The mission of McDermoth Elementary School is to prepare students academically and socially in a respectful, safe learning environment to be positive, contributing, and productive members of the world community.
McDermoth School Roster
Principal: Brandon Winkelman, email@example.com
Secretary: Heather Trader firstname.lastname@example.org
School Phone Number: 538-2120
Grade Name E-mail Address
Kindergarten Ms. Lyles email@example.com
Kindergarten Ms. George firstname.lastname@example.org
Kindergarten Ms. Pfeiffer email@example.com
1st Ms. Parker firstname.lastname@example.org
1st Ms. Ulbin email@example.com
1st Ms. Richie firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd Ms. Fleming email@example.com
2nd Ms. Peterson firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd/3rd Ms. Taylor email@example.com
3rd Ms.Talevich firstname.lastname@example.org
3rd Ms. Bartholomew email@example.com
4th Mr. Moir firstname.lastname@example.org
4th Ms. Black email@example.com
4th Mrs. Templeton firstname.lastname@example.org
5th Mr. Doyle email@example.com
5th Mr. Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org
6th Ms. Melville email@example.com
6th Ms. Snyder firstname.lastname@example.org
Resource Ms. Cooper email@example.com
Resource Mr. Ness firstname.lastname@example.org
Resource Ms. Shay email@example.com
Title I/LAP Ms. Love firstname.lastname@example.org
PE Mr. Harless email@example.com
General Music Mr. George firstname.lastname@example.org
Orchestra Ms. Meikle email@example.com
Band Ms. Koski firstname.lastname@example.org
Counselor Ms. Kim email@example.com
Nurse Ms. Tomlin firstname.lastname@example.org
Psychologist Mr. Heinrich email@example.com
Library Technician: Ms. Miller firstname.lastname@example.org
Para Educators: Ms. Barragan email@example.com
Ms. Chenoweth firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Camp email@example.com
Ms. Tikka firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Stanton email@example.com
Ms. Pratt firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Pellegrini email@example.com
Mr. Jordan firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Jernstrom email@example.com
Ms. Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Sturm email@example.com
Ms. Bowling firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Burdick hburdick@asd5org
Custodians: Mr. Conklin
Cooks: Mrs. To
Parents may request information regarding professional qualifications of teachers at any point.
District Superintendent: Dr. Tom Opstad 538-2006 School District Office Number: 538-2000
The Aberdeen School District Board of Directors is made up of five at-large representatives who are elected from the citizens who reside within the school district boundaries. A current listing of the Board of Directors can be found on the Internet at www.asd5.org or by calling the Aberdeen School District office at 538-2000. The school board represents the people of the school district. Board members welcome comments and questions from the public. The Board of Directors meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month during the school year at 7:00 p.m. at the district office, located at 216 N. G Street in Aberdeen. A copy of the summer meeting schedule can be obtained from the district office.
A Message from the Principal
McDermoth School staff members are honored to have the privilege of being responsible for a portion of your child’s education. We will make every effort to provide a caring, safe, and challenging environment for every child. This booklet has been developed and sent to you in an effort to make sure you know how the school operates. The mission of McDermoth School is to prepare students academically and socially in a respectful, safe learning environment to be positive, contributing, and productive members of the world community. This can only be accomplished when parents, students, and staff work together in a cooperative effort, focused on learning opportunities for all. I believe my role, as principal, is to help facilitate cooperation between all members of the McDermoth community. If you have any questions about any of this information, please contact me at school and I will be happy to personally discuss the information with you. I am always willing to listen to suggestions. Together, we can make school a good place for children to learn and grow.
McDermoth Schedule for the 2015-2016 School Year
8:40 School Begins
9:45-10:15 Beginning Orchestra (2X/week)
10:00-10:10 Kindergarten recess
10:15-10:45 Advanced Orchestra (2X/week)
10:15-10:25 1st/2nd recess
10:30-10:45 3rd/4th recess
10:45-11:00 5th/6th recess
11:15/11:30/11:45 Kindergarten lunch (eat/out/in)
11:30/11:45/12:00 1st and 2nd lunch (eat/out/in)
11:45/12:00/12:20 3rd and 4th lunch (eat/out/in)
11:55/12:15/12:30 5th and 6th lunch (eat/out/in)
1:20-1:30 1st/2nd recess
1:35-1:45 Kindergarten recess
2:00-2:30 Beginning Band
2:45 K/1/2 Dismissal
2:35-3:05 Advanced Band
3:10 3/4/5/6 Dismissal
Welcome to School!!!
The staff of McDermoth Elementary welcomes you to your school. We are dedicated to providing each of our students with the best education possible. If you have any questions or concerns of any kind, we invite you to come to school or give us a call. We hope this handbook will answer many of your questions about how McDermoth operates. If you have any questions, please ask.
Students need to deposit their lunch and milk money before school in either the cafeteria or the school office. Breakfast is free, student lunch cost is $2.65, and milk is $.35. Please be aware that students cannot charge lunch or milk. Forms to request free or reduced-price meals are available in the office. These must be filled out annually.
Parents may purchase an adult lunch ticket for $4.00 and eat with their child. Please let the office know by 9:00 a.m. if you would like to eat with your child. If you plan on having lunch with your child, please be sure to check in to the office when you arrive and check out when leaving.
Students must bring a note or parents may call the school office if a student has a doctor or dentist appointment for which they will need to leave school during the day. No student will be allowed to leave the school grounds without first checking with the office. Parents need to report to the office to sign students out. Please do not pick your child up from their classroom. Students will be called to the office when the parent arrives.
Our school district offers an optional student insurance plan. We will send home information on this plan soon after school starts. If you do not have insurance for your child, we urge you to review this policy.
Bicycles, Scooters and Skateboards
If parents wish, students may ride bicycles, scooters or skateboards to school. We have bicycle racks for storage. Students are urged to lock their bikes in the racks that are provided. Students with scooters and skateboards are to keep them in their lockers during school hours. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen bikes, scooters, or skateboards. All students must follow the laws regarding bike, scooter, and skateboard riding. This includes wearing a helmet. Failure to obey the Aberdeen City laws regarding the riding of bikes, scooters, or skateboards will result in a loss of privilege to ride them to and from school. No bicycle, scooter, or skateboard riding is allowed on the playground during school hours. Students must push their bicycles off the school grounds.
Lost and Found
A lost and found area is provided in our school for unlabeled, unclaimed clothing. During conferences, items are placed on tables for easy identification by parents. Unclaimed items are given to the local clothing bank. Items that are labeled with the student's name are returned to the student.
Band is offered as an elective to our 5th and 6th grade students during the school year. Orchestra is an elective for our 5th and 6th grade students. Our instrumental music teachers will be sending home more information on these programs. Vocal and general music instruction is provided for all students in grades K - 6.
School Records Update
Please provide our office with your correct contact information. We need to know where you can be reached during the school day in case of emergencies while your child is in school. Many times we cannot reach parents when their child is sick or in need because of incorrect and out of date contact information. We appreciate your keeping us informed so that we can better serve you.
Student Arrival Time
Students are not to arrive at school before 8:15 in the morning. We have no supervision or activities at any place on our site prior to that time. If students arrive to school early, they will be asked to remain outside until 8:15 a.m. Children of staff members may arrive with their parents as long as the parent can provide supervision prior to 8:15 a.m. If parents bring children to school early they are welcome to sit with their child in the front lobby only to provide the necessary supervision until the bell rings at 8:15 a.m.
Picking Up Students After School
If you pick up your student after school, please make arrangements to meet him/her outside. As you know, McDermoth Elementary is located in the middle of a residential area and we therefore face some difficulties with traffic/parking. It would help our traffic problem if students were picked up away from the bus/daycare van areas on 4th Street. Children in kindergarten, first and second grade will go to the library and be excused from the front of the building only. Students who are not picked up on time are allowed to wait in the office. If a parent does not arrive before 3:35 p.m., Child Protective Services and the Aberdeen Police Department are notified. Please make arrangements to pick up your child at 2:45 p.m. for grades K-2 and at 3:10 p.m. for grades 3-6 as we do not have staff available to watch them after school.
Student safety is a paramount duty that is taken very seriously. Please enter the building through the main front door only. To help ensure your child’s safety, please wait in the main entrance for your child rather than in the hallways.
Students Late to School
It is important that each student makes every effort to be on time to school. Most teachers begin with critical instruction at the start of the school day. It is an interruption in the school program when students arrive late to class. Students who are tardy may be required to make up time during recesses on the day that they are tardy. Students will either work on missed assignments or read. In the event students are late coming to school, they need to check in with the office. Students will not be admitted to class unless they have checked in with the office. Students who are late from eating breakfast are considered tardy unless the bus they came on arrived after 8:30 a.m. Medical, counseling and court appointments do not count as a tardy, but all other late arrivals do count as a tardy regardless if the parent has excused the child or not. Your cooperation in this matter is appreciated.
Birthday Parties/Invitations/Items to be Sold
Invitations to after school or weekend birthday parties are not to be distributed at school. Please be aware that items to be sold by students at school for non-school fundraisers are not permitted. In the past many students have lost money or merchandise.
Use of the Telephone
Our school phone is for business and emergencies only. Before coming to school, students need to make arrangements about where they are to go after school and what activities they are going to attend. We do not allow students to use school phones to arrange after school activities.
Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices
The use of cell phones and other electronic devices is strictly prohibited while at school unless permission has been given to the student by the principal or principal designee. Students who bring cell phones or other devices are responsible for them. The school assumes no responsibility or liability if such items are lost, stolen or destroyed. All devices brought to school need to be silenced before coming onto school property and not turned on until after the student has left the property. Devices are to be strictly out of sight. Devices found on or visible at school will be taken from the student. The device maybe picked up by a parent in the office.
Messages to Students from Home
While we are happy to deliver messages from you to your child during the school day, please be aware of the fact that any messages called in or left on our school voice mail may not reach your child before school ends. PLEASE make after-school arrangements with your child before sending them to school in the morning.
Please call the school each morning before 9:30 AM if your child is absent. As time permits, we try to contact parents of students who do not call, but this is not always possible due to the level of activity in the office. State law requires a phone call the day of absence. Please see district policy regarding criteria for excused absences. Students who are absent may not participate in any school-sponsored activities on the day of their absence. On occasions, there are exceptions to this policy. Exceptions must be cleared in advance with the principal.
The parent and physician must complete “Permission to Administer Medication at School” forms if your child is to take medication of any type, including over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol or Claritin-D, during school hours. All medication (including over-the-counter medication) in its original container and completed forms must be turned into the office with the medication form. School staff will supervise the administration of the medication to your child. Copies of the required form may be picked up in the office. Please do not send your child to school with any medication (such as aspirin, cough syrup, etc.). Parents must personally drop off any medication in the office.
Please notify the school if your child should contract a communicable disease, such as head lice, fifth's disease, MRSA, measles or chicken pox. If your child attends school with head lice, he/she will be sent home. A notice is sent home with the student explaining the situation and how the child may return to school. The students in a class where a student has been identified as having head lice will also be notified so parents can be looking for signs of head lice on their child. Head lice are a common problem that can be kept in check if the school and parents work together cooperatively.
Treats at School
The health and nutrition of our students is one of our primary concerns. We have numerous children and adults who suffer from various allergies; some are life threatening. In addition, our district has adopted a policy to limit the number of non-nutritional snacks offered at school. Due to allergies and dietary restrictions we do not have parents bring treats for their student’s special event such as a birthday. Classrooms have two parties each year. Those dates are selected by the teacher. Many classrooms have limited the types of treats that may be served at their two parties during the school year due to allergies and dietary restrictions. When a treat is permissible, please remember, all treats to be distributed at school must be commercially made and fruit must be cut and processed in a commercial kitchen. We can not distribute home baked goods or home cut fruits due to potential problems with Hepatitis and other infectious diseases.
Weapons Free Zone
By state law, schools are drug and weapons free zones. Weapons include but are not limited to the following list: knives (of any sort or size), guns (real or look alike), martial arts instruments, and common items used with intent to inflict bodily harm to another person. Any student who brings dangerous objects to school is subject to discipline as outlined by state law, which includes but is not limited to expulsion.
It is a violation of district policy and state law for any person to carry a firearm or dangerous weapon on school premises, school-provided transportation or areas of other facilities being used exclusively for school activities. It is also a violation of district policy for any person to carry or use in a threatening or disruptive manner any device, which resembles or is intended to look like a dangerous weapon. Any such violations shall be taken seriously by school officials and will be subject to corrective action or punishment. School officials shall notify the student’s parents or guardians and the appropriate law enforcement agency of known or suspected violations of this policy. Students who violate this policy shall be subject to discipline, including a one-year expulsion for a violation involving a firearm. The superintendent may modify the one-year expulsion on a case-by-case basis.
District policy prohibits the use of tobacco by students, staff or visitors on school district property. Possession or distribution of tobacco products by minors is prohibited. School district property includes all district buildings, grounds and district-owned vehicles. Students are subject to discipline for violations of this policy. E-cigarettes are treated as tobacco products and subject to the same policies.
McDermoth Parent/Teacher Organization
The Parent/Teacher Organization at McDermoth is a busy, dedicated group. You are welcome to be a part of the group and we welcome each of you. This group is directly responsible for our Carnival. They also sponsor our Library, Family Bingo Nights, Assemblies, Field Trips, Playground Equipment, and MORE! Meeting times are 3:30 p.m. the typically on the second Tuesday of the month. You can check exact dates on the district calendar. If you would like to help or want more information, please contact one of the officers listed below or the school office.
President – Theresa Fleming
Vice President – Danny Turpin
Secretary – Rebecca Richie
Treasurer- Jacque Ashley
A group of 6th grade students will serve as the Bulldog Leadership Team. They participate in our Associated Student Body affairs. These students meet and decide special events for our school.
We welcome parents and community members to volunteer in our school. Volunteers are needed for both long- and short-term projects. If you would like to volunteer your time and talents, please contact the school office. School volunteers must complete a Washington State Patrol background check and sign a confidentiality contract prior to beginning to help at school. Information and the forms are available in the school office. All volunteers must check in at the office and pick up, fill out and wear a visitor's button/sticker before entering the classroom. The visitor's button/sticker identifies authorized visitors for our staff and students and provides a way for us to ensure safety at McDermoth.
McDermoth offers programs for students who need special assistance learning. One program is Resource, which provides assistance for students with learning and mobility disabilities. Students who qualify for this program receive assistance through the resource room in qualified subject areas. To qualify for resource, students must be referred for testing and meet state standards determined through individualized testing administered by the school psychologist. The second program offered is Title 1/LAP, which offers assistance to students who are not performing up to grade level standards in the areas of reading or math. To qualify for Title 1/LAP, students must be referred by their classroom teachers and meet a predetermined criteria based on the student's performance on reading or math assessments.
Internet and District Network Usage
The school district network is provided for students to conduct research and receive instruction from the worldwide web. The district will provide Internet access for your child unless parents show their objection to their son or daughter using Internet at school. Parents or guardians need to notify the building principal by the last day in September or within 10 days of enrolling their child. An opt out form will be sent home early in school year.
Counseling services are available to all students. Our counselor provides a number of classroom lessons and guidance activities. Students may also see the counselor from time to time in a group or individual setting. The focus of group or individual meetings is to help a student acquire the skills needed to succeed in a school setting or to help resolve a conflict. Please remember if a child discloses information that they or someone else is being harmed or harming others, school personnel have a duty to report to the proper authorities/agencies. If requested by the court systems, information may be released. Information gained during counseling sessions may be shared with parents/guardians or other necessary school personnel when deemed appropriate. Information will not be shared with other students or other families.
Additionally, parent resource materials are available in our school library and the counselor has a variety of materials for parents to borrow.
School dress standards set a tone that impacts the learning environment. Students should be dressed appropriately each day for the variety of activities in which they may participate, including PE and recess. Dress standards for school differ from what students might wear to the mall or at home. Clothing that directly or indirectly advertises gangs or suggests the use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco products or which attracts undue attention is considered disruptive to the educational process and therefore may not be worn.
These guidelines must be followed:
- Students must come to school wearing shoes, pants (or skirts/dresses), shirts, underwear and a jacket or sweatshirt for outside. Clothing should be clean and fit properly.
- Shirts/tops for boys and girls need to cover their backs, stomach area and shoulders. Sleeveless shirts may be worn only on days when the temperature is predicted to be over 70 degrees outside. This warm weather provision does not include swimsuits, halter tops, midriff shirts, or spaghetti strap shirts. Shirts exposing the stomach or which are low-cut or backless are not allowed.
- Pants that are too loose and sag below the student's waist are not permitted. Please take care when selecting low rise pants to be sure the child’s shirt will cover their back when sitting.
- Pajamas and slippers are not permitted.
- Clothes need to be without reference to drugs, alcohol, gangs, violence, or sexual themes.
- Bandanas, hairnets, do-rags and hoods are not permitted unless permission is given by the principal. Hooded sweatshirts are permitted, but hoods may not be worn indoors and they are not considered to be hats on “hat days.”
- No spiked jewelry or spiked belts are allowed. Belts may not hang down.
- Girls should refrain from wearing high heels because of the numerous stairs in the building that students are required to climb several times day, as well as participation in PE class.
- Shorts, skirts, and dresses must extend two inches beyond the fingertips in the front and back.
- Any clothing or aspect of personal appearance (e.g., makeup) that is determined to be disruptive or gang related by the building administration is not allowed.
Students will be asked to change if their clothing does not match the school dress policy. We have a limited amount of clothing for students to borrow if their attire is not appropriate for school. Sometimes what we have does not fit the child. In those cases, the parent will need to bring a change of appropriate clothes before the student may return to school activities. Parents will be contacted if their student's dress interferes or disrupts the overall learning atmosphere at school.
- If a student has been ill and parents are requesting that he/she not be allowed outside for recess or noon playtime, PLEASE send a dated note to your student's teacher each day. In general terms, if a child is too ill to participate in all school activities, including recess and PE, they are too ill to come to school.
- Students are not to arrive at school before 8:15 in the morning. There is no supervision available for them before 8:15 a.m. All students are to report to the designated area for their class prior to the start of school. Teachers will meet their students in the designated area at the start of school. Students are not allowed to wander the campus prior to the start of the instructional day.
- Students who walk home after school are asked to leave as soon as school is dismissed. Our school has a large group of bus students waiting for buses and we request that walkers not stay to play.
- Adult crossing guards assist the students crossing at Broadway and 4th Streets. Students should the cross streets where there are crosswalks so injuries can be avoided.
- Parents are encouraged to visit school whenever they can. Please call the principal a day in advance to arrange a classroom visitation. If you want to volunteer, please check in with the office and the teacher and fill out a form for a Washington State Patrol background check and sign a confidentiality contract form. All visitors must check in at the office and pick up a visitor's button or sticker before entering the halls or a classroom. All visitors must wear a visitor's button. This identifies authorized visitors for our staff and students.
- Parents visiting the school must enter through the main entrance. The other street entrances will remain locked during the school day. This will help monitor adult visitors to insure student and staff safety.
- If you have something to deliver to your child, please bring it to the office and we will see that he/she gets it.
- Parents or any other persons are NOT to wait for their children in the halls outside classrooms before class ends. Please meet your child outside the school or in the front entrance. This helps to maintain a quiet and undisturbed learning atmosphere through the end of the school day. Children in kindergarten, first, and second grade go the library at 2:40 p.m. and may be picked up there. We do not permit children in grades K, 1 and 2 to wait for their parents outside the school building past 2:50 p.m. as they are unsupervised.
Emergency Preparedness Information
- In the event of a tsunami, students may be moved to Sam Benn Park. Office personnel will only dismiss students to their parents or parent designee (per the information in our student information files). All students leaving must be signed out.
- A complete and comprehensive disaster/emergency plan is available for parents in the office and on our web site (www.asd5.org - click on “About Our Schools”).
Student Discipline Guidelines and Procedures
District Wide Discipline Procedure
All students will be expected to obey all rules at school. When a student breaks a rule, he/she can expect to be disciplined. Depending on the rule that has been broken and the circumstances surrounding the problem, one or more of the following will occur:
1 An individual conference with teacher or para-educator is the first step. Punishment may be a verbal warning, loss of school privileges (i.e. recess, lunch playtime), after school detention, suspension or expulsion. The principal will be involved in all cases requiring suspension or expulsion and most cases involving detention.
2 In case of detention after school, the parent will be notified 24 hours in advance.
3 The student may be referred to the principal (this option can be exercised by teachers or para-educators). The adults will then work together to determine the best plan.
4 General guidelines: The Aberdeen School District believes that schools and families work together for the good of the students. Early involvement of parents when discipline issues arise is essential to a student's successful school career. When students know that home and school expect the same behaviors and believe the student is capable of good behavior, the more likely the student is to make good choices. The principal’s role in supporting the student is also essential.
5 Always, if any parents have concerns or questions, they are encouraged to contact the classroom teacher or principal.
At McDermoth School, we have 4 (four) simple building and playground-wide rules. We expect these rules to be followed by every member of our school community, including students, staff, and any visitors to our building. These rules are learned and practiced in each classroom, and are posted in each room and classroom in the building. They are in place in classrooms, on the playground, in the hallways, lunchroom, and bathrooms.
We follow these rules:
Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe
Respect and responsibility for SELF means:
I do my best and make good choices, play and work safely, and take good care of myself.
Respect and responsibility for OTHERS means:
I treat others as I wish to be treated, with kindness and compassion. It means I accept differences in others and value those differences.
Respect and responsibility for PROPERTY means:
I take care of our school and our materials. It means I clean up after myself, and help others take care of our home, school and community.
- Rock throwing, assaultive behavior, harassment of any kind, use of bad language, bothering others' belongings without permission, disorderly conduct, damaging school property, disobedience, or defiance have no place at school and will result in disciplinary action.
- Students may not bring any personal play items to school (this includes toys, balls, electronic devises and make-up or finger nail polish). The school will issue playground equipment for use on the playground. In the past, personal items brought to school have been lost, stolen or broken. The school takes no responsibility for unauthorized items brought to school.
- Please deposit lunch money into your account before school starts.
- Students may not be on the playground prior to 8:15; there is no adult supervision.
- Students are expected to follow the directions of any adult in the building, on the playground, or at any school activity. Students are expected to follow adult directions with respect and with an appropriate attitude.
- tag games
- climbing over the walls
- sliding on the banister
- playing on the steps leading from the cafeteria
- going into the building before school starts without permission from an adult
- stopping for drinks or using the restroom on the way to class from recess
On the playground we expect that everyone does the following:
- Be Respectful myself, others, and property.
- Be Responsible
- Be Kind
- Be safe.
We also have some specific game rules made to help keep everyone safe and having fun!
These will be taught to all students by the classroom teacher and Mr. Harless, our P.E. teacher, the first week of school during PE and with a monthly review for grades 3-6, as well as during students’ lunch recess throughout the year.
Our counselor and/or PE teacher will go to each classroom to review the recess game rules, check for questions and then have each student sign a Recess Contract which is a pledge that they understand and will follow all rules.
If you would like a copy of the specific game rules, please let the office know. We can email them to you or send home a paper copy.
Student Cafeteria Expectations
In order for lunchtime to be pleasant for everyone, I will be respectful, responsible, kind and safe by:
- Walking in the lunchroom.
- Keeping my hands and feet to myself while I wait in line.
- Talking quietly in the lunchroom.
- Remaining seated until an adult dismisses me.
- Not trading lunches or touching anyone else’s food.
- Cleaning up after myself.
Student Bus Expectations
While waiting for the bus I will be respectful, responsible, kind and safe by:
1. Lining up in the covered area as soon as school is dismissed.
2. Keeping my hands and feet to myself.
3. Being polite to others.
4. Not fighting and talking quietly on the bus.
An Important Reminder
In life, natural consequences face us each day, in every decision we make. School is a safe place where children learn which decisions are the most productive: those which produce positive natural consequences. Thus, even playground and social situations are vast learning grounds for making good decisions. Therefore, logical ‘natural consequences’ are used when less positive decisions are made. This could include being “out”, receiving a short time-out, a conference with a supervisor, the counselor, a teacher, or sometimes the principal. All of these consequences have the same positive goal: to help each child learn to make good decisions.
In the event when a child participates in bullying, intimidation and harassment not corrected by discussion or the above measures; parents will be involved and district discipline procedures will be used. While these instances are rare; they are taken seriously and handled immediately. The policies and procedures pertaining to this are covered in the District Policy and Procedure manual which is sent home each year.
McDermoth Homework Policy
The purposes of homework are:
1. To provide students with opportunities to practice and reinforce acquired skills. These should be skills that are understood by students and that are within their ability to complete assignments using these skills with minimum supervision and frustration.
2. To develop personal study habits and responsibility.
3. To give parents opportunities to talk with their child about current learning and thus foster ongoing communication about school activities.
4. To provide additional time for students to complete assignments and projects.
The following guideline is offered as an average for typical students and most days. Students may have more or less homework. Homework policies are at the teacher’s discretion.
Kindergarten - Up to 15 minutes a day.
First Grade - Up to 30 minutes a day.
Second Grade - Up to 30 minutes a day.
Third Grade - Up to 40 minutes a day.
Fourth Grade - Up to 50 minutes a day.
Fifth Grade - Up to 60 minutes a day.
Sixth Grade - Up to 75 minutes a day.
The following lists of activities are examples of typical work expected by teachers. Completing some or a variety of these activities on a daily basis will help to ensure your child will reach their full potential and help your child to meet the challenges of junior high school and high school.
Kindergarten: Reading to your child daily, practicing the alphabet, playing number games, and practicing writing. Review and discuss papers they bring home.
First Grade: Doing StoryTown Reading Homework (this includes site word practice, mini-books, vocabulary and spelling), completing math homework, and reading with your child. Review and discuss papers they bring home.
Second Grade: Doing the StoryTown Reading Homework (this includes vocabulary and daily spelling work), completing math homework, and reading with your child. Review and discuss papers they bring home.
Third Grade: Complete any assignment not completed in school that is due the next day (this could be math, reading, spelling, social studies or science activities), study spelling words, practice basic math facts, and read independently. Review and discuss papers they bring home.
Fourth Grade: Complete any assignment not completed in school that is due the next day (this could be math, reading, spelling, social studies or science activities), study spelling words, practice math facts, and read independently. Review and discuss papers they bring home.
Fifth Grade: Complete any assignment not completed in school that is due the next day (this could be math, reading, spelling, social studies or science activities), study spelling words, review math facts, and read independently. Review and discuss papers they bring home.
Sixth Grade: Complete any assignment not completed in school that is due the next day (this could be math, reading, spelling, social studies or science activities), study spelling words, review math facts, read independently, and as needed, work on required projects. Review and discuss papers they bring home.
Please do not try to complete all the activities each day. Work down the list as time permits. If, on a regular basis, your child is having trouble completing the expected work in a reasonable amount of time (no more than twice the recommended time); please contact your child's teacher. Homework activities should strengthen the partnership bond between home and school. Adjustments may need to be made for some students. Working together, we can help your child to reach their full potential.
The following is a brief list of activities parents could do with their children if the parent is looking for other academic related activities:
1. Keep a journal of daily activities, or news events or other areas of interest.
2. Read, read, read!
3. Play math games with your child using estimation and precise calculations.
Aberdeen School District Parent Involvement
The school board believes that the education of children is a joint responsibility, one it shares with the parents and the community. To insure that the best interests of the child are served in this process, a strong program of communication and/or collaboration between home and school must be maintained. The board believes that it is the parents who have the ultimate responsibility for their children's in‑school academic achievement and behavioral conduct. During school hours, the board, through its designated staff, shall strive to serve the interests of parents in providing for the safety, health, and welfare of their children.
The board directs the superintendent to develop activities that will enhance home‑school cooperation. Such activities may include, but not be limited to:
A. Conducting parent‑teacher conferences which facilitates two‑way communication between home and school;
B. Holding open houses which provide parents with the opportunity to see the school facilities, meet the staff and review the program on a first hand basis;
C. Disseminating building and room newsletters to parents on a regular basis;
D. Conducting meetings of parents and staff members to explain and discuss matters of general interest with regard to child‑school, child‑home, or child‑school‑home relationships;
E. Conducting meetings of staff member(s) and individuals or groups of parents of those students who have special abilities/aptitudes, disabilities, needs, or problems;
F. Sponsoring or co‑sponsoring special events of a cultural, ethnic, or topical nature, which are initiated by parent groups, involve the cooperative effort of students and parents, and are of general interest to the schools or community;
G. Collaborating with parents, students and staff in school improvement planning, development and implementation; and
H. Providing interested parents of preschool children with information and/or training on successful parenting practices.
For the benefit of children, the board believes that parents have a responsibility to encourage their child's performance in school by:
A. Supporting the schools in requiring that the children observe all school rules and regulations, and by accepting their own responsibility for children's willful in‑school behavior;
B. Sending children to school with proper attention to their health, personal cleanliness and dress;
C. Maintaining an active interest in the students' daily work and making it possible for the student to complete assigned homework through providing a quiet place and suitable conditions for study;
D. Reading all communications from the school, and signing and returning them promptly when required;
E. Cooperating with the school in attending conferences set up for the exchange of information on the child's progress in school; and
F. Participating in in‑school activities and special functions.
McDermoth Parent Involvement Policy
Annual Title 1 Parent Meeting
During a Parent/Teacher Organization meeting in the fall, the Title 1 building plan will be presented. Changes in the plan from the previous year will be highlighted.
Yearly Parent Meetings and Activities
We strive to involve families in a variety of meaningful meetings and activities. These meetings include but are not limited to:
Family Activity Nights
School Concerts and Performances
School Performance Profiles
A school performance profile is sent home to parents in June. Also available is a more comprehensive profile using information gathered by the building Site Council. The data collected and reported by the Site Council includes information regarding student achievement and behavior.
Curriculum, Assessment and Proficiency Levels
McDermoth Elementary will be teaching the “Common Core Standards.” A free iPhone and iPad App is available online that explains each standard in detail. The principal or classroom teacher will be able to assist you with this.
Assessment results are shared and explained during parent-teacher conferences. Letters are also sent home inviting parents to arrange conferences with the principal for further explanation and planning regarding assessment results.
Testing, curriculum, and student standards are reviewed during Open House, PTO meetings and specially called meetings.
During the fall of each school year students, parents and school staff will be asked to sign the student-parent-school compact. The compact explains the responsibilities of each party in regards to student achievement.
As a school, we will:
…use AVID strategies and organization to ensure college and career readiness.
…know your child’s needs and try to meet them.
…communicate regularly with families.
…provide a safe and positive learning environment for your child.
…provide meaningful learning activities both in and out of school.
…assist your child in the selection of reading materials.
As a parent/guardian, I will:
…attend one evening school function and all regularly scheduled student-parent-teacher conferences.
…help my child read at least 15 minutes for a minimum of four nights a week.
…visit the library on a monthly basis with my child or provide a source of new reading material for my child.
…send my child to school on time and make sure he/she is well rested.
…talk to my child about school and assist with all homework.
As a student at McDermoth School, I will:
…respect myself, my school and all others.
…read at least 15 minutes a day or more.
…complete and turn in all my schoolwork on time.
…go to bed at a reasonable hour and eat a healthy breakfast and lunch.
…come to school on time and ready to learn.
Students will have the greatest opportunity to succeed in school when we work together to accomplish these things.
Aberdeen School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:
Civil Rights Coordinator: Jim Sawin; email@example.com; 216 N. G Street, Aberdeen WA 98520; 360-538-2222
Title IX Officer: Jim Sawin; firstname.lastname@example.org; 216 N. G Street, Aberdeen WA 98520; 360-538-2222
Section 504 Coordinator Jean Prochaska; email@example.com; 216 N. G Street, Aberdeen WA 98520; 360-538-2017
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 (see below). For a copy of your district’s nondiscrimination policy and procedure, contact your school or district office or view it online here:
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 conduct or communications in order to gain something in return, such as a grade, a promotion, a place on a sports team, or any educational or employment decision, or
· The conduct substantially interferes with a student's educational performance, or creates an intimidating or hostile educational or employment environment.
Examples of Sexual Harassment:
· Pressuring a person for sexual favors
· Unwelcome touching of 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 violence, 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