“Building a Bridge to the Future”
K-6 Parent/Student Handbook
Joel Bergeson, K-6 Principal
This handbook can be viewed on-line at
Chamberlain Elementary School K-6
Dear Parents and Students:
Greetings from Chamberlain Elementary School and welcome back for the 2009-2010 school
year! We are very excited about the upcoming school year. I am delighted to be serving the
students, staff, and parent community of Chamberlain.
Our motto is “Building a Bridge to the Future.” Our motto speaks volumes as this year, as every
year, you will see first hand how hard we work in our quest to give your child the best. Every
student will be offered choice, enrichment activities, and remediation opportunities. These
choices will be found in the grade level curriculum throughout the instructional day. We want all
children to feel secure and excited about learning and we vow to continually look at ways to
improve our instruction.
Here are a few tips for a successful school year:
? Talk to your child’s teacher frequently. Together you are a team for your child’s academic
? Provide a quiet place and a consistent time to do homework. Support your child in
homework efforts but refrain from doing the homework.
? Help your child learn to follow directions. Give one- and two-step directions and see that
the task is completed.
? Teach your child to show respect for others by using polite phrases such as “please,”
“thank you,” and “excuse me.”
? Model and reinforce appropriate behavior.
? Help your child learn his/her address and telephone number.
? Guide and monitor your child’s television viewing.
? Listen to your child and encourage your child to talk about new experiences.
? Explain the meaning of new words to your child.
? Encourage your child to succeed by encouraging his/her best work, but do not expect
more than your child is capable of doing.
? Involve your child with reading and writing activities.
? See that your child gets a good night’s sleep and has a nutritious breakfast.
? Write your child's name on all personal items brought to school such as coat, hat, gloves,
boots, sweater, lunch box, etc.
? Refrain from sending to school a sick child or one who has had a fever within the past 24
hours. This precaution will help preserve the health of other children. Please telephone
the school when your child will be absent or send a written excuse upon returning to the
? Dress your child according to the weather. Outside activities will take place when the
weather permits. A note from you will be required if your child should remain inside
because of a physical condition.
? Provide the teacher with a correct telephone number where parents or a family friend
may be reached during the school day, in case of an emergency.
? Discuss with your child what to do and where to go in the event you are not at home
when he/she arrives.
Have a great year!
Joel Bergeson K-6 Principal
School Telephone Numbers
Elementary Office Office Number 234-4460
Principal Joel Bergeson 234-4460
Counselor Kathy Harn 234-4460
Family/School Coordinator Derek Long 234-4460 Secretary K-6 Jean Burfeindt 234-4460
DDN Campus Manager Nancy Hansen 234-4460
Media Center Peggy Hanzlik 234-4460
Title I Director Donna Neeman 234-4460
Special Education Director Valerie Johnson 234-4467 After School Program Director Mandy Audiss 234-4460 School Nurse Linda Johnson 234-4460
Lunchtime Solutions Sandy Mundlien 234-4460 Superintendent Tim Mitchell 234-4477
Business Manager Terry Brooks 234-4478
Activities Director Rick Hargens 234-4462
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Mission/Vision Statement 5
NCA School 6
FERPA Statement 6
AHERA Regulation 6
Non-Discrimination Policy 6
Sexual Harassment 7
Due Process 7
Grievance Procedure 7
Highly Qualified Teachers 7
School Staff 8
Chamberlain School District Line of Authority 9 School Day 10
School Security/Visitors 10
Breakfast and Lunch Programs 10
Lunch Times 10
Lunchroom Expectations 11
Playground Behavior Expectations 11
Grading Philosophy 12
Grading System 12
Honor Roll 12
Student Council 12
Request for Homework 13
Drug Policy 14
Bus Transportation 14
Exemplary Programs 14
Bicycles, Skate Boards, Roller Skating, Scooters 15 School Clothing 15
Lost and Found 15
Immunizations, Birth Certificates 15
Lockers (5/6 Elementary Building) 16
Toys, Games, Radios 16
CES – Bill of Rights 16
Expectations for Students 17 Reasons for Disciplinary Actions 17 Procedure for Student Discipline 17 Detentions/Suspensions/Expulsions 18 School Supply List 19
School Wide Title I Parent and Student Compact 20 Project PAWS (Before & After School) 23 School Calendar 27
Building a Bridge to the Future
Chamberlain School District 7-1
Mission It is the mission of the Chamberlain School District 7-1 to provide its students with well rounded
opportunities designed to offer a quality education and to ensure that every child has experiences
that promote growth and meet their individual needs. Through mutual respect within the total
school community, our children will grow and learn in a safe and secure environment where
faculty, staff, parents, and students together are enthusiastic about the teaching/learning process.
The overall program is designed to stimulate intellectual curiosity, require students to
demonstrate that they have learned how to learn and enable them to become productive and
effective citizens in the real world.
Vision We believe that the most promising strategy for achieving the mission of the CSD 7-1 is to
develop our capacity to function as a professional learning community. We envision a school
district in which staff:
? Unite to achieve a common purpose and clear goals;
? Work together in collaborative teams;
? Seek and implement promising researched-based strategies for improving student
achievement on a continuing basis;
? Monitor each student’s progress; and
? Demonstrate a personal commitment to the academic success and general well-being of
In order to achieve the vision of a school district that functions as a professional learning
community, the CSD 7-1 staff has made the following collective commitments:
? Align and utilize the South Dakota Content Standards to provide a guaranteed and viable
curriculum for all students;
? Develop, implement and evaluate on a regular basis a School Improvement Plan that
targets specific instructional areas and students identified by data analysis;
? Engage in meaningful, job-embedded staff development to enhance professional skills;
? Initiate individual and small group instructional programs to provide additional learning
time for students;
? Provide parents with resources, strategies, and information to help children succeed
? Utilize a variety of researched-based instructional strategies to promote success for all
? Develop and implement effective local assessments and administer state assessments
Philosophy The Chamberlain Board of Education has adopted a statement of philosophy for the Elementary
School, as recommended by the administration and faculty of the Chamberlain School District 7-1.
The education program of the Chamberlain Elementary School is designed to help provide a
framework within which each student may attain his or her highest fulfillment as an individual and
as a responsible member of society. Students must be prepared to meet the daily challenges of
the present environment and the constantly changing problems of the future. Education is a
continuous process that involves the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills. Since
students vary in ability, attitude, cultural background, and motivation, the school must provide
varied adaptable educational programs. The school becomes partners with the home and other
community forces in the educational development of the students. In order that the child may find
the situation in life best suited to his or her individual needs, and those of society, the school will
provide a program of individual analysis, and counseling.
The staff of the Elementary School subscribes to the premise, that education is the shared
responsibility of the student, school, home, and community.
NCA (North Central Association) School
The Chamberlain Elementary School is a member of the North Central Association and has been
accredited since 2000.
FERPA Statement The Family Educational Rights and Privacy ACT (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18
years of age certain rights with respect to the student’s educational records. A copy of these
policies and regulations may be obtained in the building principal’s office or superintendent’s
office of the Chamberlain School District 7-1. Complaints regarding a violation of rights accorded
parents and students should be submitted to the Superintendent of Schools of Chamberlain
School District 7-1, 301 East Kellam, Chamberlain, SD, 57325 or the Family Policy Compliance
Office, U. S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S. W. Washington, DC, 20202-
AHERA Regulation The facilities of the Chamberlain School District have been inspected during the last three year
period, the last being May 1, 2002. All areas of concern regarding friable asbestos in the
buildings have been corrected by removal or encapsulation for the protection of our students and
others who work in, or have access to, the district buildings. Non-friable asbestos containing
materials have been properly sealed to prevent alteration or destruction. A complete report of
inspection information, testing results for the presence of asbestos and corrective actions taken in
each building is available to any interested district citizen through either the office or building of
the school involved, or in the administrative office for the entire school district facility arrangement.
If you wish further information, or have questions about the district compliance with the AHERA
regulations as directed by the Environmental Protections Agency of the federal government,
please contact Chamberlain School District Administrative Offices, 301 E. Kellam or phone 234-
Non-Discrimination Policy The Chamberlain School District 7-1 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, gender, age, or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or
employment in its educational programs and activities.
Inquiries concerning Title VI, Title IX, or Section 504, should be directed to:
Superintendent of Schools
PO Box 119 301 East Kellam
Chamberlain, SD 57325
Sexual Harassment The Chamberlain School District 7-1 acknowledges and endorses laws against sexual
harassment. The District forbids any manner or form of infringement on the rights of others
between and among the students and/or adults connected with the operation of the school district.
Any student or employee, who believes that they have been the object of physical or verbal
harassment by another student or employee, shall file a grievance with the appropriate
administrator. Students or employees accused of sexual harassment of others shall be reported
to the appropriate legal authorities, and if found guilty, shall be subject to expulsion from school or
termination of employment.
Due Process All students and district employees are guaranteed due process rights as set forth by SDCL 13-
32-4. Chamberlain School District 7-1 is in compliance with the standards established by the
State Board of Education. These standards are:
1) Adequate notice of charges made.
2) Reasonable opportunity to prepare for and meet the charges will be given.
3) An orderly hearing adapted to the nature and circumstances of the situation will be
4) A fair and impartial decision will be rendered.
5) Article 24-07 of the Administrative Rules of South Dakota will be used to outline
procedures and the definition of due process.
For Parents, Students, and Other Patrons of the District
Step 1 – Informal:
If a person has a grievance, they should first discuss the matter with the person who is directly
responsible for the grievance in an effort to resolve the problem informally. Grievances
(complaints) directed to the school board, administration, supervisors or other staff should be re-
routed to include this informal step. If the informal meeting fails to solve the situation, the
grievance shall be filed with the immediate supervisor on a form supplied by the administration.
The immediate supervisor will provide copies to both parties and seal one in an envelope to be
delivered to the superintendent.
Step 2 – Formal: Principal/Immediate Supervisor
Once a grievance form has been filed, a meeting shall be scheduled within five school or working
days. If more than one school or supervisor is involved they all will be asked to participate. At
the meeting both sides will present their side of the story. The principal/supervisor shall render a
decision and its rationale in writing to both sides within five days.
Step 3 – Formal: Superintendent
If either side is not in agreement of the decision, Step 2 will be repeated with the superintendent.
Step 4 – Formal: School Board
In the event of this formal appeal, the Superintendent will schedule a Grievance Hearing with the
School Board within five school or working days unless there are extenuating circumstances.
The resolution offered by the School Board shall be the district’s final decision.
Highly Qualified Teachers Parents may request information regarding the professional qualifications of their children’s
classroom teachers. The district will provide a response to the parents’ request in a timely
manner. The request can be made to the Building Principal or Superintendent.
Parents must be provided timely notice that their children have been assigned or have been
taught for four or more consecutive weeks by teachers who are not highly qualified.
If a parent makes a request for this information, the district will provide:
? Whether the teacher has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels
and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.
? Whether the teacher is teaching under “authority to act” status
? The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or
degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.
? Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications
The notice and all information provided to parents will be in an understandable and uniform
format and, to the extent practicable, provided in a language that the parents can understand.
School Staff K-6 2009-2010
Mr. Joel Bergeson
Ms. Barb Blasius, Aide K Mrs. Audra Hough Mrs. Jean Carson, Aide Mrs. Valerie Nelson Mrs. Mary Beth Pullen, Aide Mrs. Deb Swanson
Mrs. Julie Woodruff
stMs. Layne Larson 1 Mrs. Holly Evans Mrs. Karen Graber Mrs. Karen Ristau
ndMs. Cassie Tobin 2 Mrs. Patricia Lien Mrs. Stacey Tveit Mrs. Kimberly Phillips
rdMr. Shawn Cutler 3 Ms. Beth Pavalis
Mrs. Delesa Bosworth
thMrs. Deb Ford 4 Mrs. Cheryl Carruthers
Mr. Brant Winter
thMrs. Cathy Reuer 5 Mrs. Sheryl Larson
Mrs. Jill Mitchell
thMr. John Donovan6 Mrs. Kari Toupal
Mr. Thomas Carruthers
Kathy Harn, Counselor Mr. Rick Hargens, Physical Education
Mrs. Muriel Carlson, Music Mrs. Peggy Hanzlik, Media Center
Mr. Larry Morman, Physical Education/ Ms. Katie Padilla, 5-6 Band
Mrs. Susan Keizer
Mrs. Laura Gerlach – K-4 Mrs. Judy Steckelberg, Aide Ms. Lynette Gerlach – K-4 Mrs. Janelle Stewart, Aide
Mrs. Stacey Felicia, Aide Mrs. Melinda Brown – K-4 ththMrs. Mary Fisher, Aide Mr. Steve Toepfer – 5/6 Mrs. Sandy Heinrich, Aide Ms. Stacey Yost – Early Child Mrs. Mary Beth Pullen, Aide Ms. Angie Steele – Early Child Mrs. Patty Viereck, Aide Mrs. Julie Bode, Aide Mrs. Evie Weber, Aide Mrs. Dayle Chilson, Aide Ms. Susan McKissick, Aide Mrs. Karla Thompson, Aide
Ms. Jessica Pringle. Aide
Mrs. Donna Neeman, Director/Grade 5 Mrs. Jill Schreiber-Grade 3
Mrs. Lynn Peterson – Kindergarten Mrs. Tamela Schwartz – Grade 4
Mrs. Mandy Audiss -Grade 1 Mrs. Desirae Surat – Grade 5
Mrs. Pam Fleury-Grade 2 Mrs. Jennifer Kurtz-Grade 6 st Mrs. Tara Yost – Reading Recovery/1 grade Mrs. Cheryl Toering – Fast ForWord
After School Program
Mrs. Mandy Audiss
Lunch Services-Lunchtime Solutions
Ms. Sandy Mundlien, Director
Mr. Kevin Lynch Mr. Jim Killian
Mrs. Jean Burfeindt, Secretary K-6
Mrs. Nancy Hansen, DDN Campus Mr. Derek Long,
Mrs. Linda Johnson, School Nurse Family School Coordinator
Chamberlain School District 7-1
Line of Authority
As established in school board policy, the line of authority for the operation of district programs and facilities shall begin
with the Board of Education. The daily operation of the district shall be delegated by the board to the Superintendent. In
the event that a designated officer is not present or otherwise unable to provide management, the following lines of
General District Operation
Board of Education
Superintendent of Schools – Tim Mitchell
7-12 Principal – Debbie Johnson
K-6 Principal – Joel Bergeson
7-12 Assistant Principal – Allan Bertram
Counselor, Grades 7-12 – Marc Krogstad
Counselor, Grades K-6 – Kathy Harn
7-12 Middle School/High School Operation
Principal – Debbie Johnson
Assistant Principal – Allan Bertram
Counselor – Marc Krogstad
K-6 Elementary School Operation
Principal – Joel Bergeson
Family/School Coordinator - Derek Long
Counselor – Kathy Harn
Activities Director – Rick Hargens
Detention Supervisor – Shawn Cutler
Persons assuming the authority for the operation of the district or any division of its operation shall coordinate and
communicate all decisions with:
David Hrdlicka – Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds
Ron Pickner – Director of Student Transportation
Sandy Mundlien– Lunchtime Solutions Director
School Day Office Hours 8:00 - 4:00
Teachers’ Day 8:00 - 4:00
Students’ Day 8:30 - 3:25
School Security / Visitors The main office is located off of Kellam Avenue by the “Big Bear”. The front doors to building will be open during the
school day. The side doors and K-4 building will be locked. This will assist us in monitoring people entering the campus.
All visitors need to check in at the office. This includes school board members, spouses, relatives, friends and children.
We do have security cameras in place around the school building. These cameras are not monitored at all times and
should not provide a false sense of security. As with any electronic device they tend to malfunction from time to time. If
you need to drop off tennis shoes, birthday treats, homework, lunch, etc. to your child, please bring it to the office. The
secretary will take the items to the classroom, thus causing less of a disturbance to the learning process. If a parent or
guardian plans to visit a classroom, they must check-in at the office and receive a visitor’s badge. Younger siblings are
discouraged from visiting the class room. No school age friends/relatives will be allowed to visit/stay for the day in a
classroom but they are welcome to have lunch with the student.
Breakfast and Lunch Programs Our school offers a breakfast and lunch program. Breakfast is served from 8:00 to 8:30 am in the elementary gym. The
cost for these programs is:
Elementary Students $1.25
Elementary Students $2.05
Lunch Times Fifth Grade 11:19-11:49
Sixth Grade 11:19-11:49
Third Grade 11:30-12:05
First Grade 11:35-12:10
Second Grade 11:50-12:25
Fourth Grade 11:55-12:30
Our school participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. We have a policy for free and reduced-
price meals. The forms for participation are sent out during the summer. There are also applications available in the
school office or food service office.