Park Village Student Handbook
Dear Park Village Students,
Welcome to Park Village School. We know
that you are going to learn a great deal this year and we want to make
sure it's a success.
We would like all of you to study this handbook with your parents. You will become aware of your rights and responsibilities as a student at Park Village School. When each of you "catches those big waves", follows the Penguin Pillars and make positive choices our school will be a happy and safe place to learn. We expect you to follow these behavior expectations at all times, including all before or after school/evening events.
Have a wonderful school year...or not! THE CHOICE IS YOURS!
Mr. Ricardo Cecena
WHAT KIND OF SCHOOL DO WE WANT PARK VILLAGE TO BE?
Park Village School is a special place for learning. At school, I learn from books and also from meeting different kinds of people. Even though all students and adults I meet may not become my best friends, it's still important to get along with everyone.
The way a person feels about going to school depends a lot on how they are treated by the other people at school. I must remember that everyone has rights and responsibilities.
STUDENT'S RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
I have the right to be happy and treated with respect and understanding.
I have the responsibility not to hurt others' feelings by my words or actions.
I have the right to be safe.
I have the responsibility to keep my hands and feet to myself and to follow the school rules.
I have the right to be myself.
I have the responsibility to treat others equally and fairly regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, or gender.
I have the right to use the materials and property of this school.
I have the responsibility to respect others' property and to share what is ours.
I have the right to be happy and always be me.
I have the responsibility to be sure others are happy because of me.
REMEMBER: EVERYONE HAS FEELINGS!
PARK VILLAGE PENGUIN PILLARS
- Be honest - tell the truth, don't cheat or steal.
- Be reliable - do what you say you'll do.
- Have the courage to do the right thing.
- Build a good reputation.
- Be loyal - stand by your family, friends, and country.
- Follow the Golden Rule.
- Be understanding of differences.
- Use good manners, not bad language.
- Be considerate of the feelings of others.
- Don't threaten, hit of hurt anyone.
- Deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements. (Use WALK, TALK, ROCK conflict management strategy.)
Do what you are supposed to do - even when adults aren't looking!
Persevere: Keep on trying.
Always do your best.
Use self-control; be self disciplined.
Think before you act - consider the consequences
Be accountable for your choices.
- Play by the school rules.
- Take turns and share.
- Listen to others.
- Be kind.
- Be compassionate and SHOW you care.
- Express gratitude.
- Forgive others.
- Help people in need.
BE A GOOD CITIZEN
- Do your share to make your school and community better.
- Be a good neighbor.
- Obey rules and laws.
- Respect authority.
- Protect the environment.
CHARACTER COUNTS AT PARK VILLAGE ELEMENTARY!
POSITIVE CHARACTER IS REWARDING!!!
Making positive choices and following the Penguin Pillars at Park Village is very rewarding. When I make positive choices I...
Fell good about myself!
Contribute to a happy and safe place to learn!
Earn classroom rewards!
Sign the Principal's Good Character Book!
Earn Character Catches!
Can win the weekly Character Catch drawing!
Help my class win the monthly school wide grade level surprise!
CONSEQUENCES FOR BREAKING THE PENGUIN PILLARS
At Park Village School the teachers and staff believe that inappropriate behaviors deserve consequences. If I do things that hurt others or that prevent others from learning, it is important for me to learn from my actions.
My classroom teacher may give me a warning or a time-out if I make poor choices.
Sometimes it may be necessary for my teacher or my principal to call my parents so that my parents are aware of my behavior and can help me improve.
My teacher may give me a Student Referral and /or Disciple Think Sheet to take home for my parents to sign. I am responsible for bringing them back the next day. My teacher will keep a record of all Student Referrals.
It may be necessary for me to attend recess or lunch detention when I make poor choices.
If I have a serious problem (as outlined in Grounds for Suspension), I will be sent to the principal immediately and may be sent home or suspended from school. three things always happen in the principal's office:
- We discuss the reason I am there.
- The reason for my referral is entered into the principal's file.
- My parents are called and consequences are discussed.
GROUNDS FOR SUSPENSION
Park Village School seeks to provide a safe and supportive environment for our diverse student body by promoting positive relationships based on mutual respect. If a student at Park Village chooses to behave in a way that does not respect the rights and safety of others, there will be consequences. Being sent home or suspension is a consequence used for serious violations.
The following items are serious infractions which will result in being sent home, suspended, or, in extremely serious cases, expulsion.
Violence includes the actual, attempted, or threatened injury to another person. Fighting or threatening to fight will not be tolerated at Park Village. Spitting and biting will not be tolerated as well. If you have a problem with someone, always try to resolve it peacefully. Ask and Adult for assistance if you need to.
Knives, matches, lighters, ammunition, guns, fireworks, or any other potential harmful objects which might be used to hurt another person are forbidden at Park Village.
We do not use profanity (swear words) at Park Village. We do not use language which might hurt other people's feelings. We do not tolerate name-calling. We do not make fun of, or show disrespect of another person's race, religion, gender, or ethnic background.
DRUGS, ALCOHOL, TOBACCO:
Drugs, alcohol, and tobacco use by minors is against California law. In addition to school penalties, Park Village is required to notify the San Diego Police Department.
At Park Village we respect the property of others and of our school. If you choose to take another person's property or school property without permission, it will be considered stealing. If you choose to destroy or damage anything that does not belong to you, it is called vandalism. You and your parents are required by California law to pay for things you vandalize.
If you consistently behave in such a way that disrupts classroom instruction or school activities, suspension may be imposed when interventions fail to bring about proper behavior.
DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE OTHERS DO UNTO YOU
TREAT OTHERS WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT
Harassment will not be tolerated at Park Village School
Remember the old saying, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me?" This may be partly true. Being called rude or nasty names may not break bones, but it can damage attitudes about school or how students feel about themselves.
All students have the right to learn, without being called names and without being threatened, harassed, or bullied because they're a girl or a boy, or from a certain religion or a particular race.
WHAT IS HARASSMENT?
Harassment is unwanted and unwelcome behavior from another person that interferes with an individual's life and well-being. When this behavior is sexual in nature, it is "sexual harassment." When the behavior is motivated by a prejudice against another person's rack, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, or gender, it is discrimination and could be described as "hate behavior" in some cases. This type of intimidation and harassment will not be tolerated in our school and is also inappropriate in our society. It is our intent to promote the rights of equality and human dignity to our American ideals.
THESE ACTIONS ARE PROHIBITED FOR BOTH STUDENTS AND STAFF:
Vulgar letters, notes, posters, symbols, or other writings offensive to students of a specific race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, or gender.
Negative comments or behavior based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, or gender.
Vandalism to person property.
Force or threat of force through outright actions or intimidation. Bullying will not be tolerated at Park Village.
WHAT TO DO IF IT HAPPENS TO YOU:
Tell an adult you trust such as a parent, teacher, counselor, principal, or any other school employee. additional information is available from Mr. Cecena including a complete copy of the Poway Unified School district policies on harassment.
EVERYONE IS EQUAL AND EVERYONE DESERVES RESPECT!
HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY
In Support of the District's Academic Honesty Policy 3.40, I know that I am expected to demonstrate acts of honesty at all times. I understand that teachers, staff and principal will not tolerate acts of dishonesty.
Acts of academic dishonesty, which will not be tolerated , are:
Cheating on Tests - Any intentional giving or receiving of external assistance relating to an examination, test, or quiz without expressed direction or permission of the teacher.
Fabrication / Falsification - Any intentional falsification or invention of data, citation, or other authority in an academic exercise.
Forgery - Writing or giving false or misleading information to school officials by forging another person's signature.
Unauthorized Collaboration - Intentional collaboration on an assignment between a student and another person, if such collaboration is not expressly directed or permitted by the teacher is not allowed. This includes copying another student's work, allowing work to be copied or completing assignments for others.
Plagiarism - Any intentional use of another's ideas, words, or work, and crediting such, as one's own. Plagiarism includes the misuse of published material and the work of their students.
Theft or Alteration of Materials or Equipment - Any intentional and unauthorized taking, concealment, or alteration of student or teacher instructional materials or equipment, including, but not limited to, the District data network, Internet, and other on-line resources.
Any student who violates the rules of the Academic Honesty Policy
will be subject to disciplinary action.
BE SURE TO REMEMBER
ARRIVAL TO SCHOOL
I should not arrive at school in the morning before the first bell rings at 8:40 AM. If I am a few minutes early, I must remain at the front of the school, but I may not go on the playground. I will line up with my class when the 8:55 bell rings. School begins at 9:00.
When walking to and from school it is important to follow all traffic rules. I should always walk across the street at a marked crossing or traffic light.
When I arrive at school after the bell rings, I should go directly to the playground using the front gate. I may not go through the malls or classrooms on my way to the playground. I should take all books and other items with me to the playground, not to my classroom.
Kindergarten students should arrive no more than 5 minutes before school begins, go directly to the kindergarten playground and line up at the designated area.
If it is raining when I arrive at school, I need to go directly to the Multipurpose Room (MPR) until I am told to go to my classroom.
When at school, I should always stay on the sidewalks and NOT cut through planters and wood chips.
I will walk and use a quiet voice when in buildings and hallways. The hallways and mall areas are off limits to students during lunch and recess. Backpacks and lunch bags should be placed where your teacher picks your line up prior to coming into the classroom.
Play equipment is to be held while walking through the school. Please don't bounce balls in the hallways.
During damp and rainy weather, playground apparatus should not be used until dry.
I will have pride in my school by throwing trash in trashcans, using the restroom properly, and being polite to speakers or entertainers at school assemblies.
I will take care of school property. If I purposely break, damage, or take any school or personal property including library or textbooks, I know I will need to pay to replace or repair the item.
DISMISSAL FROM SCHOOL:
I need to go straight home after school. I NEED TO MAKE SPECIAL AFTER SCHOOL ARRANGEMENTS WITH MY PARENTS PRIOR TO COMING TO SCHOOL.
I will meet my parents at the front of the school or at our designated pick up spot.
I will use cross walks. I will not cross across the parking lot at any time.
PARENTS DRIVING STUDENTS TO AND FROM SCHOOL NEED TO ADHERE TO THE PARKING LOT PROCEDURES FOR DROPPING OFF AND PICKING UP STUDENTS.
I may not bring toys to school such as yo yo's, skates, tennis balls, marbles, dolls, radios, trading cards, electronic games, etc..
No rollerblading, skateboarding, or bicycle riding is allowed on school property at any time. No roller shoes are allowed on campus at any time. Please remove wheels from the shoes while on campus.
I will not bring pets to school unless I have the permission of my teacher and parents. Pets are never allowed on school buses and must always be kept in a cage.
If I need medication at school, I must bring a District Medication Form signed by the doctor and give the medication to the health clerk to hold for me. I may not keep any medicine, including sunscreen, chap-stick, or cough drops, in my backpack or classroom.
I am expected to wear clothing and shoes appropriate for school. No clothing with inappropriate graphics / words and not sagging / dragging pants will be allowed. No shoes without backs (flip flops, clogs, etc.) or with wheels will be allowed.
Chewing gun is not permitted.
PLAY IT SAFE
I will show respect for all adults who supervise the playground. When the bell rings, I will stop playing (freeze) and after the whistle, walk to my line.
I understand that all games are open to any student at Park Village, there are no closed games.
I will not bully another student, fight another student, spit, swear, throw rocks or sand anywhere on the playground. I understand that any of these behaviors could get me sent home or suspended after my parents have been contacted.
I will eat my snack in the designated snack area. Food is not to be eaten anywhere else on the playground.
The backboards are for handball only. Balls should not be bounced against the building walls.
I will play respectfully on the playground. I understand that there is no rough play.
PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT EXPECTATIONS:
I will not play tag or chase on or near the playground equipment.
I will slide down the slide one person at a time. I will slide down feet first in a sitting position.
I will not climb on top of or jump off of the slide, swings or any other playground equipment.
I will take turns on the swing. When I am waiting for a swing, I will count to 50.
I will keep two (2) hands on the bars at all times.
Eat lunch only in the lunch patio.
Eat and touch only your own food.
Stay seated during lunch.
Use quiet voices and good table manners.
Clean up all wrappers, straws, milk cartons, and paper sacks.
Raise your hand when you are finished so that you may be dismissed by a campus supervisor who will check you area for cleanliness.
Only one student in a stall at a time.
Flush toilet only once after you use it.
Use quiet voices in the restroom.
Use only faucet water to wash hands.
Paper towels are only used to dry hands.
Throw used paper towels into the trash cans.
Report any water messes in the restroom to the office or custodian immediately.
I need to be a fourth (4th) or fifth (5th) grader and have a signed Bicycle Permission Slip on file in the office. The permission slips are available in the office.
I understand that when I ride my bicycle to school, I must obey the same traffic rules that apply to cars.
When I arrive at school, I need to walk my bike on the sidewalks, and park my bike in the bike rack by the Lunch / MPR area. I need to lock my bike each day.
I must wear a helmet (it's the law) for my safety. I can store my helmet in my classroom or lock it to my bike.
TWO STORY EXPECTATIONS:
I will stay to the right of the stairs, whether I am going up or down the stairs.
I will keep my backpack or roller backpack on my back, with both shoulder straps in place, or carry my backpack while on the stairs. I will not drag my backpack up the stairs.
I will not leave any items on the stairs where someone may trip.
I will never lean over the railings.
I will never throw anything off the second floor.
I will not yell at students on a different level.
If I am in Rooms K202, K203, K204, and K205, I will use the North stairs by Room K202. If I am in Rooms K201, K206, K207, and K208, I will use the South stairs by Room K201.
Students whose rooms are on the first floor will use the restrooms on the first floor. Students whose rooms are on the second floor will use the restrooms on the second floor.
I will enter and leave assemblies in a quiet and orderly manner with my teacher.
I will sit where my teacher directs me.
I will become silent when the speaker asks for my attention.
I will be respectful to speakers or entertainers. I will not whistle, cat-call, or boo.
I will stay seated until excused from the assembly.
I will have purpose for coming to the library.
I will enter and leave the library quietly.
I will use a whisper voice while in the library.
I will use books and materials properly.
I will not eat in the library.
I will return my books on time.
I understand that regular attendance and arriving on time are important habits to develop. I know that the line up bell rings at 8:55 and school begins at 9:00. if I arrive late, I must check in through the office to obtain a late slip. This helps the office keep accurate attendance records. I understand that if I have 3 unexcused tardies in one month, my parents will be notified and consequences will be discussed.
If I am absent my parents must call the office or send a note to verify my absence. The "Absence Hot Line" will record my parent's message day or night.
"Absence Hot Line"...(858) 538-0437
If I know I will be away from school on a trip for more that five (5) days, I need to bring in a note from my parents at least two (2) weeks prior to my departure so that I can obtain a Homework Contract from the office. If I will be absent less that five (5) days I will ask my teacher for a homework packet. This will allow my teacher to give me the work that I will be missing and my absence will be excused.
If I am frequently absent, it will affect my schoolwork. the principal will speak to me and / or my parents.
PERMISSION FOR STUDENTS TO LEAVE SCHOOL
Once I arrive at school , I may not leave the campus or playground during school hours without permission from the office. If I should need to leave school during the school day, I must be checked out in the office by a parent or guardian.
Due to the large number of students on our campus, we allow students to use the office telephone in EMERGENCY situations only. Emergency type calls would include illness, change of clothing, or lost lunch money. The office is unable to loan lunch money to students. Personal phone calls for forgotten items or after school arrangements will not be allowed.
I know homework is important to my success at school. Homework assignments help me to strengthen and improve my skills and knowledge. I will be responsible for completing and returning all homework assignments on time.