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Manchester Elementary School
Parent Handbook
2010/11

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Dear Parents,

We are pleased to welcome your child to another year of education at the Manchester Elementary School.

It is important for parents and the school to have an open avenue of communication so we can all work together to benefit our students. Through this handbook, we hope that you will be better informed about both the staff and the programs offered to your children.

We invite you to visit school often during the year to view firsthand the outstanding educational opportunities provided to the students of Manchester. In addition, please feel free to call at any time. Our phone number is 622-2949. For your information, the office is open from 7:15-3:15 and classes are in session from 7:55 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. The following is a roster of current staff, along with their voice mail extensions.

Sincerely,
Pia Holmes, Principal
 

Manchester School Staff


Position
Name
622.2949 + the following extension
Principal
Pia Holmes
1602
School Secretary
Joyce Norwood
1601
Kindergarten    
Robin Terrell
1610
Kindergarten
Christine Johnson
1613
Grade 1
Diane Wadsworth
1614
Grade 1
Jessica Gurney
1612
Grade 2
Michelle Ballard
1611
Grade 2
Debbie Collins
1623
Grade 3
Mary O'Brien
1620
Grade 4
Diane Curtis
1622
Grade 4
Jennie Galletta
1621
Grade 5
Rebecca Henry
1627
Literacy Specialist
Rachael Boucher
1609
Special Education
Vicki McMullin
1616
Guidance
Becky Vining
1617
Speech Pathologist
Shannon Cole
1641
Librarian
Janet Adelberg
Sue Halberstadt
Carol Gogan     
1635
1634
1633
School Clinician
Kristie Sniffen
Vocal Music     
Melinda Kimball
1632
Instrumental Music
Melinda Kimball
1632
Physical Education
Barbara Godfrey
1638
Art
Katharine Ayer
1625
Gifted and Talented
Victoria Scott
School Nurse
Sharon Chaplin/Angela Palmer
1603
Educational Techs

Ashli Spear
MaryAnn Florek  
Pat LeVeen      
Barbara Galouch         
LeeAnn Whitcomb 

1629
1605

1626

Cooks
Nancy Belanger
Renee Hippler

1607
1607

Custodians
Curtis Williams
Paul Olsen
1630
1642
Occupational Therapy
Dianna Schmidt
School Psychological Service Provider
Susan Holinger
Bus Drivers
#1 - Lorraine Schwarz
#19 - Glen
#5 - Paul True
#14 - Sandi Muniz


In addition to the staff at Manchester School, the Central Office personnel would be happy to make themselves available to you for any additional information. Central Office personnel can be reached at 685-3336.


 Central Office Staff

Superintendent                  Dr. Donna Wolfrom (685-3336)
Special Education Director      Ryan Meserve (685-3336)
Finance Manager                 Brigette Williams (685-3336)
Technology Coordinator          Jan Kolenda (622-2949 ext.318)
Transportation                  Blendine Butterfield (685-3621)


School Committee Members
David Guillementte      622-4510          
Melissa O’Neal  649-7252        
Lisa Montagna   623-8904
Bonnie Simcock  623-4526


The School Board meets periodically during the school year.  The RSU #38 Board, made up of members from all four towns meets monthly to discuss issues related to our schools.  All meetings are posted in advance. If you would like to place an item on the agenda, the Superintendent's Office needs to be notified 10 days in advance. All are welcome to attend.


The following section includes information about several important policies and procedures in place at Manchester School.

Affirmation of Positive Discipline

The Manchester Elementary School Committee recognizes and supports the measures taken by staff and administration to resolve disciplinary issues in a positive and productive manner. There has been a concerted effort to address affirmatively all matters that effect the safety and general well-being of our students.

Manchester Elementary School is continually working to create an environment that honors respect, responsibility and high academic achievement. Our high expectations for excellence and good citizenship are reflected in our Belief and Vision Statements. To that end, the School Committee is committed to doing its part to provide our students with a school that encourages intellectual and social growth and prohibits acts of disrespect and intolerance.

Class Placements
In April and May we begin the process of assigning our current children to classrooms for next year. Placement is a lengthy process considering many factors and involving input from the professionals in our school who know the children. Extraordinary amounts of time, care, and thought is devoted to this process, as it is essential that balanced groupings be created to provide equal opportunities for all students. We, therefore, do not honor specific placement requests. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


Hot Lunch Program

Hot lunches are available at a rate of $2.50 per day (or $12.50 per week). This price includes milk.  Breakfast is $1 per meal. Free or reduced rate hot lunches and breakfasts are available for those students whose families qualify. Applications may be obtained from the school office. The price of milk is $.50 per day. We ask that both hot lunch and milk money be brought in on Monday (or the first day of the week). You are also welcome to pay in advance any amount of money that will be credited to the student's account. We would appreciate your cooperation with this policy.

Maranacook Food Services program operate on a debit system through PowerLunch. PowerLunch is the lunch/breakfast management portion of PowerSchool (our web-based student information system). The system helps you monitor meals sold as well as your child’s account balances and transactions. Hot lunches are available at a rate of $2.50 per day (or $12.50 per week).  This price includes full salad bar and choice of a milk.  Breakfast is $1.00 per meal and includes a choice of milk, juice, and entre of the day.  Free or reduced rate hot lunches are available for those students whose families qualify.  Applications may be obtained from the school office.  Students who qualify for free or reduced priced meals also qualify for free breakfast. The price of milk is $.50 for each milk.  We ask that both hot lunch and milk money be brought in on Monday (or the first day of the week). You are also welcome to pay in advance any amount of money that will be credited to the student's account.  We would appreciate your cooperation with this policy.  Menus are published monthly on the Maranacook website for your meal planning convenience.

The Hot Lunch Program includes an option called "Offer vs. Serve".  The students have a choice of selecting either the entree served each day or an alternative prepared by the cooks.  The students in grades 1-5 make this selection each morning.  Kindergarten students make a weekly selection on the first day of the week.  It would be helpful if kindergarten parents would provide written indication of those selections on the first day of each week.  At lunch time, students can also make selections regarding fruit, vegetables and white or chocolate milk.  In all cases, the selections meet each of the nutrition elements required by the State.


 
Principal's Notes

The newsletter for the following week is sent home on Thursday (either via electronic format to the email you have provided us, or hard copy per parent request). On the newsletter there is a calendar section that gives you important upcoming dates about school and district events.  Please review this each week because it contains important information about upcoming events and programs. We also attach a number of important notices  each week.  Therefore, you and your children should get into the habit of reviewing these notices weekly.

No School Announcements

On mornings when storms prevent school from being held, ours school utilizes the School Messenger Notification System to notify parents via a phone call to your home phone number and cell phone.  In addition bulletins are announced several times over local radio (WABK, WMME) and television stations (channels 6, 8, 13) indicating school closings or delays. It is also listed on our district's web site,  www.maranacook.org.  Listen and watch for for announcements about schools in RSU #38.  Please note that there is another Manchester Elementary School in Windham, Maine.  On occasion, people hear that school's no school announcement and assume that it is us. Our school is always included in the RSU #38 announcement; it would be a very rare occasion for our school to be canceled on its own.

Occasionally, it is necessary (due to an impending storm, power or water loss, etc.) to close school before the regular release time.  This information is also distributed through the School Messenger Notification System and phone calls are made to parents daytime phone numbers.  Please have a clear understanding with your child(ren) as to what he/she is supposed to do (or where to go) in the event of an early dismissal.  Decisions about school cancellations, delays or early dismissals are made by the Office of the Superintendent and announcements are made in the manner listed above.


Notes for Alternative Transportation

If your child is going to visit a friend after school or be transported in a way other than the usual manner, a request should be made in the form of a written note signed by the parent.  We would also appreciate a note if you are picking up your child(ren) after school so we'll know not to send them on their regular bus run.  If you forget the written note, please call the office by 1:00 P.M.  Without either a written note or a phone call from parents, students will be sent home on their regular bus run.  Please be aware that requests to travel on a different bus may be denied if there is not room enough for any additional students.  Students will be released to parents only during and after school unless the parent has authorized the school to release them to someone else.  Parents who are picking up students at the close of school should do so in the following locations:  grades 2, 3, 4, 5 from the Science Lab and grades K, 1,  from the Mrs. McMullen’s room (formerly Mrs. Ballard’s room).  Additionally, we request that you do not pick your child(ren) up directly from the classroom (this is for the safety of all our students). If you child has an appointment that requires them to be dismissed prior to 2:30, we ask that you visit the office and we will have them come to the office to meet you.

Visitor Parking
To ensure the safety of our students, parking is allowed in the designated spaces only....parking around the circle is NOT permitted at any time.  If you are parking and coming into the school for any reason, you must park in these designated spaces in either the front or rear parking lots.  As safety of our students is one of our primary concerns.  The circle in front of the school will be for bus traffic only between the following times: 7:15 - 7:45 a.m. and 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.   All parents who are transporting their children to or from school during these times will need to use the rear parking lot (off McArdle Street).  For the safety of your child, please do not drop your child off at the fire station and allow them to walk through the front parking lot during this time. Students may not be dropped off at school prior to 7:30 a.m. as we do not have staff supervision until that time.  At all other times the circle in front of the school is a one-way, one lane traffic area (as you will see clearly marked).  We have "visitor" parking spaces out front that are located next to the two handicapped spaces.  These spaces are accessible outside of designated "bus only times".   These are intended for those making short visits to school and not for long term parking. We also ask that you park in the back lot if you are attending one of our field trips and will be parking your car for an extended period of time. We thank you for your adherence to these procedures.
End of the day dismissal: Many parents come into the school at the end of the day to pick up the children. To ease the congestion and confusion around the office area, we now dismiss these students to parents from designated rooms for K - 1 students and 2 - 5 students. A staff person will wait with the students until they are released to parents. Therefore, it would be best if parents parked in the rear parking lot if you are here for that purpose. If you are making a quick drop off or pick-up during the school day, you may continue to do this by the front entrance as long as you are not leaving your car unattended.


Student Attendance

Students are expected to be in school every day unless they have an illness that requires them to stay at home or have an important family commitment that is unavoidable during school time.  By the same token, children who are ill should not  be sent to school.  If a student becomes ill during the school day, we will call you and ask you to make arrangements to pick up your child.  As you know, many illnesses affecting children are contagious and we ask for you to consider this when making the determination whether or not to send your children to school.

Elementary school administrators are now required to enter habitual truancy data into the State of Maine Database: Infinite Campus. A student who is at least 7 years of age is truant if they have the equivalent of 7 full days of unexcused absences or 5 consecutive school days of unexcused absences during a school year.  Additionally, frequent absences do affect the progress of your child's educational program.  A student arriving late may have a more difficult time adjusting when lessons have already begun or may miss scheduled services. Students who are absent frequently may not meet proficiency in math or literacy on local, state, or national assessments. Chronically absent children often have large gaps in their knowledge that impedes their future progress.  We ask you to make every attempt to maintain consistent attendance of your children.  As students get older, it is expected that they will make up the work missed.  If you call prior to 11:00 a.m., we can make arrangements to have ready the homework assignments from your child's teacher(s).  You can either pick it up at the close of school or have it sent home with another child.       

In all cases, please call the office prior to 8:30 a.m. to let us know if your child will be absent from school.  By doing so, we can all be assured that each student is exactly where he/she is supposed to be.  If we do not hear from you before 8:50 a.m. , you will receive an automated phone call requesting verification of your child’s absence.  Please note that the morning bell rings at 7:55 and that begins our instructional day.  We would appreciate it if students can be here by that time so lessons are not interrupted by late arrivals.


Medication Policy

It is the responsibility of the parent and/or student to administer all medication. However, as a convenience for parents, the school will, upon written request, keep medication available for a period of time. Parents shall notify the school in writing (form provided for long term medication) when it is necessary for their child to take medication including type of medication, amounts and times to be administered. In addition, it must be in the original pharmacy container and brought in to school by the parent another adult. Students may not transport medications. Our school nurse (Sharon Chaplin) is in the building every day for half of the day (we share her with Readfield). Please call her (ext. 303) if you have questions regarding medication or any other health related issues.

 Student Dress

While we have no formal dress code for Manchester, we would like you to keep the following suggestions in mind:

1. Students should be dressed for the weather. All students are expected to go outside during recess time, weather permitting. Medical excuses will be accepted.
2. Students should maintain an appearance that is appropriate to the setting - one that promotes a positive and healthy school experience. We do not allow clothes which have inappropriate slogans or those that advertise tobacco or drug products.
3. Students should not wear clothing or accessories that will cause injury to themselves, other students, or damage school property.
4. For safety purposes, students may not wear open-toed shoes or sandals on Castletown (our playground) or during physical education class. If they wear them to school, they should also have a pair of sneakers to change into when they go outside.
4. Students who wear boots should bring shoes to wear while in the building. Wearing heavy boots all day is a poor health practice.
5. Please put your child's name in all outer clothing, backpacks, lunch boxes and boots.


No Smoking Policy


The School Board has adopted a policy which prohibits smoking anywhere on school grounds, inside or outside. This includes evening and weekend activities. This policy went into effect on August 31, 1994.

 School Programming

 In addition to the educational experiences that are gained within the regular classroom, all students receive instruction by a certified specialist (shared by the district schools) in the following areas:

Art
Library
Physical Education
Vocal Music
Guidance

All students in grade four receive a full class pre-band experience. Additionally, students may elect to enter the instrumental music program in grade five.  


Students, if eligible, receive support services in the following areas:

Special Education
Literacy
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy



Guidance Program

 Students in all grades participate in classroom guidance lessons. Discussions and activities are designed to help students understand themselves as individuals, to acquire skills in developing interpersonal relationships, to recognize and respond to difficult situations, and to explore goals and aspirations. They also learn how to access assistance for their own specific needs.

Some children also receive guidance services while in small groups or in some cases, individually. Also, parents and staff members have the opportunity to collaborate with the guidance counselor when concerned about a child's physical, academic, social or emotional development.

 Student Assistance Team

Manchester Elementary School has a Student Assistance Team. The purpose of this team is to provide a forum for teachers to come and discuss ways to improve programming for students. During these meetings, we discuss the issues that are getting in the way of student success in the classroom and brainstorm strategies to improve programming for that student. The Team has attended training to become familiar with this process. Other staff members may be invited if they are involved with the child or can share some expertise with team members. When we meet to discuss a child's program, one of us will call you to discuss some ideas we might have to improve your child's program. We then will work together to monitor your child's progress to see if the steps that have been implemented have been successful. This process does not replace the special education procedures that are already in place for students identified with special needs. As is required by State and Federal laws, those procedures remain intact with all the rights and privileges that go along with that protection. The SAT process is meant to be more inclusive so teams can meet and discuss the needs of all children. If you have any questions about this process, please do not hesitate to contact one of the above SAT members. If you ahve any questions about this process, please do not hesitate to contact the school office for more information.


Field Trips

Field trips are scheduled in order to provide our students with enriching experiences that complement their education. You will receive one permission slip in the fall for all field trips scheduled within district during the year. All other field trips outside the district require an individually signed permission form that should come home with the students a week in advance of that planned trip. Please look in the weekly Principal's Notes for information about upcoming events. If you have a question or concern about a specific field trip, please call the school for further information.

It is our preference to have students ride with their classmates on the bus. However, if you choose to drive your child in your car, please let us know the day before as it may make a difference in the way we determine the make-up of our student groups for the day. Also, others students will not be allowed to ride in your car unless their parent accompanies them in your vehicle. Our field trips are planned to enhance the instruction that is taking place in the classroom. Therefore, it is not appropriate for younger siblings and we ask you not to bring them along if you intend to join us for the day. We make all of the above requests for safety and liability reasons.

The Manchester PTCO supports many of these field trips as well as other enrichment activities. We encourage all parents to actively support this important organization. At present, Jennifer Kelley serves as President, Melissa Emerson is Vice-President, Jessika Williams, Secretary and Torey Carr, Treasurer.  New officers are elected at the September meeting. New members of this group are always welcomed. Messages from the PTCO about upcoming events occur weekly in the Principal's Notes as well as notices about PTCO meetings and agenda. Meetings are normally the second Thursday of each month starting at 6:30.



Volunteers

Volunteers are an integral part of the overall instruction at Manchester Elementary School.  We encourage each of you to become an active partner in your child's education by volunteering whenever possible.  If you would like to assist in any area of school programming, please complete the Volunteer Application Form (which includes a reference and criminal records check).  For more information, you may also speak to your child's teacher.   We greatly appreciate the time our volunteers give to our students.  It is important to remember that, while working with our students, all individuals, both staff and volunteers, must abide by the regulations regarding student confidentiality.  Prior to working in our classrooms, we are asking all volunteers to sign a form that speaks to this issue.  The Volunteer Handbook and  Application are available from the MES Office.


You will find a sign-in station in the front office. After the morning bell, all other outside doors are locked so you must use the front entrance to gain entrance. We would like all volunteers and visitors to sign in and wear a badge during your stay at school. It is important that we all are aware of the purpose of adult visitors to our school and this sign-in station will assist us with this effort.


School Visits

All parents and community members are encouraged to visit school both during the school day to observe classes in sessions and after school for conferences with teachers. Please, however, do not plan to hold an unscheduled conference with a teacher while school is in session. Please call the school before your visit so that the teacher is aware of your plans.

Parent Teacher Conferences

We hold scheduled conferences with parents in November and March. We utilize the online scheduler "Pick-A-Time" to schedule converences, you will receive advance notice of when the scheduler is open. We encourage parents to maintain close communication with the school at all times during the year and we welcome opportunities to discuss your child's program at anytime.

Student Records

All personally identifiable information on students will be held in confidence. Any parent or legal guardian of a student enrolled in the RSU #38 school district may review their student's records by coming to the school office and making a request to inspect educational records.


Student Conduct

It is the feeling of the administration and faculty that we should have as few rules as possible. Where specific rules for conduct have been established, they are for the purpose of maintaining an effective school program as well as protecting the rights and safety of all students. It is the responsibility of each student to adhere to established criteria for behavior and of the school staff to enforce them. This responsibility extends to the student's conduct on buses, while on school grounds, and when attending any school function or sponsored activity.

In general, students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not disrupt class routine or school program. Additionally, they are expected to exhibit an attitude of cooperation and courtesy toward faculty and other students. Students are expected to maintain respect for school property and materials supplied by the citizens of Manchester.

Infractions of these expectations will be dealt with on an individual basis. The type of penalty to be imposed will depend upon the nature, severity, and frequency of the violations. Repeated disregard or violation of school expectations may lead to suspension or expulsion from the school program. Our hope is to work closely with all parents to avoid recurrences of serious behavior that could lead to suspension or expulsion.

 Bomb Threats

The Manchester School Committee recognizes that bomb threats are a significant concern to our school. Whether real and carried out or intended as a prank of for some other purpose, a bomb threat represents a potential danger to the safety and welfare of students and staff and to the integrity of school property. Bomb threats disrupt the instructional program and learning environment and also place significant demands on school financial resources and public safety services. These occur even when such threats prove to be false.

Any bomb threat will be regarded as an extremely serious matter and treated accordingly. The Manchester School Committee directs the Superintendent to react promptly and appropriately to information concerning bomb threats and to initiate or recommend suitable disciplinary action.

 School Web Site

CATCH US ON THE WEB! http://www.maranacook.org

Updating and improving the Maranacook Area Schools' web site has been a top priority in recent years.  Our goal is to create a web site that is relevant, current, and informative. Every computer in the district uses this site as the start page to get on the internet.  On our home page you will find a pop down menu that is called Information. These links include the district policies listed according to national code and also searchable by keyword. The district calendar lists all upcoming events and meetings for the whole district. Educational Resources are web resources according to content areas in an attempt to assist teachers, students, and community members in finding relevant educational sites.  The school calendar, belief statement, and budget calendar are also just a click away.  If you are interested in finding employment in our district, you may want to visit the career opportunities link where available jobs are posted along with all the necessary applications.  The Adult Education  course catalog is found on this link along with gifted education information. School News contains information listed by school and might include principal notes and news, lunch menus, and upcoming events.  

Also from the home page, you can enter into each individual school's web site from the pull down menu called Visit our Schools. This information varies depending on the school but may include general information about the school, lunch menus, photos, curriculum bases web resources, directions to the school, and contact information. If you are a registered First Class e-mail user in the district, you can check your e-mail through a browser from anywhere in the world. No more excuses for not being able to check your e-mail!  A list of favorite search engines is the final link on this page along with contact information.

The information that is being posted on this site comes to you through a variety of techniques. Some pages are done in HTML, which is the language of the internet; others are simply e-mail messages that are converted to HTML through our new First Class e-mail system. This allows anyone with the ability to send e-mail to post information on the web. This is a great method for those items that are timely and need to be updated constantly such as weekly school news, weekly lunch menus, teacher newsletters, etc. Many teachers are now beginning to post information in this format as well as designing web sites for use by their students.

We also feature a "Snow Day" page. If school is being canceled due to the weather, the homepage will show that information before you will even hear it on the television or radio. TIP: if you visit our site often be sure to click on refresh/reload or you might just load the start page that is cached (already stored in memory) on your computer.

We are always striving to make this site the best it can be to meet the needs of the educational community. If you have any suggestions on information that you would like to see included, please feel free to contact Jan Kolenda 622-2949 ext. 318 or jan_kolenda@maranacook.org

Powerschool

Powerschool is an online, student information system set up for you to view various aspects of student information such as attendance, foodservice account balances, school bulletin, demographics and current grading for grades 4-12.  

To access Powerschool, type in this location in the address field of your browser: http://powerschool,maranacook.org/public/  Type in the Student ID and password that were mailed home to you.  If you can't remember this info, check with your school secretary in person.  We will not send this information via e-mail or over the phone due to confidentiality.

If you don't have Internet access at home and would like to log in, contact the school to make arrangements to use the school computers. Our goal is to promote positive communication between school and home which ultimately leads to more effective programming and outcomes.  We hope we have achieved this goal and would appreciate your feedback.


Instructional Staff Profiles

Janet Adelberg .... Library Media Specialist, still prefers to be called the librarian.  Reading has been a lifelong pleasure, and Janet recalls spending wonderful hours  as a child reading at the library in hometown of  Tenafly, N.J. Janet  graduated from Drew University, and then earned a Master's Degree in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Janet and her young family moved to Manchester in 1985, and both her children were fortunate to attend MES and have Mrs. Diamond, “the best librarian  in the whole wide world” recommending wonderful books  during those years.  Janet has been the Librarian at Wayne's Cary Memorial Library since 1987, and that remains a much-loved part-time job. In 1993 she started managing the Wayne Elementary School Library (and earned School Library Specialist certification), and last year added the Readfield Elementary School, ably assisted by Library Ed. Techs Susan Halberstadt and Carol Gogan.  

Katharine Ayer.... Miss Ayer is beginning her 6th year as art teacher for our school.  She has a Bachelors in Fine Art from the Maine College of Art 1998.  She is also the art teacher in the Fayette Central School and works as a freelance photographer as time allows.

Michelle Ballard....is one of second grade teachers.  She graduated from the University of Maine in 1997 with a B.S. in Elementary Education.  She has 12 years of experience teaching either first or second grade.  This is her 5th year teaching in our district.

Rachael Boucher....Mrs. Boucher is our Literacy Specialist. She has been a classroom teacher for the past 12 years in both Maine and Maryland. Rachael has both an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a Masters in Literacy Education from the University of Maine. She is currently in training to become a certified Reading Recovery teacher.

Sharon Chaplin...Mrs. Chaplin is our school nurse.  She is a graduate of Tewksbury Hospital School of Nursing and the University of Maine, Augusta.  She has been in nursing for 36 years, 17 of those years specializing in Pediatrics and 20 years as School Nurse.

Shannon Cole....Mrs. Cole is beginning her 13th year as our Speech and Language Clinician.  Mrs. Cole graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Speech.  She has a Masters Degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Cincinnati.  Prior to coming to us, she worked in the Farmington school system for several years as a Speech Clinician.  

Debbie Collins...Mrs. Collins is our second grade teacher. Her previous assignments at MES included teaching Special Education,  grade 3, and language arts at the 4-6 level at Manchester School.  She is beginning her 23st year at this school.  She has a B.S. in Elementary and Special Education from the University of Maine, Farmington and a M. Ed. from the University of Maine.  

Diane Curtis...Mrs. Curtis is beginning her 18th year as one of our fourth grade teachers.  Prior to her appointment to this position she was a teacher in the resource room at Manchester School for 5 years.  She is a graduate of the University of Maine, Farmington, and holds a B.S. in Education.  She received a Masters of Education from the University of New England in May, 2008.  Mrs. Curtis has also earned the prestigious National Board Teacher Certification.  

Jessica Dwyer.....is a graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington with a B.S. in early childhood/special education.  She has taught for over 18 years and the last 14 have been as a nursery school teacher.  She and her husband Matt have three daughters which are or have attend MES.

Mary Ann Florek....Mrs. Florek is our part-time Computer Technology Ed Tech.  While new to the MES staff, she has been in this role at both Wayne Elementary and Fayette Central schools for the past several years.  She has BS from Stonehill College, and also attended Babson College.  She also has history with Boy Scouts, and until recently was a Faith Formation catechist in Winthrop.   She lives in Manchester with her husband and 4 sons, and enjoys quilting in her spare time.

Jennifer Galletta.....Mrs. Galletta is beginning her 10th year at MES. This year, Mrs. Galletta will be teaching in grade 4.  Previously, she had worked for 6 years working at our school as an Educational Technician III.  She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education for the University of Maine at Presque Isle.  Before coming to our school, Mrs. Galletta taught 7th and 8th grade Math and Science at Houlton High School. She received a Masters of Education from the University of New England in May, 2008.

Barbara Galouch....Mrs. Galouch is beginning her 15th year as an Educational Technician III at Manchester Elementary School in the department of special education. This year Mrs. Galouch will work as an educational technician in special education and regular education. She graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Animal Medical Technology.  

Barbara Godfrey...Mrs. Godfrey has been working as a physical education instructor in Readfield and Manchester for the past 27 years.  She has a B.S. in Education from the University of Maine and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern Maine.  

Jessica Gurney...Mrs. Gurney is beginning her third year at MES and will teach grade 1. She previously taught Kindergarten.  She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from St. Joseph's College and is currently finishing her Master's in Education.  Prior to coming to MES she taught first grade in Sabattus for four years and kindergarten in Augusta for a year.

Sue Halberstadt ... Mrs. Halberstadt has been the librarian Ed Tech lll for Readfield Elementary School, Manchester Elementary School, and Wayne Elementary School for two years.  She received her B.S. in Education along with her Masters in Reading from the State University College at Potsdam N.Y. Prior to working for the district she taught 3rd grade for 3 years and Kindergarten for three years.

Rebecca Henry ....Mrs. Henry joins us after teaching multiple grades from Kindergarten to 8th grade in another district.  She is excited to be a part of the Manchester community and closer to her home in Winthrop.  Before teaching she had a career in sales and sales management and came to teaching as a second career.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Gordon College and several post grad classes in Education.

Susan Holinger.......Mrs. Holinger is beginning her 9th year as our district's School Psychological Service Provider.  She has a Masters Degree in School Psychology from the University of Southern Maine.  In addition to working in S.A.D.'s #72 and #6 and School Union #29, she has had a private practice for 10 years.  

Pia Holmes...Mrs. Holmes is the Principal of Manchester Elementary and Mt. Vernon Elementary School. She lives in Manchester and  has been at Manchester School for 25 years, previously teaching in grades 4, 5 & 6. Prior to her experience at MES, Mrs. Holmes taught physical science and biology for thirteen years at Monmouth Academy in Monmouth, Maine. She has a B.S. and a Masters degree in Education as well as a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Educational Leadership, all from the University of Maine.

Christine Johnson ....... is beginning her first year as a Kindergarten teacher at Manchester Elementary and has a degree in Elementary Education and Special Education.  She has been teaching for 14 years in grades 1 thru 3 as well a  K-4 Resource Room teacher.  She is currently working in her Masters in Education.

Melinda Kimball.... Mrs. Kimball is beginning her first year as the Music Teacher for Manchester and Readfield Elementary Schools. She has a BA in Music, has taught music in grades K - 12, most recently in the China School system grades K - 8.  Mrs. Kimball lives in Winthrop with her family.

Jan Kolenda...Mrs. Kolenda is beginning her 20th year as Technology Director for the district. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Social work and  worked 7 years as a Medical Social Worker at K.V.M.C.. in Augusta.  She went on to receive a M.Ed. from the University of Maine. Prior to her appointment as Technology Coordinator, Mrs. Kolenda taught for 5 years in Mt. Vernon in grs. 2-4. Mrs. Kolenda lives in North Monmouth with her husband of 32 years, Stephen. They have two daughters, Leah and Lauren, who both live in New York City. Mrs. Kolenda loves to travel, paint, and spend time with family and friends.

Patrica LeVeen... Mrs. LeVeen is beginning her 16th year at MES as an Educational Technician III in grades K-2.  She is a graduate of University of Wisconsin with at B.A. in Art History.  

Mary O'Brien...Mrs. O'Brien is beginning her 27th year as an instructor in grade 3.  She has a B.S. in Education from the University of Southern Maine and a M.Ed. in Education-Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Computers in Education. She has also completed activities that led to her receiving her National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist.

Janet Rose ..... Mrs. Rose is our math intervention teacher, 4 days a week. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Maine Farmington with a minor in mathematics.  She has 20 years of classroom experience.  Janet taught 3 years of kindergarten and 1st grade in Augusta, and the remaining 17 years she has been in grades 3,4, and 5 both in Augusta and Fayette.

Victoria Scott .... Mrs. Scott is our new Gifted and Talented Teacher.  She will be working at Manchester Elementary School, as well as Readfield Elementary.  She has been teaching and volunteering in Elementary Education for the past 20 years, in Maine, Vermont and Maryland.  She has a Bachelor of Science, in Elementary Education, from Springfield College, in Massachusetts.  She has completed post-secondary work, at the University of Maine-Farmington and the University of Vermont-UVM.  She resides in Readfield with her husband and three children.

Ashli Spear....Ms. Spear is beginning her 13th year working as an Educational Technician III.  She graduated from the University of Farmington on 1995 where she majored in Biology.  

Robin Terrell...Miss Terrell is our Kindergarten teacher.  She is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine with a B.S. in Elementary Education.  She also has a  Masters Degree in Elementary Education from The University of Maine.  This is her 18th year teaching in our district.  

Karen Richards Toothaker...Mrs. T is our Preschool teacher.  She is a graduate of the the University of Maine, Farmington with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education.  She has over 25 years experience teaching preschool in a variety of settings including public preschool, Head Start, and operating her own Nursery School. This is her 3rd year teaching in our district.  

Becky Vining.... Mrs. Vining is beginning her first year as the Manchester and Readfield Elementary Guidance Counselor. She did complete the 2012/13 school year as a substitute Guidance Counselor and has been an active substitute teacher in RSU #38 for several years.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Maine and a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from University of Southern Maine. She lives in Manchester with her husband and four children.

Diane Wadsworth...Mrs. Wadsworth is beginning her 3rd year at MES as our first grade teacher. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Maine, and a M.Ed. in Educational Management from the University of LaVerne in CA.  She has had a variety of teaching experiences in both California and Arizona.




Additional School Programming

In addition to the regular classroom subjects, there are a variety of opportunities for students to study in many other areas. Mrs. Ishkanian, who works in the Computer Lab, delivers instruction in computer education, is part of the 4/5 math instructional team and assists in program enrichment in a variety of content areas.
All students in grades 3-5 come to the computer lab a 1/2 hour weekly for keyboarding instruction. In grade 3 we focus on basic word processing and keyboarding techniques, vocabulary, and care of hardware and software. Grades 4 and 5 expand their keyboarding skills as well as their word processing knowledge. In these middle grades, we learn how to make spreadsheets, create computer generated graphs, use Hyperstudio, introduce research using the Internet, and more. Our goal is for each each student to enter the Middle School with capable word processing and technology skills. Students in upper grades often come to the lab to use the fourteen Macintosh computers connected to our school-wide shared hard drive for classroom assignments. For the first time this year, students in grades 1 and 2 also regularly visit the computer lab for guided exploration of age appropriate educational software.
Please feel free to call Mrs. Florek (ext. 1605) if you would like to talk about any of the services your child receives in the computer lab.

In physical education, students in grades K through 2 work on motor skills, body parts, spatial awareness, laterality (right and left), directionality (forward, backward), manipulative skills (striking, throwing, catching, bouncing), movement concepts (over, far, out), physical fitness, gymnastics skills (jumping, landing, weight transfer) rhythmic activities and creative movement. Physical education is also an important place to reinforce concepts taught in the regular classroom such as numbers, letters, and shapes.
Third and fourth grade physical education tasks are more complex versions of those for younger students. We use the same skills, but at a higher level. Child or teacher-created games emphasizing particular skills, aerobic games, class challenges requiring teamwork and positive risk-taking, and lifetime activities are the emphasis in these grades. Students monitor their progress with skills tests and self-evaluations.
In order to enjoy physical activity throughout their lives, students must attain a level of fitness and skill which will enable them to remain active. This is a major focus in grades 5. Mrs. Godfrey will work with students in grade 5 to refine skills as well as to learn new ones which may be a little more difficult or require more attention to safety (floor hockey, badminton with longer racquets). There are lots of group challenges requiring planning and teamwork (such as crossing the tar pit using only the equipment provided). Some games begin to resemble team sports, but are modified to afford as much participation as possible.
Physical fitness is emphasized at all levels, with a portion of class devoted to fitness development. Students in grades 2-6 take fitness tests in fall and in spring, with their objective being to score better than the last time. At all levels, activities sometimes integrate what is happening in the classroom into physical education (states and capitals game). Students are not pitted against one another - everybody wins.
If a student is injured, please notify us of the injury and your child's limitations. Having him/her miss physical education entirely is not necessary. We will modify the tasks so that your child can participate as fully as possible in the class.
    Our vocal music program, under the direction of Mr. Gagnon, ensures that our students will have the opportunity to study and experience many different areas of music.  Some of those included are:  singing, listening, playing instruments, movement, and music theory/history.  By incorporating all of these areas of music into the program, we can be assured that the children can successfully understand and appreciate how music is written and performed.
    Students will have the opportunity to listen to many varied styles of music and to learn about the lives of composers, thus developing their appreciation of many different kinds of music.  In addition, students will have first hand experiences  by performing vocally and instrumentally, thus opening the door to the world of music.
    Students in grade 4 will participate pre-band program.  Students will attend as a class and learn about a variety of instruments as an introduction to instrumental music.
    In grades 5, the process continues with more challenging music from a variety of styles taken from around the world.  Students have the opportunity to choose an instrument and to pursue their skills with time, some choosing to learn more than one instrument in the process.  Sectionals and full grade level bands meet weekly, with small and large group performances taking place throughout the year.
Computer technology and music is also offered to students wishing to reinforce their musical knowledge, listening skills and composing.

The foundation of our art program is a discipline based art education model. It is a comprehensive approach to art education which integrates content from art production (the making of art), art criticism (responding to and making judgments about art), art history (the contributions of art in culture and society), and aesthetics (the nature, meaning, and value of art).
Our program uses paintings, drawings, sculpture, and architecture to enhance our lessons. We also include but are not limited to fine, applied, craft, and folk arts such as ceramics, weaving and other textile arts, advertising, and kinetic art.

The school guidance curriculum is designed to help students understand themselves as individuals, to acquire skills to develop interpersonal relationships, and to learn to recognize and respond to difficult situations. Students will also have an opportunity to explore goals and aspirations. The school counselor, Becky Vining, visits all classrooms with stories, activities, games and creative art projects for the purpose of enhancing the lessons that are presented.
Topics for children in kindergarten through second grade include understanding feelings, awareness of similarities and differences, listening skills and awareness of the world of work.
Grades three and four will focus on personal health awareness and health choices, stress and anger management, listening and communication skills, conflict resolution, and refusal skills.
Grades five will explore basic human needs, personal values, self-understanding, acceptance of others, communicating in relationships, and conflict resolution and mediation skills. They will also be involved with activities that focus on dealing with peer pressure, speaking and behaving assertively, and preparing a proactive plan for stress management.

    Scheduled and "Open" Media Center time focuses on literature appreciation and library book selection.  A variety of classic and contemporary books and poems are shared during read-aloud activities designed to encourage reading, improve language skills, and spark imaginations.  Authors, books, and genres are introduced and interests explored.  Students in grades 3 - 5 are encouraged to participate in the Kennebec Valley Book Award program.  Those who read and comment on at least four titles participate in the district celebration and vote in the statewide contest.
    All students learn about library technology by using the media center’s new online catalog and automated circulation system.  Their information skills are developed and reinforced as individual students and classes are assisted in the research process.  Third grade students, in small groups, receive additional library skills instruction on a rotating basis.
    Mrs. Adelberg ,  Mrs. Halberstadt, and Mrs. Gogan are available to answer any questions that you may have concerning the program in the Media Center.  Please fell free to call on them for assistance.  

   Our special education personnel work with students, parents and staff in the development of an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for every student identified through the special education process.  There are innumerable reasons why a student might benefit from services outside the regular classroom.  Some of them include remediation of academic difficulty, extension or enrichment activities, speech services or physical therapy.  These services are available to any student who needs them in order to successfully meet the goals outlined on his/her IEP.  For more information about services in this area, please contact Debbie Collins.

    Supplemental reading is provided by Mrs. Boucher, our Literacy Specialist, to assist struggling readers.  She works with individuals or small groups needing extra reading opportunities.  Her focus is to improve reading instruction to meet grade level expectations.  The major areas of teaching within her program include phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension.  Mrs. Boucher also guides students to make connections between reading, writing, and oral communication.  She enjoys choosing literature that encourages children to read material within their comfort range.  Please feel free to contact Mrs. Boucher if you have any questions about her program.


Another area of the service that might be considered is Occupational Therapy. Needs that are most frequently addressed by Occupational Therapy Practitioners in school systems are:

fine motor/coordination skills
handwriting and underlying developmental skills
visual motor and perceptual skills
sensory integration issues
functional life skill
adaptations, modifications, positioning and equipment needs
assistive technology

Occupational therapy uses a holistic approach to looking at and treating the physical, psychological, cognitive, social and sensory needs of the child. Functional skills and activities are used to remediate problems and help children participate and achieve in the regular classroom to the best of their ability. The evaluation process generally involves observation, screening, discussions with parents and teachers, and administration of standardized and non-standardized tests. Referrals for evaluations can come from teachers, parents or other school staff.


 
District and School
Policies, Forms and Procedures
Policy No; JICFA
Adopted: MCS 4/8/99
Manchester 4/14/99
Mt. Vernon 4/15/99
Readfield 4/12/99
Wayne 4/13/99

SCHOOL UNION #42/CSD #l0

STUDENT HAZING

Policy No; JICFA
Adopted:        MCS 4/8/99 Manchester 4/14/99
Mt. Vernon 4/15/99
Readfield 4/12/99       Wayne 4/13/99

SCHOOL UNION #42/CSD #l0
STUDENT HAZING

Maine statute defines injurious hazing as “any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health of a student enrolled in a public school.”

It is the policy of the School Committee that injurious hazing activities of any type, either on or off school property, by any student, staff member, group or organization affiliated with this school unit, are inconsistent with the educational process and shall be prohibited at all times.

No administrator, faculty member, or other employee of this school unit shall encourage, permit, condone, or tolerate injurious hazing activities. No student, including leaders of student organizations, shall plan, encourage, or engage in injurious hazing activities.

This policy and related rules apply to any student who is on school property, who is in attendance in school or at any school-sponsored activity, or whose conduct at any time or place directly interferes with the operations, discipline or general welfare of the school. Although this provision does not authorize or require school officials or staff to take action at will for off-school premises misconduct, it does provide notice to students about the possible impact of their conduct, and provides school officials with the authority to assess the actual impact of off-school conduct on the school community.

In the case of an organization affiliated with this school unit which condones hazing, penalties include revocation of permission for that organization to operate on school property or to receive any other benefit of affiliation with the school unit.

Persons not associated with this school unit who fail to abide by this policy are subject to ejection from school property and/or other measures as may be available under the law.

Administrators, faculty members, students, and all other employees who fail to abide by this policy are subject to disciplinary action which may include suspension, expulsion, or other appropriate measures.

These penalties shall be in addition to any civil or criminal penalties to which the violator or organization may be subject.

The Superintendent shall assume responsibility for administering this policy. In the event that an individual or organization disagrees with any action -- or lack of action -- on the part of the Superintendent as he/she carries out the provisions of this policy, that individual or organization may appeal to the full School Committee. The ruling of the School Committee, with respect to the provisions of this policy, shall be final.

A copy of this policy shall be included in all school, parent, and faculty handbooks or otherwise distributed to all school employees and students.
Legal Reference:        20-A MRSA § 6553

Harassment Policy

  Maranacook and School Union 42 recognize the right of each student to a learning environment that is free of intimidation, hostility, and offensiveness. In order to ensure such an environment, students are not to engage in harassment of any other person. Any act of harassment is a violation of this policy. Some of these acts, those based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin or physical or mental disability may also constitute illegal discrimination under State and Federal laws and the Affirmative Action Policy.
The following are prohibited. Harassment may include, but is not limited to, unwelcome behavior such as:

advances, sexual advances, gestures, comments, or contact:
threats;
offensive jokes;
ridicule slurs, derogatory action or remarks; and
abuse of power.

Such unwelcome acts constitute harassment when the conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.
Students should understand the importance of informing the harasser that his/her behavior is unwelcome, offensive, in poor taste, or inappropriate. Students who believe that they are victims of harassment, as defined in the Affirmative Action Policy, should report such occurrences to a teacher, counselor, or administrator who will in turn report it to the Affirmative Action Coordinator if an occurrence appears to constitute illegal discrimination under State and Federal laws. If it does not fall under State or Federal laws, the occurrence will be handled through Maranacook's or Union 42 Schools' disciplinary process. Individuals may also report an, incident of harassment directly to the Maine Human Rights Commission.
A substantiated charge of harassment or sexual harassment against a student are considered grounds for disciplinary and/ or legal action up to suspension or expulsion from school.

I have read and understand the Harassment Policy. I plan to discuss this with my child.

Signed by parent/guardian ____________________________
Date: ______________

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I have learned what harassment is and I know that it is against school rules to harass someone.

Signed by student (in grades 3-5) __________________________
Date: ________________

Please note: Age appropriate discussions about this policy will occur in classrooms.


 
Affirmative Action

It is the policy of Union 42/ CSD#10 that all our employees and students
should be able to enjoy a work and educational environment free from all forms
of discrimination. An explanation of the District Affirmative Action Plan,
Harassment Policy and Grievance Procedure are as follows:
First, the district is committed to equal employment and educational
opportunity for all employees, job applicants, students, parents, and members
of the school committee without unlawful regard to race, color religion, national origin, age. sexual orientation, or disability.
Second, the Maranacook Area School System is committed to maintaining a school and work environment free of harassment. Employees and students are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner with respect and concern for their colleagues, students and peers.
Finally, the Affirmative Action Plan also includes a grievance process
that any student may follow if any individual feels that he or she has been the
object of discrimination on grounds cited above. Union 42 will take immediate
and appropriate corrective action. The grievance process is as follows:
Any student or individual or group acting on the behalf of a student may file a
grievance with the Affirmative Action Officer or Affirmative Action Advocate
(There is a designated person in each building who will be identified to
students).

Grievance Procedure
Level 1.
Report the incident to an adult in the building. The offending behavior will be
dealt with by the appropriate discipline person. (Teacher, principal, Affirmative
Action Advocate. etc.) After the offending conduct has been clarified to the
offender as unacceptable, consequences will be assigned. An incident report
will be sent to the Affirmative Action Officer of the District.

Level 2.
A complaint may be filed with the Affirmative Action Advocate in writing. The
building advocate will contact the Affirmative Action Officer immediately to
request an informal conference to discuss the complaint.
The Affirmative Action Officer will hold separate pre-complaint meetings with
the person making the complaint and the person accused of the offending
behavior. This will be done within five days of filing to collect information. The
affirmative Action Officer will make a reasonable effort to resolve the problem
before using the formal procedure.

Level 3.
The Affirmative Action officer will be informed by the student making the
complaint that a formal grievance procedure will be started. Within five days of the complaint, the Affirmative Action Officer will let the student with the offending behavior know what is being filed. That student will have five days to reply to the Affirmative Action Officer in writing about his or her behavior. All investigation of the offending behavior will be done. The Superintendent, within five days of being informed of the complaint shall submit a written decision to the student charged with the offending behavior.
At all levels, parents will be informed about what has happened along with the step


Student Transportation

The transportation system places a high priority on safety and the well being of all children. Safety considerations may include such factors as speed, visibility, road condition, and flow.

The driver is responsible for the safe operation of the bus and has the authority to govern the conduct of riders consistent with the administrative regulations. In emergency situations, the driver is authorized to deviate from regulations, subject to review by the administration of the action taken; but under no circumstances is the driver to leave the bus when there are students in it, except in accordance with Maine law. As another safety consideration, no buses shall drive on private roads or roads where the Transportation Director and/or the bus driver have determined
that conditions are considered unsafe or impassable.

In addition to safety, the transportation system shall also have a goal toward efficiency. Bus routes will be determined by the Director of Transportation. Bus stops will be consolidated for efficiency wherever possible. Students riding a regular afternoon bus run may be driven in the same route sequence as the morning pick-up run to ensure fairness to all students in terms of "time in transit." These decisions will be dictated by the characteristics of the individual routes, and will be determined by the Director of Transportation.

Within the above considerations for safety and for efficiency, the CSD #10 School Committee will provide transportation to the schools of Union #42 for the following students residing within the boundaries of Union #42 and in accordance with Maine Statutes:

a. All resident students in Grade Kindergarten through Grade 5 who reside more than one-quarter mile from school to which assigned. However, these same students may be required to walk up to one-quarter mile to a regularly established school bus route or predestined bus pick-up before boarding the bus.

In addition, a designated adult must be in view to pick up or drop off a Kindergarten child. Kindergarten children without a designated adult for drop-off will be returned to their school until a designated adult arrives.

b. All resident students in Grade 6 through Grade 12 who reside more than one-half mile from school to which they are assigned. However, these same students may be required to walk up to one-half mile to a regularly established school bus route or predestined bus pick-up before boarding the bus.

c. Students within these limits will be transported where the Superintendent of Schools has established routes due to unusually hazardous conditions. Such determinations may include but need not be limited to consideration of age of student, location and safety of bus stop, road conditions, and traffic speed. Exceptions to the established walking distances may also be made in cases of a child with a permanent or temporary disability.

d. Limited late bus service to each town shall be provided following after-school activities to encourage co-curricular participation at the CSD #10 school.
The School Committee authorizes the administration to suspend bus riding privileges when behavior warrants. Action to suspend will be consistent with administration regulations. It is the intent of the School Committee that disciplinary measure taken be appropriate to the transgression, and that the severity of disciplinary measures shall increase for continued inappropriate behavior. Provided, however, that in cases of very serious behavior transgressions, the student may be immediately denied riding privileges and, as appropriate, may be reported to or released to the custody of law enforcement officers by a bus driver, chaperon, or administrator. In these cases, the parent or guardian shall be notified as soon as possible.

Appeal Process

If any parent/guardian would like to appeal compliance with our Transportation Policy, they could put in their request in writing, addressed to the Director of Transportation, 13 Winthrop Road, Readfield, ME 04355. Please include a a daytime phone number and address where you can be reached. Within 10 working days of our receipt of this request, the parent/guardian will receive an opportunity to present their position in person to the Appeals Committee. A final decision will be sent to the parent/guardian with 7 days of this presentation.

Guidelines for school bus safety are published and are available for your review.


STUDENT RECORDS

 MODEL NOTIFICATION OF RIGHTS UNDER FERPA
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy ACT (“FERPA)” affords parents and students over 18 years of age (eligible students) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. They are:

1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the
day the Manchester Elementary School receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal (or appropriate school official) a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Parents or eligible students may ask the Manchester Elementary School to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the school principal, clearly      identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the Manchester Elementary School decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the Manchester Elementary School will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

3. The right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure
without consent. One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the school unit as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the school committee, a person or company with whom the school unit has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist), or a parent or student serving on an official committee such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
Upon request, the Manchester Elementary School discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

The Manchester Elementary School may make public at its discretion personally identifiable information from the education records of a student without parental consent if that information has been designated as directory information by the school. Directory information includes the student’s major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of athletes, honors and awards received, and to the information that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Such information will not be disclosed if the parent of the student informs the school unit in writing by July 1 for the upcoming school year or within 30 days after enrollment, whichever is later, that such information is not to be designated as directory information with respect to that student.

4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the Manchester Elementary School to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U .S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20202-4605
Union 42/CSD 10 maintains a more extensive policy on education records. That policy can be obtained by contacting your school's principal.

References: 34 C.F.R. 99.7; Federal Register, Vol.61, No.226, at 59297 (Nov. 21, 1996)

 

MANCHESTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL VOLUNTEER FORM

 

I, _____________________________ as a volunteer at ________________________ affirm that I will fully honor the confidentiality of each student. I further affirm to the Full extent of my responsibility that any personal information revealed to me will remain private and confidential, except as may be disclosed to authorized school personnel.

I confirm my understanding of my role as a school volunteer as described in Policy IJOC, School Volunteers.

 

Signature Date

 
Citizenship

I'm a good citizen when I am -
Trustworthy
Responsible
Honest
Respectful
Tolerant
Compassionate
Hard Working



 
Last Modified: Sep 23, 2013
 



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