2019-2020 Split Rock Family Handbook
Table of Contents:
- School Hours/Contacts
- Our Mission
- Principal’s Message
- Split Rock Staff
- School Procedures/Protocols
- Building Expectations
- Social-Emotional Program
- Student Services
- Supporting Subject Areas
- Assessments & Evaluations
- Important Dates
9:00 A.M. – 3:20 P.M.
4151 Split Rock Road
Camillus, NY 13031
Health Office: 315-487-4658
District Office: 315-487-4562
Food Service: 315-487-4661
Fax Number: 315-487-5394
West Genesee Central School Mission Statement
The mission of the West Genesee Central School District, in partnership with the community, is to ensure that each student attains the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary, not only for lifelong learning, but also for becoming a cooperative, self-directed, productive, caring-citizen.
Split Rock Mission Statement
In partnership with the community, it is the mission of Split Rock Elementary to provide a safe and nurturing environment that allows all students the opportunity to grow and succeed academically, socially, and emotionally.
Split Rock Vision Statement
Our students will understand how to be present, respectful, responsible, and safe while becoming lifelong learners, as they develop into caring and productive citizens.
Welcome to “The Rock!” I hope the Split Rock Elementary Family Handbook offers you the opportunity to further your perspective on what the building and community within it are all about. You will find a great deal of information that pertains to the many different functions, procedures and expectations of the building.
Here at Split Rock, we pride ourselves on staying connected with families and being very transparent, ensuring we are building the relationships that will help facilitate a positive learning environment for all students. I ask that you, please take some time to review the handbook so we are all on the same page as we embark on what will be a tremendous 2019-2020 school year!
Raptor Visiting Management System
Split Rock Elementary utilizes the Raptor Visiting Management System. Visitors are required to provide photo identification when visiting the building and plan to go beyond the main office. There are no exceptions to this protocol. Please be sure to fully understand the process and expectations as we work to ensure the safety of all students and staff during school hours.
Closings and Delays
In the event weather conditions or other factors that require the closing of a school or a delay in the opening; the announcement will be made on local TV and radio stations, as well as, electronic communication including email, text, Twitter, Facebook, Mobile App, and the Latest News section on the District website https://www.westgenesee.org/. Please understand that weather conditions and/or emergencies cannot always be predicted. In situations like this, we must be prepared to transport students home quickly. It is imperative that all students understand what they should do (babysitters, daycare providers, neighbors, or relatives) if the school were to be dismissed before regular dismissal time.
There is no formal dress code for our children. Parents and children are asked to show good judgment in selecting the appropriate attire to wear to school. If we have a concern about a child’s attire, a staff member or the Principal will contact the parents to discuss the matter.
Children in grades K-5 may earn the privilege of enjoying play time by making the right decisions. Most days play time is outside. Safety remains a concern during outdoor recess, including wearing appropriate footwear for the equipment. We ask that your children be dressed appropriately for the expected weather. If the weather doesn’t permit outside play, children may have play time in their rooms. During indoor play, only quiet games are allowed.
Reasonable amounts of homework, suited to the ages and abilities of the students, should be assigned regularly at every grade level (k-5). Homework provides the necessary practice of skills, enriches and enlarges upon classroom experiences, and utilizes school resources. Carefully planned assignments foster responsibility, help students work independently and require the development of time management skills. Homework also can provide an opportunity for the teachers, parents, and children to work as a team in the learning process. Establishing a routine for your children to do homework is essential. Even if there is no homework, children should read or review previous lessons. This will start positive study habits that are a natural part of the daily routine.
Requests For Assignments
Occasionally parents find it necessary to take their vacation while school is in session. These absences must be recorded as unexcused on the attendance record. Often assignments are requested for the lessons that will be missed; however, providing the missed assignments does not replace the instruction and experiences that occur during the absence. It should be noted that missing extended time from school, kindergarten through grade 5, may harm academic progress. In many cases, the material must be reviewed or retaught when the child returns. Each child is unique, so the teacher will know best which lessons and activities need to be made up.
If a parent is requesting assignments for his/her child due to a prolonged illness, please call the main office, 315-487-4656, by 9:00 A.M. so that ample time may be provided to the teacher.
Lost & Found
Every year we collect a variety of children’s clothing and other items. We urge parents to place identification labels on clothing. Children and parents may check our lost and found collection throughout the year. Just a first initial and last name on valued possessions could save time and money.
The students at Split Rock Elementary will understand the expectations while on campus and be encouraged to make good decisions. We have four simple expectations that apply to all areas of the building and grounds.
“The Four Bs”
- Be Present
- Be Respectful
- Be Responsible
- Be Safe
These four expectations will be continuously reviewed within the classrooms and are visible throughout the entire building. Please review our Behavior Matrix!
Each classroom may have specific classroom rules that the teacher will utilize throughout the year, and these particular rules are consistent with “The Four Bs.”
We understand that at times, students will make a poor decision. In these instances, it is our goal to make sure the student learns from their mistakes. With that, this might mean that the student could be asked to miss portions of playtime, lose privileges for a specified duration or be asked to step away from the current routine of the classroom to reflect.
In the more extreme cases, the student may be sent to the principal’s office. If this occurs again, the goal is to learn from behavior to eliminate or improve upon the action the next time the student finds themselves in that particular situation. Therefore, the student will fill out a behavior plan with the help of the principal. If this is the case, you may be notified by phone or in writing. This behavior plan will be sent home with your child and we ask that you review it with your child, sign and return it to school. It is the hope that this process helps the student take responsibility for their actions and learn from it.
This process is two-fold. First, the student has the opportunity to learn from their actions and secondly it helps build the school-home connection, making sure we are all on the same page in helping your child learn and grow from the experience.
Cell Phone Policy “Off and away throughout the day!”
Upon entering the building, student cellular phones and other electronic communication devices should be off and away. Meaning, the devices should not be used or seen during the academic school day and until the student exits the building. If there are extenuating circumstances, the student’s parents or guardians must contact the principal to discuss the details and reasoning. Grades 3-5 are provided a Chromebook each day for educational, and learning experiences and k-2 students can utilize different technology equipment throughout the day as well. Therefore, there is no need for the use of a cellular phone in any academic capacity within the building. With the advanced technology and social media outlets, this policy will allow us to eliminate many of the issues, altercations and actions that students could get involved with, while at school. We understand some students need the phone for communication purposes and that is acceptable before entering and after exiting the building. Electronic communication devices include but are not limited to cellular phones of all types, including those with photographic and text messaging capabilities, iPods, beepers, and “walkie talkies.” The school district accepts no responsibility for lost or stolen electronic communication devices on any school property.
Progressive Discipline (Cell Phone Policy)
- Meeting with the principal (the policy will be reviewed).
- The cell phone will be held in the office for parents to pick up.
Before the start of each school year, all families should receive a letter indicating their children’s bus and bus stop. We ask that if you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Director of Transportation at 315-487-4576.
Our bus drivers will not allow students in kindergarten and grade 1 off the bus unless the driver can see an older child or adult at the home. If there is no one visible, the student will be returned to Split Rock. School protocol is that after the third occurrence of no one at home the school resource officer will be contacted and will make a home visit. After the fourth occurrence of which a child is brought back to school after dismissal, we will notify Child Protective Services (CPS).
As of March 2019, we have implemented a new online student transportation information portal called Versatrans My Stop. This program provides mobile access to your child’s bus information, such as estimated arrival time to their stop.
Please visit our district transportation website for any pertinent information regarding transportation procedures, Versatrans My Stop App, as well as, transportation forms for any transportation requests or temporary changes for pick up or drop off.
Expectations of bus and bus stop behavior:
A school bus driver has a critical responsibility in getting students to and from school safely. It is imperative that the driver can focus on the road and his or her driving at all times. To allow this to happen, the students must abide by all expectations and rules while on the bus. These rules and expectations are consistent with our building expectations of being; present, respectful, responsible, and safe. If a student is not abiding by these expectations, the bus privilege could be revoked.
Student’s Responsibilities waiting for the bus:
- Be on time at the school bus stop.
- Be a safe distance from the road while waiting for the bus and maintain that distance until the bus comes to a complete stop.
- Be respectful of other people and the property at the bus stop.
- When crossing be sure to get a signal from the driver, look both ways before crossing and stay 10 feet in front of the bus, keeping in sight of the driver at all times.
Students responsibilities on the bus:
- Obey bus driver.
- Stay seated the entire bus ride.
- Keep your hands and feet to yourself and inside the bus.
- Use inside voice.
- Food or drink is eaten at home or school.
All school rules apply while children are riding a bus, even on field trips. The driver will report pupils violating these rules to the building principal through the Bus Conduct Report.
The primary responsibility of a school bus driver is to transport students. A driver’s concentration on the road is essential for safe driving. The lower the level of driver concentration, the higher the chance of accidents occurring
It is crucial for students to behave appropriately while riding on West Genesee buses, to ensure their safety and that of other passengers and to avoid distracting the bus driver. Students are required to conduct themselves on the bus in a manner consistent with established standards for classroom behavior. Pushing, shoving, fighting, harassment or excessive noise will not be tolerated. Students waiting for buses when not on school property are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the West Genesee code of conduct (Board of Education Policy # 8414.3).
Students who violate these safety rules may be subject to denial of bus privileges as shown below.
- First Bus Conduct Report: Warning
Copies of the Bus Conduct Report will be sent to parents, the school the student attends, and the driver. The original will be retained by the transportation office.
- Second Bus Conduct Report: The student may be denied bus privileges for up to five school days.
- Third Bus Conduct Report: The student may be denied bus privileges for the balance of the school year.
- The Superintendent of Schools may waive the above sequence and deny bus privileges immediately to any student guilty of grossly offensive conduct or language. Parents will be notified accordingly.
The Positivity Project
The Positivity Project is a non-profit organization, created to improve the quality and strength of peer relationships in America’s youth. This is facilitated by acknowledging a set of 24 character traits that every student possesses, and encouraging students to identify their personality strengths, along with these positive qualities in their peers. By educating students about these character traits and internalizing the belief that “Other People Matter,” we will create a population of well-minded, emotionally intellectual citizens, who will positively enhance our communities and country.
By using this social-emotional program and mindset, our staff of educators will provide direct instruction to instill an understanding of the vocabulary and provide concrete meaning to each positivity trait. This will be addressed for a minimum of 10 minutes per day within each classroom, and utilize a variety of mediums, including definitions, real-life examples, videos, classroom discussions, and exercises. There will be monthly assemblies to enrich the understanding of the main positivity trait further. Each month students who hold the character strengths that were the focus for the month will be recognized and celebrated. In customizing the Positivity Project for our own Split Rock Family, we hope to further motivate and engage our students in the importance of this program.
Our Children’s’ Health (Nurse’s Office)
New York State Public Health Law requires the following immunizations for elementary school students.
- Diphtheria /Tetanus / Pertussis Vaccine – 5 doses OR 4 doses if the 4th dose was given at age 4 or older.
- Polio vaccine – 4 doses OR 3 doses if the 3rd dose was given at age 4 or older.
- Hepatitis B vaccine – 3 doses
- Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccine (MMR) – 2 doses.
- Varicella (chickenpox) Vaccine – 2 doses.
Note: There is a 14 day window (from the 1st day of school) to complete all vaccination requirements, or the student will be excluded from school until all vaccination requirements have been met.
Please provide the most up-to-date record of immunizations to the health office. If you have any questions, please contact our school nurse, Ms. Balcourt, at 315-487-4658.
If it is necessary for children to receive medication during school hours, there are specific regulations outlined in the New York State Education Law that protect all children.
- A written order from the family physician in which he/she indicates the frequency and dosage of prescribed medication. The order is necessary for ALL medication, including over the counter items such as Tylenol, Benadryl or cough drops.
- A written request from the parent to the school nurse to administer the medication as specified by the family physician.
- Medication is to be in a container prepared by the pharmacist and properly labeled. Over the counter medication must be in the original container.
The medication should be delivered directly to the school nurse by the parent or responsible adult.
- Unless directed to do so by their doctor, children are not to leave any kind of medication in their lockers or classrooms or carry it with them. Lost medication is a potential hazard that may be found and taken by another child who could suffer a severe drug reaction.
Children entering grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 and all children new to the West Genesee district are required by New York State to have a physical exam. Exams done within twelve months of entry will meet this requirement.
Health Screenings Provided For Students In Grades k-5
Students in grades K, 1, 3, and 5, as well as newly enrolled students within 6 months of admission to the school, who did not have a hearing and/or vision screening, noted on their physical exam, require screening in school.
Scoliosis Screening will be provided to female students in grade 5, who did not have scoliosis screening noted on their physical exam.
Absent or Tardy
When a child is absent or tardy, a written note or email from the parent/guardian is required for our records. Please include the reason and dates of absence or tardiness. It is essential for family members and the school to work closely when accounting for students. Please call the Health Office at 315-487-4658 if your child will not be in school. Messages may be left on the answering machine at your convenience. Alternatively, you may send an email to email@example.com.
Illness During The School Day
If a child becomes ill or injured during the school day and it is necessary for him/her to go home, parents/guardians will be contacted by telephone. If parents/guardians are unavailable, we will contact the names listed on the child’s Emergency Contact Form. It is imperative for this information to be updated whenever necessary throughout the school year.
Speech therapists work with children who are moderate to severely-delayed in their communication skills. Delays can be present in their receptive language (understanding), expressive language (use of language), and articulation (speech sound production). Students can only receive speech and language services after a complete speech-language evaluation, psychological evaluation, and a full review is conducted by the Special Education Team (S.E.T.), the Committee on Special Education (CSE) and approval of the Board of Education.
ADA-PEP (Alcohol Drug Abuse Prevention Education Program)
Mrs. Eipp provides information, skill building, support, and growth opportunities to encourage individuals to adopt healthy lifestyles through social/emotional education and counseling.
Mrs. Bulko provides evaluations of students’ educational strengths and weaknesses to assist in establishing effective educational programs that best meet students’ needs. The school psychologist also consults and works collaboratively with parents, teachers, support staff and administrators to help children succeed academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally. Also, Mrs. Bulko provides academic strategies, positive behavioral supports as well as crisis prevention and intervention. The school psychologist also supports students’ emotional needs through counseling, focusing on coping skills/resilience, positive social interactions and problem-solving/decision making. Students receive services from the school psychologist through the school’s Special Education Team.
As part of our collective responsibility model, our Instructional Specialists work collaboratively with classroom teachers, Special Education teachers and additional support staff to support students’ in K-5th grade in the areas of reading and math. Some students require interventions or additional practice to meet essential learning targets. In other cases, students who have already reached the essential targets are challenged with additional opportunities. Our Instructional Specialists help to facilitate our Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS).
Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)
The Multi-System of Supports is a collective response by all staff, which occurs during grade level TEAM Times, a 50-minute block during their instructional day where ALL students receive an additional level of support in regards to what they need. This one system of support and enrichment for ALL students has three focus points; a focus on learning, a focus on collaboration and a focus on results. This system is carried out in a cyclical two-step process.
Grade-level teams meet every week to analyze student work (formative and summative assessments), as well as, instructional practices to identify needs of students, with the understanding that not all students learn the same way or at the same speed. During this time, four questions are addressed:
- What do we expect every student to know? (essential standards)
- How will we know if they have learned it? (assessments)
- What will we do if they don’t? (supports)
- What will we do if they already know it? (enrichment)
As we address these questions and data, we group students according to our TEAM Time.
Each grade level has a block of time (approximately 50 minutes) during the day to provide interventions and opportunities that each student needs. During this time, your student may be working with a different staff member from the grade level. This is part of our collective responsibility to provide what students need when they need it, which we believe is a winning formula for student growth and success.
Repeat: Every two weeks, we come back together and start the process over again with data meetings followed by our two week instructional TEAM Time.
Special Education Team (S.E.T.)
If a child is thought to have a disability, then permission for any testing must be obtained in writing from the parent indicating the tests to be administered and the individuals administering the tests. When testing is completed, a meeting is scheduled to share the results and discuss appropriate recommendations. The S.E.T. is charged with the responsibility of making recommendations to the District Committee on Special Education (CSE) on behalf of any child who has a disability that affects his/her progress in school. The recommendation includes the child’s disability, educational placement, and educational program. The District CSE then reviews that recommendation and, if in agreement, forwards it to the Board of Education for approval.
If a child has an identified disability, then an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is cooperatively developed by the teachers working with the child and the child’s parents. The IEP includes year-long goals that are reviewed and updated about every ten weeks. Progress updates are aligned with report cards.
Breakfast and Lunch Programs
A basic breakfast will be served in the Split Rock cafeteria. Information regarding prices can be found on the bottom of the lunch menu. Breakfast will be available from 8:50 A.M. – 9:05 A.M. Children driven to school by their parents may start breakfast at 8:50 A.M. Children arriving by bus will be let off at 8:50am and will go directly to the cafeteria. The children must complete breakfast and be in their classrooms by 9:05 A.M.
A well-balanced lunch, including milk, is available and may be purchased for $2.70. Milk, ice cream, and other snack items may be purchased separately. Children eat their lunches in the cafeteria under the supervision of teacher aides. At the end of each lunch period, the children at each table help clean up for the next group using the cafeteria.
Physical Education is the phase of the school experience planned to provide inclusive development through physical activities. It provides for the development and maintenance of physical fitness and a healthy attitude towards oneself and society. All grades have two scheduled periods of physical education every week.
Physical Education Attendance Procedures
When a parent sends a written note to the school requesting that his/her child be excused because of illness or injury from participation in physical education, that note will be routed from the building nurse to the homeroom teacher, and then to the physical education teacher. A parent may excuse his/her child from participation in physical education for up to one week (two consecutive classes). To be excused from physical education beyond that time limit, a note from the child’s physician will be required. An excuse for physical education class also means no participation in play time or any other physical type of activity while the excuse is in effect.
Although the excused student will not be permitted to participate in physical activity during gym class, usually that student will remain in a safe area in the gym (to be decided by P.E. teacher) while the class is being conducted. The intent is to allow the student to receive the nonphysical portion of instruction of the lesson.
In unique circumstances (i.e. broken bones, head injury, etc.), the school nurse and principal will decide if it is not in the best interest of the student to remain in the gym while the P.E. class is being conducted. The principal will determine an alternate location for the student.
To participate in physical activity in a gym class, students must be appropriately dressed. Appropriate dress is defined as sneakers and activewear (k-5). Students with inappropriate dress, however, will be located in a safe area within the gym in which the P.E. class is being conducted. Again, the purpose of this is to allow the student to receive the nonphysical portion of instruction of the lesson.
Students in grades 4 and 5 are required to bring in a change of clothes for PE (t-shirt, shorts/sweatpants etc.) and each child will be provided a basket and lock to store their belongings, along with stick deodorant to leave in their basket for the duration of the school year.
Students in grades K – 5 have art classes scheduled once a week for forty minutes.
The library is open to staff and children at all times during the school day. Children and teachers alike are encouraged to use all the resources when needed. The librarian, aide, and assistant are available to help children choose books and locate items they want to read.
All students in grades K-5 are provided with music instruction once a week. In addition to the regular music class, students in grades 3, 4, & 5 are allowed to sing in a grade level chorus. Each chorus presents an evening performance for parents to enjoy the results of all their practices
West Genesee provides small group lessons and band/orchestra for students in grades 4 & 5. We provide string and band instrument instruction starting in grade 4. Parents are responsible for supplying their children with smaller instruments (flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, percussion, violin, viola). The school will arrange a rental agreement for you at beginner night in the fall with a local music store of your choice (Midstate Music or Music and Arts). The school provides larger instruments (tubas, baritone, french horn, cello, bass).
Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, along with all students in grades 3-8 across NYS will take the New York State Two-Day Assessment in English-Language Arts March 30 and 31. They will take the Mathematics Assessments on April 23 and 24. These assessments allow us to demonstrate the students’ learning and growth. Additionally, our 4th graders will take a performance assessment in science on May 21 and a written science exam on June 1.
It is essential that your child be present and on time during these testing days. Students tend to do much better on these tests when they take them as scheduled, in the order, they are given, as opposed to taking them on a make-up day when their classmates are enjoying other activities. We will do our best to prepare the students for these assessments. The best way for you to help your children is to simply encourage them to do their best!
Fall Open House (Title 1 Night) Thursday, September 5, 2019 @ 6-7:30pm)
Spring Open House Thursday, May 7 @ 6-7:00pm
Marking Period 1: 12/6/19
Marking Period 2: 3/20/20
Marking Period 3: 6/25/20