Student Handbook (English)
Student/Parent Handbook & Discipline Plan
To empower and inspire all in the pursuit of excellence
Dear Students and Families,
Welcome to another exciting year at Moxee Elementary School. We begin our year ready to ensure that each and every student will be equipped with the education and tools needed to be successful. Teachers spend Monday mornings closely analyzing student progress and ways to ensure high levels of learning for ALL. To provide this essential learning time for staff, school begins at 9:55 on Mondays. On Tuesday-Friday, school begins at 8:55.
We are looking forward to implementing a new and innovative math program, i-Ready. This highly effective math program is designed to provide individualized learning for your child that also includes engaging on-line lessons at their instructional level. As we start the 2017-18 school year, every child in 1st-5th grades will have a laptop available for their use in each classroom. East Valley School District is truly committed to ensuring the success of our children by providing access to twenty-first century learning.
Please stop in to meet the new members of our Moxee Elementary office crew: Principal Elizabeth Hockens, Assistant Principal Laura Lean, and our counselor Ashley Parrish. We also welcome Monica Estrada to our 5th grade and Jillian Sauve to our 2nd grade teaching teams. We look forward to getting to know you and becoming a part of the Moxee family.
Elizabeth Hockens, Principal
Moxee Elementary 573-7700
Principal: Elizabeth Hockens 573-7720
Vice Principal: Laura Lean 573-7721
Secretaries: Ivone Zuñiga 573-7700
Ana Ayala 573-7724
District Office 573-7300
Superintendent: John Schieche 573-7320
Asst. Superintendent: Russ Hill 573-7321
Transportation Supervisor: 573-7347
Regular attendance is essential to student success in school. Most subjects are taught in sequence, requiring understanding of each concept in the order of its presentation. Persistent absenteeism creates a genuine hardship for a student and is regarded as a very serious problem. All students have the responsibility to be in school on time each day. Parents should set the example by stressing the importance of regular, on-time attendance, and by planning vacations and appointments on weekends, holidays, and after school hours whenever possible.
Every day of school is important to your child and we encourage regular attendance. On the other hand, a child should not be sent to school if he/she shows any sign of illness, including, but not limited to, a temperature. When your child has a temperature, wait until it is normal (98.6) for 24 hours before you send the child back to school.
When a student is absent a written excuse or a phone call must be received from a parent or guardian. If your child is going to be absent, we ask that you call the school prior to 9:30 a.m. so that we can post attendance records as well as account for the safety of each child. Absences are unexcused until a phone call or note is received.
Students who come late to school miss the beginning of the instructional day. Assignments, goals, and procedures are covered during this time period. Please help your child arrive on time. When your child is tardy please accompany them to the office to sign in. Parents will be contacted if chronic tardiness begins to disrupt the educational program.
Picking up your child early from school early:
Any student being dismissed prior to the regular dismissal time must be picked up in the office, where the student must be “signed out” by the parent or guardian. If the child is leaving the school with someone other than the parent or guardian, a note informing the office of this change is required.
Before and After School:
Students should arrive no earlier than 8:25 A.M. Tuesday- Friday and 9:25 A.M. on Monday. At that time the front doors open and the playground is supervised. We do not have any after school supervision on the playground. Unless students are under the direct supervision of a staff member or parent, they are expected to leave the school by 3:31 P.M.
Change in After School Routines:
If your child is leaving the school with someone other than the parent or guardian, or taking a different bus, a note is required. In case of last minute changes, please call the office prior to 3:00 p.m. so that we have ample time to communicate the change to the teacher.
Student Pick-up Area:
When picking up your child in the loading zone loop, children will be allowed to walk on the sidewalk until reaching your vehicle. They must enter the vehicle on the passenger side only. A driver MUST remain in the vehicle at all times if your car is in the pickup loop. Please do not allow your child to cut between the cars. If you are parking in the main lot, you will need to get out of your car and claim your child at the flagpole area and escort him/her to the car. Please be sure to watch for cars leaving the loading zone. There will be absolutely no cars allowed in the bus loop.
Bicycle and Scooter Safety:
Please be aware that there is a bicycle rack available for students to park their bikes and scooters. Bikes and scooters will not be allowed in the building. The rack is in a non-supervised area of our playgrounds, so we suggest that all students bring a lock and chain to secure their bike because we cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items. For the safety of all of our students, we strongly recommend that helmets be worn when riding to and from school.
Questions and concerns regarding bus route assignments and/or times should be directed to the Transportation Supervisor, at 573-7347. If a student needs to ride a different bus or is going to get off at a different stop, he/she must bring a note from parent/guardian. This note is to be brought to the office to be approved and stamped by our office personnel or an administrator.
Early Release times:
Students will be dismissed at 12:25 on an early release day. Lunches will be served. Students will be dismissed at 11:30 on the last day of school. No lunch will be served.
We have scheduled ‘spirit days’ throughout the year. These are days where students can dress according to certain themes. The dates are shown on our school calendar. More details will follow about each specific day.
Lunch Policy & Prices:
We encourage pre-payments for meals to avoid delays during meal service. Students should pay for their lunch and/or milk in the cafeteria before school begins or use our convenient on-line service at revTrak.com. A student will not be allowed to charge meals. Their student account needs to have sufficient funds. If you would like to apply for free/reduced prices, you may pick up a form in the office. If a student does not have a lunch, then East Valley Food Service will provide a courtesy snack at no charge. The snack will include cereal and milk.
Full Prices: Adult Prices:
Lunch $2.60 Lunch $3.50
Emergency School Closure:
In case of any emergency closure or delayed start of school, the information will be announced on the radio stations listed below.
KFFM 107.3 FM KIT 128 AM KMWX 1460 AM
KXDD 104.1 FM KUTI 980 AM KATS 94.5 FM
KXXS 92.9 FM KARY 100.9 FM KRSE 105.7 FM
Spanish Language Radio Stations:
KYXE 1020 AM KZTB 96.7 FM KZTA 96.9 FM
Parents may also call the district snowline at 573-7350 option 3 for information regarding school closures.
Report Cards and Student Conferences:
Fall Conferences will be held November 13-17
Spring conferences will be held March 26-30
The children will be RELEASED FROM SCHOOL EARLY (p.m.) ON THE DATES MENTIONED ABOVE.
Your child/children’s teacher(s) will be sending you information, in advance, to schedule a conference with you. The purpose of the conference is to review your child’s progress at school. Your attendance is one of the most important school activities in which parents can be involved. Here are some tips you may find helpful in preparing for conferences:
- Prepare questions ahead of time to ask at the conference(s).
- Pinpoint specific questions rather than talking in general terms.
- Be on time and end the conference on time.
- Relax! Teachers and parents are both striving for the same results.
- Follow up on suggestions made at the conference.
What if you have concerns?
If you have a concern regarding your child(ren), the following steps might be helpful:
- If it’s a classroom or specialist (music, P.E., library) situation, contact your child’s teacher either by calling them directly through their extension number or the office. It is important to contact them before or after school unless there is an emergency, so it doesn’t disrupt the educational flow during the day. If the situation is not resolved, please contact the principal.
- In any school-related situation - inside or outside the classroom - feel encouraged to contact the principal. The school principal is there to be of help to you, your child, and the learning process.
- The school nurse is available during the week to assist with health problems and can be reached through the school office.
Remember . . . . . . the situation or your concern cannot be addressed if you don’t make someone aware of it!
Parents are always welcome at all schools. We require that all parents (any visitor) check-in at the office and put on a visitor badge. This helps our staff and students to recognize a visitor and provides safety for our schools. Your cooperation is appreciated. If you wish to visit a class, approval by the principal is required. Remember that during class time the teacher is engaged in teaching and will not be able to talk to visitors. Please inform the office if you are going to have lunch with your child. We need to get your meal on the lunch count so we have enough food for everyone. It is also a good idea to let your child’s teacher know you are dining with your child, so they can make plans for your attendance.
Parents are encouraged to volunteer at school. You can do many things which help students to be more successful, as well as connect to your children’s education. An effective volunteer has an interest in children’s education, and is caring and dependable. The time volunteers spend in the school can make a difference in the quality of programs provided. If you want to become an active volunteer, but find that your child’s teacher doesn’t have enough for you to do, please call our school office to speak with the school secretary. They can always find something that needs to be done. Parent Volunteers will be asked annually to complete a Parent Volunteer security clearance form.
Booster Clubs Do Make A Difference!
Booster Club promotes a strong home-school connection between students, parents, and staff by sponsoring social activities such as roller skating, bingo, and family nights. Booster Club has also organized and completed major fund-raising projects to purchase playground equipment, reader board, fieldtrips and various school supplies. They are a supportive group who has provided many necessary items for staff and students to increase student learning. Parents are needed and encouraged to join and support Booster Club. Join Booster Club! The group meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00pm in our library
If a child becomes ill or injured at school, every effort will be made to contact the parents or person designated as an emergency contact. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD’S STUDENT INFORMATION CARD IS UP- TO- DATE WITH EMERGENCY NUMBERS. If your child has severe allergies or a specific medical problem, please schedule a meeting with the school nurse to develop a care plan.
Regarding Medication: The State of Washington has given all public schools very strict guidelines with regard to administering oral medication at school. These guidelines are mandatory and are necessary for the safety of all our students. The following things are required in order for us to administer medication at school:
- All medication must be brought to school in the original container. If it is prescription medication, it must have the student’s name, physician name. drug name, and dose.
- We must have a completed medication form, which requires a doctor’s signature on file. The form is available in the office.
These guidelines include all medications, including cough drops, pain relievers, eye, ear or nose drops.
If your child develops a health condition that will restrict school activities particularly for physical education, the office should be notified immediately followed by written instructions from your doctor. The secretary will distribute copies of the note on a need- to- know basis to the homeroom teacher, nursing office, principal, and others as needed. The original note will be filed in the office.
Homework is designed to be a constructive tool in the teaching/learning process. Homework can be an aid to learning.
- Help students develop independent study skills.
- Reinforce learning that has taken place at school.
- Bring the home and school closer together.
- Relate school learning to out-of-school interests.
Parents are encouraged to:
- Show a positive interest in homework and their child’s other schoolwork.
- Provide children with a suitable place and a quiet time for homework.
- Cooperate with the teacher to make homework more effective.
- Serve as consultants about problems. Avoid doing the homework for the child.
- Communicate with your child’s teacher if the homework is overly frustrating or difficult.
If your child is using his/her time wisely in class, he/she should not have more than an average of thirty to sixty minutes of homework each night.
We believe that school is a place to learn not only about education but about appropriate school behaviors, therefore it is our philosophy that discipline should be about learning and not about rules. We will strive to teach our students appropriate school behaviors and guide them in this learning process. We will expect our students to treat this school and each other with respect. They will be considerate of others with their voice levels, their actions, and the words they choose.
Students are expected to demonstrate positive behavior on the school playground and throughout the building. Basic rules for the playground are:
- Students will use the equipment as it was intended
- Students will show respect for others
- Students will follow directions of playground teacher
- Students will not leave the playground for any reason unless permission is given from the playground teacher
- Students will leave the snow on the ground…Don’t throw snowballs!!
- Students will stop what they are doing when the whistle blows and go directly to class
East Valley School District is proud to offer a variety of computer experiences to all students. Technology curriculum includes a research component, which means that when possible, students will access the Internet. District No. 90 has installed a Web sense Internet filter to prevent students and staff from accessing inappropriate web sites, chat rooms or other unacceptable areas. If you do NOT want your child to access the Internet (even with the Web sense filtering system) please stop by the office to fill out the appropriate form.
Lost and Found:
Lost and found areas are located in each school. Unclaimed items are gathered up at the end of the school year and donated to charity. Please check the lost and found boxes and tables during conferences or whenever you are in the building.
Toys, Student Property, Money, and Pets:
Toys and other valuable property or money should be left at home, unless a student brings an item for sharing. The school cannot guarantee recovery of lost or stolen property. It is especially important that valuable items such as cell phones and hand-held video games be left at home. Should they be brought to school inadvertently, they must be kept turned off and in the child’s back pack. Any such items found activated will be removed and held for an adult to pick up. Money should only be brought in small amount and for specific purposes, such as paying for lunch, or special events.
Student pets are not allowed at school. Many of our students are allergic to certain animals. Please leave your pets home.
Please notify the school’s office in writing if you are planning to move out of our school district. A week’s notice would be greatly appreciated, so appropriate forms can be prepared for your child’s new school. The school should receive a notice of withdrawal at least two days before the student’s last day of attendance. With reasonable notice, the teachers can prepare the report and obtain information for the transfer slip. Please make sure all school property, such as books, are returned, so that a transfer to the next school can be done quickly.
Student Name and Image Disclosure
Throughout the year, employees of the East Valley School District will take photos and videos of students during classroom activities and events. These images may be included in district-wide publications, presentations, Web pages, Facebook or other social media sites, press releases, newspaper articles, and other possible mediums.
As a parent/guardian, you choose how your child’s image and name may be disclosed by the East Valley School District. If you are uncomfortable with your child’s name and/or image being released for use in any of the above-mentioned purposes, you can choose to opt-out. To opt-out, complete the Student Name & Image Disclosure form. This form can be accessed by visiting our website at www.evsd90.org and selecting the Communications Department. Once you are on the Communications Department page, click on the link titled Image Disclosure and fill out all parts of the form. You may also request a hardcopy from the school or district office.
If you do not choose to opt-out, we will assume you have given the East Valley School District permission to release your child’s name/image for the 2017-2018 school year. Note that school yearbooks are considered internal publications and are not subject to these restrictions. If you do not want your child’s name/photo to be included in these publications, please notify your building principal in writing.
Parent Involvement Policy can be viewed at MES Website. If you would like to have a hard copy please contact the school office at 573-7700. The Parent Compact is included in our first day of school packet.
This handbook is a guideline and may be altered or changed at any time during the school year.
Character Traits and Definitions
Loyalty- Standing up for someone or something; showing allegiance or commitment to a person or cause.
Motivation-The influence or inspiration that causes someone to behave or act in a certain manner.
Tact-Thinking before one speaks or acts; being truthful without offending others.
Citizenship-Positively contributing to society and community, as well as dutifully respecting authority and the law.
Zest-Possessing excitement; a feeling of enjoyment and enthusiasm.
Optimism- Possessing a positive outlook; being hopeful and confident.
Empathy-Not only understanding, but also feeling another person’s experiences and emotions.
Perseverance-Working hard without giving up, showing determination and drive.
Curiosity-The desire to learn or know more; to approach something with wonder.
Humility-Having or stating a modest opinion of one’s own importance or accomplishment.
Flexibility-Willingness to listen to and consider the ideas of others; open to change or compromise.
Creativity-The ability to be imaginative, innovative and resourceful.
Moxee Booster Club Officers
President: Tiffany Edler
Secretaries: Crystal Maas
Fundraiser: Sarah Boerum, Becky Moctezauma
Year Book: Alicia McPherson
Hoe Down: Joanna Albrecht
Vice President: Angela Nieghbor
Treasurers: Judy Richardson
Book Fair: Katie Bombard
Staff Appreciation: Nichole Blair
Come join our booster meeting and get involved. Meetings are usually the 2nd Thursday of each month. Any questions - please call or text (509)307-2155 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find us on Facebook under Moxee Mustang Booster.
The East Valley School District No. 90 does not tolerate discrimination in connection with any programs, activities, or employment based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity, creed, religion, age, veteran or military status, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding compliance procedures may be directed to the school district Title IX, Section 504/ADA, and Civil Rights Coordinator, Mr. Russ Hill, 2002 Beaudry Road, Yakima, WA 98901, email@example.com or (509) 573-7300. You can report discrimination and discriminatory harassment to any school staff member or to the district's Civil Rights Coordinator, listed above. You also have the right to file a complaint. For a copy of your district’s nondiscrimination 3210 policy and procedure, contact your school or district office or view it online at www.evsd90.org.
Students and staff are protected against sexual harassment by anyone in any school program or activity, including on the school campus, on the school bus or off-campus during a school-sponsored activity.
Sexual Harassment is unwelcome behavior or communication that is sexual in nature when:
- A student or employee is led to believe that he or she must submit to unwelcome sexual condut or communictions in order to gain something in return, such as a grade, a promotion, a place on a sports team.
- The conduct substanially intereferes with a student’s educational performance, or creates anintimidating or hostile educational or employment enviorniment.
Examples of Sexual Harassment:
- Pressuring a person for sexual favors
- Unwelcome touching or a sexual nature
- Writing graffiti of a sexual nature
- Distributing sexually explicit texts, e-mails, or pictures
- Making sexual jokes, rumors, or suggestive remarks
- Physical vilolence, including rape and sexual assault
You can report sexual harassment to any school staff member or to the district’s Title IX Officer, who is listed above. You also have the right to file a complaint (see below). For a copy of your district’s sexual harassment policy and procedure, contact your school or district office, or view it online here:
COMPLAINT OPTIONS: DISCRIMINATION AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT
If you believe that you or your child have experienced unlawful discrimination, discriminatory harassment, or sexual harassment at school, you have the right to file a complaint.
Before filing a complaint, you can discuss your concerns with your child’s principal or with the school district’s Section 504 Coordinator, Title IX Officer, or Civil Rights Coordinator, who are listed above. This is often the fastest way to revolve your concerns.
Complaint to the School District
Step 1. Write Our Your Complaint
In most cases, complaints must be filed within one year from the date of the incident or conduct that is the subject of the complaint. A complaint must be in writing. Be sure to describe the conduct or incident, explain why you believe discrimination, discriminatory harassment, or sexual harassment has taken place, and describe what actions you believe the district should take to resolve the problem. Send your written complaint—by mail, fax, email, or hand delivery—to the district superintendent or civil rights compliance coordinator.
Step 2: School District Investigates Your Complaint
Once the district receives your written complaint, the coordinator will give you a copy of the complaint procedure and make sure a prompt and thorough investigation takes place. The superintendent or designee will respond to you in writing within 30 calendar days—unless you agree on a different time period. If your complaint involves exceptional circumstances that demand a lengthier investigation, the district will notify you in writing to explain why staff need a time extension and the new date for their written response.
Step 3: School District Responds to Your Complaint
In its written response, the district will include a summary of the results of the investigation, a determination of whether or not the district failed to comply with civil rights laws, notification that you can appeal this determination, and any measures necessary to bring the district into compliance with civil rights laws. Corrective measures will be put into effect within 30 calendar days after this written response—unless you agree to a different time period.
Appeal to the School District
If you disagree with the school district’s decision, you may appeal to the school district’s board of directors. You must file a notice of appeal in writing to the secretary of the school board within 10 calendar days after you received the school district’s response to your complaint. The school board will schedule a hearing within 20 calendar days after they received your appeal, unless you agree on a different timeline. The school board will send you a written decision within 30 calendar days after the district received your notice of appeal. The school board’s decision will include information about how to file a complaint with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).
Complaint to OSPI
If you do not agree with the school district’s appeal decision, state law provides the option to file a formal complaint with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). This is a separate complaint process that can take place if one of these two conditions has occurred: (1) you have completed the district’s complaint and appeal process, or (2) the district has not followed the complaint and appeal process correctly.
You have 20 calendar days to file a complaint to OSPI from the day you received the decision on your appeal. You can send your written complaint to the Equity and Civil Rights Office at OSPI:
Email: Equity@k12.wa.us ǀ Fax: 360-664-2967
Mail or hand deliver: PO Box 47200, 600 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, WA 98504-7200
Other Discrimination Complaint Options
Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
Washington State Human Rights Commission
1-800-233-3247 ǀ TTY: 1-800-300-7525 ǀ www.hum.wa.gov
STUDENT/PARENT HANDBOOK & DISCIPLINE PLAN
Moxee Elementary School
We have read and reviewed the following:
- student handbook,
- parent involvement policy
- discipline plan
- parent compact
and discussed it in detail with our son/daughter.
Signed____________________________________Parent/Guardian/Adult at home
Parent Involvement Policy can be viewed at MES Website. If you would like to have a hard copy please contact the school office at 573-7700. The Parent Compact is included in our first day of school packet.