SBDM School Policies

SBDM School Policies
POLICIES

STUDENT ASSIGNMENT

A form will be available in the office for parents wishing to describe their child and the type of learning environment they believe their child excels in.  The form will simply allow parents to circle characteristics that are specific to their child.  Any form that is completed incorrectly will not be considered.
The principal, assistant principal, and guidance counselor will place the students, giving consideration to the parent forms, teacher recommendations, academic performance, learning style, behavior and instructional needs of the student, and class size.
The principal will post rosters for each grade level prior to the opening day of school.  A parent who is dissatisfied with the placement assigned for his/her child may contact the principal in writing within seven days of the date of posting. The letter must state the reason why the child’s academic welfare is in jeopardy due the placement that is assigned to that student.  The principal will review the letter and respond accordingly.

Amended 2/9/05
Amended 10/15/08

 

HOMEWORK

PURPOSE
This policy on assignment of homework to students has been developed to establish responsibilities and guidelines for assigning and evaluating homework and communicating this policy to students and parents.

GOAL
It is the goal of homework to reinforce what is learned in the classroom and make students responsible and reflective of what they have learned.

DEFINITION
Homework is defined as assignments to be completed outside the classroom that (a) reinforce classroom instruction, (b) offer practice in what has been covered in class, (c) help prepare for classroom instruction and tests, and (d) provide curriculum enrichment opportunities. It should be recognized that not all homework needs to take the form of written assignments. Some homework, especially at the Primary level, should involve students in reading to their parents and vice versa or in taking part in cultural and creative activities.

POLICY
Each grade level may develop a homework policy that describes the homework procedures that will apply for each classroom in that grade level. It is recommended that homework assignments do not exceed 10 minutes per subject with the understanding that occasionally student projects will require additional time. Reading should be done each night and is not considered as reading homework.

Adopted 2006

 

LESSON PLANS FOR TEACHERS

All teachers at Benton Elementary shall keep individualized lesson plans. All plans shall be aligned with Kentucky's Core Content and shall contain the objective/concept for each lesson being taught. In the planning and documentation of content taught, teachers will use the following:

  • KASC Core Content 4.1 Checklist
  • KASC Essential Vocabulary 4.1 Checklist
  • Combined Curriculum DocumentA.1
  • Marshall County SNAP Document

All plans shall be completed on each Friday or the last day of school for that week and located on the teacher's desk. Each teacher shall keep a copy of Kentucky's Core Content or the Standards on ms/her desk with lesson plans. Teachers shall highlight and date each core content concept or standard as it is taught. The content should be taught a minimum of three times. These shall be available for the principal during a walkkthrough observation or conference. In addition, each teacher shall fully complete and have accessible a substitute folder.

Adopted: January 23, 2003
Amended: October 15, 2008

Committees Policy

The school council shall establish the following standing committees:

Curriculum/Instruction! Assessment
Professional Development
Budget
Organizational Structures and Resources
Learning Environment

The principal, by April 15 of each year, shall post a list of standing committees in the staff workroom. All interested staff members may sign up for a three-year term. The principal shall, by April 15, through the monthly newsletter invite parent volunteers for appointment to the standing committees for the following July 1 to June 30. Persons may volunteer by contacting the school secretary in writing or by phone to request appointment to a committee.

The principal shall present the list of names to the school council no later than June 1, and the school council shall approve committee membership by no later than June 1. The school council shall attempt to assign all parents and teachers to committees they request, but the council reserves the right to approve all final assignments. Assignments will be poted in the school office by no later than 48 hours subsequent to the council approval of the final assignments.

Each standing committee will have no less than six members. Each committee shall have at least one parent and one teacher member. The principal shall be assigned as a member of all committees for which he/she volunteers.

Each committee shall assemble no later than September I to elect a chairperson and establish their regular monthly meeting date. The meeting date will be reported to the principal by the chair within 48 hours of the initial assembly so that the principal may compile a report of all regular meeting dates and report this schedule of meeting dates to the superintendent, faculty, parents, and local media requesting this notification.

Each standing committee will establish its own frequency of meetings, date of meetings, and agenda.

The school council may establish and hoc committees to accept specific assignments at the discretion of the school council. Requirements for an ad hoc committee shall be established in the jurisdiction statement specifically created by the council for the ad hoc committee upon its creation.

Jurisdiction for the standing committees shall be as follows:

• Curriculum/Instruction / Assessment Committee

Assess the status of the school's curriculum and instruction including the school's Comprehensive School Improvement Plan, research and discuss appropriate curriculum and instruction issues, make recommendation for consideration to the school council on issues related to curriculum, instruction, and assessment, and complete assignments from the council related to curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

• Professional Development Committee

Assist the principal in conducting a needs assessment for professional development included in the school improvement plan, and develop a professional development plan in April of each year that includes school wide training dates and approved professional development workshops for the upcoming school year.

Description of Standing Committee
• Curriculum/ Instruction/ Assessment Committee

Assess the status of the school's curriculum and instruction including the school's Comprehensive School Improvement Plan, research and discuss appropriate curriculum and instruction issues, make recommendation for consideration to the school council on issues related to curriculum, instruction, and assessment, and complete assignments from the council related to curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

• Budget Committee

Develop a budget to be presented to the school council for approval. Budget should include all funds allocated to the school council with priorities given to those listed in the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan. Complete any additional assignment from the council.

• Organizational StructureslResources

Work in collaboration with the school principal to develop a proposed school schedule by July 1, give input to the school principal on use of school space and staff assignments, seek ways to maximize the use of all available outside resources to support high student and staff performance, and complete any additional assignment from the council.

• Learning Environment

Seek ways to work with families and community members to remove barriers to learning in an effort to meet all the needs of our students, review the schools discipline policy and report to the council no later than July 1 of each year on the state of current discipline and classroom management, plan and encourage student recognition, promote student, parent and community involvement and input, encourage student attendance, support school to home communication, and complete any additional assignment from the council.

• Professional Development

Assist the principal in conducting a needs assessment for professional development included in the school improvement plan, and develop a professional development plan in April of each year that includes school wide training dates and approved professional development workshops for the upcoming school year.

• Budget Committee

Develop a budget to be presented to the school council for approval. Budget should include all funds allocated to the school council with priorities given to those listed in the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan. Complete any additional assignment from the council.

• Organizational Structures and Resources Committee

Work in collaboration with the school principal to develop a proposed school schedule by July 1, give input to the school principal on use of school space and staff assignments, seek ways to maximize the use of all available outside resources to support high student and staff performance, and complete any additional assignment from the council.

• Leaning Environment Committee

Seek ways to work with families and community members to remove barriers to learning in an effort to meet all the needs of our students, review the school's discipline policy and report to the council no later than July 1 of each year on the state of current discipline and classroom management, plan and encourage student recognition, promote student, parent and community involvement and input, encourage student attendance, support school to home communication, and complete any additional assignment from the council.

Adopted 3-12-03

Primary School Program

The Primary School Program at Benton Elementary School is that part of our elementary school program in which children are enrolled from the time they enter school until they are ready to enter the fourth grade.

The Primary Program shall include the following critical attributes:

  • Developmentally appropriate educational practices
  • Multiage and multiability classrooms
  • Continuous progress
  • Authentic assessment
  • Qualitative reporting methods
  • Professional teamwork, and
  • Positive parent involvement

The Primary Committee of Benton Elementary shall set guidelines for the organization of its program, including the extent to which multi age groups are necessary to implement the critical attributes and individual student needs.

Successful completion of the Primary Program is based upon whether or not the student has met the goals of education as described in KRS 158.6451. A portfolio representative of each student's work shall be kept at each level to aid in determining if the child has met his/her goa

PLACEMENT OF STUDENT TEACHERS POLICY

Benton Elementary School is proud of its long partnership with Murray State University through the placement of student teachers. Teachers who are assigned a student teacher must have a Master's degree or a Rank II status and have taught at least four years (one year in the Marshall County district). Assignments in regular classrooms will be split into two seven weeks periods with at least one grade level in between the two. Special Education assignments will be placed eight weeks in a regular elementary education classroom and eight weeks with a special education teacher. Music and Physical Education assignments will be for one seven week period. All regular and special teachers will be assigned no more than one student teacher each school year, and there will be no more than six total student teachers in the entire school during a school year.

Adopted 4-16-03

 

Discipline and Classroom Management Policy

The school shall consider discipline and classroom management as a means of causing acceptable behavior or as a means of changing unacceptable behavior. The school council shall approve only those discipline and classroom management provisions that are consistent with this philosophy. Copies of the Marshall County Schools Code of Acceptable Behavior and Discipline and the Benton Elementary School Discipline Plan shall be distributed to all staff and parents in a timely manner each year. The faculty and principal shall implement these plans. The school council's Learning Environment Committee shall review the school policy and report to the council no later than July 1 of each year on the state of our current discipline and classroom management. Any recommendations and amendments to the present school plan shall be made at that time.

Staff Assignment Policy

By May 1 of each year, the principal shall prepare a school staff assignment plan for the following school year and shall present the plan to the school council for consultation on the plan. The principal shall prepare a follow-up school staff assignment plan for the following school year that includes amendments from the original plan by August 1. The plans presented by the principal shall use the following criteria whenever possible in the assignment of existing staff:

  • Specialized training that the staff member has completed that is related to the assignment
  • Request of the staff member for the assignment
  • Teaching experience related to the assignment
  • Seniority within the school district
  • Seniority within the school
  • Individual Teacher Evaluations

All vacant positions, whether existing or new, shall within one working day of being declared a vacancy by the superintendent, be posted in the workroom and on teachers' email so that existing teachers shall be informed of this circumstance. Teachers shall have 3 working days from the ,date of the posting to inform the principal of their request to be considered for reassignment to the vacant position. The reassignment of existing staff to a vacant position is at the discretion of the principal.

Adopted 3-12-03

 

Shared Food Policy

Beginning in the 07-08 school year any food that is brought in to be shared among students must be pre-packaged (i.e., store-bought).

Parents/ guardians that bring in snacks for parties, or special occasions can no longer bring in items that have not been prepared by an establishment that is inspected by the health department.

The only exception to this is when a teacher requests specific items be brought in to their classroom.

 

Hiring A Principal

Upon the vacancy of a principal's position, the superintendent shall give a list of candidates to the council. The school council shall review the applications of all candidates and determine which will be considered as finalists. Reference checks will be made on these candidates. From the finalists, the school council will interview at least two candidates. After discussion and review, the school council shall recommend a candidate to the superintendent. If the school council is unable to make a decision by consensus or majority vote, they shall ask the superintendent to submit additional qualified applicants.

Adopted 4-16-03

Consultation Policy

The school council shall be consulted prior to the principal’s selection of personnel to fill all non-principal school-based vacancies that shall occur at the school.

When a school-based personnel vacancy occurs, the school council, at either a regular or special meeting or by phone, shall determine the job classification for the vacancy.  The position shall then be posted by the superintendent with the Department of Education.

Upon completion of the posting and the submission of a list of qualified applicants from the superintendent to the principal, the principal shall copy and distribute the list to the school council for their review.  The principal will then conduct a reference check on applicants.  The principal shall report the results of this reference check to the school council at a regular or special meeting of the council or by phone.

The principal shall then form an interview committee for the vacancy.  This committee shall be composed of at least one parent at the school, at least two teachers, and the principal who shall serve as the committee chair.

The interview committee shall convene, determine which qualified applicants shall interviewed, conduct interviews of those qualified applicants, discuss, and reach either a consensus or a majority vote on a recommendation of priority order for selection of a candidate to fill the vacancy within 10 working days of the submission of the list of applicants to the school council.

 The interview committee chair shall report the recommendations of the interview committee to the school council at a regular or special meeting of the council or by phone.  The school council shall consider the re commendations and shall provide its advice to the principal on whom to select.

Subsequent to the completion of the steps listed above, the principal shall make a selection of the qualified applicant to fill the vacancy, and shall report this selection to the superintendent who will complete the hiring process.

If the person selected by the principal declines the position, the principal will consult the interview committee for their recommendation.

Adopted 4-16-03
Revised 1-13-09

School Schedule Policy

The school principal, shall develop a proposed school schedule by July 1, and shall present this schedule to the school council for approval.  The school council shall either approve or amend and approve this schedule.  If the school council has not approved a schedule by August 1, the principal shall develop and implement a schedule.

Revised 12/03/08

SALE OF SCHOOL ANNUAL

It is the policy of Benton Elementary to sell the school annual to only parents and/or guardians of Benton Elementary Students.

Adopted:  July 21, 2011

 

Wellness Policy

All students shall participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity each day, as follows:

  • Each student shall engage in at least 15 minutes of planned moderate to vigorous physical activity each day.  With input from the teachers and the rest of the staff, the principal shall work out how this activity will be handled.  The arrangements must fit within the limits of our building and staffing and be compatible with our school improvement plan.
  • Each student shall participate in physical education class a minimum of one hour each week.
  • Each student shall have at least 20 minutes a day of supervised recess, preferably outdoors, during which the school staff shall encourage moderate to vigorous physical activity.  The school shall provide space and equipment to make that activity possible and appealing to students.
  • Teachers shall make all reasonable efforts to avoid periods of more than forty minutes when students are physically inactive.  When possible, physical activity should be integrated into learning activities.  When that is not possible, students should be given periodic breaks during t which they are encouraged to stand and be moderately active.
  • Appropriate accommodations shall be made for students with special needs, as required by law and sound professional judgment.

Ours school shall assess students’ level of physical activity at least once a year.  The council shall select an assessment tool by the start of each school year, and the principal shall develop a schedule for completing that assessment.

Our school shall encourage healthy choices among students using the following methods:

  • Our school shall implement the nutritional standards required by federal and state laws and regulations.  Those rules apply to our food program and to other food and beverages available during the school day.
  • Our Practical Living curriculum shall address the full Core Content, including health, consumerism, and physical education.

The provisions of this policy shall be implemented to comply with provisions required by federal law, state law, or local board policy.  If any specific requirement above does not fit with those rules, the principal shall notify the council so that the policy can be amended to fit.

The principal shall share this policy with the Kentucky Department of Education when KDE asks for this information.

Adopted 11/9/2005

Amended 1/13/09

 

MEDIA SELECTION POLICY

A. MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Marshall County Media Centers is to provide the opportunity
for access to information by the students, faculty, and administration.

B. PHILOSOPHY

WE BELIEVE that each student is different in physical, social, emotional and intellectual needs. Our schools should offer opportunities for the maximum growth of each student.
WE BELIEVE the curriculum of the schools should be flexible in order to provide for the individual needs and mental capabilities of all students.
WE BELIEVE that experiences and opportunities should be provided that will enable our students to acquire basic cognitive processes, independence, self-discipline, leadership, social graces, good citizenship, and aesthetic appreciation.
WE BELIEVE our curriculums should be constructed in such a manner as to provide opportunities for those who are planning to continue their education and for those who will terminate their formal education with high school.
WE BELIEVE that our programs should be geared to individual capabilities and that every student should experience success in the school environment.

C. OBJECTIVE

The Marshall County School SBDM Councils in assuming responsibility for all matters relating to the operation of each school, recognize the primary objective of a school media center is to enrich, support, and implement the educational program of the school. The Marshall County SBDM Councils of each school subscribe in principle to the statements of policy on library philosophy as expressed in philosophies of the American Association of School Librarians? 21st-Century Learner, Access to Resources and Services in the School Library Media Program: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights and the Library Bill of Rights, adopted by the Council of American Library Association, and Kentucky Department of Education?s Beyond Proficiency @ Your Library.

  • To this end, the Marshall County School SBDM Councils endorse the Library Bill of Rights of the American Library Association and the American Association of School Libraries and asserts that the aims of the school media centers are:
  • To provide materials that will enrich and support the curriculum, taking into
    consideration the varied interests, abilities, and maturity level of the users served.
  • To provide materials that will stimulate growth in factual knowledge, literary
    appreciation, aesthetic values, and ethical and moral standards.
  • To provide background information which will enable the users to make
    intelligent judgments in their daily lives.
  • To provide materials on opposing sides of controversial issues so that young
    citizens may develop, with guidance, the practice of critical analysis of all media.
  • To place principle above personal opinions, and reason above prejudice in the
    selection of materials of the highest quality in order to assure a comprehensive
    collection appropriate for the users of the library center.

D. RESPONSIBILITIES FOR SELECTION OF MATERIALS

The Marshall County Board of Education is legally responsible for all matters relating to the operation of Marshall County Schools. Administrators, supervisors, teachers, and students are to be encouraged to suggest materials to be added to the media center collection and to share in evaluating materials being considered for purchase. The responsibility for the selection of instructional materials is delegated to the professionally trained personnel employed by the school system. A school review committee will be appointed yearly by the SBDM Council of each school. The committee will consist of a principal, a counselor, a teacher, a parent, a student, and a librarian(s). Occasionally, objections to selection will be made by the public, despite the care taken to select materials for students, teacher, and community.

E. GUIDELINES FOR SELECTION

Factors to be considered by the media specialist who is the coordinator of media center purchases:

  • State, regional, and national standards for school libraries
  • Curriculum of the school
  • Present library collection
  • Budget
  • Characteristics and needs of the students
  • Potential Use

F. CRITERIA FOR SELECTION

  • Educational significance
  • Need and value to the collection
  • Reputation and significance of author or producer
  • Favorable reviews found in standard tools of review
  • Clarity, adequacy, and scope of media
  • Validity, accuracy, objectivity, up-to-datedness, and appropriateness of media
  • Organization and presentation of contents
  • High degree of readability and/or comprehensibility
  • High artistic quality and/or literary style
  • High degree of potential user appeal
  • Quality format
  • Value commensurate with cost and/or need

G. SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Gift materials should meet desirable standards and needs of students and/or faculty using the following criteria:

  • physical suitability
  • usefulness
  • literary quality

When materials are accepted, it should be with the understanding that the media center may use them in accordance with the needs of the curriculum.
Types of materials which are unacceptable and will be refused outright are:

  • old, outdated nonfiction
  • good fiction titles in poor editions that repel readers
  • unsuitable fiction(series books, sensational romances or mysteries?)
  • adult books with features questionable for use by adolescents
  • comics, magazines of movie or true romance type, or materials of propagandistic nature
  • tems from book showers
  • special gift collections designed to be kept together

H. PROCEDURES FOR HANDLING QUESTIONED OR CHALLENGED MATERIALS

When a complaint is made, the procedures are as follows:

  • An explanation of established policies and procedures of both selection and objections shall be made.
  • If the complainant wishes to make a formal complaint, a school SBDM approved form will be provided to the complainant.
  • The complainant will complete the request form and will ask to be included on the agenda of the next scheduled SBDM Council meeting.
  • After verbal presentation to the SBDM Council of the complaint, the complaint shall be referred immediately to the SBDM Review Committee.
  • The challenged material will be given to the Media Selection Review Committee for review.

When the Media Selection Review Committee has the complaint:

  • A careful re-evaluation shall be made of the material within two weeks.
  • A written recommendation shall be made to the SBDM Council at the next regularly scheduled SBDM Council meeting.

When the SBDM Council has received the recommendation from the Media Selection Review Committee:

  • A careful evaluation of the Media Selection Review Committee's recommendation shall render a decision from the SBDM Council by the next regularly scheduled SBDM Council meeting.
  • Since the SBDM Council assumes all responsibility, the final decision will be theirs.

After the SBDM Council ruling, a written reply shall be made to the complainant. A copy of the reply will be sent to the review committee and a copy will be kept on file at the school. All appeals to the decision must be filed according to the SBDM Appeals Policy and/or the Marshall County Board of Education Appeals policy.

Cell Phone Policy

Any student who brings a cell phone to any school function, school bus, and/or during a school day must make sure the phone is turned off, and is not visible while at the school function or location. The cell phone should not be seen or heard during the school day. A phone on mute or vibrate is not considered turned off.

The consequences for violation of this policy in a school year are as follows:
1st Offense: The phone will be taken to the principal’s office and may only be picked up by the cell phone carrier’s parent

2nd Offense: The phone will be kept locked in the principal's office for the remainder of the school year.

Adopted 1/10/07
Amended 10/13/11

GRADE LEVEL PLACEMENT POLICY

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for when a student enrolls at Benton Elementary who has been enrolled in a non-public school environment. It is the intent of Benton Elementary to place student(s) in the grade level where the student will be successful.

The following assessments may be administered to collect data to best determine the level of content knowledge of the student.

  • Universal Benchmark Test for Reading and Math
  • Star Reading/Star Early Literacy
  • Star Math
  • AIMS Probes

The determination will be made by a committee to be made up of:

  • Principal/Assistant Principal
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Two classroom teachers from each grade level where possible placement may occur.

Adopted:
1st Reading: 1/13/2011
2nd Reading: 2/24/2011

Retention Policy

At the end of each level of the primary program, it is ultimately the responsibility of the classroom teacher and principal to decide whether a student will not progress to the next level. Decisions will be made based on case-by-case circumstances focusing on student achievement and developmental levels of the child. Parents will be involved in such case.

Primary Grades (K-3) - A school team, which includes the parent(s) of the identified child, will consider and recommend the appropriate early or delayed exit for any student in the primary program. Such review will take place at least thirty (30) days prior to the beginning of the school year.

When a child has experienced difficulty at two consecutive grade levels of the primary program and has had two consecutive primary teachers recommend that he/she remain at the current placement, it is strongly recommended that the child remain at their current level.

Intermediate Grades (4th & 5th) - A student in the 4th or 5th grade may be retained if the following end of year grades apply to that student in the core subjects. Core subjects are Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.

The student:

  • FAILS - 1 core subject, any score – PASS for the year
  • FAILS - 2 core subjects below 60 – FAIL for the year
  • FAILS – 2 core subjects - 1 of the 2 must be above a 60 to pass to the next grade level.
  • FAILS – 3 core subjects - 2 of the 3 must be above a 60 to pass to the next grade level.
  • FAILS – all 4 core subjects, any score – FAIL for the year

Revised 12/03/08

School Space Use

The principal shall with input from the school council prepare and approve a school space use plan. The principal shall implement the plan subsequent to the approval of the school council. If the school council has not developed and approved a plan prior to July 15, the principal shall develop and implement a space use plan.

Revised 12/03/08

 

School Trips

  • A signed permission slip from the custodial parent is required for every school trip that requires bus transportation. Parental notification is required for trips off the school campus where students walk to their destination.
  • Trips must be of an educational purpose and aligned with Kentucky’s Core Content.
    Principal permission in writing is required for all field trips. Use Field Trip Request Form. Principal’s signature is required on bus request forms. Bus Request and Field Trip Request Form available from secretary, principal or teacher share drive.
  • Class trips are to be taken with other classes from the same grade level in order to avoid duplications.
  • Only students and school personnel may ride buses on trips. Parents and volunteers may follow in vehicles.
  • Non-school personnel must be on the list of approved volunteers in order to have students placed under their supervision.
  • All students must ride to and from the field trip destination. Exemptions from this policy may be granted with advance permission by the principal.
    Students may be assessed a transportation fee to help cover expenses for transportation costs.

Revised 12/03/08

 

Alignment with State Standards, Technology
Utilization and Program Appraisal Policy

The school shall organize all instructional and other activity to be aligned with standards established in state laws and regulations, and in a manner that is consistent with local school board policy. The CurriculumIPD/School Improvement Plan Committee, by no later than November 30 of each year, shall provide a report to the school council that shall include, but not be limited to

  • Alignment of the school curriculum with state standards
  • Alignment of the school's instructional practices with state recommendations
  • Status of student performance as measured by the state assessment process
  • Alignment with the Standards and Indicators for School Improvement
  • Implementation and impact of the current Comprehensive School Improvement Plan.

Upon request by the school council, the Technology Committee shall report to the school council on the degree to which the utilization of technology in the school contributes to increased student performance and shall make recommendations as to better use of technology.

Adopted 3-12-03

 

Fundraiser/ Service Project Calendar

Teachers: You may sell your items anytime during your designated month. If a grade level decides to change their fundraiser they may as long as another grade level is not doing the same. Also, if you are heading up a service project for a club you will need to place it on the fundraiser/service project calendar located in Mr. Flatt's office.

There may only be one fundraiser and one service project per month.

Club sponsors: Please try to find service projects that do not cost money such tabs off of coke cans or recycling plastic. This allows all students to participate in the activities.

  • August: 1 st grade- suckers or snow cones
  • September: K- dippin dots
  • October:no fundraisers- Fall Festival
  • November: 3rd grade- cotton candy
  • December:no fundraisers- Christmas time
  • January: 4th grade- econ project
  • February: 5th grade- hot chocolate
  • March: open; good for school wide fundraiser
  • April: 2nd grade- pop ice
  • May- open

District Writing Policy

Marshall County Elementary Schools recognize that writing is part of literacy, a necessary communication skill for students, and should be authentically taught and practiced in all content areas. The writing curriculum will be designed so that all students achieve at high levels. The curriculum will comply with all applicable state and federal statutes and regulations.

Policy Components:

  1. The schools will provide multiple opportunities for students to develop complex communication skills for a variety of purposes.
  2. The schools will provide developmentally appropriate access to and use of technology tools for students.
  3. Feedback will be given to students regarding their writing and communication skills from individual classroom teacher/so Students will be provided opportunities to self-assess and provide feedback on the work of others as developmentally appropriate
  4. The school}s procedures as established by the Literacy team team} reviewed by the faculty, and adopted by the SBDM for developing and monitoring Student Writing Portfolio Collections will be implemented.

Component I

Marshall County Elementary Schools will provide multiple opportunities for students to develop complex communication skills for a variety of purposes. Communication skills will include students actively engaged in reading, writing, speaking, listening and observing regularly in classrooms across all content areas.

  • Writing and reading will be vertically and horizontally aligned to the KY Common Core State Standards.
  • Writing will be incorporated throughout all subject areas and should be a natural outcome of classroom activities.
  • Students will be provided with instruction and opportunities to practice proficient communication {speaking} listening} language} writing) for authentic purposes.

Component II

Marshall County Elementary Schools will assist students in being creative and innovative members of a global society by providing them developmentally appropriate access to and authentic use of technology tools.

  • Students will be provided opportunities to innovatively use technology to communicate.
  • Students will have access to a variety of technology tools {document camera} projector} SMART Boards} computer labs} and software programs).
  • Students will be provided with opportunities to actively communicate using technology across content areas.

Marshall County Elementary Schools District Writing Policy 2011

Component III

The development and monitoring of Student Writing Portfolio Collections at Marshall County Elementary Schools will follow the guidelines below in order to support the teachers, guide instruction, and monitor student growth over time.

A. All grade levels and content areas will participate in writing and communication instruction, the development of Student Writing Portfolio Collection pieces, and the Student Writing Portfolio Collection review. Student Writing Portfolio Collection (hard copy and/or digital) will follow student from kindergarten through fifth grade. Student Writing Portfolio Collections will be sent to the appropriate middle school at the end of fifth grade.

B. Students will be engaged in three categories of writing: writing to learn, writing to demonstrate learning, and writing for publication. Students will learn the writing process (prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing).

• Writing to Learn - for all subject areas, Writing to Learn activities can include but are not limited to:

√ Journaling or Writer's Notebook

√ Note-taking and/or use of graphic organizers

√ Reading logs or response journals

• Writing to Demonstrate Learning - for all subject areas, Writing to Demonstrate

Learning activities can include but are not limited to:

√ classroom Open Response Questions

√ exit slips that involve writing

√ book reviews

√ projects that involve writing

Writing for Publication - for all subject areas, Writing for Publication activities includes any writing that could be actually published (or sent) in the real world, such as letters, editorials, speeches, feature articles, research papers, stories, poems, scripts, personal narratives, memoirs, autobiographies, personal essays

C. Student Writing Portfolio Collections will be reviewed to collect data on student needs and growth in order to guide instruction. Student Writing Portfolio Collections will be reviewed for both individual student needs, common grade level and school needs. Writing will be reviewed for specific individual and grade level student needs in order to guide instruction and monitor student growth. Grade level review of Student Writing Portfolio Collections will occur regularly throughout the school year in order to adjust instruction.

D. All teachers will participate in PO based on teacher and student needs determined by the review of the Student Writing Collection data. PO will be ongoing and job-embedded as a result of the Student Writing Portfolio Collection reviews.

E. Administration will support and guide the writing and communication instruction, PO, and review process.

F. The Writing Policy and Action Plan will both be living documents adjusted based on student and school instructional needs.

G. The school literacy team will review the Writing Policy and Action Plan to make strategy and PO recommendations.

H. The literacy team will communicate the Student Writing Portfolio Collection review findings to the staff and stakeholders.

Component IV

Feedback will be given to all Marshall County Elementary School students regarding their writing and communication skills.

A. In order to advance instruction, teachers will provide students, parents, and SBOM Members frequent and descriptive feedback on student progress in writing and communication skills.

B. Student writing pieces and communication skills will be analyzed for strengths and weaknesses.

C. Students will be given the opportunity to self-assess and improve writing based on teacher and peer feedback. Feedback will be based on a writing and communication rubric.

 

Election of School Council Members

ELECTION OF TEACHER MEMBERS

Teachers assigned to a school shall organize the election to select teacher council members. Teachers may request the Principal to provide administrative assistance in preparing for the election.

Teachers may nominate themselves or another teacher. A written ballot containing the names of all qualified teachers nominated shall be prepared and kept on file with other council records. Teachers shall elect a chairperson to oversee the meeting to elect teacher members to the council. Balloting will continue until three (3) teachers are elected. Teacher members must be employees of the District and currently assigned to the school where they are elected as council members. For the purpose of electing teacher council members, a Principal or Assistant Principal may not vote or serve as a teacher council member. Election shall be by majority vote of all teachers assigned to the school.

Itinerant teachers may vote at all schools to which they are assigned and may serve on the council of any of those schools. Teachers elected to a council shall not be involuntarily transferred during their term of office.

ELECTION OF PARENT MEMBERS

Parents of students assigned to a school shall organize the election to select parent council members. They may request the Principal to provide administrative assistance required to conduct the election.

Notice of the election of two (2) parent council members shall be provided by the Principal to parents and to the president ofthe school's parent-teacher organization. The notice shall state that any parent of students pre-registered to attend the school during the term of office may vote to elect the parent council members. The date of the meeting shall be set in cooperation with the president of the parent-teacher organization. If the school does not have a parent-teacher organization, then parents shall set the date and time for a meeting of parents to elect council members and shall provide notice of this meeting to parents. The notice shall be given seven (7) days prior to the meeting.

The meeting to elect parent council members shall be held after normal working hours at a time and place convenient for parents to attend. The Principal shall notify the local newspaper of the date, time, and place of the vote in a manner that gives sufficient time for the newspaper to provide notification to the community. The notice shall be given seven (7) days prior to the meeting.

A parent council member shall be a parent, stepparent, or foster parent of a student to be enrolled in the school during the parent's term of council service. Parent shall also mean a person who has legal custody of a student pursuant to a court order and with whom the student resides. A parent council member shall not be an employee or the relative of an employee of the school in which that parent serves, nor shall the parent representative be an employee or a relative of an employee in the District administrative offices. A parent representative shall not be a local Board member or Board member's spouse. Relative shall mean father, mother, brother, sister, husband, wife, son, daughter, aunt, uncle, son-in-law, or daughter-in-law.

A parent council member shall submit to a state and national fingerprint-supported criminal history background as required by KRS 160.380. A parent member may serve prior to the receipt of the criminal history background check report, but shall be removed from the council on receipt by the District of a report documenting a record of a sex crime or criminal offense against a victim who is a minor as defined in KRS 17.500 or as a violent offender as defined in KRS 17.165.

TERMS

Terms of school council members shall be for one (1) year and shall begin on July 1 and end on June 30 of the following year. Annual elections for the following year's terms should be held no later than the preceding May, but the specific date shall be set by the council.

Teacher and parent council members are eligible for re-election.

COUNCIL ELECTIONS FOR NEW OR CONSOLIDATED SCHOOLS

When a new school is opened or schools are consolidated, these guidelines shall be followed:

  • If a school is scheduled for closing, there is no need to hold council elections for the upcoming school year.
  • Council members of a school being consolidated with another school may not carry over a term of office to the newly consolidated school's council, but may stand for election if otherwise qualified.
  • Following the opening of a new or consolidated school, elections shall be held to form a council.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Council members shall not have a conflict of interest pursuant to KRS Chapter 45A, except the salary paid to District employees.

REMOVAL OF COUNCIL MEMBERS

On recommendation of the Commissioner of Education and pursuant to statutory requirements, the Board may remove a council member for cause by a vote of four-fifths (4/5) of the Board's membership.

VACANCIES

Council vacancies shall be filled at a special called election and shall follow the guidelines set forth in this policy.

REFERENCES:

KRS 17.165; KRS 17.500; KRS 156.132 KRS 160.345; KRS 160.347; KRS 160.380 GAG 91-148; GAG 91-192; OAG 91-206 GAG 92-88; GAG 93-49; GAG 94-41

Adopted/Amended: 07/23/2009

 

Discipline Plan CHIEF Rules | PBIS

CHIEF Guidelines for Success

  • Choose to always be responsible
  • Hands, feet, and objects to myself
  • I will be accountable for my actions
  • Every day I will show respect
  • Follow directions

PBIS

PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) is a behavior support system that recognizes the positive contributions of students. The main goal is to help each child develop self-discipline to make good choices.

The PBIS process focuses on improving a school's ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students. Common routines and uniform language with respect to appropriate school behaviors are consistent throughout the school. As a result, instructional time is more effectively used for teaching and the overall school environment is calm, pleasant and conducive to learning.

At Benton Elementary, the CHIEF Guidelines for Success lay the foundation for student expectations in all school settings.