Kittrell Elementary School
7801 Old Woodbury Pike
Readyville, TN 37149
Phone: (615)893-7604 FAX: (615)849-2187
School Hours: 7:30-2:30
School Office Hours: 6:45-2:45
Principal: Ynetia Avant
School Closing Information: (615) 904-3883
Bus Information: (615) 895-8656
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Our vision is to improve the lives of Kittrell Elementary School students by providing a center of academic and social excellence in our community.
We expect EXCELLENCE from all as we prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s world.
I am an Image of Excellence!
Here I will be seen as a possibility.
This is a place where I am loved
and I will rise to every challenge.
I have that Kittrell Pride inside
that makes me walk with my head held high.
I will keep a smile on my face
because I know this is a great place.
I bleed blue and white in my heart
and that often gives my day a great start.
I pledge to always be the best ME that I can be!
I am an Image of Excellence!
Kittrell Elementary School’s
10 Essentials of Excellence
Students should come to school with the attitude that they can and will learn. Students are always expected to do their best, in every subject and class. Teachers will do their best to ensure that each student receives appropriate instruction for his or her needs and potential. Teachers will allow nothing to interfere with learning in the classroom. We know that parents have these same expectations for their children. Education is a partnership between the students, parents, school, and community.
Report cards will be sent home each nine weeks. Progress reports will be sent home at the mid-point of the grading period.
4 Exceeding the grade level standard on a consistent and independent basis.
3 Meeting the grade level standard and producing quality work consistently and independently.
2 Progressing toward the standard. Producing the required grade level work with teacher direction and assistance.
1 Beginning to develop the standard. Not yet able to produce required grade level work.
M Modified work or program. Student is accessing the curriculum at his/her identified level of ability.
Conduct for all students shall be marked using the grade rubric on the report card. Conduct will not be reflected in academic grades.
Student Recognition and Incentives
Students in grades 3-5 are eligible for the following:
Principal’s List—All A’s (No N’s or U’s in conduct)
Honor Roll—No grade below B (No N’s or U’s in conduct)
All students will be celebrated each nine weeks during our academic pep rally.
Homework is necessary for students to gain proficiency with the concepts and skills they are learning. The teachers and administration set the standards for each grade level. Students are expected to complete all assignments including homework. Fluency folders are an expectation for every student in every grade level at Kittrell. This practice should take no longer than five minutes per night to complete.
Educational field trips relating directly to grade-level curriculum are excellent learning tools. A parent/guardian must sign a permission slip in order for the child to participate. A student with unsatisfactory behavior prior to any field trip may be excluded if viewed as a safety risk to him/herself or if those behaviors would require excessive teacher focus during the trip, thereby causing a safety risk to others.
Parents may be asked to chaperone field trips. During these trips, parents will be in charge of a specific group of students. Siblings are not permitted to be taken on field trips as they may distract from the chaperone’s responsibility to our students. Students are required to ride the bus to and from the field trip with their class. Students will not be signed out while on the field trip.
Early in the school year, parents will be notified of the date and time for Parent Orientation. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend in order to meet their child’s teacher and find out what will be expected in the classroom. This is an excellent means to begin forming the home-school bond that is critical to each child’s success.
The Rutherford County School System has scheduled parent-teacher conferences on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 and Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Both teachers and parents may schedule other conferences as needed. Parents may send the teacher an e-mail, write a note in the AGENDA, or call the school and leave a message. Teachers are available to return calls only during their designated planning times and before or after school. Parents are asked to be patient in waiting for a return call. Teachers will respond to emails or phone calls within twenty-four hours of receiving the message. Teachers need at least two days’ notice before the desired meeting date. Teachers are unable to conference with parents at any time they are supervising students, including the fifteen minutes before and after school.
Whenever a parent has concerns about classroom issues, he/she should contact the teacher first—through e-mail, the AGENDA, phone call, or conference—before involving administration. Open lines of communication must be developed between the student, teacher, and parent to support student success and adjustment. The principal will always ask, “Have you talked with your child’s teacher about the problem?” If a parent believes that after talking with the teacher his/her questions have not been satisfactorily answered or a satisfactory solution reached, the parent may call administration. Educational assistants are not the appropriate contact for a conference or for information about a student.
Promotion and Retention
The retention of a student may occur after careful consideration of the student’s achievement by the teacher and the principal in consultation with the parents. Having considered all factors, student progress, student capabilities, etc., the final decision is the responsibility of the school administration. Parents must be informed and involved beginning as early as the first reporting period, but the final decision rests with the school.
AGENDAS will be issued without charge to all students. Class assignments, homework, student conduct, and parent-teacher communications will be recorded in the AGENDA. The purposes of the AGENDA are as follows:
Students are expected to do the following:
Classroom Teachers are expected to do the following:
Parents are requested to do the following:
arrival and dismissal
The building opens at 6:45. Children should not be dropped off any earlier; there is no adult supervision. Arrival at school should be planned so that children can get to class before the school day begins at 7:30 a.m. Students who are not in their classrooms at 7:30 a.m. are considered tardy. All students should enter through the gym before 7:28 a.m. The gym doors will be closed at 7:28 a.m. cell phone time. This is to allow students two minutes to get to class by 7:30. Students should not be dropped off to enter the school when they are tardy. The adult must come to the front of the school, walk the student/s inside and sign them in. If students enter the front of the building alone after 7:30 a.m. parents will be called to return to sign them in. Students do not always know to ring the bell to enter and will be in the foyer unsupervised without our knowledge. This is considered a safety risk.
The official school day ends at 2:30. Students will not be checked out between 2:15-2:30 p.m. unless there is an emergency. All car riders will be picked up in the car rider line. Please do not request that students report to the office for dismissal unless there is an emergency. This is a very busy time in the front office. The K-2 car rider dismissal line is in the back of the school. Students in grades 3-5 with younger siblings will dismiss to the back of the school. The third through fifth grade car rider dismissal line is in the front of the gym. Students will not be placed in cars without 2016-2017 car rider tag. Anyone without the appropriate tag will be asked to report to the front office and show their photo identification to pick up the student.
Sometimes transportation changes must happen. If you know before your child comes to school that there is a transportation change write a note on the paper provided by the teacher. Without a note, the child will be sent home by the regular mode. Students cannot ride any bus other than the one to which they are assigned without a note from the parent/guardian and administrative approval. If an emergency arises and you must call, you will be asked specific verification questions. Transportation changes by phone should be made no later than 1:30 p.m. If your child’s transportation is different for different days of the week, write a note daily. This will ensure that your child goes home the appropriate way. Students are responsible for bringing any transportation changes to the office before 12:00 noon. Please do your very best to determine the child’s mode of transportation home PRIOR to sending the child to school. Too many transportation changes often confuse the child, the teacher and the front office. When this happens student safety becomes a concern.
Absences are classified as either “excused” or “unexcused” in accordance with Rutherford County School Board Policy 6.20. Up to ten days of absences for illness may be excused with parent notes. These must be submitted within five days of returning to school. Parents should refer to the little white handbook given at the beginning of each year for the county attendance policy. Family vacations are considered unexcused.
Whether an absence is excused or unexcused, all work missed must be made up within five days of returning to school.
The state requires us to account for every minute a child is not in school to include tardies and early dismissals. Computer reports are forwarded to the state each day.
Because school bus transportation is provided free of charge to students of Rutherford County, tardiness related to car problems, traffic, oversleeping, etc., are unexcused.
Dismissal time is 2:30. Early check-outs should be limited to emergency situations so that our staff can focus on end-of-the-day procedures. A photo ID will be required for early dismissal.
Withdrawal of Students
Paperwork is required to withdraw a child from school. Parents must visit the front office before moving.
Developing young people into citizens who are responsible and respectful is a primary focus for our students and staff. If a student chooses to conduct him or herself properly, everyone benefits. Developing habits of responsible citizenship enhances academic achievement.
Good behavior is encouraged and expected at all times, including extracurricular activities. School policies must be followed at both on and off-campus school-sponsored events. Students who display unacceptable behavior may be denied the right to participate in such activities.
Kittrell Elementary School will enforce the Rutherford County School System Code of Behavior and Discipline. This document will be provided to each student the first day of school. Students and parents must read and sign that they have received it.
School-wide Behavior Codes
OT- Off-Task behaviors; inattention; school-wide essential broken
DP- Disrespect to other people or oneself
T- loud or disruptive talking, talking at inappropriate times, talking after warnings
R- lack of responsibility (missing materials, homework, incomplete classwork, and agenda) Limit one per day
In keeping with the educational purpose of this school, students are expected to dress and groom themselves appropriately. Each student is expected to keep his or her person and clothing neat and clean. Students who violate the following rules will be corrected and the correction annotated in the AGENDA. Willful and continued violations will result in disciplinary action that may include a call to parents, in-school suspension, or out-of-school suspension.
These policies must be followed:
Administration will make the final decision regarding the appropriateness of a student’s attire for the school environment.
Rewards and Consequences
Students will be rewarded each nine weeks at academic pep rallies and special rewards programs. Students may earn special rewards each nine week period. Students that do not adhere to classroom or school expectations may be exempt from participating reward programs.
Students will follow all school and classroom expectations. Those students that do not follow those expectations will be dealt with in the classroom. All serious offenses will be dealt with in the principal’s office.
Infractions that warrant ISS or OSS will jeopardize participation in activities which are planned for students who exhibit good citizenship such as trips, sporting events, and extra-curricular activities. Students who receive OSS are prohibited from being on school grounds for the duration of the suspension.
In order to ensure a safe and secure learning environment free of drugs, violence and dangerous weapons, any student who engages in the following behaviors will be subject to expulsion for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year. Only the superintendent shall have the authority to modify this expulsion on a case-by-case basis. A zero-tolerance act occurs when any student while on a school bus, on school property, or while attending any school event or activity. Refer to the Rutherford County Student Handbook and Code of Discipline for more details.
Students are under the supervision and control of the bus driver while on the bus, and all directions given by the driver must be followed. A student who is suspended from riding the bus cannot ride any other bus until the suspension is complete. Parents are responsible for transporting students whose bus privileges have been suspended or revoked. Please refer to the Rutherford County School System Code of Behavior and Discipline.
Students may participate in the Kittrell breakfast and lunch program. Lunch is $_____. Breakfast is served from 6:45-7:15 for $_____. Students may pay for their lunches on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, or through the MealPay Plus Plan.
A student who forgets money may charge a lunch or milk, but the debt should be paid the next day unless other arrangements have been made with the cafeteria manager. Students may not accrue a cafeteria debt that exceeds $10. Milk: $_____ Ice cream: $_____ A la cart items may not be charged.
All checks should be made payable to Kittrell Elementary School. Questions regarding cafeteria accounts may be addressed by calling Mrs. Patterson at 893-7604, then pressing 8.
Those who are eligible may pay either a reduced price or receive the meals free. Free and reduced meal applications will be issued to every child in the school during the first week. Only those who wish to apply need return the form. Free and reduced lunch status does not carry over from the previous year; a new application MUST be completed each year. Questions about free/reduced lunch should be addressed to Nicole Schaaf at the central office at 893-5815 ext. 22014.
Students may bring a packed lunch to be eaten in the cafeteria. Parents are asked that it be nutritious and that items in the lunch be manageable by the child. Please do not send glass containers. Please remember that students are not allowed access to a microwave at school.
Visitors are welcome to eat lunch in the cafeteria with students. Anyone visiting must be on the students pick up list or a note must be sent the day of by the parent. The lunch visitor will only be allowed to eat lunch with the child they came to visit. Students will not be allowed to invite other friends to eat with them. Commercial meals from places like McDonald’s, Dairy Queen, etc. are not allowed to be brought in for lunch. Photos should only be taken of the student that you are visiting. Other students should not be photographed during this time.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Good behavior and acceptable grades are required for participation in all extracurricular activities at Kittrell. The number and types of activities will be based on teacher-sponsor availability.
IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT PARENTS KEEP THEIR CONTACT INFORMATION UP-TO-DATE SO THAT OUR STAFF CAN MAKE CONTACT IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. Any changes in address, phone number, or emergency phone number must be sent to the office immediately.
Kittrell is authorized to have a school nurse for the school day. If a child becomes ill or is injured at school, the parent or emergency number will be contacted.
Medication can be given at school. All non-prescription medication must be personally delivered to the office by a parent or guardian in the original, unopened bottle. The parent will complete an “Authorization to Administer Medication” form before the medication can be administered. Any prescription medicine must be personally delivered to the office by a parent or guardian in the original, pharmacy-labeled container and must have the “Authorization to Administer Medication” signed by the parent and the doctor. Under no circumstance is a student allowed to transport medication of any kind.
All lockers and other storage areas that are provided for student use on school premises remain the property of the school system and are subject to inspection, access for maintenance, and search by a school official at any time.
Lost and Found
Students/parents should write names on all personal items in permanent ink. Items that are found on school property must be turned in to the Lost and Found located in the gym. After 30 days, unclaimed items are donated to charitable organizations.
Visitor must park only in designated parking spaces. Areas along the curbs are bus and fire lanes are no parking areas. No one should enter the east parking lot except after school for K-1 car rider pick up.
Three classroom parties will be allowed per year. Grade-level teams will determine the occasions and dates.
Birthdays may be celebrated at school in the cafeteria during the lunch period. Parents may sign in through the office and either stay through the lunch period or simply drop off store-bought cupcakes to their child’s classmates in the cafeteria. Homemade items are not permitted.
Invitations—if you are bringing/sending invitations to school for a party at home, make sure that all children in the class are invited. Otherwise, please make other arrangements to distribute the invitations.
Students will not be permitted to make or take calls at school unless an emergency exists. They must have teacher and office permission to make a call. Students are prohibited from displaying or using cell phones. When students bring cell phones to school it is not our responsibility if they are broken or stolen.
Precautions are taken for the protection of our students, staff, and visitors during the school day. Students will become familiar with emergency procedures for a variety of situations through monthly drills. Everyone in the building at the time of these drills is expected to participate fully, including parents, visitors, and volunteers.
School Improvement Planning
School improvement is an ongoing process. As a community and as a school, we must always seek ways to improve the education of our young people. Kittrell’s School Improvement Team is composed of parents, teachers, community members, and support staff. The team meets each year to review the progress towards the school’s current goals and revises the plans as needed.
Tennessee Code Annotated (State Law) 39-17-1604 “Prohibits smoking on any public or private school property, including bleachers at sporting events and restrooms. Institution failing to enforce is subject to $500 fine.” Please adhere to this state law.
Every student at Kittrell will use the computer or IPad. Computer programs are limited to those provided by the school. Internet usage is limited to educational sites. Parents/students must agree to and sign the “Acceptable Use Policy” for technology in order to be given internet access.
Students are responsible for the care of all textbooks, library books, and the AGENDA issued to them for the school year. Lost or damaged books must be replaced at the parents’ expense. If a book is found after it has been paid for, the payment will be refunded. Replacement AGENDAS are $5.
The safety of our students and staff must always be a prime concern. To ensure a safe emotional and physical environment, all parents and visitors will report to the main office, communicate to a school official the purpose of the visit, present a driver’s license to be run through the raptor security system, and receive a visitor’s pass. Anyone who is in the building between the hours of 6:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m. and is not wearing a visitor’s badge will be asked to report to the office and follow procedures. Anyone entering the school building during school hours will be asked to show their ID. You will be asked to show your ID even if we recognize your face. Students from other schools are not permitted, except for official reasons (those approved by the principal). Any visitor who does not support a calm, safe environment will be asked to leave. (This includes emotional outbursts, verbal abuse, or physical threats to students, staff, or other visitors). Failure to leave the premises when asked will result in law enforcement intervention. Visitors and volunteers serve as role models for our students in both conduct and dress.
Parents may walk their children to class on the day of registration without signing in, and may walk with them on the first full day of school after signing in properly. After the first day of school, children are expected to get to class by themselves, and parents will only be allowed down the hallway if the teacher is aware and they have received a visitor’s badge is given.
Volunteer support from parents, community members, and MTSU undergraduates is necessary for our students to reach their fullest potential. Our volunteers are a welcome, respected, and crucial part of the educational process at Kittrell. Volunteers may be used to:
Volunteers are asked to schedule their sessions with the teacher in advance so that the teacher will have ample time to plan activities for these important classroom helpers. Teachers cannot take their focus and valuable teaching time away from their students in order to find something to do for a volunteer who shows up unexpectedly.
Kittrell volunteers should be aware that, as school support personnel, they may unintentionally be privy to information that is confidential (i.e. Johnny has trouble with math; Sally got in trouble at lunch today; Mary doesn’t recognize her letters, etc.). It is imperative that Kittrell volunteers NEVER violate a student’s confidentiality!
We ask that volunteers please turn their cell phones to ‘vibrate’ so that classes are not disturbed.
Volunteers who are also Kittrell parents must take great care to ensure that no favoritism is asked and no liberties are taken that are not afforded to those parents who cannot help at school during the day.
Volunteers should only visit with their own children during their regularly scheduled lunchtime.
Volunteer time should not be used for parent/teacher conferences unless the conference has been scheduled two days in advance.
Volunteers should not bring other siblings during their volunteer time unless it is after school hours.
The YMCA Fun Company is available at a reasonable cost for students who need supervised care (including tutoring!) after school. Hours: 2:30 - 6:00pm. Information about the Fun Company may be obtained by calling the YMCA at 895-5995. Please note that financial assistance is available.
Kittrell Elementary is one of ten Title I School-wide programs in Rutherford County. School-wide programs such as the one here benefit the entire school, not just selected students. Decisions are made at the school level on programs, strategies, technology, and staff needs. Our primary goal is to help ALL students receive a good education and prepare them for the complex world of today and tomorrow.
Each Title I school must have a Parent Policy and Parent Compact which are developed and approved by parents and teachers. A committee of parents, community members, and teachers met in March 2016 to develop the parent policy and the following parent/teacher compacts.
RUTHERFORD COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION INFORMATION
It is the policy of the Rutherford County School System not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational programs or employment policies as required by Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1973, Title IX (1972 Educational Amendments), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX, Section 504 or the Americans with Disabilities Act should be directed to the Assistant Director of Human Resources & Student Services of the Rutherford County School System, 2240 Southpark Boulevard, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37128.
The current complaint managers for complaints involving sexual harassment are Angel McCloud and Paula Barnes, 2240 Southpark Boulevard, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. 37128, Telephone: (615) 893-5812.
Rutherford County Schools
2016-2017 Academic Calendar
Monday, August 1: Administrative day – (No school for students)
Tuesday, August 2: In-service day (No school for students)
Wednesday, August 3: In-service day (No school for students)
Thursday, August 4: Teacher work day (No school for students)
Friday, August 5: First day for students (abbreviated, two hours)
Monday, August 8: First Full Day for students
Monday, September 5: Labor Day (Schools closed)
Wednesday, September 7 - Thursday, September 9: Progress Reports
Thursday, September15: Early Dismissal (3hour, 15-minute day for students)
Friday, September 30: End of first nine weeks
Monday, October 3 - Friday, October 7: Fall Break (Schools closed)
Thursday, October 13: 1st nine weeks report card
Tuesday, October 20: Parent / Teacher conferences (grades PK-5)
Thursday, October 27: Early Dismissal (3hour, 15-minute day for students)
Tuesday, November 8: State/Federal General Elections (Schools closed)
Wednesday, November 9 - Friday, November 11: Progress reports
Wednesday, November 23 - Friday, November 25: Thanksgiving Break (Schools closed)
Friday, December 16: Abbreviated day for students and teachers (2 hours); End 2nd nine weeks
Monday, December 19 - Tuesday, January 2: Winter Break (Schools closed) NOTE: Teachers
return Tuesday, Jan. 3 for in-service day
Tuesday, January 3: In-service day (No school for students)
Wednesday, January 4: Students and teachers return from Winter Break
Thursday, January 12: 2nd nine weeks report card
Monday, January 16: MLK Holiday (Schools closed)
Thursday, February 2 – Early Dismissal (3hour, 15-minute day for students)
Wednesday, February 8- Friday, February 10: Progress reports
Monday, February 20: President’s Day (Schools closed)
Thursday, March 9: Early Dismissal (3 hour, 15-minute day for students)
Friday, March 10: End of 3rd nine weeks
Thursday, March 16: 3rd nine weeks report cards
Tuesday, March 21: Parent / Teacher Conferences (grades PK-5)
Monday, March 27 - Friday, March 31: Spring Break (Schools closed)
Tuesday, April 11-Thursday, April 13: Progress Reports
Friday, April 14: Good Friday (Schools closed)
Thursday, May 25: Teacher work day (No school for students)
Friday, May 26: End 4th nine weeks; 4th nine weeks report cards
Last day for students: two-hour day
It is important to have my child reach his full academic potential. Therefore, I will encourage him/her by doing the following:
Students must be given the opportunity to succeed. Therefore, I will do the following:
Kittrell School Parent Involvement Policy
This school will strive for full involvement and participation of all parents by reaching out and addressing barriers with the following:
Parent / Guardian Signature Page 2016-2017
Student ____________________________ Home Phone _________________________
Grade ______________Classroom Teacher ___________________________________
Our school and/or the Rutherford County Board of Education require your signature for the following items. This document has been constructed for your convenience. Please read and initial each of the following, sign at the bottom of the page, and return the Student AGENDA to the classroom teacher.
_______I have received and read this Student Handbook.
_______I have received and read a copy of the Rutherford County School System’s Code of Behavior and Discipline (separate small white booklet).
_______I have received and read the Policy and Procedures set forth for Student Access to Networked Information (in small white booklet). I understand that inappropriate use of technology may result in disciplinary action and/or restricted use of the technology at school.
________ Textbook Agreement I understand that my child will receive textbooks at no charge and that these textbooks must be returned when requested by the teacher. I further agree to pay for any textbooks that are lost or damaged.
_________Rutherford County Attendance Policy and Procedures I have received a copy of the Rutherford County Attendance Policy and Procedure (small white booklet).
_________Library Book Agreement My child has permission to borrow books from the school library. In the event a book is lost or damaged, I will reimburse the school for the cost of replacement.
Permission to Photograph There may be times in which photographs or videos may be taken at school for news stories or our school web-site.
_________ I give permission for my child’s name and likeness to be released to the press and to be displayed at school or on the school website in relation to school activities.
_________ My child may NOT have his/her picture taken at school for this purpose.
_________ I have received a copy of the letter regarding health screenings and I grant permission for my child to participate.
Corporal Punishment I understand that corporal punishment will only be used after other forms of intervention have been used and that only the Principal or Assistant Principal will administer corporal punishment.
Initial one of the following:
_________ I do not want my child paddled under any circumstances. I will come to the school immediately when requested.
_________ I want to be called before my child is paddled.
_________ Use Principal/Assistant Principal’s discretion and school board policy for paddling my child.
Parent Signature ___________________________________ Date _________________
Student Signature __________________________________ Date_________________