Meadows Valley School District No. 11
P.O. Drawer F
500 North Miller Avenue
New Meadows, Idaho 83654
Ph. 208-347-2411 FAX 208-347–2624
Glenn Szymoniak, Superintendent of Schools
Dion Flaming, Principal
Robert Campbell, Vice-principal
“Educate for Success”
This is the third year Meadows Valley School has offered agendas/planners to the students.
Teachers and students overwhelmingly said they wanted to continue to use these valuable
resources. We hope you and your child find the agenda an effective tool. The school has paid
for this copy for your child. Please understand, if it is lost, your child’s teacher may request
that you purchase a replacement.
I hope this handbook will help you be aware of procedures and policies at Meadows Valley
Elementary School. Please refer to it if you have any questions. If you find that specific
items are not covered please let us know for future revisions.
Changes and revisions are made to the handbook each year so please read the entire
handbook carefully with your child.
Thank you for your support!
Meadows Valley Principal
STUDENT AND PARENT HANDBOOK:
Welcome to Meadows Valley Elementary School. We are all looking forward to a great year
of learning and growing.
Our goal is to provide a warm and positive learning environment where students and teachers
treat one another with respect. We fully believe that 'WHAT CHILDREN LEARN AND
WHAT THEY BECOME DEPENDS LARGELY UPON HOW THEY FEEL ABOUT
Your participation and support are vital to a successful learning experience for every child.
Please remember to give of your ideas and time to our shared task.
Meadows Valley School Staff
SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS
Bill Schiffman Zone I
Holly McDonald Zone II
Stacy Dreyer Zone III
Jerry Krahn Zone IV
Barb Dixon (Chairperson) Zone V
Secretary: Mary Luff
Treasurer: Carol Whitney
Superintendent Resource Room
Glen Szymoniak Scott Rawlings
Gifted & Talented Speech Therapist
Megan Martinez Vicky Stewart
Business Manager/Clerk Food Service
Carol Whitney Joyce Roberts
Consequences for Violating Rules:
Step 1: Conference with driver.
Step 2: Driver has the option to assign seat.
Step 3: Conference with driver, principal, and parent.
Step 4: Suspended from riding for three days.
Step 5: Suspended from riding for 1 month (20 days).
Step 6: Suspended from riding for remainder of school year.
Beginning with the third offense parents will be notified of each infraction thereafter.
Severe Clause: Any behavior that causes or could cause excessive harm or danger will
result in immediate suspension from riding the bus.
NEW STUDENTS In order to avoid disruptions in the classroom we ask that parents register new students in the
office, obtain a supply list, and come by the classroom for introductions. The student can
then return to school the following school day.
ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL The main doors of the building will be open by 7:25 a.m. A student is tardy when they are not in the room when the class begins at 8:00 a.m. Part of our teaching responsibility is to teach students to be prompt and accept the responsibility of arriving on time. We would
appreciate your cooperation as parents. Students will enter the building in the morning
through the east end cafeteria doors. Buses will load in the afternoon on the West side of the
building. This will leave the front parking lot clear for parents who are picking up students
TIME SCHEDULE Your child should arrive at school between 7:30 a.m. and 7:55 a.m. There will be no
supervision available before 7:30 a.m.
MORNING BELL RECESS
First Bell 7:55 a.m. To be determined
Tardy Bell 8:00 a.m. at each grade level
LUNCH HOUR/NOON RECESS DISMISSAL
Grades 1-6 11:30 - 12:15 2:40 p.m.
RECESS Recess is an important part of the day for children. Recesses are held outside and ALL
STUDENTS WILL BE EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE. Please make sure your child is dressed properly; having boots, hats, gloves, etc., on cold days, as students will not be
allowed in the classroom during recess time.
BREAKFAST/HOT LUNCH Milk: $.35
Student Breakfast: $1.00 Adult Breakfast: $1.50
Student Lunch $1.75 Adult Lunch $2.75
School meals and milk may be purchased in advance or on a daily basis. Free and reduced
lunch forms are available in the office. Please send money for your child's meal as
charging will be discouraged. Appropriate behavior is expected in the lunchroom.
ATTENDANCE The Meadows Valley School District has set the following policy for attendance for students
in grades 1-6:
? All students in grades 1-6 will be counted absent when they are not in school.
Students who do not attend school ninety percent or more during the school year will
have their progress and promotion status reviewed by an attendance review
committee consisting of the student’s teacher, parent(s), and the principal.
? Elementary students who miss more than 9 days in any one semester may be required
to meet with the attendance committee. Any student who misses 18 or more days for
the school year may be required to meet with the attendance committee and a
promotion/retention recommendation will be made to the Meadows Valley Board of
Trustees. Considerations for promotion/retention will be based on: 1) reasons for the
absences; 2) the amount of work which the student successfully completed; 3) the
student’s attendance pattern in previous years; 4) student grades during current and
previous years; and 5) maturity level of the student and his/her readiness to be
successful in the next grade level.
? Recommendations of the elementary attendance committee will be noted on the
report card of the student.
? Students who are absent from school for five consecutive days without prior
arrangements may be dropped from the enrollment.
TARDIES Students need to be in class at time. It is disruptive to the classroom and learning
environment to have interruptions from students who come late once class has begun. A
tardy will be defined as being late for class by 5 minutes or less. Three or more unexcused
tardies will result in an unexcused absence.
RULES FOR MEADOWS VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
We follow three basic rules, which cover most situations.
These rules are:
1. Students at Meadows Valley School shall conduct themselves in a manner that
promotes learning, consideration, and safety of others.
2. Students shall conduct themselves in a respectful, productive manner on school
3. Students shall play safely, responsibly, and be respectful of people, boundaries, and
The basic rules listed above apply as we work with an underlying idea that every person has
the RIGHT to be physically safe from harm and/or threats from others. The people in charge
of the playground will be respected and their directions followed or the student will lose their
playground privilege. As there is no supervision in the classroom during recess, students
who violate rules may have work detail as a consequence. Students must respect school
property at all times. Students are not allowed on the road at any time.
BUILDING BEHAVIOR Again, the basic rules will be followed since we believe every child has the right to learn, and
every teacher the right to teach without disruptions. Students need to be quiet and
considerate in the hallways, bathrooms, library, and lunchroom.
We have adopted the Fred Jones Positive Classroom Discipline and Instruction program.
This system combines Limit Setting with Responsibility Training and is highly effective.
Proper use of this program will allow teachers and students a high rate of time on task.
Benefits to students include: a positive classroom environment, fewer disruptions, and more
quality learning time.
Teachers will recognize students in the areas of Academics, Citizenship, and Improvement
each month. One student from each grade will receive each award. Assemblies will
normally be held the first Thursday of each month at 8:15 a.m.
Students at Meadows Valley School are expected to:
? Be punctual, attend regularly, and be prepared for school
? Report to the office for late arrivals and early departures
? Complete all assigned work to the satisfaction of the teacher
? Report to a teacher when requested
? Change into appropriate attire for Physical Education class
? Contribute to the cleanliness of the school
? Restrict eating and drinking to appropriate times and places
The following behaviors will not be tolerated:
? Insubordination (disobedience, disrespect, rudeness, etc.)
? Deliberate or repeated disruption
? Threatening, kicking, punching, bullying, verbally or physically harming anyone
? Amorous behaviors
? Vandalism and other acts of destruction
CATEGORIES OF VIOLATIONS
LEVEL I – Less Severe
? Disobeying classroom rules set forth by the teacher and school expectations LEVEL II – Severe
? Fighting (depending on circumstances, may also be treated as a level I offense)
? Willful disobedience or disrespect
? Minor vandalism or theft
? Inappropriate language
? Recurring level I infractions
LEVEL III – Illegal Acts
These include, but are not limited to:
? using, selling, or possessing any harmful substances or materials such as
drugs, alcohol, tobacco, pornographic materials, guns, knives, firecrackers, etc.
? acts of willful violence; and serious vandalism or theft
CONSEQUENCES OF POOR BEHAVIOR
LEVEL 1 – Less Severe
? Private warning
? Time out. Phone call to parent
LEVEL 2 – Severe
? Student, principal conference – Student will discuss and/or write an analysis of
the situation and alternative ways to handle problems more appropriately.
Parents will be contacted.
? Suspension – Out of school (1-5 days). Students will have 2 school days to make
up missed schoolwork due to suspension.
? Detention/Suspension – Parent/Guardian will attend ? a school day with his/her
child. Upon completion of this time the student may return to school
? Expulsion proceedings – Per district policy
LEVEL 3 – Illegal Acts
? Parents notified and called into school; law contacted and student suspended (10
? Possible expulsion
All students who attend Meadows Valley Schools have the right to learn in an environment
that is free of unwelcome harassing, bullying, threats, taunting, hazing, and intimidation.
These behaviors interfere with the ability of the school to accomplish its mission, which is to
educate students in a safe and secure environment. Harassment is prohibited and is defined
as any intimidating or taunting behavior or conduct, either written, verbal, physical, or
symbolic gestures by a student towards another person that is critical, demeaning,
disparaging, derogatory, defamatory, or humiliating to another person because of the
person’s race, religious beliefs, gender, family heritage, nationality, and/or physical or mental characteristics or capacity. Discipline for students who violate this policy may include
suspension or expulsion, depending on the nature and severity of the offense. Students who
experience harassment or witness it are asked to inform an administrator or teacher as soon
Federal law states that any student who brings a firearm onto school grounds will be
automatically suspended for no less than one year. NO WEAPONS ARE ALLOWED ON
In grades 4-6, midterm progress reports will be sent out. It is the student's responsibility to
complete all assignments before the progress report is sent out. Assigned homework must be
turned in by the due date. Grades will be negatively affected by late or missing assignments.
In addition, Friday Folders will be sent home every Friday with student work and school
announcements. These folders need to be returned each Monday.
Teachers spend a considerable amount of time putting together work for students who are
absent from school. Students who are absent are expected to complete and return all missed
assignments within three days of returning to school. Work not returned will result in a
decrease in the student's grade.
CANDY, GUM, JUICE, AND POP Students are not allowed to chew gum at any location on the school grounds. Students who
bring their lunches from home may have candy, juice, or pop as part of their lunch. However,
they will only be allowed to eat candy or drink pop or juice in the lunchroom during their
regular lunch period. Exceptions may be made for parties and special events. Elementary
students will only be able to use the vending machines after school.
STUDENT ATTIRE We depend on parents' good judgment to help their child in selecting satisfactory dress for a
day at school. No hats will be allowed in the building. DRESS YOUR CHILD FOR
SUCCESS, and the weather. No caps or hoodies worn inside. No tank tops or belly-baring shirts are allowed. No pajama clothing. No alcohol, tobacco, drugs, or violent advertisement
on clothing allowed. Shorts and skirts must be fingertip length. Shorts are discouraged
October – April due to weather conditions.
LOST AND FOUND Money, textbooks, or other valuables should be taken to the office. Library books should be
taken to the Library. Clothing should be placed in the lost and found bin by the cafeteria.
All clothing not claimed by the last day of school will be donated to the Community House.
PHONE CALLS Please do not phone your child during school hours unless there is an emergency. We will
discourage your child from phoning you from school for trivial reasons. Arrangements for
students to go somewhere out of the ordinary after school need to be made at least a day in
advance if possible. Cell phones are not allowed in the classroom and are discouraged
from being brought to school. If a student must have a cell-phone, it must be turned off
and kept in a backpack during school hours.
BICYCLES Bicycles are to be placed in the racks provided on the school grounds. The school cannot be
responsible for lost or stolen bicycles. Bikes are to be walked onto the school grounds before
or just after school. This is for the children's protection. Bicycles are not allowed on the
VALUABLE ITEMS In order to avoid loss of valuable property we ask that you do not allow your child to bring
cell phones, MP3 players/Ipods, CD players, radios, electronic toys, trading cards, etc., to
VISITING SCHOOL Parents are welcome to visit classes any time except during periods of testing. Please check
with the teacher regarding the classroom schedule so testing is not interrupted. To ensure
the safety of the students, all visitors must check in at the office and wear a visitor’s
pass while they are in the school building. Please make an appointment if you desire a conference with your child's teacher other than regularly scheduled conferences. The visiting
of classes by students from outside our student body is not allowed.
STUDENTS LEAVING SCHOOL GROUNDS
The school has a great responsibility for your child's safety. Therefore, all children (with the
exception of those going home for lunch), are required to stay on the school grounds from the
time they arrive at school until they are dismissed at the end of the day. A note or phone call
is required if your child needs to be excused for any reason, including going home for lunch.
Please advise your child that they will not be permitted to leave the school grounds to go to
the neighborhood stores. If someone other than a parent/legal guardian wishes to pick up a
child from school, please send a note granting permission.
BIRTHDAYS If your child's birthday falls on a school day and you wish to send treats, please notify the
SPECIAL OCCASION PARTIES
There will be three special occasion parties during the year. These include Halloween,
Christmas, and Valentines Day. Individual teachers will plan end-of-the-year activities.
Parents are encouraged to participate. Please contact the appropriate room mother for further
information. (Room mothers are determined on a volunteer basis at the beginning of the
HEALTH, INJURY OR ILLNESS
We will administer simple first-aid only. Your child will be cared for temporarily by a staff
member and you will be notified. If you cannot be located, your family doctor will be called,
and your child will be taken to this doctor or to the emergency room of a hospital, unless you
have given written instructions to the contrary. It is extremely important that the school has
the name of another party to call in case of illness or injury and you cannot be located. This
is why we must have YOUR CURRENT HOME AND BUSINESS PHONE NUMBERS.
Students needing medication while at school must have a statement of permission signed by
the parent/legal guardian. A prescription bottle with the student's name and dosage is
required and a signed permission slip must be on file in the office. No over the counter
medication may be administered by school personnel without parental consent. If constant
OTCs will be used, parents must supply needed medication.
HEAD LICE In an effort to prevent an outbreak, all students will be checked periodically for head lice.
Our policy states that students will be “nit” free to attend school. Students with lice or nits
will be sent home. Students will be readmitted to school once they are clean of all nits and
SAFETY Help your child select the safest route to and from school, and insist that it be followed. A
good practice is to set a definite time for your child to arrive at home from school.
Extra-curricular activities are an extension of the school day and students are expected to
behave appropriately. Students are expected to participate as responsible fans, watching the
activity and not running around the building or grounds. If students do not behave
appropriately they will not be allowed at extra curricular activities without an adult.
There is a cost associated with most activities. Students may purchase an activity card for
$5.00 or pay at the door. Students without money will be asked to return home.