The tardy bell rings at 8:45 a.m.  Car riders are dismissed at 3:35 and bus riders are dismissed at 3:45 p.m.

 

Attendance

 

Students must be present no less than one half of the school day to be considered present that day.  Students who are checked out of school before 12:00 will be reported as absent that day.  When your child must miss school, a written note of explanation for the absence, signed by the parent or guardian must be presented to the teacher on the day the student returns after an absence.  The following are considered lawful absences:

 

  • Personal illness or injury which makes the student physically unable to attend school
  • Extended illnesses generally require a statement from a physician.
  • Isolation ordered by the State Board of Health
  • Death in the immediate family
  • Medical or dental appointment
  • Participation under subpoena as a witness in a court or administrative proceeding
  • Observance of an event required or suggested by the religion of the student or the student's parent with prior approval of the principal
  • Participation in a valid educational opportunity such as travel to a foreign country (requires prior approval from principal at a minimum of five days in advance)
  • When a student's parent or legal guardian is an active duty member of the uniformed services and has been called to duty or is on leave from, or has immediately returned from deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting, a student will be granted up to three excused absences with prior approval from the principal no less than five days in advance.

In the case of lawful absences and out-of-school suspensions, students will be permitted to make up missed work.  Work will not be assigned in advance to students taking a planned absence (trip, etc.) or while they are ill and at home.  A student's absence from school for any reason other than those listed above will be considered unlawful.

 

Students with more than 20 absences in a school year shall not be promoted to the next grade except by determination of the principal upon careful review of the student's records.  Excessive tardies and early checkouts will be referred to the appropriate authorities and may also be reviewed by the principal when considering promotion.

 

Checking In/Checking Out

 

All students arriving after 8:45 a.m. or leaving before 3:25 p.m. must be checked in/checked out in the office by a parent or legal guardian.  No student will be released from school without proper identification of the adult checking out the child.  Changes in afternoon transportation plans must be communicated to your child's teacher in writingChanges in a child's afternoon transportation will not be accepted over the telephone.

 

Bus Safety Regulations

 

Riding the school bus is a privilege for students; it is not a right.  Parents and students will receive the Onslow County Schools' Board Policies and Procedures Manual which outlines the Board of Education's policies on student behavior and school bus safety.  If your child rides an Onslow County School bus to or from school, please stress to him the importance of following all school bus safety regulations.  Failure to follow the rules on the bus will result in loss of school bus privileges.

 

  • Be at the bus stop on time.  The bus driver has a schedule to keep and students need to be standing at the bus stop prior to the school bus arriving.
  • Remain seated when riding the bus to and from school.
  • Keep all your belongings in your book bag (including food) while on the bus.
  • Keep your head, arms, legs and all other objects inside the bus windows.
  • Use your 'inside voice' when talking on the bus.
  • Keep your hands and feet to yourself
  • Follow your bus driver's directions at all times.

** A complete list of rules can be found in the OCS Student Code of Conduct.

 

 

Conferences

 

Parents are encouraged to visit the school regularly and meet with their children's teachers.  Conferences may be scheduled by contacting the school office or directly contacting your children's teachers (teachers are easily reached using their school email address as well as by phone).  Conferences will be scheduled before school, after school, or during the teacher's planning period.

 

Curriculum

 

Dixon Elementary School follows the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.  This curriculum includes reading, writing, math, science, social studies, physical education, music, art, computer literacy and media skills.  A variety of instructional tools, including technology are used to teach grade level curriculum.  In June, North Carolina End-of-Grade tests are administered to third, fourth and fifth graders in the areas of reading and math.  In June, fifth graders are also administered a North Carolina End-of-Grade test in science.  Kindergarten, first and second graders are assessed throughout the year using the Onslow county Schools K-2 Literacy and Math Assessments.  In addition to these formal assessments, informal assessments are conducted by teachers throughout the year.

 

 

Discipline

 

Teachers will provide students and parents with bus and classroom policies and procedures at the beginning of the school year.  Students are expected to follow school rules while on any part of the campus or on the school bus.  As a school staff we are proud of the positive atmosphere of communication and cooperation among students, teachers and parents.  When a student breaks a rule, consequences are most often delivered by the teacher.  However, sometimes significant disruptions or rule violations occur that require the attention of the administration.  Whether the rule violation is handled by the teacher or the administration, every effort will be made to notify the parent/guardian of disciplinary action taken.  It is important that parents keep phone numbers and emergency contact numbers up to date.  You may do this by notifying the teacher in writing, through email, or letting Mrs. Parker, our school receptionist, know of any phone number changes.  Rule violations on the school bus will be reported to the administration by the bus driver.  The administration will determine all bus disciplinary action.

 

Dress Code

 

Students will be participating in a variety of activities at school.  Students are to wear shoes appropriate for daily recess and physical education activities.  It is especially important for students to wear sneakers on the day they have P.E. class.  Flip-flops and other shoes without heel straps are unsafe, and students are not allowed to wear these to school. Shoes or sandals must be securely fastened to feet, any shoes with a heel greater than 1" is not permitted.  (OSHA safety guidelines)  Students may not wear clothing with inappropriate language or pictures on it.  Tank tops, halter tops and clothing that are strapless or have 'spaghetti' straps are not permitted.  Shirts that expose the stomach are not permitted.  Shorts and skirts must be a reasonable length (near end of finger tips).  Shorts and pants are to fit properly to avoid sagging and/or the display of a student's underwear.  Hats and headwear are not to be worn inside the school building.  We respectfully ask that students do not use rolling backpacks.

 

Emergency Information

 

The office staff must have on file a least two telephone numbers to reach a parent/guardian in the case of student illness, injury or rule violation.  Notify the office immediately if your number is disconnected or you have acquired a new telephone number.  In the event that the office staff is unable to reach a student's parent or guardian, persons you have indicated as 'emergency contacts' will be notified to assist us with your child.  Please notify the school office if there are changes in child custody status, and provide court documentation signed by a judge.

 

General School Policies

 

The following are general policies for Dixon Elementary School students.  Students should review these policies with their parents.

 

  • Students are expected to practice the character traits of honesty, respect, cooperation, integrity, self-discipline, responsibility, trustworthiness and caring
  • Students may not use profanity or any type of offensive language on the bus or on campus
  • Toys, trading cards, radios, water pistols (or any other facsimile of a gun), CD players, iPods, video games, cigarettes (or any other form of tobacco), firecrackers, matches, lighters, sharp or pointed devices (fingernail clippers, knives) or any other dangerous objects are not allowed on school grounds.
  • Selling or trading items is not allowed at school.
  • Mean statements about another person's race, gender, religion, nationality or disability are not allowed.
  • Glass bottles and canned drinks are not allowed at school
  • Onslow County Board of Education Policy bands the use of any and all tobacco products on school grounds before, during and after school hours.  This includes the parking lot and evening events.  Parents need to extinguish cigarettes in their cars (not in the school parking lot) before you enter the campus of Dixon Elementary.  Smoking in vehicles while waiting to pick up your child is a violation of School Board Policy.
  • Students' birthdays are special occasions.  Parents may bring in a prepackaged snack on their child's birthday for him/her to share with the class.  If a birthday party is planned, invitations may be distributed only if every student in the class is invited.  If you are not planning to invite every child, please mail invitations. 

 

Cafeteria

 

LUNCH/MEALS (OCS Policy 6200, 6225, 6230)

Onslow County Schools provides nutritious breakfast and lunch meals designed to meet the USDA federal guidelines and nutrition standards for school meals.  These guidelines limit the amount of fat, sodium, and sugar in meal selections and encourage increased consumption of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, and calcium rich foods.  Well-balanced breakfasts and lunches contribute to the success in the classroom and students' academic performance.  Menus are available on the Onslow County Schools website at www.onslow.k12.nc.us and in local media.

 

Meal prices are $1.25 for breakfast and are $2.25 for lunch.  Reduced price breakfast is provided at no cost and reduced lunch cost is $ .40.  Supplemental a la carte items that meet the Smart Snack guidelines are available for additional purchase.  Parents/Guardians may request restrictions for students with a written note sent to the cafeteria.  Students in grades K-8 with no money will be fed and charged for a meal only.  No a la carte items will be charged.  Families are responsible for all meal costs for food eaten by the student until the new meal application has been approved and any charges accrued until that approval.  A parent/guardian may request a copy of their student's account.  For any information, contact the school cafeteria manager at (910) 327-2104 Ext. 27008 or desc@onslow.k12.nc.us .

 

Payment for purchases in the cafeteria may be made by cash or check to the school cafeteria.  Please do not send money to the school office.  Other methods of payment are debit/credit card online at www.k12paymentcenter.com

 

Meal applications for free or reduced meals can be found online at www.lunchapplication.com.  This is the quickest method.  Only one application per household should be completed.  Return meal applications to the school cafeteria or the school nutrition central office.  If you do not receive notification for all (each individual child) students in the household, please notify the school nutrition central office immediately.

 

Field Trips

 

Students will have opportunities to participate in field trips throughout the year.  These outings are designed to enhance instruction.  Permission slips must be signed by the parent/guardian and expenses for the trip must be paid prior to departure.  On all field trips, students must follow all school rules and conduct themselves in a manner that reflects well on our school.  Students must ride to and from the field trip on an Onslow County Schools bus with their class.  There are no refunds for field trips prior to three days of the trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health Issues

 

  • If a student contracts a communicable disease such as chicken pox, measles, flu, etc. the student should remain at home until the contagious period of the disease is over.  If you are in doubt about when a child can safely return to school, please consult the health department or our school nurse.
  • Students will be checked periodically for head lice.  Students sent home with lice should return to school only after they are nit-free.  Students must be brought to school by their parent and be cleared by the school nurse before they may begin riding the bus again or return to class.
  • A student with a fever of 100 degrees or more must stay home from school until fever-free (without fever-reducing medication) for 24 hours.
  • If a student's parents would like to have prescription medication administered at school. The parent must provide the medication in a prescription container with the label that includes the child's name, the name of the medication, the unit dosage to be given, the number of dosage unites, the time the medication is to be given and how it is to be administered.  An OCS medical information form must be completed and signed by the parent/guardian and a physician, then given to school personnel or school nurse.  Students may not transfer medication to and from school.
  • If a student becomes ill or injured at school, parents or guardians will be notified by phone.  If a reasonable attempt to reach a parent or guardian is not successful, and the illness or injury is critical 911 will be called.  The parents will assume the responsibility for the cost of the transport and medical attention.

 

 

 

 

Honoring Student Achievement                 

 

Students in grades 3-5 will be recognized each nine weeks for Honor Roll status (identifies students who earn A's and B's in all academic areas) and Principal's List status (recognizes those students who earn A's in all academic areas).  Look for this recognition each nine weeks in the Jacksonville Daily News.  Award ceremonies are held at the end of each semester (end of January and beginning of June) to honor students in grades K-5 who have achieved in academics, cultural arts and citizenship.  Each month, a student from each class is selected as Student of the Month for their outstanding demonstration of the character trait of the month.  Perfect attendance will be recognized for students who were present for ever school day with no tardies or early check-outs.

 

Immunizations

 

North Carolina law requires every child attending public school to have the following immunizations:

 

  • DTP:  5 doses with the last dose administered on or after the fourth birthday, 4 doses if 4th dose is on or after 4th birthday
  • Polio:  4 doses (if 3rd dose is after 4th birthday, 4th dose is not required)
  • MMR:  2 doses with the last dose administered at least 30 days after 1st dose
  • Hepatitis B:  3 doses (3rd dose must be after 24 weeks of age).
  • Varicella for students born after 4-1-2001
  • Tdap for all students entering 6th grade who have not had a tetanus shot in the last 5 years

 

Inclement Weather

 

In the event of extreme weather conditions such as snow, ice, hurricanes, fires, etc., the superintendent of schools will make the decision to close or delay the opening of schools.  This information will be announced on local radio and television stations by 6:30 a.m.  The Onslow County Schools Administrative Offices will also deploy an emergency message using the School Messenger Phone System to every Onslow County student's home phone number.    Should extreme weather develop during school hours, schools may close early.  Please have a plan in place with your child so that they know where to go if no one is at home.  Early dismissals will be announced by local radio and television stations. 

Onslow County Schools Information Line:  989-2211

 

Websites

 

Teachers are required to maintain websites.  You may also check Dixon Elementary School's website for the monthly newsletters and other highlights and happenings!  Dixon Elementary's website address is dixon.nc.oce.schoolinsites.com. 

 

Visitor Parking

 

Visitor parking spaces are available in front of the school.  An emergency fire lane has been designated in the front circle drive.  No vehicles are to be parked and/or abandoned in this lane.  This lane will be used for morning and afternoon commuter traffic.  The parking lot behind the gym is for unloading of buses in the morning and parking for parent pickup in the afternoon. 

 

Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)

 

The Dixon Elementary School PTO has been a

tremendous support to the educational success of our school.  The special relationship this organization has developed throughout the years benefits the education of our children through volunteer work and fundraising efforts.  PTO meetings are held regularly here on campus.  Your input and participation are requested and valued!  Our PTO president is Stephanie Cornish.  Mrs. Cornish can be reached at Dixonelempto@gmail.com.

 

Report Cards and Interim Reports

 

 All students in grades K-5 will receive a report card each nine weeks.  Interim reports will be sent home with students in grades K-5 halfway through each grading period.  Parents who have questions or would like to schedule a conference with a teacher may call the school to schedule an appointment.  If your child is struggling with grade level curriculum, you will receive a letter in the report card noting the administration's concern that your child is not meeting grade level standards and that retention is being considered.  This letter requires that you sign indicating your received it.  Some parents may receive this letter as early as the first report card.  This correspondence is part of our effort to keep you informed of Onslow County Schools' policies on promotion and retention, and so that there are no 'surprises' at the end of the year.

 

Transportation Changes

 

For safety reasons, Dixon Elementary does not accept transportation changes for student on the telephone.  You may send a note in with your child or fax the change to the front office (910-327-3336).  All changes must be made before 1:00 pm.  We ask that students not be signed out of school after 3:00 pm to avoid end-of-day disruptions to instruction.

 

Student Records

School Fees

Instructional Supplies:  $5.00

Art:  $1.00

 

Insurance is optional and is available for purchase.  Information will be given to parents at the beginning of the school year regarding school insurance.

 

Student Progression and Placement

 

STUDENT PROGRESSION AND PLACEMENT Policy Code: 3420

 

The board recognizes the importance of setting requirements in order to help ensure that all students will graduate from a rigorous, relevant academic program that equips them with the knowledge,  skills, and dispositions necessary to succeed in both post-secondary education and

21st century careers - and to be participating, engaged citizens. Academic rigor and relevance are based on established expectations that ensure that all students develop the capacity to master content that is complex and challenging.

 

K-2 Promotion Requirements

By the end of kindergarten and first grade, progress on the Onslow County School System K-2 Literacy and Math Assessment shall be considered for promotion to the next grade.

By the end of second grade, students will have acquired on-grade level proficiency as determined by the Onslow County School System K-2 Literacy and Math Assessments to be promoted to the next grade level.

It is recognized that the final authority to grade and place students is the responsibility of the principal, in accordance with G.S. 115C-288(a). The principal shall consider the pupil's

classroom work and grades and the best educational interests of the student.

 

3-8 Promotion Requirements

In order to be considered for promotion, students in grades 3 through 8 shall perform at least at grade level as identified by the state end-of-grade tests, observations, grades, teacher-

generated, locally-generated, and state-generated assessments; work samples, portfolios and/or other factors in all areas of the curriculum. It is recognized that the final authority to grade and place students is the responsibility of the principal, in accordance with G.S. 115C-288(a). The principal shall consider the pupil's classroom work and grades, the student's scores on standardized tests, and the best educational interests of the student.

 

The final authority to grade and place students is the responsibility of the principal in accordance with General Statute 115C-288 (a).

 

Title IX

Onslow County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability in its programs or activities.  The Title IX Coordinator for Onslow County Schools can be reached at 455-2211.

 

Visitors on Campus

In order to maintain a safe campus, and protect our children and the members of our staff it is essential that ALL visitors report to the office upon arriving on campus and obtain a visitor's sticker.  This sticker must be worn at all times while a visitor is on campus.  Visitor must also sign in on the visitors' log located at the front desk in the main office, and sign out upon leaving campus. 

 

Volunteers

Parents, guardians or community members wishing to volunteer at an Onslow County School must complete an appropriate application with Onslow County Schools and be fingerprinted by the Onslow County Schools Board of Education.  Please contact the school office for more information about volunteering.     

 

 

Thank you for your support of

                      Dixon Elementary School,

                      home of the Bulldogs!

 

 

 

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