Student/Parent Handbook


2014-2015

Sevierville Intermediate School

416 High Street Sevierville, Tennessee 37862 865-428-8925 Fax: 428-7846

Website: http://www.sis.sevier.org

 

Principal: Dr. Terri Dodge

Vice Principal: Noelle Sutton

 

School Mascot: Cubs   School Colors: Purple, Black, & White

“Building a Better Tomorrow”

School Hours 8:00-3:00

Welcome from the Administration

Welcome to a new school year at Sevierville Intermediate School. We are proud that you have chosen to attend our school, and we pledge to the best of our ability to provide a positive atmosphere and a meaningful learning experience for all our students. We encourage all parents to work with us to ensure that the best education possible may be attained for all students. Children are our number one priority, and we exist to serve their interests. Please do not hesitate to call or come by the school’s office if we can be of assistance.  We are looking forward to working with you and your child.  Understanding what is expected of your child and knowing what is going on at school on a daily basis will build a successful school year.  The information provided in this handbook will also help you become more familiar with the Title I program as well as opportunities that are available for your involvement.  We look forward to a wonderful school year!

 Mission & Beliefs

 The mission of Sevierville Intermediate School is to provide opportunities for our students to become active problem solvers, achieve academic success, and acquire skills necessary to become independent and responsible citizens. We, in partnership with parents and the community, will encourage each child to achieve excellence in education. Sevierville Intermediate School will foster literacy, intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and academic excellence in students while inspiring each child to achieve his or her highest potential.  In order to achieve our vision of the learning process:

·         Students will actively participate in their learning by thinking critically and pursuing academic excellence;

·         Parents will encourage, support, and be actively involved in their child’s education;

·         Teachers will create a culture of continuous learning by encouraging, challenging, and engaging each child;

·         Sevierville Intermediate School will collaborate with the community to ensure involvement and create a shared responsibility for student success.

The Sevierville Intermediate School motto is “Building a Better Tomorrow”.

 

School Improvement Goals

1.                  Increase the percent of students scoring proficient/advanced in Math to 55.2% in 2014.

2.                  Increase the percent of students that score proficient/advanced in Reading/Language Arts to 50.4% in 2014.

3.                  Narrow the gap for economically disadvantaged students and ELL students by increasing the percent of students scoring proficient/advanced in the following areas: ED Math by 3.5%; ED Reading by 3.8%; ELL Math by 4.9% and ELL Reading by 5.1%.

 

   Title I

Sevierville Intermediate School is a school-wide Title I School. A school-wide program is a comprehensive reform strategy designed to upgrade the entire educational program. Its primary goal is to ensure that all students, particularly those who are low-achieving, demonstrate proficient and advanced levels of achievement on state academic achievement standards.  This school-wide reform strategy requires that a school do the following:

 

·         Conduct a comprehensive needs assessment;

·         Identify and commit to specific goals and strategies that address those needs;

·         Create a comprehensive plan; and

·         Conduct an annual review of the effectiveness of the school-wide program and revise the plan as necessary.

 Adopting this strategy should result in an ongoing, comprehensive plan that is unique to the entire school community.  The emphasis in school-wide program schools is on serving all students, improving all structures that support student learning, and combining all resources, as allowed, to achieve a common goal.  School-wide programs maximize the impact of Title I.

 

The following are actions evidenced in school-wide programs:

 

·         Plan for comprehensive, long-term improvement;

·         Serve all students with highly qualified teachers and paraprofessionals;

·         Provide continuous learning for staff, parents, and the community;

·         Use research-based practices to develop and implement enriched instruction for all students;

·         Use inclusive approaches to strengthen the school’s organizational structure;

·         Consolidate resources to achieve program goals;

·         Engage in continuous self-assessment and improvement; and

·         Coordinate and integrate federal, state and local services and programs.

 

 Since Sevierville Intermediate School is a school-wide program, Title I funds are spent on personnel, instructional materials and supplies, instructional technology, and parent activities.  Committees of school personnel and parents, as well as input from annual surveys, decide how Title I funding can best meet the needs of all students.  Parents are an important part of the Title I planning team; your involvement is encouraged and welcomed.

 

Home and School Partnerships

 

 The establishment of a home and school partnership is essential in order to meet the needs of all students.  These are some of the activities supported by Title I funds:

 

·         Providing information through an annual parent meeting, parent involvement plan, parent-school-student compact, parent conferences, progress reports, notices, calendars, newsletters, WebPages, and parent trainings.

·         Sharing responsibility with family members through parent conferences, use of parent survey results, committees, parent-school-student compact, involvement of parents by providing learning materials, and through the use of community resources.

·         Empowering parents by providing opportunities to become involved in the development and evaluation of the school-wide program, policies, and compact; opportunities to observe and assist in the classroom; opportunities to receive training and educational resources, as well as opportunities to receive information on community services and programs.

·         Promoting accessibility with an inviting atmosphere, phone calls, personal notes, translated material, or accommodations which might serve to break barriers.

 

Additional Expectations for Title I Schools:

 

 The system will provide coordination and technical assistance as well as plan and implement the Title I Program according to the guidelines set forth in law which includes, but not limited to, the following:

 

·         The Title I Program will be planned, designed, implemented, and assessed with timely consultation with parents.

·         Parents will be involved through activities and procedures which are of sufficient size, scope, and quality to give reasonable promise of substantial progress toward achieving required goals.

·         An annual meeting will be convened to explain the programs, activities, and curriculum available under Title I, and all parents of participating children will be invited.

·         Parents of participating children will be provided with reports and explanations of student academic progress as demonstrated through assessments.

·         To the extent practicable, parent/teacher conferences will be conducted with the parents of each participating child to discuss progress, placement, and training in methods the parent can use to complement the child’s instruction.

·         Parents of participating children will be provided a copy of the school’s parent/family involvement policy as well as timely information about the instructional program.

·         Parent involvement activities and strategies under other programs will be coordinated when feasible.

·         A school-parent compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff and student will share the responsibility for improved student achievement will be developed annually.  The compact will encourage parents, school staff, and students to share the responsibility for improved student achievement and will provide means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve high standards.

 

Parent Notification

 

 NCLB expects districts and schools receiving federal funds to ensure that parents are actively involved and knowledgeable about their schools and their children’s education.  The law requires schools to give parents many different kinds of information and notices in a uniform and understandable format and to the extent practicable, in a language that parents can understand.  Listed below are the required notifications that must be made to parents:

 

·         Teacher qualifications:  NCLB requires that all teachers hired to teach core academic subjects be highly qualified.  A highly-qualified teacher is one with full teaching certification, a bachelor’s degree, and competence in subject knowledge and teaching.  In the Sevier County School System, 100% of our academic teachers are highly-qualified as defined by NCLB.  Parents have the right to request information regarding their child’s teachers.  Upon request, you can be provided with information on whether a teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status and the degree major of a teacher and any other graduate degree or certification the teacher has earned.

 

In the event that the Sevier County School System must employ a non highly-qualified teacher for four (4) or more consecutive weeks, the parents of students receiving instruction from this teacher will be notified.

 

·         Paraprofessional qualifications:  Paraprofessionals, or instructional assistants, are valuable assets to our educational community.  Under NCLB, Title I paraprofessionals must have a required academic background in order to provide instructional help to your child.  In order to be highly-qualified, a paraprofessional must have passed a competency test, earned an associate degree or higher, or completed two or more years of higher education.  All of the Title I paraprofessionals in the Sevier County School System are highly qualified under NCLB.  You also have the right to request information about the paraprofessionals that may work with your child.

 

·         Individual achievement on state assessment:  A school that receives Title I funds must provide parents information on the achievement level of their child on each of the state academic assessments as soon as is practicably possible.  The results should be disseminated to all parents in an understandable and uniform format and in a language that is easily understood.  The improvement provisions in Title I mandate that every student achieve at the “proficiency” level by 2014.  The state accountability system is set up to measure how well both schools and students are meeting the proficiency goal.  The Tennessee State Department of Education prepares an annual report card with student achievement, graduation rates, performance of the school district, and teacher qualifications.  The current Tennessee Report Card shows data for each individual school as it compares to the whole county and/or the whole state.  A copy of this report may be found on the state’s website (http://www.state.tn.us/education/), our district’s website, (www.sevier.org), or hard copies may be obtained at school.

 

·         Title I Annual Meeting:  An annual meeting will be convened at a time convenient for parents to explain the Title I requirements and the right of parents to be involved in Title I programs.  The school will offer a flexible number of additional parent involvement meetings so that as many parents as possible are able to attend.

 

·         Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): FERPA requires that the Sevier County School System with certain exceptions, obtain the written consent of parents prior to disclosure of personally identifiable information from a child’s educational records.  Parents are encouraged to carefully review the FERPA notice which is distributed for parent signature each school year.

 

·         School Safety:  All Sevier County Schools have been deemed “safe schools” under the guidelines of our state and NCLB.  However, should your child become the victim of a violent crime, you have the right to request a transfer to another grade-appropriate school in the district.

 

·         Communications:  Communication to parents must be in an understandable format including alternative formats upon request.  To the extent practicable, documents must be in a language parents can understand.

 

·         Limited English Proficiency:  A school district that uses federal funds to provide a language instruction program for children with limited English proficiency must no later than thirty days after the beginning of the school year give the parents of each child identified for participation the following information:  why the child is placed in the program; the child’s level of English proficiency, how that level was determined and the status of the child’s academic achievement; methods of instruction in the program in which the child is placed and those of other available programs; how the program will meet the educational needs of their child; how the program will help their child learn English and meet the educational needs of academic achievement standards for grade promotion and graduation; the specific exit requirements for the program; in the case of a child with a disability, how the program meets the child’s IEP objectives; and the information about parental rights.  For a child not identified as limited English proficient prior to the beginning of the school year, the district must notify parents within the first two weeks of the child being placed in such a program.

 

·         Adequate Yearly Progress:  NCLB requires each state to define “Adequate Yearly Progress” (AYP) for school districts and schools.  Tennessee has determined a level of achievement that we must attain each year to meet AYP.  Student achievement is based upon our students’ scores from TCAP and other tests administered annually in our system.  The Sevier County School System is in “Good Standing”.  We will inform you about our school’s AYP status each year after it is received from the Tennessee State Department of Education.  Please visit our website for specific and detailed information about the academic progress of our school.  This report is also published annually in the local newspaper.

 

·         Program Evaluation:  Each spring, a program evaluation is conducted to measure the content and effectiveness of our parent involvement program.  The family and community engagement survey is sent to a random population of parents representing all Title I schools.  The program evaluation gathers information from parents about what they consider have been effective practices in their child’s school toward education, informing, and involving parents in their child’s education.  The results of the survey are compiled and shared with each Title I school and are used to design strategies for more effective parent involvement.

 

·         Parents’ Guide to the Curriculum:  The content standards printed in this publication identify what students are expected to know and be able to do at the end of each grade in reading, language arts, mathematics, and science.  The content standards represent an essential core of knowledge and abilities that all students must have to be successful in school and in their adult life.  With set standards for learning in each subject area and at each grade level, it is important for parents to have information about what their child is expected to know and be able to do.  With this information, parents are better able to talk with teachers about their child’s abilities, support their child’s learning at home, and understand the results of standardized testing.  This publication is available at our school and is linked to the website at www.sevier.org.

 

·         Children and Youth in Transition:  The Sevier County School System will ensure that all children and youth receive a free, appropriate public education and are given meaningful opportunities for success in school.  The system will follow the requirements outlined in the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act.  A copy of the policies related to McKinney-Vento is available in the school office.

 

·         Parent Link:  The Sevier County School System has an emergency message system in place called Parent Link.  The use of the phone messaging system is simply an attempt by the Sevier County School System to make announcements in a more direct fashion when school closings are so unexpected that students and parents may not realize a media announcement is likely.  Be reminded that announcements about school closures are also posted on the school system’s website at www.sevier.org.

 

·         ZAP411:  The Sevier County School System is pleased to offer its ZAP411 text messaging system.  ZAP411 will enable the school system to directly send messages to parents on their cell phones.  This text messaging system will allow parents and other interested parties to get messages immediately.  ZAP411 is totally secure and the subscriber’s phone number will not be seen by anyone or distributed to other parties.  Instructions to opt-in/sign-up are available on the system’s website at www.sevier.org.

 

·         Community Resource Guide:  The community resource guide is developed by the Sevier County Family Resource Center and the Department of Human Services as a reference to the network of human service programs available to assist all members of the community.  Copies of this resource are available on the system’s website or at our school.

 

·         Home & School Connection:  Home & School Connection is a newsletter for parents.  The purpose of this newsletter is to provide busy parents with practical ideas that promote school success, parent involvement, and more effective parenting.  Each month, the current issue of Home & School Connection will be sent home with your child and will also be posted to our system’s website at www.sevier.org.

 

·         Family Resource Center:  The purpose of the Family Resource Center is to help families by combining family, school, and community.  This can be done by helping families deal effectively with problems through linkage to health and social services.  The Family Resource Center also provides parenting workshops to assist parents with skills for behavior modification and child development stages.  You may contact the Sevier County Family Resource Center at 428-7999.

 

·         A Sevier County Board of Education website is available at http://www.sevier.org.  The website features a copy of the Sevier County Board of Education Policy Manual as well as other meaningful school related information.  A link is available from the website to our school’s website.

 

The Sevier County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age (40 and over), sex, special education status, religion, pregnancy, military/veteran status, or genetic information in provision of educational opportunities, programs, activities, or employment opportunities/benefits.

 Inquiries, questions or complaints related to students or disabilities should be referred to your principal or to the Director of Student Services and ADA/Section 504/ Title II Coordinator: Dr. John Enloe, (865) 453-4671, 226 Cedar Street, Sevierville, Tennessee 37862.

 Inquiries, questions or complaints related to employees should be referred to your principal or to the Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Human Resources: Karen King, (865)453-4671, 226 Cedar Street, Sevierville, Tennessee 37862.

 If you have questions or concerns regarding any of the above, please call the main office at (865)453-4671.

 

HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION, BULLYING OR CYBER-BULLYING

o          Sevier County students will be provided a learning environment free from sexual, racial, ethnic, gender, national origin or religious based discrimination, intimidation, harassment, bullying or cyber-bullying. It will be a violation of this policy for any employee, volunteer, parent or student to discriminate, harass, bully or cyber-bully a student for any reason (complaints of disability discrimination, harassment, bullying, cyber-bullying and/or retaliation remain governed by Board Policy 016). All school system employees and volunteers are required to report alleged violations of this policy to a building level administrator or the Director of Student Services.

o          This policy will be published in parent/student handbooks distributed annually to every student. Building level administrators are also responsible for education and training of their respective staffs and students as to the definition and recognition of discrimination, harassment, bullying, intimidation and cyber-bullying.

 

 DEFINITIONS

Discrimination/harassment includes, but is not limited to, conduct, advances, gestures, or words either written or spoken that:

·         Unreasonably interfere with a student’s educational opportunities;

·         Create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment;

·         Imply submission is an explicit/implicit term of receiving benefits; or

·         Imply submission or rejection of such inappropriate acts will be used a basis for determining a student’s grades and/or participation in an activity.

o    Bullying/intimidation includes, but is not limited to, physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property, knowingly placing a student in reasonable fear of such, or creating a hostile educational environment. Discrimination/harassment and bullying/intimidation include acts taking place on school grounds. For the purpose of this policy, school grounds includes any school property, school-sponsored activity (including “away” or “travel” activities), school provided transportation, or any official school bus stop immediately before boarding and immediately following de-boarding.

o    Cyber-bullying means bullying as described above undertaken through the use of electronic devices. Electronic devices include, but are not limited to, telephones, cellular phones or other wireless telecommunication devices, personal digital assistants (PDAs), computers, mobile device applications, electronic mail, instant messaging, social media services, text messaging, and web sites. The Sevier County Board of Education will not tolerate cyber-bullying on school grounds or via school-provided equipment, devices or accounts. The Board will also not tolerate cyber-bullying off school grounds if it is directed specifically at a student(s) and has the effect of creating a hostile educational environment or otherwise creating a substantial disruption to the educational environment or learning process.

o    COMPLAINTS

Any parent or student may complain of harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyber-bullying to a teacher, counselor, administrator or directly to the Director of Student Services. Any complaint or report will be fully investigated by either a building level administrator or someone designated by the Director of Student Services. After reviewing and investigating a complaint, the administrator or designee will make a determination as to whether discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyber-bullying occurred. When investigating and reviewing a complaint, the administrator or designee should – whenever possible – consider credibility, documentary/tangible evidence and interviews of the complainant, the accused and necessary third-party witnesses. The administrator or designee will provide a copy his/her determination in writing to the Director of Student Services.

There will be no retaliation against any person who makes a good faith complaint/report under this policy.  However, any student or employee who provides false information may be subject to disciplinary action. The knowing filing of a false complaint/report will itself be considered harassment and will be treated as such by the school system.  Any employee who refuses to cooperate during an investigation under this policy may be subject to disciplinary action based on insubordination and neglect of duty.

o    PROTECTIONS

The school system will strive to protect the privacy/anonymity of all parties and witnesses to complaints under this policy. Because an individual’s need for privacy must be balanced with obligations to cooperate with police investigations and/or legal proceedings, however, the identity of parties and witnesses may be disclosed in appropriate circumstances to individuals with an actual need to know.

o    ACTIONS

o    If an administrator or designee determines that discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyber-bullying occurred (i.e. the complaint is more likely to be true than not true), he/she must either take disciplinary action or recommend that the Director of Schools take disciplinary action.  A substantiated charge against an employee will result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.  A substantiated charge against a student will result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension/expulsion.

 

The Sevier County Board of Education is committed to taking immediate action to eliminate harassment on the basis of disability, prevent it recurrence, and address its effects.  The Sevier County Board of Education does not tolerate harassment on the basis of disability.  Students and school personnel who believe that they have been subjected to harassment on the basis of disability are encouraged to report the harassment to the District.  Those students, parents, and school personnel who believe they have been subjected to harassment on the basis of disability are encouraged to contact their principal or the Director of Student Services and ADA/Section 504/Title II Coordinator, Dr. John Enloe, (865)453-4671, 226 Cedar Street, Sevierville, Tennessee 37862.  Those students or employees who have been found to engage in acts of harassment on the basis of disability will be promptly disciplined up to and including suspension and /or dismissal.  Students, parents, and school personnel are encouraged to work together to prevent harassment on the basis of disability.

Communication

 

Website

The SIS website is accessible from any computer that has Internet capability. Parents and students can obtain a wide variety of information concerning SIS at http://www.sis.sevier.org. A Sevier County Board of Education website is available at http://www.sevier.org

                                                  SIS PTO

Sevierville Intermediate School is dedicated to working with all stakeholders to provide an outstanding academic program for our students. We encourage parental involvement, both as individuals and as groups, to act as advisors and resource people.  PTO meetings occur the second Tuesday of each month at 8:15 a.m.  We welcome your input and hope to see you there.

 

Parent Conferences

            Parents are welcomed and encouraged to come and speak with the teachers. Regular conferences are scheduled during each grading period. Additional conferences may be scheduled with your child’s teacher ahead of time.  Personal contacts in the form of phone calls, emails, newsletters, and personal notes as well as progress reports and grade cards will be utilized to keep parents informed of academic and social progress.

 

Visitor Check-In

            The school system is committed to a safe campus without interruption of the instructional process.  Except on occasions such as school programs, athletic events, open house and similar events, all visitors will report to the school office when entering the school and will sign a guest log.  Authorization to visit elsewhere in the building or on the school campus will be determined by the principal and his/her designee.  Guest passes shall be issued for all persons other than students and employees of the school. Conferences with teachers and administration should be scheduled in advance.

 

Telephone Use

            Students must have permission from the teacher before they use the telephone. The office phones may be used for emergencies only.  Students should not bring cellular phones to school. 

 

Compact

You have been asked to complete a parent compact with the school. Please complete the form and discuss with your child.

 

Severe Weather Closings

            Announcements by the Director of Schools Jack Parton concerning closing of schools in Sevier County will be made on local radio and television stations as well as the school system’s website (http://www.sevier.org). In the event of an emergency or abrupt closing, the Parent Link messaging service will be utilized.  When the primary phone number for a student changes, the primary parent or guardian should contact school officials and request that the child’s phone numbers be updated on all enrollment information as well as in the Parent Link system.

 

Changes in Transportation

            If your child is to leave school in any way that is different from the usual means, the teacher should be notified in writing. This includes changes in buses, someone different picking the child up, and going home with someone after school.  The school will not allow anyone other than those listed on the emergency cards to check your child out of school unless notified in writing. 

 

Early Dismissal from School

            No students may wait in front of the building for parents. Early dismissal will be granted for the same reasons available for legally approved absences.  Parents must sign in when checking out a child from the office.  We encourage you to schedule your appointments with doctors or dentists after school hours.  Students who leave school between 2:15 P.M. and afternoon dismissal will be required to bring a doctor’s excuse to school the following day in order for class work missed to be excused and daily work made up. Parents and students should have a plan for early dismissal from school due to weather conditions.

Moving

            Let us know where you are moving and when you plan to move. Please inform the teacher so that your child’s school records will follow promptly. A withdrawal form must be completed in the office prior to moving. Any change in address should be reported to the office at once. We need to know where to reach parents at all times.

 Emergency Plans

            In order to adequately provide for every child when school dismisses early, it is absolutely essential that a plan of action be on file in your child’s classroom. Directions regarding any changes in daily routine should be included. A plan for every child to call home is difficult at best and is not feasible.  Calling home or work also ties up the phone lines and prevents parents from being able to contact the school. Advance planning will make these situations less problematic for everyone.

 FERPA

Our school complies with both Title VI Civil Rights Act of 1964, “no person shall on the grounds of race, color or national origin be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subject to discrimination under any program or activity from which the school receives Federal financial assistance” and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.  FERPA requires that the Sevier County School System with certain exceptions, obtain the written consent of parents prior to disclosure of personally identifiable information from a child’s educational records. Parents should be encouraged to carefully review the FERPA notice which is distributed for parent signature at each school annually.  The notice specifically deals with the access of military recruiters.

 Tennessee Report Card

The current Tennessee Report Card is available at the State Department of Education website (http://www.state.tn.us/education/) and on the school system’s website at www.sevier.org.  The Tennessee Report Card provides information about demographics, statistics, and performance indicators for both the system and school.

 Child Advocacy Group

Child Advocacy Group contact information is available at http://www.slc.sevier.org/.  The website lists organizations available to help with information, training, and advocacy.  Additional information is available on the Tennessee Disability Services-Disability Pathfinder Database:

http://kc.vanderbilt.edu/tennesseepathfinder/default.sapx.  Links on the websites are provided as a service to individuals seeking additional avenues for help and endorsement or recommendation for any individual, organization, or service represented on the pages.

 Attendance

 Attendance & Promptness

            School attendance is an important factor in establishing a good academic record. There is no substitute for actual class participation in discussion and work. The student may be excused for his/her absence from class but may not be excused from the material covered. It is a student’s responsibility to make up work in all subject areas covered during the absence.  For unexcused absences, the student will receive a zero for the daily work missed, but will be allowed to make up tests missed.

            These criteria must be in place for an event to be excused. If events do not fall under these criteria then the event will be unexcused (Personal Illness, Illness of Immediate Family, Family Death, Extreme Weather, Religious Observance, School Bus Failure, Reasons Deemed by the Principal). 

If illnesses become extended (five days or more), a medical note must be presented for the absences to be excused.  The school will accept five parent notes per semester if the parent notes address one of the above items listed. Any student having five or more unexcused absences will be considered for truancy actions.  Students are counted absent if they arrive after or leave before 11:30.

 Family Vacations

            The principal may approve a total of five days for a family vacation.  The request must be prior to the vacation and in writing.  Please do not request a vacation during TCAP testing week.

  Health Issues

 Emergency Medical Cards

            Each pupil is required to have an emergency medical form on file in the school office.  It is the responsibility of the student and the parent or guardian to keep the information on the card up to date.

            The card lists information vital for the care of the student in case of a medical emergency at school. Please be sure your child’s card is completed accurately and filed immediately with the school. Student cards must include valid phone numbers at all times. Notify the school immediately if there are changes in the phone numbers of the parents at work, the name of physician, student’s medical information, or other information listed on the card.

 

Telemedicine

Telemedicine is a way to connect your child to medical providers while your child stays at school.  The telemedicine connection is a secure, two-way video link with your child and the school nurse on one end, and a medical provider on the other. During a telemedicine visit, your child can be screened, examined, diagnosed, treated, and monitored. Special equipment gives the provider the ability to examine your child's ears, eyes, nose, throat, lungs, skin, etc.

How are the services paid for?
     For students with TennCare or CoverKids insurance coverage, Cherokee Health Systems will submit claims to the insurance company (standard co-pays will apply). For students without insurance, services will be provided for $5.00 per visit, with a minimal charge for lab services. Although Cherokee Health Systems is a provider for other insurances, it is recommended that you contact your insurance company to see if Cherokee Health Systems is a provider on your plan before seeing the nurse practitioner via telemedicine.

 

Medicine Policy

            Any and all medicine (cough drops, aspirin, and prescriptions) must be kept by the teachers in their original container. The parent/guardian must bring and/or pickup the medicine to the teacher as soon as he/she arrives at school. Accompanying the medicine must be a note from the parent(s) giving permission to take the medication and instruction for use.

 

Immunization

            The Tennessee Department of Health has mandated that all students entering kindergarten, fourth, eighth, and twelfth grade during the 2003-2004 school year have proof of immunization that includes two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR).

 

 

Head Lice

            We have had fewer cases of head lice because of the good job you do at home. Please continue as parents to check your child’s head both morning and afternoon. This is a sure way to see that our school doesn’t have many cases of head lice.  Any cases detected at school will result in a phone call to the parents asking you to take immediate action to remedy the case.  The child should be checked in through the clinic before returning to the classroom to verify that the situation has been adequately addressed.

 

Chapter 410 of the Public Acts of 2007

            Smoking is not permitted in any form at any time inside any school building.  State law prohibits the use of tobacco in any form after regular school hours in any public seating areas, including, but not limited to, bleachers for sporting events, concession stands, or public restrooms.  Smoking may be permitted in designated areas at outdoor athletic events, but such smoking must be restricted to a place far enough away from the seating areas, restrooms, and concession stands so that the smoke will not drift back into these areas.

 

Instructional Program

Learning Focus

            The Sevierville Intermediate School faculty follows the State and Sevier County curricula for all subjects.  Each subject area’s performance indicators have been aligned with The Tennessee State Curriculum framework and National Common Core Standards.  Our goal is to provide opportunities for our students to become active problem-solvers achieve academic success, acquire skills necessary to become independent and responsible citizens, and achieve their highest potential. All students will receive instruction in mathematics, reading/ language arts, science, social studies, physical education, music, art, computer technology, guidance, and library skills.

 

Report Cards & Grading

            Report cards are issued six times a year, after each six weeks-grading period.  It is the school’s policy that each six weeks students will be allowed to drop their lowest daily grade in a subject.  Test grades will not be dropped.  If the student’s grades are not satisfactory, parents are advised to arrange an appointment with the child’s teacher.

 

 

 

 

Grading Scale

A          93-100      B          85-92        C          73-84    D          70-72       F          69 or Below

 

 

Honor Roll

Requirements are as follows:

1.     The STAR HONOR ROLL requires the student to have all“A’s” each six weeks in all subject areas.

2.     The HONOR ROLL requires the student to have all “A’s” and “B’s” each six weeks in all subject areas.

3.     The academic grade of a C will disqualify a student from any honor roll.

4.     Academic awards will be recognized at the end of each six weeks in guidance classes (CUB PRIDE) and at the end of the year.

 

SECTION 504 AND ADA GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES-The Sevier County Board of Education is committed to maintaining equitable employment/educational practices, services, programs, and services that are accessible and useable by qualified individuals with disabilities and will meet or exceed all requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1974 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  Complaints alleging non-compliance with the laws or alleging any actions that would be prohibited by the Acts should be referred to Dr. John Enloe at 865-453-4671 or by email to johnenloe@sevier.org.

 

Sevierville Intermediate School

Chapter of the

National Junior Beta Club

1.     Students who are in the fifth grade, on the honor roll, and have satisfactory behavior will be eligible for membership in the Sevierville Intermediate School Junior Beta Club.  Students must be doing fifth grade level work and be on the honor roll for 1st and 2nd grading periods before invitation can be made.

2.     Students in the fifth grade who, in the opinion of the administration and the faculty of the school, have the worthy character, good mentality, creditable achievements, and commendable attitude are eligible for membership in the SIS Junior Beta Club.

3.     Teachers, sponsors, and school administrators will choose new members by the end of the second grading period.

4.     Any grade of C on the report card in any class will place a member on probation for one grading period. If any grade of C is still on the report card in any class after the probation period, the student will be dismissed from the SIS Jr. Beta Club.  The handwriting grade is the only area that is excluded from the honor roll requirement.

5.     Any student who receives N or U in conduct will be placed on probation for one grading period.  If improvement is not made during this time, the student will be dismissed from the SIS Jr. Beta Club.

6.     Any student, whose behavior leads to being suspended from school, expelled, or placed in in-school suspension, will result in automatically being dropped from membership.

7.     Any student who does not participate in this organization’s required meetings, projects, and events will be placed on one-month probation.  If improvement is not made during this time, the student will be removed from SIS Jr. Beta Club.

 

Extra- Curricular Activities and Clubs

            Sevierville Intermediate School offers a variety of special interest activities to encourage student involvement.  Such opportunities and clubs include: Student Council, 4-H, Beta Club, Environmental Club, Aerospace Club, Technology Club, Running Club,  5th grade band, Drama Club, music programs, art shows, and special events days.

 Sevierville Intermediate Rules and General Suggestions

1.     The school building opens at 7:10 A.M.  Adult supervision will begin at 7:10 A.M.

2.     Students will go directly to the gym when they arrive at school.  Should they arrive after 7:55 A.M., they will report to their classroom.  Parents are not allowed to escort their son/daughter to the classroom after the first week of school.  This is a distraction to the classroom environment.

3.     Students will refrain from bringing dangerous and distracting articles to school. This includes guns, knives, lasers, compact disc players, cell phones, water guns, electronic devices, trading cards, and items that could possibly relate to these items.  Toys should not be brought to school.

4.     Place names on all articles of outer clothing such as coats, hats, gloves, sweaters, raincoats, over shoes etc. Names should also be placed on notebooks, lunch boxes, and personal belongings.

5.     This school maintains a Lost and Found Department. Please feel free to investigate if your child loses or misplaces something. Please note that once a month, lost items not accounted for are taken to Goodwill.

6.     Should it be necessary for your child to leave school grounds during school hours they must have a note from his/her parents, and check out must be through the office.  All visitors must check in and out through the office.

7.     Every student is responsible to their teacher at all times and is expected to behave in a respectful manner to all school personnel and fellow students.  Clean speech is also expected at all times. 

8.     Destruction of school property must be paid for by parents of the students responsible and disciplinary actions will be taken.

9.   Chewing gum is not permitted.

10.  Any students having in his or her possession on school property any lethal or dangerous weapon, non-prescription drug, alcoholic beverage, cigarette, or pyrotechnics (firecracker, powders, explosive ammunition or related material) shall be subject to immediate suspension.


11.  Good citizenship means doing assignments, being prepared for class, and exhibiting acceptable behavior.


12.  Parents are not allowed to pick up students in the back of the school building. This area is reserved for bus transportation.


13.  Parents must call the school by 12:00 P.M. if they wish to find out their child’s assignments for the days missed.  The teacher will gather the necessary information and books.  Parents may pick up the materials in the office between 2:15 and 3:00.


14.  No loitering. For the safety and security of our students only those with immediate school business may wait in the office or on school grounds.

15. Video cameras monitor the school building at all hours of the day.  The use of cameras are lawful by the Sevier County School System and the State of

     Tennessee and can be used in a Court of Law if violations occur.  Cameras are used in a proactive manner to maintain school safety.

16. Parents wishing to meet with a teacher must schedule a conference.  Parents will not be permitted to interrupt class time without an appointment.  Thank you for respecting the students, teachers, and the professionalism of the workplace.

17. Students must be picked up no later than 3:30 each day. Dismissal is 3:00.

18. All vacations must be approved by the administration.

19. Skateboards are not to be brought to school.

20. Heelies are not to be worn at school.

21. The school prohibits bullying and sexual harassment.

22.  Parents serving as field trip chaperones should not bring small children.

 

Sevierville Intermediate School Posted Rules

1.   Respect the human dignity and worth of every other individual.

2.   Refrain from behaviors which would lead to physical or emotional harm of other individuals.  NO BULLYING!

3.   Abide by the Sevier County School System Dress Code Policy.

4.   Respect the authority of all school personnel.

5.   Walk in a quiet and orderly manner while in the hallways.

6.   Good citizenship means being prepared for class, completing assignments on time, and exhibiting responsible, acceptable behavior.

7.   Follow all rules stated in the student planner.  

 

Fifth Grade Discipline Plan

School rules and regulations are based upon Sevier County Schools Code of Student Conduct This policy is on file in the SIS office.  Discipline is the development of character, responsibility, self-control, and consideration for others.  All students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects good citizenship and self-respect.  Continued violation of school rules will result in appropriate disciplinary action to include, parent notification, demerits, loss of extra-curricular privileges, in-school suspension at SMS, bus suspension, out of school suspension, or another placement.  During the first week of school, fifth grade teachers will review the rules and demerit system.

 

School Building Security

Parents or other visitors are asked to use the main entrance to the building when coming to school.  Please press the button for assistance.  The doors remain locked during school hours. Please sign the visitor’s sheet in the office as you enter the school. A visitor’s pass must be worn on an outside article of clothing at all times. These procedures are for appropriate security for your child while attending Sevierville Intermediate.  A school resource officer is on duty during the school day and video cameras are installed throughout the building.

“School Safety and Security Act.”  School Discipline Act, TCA 49-6-2008-Parents please be aware of the following laws that relate to visitors on our campus: 

 

·         Personal searches may be conducted if the principal has a reasonable suspicion that a student or visitor has in his possession drugs, drug paraphernalia, and dangerous weapons.

·         Vehicles parked on school property by students or visitors are subject to search for drugs, drug paraphernalia, or dangerous weapons.

·         A student may be subject to physical search because of the results of a locker search, or because of information received from a teacher, staff member, student, or other person, if such action is reasonable to the principal.

·         FELONY- State law prescribes a maximum penalty of six (6) years imprisonment and a fine not to exceed three thousand ($3,000.00) for carrying weapons onto school property.

·         No person shall enter onto the grounds or into the buildings of any school during the hours of student instruction, except students assigned to the school, the staff of the school, parents of the students, and other persons with lawful and valid business on the school premises.

·         Throughout the school year, there may be school sponsored programs and events where photographs or videos may be taken by the media or school district staff.  These photographs and/or videos may then be cablecast on the district’s educational access channel, or website, thereby making it available to anyone with local cable or internet access.  It is the policy of the Sevier County School System that neither students nor their works be identified by name when featured on the district’s educational access channel or the district website without prior consent.  Your consent to these types of group photographs or videos is assumed, UNLESS YOU NOTIFY YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL IN WRITING that you do NOT want your child included in such photographs or videos.

 

·         ANTI-HAZING- The school system defines "hazing" to mean any intentional or reckless act, on or off Sevier County Board of Education property, by one (1) student acting alone or with others, that is directed against any other student, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of that student or that induces or coerces a student to endanger that student's mental or physical health or safety. This policy focuses on those actions taken and situations created in connection with initiation into or affiliation with any school-sponsored or school-affiliated group/team. "Hazing" does not include customary athletic events or similar contests or competitions.

 

The Sevier County Board of Education expressly prohibits “hazing” as it is defined above. Any students found to have violated this policy will face disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, suspension or expulsion. Any employees found to have violated this policy will also face disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, reprimand, suspension or dismissal.

 

 Safe School Choice

Every public school shall annually notify parents that if their child is the victim of a violent crime at school, the child has the right to attend another grade-appropriate public school in the district.

 Child Abuse and Neglect

School personnel are required by state law to watch for signs of child abuse and neglect.  They are also required by law to report any information or suspicions to the proper authorities.

 

Dress Code for Students

            Clothing will be appropriate to the season and should be neat, clean, inoffensive, and decent.  According to the school board policy:

1.     No bare midriffs.

2.     No T-shirts with offensive or vulgar messages.

3.     No symbols of alcoholic beverages, tobacco, or drugs on clothing.

4.     No tank tops or mesh shirts worn as outer garments.

5.     No bare feet or shoes with cleats.

6.     Hats and/or sunglasses may be worn on specials days deemed by the administration only.

7.     No clothing which allows undergarments or inappropriate areas of the body to be visible.

8.     No shorts or mini-skirts that are shorter than four inches above the top of the kneecap.

9.     No clothing that is purposely frayed, with holes, or hanging below the shoes.

10.  Shirts for male and female must be tucked in if hanging below the belt.

11.  All clothing must be size appropriate.  Belts will need to be worn if pants are sagging.

12.  Book bags must be constructed from materials which allow the contents of the bag to be visible.  Backpacks and bags that are solid will not be allowed in the building.  If one is brought, it will be held in the office until a parent comes to pick it up.  If an overnight bag is brought for a special reason, the bag must be kept in the front office until the end of the day.  Band instruments will be kept in a secure location.

13.  Girls’ purses will remain in their cubbies during the school day.  Teachers will permit girls to go to cubbies and get their purses around scheduled bathroom breaks if necessary and then return purses to cubbies at the conclusion of the bathroom break.  Girls’ purses should not be oversized.  A good “rule of thumb” would be if a soccer ball or a textbook can fit in the purse then the purse is too big.

14.  The three-ring binders with open sides are the only type of binder students are permitted to have.  Binders that Velcro, zip, or have straps are not allowed in the building.  If one is brought, it will be held in the office until a parent comes to pick it up.

15.  Tattoos whether permanent or temporary will be covered if possible.  Visible body piercing jewelry (except for ears) is prohibited.

16.  Hair is not to be sprayed or dyed in unnatural colors (such as blue, pink, green, orange, yellow, purple, etc.), spiked or mohawked.

 

Playground Rules

1.     Stay in designated area in sight of the teachers at all times.

2.     Act safely on all playground equipment

Swings: Sit in seat correctly, hold on and swing backward and forward.  Do not jump out of swings, twist or swing sideways.  Do not run in front, back or in between students swinging and only one person per swing.

Jungle Gym: This is for climbing only.  Do not hang upside down or from the very top.  Do not jump off of swing on to the jungle gym.

Playing Ball: Do not throw balls at people’s head or feet.  Watch when running at all times.  Persons not playing ball should not cross the playing field for touch football or dodge ball.

3.     Keep hands, feet and all other objects to yourself.

4.     Throw only balls and frisbees.

5.     Stay away from classroom windows; do not throw balls against the wall.

6.     Stay off all fences.

7.     Show respect at all times with words and actions.  Show Good Sportsmanship.

 

 

 

Bus Transportation

            Riding a bus is a privilege. All pupils on the bus are under the authority of the bus driver. Students must obey the driver and the bus rules. Failure to do so can result in a child not being permitted to ride the school bus.  School rules apply.

 

·         BUS CONDUCT- The school bus is an extension of school activity; therefore, students must conduct themselves on the bus in a manner consistent with the established standards for safety and classroom behavior.

 

o    Students are under the supervision and control of the bus driver while on his/her bus and all reasonable directions given by the driver will be followed. The principal of the student transported will be informed by the bus driver of any serious discipline problem and may be called upon to assist if necessary. A student may be denied the privilege of riding the bus if the principal determines that his/her behavior is such as to cause disruption on the bus, or if the student disobeys state or local rules and regulations pertaining to student transportation. The suspension of a student from the riding the school bus will follow the same general procedures as any other school suspension.

 

o    Any student wishing to ride a bus other than his/her designated bus or to get off at a non-standard location must present written parental permission AND the written approval from the student’s principal. The same rule also applies to any student who wishes to gets off at any point between the pick-up point and the school. The student’s bus driver shall be required to turn the signed note(s) over to the Transportation Director as soon as practicable after completion of the route.

 

 

            Students must get on and off the bus at the same place everyday. In cases of an emergency a student may ride home with another student provided the office has talked with the parents or received a note from the parents and a bus pass has been issued.

Disciplinary actions will be taken if students break the following rules on the bus and buses are equipped with video cameras to catch any violators:

Disorderly conduct or noise                   Use of improper language

Out of seat when bus is in motion          Refusal to obey directions

Eating or drinking on the bus                 Head or arms out of the bus

Damage to or defacing the bus  Scuffling or fighting

Throwing objects out of the bus No cell phones

 

Bus Disciplinary Actions

 

1.     On the first offense the student will be warned unless circumstances call

for more than a warning.

2.     On the second offense, the student will be suspended from the transportation for a period of one day.

3.     On the third offense, the student will be suspended from transportation for a period of three days.

4.     On the fourth offense, the student will be suspended from transportation for a period of five days.

5.     On the fifth offense, the student will be suspended from transportation for a period of ten days.  The student along with the parent/guardian will also be required to attend a hearing at Central Office in order to distinguish if the student will be able to have their bus privileges re-instated.

6.     Permanent dismissal from transportation will result on the sixth offense or following any one offense that poses a threat of personal safety and/or involves the willful destruction of property.

 

If a student is suspended from transportation it shall be the responsibility of the student’s parent/guardian to pick their child up at the close of the normal school day and to deliver their child to school each day.

 

Sevier County Board of Education

Network & Internet Policy

General Purpose           

The Sevier County Board of Education (“Board”) remains committed to providing staff members and students with access to both a system-wide network and the Internet. However, use of the Board’s network is a privilege, not a right. Therefore, any and all network users are responsible for knowing, understanding, and abiding by this Network & Internet Policy (“Policy”).

 

Authorized Users

Only current staff members employed by and students enrolled in the Sevier County School System may access and utilize the Board’s network and Internet service. However, students may only access the network and Internet service while under the direct supervision of a staff member(s).

 

Internet Access

The Board’s Internet service should only be used for educational purposes or other school-related activities. As such, prohibited activities include but are not limited to the following:

Uploading and/or downloading files without permission from an administrator;

Accessing pornographic and/or offensive material;

Utilizing the Internet for personal or commercial financial gain or fraud;

Participating in any form of harassment; and

Introducing or attempting to introduce viruses to the network.

 

The Board retains full ownership and control of its computers. As such, using those computers to access the Internet should be accomplished with the full knowledge that said access is not private. In fact, Internet access to school computers remains subject to monitoring and review.

 

Network Use

The Board’s Internet service should be used only for educational purposes or other school-related activities. As such, prohibited activities include but are not limited to the following:

Accessing staff members/students’ private information for personal use;

Utilizing the network for personal or commercial financial gain or fraud;

Destroying network data without permission; and

Introducing or attempting to introduce viruses to the network

 

The Board retains full ownership and control of its network. As such, using the network should be accomplished with the full knowledge that said usage is not private. In fact, network usage remains subject to monitoring and review

 

Available Penalties

Any violation of this Policy may result in the termination of network, Internet and/or e-mail privileges. Penalties may also include but are not limited to the following:

School disciplinary action;

Restitution by a parent, guardian, or staff member; and

Appropriate legal action.

 

System Warranties

The Board makes no warranties of any kind regarding network, Internet and e-mail services. As such, the Board is not responsible for any damages, including but not limited to, the loss of data. Further, the Board is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of any information obtained by staff members or students via the Internet.

 

 

Cafeteria Prices

                                 Breakfast                         Lunch

            Students

            K-5                   $1.65                                        $2.15

            Employees       $2.00                                        $3.50

            Visitors             $2.35                                        $4.50

            Reduced             .30                                             .40

 

 

Annual Notice to Parents

 

 

In compliance with state and federal law, the Sevier County School System will provide to each protected student with a disability without discrimination or cost to the student or family, those related aids, services or accommodations which are needed to provide equal opportunity to participate in and obtain the benefits of the school program and extracurricular activities to the maximum extent appropriate to the student’s abilities. In order to qualify as a protected student with a disability, the child must be of school age with a physical or mental disability, which substantially limits or prohibits participation in or access to an aspect of the school program. These services and protections for “protected students who are disabled” are distinct from those applicable to all eligible or exceptional students enrolled (or seeking enrollment) in special education programs.  Complaints of disability discrimination may be made orally and in writing.

 

For further information on the evaluation procedures and provision of services to protected disabled students, contact:

 

                                    Dr. Terri Dodge-Principal


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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