Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year at Portola Springs Elementary! I am proud and honored to be the principal of a community where students, parents, and staff work together to provide students with a positive educational experience. In a community that seeks the best for its youth, among students who are hungry to learn, we invite you to experience the vision of Portola Springs Elementary by becoming as involved as possible in our school. Please take time to read the information provided in this brochure and review pertinent sections with your children. Additional information and updates will be disseminated throughout the year via the weekly Grizzly Bizz e-blasts, the Principal Report at PTA meetings, and our Portola Springs and classroom websites. Each of these can be accessed through the main website at www.iusd.org/ps. Here’s to a great year!
-Megan Bricker, Principal
Studies show that there is a direct correlation between good school attendance and student achievement. Therefore, we encourage you as parents to reinforce the importance of good school attendance and to make every effort to send your child to school on a regular basis. Please call 949-936-8801 before 8:45 a.m. each day if your child will be absent or tardy. The above line is dedicated specifically for this purpose. All tardy students must sign in at the front office before going to class.
Attendance and tardies are monitored at the District level and, per CA Ed Code, letters will be generated if your child has three or more tardies of 30 minutes or more, ten tardies of less than 30 minutes, or three unexcused absences. Per CA Ed Code, a student shall be excused from school when the absence is due to: illness, medical/dental appointments, funeral for immediate family members, observance of a holiday or ceremony of his or her religion, attendance at religious retreats, or student’s appearance in court.
Students are considered tardy if they are not in their class line at 8:15 a.m for primary, and 8:00 a.m for upper grades. If your child is tardy to school, he/she must report through the front office to allow us to update our attendance records for that day. Doors to the building are locked. Students will gain access through the office.
Should you find it necessary to schedule a medical appointment during your child’s class time, please sign out your child in the office. Do not go directly to the classroom at any time. This minimizes disruption to our instructional program and maintains student safety. Students leaving school before dismissal time must be signed out in the front office by a parent, guardian, or other adult listed in the Emergency Contacts on the computer. Students will be released only to those whose names are listed on the Emergency Contacts. Students will not be called out of class until parent arrives.
Homework Requests for Absent Students
If you wish to pick up homework for your absent child, please call the office or email the teacher prior to 9:15 a.m. It will be available for pick-up after class is dismissed.
Independent Study Contracts
We realize that there are times during the school year when families are out of town for one reason or another. These are considered UNEXCUSED absences. We do not offer independent student contracts to excuse these unexcused absences.
Playground supervision begins at 7:45 a.m.
Students are not to arrive on campus before that time. There is no supervision after school on the playground. All students must go directly home when dismissed. Primary students who are dismissed early may wait for older siblings at the lunch tables. There is supervision for 15 minutes after dismissal at the lunch tables and in the parking lots. After 15 minutes all students will be brought to the office to call home.
The school grounds/playground are for the sole use of Portola Springs Elementary students during the school day, and are not open to siblings during school hours. Students are permitted to bring their own balls (no tennis balls) to use during recess. If they choose to do so, the school is not responsible for the equipment and students may not exclude other students from playing a game because of the personal equipment. The school provides equipment for recess and lunch periods.
Supervision is provided on the playground and in the parking lot 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after school.
Portola Springs Elementary School promotes a standard of appearance which enhances the learning environment while allowing for reasonable comfort and individuality for all students. With the support of the student’s guardian, each student is expected to appropriately groom and dress themselves, keeping clothing clean, comfortable, and appropriate for all elementary school activities. A student’s clothing should not be a distraction or disruption in the classroom. The following is Portola Springs Elementary School’s Dress Code:
- Shoes should be practical, appropriate and sturdy enough for all school activities, including physical education. For students’ safety, no flip flops, crocs, clogs, open-toed sandals or backless shoes can be worn at school.
- Approved hats, hoods and caps are acceptable for outside activities only. No headwear may be worn inside the building, except if it is worn for or a special event. This includes hooded sweatshirts.
- No distracting hairstyles or hair colors. No distracting makeup.
- No jewelry that distracts from the educational environment or could be unsafe during physical activities should be worn. Earrings that dangle and could become dangerous when playing. Sunglasses may be worn outside the building.
- Clothing may not contain inappropriate graphics or messages.
- Shirts must be long enough to keep the midriff covered when the arms are raised. Bare midriffs, sheer or see-through clothing, bare backs, off-the-shoulder tops, tank tops, spaghetti straps, muscle shirts, and other revealing garments are not allowed.
- Shorts and pants must be of appropriate size. Overly baggy or saggy pants will not be allowed. No short shorts or skirts. The hemlines should be no higher than mid-thigh (pockets should not hang below the bottoms of shorts).
- Undergarments or boxer shorts must be totally covered by outer clothing. Sleep and loungewear are not appropriate.
Parents can help monitor the dress code by purchasing clothing that is in good taste; seeing that each child leaves for school properly dressed, and encouraging each child to take pride in his/her appearance. The school will monitor this dress code and inform parents in the event that a student's dress or grooming is not appropriate for school.
Below is an excerpt IUSD’s Board Policy governing Dress and Personal Appearance:
Appropriate dress and personal appearance at school and school-related activities shall not include any clothing, attire, or accessory that by its manner of appearance, arrangement, trademark, fit, or any other attribute, is unsafe; disruptive; unhealthful; obscene; profane; ethnically, racially or sexually degrading; libelous or slanderous; exposing undergarments; provocative or revealing; advocating unlawful behavior or illegal substances; or suggesting or promoting any affiliation with any street gang or other group that commits unlawful acts [see Board Policy 5132(a)- Dress and Personal Appearance and Board Policy 5136(a) - Gang Affiliation].
The Irvine Unified School District offers a hot lunch program for students. Portola Springs also offers snack options that cost between $.25 and $1.50.The cost of an elementary lunch is $3.25 per meal and milk alone is $.50. Each student has been assigned a personal identification number. Parents are asked to deposit funds in the student’s account either electronically or by sending a check to school with your student. The goal for the school and the school district is to be cashless. Money will not be handled in the lunchroom—please do not take your money to the cafeteria.
Option 1- Go to www.MySchoolBucks.com and register for an account (see details below).
Option 2- Send a check to the school office made payable to IUSD Nutrition Services. Include your student’s Lunch Box number on the memo line of the check.
Another option to consider: the National Lunch Program. Complete a free/ reduced lunch application by October 1st. If you qualify, your child never has to purchase a lunch at school. Qualifications for free/reduced lunch is confidential. Applications are available on the school website.
Meetings at school
Please note that if a parent has a meeting on school grounds, the child should remain with the parent or have other arrangements for supervision. Supervision is not provided in the office or hallways during meetings.
general school rules
- Personal belongings, such as skateboards, roller blades, scooters, Heelys, and hand-held laser pointers, are not permitted on school grounds.
- Students may not talk or text on their cell phones or listen to messages at any time during the school day. Cell phones confiscated for failure to adhere to these rules will be turned into the principal and will be returned to the student’s parents only. Any student cell phones (not being used as BYOD devices during designated times) must be kept in the child’s backpack and off at all times.
- Any watch or device that has 2 way communication capabilities, not being used for BYOD activities, will need to be off and in the students backpack or left with the teacher during the school day. The school and/or staff will not be held responsible for the damage or loss of such devices.
- Students are not allowed to use the front office phone for non-urgent matters. In order to minimize classroom interruptions, we also do not deliver non-emergency phone messages from the office to individual classrooms. We ask that you take care of all after-school arrangements with your child before he/she leaves for school. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
- Students will use appropriate language both in the classroom and on the playground.
- Students must have a pass to be in the buildings or atriums before school, during recess, or during lunch periods.
- Students are allowed on campus no earlier than 15 minutes before their school day begins and no later than 15 minutes after their school day ends.
- Playing in or near the bathrooms is not permitted.
- Unsafe play (wrestling, tackling, etc.) is not permitted. Students must keep hands to self at all times.
- Closed toe shoes must be worn at all times.
- If a major discipline issue arises, administration will conduct an investigation by interviewing and talking with any/ all parties involved. Discipline and other means of correction/support will be determined on a case by case basis.
- Animals on Campus: For the safety and comfort of our students and staff, animals are not permitted on campus, even if they are on a leash or are carried. Please be aware that pursuant to Orange County Ordinance 41.46, dogs are not to be on school grounds at any time.
medication at school
Any time your child requires medication at school, the medication must be kept in the nurse’s office to be given by school personnel. LEGALLY, the school requires:
- Medication MUST be in the ORIGINAL pharmacy bottle, labeled by the pharmacist.
- The parent MUST sign a consent form prior to medication being administered. The form is available in the school office, as well as on the IUSD web-site under Health Services (http://iusd.org/education_services/health_services/ index.html).
- The physician MUST sign a consent form prior to medication being administered. Medication will not be administered unless instructions are specific.
- Medication MUST be brought to school by a parent. At no time should medication arrive at school in a lunch box, backpack, baggie, etc. These regulations apply to NON-PRESCRIPTION medications as well. Nonprescription drugs include aspirin, vitamins, cough syrup, cough drops, ointments, etc. The only exception would be if parent/guardian gives consent to provide first aid such as calamine lotion, eye wash, Vaseline, etc.
- Please do not ask school personnel to administer medications supplied by you until the above mentioned requirements have been met.
- Please do not ask school personnel to supply your child with medication as no medications are supplied by the school.
- Please do not send your child to school with medications of any kind.
A District nurse, health clerk, or office staff are available on campus to assist with the illness or injury of a child. Parents will be contacted to pick up their child if he/she needs to go home or see a physician. Information and guidance is provided to staff, parents, and students when medical conditions affect academic and/or social growth.
When Your Child is Ill Germs spread very quickly. If your child tells you that he/she does not feel well, please take the time to take his/her temperature BEFORE sending your child to school. We know that a child does not always have a fever when feeling ill, but most often we find ourselves sending home children who do. Listen to your child and take their temperature! A temperature of 99.8 degrees + will result in a phone call for him/her to be picked up.
Vision and Hearing Screenings District nursing staff provides students with vision and hearing screenings for grades K, 2, 5, new students, or at parent or teacher request.
Breakfast Please make certain that your child eats breakfast before arriving at school. Often times a “sick” child is just hungry.
At Portola Springs, we are constantly concerned for the safety and welfare of each of our students. We hold regular drills to teach children the appropriate way to safely exit the building in the event of a fire, to “duck and cover” in the event of an earthquake, and to respond to lockdowns (both for non-emergent situations and emergency situations). The school is fully equipped with search and rescue materials, first aid supplies, food, and water. Staff are assigned emergency preparedness roles and undergo specific training as needed. Our school staff is prepared to deal with a major emergency and to provide for the physical and emotional needs of students while they are under our supervision, as well as their orderly and safe release.
Access to students, in the event of an emergency, will be carefully controlled so that we may account for every child. Students will be released ONLY to adults designated on their emergency data.
In the event of an emergency, we will attempt to contact the parent community using emergency systems linked to phones and email. To assist us in this effort, we require parents to do the following:
- Keep your contact information (including home phone, cell phone, email, and emergency contacts) on the MyIUSD parent portal up to date.
- In the event of an emergency, check in at the designated student-release area to pick up / sign out students.
- The school provides water for students. No earthquake kits are needed.
We understand that the location of our school may be near the natural habitat for some animals, including coyotes. To help us prevent any problems please be aware of the following:
- Our school is fully gated on 3 sides (only entrance is through the parking lot). This should discourage wildlife entering the site. A 6 foot high chain link fence, with netting at the base, surrounds the back to protect the playground area.
- The school staff and supervisors are fully trained in how to respond if an animal does enter campus. Students participate in quarterly lockdown drills and will be trained on what to do if they see an animal.
- The back chain link fencing has added netting at the base to prevent snakes from entering .
- It is paramount that your child only be on campus when supervision is present. If your child is dropped off earlier than 7:45 or picked up late, there will not be supervision.
- All food (snacks and lunches) are kept indoors. Additionally, trashcans are only accessible during snack and recess times.
All visitors and volunteers must check in through the front office. Upon your first visit, you will need to have your Driver’s License or Passport to be scanned through our Raptor system. Visitors that are unable to provide this information, will not be permitted on campus. Please note that high volume days (holiday performances, class parties, etc) there may be significant wait time to be scanned. Please have your ID scanned early to save time!
Portola Springs welcomes and values our volunteer assistance. In addition to the organization opportunities detailed on page 11, parents and guests may volunteer in classrooms and the library when pre-arranged with teachers/ staff.
Classroom teachers and our library staff will recruit parent help at the beginning of the school year. There are opportunities for parents to work directly with students, to complete clerical tasks, and to complete tasks at home. If you are interested in serving in this way, please contact your child’s teacher. If working in the library is of interest to you, please contact our library staff.
We want your experience as a classroom or library volunteer to be a successful one. Here are some suggestions that might be of interest to you when you come to help out:
- Meet the students in a relaxed, friendly manner.
- Learn student names and pronounce them correctly.
- Let the students know that you are truly interested in them by asking about interests, friends, etc.
- Give students your full attention. Listen to what they have to say.
- Set an example for students by being courteous and respectful to them.
- Build students’ self-confidence. Let them know you expect them to try and to succeed.
As you work with students, keep these ideas in mind:
- Be consistent when working with students.
- Learn school rules and be sure to follow them.
- Be dependable. The teacher and students are depending on you.
- Be prepared. Have everything ready when you start to work with students.
- Reward students with positive praise.
- Help students learn HOW to do their work.
- Ask for help if you find a problem that you feel you may not be able to handle.
- Your interest and enthusiasm as a volunteer may be the single most important part of success in learning for many students.
All student information observed or obtained while volunteering is to remain confidential. Adults who breech this confidentiality expectation will not be invited to return. Please recognize that when volunteering in the classroom, you are offering your assistance to the classroom teacher. If you are interested in observing your child’s classroom, you are allowed up to three observations of no more than one hour each during the school year, per IUSD Board Policy. Please request your desired observation in writing at least two school days in advance.
special programs & support services
In addition to our outstanding general education program, Portola Springs has a variety of other programs and services.
Gifted and Talented Education Program
The GATE Program is available to identified students grades 4-6 with exceptional learning abilities. The program consists of small clusters of identified students within the general education classrooms with a teacher who has been trained in meeting the needs of the gifted student. Appropriately differentiated instruction including depth, complexity, acceleration, and novelty is taught within the core curriculum. You may obtain further information by visiting the Gifted and Talented Education page of the IUSD website at www.iusd.org
Specialized Academic Instruction (SAI) Classes
IUSD provides students with a minimal or total support system (academic, behavioral, personal, vocational, transition) through which he/she can acquire knowledge and those skills necessary to function in the regular class-room and ultimately in society.
The school psychologist provides assistance for behavioral, social/emotional, and cognitive needs of students. Diagnosis of student needs, guidance for students and parents, testing, and consultation are available.
Education Specialist and Learning Center Program
This program is designed to assist children who demonstrate significant deficits in academic skills. A student can qualify for this program by demonstrating a specific learning disability or a significant discrepancy between ability and academic achievement. After a student is identified as qualifying for this program, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is designed to assist the student to make reasonable academic gains utilizing his/her strengths and remediation of weaknesses. This program is designed and implemented by the resource specialist in classrooms and in a one-on-one or small-group learning situation.
Speech and Language Pathologist
This program is designed to diagnose and provide therapy for students who demonstrate difficulty in speech, language development, and language-based skills. Students who qualify for this program have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) designed for them and receive individual or small group assistance as appropriate.
English as a Second Language
Our staff recommends that children learning English as a second language enroll in the IUSD Newcomer Program. Students are much more successful in English acquisition through this specialized district program. After students reach an intermediate level, they will return to their neighborhood school. Students who have been identified as English Learners receive additional support to assist them in reading, writing, listening, and speaking standards.
What if My Child Needs Extra Support?
At Portola Springs, we pride ourselves in working collaboratively with families. We encourage parents to discuss any concerns with their child’s teacher. Your child’s teacher will always be your best point of communication for anything academic or behavioral. Should your child need extra enrichment or extra supports, Portola Springs has a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) team that gathers data to review student progress at least once a month. This team can discuss any concerns and look into any possible interventions available to your child. We strive to challenge and support every learner at school.
The MTSS team, consisting of administration, school psychologist, EL Coordinator, Intervention Lead Teachers, and other members, meet regularly to evaluate student data and determine what additional supports and strategies can be put in place to support and challenge all learners.
Additionally, the MTSS team can determine if extra interventions are necessary included Extended Learning (6-8 week interventions), Elementary Resource Counselor support, Guidance Assistant support, and more.
Student Fee Information
California's Constitution affirms that students and parents cannot be required to pay money to gain access to educational activities, nor can they be charged for materials and supplies necessary to participate in educational activities. “Educational activities” has been clearly defined to include extracurricular offerings such as music, sports and some clubs. Moreover, the rules described above are believed to apply to all affiliated groups sup-porting district and school programs, including PTAs, boosters and foundations.
In 2010, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the state over impermissible fees, charges and deposits imposed on public school students. Two years later, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that codified existing laws and judicial decisions while establishing reasonable enforcement measures for schools and districts. The ACLU subsequently dropped its suit.
It should be noted that IUSD was in the process of analyzing its own practices even before the ACLU suit, looking specifically at funding requests that were made to help offset the cost of transportation, elective courses, summer school classes and essential supplies and equipment. The district has since worked to clarify that parent donations for most educational activities are voluntary, and that students will not be denied participation if their families choose not to contribute.
For further information, please check the following link on the IUSD website: http://www.iusd.org/student-fee-info/ .
Bring your own device - responsible use policy
Portola Springs Elementary is committed to aiding students and staff in creating a 21st century learning environment. We are piloting a new policy which will aid in this goal. Upper Grade (4th-6th) students and all staff will now be able to bring electronic devices to school. Students may use their own devices with classroom teacher approval to access school-appropriate material for educational purposes. By allowing students to use their own technology on campus, we are hoping to increase the access all students have to the resources they need to succeed.
Teachers may allow students to utilize devices for instructional purposes (novel studies, book reports, historical primary source documents, web-based applications and simulations, non-fiction reading in relation to content area curriculum, self-selected reading, research) and in accordance with IUSD’s board policy and IUSD’s Acceptable Use Policy. The teacher has the discretion to allow and regulate the use of personal devices in the classroom and for use during specific projects. Teachers may require a hard copy of a book in certain situations such as a specific translation of the text; illustrations and/or cover art; or foreword, appendix, or other literary additions required for class.
Ability to use electronic devices on campus is a privilege, not a right. All material on any electronic device must be appropriate for school. All users shall be required to acknowledge understanding of all administrative regulations governing use of the device and shall agree in writing to comply with such regulations and guidelines. Noncompliance with applicable regulations may result in suspension or termination of privileges and other disciplinary action consistent with district policies. Students may not use devices to record, transmit, or post photographic images or video of a person or persons on campus during school activities and/or hours unless otherwise allowed by a teacher. Devices may not be used for non-instructional purpose (such as making personal calls, sending personal e-mails and/ or texting, etc.).
For the purpose of classroom use, the word “device” means a privately owned wireless and/or portable electronic piece of equipment that includes laptops, iPads, tablets, iPod Touches, cell and smart phones. No gaming devices are allowed (to include: Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable PSP, etc.)
- It is imperative that both students and parents agree to the classroom guidelines.
- All students are expected to exhibit digital citizenship in accordance with Portola Springs Elementary school rules. This is a privilege, not a right.
- We would also like to make clear that parents are not expected to purchase a device for their child. We do have a number of sharable devices that are available for class-time use
- If a student owns a device, has parent permission, and agrees to the guidelines, only then will the student be allowed to bring his/her device to school for use during class-time only, on teacher-approved days
- Students may not use their own devices during instructional time unless approved by the classroom teacher.
- Clearly and permanently label all devices and power cords with your student’s name.
- Devices may not be used for non-instructional purposes (such as making personal calls, sending personal e-mails, texting, social media, etc.).
- The student takes full responsibility for his or her device and keeps it with him/her at all times. The school, nor the teacher, is responsible for the security of the device.
- The student is responsible for the proper care of his or her personal device, including any costs of repair, replacement, or any modifications needed to use the device at school.
- The school reserves the right to inspect a student’s personal device if there is reason to believe that the student has violated Board policies, school rules, or has engaged in other misconduct while using his/her personal device.
- Violations of any Board policies, administrative procedures, or school rules involving a student’s personally owned device may result in the loss of use of the device at school and/or disciplinary action.
- The student immediately complies with teacher's request to shut down the device or close the screen. Additionally, all devices should be on MUTE unless otherwise directed by the classroom teacher.
- Personal devices shall be charged prior to bringing them school and shall be capable of running off of their own batteries while at school.
- The student may not use the devices to record, transmit or post photos or video of a person or persons on campus. Nor can any images or video recorded at school be transmitted or posted at any time without the expressed permission of the teacher.
- During school hours the student should only use their device to access classroom-related activities, with the expressed consent of the teacher.
- The student will only use the guest wireless network by logging in when directed. Use of 3G & 4G wireless connections are not allowed.
Students who have technical issues with their technology tool need to take care of this issue by working with the user’s manual that came with the device outside of the classroom. These are not IUSD devices and the district is not allocating resources to troubleshoot issues. It is the responsibility of the student to bring the device to school charged and in working condition.
Although the student and parent are responsible and liable for the safety, protection, and security of the electronic device, student users of personally-owned devices are expected to alert school staff immediately regarding safety and security concerns. IUSD will not be held accountable for any harm or damages that result from the use of personally-owned devices whether it results from a mistake, negligence, or the willful violation of this agreement. Neither IUSD nor Portola Springs Elementary School can be held financially or criminally responsible for the loss of the device. Locking facilities will not be provided by Portola Springs or by any staff member. The student or parent may wish to consider the investment in the device before sending it to campus where it may end up in an unsecure situation.
|For each grade level or department, articulate the purposes for which homework is assigned|
Practice concepts and skills taught in class to check for understanding or develop mastery.
Preview assignments to prepare for subsequent lessons
Extend assignments to transfer new skills or concepts to new situations
Create activities to integrate many skills toward the production of a response or product
Support creative, logical, critical, evaluative, and analytical thinking
Develop and strengthen study habits and responsibility.
Communicate to parents the skills and concepts in class
|For each grade level or department, articulate the purposes for which homework is assigned|
Set up a consistent organized distraction-free place for homework.
Help your child establish either a consistent schedule for completing homework or help him/her create a schedule each week that reflects that particular week’s activities
Prompt your child by reviewing the directions and the completed work.
Encourage your child but if the work cannot be completed, contact your teacher.
If your child is practicing a skill, ask him/her to tell you which steps are easy, which are difficult and how she/he is going to improve.
There is a strong correlation between reading to or with children every day and increased student achievement.
Recognize that each child learns differently.
Teachers shall communicate homework policy during Back-to-School Night, parent conferences, and grade level websites.
Informing Parents &
|For each grade level or department, articulate the purposes for which homework is assigned|
|Listen to an adult read daily. Practice reading aloud. Complete a monthly reading log. Complete weekly homework packet in a timely manner and with best effort. Time: Homework will come home nightly and should take no longer than 20 minutes. Independent Reading There is a strong correlation between reading to or with children every day and increased student achievement.|
|First Grade||Practice math facts and read aloud nightly. Do work independently and ask questions if needed. Demonstrate your personal best effort. Time: Homework will come home nightly and should take no longer than 20 minutes. Independent Reading There is a strong correlation between reading to or with children every day and increased student achievement.|
|Second Grade||Complete all written work neatly in pencil. Practice math facts and read aloud nightly. Do work independently and ask questions if needed. Demonstrate your personal best effort. Time: Homework will come home nightly and should take no longer than 20 minutes. Independent Reading There is a strong correlation between reading to or with children every day and increased student achievement. Each child is encouraged to have a nightly reading experience.|
|Third Grade||Record nightly homework assignments in planners. Complete nightly homework neatly in pencil. Study for tests Time: Homework will come home nightly and should take no longer than 30 minutes. Independent Reading There is a strong correlation between reading to or with children every day and increased student achievement. Each child is encouraged to have a nightly reading experience.|
|Upper (4th-6th) Reminders||
Students should expect 30-45 minutes in the first term. As they adjust to upper grade expectations, the amount of time will increase to 40-50 minutes.
tudents are encouraged to read independently daily. Homework assignments will include the practice of reading skills, but we hope that reading for pleasure as well as for information will become a daily routine for our students.
Students should expect 30-45 minutes in the first term. As they adjust to upper grade expectations, the amount of time will increase to 45-60 minutes.
Students are encouraged to read independently daily. Homework assignments will include the practice of reading skills, but we hope that reading for pleasure as well as for information will become a daily routine for our students.
Students should expect about 60 minutes each night for academic subjects, and 15-20 minutes each night for music practice.
Students are encouraged to read independently daily. Homework assignments will include the practice of reading skills, but we hope that reading for pleasure as well as for information will become a daily routine for students.
|The access that students shall have to obtain: resource materials from the library media center including online materials, assistance, and/or tutoring.|
Access to the library/media center print resources occurs either when the student comes to the MC with a teacher as a class or individually with a pass. (Primary students can come individually to check out materials if they missed a class check out due to absence or small group pull-out session.)
Online access 24/7 to Destiny catalog and IUSD’s subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica
We have the ability to allow students to access videos that are part of the Discovery Streaming database from home if teachers choose to make that an option (cannot require it.)
Assistance and/or tutoring EL support (EIA Instructional Assistants)
Extended learning (based on test scores, grades, teacher recommendation)
District tutor list online
Ways to disseminate the above information:
Coordination of Assignments
|The means by which teachers shall coordinate assignments so the students do not receive excessive daily homework assignments.|
Each grade level team works together to create daily and weekly homework. Students are encouraged to read nightly; specific reading assignments may be given..
|Notification to parents/guardians that no student may have his/her grade reduced or lose academic credit for any excused absence when missed assignments and tests are satisfactorily completed within a reasonable period of time Such notification shall include the full text of Education Code 48205. (Education Code 48980)|
Students are encouraged to complete missed homework within 3 days of their absence. Annual Parent Notification document sent via email at the beginning of the school year and available on IUSD website.
|Notification to parents/guardians that the teacher of any class from which a student is suspended may require the student to complete any assignments and tests missed during the suspension. (Education Code 48913)|
Parent notification included in suspension letter that must be signed by both student and parent. General notification on district website and in annual Parent Notification document.
|A description of when academic breaks will occur that acknowledges that students need and will receive time without homework assignments.|
It is recognized that homework, like all educational curriculum, should be developmental in nature. In this light, we will strive to build all academic programs from a developmental perspective beginning in early grades. Additionally, we will make every effort to progress over the years to an academic level that will help assure success at the high school level for those individuals who take advantage of the opportunities afforded them. It is further recognized that in order to accomplish this goal, students need to be nurtured in such a manner to ensure the most positive experience we can envision for each child. Clearly, children need a combination of free time and meaningful work to progress. The word balance is the key, and it is, by necessity, determined on a student by student basis. With these constructs in mind, the following points shall serve as conditions for intersession homework across all grade levels: Homework assignments may include the following: (1) Reading – Benefits include a higher aptitude for learning in general, better communication skills, as well as an ability to grasp abstract concepts, apply logic in various scenarios, and recognize cause and effect; (2) Music Practice – To master your chosen instrument and become good players, students should aim to practice daily. Assignments will be available to all students. Students shall not be penalized for circumstances beyond their control. For example, if the student is out of town during the entire intersession break and unable to bring their instrument, his/her parent can write a note to excuse the student from music practice. Students will be provided with sufficient time during the quarter (whether before break, after break, or both) to complete assigned work. In other words, additional homework shall not be assigned over the break, though students may have assignments they choose to work on during the break. Students failing to meet the grade level criteria may be encouraged to take remedial action with parental assistance during intersession.